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Dear Parents,
 
I want to do a belated thank you to our November teacher luncheon! 

Both the October and November lunches were amazing. Several staff members worked that Nov
ember evening until 8:00 and I know how much we all enjoyed being able to "graze" as we had breaks! The whole area of the building smelled like the holidays and we could not have enjoyed it more! Thank you so very much.  I hope next week
brings fun, family, friends and thankfulness to all. Safe travels!
 
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Cyber Safety Presentation for Parents
I am pleased to let you know that the secondary presentation on Cyber Safety will be open to primaryparents as well! Sgt. John Rowe's presentation was very well received last year and will be revisited on November 28th at 6:00 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria. This is a session on what parents need to know - covering information on current sites that your child may be visiting - some of which are concerning. Topics will include:   how to set parent controls; how to monitor those controls from your phone; uncovering embedded apps; bucking up your child's security settings; inappropriate testing in terms of the law; how to view your child's browser history even if it is set as incognito; and revealing hidden Apps.  We recently had some issues in the primary school regarding technology use at home that was impacting our classrooms - our students are not too young - they are amazingly technology savvy!  I really encourage parents to consider attending!
 
Veterans Day
Many things happened at Meridian last week in honor of Veterans Day. Several grade level appropriate specific books correlating to the day were shared; classroom and homework activities made connections; Meridian staff veterans were honored; and our donations were delivered! Thanks to TLC Pediatric Dentistry for helping us with shipping our donations of Halloween candy and letters to servicemen, and for taking the money we earned and buying other needed supplies to send with it! Thanks to all of the students and families who sent in the cards and letters.
Action:  TOY Drive
Last year one of our fourth grade students asked to complete an action project through Meridian. We gave her some guidelines that she needed to follow and complete and she successfully did so - collecting over 500 toys for the Texas Baptist Children's Home. This year, as a fifth grader, Charlotte is hoping to repeat her success as you can see from the following note:   
  
Hello - My name is Charlotte Whitaker, and I am a fifth grader at Meridian. Some of you might remember my toy drive from last year, helping the Texas Baptist Children's Home. Thanks to you and others I was able to collect over 500 toys. But this year I want to collect over 1,000 toys. There will be collection boxes in the primary and middle school buildings. The toy drive ends on Monday, December 11, and here is a wish list of what the Children's Home needs. Thank for you helping!      Charlotte
Grade Level Happenings
Our first grade students have been taking advantage of fall....using pumpkins to study measurement - circumference and weight ☺, and continuing to care for the plants and seeds they planted during their first planner (Citizens impact communities). Last week they began their new IB planner under How We Express Ourselves (Exploring cultures helps build respect) by having a "provocation."  This is an activity done at the beginning of a planner that will "hook" or excite students to question and wonder about the central idea. During this planner they will explore different cultures through the lens of festivals, so teachers dressed to represent those festivals. It was very fun to watch the students react and wonder! ☺
 
Second Grade has been studying the central idea "Innovations pave the way to where we are today."  This is one of my favorite planners to hear about, as they study everything from a diary entry from the perspective of a character who traveled to America long ago, listing the items that students would have taken on that trip compared to a trip today.... to looking at how art, photography and sports have changed from the past (including how the football helmet has evolved). This gives great avenues for connections between the specialist teachers and classroom teachers.

Fifth grade is busily preparing for their Living Museum, with in depth study of their historical figures under the central idea "The articulation of beliefs and values can prompt a reaction." Of course in IB fashion - they are looking at this statement through the "transdisciplinary lens" which means that they are looking at multiple content areas - history, literature, scientific discoveries, etc. It's a wonderful PYP example and something we look forward to each year!
Teacher Talent Show - Nov 16
Purchase your Teacher Talent Show tickets before they sell out -- and they are very close to selling out!

Thursday, November 16
5:30 - Early Access (Donor Perk)
6:00 - Regular Access
6:30 - Show Starts


Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org

Silent Auction of Teacher Experiences
Another way our teachers go above and beyond to support Meridian is by providing experiences in our annual silent auction.

These are just a few of the many teacher experiences that are available year:
 
 


Bidding ends at 10:30pm on 11/16
 
Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org
 
Spirit Wear - ON SALE NOW!
Hoodies, pullovers, caps, tees, and more! 
 
Order by 11/26 for delivery before the holidays.
 
Click here to visit the store. 
 
 
Calendar Dates
November 16 - 5th Grade Living History Museum
 
November 16 - Teacher Talent Show & Silent Auction... Meridian teachers will participate in sharing talent and/or auction items -a very popular annual event! Thanks to all who have bid for items on our auction!
 
November 20-24 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving vacation
 
November 26 - Last day to order SPIRIT WEAR!
 
November 28 - Cyber Safety Presentation (see above) - 6-7pm in the Middle School cafeteria
 
November 29 - College Shirt Day
 
November 29 - Student Led Conferences - come and conference with your student and see their IB Portfolio - watch for more information from your child's teacher!  This is not a TEACHER conference - but one provided by your student!  A unique IBPYP experience!
 
December 4 - Math benchmark testing for grades 3-4-5
 
December 5 - Reading benchmark testing for grades 3-4-5
 
December 6 - Writing (4th) and Science (5th) benchmark testing

Sincerely,
November 14, 2017
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Kelly McBride
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Dear Parents,
 
I know this is a busy time of year with fall activities, but I hope many of you were able to attend the first International Festival hosted by Meridian and see your child sing in the grade level presentations. Students came to school with some wonderful costumes on Friday, with great connections to share about them. We know that this weekend was a wonderful event and will become a special part of Meridian in future years.  
 
