The Morris Minute

March 2020

Welcome to The Morris Minute!

This is the place to find updates for staff, parents, and families of Morris Elementary. Thank you for checking it out!

A Note from Mr. Anderson

Hello Morris Families!


Spring is just around the corner and we are welcoming it with open arms! We have been washing hands, cleaning desks, wiping down surfaces, and disinfecting as much as we possibly can this flu season and we are ready for it to be done! We appreciate the efforts in helping to battle the flu bug this year!

Spring Break will be March 16-20. Take the time to relax, unwind, and just spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of school! We will be back at it Monday, March 23 and I promise you, the end of year quickly hits us like a ton of bricks!


Looking ahead to next fall and the 2019-20 school year, we are hosting an incoming Kindergarten Parents Information Night on Thursday, March 5 at 6pm. Please share the information listed later in the Minute with anyone you know who has a child that will be five years old by September 15 of this year. Online registration for Kindergarten (and Developmental Kindergarten) opens on March 9 - share the news!

I always enjoy seeing so many parents attend Parent Teacher Conferences. We really are a team, and your students' success depends on your input! It has been a fantastic year so far and the kids are awesome! We are fortunate to have such great partnerships in education!
Happy Spring!


Sincerely,

Ben

Important Dates to Remember

February 28 - NO SCHOOL ~ Professional Development

March 2 - 2pm Dismissal

March 5 - 6pm 2020-2021 Kindergarten Informational Night

March 9 - Developmental Kindergarten & Kindergarten Online Registration opens

March 9 - 2pm Dismissal

March 16-20 - NO SCHOOL ~ Spring Break

March 23 - School Resumes - 2pm Dismissal

March 26 - First Grade Concerts - 6 & 7pm at the High School Auditorium

March 27 - Developmental Kindergarten Applications Due

March 30 - 2pm Dismissal


Want to see the entire year? Click HERE!

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Food & Nutrition Facebook Page

The district has created a new Facebook page specific to our food and nutrition program. We encourage you to like the Bondurant- Farrar Food & Nutrition Facebook page to get updates on menu items, school nutrition requirements and photos of food and fun happening in our food service program!
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Backpack Program

Once again, we are excited to partner with the Food Bank of Iowa to provide nutritious weekend snacks to low-income families with elementary-aged students. If you are in need or know of a family who may benefit from this program, please call Sam Kluesner at 515-967-7494 or email her at kluesners@bfschools.org. For more information regarding The BackPack Program, please click here.

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Help us win a visit from author Jan Brett!

We are in the running to win a visit from famed children's author Jan Brett - At last check in, we were #38 on the list - so if you have not voted yet, please do so! You will need the school address (which is 700 Garfield St SW, Bondurant, IA, 50035) to vote. Please click HERE to get to the voting page. The contest is open through April. Thanks!

Lunch Menus

Current lunch menus are always available on the website - if you hover over the little milk carton on the right side of the main page, you can find the breakfast and lunch menus for the month.


Reminder: You can apply for Free/Reduced Price Meals anytime during the school year, even if you have been turned down before & your circumstances have changed. You can find the 2019-2020 Iowa Application for Free & Reduced Price School Meals on the school website under Departments and Food Services. You can also pick up a hard copy in any building office or contact Karen Miller at millerk@bfschools.org and request to have one mailed to you.

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Lunch Times

Be sure to check with your child's teacher for their exact lunch time. Each grade has two overlapping shifts. While the rest of the schedule adjusts slightly on our Monday early out schedule, the lunch schedule remains the same.


2nd: 10:55-11:20 & 11:10-11:35

1st: 11:30-12 & 11:45-12:15

Kindergarten: 12:10-12:35 & 12:25-12:50


Community Link

Be sure to check the Community Page on the District home page often for new and exciting things happening around town. It is updated almost daily.


Please click HERE to go to the page.

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Box Tops For Education

Box Tops made the switch to the app! A few products still have the actual Box Top on them, and if you have some of those, they are still accepting them until their expiration date, so keep clipping and sending them in! However, most new products now will just have the Box Tops logo and you'll need to have the Box Tops for Education app to give our library credit. It's a quick, simple process--I just did it myself to see! When you download the app, it'll ask what school you're collecting for. You'll need to type Anderson Elementary, whether your child attends Morris or Anderson, because our school account was set up before Morris existed. Anderson and Morris libraries split the proceeds equally each year. There are LOTS of Anderson Elementary Schools around the country, so be sure to find ours. When you've downloaded the app, you'll just need to scan your receipts each time you shop. It keeps a running tally of the money we've collected so far. Box Tops have made a huge impact on the number of books we get for our libraries each year, so your time and effort in getting the app and scanning receipts does make a difference. Thanks so much!


Mrs. Barnett, Elementary Librarian

First Grade Vocal Music Concerts

The First Graders have been working on their musical pieces with Mrs. Anderson and her student teacher Mr. Nau - be sure to get the concerts on your calendar for Thursday, March 26. The concerts will be held in the High School Auditorium.


Students in Current, Garton, Schlenker, Thomann, & Wiltgen's classes will perform at the 6pm concert. Mrs. Anderson will call them to the warm up room at 5:50pm.


Students in Caffrey/McComas, Hartman, Jones, and Shield's classes will perform at the 7pm concert. As you are the second group performing, please do not arrive earlier than 6:40pm. This will allow time for the other group to clear the space. Students will stay with their families until Mrs. Anderson calls them to the warm up room at 6:50pm.


As a reminder, NO food or drinks (including water) are allowed in the auditorium. We want to keep it looking fantastic for as long as possible. Please remember to stay off the stage area, as there will be instruments and props for students to use. After each concert, Mrs. Anderson will announce the locations to pick up your children. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Anderson at andersona@bfschools.org


Wish List

We have had several requests for a list of what teachers and staff might like. Click HERE to see a compiled list.
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Traffic Patterns

Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the drop off and pick up map so you are aware which lot you will need to use. If you need a Color coded sign, please let Jen or your teacher know and we can send a sign home for you with your student.

A few notes from Ms. Jen

March. Madness. Which also means Spring Break - and it seems as if the school year is speeding up and will be over before we know it. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say Hi during conferences - I always enjoy talking to people when the phones aren't crazy. But I also realized how much I am going to miss our current second grade class when they move on to Anderson next year. I have so enjoyed watching them grow and become such wonderful kids. Thank you for sharing them with us all.


Please continue to read my weekly update emails so you are aware of everything going on here at Morris. With 730 students in the building, those emails really are the best way to get the information out to everyone at the same time. I appreciate the time it takes to read them.


Have a great month of March - We will be saying goodbye in May before you know it.

jen

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