Messages from Memorial

Memorial Elementary School Newsletter - April 2019

Happy Easter!

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead

Save the Date (s):


1 eLearning Day -(make up day)

2-5 Girls Basketball Camp w/VHS basketball team at MMEL

2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18 -Jumpstart at 7:50 a.m.

3 Orchestra Demonstrations for grade 4 at VHS at 10:30 a.m.

4 Band Demonstrations for grade 5 at VHS at 10:30 a.m.

5 Chores for Charity donations due today

10 PTO Meeting at 6 p.m.

11 Kindergarten Round-up at Memorial (click here for more information)

13 PTO's Masquerade Night - tickets on sale now at

18 Firefighter Phil Presentation for K-4th Grade

19 1/2 Day of School - Students leave at Noon

22 Earth Day & Traditional School Day for make-up day

23 First Grade Study Trip to VU

24 Tarradiddle Tales for Grade 1-3

26 Kindergarten Study Trip to Barnes and Noble

22 - May 17 ILEARN test window for Grades 3, 4, and 5

30 - May 4 TV Turn-off Week


6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week

14 Red Cross Blood Drive at Memorial

17 Traditional School Day for K-8 students for make-up day

23 5th Grade Students visit Ben Franklin Middle School

24 Field Day

27 Memorial Day - No School

30 1/2 Day for Students - Last Day of School


The Memorial Student Council is sponsoring an annual fund drive for charity called "Chores for Charity." Memorial students were challenged to perform chores for family and friends in exchange for money to be donated to Valparaiso's Family House and Riley Children's Hospital.

The money will be split between these two important charities. Hopefully, Memorial students have stepped up and helped with some spring cleaning and extra chores. Any money raised should be brought to school on Friday, April 5. Thank you, parents, for your support.

Kindergarten Round -Up

Kindergarten Round-Up will be April 11 at Memorial. If you are coming to register a new kindergarten student please come between 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. or from 1:15 - 2:30 p.m. For more information please go to the VCS webpage: Kindergarten Roundup.

Please note changes in the year end calendar:

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ILEARN - New and Coming this spring!

The Indiana Department of Education has changed the state assessment for students in Grades 3 -5 from ISTEP+ to the new ILEARN assessment. This assessment will be given during just one test window, April 22 - May 17. Students will test on multiple days during this window. As you are scheduling spring appointments, it will benefit your child if the appointments are outside of school hours on these dates. Students do better on assessments when they test with their class.

KIndness Challenge at Memorial was a Success

The Memorial Kindness Keepers challenged the entire school to do an act of kindness for another person in March. Each student was assigned another student and asked to do an "Act of Kindness" of any kind for the other person. These acts were written down and turned in to the office. Several of them were read on the morning announcements. The students were super creative with this and had great ideas, including helping clean desks, writing thoughtful notes, and one student painted rocks for the other student in his favorite color. The staff also cheered up other staff members with Acts of Kindness. Mrs. Aurand's class practiced their own version of our school song, "Show Your Heart" and performed it for Mrs. DeRoo (see picture below).
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Great Free Opportunities for Parents In Valparaiso

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Common Sense Media Resource

If you are interested in learning more about how you can help your child navigate safely through media and technology, please check out the Common Sense Media website. It is very parent and teacher friendly with an abundance of resources. The Common Sense mission, as stated on the website, is:

"Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.

Media and technology are at the very center of all our lives today -- especially our children’s. Kids today spend over 50 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century. But parents, teachers, and policymakers struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing digital world in which our children live and learn. Now more than ever, they need a trusted guide to help them navigate a world where change is the only constant."

April & May Focus on All 7 Habits for Happy Kids

For the remainder of the school year Memorial will focus on all of Stephen Covey's Habit for Happy Kids and Highly Effective People. All students have learned what each of the 7 Habits mean and we will continue to highlight and review them all. For more information about the 7 Habits visit Stephen Covey's website.

PTO News

You can find the Memorial PTO News at:

This year's PTO officers:

President - Debra Krieg Lewis

Vice President - Stephanie Edwards

Secretary - Leslee Davies

Treasurer - Trish VanTornhout

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Thank you PTO for a great Saturday Night Live at the YMCA


  • Because many of our buses are full, students will only be allowed to ride a bus that is not their own, in an emergency situation.
  • Please send a note, or email Mrs. Remijan, in the morning with all changes in transportation. When calls are made during the busy school day, there is a chance that the message may get delayed and/or not delivered. If you have an emergency during the day, which merits a change in transportation, the best way to send the message is to Mrs. Remijan's email:
  • If you are sending a note to the school about transportation, please include your child's last name.
  • Students may not carry medicine with them throughout the school day, this includes Inhalers. Please talk to the school nurse, Mrs. Scott, about your child's medical needs.
  • If your child is late to school (after the 8:45 bell) please walk them into the office and sign them in.
  • If you need a copy of the School Wellness Policy, please ask in the office. There is a list of acceptable birthday/classroom treats.
  • If you have not completed a Background Check this school year, please do so ASAP. This needs to be done for all visitors and volunteers that are coming to school during the school day.
  • If you need a sign for your car for the Pick-Up Line, please call the office.

General Dismissal Procedures

For the safety of all students, please do not use either parking lot during dismissal time as a pick up spot for your child. If you need to get your child out quickly for an after school appointment, please arrive early and come into the school to sign them out. It is our goal to NOT have any moving cars in the lots during general student dismissal.

All students who are car riders should leave the building out the east door (Door C) and wait along the curb on Milton Street. The students should enter the car along the curb as directed by the staff.

Students who are walkers should proceed out the front door and follow the sidewalks along Park and Milton. If you are generally a walker, but plan to drive during the cold winter months, please send in a note and your child can become a car rider.

If you park on Park Avenue to pick up your child who is a walker, please be mindful of the cars that travel down Center Street and leave plenty of room for them to pass through.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping dismissal safe!

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Student Council Sponsors Competition

The Memorial Student Council is sponsoring a competition between classes to see which class can collect the most Pop Tops (aluminum ones) by May 10. These will all be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. The top three classes will be winning a prize from Student Council. You may send them in any time.Thank you, in advance, for your help.

Reminders from Mrs. Keenan and Mrs. Scott

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