Falcon Flyer Summer Edition!

August 2022

Dear MES Students, Parents, and Family Members,

August is among us and we are thrilled to be getting ready for a fantastic year at MES. I can not wait to get to meet each and every student and learn all about your families. I am passionate about leading our school and can not wait to see all how high our falcons can soar!

This year our theme will be "Growing MES Leaders and Achievers!" We will be focusing on 10 character traits that make us each successful including being committed, flexible, resilient, responsible, motivated, trustworthy, innovative, as well as being a problem solver, a risk taker, and having a growth mindset! Each month we will focus on one trait and practice applying it to our lives so that our learners can grow and find joy in leadership!

Each month I will send out a newsletter highlighting important items happening at MES and showcasing our students. You can also keep up to date with our school by liking our Facebook and Instagram accounts! We will be posting lots of information on those sites. As always, our events will be posted to our online school calendar available on our webpage and the D2 webpage so check there for events!

I look forward to an amazing school year and getting to know you all personally. If there is anything I can do for you, your child, or your family, don't hesitate to call me at the school or send me an email at brittany.green@spart2.org.

Dates to Remember

August 11--Meet the Teacher from 1pm-6pm

August 15--First Day of School for all students in 1st-5th grades and 5K A-L last names

August 15--Boys and Girls Club Begins

August 16-First Day for-M-Z last names in 5K

August 17--Independence Day--Students walk in to school independently!

August 17--Icees for sale to all students for $2 from Carolina Gourmet Snowballs

August 19--All 5K students attend

August 19-Ice Cream for sale to all students for $1

August 19-Falcon Sprit Day--Wear your best black and red!

August 19-Fire Drill

August 19-Last day to register for Suzuki Strings

August 22-First Day for A-L last names in 4K

August 22-Math Superstars begins

August 23-First Day for M-Z last names in 4K

August 23-iReady Reading Testing for students in 5K-5th grade

August 24-Icees for sale to all students for $2 from Carolina Gourmet Snowballs

August 25-iReady Math Testing for students in 5K-5th grade

August 26-All 4K students attend

August 26-Falcon Spirit Day--Wear your best black and red!

August 31-Icees for sale to all students for $2 from Carolina Gourmet Snowballs

September 1-Suzuki Strings Begins

September 2--Fire Drill and Tornado Drill

What's Happening at MES?

Playtime with the Principals

Last Thursday afternoon brought about a ton of fun seeing our students and families! We painted rocks for our new rock garden (to be put in soon!), ate lots of popsicles (it was hot enough we all had several!), played yard games like ladder golf and frisbee jam can, and enjoyed the swings and playset! Our PTO came and set up a table with treats for the kids and talked to parents about getting involved in our school. It was such a fun time and our staff left feeling energized and excited about all the possibilities this school year brings! Thank you to everyone who was able to come out and play!


Check out the newly painted cabinets all around the school! We had lots of staff members come up and show off their creative and artistic skills. Some even brought family members to help. Mr. Hewitt graciously agreed to help sand down and paint some bookshelves and the cabinets in the office for us! Thank you to everyone for helping our school shine!!!

Ms. Lisa and Mr. Jeff have been kicking it in to high gear as the school year draws closer! They are finishing the waxing in the cafeteria, helping tidy up the remaining classroom areas, and ensuring our outside looks fantastic. A HUGE THANK YOU to them for all of their hard work!

For Your Information

Meet the Teacher

Please join us for Meet the Teacher on August 11 from 1pm-6pm!

Upon arrival, please enter the front doors. You will have several stations to gather information:

1. Pay $7 registration fee (for all 5K-5th grade students) and ensure we have all correct residency and student information.

2.See the nurse for any questions or concerns you have.

3. Visit our PTO table and sign up to volunteer, complete a SLED check and pay $26 background check.

4. Visit the library to complete the online Free and Reduced lunch forms.

5. Visit your child's classroom to meet their teacher and get important information.

6. Visit our cafeteria to paint some kindness stones to go in the rock garden we are creating and complete an "All About Me!" page to let us know about your amazing kid!

7. Buy an Icee from the Carolina Gourmet Snowball truck and visit Mayo Drive In for $1 hot dog night!!! Both items support small, local businesses AND give back to the students at MES!

Mayo Drive In $1 Hot Dog Sales!

