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April 12, 2021

MRHE Museum Memo: 4/12-4/16

MRHE MUSEUM MEMO

April 12-16

Hello!

 

It is a shortened week at MRHE this week, with PD happening on Friday, April 16th. This means that all Tiers Plan students will come to campus on Wednesday.

 

 

 

Our last round of STAR testing is this week on Tuesday, April 13 and Wednesday, April 14. These are our seasonal benchmark assessments in Reading and Math that measure student progress and help inform our teachers' instruction. 

  • All students in Tier 2 will take this assessment while on-campus during their AM or PM session. 
  • For any students in our Virtual Academy, please ensure that your child joins their class for their Tuesday, 9-10 AM testing time, and Wednesday, 10:30-11:30 AM testing time. 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your child's teacher.

 

In partnership,

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Dr. Thompson

REMINDERS

  • Car drivers at ARRIVAL and DISMISSAL: Please refrain from turning onto Glades Circle Drive coming north on Bellevue. This left turn holds up traffic and our process. To ensure a smooth arrival and dismissal, all car drivers should travel south on Bellevue, waiting to turn right (west) onto Glades Circle Drive. Also, while waiting in the pick up lanes, we kindly ask that you turn your car off rather than sitting in idle.

ATTENDANCE LINE

Please use one of the following methods to verify your child's reason for absence: 

HANDBOOK UPDATE

In keeping with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the St. Louis County Department of Health, MRH has revised its Family Handbook to reflect the new recommended COVID-19 quarantine period as 10 days rather than 14. You can read the updated Handbook here.

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Hi everyone! This week all of our students will be participating in STAR testing with their homerooms. As your child(ren) prepares for the assessment, this is a great time for you to talk through test-taking tips with your child(ren). You can model deep breathing strategies with your child to use before and during testing; I highly recommend looking up Belly Breathing to build a strong foundational coping skill. You can also practice distraction and calming strategies such playing a mental or partner game of ABC Scavenger Hunt - look around the room for an item that represents each letter of the alphabet (i.e. 'A' for art, 'B' for bench). Lastly, consider practicing slow down strategies such as counting to 10 forward and backwards with intentional slowness and mindful breathing.  

 

If your child does experience difficulty with test-taking anxiety, please reach out to your student's teacher and/or MRHE counseling team. We will be sure to check-in and support your child with strategies! 

 

Have a great week, MRHE!

- Mr. Byrne, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Wiegert

READING

 

Creating a reading routine is one of the best ways to make sure your child spends time each day engaging with literacy. If your daily/nightly routine doesn’t include reading now, try adding it in this week. This routine can include not only a specific time (before bed, right after school, after dinner, etc) but also a space to read. Having a special spot to enjoy a book can help your child consistently set time aside each day for reading. Remember to join your child and read a book with them sometimes (or read a book together).

 

MATH

 

MATH FACTS!  MATH FACTS!  MATH FACTS!

 

During this unique year, we have been unable to emphasize the importance of learning math facts automatically as much as we would have liked to.  Fortunately, practicing math facts outside of school is one of the easiest ways for students & families to continue to support their math progress!  We ask, and encourage, all families to interact with math facts throughout the week as much as they can.  Here are some tips to remember:

 

 

LEARNING MATH FACTS IS JUST LIKE LEARNING SIGHT WORDS!

Learning math facts is VERY important to be able to solve larger math problems & tasks. Math facts are just like sight words in reading.  Students had to practice their sight words to know them automatically, which then helped them read more complex sentences in books. In the same way, students need to know their math facts in order to tackle larger and more complex math problems.

 

SUCCESS COMES WITH FOCUSED PRACTICE!

Contradictory to the way math used to be taught, it is not best practice to learn multiplication facts in order (0s, 1s, 2s, 3s, etc.).  Instead, allowing students to learn them in an order that encourages connections to be made among the facts is actually best practice!  (Our recommended order: 1s, 2, 10s, 5s, 4s, 8s, 3s, 6s, 7s, 9s)

 

When students practice a set of store-bought flashcards or play multiplication games online, they are given problems from ALL multiplication facts.  That’s over 130 facts!!  This makes it difficult for students to actually retain answers to memory.  Instead, practice should focus on ONE fact set at a time (ex. 3s, 9s).  This allows the brain to notice patterns, build connections, and receive focused practice with only 10 facts, which makes them easier and faster to learn.

 

SEE IT!  SAY IT!  WRITE IT!

