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"Don't tell me the sky's the limit, when there are footprints on the moon."
                     
...P. Brandt
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
First Day of School-EARLY RELEASE DAY
Tomorrow is our big day. We have been busy preparing for your child/children to embark on the 2018-2019 academic school year and we look forward to welcoming our students tomorrow morning. Tomorrow morning you will notice that our parking lot will become crowded quickly. I ask that you stay patient, vigilant, eyes on the road and keep your phone down 😀

I would like to invite all of our families who are bringing a Kindergarten student to school, to park and enjoy the moment by walking your child to class. Parking will be difficult, but we'll open up the student parking lot for parents to use between 7:30-8:00amthrough the end of this week.
Dismissal Times
Due to the construction that is taking place on the access road of IH-35 we will be modifying our dismissal schedule.
  • Wednesday: We will begin calling car tag numbers at 12:45 pm
  • Thursday/Friday, August 9th-10th: We will begin calling car tag numbers at 3:15 pm
  • Monday, August 13th: We will begin calling car tag numbers at 3:30 pm
Arrival & Dismissal Information
If you have not done so already, please click HERE to read the email that went out earlier this evening regarding traffic updates.
Raptor Updates-Student Safety
Parents, the system we use for signing out your children has made some updates over the summer and we will be needing to re-scan your IDs. Please make sure you have them when you come to the office - we will NOT be able to sign out your children without it. We appreciate your help in keeping your child safe. 

Pride Time
Starting this year Primary school will have a designated time in their instructional day to address a variety of student need. In grades K-3 Pride Time will occur from 8:15-8:45 am and in grade 4th-5th it will occur the last 30 minutes of the school day.  This time allows for teachers to pre-teach, reteach and extend learning based on student need. Historically we have asked that some students attend a morning tutorial from 7:30-8:00 am. Our tutoring will now be embedded in Pride Time to better allow us to reach all students without interruptions and to be more intentional and effective in our practice. 

Open House Nights (8/20-22)
We will hold our grade level Open House events in two weeks. During this time we invite families to join us and learn more about what it is like to be a student at Meridian School. We, as a community of educators, honor the fact that we will better understand, guide and empower your child, when we work together. This evening allows for us to get to know each other and lay the foundation for a wonderful year of working together for your child's educational best interest.

During your time in the classroom, you will hear about what makes your child's learning experience at Meridian exceptionally unique. It is my hope that you will walk away from this evening excited for your child to be a Meridian Lion. Our Open House Schedule is:
  • Monday, August 20th: 1st & 5th Grade
  • Tuesday, August 21st: 2nd & 3rd Grade
  • Wednesday, August 22nd: Kindergarten and 4th Grade
Tweeting About Our Day
In an effort to utilize the technology and foster increases communication,  I have created a Twitter account. I will be Tweeting weekly, and I invite you to follow me at @HaulotteShannon. Twitter will enhance our campus-to-home connection and further celebrate the inquiry and learning that occurs at Meridian. 

Reflection
What an amazing learning community we have!  I am beyond inspired by the knowledge, passion and drive that our staff embody. We have staff members that are creative, communicative, knowledgeable, curious, strategic and so much more, and we channel our collective talents, gifts and love of learning toward supporting your child in their academic pursuits. Perhaps the best way to summarize this point, is to quote one of our fantastic 4th grade teachers, Ms. Cobaugh, who shared, "we care-man, we really care."

Our days will be filled with questions, discovery, laughter and purpose.  

I eagerly look forward to all that is to come.

Sincerely,
Shannon Haulotte
August 7, 2018
 
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"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."        
 
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NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Back to School Nights (8/1-3)
We are excited to welcome you and your student to campus later this week. This week's Back to School Event schedule is below.
  • Wednesday, August 1st
    • Event: Back to School Night for 1st & 5th Grade
    • Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
    • Location: Primary building
    • Note: This is a come and go event
  • Thursday, August 2nd
    • Event: Back to School Night for Kindergarten & 4th Grade
    • Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
    • Location: Primary building
    • Note: This is a come and go event
  • Friday, August 3rd
    • Event: Back to School Night for 2nd & 3rd Grade
    • Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
    • Location: Primary building
    • Note: This is a come and go event
As you arrive at Meridian on the evening of your grade level Back to School night, class lists will be posted on the windows outside of the primary MPR. Please check the class list carefully to ensure you know which classroom to visit when our doors open at 5:30pm. Be sure to note your Car Tag #, which can also be found on the list. Your Car Tag # will be needed to check in. This evening is a come and go event; there will not be a formal presentation regarding your child's school year. This will occur later this month during our grade level Open House evenings. This week's back to school event offers you the opportunity to see your child's classroom, introduce yourself and your child to his/her teacher, and visit the various VIP Stations set up in the Primary Cafe. Please be mindful that each family is excited and looking forward to this evening and our teachers want to ensure they have time to meet with each family.  This event is not a time for personal conferencing or to share personal information about your child. If you feel that a private conversation is needed, please reach out to your child's teacher via email to arrange this.

We are looking forward to an amazing year of learning and discovery -- mark your calendars and make sure you join us this week for your child's Back to School night.
 
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Open House Nights (8/20-22)
We will hold our grade level Open House events in two weeks. During this time we invite families to join us and learn more about what it is like to be a student at Meridian School. We, as a community of educators, honor the fact that we will better understand, guide and empower your child, when we work together. This evening allows for us to get to know each other and lay the foundation for a wonderful year of working together for your child's educational best interest.

During your time in the classroom, you will hear about what makes your child's learning experience at Meridian exceptionally unique. It is my hope that you will walk away from this evening excited for your child to be a Meridian Lion. Our Open House Schedule is:
  • Monday, August 20th: 1st & 5th Grade
  • Tuesday, August 21st: 2nd & 3rd Grade
  • Wednesday, August 22nd: Kindergarten and 4th Grade
Please Welcome New Staff
We are excited to welcome several new faces to our 2018-2019 Meridian Staff. The entire functioning of who we are as a campus depends on the each and every member of our team. To our Meridian PrimaryTeam we are thrilled to welcome:
  • Jillian Robida - Receptionist
  • Kim Bell - Primary Special Education Coordinator
  • Georgina Garland - Instructional Paraprofessional
  • Karen Laywell - Nurse Assistant
  • Melissa Reese - Assistant Principal (3rd-5th Grade)
  • Laurie Selchert - SPED Instructional Paraprofessional
Class Lists
Class lists will be posted on August 1st on the windows outside of the primary MPR. As you can imagine there is a great deal of effort that goes into creating class rosters that balance in a myriad of ways. I am grateful to the numerous families who thoughtfully submitted parent feedback. I read each and every comment submitted, and balanced this information with our teacher feedback, to create our 2018-2019 class lists. I appreciate your trust in the process. We have an exceptional group of educators who are committed to celebrating where your child is and guiding them in their next steps.
Triple A Update
Waiters and After School 6th-12th 
Register TODAY for Waiters and After School 6th-12th
 
