Monrovia Elementary School
Listen, Learn, Lead, Love
05/16 Choir field trip to Millenium Nursing Home 8:30-2:00 PM
05/17 Indian Education Field Trip Burritt on the Mountain 8-11:30AM
05/17 End of Year Assembly 1:00PM
05/18 5th Grade Follies 9:00AM-10:30AM & 12:30PM-2:00PM
05/19 4th Grade Dance 4:30PM-6:00PM
05/19 5th Grade Dance 6:30PM-8:00PM
05/19 Field Day School Wide Picnic
8:30-11:30 Stations on field
1:00-1:30 K-2 Fire Truck, 3-5 Inflatables
1:30-2:00 K-2 Inflatables, 3-5 Fire Truck
05/22 Monrovia Middle School 8th Grade Graduation
05/23 Sparkman High School Graduation- Early Dismissal @ 1:00PM
05/24 5th Grade Graduation/Final Walk 8:30AM
05/25 Last Student Day Report Cards
End of school year items of importance!!!
Parents of 5th graders
Nurse Gayle will be taking All 5th grade Blue Imm-50 Immunization records to Monrovia Middle School on May 25, 2017. After this date, you will be required to turn in or pick up your child’s updated IMM-50 in the front office at Monrovia Middle School if needed. You can contact them at 256-851-4580.
Your child will not be put on a class schedule until a Current IMM-50 is on file at the school, unless their birthday is after August 3, 2017.
Please notify the front office or myself if you know your child will not be attending MMS entering the 6th grade.
ALL MEDICATIONS will need to be picked up by 1:30 pm on Thursday, May 25, 2017. NO MEDICATION will be given to students to transport home.
Parents/Guardians will need to come to the school to sign out these medications. All medications not retrieved by 1:30pm on Thursday, May 25, 2017 will be destroyed in accordance with the Alabama School Health Services Administrative Medication Policy.
PLEASE PLAN NOW!
Gayle Stevenson, BSN, RN
Library books due no later than May 10
Registration for NEW students for 2017-18
ARE YOU MOVING?
Sparkman Medical Day Camp-Rising 6th graders only
MedWatch - The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program
EpiPen and and EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector: Recall - Failure to Activate Device
AUDIENCE: Consumer, Pharmacy
ISSUE: Mylan N.V. announced that Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer company and Mylan’s manufacturing partner for EpiPen Auto-Injector, has expanded a voluntary recall of select lots of EpiPen (epinephrine injection, USP) and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injectors to now include additional lots distributed in the U.S. and other markets.
This recall is being conducted as a result of the receipt of two previously disclosed reports outside of the U.S. of failure to activate the device due to a potential defect in a supplier component. The potential defect could make the device difficult to activate in an emergency (failure to activate or increased force needed to activate) and have significant health consequences for a patient experiencing a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Both reports are related to the single lot that was previously recalled.
The recall impacts the 0.3 mg and 0.15 mg strengths of EpiPen Auto-Injector. The recalled product was manufactured by Meridian Medical Technologies and distributed by Mylan Specialty between December 2015 and July 2016. None of the recalled lots include the authorized generic for EpiPen Auto-Injector, which is also manufactured by Meridian Medical Technologies. See the news releasefor a list of affected product lot numbers.
BACKGROUND: The expanded voluntary recall is being initiated in the U.S. and also will extend to additional markets in Europe, Asia, North and South America.
RECOMMENDATION: Patients, customers and distributors are being notified and should refer to Mylan.com/EpiPenRecall for updates on product return and replacement instructions. We are asking patients to keep their existing product until their replacement product can be secured.
Patients may receive either EpiPen Auto-Injector or the authorized generic for EpiPen Auto-Injector at the pharmacy as a replacement based on availability. The authorized generic has the exact same drug formulation, has the exact same operating instructions and is therapeutically equivalent to EpiPen Auto Injector, and may be substituted for EpiPen Auto Injector.
