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Dear Parents,
 
Please see below for information regarding attendance letters. It's time for those to come home again, as well as time for RTI letters and progress notes. Please watch student backpacks this week and next in case your student receives any of these documents.
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Attendance Letters
Attendance letters are being sent home this week for students based on information obtained at the end of the first semester. This will not count the days absent since winter break. The numbers indicated are for a total of excused and unexcused absences. The attendance committee has been reviewing information with teachers in the RTI (Response to Intervention) Committee over the past few weeks. The main item to pay attention to is the line that is checked...as it will tell you whether this is an information letter or one that is going to require tracking on our part or possible meetings between parents and the attendance committee. This happens when the absences are in large numbers and are not explained with a surgery, major illness, etc. This will be a reminder to some families that they need to make sure that they turn in doctor's notes. For others it will indicate absences by tardies - remember that 3 tardies equal an absence (30 tardies = 10 days of absence!). Though we realize that secondary siblings can impact primary tardies, those students have the opportunity for study hall, etc. and the primarystudents need to be at school on time, especially those who are needing the morning tutorials. That said, we do not want students to come to school ill! However, we hope that families are using the days off wisely...saving them for illnesses! Meridian is a school that depends on students being at school when they are well and our attendance committee takes this very seriously - we hope you do as well!
News from Mr. Voelker in P.E. A
This week is an exciting week in Physical Education Section A as we gear up for the fitness gram for 3rd-5th graders. They will be doing a variety of activities, exercises and games to work on their cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength, and flexibility for the fitness gram testing coming up towards the end of February. Kindergarten-2nd, is working on collaborative games, throwing and catching  - all skills that are included in the state required TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills requirements.) We are also incorporating activities that help with personal space, teamwork, and listening skills, which are all necessary in order to succeed in the activities. Everything that is done in Physical Education is done with a purpose and to benefit the wellness of the students!
Be Sweet to Others Day
Valentines Day is celebrated a bit differently at Meridian. Classroom teachers will instruct students on how they can share valentine cards with their friends. However,  this is not one of the three allowed Texas "non-healthy food" days (which are done in October, December and May at our socials/parties), so no candy exchange will be allowed. The focus of this day will be on being a valentine to others who need us and our support. This is something that we did last year and it was an amazing experience. Having taken place just before our IB evaluation, our evaluators themselves took pictures of the work the students did and the idea has spread in the IB community. Please look for information in the grade level newsletters. Each grade level has chosen an area of focus and will be doing different activities on that day. 
Off-Campus Learning Experiences
Last week our fourth grade students experienced learning off-campus in Waco as a connection to their central idea, which is "the structure of a system affects its ability to serve a purpose." Students toured the new Baylor Stadium to help understand the reason a replacement stadium was necessary and the physical and human structures in place to make the stadium function. They also visited the Texas Ranger Museum to compare their learnings from a previous planner which focused a great deal on Texas history.   
Primary Communications Survey -  Please give your feedback!
We're trying something new this year by breaking up the annual parent survey into four small surveys. Each week we'll share a new one, and each survey should take less than five minutes.  Your feedback is very important to us!

 
#LoveYourSchool
 Valentine's Day is right around the corner and that meansLOVE is in the air!
 
 
It's not about how much you give; 
it's about your participation!

There's a box in the primary lobby for completed forms OR click here to complete online.
 
#LoveYourSchool

Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org
IMPORTANT - Dismissal Update
 Starting on Monday, Feb 12, those who arrive before then may be asked to continue through the lot until the appropriate time. 

From now on there will be an 8ft barricade placed in the entrance to the Blue Lane every afternoon (see image below). 

This barricade is to help drivers follow these laws: 
 
1.)  NO LEFT TURN from Mays St. (city ordinance)
2.) NO RIGHT TURN from second lane heading southbound on Mays (this is NOT a turn lane)

 
Calendar Dates
February 10 - Robotics Tournament
February 14 - Be Sweet to Others Action Projects - watch the grade level newsletters for details
February 19 - Make-up day for students and staff because of bad weather day on January 16.
February 22 - CONNECTIONS Night for 4th and 5th grade students and parents (celebration of Mini-Course projects)
March 2 - Fifth grade off campus learning experience
March 2 - K-5th Movie Night
March 7 - TELPAS Testing for some - English Language Learners
March 8 - TELPAS Testing for some - English Language Learners
March 9 - Spring picture day
March 10 - Coop Build & Playground Workday
March 10-18 - Spring Break - no classes
March 22 - Fifth Grade Music Concert
March 23 - Class pictures taken
March 24 - Garden Party
March 30 - Holiday or Bad Weather Day
April 3 - Second grade off campus learning experience
April 5 - Fourth Grade Music Concert
April 10 - STAAR Testing for 4th and 5th grades
April 11 - STAAR Testing for 5th grade
April 14 - Science Saturday
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

Sincerely,
February 6, 2018
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Kelly McBride
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Dear Parents,
 
Thank you so much for the kind words that so many of you sent in - I so appreciate it.  It has been a wonderful journey from the beginning of Meridian until now, and I know it will continue to be for the next few weeks - culminating at graduation, when our first primary class (sixth graders the year we opened) graduates! I will continue to watch over the next few years as our primary students move forward and look forward to hearing about your children!     
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Be Sweet to Others Day
Valentines Day is celebrated a bit differently at Meridian. Classroom teachers will instruct students on how they can share valentine cards with their friends. However,  this is not one of the three allowed Texas "non-healthy food" days (which are done in October, December and May at our socials/parties), so no candy exchange will be allowed. The focus of this day will be on being a valentine to others who need us and our support. This is something that we did last year and it was an amazing experience. Having taken place just before our IB evaluation, our evaluators themselves took pictures of the work the students did and the idea has spread in the IB community. Please look for information in the grade level newsletters. Each grade level has chosen an area of focus and will be doing different activities on that day.  I can't wait to hear more about their experience!
#LoveYourSchool
 Valentine's Day is right around the corner and that means LOVEis in the air!
 
Be on the lookout for a pledge card coming home with your student.
 
