January 3, 2014

Mr. Posick's Friday email

Happy New Year!

I am so happy that we are back from our Winter Break and would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. 2013 was a year that saw Merton Intermediate School maintain its commitment to reading, writing, and math. We added STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to our Science programming for 7th and 8th graders. Our Physical Education department has added a fitness room as well as additional class time throughout the week. Too Good for Drugs, an anti-drug curriculum taught by our school counselor Miss Kohnert, has been added to 5th and 6th grades. We will continue our ActNow! anti-bullying program, which was developed by Children's Hospital, with our students as the school year progresses. Spanish for our 7th and 8th graders has prepared our students for foreign language opportunities in high school. A love of Social Studies and Science is still being fostered in all of our students. Our art, band, and choir programs continue to grow and showcase the talents of our students. We have much to celebrate and we are thankful for your continued support.

Thank you for your generosity!

2013 was also a year that Merton families were very generous to our students, staff, school, and community. We had many fundraisers and donation opportunities, both announced and unannounced, that supported our Veterans, community members, classroom libraries, community organizations, and our school. Your generosity was seen in your offering of your time, your talents, and your money. We appreciate those of you who assisted us with our STEM and fitness initiatives. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

A few pictures to start the year

Homework Club

Homework Club will start up again next week. We meet from 4:15-5:15 in the Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There's no need to sign you child up. Just have them meet us in the Library with all of their work.

Baby, it's cold outside

2014 has started out pretty cold. We love taking our students outside for recess but we keep them in if the temperature is zero degrees or below or the wind chill is -15 degrees or below. Please make sure that your child has a coat, hat, and gloves or mittens to keep them warm. Boots and snow pants are suggested but not required. If the weather turns bad and schools need to close for the day, will be notified by Skylert or you can also find it on our twitter page (http://www.merton.k12.wi.us/faculty/PosickJ/twitter.cfm).