The Mustang Roundup

October Edition

Monthly Update

It is October! Whew! The first part of the school year has flown by! I would like to start this newsletter by thanking all parents and community members for all the amazing support you have provided Melba Elementary. It is greatly appreciated! Together we are going to continue providing our students with the best instructional opportunities and make this another successful school year. We love our community, parents, and students. We are Mustangs proud!

Formal Assessment Information

Students have now completed our state and district formal assessments. For students in Kindergarten through Third Grade, you should have received a report regarding your child’s score on the Idaho Reading Indicator. This assessment will be conducted monthly throughout the year. Teachers will be providing updates on how your child is progressing.

Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade also participated in our fall reading and math diagnostic assessments in i-Ready. The data gathered from this assessment provides teachers and students with a starting point to guide instruction, a way to monitor student achievement progress over the course of the school year, and a way to identify the individual supports and interventions each student will need.

We will continue to give our best to each one of our students. The work for this school year has begun!

COVID Update

As we make our way through the 2021-2022 school year, we continue to face the challenges that COVID brings to our school and community. In August, Dr. Adams revised our COVID framework. This framework is available for you to view on our school’s website. Our school is currently running in the green category. We are continuing to implement our enhanced cleaning procedures each day and continuing with many of the routines that we participated in last year to address COVID 19.

Our school continues to follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC for identifying close contacts. As defined by the CDC, a close contact is any person that is within 6 feet of an individual who has tested positive for COVID 19 for more than 15 minutes. Teachers have been asked to keep up to date seating charts, to help us with this process. We are so thankful to say that we have had to do very minimal contact tracing.

If a student is identified as a close contact, teachers work hard to continue to provide students with instruction through our online platform, Teams, and by sending home packets of instructional materials.

Thank you for all of your help and patience as we continue to make our way through this pandemic.

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Halloween Parties and Harvest Festival

Halloween Parties

Due to COVID 19, we will not host our Halloween parade this year. We have developed a fun activity for parents and community members that I will mention below!

Students will continue to participate in individual classroom parties on October 28th. Students are still invited to wear their costume to the classroom parties. Due to the recent increase in COVID cases in our community, parents will not be able to attend the classroom parties or come into the building to help their child change into their costume. Teachers and staff members will be around to help students. We ask that parents keep costumes simple this year. Students are not permitted to wear face paint. We also do not permit any weapons of any kind or any toys that simulate a weapon.

Harvest Festival

We would like to continue to include our parents and community in our Halloween festivities, so we have teamed together with our PTA to start a new tradition! This year the elementary will be hosting a “Harvest Festival!”

As many of you know, our teachers love to decorate during the Halloween holiday. Each year our teachers dress up and decorate their hallway to a specific theme and surprise our students. Many times, our parents are not able to see these amazing decorations, so we are going to open our doors from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on October 28th for students, parents, and community members to walk through our hallways and look at our teachers' amazing talents! This provides us with additional time to allow everyone into the school while decreasing the amount of people at one time. Plus, our students are already dressed up from the parade; why not do a little Trick or Treating!

During the Harvest Festival, you can look forward to seeing teachers and volunteers dressed up and handing out candy, amazing decorations, and the opportunity to bid on some fun themed baskets put together by our PTA. Outside the school, we will have several food and hot beverage trucks for you to buy some yummy food for your family. Please look for more detailed information regarding this event in the next couple of weeks!

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Red Ribbon Week

During the week of October 25th-28th, our students will be celebrating their commitments to be Drug Free. The PTA has developed some fun activities such as red ribbon tying and weekly dress up days. Below is the dress up information:

Monday- Proud to Be Drug Free! (Wear Mustang colors)

Tuesday- Peace Out to Drugs! (Wear your favorite tie dye)

Wednesday- Lei Off Drugs! (Wear your favorite Hawaiian clothes or wear a lei)

Thursday- Say Boo to Drugs! (Bring in your Halloween costume to wear at your class party)

Mustangs SHINE!

As you may remember from last year, our students work each day to SHINE! The “S” in SHINE stands for shows responsibility. Students have been focusing on what showing responsibility means and what types of ways they can demonstrate responsibility. When students or classes are caught demonstrating responsibility, they earn a star for their grade level. The grade level that earned the highest amount of stars for the month had the opportunity to earn a Root Beer Float party. The grade level earning the most stars by showing responsibility was First Grade! Way to go!

September Mustangs of the Month

Each month, every teacher nominates a student that demonstrates the qualities of SHINE! Here are the students that demonstrated great responsibility for the month of September:

Kindergarten- Kace N., Alivia A.

First Grade- Kinley A., Luke R., J.J. P

Second Grade- Presley H., Hesston K., Averi B.

Third Grade- Ricky C., Camila M., Simon S.

Fourth Grade- Freddie B., Tennessee F.

Fifth Grade- David K., AJ D., Yadira G.

Sixth Grade- Arianna C., Bryson F., Carlee D

Music- Carter C.

PE- Everitt V.

Congratulations to these students. For the month of October, we will move to "H" which stands for "Have Respect!"

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Melba Elementary Parent Volunteer Winners

Each month the Melba Elementary PTA and elementary school would like to recognize and thank our parent volunteers. Our goal is to help support each individual student reach educational success. This is not a goal that we can reach on our own. It takes the commitment of our staff, parents, students, and community. As a team, we can provide our students with an educational experience that will help them to succeed.

This month we would like to highlight and thank the following volunteers: Janel Nichols, Lisa Scott, Ana De La Riva, and Cassandra French. The PTA placed these volunteers into a drawing and pulled one lucky winner to receive a small prize. The winner for September is Janel Nichols! Thank you to these ladies and to all the parents we have come into our school on a daily and weekly basis. We appreciate you!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parents-Teacher Conferences will be held on November 4th from 4pm-8pm and November 5th from 9:00am-2:00pm. We will be holding face to face conferences in our building. We ask that parents screen themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and do not attend conferences if they are feeling ill. If you are uncomfortable attending conferences in the building, please contact your child’s teacher and we will make other arrangements. Report cards will be sent home the week of October 18th. Teachers will be sending invitations to those conferences soon. We look forward to meeting with you!

Elementary Office Contact Information

We are so pleased to say that our new administrative assistant, Mrs. Jen Cole, is doing an amazing job and learning the tricks of the trade quickly! If you need any assistance, please feel free to contact her at anytime. Her contact information is included below for easy reference.

We would also like to remind our parents that if you need to make any changes to your child's pick-up routine (anything different then what was specified on the transportation form), please notify the office by 3:00pm. This provides us with time to get this information out to your child's teacher and decreases any chance of miscommunication. Thank you!

Mrs. Jen Cole

Melba Elementary School

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 208-495-2508


Important Dates

October 2nd- School Custodian Appreciation Day

October 4th-7th- Mini Cheer Camp

October 7th- PTA Popcorn Sale Order Due

October 8th- 3rd-6th Grade Sing during High School Football Game, Mini Cheer Performance

October 11th-21st- Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser

October 12th- Board Meeting 5:00pm

October 14th- Popcorn Sale Items Delivered

October 14th- End of First Quarter

October 14th- Farmstead Fundraiser

October 14th- PTA Fall Festival Basket Donations Due

October 18th-21st- Report Cards Sent Home

October 21st- Melba's Got Talent Jr. 7:00pm

October 25th-28th- Red Ribbon Week

October 28th- Halloween Parties and Parade

October 28th- Harvest Festival 5:00pm-7:00pm

November 1st-November 5th- Book Fair

November 5th, 6th-Parent-Teacher Conferences