McPherson News for May 28, 2023
Minimum Day - 5/26
NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, MAY 29, IN HONOR OF MEMORIAL DAY
As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives in our nation's wars.
Hello McPherson Families,
This week, our PTSA is hosting a Spring Book Fair. We will have a Literacy Lunch on the Lawn on Friday, June 2. See the newsletter for details on student lunch times.
Also, we are honoring McPherson student, Sarah Valdivia, with a Caps for the Cure campaign! Please see the newsletter for more details about our Super Hero Sarah and her fight against terminal brain cancer. The "Caps for the Cure" campaign raises awareness and money to find the cure for pediatric brain cancer. Students can wear a cap or wear a giant bow (Sarah's favorite) and donate $1 each day to help find a cure.
In the same spirit, our McPherson Girl Scout troop is also sponsoring a Joy Jar Drive at McPherson. Joy Jar drives provide fun (new) toys and activities for children receiving cancer treatments or for their siblings who are side by side battling with them.
Both of these fundraisers mean a lot to our McPherson community. Sarah Valdivia and her wonderful family are very special, and this is a meaningful way to honor her memory. See the newsletter for more information on returning books to the library, Goodbye Grams, Principal's Coffee and PTSA meeting, 8th grade promotion, and other upcoming dates.
Have a great week Meteors,
Library Check in Information
PLEASE TURN IN MATERIALS AS FOLLOWS:
Kindergarten through 5th grade
Wednesday, May 31 - All library books must be turned in to the library.
6th and 7th grade
Monday, June 5 - All Textbooks and library books must be turned in
Monday June 5 - All textbooks, library books, and devices must be turned in. School laptops must be turned in. 8th grade students will be given a form and time to return materials during PE. This form will need to be signed by the librarian and our health clerk for material check-in and absences to be cleared. This form must be turned in to the front office for the 8th grade student to be able to promote.
McPherson Goodbye Grams
The end of the school year is just around the corner and so is our McPherson Goodbye Grams Sales. Show your friends some love by sending one! You can send one to siblings, friends and even your teachers! Send your friends to summer with a Goodbye Gram!!!
How You Can Get One?
Grams are sold in front of the office every morning and after school. They are also sold during middle school and elementary lunches. The prices range from $0.25—$.75 and will be sold Monday, May 22, through , Wednesday, May 31. Grams will be handed out on Monday, June 5 to all classes. Enjoy the end of the school year and send a gram to your friends and teachers.
BOOKFAIR COMING NEXT WEEK
Don't forget to stop by the McPherson library next week 5/30-6/2 and visit the Book Fair. This is a great opportunity to stock up on summer reading books! The book fair is open daily 8am - 3pm. Students are able to come and shop during recess, lunch and after school.
We are offering a great convenient, cash-free option that allows you to upload money to your students account and they are able to spend it on anything at the Book Fair. To upload cash to an an E- wallet visit: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/content/fairs/ewallet.html
You can also shop online and the books will be delivered right to your door: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/mcpherson
All proceeds from the book fair helps support our McPherson Library!
We are also in need of volunteers to help work the book fair. If you are interested in helping sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044DACA723A6FD0-scholastic
We are also hosting our Literacy Lunch on the Lawn on Friday, June 2. Come enjoy a book and some quality time with your child. Make sure to stop by the Book Fair and and make a purchase to support our library. Lunch on the lawn will be during your students lunch time:
Kindergarten - 11:35 to 12:20
1st & 2nd - 11:20 to 12:05
3rd, 4th & 5th - 11:49 to 12:26
6th, 7th & 8th - 12:46 to 1:21
PLEASE CHECK LOST AND FOUND
Please be sure to check our lost and found for lost jackets, sweaters, lunch pails and water bottles. With the changes in weather, there have been a lot of outerwear that has been left behind on the playground and throughout campus. All lost and found will be donated to charity at the end of the school year. We will have all the lost and found at the front of the school on Wednesday, May 31.
Totally Awesome Tuesday
Come dressed in your favorite beach attire for our last Leadership Event of the Year on Tuesday, May 30. Fun games and activities at lunch. (No swim suits, flip flops. No tank tops, spaghetti straps, short shorts, cut off shirts, or torn clothing. All shorts should reach mid-thigh, or must be fingertip length. Students not adhering to free dress guidelines will call home for a change of clothes.)
Principal's Coffee & PTSA Meeting
Come join us for coffee and donuts on Wednesday, May 30 at 8:45am for our PTSA meeting and the Principal's coffee in room 500. Come find out what is PTSA has planned for next year. There is a virtual link as well:
8th Grade Promotion
8th Grade promotion will be held outside on the back concrete playground area on June 8 at 8:30 am. Attendance will be limited to 8th-grade students and 4 adults per family. (No children or infants may attend). Admission will be by ticket only. Tickets will be available for pickup from the office by parents starting Wednesday, May 31. Parents must sign for tickets when picking them up. Tickets will be collected at the entrance gate. (No umbrellas or personal chairs are allowed.)