Your PayPal receipt is confirmation that your spot is reserved. Please visit the respective webpages for more information. Contact Monique Swain (m.swain@mwschool.org) for information not on the website.
Arrival & Dismissal Information
As we prepare for our first day of school on Wednesday, August 8th there are several things to keep in mind to ensure our arrival and dismissal systems function as efficiently as possible. The acronym that we ask you to be mindful of is KEEP - working to keep our students safe and systems functioning.
  • KNOW your lane - take time to review the maps that are posted during the Back to School events. There is also information on our website.
  • ENSURE your 2018-2019 car tag is prominently displayed from your rearview mirror.
  • EMPOWER your children to know their car tag number and how they are getting home.
  • PLAN to pick up your child on time - note that we will release primary student at 3:20through August 10th. Starting Monday, August 13primary student pick-up will begin at 3:30.
Please keep in mind that all numbered parking spotsare reserved for staff and student parking.  In order for all K-12 staff to be in place when students arrive, it is important that we keep these spots open at all times for staff arriving on campus.
 
Want to bypass the carline and use the FAST LANE starting the very first day of school? 
 
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Dress Code
Here is the updated uniform guide for 2018-2109. Please make sure you read this carefully and reach out to your grade level Assistant Principal (K-2: Ms. Petty & 3rd-5th: Mrs.Reese) if you have questions.
Tweeting About Our Day
In an effort to utilize the technology and foster increases communication,  I have created a Twitter account. I will be Tweeting weekly, and I invite you to follow me at @HaulotteShannon. Twitter will enhance our campus-to-home connection and further celebrate the inquiry and learning that occurs at Meridian. 

Reflection
As your Primary Principal, I have made a commitment to our staff and to our students and now I make this same commitment to you. This commitment includes my dedication to work in a manner that is centered around ensuring each student receives a quality educational experience.  An education that is rooted in the framework of the International Baccalaureate Program and grows from individual inquiry. Your child's educational experience will be guided by our professional team that takes prides in the art of quality teaching for effective learning.

I value the entirety of your child's educational experience, this includes: growing as a reader, expressing themselves as a writer, solving and justifying why numbers work in the way that they do, exploring and discovery during science, learning how their world works, how to nurture friendships, how to question respectfully, how to disagree, deal with frustration, when to enjoy the silence, and so much more. Our days will be filled with questions, discovery, laughter and purpose.

I look forward to all that is to come.

Sincerely,
Shannon Haulotte
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REMINDER:
Today, Wednesday - May 23, is a FULL day of school and not an early release.
 
Dear Parents,
 
Thank you to all of you who attended Switch Day with incoming kindergarten students! I hope all of our children enjoyed the annual event.... They sure seem to be very excited coming out of their visit. Remember that we do not yet know teacher or room assignments for next year. This was simply an opportunity to see and hear about the next grade level classrooms.   
 
Also, we had great attendance at the Fourth Grade Passion Project Presentations on Tuesday (see below)! The fourth grade students and their teachers have been working very hard on their topics and it has been fun to see some of the process - let alone the culmination of their work. They are well on their way to the fifth grade Exhibition project!
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Thank You!
I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the parent community of Meridian - especially those of you whom I've gotten to know from volunteering and from attending the school events. My staff has heard me say often that this is the best group of parents that I've ever seen over my 30+ years. As I move on to my next ventures, I hope to be able to see the graduation ceremonies held in the future and hear about the life accomplishments of the wonderful children that you have shared with us. All the best to you and your families!
A note from our Head of School regarding safety at Meridian:
It's with great sadness that I'm prompted once again to write about a tragic school shooting, this time in our very own state. Our deepest sympathies go out to the Santa Fe community and to all those who have been affected by this horrible tragedy.

We're again left asking the questions: Why does this have to happen? What can we do to stop it? While no one can promise to provide all the answers, I can assure you that we have been reviewing this matter holistically - from an assessment of our culture to a review of our emergency response procedures and policies. The safety and security of our students and staff has always been - and will always be -  my number one priority. It is a conversation that continues among administration, teachers, counselors, and now our newly formed Safety Task Force, which includes parents. We've met every two weeks since forming, and I've been pleased with the results of this collaboration. Please know that we are continuing to evaluate our procedures and make changes when appropriate.

Rick Fernández
Head of School
Unpaid Lunch Accounts
Please take the time to check your student's cafeteria accounts. It is imperative that all school meal debts be paid in full by the end of the school year. Any debts not covered will have to be paid by Meridian World School and this will take funding away from very important programs. Help us balance the budget so that we can continue offering a terrific food program!

Option #1: Pay online at www.myschoolbucks.com

Don't have an account set up? It's easy to set up following these instructions:
  • Visit the website and select Add an Account
  • Choose Texas
  • Choose Meridian World School, please note we are NOT a part of RRISD or Meridian ISD
  • Choose Add a Student, enter your student information
  • Select if they are Primary(K-5) or Secondary(6-12)
  • Add in a payment form, either Credit Card or Check

Option #2: Pay with Cash or Check

Drop off your payments in a labeled envelope with your student's name and school lunch to any of our school offices. I'll be able to update your student's account manually. 

Finally, if you have any questions regarding your student's lunch account, please email me anytime at Chef@mwschool.org
Fourth Grade Passion Projects
This week the 4th graders had the opportunity to present their Passion Projects to their parents and some of the school community! This project has been a two-month inquiry into various environmental issues under the transdisciplinary themes of 'How the World Works' and 'Sharing the Planet.' Each student chose an issue that he/she feels passionately about and spent time inquiring into, why it's happening, and what we can do about it. Popular topics included: Deforestation, plastic pollution, shark finning, animal poaching, global warming, air pollution in China, and many more! Following the research, students took action. We were thrilled to see the incredible action that these students have taken! Some samples included river and ocean clean ups, community education through local churches and community centers, letters written to heads of organizations or government, the creation of educational websites and YouTube channels, etc. We are so proud of these 4th graders and the independence they have shown in raising awareness. Many thanks to the parents, staff, and community members who came out to support our students!   
 
- 4th Grade Team
Meridian Math Pentathlon WINS GOLD!
The Meridian Math Pentathlon team has just received notification that they have won the State of Texas Gold Medalist Award at the 2018 National Mathematics Pentathlon Athletic Tournaments, held on four Saturdays in April and May. This is the fourth straight year in which the Meridian Math Pentathlon team has brought home a state or national title. Congratulations to all pentathletes from kinder through 6th grades who carried the Meridian banner at the tournaments!
Parents who are interested in reading more about the club can visit HERE
 
Interested in joining the team in the 2018-19 school year? Sign up HERE.
What Happens to School Supplies?
A question was asked about school supplies and what Meridian does with them at the end of the year. Most students will bring home just a few things such as their scissors or pencil boxes - but it depends on the grade level. Second grade actually addresses this situation through their Sharing The Planet Summative. The students visit and question K-5 teachers about supply abundance and scarcity. They then make a plan on how to redistribute throughout the school. Of course not every need is met but some are addressed. Mrs. Costin always takes items that she can use in art, and any supply that has an overabundance is considered when supply lists are done for next year. You can be sure that nothing goes to waste!
2018-2019 Primary and Secondary After School Options  
Do you need a safe place for your primary and/or secondary student after school? 
 
