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"No Act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
     ...Aesop
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LIMBS International
We have the opportunity to support the work of LIMBS International in their mission to provide life changing prosthetics or clean water to those in need. To support the work of this organization, we will be selling fun socks from We Help Two starting next week.  The socks will be sold in packs of 3 and cost $12. For each pack of socks that are purchased, We Help Two will donate 1 pair of black socks back to Meridian. We will be able to donate these socks to our local community. In addition to giving back to our immediate community, all proceeds that we gain from our sock campaign will be donated to LIMBS International. Socks will be available for purchase from November 5th-November 15th.  If you would like to purchase a 3-pack of socks, please send exact cash or checks (made out to Meridian) along with the order form that will go home on Tuesday, November 6th. We will look forward to wearing our fun socks on Fridays and taking part in this awesome opportunity to make a difference in our world.

We have a limited number of each pattern that we will be selling, please select your first, second and third choice on your order form.
 
Ms. Lieurance will be keeping this document updated with primary's remaining inventory.
 
Please note: one sock size was listed incorrectly on the flyer that we sent home - the Ankle Dots socks fit Women's Size 7-12 / Men's Size 5-10.

Meridian - Home Connection
Nov 13th @ 6:00 p.m. in Mays Building Cafeteria
Erika Blair will present "Anxiety - Giving your Student the Tools to Cope"
 
Please join us for an evening with Erika Blair, a licensed professional counselor and registered play therapist. She is a former teacher and school counselor and currently works in private practice at Georgetown Child & Family Counseling.  Erika has extensive professional experience working with kids of all ages from elementary through the high school years. Her training in Play Therapy and Trust-Based Relational Intervention brings with her a very person-centered approach to her work.  Erika loves working to help families heal through communication and trust building.
 
Erika's presentation Anxiety - Giving your Child the Tools to Cope is sure to benefit parents with children of all ages!
 
We hope you'll join us on Tuesday, November 13 at 6pm! More information can be found here.
Teacher Talent Show Tickets - ON SALE NOW!
The show sells out every year. Get your tickets now before they're gone!
 
Thursday, November 15
 
5:30pm - Early Access (Donor Perk*)
6:00pm - Regular Access
6:30pm - Show Starts
 
*Those who purchased tickets during the Donor Perk pre-sale will receive a special wristband for early entrance.

Wristband Pickup
(coincides with gift card pickup)
 
8-8:30am - Tues 11/13 - Primary Lobby
8-8:30am - Wed 11/14 - Primary Lobby
6:00 pm - Thurs 11/15 - Mays Lobby
 
And be sure to check out the Silent Auction of Teacher Experiences - it's now LIVE! Happy Bidding!
 

 
Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org.
 
Gift Card Pickup
Gift Card Pickup
(coincides with Talent Show wristband pickup)
 
8-8:30am - Tues 11/13 - Primary Lobby
8-8:30am - Wed 11/14 - Primary Lobby
6:00 pm - Thurs 11/15 - Mays Lobby
Please understand that we cannot send gift cards home with students. 

Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org.
Primary families are invited to the fall theatre production! (11/8 & 11/9)
Meridian Theatre Presents:
Revenge of the Space Pandas or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock
 
 
 
Thursday, November 8th
Friday, November 9th
 
6:30pm in the Black Box Theatre (Mays Building)
 
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door
 
Meridian Theatre's fall production is a comedy that is just as fun and unusual as its name. Learn more HERE.
 
Important dates to mark on your calendar: (Additions or Changesin red)
 
Reflection
This weekend many of our staff attended the Texas International Baccalaureate Conference in Georgetown. This event brings together IB educators from across the state for an engaging day of professional development. Our Primary teachers were able to learn more about the enhancements that are being rolled out in the primary years programme. The day included engaging conversations about increasing student agency in the learning process, creating inclusive classroom environments, and facilitating student inquiry to promote authentic student engagement. It was an awesome day of learning, but an even more wonderful experience to walk back into the building on Monday and hear the energy and excitement flow from teacher to student as our staff worked to bring their new learning to life for their students.  Showcasing ourselves as lifelong learners is a valuable experience that we look forward to sharing with our students.
 
Always looking forward to what lies ahead...

Sincerely,
Shannon Haulotte
November 6, 2018
 
 Shannon Haulotte
 Primary Principal
 


 
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Power of Provocation
As many of you know, each unit of inquiry is launched with a provocation. This intentional first step allows for teachers to set the stage for the discovery and learning that is to come. Next week there are several grade levels that will launch their next unit of inquiry complete with powerful provocations. We will have some students hear from a variety of staff members about what their jobs include as they work to understand the roles that people play in their world. Other students will be exposed to teachers immersed in aspects of another culture as they circle through each classroom. Striking an initial wondering or curiosity is a powerful aspect of our International Baccalaureate program and I look forward to discovering how our students navigate next week's provocations.

LIMBS International
We have the opportunity to support the work of LIMBS International in their mission to provide life changing prosthetics to those in need. To support the work of this organization, we will be selling fun socks from We Help Two starting next week. The socks will be sold in packs of 3 and cost $12. For each pack of socks that are purchased, We Help Two will donate 1 pair of black socks back to Meridian. We will be able to donate these socks to our local community. In addition to giving back to our immediate community, all proceeds that we gain from our sock campaign will be donated to LIMBS International. Socks will be available for purchase from November 5th-November 15th.  If you would like to purchase a 3-pack of socks, please send exact cash or checks (made out to Meridian) along with the order form that will go home on Tuesday, November 6th. We will look forward to wearing our fun socks on Fridays and taking part in this awesome opportunity to make a difference in our world.

Student Nicknames in Yearbook
If your student goes by a different name at school than their given first name, we can list this nickname in the yearbook if the parent makes this request. For example, some students are known by their middle name, or a shortened version of their first name (e.g. Katie instead of Katherine). 
Please fill out this form if you would like for us to identify your student by his/her nickname in the yearbook.
Movie Night - THIS Saturday (11/3)!
We hope that you will join us in the Mays Gym on Saturday, November 3rd at 7:00pm for a screening of the movie Coco (doors open at 6:30 pm). Admission is a suggested donation of $2 for students or $5 for a family, and concessions will be available for $1 each. All funds benefit ViP Grants for teachers and staff.
 
Please sign up HERE to help out!
 
Meridian vs. Local Districts: Comparing the Numbers
Meridian received approximately $8,900 per student in revenue last year compared to our neighboring district schools who ranged between $12,500 and nearly $19,000 per student. The difference is due to those districts' ability to raise capitol through the issuance of bonds, which is how they pay for their facilities and many on-going operations and maintenance costs. 



Meridian paid for facilities and all operations and maintenance from a revenue of $8,900 per student. This amount includes an average of $177 per student received through the annual campaign totaling to $275,000. This pays for most of our technology devices, teacher training, and outdoor improvements.

 
Thank you to all the families who have made their contribution to the 2018-2019 Annual Fund. Your generosity benefits teachers and students! 

If you have not done so, please consider making your gift or pledge today.

While the suggested donation is $250 per student, a gift of any amount shows your support!

Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org.
Donor Perk! Teacher Talent Show Ticket Presale
 
Thursday, November 15 @ 6:30pm
 
Donor Perk!
 
As we've done in the past, Annual Fund Supporters will receive early access to purchase their tickets, as well as priority seating. 
 
Read more about
Meridian's Annual Fund
 
(An email invite was sent to all Annual Fund supporters on Monday, October 29. Those who give now will also receive the the invitation.)
 
And be sure to check out the Silent Auction of Teacher Experiences - it's now LIVE! Happy Bidding!
 

 
Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org.
 
Gift Card Fundraiser
Gift card order forms went home with primarystudents last week. Purchase them to give as gifts, to use during your holiday shopping, or just to buy your groceries! For every card sold, Meridian will receive a percentage of the sales! Cards will be available to pick up the week before Thanksgiving break -- just in time for Black Friday shopping!
 
Order Deadline: November 2
Pickup Dates: November 13-15
 
Need an extra order form or want to share with your friends and neighbors? 
 
Click HERE to print one!
 
Special Guest Speaker (11/13): Anxiety - Giving your Child the Tools to Cope
Meridian Counselors and ViP are working together to provide guest speakers at each of the monthly ViP meetings. This month's speaker is Erika Blair of Georgetown Family and Child Counseling. 
 
Erika's presentation Anxiety--Giving your Child the Tools to Cope is sure to benefit parents with children of all ages!
 
We hope you'll join us on Tuesday, November 13 at 6pm! More information can be found here.
Primary families are invited to the fall theatre production! (11/8 & 11/9)
 
Meridian Theatre Presents:
Revenge of the Space Pandas or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock
 
 
 
Thursday, November 8th
Friday, November 9th
 
6:30pm in the Black Box Theatre (Mays Building)
 
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door
 
Meridian Theatre's fall production is a comedy that is just as fun and unusual as its name. Learn more HERE.
 
Important dates to mark on your calendar: (Additions or Changesin red)
Reflection
I recently reread a favorite picture book of mine, What Do You Do With A Chance? by Kobi Yamada. You may notice the authors name looks familiar, as my opening precept is an excerpt from this book. The contrast of simple text overlayed on grand ideas has always been a source of inspiration for me. As we move forward in our year we are reminded of all the ways that our students surprise, challenge, reach out and push back with us. We challenge ourselves to be our best professional selves for each other, our students and ourselves. These daily objectives can be overwhelming at times, it can cause one pause and hesitation in moving forward. It was in a moment of pause that I opened the picture book, What Do You Do With A Chance....and was reminded of the great joy and privilege of having chances; chances to showcase my knowledge, compassion, concern, commitment and curiosity for a profession that I love. Our staff and student body continue to challenge me to be my best self in their execution of how they capitalize on their chances.  
 
Looking forward to the chances that lie ahead.

Sincerely,
Shannon Haulotte
October 31, 2018
 
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 Primary Principal
 


 
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Report Cards
Your student's first quarter report card will be sent home this afternoon in their Tuesday folder. As mentioned in my previous Primary Pride Newsletters, we have altered the format for our reporting. A student in grades K-5 will now have an entire years progress noted on one form, with the first side of our report card indicating student achievement & behavior and the reverse a narrative. It is our intent to be clear in communicating how your child is performing in all subjects that are offered at Meridian, this includes our Specials Classes (Foreign Language, Health/Wellness, Art, Music). By reporting on both academic achievement and behavior for each subject area we hope to provide each family with a comprehensive snapshot into their child's overall educational experience.

Campus Improvement Committee
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has given Meridian an "A" rating based on the new evaluation program. We received distinctions in all four academic subject areas: ELA/Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The district leadership and administrators are excited to create a plan which will go before our board of directors in November. Parents, staff, and community members are invited to attend a planning session to provide suggestions and recommendations regarding what they feel should be included in our Campus Improvement Plan. All are welcome and should you wish to join us we will meet on Saturday October 20th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please report to the primary campus front office. We will then move into the primary building workroom. We look forward to seeing you. Should you have any questions you may contact us at 512-660-5230. Please request to speak with your respective principal. 

TONIGHT!!! - Special Guest Speaker at ViP Monthly Meeting
Meridian Counselors and ViP are working together to provide guest speakers at each of the monthly ViP meetings. September's speaker was Jacki James of Kindness Matters, and this month's speaker is Jenna Fleming of Georgetown Family and Child Counseling. 
 
Jenna's presentation Parent/Child Communication -- Reducing Arguments, Encouraging Cooperation and Understanding is sure to benefit parents with children of all ages!
 
We hope you'll join us TONIGHT (Tuesday, October 16) at 6pm! More information can be found here.
Fall Book Fair
The Scholastic Book Fair will be here the next week -October 22nd - 26th. The theme this year is Enchanted Forest and we know your family will find lots of ways to let your imagination grow! Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. The Book Fair is a great opportunity to help your child grow as a reader as well as helping our school. 50% of all sales comes right back to Meridian. There are also volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in helping, we have times before, during, and after school when we need help. Click here to visit the sign-up sheet.
IB Family Nights
We hope you are all planning to attend one of our IB Family Nights next week. Two identical nights will be held on Tuesday and Thursday, October 23rd and 25th from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. We are encouraging families with last names beginning with A-K to attend on Tuesday and families with last names beginning with L-Z to attend on Thursday. However, if the night assigned to your family name doesn't work for you, you are welcome to attend on the night that works best. There will be multiple opportunities for your family that night. Each grade level will have 3 activities related to their first or second IB units of inquiry and you can choose which activities interest your family. The book fair will also be open for shopping and you can arrive early to shop before the classroom activities begin. We hope to see you all next week!
Parent Coordination Network
The effective and meaningful engagement of students, families, and communities is critical to the successful development and implementation of supports and services that lead to positive outcomes for students with disabilities. 

The Parent Coordination Network is committed to ensuring that parents of students with disabilities receive accurate and timely information to assist in making informed choices in their children's education.
Check out the monthly Shout Out! for more information and involvement opportunities. 
 
Important Reminder from RRPD
We received an email from a Sergeant with the Round Rock Police Department asking that we remind our parents to NOT block the driveways of our neighbors, even after the line has begun moving:
We are needing a little help from you in reference to the car riders. On North Mays by Ultra Electronics which is directly across from the police department they are blocking there driveway while waiting in line. This is occurring while cars are stopped and progressing through the line. Can you send out in your news letter or e mail blast reminding car student pick ups not to block business driveways? Thank you for being a good neighbor to our police department and surrounding businesses.
RRPD and all of our neighbors have been extremely kind and patient with our traffic. Please help us keep these driveways clear for law enforcement and those who work at these neighboring businesses. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
 
Calling ALL Families: Set up your MySchoolBucks.com account today!
It's not just for lunch payments anymore! ALL families should set up a MySchoolBucks account to pay for class trips, Triple A, athletics, specialty t-shirts, event tickets, and more!

1.  Go to myschoolbucks.com to set up an account

2. For district, select Meridian World School (not Meridian ISD)

3. Add a student(s) to your account using the child's name and date of birth 
 
Paying invoices and making purchases is easier than ever. Set up your account today!

Questions? Contact a.cornett@mwschool.org.
Important dates to mark on your calendar: (Additions or Changesin red)
  • October 16: ViP Meeting & Guest Speaker
  • October 20: Campus Improvement Committee Meeting (10am-12pm)
  • October 22-25: PYP Book Fair
  • October 23 (Tues): IB Family Night
  • October 25 (Thurs): IB Family Night
  • October 30: Yearbook Pictures
  • October 31: Order your yearbook today before the cost goes up tomorrow!
  • November 3 (Sat): K-5th Movie Night featuring Coco
Reflection
It has been wonderful to welcome back our students and staff after a delightful Fall Break.  I have heard the joyful enthusiasm in student and staff voices as they recounted their local adventures and trips abroad. While I am grateful for the time that our staff and students spent with their families and friends this past week, I am energized at what lies ahead for Meridian in the coming months.  I hope that you will mark your calendars and take part in the many events that are on the horizon.

Looking forward to what lies ahead.

Sincerely,
Shannon Haulotte
October 16, 2018
 
 Shannon Haulotte
 Primary Principal
 


 
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Important Reminder from RRPD
We received an email from a Sergeant with the Round Rock Police Department asking that we remind our parents to NOT block the driveways of our neighbors, even after the line has begun moving:
We are needing a little help from you in reference to the car riders. On North Mays by Ultra Electronics which is directly across from the police department they are blocking there driveway while waiting in line. This is occurring while cars are stopped and progressing through the line. Can you send out in your news letter or e mail blast reminding car student pick ups not to block business driveways? Thank you for being a good neighbor to our police department and surrounding businesses.
RRPD and all of our neighbors have been extremely kind and patient with our traffic. Please help us keep these driveways clear for law enforcement and those who work at these neighboring businesses. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
 
Garden News
Since they were created by families in 2012, the raised garden beds on the north side of the primary building have been an important part of our students' experience at Meridian. 

Parent Julie King has graciously offered to help out with the volunteer side of the gardens this year. Last week she met with the K, 1st, and 2nd team leads to find out how those grades will incorporate the gardens into their planners over the next several months and how parents can help support class visits.

These are some notes from that meeting:

Kinder Focus: Life-cycle and Parts of the Plant 
They plan on using the gardens in spring to plant fast-growing plants but also some things like peppers and beans and cucumbers that might make it through the summer and then harvested by first grade the next year. 
 
1st Grade Focus:  Harvesting and More
They plan on using gardens in fall and would also like to help with the chicken and wildflower gardens. They want to plant some fast growing things to harvest in December that can be taken to Chef Leslie in the kitchen (lettuce plants, herbs, etc.). We discussed making the kids aware of the compost cycle (food - compost - dirt - plants - food) and where their food comes from.  It would be great if first grade could deliver food to the kitchens, have a tour, and sit and try some of the veggies grown. 
 
2nd Grade Focus: Medicinal Value of Plants
They will focus more on the medicinal value of plants in the fall. They will harvest existing herb plants as well as plant new herbs. In the spring they use lavender to make gifts for Mother's Day. They also grow many plants in the classroom using grow lights and then transplant in to the garden.
 
A huge SHOUT OUT goes to Julie King for her countless hours spent preparing the gardens for our class visits!
 
If you'd like to learn about volunteer opportunities in the garden, please email vipleaders@mwschool.organd/or complete the Volunteer Interest Survey.
 
 
 
Conferences
We are excited about our reformatted conferences that will be offered on Wednesday afternoon, and we hope that you will enter the experience with an open mind and immerse yourself in the opportunity to learn what it means to be a student at Meridian. Our teachers have been diligent in setting up an experience that will afford you the opportunity to experience a variety of aspects of classroom life.  Please note that your child's teacher is there as part of the rotations and will have a designated amount of time with each family. We ask that you be mindful and respectful of the timeframe that has been established to ensure our allotted time works for all families.
IB Family Nights
We are excited to invite all primary families to join us for one of our IB family nights on Tuesday, October 23rd or Thursday, October 25th. We are encouraging families with last names beginning with A-K to attend on Tuesday and those with last names L-Z to attend Thursday. However, if this doesn't fit your family's schedule, please attend the day that is the best fit for your family. Each grade level will have 3 activities available, and your family can choose the activities that most interest you. The book fair will also be open during this time, so your family can come shop as part of your time here. More details will come next week. 

Fall Book Fair
The Scholastic Book Fair will be here the week of October 22nd - 26th. The theme this year is Enchanted Forest and we know your family will find lots of ways to let your imagination grow! Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. The Book Fair is a great opportunity to help your child grow as a reader as well as helping our school. 50% of all sales comes right back to Meridian. There are also volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in helping, we have times before, during, and after school when we need help. Click here to visit the sign-up sheet.
Yearbooks on Sale NOW!
Balfour has promised that the kinks have been worked out, so be sure to order by October 31st to get lowest price of $45!
 
Our school yearbook, The World, is now on sale! The World is a 200 page four-color book that covers all K-12 students and activities. Order your copy by 10/31/18 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.
 
Our yearbook is only sold online (and by preorder). Please save your email confirmation from Balfour as your receipt.
 
All yearbook package prices increase by $5 on November 1st.
 
Click HERE to order today!
October 16 - Special Guest Speaker at ViP Monthly Meeting
Meridian Counselors and ViP are working together to provide guest speakers at each of the monthly ViP meetings. September's speaker was Jacki James of Kindness Matters, and this month's speaker is Jenna Fleming of Georgetown Family and Child Counseling. 
 
