Hawk Talk Newsletter
"Traditional School" refers to brick and mortar (in the school building) vs. "Virtual" referring to online from your home.
CAR RIDER INFORMATION
Once car tags are received, numbers are to be displayed on car visors for easy visibility. No child can be picked up without the proper car rider number. Only the original car rider number will be accepted. The staff has been instructed to send all cars without proper car rider numbers to the main office. This is a safety issue. The school issues new car rider numbers each year.
You can find the car rider line entrance on the south side of the school building. You will stay in one line until you are directed into one of three drop off lines. Parents MUST also wear a mask when dropping off their children.
Temperatures will be taken before students exit the vehicle each morning. Please ensure that your windows are rolled down and everyone in the vehicle is wearing a mask when you reach the MES drop off zone.
School will begin at 7:45 AM and end at 2:45 PM each day.
Car Rider line opens each morning at 7:10 AM and closes at 7:40.
Students are considered tardy after 7:45 AM. However, Car Rider line closes at 7:40. After 7:40 you MUST park in front of the building and walk students in using the front office. Their temperature will be taken in the front office.
**We anticipate more car riders than normal this year. Please be patient and follow the safety guidelines provided as our number one goal is to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
Please view the attached document listing street names and tentative bus arrival times. Please have your child out waiting for the bus at least 15 minutes prior the time shown.
Please notify the school if you do not see your street on the route info.
If your child is riding the bus, we will be sending home a bus form for you to fill out. Please return ASAP.
Students must be wearing a face mask to board the bus each day. Their temperature will be checked before entering the school building.
Please complete the transportation survey below for each child. Please indicate in the notes/comments if there are any special circumstances or if your child will use a different form of transportation on certain days.
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH
Great News!! ALL schools in the Madison County School System have been approved for a USDA waiver allowing us to provide breakfast and lunch meals for virtual, remote, and traditional learners at no cost to families. We are approved beginning Thursday, Sept. 3 and ending December 31. Please continue to complete and submit applications for free and reduced meals as usual so correct statuses will be in place when the waiver ends. Please watch for more information from local schools. **YES, this is for ALL students (full price, reduced, and free) under 18 years old.
Breakfast for traditional students will be served between 7:10 and 7:35 am in the lunchroom.
CURBSIDE PICK UP (breakfast and lunch) will still be offered for virtual students
daily from 10:30-11:00. We will no longer be offering delivery.
Cafeteria Safety Measures:
We will not be seating the full capacity in our lunchroom in order to social distance as much as possible. We will have assigned seats in the lunchroom for each group of students, and the lunchroom will be sanitized after each group leaves the area.
View our September and October lunch menu below:
Even though some students are not going to be in the building right now, go ahead and get this form completed so that your students are set once we can return to traditional school.
If you have students that will be receiving medication at school this year, please contact Nurse Jenni to set up an appointment to drop off meds. Drop off times will start tomorrow but you MUST have an appointment. She can be reached at email@example.com or call the front desk at 256-851-4570.
AFTER SCHOOL INFORMATION
After school care will begin next week. If you are a new family and want to use after school care you must register with the link below. If you have used after school care before you are already registered.
NEW Families MUST register for after school care prior to Monday, September 14. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
We will not be doing drop in service for after school care this year. It is a full time program only.
You may bring your supplies on the first day of school. We realize that since parents are not able to come in with their child, it may take more than one day to bring all supplies.
As a reminder, all students in PK - 12th grades are required to wear a mask upon returning to school including on the bus.
The following is provided for your information.
As we all plan for students to return to school, the following information may prove useful in deciding the best face covering to choose for your child.
1. N-95 are the best but primarily recommended for health care workers.
2. The second most effective masks are the disposable surgical masks or a 2 layer cloth mask.
3. Least effective are bandanas and the gaitors (thin neck /face covers)
Schools recommend some type of lanyard or clip to keep the mask on the student so that it does not drop to the ground and get soiled or get lost when having a mask break.
Students will have assigned seats on the bus, in each class, and in the lunchroom which will allow us to know who students are around should we have a positive case of COVID-19. Teachers will be keeping seating charts to make sure that students are in the same seat each day.
DEVICES AT SCHOOL
If you received a school chromebook, these (along with chargers) will need to be brought to school daily. Please ensure these are charged before the school day. The device will be utilized in each class as we will continue to use Schools PLP to supplement classroom instruction.
If you would like to bring your own device, you are able to. However, the school is not responsible for any damages or issues that may arise.
Students who are remaining virtual may continue using their school-issued chromebook at home.
Progress Reports will be sent home on October 24th.
For virtual students, please contact your teacher for updated grades.
Please check your child's temperature each morning. Anyone with a temp of 100 or higher should stay home.
Your child's temperature will be checked in the morning before they enter the building. Car Rider's temperatures will be taken before they exit their vehicle. Bus rider temperatures will be checked upon exiting the bus. Temperatures will also be taken midday, in the classroom, by your child's teacher.
If you child has a temperature at or above 100 degrees in the car rider line or bus line they will not be allowed to enter the building and will continue their learning day virtually, at home. This will not be marked as an absence.
If you child has a temperature is at above 100 degrees at a midday temp check, they will be assessed by the nurse for possible causes and parents will be notified. All students who have a temperature at or above 100 degrees must go home, regardless of the cause. They may not return until they have been fever free, without fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.
Please review the document below for answers to our frequently asked questions!
To access SchoolPLP, you must use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Firefox. SchoolPLP is not compatible with Internet Explorer.
WI-FI LOCATIONS For Sparkman Schools
Wifi is available at these locations Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students
20-21 School Calendar
Registration and Withdrawals
If you received a snap code and have not registered your child, please do so as soon as possible.
Do not forget to withdraw your child if they will be going to another school.
If you received a residency affidavit form, please complete it and return it as soon as possible.
You may email Mrs. Brewer with any registration or withdrawal questions or concerns.
MY SCHOOL FEES
For your convenience, Monrovia Elementary School is implementing My School Fees. We will start by taking after school care payments for now. Within the next few weeks, we will add payment activities to included field trips, yearbooks, donations, class t-shirts and fundraisers.
If you are interested in using My School Fees, please take a moment to view the below video for detailed instructions.
Here are some basic instructions you will need to follow to ensure a successful experience with My School Fees.
- Visit our school website under resources then payment and you will find the My School Fees page. You may also pay by going to www.myschoolfees.com.
- From the Guest Login section of the page, select Monrovia Elementary from the drop down box.
- Select the category of the item you would like to pay.
- Click the Checkout button.
- Enter the name(s) of the person(s) receiving the item(s) and continue.
- At the Summary Page make sure that everything looks right and then click Check out.
- At the Checkout page, enter personal information, your credit card information, and click the Pay Fees button.
- Within a few minutes, you will receive an email confirmation of your transaction.
If you need any assistance, please contact Karen Kiger, our school bookkeeper, at email@example.com
MES Spirit Wear Store (PTA Sponsored)
CURBSIDE BOOK PICK UP
A few changes to our curbside book pick up! Virtual students can still reserve/request books! However, they will now be placed on a cart for pick up at your leisure on Wednesdays in the front lobby. Just look for the bag with your child’s name on it. You may also return your books to the check in bin. 📚
Parents: The Madison County School District will be participating in its State Accreditation Review this coming school year. If you have not done so already, please complete the survey below to assist us in providing guidance for the needs of our district. The survey will remain open until June 19, 2020. Thank you.
Link to parent survey: