Mustang Minute

Montgomery Elementary School

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

February

24 & 25 ~ No school for Students - Act 80 Days

27 ~ Concert for Kdg, 2nd & 4th grades - 7:00 pm @ JBMS


March

5 ~ PTO Meeting at 6:30 pm

9 ~ School Board meeting in the Mercersburg Elem Library at 7:00 pm

10 ~ 6:30 pm - PTO planning meeting for Staff Appreciation Week

12 ~ 4th Grade to TWEP

12 ~ Parent Night sponsored by our district social workers-more information to come

13 ~ Early Dismissal at noon for elementary, 1:00 for secondary students

16 ~ Act 80 Day - No school for students

23 ~ End of 3rd marking period

31 ~ Cosmic Planetarium school day event

31 ~ Report Cards sent home

It's Concert Time!

Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th Grades will be performing their concert on Thursday evening, February 27th at 7:00 pm in the James Buchanan Middle School auditorium. If needed, the snow make-up date for this concert will be on Thursday, March 5th.

Read Across America Week

During the week of March 2 - 6, Montgomery students will be celebrating the birthday of Dr. Suess by participating in the following "dress -up" days:

March 2 - Fox in Socks - Crazy Sock Day

March 3 - Green Eggs and Ham - Wear Pink/Green

March 4 - Wacky Wednesday - Dress Wacky!

March 5 - 1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish - Wear Red or Blue

March 6 - I Am NOT Going To Get Up Today! - Pajama Day

Kindergarten Registration - April 2, 2020

The registration site is now open to enroll your child for kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year. Your child must be 5 years of age by September 1, 2020 to start kindergarten. First, create an account at the link below, then enter the required information. You must call the elementary school upon completion of the forms, to schedule an appointment time on Thursday, April 2nd, to complete enrollment during our Kindergarten Registration event.


https://registration.powerschool.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=21926&culture=en

Field Trip Fees

As a result of our kids working hard and having a very successful Race for Ed last year, we will not require students to pay any fees to go on their class field trip this year. Chaperones will still be asked to pay for their ticket.

PARENT VOLUNTEER POLICY - INCLUDES FIELD TRIPS AND END OF YEAR ACTIVITIES

As we approach the second half of our school year, please be aware that if you are planning to volunteer for any school day event, which include FIELD TRIPS, RACE FOR ED, and FUN DAY, you must complete and submit the following clearances to the Tuscarora School District Human Resources department:

Volunteer Registration Form

Child Abuse History Clearance

PA Criminal Record Check

Act 24 – Arrest/Conviction Form

Federal Criminal History Record Check

Tuberculin Test Results Form

Mandated Reporter Training (instructions provided in Volunteer Letter)

Volunteer packets with clearance applications, forms and directions, are available in the school office and on the school district’s website at www.tus.k12.pa.us (select Montgomery > Parents tab). Some applications may take several weeks to process, so plan accordingly to obtain volunteer approval before end of year activities take place.


If it has been longer than five years since completing one or more of your clearances, they may have expired and must be renewed before you can continue to volunteer.

Bonus Books

There are still a few Bonus Books available for purchase at $32.00 each. If interested, you may send payment to school with your child or stop in at the office.

January Students of the Month - Character trait of Trustworthiness

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Back row: Alexis Martin, Gavin McDonald, Clara Shaw, Chase Main

Middle/Front row: Jade Runshaw, Merissa Funk, Wyatt Walker, Willow Peck, Taylor Switalski, Kylie Newlin


Absent for photo - Joshua Shatzer, Natalie Fleming

Important Survey for Parents and Last Year's Survey Results:

TITLE IIA, IVA SURVEYS

IMPORTANT LINKS FOR PARENTS


We would like to invite you to participate in our Federal Programs annual surveys! We’d like to hear from you regarding our Title programs! Please take a few minutes to respond!


TITLE IIA PARENT SURVEY LINK: https://bit.ly/2QF7bPV


TITLE IVA PARENT SURVEY LINK:

https://bit.ly/307F8vt


Last Year’s Survey Summary:

https://bit.ly/2tI5QyA

Breakfast Contest Winner

Congratulations to Remington Thomas for winning the Razor scooter from the breakfast contest drawing.
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MONTGOMERY SWIMMING SCHEDULE

Mrs. Malone ~ April 28, 29, 30

3rd Mr. Piper ~ May 8

3rd Mrs. McGarvey ~ May 11

Attendance Policy

As we enter cold and flu season, please be aware of the attendance policy in regards to returning notes for your child's absences from school.

Attendance Policy: In keeping with PA state regulations and the Tuscarora School Board policy #204, absences shall be treated as unlawful until the school office receives a written excuse for the reason of absence. Written excuses must be submitted to the office within three days of the absence. Even if you have communicated with your child's teacher regarding an absence (by phone call or class Dojo), a written note for the office is still required.

If the office has not received a written excuse for your child's absence, you will receive a call/text from the district's notification system, as a reminder to send in a note with a reason for absence. Sending a note by email is also an option at the following address - debbie.meyers@tus.k12.pa.us.


More than three unlawful absences could lead to notification of the local magisterial district judge, as well as a referral to the County Children and Youth Agency. If you have any questions in regards to attendance or written excuses received, please contact the school secretary at 328-2023 ext. 2400.

Box Tops Collection

Please remind friends and family that they will need to download the app and scan receipts to keep earning box top money for the school. It is very easy to use.