Jenna's presentation Parent/Child Communication -- Reducing Arguments, Encouraging Cooperation and Understanding is sure to benefit parents with children of all ages!
 
We hope you'll join us on Tuesday, October 16 at 6pm! More information can be found here.
Calling ALL Families: Set up your MySchoolBucks.com account today!
It's not just for lunch payments anymore! ALL families should set up a MySchoolBucks account to pay for class trips, Triple A, athletics, specialty t-shirts, event tickets, and more!

1.  Go to myschoolbucks.com to set up an account

2. For district, select Meridian World School (not Meridian ISD)

3. Add a student(s) to your account using the child's name and date of birth 
 
Paying invoices and making purchases is easier than ever. Set up your account today!

Questions? Contact a.cornett@mwschool.org.
Outstanding balances may limit limit your student's activities!
DON'T MISS OUT ON THE FUN!
 
Participation in many student activities will now be limited if there are fees owed to Meridian, including past-due balances in cafeteria accounts, library fees, and school supply fees. Students will not be able to attend class and club trips, dances, prom, and other paid elective activities if there are balances outstanding more than 30 days or if payment arrangements have not already been made with the Business Office. Many fees can now be paid directly by credit card through your MySchoolBucks account.

Questions? Contact a.cornett@mwschool.org.
What's the SRM?
The Standard Reunification Method (SRM) provides an outline of best practices for when schools might need to reunite students and parents in the event of a crisis or emergency. A big component of this plan is to create a kit (think rolling carts with binders, safety vests, name badges, posters, clipboards, etc.)
that would travel with us if we needed to transport students to an offsite location (as directed by law enforcement).
 
Thanks to Jeanette Connaker, Amanda Willis, Kay Bursley, and Michelle Butz-Cortez, we created our school's kit yesterday! While we hope it's never needed, we have the materials ready to facilitate an offsite reunification.

Read more about the SRM in this parent handout.
 
Questions? Contact j.boese@mwschool.org
 
Oct 4 - Meridian Parent Book Group
Thursday October 4, 8:45-9:45 a.m.
The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey

You are welcome to join our Meridian book group open to any parent interested in being a part of a larger community discussion. This month we will be discussing The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey. We meet monthly in the middle school teacher's lounge from 8:45-9:45 am.  It is on the second floor of the M- Building. The intention of the group is to promote thought, raise questions, and to share ideas with each other. Feel free to bring breakfast on the go and enjoy a chance to share your thoughts on the current book of the month. If you would like to be placed on the book group contact list, please email Haven McMasterprimary school counselor.
Important dates to mark on your calendar: (Additions or Changesin red)
  • October 8-12: October Break 2018
  • October 16: ViP Meeting & Guest Speaker
  • October 22-25: PYP Book Fair
  • October 23 (Tues): IB Family Night
  • October 25 (Thurs): IB Family Night
  • October 30: Yearbook Pictures
  • November 3 (Sat): K-5th Movie Night featuring Coco
Reflection
This week I am incredibly grateful for the professionalism, student-centered commitment and investment of time that our staff give.  One of our 2nd grade teachers who, while out in her yard, found a snake skin and brought it into her home. Her son was playing with friends as she shared her discovery with them, and stated she couldn't wait to bring it to Meridian. Her son's friends asked why and he immediately responded, "she's a teacher, that is what they do."  Being an educator is truly a full time, all-in, life choice. Staff come early, stay late, plan at all hours, grade papers while waiting for soccer practice to end, and showcase how to be a compassionate, curious, knowledgeable and confident to your students. I am grateful for each and every staff member for all they add to our learning community.
 
As we prepare to enjoy our Fall Break, I hope that each of our students, families and staff take the time to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.
 
Always excited about what is ahead......



Sincerely,
Shannon Haulotte
October 3, 2018
 
 Shannon Haulotte
 Primary Principal
 


 
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Morning Arrival
We appreciate your attentiveness to ensuring that your Primary students are here on time each morning.  Our school day begins and 7:30 am and we open our doors each day at this time. It is important to remember that we do not have monitors on duty prior to 7:30 am.  If your child is dropped off early, please review the following expectations with them.
  • Showcase independence by sitting or standing with friends - not running with them.
  • Showcase caring words by extending "good-mornings" with others or talking with friends in a kind and caring manner.
  • Showcase responsibility by showing that this is not a time for running, jumping, gymnastics, etc....
We appreciate your support in setting your child up for success by reviewing the above expectations with him or her.
 
Cafeteria Training (10/1)
Want to be a cafeteria volunteer? We'd love to have your help!
 
Come learn about our cafeteria procedures and how you can best help us during this exciting part of the day. Our next training is Monday, October 1st from 8:30-9:00 am in the Primary Cafeteria.
Green Efforts at Meridian
We continue to be proud of our composting efforts at Meridian and are encouraged when we can share with our students the "next steps" to their action. Organics by Gosh, is the company that picks up our compost. They use this organic matter to create their locally made product, which they sell at various home improvement stores...how awesome is this?!
$2 Free Dress Day - TOMORROW!
We look forward to supporting our 8th grade students in their efforts to raise money for their upcoming trip to Heifer Ranch. Students can bring in $2 and wear school appropriate free dress on Thursday, September 27th. Free dress options include: t-shirts, jeans, appropriate length shorts, dresses, shirts, boots, tennis shoes, etc...Free dress does not include: costumes, capes, sleepwear, masks, inappropriate length clothing (tops & bottoms).

Primary students will turn in $2 to their teacher. Secondary students should turn in their $2 between 7:45-8:30am Thursday morning to receive a wristband. Please note that wristbands are for secondary students only.

UPDATE: Parent Book Group will now meet 10/4
The Book Club meeting scheduled for 9-27-18 is cancelled. The Book Club will now meet on Thursday, October 4th at 8:45 in the Mays Building.
Student-Parent-Teacher Conference
We hope that you have signed up for your conference window and that you have your calendars marked for this opportunity to glean insight into your child's educational landscape. We look forward to you walking in with an open mind and being willing to immerse yourself in what it means to be a student at Meridian. Our teachers have given great thought in planning an experience that will allow for your child to take ownership of and communicate their learning with you.

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled conference on October 3rd - this will allow time for you to park and get to the classroom on time. Your administrative team will have a welcome table set up under the awning in front of the primary building to answer your questions. Please stop by and say hello. :)
 
Parent Workday - Creating the SRM Kit
The Standard Reunification Method (SRM) provides an outline of best practices for when schools might need to reunite students and parents in the event of a crisis or emergency. A big component of this plan is to create a kit (think rolling carts with binders, safety vests, name badges, posters, clipboards, etc.)
that would travel with us if we needed to transport students to an offsite location (as directed by law enforcement).
 