Register TODAY for the 2018-2019 school year.
 
Please reserve your student's spot today so we can plan for the 2018-2019 school year.

Who: For primary students (K-5th) who have secondary siblings
How to register: Submit $20 commitment fee via PayPal

*** New in 2018-2019... Registration is Required ***
Who: For secondary students (6th-12th) who can not be picked up at the 4:00/1:30 dismissal
How to register: Submit $55 commitment fee via PayPal

Who: For primary students (K-5th) who need after school care 
How to register: Step 1 - Submit $25 pre-registration/processing fee via PayPal; Step 2 - Submit On-line Triple A Registration Form
When: Deadline for pre-registration is May 15th.

Who: For primary students (K-5th) who need after school care on Wednesday only
How to register: Step 1 - Submit $25 pre-registration/processing fee via PayPal, Step 2 - Submit On-line Triple A Registration Form
When: Deadline for pre-registration is May 15th.

Who: Review option details for eligible grades
How to register: Each option has a unique registration process. Review descriptions thoroughly. Descriptions include program dates, duration, days of the week, time, fees, fees payable to, description, contact information, and eligible grades.

Secondary Clubs (To be determined)
Who: Secondary Students (6th-12th)
When: More information in the Lion Share by September 2018
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An Important Note from the Nurse
Please start picking up non-emergency medication from the school nurse. Emergency medications can be picked up on the last day of school. Any medication not picked up by 3:00 on Tuesday, May 29th will be discarded. Medications do no transfer from one school to the next.  
Calendar Dates
May 23 - College Shirt Day
May 23 - Full day of school - no early release
May 25 - Last day of school - information from your child's teacher
May 26 - Meridian Graduation 2018

July 28 - Uniform Exchange - SAVE-THE-DATE!
August 8 - First Day of school for 2018-2019
 
The 2018-2019 School Calendar was approved by the Meridian Board at their last meeting. You can find it on the website or connect to it herePlease take note of dates for start of school and vacations!

Sincerely,
May 23, 2018
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Kelly McBride
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Dear Parents,

Thank you again parents for the wonderful things you did last week for Teacher Appreciation Week. We had a wonderful week - with Exhibition and the second grade Special Day on Friday - what fun t-shirt bags the kids made!   

This week we are still immersed in STAAR testing through Wednesday, with make-up testing through Friday.   Secondary students are finishing up IB Exams as well - so things are quieter in the building right now, with some schedule changes.

Don't forget that Wednesday the 23rd is not an early release day!
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
K-5 Parents: Regarding Student Portal
This has been in my newsletter before, but I ask that you PLEASE DO NOT email teachers about "grades" that you are seeing in the "student portal." As the Parent-Student Handbook explains, we do not use the student portal in primary so what you are seeing is not accurate. It is a flaw in the new registration system that is being worked on - but until it is fixed please be aware that it is not accurate. I am so sad for the teachers who are getting some really tough emails because parents are seeing inaccurate information.
Switch Day
Next Monday your student will experience our annual Switch Day. It is a tradition at Meridian and one we always look forward to. We have invited the 132 new kinder students to attend a short orientation with our kinder teachers, while their parents are with ViP leadership. Our current students will have a short visit with a teacher from the next grade level. This does include a short visit for fifth graders in the middle school. They will have further orientation later. Please know that this in no way will indicate which teacher or room a student will have next year. Hopefully they will come home excited about some of the great things they can look forward to!
 
STAAR for 3rd & 4th / 5thGrades
Today we are completing the STAAR Reading test for third and fourth grades - and for fifth graders who need a second opportunity. Tomorrow will be STAAR Science testing for fifth graders. Thursday and Friday will be reserved for make-up testing for students who are absent. Please help your students by making sure they have a great breakfast and a good night's sleep. The state's rules are strict and based on that we are not able to have volunteers on campus on these days. Also, please refrain from appointments and pulling your student out before they have finished - if you do so it will be marked as a no-pass. The students have at least four hours to complete the test and some will not finish until after lunch. Though we do not have a focus on the test, it does impact Meridian's rating and we all want our students to do as well as possible.
Please click HERE for Chef Leslie's sack lunch options during STAAR testing days.
 
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast - THIS FRIDAY!
 

Friday, May 18
8:30-9:30am
Mays Cafe


Join us for breakfast as Meridian thanks YOU, the parent volunteers, for all the time, talent, and hard work you've contributed over the past school year!

Please RSVP HERE!
 
YEARBOOK DISTRIBUTION DAY! THE WORLD 2018!
Yearbooks that were PRE-PAID online will be distributed to students this coming Friday, May 18th. Parents, please look for these to come home and enjoy! Your student might be on the cover (you will see!).  
Parents:  Before writing in your book, please review your yearbook and report any defect to e.roybal@mwschool.org, by 5:00pm Monday, May 21st. We will have a LIMITED number of extra yearbooks for sale. 
SALE OF EXTRA YEARBOOKS
Quantity is LIMITED!
 
Date: Tuesday, May 22nd
Time: 7:30-8:30am
Location: Middle School Lobby (NOT the primarylobby - this year we are selling in the MIDDLE SCHOOL lobby)
Cost: $55 cash or check payable to Meridian School
Instructions: Please form a single file line at the middle school lobby entrance. Books will be sold on a first-come, first served basis.
2018-2019 Primary and Secondary After School Options  
Do you need a safe place for your primary and/or secondary student after school? 
 
Register TODAY for the 2018-2019 school year.
 
Please reserve your student's spot today so we can plan for the 2018-2019 school year.

Who: For primary students (K-5th) who have secondary siblings
How to register: Submit $20 commitment fee via PayPal

*** New in 2018-2019... Registration is Required ***
Who: For secondary students (6th-12th) who can not be picked up at the 4:00/1:30 dismissal
How to register: Submit $55 commitment fee via PayPal

Who: For primary students (K-5th) who need after school care 
How to register: Step 1 - Submit $25 pre-registration/processing fee via PayPal; Step 2 - Submit On-line Triple A Registration Form
When: Deadline for pre-registration is May 15th.

Who: For primary students (K-5th) who need after school care on Wednesday only
How to register: Step 1 - Submit $25 pre-registration/processing fee via PayPal, Step 2 - Submit On-line Triple A Registration Form
When: Deadline for pre-registration is May 15th.

Who: Review option details for eligible grades
How to register: Each option has a unique registration process. Review descriptions thoroughly. Descriptions include program dates, duration, days of the week, time, fees, fees payable to, description, contact information, and eligible grades.