After you come to Meet the Teacher, take your family to Mayo Drive In for $1 Hot Dog night! Each hot dog purchased will donate money back to MES students! Thank you for supporting a local business and our school!

Carolina Gourmet Snowballs

Carolina Gourmet Snowballs will be at MES from 4pm-6pm at Meet the Teacher! They will be selling their delicious treats to all families and donating their proceeds to our MES students! Grab everyone a delicious treat!

Staggered Start


Five Year Old Kindergarten programs throughout the district will begin school on a staggered start basis during the week of August 15-19, 2022. Children will attend “their first and second days” according to the first letter of their last name. Students with A - L last names will attend school on Monday, August 15, 2022 and Wednesday, August 17, 2022, while students with M - Z last names will attend school on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 and Thursday, August 18, 2022. All kindergarten students will attend together on Friday, August 19, 2022.

Student Independence Day

Parents may walk students to the door of their classrooms on August 15 and 16. If you wish to walk your student in, please park in the parking lot and cross at our cross walk so everyone is safe!

On August 17 we will have "Independence Day" as students show off their skills in walking to their classrooms independently!

All staff will be assisting students the first week so that everyone gets to their correct location. Thank you for your support as we help all of our MES Falcons to fly!

(4K parents may walk their students in on the Monday/Tuesday the following week when they begin!)

Free and Reduced Lunch

For the last 2 years we have been lucky to have a grant that provided free breakfast and lunch to all students. However, that grant has ended and we are now asking ALL of our families (not just those that think they will qualify) to fill out an application for free or reduced lunch. Having the current data helps us with Title I funding and additional grant opportunities that benefit all of our students at MES! Please help us by filling out the documents on https://www.spart2.org/departments/food_services/free_and_reduced_lunch.

Supply List

Click here to see our 22-23 School Supply List! 4K students do not have requested supplies because it is a fully funded program.

Transportation Changes

When completing InfoSnap parents indicated how their child would get to and from school. After August 10th, there is a 48 hour delay in providing bus transportation services. If you have questions regarding bus transportation, contact the school office at 864-461-2622.

The bus information number line is 864-342-2046 to learn about any bus delays. If you need to request bus transportation or have a change in your pick up/drop off address, you can complete a form here.

If parents have to make changes to their child’s transportation on August 11th at the Meet the Teachers those changes will not take place until August 17th.

Once school begins, all changes must be in writing--either by handwritten note or email. For the safety of students, we do not accept changes over the phone.

Boys and Girls Club

We are excited to welcome our new Boys and Girls Club director, Shoshana McKinney, to MES! Our program is open to students in 1st-5th grade. BGC starts at 2:15pm and ends at 6:00pm. Students in the club are expected to attend a minimum of 3 days per week. Students will receive academic assistance, homework time, and participate in plenty of fun activities including yoga, gardening, lego club, photography, and more! Space is limited, so be sure to sign up quickly!

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/aDow2AXitTUAUg3R8

Suzuki Strings

Suzuki Strings registration for the 2022-23 school year is now available! The registration link is on our schools website and on the Suzuki Strings page found under clubs/programs or you can click this link: https://www.spart2.org/suzukistrings. The Suzuki Strings page will hopefully answer any questions your families may have. It also allows you to watch videos of last year’s Christmas & Spring recordings. Registration will end August 19th and classes will begin week of August 29th.


What is i-Ready?

i-Ready is an online program that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform instruction.

The i-Ready Diagnostic is a test that we give to students in the fall, winter, and spring. The purpose of this test is to determine how to best support their learning. All students in 5K-5th grade will take the fall iReady diagnostics on August 23 (Reading) and August 25 (Math). These will be taken in their classrooms on their iPads.

What can I do to help?

To help prepare your child for the i-Ready Diagnostic, encourage them to:

-Get a good night’s sleep and eat a full breakfast the day of the assessment.

-Try their best on each question and try not to rush.

-Try not to worry about questions which they do not know the answers

-Use paper and pencil to show your work for math questions.

What happens next?

It is important that your child do their best because The i-Ready Diagnostic will provide results that help your child's teacher to identify your child’s strengths and determine next steps for instruction.

Teachers will also administer a reading benchmark assessment within the first few weeks of school to determine your child's reading level. Once their reading level is established, the teacher will use that data to determine which reading strategies your child will benefit most from in order to move them forward.

Fall Yearbook Pictures

Fall yearbook pictures will be on Tuesday, September 6! Be looking for information to come home with your child!