Monroe Elementary News

December 17, 2021

From the Principal

It has been a fun week! The Monroe students spent two days in groups exploring and learning with our Makerspace tools. These tools are technology tools that our students can build and create with. Today was a day of celebrating. Our students had the opportunity to see Santa and have a picture taken with him( those pictures will be coming home after our holiday break) and celebrating the season with classmates. It was a fun way to end the week. Below are some pictures from this week.


I hope that you have a great holiday break filled with fun times with family and friends. I know I am looking forward to seeing my family and spending time with them this holiday season. Relax, enjoy, and reset. We look forward to seeing your kids back at school on January 3rd.


Julie Paige

email: paigeju@japioneers.org

Phone: (614)873-8503 OR (740)857-1711

Twitter: @MonroeElem2

Facebook: Monroe Elementary School

January 12th- Remote Day

The January 12th Remote Learning Day has been canceled.

Madison County Prevention

Madison County Prevention (MCP) is offering evening workshops for Parents/Caretakers or anyone working with youth throughout the school year.
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Teacher Spotlight-Mr. Tarbet

What is your name and your position at Monroe Elementary?

Mr. Tarbet, music teacher


What's one thing you couldn't live without?

Music! I have to have music on in the background whenever I am doing work, and being able to sing and play music help me stay happy!


What is your FAVORITE thing to do?

I love being able to perform or lead performances! In college I used to sing in a professional opera company, but I have to say being able to help the students of Monroe with their OWN performances is an even better reward!


Where is the best place you've traveled to?

I was able to travel to Italy during my senior year of undergrad with my school's chamber choir. Being able to perform in churches that were older than the United States was absolutely magical! We even got to sing one song in the CASTLE of the composer who wrote it a couple hundred years ago!


Who is your biggest inspiration? Why?

I'd have to say my dad. My dad was a teacher and I actually had him for four years in middle school. I learned a lot about what it is to be a teacher from him, and I still find myself saying things he used to say in my classroom!


What is the best book you've ever read?

The best book I've ever read was actually an assignment for grad school, believe it or not! It was called "Your Brain on Music" by Daniel Levitin and it is all about the neuroscience of music and I found it SO fascinating!


What is your favorite thing about working at Monroe Elementary School?

Truly, the way each of us staff members work towards ensuring the holistic needs of our students are being met. I am abundantly aware that there is SO much more to education than what happens in my music classroom, but I am so incredibly lucky to work with such amazing professionals that understand that educating the WHOLE child is the goal! :)


Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

Believe it or not, I actually failed piano class TWICE in college! I struggled so much in college learning the piano, and it just took me SO much more time to get the skills I needed to pass my proficiency exam. Now I teach piano in the evenings and LOVE playing the piano. It just goes to show you that if you keep trying you can persevere through a LOT!

Important Dates

December 20-January 2- Holiday Break

January 17- MLK day- No School

January 28- Professional Development Day- No School

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