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                                                        PRIMARY NEWSLETTER
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Dear Parents

Yesterday we celebrated Patriots' Day - you might have heard this from your children as many of them wrote letters to first responders. I wish I had kept some of them to share in the newsletter. They were so powerful - both funny and cute - and extremely serious. I would imagine they brought a few smiles to our area fire fighters. As we've done every year, a cake and the letters and thank yous were delivered yesterday to the fire station which serves Meridian. (Secondary focuses on the police department.) We are sincerely thankful to all first responders as they assist us in so many ways.     

I hope to see many of you at the Parent Meeting on Thursday and/or the Movie Night on Friday or come to the principal's coffee (see the calendar below) for coffee and questions!
 
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
PLEASE READ: Important Note About Friday Dismissal
This Friday, September 15, we ask that you not arrive before 3pm. We will have 1,800 students and staff members gathered outside for a group picture. For safety reasons, the driveways will be blocked until 3pm. Thanks for your understanding!

If you have an appointment and need to pick up early, you should plan to exit the parking lot prior to 2pm.
 
As always, please do not use the Fast Lane driveway to enter the other dismissal lanes.
 
Thanks for your understanding!
 
SPECIAL REQUEST: Please have students wear red or grey this Fri!
As mentioned above, students and staff will participate in an all-school photograph this Friday, September 15. Please have students wear either a red or grey t-shirt that day (spirit wear or solid color).
 
Annual Parent Meeting - Sept. 14 @6:30pm
 Annual Parent Meeting
& Raffle Drawing
 
Thursday, Sep 14
6:30pm
 
 
Please RSVP HERE.
 
Sign up for childcare HERE.
 
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Dress Code (Including backpacks!)
After several weeks of having the link to the Uniform Guide in the newsletter, we have been more stringent in our requirements of the dress code. We absolutely do not want to make this difficult for our students - so parents please make sure you are aware and following the policies.   At the present time you will be notified by phone if your child is in clothing that is not in compliance or is carrying a backpack that is not.   Remember that ANY commercialized characters on the backpack are not in compliance. It's tricky as sometimes a "character" is not evident to adults - while it certainly is to children! A full explanation is in the guide. Again, the link is:  Primary Uniform Guide

Yard Spirit Signs NOW FOR SALE
Show your team and school spirit by displaying your personalized spirit sign in your own yard. For more information, to see all the yard sign options, and to order yours, please go here. Hurry, the deadline to order is September 21st. For questions, please contact Nicci Bassett at nicci118@yahoo.com.

Parent Conferences
While a parent can request a conference with a teacher at any time, we are in the middle of the "beginning of the year conferences" right now. Teachers are currently scheduling conferences to review beginning of the year information collected from Fountis & Pinnell reading inventories and beginning math assessments. This is basically their mid-nine weeks progress report and gives baseline data as we move forward. Although we have an aligned curriculum, each grade level is a bit different and learning the expectations of the grade level is critical. I hope you are able to attend the conferences - to build upon what you learned at Open House!
 
Math Pentathlon
Last Saturday (9th) was the Kick-off for the 17-18 season of Math Pentathlon! They first celebrated last season's state champions and the gold medalist trophy!  New and returning families had an opportunity to meet the divisional coaches and get a view of this season's schedule. If you missed this event or for more information parents may email at:  
 
Calendar Dates
September 14 - Parent Meeting & Raffle Drawing RSVP HERE.
 
September 15 - Please have students wear red or grey spirit wear for an all-school picture, and please do not arrive at school before 3pm.
 
September 15 - K-2 MOVIE NIGHT! ☺ 
 
September 27 - College Shirt Day
 
September 28 - Primary Principals Coffee at 8:15 - sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4ba4ad29a4f85-principals 

September 30 - Area Chess Tournament at Meridian
 
October 6 - Fall Socials in Classrooms
 
October 9-13 - NO SCHOOL - Fall Break
 
October 17 - Student School Pictures
 
October 17 - 1st nine weeks' report cards sent home
 
October 19 - Vision and Hearing Screening
 
October 20 - Vision and Hearing Screening
 
October 20 - Movie Night for grades 3-5 ☺
 
October 24 - Book Fair & IB Night for K-1-2
 
October 25 - College Shirt Day
 
October 25 - Book Fair
 
October 26 - Book Fair & IB Night for 3-4-5
 
November 4 - Meridian's first International Festival - watch for more information!
 

Sincerely,
September 12, 2017
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Kelly McBride
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Dear Parents,
 
Thank you again for your thoughts and ideas about drives for "action" to benefit those impacted by Harvey in so many areas of Texas. After Hurricane Ike hit us a few years ago the needs continued for quite some time, and those immediate areas of help dwindled while there was still a need. So, we will encourage families to help as they see fit right now, and we will plan an action as a school - to be decided this week. The Texas IB Schools Org., in association with schools across the world, is also talking about impacts they can make and we will most likely partner with the organization in that drive. We have had many requests for collection boxes within the lobby, but we would like to focus our efforts on one effort... We may need help so please monitor the newsletter! 
 
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Math Pentathlon
THIS SATURDAY, September 9th at 9:00 a.m. will be the kick-off for the 17-18 season of Math Pentathlon! This will include a celebration of last season's state champions and the gold medalist trophy! New and returning families are welcome and will have an opportunity to meet the divisional coaches and get a view of this season's schedule. Families who are new will get a chance to learn more about the program.  For more information, parents may email at:  
 
We would also like to congratulate and recognize those students who competed in the national tournament and contributed to our team receiving the trophy.  For a list of these students, please go to the following link:
Dress Code (Including backpacks!)
We have provided a link to the Meridian dress code information in the last few Primary Pride issues and have now begun to make contacts with parents who are not following the code. We absolutely do not want to make this hard on our students - so parents please make sure you are aware and following procedures. At the present time you will be notified by phone if your child is in clothing that is not in compliance or is carrying a backpack that is not. Remember that any commercialized characters on backpack is not in compliance. A full explanation is in the guide. Again, the link is:  PrimaryUniform Guide

Parent Meeting & Raffle Drawing
 Annual Parent Meeting
& Raffle Drawing
 
Thursday, Sep 14
6:30pm
 
 
Please RSVP HERE.
 
Sign up for childcare HERE.
 
 
$2 T-Shirt Tuesday - Sep 12


Calendar Dates
September 11 - Students write letters to first responders for Patriot's Day
 
September 12 - $2 T-Shirt Tuesday
 
September 14 - Parent Meeting & Raffle Drawing RSVP HERE.
 
September 15 - K-2 MOVIE NIGHT! ☺ 
 
September 27 - College Shirt Day
 
September 28 - Primary Principals Coffee at 8:15 - sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4ba4ad29a4f85-principals 

September 30 - Area Chess Tournament at Meridian
 
October 6 - Fall Socials in Classrooms
 
October 9-13 - NO SCHOOL - Fall Break
 
October 17 - Student School Pictures
 
October 17 - 1st nine weeks' report cards sent home
 
October 19 - Vision and Hearing Screening
 
October 20 - Vision and Hearing Screening
 
October 24 - Book Fair & IB Night for K-1-2
 
October 25 - College Shirt Day
 
October 25 - Book Fair
 
October 26 - Book Fair & IB Night for 3-4-5
 

Sincerely,
September 5, 2017
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Kelly McBride
Primary Principal
 


 
 
 
 
 
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Dear Parents,
 
A week to remember... It began with an eclipse, contained our Open House evenings, and ended with a devastating hurricane. Our thoughts are with all of those who were impacted, or had family/friends impacted by the storm. As a Houston resident for over 20 years, it is heartbreaking to watch the events unfold, but I am proud of Texans and their resilience and efforts to help each other! We will definitely be talking about a school action project as soon as things settle and needs are known.  
 
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Weather or Emergency Issues
Anytime there is a need for school to be postponed or cancelled, we will send an emergency text as we did Sunday night. You can also check  the website and Facebook accounts for updates.  

If you did not receive a text from Meridian on Sunday evening, please email admin@mwschool.org to get added to the text list.
College Shirt Day
We have our first College Shirt Day tomorrow(Wednesday). Students may wear jeans IF they have on a college shirt. Fridays we continue with jeans and spirit shirts. College shirt Wednesdays are to celebrate institutions of higher learning - not football rivalries. :)    
Group Activity Opportunity
There will be informational meetings for Lego Robotics and the National Geographic Bee, this Thursday, August 31st in the Primary School Cafeteria.  
 
The National Geographic Bee informational meeting will be at 6:00pm. This activity is open to 4th through 8th grade students. Questions can be emailed to geographybee@mwschool.org.
The Lego Robotics informational meeting will be at 7:00pm. This activity is open to 1st through 8th grade students. Questions can be emailed to legorobotics@mwschool.org.

***Attendance at the meeting will be critical, as parent contracts will be signed at that time and student involvement in the group will not be assured if you are not present at the meeting.
 
