Meadows Messenger

Weekly update for the Meadows Elementary School community

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February Events 2/22/20-3/6/20

Monday, February 24

  • 2:45pm -4:00pm-Robotics
  • 2:45pm-3:45pm-2nd Grade Wizard of Oz Meeting

Tuesday, February 25

  • 7:30am Math Olympics
  • Art
  • 9am-11am-DFY Lifelines Assembly 6th Grade at Placerita
  • Kona Ice After School- A portion of all purchases are donated to Meadows.
  • Parent Education on Anti-Vaping Presentation
  • 7:00pm-Honoring 1st Grade Teacher, Kim Woodard at the NSD Board Meeting for Teacher Tribute
Wednesday, February 26
  • Orchestra-Bring your instruments.
  • 2:40pm-3:45pm-Musical Rehearsal-MPR
  • 2:45pm- After School Enrichment

Thursday, February 27

  • Folk Dance for 4th Grade
  • Rockstar Picnic
  • Field Trip-Packer, 5th grade CLWA
  • 2:45pm-3:45pm- After School Enrichment
  • 2:45pm-3:45pm- Wizard of Oz Rehearsal MPR
  • 6:00pm GDAC Science Night at Oak Hills

Friday, February 28

  • Spirit Day Western Wear!
  • Anti-Bullying Assembly for Students with Mrs. Carson, Counselor
  • Minimum Day Instructional Planning

Monday, March 2

  • Wizard of Oz 2nd Grade Meeting at 3:00pm

Tuesday, March 3

  • 2:45pm Chess in MPR
  • Art Class
  • 7:30am Math Olympics
Wednesday, March 4
  • 2:40pm-3:45pm-Musical Rehearsal -MPR
Thursday, March 5
  • Cardboard Playground Launch Day and Training for Parents Volunteers
  • Folk Dancing for 4th grade
  • Wizard of Oz 2nd Grade Auditions at 3:00pm
Friday, March 6
  • Early dismissal at 12:00pm.
  • Anti-Bullying Assembly by Mrs. Carson, Counselor
  • Minimum Day
  • 7pm-8:30pm Star Viewing Party

Congratulations, 1st Grade Meadows Teacher Mrs. Woodard, Teacher Tribute Honoree for NSD!

Congratulations to Mrs. Kim Woodard. She has been selected and will be honored as Meadows Elementary School Honoree for Newhall School District's Teacher Tribute Recognition. We are so proud our colleague! Mrs. Woodard's teacher colleagues have nominated her for this honor. She demonstrates exceptional leadership skills and shares her craft and passion for teaching reading with all of Meadows. Please help us in congratulating Mrs. Woodard!
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2/25 at 6:00pm at Meadows-Parents, Keep Your Children Safe Anti-Vaping Evening Presentation

Learn about the dangers and warning signs of vaping. Learn what to look out for and how simple the devices have become. If you are interested in keeping your children safe from a device often disguised as a pen and tobacco fluid in candy flavors. Deputy Sabadin will teach you how to keep your children safe and what to look out for in this presentation. This presentation is geared towards an adult audience. We will be bringing a presentation to 6th grade in the spring.
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Thank You, Parent Volunteers!

Thank you to our Meadows Foundation, all of our parent volunteers who attended our Cardboard Playground Training and launch day. This lunchtime activity would not be possible without you! A special thank you to Mrs. Stacey Hamblin and Mrs. Richelle Boyd for their generosity, passion and commitment to this initiative. Support of the Meadows Foundation provides these type of activities and more!
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Rockstar Rewards PBIS Program Works

Mrs. Van Gelderen, Mrs. Judge and the PBIS team are doing a great job helping children recognize important school-wide behaviors. They are rewarded with Rockstar Tickets. This week students were rewarded and could buy tickets to a Glow Party where they played games with a glow theme. Last week, students participated in the Pizza Party with Principals and many children purchase time with their stuffed toy, electronic device during recess or time with the principals and assistant principals as an assistant or having administrators read to their class. It's a huge success!
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Thank You, PTSA and Community for Support-Family Dance Success!

Thank you to our PTSA for hosting an incredible family dance event. Thank you to all of the families who came out to enjoy the evening! We're looking forward to a Spring Movie night and the Spring Book Fair.
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Meadows Foundation Open Position

Foundation is looking to fill the following role beginning July 1, 2020:

Board Member - Vice President, Fundraising (voting position)

The duties of the VP, Fundraising position are (but not limited to):

• Develop fundraising plan for the school year, along with the other four Board Members and Principal

• Take the lead on and execute the approved annual fundraising plan

• Vote on funds released to school per Principal request, one of five equal votes (majority rules)

• Correspond with other Board Members via email, text, or in-person meeting throughout the school year and possibly during the holiday and summer breaks to prepare for school year

• Attend annual Foundation Board Member meeting, annual Foundation Finance meeting, and occasional other meetings throughout the school year

• Term is a minimum of two years

If you’re interested in being considered for this position, please submit a resume and bio with qualifications to: by Friday, March 6th.

