Moreau Heights Principal Newsletter

March 2019

Message from the Principal

Charger Families,

WOW! January and February have been brutal months with winter weather and disruptions to our school schedule. We are hoping that the nasty weather is behind us and we can resume a "normal" schedule with less interruptions!

Our students and teachers have been working hard on growth in reading, math and social skills. Our iReady assessments are showing some nice growth for students across grade levels and providing additional information for teacher to plan purposeful lessons to support growth.

We encourage all our families to get involved in our school family by visiting for lunch, coming to read with a class, participate in classroom learning activities, etc. We welcome you to come in anytime, just contact your child's teacher to make an appointment.

Thank you for your continued support for your student, our teachers, and our school! We are - CHARGERS!

Sue Haugen, Principal

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Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 7

*Parent event focus on trauma 6:00-7:30 pm - Josh Varner speaker

March 4-8 - #JCReads Week

Set a time to come read to your child's class!

Friday, March 8

*National Read-In Day

Tuesday, March 12

*Spring pictures

Wednesday, March 13

*Early Release, students dismissed at 1:15

*End of 3rd quarter

Thursday, March 14

*Breakfast with Buddies 7:15-8:15

Friday, March 15

*Parent Lunch 'n Learn - Come learn about trauma with Josh Varner 11:30-12:30

Tuesday, March 19

*Student-led Conference 4:00-7:30 - 3rd quarter grade cards sent home at conferences

Thursday, March 21

*Student-led Conference 4:00-7:30 - 3rd quarter grade cards sent home at conferences

Friday, March 22

*PBS Assemblies

- 8:30 grades 3-5

- 9:40 grades k-2

March 25-29 Spring Break - No School

Monday, April 1

*Classes resume

Mark Your Calendar-Trauma, Impact for Children, Impact for Families

We are bringing in a speaker to talk with parents about trauma, the impact for children, and how families can support.

We will have 2 sessions to work for your schedule -

March 7 - 6:00-7:00 pm

March 15 - 11:30-12:30

Meal provided for each session!

PTO Events and Activities

Ready Popped Popcorn Sale: Our spring fundraiser funds or PTO activities and programs.

  • Sales start Feb. 26
  • Orders Due March 12.
  • Popcorn & Pork Rinds $10
  • Orders ready for pick up during student-led conferences March 21!

Breakfast with Buddies (in the gym) - March 14 7:15-8:15

  • We invite you to Moreau Heights Annual Breakfast with Buddies!
  • We encourage students to invite a buddy to breakfast. Our local police officers, firemen and the Partners in Education will also be there to be a buddy for everyone!
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How Can You Make An Impact?

Want to get involved in our Watch DOGS program for Dads or male role models? Please complete the information form to get the process started.

Want to get involved in our MOMS program for Moms or other family role models? Please complete the information from to get the process started.

Once we get you information we will send you a form for a background check, then let you get started making a positive impact by being personally involved in our school.

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Coach Roedel's News

Students have been doing a great job in P.E.

All grade levels are learning volleyball. Lower grades focused on hitting the ball over the

net. Upper grades practiced serving, bumping, setting, and passing. After learning these

advanced skills, upper grade students have played a game. In March upper grades

will learn a bounce ball game related to volleyball.

Upcoming Event: Little Olympics

Little Olympics begins in April and continues until the first Saturday of May. Little Olympics will meet in April on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

4th and 5th grade students, who have completed all classwork and homework, are eligible to participate. Permission slips will be sent home with students Mid-March.

Little Olympics is a great way to make new friends and learn track skills.

Mrs. Boyd's Art Update

Spills and Stains Happen.

Art can be very messy with paints, clay, glue, pastels, etc. Please be careful with what

your child wears on art class days. To help them keep track, the schedule goes AMP

(Art, Music, PE, Art, Music, PE).

Due to the mess, the following 2 rules apply to the art room:

  1. No coats worn in the art room so they don’t get stains on them.
  2. All students wear a paint shirt when using paint or any material that can stain


5th grade is using Acrylic Paint currently, which is permanent if it dries on clothing, thus

they must wear paint shirts in the art room.

Lower Elementary

Literacy Night and the literacy art display were a great success. I am so pleased with how nice

the K-2 work turned out. Thanks to our K-2 students for their hard work. If you have not seen

your child’s winter art on display, please stop by to see it.

