McGuire Minute

McGuire Mustangs

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At McGuire Elementary, our mission is to engage and motivate all students to recognize, accomplish and celebrate their maximum potential.

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Important Dates

    • February 13 - Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up emailed to families

    • February 17-20 - Family Science At-Home Activity

    • February 17th & 20th - NO SCHOOL

    • Feb. 27- Mar. 3 - Book Fair

    • March 1st - Report Cards Tri 2 go home

    • March 2nd/3rd - Parent Teacher Conferences

    • March 3rd - No School due to Parent Teacher Conferences

    • March 6th/7th - No School

    • March 24th-31st - Spring Break No School

Staff Shout Outs

Let us know how our staff is doing and help us to recognize them by completing our Staff Shout Out. You can recognize an amazing teacher by filling out a few questions in the link below. We will present them with a Shout Out Certificate that tells what they were recognized for and by who.

Parent and Guardian Involvement

Our staff is amazing and I would love for your help in honoring them. If you are willing and able to help out with a gift card that can be raffled off to staff, please see the sign up link below and help bring some fun and joy to the Mustang Staff!

If interested, please bring card into the office or send in with your student.

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, March 2nd - 5:30-8pm

Friday, March 3rd - 9:30am-12 & 1-3:30pm

For our Winter Parent Teacher Conferences, buildings will be hosting virtual or in-person Parent Teacher Conferences and we will schedule this through Calendly. Please make sure the school & teacher have your current email as soon as possible!

By Tuesday, February 14th, you should have received a LINK by EMAIL specific to your child's teacher and their conference schedule. If you have not received a link - please email your child's teacher or let the front office know. You will be able to click on that link and select from one of our dates and times on March 2nd & 3rd. It will then go directly to the teachers google calendar and make a Google Meet link. Be sure to click either Google Meet for a virtual conference or McGuire Elementary as a location for in-person.

As a parent, you will receive an email confirmation that has the Google Meet link address to go to for your conference on March 2nd or 3rd.

*If requested a phone conference can take the place of a "virtual or in-person" conference. If you would like to schedule a virtual conference with a specials teacher (Computers, Music, PE) or Counselor, you can do so by signing up below with the specific specials teachers in the google slides.

Directions for Parents

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Specials Parent Teacher Conferences

Please click on the slide show below in order to see what your student has been learning in their specials classes or to see how to schedule a conference with a specials teacher. Please reach out to the office if we can help schedule, 989-775-2260.

Kids Heart Challenge

Kids Heart Challenge is HERE!

McGuire Elementary Families, Kids Heart Challenge has officially kicked off and we are hoping students can help fundraise for this very worthy cause. It does also bring in money to support physical education class.

It’s as easy as 1,2,3…

  1. Start by downloading the Kids Heart Challenge app or visiting our schools link below
  2. Help your child to select a personal challenge: Be Kind or Move More.
  3. Become a Heart Hero by sending emails/e-cards on the website or texts via the app to invite friends and family to support.
  4. Help your student complete Finn’s Mission on the KHC website or APP.


or download the Kids Heart Challenge App and search for our school.

Ends March 10, 2023

McGuire Expectations

Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible

Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible

McGuire students have been learning all about how to be safe, respectful, and responsible around the school. We are focusing on what it looks like to follow the school expectations and how to help our school be the best it can be for all learners, all the time. Feel free to review these expectations with your child at home. Ask them what they have been reviewing at school and how to be safe, respectful and responsible in the different areas around the school.
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Dismissal is about to get even better!

What does this mean for you?

-Place the orange sign on the dash on the passenger side each day at pick up.

We are excited to add a step to our dismissal process to make it go even faster. We have timed it and on average, it takes 7-9 minutes from start to finish if you are at the back of the dismissal line in front of the school. Currently, we are using walkies and as we see you, we are asking your child's teacher via walkie to have the student go to the front 4 cars in the pickup line. We sent home an ORANGE cardstock today with your child's name on it. Please put this on the passenger side dash so we can see it. This will allow us to know sooner who you are picking up and we can line the students up accordingly. We are going to have 4 colored cones that students will line up at. For example, if you are first in line, your child will wait at the yellow cone and as we determine the spot you are in line, we will have your child wait at the appropriate cone.

We will do the rest and are hoping this makes dismissal even faster.

If the orange paper came home and you don't need it, it just means at some point your child was a pick up so we made a sign for any and all pickups just in case. You can either keep it for when/if you pick up your student at the end of the day or if you know you will never pick up your child at the end of the day, you can feel free to discard.

Thanks so much for your help and support as we continue to work hard to keep everyone safe and make our dismissal as seamless as possible.

