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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!
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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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 Round Rock, TX 78664
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Dear Parents,
 
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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 Round Rock, TX 78664
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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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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!
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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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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.
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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!
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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.
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 8 - Arts Alliance (Sign up HERE!)
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 5, 2017
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Dear Parents,
 
A very short newsletter today as I have spent the day working with STAAR administration for fourth and fifth graders. Our students are so wonderful - and I'm proud of the K-3 students who had a very long day without much of a break and without making noise in support of our testers. Restroom monitors were in place to take care of any noise in the halls - but there really was not any. The whole building was incredibly quiet. There were no specials classes today, as specials teachers also helped give group administrations and help in other ways. It is definitely an all-hands on deck type of day! Please give your student an extra hug and let them tell you about their interesting day!
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STAAR Testing
STAAR testing will take place again tomorrow -  Wednesday -  for 5th graders. Again, know that this day is very different for all of our students due to the stringent regulations from the state. The building is maintained at a very quiet level - students are asked to be very respectful of those taking tests. Volunteers help to maintain the requirements in the restrooms and in the hallways (thank you volunteers!)  The test is long - with four hours being given to each student (although the state intends for them to be able to finish in two). We ask that parents make sure that students get a good sleep the night before and have a good breakfast. Students are allowed quiet breaks during the testing as needed. After completing the test the students may only read or rest their heads on the desk - they are not allowed to draw or talk. The regulations are very specific and really would be difficult for adults to follow! We encourage our students to take their time, check their work, and be sure that they can say they did their personal best - that is all we can ask for!
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.
Garden Party - THIS Saturday!

We'll have live music, yoga instruction, a scavenger hunt, and the following activities which require volunteers:
  • Balloons, drinks, and popcorn sales
  • Make your own wildflower seed bomb
  • BioBlitz 2017 (info here)
  • Ms. Willows' composting worms
  • Face painting
  • Garden craft
  • Make your own lavender bath bomb
Special guests will include Ms. Holcombe's very own pet chicken, Southwestern University's Environmental Club, and Ms. Shepherd demonstrating how to pack a trash-free lunch!
 
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 Becca at bpaulsenedwards@gmail.com
Spring Pictures
The second round of school pictures will take place on Monday, April 3. Forms should have come home today with your student. These forms need to be returned to the teacher by the April 3 date. No money is sent at this time - orders will be taken after the proofs have been received. Note that this is an opportunity to have your child's picture taken in school uniforms, or in more formal attire. Based on our experience over previous years, I'd like to stress that this is not meant to be a costume event. Please do not send children for pictures in costume with princess or Halloween attire, etc.  Many of our families get a second semester photo in uniform to look at their child's growth this year - others want the "Sunday dress" look with jackets and ties, etc. It is totally optional for you to participate at all. Please check your child's folder for the information!
Secondary Model United Nations
The MUN club is having a fundraiser wants to invite all the primary students and their parents to participate. It will be held at PizzaRev (RR Outlet mall) on Friday, March 31st, during the whole day. Our MUN officers will be there after school greeting guests and appreciating their support; although the benefits will be given from open to close, as long as they mention to the cashier that they are there to support Meridian's MUN club. Thank you so much!  - Model U.N. Members
 

 
Senior Visual Arts Exhibition 
Every year Meridian Seniors pursuing Visual Arts in the Diploma Program create an exhibition of their own artwork. Last spring was the very first exhibition for senior visual artists, and five students put on an overwhelmingly exciting show. Seven seniors will be working both collaboratively and independently to present their work to the Meridian Community on March 31st from 5:00-7:00pm in the M Building. Please save this date to help our young visual artists celebrate their hard work and dedication to their craft. 
Calendar
March 29 - STAAR test for 5th Reading
March 30-31 - STAAR make-up testing
April 1 - Garden Party - 11:00 - 1:00
April 3 - Spring picture day for students
April 8 - Arts Alliance
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,
March 28, 2017
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Dear Parents,

I'm hoping that you had a wonderful spring break last week and enjoyed time as a family! The next few weeks are certainly packed with activities and they will go so fast. Please keep a watch on the calendar section below to make sure you are aware of everything that is taking place. Report cards and Lifetouch photo order forms were sent home today with most students. I spent yesterday reading report card comments and looking at the growth the students have made. It's hard to believe that there is only one more grading period!
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STAAR Testing
Initial STAAR testing will take place next week on Tuesday and Wednesday for 4th and 5th graders. Please know that this day is very different for all of our students due to the stringent regulations from the state. The building will be maintained at a very quiet level - students will be asked to be very respectful of those taking tests. Volunteers will be helping to maintain the requirements in the restrooms (one student at a time) and in the hallways (see sign up below.) The test is long - with four hours being given to each student (although many do not need that much time). We ask that parents make sure that students get a good night's sleep the night before and have a good breakfast. Students are allowed quiet breaks during the testing as needed. After completing the test the students may only read or rest their heads on the desk - they are not allowed to draw or talk. The regulations are very specific and really would be difficult for adults to follow! We encourage our students to take their time, check their work, and be sure that they can say they did their personal best - that is all we can ask for!
 