Waiters Clarification
The Waiters opportunity is a service provided by the school that is very special. I have not seen this done (keeping an elementary student after school waiting for the feeder middle/high school to dismiss) in any of the elementary schools I have worked with or for. We do need to clarify an important point... Fees are required for waiters as staff members are paid to monitor students. ONLY those students registered may attend. If you are anticipating a time when you might need to use waiters, please go to the website under Athletics-Arts-After School and go down to "Waiters." Please do not call or send a transportation change that a non-registered student will be going home with a waiter... ONLY registered students may attend. Students not registered will be returned to the office and will be treated as a late pick-up.   
 
Late Pick-Up of Students
I mentioned this last week and we are working to remind persons - late pick-up of students will result in fines - we do not have staff to do child care after school and this is outlined in the Student-Parent Handbook. 
  
Calendar Dates
August 30 - College Shirt Day - not about football teams but higher learning
 
August 31 - GeoBee Parent Meeting - 6-7pm in Primary Cafeteria - more info coming!
 
August 31 - LegoRobotics Parent Meeting - 7-8pm in Primary Cafeteria - more info coming!
 
September 4 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
 
October 6 - Fall Socials in Classrooms
 
October 9-13 - NO SCHOOL - Fall Break
 
October 17 - Student School Pictures

Sincerely,
August 29, 2017
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Kelly McBride
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Meridian School
2555 North IH-35
 Round Rock, TX 78664
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Dear Parents,
 
Last night was Open House for 1st and 5th grade parents.  It was great to see and talk with those of you able to attend! Second and Third parents....hope to see you at Open House tonight - and tomorrow night for Kinder and 4th grade parents!   (See Below)  

Things are starting to run more smoothly now so we will tighten up on our procedures and begin following policies more closely. Please see below to make sure you are aware!
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Open House
Open House is taking place this week! Open House is a time for teachers to meet with parents in a presentation format to give critical information for expectations this year and for policies at Meridian - especially those which might be different from other district schools. Again, this is a parent event and we ask that other arrangements be made for students not to attend this evening.
Late Pick-Up of Students
We actually reduced the number of staff in the school office - we do not have personnel to do child care after school.   If you are not in waiters or Triple A, you must pick up your student(s) at dismissal - this applies to Wednesdays as well, as our office staff leaves early that day.   I know it was only the second one, but we had several students left last Wednesday afternoon and it is hard on the children and can result in overtime pay for the office when we are in professional development.  We know that car breakdowns, etc. are often unavoidable and we appreciate your call to let us know.   However late pick-ups can result in monetary fines as see the Student Parent Handbook.  
  
Fast Lane
Remember that Fast Lane ends at 8:00 because staff members only have duty until 8:00 and then have classes beginning at 8:05. They do not have the option of staying outside for anyone after 8:00 - they must get inside to classes! Staff must watch the time carefully and come inside on time - so if you are arriving at the drop off location (getting in line) at or after 8:00 you will need to go around through the car line.
 
Tardies
We are now getting through the arrival lines quickly. For elementary parents - be sure not to come late and get in the secondary traffic. If you have a secondary student as well, come earlier and your secondary student can go on to study hall. I understand they might not want to - but coming late will result in your primary student receiving tardies. Three tardies is equal to an absence at Meridian. Absence letters can begin at five absences - see the Student Parent Handbook. Tardies will begin tomorrow - 8/23. Any student coming into the door at 8:05 or after will be given a tardy and sent on to class.
 
Transportation Changes
Please contact the school via the website for transportation changes and follow the procedures listed. It's under "Act Now" and "Contact".... This is also where you can report an absence on-line. 
 
Food & Nutrition / Classroom Party Events
In 2004, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) implemented a much more restrictive policy on foods that are provided to students. The policy is strongly enforced and schools found to have violated the policy will lose a day of meal reimbursement funds from the state and will be required to reimburse the food service account for the lost reimbursement. The policy applies to foods of minimal nutritional value (FMNV), and any type of candy. The policy also limits the number of grams of fat and sugar Texas schoolchildren are served each week, restricts portion sizes for items such as chips, cookies, frozen desserts and beverages. Students may be given FMNV, candy items or other restricted foods during the school day for up to three different events each school year to be determined by the elementary campus. The exempted events must be approved by a school official.  During these events, FMNV may not be given during meal times in the areas where school meals are being served or consumed, and regular meal service must continue to be available to all students in accordance with federal regulations. For more information you can go to: www.squaremeals.org. In addition, our Founders felt strongly that we could do even more and implemented our currently policies, which are available in the Student Parent Handbook.   
 
For this school year, the three school events which will include FMNV in a social situation will be on October 6, the day before Fall Break; December 19, the day before Winter Break; and the last day of school for students, May 25. Last year our school received so much recognition from IB, and so many comments from parents and students regarding February 14th(being a Service Learning Experience called "Be Sweet to Others Day"), that we will continue that tradition this year!  You will hear more soon from your teacher(s).   
Meridian Chess
The Meridian Chess group began their Wednesday morning sessions last week (7:00 - 8:00 a.m.) for those registered. There are 17 one-hour sessions this semester - through December 13. To register, contact Mr. Gaiffe at ggaiffe@att.net. Returning members are not required to fill out a registration form. New members will be sent a form to complete. Fees may be paid directly to Mr. Gaiffe via check or paypal. If using paypal, use Mr. Gaiffe's email and note your child's name and "Meridian Chess Club" in the comment field. Third through tenth grade students are eligible to participate and do not have to know how to play chess. K - 2nd grade students who know how the pieces move are also allowed to attend. In the first two weeks, the class will be divided into groups. The beginning students will be taught how to play, while more advanced students will be given chess challenges and instruction designed to further their growth. By the end of the year, students will have learned the rules of chess, basic strategies, tactics, checkmating patterns and good sportsmanship. Students will be prepared to play in USCF-rated chess tournaments, the first of which will be held at Meridian on September 30th. Expert level player and certified chess director, and coach Mr. Gary Gaiffe will be teaching the class.  Mr. Gaiffe has coached many local school teams over the past 20 years and organizes rated tournaments for both student and adult players.  Please remember that access to the cafeteria will be open from 7:00 to 7:10 a.m. each Wednesday at the Garden Gate entrance only. There is no entrance through the lobby doors at that time. Please contact Mr. Gaiffe directly at that address above if you have questions. 
Morning Arrival & Afternoon Dismissal
We have the system well established and it is beginning to go very smoothly. Make sure you have followed the procedures! Know that the car lines will usually be finished for primary by 3:45 and at that time any students left will be taken to the office. Parents will need to then park and go to the office to pick up. There is the potential for rainy day dismissal this week - which runs basically the same as regular dismissal - but of course is just a bit slower - though we have a pretty good record for that as well unless a storm is severe!

Click HERE for more arrival and dismissal information.
 
Dress Code
Uniform Guide - Here is the 2017-2018 PrimaryUniform Guide. Please make sure you have an understanding and follow this - or contact the office for assistance!
 
Calendar Dates
August 22, 6-7pm - Open House for Parents in grades 2 and 3 -  presentation (not come and go)
 
August 23, 6-7pm - Open House for Parents in grades K and 4 - presentation (not come and go)
 
August 24 - Board Meeting
 
August 30 - College Shirt Day - not about football teams but higher learning
 
August 31 - GeoBee Parent Meeting - 6-7pm in Primary Cafeteria - more info coming!
 
August 31 - LegoRobotics Parent Meeting - 7-8pm in Primary Cafeteria - more info coming!
 
September 4 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
 
October 6 - Fall Socials in Classrooms
 
October 9-13 - NO SCHOOL - Fall Break
 
October 17 - Student School Pictures

Sincerely,
August 22, 2017
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Kelly McBride
Primary Principal
 


 
 
 
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Dear Parents,
 
What a great first week! Things went very smoothly and the students did such a great job of settling into the routines by Friday. Parents did a great job too! The cafeteria trainings, the hallway transitions, the classroom "essential agreements" and routines...  I had a student tell me Friday as I was leaving that his favorite thing about the week was the math assessment! :) We are so pleased. Thank you to those of you who read the primary pride and website. I felt so bad for those parents who had not and did not have car tags at pick-up, etc. We work hard to communicate with you and appreciate so much your reading and staying knowledgeable!  Please encourage your fellow Meridian parents to do so!
 
A special thank you to the ViP parents who have provided water at dismissal. The heat is intense standing on that pavement - it is much appreciated! 
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
August 21 Solar Eclipse
Next Monday we will be part of the eclipse event impacting the entire country in some way. On Monday the moon will slip in front of the sun and cast a shadow that will travel across the contiguous U.S. The partial solar eclipse here (about 65%) will be visible across the U.S. My family in Nebraska is in the 100% zone and I could not be more jealous! We are aware of the safety precautions involved and will be focused on live-stream video into our classrooms from NASA and other science sites. Our fifth graders have certified eclipse glasses and be able to have an opportunity to view the real-thing during the height of the eclipse here. With safety issues, we will be very aware of recess and not be taking it during the eclipse time. We hope you join us in talking with your children about this exciting event, but also the safety precautions necessary. The next major solar eclipse will be in April of 2024 and will be an even better viewing event in Texas! There is great information at:   https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/ and other sites such as space.com and livescience.com. 
 
