Monroe Newsletter

What's New at Monroe

-January 2017-

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  • Excel begins on Tuesday, January 3rd.
  • No School Monday, January 16th.
  • No School Friday, January 27th.
  • When your child is going to be absent or is ill please call 207-5657.
  • Call the Weather Hotline for weather related updates 386-4777.

Thank You!

Hopefully you had an opportunity to attend our amazing music program “Making Spirits Bright”. Our First, Third, and Fifth grade students put on a wonderful performance. A big Thank You to Mrs. Hopf, our music teacher, for all the time and effort she put into making this a memorable experience for all involved. You can see the concert at

Noon Recess Policy

This is Monroe's recess policy according to the Student/Parent Handbook:

"All children in grades K-5 have a noon recess. All children are expected to go outdoors for recess unless it is raining or colder than -5 F."

Dress your child in warm, winter clothing for playing outside, even if there is no snow on the ground. When there is snow on the ground all children must have snow pants and boots each day for outside play (in addition to coats, hats, and mittens.) Children without snow pants or boots must stay on the shoveled blacktop area.

**Please label all winter clothes with your child’s name.

PLC- 2 Hour Late Start-January 10, 2017

On the second Tuesday of every month the teachers meet for a Professional Learning Community Meeting. Buses will run 2 hours late on late start days. Monroe School will begin at 10:00 AM, rather than 8:00 AM on these days. To accommodate parents that need childcare on late start days, we will provide supervision beginning at 7:40 AM for students needing this service. However, parents MUST complete the online form to sign your child up. There will be no charge but it is very important that we have an accurate count of students arriving early to plan for adequate adult supervision. You will be asked to complete a registration form for each month. This is the link for the January 10 PLC Sign Up- Activities for students during this time may include such things as homework help, quiet reading, and story time. Breakfast will be available serving from 7:40-7:50 AM.

**If you sign your child up and they DO NOT come, we ask that you CALL THE SCHOOL by 8:00 AM that morning as we will be taking attendance.

Children not needing childcare on the late start days should arrive at school between 9:40-9:50. Students arriving to their classrooms after 10:00 AM will be marked tardy.

Late Start Dates: The Second Tuesday of Every Month

  • January 10
  • February 14
  • March 14
  • April 11
  • May 9
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Science Fair-February 21

Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 may participate in our annual Science Fair. Mrs. Mehlhaff will be giving out informational packets to interested students this month. This is a great experience for your child to plan and complete a long-term project and to present it to interested adults. It is a terrific learning experience for your child and for your family. Science Fair Boards are on sale in the office for $2.50.

**If you are interested in judging the science fair, please contact the Monroe Office.

Weather Announcements

One way to make sure you stay on top of the school’s weather related announcements is to check the District’s website ( or call the HELP line at (507)386-4777. If you would like to subscribe to email or text message alerts, please visit the District website under “Family Resources.”

School closings and early dismissal notifications will be broadcast on local radio and televisions stations (KTOE, KDOG, KYSM, KATO, KXLP, KXAC, KEEZ, KMSU, KRBI, KMKO, KRRW, KEYX-TV12, KSTP-TV, KARE 11-TV, FOX 9/UPN 29 TV, WCCO Radio and TV) along with the Mankato Free Press Online.

Snow Storm Early Release Reminders

  • Call 386-4777 for weather updates, please do not call the school office.
  • Monroe dismisses 15 minutes earlier than the announced time. For example: Dist. 77 dismissal time is 1:00, Monroe's dismissal time will be 12:45.
  • You may pick up your child earlier than the dismissal time.
  • Parents must come into the building to pick up children.
  • DO NOT park in the bus-loading zone.
  • If family plans change, notify the office or the teacher immediately.

~Coming Soon~


1/3-School Resumes

1/3-Excel begins

1/10-PLC-2 Hour Late Start


1/15-1/20-Jump Rope For Heart

1/17-MSU Children's Theatre

1/23-PTO Meeting

1/27-NO SCHOOL-Teacher Workshop/Prep Day

1/30-McEducator Night- 3rd Grade


2/7-PTO Night at the Museum 4:30-7:30

2/14-PLC 2-Hour Late Start

2/20-PTO Meeting 6:30

2/27-McEducator Night-2nd Grade

~Specialist's Corner~

From the Media Center-Mrs. Hagen

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From the Music Room-Mrs. Hopf

Great job on the Winter Concert Students!

From the Art Room-Mrs. Wingen

Welcome back from the holiday break! The art students will be starting to work on their clay projects. Lets get excited for 2017!

Welcome Back from Mrs. Wingen, Art Specialist.

From the Gym.-Mr. Carlson

January is a busy month in physical education. We will be completing many of our spring assessments for all grades. In addition, we will be having our 22nd annual American Heart Association "Jump Rope For Heart" event. I always tell the kids that this is a wonderful opportunity to raise money to benefit people other than ourselves. What a great life lesson!! Our event will be conducted during class the 3rd week of January. Fundraising envelopes will be given out right after break. If you would like to get a jump start, you can register to do online fundraising by going to this web link:

Many of our big units are in January. Traverse wall climbing and cross country skiing for the 4th and 5th grade are just a few of them. 4th-5th grade students should remember that they can cross country ski only if they have proper clothing (snow pants, jacket, hat, and gloves/mittens).

~News From the PTO~

There was No PTO meeting in December

~School Menus~

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