August 19, 2015
If you haven't joined the P.T.O., I want to encourage you to be a part of that organization. It is vital to our success and provides many things for our students, faculty, staff, and facilities that we would not typically be able to purchase.
Volunteer training has been a huge success. We have had over 100 volunteers attend training. We are providing that list to the teachers. Thank you for being willing to partner with us to make MXR great!
We will be making some slight changes in the car line, particularly in the mornings. Please work with us and understand safety is our foremost concern. We have many children who are very small and have to consider ways to be efficient and safe at the same time. Please understand that everyone needs to follow the procedures for it to run smoothly. Adjust your schedules if necessary in the morning. Details of the changes are outlined below and will be sent out via other communication methods.
Thanks to all the Pre-K and kindergarten for allowing your students to go to class on their own. I know the beginning of each year brings much anxiety and it's so exciting as students begin their journey. Teaching them responsibility is part of that so I appreciate the understanding and cooperation in this area.
As always, you are welcome to come eat lunch with your child or loved one. We would ask, however, that at the conclusion of lunch you allow those students to return to class with their classmates.
I think we are off to a fantastic start!! If you need anything, give me a call at (256) 851-4600 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Thanks and have a great day!!
Car Rider Line
Everyone must enter and drop off in the car rider line. No parents should use the bus parking lot and walk their kids across. This holds up traffic and if everyone used that area, it would be a disaster. The best way is for everyone to follow the same guidelines. We will be increasing the number of teachers on duty in the morning to assist with this and help students exit their vehicles.
The front parking lot can only be used if you have to go to the office for business or have an appointment. If there are special cases with class projects, presentations, etc. then we will certainly allow that as well.
A few things that will help the line move faster.
- Pull up as far as possible so we can unload the maximum amount of cars.
- If possible, have your child sitting on the correct side to exit.
- As you are approaching the drop off zone, start talking with your child about gathering
- Make sure you have a number and you child knows it. You can get a tag in the office if
you have lost or misplaced yours.
The biggest change in the car rider line will be that beginning Monday, August 31st we will close the car line at 7:42. If you are in line at this time and have not dropped you child off, you will be required to sign them in through the office. School officially begins at 7:45 and students should be in their rooms at that time. We have allowed several days for you to adjust your schedule before we begin this procedure. Please understand we aren't being rude or disrespectful when we close the line, we just have classes that begin at 7:45 and our teachers/staff must be on duty.
We are asking everyone to understand with the size of our school and the vast age differences that we must have procedures in place and everyone needs to follow them for the safety of all of our children. I know this is a change, however, almost all elementary schools in the county have a designated time they close the car line to allow teachers to get to their classes and be certain students who are late are signed in.
FAMJAM is basically a conference for parents. It will be held on September 17th. We will have an opening session at 5:30 that will be high energy and lots of fun. Afterwards, parents will have thew opportunity to attend breakout sessions throughout the building. These sessions will run concurrently from 6:00-6:45 and repeat again from 7:00-7:45. Examples for breakout sessions may include Understanding DIBELS, How to Read ASPIRE home reports, Signing up for INOW Home Portal, Helping Your Child with Homework, etc. If you have particular topics you are interested in, please e-mail Mr. O'Rear @ firstname.lastname@example.org We want this event to help you and give your resources to help your child be more successful. You will also have an opportunity to sign up for the "Thinking Outside the Box" Initiative beginning in October. Hope to see you there!!
VERY IMPORTANT...WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Calendar of Events
August 18-21 DIBELS Next Testing
August 20 Progress Reports Due
August 25 Fire Drill & Weather Drill
August 26 Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts visiting students during P.E.
August 26 Title I Parent Advisory Committee Meeting- Budget & CIP 6:00 pm
August 27 Lock-down drill
August 27 Title I CIP Review Meeting 9:00 am
August 27 Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts Recruitment Meeting 6:30 pm
September 7 Labor Day
September 17 FAMJAM
September 3 Fall Pictures
September 4 System PD 1/2 Day
September 10 Progress Reports Due
September 22-23 MXR Talent Show Tryouts after school
September 28 Student Council Campaigns
October 2 Student Council Elections
October 5-9 Fall Break
October 15 Fall Make-ups
October 15 Report cards go home
October 21 Talent Show Dress Rehearsal 12:45 (all 4th PE @ 11:15, all 1st @ 7:45)
October 22 MXR Talent Show 6:00 p.m.
October 29 Progress Reports Due
November 10 System PD 1/2 Day
November 11 Veteran’s Day
November 19 Holiday Pics
November 19 Progress Reports Due
November 23-27 Thanksgiving Break
December 21 Winter Break begins
MXR Social Media and Other Communication
One of the most effective ways to communicate, and it's usually the quickest is through the Remind App. It's a free app and no one can see your number. You will, however, receive texts informing you of the latest information. To sign up text to: 81010 and type @mxra in the message box. It's that easy!!
You can also go to our district website and sign up on LISTSERV. This is an e-mail service.
One last way we communicate is through the use of SchoolMessenger. You may have received a call last week about the water leak. Please be certain all your contact information is correct.
We hope we have provided a few ways for you to gather information about MXR. If you have any suggestions, please let us know!