Messages from Memorial

May 2020

HEART*EFFORT*ATTITUDE*RESPECT*TEAMWORK

Greetings

Dear Memorial Families,

GIve yourselves a pat on the back, you have made it through 6 weeks of eLearning. I know that this has been new and sometimes stressful. Your committment to your children and their learning has been incredible. I hope your family is continuing to be healthy, physically and mentally. In discussion with the staff, the number one issue we are having is missing everyone at school, especially the students. We are committed to make the best of this situation and do our best teaching eLearning lessons which will help our students grow and learn. Parents, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teachers if he/she is experiencing difficulty with assignments. There are so many stressful factors right now, the school work should not be one of them. Your families health and sense of well-being is the most important thing right now.

With great respect,

Mrs. Misecko

Updated School Calendars

Last Day of School is May 22/ Report Cards Available on May 28

School Staff Appreciation Week - May 4 - May 8

Please consider sending your child's teacher, the specials teachers and/or instructional aide a copy of The Important Thing About.....page. The Important Book recording is below and shows the pattern of how the pages could go. You could use the template or just a note of your own. Thanks so much for sending good thoughts to the staff.
The Important Book

PTO Staff Appreciation Plans

If you would like to help with a class gift/project, please contact your child’s head room parent. Their name and contact information can be found on the Memorial Elementary PTO webpage.


The PTO will be honoring the staff using the following schedule:

Monday: Grades K-2 teachers

Tuesday: Specials & resource

Wednesday: Grades 3-5 teachers

Thursday: Aides

Friday: Office, nurses & custodians, lunch


MEMORIAL PTO NEWS

Please note we are still looking for a President and Treasurer for the 20-21 school year. If you would like more information about those positions, please contact Mrs. Debra Krieg-Lewis, the current President. Both positions are important to many of the great opportunities the PTO provides for the students, families, and staff at Memorial.

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICPATED IN THE VIRTUAL SILENT AUCTION. OVER $2,000 RAISED!

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Cybersafety for Children at Common Sense Media

Cybersafety and media security for children has never been more important. Please check out the Common Sense Media website for up to date resources and ideas to help keep your child safe.

Support from Mrs. Seip

Mrs. Seip is available for your support and has created videos for you to watch. They are on the whole school Canvas Course titled Memorial Elementary 19-20. Please check out her link on the homepage. She is here to help students and parents. You may reach out to Mrs. Seip through her email or leave a message on the school phone, 531-3090.

Support by Mrs. Peart

Mrs. Laura Peart is a Behavior Specialist at the Valparaiso Community Schools. She is a great resource for us at school and has published some helpful resources for eLearning. Please see some of her resources below. She has made many different Mindfulness videos during this eLeanring time. You can find them on Mrs. Seip's Canvas page in the Memorial Canvas Course and you may also find them on YouTube. The activities in these videos would be helpful to do as brain breaks while working on school work.
Breathe like a Bear (Intro to Parents on Mindfulness Activities)
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Frequently Asked Questions by Memorial Parents

When will yearbooks be available?
  • Yearbooks will be handed out when we are able to have students in the building to collect all materials.


When will Kindergarten Roundup take place?

  • The first step for Kindergarten Roundup is to complete this Pre-registration Form before May 1. After that you will receive the necessary forms and information emailed to you. These forms will be used to complete registration in person at Memorial when the school reopens. Updated information may be found on the VCS Website.


When may I pick up my child's personal belongings left at school?

  • We are unable to return to the building at this time. However, when able, we will set up a day/time for students to retrieve their personal belongings and return library books and other school materials. As soon as that day/time is set, we will let you know.


Will there be summer school this year?

  • Unfortunately, VCS will not be holding summer school for elementary aged students this year. The indiana Department of Education has stated that we may not use our buildings for summer classes.


How can I find out about the Free Meals for VCS students?


What can I do if my child's school Chromebook needs repairs?


What if my situation has changed and my child now needs a school device to complete eLearning?


The office is closed, who can I call for help?

  • You may still call the school office, at 531-3090, and calls will be forwarded to Mrs. Remijan or Mrs. Misecko. You may also email Mrs. Misecko or Mrs. Remijan.


We are moving, how do I withdraw my child from school?

  • Please contact Mrs. Misecko at the above contact link or phone number.

SHARE BOXES Available at Door A

Mrs. Seip has created two Share Boxes for the Memorial familiies. One is for non-perishable food and one is for books/games/puzzles. They will be outside in front of the school at Door A and they will operate on the Honor System. Please add to them if you can, and take out what you may need. Please contact Mrs. Seip or Mrs. Misecko if there are concerns with the boxes.
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Haikus by All

Before we left school, Mr. Walters was promoting the writing of Haiku poems in the library. Many students were having fun writing them. Hopefully, students have continued writing them while at home. In order to facilitate sharing, we have added a Haiku module on the whole school Canvas Course, labeled Memorial Elementary 19-20. Please check it out and share some of your creative work. Perhaps putting the feelings of our current situation into poetry at this time may be theraputic.
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