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August/September 2018 Newsletter

Swartz Creek Community Schools: Learning, Leading, Growing

Swartz Creek Community Schools is a family committed to excellence, instilling the values of integrity and compassion, and encouraging every individual to embrace challenges through continuous learning.

WELCOME BACK!

The Morrish staff would like to welcome all of our new and returning students and families.

We hope your summer was filled with adventure, discovery and learning. We are excited to start another awesome school year with each of you.


Monday, AUGUST 2TH - OPEN HOUSE

6-7 PM

Tuesday, AUGUST 28TH - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL ½ DAY PM

1st - 5th Grades : 12:30- 3:40PM

KINDERGARTEN 1:00 – 2:15PM (Parents stay)


This year we will continue our partnership with America’s Educators to build an #OtherPeopleMatter movement through The Positivity Project. The Positivity Project is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping America’s youth build stronger relationships by recognizing the character strengths in themselves and others. Their vision is to create citizens and leaders who will enhance our communities and country by internalizing the belief that “Other People Matter.” Positive psychology’s scientifically validated 24 character strengths serve as its foundation. Positive psychology teaches that people have all 24 strengths within them – and that character is not just skills or behaviors, but rather an intrinsic part of each of us. We would love for you to take an active role in your child’s character strength education. By using the character strengths vocabulary and having discussions about the concepts, you will help your child understand the character in themselves and others in a different light. You can follow our social media handles to see what we’re doing each day – and please feel free to reach out for more information or visit www.posproject.org.

THEME SHIRTS

Our theme shirts this year help spread The Positivity Project message. The shirts are green because green is the color of hope, optimism, and endurance. You can purchase a shirt in our main office. Child sizes are $8 and adult sizes are $10.
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SUPPLY LISTS

Be sure to check out our grade level supply lists to purchase exactly what your child needs.


There are TWO ways to access these lists.

1. Download our Morrish Elementary APP & click 'supply lists'.

2. Visit our website http://morrish.swartzcreek.org & click 'supply lists'.

MEET OUR HOMEROOM TEACHERS

PRESS THE BUTTON TO SEE OUR 2018-19 HOMEROOM TEACHERS

MEET OUR SPECIALS' & SUPPORT TEACHERS

PRESS THE BUTTON TO SEE OUR 2018-19 SPECIALS' & SUPPORT TEACHERS

MEET OUR SUPPORT STAFF

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MEET OUR OFFICE STAFF

PRESS THE BUTTON TO MEET OUR 2018-19 OFFICE STAFF

PTO OFFICERS FOR 2018 ~ 2019 SCHOOL YEAR

Our first meeting is Monday, September 24th from 7-8 in our gym.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME and child care will be provided!!!


President ~ Tanya Okenka

V. President ~ Sarah Mellish

Secretary ~Cassidy Sheahan

Treasurer ~Carrie Erbe

Fundraising~Stephanie Sortor, Jaimi Scrivener, & Heather Miller

MEET OUR PTO

PRESS THE BUTTON TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PTO

BREAKFAST/LUNCH INFORMATION

Breakfast is served at 8:15 each morning. Our recess/lunch schedule can be viewed by clicking HERE.


Please CLICK HERE to view free and reduced forms. These forms must be filled out every year! Please complete by October 10th to avoid lunch charges.


For more information about breakfast and lunch menus CLICK HERE (these menus are still being developed).

Before and After School Routines Changing for the 2018-19 School Year

Due to changes in staffing and expectations for school staff for the 2018-19 school year, students may not arrive to school prior to 8:20 am if they are eating breakfast at school in the cafeteria, or 8:25 am if they are not eating breakfast at school. That means that whether students walk to school, ride bikes, are dropped off by vehicle, or ride the bus, they should not arrive prior to 8:20/8:25 am. We will not have safety patrol or adults in place prior to 8:20 am, and so we cannot guarantee the safety of students prior to that time. If you do arrive with your child prior to 8:20/8:25 am, then we will ask that you wait in the drop off line until the correct time to begin drop off. The one exception will be those students that are enrolled in our before school child care at Morrish, which is also new for the 2018-19 school year. If you have a need for your child to arrive to school and be supervised prior to 8:20/8:25 am, please call the Child Development Center 810-591-4346 as soon as possible to enroll your student in the Before & After School Child Care Program which starts as early as 6:00 am for the convenience of working parents. Due to limited availability, parents may need to place their child on a waitlist for the Before & After School Child Care Program. Parents will not be able to drop off students in the Before & After School Child Care Program unless they have previously enrolled their child and completed all the required paperwork.


Additionally, all students must be picked up at 3:40 pm when school dismisses, and no later than 3:45 pm. Again, in order to keep all students safe we need to have adequate adult supervision for students and we will have few staff available after 3:45 pm. If you are unable to have your child picked up by 3:45 pm next school year, you may wish to enroll your child in the Before & After School Child Care Program at Morrish which will be open as late as 6:00 pm. Call the Child Development Center at 810-591-4346 to enroll your child or for waitlist information.

SCHOOL HOURS

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR SCHOOL HOURS

2018-2019 Swartz Creek Community Schools Calendar

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR DISTRICT CALENDAR (INCLUDING 1/2 DAYS AND BREAKS)

SIGN UP FOR MORRISH ELEMENTARY TEXT ALERTS

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MEDICATION POLICY

Medication will be administered to children only if the Authorization to Administer Medication Form is on file in the Morrish Office. Medication must be in the original prescription container with the child's name and name of the doctor on it. The medication will be stored in a locked container and administered as prescribed by the physician. Administration will be recorded on a medication log sheet by the staff.

Please do not send medication in with your student. You have to bring it in and fill out the appropriate forms.

DOWNLOAD OUR FREE APP

CLICK HERE and download our FREE Morrish Elementary APP.

PARENTS AND FIELD TRIPS!!!!!!!!!

Any adult attending a field trip with our school must have a volunteer profile I-CHAT form on file with the district. This I -chat form is a signed consent to do a background check on individuals attending field trips to keep our children safe outside of our building.

We request that anyone who might be going mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles just fill one out at the beginning of the school year. A background check will only be ran if you indicate you are going on a field trip. At the end of each year these forms are shredded. It is easiest for everyone involved just to fill this out now. Thank you!

Safety First

There are hundreds of students coming to school in the morning and leaving at dismissal. This means that our school parking lot can be a very chaotic place. Student safety is always a concern for Morrish staff and keeping children safe in the parking lot requires the cooperation of everyone – from school staff, to parents, and the children themselves.


Here are a few safety tips that drivers should observe when dropping children off at school and picking them up:


  • Obey the speed limit and traffic rules
  • Obey the school’s drop-off and pick up rules
  • Be courteous to & patient with other drivers
  • Car lines are for drop-off and pick-up.
  • If parents need to get out and walk their children in, please park the car. This keeps the car line moving smoothly and efficiently.


Avoid, if you can, making immediate after school plans that might cause you to feel like rushing. There’s never a reason to drive over 5 miles per hour in the school parking lot. With a team effort, students can come and go without worry and that makes it easier for them to focus on what they come to school for: learning.


PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK TO LEARN ABOUT OUR ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL POLICIES.