Volunteers -  The following link is to our sign up genius for restroom and hallway volunteers on our STAAR testing dates (Tuesday and Wednesday, March 28-29)
Spring Pictures
The second round of school pictures will take place onMonday, April 3. Forms should have come home today with your student. These forms need to be returned to the teacher by the April 3 date. No money is sent at this time - orders will be taken after the proofs have been received. Note that this is an opportunity to have your child's picture taken in school uniforms, or in more formal attire. Based on our experience over previous years, I'd like to stress that this is not meant to be a costume event. Please do not send children for pictures in costume with princess or Halloween attire, etc.  Many of our families get a second semester photo in uniform to look at their child's growth this year - others want the "Sunday dress" look with jackets and ties, etc. It is totally optional for you to participate at all. Please check your child's folder for the information!
Secondary Model United Nations
I hope you are well and that you had time to rest and enjoy your Spring Break. The MUN club is having a fundraiser next week and we want to invite all the primary students and their parents to participate, if possible. It will be held at PizzaRev (RR Outlet mall) next Friday, March 31st, during the whole day. Our MUN officers will be there after school greeting guests and appreciating their support; although the benefits will be given from open to close, as long as they mention to the cashier that they are there to support Meridian's MUN club. Please show this flyer upon checkout. Thank you so much! - Model U.N. Members
Senior Visual Arts Exhibition 
Every year Meridian Seniors pursuing Visual Arts in the Diploma Program create an exhibition of their own artwork. Last spring was the very first exhibition for senior visual artists, and five students put on an overwhelmingly exciting show. Seven seniors will be working both collaboratively and independently to present their work to the Meridian Community on March 31st from 5:00-7:00pm in the M Building. Please save this date to help our young visual artists celebrate their hard work and dedication to their craft. 
Calendar
March 21 - Report cards come home
March 25 - ViP playground work day
March 28 - STAAR test for 4th Writing and 5th Math
March 29 - STAAR test for 5th Reading
March 30-31 - STAAR make-up testing
March 30 - Board Meeting
April 3 - Spring picture day for students
April 8 - Arts Alliance
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,
March 21, 2017
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Dear Parents,