Secondary Clubs (To be determined)
Who: Secondary Students (6th-12th)
When: More information in the Lion Share by September 2018
 
Join the Meridian Lion Band
Win a YETI Cooler!
The raffle will now take place on May 21, so it's not too late to buy tickets!
 
 
One lucky winner will take home a Yeti Tundra 65!
 
 
 
Get the details HERE!

Purchase raffle tickets HERE!
 
An Important Note from the Nurse
Please start picking up non-emergency medication from the school nurse. Emergency medications can be picked up on the last day of school. Any medication not picked up by 3:00 on Tuesday, May 29th will be discarded. Medications do no transfer from one school to the next.  
Calendar Dates
May 1 - Meridian breakfast program begins - Click HERE more information!
May 15 - STAAR testing for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th grade students
May 16 - STAAR testing for 5th grade
May 17 - STAAR makeup testing
May 18 - STAAR makeup testing
May 18 - Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast - Please RSVP!
May 21 - Switch Day
May 21 - Fourth grade presentations - information from your child's teacher
May 23 - College Shirt Day
May 23 - Full day of school - no early release
May 25 - Last day of school - information from your child's teacher
May 26 - Meridian Graduation 2018

July 28 - Uniform Exchange - SAVE-THE-DATE!
August 8 - First Day of school for 2018-2019
 
The 2018-2019 School Calendar was approved by the Meridian Board at their last meeting. You can find it on the website or connect to it herePlease take note of dates for start of school and vacations!

Sincerely,
May 15, 2018
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Dear Parents,

Thank you parents for the wonderful treats you have shared/are sharing with teachers this week for Teacher Appreciation Week! I know how very much they appreciate it!

We are excited as we move through our week of fifth grade exhibition! I will say it one more time - I am SO proud of our students and all they have accomplished through this culminating project. I know our fifth grade parents will feel just as proud as they watch their children share their work!

I also want to share that we are very proud of our fifth grade students and all of their classroom and tutorial teachers for their performance on the fifth grade STAAR tests in reading and math. Results have been received and we had 95% of our students pass in both reading and math! That is an excellent result! And (in fifth grade only) students have two more opportunities to take/pass the test. At Meridian our focus is on the PYP and not on test prep - so it is wonderful to see this success!
 
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Newsletter Topics for more information:
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
STAAR for 3rd & 4th / 5thGrades
Next week we will have the main STAAR testing days for our students. Monday 3rd and 4th will take math tests, Tuesday 3rd and 4th will take reading tests, and Wednesday 5th grade students will take the science test. Thursday and Friday will be reserved for make-up testing for students who are absent. Please help your students by making sure they have a great breakfast and a good night's sleep before. The state's rules are very strict and based on that we are not able to have volunteers on campus on these days. Also, please refrain from appointments and pulling your student out before they have finished - if you do so it will be marked as a no-pass. The students have at least four hours to complete the test and some will not finish until well after lunch. Though we do not have a focus on the test, it does impact Meridian's rating and we all want our students to show all that they know.    
 
Please click HERE for Chef Leslie's sack lunch options during STAAR testing days.
 
Triple A News
Register NOW for 2018-2019 Triple A Enrichment Programs ---- Full-time/Extended Day and Early Release Wednesday After School Pre-registration ENDS May 15th. Click here to pay the registration fee, submit the registration form, and review program details.
 
Join the Meridian Lion Band
Wellness Day Change
Something I will definitely take with me are the memories of Wellness Days past - the fire truck, the SWAT vehicle, all of the outside activities around the building, etc. Change is exciting, but also can be difficult - and this is an area where we have felt it. I think we have now realized that we have to recreate the image of Wellness Day for the future, considering several road blocks. First and foremost, concerns about security were expressed at last year's WD, and the events in our nation this year figured prominently in our concerns. With our growth, assigned parking, etc., the second major issue was parking capacity and the challenges we have experienced this year on party days. Then we had a scheduling change - WD was scheduled for the week of the 14th - but then the state changed the STAAR test date from April to that week - which would have moved Wellness Day to the last week or two in April. This test move has really impacted our last month of school! In discussing with team leaders and team representatives it was decided that this year needed to be a transition year with half day game days that could be fit into the last week of school. Team representatives met and created the guidelines for these days, keeping in mind the secondary finals schedule and the last day K-5 parties. The goal going forward will be to create a new standard of Wellness Day for next year that can work through the challenges and create great new memories!

Win a YETI Cooler!
The raffle will now take place on May 21, so it's not too late to buy tickets!
 
 
One lucky winner will take home a Yeti Tundra 65!
 
 
 
Get the details HERE!

Purchase raffle tickets HERE!
 
An Important Note from the Nurse
Please start picking up non-emergency medication from the school nurse. Emergency medications can be picked up on the last day of school. Any medication not picked up by 3:00 on Tuesday, May 29th will be discarded. Medications do no transfer from one school to the next.  
Request for Parent Assistance
We are forming a parent group to help the primaryteachers make games and word sorts as well as compile Word Work notebooks for teachers for next year.
 
Some of the work, such as cutting and making games, can be done at home. We will also have a time to gather at school to compile notebooks, probably at the end of the summer.
 
If you are interested in helping, please contact Debbie Shepherd at  d.shepherd@mwschool.org by May 11 with your name, contact information, and how you would be willing to help.
Feed a Senior!  Needed: Food Donations for the "IB Oasis"
To help relieve the pressure of 3 weeks of IB examinations, we provide an "IB Oasis" for seniors to relax, chat, and enjoy snacks before/after/and in between their IB exams. Families with students of ALL ages are encouraged to show some love for this year's senior class in this special way! All donations should be delivered to the HIGH SCHOOL LOBBY. 

Sign up to donate for this year's "IB Oasis" HERE.  
 
Thank you so much!
Calendar Dates
May 1 - Meridian breakfast program begins - Click HERE more information!
May 6 - Teacher Appreciation Week!
May 10 - Exhibition for 5th grade
May 11 - Second grade presentations - information from your child's teacher
May 14 - STAAR testing for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th grade students
May 15 - STAAR testing for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th grade students
May 16 - STAAR testing for 5th grade
May 17 - STAAR makeup testing
May 18 - STAAR makeup testing
May 21 - Win a YETI Cooler!
May 21 - Switch Day
May 21 - Fourth grade presentations - information from your child's teacher
May 23 - College Shirt Day
May 23 - Full day of school - no early release
May 25 - Last day of school - information from your child's teacher
May 26 - Meridian Graduation 2018
August 8 - First Day of school for 2018-2019
 
The 2018-2019 School Calendar was approved by the Meridian Board at their last meeting. You can find it on the website or connect to it here
 

Sincerely,
May 9, 2018
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The Primary Pride is going out on Wednesday so that a parent contact could be sent home yesterday regarding the First Thursday event - please see below for more information. It is such an exciting time of year ☺. Exhibition is coming up next week and we are so pleased with what we have seen our students doing. The focus this year is on real-world skills and how they can be used to impact our local community. Students are cooking, learning how to filter water, designing prosthetic limbs, looking at alternative energy models, learning car maintenance, etc. The Sunshine Mechanics group has been checking out the teachers' cars by appointment and filling wiper fluids, etc. Just this week they wrote a note to a car owner expressing concern that the tires were overly inflated and needed to be taken to a mechanic immediately. The staff member stopped on the way home and found out that they were actually dangerously overinflated and could have potentially caused an accident. Wow. Our students are working under the central idea, "Developing our passions allow us to contribute to society." I am so impressed and have so enjoyed watching them with their passions and can't tell you how proud I am of them!    
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Win a YETI Cooler at Meridian's First Thursday Celebration! 
Make plans to attend Meridian's First Thursday Celebration in downtown Round Rock TOMORROW!
 
