Meridian Ranch Elementary

Home of the Bulldogs

July 19, 2021

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!


Main Line (719)494-2909


July Office hours: 8:00AM-3:00PM

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!



Dear Meridian Ranch Elementary Families,


Welcome back as we kick off an amazing year at Meridian Ranch Elementary ! We are so excited to begin the year, in person, with all of our Bulldogs!


*You are receiving this email because your child(ren) is/are registered at MRES for the 21-22 school year. If this is an error or you need to make enrollment adjustments, please contact our School Registrar at 719-494-2909.


This Highlights newsletter contains all of the information you need to start the year with us - please read through this information.


We are honored you have chosen us as your partner in education. As your entire world walks our hallways each and every day, always know that we are here FOR you and WITH you as we do whatever it takes for our kids together!


See you soon, Bulldogs!


Sheehan Freeman-Todd & Ed Kulbacki

MRES Administration

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First Day of School - Save the Date

Save the Date - Kindergarten Orientation is Monday, Aug 2nd from 8:30-11AM. Kindergarten students and one parent are encouraged to attend. Click Here for More Details.


Save the Date - Tuesday, August 3rd K-5 first day of school!


School Hours: 8:30am - 3:40pm, Doors open at 8:15am

Upcoming Dates:

July 28 - Teachers return

July 29 - K-5th Classroom Placement Released at 4PM

July 30 - 4-6PM Meet Your Teacher/Back to School Bash

August 2 - Kindergarten Orientation 8:30-11AM - Click Here for Information

August 3 - First Day of School K-5th

August 9 - First Day Preschool

August 11- Picture Day

August 13 - Elementary Assessment day - students attend by appointment only

21-22 Classroom Placements

Kindergarten - 5th Grades: Watch for an introduction email from your child(ren)'s teacher on Thursday, July 29th around 4:00PM. This email will also contain a welcome back video.

MRES Meet Your Teacher/Back to School Bash

The MRES Meet Your Teacher/Back to School Bash is an Open House format - you are able to come to Meridian Ranch anytime between 4:00pm-6:00PM on Friday, July 30th. Please arrive through the main entrance and staff will be present to help you find the classrooms. You are able to visit your child(ren)'s classroom, meet teachers, drop off supplies and activity fees, walk the halls of MRES, visit vendors including our PTA for Bulldog swag.


We can't wait to see you, Bulldogs!

Interested in Substitute Teaching

Please contact Mrs. Shari Gaesser at sgaesser@d49.org or call at 719-494-2909.

EmpowerFZ- The Falcon Zone

Falcon Zone has a strong tradition that dates back to 1900. That tradition carries on today with six highly successful schools. Falcon Zone offers the following programs: Academy of Health Sciences, Academy of Finance, Academy of Information and Technology, Air Force JROTC, FBLA, Distributive Education Clubs of America, Link Crew, National Honor Society, Student-to-Student program and many others. The zone offers more than 20 advanced placement and CU Succeed classes. Its schools have performed well on CMAS and SAT. While the Falcon Zone greatly honors tradition, we also embrace that our learners today deserve a different learning experience from yesteryear—one that will prepare them to be successful in our ever-changing world.


Through Empower Falcon Zone (EmpowerFZ), we aim to empower our learners by offering three main things:

  • Engaging Environments
  • Enhanced Opportunities
  • Elevated Instruction


We want our students to have more voice and choice in their education. We desire to cater more to their interests and needs, while at the same time providing them with unique, challenging, expanded and blended learning opportunities. We remain focused in our vision is: We want our students to have more voice and choice in their education. We desire to cater more to their interests and needs, while at the same time providing them with unique, challenging, expanded and blended learning opportunities.


More information regarding EmpowerFZ can be found here ---> https://www.d49.org/falcon-zone. Below are video messages from Sue Holmes, Falcon Zone Leader, designed to provide our community with information in regards to instruction and learning in our Zone.

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Community Events

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Nutrition Services

We are pleased to announce School District 49 will provide meals at no cost for all students this year. This is fully supported by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Other updates regarding meal services:
  • We are excited to open the Garden Bar for our students. Students will have the opportunity to select fresh fruits and veggies to go with their meals.
  • Please keep an eye out for updates regarding the daily menu selections. Due to several shortages and delays, the menu may shift.
  • Meals will remain at no cost to students; however, we still encourage you to fill out the free and reduced lunch application to support funding for our school!


Free & Reduced Meal Program

All D49 families are welcome to apply for the federally assisted free and reduced meal program. Many who apply are surprised to discover they qualify. The free and reduced-price meal program provides more than healthy meals for qualifying students, it provides much-needed funds for school districts, and can provide many other benefits to your family as well! Please click here to see if you qualify!


New to District 49? Register and apply online by clicking the link to PaySchools Central

Returning for school year 21-22? Update your D49 PaySchools meal account and re-apply by clicking here. Families must apply annually.


*Paper copies of the application can be picked up and turned in at school as well.

MRES Contacts

Principal: Sheehan Freeman-Todd

Assistant Principal: Ed Kulbacki

Dean of Students: John Webb

Counselor: Tara McLaughlin

Attendance Assistant: Cassie Donatell

Administrative Assistant: Shari Gaesser