So many times we have parents ask how they can help... and I know how many of you sincerely want to help Meridian be successful. Below is an area we truly need help with... during my years at River Oaks, our teachers were always free to tutor children in the morning thanks to our "Car Dads"... these were Dads who came in the mornings before school and helped with our three areas of arriving students. These Dads were known to all because they were there to help kids get into the building - rain or shine - and all of the kids knew them! They sometimes were found wearing funny hats, and always got lots of holiday presents ☺! They were very loved. Here at Meridian we ask much more of our teachers than the regular neighborhood schools with regard to wearing other hats and helping in other ways. Our teachers are here to teach students all day and the morning tutorials help fill the void of the interventionists we do not have.  We need help!   Please see below and consider whether this is something you could do!
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Help Needed!
As mentioned above, we sincerely need assistance with a crossing guard especially, and morning help at the entrance to the Primary School. While we can provide teachers to do every day morning duty at the Fast Pass area and some have a daily door station, we still have a need for teachers to provide tutoring for students and we are out of staff to do so.  All of us (primary staff) have dismissal duty every day and I would like to work towards reducing the number of classroom teachers having morning duty every day. If a Meridian parent would be willing to consider doing a crossing guard position even one day a week, we would love to have your help. Please stop in or call the primary office and Jessica Boese and I will coordinate it with you! We would so appreciate your help!
Cafeteria Volunteer Training 
We continue to appreciate cafeteria volunteers as well - another training is being offered tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 8:15. If you can't make it and still want to volunteer, please call the primary office and leave that message and we will get back to you! The success of this year's cafeteria program is a direct result of the valuable dedication of our parent and grandparent volunteers.
5th Grade Parents
Exhibition is coming closer and each step of the way is very important. We are (at the urging of our parent community) working to help 5th grade students be aware of the requirements they will experience in middle school next year. This includes the requirements for homework and grades. The last time I checked today, we had students who had not completed any of the homework requirements. Please know that this will have an impact on their grades. The fifth grade teachers wrote some very clear information in today's newsletter and I ask you to be sure to read it. I have seen some amazing work these last few days from some of the students - and I very much want all of them to have a wonderful exhibition experience!
STAAR
Next week is spring break and quickly thereafter is our first STAAR testing session of the year. For primary this means 4th and 5th grade on Tuesday, March 28 and 5th grade only on Wednesday, March 29. We will be reminding you to make sure that your child has a great breakfast those days, gets sleep the night before, and has positive thoughts as they come in to school that morning! More information will be given out in the next newsletter.
Geography Bee
The National Geography Bee is a challenging and fascinating competition similar to the National Spelling Bee. Finished for this year, I encourage you to look for it when it begins again in the fall. Congratulations to Pranav Boopalam, the winner of Meridian's Bee; and thank you to Jeff Zollner for being the sponsor of the program. Take a look at the quizzes and games available at NatGeoBee.org
Classroom Activities
Last week I spoke of the second grade upcoming learning experience (May 2) to an area nature center. More on that will come home in April with second graders. I followed that with information on second grade working with hatching chicks - with second grade still on my mind. It is actually first grade that has been deeply involved in the study of the life cycle and watching the process through egg incubators and now to the stage of heat centers for our chicks. It has been great to watch and hear the students discuss the process and to have had the opportunity to watch them grow so quickly. Everyone has stopped in to watch them - even Buzz!
Senior Visual Arts Exhibition 
Every year Meridian Seniors pursuing Visual Arts in the Diploma Program create an exhibition of their own artwork. Last spring was the very first exhibition for senior visual artists, and five students put on an overwhelmingly exciting show. Seven seniors will be working both collaboratively and independently to present their work to the Meridian Community on March 31st from 5:00-7:00pm in the M Building. Please save this date to help our young visual artists celebrate their hard work and dedication to their craft. 
Calendar
March 9 - Board Meeting
March 11-19 - Spring Break
March 21 - Report cards come home
March 25 - ViP playground work day
March 28 - STAAR test for 4th Writing and 5th Math
March 29 - STAAR test for 5th Reading
March 30-31 - STAAR make-up testing
April 1 - Garden Party
April 3 - Spring picture day for students
April 8 - Arts Alliance
April 14 - No School
April 26 - Student Led Conferences
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
May 22 - Switch Day
May 25 - Last Day of School - classroom parties

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March 7, 2017
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2555 North IH-35
 Round Rock, TX 78664
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Congratulations to fifth grade and Mr. Crenshaw for a wonderful concert last Thursday night! It was so much fun to be a part of - both the vocal and instrumental music were so impressive!
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Meridian School Board
As Meridian staff, we would like to like to thank Alexia Thex for her time and dedication serving as the parent member on the MWS Board for the past four and a half years. For the first time since 2012, the board is considering candidates for the position. On March 7th, parents are invited to meet the proposed parent candidate with a Q&A during a General ViP Meeting. This meeting will be held at 6:30pm in the primary cafeteria. All parents are invited to attend and participate as our next parent representative is selected to serve on the MWS Board.
 
Questions? Please contact vipleaders@mwschool.org
Off-Campus Learning Experiences
I've enjoyed hearing about the Off-Campus Learning Experience with our fourth graders at the Waco National Monument last Friday and loved seeing some of the photos.   It seems the trip went very smoothly and the experiences were quite enjoyable. One quote I received....
 
"The Off Campus Learning Experience destroyed my idea of spectacular! It shows how far human civilization has come since the beginning of time. The opportunity to go on this trip will forever influence how we think and continue to inquiry. "   ....Oliver
                                                                                               
We can now start preparing for second grade trip, which this year will be on May 2 to a local nature center in connection with the unit of inquiry. More coming soon for second grade parents.   
Picture Day - March 6th
Class (not individual) pictures will be taken on MONDAY, MARCH 6. Order forms should have come home today with your child(ren).
 