Student Art Show
 
Band & Orchestra Performances
 
Samples from Chef Leslie
 
...and more!!!
 
PLEASE NOTE: We are keeping an eye on the weather forecast. If it is determined that the event must be canceled due to rain, we will post an announcement on mwschool.org by 5pm tomorrow.
 
 
One lucky winner will take home a Yeti Tundra 65!
 
 
 
Get the details HERE!

Purchase raffle tickets HERE!
 
An Important Note from the Nurse
Please start picking up non-emergency medication from the school nurse. Emergency medications can be picked up on the last day of school. Any medication not picked up by 3:00 on Tuesday, May 29th will be discarded. Medications do no transfer from one school to the next.  
Request for Parent Assistance
We are forming a parent group to help the primaryteachers make games and word sorts as well as compile Word Work notebooks for teachers for next year.
 
Some of the work, such as cutting and making games, can be done at home. We will also have a time to gather at school to compile notebooks, probably at the end of the summer.
 
If you are interested in helping, please contact Debbie Shepherd at  d.shepherd@mwschool.org by May 11with your name, contact information, and how you would be willing to help.
Register NOW for 2018-2019 Triple A Enrichment Programs (Space is limited)
Click here to review program details such as program dates, duration, days of the week, time, fees, fees payable to, description, contact information, and eligible grades.
 
Chess - Grades 2-10
Coding Program - Grades 6-10
Crayola (World of Design) - Grades K-5
Mad Science - Grades K-5
Feed a Senior!  Needed: Food Donations for the "IB Oasis"
To help relieve the pressure of 3 weeks of IB examinations, we provide an "IB Oasis" for seniors to relax, chat, and enjoy snacks before/after/and in between their IB exams. Families with students of ALL ages are encouraged to show some love for this year's senior class in this special way! All donations should be delivered to the HIGH SCHOOL LOBBY. 

Sign up to donate for this year's "IB Oasis" HERE.  
 
Thank you so much!
News from Mrs. Costin's Art Class
The annual Art Show is being held during the First Thursday evening event in Round Rock! The art of several Meridian students will be showcased! The following students' artwork has been chosen to represent our year in Primary Art and will be displayed this Thursday from 6-8pm in the plaza by the fountains at the First Thursday event.  (All artwork will be returned to our artists next week.)
 
Emily Anderson
Claire Whittle
Noah Sung
Charlotte Whitaker
Keira Hines
Ayesha Patel
Cyclee Dhond
Musa Elsayed
Kynzie Payton
Annabelle Smiley
Germel Germain
Rakshan Loganathan
Elizabeth Lee
Nadia Serrano
Julia Aniol
Ella Bardsley
Rabia Ghanchi
Houston Dozier
Lila Turner
Theodore Rowe
Siri Pamu
Jordin Edrich
Rylee Culpepper
Benjamin Harris
Rumi Maknojia
Oskar Skold
Jane Whitaker
Caden Mitchell
Noah Dance
Alexa Garcia
Arianna Sidwell
Channing Griffith
Millie Daines
Zoie Senkunda
Layla Klag
Austin Bruce
Ellie Jones
Laila Riley
Sahasra Bikumala
Maysa Culberson
Vivaan Pai
Emmerson Winters
Skye Pritchett
Yaminah Thomas
Max Walz
Kaya Walz
Paul Dyer
Dylan Garcia
Leah Montalvo
Giovanna Thatch
Andressa Fantini
Sydney Bustamante
Liam Riley
Lincoln LaValle
Yahia Aswad
Tate Gutierrez
Ragotham Narayanan
Adrian Blankenship
Oliver Rowe
Citlali Daguet
Usman Khan
Jack Urban
Arya Shah
Brady Puckett
Prodigy Pollini
Norah Barker
Juliet Lee
Buttercup Rowe
 
Calendar Dates
May 1 - Meridian breakfast program begins - Click HERE more information!
May 6 - Teacher Appreciation Week!
May 10 - Exhibition for 5th grade
May 14 - STAAR testing for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th grade students
May 15 - STAAR testing for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th grade students
May 16 - STAAR testing for 5th grade
May 17 - STAAR makeup testing
May 18 - STAAR makeup testing
May 21 - Switch Day
May 21 - Fourth grade presentations - information from your child's teacher
May 23 - College Shirt Day
May 23 - Full day of school - no early release
May 25 - Last day of school - information from your child's teacher
May 26 - Meridian Graduation 2018
August 8 - First Day of school for 2018-2019
 
The 2018-2019 School Calendar was approved by the Meridian Board at their last meeting. You can find it on the website or connect to it here
 

Sincerely,
May 2, 2018
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This week we are in the midst of our four days of spring book fair, which has great deals on paperback books with buy one get one free...this is always a lot of fun for our students. This Wednesday, the 25th, is our second Student Led Conference Day for this year. 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! Tomorrow 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!
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Student Led Conferences
Student Led Conferences are being held this week in primary - something I really look forward to watching. Please know we DO NOT have the capacity to babysit students from dismissal until their conference time -- students need to be picked up at regular dismissal time unless you have made other arrangements with your child's teacher. Remember that these are not parent-teacher conferences, but times for your children 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. The portfolios contain so much information, with my favorite part being the autobiography and pictures - such fun to see the changes!
TOMORROW - Parent Meeting: Focus on Safety
We invite you to our end-of-year Parent Meeting on April 25 at 6:30pm. Click here for more info.
Childcare is available for $5 per child, which goes toward paying our teachers and staff who work these extra hours.

Click HERE to RSVP and reserve childcare.
 
Register NOW for 2018-2019 Triple A Enrichment Programs (Space is limited)
Click here to review program details such as program dates, duration, days of the week, time, fees, fees payable to, description, contact information, and eligible grades.
 
Chess - Grades 2-10
Coding Program - Grades 6-10
Crayola (World of Design) - Grades K-5
Mad Science - Grades K-5
Mandarin Chinese - Grades K-3
Orchestra - Grades 2-12
Orchestra Instrument Trial Night 
Orchestra is having an Instrument Trial Night on Monday, April 30 in the MPR. Come anytime between 3:45 and 5:30 to try the instruments out for yourself! Representatives from Blackerby Violin Shop, Terra Nova, and Violins, Etc will be present to answer questions about instrument rentals. Ms. Zenfell, the Orchestra Instructor, will be present to answer questions about the orchestra program.