It is important that patients continue to carry their current EpiPen Auto-Injector until they receive a replacement device.
Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:
- Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report
- Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178
Read the MedWatch safety alert, including a link to the news release, at:
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Note from Dr. Headen
Dear Hawk Family:
Wow! I can't believe it is March already. We have accomplished so many great things this year. We are in the process of installing security cameras throughout the school. We hope to have this process completed before the students return from spring break. We also have a few fundraisers going on right now to update our playground and library.
A huge THANK YOU to all who supported the Boosterthon on Friday! We are just $1,300 away from making our goal of $15,000. It is not to late to participate! Boosterthon has allowed us to extend the deadline for pledges. Because I am positive that we will make our goal, I have already set the date for Mrs. Long and I to enter the "Slime Zone". All pledges and money will need to be turned in no later than Friday, March 10. Remember all funds will go to updating our playground. I am extremely thankful for our PTA who organized this event.
Mrs. Willis, our librarian, is selling tumblers. You should receive pamphlets today. We do realize that we are just completing the Boosterthon fundraiser, so please do not feel obligated to purchase the tumblers. We have been working on updating our library and the funds from this fundraiser will go towards repairing/replacing bookshelves in the media center.
I need to remind you of my open door policy. If you need anything, please feel free to email or call me at any time.
Note from Mrs. Long
Dress Code Reminders:
With spring right around the corner, please keep in mind of our school dress code when dressing your child. I met with all the students at the beginning of the year and reminded them of the dress code. I demonstrated each example.
Leggings: When wearing leggings, the shirt must be at or longer than the middle finger when the arm and hand are stretched down toward the floor. The shirt must be that long around the entire body, not just the back.
Shorts/Skirts: Shorts and skirts must be at or longer than the middle finger when the arm and hand are stretched down toward the floor.
Tanks: Tanks must be at least the width of two fingers. This does include sundresses.
Spaghetti straps, sundresses (with smaller straps) , etc: If the straps are not at least two fingers in width, a sweater or jacket must be worn at all times, even during PE and recess.
When your child is absent from school, please send an excuse to the teacher within three days. Each student has 8 personal illness notes that can used during the year. A personal illness note is a note from the parent saying the child wasn’t feeling well enough to attend school, but not sick enough to see a doctor. After the 8 personal illness notes have been used, a doctor’s note is required for the absence to be excused. If an excuse isn’t sent to school, a warning notice will be sent home. After three unexcused absences, the social worker or me will contact you for a meeting.
We will continue our annual MES Math Tournament for grades third-fifth. More information will be sent home at a later date. The tournament is held in May.
If you have a fourth grader that might be interested in being on the Safety Patrol Team next year, applications will be available in April. I’ve had several students to already ask about it. I will announce on HNN when the process will begin.
2016 - 2017 PTA Board
President - Pattie Xinos firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer - Leslie Wells email@example.com
Secretary - Telia Norg firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President Membership - Jada Hamm email@example.com
Vice President Fundraising - Megan Farley firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President Volunteers - Autumn Campbell email@example.com
WE NEED YOUR IDEAS!
Will you please take a couple of minutes to answer some questions about fundraising at MES? We'd love to have your feedback so that we can continue to make MES a better school for our kids and our community!
PTA PRESIDENT UPDATE
Hello MES Family,
I cannot believe that it is already February and we are well into the second semester. I’m looking forward to seeing our dads and their daughters this Friday at the Daddy/Daughter dance. It is always a special time. Of course, it reminds me that the year is flying by and before we know it, we’ll be celebrating another fantastic year at MES with Field Day and end of year class parties.