Meridian Chess
The Meridian Chess group begins their Wednesdaymorning sessions this week (7:00 - 8:00 a.m.) for those registered. There are 17 one-hour sessions this semester - through December 13. To register, contact Mr. Gaiffe at ggaiffe@att.net. Returning members are not required to fill out a registration form. New members will be sent a form to complete. Fees may be paid directly to Mr. Gaiffe via check or paypal. If using paypal, use Mr. Gaiffe's email and note your child's name and "Meridian Chess Club" in the comment field. Third through tenth grade students are eligible to participate and do not have to know how to play chess. K - 2nd grade students who know how the pieces move are also allowed to attend. In the first two weeks, the class will be divided into groups. The beginning students will be taught how to play, while more advanced students will be given chess challenges and instruction designed to further their growth. By the end of the year, students will have learned the rules of chess, basic strategies, tactics, checkmating patterns and good sportsmanship. Students will be prepared to play in USCF-rated chess tournaments, the first of which will be held at Meridian on September 30th. Expert level player and certified chess director, and coach Mr. Gary Gaiffe will be teaching the class.  Mr. Gaiffe has coached many local school teams over the past 20 years and organizes rated tournaments for both student and adult players.  Please remember that access to the cafeteria will be open from 7:00 to 7:10 a.m. each Wednesday at the Garden Gate entrance only. There is no entrance through the lobby doors at that time. Please contact Mr. Gaiffe directly at that address above if you have questions. 
Open House
Open House will be held next week for each grade level (see calendar below) - again this has been on the web calendar since early May so hopefully you have those dates set aside! Please always check the PrimaryPride and the website for calendar postings. There are many events at Meridian so you might need to go to the "calendar" link below "upcoming events" on the side of the webpage. For new families, Open House is a time for teachers to meet with parents in a presentation format to give critical information for expectations this year and for policies at Meridian - especially those which might be different from other district schools. Again, this is a parent event and we ask that other arrangements be made for students not to attend this evening.
Drop-Off Precautions
I want to be sure you are aware, as it states in the handbook, that there are no staff members on duty prior to 7:30 a.m. For those dropping off their children prior to this time, Meridian is not liable for your child's safety. Please consider this when planning your drop-off as we do worry about the students being unsupervised. For those coming in late, after the tardy time has occurred or even later after a doctor appointment, etc., policy states that you need to park and walk your child in. We want to be very sure of your child's safety and it is possible they could get to the front door and turn around and go back without being seen! I've already seen someone drop off at the car line area later in the day and drive away. Again, though it is an inconvenience, our only concern is your child's safety. Thank you for helping us with this.
Picking Up Students Early
As per the Student / Parent Handbook, we will not be able to call a child from class in the 30 minutes prior to dismissal for various reasons. During this time teachers and students are getting children where they need to be. There are five possible places for them to go and that is a big concern when you have 25. We also do not want persons parking in the line and coming into the building. If you are in the line, you must be in your car. Dismissal is going very smoothly now because people are following appropriate practices. Please continue to help us help you by following the procedures!
  
Transportation Changes
Please remember to use the "transportation change" email, which is accessible on the webpage under "Act Now - Contact." This needs to be done well prior to dismissal so that messages can be delivered to teachers/students. Remember that another parent (even if on the emergency card) cannot pick up your child without a transportation change request. We do not want to be responsible for someone having your child when it is not what you had planned!   
 
Morning Arrival & Afternoon Dismissal Procedures
We have the system well established and it is beginning to go very smoothly. A few friendly reminders:

COLORED DOTS: The colored dot on the back of your car tag is your designated lane for DISMISSAL but not necessarily arrival. For example, kinder students students are picked up in the BLUE lane but should be dropped off in the YELLOW lane so that they don't have to cross traffic.

ARRIVAL: Grades 2-5 may take the shortest of the YELLOW or GREEN lanes in the morning. While the maps recommend first graders get dropped off in
YELLOW in order to enter through the primarydoors, some feel comfortable entering through the courtyard and that is absolutely fine.

DISMISSALNO LEFT TURNS NOON-5PM from Mays to Meridian Lane. Not only does this show courtesy to other drivers, it's the law. We expect to see a police presence in the next few days and we'd hate to see our families be ticketed. 

SCOOCH UP: At dismissal, the closer you pull up to the car in front of you, the fewer cars we'll have blocking traffic. Doing so also keeps us from blocking our own lanes, which helps keep our carlines moving.

Click HERE for more arrival and dismissal information.
 
If you have questions or concerns regarding the carline, please email Jessica at j.boese@mwschool.org.
Dress Code
Uniform Guide - Here is the 2017-2018 PrimaryUniform Guide. Please make sure you have an understanding and follow this - or contact the office for assistance!
 
Calendar Dates
August 21 - Solar Eclipse 11:40-2:40
 
August 21, 6-7pm - Open House for Parents in grades 1 and 5-  presentation (not come and go)
 
August 226-7pm - Open House for Parents in grades 2 and 3 -  presentation (not come and go)
 
August 236-7pm - Open House for Parents in grades K and 4 - presentation (not come and go)
 
August 24 - Board Meeting
 
August 30 - College Shirt Day - not about football teams but academic institutions!  :)
 
August 31 - GeoBee Parent Meeting - 6-7pm in Primary Cafeteria - more info coming!
 
August 31 - LegoRobotics Parent Meeting - 7-8pm in Primary Cafeteria - more info coming!

Sincerely,
August 15, 2017
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Kelly McBride
Primary Principal
 


 
 
 
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Dear Parents,
 
It's almost here! We are excited to see our students return on Wednesday! Thanks to all of you who attended the Meet the Teacher nights - I so enjoyed meeting with parents and students and was sorry that I was not there all three nights. My home A/C chose last week as the time to go out... Thanks to all who picked up your folders that night with your car tag.  If you did not do so, please make sure that you do before school starts, as you will not be able to pick up your child from car lines or walk up to the pickup area and get your child at dismissal without it. You will first have to go to the office and check-in and receive this tag.   
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Pick Up for Students
As per the Student / Parent Handbook, we will not be able to call a child from class in the 30 minutes prior to dismissal for various reasons. Especially the first week, teachers' attention should be on making sure each student is in the appropriate line... There are five possible places for them to go and that is a big concern when you have 25. We also do not want persons parking in the line and coming into the building.  If you are in the line, you must be in your car.  Dismissal is hard, but we have it down to a science and are very fast - unless people don't follow appropriate practices. Please help us help you by following the procedures!  
Morning Carline
PLEASE EXPECT THE FIRST DAY TO TAKE FAR LONGER THAN OTHER DAYS!! All parents are allowed to walk their child to class this first day. This will complicate the carline. Parking will be difficult! If you are only dropping off secondary students, if possible please arrive after 8:00 am. Student drivers are being asked to arrive after 8:15 am, as we will be very short on parking until after kindergarten parents have left. Parents of older students.... Please consider NOT walking your child to class on the first day. Parking will be difficult and we must get the teachers into the building. The secondary student parking area is not an option so please watch for signs and information! I know you remember being a kinder parent and how much you wanted to make sure the little ones got to the classroom. If you have an older student, please consider using the drop-off procedures so that kinders can get in more easily! Kinder parents can walk in also on Thursday and Friday of this week.  Beyond that they will have learned what to do!
Afternoon Pick-Up Procedures
We have the system well established and after a few days the process of arrival and dismissal should go smoothly. It will not be so for the first few days, as many more people will be in the line and wanting to park... bear with us for the first week. We have even done rainy day dismissal on the first day of school and we know how to do it! :)  Please see below!  Make sure you have followed the procedures!  
Please click HERE for arrival and dismissal information. Primary car maps can be found HERE
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Rainy Day Dismissal
Please do exactly the same procedures on rainy day dismissals!  We will be the ones making changes. The line will seem slower - but actually sometimes rainy day goes more quickly!  It is possible this first day of school will involve a rain event, so please be sure you don't change the plans that you notified the teacher of. There is a "transportation change email link" on the front page of the website - under "Act Now" and "Contact Us." Please note that this will need to be done 2 hours prior to pick-up. Teachers will not be reading email during instructional time - they will be teaching!
Open House
Open House will be held for each grade level in two weeks - again this has been on the web calendar since early May so hopefully you have those dates set aside! Please always check the Primary Pride and the website for calendar postings. There are many events at Meridian so you might need to go to the "calendar" link below "upcoming events" on the side of the webpage. For new families, Open House is a time for teachers to meet with parents to give critical information for expectations this year and for policies at Meridian - especially those which might be different from other district schools. Again, this is a parent event and we ask that other arrangements be made for students not to attend this evening.
Dress Code
Uniform Guide - Here is the 2017-2018 Primary Uniform Guide. Please make sure you have an understanding and follow this - or contact the office for assistance!
 
