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Dear Parents,

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

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

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

Friday, May 18
8:30-9:30am
Mays Cafe


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
May 15, 2018
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Dear Parents,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
May 9, 2018
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Dear Parents,

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

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

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

Sincerely,
May 2, 2018
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Dear Parents,
 
This week we are in the midst of our four days of spring book fair, which has great deals on paperback books with buy one get one free...this is always a lot of fun for our students. This Wednesday, the 25th, is our second Student Led Conference Day for this year. We know that parking will again be a problem so we ask that you communicate with your child's teacher and that you come at the assigned time as much as possible! Tomorrow is Administrative Professionals Day and we are celebrating our office staff for their tremendous work to make Meridian great. We are so fortunate to have them and appreciate them so much!
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Student Led Conferences
Student Led Conferences are being held this week in primary - something I really look forward to watching. Please know we DO NOT have the capacity to babysit students from dismissal until their conference time -- students need to be picked up at regular dismissal time unless you have made other arrangements with your child's teacher. Remember that these are not parent-teacher conferences, but times for your children to show what they have learned and how much they have grown. IB believes in student-centered and whole child learning in the PYP, and having them take responsibility and understand their learning is a part of that. The portfolios contain so much information, with my favorite part being the autobiography and pictures - such fun to see the changes!
TOMORROW - Parent Meeting: Focus on Safety
We invite you to our end-of-year Parent Meeting on April 25 at 6:30pm. Click here for more info.
Childcare is available for $5 per child, which goes toward paying our teachers and staff who work these extra hours.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
April 14th
(1-5pm)
 
Mays Building


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

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

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

Sincerely,
April 10, 2018
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Dear Parents,

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

 
 
April 14th
(1-5pm)
 
Mays Building


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

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

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


Reserve your tickets HERE!

Marker Recycling Program
Students and sponsors have done a great job starting our Marker Recycling Program! They have already added up a total of 240 this past week! Please let your children bring in any old markers (any water based markers -- skinny, fat, EXPO, Crayola - anything EXCEPT Sharpies!) and put them in the orange container located in every grade level and in the art room. If parents want to bring in, just drop off in the office. Thanks for helping!
 
STUDENTS HAVE NOW COLLECTED 470 MARKERS and want to say a big thanks!
Calendar Dates
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 18 - Lego Robotics Info Session for 4th - 8th grade, 6-7pm - Primary Cafeteria
April 20 - No school for staff development
April 24 - 26 - Spring bookfair
April 25 - Student Led Conferences
May 10 - Exhibition for 5th grade
May 14 - STAAR testing for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th grade students
May 15 - STAAR testing for 3rd, 4th, and some 5th grade students
May 16 - STAAR testing for 5th grade
May 17 - STAAR makeup testing
May 21 - Switch Day
May 23 - Full day of school - no early release
May 25 - Last day of school
August 8 - First day of school for 2018-2019

Sincerely,
April 3, 2018
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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a wonderful spring break and had some enjoyable family time. Please ask your children about the exciting new things on the playground.... Our first graders had a great time on March 9, watching the workmen take down some of the equipment and asking questions about everything they did! ☺ They put everything back together on Monday and today is our first day with the new "GROUNDCOVER" that hopefully will reduce some of the injuries and be enjoyable for our students!
 
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AFTER:

Please continue to monitor all whole-school communications from Meridian with regard to safety issues. We are continuing to be vigilant in following our safety policies, and are adding to and updating those policies as issues arise.  If you have not already done so, please talk with your children about picking up packages and backpacks anywhere outside of the school building !
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Report Cards
Report cards for the third nine week grading period go home today!
Class Pictures
The Friday before break brought our spring individual pictures...but THIS Friday will be whole class pictures! Unless you received communication from your teacher, students will be able to wear either their regular uniform clothing, or their Friday spirit wear.   
Second Grade Off-Campus Learning Experience  
Second grade parents will be receiving information forms for the annual off-campus learning trip which will take place in two weeks. Please be looking for this information today!
Garden Party - THIS SATURDAY!
is one of the best events of the year!
 
 
Saturday, March 24
2pm - 5pm

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Live music!
 
Interactive Presentations!
 
Recycled Crafts!
 
Tour the new coop!
 
Meet the Meridian chicks!
 
Visit with Meridian's turtle!
 
Shop the Farmer's Mar 
ket for native plants, farm-fresh eggs, and more!
 
Kona Ice!
 
Adopt-a-Worm!
 
