Mr. Posick's Friday email

March 7, 2014

March Madness

We have gotten to the month of March, and for some of us it is March Madness time. Now March Madness can mean different things for different people. For me, it's NCAA basketball tournament time (I was a high school basketball coach for 12 years while I was "growing up"). It's also the time of year when cabin fever sets in and we all want to get out of our houses, or the school, and enjoy some outdoor time. The same is true for the children in our lives. It's tough to stay cooped up in school or at home because the weather isn't conducive to being outdoors for too long. As March warms us up, make sure that you get outside and enjoy the changing seasons. I can guarantee that we will have the students outside as much as we can.

Jump Rope for Heart

Monday, March 3rd, we had a great morning of Jump Rope for Heart, a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Check out some pictures of the event above. Thanks to the classroom teachers for their flexibility and support and to Miss Luberda and Mrs. Monson for their organization and leadership. We also had a great group of 7th and 8th graders who assisted during the event. We thank you for your support of this worthwhile cause.

Spring Book Fair

Our book fair will run through March 11th and students will be able to visit during the school day. On Tuesday, March 11th, we will keep the book fair open until 6:00 only at the Intermediate School. The purpose of the book fair is to help provide more books for our classroom libraries and as a fundraiser for our band program in Merton. We hope that you are able to attend!

Check out our Merton teachers!

Three Merton staff members recently did Merton proud. Mrs. Reuter presented at the ICE conference, attended by well over 1000 educators, last week. Mrs. Weiland was named the VFW Teacher of the Year. Here is a link to the article from the Lake Country Reporter. Mrs. Kasprowicz shared her experience as an author of a book about her father, "The Reluctant Rocketman", with an elementary school in Franklin today. Here is a link to her book from Amazon. I am proud of the work of all of our teachers as they spread the word of the great things we do in Merton!

Four Myths about Parent Involvement in Middle School (from Zite)

This morning while I was checking out Zite, a digital magazine I read nearly every morning, I came across this article about parent involvement. Here is the link with four suggestions for how you can be involved in your child's school. I appreciate all of you who volunteer and I hope that this article may help some of you realize that you can be a part of Merton Intermediate School. Please contact me if you would like to help out!

World Read Aloud Day

Wednesday, March 5th was World Read Aloud Day. I was fortunate to be able to read "Oh the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss to Mrs. Schiellack's class as well as taking part in a Google Hangout Mrs. Reuter's class had with a class in Virginia. Today I was able to read to Mrs. Niemczyk's class, too. It was also great to see so many buddy classes having a chance to read with one another. Did you have a chance to read with your child this week?