 
 
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Music Specials
A note from Mrs. Pollini:
 
Since September, Kindergarten through fifth grade students have been preparing for Meridian's first International Festival. Our very own forward-thinking principal, Kelly McBride, provided us with a great selection of songs from which to choose. During this time Kindergarten, First Grade, and Fifth Grade were participating in the planner, Who We Are. Therefore, we picked songs that would speak to our roles and behavior as citizens. For Kindergarten and First Grade, we picked "We Are the World," because as citizens, we come together in crisis to help others in need. For Fifth grade we picked "Light the Candles All Around the World" to show that good citizens share the best of themselves - their light - to make the world bright. As it applied to the fourth grade planner, How We Express Ourselves, we sang with "collaborative expression" to share a touching message with the audience. Similarly, 2nd grade music students discussed the planner, How We Organize Ourselves and "systems that a community needs to successfully function." We came to the conclusion that a community would need the IB attitude of tolerance leading to the IB trait of caring to successfully function. Therefore, we chose "Turn the World Around" where we learned that caring people talk to and get to know each other better to make the world a better place. Third grade also sang this song as it applied to the planner, How We Express Ourselves and how the performing arts impact others to touch their hearts. All of the students gave an outstanding performance with heartfelt and compelling singing and movement, and our Meridian family could not be prouder of them!  Thank you to all who organized and participated in this exciting and successful event!
Cafeteria Volunteers Training
It's time for another training! We appreciate our dedicated volunteers each and every day! The next training will be held Monday, November 13 from 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. (for those who have not been trained before). 
 
Please sign up in advance at:
Fall Picture Retake
Make-Up Day - Tuesday, November 14 -  If you are not satisfied with your child's yearbook picture taken in October, your child may do a "retake" on Tuesday, November 14.   If you would like a retake, please do the following:

1 - Complete and submit THIS GOOGLE FORM by noon next Monday, November 13.
 
2 - If you purchased a picture package, return it to the school office by Monday, November 13 with the word "RETAKE" written on the envelope in large print.
 
3 - You may request a retake even if you did NOT purchase a package.  Please retake ONLY if the original photo was truly not a good one, because if you do the retake WILL BE the photo used in the yearbook.  If you still have it, please send your child's picture proof back to the office with the word "RETAKE" written on the envelope in large print. 
 
**If your child was absent or not yet enrolled when pictures were taken on October 17, you do NOT need to complete the Google Form.  We will automatically pull your student to be photographed.   If you have questions, email Stela Holcombe at s.holcombe@mwschool.org
 
Jacket Reminder
As we have some chilly weather come in, a reminder to write clearly the name of your child in EVERY coat, jacket, scarf and mitten that they wear! As the day gets warmer the clothes get "misplaced" around the building ☺ and this allows us to get them back to their owner. Within this, they simply go into the lost and found shelf and return cannot be guaranteed!  We check for names!
Teacher Talent Show - Nov 16
Purchase your Teacher Talent Show tickets before they sell out! Then be sure to get your wristbands in advance so you can avoid the lines:

WRISTBAND PICKUP TIMES (Primary Entrance)

Thurs 11/9 @ 7:30am-9:00am
Thurs 11/9 @ 11:30am-1:00pm
Thurs 11/9 @ 3:00pm-4:30pm

Sat 11/11 @ 10:00am-11:30am

Tues 11/14 @ 7:30am-9:00am
Tues 11/14 @ 11:30am-1:00pm
Tues 11/14 @ 3:00pm-4:30pm

Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org

Silent Auction of Teacher Experiences
Another way our teachers go above and beyond to support Meridian is by providing experiences in our annual silent auction.

These are just a few of the many teacher experiences that are available year:
 
 


Bidding ends at 10pm on 11/16
 
Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org
 
Veterans Day Recognition
We are currently collecting cards and letters for current and past service men and women in drop boxes in the lobby. One box is labeled for current service and the second box is labeled for our veterans who have served in the past. Please watch for connections in your grade-level homework assignments. These letters and cards will be sent to persons at a local VFW and to an active service organization. We will also be accepting extra bags of candy as sponsored by a local dental organization that is willing to ship to service members. Bring that extra Halloween candy to the office to donate! Each grade level will be doing age-appropriate activities and discussions during the next week. Veterans Day is November 11th!  
 
Scrip Sales - Gift Card Fundraiser
Planning to purchase gift cards this holiday season? 
 
We've got you covered!

Buy gift cards through our SCRIP program and our school will earn a percentage!
 
That's right! Support Meridian while you shop!
 
 
Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org
 
Calendar Dates
November 9 - Board Meeting
 
November 11 - Veterans Day
 

November 13 - Spirit Night at Hat Creek (G-towm & RR)
 
November 14 - Picture retakes - last chance for fall pictures!
 
November 14 - ESL Literacy Morning - for parents of ESL Kinder-1st and 2nd students
 
November 16 - 5th Grade Living History Museum
 
 
November 20-24 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Vacation
 
November 29 - Student Led Conferences - come and conference with your student and see their IB Portfolio - watch for more information from your child's teacher!
 
