Myers-Wilkins Wolf Tracks

October 2016 - Issue 2

What an amazing start to the school year. I have had the honor to meet so many families and all of your amazing children. We are lucky to have the opportunity to spend time with your student(s) everyday. Fall is finally here please be sure that your child(s) is dressed appropriately for the weather.

I would like to thank our families for adapting to the new arrival and dismissal procedures that we implemented at the beginning of the school year. We appreciate your continual support in this to ensure the safety of students and less congestion.

As you can see, our family newsletter has a new look and can be accessed via our website or Facebook page.

In this issue...

What are the arrival, breakfast, and instructional times?

What is the parent drop-off procedure in the building?

What do I do if my child is absent?

When are Parent Teacher Conferences?

What are ways the school communicates?

What happens if my child has a bus issue?

How do I contact the school if I need to pick-up my child early?

What are the internet and picture permission slip forms?

What is PBIS at Myers-Wilkins? What is the PBIS focus in October?

Parent Guardian Teacher Advisory Information

Collaborative October Update

Families in Transition Information and Update

Preschool Opening Information

Gifted and Talented Informational Letter

Generous Donations - Thank You!

Go Wolves! Paw Pride!

Elisa Maldonado

What is PBIS? What is our PBIS focus for October?

This year at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School we will be setting the foundational groundwork for school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social norms needed for all students to achieve social, emotional and academic success. We will be focusing this year on creating and sustaining school-wide, classroom, and individual systems of support that help to make all students successful.

PBIS provides a positive and effective alternative to the traditional methods of discipline. For PBIS to be successful we will be implementing the following three things:

  1. We will make sure that all students have explicit instruction on behavior expectations in all areas of the school and be sure that all staff are expecting and reinforcing those expectations.

  2. We will provide interventions and re-teaching when students do not meet the expectations for behavior in any setting.

  3. We will be sure to recognize students consistently and frequently when they are following the behavior expectations.

PBIS takes three to five years to fully implement. Thousands of schools across the country are and have been using PBIS and are seeing significant drops in inappropriate student behavior and office referrals. We look forward to seeing how PBIS can help our school become an even better place to be!

The October focus for PBIS will be on Bullying Awareness and Prevention. October is "Bully Prevention" month. Your child will be learning about this during their morning meetings during the month of October. We are asking that our students and staff wear orange on October 19th for Unity Day against Bullying. We will show our unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion on this day.

Parent Guardian Teacher Advisory

Myers-Wilkins has a very active and inclusive parent group. The meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of each month. There will be some food and childcare for those who need it. Mark your calendars!!! Our first PGTA meeting will be on October 11. We would like as many parents as possible to be a part of this group. We will have a set agenda which will include an update of the PGTA board appointments, parent drop-off and pick-up procedures, lunchroom composting, reviewing the goal of PGTA, fundraising, 16-17 school events, and reviewing the Title One Parent Improvement Plan. At the end of the meeting there will be a short question and answer session or an opportunity to add agenda items for our next meeting. The PGTA meeting will be from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the media center. I look forward to seeing you there!

Myers-Wilkins Collaborative October Update

Fall After School programming runs from Oct. 3rd – Dec. 15th

COMPASS - Monday – Thursdays

Girl Power! – Monday – Wednesdays

Kako’s Choir – Wednesdays

Terrific Tuesdays – for K-2nd graders

Thursday Thrillz – for 3rd- 5th graders

Volunteering Opportunities:

We are looking for volunteers to help in after-school classes from 2:15-5p.m. (volunteer with tutoring, art, sports, cooking, outdoor adventures, girl scouts, science and more)

If you are interested, please call 218-336-8860 x8 or email

Tasting Event: October is "National Farm to School" month. Here at Myers-Wilkins we will have a tasting during lunch time on Friday, October 14th featuring a fun bean recipe. If you are interested in helping out between 10am-1pm that day, parent volunteers can call Laura with Together for Health at 336-8860 x2501.

Upcoming Events:

Resource Fair, Wednesday, October 26, 5-7 p.m.: An opportunity to connect with people, services, and information to help your family thrive. Come enjoy a healthy meal and learn about resources in our community.

Housing * Education *Employment * Health/ Mental Health * Fun Family Activities *Voter Registration * Financial Asset Building * *Youth Programs *Healthy Food

For more information or if you need a ride, contact:

Seiquayia Morris

218.336.8860 ext. 2501,

Families in Transition Program

The Families in Transition program exists to assist families experiencing homelessness or in transitional housing with enrollment, attendance and academics.

Stacey Achterhoff is one of two intervention teachers for Duluth Public Schools' Families in Transition program. Stacey's office is located in room 120 at Myers Wilkins. She can be reached at 218.336.8860 ext. 2451

Ms. Achterhoff coordinates the Back Pack (Friday Food Bag) program through Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. Friday Food Bags will begin on Oct 14 this year. The purpose of the Friday Food Bag program is to provide easy-to-prepare food for kids who might not otherwise have enough on the weekends. If this program would benefit you and your family please stop by the office and fill out a consent form.

Preschool Openings


ISD 709 preschool currently has some half day openings for children who are four years old at Myers-Wilkins and Piedmont Elementary Schools. If you have a child in these attendance areas, call or email today to see what options are available for your child. If you live within these school service areas, your child may qualify for transportation and breakfast or lunch. ISD 709 preschools are committed to preparing your child for success! Please call our office at 218-336-8890 or email:

Gifted and Talented Letter

At the end of the newsletter is an informational letter about the gifted and talented program changes.

Generous Donations to Myers-Wilkins

Maurices Grand Give Away!

On September 28th Maurices came to Myers-Wilkins to provide warm gloves, mittens, hats and headbands for students. It was their way of showing support and giving back to the community. Thank you to Maurices for their generous donation and for helping keep our students warm during the cold Duluth winters.

JoAnn Fabrics Grant

We would like to thank JoAnn Fabrics for their generous donation of $2,000 to Myers-Wilkins. We were chosen to receive this donation due to their grand opening in Duluth. We will be using this grant to help support PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System). Grand opening will be October 13th. We hope to see you there!

Laptops for STEM Classroom

Thanks to a very generous donation from a Myers-Wilkins family, we will be receiving 10 laptops for our students to use in the STEM classroom.