It's not about how much you give; 
it's about your participation!

There's a box in the primary lobby for completed forms OR bring it to the Parent/Child Dance on February 3.


Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org
News from Primary Music Classes
For the month of February, the primary students are learning songs that celebrate a month of loving and caring for one another and the world. Along with this, we celebrate Black history not to be separatist, but to help us address mistakes from the past as well as celebrate great accomplishments previously omitted. Everyone benefits if we reexamine where the country has been and where it is going. As a result, we can learn and grow for the betterment of all people.  Lastly, all of the students are reviewing the major scale via solfeggio syllables, like "Do Re Mi".  
 
Kindergarten students are studying some traditions in music, like songs which celebrate Valentine's Day and Black History Month, to connect to their central idea: Traditions help us understand our personal history.
 
First and second grade students are discussing how a composer's value and decisions in instrumentation and dynamics enhance the action and expression of a film and add to the dramatic effect in a movie. This connects to their respective central ideas: Decisions shape our lives and society, and individuals can influence and define our values.  
 
Third grade students are also looking at composers' choices in songs; however, we have been subtracting the music from short film clips to experience how one would have to adapt to an environment without music to connect to their central idea: Adaptations alter environmental interactions.
     
The fourth grade students have been going into greater depth with the history behind the anthems that they will be singing in their spring concert. This history gives a broader context to the music. As the students reflect on all of the interrelated factors of a song's history and culture, they are experiencing their own growth in performing expressively.  This connects to the central idea:  A balance of interrelated factors contributes to growth.
     
As part of our study of the French National Anthem, the fifth graders have been talking about the French Revolutionary War and the technology that was an instrument of the Reign of Terror.  The students will further discuss whether they felt progress was made or not as a result. This connects to the central idea: Scientific and technological advances stimulate progress.
 
Lastly, fourth and fifth grade students are working diligently in preparation for their connection's night performances and presentations on Thursday, February 22nd, and their spring concerts. The fifth grade students will have their performance on Thursday, March 22nd. The fourth grade students will have their performance, Thursday, April 5th. Both concerts will start at 6:30 PM.
IMPORTANT - Dismissal Update
Starting on Monday, February 5, there will be an 8ft barricade placed in the entrance to the Blue Laneevery afternoon (see image below). 

This barricade is to help drivers follow these laws: 
 
1.)  NO LEFT TURN from Mays St. (city ordinance)

2.) NO RIGHT TURN from second lane heading southbound on Mays (this is NOT a turn lane)


***REMINDER***
 
Parents, visitors, and hourly staff members who need to arrive or depart school in the afternoons have difficulty doing so when drivers start lining up early for dismissal.

It is important that these folks can safely enter, park, and exit prior to the pickup line forming in the afternoons.

For this reason, we ask that our families please wait until 3:00pm (12:30pm on Wednesdays) to arrive and line up for dismissal. 

Those who arrive before then may be asked to continue through the lot until the appropriate time. 

Thank you for your understanding!

Off-Campus Learning Experiences
Today our fourth grade students are learning off campus in Waco as a connection to their current central idea, which is "the structure of a system affects its ability to serve a purpose." Students will tour the new Baylor Stadium to help understand the reason a replacement stadium was necessary and the physical and human structures in place to make the stadium function. They will then visit the Texas Ranger Museum to compare their learnings from a previous planner which focused a great deal on Texas history. 
 
The first week of March, fifth grade students will be traveling to Twin Lakes YMCA camp to spend the afternoon and evening participating in interactive team building activities as a prelude to working in exhibition groups. Students will take part in ropes course elements and structured activities meant to better develop cooperation, communication, and conflict management skills within their group.
Parent/Child Dance - Feb. 3 - GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Join us in the annual tradition of Meridian's Parent and Child dance on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 in the primary gym! This event is far more than a dance...your ticket includes snacks, crafts, and activities!

Tickets, $10 each, include all activities and snacks.

GRADES K-2 FROM 4:30 PM TO 6:00 PM
GRADES 3-5 FROM 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM
 
Purchase tickets HERE. (Password is MERIDIAN)
 
This event is a fundraiser sponsored by the junior class. Proceeds will go towards their senior trip and IB exam fees.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets will be available at the door but purchasing your tickets in advance will greatly help us with planning

The Class of 2019 appreciates your support!
Tutorials
STAAR after-school tutorials will soon begin for fifth grade students, as their reading and math test administration takes place in early April. Third and fourth grade students take the test just before the end of school in May.  These tutorial sessions are based on student performance on our benchmark test and will be for targeted objectives. Only students who qualify based on this information are eligible for these sessions.  
Questions for your students:
Just after break I had a conference with a parent who mentioned concerns that their child doesn't talk a lot about what they do at school each day. Of course it depends on the age of the child, and their personality as well. But the questions, i.e., what did you do at school today? / how was your day today? - can sometimes be the problem. We have such great families and I know many of you do this, but it never hurts as a reminder... Some questions you might think of asking instead are:  
  • What made you smile today?
  • Can you tell me an example of caring that you saw/showed?
  • What learner profile attribute did you work on today?  (risk-taker, principled, etc.)
  • What did you do today that was creative?
  • Who did you talk to at recess today?
  • What was the hardest rule to follow today?
  • If you could change one thing about your day, what would it be?
  • What made your teacher smile today?
  • If you could switch seats with someone in class, who would it be and why?
  • What questions did you ask today?
Calendar Dates
January 31 - College T-Shirt Day
February 1 - Fourth grade off-campus learning experience for 3 classes - more info from teachers.
February 3 - Parent/Child Dance
February 10 - Robotics Tournament
February 14 - Be Sweet to Others Action Projects - watch the grade level newsletters for details
February 19 - Make-up day for students and staff because of bad weather day on January 16.
February 22 - CONNECTIONS Night for 4th and 5th grade students and parents (celebration of Mini-Course projects)
March 2 - Fifth grade off campus learning experience
March 7 - TELPAS Testing for some - English Language Learners
March 8 - TELPAS Testing for some - English Language Learners
March 9 - Spring picture day
March 10 - Playground Work Day
March 10-18 - Spring Break - no classes
March 22 - Fifth Grade Music Concert
March 23 - Class pictures taken
March 30 - Holiday or Bad Weather Day
April 3 - Second grade off campus learning experience
April 5 - Fourth Grade Music Concert
April 10 - STAAR Testing for 4th and 5th grades
April 11 - STAAR Testing for 5th grade
April 14 - Science Saturday
April 20 - No school for staff development
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

