Messages from Memorial

Memorial Elementary School Newsletter - January 2020

Happy New Year!

“If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence.” Carol S. Dweck

Save the Date (s):


6 School Resumes today

8 Little Caesars Pizza Kits order form and payments due

10 2nd grading period report cards available on Skyward

11 Robotics Competition at Heavilin

15 PTO Meeting at 3:30 p.m.

16 Discovery Fair, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

20 MLK Day - No School

23 Limo Ride and PIzza from Major Saver

22 - 23 Science Bowl Competition

24 Little Caesars Pizza Kits Pickup at 3:30

31 Club and Candid pictures for the Yearbook taken today


5 Intro. to Orchestra Concert for Grade 4

6 Intro. to Band for Grade 5

12 PTO Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

13 Valentine's Parties at School

14-17 No School for Winter Break

PTO Meeting Agenda Item for January 15

Dr. Jim McCall, VCS Assistant Superintendent, will be coming to the January 15 PTO meeting to discuss the current enrollment concerns at Memorial, including large class size, the bussing of overflow students and current boundaries. Potential solutions to these problems will be discussed. You are invited to come, listen, and ask questions. The PTO meeting begins at 3:30.

Advice from Love and Logic

As a parent and an educator, I have attended several Love and Logic classes. I find the information very helpful. I am also a subsciber of the Love and Logic Newsletter. Today's Newsletter is most timely, as it discusses strategies to deal with a poor report card. I'm forwarding you the link, in case you are looking for a way to discuss report cards at your house as well.

Keeping Kids Safe with Media

Are you interested in finding out more about setting parental controls for your media/TV channels, which movies would be best for your children to watch, or what some of the best games and APPS are available for learning? A great resource for navigating the media is the Common Sense Media Website. It includes information for parents and educators to help keep our kids safe in the ever changing digital world.
Big picture

Discovery Fair

The Discovery Fair is being held Thursday, January 16. Students may bring in their projects starting at 7:45 a.m. in the Market Place. You are welcome to help them get set up before the 8:30 bell rings. There will be an open house in the evening for parents and guests, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Students should wear their Discovery Fair t-shirts on Thursday to school. The students will take home their projects the same day, after the open house.

We hope you can come see the creative and interesting projects!

January's Habit for Happy Kids and Highly Successful People is Habit #5 "Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood."

Stephen Covey's Habit #5 is "Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood." This habit is about listening before talking. It stresses the important skill of being a good active listener using ears, eyes, brains and hearts to really understand what is being said. You can find out more about Habit #5 on Stephen Covey's website.

Please Plan Ahead for ILEARN - Coming this spring!

The ILEARN assessment will be given during just one test window, April 20 - May 15. Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 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.

Winter Recess

Please note that we value student recreation and play. We know that movement helps with focus and learning. Our goal is to have students go outside as much as possible. Indoor recess will be held if the temperature is under 0° (with the wind chill factor) or if it is too wet. Please send your child to school with snow boots and pants, hats and gloves. If you need help getting these items, please let the Memorial staff know. Additionally, we would gladly accept your school-age sized extra snow boots and pants to pass on to others.

Attendance Matters

A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. Teachers plan many lessons and activities that just can't be made up or recreated as make-up work. Additionally, classwork is progressive and each day of learning builds on the day before. Absences from school cause gaps in that progression. More effort is needed to catch up than to keep up. Research shows that students who chronically miss school fall behind academically.

We recognize there are times when missing school cannot be avoided, such as in cases of illness or for a funeral. When this is the case, please contact the school as soon as possible the morning of the absence. Teachers will prepare make-up work and you may pick it up and work on it at home when your child starts feeling better. If you cannot pick up the make-up work, another possibility would be for the school to send work home with a student who lives close to you. Your child will benefit by having as much of the make-up work done as possible when he/she returns to school.

Some things that can be done to increase student attendance and limit time out of class are scheduling doctor appointments during off school days/hours and scheduling family vacations around school holidays. Additionally some students miss school because they are having anxiety about something at school. We would like to help you with that. Please call us so we can work together to help make your child feel more comfortable about coming to school.

Looking for Highlights of Memorial Students Making A Mark on the Community

Please help us highlight your child's out of school accomplishments. We are dedicating a bulletin board in the front lobby of the school to post pictures and news about Memorial students and staff. You are invited to send in your child's accomplishments to the school office to be posted. This may include a picture of an award, a news article, an upcoming special program or sports schedules. Please label your news with names and dates.
Big picture

PTO News

You can find the Memorial PTO News at:

This year's PTO officers:

President - Debra Krieg Lewis

Vice President - Rose Gutshall

Secretary - Rae Smedley

Treasurer - Trish VanTornhout

Nurse Notes

Dear Memorial Families,

We want to be sure we keep Memorial healthy!. Here are some helpful tips.

Please remember, in accordance with the VCS policy , children should be kept at home if they have the following:

  • Temperature of 100 degrees or over
  • Eye infections with discharge
  • Cough associated with fever or continuous unrelieved cough
  • Cold symptoms associated with other signs of illness
  • Communicable diseases (chicken pox, scabies, impetigo, ringworm, head lice - until treated appropriately)
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Undiagnosed skin eruptions or rashes

*We ask students to be on antibiotic treatment for 24 hours or fever free 24 hours without an analgesic (Tylenol, Motrin) before returning to school.

For more information, please contact our School Nurse

Copyright 1999 Dr. William P. Sawyer