The McKelvey Messenger

September 25, 2020

Looking Ahead

9/25 Spirit Wear Orders Due Today!!!

9/21-10/2 Parent/Teacher Conferences (late night 10/1)

9/28 PTO Virtual Scavenger Hunt

9/29 Board of Education Meeting 7pm

A Note from Your Principal

It has been a busy week at McKelvey! We've managed a book refresh, curbside library check-out, and an important parent survey all while our incredible students and teachers completed another week of high quality distance learning. I want to thank our families for your support and flexibility in shifting schedules and multiple trips up to McKelvey as we prepared books and materials for the second half of 1st quarter. You have been amazing and it's always great to see people!!! If only for a few minutes at the curb. :)

We are anxiously awaiting news next week in the hopes of returning to school very soon. This building was meant to be filled with children. The learning preference data has been bittersweet. With our overall school community's preference to remain virtual, the long awaited opening of McKelvey Primary will likely be put on hold until the 2021-22 school year. However, we will continue to seek silver linings and trust that lessons learned through this pandemic will increase our patience, resilience, flexibility, and gratitude.

On a positive note, we are excited to be connecting with so many families this week during parent-teacher conferences. It's wonderful to hear about the progress already being made by our outstanding students! Technology, reading, math...or all of the above! Please enjoy a terrific weekend - get away from the screens and into the sun. Take good care!


#seeksilverlinings #mckproud

Counselors' Corner

Greetings, McKelvey families! This week we would like to share some ways that you can positively reinforce your child at home. When you notice your student working hard, staying on task, or following the Dragon’s Code, reinforce these behaviors to increase the likelihood that they will continue! As always, please reach out to your grade level counselor if we can help in any way.


Emergency Resources:

  • 911

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

  • Behavioral Health Response Crisis Line: 1-800-811-4760

  • Saint Louis Crisis Nursery: 314-768-3201

  • Salvation Army: 211 (mortgage, utility bills, clothing, medication bills, etc.)

Enjoy your weekend!

McKelvey School Counselors

Nurses Notes

Hello again from your nurses. Hopefully everyone is able to get outdoors (socially distanced) for some fresh air and exercise as the weather is becoming a bit cooler and less humid.

This is also a time for children who plan to return to in person learning to get some practice wearing face masks as they will be required when returning to in person school.

Start with just a few minutes a few times a day and gradually increase the amount of time.

Be sure to encourage your child to let you know any concerns they have and work with them to make it a less stressful experience. Please contact us if we can help in any way.

For those returning to in person learning who have children who may need to take medication at school - either on a daily basis or as needed. We are attaching the form that is required to be filled out by parent/guardian and the prescribing doctor. Please be sure the medication is in its original container with labels - both over the counter and prescription. The form below must be completed for both over the counter AND prescription medication.

Jamie Kreher BSN, MSW, RN- - K

Jane Sinnott RN, BSN, NSCN- - 1-5

School Materials Refresh

Thank you for driving through yet again to pick up materials for the second half of 1st quarter. If you missed us today, any remaining materials can be picked up on Monday 9/28 between 8:00am and 4:00pm on the bridge near the front entrance. Thank you!

2 Important PTO Deadlines Today!

Sweatshirt season is almost here. Don't miss out!! Today is the last day to order 2020-21 Fall Spirit Wear! Visit the online store now!

Equally important, don't miss an opportunity to connect with other McKelvey families at the PTO Virtual Scavenger Hunt Monday, September 28th at 6:30pm. SIGN UP TODAY!

Access the full PTO Newsletter HERE!

Playgrounds and Facilities are Still Closed

Please remember that playgrounds and outdoor facilities are still closed. Due to the all-distance start to the school year, equipment is not being cleaned. Thank you for your help in preventing and minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community.