Sincerely,
January 30, 2018
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Kelly McBride
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Dear Parents,

It's nice to be back to have a somewhat normal week this week!  Of course you know by now that February 19 will be our make up day for last Monday. It will just be a normal day - the specialist time, etc. that was missed last week will be done on that day so everything evens out. Hopefully we will not have any other weather extremes and not have to use our weather day #2!
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Staff Changes
This semester we welcome two new staff members to Meridian Primary. With Ms. Petty's move to the Assistant Principal position, her third grade class has been assigned to Mandi Griffin, who has been a teacher at Meridian since 2014 - both in a grade level classroom and in PE/Wellness. The PE position was filled with Nik Voelker, who comes to us from completing a K-12 Physical Education program in this area. With Mrs. Wimsatt leaving at the end of the semester, her classroom position was filled by Laura Juarez, who again has worked as both a grade level classroom teacher and as a Spanish teacher and has been with Meridian since 2015. For the Spanish B position we welcome Ruth Zane, who has worked as a Spanish teacher at a charter school in Arizona, and has taught for several years in both New York and in the Central Texas area. You can read about all of our staff on our website.     
Off-Campus Learning Experiences
Both 4th and 5th grade students will soon participate in off-campus learning experiences. The last week of January, fourth grade students will go off campus to Waco as a connection to their current central idea, which is "the structure of a system affects its ability to serve a purpose." Students will tour the new Baylor Stadium to help understand the reason a replacement stadium was necessary and the physical and human structures in place to make the stadium function. They will then visit the Texas Ranger Museum to compare their learnings from their planner which focused a great deal on Texas history.   
 
The first week of March, fifth grade students will be traveling to Twin Lakes YMCA camp to spend the afternoon and evening participating in interactive team building activities as a prelude to working in exhibition groups. Students will take part in ropes course elements and structured activities meant to better develop cooperation, communication, and conflict management skills within their group.
Parent/Child Dance - Feb. 3 - GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Join us in the annual tradition of Meridian's Parent and Child dance on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 in the primary gym! This event is far more than a dance...your ticket includes snacks, crafts, and activities!

Tickets, $10 each, include all activities and snacks.

GRADES K-2 FROM 4:30 PM TO 6:00 PM
GRADES 3-5 FROM 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM
 
Purchase tickets HERE. (Password is MERIDIAN)
 
This event is a fundraiser sponsored by the junior class. Proceeds will go towards their senior trip and IB exam fees.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets will be available at the door but purchasing your tickets in advance will greatly help us with planning

The Class of 2019 appreciates your support!
Tutorials
STAAR after-school tutorials will soon begin for fifth grade students, as their reading and math test administration takes place in early April.  Third and fourth grade students take the test just before the end of school in May. These tutorial sessions are based on student performance on our benchmark test and will be for targeted objectives. Only students who qualify based on this information are eligible for these sessions.  
Important information for families who participate in the Waiters Program: 
Effective January 16th, late pick up from the waiters program will result in late fees and may result in withdrawal from the waiters program. Secondary siblings are required to pick up primary siblings from waiters immediately at secondary school dismissal. All waiters must be out of the waiting area by 4:10/1:40. The staff members who oversee the primarystudents are paid for their time each day, so it's important that they are able to leave at their scheduled departure time. Students who are not picked up by their secondary sibling on time will be escorted to the high school office and a late fee will be charged. 
 
In some cases the secondary siblings pick up their primary siblings from waiters on time, but the parent does not arrive by the end of carline (4:30/2:00). In these cases as well, students will be escorted to the high school office (primary waiters may not attend secondary study hall), and a late pickup fee will be charged.  
 
In both cases, repeated late pickups by either secondary students or parents may result in withdrawal of the students from the waiters program.  The late fee is $5.00 per 5 minutes. Click here to visit the Meridian School website for more information about the waiters program late pick up fees.  
 
We appreciate your assistance in helping us maintain the waiters program through ensuring that students are picked up at the appropriate time!
Flu Season
We appreciate you keeping us up to date on confirmed cases of the flu! We have been lucky so far and hope that continues. Remember that we cannot allow students to return to school unless they have been fever free for 24 hours. This is for the protection of all of our students and staff!  
 
Please continue to remind your children to cover their cough, (cough into their elbows or tissue) and have them practice good hand washing. Please notify the school if they have doctor confirmed flu - this can help us in keeping our flu numbers down.
News from Spanish A
This week in Spanish class, 4th & 5th grade students are learning how to express preferences using the verb preferir. Beginning with flavors of cake & ice cream, they can tell which food item their puppets prefer. They will move on to be able to discuss their own preferences as well as preferred activities the following week. Our food units tend to be the most fun for our students so as we move on, ask them about what food vocabulary they recall! Our goal is to be able to order food in a restaurant situation completely in Spanish!
Dress Code / Technology
Just after break I had a conference with a parent who mentioned concerns that their child doesn't talk a lot about what they do at school each day. Of course it depends on the age of the child, and their personality as well. But the questions, i.e., what did you do at school today? / how was your day today? - can sometimes be the problem. We have such great families and I know many of you do this, but it never hurts as a reminder... Some questions you might think of asking instead are:  
  • What made you smile today?
  • Can you tell me an example of caring that you saw/showed?
  • What learner profile attribute did you work on today?  (risk-taker, principled, etc.)
  • What did you do today that was creative?
  • Who did you talk to at recess today?
  • What was the hardest rule to follow today?
  • If you could change one thing about your day, what would it be?
  • What made your teacher smile today?
  • If you could switch seats with someone in class, who would it be and why?
  • What questions did you ask today?
Please do not enter the carline before 3:00 (12:30 on Wed.).
Parents, visitors, and hourly staff members who need to arrive or depart school in the afternoons have difficulty doing so when drivers start lining up early for dismissal.