Kindergarten and First Grade:

We read “The Little House” by Virginia Lee Burton. Students created a winter house collage on

a painted square paper.

Then, we studied the art of Piet Mondrian (a Dutch Artist) who created abstract and Non-

representational art. We created a design with black horizontal and vertical lines; painting the

squares and rectangles in white, yellow, red, and blue to represent Mondrian’s Non-

Representational art.

Second Grade:

We read “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolan. They created a Textured Paper Owl collage on a painted

background. To paint the background, students learned to mix yellow and blue to make green.

Then, they crafted the owl from construction paper. The students created the owl’s feathers by

tearing, curling, and pasting the feathers to make paper relief sculpture. .

Second grade is now creating a paper weaving. They are learning how to create and use a

paper loom. On the weaving, they will be drawing Native American Picture symbols to write

their own story.

Upper Elementary

3rd Grade:

Third grade finished Patterned Hearts, and began to study the art of Keith Haring. Keith Haring

was a 1980’s American Pop Artist in New York City. Haring created graffiti style figures that

showed movement. The students are practicing drawing silhouettes of figures in movement

(such as dancing, running, playing ball). When they have three figures they can draw well, they

will turn those figures into a project using Complementary Colors. I will give them the choice to create them with drawing or collage.

4th Grade:

We studied the Element of Art of Value and the Principals of Design of Pattern and Radial

Balance. Using pattern, and value, they created a Radial Design on a Chinet Plate. They strung

the plate with yarn to turn it into a loom, on which they are beginning now to weave. This is

very easy for some students and hard for others. They will be beautiful when finished and I will display them in the Spring Art Show.

5th Grade:

Fifth grade students have been working diligently on their Kachinas. Most students have finished construction, primed their sculptures with gesso, and are painting the Kachinas. You will be so excited to see these at the Spring Art Show. One class is so far ahead, they will begin their Vincent Van Gogh drawing soon.

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Attendance Matters!

Our goal is to have students at school every day, ready to learn. Please support our efforts by:

  • Having students at school by 8:10
  • Scheduling appointments around school hours (8:15 - 3:15) when possible
  • Making on time arrival at school a priority by having a morning routine
  • Seeing that students are getting to bed at a reasonable time and are allowed a restful night of sleep

Thank you for your help by letting your child know that school is important to you!

Focus on Parenting - Empathy: What Is It Anyway?

Those familiar with Love and Logic know that empathy… sincere empathy… frames the approach. It’s the hub around which the entire approach revolves. When we precede consequences with a sincere dose of compassion and concern, we increase the odds that the child will view their poor decision as the “bad guy” while continuing to perceive us as the “good guy.”


“I love you. This is so sad. When you guys argue and fight in the car it really drains my energy. One of the ways you can replace this energy is by working together to clean the bathrooms. Will you have that completed by bedtime or by noon tomorrow?”

“I know you love to play videos games. The sad thing is that I don’t feel like I can trust you with the computer right now. What do you think you can do to rebuild this trust?”

When we can provide sincere empathy first, is it far more likely they’ll learn responsibility rather than resentment? Does this also affect our stress level, by enabling us to avoid toxic anger, lectures, threats, frustration, and anger? Does it allow us to parent… or provide discipline in our classroom… without feeling guilty?

Sincere empathy opens the heart and mind to learning.

It enables us to lay our heads on our pillows each night

without harboring regret over how we treated others.

While empathy is powerful, many of us struggle with applying it in consistent ways. Because I can relate to this from a personal perspective, I’ve spent the last two decades grappling with deep questions over why this is the case. Might some of these challenges have to do with forgetting what empathy truly is and is not?

Empathy is about a sincere desire to understand another’s feelings.
It’s not a flippant, “I know how you feel” or “I’m so sorry.”

Empathy is an honest message of caring.
It’s not about manipulating or instilling guilt.

Empathy is about maintaining emotional boundaries while showing concern.
It’s not about making the other person’s problem our own.

Empathy is about modeling confidence and strength.
It’s not about demonstrating weakness.

Empathy is about forgiving others… and ourselves.
It’s not about trying to be perfect.

The first and primary rule of Love and Logic involves taking good care of ourselves so we can remain positive role models. As we pursue our desire to become ever more loving and effective parents or educators, does it make sense that doing so involves extending empathy to ourselves?