Maltby Messenger

November 7th Edition

~A message from the Principal~

Conference week has concluded and we now move into that busy time of year! We have celebrations and events that bind us together and remind us of how important our family is. We concluded with celebrating our Fun Run today and every student had a T-shirt and enjoyed the activities outside!

November inspires us to thank our Veterans. Tomorrow we will be joined by many Veterans to celebrate their service and commitment to our country. We appreciate all who served and those who are currently serving. The students will sing songs, show a video and shake all our Veterans hands! We are truly fortunate to have the opportunity to meet and greet all our Veterans.

If you are changing schedules for your child, it is very helpful if you call our office by 2:00 PM. We write notes and communicate with your child as to the change in plans. If you call later than 2 PM, it is difficult to get the note to your child. We appreciate your help with this.

Frosty nights and a good book go hand in hand. For readers who are reading at a high third grade and above level, the Mysterious Benedict Society series is a great mystery with a touch of fantasy. Mysterious Benedict Society books are written by Tenton Lee Stewart. This is a fun and engaging series. For our primary readers, You’re Here For a Reason, by Nancy Tillman, is about the magic of what each of us brings to the world. For the adults, I recently read, Wisdom Lunch Warrior, by Rod Olson. This book discusses how we lead and how we grow as people in life.

Have a great second week of November and stay warm!


Bonnie McKerney

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In observance of the Veteran's Day Holiday, there will be no school on Monday, November 11th. School will resume on Tuesday, November 12th at 8:55 AM. Thank you!!


Idle Free Schools

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Maltby Elementary has instituted a vehicle idling policy at the school. All persons operating vehicles at the school should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • When waiting for students to be picked up, all engines should be shut off.
  • All drivers should turn off engines when they arrive at school and when they expect to be parked for more than 10 seconds.
  • If idling is necessary for temperature control, please restrict it to no more than 5 minutes.

We are implementing this policy to reduce the students' exposure to air toxins emitted in the exhaust of idling vehicles.

We encourage you to eliminate unnecessary idling not only at our school but anywhere you are waiting for more than 10 seconds. This simple change will improve the air our children breathe, as well as the air quality in our neighborhoods.

Thank you for your support...TURN YOUR KEY, BE IDLE FREE!!

And the WINNER is...

The Yearbook Cover Contest has officially ended. Thank you to ALL who submitted an entry. We had so many great options since Maltby has many aspiring artists. The choices were hard but a winner has been chosen. DRUM ROLL PLEASE...Annie Kelly, from Ms. Choate's class!! Congratulations Annie! You will be receiving a FREE yearbook at the end of the year. The cover will remain unseen until yearbooks come out in June. In addition, there were 12 other entries that will be featured as a collection on the back cover.

Library Happenings

This week in the library we've been reading, "Potato Pants!," by Laurie Keller. This book is one of the 20 picture books nominated for the 2020 Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award. We will be reading all 20 books during their class library time, and students will get the opportunity to vote for their favorite. The students have been having a great time making their own Potato Pants character in our Makerspace during recess time. Please encourage your kids to come check out the library during recess. Recess is a great opportunity for them to craft, construct, experiment, and READ!
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Thank You...

PTO would like to extend a HUGE thank you to all who participated in our Fun Run. The children had an awesome time participating in this event. Also, thank you to all who supported Maltby through your pledges. Donations for this fundraiser will go toward Classroom Improvements here at Maltby. Thanks again so much for your support!

HiCap screening and referrals


The window for staff and parent referrals for the Highly Capable program is open until November 8th. All second and fourth grade students will be screen in January. If you would like to have your child screened, please let your child's teacher or our school counselor, Gail Gronwall, know if you would like a referral form.

Veteran's Day Assembly


CALLING all Veterans!! We would like to extend an invitation to all veteran's, past and present, of any military branch to join us for our Veteran's Day Assembly, which is scheduled for tomorrow, November 8th at 1:25 PM. Students are encouraged to dress in RED, WHITE and BLUE for this day of honoring our veterans. In addition, school will be closed on Monday, November 11th in observance of Veteran's Day.

FroYo Night

11/12 | 5-8 PM

Come have frozen yogurt with your family at YoForit in Monroe (19030 Lenton Pl SE, Monroe) and Maltby Elementary PTO will earn back a percentage of money from all sales.

Student Hearing Screening


Remaining Maltby students, EXCEPT 4th grade, who have not been screened for hearing will be completed at school on November 18th. Please contact our school health room at (360)804-3532, if you have any questions. Thank you!!

PTO Movie Night

11/22 | Doors open at 6 PM

Bring the family out and come join us for Toy Story 4 Movie Night. Pizza, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Entrance fees are: $1/person or $5/family and if you have a Mustang card be sure to bring it, as this entrance is included. Movie will start promptly at 6:30 PM. We look forward to seeing everyone. If you have any questions, please contact

Thanksgiving Break


Monroe Public Schools will dismiss on Wednesday, November 27th at 12:55 PM for the Thanksgiving holiday. In addition, there will be no school Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th. School will resume at its normal time on Monday, December 2nd. Please feel free to call the office if you have any questions.