Yoga!
 
...and much more!!! 
 
There's always so much to do, see, and learn, but
 
 
Questions? Contact vipleaders@mwschool.org
Lego Robotics
The Meridian Lego Robotics Team has begun the new application process for the 2018-2019 FLL (4th through 8th grade) season! Interested students can obtain Parent Information and Agreement forms from their classroom teacher or parents can email legorobotics@mwschool.org. Upon returning the Parent Information and Agreement Forms to Mr. Zollner, students will receive an Application packet. The packet consists of a question and answer part and two Teacher Reference Forms. The entire packet is due by April 27th, 2018 for the 2018-2019 season. There will be informational sessions on Thursday, March 29th and Wednesday April 18th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in the Primary Cafeteria and we will have a table at Science Saturday on April 14th
Action!
Our students are so amazing! Book Buddy students from Mrs. Trusler's and Mrs. Ferrell's classes used their buddy time to clean the campus right before break. The picture on the action wall shows that they collected multiple bags of trash and were very proud of their efforts! ☺ Second grade students were also challenged to design their own action projects over break, and several did so...  One second grader raised enough money to help with the garden/bird feeders in our courtyard. Our students are learning that they can make a difference for others in big and little ways!
 
News from P. E. & Wellness B
Over the next few weeks in PE B students in Second Grade, First Grade and Kindergarten will be participating in large group parachute activities. I'm very excited to be bringing out the 28 handle parachute for the first time since purchasing. With the parachute activities, students will be developing the strength of large muscle groups, working on coordination skills and teamwork. With the parachute activities there will be continued work on the following goals:  demonstrating safe behaviors, working with others and maintaining positive relationships. I'm pretty confident there will be lots of excitement with the parachute. The classes who have already experienced it, have showed nothing but smiles. 
 
In the upper elementary classes students will rotate through stations as they continue to work on their fitness gram goals and health related goals. At the fitness gram station they will work on push ups, curl ups and pacer practice. I'm very impressed with the current performance of many of the students with these components. For muscular strength, activities in that station will include plyometric exercises, some minor lifting activities with very minimal weights and other exercises to develop muscular strength. A choose your own adventure chart will be located in the muscular endurance station composing of several choices for repetitious body weight exercises as well as a flip a coin activity, plus more. Another station will give the students options for flexibility goals such as yoga poses. With these stations I hope the students see the benefits of choosing an active lifestyle and make active choices outside of school 3-4 times a week, keeping themselves fit and healthy. The benefits are huge for both the body and brain. 
    
Anchored in Fitness,
Coach Fisher
Marker Recycling Program
Students and sponsors have done a great job starting our Marker Recycling Program! They have already added up a total of 240 this past week! Please let your children bring in any old markers (any water based markers -- skinny, fat, EXPO, Crayola - anything EXCEPT Sharpies!) and put them in the orange container located in every grade level and in the art room. If parents want to bring in, just drop off in the office. Thanks for helping!
 
Calendar Dates
March 20 - Report cards go home
March 22 - Fifth Grade Music Concert
March 23 - Class pictures taken
March 24 - Garden Party 2-5pm
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,
March 20, 2018
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Dear Parents,

I have spent the last few days at the Texas I.B. Schools State Board Meeting in Dallas, where I serve as vice president and Mr. Fernandez serves as president. It is quite rejuvenating and amazing to hear the updates and reflect on the growth of the I.B. programs in our state. We are certainly very proud of our school and the reputation that we have in our state and in the I.B. world. The Primary Years Program will be "updated" next fall and we learned about the anticipated changes last weekend. However, for Meridian it means very little change and there should be no concerns for our programs being aligned to those changes.

Thanks in advance to all parents helping the primaryschool by working at the playground work day this Saturday! Also to those of you who are doing the lunch for teachers on Wednesday of this week...they will be working hard and late, so it is very much appreciated! I know some of you will be going out of town on spring break trips next week - please have a safe and enjoyable week - we will be happy to see you on Monday, March 19!
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Proposed 2018-2019 Calendar - Deadline Extended
Please see this letter from Head of School Rick Fernández regarding the proposed 2018-2019 school calendar.
 
As stated in the letter, if you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to Rick Fernández at headofschool@mwschool.org on or before noon on Friday, March 9, 2018.
Congratulations!
Congratulations to 5th grader Jessie Schauble as our Meridian Spelling Bee winner! Jessie also took part in the West Austin Bee and did extremely well - and now advances to the Austin Spelling Bee which will take place in March!
 
