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January 2021 Newsletter

A Note from Mrs. Vlcan

Happy New Year! I hope you were able to safely enjoy the holidays with your loved ones. As we move into the second semester of the school year, we are starting off in Green. With that being said, this means all of our students will be back in the classroom together. We will continue to take safety precautions during the school day by wearing masks, washing hands regularly and staying socially distanced. Please do your part at home by sending your child/ren to school each day with a mask and a water bottle. Also, if your child is showing any COVID symptoms, please keep them home and contact the school office. I am hopeful if we all do our part, we can continue in green.
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Upcoming Events

January 5th - School Resumes for Students


January 7th - Report Cards Go Home


January 18th - MLK Jr. Day - No School


February 10th - Midterms Posted


February 15th - President's Day - No School (possible snow make-up day)

Poston Road's Vision/Mission Statements

Our Vision:

“When students leave Poston Road Elementary they are prepared for the next step in chasing their dreams."


Our Mission:

Teach for excellence

Inspire academic achievement

Goal driven students

Everyone reaches their potential

Respectful & responsible citizens

Safe learning environment

Student HANDBOOK

Policies and procedures

Skyward Family Access:

Skyward Family Access is a website that allows parents to access information about the student. For your login credentials - please contact Mrs. Markitan at: brenda.markitan@msdmartinsville.org

Wifi Access Points

The district added outdoor access points to each school (and the Central Education Center) to provide WIFI for district devices.


With the increase of digital learning due to COVID, our focus is to deliver consistency for those unable to have internet services at home.


Families can park in the parking lot of each school and download homework from their teachers, then complete the assignment offline while at home. Or, students will be able to upload assignments once finished.


The district has a total of 20 new access points in the district where families can access the internet in safely lit areas that are monitored by security cameras.

School Delays and Cancellations

If the district must cancel, delay, or release students early due to the possibility of inclement weather, we would like to make you aware of our procedures and communication plan.

  • Weather decisions are made by our team who monitor closely through both technology as well as by driving actual roads throughout the district.


  • When determining a delay, early dismissal, or cancellation of school, countywide weather conditions are reviewed. In addition, we utilize the National Weather Service website @ www.nws.noaa.gov/om/cold/wind_chill.shtml as well as a private product called Weather Sentry.


Communication

Before school, every effort will be made to have a decision by 5:30 AM and communicated to you and your family in the following ways:


  1. Staff/ parents will be notified through an all-call using School Messenger. (Telephone numbers are generated from our Skyward database. At your convenience, please check Skyward to ensure your telephone # is up-to-date for this academic year.)
  2. Communication will be added to the district’s website and social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, MSD of Martinsville
  3. Communication will be sent to the following radio and TV stations: WCBK, WISH 8, WRTV-6, WTHR-13, Fox-59.


Early Dismissal

As weather conditions in our area can change quickly, an early dismissal may be necessary. We will make a decision concerning dismissal as early as possible, next, call parents through School Messenger, and finally, communicate information through our website, social media, and local media.


We encourage you as a family to develop a weather plan. For example, if parents or guardians work, where should your child go if there is an early dismissal or a two-hour delay? Please be mindful that weather prediction is just that, a prediction. We will drive roads, use science, and apply common sense before making any decisions. Please also keep in mind that our school service area spans many miles and while in your area it may just be flurries, we could very easily have icing conditions in another. We hope this information is helpful as we work together planning for inclement weather events.

eLearning Wednesdays - What do we do all day?

The staff at Poston Road Elementary has been working hard on eLearning Wednesdays. Our day is split into thirds.



  • 1/3 of our day is spent collaborating with other teachers during district grade level meetings.
  • 1/3 of our day is spent in the classroom preparing for lessons and communicating with parents and students
  • 1/3 of our day is spent on professional development within our building



As a staff, we are currently working towards our Global Competence certificate. This 12-week journey will help us better educate ourselves, our students, and the community on the acceptance of others while providing a more global minded perspective.

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Common Sense Digital Citizenship School

I am happy to announce that the staff at Poston Road Elementary has gone through the process to receive our Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certification! A special thank you to Mrs. Niese for making sure we were organized and on track throughout the process to earn the certification.


What is a Common Sense School?

Common Sense Schools are committed to deep implementation of the Common Sense Digital Citizenship Curriculum. Earning the Common Sense School badge is a symbol of our school's dedication to helping students think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate.

2019-2020 YEARBOOKS for Sale

We have some left over yearbooks from the 2019-2020 school year. If you are interested in purchasing one, they are $10. Contact the office for more information.

What's for Lunch?

Did you know we serve free breakfast? This year, students will receive both breakfast and lunch in their classrooms.


Student Lunch prices:

FREE until the end of the school year


Breakfast prices:

FREE


Lunch Menu for the Month of January

*Note: All students will receive free lunch through the end of the year due to flexibility extended to us from the USDA.

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2 Hour Delay Days

When school is on a two-hour delay, students may enter the building at 10:25. The tardy bell will ring at 10:40. The end of the day dismissal times will remain the same.


Lunch schedule on 2 Hour Delay days:


10:50-11:15 – Kindergarten

11:15-11:40 - 1st Grade

11:40-12:05 - 4th Grade

12:05-12:30 - 3rd Grade/PreK

12:30-12:55 - 2nd Grade


Notes: There will be NO breakfast on 2-hour delay days.

State Testing Dates (Grades 3 & 4 ONLY)

IREAD-3 (3rd Grade Only):

March 15th - 19th


ILEARN: (3rd & 4th Grade)

Apr. 19th – May 14th

4th Grade Boys Basketball Schedule


All games will be played at Bell Intermediate Academy


January 12th @ 9:00AM vs. Smith

January 19th @ 10:00AM vs. South

January 9th @ 10:00AM vs. Green

January 16th @10:00AM vs. South

January 23rd @ 8:00AM vs. Green

January 30th @ 9:00AM vs. Smith

February 6th @ 9:00AM vs. South

STUDENT ABSENCES

Please call in all student absences at (765) 342-8408 and select option "0" by 9:00AM for EACH day your student will be sick or late. If your student is going to be late to school for any reason, please make sure and let our office know ahead of time (if possible) by calling our office by 9:00AM that morning.


EARLY CHECKOUT....

Students will not be called out of class until a parent is present to sign them out. Please plan ahead for appointments, as we would like to minimize missed class time.