Class Pictures MUST BE PRE-ORDERED. Forms are due back this Friday, March 3rd but we will accept forms on Monday morning, March 6th. The teacher will be collecting the order forms and turning them in to the photographer directly on Monday when the class picture is taken. Please don't forget to order if you want these!
Arrival Traffic Issues
Parents please be aware that we are having issues with student safety... Our teachers truly want nothing more than to be with your children to teach them and keep them safe. When you are arriving at the Primary front entrance car line, we need you to follow the guidance of the staff and volunteers who are there! Dropping off prior to the crosswalk, having them cross car lanes not at crosswalk, being on the cell phone which is against school policy, etc. is not OK and we need those things to stop - we want your children to be the focus of all we do.   
5th Grade Parents
At my last two principal coffees, one of the main topics has been whether we need to do anything to prepare our students going into middle school with the expectations there. One element of this is the importance of homework. We are doing a bit of that right now with Exhibition homework.  Please be aware that this is important to your child's project and grade and we are monitoring it carefully. This will have an impact on the projects as well - and we want them to have a very successful exhibition experience!
Cafeteria Volunteer Training
As we have moved into the Spring semester, our number of cafeteria volunteers has decreased. The success of this year's cafeteria program is a direct result of the valuable dedication of our parent and grandparent volunteers. In order to provide the opportunity for new volunteers to participate in our cafeteria program, we are offering an additional cafeteria volunteer training on Tuesday, March 7 at 8:15 a.m. We look forward to seeing you there and are so thankful for the support you provide for our students!
Classroom Activities
Second grade is anxiously awaiting the arrival of up to 60 chicks very soon. Several eggs are showing signs of cracking and movement. In the mean time they are spending some time watching the dceaglecam.org live stream, as "Mr. President" and "The First Lady" care for their pair of eggs high in a tree in the National Arboretum!
Pre-Kinder Information
When the Mays Building was renovated in 2016, a separate entrance and four classrooms on the east side were designed and outfitted to be the future home of Meridian's preschool. Eventually serving a total of 80 three and four-year-old students, the preschool would be an extension of the PYP. (Yes, there's an IB curriculum for preschoolers!)

As we experienced much growth over this past year, the staff recommended and the board agree that leadership efforts should be focused on integrating the student and staff growth into Meridian's culture, thus delaying the opening of the preschool until such a time when adequate effort is available to open at the level of excellence expected at Meridian.

Many of you may be anxiously awaiting the preschool's opening and we thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to open in the future.
Senior Visual Arts Exhibition 
Every year Meridian Seniors pursuing Visual Arts in the Diploma Program create an exhibition of their own artwork. Last spring was the very first exhibition for senior visual artists, and five students put on an overwhelmingly exciting show. Seven seniors will be working both collaboratively and independently to present their work to the Meridian Community on March 31st from 5:00-7:00pm in the M Building. Please save this date to help our young visual artists celebrate their hard work and dedication to their craft. 
Calendar
March 3 - 3-5 International Movie Night - VOTE HERE!
March 11-19 - Spring Break
March 21 - Report cards come home
March 28 - STAAR test for 4th Writing and 5th Math
March 29 - STAAR test for 5th Reading
March 30-31 - STAAR make-up testing
April 1 - Garden Party
April 3 - Spring picture day for students
April 8 - Arts Alliance
April 14 - No School
April 26 - Student Led Conferences
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 18 - 5th Grade Exhibition
May 22 - Switch Day
May 25 - Last Day of School - classroom parties

Sincerely,
February 28, 2017
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Dear Parents,

