The MJT Weekly

Friday, November 20, 2020

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A Note from Mr. Morcone (Please note the links can be clicked on the electronic versions of this newsletter):

Hello Parents and Guardians:

We at MJT hope you are doing well. As we continue to navigate these times, I can certainly state that all of our students, faculty, staff and YOU have been hard at work and supportive in educating our children. As they say, "It takes a village..."

As we approach the Thanksgiving season, there truly is a lot to be thankful for even in challenging times. With students in school only two days next week, there will not be an MJT Weekly next Friday.


Parent/Teacher Conferences: On Monday, December 7 and Monday, December 14, students will be dismissed half day. Dismissal Schedule: K-2: Busses will dismiss at noon. Parent pick-ups at 12:05. There will be NO afternoon UPK classes on both of these days. Grade 3 at GES: Busses at 11:50 and walkers at 11:55. The conference format will be virtual, phone conference, or any similar means of communication. We will not be able to meet in person due to the pandemic.

Report Cards will be mailed to you on Monday, November 30 for you to review in preparation for your Parent-Teacher Conference. We feel it is important for you to have the report card ahead of time to review your child's progress before the conference.

We are encouraging students to bring a sweatshirt for the school day as classrooms have a window "cracked" open to increase outside ventilation. This can prevent the spread of the pandemic and is part of the contact tracing process if needed. For clarification, all windows are NOT open all day or night, nor would we expose anyone to chilling temperatures. We continue to work with multiple agencies to be preventive in our practices.

Please reach out if you have are any questions or comments.

From our MJT Family to yours, have a fulfilling, restful Thanksgiving.



Important Topics:

Safety Updates:

-The Granville CSD District Safety and Health Committee met this week with Needham, our risk-management group, in order to be preventive and progressive with our practices.

-We have a couple of more evacuation drills to complete before the winter.

Remote Learners:

  • ALL REMOTE student pictures will be taken on Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at GES. More specifics to come.

  • It has been a privilege to observe faculty and staff using various technological advances to educate our children. From visiting with students and joining some Google Meet classes, there are many positives to this form of instruction.

National Support Staff Recognition Day

On Wednesday, November 18, we celebrated all of our support staff (TAs, aides, monitors), paraprofessionals, Transportation, Maintenance, Buildings/Grounds and Food Service departments for their tireless work for all of MJT and GCSD.

We all appreciate what you do for our children and community-at-large.

Thank you!

Curriculum At-A-Glance:

*Please note that these are just some of the skills that students are learning. Due to Spring catch-up, some may overlap. Updated every two weeks.


Pre K


  • Letter identification/phonemic awareness for the letters E, F, G, H
  • Spelling our first name
  • Listening to stories


  • Rote counting 1-20
  • Patterns
  • Meaningful counting of objects, 0-5
  • Writing numbers 4 and 5



  • Letters l, h, k
  • Counting by 10s
  • Writing Numerals to 20
  • Nocturnal Animals continued
  • Sight words I, a, see, a, the
  • Clapping syllables


  • Shapes
  • Measurement
  • Counting to 40

First Grade


  • Reading and writing CVC words
  • Capitalization and Punctuation
  • Reading and writing digraphs sh/th/ch/wh/ck
  • Double letter spellings ll, ss, ff
  • Glued sounds -all, -am, -an
  • Reading sight words
  • Handwriting
  • Character/Setting/Main Event
  • Family Traditions


  • Adding fluently within 10
  • Understanding related facts
  • Doubles facts
  • Subtraction within 10
  • Solving addition and subtraction word problems using pictures
  • Understanding the relationship of part/part/whole through number bonds

Second Grade


  • Long vowels
  • Tall Tales
  • Ending punctuation
  • Character and setting
  • Transition words in written responses


  • Place value
  • Odd/even
  • Time-hour and half hour
  • Facts to 20

Third Grade


  • Writing-What Christmas Means to me for the Sentinel
  • Grammar-Topic and concluding sentences
  • Determining the central message
  • Spelling-/ee


  • Rounding to the nearest hundred
  • Measurement and operation-word problems
  • Subtraction-3 digit minuends with zeros
  • Multiplication and Division


-Thanksgiving Recess: Wednesday, November 25-Friday, November 27 (school is not in session)

-RECESS: We monitor the windchill temperature for outdoor recess. Please ensure students have the appropriate dress for the outdoors as we try to do this as often as conditions permit.

-If your child is riding the bus, please continue to send them to school with our "golden ticket." This helps our efficiency when unloading at school in the morning.

Emergency Activity Lessons/packet: In the event of a brief (24-48 hour) closure, an emergency hard copy packet was sent home with your child at the start of the school year with an attached letter explaining this process. These activities arranged by grade level are now also posted on our MJT Webpage for easy access. These activities are only for a 24-48 hour closure. After this duration, we will activate our Chromebook deployment and each child will receive their Closure Class Schedule from their teacher for full online/remote learning.

-Attendance: Our team met again this week and phone calls and letters were sent if there were any questions or concerns about your child's attendance.

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 5:30pm

This is an online event.

Backpack Information: Reach out to PTO for details on receiving additional weekend food if in need.