Website
The website is your friend!  It contains links to contact us, a calendar of events - both coming soon and in the future, information about our staff members, grade level newsletters which must be read by the parents of that grade level for newsletters, homework info, and links, etc. Each team is busy posting new information and pictures (I love the one posted by the Specialist team!). We try hard to keep it updated - so please make sure you read it before calling and emailing asking for information that is posted!  Thanks so much!    
 
Calendar Dates
August 9 (Wednesday) - First Day of School and early release day!

August 11, 8:30am - Cafeteria Volunteer Training

August 216-7pm - Open House for Parents in grades 1 and 5-  presentation (not come and go)

August 226-7pm - Open House for Parents in grades 2 and 3 -  presentation (not come and go)

August 236-7pm - Open House for Parents in grades K and 4 - presentation (not come and go)

August 24 - Board Meeting

Sincerely,
August 7, 2017
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2555 North IH-35
 Round Rock, TX 78664
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Tomorrow (August 1, 2017) we begin year 7 at Meridian with the return of our staff for professional development training. Tomorrow night we also are excited to begin welcoming back our students - and welcoming some new Meridian Lions as well (see below). Most of you know we have now gone to six classrooms in each of our grade levels, meaning that we added 50 students to our 4th/5th grade group. In primary, we will welcome 865 students and 70 staff members! I look forward to an amazing year with our students, parents and staff!
 
I have spent the past few days training principals from local, national and international locations at the annual Austin IB Conference - one of the largest in the world. Many of our teachers attended and helped cement the reputation of Meridian as a premiere PYP campus. Ms. Delafield and Ms. Petty were there as trainers as well -- I was so proud of our staff.  I get so many compliments from other trainers who have them in sessions. Our teachers will now be in professional development meetings to use that information with our curriculum through Tuesday, August 8th. We WILL have rooms set up and ready to welcome students on Wednesday, August 9th.  
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Meet the Teacher Nights
Meet the Teacher events were posted on the website in May and were included in the Primary Pride last May as well, so I know you've been anticipating these dates.  We will begin Tuesday (8/1) with grades 1 and 5; Wednesday will be grades 2 and 3; and Thursday will be Kindergarten and grade 4.  The doors from the lobby will open at 5:30 p.m. and teachers will be on-hand to greet until 7:00. This is a come and go event. Hopefully you will be able to stop by for a bit and meet the teacher and find the correct classroom.  It is a time to meet the teacher and get the necessary information from him/her - but it is not a time to hold a one on one conference, as other families will need to be greeted. The ViP will have VERY important information in the lobby/cafeteria - all families will need to pick up their folder and get updated transportation information... Your car tag will be a part of this process.  Please allow time for both the cafeteria stations and the meeting with the teacher(s). Mrs. Rieger, the PrimaryAssistant Principal, and I will be in our usual "The Principals Are In" station in the lobby for any questions or needs you might have. 
 
There are still several spots available if you're interesting in volunteering on one or more of these nights. Click here to sign up.
Open House
Open House will be held for each grade level in two weeks - again this has been on the web calendar since early May so hopefully you have those dates set aside! Please always check the Primary Pride and the website for calendar postings. There are many events at Meridian so you might need to go to the "calendar" link below "upcoming events" on the side of the webpage. For new families, Open House is a time for teachers to meet with parents to give critical information for expectations this year and for policies at Meridian - especially those which might be different from other district schools. Again, this is a parent event and we ask that other arrangements be made for students not to attend this evening.
Staffing
The additional classrooms we added brought wonderful new staff members to us! We also have staff members who have moved grade levels and some with name changes. And, as always we have teachers who go on to other locations and experiences.  Kelly Abbett has moved from receptionist to Assistant to the Registrar/PIEMS coordinator - she so deserved the promotion, but we are glad that she and Janette Gaudiesus will still be working from the primary office. Mrs. Bates moved with her family to Mississippi and Mrs. Sandoval and family moved to San Antonio. Mr. Crenshaw returned to his love of Montessori with the new Georgetown campus and Mrs. Williams and Ms. Kruse took other educational positions in this area. Ms. Caldwell and Mrs. Tinnen made career moves outside of education, while Ms. Banks took a position with UT.   We are excited for all of their new adventures and wish them the best!
 
As always, we draw staff members with interest in the International Baccalaureate program and several have come in with this knowledge, while others come to experience it. The staff directory is being updated at this time.   In the meantime, please help me welcome the following staff members:
 
Laura Wimsatt in 3rd grade - from Round Rock ISD
Whitney Arnold in 3rd grade - from Waco, Kentucky
Alicia Chaney in 4th grade - from Killeen ISD
Ashley Gutierrez in 5th grade - from an Austin private school
Kimberly Pollini in Specials (Music) - from Round Rock ISD
Megan Chambley in Special Education - from Leander ISD
Anne Jefferson in Special Education - from Round Rock ISD
Emily Knox in Special Education - from private services
Katherine Garcia in Special Education - Speech Services - from private services
Monica Wilkins - Special Education Instructional Aide - from private services
Shustine Perez - Special Education Instructional Aide - from Round Rock ISD
Ashley Woytek - Office Clerk - from business clerical position
Class Lists
Class lists will be posted by noon on the day of your child's Meet the Teacher Night. As always, I appreciate you understanding that class lists are a tremendous jigsaw puzzle, which includes input from last year's teacher, other staff members, administration, the parent information sheets, etc. I then have to balance several areas and have to be aware of special needs, certifications, etc. It is a "many long days" process. I will not do conferences at this time requesting teacher moves or concerns. You are welcome to email me. However, we are full - and every move that would be made would require another child to be moved so that the 22/25:1 ratios are upheld. We want your child to be in the learning environment that best meets their needs.  We have tried VERY hard to make sure that everyone is in the best environment possible.   
 
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Arrival & Dismissal Information
Fast Lane Instructions

AM FAST LANE APPLICATION (one per carpool group): for morning carpool groups of 3 or more students

PM FAST LANE APPLICATION (one per carpool group): for afternoon carpool groups of 4 or more (groups of 3 may also apply and will be added if there is room) Note: We ask that families using the PM FAST LANE only apply if they intend to use the lane on a daily basis.

Bring your completed application(s) to any Meet the Teacher Night. Approved applications will sign a FAST LANE AGREEMENT FORM (one per family) and get their cartags stamped.

Questions? We'll be available during MTTNs next week to answer all your questions.
Spirit Shirts
Hopefully you received the Spirit Shirt Sale announcement via Constant Contact - or have noticed it on the website. The sale ends tonight at midnight and another shirt sale may be months away so be aware! Per the dress policy, students and staff may wear jeans on Friday ONLY if accompanied by a spirit shirt.  Click HERE for information on how to order.

Dress Code
Uniform Guide - Here is the 2017-2018 Primary Uniform Guide. Please make sure you have an understanding and follow this - or contact the office for assistance!
 
STAAR Reports
As per the Constant Contact sent out earlier this month, the reports were made available to most through the Texas Parent Portal
 
Hard copies are available for last year's 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in the primary office and can be picked up at the Principal station at Meet the Teacher night if you would like.   
 
Calendar Dates
August 9 (Wednesday) - First Day of School and early release day!

August 216-7pm - Open House for Parents in grades 1 and 5-  presentation (not come and go)

August 226-7pm - Open House for Parents in grades 2 and 3 -  presentation (not come and go)

August 236-7pm - Open House for Parents in grades K and 4 - presentation (not come and go)

Sincerely,
July 31, 2017
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2555 North IH-35
 Round Rock, TX 78664
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Dear Parents

The time is going very quickly and I am beginning to feel the panic of the end of the year - when so much needs to be accomplished and so little time is left. So many things are happening in these last few days.... The fourth grade Passion Projects were excellent! The presentations brought a very full house (and major parking problems). We will be using some parking monitors for major events so that staff and students have a place to park. This will be true for Switch Day, Exhibition evening and other events in this last week of school. Please be very mindful of this on the last day of school. With rain predicted this week, the "ditch" along our road could be problematic - last year we had several persons who got stuck. We are deeply hoping that by splitting the last day into two groups we will not have the events of last year with upset businesses calling the school - and of course we hope for no fire alarms and fire trucks!   Thanks in advance for your help.

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Wellness Day Friday
We are hoping that the weather holds and we are able to have our Wellness Day event this Friday. With the new building across the street and our growth in numbers, the harder part of this is that the Wellness Days we have known in the past are having to be changed a bit - as parking and space to set up games and visiting programs is just not what it used to be. Because of that our Wellness Day will be different this year. The PE/Wellness teachers and their committee have organized some great classes and events. Each grade level will have a half-day in the classrooms with lesson activities, and a half-day outside doing a more limited event rotation. While parents are welcome to attend the outside events, please know that there will be very limited parking on the school lot for those attending. In the event of heavy rain, wellness day activities will be cancelled - a Constant Contact will go out announcing that decision.