Art to Remember

Our school is participating in a creative fundraiser with Art to Remember that allows you to purchase keepsake products customized with your child's art. There are over 60 products and many are less than $15. These make great gifts and a percentage of every purchase goes right back to our school. Click on the link below and enter the online order code shown on your child's order form or to search for your child's artwork. Then, have fun shopping! "

Here also is a link to an art show of all the art submitted by our students to Art to Remember:

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Bus Expectations

McGuire students have been learning about Bus Expectations. We understand that not every student rides the bus regularly. However, at some point, usually classes take field trips where they utilize the bus. Students also had a chance to go on the bus with their class to hear about the expectations from our drivers. Students that ride regularly, may, bring home a BUS BUCK. A BUS BUCK certificate can be turned into their school for a chance for a prize.

We focused on 3 main things to make a successful bus ride:

1. Students must be stayed fully seated while on the bus.

2. Students must use quiet/low voices so the driver can focus on the roads, hear emergency sirens or use his/her walkie to talk to other students while the bus is moving.

3. Students must keep their hands and feet to themselves while on the bus.

We are hoping that families that particularly have students that ride frequently can review these expectations with their child at home.

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Counselor Week

Happy Counselor Week last week to our Miss Winnay! We are so thankful that we have her here at McGuire and she is a gift to us all! She works hard, loves our students, and is always reaching out to them with a friendly smile and a gentle heart. All you do does not go unnoticed and you make a difference daily at McGuire!
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Board Meeting Dates

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ess art contest

We are excited to announce our 5th year of the ESS Art Contest 2023. It starts on Monday, January 23rd! The contest is open to public and charter school students in grades K-12 throughout the continental United States.

Quick Facts About the Contest

  • The contest information is located at
  • To enter, students must submit a drawing or painting with an image representing “If you could take a school field trip anywhere, where would you go?”
  • The contest ends on March 12th, 8:00 pm Eastern Time.
  • The top five finalists in each Grade Group will be featured on ESS’ Facebook and Instagram during the week of April 10th for public voting.
  • Public voting ends on April 16th, 8:00 pm Eastern Time.
  • Winners will be announced on April 19th.
  • Winning students will receive a $500 American Express gift card, plus $500 for their school.
  • Attached is an 8.5” x 11” digital flyer for printing and distributing! The attachment can only be viewed from a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer.
  • If you have any questions, email

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Student Support Para-Professional Job Posting

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Student Council Update

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Hello Families,

Your child brought home a Parent Information Envelope letting you know about a safe and easy way for our school to raise funds for essential tools our students and teachers need to succeed.

The SchoolStore fundraiser is 100% online so there is NO face-to-face selling, handling money, or delivering products. Your participation will take less than 12 minutes, and there are exciting prizes to make it fun for the students.

Here is all you need to do to participate:

1. Go to

sign up.

School ID: 0000363158

2. Send form emails inviting family, friends and co-workers to support your child.

3. Return the Envelope with the Student Prize Code to school for your child to get their fun participation prize.

Be sure to ask your child for the Parent Envelope tonight. Your participation will make a difference for our school and teachers!


McGuire Elementary School

NO early drop off until 8:35am

Please make sure to wait until 8:35 before dropping off your student to the playground or in front of the school. We do not have supervision until 8:35 and we want to make sure everyone is safe. Thanks you for your cooperation and help keeping all of our Mustangs safe.

If you drop off after 8:50, please be sure to come into the office to sign your student in for the day before leaving. If you drop off your student to come in without an adult, we will have to call you to come back and sign them in. Unless you sign your student in at the office, the tardy or absence will not be verified which could negatively impact the attendance record, leading to truancy. Thanks!

Cold Weather is HERE!

With the colder temperatures and snowy weather, please send your student with labeled snow gear; including boots, gloves, hat, coat, snow pants. If you are in need of assistance with getting the proper clothing you can set up an appointment with Clothing Inc. which is located just down the road from McGuire Elementary book an appointment here -, or contact your student's teacher.
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Please label your student's items

We would love to see our lost & found items claimed, but also to keep the lost & found to a minimum. Families can help us by LABELING EVERYTHING!

Use a permanent marker to label your child's name on lunchboxes, school supplies, backpacks, water bottles, child's clothes (utilize the inside tags of sweatshirts, jackets, shoes, and snowpants). We will periodically check labels and post pictures of items to be claimed - check out the McGuire Facebook page.

Send an extra pair of clothes to stay in your student's locker, place in a ziplock bag or plastic grocery bag, label with their name.

autism awareness & acceptance lessons with cmu

CMU is excited to partner with Fancher and McGuire during the 2022-2023 school year to provide Autism Awareness and Acceptance Lessons to all 4th and 5th grade students. These lessons were already provided to our current 3rd graders last year in the DK-2 buildings.