It is important that these folks can safely enter, park, and exit prior to the pickup line forming in the afternoons.

For this reason, we ask that our families please wait until 3:00pm (12:30pm on Wednesdays) to arrive and line up for dismissal. 

Those who arrive before then may be asked to continue through the lot until the appropriate time. 

Thank you for your understanding!

Calendar Dates
January 30 - Fourth grade off-campus learning experience for 3 classes - more info from teachers soon.
January 31st -  Deadline to order your 2018 yearbook, The World, with NAME PERSONALIZATIONS 
February 1 - Fourth grade off-campus learning experience for 3 classes - more info from teachers soon.
February 3 - Parent/Child Dance 
Purchase tickets HERE. (Password is MERIDIAN)
February 14 - Be Sweet to Others Action Projects - watch the grade level newsletters for details
February 19 - No School for students unless we have a weather cancellation day before this date
February 22 - CONNECTIONS Night for 4th and 5th grade students and parents (celebration of Mini-Course projects)
March 2 - 5th Grade Offsite Learning Experience
March 7 & 8 - TELPAS Testing for some - English Language Learners
March 10-18 - Spring Break - no classes
March 22 - Fifth Grade Music Concert
March 23 - Class pictures taken
March 30 - Holiday or Bad Weather Day
April 3 - Second grade off campus learning experience
April 5 - Fourth Grade Music Concert
April 10 - STAAR Testing for 4th and 5th grades
April 11 - STAAR Testing for 5th grade
April 20 - No school for staff development
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

Sincerely,
January 24, 2018
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Kelly McBride
Primary Principal
 


 
 
 

 
 
 
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Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! I hope that you had a safe and happy winter break! We have a busy second semester in front of us - so please watch for dates and information.
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Parking / Numbered Spaces
Thank you so much for your help with our parking situation. All numbered parking spaces have been assigned to faculty and staff who need to be in their classrooms working at an early time. Parents and visitors should not park in a numbered space, even for a few minutes! That will cause the teacher to have to call the office so that an announcement can be made for the car to be moved, etc. Thank you SO MUCH for helping us have a smooth two days!
 
Please click HERE for more information on parking and traffic.
Dress Code / Technology
Many of our students received wonderful gifts for Christmas - and I know they were eager to share with everyone! ☺ However, remember that we still need to follow school policies, so wearing out of dress code items such as themed sweatshirts or shirts, and bringing phones or "phone/smart watches" into primary classrooms violates the policy. As the uniform guide states, outside coats/jackets do not have restrictions.  However, they cannot be worn inside the building. So,  if your child tends to get cold in class please make sure they have a warmer top/sweater to wear as the guide shows. Remember that students are not allowed to make calls, text, or play with special watches during school or Triple A. As policy states, these items must be left in the backpacks. I would hate for the watches to be left in a backpack due to concerns regarding breakage, loss or theft! Thanks for your help with this!
5th Grade Parents
Take a look at your child's folder tonight as secondary sent home the 6th grade language selection sheet for next year! I know it seems early, but they are working on staffing and scheduling, so numbers become important. You will need to select French or Spanish, sign, date, and then send the sheet back to your child's teacher by January 16th. If you have any questions about the selection sheets, do not hesitate to contact Nancy Spence, Middle School Counselor, at n.spence@mwschool.org
Parent/Child Dance - Feb. 3
Join us in the annual tradition of Meridian's Parent and Child dance on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 in the primary gym! 

Step into the magical world of fairy tales for this special, storied event! Dance in the "ballroom" and have your picture taken with your favorite princess or story character. Play along with games, craft a clever creation, and enjoy delicious treats! If inspired to do so, we invite you to dress as a fairy tale or book character too.

Tickets, $10 each, include all activities and snacks.
 
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT BALLS.

Be sure to make the proper selection based on age group.

GRADES K-2 FROM 4:30 PM TO 6:00 PM
GRADES 3-5 FROM 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM
 
Purchase tickets HERE. (Password is MERIDIAN)
 
This event is a fundraiser sponsored by the junior class. Proceeds will go towards their senior trip and IB exam fees.

The Class of 2019 appreciates your support!
Calendar Dates
January 9 - Report Cards go home
January 15 - No School - Martin Luther King Day
January 30 - Fourth grade off-campus learning experience for 3 classes - more info from teachers soon.
February 1 - Fourth grade off-campus learning experience for 3 classes - more info from teachers soon.
February 3 - Parent/Child Dance 
Purchase tickets HERE. (Password is MERIDIAN)
February 14 - Be Sweet to Others Action Projects - watch the grade level newsletters for details
February 19 - No School for students unless we have a weather cancellation day before this date
February 22 - CONNECTIONS Night for 4th and 5th grade students and parents (celebration of Mini-Course projects
March 7 & 8 - TELPAS Testing for some - English Language Learners
March 10-18 - Spring Break - no classes
March 22 - Fifth Grade Music Concert
March 23 - Class pictures taken
March 30 - Holiday or Bad Weather Day
April 3 - Second grade off campus learning experience
April 5 - Fourth Grade Music Concert
April 10 - STAAR Testing for 4th and 5th grades
April 11 - STAAR Testing for 5th grade
April 20 - No school for staff development
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

Sincerely,
January 9, 2018
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Dear Parents,

The first semester has gone amazingly fast ... though I will probably feel the same way about the second! I hope that this winter break is wonderful and happy for you and your family. Thank you for all that you do to support our school! Have a safe and happy holiday and winter break! We will see you back on Monday, January 8th !
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Parking / Numbered Spaces
Beginning when we return in January (on the 8th), numbered parking spaces will be assigned to faculty and staff that need to be in their classrooms working at an early time. We have grown tremendously and this has created a need for us to do this. Please look in advance at the locations of the "non-numbered" spots and use these only. There is a primary block of spaces, a secondary block, and a district block. All primaryteachers have been given ID tags and have been assigned a numbered spot. We appreciate your help with making sure our staff can get in and out when they need to! 
 