Our Evaluation visit is over for another 3-5 years and we are tired! ☺ Spring break will be especially welcomed this year. Though there is technically nothing done differently during a visit, everyone is anxious during that time and it is emotionally exhausting. The three visitors were very thorough and had great things to say, as well as suggestions for continued growth - just as they should. The final report is what is important and you never know how long it will take to receive from the IBO. I'm hoping we will have it by the end of the year. Having Monday for professional development was great because it allowed us to have time to reflect on the visit and the comments they made to us. I am incredibly proud of the work that the staff has done in the six years at this school.... It is so much more than is normally found and they have worked so hard. The one common thing we heard strongly from all three of the visitors was about our amazing children and the respect and kindness that they saw in the Meridian environment. I have many examples of things students said to them - and again that made us all incredibly proud!  
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Cell Phone Use in Carline
We continue to see drivers in carline while talking on their cell phone. While the large majority do not do this, it is important to note that it is dangerous for anyone to be on their cell phone during carline. Additionally, it is against the law to use a hand-held phone in a school zone or on school property, unless the car is parked. We appreciate your attention to this in the interests of the safety of all!
Fifth Grade Parents
Fifth grade students will perform their PYP Connections Concert this Thursday, February 23rd. PLEASE HAVE YOUR STUDENT ENTER THROUGH THE FIFTH GRADE EXTERIOR DOOR BY 6:15 - that is where the students will be gathering. Parents can then meet in the lobby - doors will be opened at 6:20 for the concert, which will take place in the gym.
Fourth Grade Parents
A one-page note with reminders will be in your child's Tuesday folder.  Please read carefully to be sure that your student has a great experience this Friday!
Lost & Found
We have lots of jackets and sweaters in lost and found. More importantly we have several pairs of glasses! If your child is missing them - please call the office with a description and we will get to the right person. Please remember that NONE of these many items has any identifying marks on them. We return any item that has a name on it!
Classroom Activities
Third grade is finishing their fourth planner:  Adaptations alter environmental interactions. Students are working hard to complete their habitat survival guide. They are using their research skills and self-management skills throughout the project and have had to work cooperatively in habitat groups to support each other. They have also had to be independent and show commitment in completing their individual books. A formative assessment showed their understanding of adaptations in response to challenges. They created an adaptation model by considering challenges within a particular habitat -- physical challenges or changes in life that lead to challenges. As they created their model they also developed a written description of the adaptation and how it responds to the challenge. These will be shared with their parents at this Friday's Adaptation Gallery from 8:45 - 9:30.  
Senior Visual Arts Exhibition 
Every year Meridian Seniors pursuing Visual Arts in the Diploma Program create an exhibition of their own artwork. Last spring was the very first exhibition for senior visual artists, and five students put on an overwhelmingly exciting show. Seven seniors will be working both collaboratively and independently to present their work to the Meridian Community on March 31st from 5:00-7:00pm in the M Building. Please save this date to help our young visual artists celebrate their hard work and dedication to their craft. 
Illnesses
We continue to experience (as is Williamson County) a higher than normal level of illness of upper-respiratory, strep, flu, and flu-like symptoms. Thank you for following the policy of keeping your child home if running a fever and for 24-hours after. Sending them medicated to reduce the fever and having us send home when the fever returns is not an option and exposing others is of course very much frowned upon - so thank you for following the policy and working with Nurse Raskin in this way. We want our children (AND OUR STAFF) to stay well!
Preschool Update
When the Mays Building was renovated in 2016, a separate entrance and four classrooms on the east side were designed and outfitted to be the future home of Meridian's preschool. Eventually serving a total of 80 three and four-year-old students, the preschool would be an extension of the PYP. (Yes, there's an IB curriculum for preschoolers!)

As we experienced much growth over this past year, the staff recommended and the board agree that leadership efforts should be focused on integrating the student and staff growth into Meridian's culture, thus delaying the opening of the preschool until such a time when adequate effort is available to open at the level of excellence expected at Meridian.

Many of you may be anxiously awaiting the preschool's opening and we thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to open in the future.
Calendar
February 23 - 5th Grade Choir Concert
February 24 - 4th Grade off campus learning experience in Waco
February 24 - Box Tops Deadline - turn in at any office
February 25 - Arts Alliance - MOVED TO APRIL 8!
March 3 - 3-5 Movie Night
March 11-19 - Spring Break
March 21 - Report cards come home
March 25 - Playground Workday
March 28 - STAAR test for 4th Writing and 5th Math
March 29 - STAAR test for 5th Reading
March 30-31 - STAAR make-up testing
April 1 - Garden Party
April 3 - Spring picture day for students
April 8 - Arts Alliance
April 14 - No School
April 26 - Student Led Conferences
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 16 - 5th Grade Exhibition
May 22 - Switch Day
May 25 - Last Day of School - classroom parties

