Messages from Memorial

MARCH 2022

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Dear Memorial Parents and Guardians,


Happy March! I hope you are as excited as I am about the spring weather on the way. It is a great time to "Sharpen the Saw," the 7th Habit of Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. Fresh air and outside exercise are two ways to keep our saws sharp. I have also reminded students that another way to keep sharp is to get a good night's sleep. Research shows that elementary aged students need 9-12 hours a sleep a night.


If you are interested in learning more about the VCS Schools Referendum, which will be on the May 3 ballot, please attend our informational PTO Meeting on Wednesday, March 9 at 3:30 p.m. Dr. McCall will be here to present and answer questions. Additional information may also be found on the VCS Website.


This month is the start of the state assessment season. We will begin in grades 2 and 3 with IREAD3 during the test window of March 7-18. The window for ILEARN for grades 3-5 is April 19 - May 14. Classroom teachers will be able to share exact days/times for the class test schedules, as soon as those have been established. I hope that you will be able to schedule appointments around the test times. Students seem to do better when they take them with their class.


Please be aware that students have been talking at school about their wonders and worries about the war in Ukraine. We understand that there are varying levels of comfort with this topic and we are referring students back to their parents to discuss this at home. Mrs. Seip has shared some tips in this newsletter on how to handle this sensitive topic with your child.


Additionally, as we come to the end of the third grading period, please continue to check grades on Skyward on a regular basis. Third quarter report cards will be available on March 18 through the Skyward Parent Portal. If you need any assistance, please call the Memorial office.


Your Partner in Education,

Mrs. Debra Misecko

Dates to Remember

March

7-18 IREAD3 Test Window (see below for more information)

9 PTO Meeting at 3:30 - come and hear about the referendum from Dr. McCall

9 Promise Porter County will be here to help set up 529 accounts for Kindergarten & Gr. 1

11 End of 3rd Grading Period

15 Memorial night at Chick-fil-A - 4-7p.m.

17 Happy St. Patrick's Day

18 Grading Period 3 Report Cards available on the Skyward Parent Portal

21 - 25 Spring Break

28 School Resumes

31 STEM Night at Memorial 6-7 p.m.


APRIL

8 - 1/2 day for students- Dismissal is at 12:00 p.m.

11 Snow Make-up Day - School in session

13 PTO Meeting at 3:30

18 - May 13 ILEARN test window for grades 3-5

FOR FAMILIES OF Kindergarten and First Grade Students

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Kindergarten Enrollment is Now Open!

IREAD3

If your child is a second grader or third grader, please note that they will be taking IREAD3 during the test window of March 7 - 18. Third graders will be taking IREAD3 at Memorial on Tuesday, March 8 and Wednesday, March 9. The second grade students will be taking IREAD3 on Thursday, March 10. The second graders will take this as a pilot test this year. This is a statewide test which tests reading ability. As you schedule appointments, please work around these dates so that your child can take the tests at the scheduled times. Most students tend to do better when they take the assessments with their class and teacher.

Tips on talking to your child about the Ukraine/Russian war

Many of our students are noticing and hearing things about the Ukrainian invasion by Russia. Students are bringing this topic up in classes, with their friends, and with their teachers. While this can be a scary time for everyone, regardless of their age, it is important to be able to speak with your child about the recent and ongoing events. Here are some ideas about how to have this difficult discussion.

  • Hold space for them to speak and tell you about their thoughts and fears
  • Validate their feelings
  • Keep it simple, factual, and age appropriate
  • Try to not over explain
  • If age appropriate, show a map of Europe and the regions
  • Limit their exposure to scary images and news - -Tik Tok, Facebook, and Instagram are flooded right now with images, videos, and stories of war
  • Reassure them that adults are working hard to resolve this conflict


As always, please reach out to me if you notice signs of anxiety or concerns with any of our Memorial Students. Here are some articles that could be useful as you navigate this difficult discussion.

NY Times

Savethechildren.org

-Leann Seip, LCSW

Memorial Robotics in Action

Habit #7 - Sharpen the Saw

Memorial continues to focus on sharing The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen Covey. We will talk about one of the 7 Habits each month. The March Habit is Habit #7 - "Sharpen the Saw." The most important part of habit is "Balance Feels Best." For more information please read more from Dr. Stephen Covey's website.

MEMORIAL PTO

The following people serve on the PTO Executive Board. Their time and talents have been greatly appreciated by staff and students.


President - Kristen Elinkowski

Vice President - Rose Gutshall

Treasurer - Megan Taylor

Secretary - Rae Smedley


Memorial Elementary PTO updates can be found on the Memorial Elementary PTO Facebook page, and the Memorial PTO Website.

Box Tops for Education Continues

The Memorial PTO will continue to participate in the Box Tops for Education program. It is now as simple as scanning grocery reciepts using the Box Tops for Education App. Please use the link below for more information on how you can use your regular purchases to support the Memorial PTO.
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