10/1/23 MES Hawk News
Montevideo Elementary Schools 10.1.23
Picture Retake Day is on Monday!
Picture retakes will be Monday, October 2nd. If you would like your child to have retakes, send the picture packet back to school that was previously ordered.
Any students who were not photographed at open house will need to have their picture taken during retake day.
New Code for Sanford- 82998YA is for those who have NOT been photographed but wish to order now! Order online here
New Code for Ramsey- 83001EA is for those who have NOT been photographed but wish to order now! Order online here
The new Online Order Codes are for Students who have NOT BEEN PHOTOGRAPHED.
If you have already ordered photos and want a RETAKE, you need to do nothing but return your photo package to the photographer.
We had a Great Homecoming Week!
Thank you for your participation in homecoming week! We had a lot of fun! It was a great week to be a Thunder Hawk! Students were well behaved and showed their Hawk Pride this week. Homecoming is so much fun and we feel fortunate the high schoolers help us learn about what it means to be a Thunder Hawk!
K-2 students cheered on the pepfest from the comfort of their classrooms, but that didn't stop us from singing the school song at our full voice volume!
Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week is coming up this week! We will be studying Fire Prevention and Fire Safety in school. The Montevideo Fire Department will be helping us learn about fire safety.
In preparation for this, please review at home what to do in case of fire and designate a safe meeting place. Also, please ensure your child has your home address and a parent or guardians phone number memorized in case of an emergency. Check out this video for a one minute plan to review fire safety at your home.
The School Nurse's Corner
Sometimes kids fall in the mud or spill a beverage at breakfast; accidents happen in all grades. Please send an extra change of clothes (socks, underwear, a shirt and pants)
to school to keep in your students locker. We have a limited supply of clothing to lend out when accidents happen and kids feel more comfortable in their own clothing. This also prevents us from having to call parents and gets students back to class quicker.
Mobile Dental Unit
Children's Dental Services have made two visits to Ramsey on the 9/22 and 9/29 to start checking students that signed up for services. They will be back again October 2nd to see more students. The dates for Sanford are still to be set up at this time. It may take a few days to get through the initial visits since we have over 60 kids signed up at Ramsey and over 30 at Sanford so far. There is still time to sign up your student.
Some of the services the dental team can provide include exams, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride, sealants, silver diamine fluoride, fillings, crowns, extractions and other treatments. They take students that are insured, have medical assistance, and uninsured.
If you are interested in this service please speak to Nurse Jazell to fill out a form. She can be reached by calling the school office at Ramey (320) 269-6584 ext 4227) or Sanford (320) 269-6538 ext 3266) or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.--
Thank you to everyone that has gotten their children updated on vaccines. We have had many updates this week and I truly appreciate that. There are still a few students needing to have some vaccines. Please update Nurse Jazell as soon as the immunizations have been given.
All students are required to provide proof of immunization, or appropriate documentation exempting the student from such immunization, and such other data necessary to ensure that the student is free from any communicable diseases, as a condition of enrollment.
By state law, we cannot allow any student to stay in school longer than thirty days unless we have received proof that he/she has had the required immunizations or is exempt therefrom.
Nurse Jazell has sent out reminders, calls, and letters to students not meeting this requirement. Please remember to get this information to Nurse Jazell as soon as possible.
Active Threat Drill This Week
On Thursday this week, we will be practicing an active threat drill. This means we are practicing what we would do if there were an active threat inside or near the school building. There is a great children's book that some classrooms may choose to use to teach about the active threat drill. The link to the read aloud is below, you can review it at home with your child if you wish.
Please know, we let your child know that we are safe in this drill. We will not practice exiting the building this time. We are just practicing what we would do if the safest place for us was to stay in our classrooms.
Join us at a Community Information Session to learn more.
Public school funding in Minnesota creates a unique opportunity for the Montevideo Public Schools and our local taxpayers to make extensive improvements to our facilities by capitalizing on significant state equalization funding provided for bond referenda.
*The chart shows estimated sources of payments for debt service on the proposed bonds over the life of the bonds. Estimates assume no changes in property values, state equalizing factors, or in-state law. “Agriculture Land & Buildings” excludes taxes on the house, garage and one acre of land, which are included with “Residential / Other.”
What Will This Cost Me?
Approval of the ballot questions would result in a property tax increase beginning with taxes payable in 2024, and the debt service tax levies would remain in place for 20 years.
For example, a Residential Homestead property with a market value of $200,000 would have an estimated $500 annual tax impact starting in 2024.
For more information about the estimated tax impact for your Residential Homestead, Commercial/Industry, or Agricultural Property, visit our property tax informational page.
Additional information can be found by visiting the referendum page of the schools website.
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Fall Store 23
THIS STORE IS PRE-ORDER ONLY! This store will be processed every Monday. Once processed, items will be ready in 7-10 business days. *ONCE YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER YOU WILL RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL, IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE AN EMAIL YOUR ORDER DID NOT GO THROUGH!* If you have any questions about your order, please call Outlaw Graphix at 320-321-1332 or email email@example.com All sales are final.
Messy Monsters (Gr. PreK - 2)
Our monsters love a good story! Club starts with a book and a project themed for the story. Each session includes a sensory art project, where participants get to experience a unique medium or art technique. Our Messy Monsters group will learn about colors and textures. They even practice sharing while making color wheels, and learn about warm and cool colors. Crafts for this group focus on art experimentation and fine motor skills. Students will practice writing their name and use a variety of craft mediums and tools. Register for each session separately. $25/session
Instructor: Sammy Jo Miller
Monday, October 16 - 3:15-5:15 PM session 2 - Register Here
Monday, October 30 - 3:15-5:15 PM session 3 - Register Here
Space Explorers (Gr. 3-6)
Explorers, ever curious to learn about their world! This group focuses on the magic art can create. Students learn about new art materials or techniques that create unique and memorable results. These projects will use negative space, light and color, or movement to create illusions, and have been known to include a bit of chemistry. Now the entire classic art skills book doesn’t go out the window, artists will learn basic drawing skills and study color theory, with step-by-step draw-alongs and paint mixing exercises.
Register for each session separately. $25/session
Instructor: Sammy Jo Miller
Middle School Art Rm # 118 - Sanford students can ride the bus to MMS
Tuesday, October 3 - 3:15- 5:15 PM Session 2 - Register Here
Tuesday, October 17 - 3:15- 5:15 PM Session 3 - Register Here
*This activity is funded in part with a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.