Sincerely,
February 23, 2017
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2555 North IH-35
 Round Rock, TX 78664
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Happy Be Sweet to Others Day from Meridian! I have really enjoyed the grade level projects and seeing all that they have accomplished. I watched blankets be made last week, have seen the boxes for first grade bookmarks to be set up in the local libraries, watched fourth grade packing birthday boxes, etc. Read below about all of the wonderful service the students and teachers have been doing! This week we will be welcoming a team representing the International Baccalaureate Organization. This group will be here to evaluate our work as a Primary Years Program school. They will be talking with each teacher, visiting classrooms and talking to students, and talking with various groups within the school. Their goal is to look at each of the required "standards" and make sure that the school is addressing each one at the appropriate level. We are proud of our work and anxious to share all about Meridian!
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Fifth Grade Choir
Fifth grade students will preform their PYP Connections Concert next Thursday, February 23rd. Watch for more information in next Tuesday's newsletter!
Volunteer Opportunity
Many of our students are enjoying the benefits of our therapy dogs on campus two days a week. Some of our students are also supporting the Who Reads? We Read! Program at the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter at 1855 SE Inner Loop in Georgetown. Students of all ages are invited to read to the dogs and cats on Sundays from 1-2:30 p.m. by bringing a book to the visit or borrowing one at the shelter. You can email for more information atMonica@FANSOFWCRAS.COM
Classroom Activities
Second grade students recently finished up their "How We Express Ourselves" planner, where they used multiple artistic medias to express something they themselves are passion about. They then began their fourth planner under "Who We Are" (looking at how individuals can influence and define our values) by having two great guest speakers. Students are focusing on evaluating the attributes of citizens - looking at values such as individuality, courage, independence, community responsibility, etc. In their reading they are looking at literary characters through this lens and the attributes of the learner profile and the attitudes.  They are also connecting to historical figures that have impacted cultural values - such as Thurgood Marshall, Theodore Roosevelt, Irma Rangel, etc. Through independent research they are identifying persons who have made an impact on the world. This includes specific people we identify with in our global community such as Blake Mycoskie and Roshan Thomas. Students are bringing in items that represent themselves - or something important in their lives. It is a very introspective unit of inquiry and leads them towards the goal of having an understanding and appreciation of themselves, how they have been influenced by others, and now how they can be the influence and make a difference in their world and community!
Be Sweet to Others Day
Great things have been happening in the classrooms! Here again is the list of grade level projects being completed today....
  • Kindergarten - All kindergarten students wrote and decorated cards for a local nursing home. The cards were delivered on Monday February 13th. Today they looked at the pictures and discussed how their action made a difference!  
  • First grade - Students were sweet to others by sharing their love of reading!  They partnered with the Round Rock and Georgetown Libraries and made bookmarks for their patrons. They delivered the bookmarks to the libraries last Saturday and today discussed the impact of the action and of their service to others.
  • Second grade students are learning to write friendly letters. Each student wrote a message of encouragement to a child receiving treatment at Dell Children's Hospital. They then asked families to donate a coloring/activity book with a box of crayons or markers - 350 sets were donated!! These were wrapped together with ribbon and donated in hopes of brightening the day of these children. Today they reflected on their work and their service.
  • Third graders became "blanketeers" by making blankets for Project Linus. Project Linus donates blankets to bring warmth, comfort, and security to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. The grade level held a "Make-a-Blanket" Day last week and each classroom finished approximately 100 blankets for the donation. Teachers and several students took the blankets to the donation center on Saturday! Today was spent with follow up activities to their action.
  • Fourth grade built "birthday boxes" - an entire birthday party in a box - for several children who are currently living in a shelter. The fourth grade students created cards to put inside the boxes and gifts were given as well. The fourth grade team began personally delivering the birthday boxes yesterday and shared their experiences today with the classes.
  • Fifth graders participated today in a walk for water to simulate the struggle millions of women and children endure each day to obtain clean water. They raised $701 to donate to drops of grace, a local Round Rock organization that provides water wells and other relief for impoverished citizens around the world. Representatives from the organization were here today to walk with the students and accept the donations.

Illnesses
We continue to experience (as is Williamson County) a higher than normal level of illness of upper-respiratory, strep, flu, and flu-like symptoms. Thank you for following the policy of keeping your child home if running a fever and for 24-hours after.  Sending them medicated to reduce the fever and having us send home when the fever returns is not an option and exposing others is of course very much frowned upon - so thank you for following the policy and working with Nurse Raskin in this way. We want our children (AND OUR STAFF) to stay well.
Calendar
Week of February 13 - Primary Years Program evaluation visit
February 14 - Be Sweet to Others Day for grade level service projects
February 20 - No School - Professional Development Day (or bad weather day if needed)
February 23 - 5th Grade Choir Concert
February 24 - 4th Grade off campus learning experience in Waco
February 25 - Arts Alliance
March 3 - 3-5 Movie Night
March 11-19 - Spring Break
March 21 - Report cards come home
March 25 - Playground Workday
March 28 - STAAR test for 4th Writing and 5th Math
March 29 - STAAR test for 5th Reading
March 30-31 - STAAR make-up testing
April 1 - Garden Party
April 3 - Spring picture day for students
April 14 - No School
April 26 - Student Led Conferences
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 16 - 5th Grade Exhibition
May 22 - Switch Day
May 25 - Last Day of School - classroom parties

Sincerely,
February 14, 2017
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Kelly McBride
Primary Principal
 
 
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