Morton Elementary Newsletter

January 2020

Morton Communication

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Upcoming Events

2/5 PLC Late Start - School Begins @ 9:45am

2/6 Encore/Red Carpet Rally

2/11 MSALT Meeting - 6:30pm in the Morton Library

2/13 AM Classes Only - School Dismisses @ 11:40am & MSALT Bottle Drive

2/14 - 2/17 No School - Mid-Winter Break

2/18 Classes Resume

2/21- 2/28 Spring Book Fair

2/25 MSALT Hungry Howie's Pizza Night

2/26 MSALT Bottle Drive

2/28 Reading Month Kick-Off Assembly

Principal's Corner

January is always a busy month for our staff and students. The end of the second marking period is Friday, January 24th. Students do not report to school on this day. Report cards will go home with students on Friday, February 7th. Our mid year NWEA benchmark assessments for reading and math will begin next week. The testing window will open on January 27th and continue through February 7th.

In addition to semester benchmark testing, the next few months are also very important learning months. This is often the time of year where new curriculum is introduced and students have the greatest learning potential. It is extremely important that your child attends school on a regular basis. Absence work is difficult to make up as much of the learning involves teacher and student interaction.

The next few months are also filled with many exciting student activities. We have our Glacier Point skate night on Tuesday, January 21 and Family Fun Night is Friday, January 31. We are also well underway with our planning for March is Reading Month and will be sharing our theme soon.

I want to thank everyone for a great first half of the school year. Let's make 2020 the best year yet!


Proud Principal Quain

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School Board Appreciation Month

January is School Board Recognition Month—a time to salute the work of our volunteer school board members and to celebrate public education. This special recognition of school board members reflects our combined commitment to leadership and accountability assuring that ALL children succeed. Their dedication and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible. We would like to thank our School Board, who dedicates countless personal hours to ensure the needs of our community are met by our public schools. On behalf of Marysville Public Schools, we applaud them for their vision and voice to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders.

The Leader in Me

We have successfully introduced the first 4 habits from our Leader In Me program. Each month we roll out a different habit and learn how to apply the habit into our daily life. Please take a minute to read about Habit 4 and learn how you can support this habit at home.

HABIT 4: Think Win Win: I balance courage for getting what I want (my “first things”) with consideration for what others want. When conflicts arise, I look for a win-win solution.

Habit 4 is Think Win-Win- “Everyone can win.” It’s not me or you – it is both of us. Think win-win says there is plenty of good to go around. It is an abundant way of thinking. We are excited for the success of others. We have the courage to ask for what we want and compassion towards others. We use creative thinking to come up with a new solution that can make both of us happy.

How can you help support the habits at home?

Applaud others: Model being happy for others. “The Jones family got a new car. How great for them!” “Suzy got a new bike? I bet you were very happy for your friend.” Have Family Celebration times. Around the dinner table or in a Family Meeting allow time for children and parents to share something they did well. Cheer for them as a family. Be careful not to compare your children. Praise each for their own accomplishments.

Practice creative problem solving: Role-playing is so powerful. Have your children act out conflicts. Someone else wants the ball. They don’t like what is being served for dinner. Help them recognize what a “win” might be. Sometimes what we want is not the thing, but to be understood. Can they share their feelings in a way the other person feels respected? Help them think about what they hope to accomplish and what the other person might want. Is there a third option? Maybe we put the ball up and all play tag. Maybe the child volunteers to make dinner one night a week. We think of a solution we can all feel good about!

Clarify Expectations: It’s really hard to win if you are playing by different rules. Make sure you are clear with your children, and in all your relationships, what the expectations are. When you use terms like reasonable, enough, on-time, clean, you may think you are being clear, but the other person may have a different idea of what that means. Can you be more precise?

Words to use:

“You did a really good job on ______.”

“How can we come up with something that makes us both happy?”

“I bet you two can solve this. What is a creative win-win solution here?”

“What is a third alternative? Can we think of a better way?”

“Can you see this from their point of view? What are you each trying to accomplish?”

“What is most important here? What do you really want?”

“What is a new solution here? Can you think of more options?

