The Morris Minute

April 2018

Welcome to The Morris Minute!

This is the place to find updates for staff, parents, and families of Morris Elementary. Thank you for checking it out!

From The Desk of Mr. Anderson...

Hello Morris Families!

March came and went quicker than last year! I am sensing a trend that days are not slowing down as the years move on. I hope you all had time to relax during Spring Break and prepare for a busy next couple of months. Spring has taken an alternate route and must be showing up sometime soon, right? Outside activities have suffered a bit with the weather not cooperating, but will be booming soon! Our kids and families will be busy. As this happens, I wanted to encourage us all to continue to read with our kids and make sure that learning remains at the forefront of our days. We love school and the students here at Morris, and we want to continue to see their growth all the way up to the end!

We have had to make adjustments to our playground, as our soccer field has become unplayable. Again, Spring hasn't been very kind to us! We know more changes will be coming as we get set to start construction here at Morris. It is quite the exciting time, but that also means we may have to make more adjustments to our recesses and schedule for next year. It is crazy to be thinking about the 2018-2019 school year, but I can safely say that practicing patience is going to be key!

We have our Spring FAST Screening upcoming in reading and math. We will communicate results when we have them all. 1st grade and Kindergarten music concerts are around the corner. Please see Mrs. Anderson's email when they come home with instructions for your child's concert. Field Days for each grade will be happening this May and we are trying hard to narrow those days down as quickly as possible. Look for information regarding those to come home very soon.

On Monday, April 2, we are encouraging all students and staff to wear blue as a part of World Autism Awareness Day. I hope to see a lot of blue and show of support for many students and families impacted by Autism! Thank you for your continued support of many things happening at Morris. I am proud to work in a district that cares for it's students, staff, and community members!

Yours in Education,
Ben Anderson

Important Dates to Remember

April 2 - 2pm Dismissal
April 9 - 2pm Dismissal
April 12 - PTO Meeting 6:30pm - Morris Library
April 13 - Mid Term Progress Reports go home
April 16 - 2pm Dismissal
April 23 - 2pm Dismissal
April 26 - 6pm First Grade Concerts (Garton, Hartman, Wiltgen)
April 26 - 7pm First Grade Concerts (Current, Jones, Patten, Shield)
April 30 - 2pm Dismissal
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Dotty Lunch Lines

The students and staff at Morris have an excellent kitchen crew that helps our students make healthy and delicious choices during breakfast and lunch times. A new lunch line design was rolled out this week to help minimize issues in the lunch line. Vinyl numbers have been placed on the lunchroom floor at the serving stations to pace students going through the lunch line. Each dot represents where one student may stand while making their lunch choices and gathering their items. As they make their choices they move up in the line until they are at the cashier. After making great choices, the students are allowed to sit at their tables and enjoy a meal with friends. We continue to practice healthy, happy and polite ways to enjoy meals with friends. How do you practice healthy, happy and polite ways to enjoy meals with your family?

Kindergarten Registration is now open for the 2018-19 school year. Go to to get your students registered! If you currently have children here at Morris, you will be able to register them as well.

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Morris Cafeteria Wins Award! (ALL Bondurant-Farrar Schools did!)

All four Bondurant-Farrar schools have won the Bronze Healthier US School Challenge Award. The direct announcement from USDA is below:

The Healthier US School Challenge: Smarter Lunchroom (HUSSC: SL) announces 190 award winners from California, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Since the beginning of the Healthier US School Challenge in 2004, awards have been given to schools in 50 States and the District of Columbia. As of March 20, 2018, there are 3,136 schools certified (2,135 Bronze, 763 Silver, 202 Gold, and 36 Gold Award of Distinction).

The following schools have received Healthier US School Challenge: Smarter Lunchroom Awards valid March 2018 – March 2022:

Bondurant-Farrar CSD

Anderson Elementary School (Bronze)

Bondurant-Farrar High School (Bronze)

Bondurant-Farrar Middle School (Bronze)

Morris Elementary School (Bronze)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture commends these schools for the exemplary steps, leadership and team work employed to make changes to their schools’ nutrition environment; improve the quality of the foods served; provide students with more nutritious, healthy choices; and, enhance their physical activity program. To acknowledge their achievement, the schools will receive an award plaque, a banner to display, and a small monetary incentive award ($500 per school for the Bronze award, $1000 per school for the Silver award, $1500 per school for the Gold award, and $2000 per school for the Gold Award of Distinction) for meeting HUSSC: SL 2014 criteria. Also, the names of these schools will be proudly added to the HUSSC: SL awardees list on the Team Nutrition HUSSC: SL website.

Be sure to check the Community Link!

Remember you can find lots of great information on the Community Link. If you want to print out the PE Calendar, I also load it there as a single page so you can print it. :)

Morris Community Link
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