December 4 - Math benchmark testing for grades 3-4-5

Sincerely,
November 7, 2017
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Dear Parents,
 
Last week certainly gave us reason to be proud of our school and the work being done here. As I listened at the Texas IB Schools board meeting on Thursday and Friday, I felt so proud of what we were doing as a part of this organization and proud that we could talk of IB with the fidelity we strive for. On Friday afternoon Ms. Delafield joined us at the state IB Coordinators Meeting and again I was proud of the level of knowledge that is tied to Meridian staff.   We left that meeting at a hotel in Georgetown and returned to Meridian to a reception hosted by Rick Fernandez, Karalei Nunn and other Meridian staff for those attending the fall meetings. We were joined by TIBS and Meridian board members, IB school coordinators, and teachers who had arrived early for the Saturday training. Tours were given and great food was prepared by Chef Leslie. So many persons talked to me of their impressions and certainly for many it was their first visit to a charter school - especially one focused on the IB.  On Saturday, several PYP teachers attended an all-day professional development session. We were so very proud and I wanted to share that with you!
 
Also, thanks so much to those of you who attended the IB Nights and Book Fair! We had stiff competition from the World Series, but we had a great turn out and record sales from our book fair. It was great to see you!
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Congratulations!
As I announced in last week's Primary Pride, we have a current opening for an assistant principal in the primary school. You may or may not know that third grade teacher Elizabeth Petty has been doing an internship with us as she completes administrative certification. It is to our great benefit to hire someone such as Elizabeth to fill the current opening, as she is fluent in the PYP, knows Meridian from being in her sixth year on staff, and is a strong educator. Ms. Petty will remain as a team leader and as supervising teacher of her third grade classroom, while also having some administrative responsibilities. We will have assistance from our dedicated substitute, Mrs. Hedley, as well as other Meridian staff members, in this transition. Mrs. Headley is a certified teacher from New York State and began substitute work for us this fall, joining us recently as a dedicated substitute (working at Meridian every day as a full staff member). Please join me in congratulating Ms. Petty in her new endeavor and welcoming Mrs. Hedley to our staff!
International Festival - Music
We are excited to send home some additional information today regarding student participation in this event! All students will be walking to the Mays gym on Wednesday during their specials time to practice on the "big stage" and they are so excited. All Meridian K-5 students are invited to participate in the event and all grade levels will be singing two songs, each within about a 30-minute time frame. (See other information in this newsletter!) We appreciate those parents who have offered to assist in making this event happen and can't wait to see it all transpire for our first annual I.F. Again, I've heard the songs and and I know you will enjoy watching!  :)
 
Veterans Day Recognition
We are currently collecting cards and letters for current and past service men and women in drop boxes in the lobby. One box is labeled for current service and the second box is labeled for our veterans who have served in the past. Please watch for connections in your grade-level homework assignments. These letters and cards will be sent to persons at a local VFW and to an active service organization. We will also be accepting extra bags of candy as sponsored by a local dental organization that is willing to ship to service members. Save that extra Halloween candy from tonight and bring it to the office to donate! Each grade level will be doing age-appropriate activities and discussions during the next week. Veterans Day is November 11th!  
 
ESL Literacy Session 
Parents of current kindergarten, first and second grade students who are ELL/ESL (English Language Learners/English as a Second Language) students will be getting an invitation to a parent information session on literacy provided by our Regional Education Service Center. It will take place on November 14 from 8:30 - 9:30 in the Primary Cafeteria. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your child's needs in learning reading and writing skills. This session is open only to parents of ESL learners, as it pertains to techniques specifically addressing their needs. There will be five sessions over the school year, each with their own literacy topic. Invitations will go out to our individual families this week. We hope that all parents of ESL students will be able to join us! 
News from Specials
This week in Spanish A, students are looking at how and why Dia de los Muertos is celebrated in parts of several Spanish-speaking countries. This is a joyous occasion to honor and remember loved ones who have passed away.  Through inquiry, students will discover the meanings of items placed on an ofrenda, compare and contrast the holiday with several others they are familiar with and some classes will have a related craft activity.
 
In PE A with Ms. Griffin this past rotation, all grade levels have been focused on gathering information on how to prevent the spread of germs. With cold and flu season upon us, students of every age can use this information! ALL grade levels learned about the proper way to wash hands.  In Kindergarten and 1st grade, learning was centered around how our bodies keep germs out and how soap has a special composition that helps cleanse our hands. In the upper grades, we focused on learning more about how germs are spread and what happens in our bodies when we are fighting off an illness. Students made an action plan for how they can put their new knowledge to use in their lives. Hopefully our inquiry will lead to a healthier environment in our school!  
Scrip Sales - Gift Card Fundraiser
Planning to purchase gift cards this holiday season? 
 
We've got you covered!

Buy gift cards through our SCRIP program and our school will earn a percentage!
 
That's right! Support Meridian while you shop!
 
 
Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org
 
Nov 3 - World Parade - LAST CHANCE!
For planning purposes, we ask that you sign up your students by 11/1 HERE.

Our first annual World Parade will take place this Friday 11/3 at 1:40pm. Students are invited to participate in the all-school parade by dressing in clothing representing one of THESE 70 countries/territoriesStudents not dressed in special attire will observe as spectators.

Students should wear their clothes to school and keep them on for the day...or bring accessories to quickly put on and off. Being our first year, we're sure to learn a lot from this experience and will count on your thoughts and suggestions as we move forward.
 
Parents, please do not arrive to school before 3pm on 11/3 as the driveways will be blocked for the parade. 

For planning purposes, we ask that you sign up your students by 11/1 HERE.

Questions? Contact vipleaders@mwschool.org
Nov 4 - International Festival - Volunteers NEEDED!
 
All students and their families are invited on Saturday, November 4th from 10am-3pm!

