Madera Mustang Messenger
November 16, 2022
November 16, 2022
Dear Madera Families,
Good evening! As we head into Thanksgiving week, I want to thank each of you for sharing the gift of your children with us every day. We appreciate the Madera community and are so grateful for the community spirit of collaboration!
Tomorrow, we will be practicing our disaster drill procedures. Please speak with your children about the importance of following directions and listening to adults during these drills. In a real emergency, following directions quickly and quietly allows us all to remain safe and sound. In addition, please make sure your children are appropriately dressed for an extended period of outside drill practice. Our school office will be closed during the drill. If you need to pick up your child during the drill, please be patient as we will be following disaster protocols for student release which may take longer.
As the weather gets cooler and the holidays approach, please plan accordingly for arrival and dismissal. Many students are arriving to school tardy. It is important for students to get to school on time. Getting to school earlier than the bell allows student to play a bit on the playground, eat breakfast, socialize with friends, and get the wiggles out before the start of the school day. It allows students to take a breath and prepare themselves for the school day. When students arrive after the bell they miss valuable morning meetings, check-ins with the teacher, and expectations set for the day. We want to form good habits, help our students enter the school day ready to learn, and set a positive tone so that they can have great days filled with learning.
As a friendly reminder, please be mindful of parking lot procedures. Students should be exiting cars when the car is in the red zone only. This is usually 3 cars from the front of the school. Please remember to pull all the way forward in the red zone, even if your child enters the gate near the preschool. Traffic backing up behind cars not pulled all the way forward creates a clogged parking lot and contributes to children leaving cars before they are in the red zone.
The ELAC/SSC meeting is scheduled for November 17th at 2:45 if you would like to attend via zoom:
Have a wonderful week! I wish you rest, relaxation, health, and fun with family and friends over the Thanksgiving Break.
Upcoming Important Dates and Events
In November, we will be focusing on Patriotism and giving thanks to America's Military
11/17--Earthquake/Disaster Search and Rescue Drill
11/18--Wear Madera Blue/Spirit Shirts
11/18--PE Day Wear appropriate physical fitness clothes and shoes
11/21--25th Thanksgiving Break-No School
11/28-12/2--PTA sponsored Change for Change Challenge
12/1--Early Dismissal 12:55
12/9--Winter Wonderland 5:30-7:00PM
12/15--Math Festival Grades 3-5
12/21--Early Dismissal 12:55
12/22--Start of Winter Break
December 1st Early Dismissal at 12:55!
LAST CHANCE TO CLAIM LOST AND FOUND ITEMS
Missing your favorite lunch bag or cutest jacket? Check our lost and found. Our lost and found rack and baskets are overflowing . All classes have taken a field trip to lost and found to claim items, but many items still remain. We have attempted to return any items that have visible names to the rightful owners. Please mosey on over at arrival or dismissal time to check the rack for your child's lost items. Any items still here by Thanksgiving Break will be donated to our local organizations.
Click on the picture below to join PTA
Paper Donation Request
Start donating through your amazon smiles account with your first purchase of Premier paper for our school! Our copy machines are quite picky and prefer a particular type of paper. This paper helps us keep our copiers running smoothly, prevents jams, and prevents more costs associated with repairs. If you would like to donate paper to our cause, please click here to see the allowed paper. For extra convenience, it can be shipped directly to the school.
Pocket Change Challenge!
Have a bunch of change hanging around the house, in between the couch cushions, in the car, and on top of the washer? Want to donate to a good cause? Have your child give your spare change to the teacher the week after Thanksgiving and it will go towards a fun, school wide assembly. A portion of the funds will also be donated to a local community organization. The class that collects the most will earn a classroom prize.
Tonight is Dine out Night at Subway (Wood Ranch location)
First ever Madera Math Festival-Volunteers needed!
On December 15th, we will be hosting a math festival for 3rd-5th graders. Students will rotate through the MPR to play math games and have fun math experiences for 45 minutes. Students will get a chance to choose which games they want to play and for how long.
We will need volunteers for the day. Set up will begin at 8:00 and we should be finished by 11:30. All volunteers will need to complete a volunteer form and be able to attend a pre-meeting on 12/13 at 9AM.
8:00- 8:20 - set up
8:20- 9:05- 3rd grade (43 students)
9:20- 10:05- 4th grade (31 students)
10:30- 11:15- 5th grade (54 students)
Volunteers would need to meet with the TOSA coordinator on 12/13 most likely at 9 AM to experience the games and walk through the duties for the day and how to support students.
Volunteers would also need to have volunteer forms completed.
We will have a Math Festival for our Kinder to 2nd graders on January 24th.
If you are interested in volunteering please let us know by signing up! Here is the link to the sign up genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E45AEAA22A0FEC25-madera
This is a great source of information for absences, dress code, cell phones, birthdays, the health and wellness policy, personal items, and volunteerism. Click here or on the picture for the handbook.
Family Calendar click on the photo!
Communication is key to good planning! Please mark the dates on your calendar. All dates/times/events subject to change based on health and safety regulations. Family Calendar Link
Click on the picture to order tickets
Parent Handbook Quick View
Every week I would like to share one small piece of the parent handbook with you to keep you informed. This week the topic is:
We feel that student work in the classroom offers the best chance for educational achievement to the individual student. Therefore, the minimum requirements for all students will be:
● Regular attendance
● Arriving in class on time and ready to work
● All materials assembled--paper, pencil, books, etc.
● Follow class rules
● Make up all missed work
If a student is absent from school due to illness, his/her parent may request classroom assignments.
This request should go directly to the office. Please allow 24 hours to collect assignments from the
teacher. Students have one day per day of absence to turn in make-up work due to a justified
Teachers are not required to provide make-up work for unjustified absences. (EC 48205)
Community Resources and Events
Shelter and Food Resources
It is officially Fall and with cooler weather comes the opening of the Samaritan Center's PADS ("Public Action to Deliver Shelter)" Overnight Shelter program. Information about the shelter can be found at the bottom of the Dinner Site calendar as well as on the Samaritan Center Website.
Meals for November: November Dinner Site Calendar. This is available to all families in need.
Madera Vision Statement
Madera’s mission is that we will develop thoughtful citizens and empower young leaders to become active members in their school, community and government.
We accomplish this through integrated classroom instruction, school-wide events and community partnerships.