Sign up HERE to join us for our SRM Workday on October 2 to make it happen!
 
Questions? Contact j.boese@mwschool.org
 
Math Pentathlon
Last Saturday (Sept. 22nd) was the Kick-off for the 18-19 season of Meridian's Math Pentathlon team! New and returning families had an opportunity to meet the divisional coaches and get a view of this season's schedule. Math Pentathlon offers students a fun way to practice math, problem solving, sportsmanship, risk-taking, and so much more through learning math-based board games and competing in an end-of-school-year tournament. The team is still accepting new members. If you missed the kick-off event or for more information parents may email: 

Important dates to mark on your calendar: (Additions or Changesin red)

  • September 27: $2 Free Dress Day
  • October 1: Cafeteria Training
  • October 2: SRM Workday
  • October 3: Student Conferences
  • October 8-12: October Break 2018
  • October 16: ViP Meeting & Guest Speaker
  • October 22-25: PYP Book Fair
  • October 23 (Tues): IB Family Night
  • October 25 (Thurs): IB Family Night
  • October 30: Yearbook Pictures
  • November 3 (Sat): K-5th Movie Night featuring Coco
Reflection
As we look forward to cooler temperatures, crisp air, and an energy that permeates our hallways, we are reminded that it is Fall. Our students have settled into patterns of discovery and are engaged in both formative and summative learning tasks.  They have been busy creating games of strategy on the playground, negotiating with peers to resolve conflict, reading amazing works of fiction and non-fiction, posing challenging questions to themselves and their teachers, and balancing all of this with talk centered around the fun they will have on Fall Break. 

I am continually inspired by our students persistent curiosity, the strength they uncover in learning from their mistakes, and the joy they find in the small things.  Life can move quickly, it can pass by and you don't always see what it wants you to....being surrounded by 850+ 5-11 year olds helps with this. When one of our fantastic students overheard a much younger student say that she could not reach her lunch box in the lost and found, the older student immediately said, "Don't worry - that's why I am here to help you."  

Our remarkable students, your brilliant children, remind me that being curious should never fade, that learning comes from moving forward, and that we all need to take time to: smell lollipops, laugh at jokes, and extend kindness whenever possible.

As always, I look forward to all that is to come.

Sincerely,
Shannon Haulotte
September 26, 2018
 
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 Primary Principal
 


 
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Green Initiative - Chair Bands
Teachers and students are so excited about another green initiative at Meridian! We are upcycling inner tubes to make bands for the legs of student chairs. Buck's Bikes has been collecting them for us as they do tire repairs (which keeps them out of the landfill.) A big thank you goes to Mary Catherine Urban for picking them up for us.  
 
The bands allow students whose feet might not touch the ground to sit more comfortably. It also gives students who need an opportunity to move and listen/work to do this while remaining in their seats. We are so appreciative of Lynda Chapel and Linda Harrison who have come up to install the bands.
 
The bands have been so successful; teachers are starting to ask for a whole class set!  If you would like to help with this project, please contact Jessica Boese at j.boese@mwschool.org.
 
$2 Free Dress Day (9/27)
We look forward to supporting our 8th grade students in their efforts to raise money for their upcoming trip to Heifer Ranch. Students can bring in $2 and wear school appropriate free dress on Thursday, September 27th. Free dress options include: t-shirts, jeans, appropriate length shorts, dresses, shirts, boots, tennis shoes, etc...Free dress does not include: costumes, capes, sleepwear, masks, inappropriate length clothing (tops & bottoms).

Student-Parent-Teacher Conference
Our 1st quarter conferences will take place on Wednesday, October 3rd. Grade levels will be communicating sign-up opportunities by the end of next week. The purpose of the October 3rd conference is to provide your student with the opportunity to talk about their classroom procedures, showcase their work and allow for you to glean insight into their day.  The report cards that will be sent home the week of October 15th will provide an academic reporting of the larger picture you experience during the conference. 
 
Geography Bee
Meridian Geo Bee is looking for students from 4th-8th grade who love geography to compete in the National Geographic Bee. Students will meet after school monthly on Fridays from 4pm to 5pm. Student Registration forms can be received from Ms. Hopson in the Middle School or Mr. Zollner in the PrimarySchool. The fee for this activity is $25. Student Registration forms are due by Tuesday, September 25th.  Students who are interested in competing in our School Geography Bee (State Qualifier) and are unable to make Friday meetings, are welcome to study on their own and compete in the Bee. Please send questions to geographybee@mwschool.org
Parent Workday - Creating the SRM Kit
At last week's Parent Meeting we shared that the next step our safety plan is to create our school's SRM Kit. 

The Standard Reunification Method (SRM) provides an outline of best practices for when schools might need to reunite students and parents in the event of a crisis or emergency. A big component of this plan is to create a kit (think rolling carts with binders, safety vests, name badges, posters, clipboards, etc.) that
would travel with us if we needed to transport students to an offsite location (as directed by law enforcement).
 
We've been told it's a big project, so we're organizing an SRM Workday on October 2 to make it happen!

Stay tuned! A signup will be shared next week.
 
Questions? Contact j.boese@mwschool.org
 
See Something Say Something Awareness Day (9/25)
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has designated September 25 as national "If You See Something, Say Something®" Awareness Day. The "If You See Something, Say Something®" campaign works with partners year-round to inspire, empower and educate the public on suspicious activity reporting. By designating a day to the campaign, the Department hopes to highlight the importance of suspicious activity reporting.
 
Informed, alert community members play a critical role in keeping our schools safe. We can all help keep our community safe by paying attention to our surroundings and reporting suspicious activity to school officials or local law enforcement.

The campaign is calling on citizens and partners around the country to lead conversations and activities, leading up to, and on September 25. 

While this campaign is primarily being shared with grade 6-12, we recognize that our older primarystudents can also play a part.

Join us in spreading the word!