Habit 4 Read Alouds:

The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle by Eric Carle

Let’s Be Enemies by Janice May Udry

Monthly Star Citizen and Viking Spirit Winners

Kindness is COOL!

We continue to seek out ways to spread KINDNESS throughout the school and to be the "I" in KIND! Students have been challenged to generate their own kindness initiatives, which will be student driven and staff supported. We also held a fundraiser just before the holiday break to order t-shirts that will be a visual reminder of our acts of kindness challenge. If you ordered a KIND t-shirt for your child, they can wear them during our Red Carpet Rally, field trips, special activities, or just any day they feel like reminding people to BE KIND!

Kindergarten Orientation Night

Marysville Public Schools offers Kindergarten Orientation night for families wishing to enroll their child(ren) into Kindergarten or Developmental Kindergarten for the upcoming school year. This meeting provides valuable information on what to expect when enrolling your child into school. Topics covered will include Kindergarten Assessment, Vision & Hearing Screening, as well as Kindergarten Round-Up information. Parent/Guardians can attend any of the sessions listed below, even if it is not the school closest to their home.

Kindergarten Orientation dates for students entering Kindergarten in the Fall of 2020:

March 16, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - Morton Elementary

March 17, 2020 @ 6:00 PM -Gardens Elementary

March 18, 2020 @ 6:00 PM -Washington Elementary

This is an informational meeting for parents/guardians.

School Breakfast Program

Just a reminder that we do offer breakfast daily in our multipurpose room from 8:10 am to 8:30 am. The cost is $1.00 and the meals typically include assorted dry cereals, breakfast bars, muffins, chilled fruit, juice, and milk.

Winter Weather Procedures

It is that time of year again where your child should come to school dressed for a variety of weather conditions. Students need a warm winter coat, snow pants, gloves, and a hat every day. As fresh air and movement is ideal for young children, it is our goal to get your child outside daily so having them prepared for the weather will ensure an enjoyable experience from them. Students will go outside for recess if the weather, including windchill, is 10 degrees or higher. Safety Patrol will be on duty if the weather is 15 degrees or higher, including windchill. Please note that a variety of weather conditions can impact the decision to send students outside including but not limited to; windchill, wind advisories, and playground conditions. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

We will continue to use the south parking lot as a drop-off loop in the morning for all students K-5. When pulling into the drop off loop, please drive as far forward as you can to allow room for additional cars to drop off. When cars stop at the entrance to unload, it causes other cars to get backed up on the street and makes our lot unsafe. If you would like to walk your child up to the doors, take more time to say goodbye, or if your child needs additional time to exit the car, please pull into a parking space on the east side of the parking lot (the side that faces the road.) We request that parents DO NOT park on the west side (playground side) of this lot from 7:30 am to 9:00 am as posted.

Kindergarten will be dismissed out the northwest blue doors in the back parking lot. First and second grade will dismiss out the north end of the building (Lynwood Doors) and third, fourth, and fifth grade students will exit out the south end doors (large playground).

*Please remember there is no parking, stopping or standing in the bus loop at any time during school hours. This also includes evening events as the loop is considered a fire lane. We appreciate your cooperation with this matter.

MSALT Updates

Family Fun night is Friday, January 31 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Advanced ticket sales will be January 30 & 31. Tickets will be sold during lunch and after school from 3:30- 4:00. The cost is 5/$1 or for unlimited games you may purchase a wristband for $15. Tickets at the door will be 4/$1 or $20 for wristbands and basket raffle tickets are $1.00 each. Our photo booth is cash only, 4 poses/$1 and you take the pictures home with you. Food, which includes pizza, pop, chips, cookies and water will be available using cash only. Games will run from 5:30pm - 7:30pm and the basket raffle will begin promptly at 7:45 in the multipurpose room. If you would like to help with this event, please go to SignUpGenius to register.

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MPS Board of Education

Dave Schmorrow, President ~ Kevin Palmateer, Vice President ~ Nicole Winston, Secretary ~ Dave Watson, Treasurer ~ Michelle Kut, Trustee ~ Barry Kreiner, Trustee ~ Ben Lasher, Trustee