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LCAP Parent Survey

We are seeking your ideas and feedback as we begin to plan for our new 3 year LCAP. In the past your suggestions have resulted in more art residencies and counselors as well as the site level expansion of programs such as robotics. Please take a few minutes and share your thoughts through this survey.

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Meadows Foundation Sponsored Cardboard Playground -Parent Volunteers Needed

Meadows Cardboard Playground launched on Thursday, February 20 for TK-6th grade during lunch periods and it was a success! See The Signal Newspapers' write up on the front page of the paper. Click here.

We need our Meadows Parent Community to help run this lunchtime enrichment program!

The parent-run Meadows Cardboard Playground Volunteer Team will receive training on Feb 20th from 8:10-9:10AM in our MPR (stage) on how to support our children during this time of unstructured creative play. I encourage anyone interested in volunteering to sign up and attend this training session and also be available for the kick-off activities, if possible. Many hands make light work.

Spring Schedule: Feb 20, March 5, March 19, April 16, April 23, May 14, May 21, June 11

What is cardboard playground and what does it look like? Just watch!

How can one get involved?

1. Sign up to volunteer by emailing or This isn’t just limited to Meadows parents. Grandparents and family members over age 18 may volunteer. Also, if you can't stay the entire 11-1:30 timeframe, that's ok too. We are working to ensure adequate coverage while allowing flexibility. Here is the lunch schedule:

· Setup & TK/K: 11-Noon

· Grades 1-3: Noon-12:45

· Grades 4-6: 12:45-1:30pm

· Cleanup: 1:30-1:40pm

2. Donate materials. Watch for material drop off events, where we will be seeking clean, staple-free, safe cardboard materials (recycled paper rolls, large boxes, tape for taping boxes, etc.), markers, etc.

3. Encourage your child to come play, explore and be creative with their peers when the cardboard playground is running.

Think, Collaborate, Create, Innovate. See you on the Cardboard Playground.

Stacey Hamblin & Richelle Boyd

Cardboard Playground Lead Parents

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Star Viewing Party on 3/6 at 7:00pm at Meadows

Star Viewing party with telescopes hosted by Ms. Todd, 2nd grade teacher and the Santa Clarita Astronomy Club with professional grade telescopes. Drop by for a few minutes and learn about our solar system and stars. Ms. Todd has organized this event and has a passion for astronomy that she'd like to share with our community. We hope to see you there!
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Reward for Good Attendance

All students with 100% attendance will receive a special award at the end of the month of February.

Attendance is so important. Last year, our scores on our standardized tests for English Language Arts and Mathematics earned us special recognition by the state of California. Nonetheless, we were informed that we did not qualify for the Blue Ribbon Award because of our school attendance.

If you have to pull your child out of school for an appointment, please wait until we complete our attendance reports at 9:00am then please return them back to school. If possible, please make doctor appointments after the school day. While we never want students to miss school unless they are sick, please consider that the state of California strongly monitors our daily attendance records. This qualifies us and disqualifies us for certain state achievements. Every day counts towards students' academic progress and learning. Kindergarten is also a grade that has the largest absentee rate and significant impact on learning. Every day is an opportunity to increase reading, writing, and math skills, and most importantly, develop good habits. Unless your child is sick, please make sure they are in school. Thank you for helping to support the overall academic progress and success of your child and Meadows.

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Sargent Ovalle and Safety Training for Parents and Schools on March 12th

Please save the date, on March 12th at 6pm, we will have Sargent Ovalle at Meadows speaking to parents about Lock Down Drills and situations at school campuses involving an active shooter. He will share his first hand knowledge and answer any questions you may have about school-wide safety and procedures specific to this topic. He has become the lead point person for all of Los Angeles during these emergency situations. He is training our staff on March 10th and will speak with parents for an evening parent talk on safety.

Thank You for Supporting Popcornopolis!

Meadows Families,

Thank you for supporting Meadows Foundation Popcornopolis fundraiser. Thank you to Tiffany Hernandez and Lisa Howard for helping run this event. 6th grade end of the year promotional activities, party and events will continue due to your support! Your support benefits our school. Thank you again!