Meridian Parent Book Group
Thursday Sept. 27th, 8:45-9:45 a.m.
The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey
 
You are welcome to join our Meridian book group open to any parent interested in being a part of a larger community discussion. In September, we will be discussing The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey. We meet monthly in the middle school teacher's lounge from 8:45-9:45 am.  It is on the second floor of the M- Building. The intention of the group is to promote thought, raise questions, and to share ideas with each other. Feel free to bring breakfast on the go and enjoy a chance to share your thoughts on the current book of the month.  If you would like to be placed on the book group contact list, please email either Nancy Spence, middle school counselor or Haven McMasterprimaryschool counselor.
Important dates to mark on your calendar: (Additions or Changesin red)
  • September 25: See Something Say Something National Awareness Day
  • September 27: $2 Free Dress Day
  • October 2: SRM Workday
  • October 3: Student Conferences
  • October 8-12: October Break 2018
  • October 16: ViP Meeting & Guest Speaker
  • October 22-25: PYP Book Fair
  • October 23 (Tues): IB Family Night
  • October 25 (Thurs): IB Family Night
  • October 30: Yearbook Pictures
  • November 3 (Sat): K-5th Movie Night featuring Coco
Reflection
As I reflect on another week of experiences, I am reminded of the beauty and power of questions. Questions are utilized in classrooms to frame the daily learning objectives; for example, "In what ways will our characters experiences influence their actions? "
 
Asking guiding, challenging and thought provoking questions is pivotal to our IB Program and our commitment to learning about each other, our school, community and world. Learning to ask appropriate questions in a variety of settings and for a variety of reasons is a transferable skill that will serve our students well in their future. I look forward to the learning and questions that are to come.

Sincerely,
Shannon Haulotte
September 20, 2018
 
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 Primary Principal
 


 
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Appreciation
Our entire primary years community came together over the last few days to create heartfelt cards of appreciation for the work of our first responders. Yesterday morning an excited group of students were able to deliver our cards and treats to the Round Rock Fire Department. We appreciate Round Rock Fire commitment to serve and enjoyed sharing this time with them.
 
Progress Reports
Our first quarter progress reports were sent home in yesterday's student folders. Please check your child's folder, review, sign and return this report.

Report Cards
The staff and administration of the Primary Years Program work collaboratively to build an assessment program that includes a variety of opportunities to assess student learning. Working to ensure that we communicate the entirety of student learning, our assessment menu consists of: pre-assessment, formative and summative, formal and informal, and self-reflective assessments. Formative assessment refers to completed work that informs the teacher student learning-it shapes instruction. Examples of formative work include: homework, daily class work and quizzes.Summative assessment refers to work that summarizes the student learning that has occurred and includes tests and cumulative projects. Students in grades Kindergarten through five receive 4 report cards per year.. The anecdotal student report cards will accompany the 2nd and 4th quarter reporting period, while the student-parent conference and report of student progress will communicate academic measures for the 1st and 3rd quarters. Students in grade five receive alpha grades to assist in preparing them for their transition to middle school.  

Our first quarter report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, October 16th.  
 
Progress Reports
Our first quarter progress reports will be sent home in today's student folders. Please check your child's folder at the end of the day, review, sign and return this report.

Student-Parent-Teacher Conference
Our 1st quarter conferences will take place on Wednesday, October 3rd. Grade levels will be communicating sign-up opportunities by the end of next week. The purpose of the October 3rd conference is to provide your student with the opportunity to talk about their classroom procedures, showcase their work and allow for you to glean insight into their day.  The report cards that will be sent home the week of October 15th will provide an academic reporting of the larger picture you experience during the conference.
Southwestern University Students
We are fortunate to have several students from Southwestern University in Georgetown joining us on campus. These students are pursuing their degree in education and will gain valuable real-life practicum experience by observing our classrooms. We are excited to welcome these students to campus.
Parent Meeting - TOMORROW!
 
Annual Parent Meeting
& Raffle Drawing
 
Thursday, Sep 13
@ 6:30pm

Click HERE to RSVP
and to reserve a childcare spot ($5/child).



We'll also hold the Carline Raffle Drawing during this meeting.
 
Want to bypass the afternoon carline?
 
Purchase your raffle tickets HERE!
 
 
Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org
Summary of Previous Drills & LOCKDOWN Drill Tomorrow
As Head of School Rick Fernandez shared in his recent letter to parents, we hope you will come to tomorrow's meeting to learn more about the holistic approach Meridian is taking regarding school safety.
 
As you know, we've held a drill each of the last three weeks. Here is a very brief summary of those drills:
 
8/23 HOLD - lasted 5 minutes - classes were only interrupted by a brief announcement on the intercom, otherwise instruction continued as usual (Texas State's Texas School Safety Center recommends these to be conducted a minimum of one time per semester)
 
8/30 EVACUATE - lasted 8 minutes - this was a typical fire drill (required monthly per the State Fire Marshal's Office)

9/6 LOCKOUT - lasted 4 minutes - classes were only interrupted by a brief announcement on the intercom, otherwise instruction continued as usual (Texas State's Texas School Safety Center recommends these to be conducted a minimum of one time per semester)
 
Tomorrow's LOCKDOWN drill will last a little longer than the previous three because each classroom will receive a visit from a principal, counselor, or administrator to confirm that the appropriate procedures were followed (doors locked, lights off, students out of sight). 
 
We know it's important for you to be aware of the drills that are conducted at your child's school, and for this reason we sent home a flyer (image below) with all families during Back to School Nights and invite you to learn more at tomorrow's Parent Meeting where we'll review the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) training that our teachers and staff have received. 
 

Questions?
 Contact j.boese@mwschool.org.
 
Meridian Parent Book Group
Thursday Sept. 27th, 8:45-9:45 a.m.
The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey
 
You are welcome to join our Meridian book group open to any parent interested in being a part of a larger community discussion. In September, we will be discussing The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey. We meet monthly in the middle school teacher's lounge from 8:45-9:45 am.  It is on the second floor of the M- Building. The intention of the group is to promote thought, raise questions, and to share ideas with each other. Feel free to bring breakfast on the go and enjoy a chance to share your thoughts on the current book of the month.  If you would like to be placed on the book group contact list, please email either Nancy Spence, middle school counselor or Haven McMaster, primaryschool counselor.
Important dates to mark on your calendar: (Additions or Changesin red)
  • September 13 (Thurs): Fall Parent Meeting
  • (That's you!!!)
  • October 8-12: October Break 2018
  • October 22-25: PYP Book Fair
  • October 23 (Tues): IB Family Night
  • October 25 (Thurs): IB Family Night
  • November 3 (Sat): K-5th Movie Night featuring Coco
Reflection
Over the last week I have had the privilege of talking with some of our amazing students in grades K, 3, 4 and 5. These scholars have: shared their thoughts regarding currents units of inquiry, advocated for themselves, drafted and submitted proposals for campus enhancements, reached out with ideas for clubs,  and shared a much loved elementary school joke. :-) I have had the sheer joy of being reminded of how our students celebrate the challenge of learning something new, expect to be asked to justify their thinking and to reflect upon it, and balance these impressive academic tasks with being able to share the simple pleasure of telling a knock-knock joke.  As we approach the midterm point of our first quarter, I invite you to celebrate the commitment, discovery and learning that your child is experiencing. I look forward to the learning that is to come and the occasional knock-knock joke. :)

Sincerely,
Shannon Haulotte
September 12, 2018
 
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 Primary Principal
 


 
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Look What's Happening on Campus
Last week we had multiple grade levels taking advantage of our warm weather and awesome outdoor learning spaces. 5th grade students found comfortable places in the courtyard to express themselves through written expression, 1st graders were looking at life in our habitat and 2nd grade engaged their scientific reasoning in the garden by following up on the question: "Are all bubbles spherical?"
 
