Marseilles Elementary Newsletter

December 14, 2021

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, December 14th- Early Dismissal @ 2:25pm
  • Tuesday, December 14th- 5th & 6th Boys’ Basketball at Rutland
  • Wednesday, December 15th- Junior High Choir and Band Concert at 6:00pm in MPR
  • Thursday, December 16th- K-2 Winter Concert/ 3-5 Winter Concert @ 1:30pm & 2:00pm
  • Thursday, December 16th- 5th & 6th Boys Basketball at Marquette @ 5:00pm
  • Thursday, December 16th- 7th & 8th Boys’ Basketball vs. Marquette @ 5:00pm
  • Winter Break- Monday, December 20-Friday, December 31st. School Resumes on Monday, January 3rd.
  • Monday, December 27th-Thursday, December 30th- Marseilles Boys' Basketball Holiday Tournament
  • Wednesday, December 29th - Wrestling @ Rockford Invitational
  • Monday, January 3rd - Saturday, January 8th - 7th & 8th VGSC Boys Basketball Tournament @ Oglesby
  • Tuesday, January 4th - 6th, 7th, & 8th Volleyball vs. Grand Ridge 5:00pm

K-5 Winter Concerts THIS THURSDAY

On Thursday, December 16th MES will be presenting our K-5 winter concert. This year, due to COVID we will split into a K-2 and 3-5 concert. The K-2 concert will begin at 1:30 pm in the big gym with K-2 students. Doors will open at 1:15pm for K-2 spectator admission. 3-5 grade families will be admitted at 2:00 with a start time of 2:10pm.

Due to crowd restrictions, each student will be given two tickets to the concert. Tickets are going home TODAY!!! A separate email will be sent out to let you know to look for tickets as tickets must be presented at the door to enter the gym. You will not be admitted without tickets, but we will be recording the show. We will need to get spectators in and out in order to keep on schedule, so as soon as K-2 is done performing, those who do not have 3-5 tickets, you will need to exit the building. Once again, we will be recording the concert and posting the video on our social media a couple of hours after the concert. Properly worn masks are required for audience members.

Students should dress appropriately for the concert. Red and green colors are encouraged but not required. They should not wear anything that would cause a distraction (i.e. funny hats, light-up shirts, etc.)

At the conclusion of the entire concert, students will return to their classrooms. It is highly encouraged that students dismiss normally as families will not be permitted to the classroom to sign out their child(ren).

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Notes from the Office

This Friday is the end of our 2nd quarter, marking halfway through the year. Report cards for the second quarter will be sent home in January.


Winter parties will be in classrooms for K-5 students this week. Due to COVID, we will NOT have any outside volunteers!


While we are seeing warmer temperatures this week, winter will be here before we know it. As the temperature gets colder, we will still try to be outside as much as possible for recess. Please make sure your child bundles up. Hats and gloves/mittens are recommended with the cold weather. When snow falls, students will need snow pants in order to play in the snow. If your child is in need of a coat, please communicate with the school. We will make sure your child has a winter coat.


If your child has received his/her vaccination, please make sure the school has a copy of the card. We use this information for contact tracing as it changes the process for exclusion and/or test to stay.


Finally, we want to wish everyone at MES a safe and happy holiday season. Have a wonderful Christmas break!

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Text to Test

If an MES student is experiencing COVID-like symptoms, we will be offering a Text to Test over winter break. Please text Mrs. Christy at 815-795-0152. She will respond with available times to meet you at MES for testing. At this time, we will not be testing any other family members or close friends, just Marseilles Elementary students.
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Volunteers Needed for Marseilles Holiday Tournament

We are looking for volunteers to help out with the Boys Basketball Holiday Tournament happening over winter break. Time slots are 2 hour increments and range from 8:00am-9:30pm on Monday, December 27th, Tuesday, December 28th, Wednesday, December 29th, and Thursday, December 30th. We are looking for help with concessions, ticket sales door/greeters and runners. If you are interested in helping out, please call the main office at 815-795-2428 to get on the list.

Check Out What's Happening in 2nd Grade!

Mr. Roumi's class created fantasy characters after author Aaron Reynolds visited and they read the story Fart Quest in class. They are now playing an adventure game with the characters in class. After each game they then are writing about what has happened in their adventure so far in their writing journals!


Mrs. Pierce's class has been using post-it notes to practice story elements from different stories we know! Students also have been using some hands-on modeling while learning about how rocks turn into sand in science and have been enjoying some quiet reading time during Flashlight Friday!


Mrs. Johnson's 2nd grade is studying Earth Science and how water changes the land. They made plateaus out of cornmeal and gently made a rainstorm to change the land and make a canyon.

Erin's Law Curriculum

Safe Journeys will be working with students in grades K-8 to talk about Erin's Law curriculum. Below is a the link to the letter on the district website (Erin's Law Letter in bottom right corner).
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Lunch Menu for Next Week

Here is the link to our current lunch menu:

COVID Informational Letters

This year, we will not be communicating out information for each individual that tests positive at MES. You can, however, use the link below to access the information on the website. You may also access this information by going to mes150.org and clicking on Our School and then Health and Wellness.

COVID Updates

In order to keep our students and staff safe, we plan to align our protocols and procedures with the most recent guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education, who developed their guidance with the CDC and IDPH.


At this time, we are now considered 'outbreak status' for positive COVID cases. Outbreaks in schools are defined as:

  • 10 % of your student, teachers, or staff population being positive
  • 3 or more positive cases within a specific group (epi-linked) (example bus ride, single classroom, sports team)

We have been in contact with the local health department and are currently clear to continue in person learning and activities at this time.


If your child or anyone in the home is experiencing any COVID-like symptoms, please keep your child (and any siblings) home until you speak with our nurse. If any student(s) are in quarantine and would still like lunches and breakfasts, please email Terrie Spicer by 9:30am at tspicer@mes150.org.


Please call the attendance line to report the absence at 815-795-8795.

Symptoms include:


  • Fever (100.4°F or higher),
  • New onset of moderate to severe headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • New cough
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Please see the information below regarding testing locations for COVID. The document indicates where to test if you are symptomatic, asymptomatic or if you need to test for any other reasons. The document can also be found on the district website. If you are having any issues with testing, please reach out to the office at MES.

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Communication

If you are calling in your child(ren) for the day, please call our attendance line at 815-795-8795 telling who the child is and why he/she will be out of school.


Questions can be directed to the main office at 815-795-2428 or sent to the staff member directly via email. Email addresses can be found on the district website.


Please make sure you visit the MES website (https://mes150.org) for the most up-to-date information. Newsletters will be sent to you through TeacherEase as well as posted on the website. If you have not yet liked our Facebook page, check it out- Marseilles Elementary School District #150. Information is shared here as well as communicated through Class Dojo.


As a building, please know, we want what is best for your child(ren) and every other child. We will do our best to meet the needs of your students and look forward to a great year together! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

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