Performance Times (Mays Gym)
10:15 Kinder & 3rd Grade
11:15 1st & 4th Grades 
12:15 2nd & 5th Grades
1:30 International Talent Show (secondary students)
 
LEARN -  Families will set up booths (more countries are welcome!) for students to "visit" different countries and get their passport stamped. Those who fill up their passport may wear spirit wear on Mon. 11/6!
 
EAT - Purchase lunch from local food trucks and dine on the "sidewalk cafe"
 
PLAY - Secondary clubs will provide internationally themed activities as a fundraiser 
 
***  WEAR A WHITE (or light) SHIRT AND VISIT THE CLASS OF 2019's HOLI (FESTIVAL OF COLORS) BOOTH!  ***
 
 

READ - Visit the Barefoot Librarian and her book fair filled with books that align with IB.
 
Volunteers are needed to make these events happen! Please sign up HERE.
 
Questions? Contact vipleaders@mwschool.org
Calendar Dates
November 3 - World Parade - Your child can choose a country HERE!
 
November 4 - International Festival - 10am-3pm. More info can be found HERE!
 
November 6 - 20 Hours Week - celebrating those who have their volunteer hours
 
November 11 - Veterans Day
 
November 14 - Picture retakes - last chance for fall pictures!
 
November 14 - ESL Literacy Morning - for parents of ESL Kinder-1st and 2nd students
 
November 16 - 5th Grade Living History Museum
 
November 16 - Staff Talent Show....  Meridian teachers will participate in sharing talent and/or auction items - it's a very popular annual event!   Watch for more information!
 
November 20-24 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Vacation
 
November 29 - Student Led Conferences - come and conference with your student and see their IB Portfolio - watch for more information from your child's teacher!
 
December 4 - Math benchmark testing for grades 3-4-5

Sincerely,
October 31, 2017
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Dear Parents,
 
This is a very busy week at Meridian - especially in the area of IB. We have IB Night for K-2nd this evening and for 3rd-5th on Thursday evening. We will be hosting visitors on Friday from a school district near Dallas and also from those attending the Texas I.B. Schools (TIBS) fall meeting here in Austin. Several of our teachers will be attending the training this Saturday. Please monitor the calendar below for other happenings at this busy time!
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
IB Family Nights & Book Fair
Tonight and Thursday night our teachers will host IB Family Nights -- Kinder, 1st, and 2nd on Tuesday and 3rd, 4th, and 5th on Thursday from 6:30-7:30 each evening. These nights are designed for your family to come experience together activities connected to IB learning in your child's classroom. Each grade level will have 3 activities that you can experience. The K-2nd Family Night will include a senses investigation in Kindergarten, making a family flag in 1st grade, and an innovations exploration in 2nd grade. On Thursday, activities will include an inquiry into ways societies change in 3rd grade, a diversity choice menu in 4th grade, and science experiments in 5th grade.  
 
To add to the fun, the BOOK FAIR will be open before and during the IB Family Nights. Students came with their class to preview the book fair on Monday and Tuesday and the book fair is open for shopping through Friday morning. Tuesday and Thursday, the book fair will remain open all day - 7:30 am until 7:30 pm. On Wednesday, the book fair will close at 2:30 pm and on Friday, it will be open before school only. We hope to see you there!
 
International Festival - Music
A form is being sent home today in the Tuesday folder regarding the music program being held as a part of the festival. Times went out last week, but a commitment form for participation comes home today with additional information. More will be sent home as the event gets closer. All Meridian K-5 students are invited to participate in the event and all grade levels will be singing two songs, each within about a 30-minute time frame. The event will take place on stage in the Mays Gym. I've heard the songs and they will bring you to tears! :)
 
Technology Use
A word of caution to parents, particular of older elementary students, regarding on-line apps and social media. We have had some older students who are using an app that requires the user to say that they are 13 or older prior to creating an account. We have quite a few users that have the app (and they of course are not 13), which allows a chat feature - and some of the content reported has been close to crossing the line. Please be aware that laws have changed recently and the school is responsible for reporting offenses to appropriate authorities. Some students let us know that they had deleted the app - but not before giving out their password information for others to use. They did not delete the account - just the app - which now allows others to use their account/name for whatever they choose to write.  We will definitely notify parents when this occurs - but understand we may not know and much damage can be done in the meantime.  MONITOR your child's technology usage! 
 
Fifth Grade Technology
All fifth graders will be asked to again sign the technology usage agreement as they move into some additional research options. Parents signed this as part of their application process. Though we will monitor on campus, we want them to understand the seriousness and want to talk with each class about consequences which can be very serious.  
 
Veterans Day Recognition
We have two projects going on in recognition of our Veterans... First we are recognizing staff members who are former service members and who now give to our Meridian family every day. Second, we will be collecting cards and letters for current and past service men and women in drop boxes in the lobby. We will also be willing to take extra bags of candy as sponsored by a local dental organization that is willing to ship to service members. Please watch for information in your grade-level homework assignments. These letters and cards will be sent to persons at a local VFW and to an active service organization.  Each grade level will also be doing age-appropriate activities and discussions during the week prior to Veteran's Day.  More information next week!
 
Fourth Grade News
For the current unit of inquiry under the theme of Where We Are in Place  and  time, the  central  idea  is Challenges and Opportunities Promote Change.  
 