When exploring a new fact set, research has shown that when learners SEE something, SAY it aloud, and WRITE it down they are more likely to retain it and move the learning to long-term memory.  Students are encouraged to play with their math facts in ways that require them to ‘see it, say it, and write it’!

 

GROWTH & PROGRESS IS MOST IMPORTANT- TALK POSITIVELY!

Everyone learns differently and at different speeds.  It’s okay if students don’t automatize facts immediately. Focus on making growth, progressing a little bit at a time.  If students hear positive talk about math facts inside and outside of school, they are more likely to have a growth mindset and want to practice more often! 

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY STUDENT KNOWS THEIR FACTS?

At MRH, we follow the research-based guideline of ‘3 seconds’.  Therefore, to say that a student has automatized a fact, the goal is that students can say or write the answer to a math fact within 3 seconds. 

 

garden_collection_drawing.jpg

FROM THE MRHE GARDEN

Looking for GARDEN STEWARDS...

Who want to learn how to grow food for their family or simply have a place to grow food when you don’t have a garden at home. Together with Chef Marino, you will plant and care for the 12 raised beds at school and benefit from harvesting fresh produce. You will receive expert coaching in organic gardening and free seeds to grow at home. A core group of students and family members commit to working in the garden until the end of August to ensure the beds are used for growing food, not weeds. There will be scheduled monthly garden days to prepare the beds, plant seeds and seedlings. Families sign up to be responsible for watering, weeding and harvesting during the growing season, one week at a time.

This Spring expect to harvest spinach, lettuces, peas, herbs, kale, Swiss chard, beets, carrots, and radishes.

Sign up here.

 

And...

 

Spring is almost here and Chef Marino needs help with the chickens over Spring break and through the summer.

 

Chicken care involves providing food and water, three days per week - about 10-15 minutes. On Fridays or the weekend, the coop needs to be cleaned, which takes an additional 30 minutes. Playing with the chickens and taking home the eggs is your reward!

 

If your family is interested in taking care of our three hens Tiny, Beatrice and Buttercup, please click here. Training will be provided.

FOOD SERVICES

Hello from School Nutrition Services!

 

Please continue to fill out our weekly order form if you need meals for your child(ren). 

PTO UPDATE

  • Did you purchase from EyeSeeMe?  Books should be home to you by now. If you have questions about your order, please contact cindy.crader1@gmail.com. Thank you for your generosity and patience as we work through this new process! 

 

  • Elmwood Second Wednesdays Fundraiser Night -- Wednesday!!! 10% of food sales come back to the PTO. You can start placing your order now at www.elmwoodstl.com

 

  • Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7) -- Our team is working out details for how to spoil our teachers all week long! More info to come soon!

 

  • Teacher Snack Cart -- PTO will be stocking the cart with sodas and coffee pods using some of the proceeds from our restaurant nights! If you'd like to donate some snacks or drinks to add to the cart, please contact Gretchen Schiltz at gretcheny@hotmail.com.  

MRHE LEARNING LAB

Is your child needing additional support with work completion, being walked through the learning platform(s), additional time and support to process through assignments, organizational assistance, etc.?

 

Parents and guardians for Tiers Plan students: if you are interested in pursuing this support, please reach out to your child's teacher who will coordinate with the assigned MRHE Learning Lab teacher directly.  

 

The Learning Lab runs Monday-Thursday from 4:30-6:00pm (notice slight time change).  

 

Zoom ID Zoom PASSCODE

3rd/Ms. Felchner: 672 725 7706/Password: MRH

4th/Mrs. Datema: 958 7057 3772/Password: 4THLAB

5th/Ms. Knutson: 918 1308 0143/Password: MRHE5

6th/Ms. Howard: 947 0979 9384/Password: sixth

Follow us on SOCIAL MEDIA for updates and a glimpse into what is happening in our building each day!

 

 

 

 

Twitter: @mrhelemschool

 

Facebook: @MRHELEMENTARY

Thank you for all you are doing to assist us in helping our learners connect with their online learning! We are so MRHE PROUD of the engagement of all.

 
MRH Elementary School | 1800 Princeton Place, St. Louis, MO 63117

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April 5, 2021

MRHE Museum Memo: 4/3-4/9

MRHE MUSEUM MEMO

April 3-9

Hello!

 

It was another gorgeous weekend to soak in the sunshine. My parents and grandmother came to Saint Louis for a quick and safe visit. At 96, my grandma is regularly sharing stories of her life with us. This weekend, however, she wanted to know all about MRHE, and it was a lot of fun to see her eyes light up as she listened about how our staff and students and families have persevered through pandemic learning, the exciting virtual exhibits that are in the works, and the passionate approach in which the staff, students, and community challenge injustices that don't match our commitment to equity.

