McIntire Minutes 5/3/2016
By Mark Clements, Principal
Teacher Appreciation Week
The teachers at McIntire Elementary are some of the most talented, committed and compassionate people I've ever had the privilege of knowing. While you see them at open house or Parent / Teacher conferences, presenting at assemblies or just around town, what you may not see is the long hours they spend on weekends decorating hallways or planting flowers outside, or the numerous late night phone calls, texts or emails worrying about their students. They're creative, as evidenced by STEAM Night, Literacy Week, superhero skits, costumes, or the variety of spirit days throughout the year. They love their students, and they hope beyond hope that this shows as well.
They're highly educated professionals dedicated to using the latest research and making sure that their decisions are driven by data and facts. They participate in countless after school meetings where they collaborate together to build programs and policies designed to help all of our students be the best they can be. They serve on committees dedicated to improving upon a school they're already very proud of and are committed to their own professional development, working hard to improve themselves so that they can continue to be the teachers your students deserve.
They're not perfect. They make mistakes like we all do. But their profession is an unforgiving one. It's high stakes - they know how much your children mean to you and the last thing they ever want is to disappoint you or your students. Your students see the awesome lessons or hear the funny voices during story time, but they quickly forget these when they get in trouble for not being safe, respectful or responsible. What they don't see is that while they might be crying in the principals office....their teacher is crying too.
We ask so much of our teachers, we put so much of our faith in them and trust them with our most prized possessions, it's easy to forget they're people, too. They have kids of their own, many of whom attend the same school. They (and their kids) get sick, they have families that need to be taken care of. They lose loved ones....as several of our teachers have experienced this year.
This week, May 2nd - May 7th, is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Our PTO has done a TREMENDOUS job of planning a variety of gifts and activities to show their appreciation to our teachers and we could not be more grateful for this. Additionally, an anonymous donor wished to buy lunch for all of the teachers today in honor of loved ones whom they've lost, one of whom was a teacher. Our teachers are honored and flattered by this generosity.
As their principal, and as a parent, I implore you to somehow say "Thank you" to your son or daughter's teacher this week. The gifts and candy are nice, but I promise, a kind email, text or phone call would mean just as much.
And for that reason, I would like to say "Thank you" to all of you - the parents and families of our McIntire students. You are your child's "First Teacher" and your children will learn more from you then we could ever hope to impart upon them. Our students are amazing, and that's because their parents, and teachers, are amazing as well.
4th Grade Music Program 4/28
MAP Testing Continues
Just a reminder that MAP testing is still going on at McIntire. The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) is a state test taken by all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Please make sure students are well rested, in attendance and prepared to do their best on this assessment!
Coins for Comfy PJ's
As a part of our year-long learning about real-life superheroes, McIntire students and staff will be participating in a variety of upcoming Penny Drives, benefiting Special Olympics, Lizzy's Lifesavers, and the Hydrocephalus Association. Our next special event is "Coins for Caps" next Monday, May 9th!
Thank you to our vets!
Our music program had a patriotic theme and several students shared stories of family members who have served in the armed forces. Very cool!
MAP Testing Continues
Coins for Comfy PJ's
What Students are Buzzing About
THIS WEEK AT McINTIRE
THURSDAY, MAY 5—MAP Testing 5th grade
FRIDAY, MAY 6—MAP Testing 5th grade
FRIDAY, May 6--SPECIAL OLYMPICS. STUDENTS LEAVE AROUND 8:15
FRIDAY, MAY 6—4th grade walking to Park & McDonalds in afternoon
NEXT WEEK AT McINTIRE:
1. Monday, May 9-Hornet Hustle “Field Day” 1st grade 8:45-10:45 & Kdg 12:30-2:30
2. Tuesday, May 10—MAP Testing for 5th grade
3. Tuesday, May 10-Hornet Hustle “Field Day” 2nd grade 8:45-10:45 & 3rd grade 12:30-2:30
4. Wednesday, May 11—MAP Testing for 5th grade
5. Wednesday, May 11-Hornet Hustle ”Field Day”4th grade 8:45-10:45 & 5th grade 12:30-2:30
6. Thursday, May 12—2nd grade Field Trip to Rock Bridge State Park
7. Thursday, May 12—4th grade Famous Missourians 1-2:30
8. Thursday, May 12—5th grade Music Program at 6:00
9. Friday, May 13—Puberty Talk for 4th grade at 2:15
10. Friday, May 13—3rd Grade Field Trip to St. Louis Science Center (Details TBA)
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Monday, May 16—KDG and 1st grade walking field trip to Hockaday Park 11:00-2:00
2. Monday, May 16—5th Grade Field Trip to St. Louis Museum
3. Tuesday, May 17—3rd Grade City Trip,city hall, court house, & historical society-8:30-1:30
4. Tuesday, May 17—McIntire Kid’s Mile & 5K Run/Walk-Kids Mile 6:00; 5K Run/Walk 6:30 at McIntire School
5. Wednesday, May 18—End of the Year Awards Assembly for grades 3rd-5th- 8:30-9:45 and for Grades Kindergarten-2nd- 10:00-10:45
6. Thursday, May 19—Year End SUMMER CELEBRATION