Students have had the opportunity to explore a Swedish Immigrant trunk borrowed from the Williamson Museum. The trunk, which is here for students to explore for another two weeks, includes current books and artifacts from that time. Students are learning about the experiences of the Swedish immigrants who came to Williamson County through hands-on engagement and primary sources. Hardships, and daily activities have been discussed. Students also made some connections to our local area with names of streets, such as Palm, which is named after a local Swedish immigrant. Museum personnel were wonderful in coming to share this information with Meridian students.

 
Mini-Courses
For K-3 parents, you may not be aware that 4th and 5th graders have a fun experience on Wednesdays during their specials time... Mini-Courses. Each year, students in 4-5 are presented with a selection of courses described by the teacher in a presentation. They are then asked to work with their parents to choose their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices. We then work to place students with regard to choice, class size, etc.   These mini-courses will last through February year, and then we will move into Exhibition Planning for fifth grade students and ATL rotations for fourth grade. I would love to spend the next few weeks sharing some information from specials classes and from the mini-courses. 
 
Fourth and fifth grade courses fall under the PYP transdisciplinary theme of Where We Are in Place and Time. The selections for fourth/fifth grade were: Printmaking, World Explorers, Rack and Paddle Sports, The PMC - the World of Paper, Come to My Colony, Stomp the Blues Away, The Futbol Pitch - Then and Now (fourth grade only), Writing in Place and Time (fifth grade only), and Come Play With Me. A note from Ms. McMaster follows regarding her mini-course, Come Play With Me: Students are learning rich history about how children have played from as early as we can research. We've used balloons as the Middle Age children bounced them - like balls. We have played with balls and pretended to use bones and bouncy things (first jacks we learned) as the Ancient Greek children did. The girls were more limited in what they were allowed to do as in ancient culture and also learned they could not receive an education such as boys with cooking and cleaning and helping to raise younger siblings was priority. We learned about spinning tops (or spinning things) that have been fascinating children around the world from as early as we can find evidence of. Next up... Chinese kites!
Nov 3 - World Parade
Our first annual World Parade will take place on Friday 11/3 at 1:40pm. Students are invited to participate in the all-school parade by dressing in clothing representing one of THESE 70 countries/territoriesStudents not dressed in special attire will observe as spectators.

Students should wear their clothes to school and keep them on for the day...or bring accessories to quickly put on and off. Being our first year, we're sure to learn a lot from this experience and will count on your thoughts and suggestions as we move forward.
 
Parents, please do not arrive to school before 3pm on 11/3 as the driveways will be blocked for the parade. 

For planning purposes, we ask that you sign up your students in advance HERE.

Questions? Contact vipleaders@mwschool.org
Nov 4 - International Festival
All students and their families are invited on Saturday, November 4th from 10am-3pm!

Performance Times (Mays Gym)
10:15 Kinder & 3rd Grade
11:15 1st & 4th Grades 
12:15 2nd & 5th Grades
1:30 International Talent Show (secondary students)
 
LEARN -  Families will set up booths for students to "visit" different countries and get their passport stamped. Those who fill up their passport may wear spirit wear on Mon. 11/6!
 
EAT - Purchase lunch from local food trucks and dine on the "sidewalk cafe"
 
PLAY - Secondary clubs will provide internationally themed activities as a fundraiser 
 
READ - Visit the Barefoot Librarian and her book fair filled with books that align with IB.
 
Volunteers are needed to make these events happen! Please sign up HERE.
 
Questions? Contact vipleaders@mwschool.org
Calendar Dates
October 24 - Book Fair & IB Night for K-1-2:   Come with your child and experience activities connected to current or past planners studied at the grade level.   The book fair will be going on during this time as well.  Book Fair hours today are 7:30a-7:30p
 
October 25 - College Shirt Day - Students and staff may wear a college shirt to celebrate the benefit of advanced education
 
October 25 - Book Fair - hours are 7:30a-2:30p
 
October 26 - Book Fair & IB Night for 3-4-5:   Come with your child and experience activities connected to current or past planners studied at the grade level.   The book fair will be going on during this time as well.  Book Fair hours today are 7:30a-7:30p
 
 
November 3 - World Parade - Your child can choose a country HERE!
 
November 4 - International Festival - 10am-3pm. More info can be found HERE!
 
November 14 - Picture retakes - last chance for fall pictures!
 
November 16 - Staff Talent Show....  Meridian teachers will participate in sharing talent and/or auction items - it's a very popular annual event!   Watch for more information! Annual Fund supporters will receive early access to purchase tickets.
 
November 20-24 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving vacation
 
November 29 - Student Led Conferences - come and conference with your student and see their IB Portfolio - watch for more information from your child's teacher!

Sincerely,
October 24, 2017
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Kelly McBride
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Dear Parents,
 
I hope you had a wonderful fall break! It was a very fast and busy first 9 weeks - how can the school year be a quarter over... Much to do! We appreciated the week off very much as report cards are going home today and anecdotal reports and comments for them take a lot of time for teachers to do - certainly more so than the short statements generally found on elementary report cards. I truly appreciate the time and effort that the teachers put into this and hope you do as well. Report cards are ONE picture of your student's current level and progress. Please remember that all factors need to be looked at as we watch your child grow... And GROWTH is what we are looking for! We spent yesterday and this morning going through the report cards and learning more about each student's progress - something that is time consuming but really worth it for me in the big picture! I'm sure you were aware that today was our fall picture day - but if your child was not present there will be a make-up on November 14.
   
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Staff Changes
We had one staff change in primary over break. Our Assistant Principal, Tracy Rieger, decided to follow her passion of social work and working with families of need and has moved to a position in a neighboring district to do so. We have enjoyed the time with her and appreciate all that she has done at Meridian!  
 
