Mesa Weekly News
September 24, 2023
Hello Mesa Families!
We hope to see you this week for our 2nd and 3rd grade math and literacy night on Sept. 27. The event starts at 4:30 and will be filled with math and literacy activities as well as some food trucks. This Saturday, we also have the FFC8 Foster the Future 5K. This is a fun, family-friendly, community event where you can help our school win a prize! The district’s annual Foster the Future 5k is open to runners and walkers (and strollers). It will be held on Saturday, September 30 at 9 a.m. on the FFCHS Cross Country course (behind the stadium, parking in the main lot for FFCHS). We would love to see a group of Mesa Mountain Lions and their family members there! Wear your school gear with pride so everyone at the race can see how awesome our community is. The event organizers will take sign ups online through September 29 and at the race (price on race day goes up $5). Get more information from the flyer below, or visit www.ffc8.org/FosterFuture5k to learn more and register today!
Over the next week, please watch for information from classroom teachers on conferences. Our staff utilize an electronic sign-up system to schedule our conference times with parents. Our conference dates and times are: Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 7am-7pm and Thursday, October 12 from 7am-11am. Our book fair will be running in conjunction with conferences - starting on Friday, October 6th. Please see the book fair section below with more information.
Throughout this month, students will have opportunities to practice PRIDE (persevere, show respect, be independent, be dedicated to keeping Mesa safe, and empathize with others) expectations throughout the building. Throughout the month of September, we will be focusing on the PRIDE practice of respect as well as the skills of working with others, making an apology, and disagreeing appropriately. Please feel free to share the ways you and your family are practicing our PRIDE expectations and relationship skills with your student's teacher. We love to hear from you and to see our Mesa students practicing these skills outside of school. Throughout the week, we give 'shout outs' to students who exemplify these characteristics in their actions across the building and with one another.
Nurse Janice is looking for information from you on your interest in a CPR class. If you would like more information, please scroll to her section below and click the CPR survey link. Also, Coach O'Keefe is gearing up for Field Day on October 2nd and is looking for volunteers. Please click on the following links to help:
Mesa staff utilize the REMIND app as the main tool of communication with families. You are welcome to reach out to teachers via REMIND or email at any time. Please watch for weekly newsletters and updates from each grade level team throughout the school year.
Please be sure to contact us with any needs or questions. We look forward to this school year and the opportunity to work with each of you to help our students to Dream BIG, Work Hard and Make it Happen!!
Drop-Off/Pick-Up Information 2023-2024
***Please let your son/daughter's teacher know your plan for after school pick-up.***
Car Riders (drop-off/pick-up)
Car drop-off/pick-up will take place in the north parking lot in front of our main entry doors. The west lot is not a drop-off/pick-up option for car riders. We ask that parents keep traffic moving as quickly as possible by remaining in their vehicles while students exit. If there is a need for a parent to assist with a student exiting, please park in a visitor spot in the north lot. In the AM, parents should pull as far east (closest to the gym) as possible in the lot. Mesa staff members will be there to open doors and welcome students. Students will then enter the building. In the PM, students will be with their grade level (as indicated in the photo). Parents should still pull as far east as possible. A staff member will check in with you as you pull through the line and will call for your student(s) to come to your vehicle.
If you are using Monterey Way and turning onto Camino Del Rey, please be mindful to not block the entry/exit to the west parking lot (on Monterey Way) as buses will be using this lot and will need enough space to get in and out of the parking lot.
Please reference the photo below for guidance on our drop-off/pick-up procedures this year.
Any students who are walking home with a parent will meet on the east playground. Students will be separated by grade level. Parents may approach teachers to pick-up their student(s). Students are also able to walk home without being picked up by a parent. Students walking alone and needing to head west out of the building will be allowed to leave in this direction with the grade-level staff member walking kids out in that direction. Students heading east at the end of the day will be able to access the paved walkway out to Camino Del Rey to then head east towards Fountain Mesa.
Front Office Access:
Our main office is located on the north side of the building. Parents needing to enter the building should do so at our main-entry located at the north doors with a large Mesa paw print.
Special Moments This Week
This week at Mesa:
Essential Skill Focus: K-5 I can disagree appropriately.
Sept. 27: 2nd and 3rd Grade Math and Literacy Night 4:30-6pm
Sept. 30: Foster the Future 5K
Save the Date:
Oct. 2: Field day
Oct. 6, 12, 13, 14: Book fair in the library
Oct. 10-11: no school for students
Oct. 12: P/T conferences from 7am-7pm
Oct. 13: P/T conferences from 7am-11am
Book Fair Info
The book fair will open officially Friday, October 6 AFTER SCHOOL from 2:45-3:30. Students will have the chance to walk through the fair with their class for a preview. Purchases can only be made after school on this day.
The book fair will run during the week of conferences. We are not in school on the 9th, but students can still browse and order online (if they choose). The fair will be open Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 7am-7pm, and Thursday, Oct. 12 from 7am-11am.
E-wallets have been enabled so parents/guardians can start adding funds if they choose. Here is a link to the flier for this fall's book fair: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/mesaelementaryschool
STEM Lab Items Needed:
School Safety with Officer Geri
What an amazing start to our 2023-2024 school year! Thank you for helping me keep our kids safe! It has been awesome to watch the patience and kindness shown to each other as we process procedures at arrival and dismissal.
- we have almost 700 kids now and there is so much traffic. Treat our long lines like a sporting event or concert and take turns, allowing every other car in-we are all going to the same place
- one lane drop off in the morning, two lane pick up in the afternoon
- please remember basic traffic laws - 20 mph in the school zone!!
- remember, if you are close to late or running late, speeding is dangerous, there will be tickets issued
- speed limit is 10mph in a parking lot, even a long parking lot!
- cross walks, driveways and intersections are not to be blocked; If you cannot completely clear those areas....wait
- GOING INTO ONCOMING LANE OF TRAFFIC IS COMPLETELY ILLEGAL AND UNSAFE-DO NOT DO THIS FOR ANY REASON
Thank you for working together to be great role models for our kids.
Ask Nurse Janice
CPR CLASSES: If you are interested in taking a CPR class with Nurse Janice, please click the link and fill out the survey below:
MEDICATION: All medication must be brought into the building and picked up from the building by an adult- students are not allowed to bring medication into the building. All medication must be approved by a prescribing physician with the appropriate forms signed. These forms can be found on the district website or by contacting your school nurse.
FACE MASKS: At this time, masks are not required but certainly allowed. At any time you can choose to send your child to school wearing a mask.
FEVER: Fever is defined as a temperature of 100.4 or higher. Students who have a fever should stay home and rest until they have gone 48 hours fever free without the aid of medication such as ibuprofen or Tylenol. If your child has a fever that lasts longer than 48 hours, please reach out to your school nurse to help problem solve what your next steps might be.
COVID Testing: * If anyone in your home has symptoms and is being tested for COVID, please keep all D8 students home from school until the results from the person being tested are received. Please notify your school nurse if you are keeping a student home while waiting for a household member to get results for COVID testing.
Keep up the good work! Our goal is to keep our Mesa community healthy and safe… and in person learning!