Coach Griffin and Coach Taylor have prepared the following schedule: Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students will have their "Outside Activity Rotations" from 8:30-11:30, while 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will have theirs from 12:00-2:45. This is the part of the day that parents are welcome to attend. Here is an idea of what your student(s) could experience throughout their day: 
SWAT team (3rd-5th grades)
Fire Department (K-2nd grades)
Traditional and Modern Indian Dance performance (3rd-5th)
Puppet Show by Secondary Drama students (K-2nd)
Colin's Hope (K and 1st)
Orthodontist (3rd and 4th)
Nutrition (K-2nd)
Hopscotch from around the world (K-2nd)
Yoga (3rd-5th)
Dance Party with Mrs. Juarez and Mrs. Costin
Soccer stations
Tai Chi
Snack station
Gaga ball

Please email Coach Griffin (a.griffin@mwschool.org) and Coach Taylor (n.taylor@mwschool.org) with any questions or concerns. 
SWITCH Day
Our annual Switch Day is next Monday, May 22. If you are new this year, this is a time when students are taken to the next grade level for just a few minutes to learn about things that will happen. Kinder students move to 1st, 1st to 2nd, 2nd, to 3rd and so on. Fifth grade students will be walked across the parking lot by secondary staff for a time as well. We stress to our students that this is NOT the classroom NOR the teacher that they will have next year (!) but just a fun way to get to see the classrooms and ask any questions that they have about the next grade level.   It goes very fast - students are back in 45 minutesor less - and it has become a great tradition. 
 
If you have an incoming kinder student and plan to attend, please refrain from parking in the student parking lot:
   
Placement Forms
These annual placement form can be found HERE. An explanation is at the top of the form.  However, just a reminder that we do not take requests for specific teachers. At this point we are not sure of who will be teaching in each grade level - and that may not be set until summer's end. We are looking for the type of teacher you feel your child needs. Our teachers try to do the best placement they can - and sometimes we think a certain teacher might be best for your child because of what we know about them at school. We work to do the best placement that we can do - while also having to balance the classrooms with boy/girl, ethnicity, student needs, etc. Each year I have at least one parent who is upset because they did not get "who" they wanted - so again let me say that this is not a guarantee that you will agree with our choice. For instance, while not using a name you may write that you want a male teacher and that may not be the case in the end. It is a VERY complicated puzzle - but we value your input and will consider your writing.   
Spirit Wear - Next Week
Next Wednesday, May 24, is our final Wednesday and as such is college shirt day.   The following day is the last day of school and in recognition, students and staff may wear jeans and spirit shirts that day.
 
Please note that next Wednesday is not an early-release day. May 24will be a full day due to secondary students taking exams.
Student Medications
As the school year ends, please remember that Ms. Raskin's last day at the campus before summer break will be Friday, May 26
 
Any student's medication left after noon on May 26 will be discarded.
Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp
Badgerdog's Creative Writing Summer Camp allows young people to work with local writers over three weeks, gaining inspiration and instruction in the crafts of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction writing. Workshops are limited to 15 students, and campers are grouped according to age. Camp is open to rising 3rd-12th graders. All campers are published in a professional-quality anthology, and summer camp concludes with a student reading and book-release party.
 
June 5 to June 23, 9 a.m. to noon
At Meridian School
Registration: $475
Register online at www.austinlibrary.org 
 
For more information, visit HERE, or contact Programs Manager Cecily Sailer at csailer@austinlibrary.org or (512) 542-0076

Students
Our students continue to amaze me.... Yesterday I had a first grader share a book she had "published." I was a first grade teacher for a few years and loved having the students make books for the classroom library - but I did not have students create books like this....  It contained questions to think about from the reading, and action ideas that could be taken! ☺ Today we had small groups of children going around to other grade level teachers to find out about items that are scarce or abundant as we come to the close of the school year. They are applying their knowledge of resources in a very different way - something that is pertinent to their world right now - connecting to real life events in their school at this time. ☺ This is not to mention the "tree" that I planted in my yard yesterday from the Passion Projects of fourth grade, and the many students I have talked to about their fifth grade exhibition - including those calling the city and asking to speak to city council members. These kids are learning that they have good ideas and that they can make things happen.  Imagine what they will be as young adults!
Calendar
May 18 - 5th Grade Exhibition  5:30-7:00 p.m.
May 19 - Wellness Day
May 22 - Switch Day
May 24 - No Early Release Wednesday - full day of school
May 25 - Last Day of School - classroom parties - spirit wear day for staff and students
2-5 classroom party - 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
K-1 classroom party - 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
 
August 1 - *Meet the Teacher evening for 1st and 5th grades 5:30 - 7:00
August 2 - Meet the Teacher evening for 2nd and 3rd  grades 5:30 - 7:00
August 3 - Meet the Teacher evening for 4th grade and Kindergarten 5:30 - 7:00
August 9 - First Day of School for the 2017-2018 School Year!
August 21 - **Open House evening for 1st and 5th grades 6:00 p.m.
August 22 - Open House evening for 2nd and 3rd  grades 6:00 p.m.
August 23 - Open House evening for 4th grade and kindergarten 6:00 p.m.

* Meet the Teacher evening is a come and go event so that your child can meet their teacher and see their room prior to coming to school on the first day.  It is not a presentation by the teacher and not a time for a parent/teacher conference.   Teachers will be speaking with all parents as they come in, getting information on how the child is going home, etc.   ViP and others will have tables in the lobby and gym to get information out about transportation, cafeteria, uniforms, etc.

**Open House evenings are formal presentations by the classroom teachers to the parents ONLY (no students can attend in the classroom) regarding expectations of academic work, homework, etc.   It is critically important that parents have this information!   No child care is provided for this event.

Sincerely,
May 16, 2017
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Dear Parents

It was fun to see many of you at the First Thursday event in Round Rock last Thursday! Mrs. Costin's artists shared their talents and we were serenaded by violinists and members of the Meridian band. We enjoyed the talents of Chef Leslie and the warm weather and cool breeze. We definitely had more attend than last year, so hopefully our annual event will grow!

This week we do another thank you - tomorrow (Wednesday) is National School Nurse Week. Being a school nurse - working with 800 people in Primary alone - is almost unimaginable.
Please remember this as you work with Nurse Raskin and your children. As was true last week with the teachers, it is a huge expectation - with no district nursing department to call for assistance and advice. We are very fortunate to have a nurse with the experience that she has! 

I have has some questions asked about the Teacher of the Year program in primary because of the secondary ballots that have gone out. The primary teachers have voted each year to not participate in the program as they have felt that they all work so hard and would all need to win the award :) We have left it up to them each year and will support whatever they choose. We of course love all of our teachers - in both secondary and primary!
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
STAAR Testing
We are currently in the midst of the largest administration of STAAR for primary.  This week is quite stressful for all of us - from kinder to fifth and all of the staff - in different ways. Meridian prides itself on not teaching to the test and not using our instructional time for multiple benchmarking.   That said - educators teach to the test because of the public pressure of test scores. We are thankful that our scores remain relatively high without this, and are thankful that our parents do not "grade" our school by this measure. A new teacher candidate visited for a day last week and said to some of us in administration after... "I wonder if teachers that have been here for a while realize how different and amazing this is compared to other places." We know that there are other wonderful schools out there, but I agree with her - sometimes it's good to just sit and listen to our students and realize how amazing they are.  Listening to the passion and knowledge level of students involved in passion projects and exhibition lately is so heartwarming. This is what people miss when they look at STAAR scores as the school's label.   I hope you feel the same way!
Wellness Day
We have a beautiful new building across the street and are growing in numbers. One of the harder parts of this is that the Wellness Days we have known in the past are having to be changed a bit - as parking and space to set up games and visiting programs is just not what it used to be. Because of that our Wellness Day will be different this year. The PE/Wellness teachers and their committee have organized some great classes and events for Friday, May 19. Each grade level will have a half-day in the classrooms with speakers and teachers, and a half-day outside doing a more limited event rotation. While parents are welcome to attend the outside events, please know that there will be little to no extra parking on the school lot for those attending.   
Coach Griffin and Coach Taylor have prepared the following schedule: Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students will have their "Outside Activity Rotations" from 8:30-11:30, while 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will have theirs from 12:00-3:00. This is the part of the day that parents are welcome to attend. When they are not rotating through their activities, they will be having some in-class presentations and doing wellness-related activities. Here is an idea of what your student(s) could experience throughout their day: 
SWAT team (3rd-5th grades)
Fire Department (K-2nd grades)
Traditional and Modern Indian Dance performance (3rd-5th)
Puppet Show by Secondary Drama students (K-2nd)
Colin's Hope (K and 1st)
Orthodontist (3rd and 4th)
Nutrition (K-2nd)
Hopscotch from around the world (K-2nd)
Yoga (3rd-5th)
Dance Party with Mrs. Juarez and Mrs. Costin
Soccer stations
Tai Chi
Snack station
Gaga ball
Please email Coach Griffin (a.griffin@mwschool.org) and Coach Taylor (n.taylor@mwschool.org) with any questions or concerns. 
Student Medications
As the school year ends, please remember that Ms. Raskin's last day at the campus before summer break will be Friday, May 26.  Any student's medication left after noon on May 26 will be discarded.
Classroom News: Passion Projects
As a precursor to Exhibition, fourth graders complete passion projects which focus on a topic of high interest to the student(s) and involve research and action elements. The following story is from one of those students and I wanted to share Honor G's experience!
    My name is Honor G. and I am in Mrs Menefee's fourth grade class. We are currently working on our Passion Project, which is a project about an environmental issue we are passionate about. I decided to choose Oil Spills because I want people to be aware of what happens when this occurs in our oceans and the effects it can cause to people, animals, and the environment.  
    One day I was driving to gymnastics with my mother and she was listening to the NPR radio station. A professor from Florida (award-winning Jack Davis from the University of Florida) was on talking about his new book, The Gulf:  The Making of an American Sea.  While listening we decided to call in and we were able to talk to him and ask what advice he would give a fourth grader on this issue. He was gracious enough to give us his personal email so I could communicate my questions with him. (Honor has since communicated with this author and will share her information at Friday's fourth grade presentation!)
First grade completed their action project this week!
After inquiring into how living things depend on each other and their environment students were prompted to take action by helping our local animal shelter. They collected quite a number of recyclable items - towels, newspapers, grocery bags. The Williamson Country Animal Shelter was extremely grateful.  Teachers and students presented these items to the shelter on Monday, May 8th after school. Thank you to all who contributed to making this action project a success. 