Hawk-a-Thon Fun Run – PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year
February 22 is our kick-off Pep Rally for this year’s Fun Run, which will take place on Friday, March 3. We have once again partnered with the folks at Boosterthon to bring their program and energy to help us raise as much as possible this year. Our goal is to replace the gravel on the playground to make it safer for our kids. Nurse Gayle is ecstatic about this plan and I’m personally looking forward to not dealing with all the rocks my son brings home from school in his shoes every day. How he walks with them in there I will never know! Please help your kids reach out to friends and family members to ask for their support in pledging so we can make this goal a reality this year!
Save the Date
Moms – we are planning our 2nd Annual Mother/Son Dance Party on Friday, March 31. Mark your calendar, start collecting your neon and glow in the dark clothing and accessories, and be ready to boogie.
Looking Ahead to Fall 2017
February also means it is time to start planning for next year and the main thing we need to address is the PTA Board itself. If you want to be more involved or have some ideas you would like to see implemented, I encourage you to run for one of the board positions. We MUST have a new Treasurer as Leslie Wells has been in the position for two years, which is the maximum according to our bylaws. However, all positions should be considered available: President, VP of Membership, VP of Fundraising, VP of Volunteers, Secretary, and Treasurer. If you feel like you would like to ease into it a bit, we also need more chair people to head up and take ownership of the events and activities we do every year. It is critical that we have “younger” parents – as in grade-level, not your age – get involved! The current board will be “aging out” over the next couple of years.
While we are on the topic of service, I want to thank all of you who have come out to support the school and the PTA. Six board members, who also have busy schedules, cannot offer or staff events like Duty Free lunch for our teachers, Book Fair, Santa Shop, or the Daddy/Daughter Dance without help and we are so very grateful and appreciative for those of you who find time in your schedules to get involved. In the future, we really need chair people to take over these events so please consider being an organizer/planner next year for your favorite event/activity. Grab a friend to help and do it together!
For any questions about PTA board member positions or chair positions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
PTA Volunteer Update
PTA MEMBERSHIP UPDATE
PTA Fundraising Report
School Supply kits on sale from now until April 21st.
Shop with a flier at 5Below on April 14th and 15th and MES gets 10%.
Spirit Night @ Nothing but Noodles on Thursday May 11th between 4pm and 9pm. First 100 students get free cotton candy with dinner!
Kindergarten has had a wonderful year! It is amazing how the students have grown and developed. We have learned many things and we’re becoming readers! We’ve begun Project Lead the Way, where we will be learning about the structure and function of many things. We may be future engineers! We also look forward to learning about plants, insects, and other interesting seasonal things. In May, we will have a field trip to Botanical Gardens and our first field day! We hope everyone has a wonderful summer!
First Grade News
May is going to be a busy month! Please be sure to check your child's weekly newsletter for important dates and information. As the weather warms up, please be mindful that your child is following our Madison County Dress Code Policy. We go outside for recess every day so tennis shoes are best for safety on the playground. It's hard to believe that the year is almost over! Please continue to read during the summer and practice basic math facts. Second grade teachers will expect students to know their basic addition & subtraction facts.
Second Grade News
We can't believe that the school year has almost come to an end! Thank you for your participation with the Boosterthon Fun Run. We took our last field trip to Skate Center Carousel which was a S.T.E.M. field trip and very exciting. Students learned that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math can be found in everyday experiences. Also this month caterpillars arrived in our classrooms. Students will observe the life cycle of the butterfly. Refer to your child's class newsletter about end of the year activities. We want to thank you for the support and help given to us this year. As always read nightly with your child and practice math facts daily.
Third Grade News
Fourth Grade News
It is hard to believe we are coming to an end of this fourth grade year. April and May always seem to fly by. In April, we will complete the ACT Aspire. This will begin next week. We have worked hard to prepare for this test. We are planning to go on a field trip in May. We will be visiting A&M Agricultural Day. Be on the look out for more information about this soon.