In talking with each group, it is evident that our students are: invested in taking ownership of their learning, committed to self-reflection and enjoying themselves. :)  
 
Meridian Parent Book Group
Thursday Sept. 27th, 8:45-9:45 a.m.
The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey
 
You are welcome to join our Meridian book group open to any parent interested in being a part of a larger community discussion. In September, we will be discussing The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey. We meet monthly in the middle school teacher's lounge from 8:45-9:45 am.  It is on the second floor of the M- Building. The intention of the group is to promote thought, raise questions, and to share ideas with each other. Feel free to bring breakfast on the go and enjoy a chance to share your thoughts on the current book of the month.  If you would like to be placed on the book group contact list, please email either Nancy Spence, middle school counselor or Haven McMaster, primaryschool counselor.
Principal's Coffee
The first of four Principal's Coffee will take place this Thursday, September 6th from 8:30-9:30 am. We will host coffee for all and provide a forum to discuss your questions regarding our Primary Years Program (PYP). There is no need to sign up in advance, we look forward to welcoming who are able to attend.

Traffic Update from TxDOT
Beginning today we will no longer have a police officer directing traffic on the frontage road during arrival. In an effort to keep the line from backing up, please be attentive when approaching in order to turn at the first possible opportunity.

There will continue to be an officer during dismissal.
Also, please read the following note from TxDOT:

Now that the frontage roads are nearly complete, driveways along the southbound I-35 frontage road will need to be raised and reconfigured to tie into the higher frontage road.
 
Beginning Wednesday morning, Sept. 5, weather permitting, the southbound frontage road traffic will switch to the newly constructed frontage road at FM 3406. Please be aware of lane shifts and temporary closures as crews begin to reconstruct driveways. Road signs have been placed to alert drivers of the upcoming changes. Alternative driveway access to affected businesses will be available on Chisholm Trail or Hoppe Trail. (Please see attached map for more information.) The southbound frontage road and driveway improvements are anticipated to take approximately one month to complete, weather permitting.
 
Full project completion is expected later this fall. We appreciate your patience and understanding as crews finish up these much-needed improvements.
 
For more information about this project and others currently under construction on I-35, visit My35Construction.org.
Parent Meeting - September 13
 
Annual Parent Meeting
& Raffle Drawing
 
Thursday, Sep 13
@ 6:30pm

Click HERE to RSVP
and to reserve a childcare spot ($5/child).



We'll also hold the Carline Raffle Drawing during this meeting.
 
Want to bypass the afternoon carline?
 
Purchase your raffle tickets HERE!
 
 
Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org
Yearbooks - ON SALE NOW!
Our school yearbook, The World, is now on sale! The World is a 200 page book that covers all K-12 students and activities. Order your copy by 10/31/18 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.

Our yearbook is only sold preordered and online.
 
All yearbook package prices increase by $5 on November 1st.

Click HERE to order today!

Questions? Contact e.roybal@mwschool.org

LOCKOUT Drill Happening This Week
On Thursday of this week we'll hold a LOCKOUT drill, which will also be repeated during after-school activities that same day.

As the drills are taking place, parents will receive a text notifying them of the drill taking place, along with instructions to follow if there were an actual emergency.

If you have not done so already, TEXT Meridianp to 94502 to receive these alerts. 

K-5th grade classes have watched this video focusing on HOLD, LOCKOUT, and SHELTER and this video demonstrating LOCKDOWN and EVACUATE.

5th grade classes also watched this video which covers all five.


Questions?
 Contact j.boese@mwschool.org.
 
Important dates to mark on your calendar: (Additions or Changesin red)

  • September 6 (Thurs): Principal's Coffee
  • September 13 (Thurs): Fall Parent Meeting
  • (That's you!!!)
  • October 8-12: October Break 2018
  • October 22-25: PYP Book Fair
  • October 23 (Tues): IB Family Night
  • October 25 (Thurs): IB Family Night
  • November 3 (Sat): K-5th Movie Night featuring Coco

Sincerely,
Shannon Haulotte
September 4, 2018
 
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 Primary Principal
 


 
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Our quote came from a 1st grade student who, when passing my office, thought it smelled like lollipops. I encourage you to research and share an interesting fact about lollipops with me. Place a sticky note on my door with your research findings.
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Fire Lane
When at Meridian, students, visitors and district staff are prohibited from parking in areas marked as fire lanes. Do not park in the designated fire lanes at any time because doing so can prevent the timely arrival of first responders to the scene of medical or fire emergency. We appreciate your planning and taking the time necessary to find parking in our designated parking spaces.
Labor Day Holiday
There will be no school on Monday, September 3rd. All classes will resume on Tuesday, September 4th.
 
College T-Shirt Wednesday
Meridian has a standing tradition of encouraging students to think beyond our campus and into the future that awaits them. For so many of our students, college will be the next step after graduating from Meridian. To celebrate our students' desire to pursue their goals of higher education, students and staff are encouraged to wear a college t-shirt and blue jeans/uniform pants on the last Wednesday of the month. 

Principal's Coffee
The first of four Principal's Coffee will take place next Thursday, September 6th from 8:30-9:30 am. We will host coffee for all and provide a forum to discuss your questions regarding our Primary Years Program (PYP). There is no need to sign up in advance, we look forward to welcoming who are able to attend.

Parent Meeting - September 13
  Annual Parent Meeting
& Raffle Drawing
 
Thursday, Sep 13
@ 6:30pm

Click HERE to RSVP
and to reserve a childcare spot ($5/child).



We'll also hold the Carline Raffle Drawing during this meeting.
 
Want to bypass the afternoon carline?
 
Purchase your raffle tickets HERE!
 
Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org
Yearbooks - ON SALE NOW!
Our school yearbook, The World, is now on sale! The World is a 200 page book that covers all K-12 students and activities. Order your copy by 10/31/18 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.

Our yearbook is only sold preordered and online.
 
All yearbook package prices increase by $5 on November 1st.

Click HERE to order today!