Parent/Child Dance - Feb. 3
Join us in the annual tradition of Meridian's Parent and Child dance on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 in the primary gym! 

Step into the magical world of fairy tales for this special, storied event! Dance in the "ballroom" and have your picture taken with your favorite princess or story character. Play along with games, craft a clever creation, and enjoy delicious treats! If inspired to do so, we invite you to dress as a fairy tale or book character too.

Tickets, $10 each, include all activities and snacks.
 
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT BALLS.

Be sure to make the proper selection based on age group.

GRADES K-2 FROM 4:30 PM TO 6:00 PM
GRADES 3-5 FROM 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM
 
Purchase tickets HERE. (Password is MERIDIAN)
 
This event is a fundraiser sponsored by the junior class. Proceeds will go towards their senior trip and IB exam fees.

The Class of 2019 appreciates your support!
2018-2019 School Calendar Update
Traditionally, Meridian has published its school calendar for the next year in November of the current year. Because approximately 60% of our families live in Round Rock ISD, we strive to follow the holiday schedule of RRISD for both the winter and spring breaks. This assists families who have students at Meridian while having other students at a district school. RRISD has not yet approved their 2018-2019 calendar. The Meridian Board of Directors approved Wednesday, August 8, 2018 as the first day of the 2018-2019 school year and the week of October 8-12, 2018 as Fall Break with other dates to be finalized once Round Rock ISD has published its calendar.
 
Calendar Dates
December 20 - January 5  -  Winter Break for Students
 
January 8 - School resumes for second semester!
 
January 15 - No School - Martin Luther King Day
 
January 19 - K-2 Movie Night (more info coming!)
 
January 30 - Fourth grade off-campus learning experience for 3 classes - more info from teachers soon.
 
February 1 - Fourth grade off-campus learning experience for 3 classes - more info from teachers soon.
 
February 3 - Parent/Child Dance 
Purchase tickets HERE. (Password is MERIDIAN)
February 14 - Be Sweet to Others Action Projects - watch the grade level newsletters for details
 
February 19 - No School for students unless we have a weather cancellation day before this date
 
February 22 - CONNECTIONS Night for 4th and 5th grade students and parents (celebration of Mini-Course projects
 
March 7 & 8 - TELPAS Testing for some - English Language Learners
 
March 10-18 - Spring Break - no classes

Sincerely,
December 19, 2017
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Dear Parents,
 
Thanks to all of you who are working with us to improve our morning drop-off practices.   A special thanks to our specialist team and support staff  and to parents Anita Gordon, Louis Castro, Keith Tischler (and others I've missed) for assisting them so regularly - your help and support is more appreciated than you know!
 
I hope you are able to attend the Polar Express movie event this Saturday with all of the amazing things happening! My nephew graduates from college this weekend and I am really sorry to miss it as it is going to be amazing!  I was able to see some of the Holiday Bazaar items in advance and I am so impressed at what the secondary students have created - what a fun day!
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Holiday Delight Day & Class Parties
Next Tuesday will be our 7th annual Holiday Delight Day. We have enjoyed this so much over the years. Students are welcome to wear "acceptable" pajamas to school on this day. Sweats are commonly worn - and certainly it is optional. School uniform, regularly Tuesday school clothes, are fine. Teachers will be wearing "pajamas" as well and it is truly a fun day for all. In addition to the party hour, students will be doing many special activities during the day, whether it is a game or a special reading time as I know kindergarten does. The classroom party times are listed below - we will open the doors to the party just before the times listed so that set up is complete and students have returned to their classrooms. Please know that parking will be a problem so plan on this and be sure not to park in a red fire lane area so you don't have to leave to move your car!

Holiday Bazaar & Polar Express - THIS Saturday, Dec 16 - Link to purchase is now working!
SHOPPING & FUN1pm-7pm
MOVIE TIMES2pm & 5pm
 
One of Meridian's annual traditions is the Holiday Bazaar, and this year we're having it on a Saturday (12/16) and combining it with a very special showing of The Polar Express.
 
Students are invited to purchase shopping vouchers and visit the many booths of gifts and crafts hosted by 7th graders. (Proceeds will benefit next year's 8th Grade Heifer Ranch Trip.) This is a great way for the kids to get their holiday shopping done while supporting a good cause. (Older students will be available to help them make their purchases.)
 
You'll also want to attend one of two showings of The Polar Express (2pm & 5pm). This will be the first movie night EVER in the Mays Gym! Bring your pillow, wear your jammies, and get your ticket punched by the conductor (Mr. Fernandez)! Plan your day to shop after the 2pm show or before the 5pmshow.
 
As if that's not enough, there will be winter games and activities from around the world (free), train rides, crafts, pizza, hot chocolate, and more!
 
Avoid the lines and click HERE to purchase your movie tickets and shopping vouchers in advance!
 
Getting tickets in advance will guarantee access to the show of your choice. There may be a limited number of tickets at the door but once they sell out, they sell out.

Questions? Contact vipleaders@mwschool.org 

Gift Giving
The holidays are a time of gift giving and many of you are generous in giving gifts to your child's teachers. Gifts are not expected, and if you do give a gift, the smallest gifts are appreciated. If you are feeling particularly generous, however, please be aware that teachers and other school officers are prohibited by state law and school policy from accepting gifts valued at $50 or more. Kind notes are always a morale booster - kind words mean more than you know!
 
Numbered Parking Spaces
Several of the parking spaces were numbered over Thanksgiving break. These spaces have now been assigned to faculty and staff who need to be in their classrooms working at an early time. We have grown tremendously and this has created a need for us to make sure that they can get into the building and where they need to be on time. Several have to drop off their own children at daycare, etc., and cannot get here as early as others. Each staff member will be required to have a numbered parking tag visible. Parents and visitors will be asked to park in a space WITHOUT a number. More information will be coming, but please know we are asking our staff to begin this process when they return on January 5 so check out where the spaces are so that you can begin this process with us when we return on January 8.
 
