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October 4, 2013
Many Opportunities to Interact with the School Community
The weather is the changing and the Cardinals are in the playoffs! It must be fall. This is always a busy time with many events and opportunities to interact with the school community.
Parent-Teacher Conferences are quickly approaching. MRHE conferences will be held on October 22nd (Tuesday) and 24th (Thursday). Your child’s teacher will be sending scheduling options home soon. During Parent-Teacher Conferences we will be sharing our new report card with you. A great deal of time and energy has been invested in creating a report cart that is helpful to you as a parent. Your feedback is appreciated!
This fall we will also provide opportunities for you to participate in activities as to support our students. On Friday, October 11th your family is invited to participate in our Spaghetti Dinner and Movie Night. In addition, our 6th grade fundraising group will host our first ever Trivia Night on November 16th. We welcome your participation!
Enjoy the wonderful fall season and I look forward to seeing you!
Click here to view the full MRH Elementary Fall Newsletter
August 2, 2013
Continuing Our Quest for Excellence
Welcome to the start of the 2013-14 school year. I am eager to begin a new year of learning and leading.
Like many of you, my summer was spent catching up on things I enjoy, but don’t necessarily have as much time to commit to during the school year. One of these is reading. I love to read...books, articles, anything! One book that I reread is Mindset by Carol Dweck. I strongly encourage all parents and educators to read and reread this book. It is powerful in supporting the belief that with determination and effort anything is possible. Read it!
Each new school year brings with it the promise of what is before us. I believe this new year will present opportunities for our school community to grow closer together and for our school to continue our quest for excellence for every learner.
As we begin the new school year I look forward to seeing each of you at many of the “Back to School” events. These events are listed in the newsletter and on the website calendar. If you are new to MRHE, welcome to a wonderful learning community.
See you soon!
Click here to view the full Welcome Back 2013 Newsletter
May 1, 2013
Exciting Summer Learning Opportunities
Spring is here! We are definitely receiving the April showers. Let’s hope they help with the May flowers. I find it hard to believe that we are in the month of May and the year is coming to a close. The next few weeks are VERY busy with many special events, field trips, and memories to share. Several of the upcoming events are the 1st Grade Parent Orientation, 6th Grade Promotion, the Awards Ceremony, and Field Day. Please make sure that you are reviewing the calendar and checking the notes sent home each week. We don’t want you to miss anything!
During this time of the year families start making plans for the upcoming summer break. Many of you will be enrolling your children in camps and summer programs throughout the city. The MRH summer
program is a great option for you and your family. There are many exciting learning opportunities included in this program. If you have questions about the summer program, please contact Dan Lyons, the Summer School Coordinator at 314-644-4403 or email email@example.com.
April 1, 2013
Preparing Your Child For Testing
I hope everyone “enjoyed” the last bit of winter weather we recently experienced. I cannot remember that much snow in one day in quite some time!
April is quickly approaching and with the month of April comes standardized testing. Our testing dates are: April 8 – 12 and again on April 15 – 18. Students in third through sixth grade will test in Communication Arts and Mathematics. Our 5th graders will also test in Science. During the two weeks of testing, our building wide schedule changes to allow for larger amounts of time for testing. Lunch schedules will stay the same, but some Art, Music, and P.E. times will change throughout the day.
As a school we strive to create a positive atmosphere during testing that communicates the importance of “doing your best” and at the same time doesn’t add additional stress and pressure to our children. As a family there are several things you can do to support your child during the time leading up to and during testing.
- Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep. A goodnight’s sleep is crucial to ensuring your child is prepared both mentally and physically for a day of testing.
- Allow for additional exercise and energy release during the evenings. Many of our testing days require longer periods of sitting and focus than what we normally expect. Children may need additional time to release their built up energy before the next day.
- Be on time for school each morning. It is VERY important that our students are at school and on time during the testing window. We want everyone to participate and give 100%! Please make sure your child is on time each morning.
- Talk to your child about how testing and the typical school day are different. As I shared above, it is unavoidable that our schedule changes during the two weeks of testing. This may cause some of our students who enjoy routine to experience some nervousness with the schedule changes.
- Make healthy food choices. Each day of testing, the MRHE PTO will provide a healthy snack for our students. Please consider providing healthy food choices for your child’s lunch time.
As a school, we greatly appreciate your support during these few weeks of testing. We know and you know the stakes involved with standardized testing and we want to make sure our students are as confident and well prepared as ever.
Click here to view the complete Elementary Newsletter for April
Click here to view the Elementary Cafeteria Menu for April