Morgan Woods Elementary Newsletter
Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!
Message from the Principal
Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year at Morgan Woods Elementary! We are excited to welcome students and families back to what is sure to be an amazing year! This year’s theme is “One Team. Growing Together.” Keeping that in mind, I would like to begin by celebrating the growth our students achieved last year--making a 79 point gain on our school report card! This increase is the result of the hard work, dedication and perseverance demonstrated by our students, staff and families. Thank you all for your efforts and continued support!
Students return to school on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. School hours are 7:40AM - 1:55PM, except on early release Mondays when students are dismissed at 12:55PM. Breakfast is free for all students and is available from 7:10 – 7:40 every morning. Students must be in their seats prior to the tardy bell which rings at 7:40AM. Instruction starts promptly at 7:40AM.
Shortly before the school year begins, you will receive a postcard that provides your child’s teacher assignment and directions to several important documents on our website. Please review this information carefully and call the office should you have any questions (813-872-5369).
We are here for you, and for our students, and are looking forward to an unforgettable year!
Jessica Kepa, Principal
Start the Year Strong: Arrive on time every day!
Students are expected to be in attendance daily unless they are ill. Regular attendance has a direct impact on student learning from the very first day of school! Absences are unexcused unless reported to the office via the attendance line.
Instruction begins daily at 7:40AM. Studies have shown that school tardiness has a negative impact on learning outcomes. By the mere nature of arriving late and missing academic time, tardy students receive fewer hours of instruction than student who are in class when the bell rings. Arriving late to school, as well as signing out early, can mean that students miss out on activities designed to build connections with their peers, potentially impacting their social interactions.
We recognize that extenuating circumstances happen, and children will be late or have to leave early occasionally. However, if your child is late or signs out early more than 2-3 times in a nine week period it could impact their academic progress. Please help us in providing the greatest amount to academic time for your child's success by having them in the classroom by 7:40AM and allowing them to remain at school through dismissal at 1:55PM. Every minute matters!
Open House Information
You're invited: Monday, August 8, from 3:00 - 5:00PM!
Community and Business Partners will be in attendance, as well, including the Boys and Girls Club After School Enrichment Program at Morgan Woods.
School Uniform Update
Morgan Woods is a mandatory uniform school. Our uniform includes navy, hunter green, or white collared shirts with navy or khaki bottoms (shorts, pants, skirts or skorts). Jeans are acceptable if free from holes and in good condition. Students should wear close-toed shoes that fasten around the heel, and that are safe for use during physical activity. Crocs are not permitted.
When needed, students may wear solid-colored jackets or sweatshirts to school. These items should be free from words and/or pictures (plain). Sweatshirts without hoods are preferred, as "hoodies" often create a significant distraction for students in the classroom.
**NEW THIS YEAR*** Our Morgan Woods PTA will be offering a selection of Spirit Shirts that may be worn in place of collared shirts Monday through Friday. That's right, students may wear their Spirit Shirts any day of the week! Look for five different designs coming your way soon! A limited size selection in each design will be available for purchase during Open House. The remaining shirts will be provided via pre-order as soon as possible. Additional information will be provided by our PTA in the coming weeks, as well as a sneak peek at the new designs.