Fifth Grade News
Students have been using the engineering design process to create boats. The boats attach to the SPRK+ robots and move though the water. The students will have a chance to make modifications and test their design. We will also be finishing our PLTW robotics unit. Monrovia Elementary was selected as one of the schools be be part of the Madison County School System grant. Make sure to talk to your child about their engineering experiences.
Students are reading and taking AR tests to "Beat the Teacher". Mrs. Reasner, Mrs. White, and Dr. Headen have AR goals. The students are challenged to beat the teacher, or get a higher percentage of their goal than the teachers. The students have a new AR challenge each week. The challenges can be found in your child's Leadership Notebook. Students should be reading 20 minutes each day. Encourage your child to read and participate in the "Beat the Teacher" Challenge.
April - Students in 2nd-5th grade will be participating in the Alabama Physical Fitness Assessment all through the month of April. There are 4 components to the test. These include the V-Sit (flexibility), partial curl-ups (abdominal strength), push-ups (upper body strength), and the mile run (cardiovascular endurance).
We will have our " National Walk at School Day" on Wednesday, April 26th to emphasize the benefits of walking and staying healthy. All are invited to come walk with us!
Field Day will be Friday, May 19th. Volunteers are needed to help make field day a success. Look for upcoming email on how to sign up!
March Art News from Mrs. Sweet-Mikell
Panoply Arts Festival
Panoply was a success! Student work from our MES students was displayed at the festival, and thousands of visitors were able to enjoy the student art tent.
MES Art Show!
Our MES art show will take place May 2nd, 6-8 p.m. We hope to see many of you at the art show before or after the choir performance at the PTA meeting on the same night. There will be a make & take activities , photo opps, a guest artist and a variety of fabulous artwork designed and created by our very own student artists! If parents wish to purchase framed art while they are at the show, they can do so for $25 at the event (cash or check only, please).
dreamArchitecture Contest Winners
We have some students who will be recognized at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center for their space station designs! Congrats to Will and Ava in Mrs. Sim's Kindergarten class, Christoper in Mrs. Caudle's Class, and Erin in Mrs. Boyer's class! The other space station artwork will be returned to students soon, along with artwork from the rest of the semester.
Public Library Summer art show
Some student work from MES K-4th grade students will be displayed at the Monrovia Public Library over the summer months. These students will receive a letter with more details. This is a great way for us to share the creative works of art from our students with the community and summertime library visitors! Hopefully, some of them will be our own MES students!
Youth Art Month Exhibit!
March is Youth Art Month! Artwork from two MES students is currently featured in the main galleries at the Huntsville Museum of Art along with visual art from other local schools. This student work will be displayed from now until April 30th, 2017.
MES Music Class of the Year
Faculty and Staff Birthdays
04/09 Tracy Alexander - Speech Teacher
04/10 Renee Headen - Principal
04/11 Halima Laroda - Lunchroom
04/20 Michelle White - 5th Grade Teacher
04/21 Sherrie Frady - Ace Teacher
04/27 Tracey Martin - 1st Grade Teacher
04/28 Herman Jefferson - Bus Driver
Front Office Procedures
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In order to enter the building you must ring the doorbell located to the left of the main door. Ring the bell and wait for someone to answer and they will buzz you in.
All K-5 children must be dropped off in the car rider line between 7:10-7:40. If you have items that need to be dropped off to the front office please take your child through the car line first and then come to the office. Children cannot be brought through the front doors prior to 7:40 for school.
Children are late after 7:45 and must we walked in by a parent and signed in at the front office and receive a tardy pass. When checking in your child during the day please make sure a note is given to the front office so the tardy can be coded as excused or unexcused. Also when a child is absent a note must be provided so the absence can be coded correctly. We want to avoid truancy issues. Children cannot be checked out after 2 pm. To arrive on time for any appointments please have your child checked out prior to 2 pm to avoid any confusion.
The front office welcomes your calls with questions and concerns. Please feel free to call between 7:10 and 3 PM. The front office number is 256-851-4570. Our fax number is 256-851-4571.