National School Lunch Week & The Spirit of Giving
We are pleased that our Real Lunch program continues to grow in offerings and sales. In celebration of National School Lunch Week, please take a moment to read Chef Leslie's letter and complete the short surveys found below.
 
With perfect timing,  a Meridian family has generously offered to pay the lunch balances for those families who will benefit the most. What a wonderful gesture of kindness and compassion within our school community! May we all find a meaningful way to take part in the spirit of giving.
 
Parent Survey
 
Lost & Found
The lost and found area is located outside of the primary cafeteria doors and it is overflowing with sweaters, jackets, water bottles, etc.    Small items like jewelry, hair accessories and  glasses are located in the main office.  We have many pairs of glasses, and a couple pairs of sunglasses.  Please let us know what you are missing so we can try to match objects to owners! 
 
The items will be DONATED ON DECEMBER 19 to our clothes closet or a local charity.
TEA's School Report Card
SRCs were released last week and are available to parents - this is based on 2016-2017 data, with the exception of two sections, which are noted in the report.
 
Meridian's School Report Card can be found HERE. It is also posted on our website .
2018-2019 School Calendar Update
Traditionally, Meridian has published its school calendar for the next year in November of the current year. Because approximately 60% of our families live in Round Rock ISD, we strive to follow the holiday schedule of RRISD for both the winter and spring breaks. This assists families who have students at Meridian while having other students at a district school. RRISD has not yet approved their 2018-2019 calendar. The Meridian Board of Directors approved Wednesday, August 8, 2018 as the first day of the 2018-2019 school year and the week of October 8-12, 2018 as Fall Break with other dates to be finalized once Round Rock ISD has published its calendar.
 
SCRIP Pick-Up & Band Fundraiser
SCRIP orders can be picked up in the primary lobby before or after school on 12/18 and 12/19.

Parent volunteers will also be there selling gift card holders as a fundraiser to support Meridian's Band.
***Gift Card Holders***
One for $2 or three for $5
 
 
Questions? Contact s.haynes@mwschool.org
Calendar Dates
 
December 19 - Holiday Delight - annual pajama day celebration of winter and the holidays!  Yes, students do wear pajamas as do the teachers.  :)  More information will come from your child's teacher! 
2nd - 5th grade parties - 9:00 - 10:00
Kinder and 1st grade parties - 1:15 - 2:15
 
December 20 - January 5  -  Winter Break for Students
 
January 8 - School resumes for second semester!
 
January 15 - No School - Martin Luther King Day
 
January 19 - K-2 Movie Night (more info coming!)
 
January 30 - Fourth grade off-campus learning experience for 3 classes - more info from teachers soon.
 
February 1 - Fourth grade off-campus learning experience for 3 classes - more info from teachers soon.
 
February 3 - Parent/Child Dance
 
February 14 - Be Sweet to Others Day action projects - more from your child's teacher

Sincerely,
December 13, 2017
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Dear Parents

As the weather gets chilly - again a reminder to please write your child's name on any coat/jacket or accessory that they bring to school. As is written below, our lost and found is overflowing! If you or your child is missing something, please call the office or stop by and look at what we have. The office staff has checked every item for names and delivered them to their owner. THE LOST & FOUND ITEMS WILL BE DONATED ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19 so please make sure to check!
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Morning Drop-Off
 
 
    • Our staff is there to keep your child(ren) safe which means that they are asking that our drop-off policies be followed. We have asked them to be tolerant - but we also want to show our children integrity by adults not yelling, using inappropriate gestures, etc. It's hard to teach children our profile if they are witnessing this. It can be a stressful job so please be considerate of those who spend their mornings welcoming our students. Remember that many of them are parents volunteering their time. (Thank you to our parent volunteers!)
  • Having your cell phone out at this time is dangerous and has caused some problems when people are not paying enough attention and are moving forward when they should not be. Our school policy is to not use a cell phone during this time.  
  • We have great parents - and I know how badly someone would feel if an accident were to occur and a person was hurt. Let's make sure that doesn't happen - please help us now!
Teacher Talent Show - Rescheduled
The talent show has been rescheduled for TOMORROW, Wednesday, December 6!

5:30 - Early Access (Donor Perk)
6:00 - Regular Access
6:30 - Show Starts

The show is sold out, but there's one last chance to get tickets HERE.
 

Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org

Student Action: TOY Drive
Last year one of our fourth grade students asked to complete an action project through Meridian. We gave her some guidelines that she needed to follow and complete and she successfully did so - collecting over 500 toys for the Texas Baptist Children's Home. This year, as a fifth grader, she is hoping to repeat her success as you can see from the following note:    
 
Hello - My name is Charlotte Whitaker, and I am a fifth grader at Meridian. Some of you might remember my toy drive from last year, helping the Texas Baptist Children's Home. Thanks to you and others I was able to collect over 500 toys. But this year I want to collect over 1,000 toys. There will be collection boxes in the primary and middle school buildings. The toy drive ends on Monday, December 11, and here is a  wish list of what the Children's Home needs. Thank for you helping!      -Charlotte
Lost & Found
The lost and found area is located outside of the primary cafeteria doors and it is overflowing with sweaters, jackets, water bottles, etc. Small items like jewelry, hair accessories and  glasses are located in the main office. We have many pairs of glasses, and a couple pairs of sunglasses. Please let us know what you are missing so we can try to match objects to owners! As stated above, the items will be donated on December 19th - we do so two to three times a year! Help us help you!!
Holiday Bazaar & Polar Express - Saturday, Dec 16

One of Meridian's annual traditions is the Holiday Bazaar, and this year we're having it on a Saturday (12/16) and combining it with a very special showing of The Polar Express.
 
Students are invited to purchase shopping vouchers and visit the many booths of gifts and crafts hosted by 7th graders. (Proceeds will benefit next year's 8th Grade Heifer Ranch Trip.) This is a great way for the kids to get their holiday shopping done while supporting a good cause. (Older students will be available to help them make their purchases.)
 
You'll also want to attend one of two showings of The Polar Express (2pm & 5pm). This will be the first movie night EVER in the Mays Gym! Bring your pillow, wear your jammies, and get your ticket punched by the conductor (Mr. Fernandez)! Plan your day to shop after the 2pm show or before the 5pmshow.
 