Questions? Contact e.roybal@mwschool.org

EVACUATE Drill Happening This Week
On Thursday of this week we'll hold an EVACUATE drill, which will also be repeated during after-school activities that same day.

As the drills are taking place, parents will receive a text notifying them of the drill taking place, along with instructions to follow if there were an actual emergency.

If you have not done so already, TEXT Meridianp to 94502 to receive these alerts. 


K-5th grade classes have watched this video focusing on HOLD, LOCKOUT, and SHELTER and this video demonstrating LOCKDOWN and EVACUATE.

5th grade classes also watched this video which covers all five.


Questions?
 Contact j.boese@mwschool.org.
 
Sports Fun for the Entire Meridian Community
Calling all lions! Come join the fun!
 
Join us Friday, August 31st from 6:00pm-7:30pm for our first annual "Friday Night Lights" tailgate to kick-off the 2018-19 Athletics season. There will be a lip sync battle, food trucks, and tons of opportunities to hang out with Meridian student athletes from all of our sports ─ Cross Country, Swimming, Volleyball, Tennis, Basketball, Baseball and Soccer! Learn more here.
 
On Saturday, September 1st, Meridian hosts our 5th annual volleyball tournament at Round Rock Sports Center. There has never been a better time to show your school spirit! Come out and watch some exciting volleyball, enjoy Kona Ice with your friends at the musical playscape or at the covered playground, and show all of our visiting schools what LION PRIDE is all about! Learn more about the Labor Day Classic Volleyball Tournament here.

Important dates to mark on your calendar: (Additions or Changesin red)
  • September 3 (Mon): Labor Day-No School
  • September 6 (Thurs): Principal's Coffee
  • September 13 (Thurs): Fall Parent Meeting
  • September 18 (Wed): First ViP Meeting (
    That's you!!!)
  • October 8-12: October Break 2018
  • October 22-25: PYP Book Fair
  • October 23 (Tues): IB Family Night
  • October 25 (Thurs.) IB Family Night

Sincerely,
Shannon Haulotte
August 28, 2018
 
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Connections: I invite you and your student to research who Blaise Pascal was - what was his contribution to the field of mathematics and why do you think this was important? Students can place their thoughts, via a sticky note or drawing, on my office door under the "Look What I Learned" header.
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What Are Our Students Doing?
Our early days center around community building. A healthy community establishes norms and routines that guide the community members' interactions with each other. Our intentional planning for community building allows for all members within the group to have ownership of their space. Our International Baccalaureate framework, with inquiry at the heart of learning, provides the perfect platform for our students to question, discover and learn about the various aspect of community. In addition to building our community expectations, we have launched our first IB Planner of the year - more information on this will be found in your grade level communication. As we begin our first full week of school I look forward to the questions, discoveries and reflections that await.
Parking
It is important that when you are on campus that you do NOT park in a numbered space. All numbered spaces are reserved for staff and students. There are designated parking spaces to the North of the "Lions Cage" for you and we look forward to you filling them - whether it be for meetings that bring you to campus or for volunteer opportunities.

Information regarding picking up between 4:00-4:30pm (1:30-2:00pm on Wednesdays)
During secondary dismissal, Meridian Lane will now be blocked at the Fast Lane crosswalk.

Parents needing to pick up their children from Triple A activities between 4:00-4:30pm (1:30-2:00pm on Wednesdays) have the following options:

1.) Approach from Mays as usual and use the Blue Lane to park. At this time in the afternoon, you may use the numbered spaces.

2.) Approach from the frontage road onto Meridian Lane and park in the grass. 

Questions? Contact j.boese@mwschool.org.
Classroom Safety - SRP Training Video
This week, all Meridian students will view an age-appropriate video explaining our new safety procedures.

K-5th grade classes will watch this video focusing on HOLD, LOCKOUT, and SHELTER. Later they'll watch this video demonstrating LOCKDOWN and EVACUATE.

5th grade classes will also watch this video which covers all five.

Beginning next week, we will perform one drill a week (see schedule below). Each drill will be repeated during after-school activities that same day.

As the drills are taking place, parents will receive a text notifying them of the drill taking place, along with instructions to follow if there were an actual emergency.

If you have not done so already, TEXT Meridianp to 94502 to receive these alerts. 


Questions?
 Contact j.boese@mwschool.org.
Raptor Updates-Student Safety
Parents, the system we use for signing out your children has made some updates over the summer and we will be needing to re-scan your IDs. Please make sure you have them when you come to the office - we will NOT be able to sign out your children without it. We appreciate your help in keeping your child safe. 

Communication
Your child will engage in discoveries as to the power/lack thereof of communication. Effective communication can ensure a thought, feeling or concern is received. Effective communication allows for both the sender and receiver to feel a matter is addressed and resolved. Unhealthy communication can provoke confusion, contribute to misunderstandings and ultimately create an unhealthy environment. We take great care to ensure that we engage in effective communication with all those that play a role in your child's learning. I respectfully ask that prior to using social media to communicate concerns, you bring those to either your child's teacher or administration. I look forward to engaging in practices that allow for all parties to effectively communicate with each other to ensure we remain focused on our fantastic students and their learning.

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

During your time in the classroom, you will hear about what makes your child's learning experience at Meridian exceptionally unique. It is my hope that you will walk away from this evening excited for your child to be a Meridian Lion. 
 
Each evening our doors will open at 6:00 pm and our program will begin at 6:15 pm.  This is NOT a come and go event, we ask that you arrive on time and plan to stay for the entire hour.
 
Our Open House Schedule is:
  • Monday, August 20th: 1st & 5th Grade
  • Tuesday, August 21st: 2nd & 3rd Grade
  • Wednesday, August 22nd: Kindergarten and 4th Grade
Tweeting About Our Day
In an effort to utilize the technology and foster increases communication,  I have created a Twitter account. I will be Tweeting weekly, and I invite you to follow me at @HaulotteShannon. Twitter will enhance our campus-to-home connection and further celebrate the inquiry and learning that occurs at Meridian. 

Thank you to the families who have already signed up to follow our campus events.
Reflection
Meridian School is one awesome place!  Over the last week I have had the privilege of learning that our students love to visit the library on the weekends, some feel that the classic book, The  Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle is one of the best books ever while other students are inquiring about the role that relationships play in influencing identity. I have also learned an important lesson, our Primary teachers love chocolate. :) Student inquiry, committed staff and an amazing parent volunteer group (that has shown up in force this week to support with morning carline) are essential to why I feel that Meridian School is one awesome place.

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

I eagerly look forward to all that is to come.

Sincerely,
Shannon Haulotte
August 14, 2018
 
 Shannon Haulotte
 Primary Principal