Exhibition
Exhibition will take place on Thursday evening - May 18th. Our fifth graders are heavily involved in their exhibition projects - and boy are they passionate. We have some amazing projects going on and some wonderful action efforts. Here are a couple that have asked for publicity:
 
One of the 5th grade exhibition groups is focused on Access to Youth Sports. In their research, they found that some kids can't play sports because of the high cost. They decided they needed to take action in order to help kids have the same opportunities that they have. The way they decided to help was to collect donations for kids who want to play soccer but do not have the necessary equipment. They have placed a box in the primary lobby to gather soccer gear such as: cleats, shin guards, goalkeeper gloves, soccer balls, soccer uniforms, shorts, and socks. To make their action count, they are in need of your help! Would you please consider donating any gently used soccer equipment? Donations can be placed in the box labeled "soccer equipment donations" in the lobby. All items will be taken to two different organizations who will distribute them to children in need. The two organizations are Tacos4Ticos and PeacePassers. Thank you in advance for any help you can give.  
-Fifth Grade Students
 
The 5th grade Exhibition group for homelessness is doing a drive to benefit homeless families and youth once they obtain temporary or permanent housing. We will be donating cleaning items to the Saint Louise House of Austin. Items needed are:
  • Paper Towels
  • Fabuloso all-purpose cleaner
  • Small Bottles of Laundry Detergent (HE and non-HE)
  • Automatic Dishwasher Detergent
Please donate to the box in the lobby labeled Saint Louise House by next Friday, May 12th. Thank you joining our movement to help the homeless in our community.  5th Grade Students
Calendar
May 9 - STAAR test for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th in Reading
May 10 - STAAR test for 5th grade science
May 11-12 - STAAR Make-up testing
May 12 - 4th grade passion projects
May 17 - Last early release Wednesday
May 18 - 5th Grade Exhibition   5:30-7:00 p.m.
May 19 - Wellness Day
May 22 - Switch Day
May 24 - No Early Release Wednesday - full day of school
May 25 - Last Day of School - classroom parties - spirit wear day for staff and students
2-5 classroom party - 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
K-1 classroom party - 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
 
August 1 - *Meet the Teacher evening for 1st and 5th grades 5:30 - 7:00
August 2 - Meet the Teacher evening for 2nd and 3rd  grades 5:30 - 7:00
August 3 - Meet the Teacher evening for 4th grade and Kindergarten 5:30 - 7:00
August 9 - First Day of School for the 2017-2018 School Year!
August 21 - **Open House evening for 1st and 5th grades 6:00 p.m.
August 22 - Open House evening for 2nd and 3rd  grades 6:00 p.m.
August 23 - Open House evening for 4th grade and kindergarten 6:00 p.m.
 
* Meet the Teacher evening is a come and go event so that your child can meet their teacher and see their room prior to coming to school on the first day.  It is not a presentation by the teacher and not a time for a parent/teacher conference.   Teachers will be speaking with all parents as they come in, getting information on how the child is going home, etc.   ViP and others will have tables in the lobby and gym to get information out about transportation, cafeteria, uniforms, etc.

**Open House evenings are formal presentations by the classroom teachers to the parents ONLY (no students can attend in the classroom) regarding expectations of academic work, homework, etc.   It is critically important that parents have this information!   No child care is provided for this event.
 

Sincerely,
May 9, 2017
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Each of the remaining four weeks bring special occasions and celebrations.  Today we celebrate our teachers for Teacher Appreciation Day. The actual National Teacher Week takes place next week, but because the Texas STAAR test is administered fully that week, we will celebrate this week! The ViP is providing them with a treat each day and I know that means a lot to them. I can tell you that teaching at Meridian is much different than teaching in a non-charter local district, and we ask a great deal of all of our employees.  The time that they give to creating the curriculum within the IB PrimaryYears Program as grade level teams is quite challenging and certainly the "vacations" they receive aren't really that.  Each break during the school year also requires the writing of anecdotal report cards on each student or comments and grades - very time consuming. Each of our teams meet after school at least once a week - some for multiple hours. Certainly this is not a 7:30-4:00 job for our staff. I hope that you join me in thanking them for their commitment to Meridian. I know that they love this school and are committed to it - or they would not be willing to go the extra mile. Thank you to all of our wonderful teachers!

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STAAR Testing
The main testing session for primary will occur next week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, with make-ups on Thursday and Friday. Although lunch schedules will remain basically the same, all other schedules will be different on the three days of testing. We will be in a secure testing situation with a very quiet building to support our testers. All students will be impacted with the changes, as our younger students will be asked to be quiet in the halls and bathrooms. Wedefinitely need help with monitors in our halls! Please sign up for a monitor shift if you are able to by going to this link. If you are the parent of a 3-4-5 student, please help them by making sure that they get as much sleep as possible, have a good breakfast, etc. It is in many ways a test of stamina - although the state feels that recent changes have made the test two hours or less in length. Students are still given up to four hours to complete their work. We do not want to have our students stressed over the test, and yet it is important to them and to the school. We want to show that scores can be good even without teaching to the test and regular benchmark testing. Our preliminary scores for 5th grade reading and math (students in this grade level get three chances to pass and test) are excellent, with passing rates in the 90 plus percent range. We definitely want our students to show what they know. Thank you so much for your help!
Exhibition
Exhibition will take place on Thursday evening - May 18th. Our fifth graders are heavily involved in their exhibition projects - and boy are they passionate. We have some amazing projects going on and some wonderful action efforts. Here are a couple that have asked for publicity:
 
One of the 5th grade exhibition groups is focused on Access to Youth Sports. In their research, they found that some kids can't play sports because of the high cost. They decided they needed to take action in order to help kids have the same opportunities that they have. The way they decided to help was to collect donations for kids who want to play soccer but do not have the necessary equipment. They have placed a box in the primary lobby to gather soccer gear such as: cleats, shin guards, goalkeeper gloves, soccer balls, soccer uniforms, shorts, and socks. To make their action count, they are in need of your help! Would you please consider donating any gently used soccer equipment? Donations can be placed in the box labeled "soccer equipment donations" in the lobby. All items will be taken to two different organizations who will distribute them to children in need. The two organizations are Tacos4Ticos and PeacePassers. Thank you in advance for any help you can give.  
-Fifth Grade Students
 
The 5th grade Exhibition group for homelessness is doing a drive to benefit homeless families and youth once they obtain temporary or permanent housing. We will be donating cleaning items to the Saint Louise House of Austin. Items needed are:
  • Paper Towels
  • Fabuloso all-purpose cleaner
  • Small Bottles of Laundry Detergent (HE and non-HE)
  • Automatic Dishwasher Detergent
Please donate to the box in the lobby labeled Saint Louise House by next Friday, May 12th. Thank you joining our movement to help the homeless in our community.  5th Grade Students
5th Grade Transition Meeting
Curious to know more about the transition from 5th to 6th grade at Meridian? Come to the Transition to 6th Grade Information Session! This presentation is for current parents of 5th graders at Meridian. Students may attend, but there will be another, more in-depth orientation for students and parents at the beginning of August. The presentation will be on Monday, May 8 from 6:00-7:00 pm in the M Building (Middle / Mays Building) cafeteria. Register here.
 
Meridian Participates in Round Rock's 1st Thursday - This Week!
Join us May 4th to celebrate our community's generosity!