As if that's not enough, there will be winter games and activities from around the world (free), train rides, crafts, pizza, hot chocolate, and more!
 
Avoid the lines and click HERE to purchase your movie tickets and shopping vouchers in advance!
 
Getting tickets in advance will guarantee access to the show of your choice. There may be a limited number of tickets at the door but once they sell out, they sell out.
Questions? Contact vipleaders@mwschool.org
 
2018-2019 School Calendar Update
Traditionally, Meridian has published its school calendar for the next year in November of the current year. Because approximately 60% of our families live in Round Rock ISD, we strive to follow the holiday schedule of RRISD for both the winter and spring breaks. This assists families who have students at Meridian while having other students at a district school. RRISD has not yet approved their 2018-2019 calendar. The Meridian Board of Directors approved Wednesday, August 8, 2018 as the first day of the 2018-2019 school year and the week of October 8-12, 2018 as Fall Break with other dates to be finalized once Round Rock ISD has published its calendar.
 
Principal's Coffee
The next primary principal's coffee is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13th.   Sign up HERE.
 
Benchmark Testing
We continued with benchmark testing today in 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Students are taking this once a year benchmark test as a way to gauge progress through required state standards and to help them understand the format and time frame of STAAR testing. Especially for our third graders, this helps them understand just how different this test is.  The results will help us prepare for our spring tutorials as well. Teachers will share the tests with parents sometime after the holiday.   
 
Numbered Parking Spaces
Several of the parking spaces were numbered over Thanksgiving break. As we move into January, these spaces will be assigned to faculty and staff that need to be in their classrooms working at an early time. We have grown tremendously and this has created a need for us to do so. More information will be coming soon!  
 
SCRIP Gift Card Fundraiser
Back by popular demand...
 
Order by 12/12 and pick up 12/18-19.
 
Get your holiday shopping done early AND help support the school! Purchase gift cards from your favorite stores and Meridian will get a percentage back!
 
Click here for an order form.

A special thanks to Jeanne Batterton for helping us get out the first round of cards!

Questions? Contact s.haynes@mwschool.org
Calendar Dates
December 6 - Writing (4th) and Science (5th) benchmark testing
 
December 6 - TEACHER TALENT SHOW
 
December 7/8 - Benchmark make-up testing
 
December 13 - Primary Principals Coffee at 8:15 am - sign up HERE.
 
 
December 19 - Holiday Delight - annual pajama day celebration of winter and the holidays!  Yes, students do wear pajamas as do the teachers.  :)  More information will come from your child's teacher!
 
December 20 - January 5  -  Winter Break for Students
 
January 8 - School resumes for second semester!
 
January 15 - No School - Martin Luther King Day
 
January 19 - K-2 Movie Night (more info coming!)
 
January 30 - Fourth grade off-campus learning experience for 3 classes - more info from teachers soon.
 
February 1 - Fourth grade off-campus learning experience for 3 classes - more info from teachers soon.
 
February 3 - Parent/Child Dance

Sincerely,
December 5, 2017
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Dear Parents,
 
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break and some quality family time! For the staff, it is probably the favorite break of the year, as they are not working on grades, report cards, etc. and can focus on their families as well. Though hard to believe, we now begin the short few weeks before the first semester draws to a close - and a busy few weeks they will be!
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Teacher Talent Show - Rescheduled
The talent show has been rescheduled for Wednesday, December 6!

5:30 - Early Access (Donor Perk)
6:00 - Regular Access
6:30 - Show Starts

Hold on to those wristbands!

Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org

Student Led Conferences
For some of you, Wednesday will be your first experience with Student Led Conferences - a great part of most IBPYP schools. I have read some of the newsletter communications from the grade levels to parents, but want to emphasize that this is not a parent/teacher conference. Those can be scheduled at any time as needed. This is a twice per year opportunity for your child(ren) to share their work and progress with you. Using their portfolios, they will show their growth since coming to Meridian, their work during this first semester, areas they are wanting to grow in, etc. This is a time for parents to be proud of their children, as all have made progress in their own way and at their own pace. Please take this short amount of time to really listen to them and see things through their perspective. We ask that you refrain from being on cell phones during conferences, as it is hard for your child and can also be disruptive for the other conferences in the room. Times should be scheduled with the teachers in advance as there is a limit of conferences per room at a given time. We know in advance that parking will be difficult but hopefully it will be well worth the time and effort!
 
Also, the Middle School Book Fair will be going on in the Mays Building from today - Nov. 28 - until Friday, Dec. 1. The fair does offer books for all ages and will be open until 7 p.m. on Wednesday if you want to walk over and visit!
Benchmark Testing
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will be taking a once a year benchmark test as a way to gauge progress through required state standards and also to help them understand the format and time frame of STAAR testing. Especially for our third graders, this helps them understand just how different this test is. The results will help us prepare for our spring tutorials as well. As we will use these for remediation and information, teachers will share the tests with parents sometime after the holiday.     
 
2018-2019 School Calendar Update
Traditionally, Meridian has published its school calendar for the next year in November of the current year. Because approximately 60% of our families live in Round Rock ISD, we strive to follow the holiday schedule of RRISD for both the winter and spring breaks. This assists families who have students at Meridian while having other students at a district school. RRISD has not yet approved their 2018-2019 calendar. The Meridian Board of Directors approved Wednesday, August 8, 2018 as the first day of the 2018-2019 school year and the week of October 8-12, 2018 as Fall Break with other dates to be finalized once Round Rock ISD has published its calendar.
 
Principal's Coffee
The next primary principal's coffee is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13th.   Sign up HERE.
 