The lessons will occur monthly beginning this past week. They have been generously funded by the Organization for Autism Research. Lessons will include specific information regarding autism, including how to be aware of the needs of peers with autism, in addition to focusing on the acceptance of differences and similarities of all students.

In addition to the formal lessons, books about children with autism will be read to each class and these books will be donated to the school libraries at the end of the academic year for students to check out and share with family members and friends.

You may check out the following link for more details about the lessons: Kit for Kids | Organization for Autism Research ( If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact AnnMarie Bates at or 989-774-5899.

second steps - social & emotional curriculum

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End of Day Schedule Change

If you have any late changes to your student’s regular routine for the end of the day, then please write the change in the student agenda. All of our teachers utilize these on a daily basis, so this is a great way to communicate with your teacher. If the change occurs after the school day has begun, then please try to call the office by 3:00 p.m. so we can relay the message in a timely manner. Thanks in advance!


We will have popcorn every Friday for 50 cents per bag. Hope you enjoy it!

Volunteering at McGuire

If you are considering helping out at our building or on any field trips this year, then you will need to complete our volunteer form first. Get this out of the way now so you don't have to worry about it in the future!

Fidgets, Toys, Pokemon Cards

We love that our kids have toys at home to enjoy and we ask that students leave their toys at home. We want to make sure that toys are not broken and misplaced so please make sure that all toys are at home to enjoy and students can enjoy active play at school during their recesses and breaks.
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medication & student medical needs

Reminder from our Welcome Newsletter- to make sure the school is aware of any medical needs by the first day of school.

Please bring any medication (over the counter or prescription) this includes student inhalers, to the front office. A signed release form from the student's doctor will need to be submitted, according to school policy. Thank you for your assistance with this.


If you aren't currently following us at McGuire Elementary on Facebook, please like our page to you can see our district updates, information about our school, and more.

Like @McGuire Elementary

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Meal Magic-Add Money to your student's lunch account

Lunch is $2.05

Milk .75 cents

*to create an account for your student and add money either using a credit card or e-check, you will need your student's 5 digit ID. This 5 digit ID - is also your child's username to log in their school computer. If you need help finding this number and your student doesn't remember please call our office at Fancher and we can help you.

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McGuire Spirit Wear

The McGuire Elementary School Spirit Wear Store is up and running. Choose from hundreds of spirit wear designs and garments that are delivered to your home in days! Visit

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Before and after school care

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COVID Reminders

For the health and safety of our staff and students - it is very important every morning families are screening their own child before sending them to school for the day.
  • Temperature of 100.4 degrees
  • Sore Throat
  • New uncontrolled cough causing difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with fever

Please continue to communicate with your child's building of any new situations that affect your family by calling us at 989-775-2260 or emailing Mrs. Sarah Burkhart at

If your child is not feeling well and/or going to be absent, please call the school, and we will contact their teacher to let them know of the absence.

2022-2023 District Calendar

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Attendance Policy

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reminder-No outside food for student lunches

Friendly reminder of our No Outside Food policy for Student Lunch time. Students must bring their lunch to school or choose a school lunch option.
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bright by text shares tips and info just for you: based on your child's age and where you live.

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MPPS Website and App

Have you checked out our new website - it is pretty slick!

Download the new Mt. Pleasant Public Schools app!

Download on the App Store

or Get it on Google Play

*scroll to the bottom of the MPPS website and see Stay Connected and the links to download

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Morning Drop-Off 8:35am

All students will be dropped off at the front door and will walk to the west playground entrance at 8:35. When you see the adult supervisor come out the front door, please feel free to begin dropping off if you are within our loading zone, between the McGuire sign in front of the school and the front porch. Come in the east entrance, drive to the front, drop off and exit the parking lot. Use the exit closest to the front door of the school. The first bell will ring at 8:40 and then school will officially start at 8:45. If it is too cold or raining, you will follow the same drop-off time and the student will come in the school at the west entrance.

Afternoon Dismissal 3:49pm

Afternoon will be very similar to the morning. Dismissal is at 3:49. 3rd and 5th will be dismissed in front of the school and 4th grade has the option to park in the small parking lot in front of the gym to be dismissed. Please remain in the vehicle if you are in front of the school in the line and we will bring your student to you. If you would like to park and walk to the porch area, you are welcome to park in the far west lot and walk over to the front of the school.
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MPPS Transportation


Request for Transportation use the form linked here

Other forms linked on the Transportation website:

  • Permission to Leave Alone
  • In City Busing Reduction

Mary McGuire Elementary

McGuire Elementary Mission Statement:

Empower Excellence

Office Hours 8:00-4:00 p.m.

Erin King, Principal