News From P.E. - Section A
Physical Education students will now be participating in the fitness gram state testing, which will be conducted over the next rotations. Grades 3-5 students participate in the fitness gram each year to test their physical capabilities in a variety of areas. The areas that are being tested are Muscular Strength, which is doing push ups (arms, core, shoulders); Curl Ups, which uses the core muscles as well as back and shoulder muscles when in the up phase of the curl up; Cardiovascular Endurance, which will be the pacer running test; and the Flexibility Test, in which the students will try and touch their hands together behind their back in a set position given by the instructors. Please have students wear tennis shoes - or appropriate closed-toe shoes - on their PE days! Kinder-2ndstudents will be working on personal space games, as well as games that build teamwork, and communication skills. It will be a very exciting ending to the school year!   ~ Mr. Voelker
Win a YETI Cooler at Meridian's First Thursday Celebration! 
Make plans to attend Meridian's First Thursday Celebration in downtown Round Rock next week!
 
Student Art Show
 
Band & Orchestra Performances
 
Samples from Chef Leslie
 
...and more!!!
 
 
One lucky winner will take home a Yeti Tundra 65!
 
 
 
Get the details HERE!

Purchase raffle tickets HERE!
 
New System
A new registration system for our families was implemented this year and I'm sure that Mrs. Gaudiesus has communicated those procedures to you. We are currently working the "bugs" out of the system so please bear with us. When you register and if you explore the site, it will look like it is allowing you to enter the "grading portal" to access/see your child's grades. However, as it's explained in the Parent-Student Handbook, we do not use a grading portal with our anecdotal report cards, and in fifth grade you will be able to see some grades, but not an accurate accounting of your students' work and grades. You will also see alerts regarding attendance. Please know that these features are only temporary for primary families as we make adjustments.    
Second Annual School Musical
 
Meridian is proud to present our second annual secondary school musical, Disney's The Lion King Jr.! The Lion King Jr. is the enduring story of a young lion cub, Simba, who learns that the most important journey one takes in life, is the one where you learn who you were meant to be; a force of love, strength, determination, and hope within the circle of life. 
 
Performances times:
Thursday, April 26 @ 6:30PM 
Friday, April 27th @ 6:30 PM
Saturday, April 28 @ 2:00 PM 
 
Tickets will be on sale in Mr. Peebles' or Mrs. Crowl's room starting on Monday, April 23, or you can buy them at the door (Mays entrance). The cost will be $5 for kids and $10 for adults. Kids ages two and under are free. Concessions will also be available for $1 each. We look forward to a great turnout! Please contact a.crowl@mwschool.org if you have any questions. 
 
2018/2019 School Calendar - Approved by Board
The 2018-2019 School Calendar was approved by the Meridian Board at their last meeting. Please take note of dates for start of school and vacations!
 
Calendar Dates
April 24 - Spring BOOK FAIR - hours 7:30-5:00
April 25 - College Shirt Day
April 25 - Student Led Conferences - details from your child's teacher
April 25 - Spring BOOK FAIR - 7:30 - open late until 6:30
April 26 - Spring BOOK FAIR - 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. only... last chance!
May 1 - Meridian breakfast program begins - Click HERE more information!
May 2 - Kindergarten presentations - information from your child's teacher
May 6 - Teacher Appreciation Week!
May 10 - Exhibition for 5th grade
May 14 - STAAR testing for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th grade students
May 15 - STAAR testing for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th grade students
May 16 - STAAR testing for 5th grade
May 17 - STAAR makeup testing
May 18 - STAAR makeup testing
May 21 - Switch Day
May 21 - Fourth grade presentations - information from your child's teacher
May 23 - College Shirt Day
May 23 - Full day of school - no early release
May 25 - Last day of school - information from your child's teacher
May 26 - Meridian Graduation 2018
August 8 - First Day of school for 2018-2019
 

Sincerely,
April 24, 2018
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As we get to the end of the year, with so many things happening and the weeks going by so fast, there tends to be a higher stress level for all. Teachers are feeling stressed with the end of the year coming and so much to teach. There are many projects that are ending with presentations - including the 4th grade passion projects and the 5th grade Exhibition event. I know that parents too often feel this stress as the summer approaches. Please work hard to not let this be expressed in negative ways - we work to teach our students the learner profile attribute - and when they see their parent yelling and using ugly words to other parents in car line it is awfully confusing. We've had more reports lately of people not following traffic policies and then yelling at other parents who are following the policies. I feel like our school has done everything it can to make it clear the policies for arrival/dismissal that are in place. I am so glad for our growing partnership with the RR Police Department and hope that they can assist us in ways to deal with this issue! THANK YOU to those who work so hard to follow our procedures. 
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
New System
A new registration system for our families was implemented this year and I'm sure that Mrs. Gaudiesus has communicated those procedures to you. We are currently working the "bugs" out of the system so please bear with us. When you register and if you explore the site, it will look like it is allowing you to enter the "grading portal" to access/see your child's grades. However, as it's explained in the Parent-Student Handbook, we do not use a grading portal with our anecdotal report cards, and in fifth grade you will be able to see some grades, but not an accurate accounting of your students' work and grades. You will also see alerts regarding attendance. Please know that these features are only temporary for primary families as we make adjustments.    
An Important Note from Triple A
Please be sure to communicate all transportation changes to the Triple A manager as they have requested. We communicate our attendance/absences, but do not have the capacity to talk or share information with them as to who has been at school but left after and is not attending that day - or who is going home in a different way than what is in the registration. The Triple A staff is spending a lot of time looking for students after school because of lack of information from parents, which impacts the program as a whole.  It is VERY MUCH appreciated!
 
Second Annual School Musical
Meridian is proud to present our second annual secondary school musical, Disney's The Lion King Jr.! The Lion King Jr. is the enduring story of a young lion cub, Simba, who learns that the most important journey one takes in life, is the one where you learn who you were meant to be; a force of love, strength, determination, and hope within the circle of life. Performances will be on Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27th at 6:30 PM, and Saturday, April 28 at 2:00 PM in the Mays Building Gym.  Tickets will be on sale in Mr. Peebles' or Mrs. Crowl's room starting on Monday, April 23, or you can buy them at the door. The cost will be $5 for kids and $10 for adults. Kids ages two and under are free.  Concessions will also be available for $1 each. We look forward to a great turnout! Please contact a.crowl@mwschool.orgif you have any questions. 
 
Parent Meeting: Focus on Safety
We invite you to our end-of-year Parent Meeting on April 25 at 6:30pm. Click here for more info.
Childcare is available for $5 per child, which goes toward paying our teachers and staff who work these extra hours.

Click HERE to RSVP and reserve childcare.
 
