Morton Elementary Newsletter

October 2019

Morton Communication

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Upcoming Events

10/7 MSALT Achatz Pie Sale Begins

10/9 PLC Late Start; school begins at 9:45am for students

10/10 2nd Grade Field Trip

10/14 Picture Retake Day

10/15 MSALT Meeting @ 6:30pm in the Morton Library

10/18 1st Grade Field Trip/MSALT Achatz Pie Sale Ends

10/22 McDonalds McTeacher Night; begins @ 4:00pm

10/23 Unity Day - Wear ORANGE!

10/25 Kindergarten Field Trip

10/29 MSALT Hungry Howie's Pizza Night

10/31 Halloween Parade @ 9:00am/AM Classes Only, school dismisses @ 11:40

Principal's Corner

I can’t believe we have completed a month of school already. By now your child should feel more comfortable with school procedures and have an established home/school routine for completing homework and returning important school information.

I am so excited to share two important school initiatives we will be focusing on this year. The first one is to bring back the LOVE of reading for all of us. We read things every day, but this year I want students to not only read for learning but to read for fun. We will be doing several fun activities to make this continue to be a priority for our students including book talks, read alouds, and more. We also added a community "Little Library" just outside the building. This little box is filled with fun books for students to enjoy. Students can also donate books to the Little Library for others to enjoy, too. Let's get reading, Morton!

The second initiative is to be the "I" in KIND movement. Throughout the year we will be learning and spreading kindness throughout our school. This initiative will be implemented within individual classrooms and building wide in conjunction with our Leader in Me program. I know our students are up to this challenge as I witness many random acts of kindness daily. Keep up the great work, Morton!

Over the past month, we have been learning about our three Star Rules to be Responsible, Respectful, and Safe. Students are rewarded with Starbucks when they are caught modeling these important behaviors. Last week, we also introduced Habit 1: Be Proactive, which is the first of seven habits we will learn this year from our Leader in Me Program. Each month students go to their Encore Rooms, which are multi-age classrooms, to learn about the habit. Following the habit lesson, everyone meets up for our Red Carpet Rally. At this event, we review the habit, enjoy a message from a guest speaker, and then recognize students who have been making great choices throughout the month modeling the habits and our star rules. Below are a few learning points students discussed in their Encore rooms.

  • To take responsibility for their own happiness, boredom, actions, attitudes and moods

  • Do not blame others for your choices

  • Do the right thing even when no one is watching

  • You are responsible for you

September Star Citizens/Red Carpet Rally

Below are some pictures from our Red Carpet Rally where we recognized students who have displayed responsible, respectful, and safe behaviors! Congratulations to the following students:

Jameson, Peyton, Kaylei, Evie, Anna, Noah, Skylar, Dominic, Chloe, Cayden, Kenzie, Charlie, and Brooklyn

Art Hop

Congratulations to Abrielle and Evelynn who had their super hero art work chosen to be on display at this years Art Hop last Friday!

Unity Day

Unity Day is October 23. Unity Day, the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month, has been recognized in the United States since 2011. Our elementary schools will support this day by encouraging students to wear orange as a way to recognize this special day. In addition, our school social workers will be presenting lessons to classrooms that focus on kindness and anti-bullying efforts. Show you support and wear ORANGE!

Halloween Activities

We will be celebrating Halloween again this year on Thursday, October 31st. We will host a short parade at 9:00 am to showcase our students in their costumes. Following the parade, classrooms will organize individual parties and/or activities. Help us ensure a safe and fun Halloween experience by reviewing the following information and guidelines.

  • Please send your child to school in their costume.

  • All costumes must be non-violent, age appropriate, and safe (ex: no items resembling weapons, no masks, or violent face paint).

  • The Halloween parade will start around 9:00 am. It will begin inside the building and continue outside for parents and families to view. Please do not enter the building to view the parade; classroom parties/activities will follow.

  • If you signed up to help at your child’s party, please make sure to sign in at the office and pick up your visitor pass.

  • If inclement weather should occur, the parade will be moved indoors. A rain plan will be shared if necessary.

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Attendance Reporting

If you call to report a sick child on our automated system, please indicate the illness type as well as the name, grade, and number of days your child will be out. We appreciate your cooperation and support. In addition, the Health Department requires each school to report contagious illnesses that keep students from attending school. The information shared with the Health Department DOES NOT give out student names, only the illness reported.

MSALT Updates

MSALT is our school Parent/Teacher Organization. They work hard all year to provide fun and exciting opportunities for our students through various fundraising efforts, like our Fun Run that was held last week. Please consider joining in the fun by attending the next MSALT meeting, which is Tuesday, October 15th at 6:30 right here in the Morton Library. This is a great opportunity to learn how you can be more involved in your child's school and connect with other parents!

Past Events:

Our first Fun Run was a huge success. MSALT would like to thank all the parents who donated water and/or their time to make this event possible. We truly appreciate your support. Congratulations to the following students who were our Grand Prize Pledge winners for the Fun Run.

Top Pledge Earner Camyrn won a 32 inch TV
2nd Place Pledge Earner Aria won a Karaoke Player
3rd Place Pledge Earner Will won a Poloroid Camera

Our Top Pledge Winning Class was KB MrsSmith's Class they will enjoy an Ice Cream Party!

Current/Upcoming Events:

10/7- Achatz Pie Sale begins

10/15 - MSALT mtg. @ 6:30

10/18 - Achatz Pie Sale ends

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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