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Memorial Elementary School Newsletter - December 2019

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Memorial Staff!

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Thank you for your very generous donations during for the collections and donations for the Angel Tree families. Memorial students and families have really gone above and beyond to make sure others have gifts for the holidays.

Save the Date (s):


9 & 10 This is Our Story at Valparaiso High School (Memorial Choir sings on the 11th) @ 7:00

11 PTO meeting at 3:30 p.m.

18 Holiday Parties

19 1/2 Day for Students (student's are dismissed at 12:00 p.m.)

19 Last Day of 2nd Quarter

20 Records Day for Teachers/No School for Students

20 - Jan. 5 Winter Break


6 School Resumes today

10 Second Quarter Report Cards Available on Skyward

11 Robotics Competition at Heavilin Elementary

15 PTO Meeting at 3:30 p.m.

16 Discovery Fair 6:00-7:00 p.m.

20 No School today - MLK Day

Congratulations to Mrs. Kandel's class for winning the Hungry Howie's Class of the Month for having the best attendance in November, 98.3%.


The spirit days are as follows:

Monday, December 16th - Holiday (or any) P.J.'s Day

Tuesday, December 17th - Holiday shirt/sweater Day (Don't have one?..Red/Green would be fine!)

Wednesday, December 18th - Holiday Socks Day

Thursday, December 19th - Holiday Hats/Headbands Day

“It's not about presents but it is about your presence. Therein lies the spirit of the holiday season.” ― Julieanne O'Connor

December's Habit for Happy Kids and Highly Successful People is #4 "THINK WIN WIN"

Stephen Covey states, "Win-win is a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions. Win-win means agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying. We both get to eat the pie, and it tastes pretty darn good!"

For kids "Think Win Win" means:

  • Consider what others might want, not just what I want.
  • When conflict arises, look for different solutions.
  • Being kind to others and try to think of a way for everyone to be happy.
  • I win, you win, we win!

The Memorial teachers are reading the stories from The 7 Habbits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey to their classes. It illustrates the ideas of the 7 Habits through the eyes of some unique characters.

Recess in the Winter

Please note that we value student recreation and play. We know that movement helps with focus and learning. Our goal is to have students go outside as much as possible. Indoor recess will be held if the temperature is under 0° (with the wind chill factor) or if it is too wet. Please send your child to school with snow boots and pants, hats and gloves. Students who do not have these items will be limited to play on the blacktop only. If you need help getting these items, please let the Memorial staff know. Additionally, we would gladly accept your school-age sized extra snow boots and pants to pass on to others.

Granparent's Day 2019

“You don’t have to blow out the other person’s light to let your own shine.” ~Bernard M. Baruch

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Attendance Matters

A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. Teachers plan many lessons and activities that just can't be made up or recreated as make-up work. Additionally, classwork is progressive and each day of learning builds on the day before. Absences from school cause gaps in that progression. More effort is needed to catch up than to keep up. Research shows that students who chronically miss school fall behind academically.

We recognize there are times when missing school cannot be avoided, such as in cases of illness or for a funeral. When this is the case, please contact the school as soon as possible the morning of the absence. Teachers will prepare make-up work and you may pick it up and work on it at home when your child starts feeling better. If you cannot pick up the make-up work, another possibility would be for the school to send work home with a student who lives close to you. Your child will benefit by having as much of the make-up work done as possible when he/she returns to school.

Some things that can be done to increase student attendance and limit time out of class are scheduling doctor appointments during off school days/hours and scheduling family vacations around school holidays. Additionally some students miss school because they are having anxiety about something at school. We would like to help you with that. Please call us so we can work together to help make your child feel more comfortable about coming to school.


  • Because many of our buses are full, students will only be allowed to ride a bus that is not their own, in an emergency situation.
  • Please send a note, or email Mrs. Remijan, in the morning with all changes in transportation. When calls are made during the busy school day, there is a chance that the message may get delayed and/or not delivered. If you have an emergency during the day, which merits a change in transportation, the best way to send the message is to Mrs. Remijan's email:
  • If you are sending a note to the school about transportation, please include your child's last name.
  • Students may not carry medicine with them throughout the school day, this includes Inhalers. Please talk to the school nurses, Mrs. Scott and Mrs. Keenan, about your child's medical needs.
  • If your child is late to school (after the 8:45 bell) please walk them into the office and sign them in.
  • If you need a copy of the School Wellness Policy, please ask in the office. There is a list of acceptable birthday/classroom treats.
  • If you have not completed a Background Check this school year, please do so ASAP. This needs to be done for all visitors and volunteers that are coming to school during the school day.
  • If you need a sign for your car for the Pick-Up Line, please call the office.

General Dismissal Procedures

For the safety of all students, please do not use either parking lot during dismissal time as a pick up spot for your child. If you need to get your child out quickly for an after school appointment, please arrive early and come into the school to sign them out. It is our goal to NOT have any moving cars in the lots during general student dismissal.

All students who are car riders should leave the building out the east door (Door 2) and wait along the curb on Milton Street. The students should enter the car along the curb as directed by the staff.

Students who are walkers should proceed out the front door and follow the sidewalks along Park and Milton. If you are generally a walker, but plan to drive during the cold winter months, please send in a note and your child can become a car rider.

If you park on Park Avenue to pick up your child who is a walker, please be mindful of the cars that travel down Center Street and leave plenty of room for them to pass through.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping dismissal safe!

PTO News

You can find the Memorial PTO News at:

This year's PTO officers:

President - Debra Krieg Lewis

Vice President - Rose Gutshall

Secretary - Rae Smedley

Treasurer - Trish VanTornhout

Nurse Notes

Dear Memorial Families,

We want to be sure we keep Memorial healthy!. Here are some helpful tips.

Please remember, in accordance with the VCS policy , children should be kept at home if they have the following:

  • Temperature of 100 degrees or over
  • Eye infections with discharge
  • Cough associated with fever or continuous unrelieved cough
  • Cold symptoms associated with other signs of illness
  • Communicable diseases (chicken pox, scabies, impetigo, ringworm, head lice - until treated appropriately)
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Undiagnosed skin eruptions or rashes

*We ask students to be on antibiotic treatment for 24 hours or fever free 24 hours without an analgesic (Tylenol, Motrin) before returning to school.

For more information, please contact our School Nurse

Copyright 1999 Dr. William P. Sawyer