A Note from Primary Music
In this semester of music, kindergarten and first grade are studying patterns/ AB form in classical music by Prokofiev, Satie, and Brahms to name a few composers to connect with the Central Ideas that patterns help us in our daily lives. In addition, we are studying the interdependence of living things, an example of which would be musicians playing various parts in the family of instruments in an orchestra.   
     
The second and third grade students are studying Billy Holiday and her influence on jazz and blues.  For the 2nd grade Central Idea, understanding the interconnectedness of cycles promotes informed decision making, we will be specifically diving into the 12 bar blues and how this cycle promotes understanding of common chord progressions in music. Similarly, we will also be studying the 12 bar blues and other primary chords of popular music to connect with the third grade Central Idea, understanding how systems work together allows us to make meaningful contributions to our world.
     
Adjacent to this and speaking of meaningful contributions to our society, the fifth and fourth grade students deserve a big round of applause for their performances of international anthems and songs with a global mindedness theme respectively. First, the fifth graders had their performance on Thursday, March 22nd. Then, the fourth graders had their performance on Thursday, April 5th. Both grade levels did an amazing job singing the national anthems of the United States, Mexico, France, and India, along with a great enthusiastic musical rendering of our fifty states in "Fifty Nifty." The fifth graders performed a wonderful rendition of "Waving Flag," and the fourth graders performed the song "We are One." Both riveting performances of "We are the World" were the icing on the cake and barely left a dry eye in the place, as the soloists sang with great heart and passion. Please congratulate the students when you see them for their extraordinary effort on a concert that showed we truly are connected and can make the world a better place when we pull together with unity and compassion for one another around the globe.    
 
~ Mrs. Pollini
 
2018/2019 School Calendar - Approved by Board
The 2018-2019 School Calendar was approved by the Meridian Board at their last meeting. Please take note of dates for start of school and vacations!
 
Triple A
Full-time/Extended Day and A la Carte Program 2018-2019 Registration NOW OPEN. The deadline for pre-registration is May 15thClick here to thoroughly review the registration process.
Calendar Dates
April 20 - No school for staff development
April 24 - 26 - Spring bookfair
April 25 - Student Led Conferences
May 1 - Meridian breakfast program begins - Look for more information!
May 2 - Kindergarten presentations - information from your child's teacher
May 6 - Teacher Appreciation Week!
May 10 - Exhibition for 5th grade
May 14 - STAAR testing for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th grade students
May 15 - STAAR testing for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th grade students
May 16 - STAAR testing for 5th grade
May 17 - STAAR makeup testing
May 18 - STAAR makeup testing
May 21 - Switch Day
May 21 - Fourth grade presentations - information from your child's teacher
May 23 - College Shirt Day
May 23 - Full day of school - no early release
May 25 - Last day of school - information from your child's teacher
May 26 - Meridian Graduation 2018
August 8 - First Day of school for 2018-2019
 

Sincerely,
April 19, 2018
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We spent today immersed in STAAR testing for 4th and 5th graders. This is our first official primarySTAAR day this year - the first of five.  (See Below) Thank you for your patience in our responding to emails, etc. with so much going on. This is also teacher appraisal time and while it takes many hours it is wonderful to get to spend one on one, uninterrupted time with staff members in their yearly appraisals! We are so fortunate to have the staff that we have!
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Congratulations
The spring Meridian board meeting is always exciting because we get to recognize those staff members who have been with us for a full five years. This was the third year for us to present the silver lion pin/necklace to those persons so deserving of the recognition. Two primary staff members have actually been with us longer than five years. Ashley Menefee was a long-term sub in fifth grade the year before joining the fourth grade team and Beena Nadkarni was working with us as a volunteer before being officially hired as our library assistant. In addition, Linda Jensen (kindergarten teacher), Jenny Turner (5th grade teacher), and Lorrie Bustamante (Spanish teacher) were recognized for five years of service. Kelly Abbett, Shannon Haulotte, Lacy Vain, Pam Byers and Sabrina Ryder were also recognized, and each of them have also worked as part of the primary staff during those five years. Congratulations to all- and to the secondary staff who were recognized!

STAAR TESTING Today & Tomorrow
We have been testing today for 4th and 5th grades, and will test tomorrow for 5th grade again. The STAAR dates were changed last fall and are later than in prior years. STAAR is a very stressful time and we appreciate the support you give to your children. Our K-2 students must be very quiet during the day and do not have specials classes or a normal recess. Hallway and restrooms are monitored so that there are no distractions to testing. Those testing have to follow the state guidelines - which are quite structured and at times difficult. The test is long, bathroom breaks require a sign out and a "one at a time" system. After testing is complete students can read preselected books until most testing is complete - but cannot draw, talk quietly, etc. Luckily most of our students love to read!  Some students eat lunch in classrooms and some in the cafeteria with their teacher. No volunteers are allowed in the building on these days, and this year it was required that even bathroom monitors must be staff members or substitutes used at the campus. The days are difficult for all of us and, though we know our students will work hard to show their very best, we will all be glad when testing days are over! Testing in May will take place on May 14 (Math for 3rd, 4th, some 5th), May 15 (Reading for 3rd, 4th, some 5th), and May 16 (Science for 5th grade).
 
Cereal Drive for Texas Baptist Children's Home
Chelsea Jones and Mahithi Nadar from Mrs. Sanders' 3rd Grade class asked to be a part of Science Saturday in their action project which is collecting boxes of cereal, gently used clothing and shoes to be donated to the Texas Baptist Children's Home, which serves displaced children and teens from our area. The girls will be at Science Saturday from 1:00-3:30 pm to take your donations.  

Concerts
Thanks to all of you who attended the 4th and 5th grade concerts. These were the first two grade level concerts for Mrs. Pollini as our new music teacher, and we SO appreciate her hard work to make them happen. The students had such a great time - it was obvious how much they enjoyed performing and it was so much fun to watch them share their talents! :)
 
Parent Meeting: Focus on Safety
We invite you to our end-of-year Parent Meeting on April 25 at 6:30pm. Click here for more info.
Childcare is available for $5 per child, which goes toward paying our teachers and staff who work these extra hours.

Click HERE to RSVP and reserve childcare.
 
2018/2019 School Calendar - Approved by Board
The 2018-2019 School Calendar was approved by the Meridian Board at their last meeting. Please take note of dates for start of school and vacations!
 
Attendance Letters
These will be going out beginning today. We have a much longer list of students this nine weeks and our attendance numbers are dropping. Please be aware that this not only impacts us financially, but also impacts our SCHOOL RATING!  I realize that some is from flu and other illness, but some not. Don't forget to turn in doctor notes if your child is ill for several days/sees a doctor. Many of the students have absences that are Unexcused because no notes were sent. The letter will indicate if you will be required to meet with the attendance committee at this time - but if you receive a letter and the absences continue you will most likely be called to meet before the end of the year. We do not want students to come to school ill.   However, we also don't want the financial and rating hit that we might have because of it.  
 