Congratulations to Pranav Boopalam as our Meridian Geography Bee winner! Pranav will take part in the State Geo Bee in April!
Lost & Found
As is our regular procedure, at the end of each nine weeks lost and found clothing is donated to a specific charity or the Meridian clothes closet. PLEASE MAKE SURE your child has all of their sweaters, jackets, etc. We have an abundance of winter wear. A reminder to put names on everything! ☺ We check for names on a regular basis.

Spring Pictures
Our second round of student pictures will take place this Friday. It is important to note that students may wear their uniform clothing, their regular Friday clothing (jeans and spirit shirts) or may dress in a dressier fashion - shirt and tie, nice dress, etc. There will be no pictures taken of costume type attire. Parents will be called for any child who is not in appropriate clothing. 

Fifth Grade Learning Experience
The fifth grade students, teachers, and a few additional staff members had a great time last Friday afternoon and evening at the YMCA Twin Lakes Camp. The experience was designed to bolster team building and cooperation skills in preparation for the required Exhibition Project as they complete the Primary Years Program. Staff and students participated in various activities such as the Low Ropes Course, Problem Solving Scenarios in the Sand and River, Communication and Trust, etc. A climbing tower provided opportunities for students to be risk-takers focusing on both individual and team skills in a challenging situation. Students were only allowed to use positive language to promote team accomplishments. 
The Chicks are HERE!
The first grade classes incubated 24 eggs, and we now have 16 baby chicks who will soon need a coop to call home!

Please come out this Saturday to help build the coop and/or work in the gardens! We'll also be moving the playground mulch to make room for the new artificial turf being installed over the break.
 
There is something for everyone's skillset, and rumor has it that the chicks will come out for a visit or two!

Saturday, March 10
Shift 1: 9am - 1pm
Shift 2: 2pm - 6pm
 
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Construction Update
We've been notified of additional lane closures taking place this weekend (March 9-11). Please click here for more information. 
 
Primary Surveys -  Please give your feedback!
Did you miss the previous weeks? It's not too late to get caught up! We want to hear from you:
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Week #1
 
Marker Recycling Program
Students and sponsors have done a great job starting our Marker Recycling Program! They have already added up a total of 240 this past week! Please let your children bring in any old markers (any water based markers -- skinny, fat, EXPO, Crayola - anything EXCEPT Sharpies!) and put them in the orange container located in every grade level and in the art room. If parents want to bring in, just drop off in the office. Thanks for helping!
 
Calendar Dates
March 7 - TELPAS Testing for some - English Language Learners
March 8 - TELPAS Testing for some - English Language Learners
March 9 - Spring picture day
March 10-18 - Spring Break - no classes
March 20 - Report cards go home
March 22 - Fifth Grade Music Concert
March 23 - Class pictures taken
March 24 - Garden Party 2-5pm
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,
March 7, 2018
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Dear Parents,
 
Our dreary weather lately has made all of us (students and staff) ready for sunshine and outdoor recess! Spring Break is coming in two weeks and hopefully that will give us some time to dry the playground out! Today our second grade students will be doing their annual "empathy walk" to learn about those around the world who do not have the comforts that most of us here have access to - including shoes. It is always very interesting to hear the insights from our second graders after this experience... How much we take for granted! The book If The World Were a Village is a fascinating look at how much most of us have compared to so many other humans around the world, and how much that is changing over the years.
NEWSLETTER TOPICS
Proposed 2018-2019 Calendar
Please see this letter from Head of School Rick Fernández regarding the proposed 2018-2019 school calendar.
 
As stated in the letter, if you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to Rick Fernández at headofschool@mwschool.org on or before noon on Friday, March 2, 2018.
Connections Night
Thanks to all of you who attended Connections Night on a chilly wet evening! Our students were excited to show you all they learned in their mini-course sessions. There were so many different things to see and watch - including the art display which was thoroughly enjoyed! For those parents in other grade levels, I thought you might enjoy seeing the classes that performed at the event, all connected to the Transdisciplinary Theme of Where We Are in Place and Time:
 
**Come Play With Me - 4th graders learned about play throughout history and made a variety of toys.
 
**Come to My Colony - 4th and 5th graders learned about a country that had an impact on the world through colonization and sampled the fares of these colonies.
 