Thursday, May 4
6:00-8:00pm
Main Street Plaza
Round Rock


Held during Round Rock's First Thursday event, we'll have student art on display, samples from Chef Leslie, musical entertainment and more!
Calendar
April 24-27 - Scholastic Book Fair (see above for hours)
April 26 - Student Led Conferences and Book Fair
April 28 - Orchestra Concert 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Gym
May 2 - Second Grade Off Campus Learning Experience
May 4 - Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
May 4 - First Thursday event in Round Rock (p.m.)
May 8 - STAAR test for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th in Math - schedule changes will occur
May 9 - STAAR test for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th in Reading - schedule changes will occur
May 10 - STAAR test for 5th grade science - schedule changes will occur
May 11-12 - STAAR Make-up testing
May 18 - 5th Grade Exhibition  5:30-7:00 p.m. - more information next week
May 19 - Wellness Day - more information next week
May 22 - Switch Day
May 24 - No Early Release Wednesday - full day of school - COLLEGE SHIRTS may be worn
May 25 - Last Day of School - classroom parties - Friday spirit wear day for staff and students
                                2-5 classroom party - 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
                                K-1 classroom party - 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
 
August 1 - Meet the Teacher evening for 1st and 5th grades 5:30 - 7:00
August 2 - Meet the Teacher evening for 2nd and 3rd  grades 5:30 - 7:00
August 3 - Meet the Teacher evening for 4th grade and Kindergarten 5:30 - 7:00
August 9 - First Day of School for the 2017-2018 School Year!
August 21 - Open House evening for 1st and 5th grades 6:00 p.m.
August 22 - Open House evening for 2nd and 3rd  grades 6:00 p.m.
August 23 - Open House evening for 4th grade and kindergarten 6:00 p.m.
 

Sincerely,
May 2, 2017
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Dear Parents,

The Primary Pride is delayed again this week due to technology problems - so sorry! I want to thank our parents for their understanding in regard to all of the unexpected events that occurred last week as we followed our safety plans and procedures. I also want to thank you for your understanding of confidentiality and privacy laws and policies. Please remember that this also applies to photographs and postings on social media. The safety of our students is of utmost importance, followed closely by their right to privacy!      
Today is Administrative Professionals Day and we are celebrating our office staff for their tremendous work to make Meridian great. We are so fortunate to have them and appreciate them so much!

Student Led Conferences are being held this week in primary - something that I really look forward to watching. Students will be sharing their successes this year - showing the areas of growth and areas for continued focus. The portfolios contain so much information, with my favorite part being the autobiography and pictures - such fun to see the changes!

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NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Book Fair
The spring book fair is the "buy one get one free" book fair! It will be held today from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.; and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.     We hope to see you there!
STAAR Testing
The major STAAR testing week is coming soon. We are in need of hallway and restroom monitors for the Primary STAAR testing days on May 8, 9 and 10. The sign up and more information is available by following this link.
 
Thank you so much for your help!
5th Grade Parents - Transition to 6th Grade Information Session
Curious to know more about the transition from 5th to 6th grade at Meridian? Come to the Transition to 6th Grade Information Session! This presentation is for current parents of 5th graders at Meridian. Students may attend, but there will be another, more in-depth orientation for students and parents at the beginning of August. The presentation will be on Monday, May 8 from 6:00-7:00 pm in the M Building (Middle / Mays Building) cafeteria. Register here.
Snack Donations for Senior IB Exams
This year's seniors, the Class of 2017, will soon sit for their IB Diploma examinations!  Please consider donating food items HERE for the "IB Oasis"-- a room set up for them where they can relax, chat, and enjoy snacks before/after/and in between their exams.  You can write an encouraging word in the "comments" section on the sign up genius, or you can send a written note with your donation.   
-Stela Holcombe, DP Coordinator  
April 30th is FINAL DEADLINE to Pre-Order Yearbook
The final deadline to pre-order your yearbook is April 30th (while supplies last). The current price is $45. Personalizations are no longer available.  IF we do not sell out online, extra books will be sold for $55 on a first-come, first-served basis when the books are delivered in May.  Order today and save yourself $10 and a panic attack when you realize your kiddo could end up without a book! Order HERE.
Calendar
April 24-27 - Scholastic Book Fair (see above for hours)
April 26 - Student Led Conferences and Book Fair
April 28 - Orchestra Concert 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Gym
May 2 - Second Grade Off Campus Learning Experience
May 4 - Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
May 4 - First Thursday event in Round Rock (p.m.)
May 8 - STAAR test for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th in Math
May 9 - STAAR test for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th in Reading
May 10 - STAAR for 5th grade science
May 11-12 - STAAR Make-up testing
May 18 - 5th Grade Exhibition  5:30-7:00 p.m.
May 19 - Wellness Day
May 22 - Switch Day
May 24 - No Early Release Wednesday - full day of school
May 25 - Last Day of School - classroom parties - spirit wear day for staff and students
 
August 1 - Meet the Teacher evening for 1st and 5th grades 5:30 - 7:00
August 2 - Meet the Teacher evening for 2nd and 3rd  grades 5:30 - 7:00
August 3 - Meet the Teacher evening for 4th grade and Kindergarten 5:30 - 7:00
August 9 - First Day of School for the 2017-2018 School Year!
August 21 - Meet the Teacher evening for 1st and 5th grades 6:00 p.m.
August 22 - Meet the Teacher evening for 2nd and 3rd  grades 6:00 p.m.
August 23 - Meet the Teacher evening for 4th grade and kindergarten 6:00 p.m.

Sincerely,
April 26, 2017
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Dear Parents,
 
Things are very busy right now with appraisal conferences, attendance committee meetings, and end of year requirements. We are also preparing for our Book Fair next week - information went home yesterday! Next Wednesday, the 26th, is our second Student Led Conference Day for this year. Remember that these are not parent-teacher conferences, but times for your child(ren) to show what they have learned and how much they have grown. IB believes in student-centered and whole child learning in the PYP, and having them take responsibility and understand their learning is a part of that. We know that parking will again be a problem so we ask that you communicate with your child's teacher and that you come at the assigned time as much as possible. The book fair will be open that night until 6, so there is plenty of time to shop!
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Attendance Letters
These letters recently went out for the third quarter of the school year.   This is due to the policies as outlined in the Student-Parent Handbook. Each family has signed that they have read this document, so this should be no surprise to anyone. Letters are for your information unless marked as a concern area on the front. The attendance committee will be meeting in the coming weeks for students who have received these letters marked as having a required meeting - again, as is written in the policy. Meridian works hard to help families in situations where severe illness, surgery, etc. is involved.  As I've said many times, 3 tardies equal an absence and when you have 39 tardies you are looking at 13 absences and this can also result in these meetings. Financially these absences have a huge impact on our school - and on our school rating!  This is why charter schools are allowed to release students to return to their home campus for excessive absences. Please make sure you are considering this information as we go through this fourth quarter!   
Book Fair
The spring book fair is the "buy one get one free" book fair! It will be held next week in the primary library. On Monday (4/24) from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.;  and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.  We hope to see you there!
FitnessGram
FitnessGram testing will begin this week for 3rd-5th grade students. This program is required by the state of Texas for all public schools in their physical education program. FitnessGram is a fitness assessment and reporting program for youth. There are 7 components that are tested in grades 3-5:  shoulder stretch, trunk lift, curl-ups, push-ups, body composition (height and weight), and a pacer test for running endurance. Students will complete different components with Coach Taylor and Coach Griffin over the course of the rest of the year. We encourage students not to stress over their scores, as this is just a "check-in" we do each year to see how they have progressed from the year before. 
Resolution
At last month's Meridian School Board Meeting a Resolution Supporting the Student Community was adopted.   This is similar to what has been done in area districts and matches well with the IB philosophy!    The Resolution can be found on our website and on Facebook   Click here to read the Resolution.    
April 30th is FINAL DEADLINE to Pre-Order Yearbook
The final deadline to pre-order your yearbook is April 30th(while supplies last). The current price is $45. Personalizations are no longer available.  IF we do not sell out online, extra books will be sold for $55 on a first-come, first-served basis when the books are delivered in May.  Order today and save yourself $10 and a panic attack when you realize your kiddo could end up without a book! Order HERE.
Calendar
April 24-27 - Scholastic Book Fair (see above for hours)
April 26 - Student Led Conferences and Book Fair
April 28 - Orchestra Concert 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Gym
May 2 - Second Grade Off Campus Learning Experience
May 4 - First Thursday event in Round Rock (p.m.)
May 8 - STAAR test for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th in Math
May 9 - STAAR test for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th in Reading
May 10 - STAAR for 5th grade science
May 11-12 - STAAR Make-up testing
May 18 - 5th Grade Exhibition  5:30-7:00 p.m.
May 19 - Wellness Day
May 22 - Switch Day
May 24 - No Early Release Wednesday - full day of school
May 25 - Last Day of School - classroom parties - spirit wear day for staff and students
 
August 1 - Meet the Teacher evening for 1st and 5th grades 5:30 - 7:00
August 2 - Meet the Teacher evening for 2nd and 3rd  grades 5:30 - 7:00
August 3 - Meet the Teacher evening for 4th grade and Kindergarten 5:30 - 7:00
August 9 - First Day of School for the 2017-2018 School Year!
August 21 - Meet the Teacher evening for 1st and 5th grades 6:00 p.m.
August 22 - Meet the Teacher evening for 2nd and 3rd  grades 6:00 p.m.
August 23 - Meet the Teacher evening for 4th grade and kindergarten 6:00 p.m.