Picture Day
All students went through and had their pictures taken today. Information was sent home previously with regard to ordering. Again, the make-up date will be November 14. The deadline for ALL orders is Friday, October 20.  
 
Report Cards
The first report cards of the year will be sent home today with your students. We place these in an envelope and ask the students to give them to you rather than reading themselves... We obviously can't control whether they do or not - that would be based on your expectations - but we do know in some cases it is best for parents to read first. If you do have questions or concerns, please call your child's teacher for information. Fourth Grade parents - please know that French grades are not given the first semester of the year to allow them to move into this new language and this new way of classroom delivery (immersion). Grades for 4th French will be given as a specialist class the second semester.
IB Family Nights & Book Fair
Next week is a special week at Meridian. Our teachers will host IB Family Nights for Kinder, 1st, and 2nd on Tuesday and for 3rd, 4th, and 5th on Thursday from 6:30-7:30 each evening. These nights are designed for your family to come experience together activities connected to IB learning in your child's classroom. Each grade level will have 3 activities that you can experience. The K-2 Family Night will include a senses investigation in Kindergarten, making a family flag in 1st grade, and an innovations exploration in 2nd grade. On Thursday, activities will include an inquiry into ways societies change in 3rd grade, a diversity choice menu in 4th grade, and science experiments in 5th grade. 
 
To add to the fun, the BOOK FAIR will be open all next week, including before and during the IB Family Nights. Students will come with their class to preview the book fair on Monday or Tuesday and the book fair will be open for shopping from Tuesday morning through Friday morning. Tuesday and Thursday, the book fair will remain open all day - 7:30 until 7:30. On Wednesday, the book fair will close at 2:30 and on Friday, it will be open before school only. We hope to see you there!
 
TOMORROW 6pm: TxDOT Presentation for Parents
Be in the know! Texas Department of Transportation will present information on the upcoming construction that will affect Meridian traffic. Road closures may begin as early as late October.

TxDOT would like a headcount in advance so please RSVP here.

Questions? Contact j.boese@mwschool.org
 
THIS Friday: Movie Night for 3rd-5th Grades
From Volunteers in Partnership (ViP):
Join us for Movie Night Friday, October 20, 2017, featuring Captain Underpants. Doors will open at 6:30 PM and the movie will start at 7:00 PM in the Meridian Primary Gym. Bring your sleeping bags, bean bag chairs, blankets or whatever makes you comfy. $2/person or $5/family suggested donation. Siblings are always welcome! *This is not a drop-off event. A parent/guardian must attend with your child.* We will have a concession stand set up selling fresh-popped popcorn, snacks, and drinks. Please sign up here to help make this event a success!
 
Questions? Contact vipleaders@mwschool.org
Nov 3 - World Parade
Meridian recently purchased 70 flags, which were held by seniors in the all-school photo celebrating our status as an IB Continuum school. These flags were chosen after parents shared with us the countries that are special or significant to them. 
These flags will be part of our World Parade on 11/3 at 1:40pm, when students will be given the opportunity to participate in an all-school parade by dressing in clothing representing one of the 70 countries/territories. Students not dressed in special attire will observe as spectators.

HERE is the list of flags. For planning purposes, we ask that you sign up your students in advance HERE.

Questions? Contact vipleaders@mwschool.org
 
Nov 4 - International Festival
Meridian's International Festival will replace our annual Fall Fest. Rather than celebrating Thanksgiving, we will celebrate all cultures with a variety of international performances, activities, and food. 
 

 
All students and their families are invited on Saturday, November 4th from 10am-3pm!

Performance Times (Mays Gym)
10:15 Kinder & 3rd Grade
11:15 1st & 4th Grades 
12:15 2nd & 5th Grades
1:30 International Talent Show (secondary students)
 
LEARN -  Families will set up booths for students to "visit" different countries and get their passport stamped - more info coming in Thursday's ViP email
 
EAT - Purchase lunch from local food trucks and dine on the "sidewalk cafe"
 
PLAY - Secondary clubs will provide internationally themed activities as a fundraiser 
 
READ - Visit the Barefoot Librarian and her book fair filled with books that align with IB.
 
Questions? Contact vipleaders@mwschool.org
Anonymously Reporting Bullying
Meridian School has opted to utilize Anonymous Alerts® to support the passing of SB 179, otherwise known as David's Law. Anonymous Alerts® allows students or parents to quickly, easily, and anonymously report bullying and cyber-bullying to school officials across each of our school campuses. The Anonymous Alerts® link is found on our webpage under "Parents"or by clicking HERE.
Calendar Dates
October 17 - 1st nine weeks' report cards sent home
October 18 - TxDOT Presentation - RSVP HERE!
 
October 19 & 20 - Vision and Hearing Screening

October 20 - 3-5 Movie Night - 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will be able to watch Captain Underpants in the gym on Friday evening - great concessions available! :)  Children must be accompanied by a parent. Sign up to help out HERE!
 
October 24 - Book Fair & IB Night for K-1-2:   Come with your child and experience activities connected to current or past planners studied at the grade level.   The book fair will be going on during this time as well.  Book Fair hours today are 7:30a-7:30p
 
October 25 - College Shirt Day - Students and staff may wear a college shirt to celebrate the benefit of advanced education
 
October 25 - Book Fair - hours are 7:30a-2:30p
 
October 26 - Book Fair & IB Night for 3-4-5:   Come with your child and experience activities connected to current or past planners studied at the grade level.   The book fair will be going on during this time as well.  Book Fair hours today are 7:30a-7:30p
 
November 3 - World Parade - Your child can choose a country HERE!
 
