Memorial Messages

Memorial Elementary School Newsletter, September 2018

Save the Date (s):

September

3 Labor Day - No school

12 PTO meeting at 3:30 p.m.

25 School Pictures

28 1/2 day for students (12 p.m. dismissal)



October

5 PTO Walk A Thon

10 Rain Date for Walk A Thon

10 PTO meeting 6:00 p.m.

11 End of first grading period

12 No School for Fall Break

18 Fall Fest & Trunk or Treat

22 - 26 Red Ribbon Week

25 & 26 1/2 day for students - PT Conferences (12 p.m. dismissal)

31 Halloween Parties

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

Please plan on attending the Memorial Back To School Night for parents on Thursday, August 30 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.. We will have two classroom sessions, 6:00 - 6:25 and 6:30 - 7:00. This will be a great time to learn more about your child's class and ask questions. It is recommended that parents try to attend without students. However, your attendance is important, so if you need to bring your child in order to attend, please do so. Communication between school and home is an important step in helping students do their best work.

Important Things to Know (Different than last year)

  • PTO meetings will be on Wednesday evenings, alternating 3:30 and 6:00 p.m. start times.
  • Election Day, November 6, will be the VCS schools first eLearning Day. Students will stay home and teachers will monitor work from school. More information will be coming.
  • Memorial will have three parties this year. One at Winter Break, Valentine's Day and Halloween. Five Parents will be permitted to volunteer and attend per classroom. These 5 parents can be different for each party, giving more parents the opportunity to volunteer.
  • The VCS Healthy School policy will be strictly enforced for all students in all classrooms. Please review the Healthy School Food Guidelines before sending in snacks and treats to school.

We are working on showing our H.E.A.R.T.s at Memorial.

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The Memorial procedures and expectations for behavior are centered around, H.E.A.R.T. It stands for Honesty, Effort, Attitude, Respect and Teamwork. All of these skills are important to be successful at school and in life. We talk about "showing our HEARTS" daily and emphasize why it's important. Students can earn "Good Going Awards," given to individual students who are using HEART. These "Good Going Awards" are collected in the classroom and each Monday one is drawn from each class. The winner from each classroom comes to the office for a small prize and recognition. The other class tickets are put into a big bucket in the office and will be used for second chance drawings on later dates.


Classrooms who are collectively, as a class, showing their HEART can earn a heart sticker for their class. These are placed on a big red heart on the door of each classroom. The goal for each class is to fill up their big red hearts with stickers (see the picture above). We hope our students are proud of doing well and continue to strive to show their HEARTS.

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Love And Logic For Parents- This is a great opportunity for parents. (see below) Call Memorial if you are interested in signing up.

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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.

Don't forget to order 2018-19 Memorial Spirit Wear. The orders are due September 10.

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Teaching about Being Proactive

The Memorial staff has chosen 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 September habit is Habit #1 - Be Proactive. This means that "I am in charge of me." For example, it means being responsible for one's self and choosing a positive attitude, taking responsibility for one's choices and not blaming others, and choosing to do the right thing, even when no one else is watching. We hope that you will talk about ways to "Be Proactive" at home as well.

Employment Opportunity

Porter County Education Services is seeking candidates interested in becoming paraprofessionals. If you or someone you know may be interested please contact

Shannon Sobeck, Director of Special Education Services at 219-850-1911.

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NOTES & REMINDERS:


  • 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: lremijan@valpo.k12.in.us.
  • 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.

General Arrival Procedures

If you are driving your child to school, please follow the traffic moving south on Milton Street. The drop - off area is on the east side of the school on Milton along the curb. For the safety and convenience of all, we ask that you simply pull next to the curb and have your child get out of the car on the curb side. Please do not park and get out of your car. The students will walk down the sidewalk to the front of the building and line up until 8:30. When the 8:30 bell rings, they will come into the building. Please do not pull into the parking lots to let your child out. If you need to come into the school you are welcome to park in either parking lot.


If your child is a walker, they will cross the corners at Park and Milton with the assistance of the adult supervisor. Please remind them to wait for her to stop traffic.


If your child is a bus rider please note that all buses, except bus 8, unload in the front of the building. The bus drivers will let students out to eat breakfast as soon as they get to school. So if your child is in need of breakfast, please tell them they are allowed to get off the bus early. Students eating breakfast are allowed in the building at 8:20.

General Dismissal Procedures

For the safety of all students, please do not use either parking lot during dismissal time as a pick up spot for your child. If you need to get your child out quickly for an after school appointment, please arrive early and come into the school to sign them out. It is our goal to NOT have any moving cars in the lots during general student dismissal.


All students who are car riders should leave the building out the east door (Door 2) and wait along the curb on Milton Street. The students should enter the car along the curb as directed by the staff.


Students who are walkers should proceed out the front door and follow the sidewalks along Park and Milton. If you are generally a walker, but plan to drive during the cold winter months, please send in a note and your child can become a car rider.


If you park on Park Avenue to pick up your child who is a walker, please be mindful of the cars that travel down Center Street and leave plenty of room for them to pass through.


Thank you for your assistance in keeping dismissal safe!

PTO News


You can find the Memorial PTO News at: http://www.memorialelementarypto.com/


This year's PTO officers:

President - Debra Krieg Lewis

Vice President - Stephanie Edwards

Secretary - Leslee Davies

Treasurer - Trish VanTornhout

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