Sincerely,
April 19, 2017
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TX Public Charter Schools Rally
Wednesday, April 26
 
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Dear Parents,
  
We are wishing great luck and a great experience to our MYP colleagues today as they continue their MYP Verification (Authorization) visit. A team is here made up of practitioners from around the country to look at all of the great things they are doing!    
  
Thank you to the team that organized the Arts Alliance this weekend. I've loved seeing the shirts and hearing of the activities...thank you so much for giving of your time to make it all happen! I'm hoping that everyone  remembers that we are off this Friday for a Weather Make-up Day. Certainly we did not have to use this built in state day with our warmer than normal winter! We have many things going on right now and will use it to catch our breath. April is appraisal month and a treat for me, as I get to meet with each individual teacher and staff member for an extended period of time to reflect on the year and their work. That means however that I am not available for conferences and meetings as much as I usually would be. I appreciate your understanding as these conferences are both something I love and are required by TEA.
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
2nd Grade IB
Congrats to Second Grade students and teachers as they finished their Who We Are planner. They again learned just a bit about what it would be like to be a child without shoes - and they worked with an organization to collect shoes for those unable to have them. This year that organization was Soles 4 Souls - and they are pleased to announce that they collected 455 pairs of shoes to donate!
5th Grade IB
Congrats to fifth grader Brody Box who will be representing our fifth grade and their work on Be Sweet to Others Day. Fifth grade partnered with the Drops of Grace organization for their service project. In a letter thanking the school, the Drops of Grace Team wrote, "Thank you for organizing the walk for Drops of Grace on February 14th! Your generosity and your love are contributing to the well we are drilling this month in Nicaragua at the orphanage. It was awesome watching the kids helping other kids!" Several fifth graders were interviewed on this day, and afterward student Brody Box was asked to basically replicate the interview at their annual charity fundraiser held at the end of April. This is a local nonprofit humanitarian organization and they expect about 200 persons to attend this event. The evening will include acknowledgement of organization partners, a talk on the work in Malawi, and Brody's special guest  interview about the fifth grade project. As they said in the invitation, "It just meant so much to us that Meridian would partner with us and the kids were all so supportive and excited about doing this...it makes us believe that we all need the heart of a child." We are so proud of Brody and our fifth grade staff and students!
Resolution
At last month's Meridian School Board Meeting a Resolution Supporting the Student Community was adopted. This is similar to what has been done in area districts and matches well with the IB philosophy! The Resolution can be found on our website and on Facebook.  Click here to read the Resolution. 
Big News for TX Charter Schools
Several bills are moving forward in the legislative process that if passed would help narrow the funding gap for students attending a public charter school and those at traditional school districts
 
Benefits of these bills:
  • General per student funding could increase
  • For the first time, charter schools could receive facility funding
  • Charter schools could receive access to low finance bond money
How can you make a difference?
 
We encourage you to take ACTION:
  • Share your story. Write letters to your lawmakers encouraging them to pass these bills. (See a sample letter here.) Drop off your letter at any Meridian office or email  giving@mwschool.org, and we'll make sure they get in the right hands.
  • Join us for a rally at the Capitol on April 26 to support Texas public charters schools.
Click HERE and HERE to learn more!
 
Click HERE to RSVP and reserve a spot on the bus leaving Meridian and going to the Capitol. (Rally begins at 12pm. Bus will leave Meridian at 9am and return at 3pm.) 
April 30th is FINAL DEADLINE to Pre-Order Yearbook
The final deadline to pre-order your yearbook is April 30th(while supplies last). The current price is $45. Personalizations are no longer available.  IF we do not sell out online, extra books will be sold for $55 on a first-come, first-served basis when the books are delivered in May.  Order today and save yourself $10 and a panic attack when you realize your kiddo could end up without a book! Order HERE.
New "Meridian Silverware Policy"
In an effort to limit landfill trash, we have chosen to use reusable silverware for students who buy their lunches. Unfortunately, we have lost a huge number of our metal utensils this year. We believe that many of the lost utensils have gone home in lunch boxes after being "borrowed." Therefore, we have come up with a new "Meridian Silverware Policy" which is effective immediately.
 
Students who purchase lunch will continue to be provided with a reusable, metal utensil. However, those who bring their lunch from home and forget to pack a utensil, will be provided a plastic fork.
 
The opposite may be happening as well. If you are wondering where your forks are disappearing to, they may have been left at Meridian. Below is a picture of forks and spoons we have collected this year.  You may pick up any claimed forks from the Middle School Office.
 
In that same vein, please send any utensils you believe may belong to Meridian back to school. They are expensive to replace! Thank you for your understanding and support in this matter!

Calendar
April 14 - No School
April 26 - Student Led Conferences and Book Fair
May 2 - Second Grade Off Campus Learning Experience
May 8 - STAAR test for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th in Math
May 9 - STAAR test for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th in Reading
May 10 - STAAR for 5th grade science
May 11-12 - STAAR Make-up testing
May 18 - 5th Grade Exhibition  5:30-7:00 p.m.
May 19 - Wellness Day
May 22 - Switch Day
May 24 - No Early Release Wednesday - full day of school
May 25 - Last Day of School - classroom parties

Sincerely,
April 11, 2017
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Meridian Fundraiser
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Dear Parents,
 
Thank you to everyone who came out last Saturday for the annual Garden Party. A special thanks goes to Becca Edwards for organizing the event and to all the volunteers who helped make it a success!
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Arts Alliance - THIS Saturday!
We have a great lineup of activities and performances:
  • Live music
  • Digital arts
  • Balloon art
  • Guitar lessons
  • Henna art
  • African dance
  • Culinary arts
  • Kung fu
  • Indian dance
  • Concessions & pizza
  • 10th Grade Personal Projects
  • Open mic in the black box theatre 
  • Write your name in Mandarin
  • Visit the website for more!
Purchase Meridian spirit wear and watch it be screen-printed while you wait! Two designs to choose from:
 
 
Please consider signing up to volunteer. Slots are timed so that parents can volunteer and still enjoy the event with their families! 
 
Sign up HERE!
 
Questions? Contact Elizabeth at elizabethsbooth@gmail.com
Big News for TX Charter Schools
Several bills are moving forward in the legislative process that if passed would help narrow the funding gap for students attending a public charter school and those at traditional school districts
 
Benefits of these bills:
  • General per student funding could increase
  • For the first time, charter schools could receive facility funding
  • Charter schools could receive access to low finance bond money
How can you make a difference?
 
We encourage you to take ACTION:
  • Share your story. Write letters to your lawmakers encouraging them to pass these bills. (See a sample letter here.) Drop off your letter at any Meridian office or email  giving@mwschool.org, and we'll make sure they get in the right hands.
  • Join us for a rally at the Capitol on April 26 to support Texas public charters schools.
Click HERE and HERE to learn more!
 
Click HERE to RSVP and reserve a spot on the bus leaving Meridian and going to the Capitol. (Rally begins at 12pm. Bus will leave Meridian at 9am and return at 3pm.) 
New "Meridian Silverware Policy"
In an effort to limit landfill trash, we have chosen to use reusable silverware for students who buy their lunches. Unfortunately, we have lost a huge number of our metal utensils this year. We believe that many of the lost utensils have gone home in lunch boxes after being "borrowed." Therefore, we have come up with a new "Meridian Silverware Policy" which is effective immediately.
 
Students who purchase lunch will continue to be provided with a reusable, metal utensil. However, those who bring their lunch from home and forget to pack a utensil, will be provided a plastic fork.
 
The opposite may be happening as well. If you are wondering where your forks are disappearing to, they may have been left at Meridian. Below is a picture of forks and spoons we have collected this year.  You may pick up any claimed forks from the Middle School Office.
 
In that same vein, please send any utensils you believe may belong to Meridian back to school. They are expensive to replace! Thank you for your understanding and support in this matter!

First Grade Action Project
First Grade students have been exploring what living things need to survive and how living things are dependent on each other and their environment for survival. Students have brainstormed and decided they would like to take action by helping homeless dogs and cats in local community shelters. Many of the shelters have a need for items such as used towels, newspapers and plastic bags. We would like to invite you to join us in collecting these items. Items can be donated to any of our First Grade classes from Wednesday, March 29th to Wednesday, April 26th. We are excited to have an opportunity to make a difference in our community. In addition, as the requested items are being recycled we will also be helping to protect our environment.