PTO Meeting


Please join us for our PTO meeting in the school library. All are welcome to attend. We would love to hear your ideas and have your involvement. Thank you!

Scholastic Book Fair Kick-off and Family Bingo Night

12/6 | 6:30 PM

Come browse through our wonderful selection of Scholastic Books and then get ready to play some BINGO! Entrance fee will be $1 or free with your Mustang card. Bring a canned food item and your name will be entered into our raffle. More information to follow.

PTO Staff Appreciation Desert Exchange


PTO will be hosting a desert exchange for Teachers here at Maltby on December 12th. If you would like to sign-up please visit: For more information, contact Thank you!

Health Room News

The health room is good to go. Donations have been brought in as well as sent to us for students. Please know your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Pajama Drive

You can help children in need!! As bedtime approaches each night, many children in our county have no bed to call their own, let alone pajamas to change into, or books to escape into. Maltby Elementary School is partnering with Scholastic Book Clubs Pajama Program to give pajamas and books to children in our community who live in shelters, group homes, foster care, or other similar circumstances.

Here's what we need:

  • Brand-new pajamas in all sizes, from newborn to adult.
  • Pajamas must be complete sets - a top and bottom, or an appropriate nightgown.
  • Pajamas for all seasons, but especially for the winter months.
  • Pajamas can be sent to school with your child/dropped off in the school office.
  • Pajama drive ends in November

Here's what Scholastic Books will do:

For each pair of pajamas, Scholastic will deliver a book to a child in need. They have pledged to donate 100,000 books. Let's help them reach that goal!

Maltby Mentors of Great Students

In lieu of the WATCH DOG program, Maltby has oped to do a program called, "The Maltby Mentors of Great Students." We want you to sign up to be a Maltby Mentor here at Maltby Elementary. This will provide you the opportunity to get involved in your child's school and be a mentor to other children. All sign-ups are done through Sign-up Genius. If you are interested, click on the link below to sign up on the calendar.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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Amazon Smiles

Do you shop at Amazon? Did you know that you can help our school by shopping through AmazonSmile?

We have an account that each time you purchase on the site, our school will earn 0.5% of funds back on your purchase!

Charity Name: Maltby Parent Teacher Organization

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.


Does your company partner with Benevity to give back? Did you know that you can choose our school to receive funds?

Search for MALTBY PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION , our unique ID # 911126130

Important Upcoming Dates!

11/8 ~ Veteran's Day Assembly

11/11 ~ Veteran's Day Holiday (NO SCHOOL)

11/12~ PTO Yoforit 5-8 PM

11/12 ~ Superintendent's Chat @ 6 PM (MSD office)

11/18 ~ Student Hearing Screening

11/22 ~ PTO Movie Night @ 6 PM

11/27 ~ Early Dismissal @ 12:55 PM

11/28-29 ~ Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL)

12/3 ~ 5th Grade Field Trip to ACT Theatre (Seattle, WA)

12/3 ~ PTO Meeting @ 7 PM

12/6 ~ Scholastic Book Fair KICK OFF/Bingo Night @ 6:30 PM

12/9-12/13 ~ Scholastic Book Fair

12/10 ~ PTO Yoforit 5-8 PM

12/12 ~ "Snow Biz" - 5th Grade Musical @ 7 PM

12/23-1/3 ~ Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)

Volunteer Application

We require all volunteers, including field trip chaperones, to submit a volunteer application packet and be approved in order to spend time on campus. Volunteer application packets must be submitted annually.


We are so excited to be using Smore for our school newsletter this year! Our newsletter will be delivered directly to your email inbox and can be translated to any language in three easy steps:

  1. When you receive the school newsletter in your email inbox, open the email and click on the title in the newsletter to open it in Smore.

  2. Once in Smore, scroll to the very bottom of the newsletter. Above the red word ‘Report’ you will see the word ‘Translate’. Click ‘Translate’.

  3. Next, select your preferred language in the drop-down menu and the newsletter will automatically translate to the language you chose.

About Us


Bonnie McKerney

Assistant Principal

Jennifer Murphy


Gail Gronwall

Office Manager

Junelle Lewis

Office Support

Jamie Porter

Health Room

HR Assistant

Becky Urstad


Joy Good


Family Engagement Liaison

Kathy Jackson

Fax ~ 360-804-3599

Health Room ~ 360-804-3532

Attendance Hotline ~ 360-804-3501

Bus Delay Information ~ 360-804-2951

Transportation Office ~ 360-804-2650

School Hours: 8:55 am-3:25 pm (Monday-Thursday)

8:55 am-2:25 pm (Fridays)

MSD Notice of Non-Discrimination

Monroe School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator: Joanne Dickinson and Title IX Coordinator, 360-804-2539,; and 504 Coordinator: David Paratore, 360-804-2609, Address: 200 E Fremont St., Monroe, WA 98272.