Moreau Heights Principal Newsletter

October 2017

Message from the Principal

It is a busy month here at Moreau Heights! Pictures, Fundraiser, Carnival, PBS Celebration, etc.

Our students are in the flow of the school year and we are making some great academic progress! We are excited about the chance to sit down and talk with you about your child's growth so far this year, as well as the plans we have for the year ahead. Thank you for attending the parent-teacher conference and letting your child know that their education is important! We can do so very much when we work together as a team!

It has been great to get our Watch DOGS program up and running. Our students have loved having the kind Dad faces around the school and the extra support. If you are interested in participating in the awesome program, contact me at I would love to help you get involved!

Sue Haugen


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PTO Carnival

Join us this Friday evening, October 20th, for our Moreau Heights Carnival! There will be games and food to enjoy.

5:30 - 8:00 at Moreau Heights

$5 per child

Join the Duct Tape Challenge to help tape Mr. Reed and Mr. Jungmeyer to the wall! Tape is $1 per piece.

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Calendar of Events

Friday, October 20

*PBS Assemblies

- 8:30 grades 3-5

- 9:40 grades k-2

*PBS Celebrations

*PTO Carnival 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

October 23 - 27 Red Ribbon Week

Monday, October 23

*PJ Day

Tuesday, October 24

*Decade Day - dress like someone from a different decade

Wednesday, October 25

*Hero Day - dress as your favorite super hero or real life hero

- Parent Teacher conferences 3:30 - 7:30

- Fundraiser Pick-up 5-6 p.m.

Thursday, October 26

*Wacky Tacky Day - wear mismatched clothes and socks

- Parent Teacher conferences 3:30 - 7:30

Friday, October 27

- No School

Tuesday, October 31

- Fall Classroom Parties 1:45 - 2:45

Thursday, November 2

- Picture Retakes

Wednesday, November 8

- Early Dismissal, students dismissed at 1:15

Tuesday, November 14

- Cookie Dough Fundraiser kick-off

- Conscious Discipline Parent Group, grades k-1, 11:00 in library

- PTO meeting 6:00 in library

Thursday, November 16

- Quarter 2 Progress Reports sent home

Friday, November 17

- PBS Assemblies (grades 3-5 at 8:30; grades k-2 at 9:40)

Wednesday, November 22 - Friday, November 24

- No School, Thanksgiving break

Tuesday, November 28

- Cookie Dough Orders due

Wednesday, November 29

- Major Saver Fundraiser Kick Off

Thursday, November 30

- Family Literacy Night 5:30 - 7:00


The Shakespeare's Pizza Fundraiser was a HUGE success! Thank you for all the work you did as a family to support our school. The funds raised will all go back into classrooms to support teachers in providing the best learning possible for our students!

PTO will be be sharing more information soon about how much was actually raised. IT IS IMPRESSIVE!

Important Information

  • Please follow our procedures for morning drop-off and pick-up that have been created to keep our students safe. We use the lower driveway, of off Carol Street. Staff will be present to help with unloading and loading cars.

  • If you need to change transportation plans for the day, please contact the office, 659-3180, by 2:15.

  • We believe in supporting our students as a COMMUNITY, which means we value working with families to see that students are successful. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact his/her teacher to discuss things. Our teachers are happy to work with parents for student success!

  • Feel free to join your child for lunch any day! Talk to your child's teacher about specific lunch times.

Attendance Matters!

Our goal is to have an attendance rate of at least 92%. We are currently at 87.1%.

Please help us to support your child's learning and increase attendance 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!

Book Fair

The Scholastics Book Fair will be held in the library the week of October 23 - 26. Come shop during conferences for some great reads. Students may also visit the Book Fair during the school day with their classes.

Focus on Parenting

Sibling Rivalry

Is it possible that some degree of sibling rivalry is normal… and can actually provide opportunities for our kids to learn essential lifelong relational skills? Absolutely! But only as long as we have commonsense skills for ensuring that these conflicts don’t grow into chronic resentment, feelings of victimization, and constant family chaos. While the subject can be a complex one, here are four tips that can help keep the family atmosphere healthy:

Nurture each of your children’s unique strengths and gifts.

When children are noticed and appreciated for their unique interests and aptitudes, they are less likely to perceive that their parents have “favorite” children. Of course, favoritism is the kiss of death when it comes to sibling relationships.

Provide strong and loving leadership.

Love and Logic is all about helping parents become… and remain… loving and strong authority figures. Much of this is achieved by providing consistent and enforceable limits. When kids feel a lack of such leadership, they experience anxiety and subconsciously wonder, “Well… if our parents aren’t running this home, I better.” Chaos among siblings ensues as they compete for this leadership position.

Stay out of the middle, while guiding them toward solutions.

Most of us struggle with the temptation to rescue our kids from each other by placing ourselves in the middle of their conflicts. When we succumb to doing so, we send an unhealthy message: “If you want some attention, all you have to do is start a fight with your brother or sister. Then I’ll swoop in to rescue.”

Using steps to guide your children toward learning how to resolve their own conflicts is powerful.

Of course, we do rescue when life and limb are in obvious danger.

Use the “Energy Drain” technique to keep it their problem rather than yours.

We’ve received story after story of how parents have informed their children that bickering and arguing drains their parental energy. Of course, when this happens, kids are expected to replace this energy by completing extra chores, staying home from an activity so that their parents can rest instead of drive, etc.

While we can’t ensure that our kids always love and appreciate each other, we can create a home where it’s always in their best interest to work hard at doing so.
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