Caps for the Cure & Joy Jar
CAPS FOR CURE - Sarah Valdivia radiated positive energy every time she walked into a room. She was a ray of sunshine. Sarah started Kindergarten at McPherson Magnet in 2019. She was well known for wearing big bows, loving unicorns, and being a good friend. When she was in second grade, Sarah was diagnosed with terminal brain stem cancer on January 26, 2022. Sarah endured three brain surgeries, and two clinical trials during her battle with cancer. Sarah fought with courage, and a positive attitude every step of the way. She gave us the drive to keep searching for a potential cure. She taught us to enjoy every moment, always look for light amidst darkness. She will always be our super hero. We will be showing our support for pediatric brain cancer patients and the need for research to cure this deadly cancer by participating in Caps for the Cure. Students will be allowed to wear a hat for the day and in exchange, the students are asked to donate $1 which will be given to The Cure Starts Now Foundation. Or be like Sarah and wear a big bow.
Caps for the Cure is a fun and easy way to raise much needed funds and awareness for pediatric brain cancer research. McPherson Magnet is partnering with The Cure Starts Now May 29th– June 2nd so no other family has to endure this battle. All students and staff are encouraged to bring in donations May 29 through June 2, and show their support for Sarah and other children by wearing a hat or big bow.
JOY JAR - McPherson Girl Scouts will also have a "Joy Jar" drive to collect toys for kids fighting cancer. A jar will be located in the front office for students and parents to donate toys to Courageous Kids fighting cancer and for their SuperSibs. See flyer attached for what kinds of items we would like to have donated for this very worthy cause.
Adopt a Linkbot!
Our award-winning C-STEM program is looking to to expand the C-STEM program to allow 3rd-5th grade students to have 1:1 access to Linkbots.
Check out UC Davis highlighting our program’s success: https://c-stem.ucdavis.edu/about-us/success/mcpherson-magnet
If you’ve ever had your student come home and talk about C-STEM, Roboblocky or Mr. Miller, you know how excited they are when they get to learn with Linkbots.
The cost to upgrade is $12,000 per grade and we want to bring this program to both the 4th and 5th grade. For every dollar raised from the Adopt a Linkbot campaign, the McPherson Education Foundation and Stanley W. Ekstrom Foundation will match 150% up to the total $24,000 needed to furnish both grades.
Here’s how you can help. Each Robot costs about $370, any family that “Adopts a Linkbot” for $150* will secure matching funding to purchase a Linkbot. For your contribution, an individual Linkbot will be etched the name of your choice**. In addition, a plaque will be added to the classroom with all the donor names and Linkbot names thanking everyone for their contributions. Help us meet our goal of 65 Linkbots and get the full match today!
To donate via Credit Card or Check, please go to https://adopt-a-linkbot.cheddarup.com
To donate via Venmo, please search for our certified charity account @McPhersonFund
*Donations of any amount are welcome, but $150 is needed to Adopt a Linkbot and give it a name. All other donations will be combined to purchase additional Linkbots.
**Name must be approved by McPherson Administration
ELEVO Game of the Week
This week’s games of the week are week are are Ring Toss and Around the World! The teachers will integrate at least one of these games into their sessions this week. While doing so, they will also incorporate a discussion about integrity. Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. Having integrity means being honest with yourself and others, and always keeping your word. Integrity is a highly valued trait because it helps us gain others’ trust, but more importantly, it’s what helps you love and respect yourself. Integrity means focusing on being the best version of yourself you can be.
PTSA Skate Night
Come and join us for our last school skate night of the year!!!
When: Monday June 5th 5-7pm
Where: Holiday Skate 175 N Wayfield St Orange
Cost: $15/ Skater- $5/ Spectator (Skate mates can be purchased for an additional cost)
Admission will be paid at the door Cash or Card is accepted
This is not a drop off event. All students need to be accompanied by an adult. Required waiver needs to be filled out at the skating rink.
BOX TOPS - WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
Hello McPherson Families!
We need your help, collecting Box Tops to earn cash for McPherson. Each one is worth 10¢! Everyone’s participation is helpful.
You can now download the Box Top application on your phone then scan or snap a photo of your receipt within 14 days of purchase. The earnings through the application are recognized immediately. Our school will get a check to spend on classroom supplies. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE STUDENT & TEACHER’S NAME UNDER “GIVE CREDIT MEMO.” If you have trouble scanning your receipts, please email Trinh Guevara a copy of the receipts immediately.
Physical Box Top clippings are being phased out of production but may continue to be found on many products throughout the stores. Drop off your clipped Box Tops to the front office. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THEM IN A ZIP LOCK BAG WITH STUDENT & TEACHER’S NAME.
Thank you for your support of the Box Tops Program and McPherson! If you have any questions, please email Trinh Guevara. Thanks again for all your help and support of our school. We couldn’t do it without you!
Box Tops Coordinator
ALL EVENTS FOR THE YEAR CAN BE FOUND ON OUR WEBPAGE AT:
Mark your calendars:
May 29 - Memorial Day Observed - School Holiday
May 29 thru June 2 - Caps for Cure & Joy Jar Donation Fundraiser
May 30 - PTSA Mtg./Principal's Coffee
May 30 to June 2 - Bookfair - Library
June 2 - Lunch on the Lawn
June 3 - 8th Grade Promotion Party
June 5 - Skate Party - Holiday Roller Rink
June 8 - 8th Grade Promotion, 8:30 am