November 4 - International Festival - 10am-3pm. More info can be found HERE!
 
November 14 - Picture retakes - last chance for fall pictures!
 
November 16 - Staff Talent Show....  Meridian teachers will participate in sharing talent and/or auction items - it's a very popular annual event!   Watch for more information! Annual Fund supporters will receive early access to purchase tickets.
 
November 20-24 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving vacation
 
November 29 - Student Led Conferences - come and conference with your student and see their IB Portfolio - watch for more information from your child's teacher!

Sincerely,
 

Sincerely,
October 17, 2017
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Dear Parents,
 
I enjoyed talking with the group that attended the Principals Coffee last week.  Because of conversation held that morning, I have added information to the primary calendar activities on the website and to the activities on the calendar below.   These were suggestions for new families especially, so that they have a better understanding of traditional events at Meridian.   I have shared the comments with those who post whole-school and ViP activities.   Based on that information, I will also continue to share notes and observations from teachers and/or classroom activities.   
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
World Teachers' Day
This Thursday, October 5, has been designated as this by the United Nations in recognition of teachers all over the world who play a role in providing quality education at every level. This enables all of us to learn about, be part of, and contribute to our local communities as well as a global society.  Thank a teacher this week!  :)
 
Anonymously Reporting Bullying
Meridian School has opted to utilize Anonymous Alerts® to support the passing of SB 179, otherwise known as David's Law. Anonymous Alerts® allows students or parents to quickly, easily, and anonymously report bullying and cyber-bullying to school officials across each of our school campuses. The Anonymous Alerts® link is found on our webpage under "Parents"or by clicking HERE.
Fall Party Socials
This Friday will be our first of three days allowed by the state of Texas as a "free food" day....(when non-nutritious foods may be served to students). The other two dates will be the day before winter break and the last day of school. Please follow the requests and plans provided to you by your child's teacher. I was asked at the Coffee why we do not divide into three time slots - but with our daily schedule, including lunch, this is our only option unless the times are shortened. Please know that parking will still be extremely difficult and we cannot control police giving tickets! The last party ends at 2:15 so that we can finish the day and get ready for dismissal - and so that parents can check out and take their children, or be ready to get into the dismissal line, which will be forming at that time! Remember that children who are not having party time must be checked out through the office. 
 
Third Grade Teacher Share
Last week, while the students were doing the "breakdown" (deep discussion) of the central idea, (Change requires energy), students in one third grade classroom talked to their teacher about how change is required in the I.B Attitudes and Learner Profile. They brilliantly explained that "we need the Attitudes and the Learner Profile attributes to change our thinking. For example, change requires us to be open-minded and reflective." This discussion caught on like a wildfire. Another student stated that change also requires the Key Concepts. "Change also requires different perspectives." The teacher wrote to tell me how excited she was, saying "I love when they take over and have thoughtful and deep discussions. At this point, I was the student and they were the teachers.  I was so proud!  Best day yet!"
Fifth Grade Share
After fall break we will be digging deeper into the beliefs and values of some influential colonists, looking at what led them to America, and at conflicts caused when founding new colonies. We will be discussing early American politics and government. (This will be a precursor to the annual Living Museum, which will take place in November.) This is always a great event and I look forward to watching them learn in this planner!
 
Spirit Wear - Last days to order!

 
Click HERE to purchase the latest spirit wear t-shirt!
 

 
Click HERE to purchase cold-weather spirit wear!
 
 
 
Deadline to order is October 6!
 
Calendar Dates
October 6 - Fall Socials in Classrooms:  9:00-10:00 for grades 2-5;  1:15-2:15 for grades K and 1st   (see above for information)
 
October 9-13 - NO SCHOOL - Fall Break
 
October 17 - Student School Pictures - please send your child to school in uniform dress
 
October 17 - 1st nine weeks' report cards sent home
 
October 19 - Vision and Hearing Screening
 
October 20 - Vision and Hearing Screening
 
October 20 - 3-5 Movie Night
 
October 24 - Book Fair & IB Night for K-1-2:   Come with your child and experience activities connected to current or past planners studied at the grade level.   The book fair will be going on during this time as well.  Book Fair hours are 7:30a-7:30p
 
October 25 - College Shirt Day - Students and staff may wear a college shirt to celebrate the benefit of advanced education
 
October 25 - Book Fair - hours are 7:30a-2:30p
 
October 26 - Book Fair & IB Night for 3-4-5:   Come with your child and experience activities connected to current or past planners studied at the grade level.   The book fair will be going on during this time as well.  Book Fair hours are 7:30a-7:30p

November 4 - International Festival - more coming!
 
November 14 - Picture retakes - last chance for fall pictures!
 
November 16 - Staff Talent Show....  Meridian teachers will participate in sharing talent and/or auction items - it's a very popular annual event!   Watch for more information!
 
November 20-24 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving vacation
 
November 29 - Student Led Conferences - come and conference with your student and see their IB Portfolio - watch for more information from your child's teacher!
 