 

"You must be very proud," she said as she left today. I am!

 

In partnership,

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Dr. Thompson

REMINDERS

  • Family-Teacher Conferences are this week on Monday and Wednesday. If you haven't already, please check your email for a link to sign up with your child(ren)'s support team.

 

  • Here are our Specialists' links for you to sign up for a time with them during the conference windows. They have much to share!

Art with Mrs. Saldana 

PE with Mr. Cordia

Health with Mrs. Beenders

Seed to Table with Chef Marino

Music with Dr. Israel

 

  • Car drivers at ARRIVAL: Please refrain from turning onto Glades Circle Drive coming north on Bellevue. This left turn holds up traffic and our dismissal process. To ensure a smooth dismissal, all car drivers should travel south on Bellevue, waiting to turn right (west) onto Glades Circle Drive. Also, while waiting in the pick up lanes, we kindly ask that you turn your car off rather than sitting in idle.

 

  • Election Day is on Tuesday this week; MRHE is a polling site. We have routines in place that will ensure that our students are able to maintain the normalcy and safety of their day of learning.

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  • Human Growth and Development lessons are taking place in 5th and 6th grade rooms this week. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Byrne or Nurse Kathryn.

ATTENDANCE LINE

Please use one of the following methods to verify your child's reason for absence: 

HANDBOOK UPDATE

In keeping with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the St. Louis County Department of Health, MRH has revised its Family Handbook to reflect the new recommended COVID-19 quarantine period as 10 days rather than 14. You can read the updated Handbook here.

W.O.W. SPRING FOOD DRIVE

Let Your Kindness Bloom W.O.W. Food Drive is coming to MRHE!

 

Dates: April 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th students can bring food in a backpack to their pod areas. On April 7th, families can drop off food on Glades Drive throughout the day.

READING

Report cards are coming home soon! Growing up I got an A, B, C...for reading and writing. While our report cards may be a bit more involved than they used to be, we hope you get a clearer picture of your child as a learner from these documents. This week, we’ll look at the report card indicators for reading. Please see last week’s Museum Memo for more information on writing indicators. 

 

Decodes words accurately- When students get to a tricky or unknown word, can they use their phonics skills (knowledge of letter sounds) to figure it out?

 

Literal comprehension- understanding the setting of the story, characters, and following the plot (main events in the storyline). Students are able to make predictions and summarize a story. When reading nonfiction, students can identify the main idea(s) of a text and choose important supporting details that go with the main idea. 

 

Interpretive reading- making inferences (reading between the lines to figure out something that isn’t explicitly stated in the text) about characters. Students should be able to notice how characters change throughout a story and determine the theme of a story. When reading fiction and/or nonfiction, they should be able to compare and contrast (explain how things are the same and different) across texts and support their thinking with evidence from the text. In nonfiction specifically, students should be able to discuss relationships between cause and effect and read more than one text on the same topic and collect and organize information learned in a meaningful way. 

 

Analytic reading- Students use knowledge of author’s craft (the specific choices authors make to enhance their writing) to help them read and understand fiction and nonfiction texts. They should question what they’ve read, and “grow” ideas after reading a text (when a story or nonfiction text gives students ideas about the world or their own lives). When reading fiction, students should also be able to talk about characters’ perspectives. When reading nonfiction, they should work to recognize the author’s point of view, consider sources, and see how one subtopic fits with the content of the rest of the text. 

 

Applies strategies to understand and use vocabulary- Students can figure out what a word means. They think not only about its definition, but how that word fits into the world.

 

MATH

 

“I don’t know how to do this!”  

“I’m so confused!” 

“Where do I even start?”

 

Have you ever heard these (or similar) statements from your mathematician??? Chances are high that you have. Even the strongest mathematicians feel overwhelmed sometimes. Here are some quick tips for assisting an uncertain math student at home:

 

 

“I don’t know what to do!” When you hear this, calmly ask, “Well, what do you know?” Help your student see that they do have knowledge and skills that will likely help them with the problem. For example, if there’s a math story involving decimals, ask your student two things they know about decimals. Celebrate their knowledge and begin to shift their fixed mindset (focusing on deficits) to one of growth (focusing on current & future successes). The chances are high that their two things will be useful in solving the problem too!