Science Saturday - April 14

 
 
April 14th
(1-5pm)
 
Mays Building


Science Saturday is back! Don't miss it - Tell your friends! If you have been before, it's even better this year. If you have never been, ask around. We have had two years to plan. It's going to be huge so show up early!  

We have UT Chemistry and UT Physics shows returning. More new activities this year including virtual reality experience, drone soccer (yes, you get to fly the drones), reptiles, robotics, solar viewing and entomology. Tour the STEM Scouts Vortex Mobile Lab and the National Weather Mobile Museum at the event.  

Click HERE for a list of showtimes and activities.
 
Click HERE to help out.
 
Mark your calendars and we will see you there.
 
Questions?  
Spanish A Newsletter Report from Ms. Bustamante
4th & 5th grades have moved on to "tener phrases" and are learning that Spanish & English don't always translate word-for-word. For example, to say that you are hungry in Spanish, you say, "Tengo hambre." This would translate to "I have hunger." We also use this to say that we are cold (frio), hot (calor) and thirsty (sed). These phrases fit in well with our previous lessons on food & drinks. These students enjoy performing dialogues in front of their peers and are being risk-takers by doing so. It takes courage to speak in front of others in another language and I am so proud of their efforts! Be sure to ask your students what they are learning & see if they can "teach" you some of their vocabulary words.    
     
2nd & 3rd grades are greatly expanding their vocabulary with school supplies & subjects, and verbs related to what we do in school. They are going to be featured on my next bulletin board outside my classroom. It is tied to their current vocabulary and you may get to hear some of them speaking Spanish! We have added 6 frutas to our program vocabulary, including una pera, una manzana, una naranja, los plátanos, las fresas y las uvas.     I'm sure your student can help you with these!
     
K/1 is having fun with animals, what they eat & where they live. This ties in with what they do in their classrooms. The animals we have look at include: la vaca, el caballo, el perro, el gato, el pájaro, el cerdo, el oso, el perezoso y el tiburón. We do a lot more movement in these grades, like a clapping game or dances. They recently enjoyed learning about my favorite musical artist, Juanes, who was the voice of "Juan" in the movie Ferdinand. One of his songs was featured in the movie as well, so as we listened to it, students were allowed to interpret the song in their own dance moves. It was so much fun!!
Lego Robotics
The Meridian Lego Robotics Team has begun the new application process for the 2018-2019 FLL (4th through 8th grade) season! The next informational sessions will be on Wednesday April 18th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in the Primary Cafeteria -- and we will also have a table at Science Saturday on April 14th. Interested students can obtain Parent Information and Agreement Forms from their classroom teacher or parents can email legorobotics@mwschool.org. Upon returning the Parent Information and Agreement Forms to Mr. Zollner, students will receive an Application packet. The packet consists of a question and answer part and two Teacher Reference Forms. The entire packet is due by April 27th, 2018 for the 2018-2019 season.
Triple A
Full-time/Extended Day and A la Carte Program 2018-2019 Registration NOW OPEN. The deadline for pre-registration is May 15thClick here to thoroughly review the registration process.
Calendar Dates
April 10 - STAAR Testing for 4th and 5th grades
April 11 - STAAR Testing for 5th grade
April 14 - Science Saturday
April 18 - Lego Robotics Info Session for 4th - 8th grade, 6-7pm - Primary Cafeteria
April 20 - No school for staff development
April 24 - 26 - Spring bookfair
April 25 - Student Led Conferences
May 10 - Exhibition for 5th grade
May 14 - STAAR testing for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th grade students
May 15 - STAAR testing for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th grade students
May 16 - STAAR testing for 5th grade
May 17 - STAAR makeup testing
May 21 - Switch Day
May 23 - Full day of school - no early release
May 25 - Last day of school
August 8 - First day of school for 2018-2019

Sincerely,
April 10, 2018
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Kelly McBride
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Dear Parents,

It continues to be a very busy time of year! The second grade students are having a great time today working with the staff at Rough Hollow and learning through their planner's central idea under How The World Works and looking at systems and cycles in nature and their interconnectedness. The staff at Rough Hollow was very impressed with our students last year and I know they will be again! A week from Saturday (April 14) is Science Saturday! Students will make many connections through the activities they will see there. I can tell you that this is an event I always look forward to and some of the activities fill up quickly. I hope you get a chance to attend - even if for just a while!
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2018/2019 School Calendar - Approved by Board
The 2018-2019 School Calendar was approved by the Meridian Board at last Thursday night's meeting. Please take note of dates for start of school and vacations!
 
Attendance Letters
These will be going out again next Tuesday. We have a much longer list of students this nine weeks and our attendance numbers are dropping. Please be aware that this not only impacts us financially, but also impacts our SCHOOL RATING! I realize that some is from flu and other illness, but some not. Don't forget to turn in doctor notes if your child is ill for several days/sees a doctor. Many of the students have absences that are Unexcused because no notes were sent.    
Science Saturday - April 14

 
 
April 14th
(1-5pm)
 
Mays Building


Science Saturday is back! Don't miss it - Tell your friends! If you have been before, it's even better this year. If you have never been, ask around. We have had two years to plan. It's going to be huge so show up early!  

We have UT Chemistry and UT Physics shows returning. More new activities this year including virtual reality experience, drone soccer (yes, you get to fly the drones), reptiles, robotics, solar viewing and entomology. Tour the STEM Scouts Vortex Mobile Lab and the National Weather Mobile Museum at the event.  

Click HERE for a list of showtimes and activities.
 
Click HERE to help out.
 
Mark your calendars and we will see you there.
 
Questions?  
Rescue Reader
Rescue Reader - Our primary staff member, Monica Wilkins, works with the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter's Rescue Reader program. Here, anyone can be a Rescue Reader, which is where kids (and adults) can practice their reading skills by reading to the animals in the shelter. It takes place on Sundays from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Anyone who is interested can bring their own books or they can use the books provided by the shelter. I know that we had some students/families go last year and they really enjoyed it so I wanted to pass this on to everyone. For strugging young readers especially this is a wonderful opportunity! ☺
Lego Robotics
The Meridian Lego Robotics Team has begun the new application process for the 2018-2019 FLL (4th through 8th grade) season! The next informational sessions will be on Wednesday April 18th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in the Primary Cafeteria -- and we will also have a table at Science Saturday on April 14th. Interested students can obtain Parent Information and Agreement Forms from their classroom teacher or parents can email legorobotics@mwschool.org. Upon returning the Parent Information and Agreement Forms to Mr. Zollner, students will receive an Application packet. The packet consists of a question and answer part and two Teacher Reference Forms. The entire packet is due by April 27th, 2018 for the 2018-2019 season.
Triple A
Full-time/Extended Day and A la Carte Program 2018-2019 Registration NOW OPEN. The deadline for pre-registration is May 15thClick here to thoroughly review the registration process.
Opening Weekend & Meridian Night at the Round Rock Express - THIS SATURDAY!