Sincerely,
October 3, 2017
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Dear Parents,
 
So many great things happen at school each day. Watching your children grow in inquiry learning is really exciting. They are becoming so good at questioning and explaining their thoughts as they go through their different forms of research. I wanted to share just a couple of recent experiences...
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Third Grade Inquiry
Thanks to funds raised at events like our Movie Nights, teachers can receive "grants" for things that wouldn't otherwise be able to happen. To help students inquire into influences on expression and interpretation of personal voice (Central Idea:  Life experiences influence expression), author Carolyn Cohagan visited the third grade classrooms to discuss her book, The Lost Children. Students had experienced the book through a teacher read aloud and had written many questions that they would want her to answer. The level of the questions was truly amazing. She was so very impressed with our students! In addition, one of the possible homework selections for last week included writing a "review" of the book to be posted on sites where the book is showcased or sold. Just check out the Amazon Reviews of the book on their website! What fun it has been to read the postings from our students! :)
Second Grade Inquiry
As a part of the IB planner for How We Organize Ourselves (Central Idea: Structures in our world influence the ways communities function), second graders look at structures in our world and the comparison of man-made structures versus those in nature. Last week students studied the impact the structure of a "bubble wand" had on the structure of the bubble itself. Students created all different types of wands - from hearts to squares and triangles of various sizes. They researched the impact these had and took notes on their research. They looked at how different shapes still created a sphere, they watched to see if the size had an impact on the strength and longevity of the bubble, etc. It was fascinating to watch the teachers coax thoughts and opinions from the students as they learned - and they certainly had fun!
Important Waiters Info
As I mentioned earlier this year - "friends" cannot go home with others who are in the waiters program, which is a paid program. If you send a transportation change saying your child will be going home with another in waiters - you will receive a call to pick up your child.  
 
Transportation Changes
I will mention once more - transportation changes MUST BE MADE TO THE OFFICE. You can do so through the website front page under Contact Us. Please do not email teachersthe change and then get angry with them and the office when your child is not in the correct spot. We want our teachers to teach during the day - not read email. Their short lunch time is not a time they can be expected to read email (and legally we cannot ask them to).
Spirit Wear - ON SALE NOW!

 
Click HERE to purchase the latest spirit wear t-shirt!
 
 
 

 
Click HERE to purchase cold-weather spirit wear!
 
 
 
Deadline to order is October 6!
 
Destination Imagination
  • Teams of 5-7 innovators, all grades
  • Be a creative problem-solving ninja!
Info Meetings in Primary Cafeteria:
Wed, Sept. 27 @ 8:15 am
Wed, Sept. 27 @ 6:00 pm (NOTE: changed from 7pm)
Questions? Contact Merinda Cutler or Nicole Taylor.
Calendar Dates
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 26, 2017
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Dear Parents
 
It was great to see so many of you last week. Some came for the news shared at the Annual Fall Parent Meeting on Thursday night. Others came with pillows and sleeping bags for the K-2 Movie Night on Friday. Friday was also the celebration of our receiving the IB Continuum, with all three programs authorized - which was the goal of our Founders and makes us very proud. It is rare to find the opportunity to a student to experience all three programs, which is what the Meridian Founders hoped to give their children. We took our fourth "all school portrait" on Friday and look forward to seeing it - hopefully it can be shared with our community in some way!
 
We know that there are some parents who feel we communicate too much, while others feel it is not enough. Please use the links below to read the sections that pertain to your family, and know this is the only way for me to communicate with 865 students' families! I sincerely appreciate those of you who take the time to read this Newsletter each week!  :)
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Important Information from Nurse Raskin!
Word is out that flu has already arrived in the Williamson County area. The expectation this year is that it will hit early and hard. Here are a few tips to help us all stay a bit healthier.
 
1)  If you plan on getting a flu shot,  the sooner the better.
 
2)  Remind yourself and your children of good hand washing several times a day.
 
3)  Remind your family to cough into their elbows, not their hands; wash hands often and discard tissues as soon as they are used,
 
4)  FEVER POLICY:  Student must be fever free and vomit free for 24 hours after a temperature greater than 100.0 degrees WITHOUT fever reducing medication. This is MERIDIAN POLICY.
 
5)  If your student has a fever, and they have a test or project that day, please do not send them to school and plan on picking them up after the test. They are not only contagious to the teacher and other students, but will likely do poorly on the work. Keep them home and arrangements will be made for make ups.
 
6)  It is critical that we all work together in the hopes that we can stay as well as possible. Even one contagious person can infect  many others.  
Mark Your Calendars!
You may be hearing from your students about the songs they have been learning in music! These songs have an international flavor and will be featured at the First Annual Meridian International Festival on Saturday, November 4th. More information will be coming - but please mark your calendar as we know so many of the students will be excited to sing their songs for the audience in the big Mays gym - singing from the stage sounds so exciting!  :)
 
SSI for 5th Grade Parents
Informational brochures from the state regarding the state's Student Success Initiative (SSI) are being sent home. We are required to send this information to fifth grade parents. Know that your teacher is the point of contact for questions regarding this and I'm sure they have been talking with you about this information in conferences. If you have questions, please contact them as needed!
 
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.

Destination Imagination
  • Teams of 5-7 innovators, all grades
  • Be a creative problem-solving ninja!
Info Meetings in Primary Cafeteria:
Wed, Sept. 27 @ 8:15 am
Wed, Sept. 27 @ 7:00 pm
Questions? Contact Merinda Cutler or Nicole Taylor.
Calendar Dates
September 27 - College Shirt Day
 
 
September 27 - 6pm Geography Bee Meeting
 
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 19, 2017
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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.
 
Purchase raffle tickets HERE and you could win your very own parking spot!
 
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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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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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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2555 North IH-35
 Round Rock, TX 78664
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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!

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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.

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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.