**In the Time of Knights - 5th graders explored the world of the middle ages and made some medieval games.
 
**Printmaking Art Gallery - for 4th and 5th graders (see below)
 
**Racket and Paddle - 4th and 5th graders worked with a variety of racket and paddle sports using various types of equipment.
 
**Stomp the Blues Away - 4th and 5th graders shared the art of singing, acting, movement and percussion.
 
**The Futbol Pitch - 4th graders shared a video journey of the learning related to the history of soccer.
 
**The PMC - 4th and 5th graders explored a variety of paper crafts and shared the learning with visitors.
 
**World Explorers - 4th and 5th graders shared the world through communication - writing messages to other students around the world.
 
**Writing in Place and Time - 5th graders shared poetry and writing about their family history in a poetry café setting.
 
News from our Art Classes
Have you ever wondered how someone would make a copy of a piece of art or advertisement before computers or copy machines? Printmaking is a process capable of producing multiples of the same piece, which is called a print.
 
In art classes we have studied the works of famous Printmakers such as Hokusai, Albrecht Durer and the contributions of Johannes Gutenberg (1400-1468) who introduced movable type printing to Europe. The Printing Revolution that took place during this time was widely regarded as the most important invention of the second millennium, which ushered in the modern period of human history.
 
We connected to "Where We Are in Place and Time" with this year's art mini-course. The 4th and 5th grade art students spent Wednesday's mini-course time in a semester long study of specifically, "reduction printmaking." A reduction print is made when an artist creates a multi-colored, layered print using a single print block. The block could be foam, linoleum or even wood. The artist repeats the process of carving and printing over and over until the final look is achieved. Using the reduction process takes the final piece to a whole new level with depth, pattern and color. These lovely prints are proudly displayed in the 2nd grade hallway until Spring Break.
 
~Mrs. Costin
Birthday Reminders
Student birthdays will be recognized in classrooms in a manner that relates to the student's grade level. In other words, in younger grades, students may be given a birthday "sign" by their teacher, etc. As per our food policies, no food can be brought into the classroom for birthday celebrations. However, pencils or other small tokens may be brought in to be passed out to all other students. Balloon/flower deliveries are not allowed in the classroom and are held for the student until the end of the day. Invitations to birthday parties outside of school may only be sent if they are for either all students in the classroom or for all the boys or girls in the classrooms. Invitations for some students only will be returned. Most parents appreciate the School Directory for this purpose. Thanks for understanding!
Primary Survey #4 - Overall Student Experience -  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're sharing a new one, and each survey should take less than five minutes. Your feedback is very important to us!

THIS WEEK:
 
Did you miss the previous weeks? It's not too late to get caught up! We want to hear from you:
 
Week #3:
 
 
Week #1
 
K-5th Movie Night THIS Friday!
Movie night will now be in the Mays building gym and will be open to all primary, so grab your sleeping bags and your friends and join us for as special viewing of Ferdinand! 
 
Friday, March 2
 6:30 - Doors Open
 7:00 - Movie Starts
 
Suggested Donation: 
$2/person or $5/family
 
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As always, all proceeds go
back to the school in the
form of  ViP Grants.
 
 
Want to preview the movie first? Here's the trailer.

Want to help make this movie night a success? 
 
Sign up HERE to volunteer or to donate snacks.
 
Questions? Contact vipleaders@mwschool.org
 
Request from ART
Mrs. Costin is looking for yarn for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade weaving units that will be done starting in March. Any color will do! If you have yarn you are willing to donate, please send to the office and we will get it to her!   

Marker Recycling Program
Students and sponsors have done a great job starting our Marker Recycling Program! They have already added up a total of 240 this past week! Please let your children bring in any old markers (any water based markers -- skinny, fat, EXPO, Crayola - anything EXCEPT Sharpies!) and put them in the orange container located in every grade level and in the art room. If parents want to bring in, just drop off in the office. Thanks for helping!
 
Now Accepting Nominations for Meridian's School Board
Would you or someone you know be a good candidate for Meridian's School Board?
 
Below you will find specific information regarding the selection process and the type of leadership we are seeking. Please note that parents of Meridian students are not eligible to fill the positions available at this time. Each link includes an application, that when completed, should be sent to board@mwschool.org.
 
Applications will be accepted through February 28, 2018.
 
Federal Report Cards Available
Federal Report Cards for the state, the district, and each of the district's campuses are now available on the district's website  on our website and are also available on the Texas Education Agency's website. 
 
More information can be found HERE.
 
Calendar Dates
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 10-18 - 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