Memorial Messages

Memorial Elementary School Newsletter

Save the Date (s):

January

22 Report Cards are available at 8 a.m. through Skyward

26 8 am Student Council


February

5 Student Council begins Snifty Pencil sales

6 & 20 Kindness Keepers, 11:30 a.m.

9 PTO Meeting at 3:30 p.m.

11 Valentine Day Celebrations/Parties

14 Happy Valentines Day

12 & 15 Mid-Winter Break - no school

23 Student Council Meets, 8 a.m.

25 MATH Bowl (time TBA) at Valparaiso High School



MAY

3 All School Music Program for all students in grades 1-5 at Valparaiso High School


MATH BOWL meets Mondays and Thursdays afternoon until 4:10 p.m. Competition is February 25.

AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS - Follow this schedule - After School Sports

Saturday Night Live, March 12 - Volunteers Needed

Students in grades 4 and 5 will soon be invited to attend the annual Saturday Night Live on Saturday, March 12. This event takes a lot of volunteers. If you are the parent of a fourth or fifth grader, please let Debra Krieg-Lewis know if you would like more information and/or you would be able to help with this fun, event-filled evening.

WOW Awards!

"WOW" Awards are given to students who display lots of effort at school and work hard everyday. They always do their personal best. A "WOW" winner is chosen each quarter by each classroom teacher. The students' names are read on the announcements after each quarter and they will receive a certificate at the end of the year during the awards ceremony. Congratulations to the 1st and 2nd Quarter "WOW" Award recipients:


K-Dombrowski - Brayden & Hope

K- Mumaw - Anthony & Amelia

1 - Keller - Mason & Dale

1- Korb - Kaylee & Aiden

2 - Arndt - Lilly & Kylie

2- Nellessen- Addy & Luke

3 - Coyle - Jose & Olivia

3 - Watkins- Emily & Dalyn

4 - Becker - Kylee & Sarah

4- Schoff - Cayden & Alexa

5 - Rainey - Morgan & Annabelle

5 - Spencer - Riley & Olivia


Their names will be posted on the Data Wall in the front lobby, along with the students with perfect attendance, each quarter.

Discovery Fair 2016

Fifth Graders using strategies and skills in the fifth grade Chess Tournament

ISTEP+ NEWS

Parents of students in grades 3, 4 and 5 should be aware that the ISTEP+ test windows this spring are February 29 - March 11 for Part 1, and April 18 - May 6 for Part 2. If possible, please do not schedule doctor's visits and days out of school during these test windows. Students normally do better taking tests with their classmates.


Part 1 is the Applied Skills portion of the test and will be taken using paper and pencil. Part 2 is the Multiple Choice portion and will be taken online. If you are interested in more information about ISTEP+ and the Indiana College and Career Ready Standards you will find resources on the Indiana Department of Education's website.


The Department of Education has released this information for ISTEP+ Part 2:

The IDOE is pleased to announce the ISTEP+ “Experience” opportunity is now available through Pearson! The purpose of Experience is for students, educators, parents, and community members to see how test items similar to those on the ISTEP+ Part 2 assessment are presented in the online system.


You may access the "Experience" through the IN DOE website at this link: Experience.


Parents of third and fourth graders received an access code for the Indiana Parent Network in November. If you need help accessing your child's scores from the 2015 ISTEP+, please contact the Memorial office. We can print you an access code for the Indiana Parent Network. If you have any questions about ISTEP+ you may contact your child's teacher or Mrs. Misecko.

Scenes from the Student Council Holiday Movie Night

PICK-UP and DROP-OFF Reminder

In the interest of safety, please follow the school procedures when dropping off your child in the morning and picking up your child at the end of the day. The line for both starts at Bond Street and follows Milton Street to the school. Please do not cut into the line at Ridgeland. There is no pick up or drop off in either of the parking lots. Please inform others who may be picking up your child, i.e. grandparents and babysitters, about these procedures.


Additionally, if your child is a walker and you are now picking up during the winter, please let the school know and we will have your child in the car-rider line. The line of parked cars on Park Avenue after school often blocks the traffic on Center and Park and causes congestion.

Car Line Procedures

January 5, 2016


As we get ready to begin the second half of the school year, we would like to remind you of the Memorial Car Line procedures.


  1. Please do not get out of the car during the car line. Your child needs to be able to get into the car and buckle his/her seat belt independently.

  2. Once your child is in the car, please proceed forward. If you need to stop for some reason, please pull into the parking lot on Milton Street. Especially as the weather changes, we want to get the kids into their cars as quickly as possible.

  3. Please have your child’s booster/car seat on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. We do not want children getting into vehicles on the driver’s side because traffic on Milton Street is not stopped during dismissal. If the car seat must be on the driver’s side for some reason, your child needs to be able to get in on the passenger’s side and climb over to his/her seat independently.

  4. Please pull all the way forward so that you are right behind the car in front of you. When the snow and ice come, the sidewalk going uphill can be a little slick.

  5. Please make sure that you have your sign in the window. If you need a new or additional sign, please let your child’s teacher know or contact the office.


Thank you so much for following these procedures. It will make the car line run more smoothly which helps us get all of the children home in a more timely manner. Please share this information with anyone who may pick your child up in the car rider line.

Miscellaneous NOTES & REMINDERS:


  • Follow Memorial Elementary on Twitter @Valpo_Memorial.
  • Please note that, as per VCS policy, students will go out to recess any time the air temperature is above 0° F (factoring in the wind chill). Students should be bringing warm hats, gloves, and boots. If it is snowy, they will need snow pants to play in the snow.
  • If you have not paid Book Rental this year, please note that final balances are due on January 30, 2016.
  • For the well-being of others, please keep students at home 24 hours after the symptoms have passed, if they have had a fever or have vomited.
  • Thank you to all the parents who volunteered for the Holiday Parties. The students had a great time!
  • Report cards will be available on the Skyward Parent Portal on Friday, January 22 at 8 a.m. If you have any questions about the report card or your child's progress, please call your child's teacher.
  • Please send a note, or email Mrs. Molnar, in the morning with all changes in transportation. When calls are made during the busy school day, there is a chance that the message may get delayed and/or not delivered. If you have an emergency during the day, which merits a change in transportation, the best way to send the message is to Mrs. Molnar's email: kmolnar@valpo.k12.in.us.
  • Please remind your child to check the Lost and Found for any missing clothing or winter wear items. It is growing daily. You are welcome to come look through it as well, as sometimes the students do not look as thoroughly as adults.
  • If you need a copy of the New Wellness Policy, please ask in the office. There is a list of acceptable birthday/classroom treats. The teachers appreciate pre-packaged and pre-portioned treats.
  • A Background Check Application is required to be completed by school visitors and volunteers each school year. Anyone coming to help with holiday parties must have one completed a week in advance.

SUB AIDES NEEDED!

We are in need of Substitute Instructional Aides. Duties include: assisting teachers in the classroom, working with small groups of children, and supervising lunch and recess. Criteria for this position include at least 2 years of college or the passing of the ParaPro Praxis test. (Bachelor's Degree or Teaching License preferred.) If you are interested in applying to become a sub aide, please contact Mrs. Molnar or Mrs. Misecko in the office at 531-3090.

PTO News


You can find the Memorial PTO News at: http://www.memorialelementarypto.com/