News From Specials
It has been busy in Mrs. Juarez's classroom! In Approaches to Learning, the 5th graders have been learning oral presentation skills.  Many did a great job of using what they learned during their Living Museum presentations! Classes in Spanish B discussed whether other countries celebrated Thanksgiving or something similar to it. After some classes researched, it was discovered that much of the Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated in Puerto Rico but with different foods. The students also practiced the present tense form of the verbs learned already, using the "Yo" or "I" form. They wrote about things that they do during the Thanksgiving holidays or other special celebrations. In Kinder and 1st grade, the students learned new vocabulary and used it in their Spanish writing as they wrote about things that they were thankful for. Looking ahead, students will continue to be busy as Integrated Specials for 1st grade will focus on the Legend of the Poinsettia and how it is connected to Mexican culture. In 3rd grade, they will be reading  "En Mi Famila" by Carmen Lomas Garza and discussing the traditions within the book that she painted, while creating some Papel Picado.
SCRIP Gift Card Fundraiser
Back by popular demand...
 
Order by 12/12 and pick up 12/18-19.
 
Get your holiday shopping done early AND help support the school! Purchase gift cards from your favorite stores and Meridian will get a percentage back!
 
Click here for an order form.

A special thanks to Jeanne Batterton for helping us get out the first round of cards!

Questions? Contact s.haynes@mwschool.org
Spelling Bee Results
55 scholars aged 5 to 14 gathered in the cafeteria recently to display their "entrepreneurial" spelling skills. These students utilized their orthographic "paraphernalia" to write 64 challenging words. A special thank you goes to Anne Jefferson, Kelli Doersam, Carol Leandro, Katy Garbus, Erin Miller, Eileen Roybal, Samantha Haynes, Emily Hammett, Elizabeth Horton, Anna Cornett, Jessica Boese, Leah Delafield, Lindsey Simmons, Kathy Gregg, Jan MacWatters, Christina Bowers, April Rodriguez, Miriam Rodgers, Linda Jensen, Jane Cosson, and Martha MacFarland for offering to grade. Eunice Elliott, Jackie Soto, and Geetanjali Soni helped organize the day-of activities. I appreciate everyone's help.
 
Please congratulate your students for participating. They all took a risk entering the Bee and gained educational exposure from this new experience. Their grade level teachers will be handing back their spelling papers soon. At the bottom of this message, please find the 64 spelling words. The list was shortened this year by 2 words per grade level to improve the functioning of the event.
 
Jesse Schauble from 5th grade correctly spelled 61 of 64 words and is our 2017-18 champion! Jesse will again represent our school at the Regional Bee in February. Congratulations Jesse!
 
Here are our grade level champions:
K: Vinay Anand (30 of 64 words spelled correctly)
1: Yana Abraham (43 of 64 words spelled correctly)
2: Yaniel Hernandez (58 of 64 words spelled correctly)
3: Shrethan Botla (59 of 64 words spelled correctly)
4: Arya Shah (60 of 64 words spelled correctly)
5: Jesse Schauble (61 of 64 words spelled correctly)
6: Donovan Cho (56 of 64 words spelled correctly)
8: Aaditya Deorukhkar (58 of 64 words spelled correctly)
 
Thanks again for a wonderful Bee!
Mr. Rogers

Yearbooks - Last chance for discount!
Our school yearbook, The World, is now on sale! Order your copy by November 30th to get the lowest price of $45. This $45 does NOT include the name stamp personalization on the front cover; this price includes the yearbook only. Please order package #3 or package #4 if you want your child's name or family name stamped on the front cover. Activity icons (e.g. basketball, volleyball, etc,) can be added to packages #3 and #4 for an additional cost. 
 
In celebration of our MYP Authorization which made us a K-12IB school... this year's yearbook theme is "Continuum." The cover is super cool and we have added some pages this year! 
 
All yearbook package prices increase by $5 on December 1st.
 
Click HERE to order today!
Calendar Dates
TONIGHT - November 28 - Cyber Safety Presentation - 6-7pm in the Middle School cafeteria - childcare available for Kinder & up
 
November 29 - College Shirt Day
 
November 29 - Student Led Conferences - come and conference with your student and see their IB Portfolio - watch for more information from your child's teacher!  This is not a TEACHER conference - but one provided by your student!  A unique IB PYP experience!
 
December 4 - Math benchmark testing for grades 3-4-5
December 5 - Reading benchmark testing for grades 3-4-5
December 6 - Writing (4th) and Science (5th) benchmark testing
 
December 6 - MERIDIAN TALENT SHOW
 
December 7/8 - Benchmark make-up testing
 
December 13 - Primary Principals Coffee at 8:15 am - sign up HERE.
 
December 16 - Polar Express Movie Night & Holiday Bazaar
 
December 19 - Holiday Delight - annual pajama day celebration of winter and the holidays!  Yes, students do wear pajamas as do the teachers.  :)  More information will come from your child's teacher!
 
December 20 - January 5  -  Winter Break for Students
January 8 - School resumes for second semester!

Sincerely,
November 28, 2017
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Dear Parents,
 
I want to do a belated thank you to our November teacher luncheon! 

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

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

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


Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org

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

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


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

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

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

WRISTBAND PICKUP TIMES (Primary Entrance)

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

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

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

Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 20 - 3-5 Movie Night - 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will be able to watch Captain Underpants in the gym on Friday evening - great concessions available! :)  Children must be accompanied by a parent. Sign up to help out HERE!
 
October 24 - Book Fair & IB Night for K-1-2:   Come with your child and experience activities connected to current or past planners studied at the grade level.   The book fair will be going on during this time as well.  Book Fair hours today are 7:30a-7:30p
 
October 25 - College Shirt Day - Students and staff may wear a college shirt to celebrate the benefit of advanced education
 
October 25 - Book Fair - hours are 7:30a-2:30p
 
October 26 - Book Fair & IB Night for 3-4-5:   Come with your child and experience activities connected to current or past planners studied at the grade level.   The book fair will be going on during this time as well.  Book Fair hours today are 7:30a-7:30p
 
November 3 - World Parade - Your child can choose a country HERE!
 
November 4 - International Festival - 10am-3pm. More info can be found HERE!
 
November 14 - Picture retakes - last chance for fall pictures!
 
November 16 - Staff Talent Show....  Meridian teachers will participate in sharing talent and/or auction items - it's a very popular annual event!   Watch for more information! Annual Fund supporters will receive early access to purchase tickets.