We will continue collecting box tops with expiration dates until they no longer accept them. Parents, friends and family members can submit them in baggies. No need to paste them on box top sheets.

For more information, please visit the website BTFE.com or click on the BOX TOPS VIDEO link below.

Conversations about school

When you think of parental involvement, I am sure most often what comes to mind is parents coming into the school. That is one way to be involved, but research has shown that supporting your child's education at home is just as important. Below you will find conversation starters to help. Number seven is by far my favorite.


1."Let's see something that you brought home today. "

2. "Show me what you have for homework."

3. "Describe a book you enjoyed today."

4. "Tell me what you learned about that you would like to know more about?"

5. "What is the coolest thing that happened today?"

6. " Pretend you're the teacher. How would you describe your day?"


7. "How were you kind or helpful today? How did you make a positive difference in somebody's day?" How was someone kind or helpful to you?"

NOTES TO SCHOOL

  • Include child's first AND LAST NAME on any notes sent from home.
  • When your child is absent from school, a note stating the reason for the absence must be submitted within 3 days upon their return to school.
  • Notes should be sent anytime you are planning to pick up your child for an early dismissal.
  • Notes for sending your child home on a different bus should be limited to emergency requests.

Student Drop-off Procedures

If you transport your child to school in the morning, please allow our buses to exit the bus ramp before dropping off students. Then, pull up to the sidewalk along the flagpole to let children out of your vehicle, and exit out the middle driveway. Avoid driving around buses and vans that arrive later.

CELL PHONES/ ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Board Policy: #237 (Electronic Devices)

Students are not permitted to have electronic devices in school, on school property or at school-sponsored events. School Board policy prohibits use of personally owned electronic devices any time where use of the device would cause a disruption of either in-school or extracurricular activities as determined by the administration. The district shall not be liable for the loss, damage or misuse of any electronic device brought to school by a student.

Electronic devices may be used for other reasons determined appropriate by the building principal.

Cellular phones that have the capability to take photographs or record audio or video are not permitted to be used during the school day in district buildings. Additionally, any device that provides for a wireless unfiltered connection to the internet is not permitted to be used during the school day in district buildings. The use of cellular phones is prohibited during school hours. In an effort to accommodate parents and students, possession of a cell phone will be permitted under the following stipulations:

The cell phone must be in the “off” mode and not visible during the school day.

The use of cell phones will be allowed after the close of the school academic day.

Violations of this school rule will be addressed by the building administrator. The Tuscarora School District is not responsible for lost or stolen phones.

District Policy on Food Allergies and Classroom Celebrations

Tuscarora School District is a food allergy aware school district. This letter is to inform you that there are several students at our schools who have potentially life-threatening food allergies. The most common allergens that can cause anaphylaxis are peanuts; tree nuts; milk; egg; fish; shellfish; soy and wheat. Eating these foods, even in trace amounts, may cause a severe reaction (anaphylaxis) that can lead to death. Sometimes even touching contaminated surfaces may cause a reaction. School staff have been trained to recognize such a reaction and to administer medication (epinephrine) in an emergency.


You can help staff and students by helping your child understand the foods they freely enjoy can be dangerous to others. Equally important, however, is to let them know they can support their classmates by eating and handling food responsibly.

Here are a few suggestions for you as parents:

· Never take food allergies lightly; they can be serious and life-threatening

· Tell your child, “Do not share your snack or lunch with classmates.”

· Please communicate with your child’s teacher BEFORE sending any food to school (other than their lunch)

· Tell your child to get help from an adult immediately if a schoolmate has a reaction


There is a policy that has been approved by the Tuscarora School Board which states birthday celebrations may be held ONCE per month per classroom. Please communicate with your child’s teacher about when this will happen. We will be enforcing this policy throughout the elementary schools.


We will also be enforcing the following:

· Only store-bought items will be served for birthday celebrations. We encourage healthy food items or non-food items to be shared for birthday celebrations.

· The school nurse WILL review all ingredients before food is served. PLEASE NOTE: even if the word “nuts” does not appear in the ingredients list, it may be noted on the item somewhere that the food was prepared in a facility where nuts are present. These items will not be allowed due to possible presence of nuts in the food.

· Food will be served in the café on a day at the teacher’s discretion (all birthdays for that month will be celebrated in one day)

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your building principal. Thank you very much for your understanding and cooperation.


Sincerely,

Ryan Kaczmark & Brett Kagarise,

Principal Principals

Mercersburg & Montgomery, Mountain View & St. Thomas

Parent & Student Handbook and Acceptable Use Policy

The Parent & Student Handbook and the Acceptable Use Policy (for computer and internet use) is posted on the Tuscarora School District / Montgomery Elementary School website. We are asking each family to review both documents online so you are familiar with the expectations we hold for parents, faculty, staff, and students. If you wish to receive a hard copy of either document, please send a note to school with your child or contact the school office at 328-2023 ext. 2400.

To access the Parent & Student Handbook and Acceptable Use Policy:

TSD website - www.tus.k12.pa.us; Select “Montgomery Elementary School” under the "Schools" tab. Both documents are available under the “Students” tab.

Signatures will be required at the beginning of the school year, that you have reviewed and understand the rules and policies within each document.

ELEMENTARY MEAL PRICES for 19-20 School Year

Breakfast - $1.55, Reduced Breakfast - $.30

Lunch - $2.55, Reduced Lunch - $.40

Milk - $.45

School Day Hours

7:20: Doors open

7:35: Announcements and Breakfast is done being served

7:40: School day starts

2:10: Dismissal starts