Memorial Messages

Memorial Elementary School Newsletter, October 2019

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Save the Date (s):


9 PTO meeting 3:30 p.m.

9 Family Night at Culvers

11 End of first grading period

14 & 15 No School for Fall Break

17 Fall Fest & Trunk or Treat (6-7 p.m.)

21 - 25 Red Ribbon Week

23 & 24 Parent Teacher Conferences (see more information below)

24 & 25 1/2 day for students - PT Conferences (12 p.m. dismissal both days)

31 Halloween Parties


5 eLearning Day - Election Day

7 Major Saver kick-off for Valpo Ed. Foundation

11-15 Scholastic Book Fair

11 Veteran's Day

13 PTO Meeting at 3:30

16 Grandparent's Day (9 a.m. - noon)

18 Spell Bowl

19 PIcture Re-Takes (return packet for retake)

27 - 29 Thanksgiving Break - no school

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR PLEDGES and Support for the WALK-A-THON. You are amazing!

Parent Teacher Conferences

We believe that connecting with parents is an important part of helping students be successful. Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for October 23, 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., and October 24, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.. Memorial will be scheduling these electronically. More information on how to schedule your conferences will be sent later this week. If you are unable to make Parent Teacher Conferences, please let your child's teacher know so she can find another time to meet.

Halloween Party Updates

Please note that there will be a 5 parent volunteer limit for each holiday party this year. Each volunteer will need to have a completed background check on file. Teachers will be asked to turn in a list of party volunteers in advance so that the office can process the volunteer badges in advance. Due to liability reasons, we ask that you do not bring any younger siblings to class parties.

Grandparents / Special Persons Day Set

Grandparents and other special people play an important role to the success of the Memorial students. We would like to invite them to spend a morning with the students at Memorial. Grandparents/Special Persons Day is an Open House on Saturday, November 16, 9 a.m. - noon. Students will be able to give their guests a tour of their classrooms and the school. Inter-state Photography will be available to take a photo, if interested. The PTO will provide refreshments in the cafe and the Scholastic Book Fair will be open in the Market.

A note from Mrs. Seip, Memorial's Social Worker

Here at Memorial it's my job to help students be as successful as possible. I do that in a variety of ways.

-Backpack and Snacks program: We provide food for students in need through the weekend.

-Small groups: Social skills group to help students in their relationships with peers and/or teachers.

-Individual sessions: Individual time to meet with the social worker.

-Dressed for School: Twice a year we arrange for students to obtain clothing through the Dressed for School store.

-Lunch Buddies: A Greater Good program that allows an adult volunteer to come and eat lunch with a student on a weekly basis. The goal is help foster positive adult relationships.

-Holiday Assistance: Students in need are provided with holiday gifts and items of need. This occurs in December.

If your student could benefit from any of the above programs please let me, Mrs. Seip, know via email at or call the school office.

Eleanor Enjoying Kona Ice at the Walk-a-Thon

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Teaching about Beginning with the End in Mind

Memorial continues to focus on sharing The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen Covey. We will talk about one of the 7 Habits each month. The October Habit is Habit #2 - Begin with The End in Mind." Students are taught that "To Begin With The End in Mind" means that, "I plan ahead and think how my actions help me achieve my goals. I am purposeful to meet the end goal." For more information please read more from Dr. Stephen Covey's website.
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News From Local Organizations on the VCS Website

The VCS website contains a community flyers web page dedicated to promoting good activities and opportunities for students and their families. The webpage includes links to various flyers that local organizations are promoting for our students and families. Take a look throughout the year for flyers and brochures that promote fun family-friendly activities throughout the year.


  • 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:
  • Students may not carry medicine with them throughout the school day, this includes Inhalers. Please talk to the school nurse 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 do not have a completed 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.

Background Checks/Visitor Badges

Please note that a background check is required to be a visitor or volunteer in the school during the school day. If you do not have a background check on file, you will not be allowed past the office during the school day. The forms can be picked up outside the school office or can be sent home with your child. If you would like one sent home, please let your child's teacher know or call the office. We will be asking parents to sign up in advance for parties so that we are able to verify the background checks in advance.

Additionally, each visit to the school will require a state issued I.D. card or Driver's License. It will be scanned and you will be given a visitor's badge for your visit.

PTO News

You can find the Memorial PTO News at:

This year's PTO officers:

President - Debra Krieg Lewis

Vice President - Open

Secretary - Rae Smedley

Treasurer - Trish VanTornhout

Boxtops for education making a change

Clipping Boxtop stamps is coming to an end and scanning receipts will be the new way to collect. So any remaining NON-EXPIRED Box Tops are being collected now! Be sure to gather up all those last Box Top stamps to send in. Then check out the flyer that shows the new way of raising money for the Memorial PTO using the Box Top App!

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