 

 

Don’t know how to begin? Encourage your student to start by sketching a picture of the math situation. Students are often able to take off from there, realizing what the problem is telling them and asking them (the two important pieces to identify before diving in). Then, encourage sketching as a starting place for the next (or future) problems!

 

 

When writing it down feels overwhelming… Math students are often asked today to ‘explain their thinking’. This can cause feelings of frustration for students who have difficulty writing, don’t like writing, or strongly prefer to ‘do it in their head’. When this happens, ask your math student to explain to YOU the first thing they did. Then, have them watch you write those exact words down. Ask them what they did next.. Then, write it down for them again. Ask them what the third thing was they did. Then, share the pen and help them write it down! 

garden_collection_drawing.jpg

FROM THE MRHE GARDEN

Looking for GARDEN STEWARDS...

Who want to learn how to grow food for their family or simply have a place to grow food when you don’t have a garden at home. Together with Chef Marino, you will plant and care for the 12 raised beds at school and benefit from harvesting fresh produce. You will receive expert coaching in organic gardening and free seeds to grow at home. A core group of students and family members commit to working in the garden until the end of August to ensure the beds are used for growing food, not weeds. There will be scheduled monthly garden days to prepare the beds, plant seeds and seedlings. Families sign up to be responsible for watering, weeding and harvesting during the growing season, one week at a time.

This Spring expect to harvest spinach, lettuces, peas, herbs, kale, Swiss chard, beets, carrots, and radishes.

Sign up here.

 

And...

 

Spring is almost here and Chef Marino needs help with the chickens over Spring break and through the summer.

 

Chicken care involves providing food and water, three days per week - about 10-15 minutes. On Fridays or the weekend, the coop needs to be cleaned, which takes an additional 30 minutes. Playing with the chickens and taking home the eggs is your reward!

 

If your family is interested in taking care of our three hens Tiny, Beatrice and Buttercup, please click here. Training will be provided.

FOOD SERVICES

Hello from School Nutrition Services!

 

Please continue to fill out our weekly order form if you need meals for your child(ren). 

PTO UPDATE

  • Did you purchase from EyeSeeMe?  Books should have come home last week. If you have questions about your order, please contact cindy.crader1@gmail.com. Thank you for your generosity and patience as we work through this new process! 
  • Parent Teacher Conference Week -- Teachers will be given a take-home dessert treat on Monday and a hearty breakfast on Wednesday to help them get through their long parent-teacher conference days. Thanks to our partners at UKraft and Krumb for helping us provide these awesome treats while staying within our budget!
  • Dairy Queen Family Fun Night -- Wednesday 4:00-7:00, drive-thru or carry out at the Dairy Queen DQ. At least 10% of sales will come back to the PTO.
  • Elmwood Second Wednesdays Fundraiser Night -- Wednesday, April 14. 10% of sales come back to the PTO. You can start placing your order now at www.elmwoodstl.com
  • Teacher Snack Cart -- PTO will be stocking the cart with sodas and coffee pods using some of the proceeds from our restaurant nights! If you'd like to donate some snacks or drinks to add to the cart, please contact Gretchen Schiltz at gretcheny@hotmail.com.  

MRHE LEARNING LAB-canceled this week due to conferences!

Is your child needing additional support with work completion, being walked through the learning platform(s), additional time and support to process through assignments, organizational assistance, etc.?

 

Parents and guardians for Tiers Plan students: if you are interested in pursuing this support, please reach out to your child's teacher who will coordinate with the assigned MRHE Learning Lab teacher directly.  

 

The Learning Lab runs Monday-Thursday from 4:30-6:00pm (notice slight time change).  

 

Zoom ID Zoom PASSCODE

3rd/Ms. Felchner: 672 725 7706/Password: MRH

4th/Mrs. Datema: 958 7057 3772/Password: 4THLAB

5th/Ms. Knutson: 918 1308 0143/Password: MRHE5

6th/Ms. Howard: 947 0979 9384/Password: sixth

Follow us on SOCIAL MEDIA for updates and a glimpse into what is happening in our building each day!

 

 

 

 

Twitter: @mrhelemschool

 

Facebook: @MRHELEMENTARY

Thank you for all you are doing to assist us in helping our learners connect with their online learning! We are so MRHE PROUD of the engagement of all.

 
MRH Elementary School | 1800 Princeton Place, St. Louis, MO 63117

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March 29, 2021

MRHE Museum Memo: 3/29-4/2

MRHE MUSEUM MEMO

March 29-April 2

Hello!

 

This may be an unpopular sentiment, but I am so ready to return from this break! I've missed my MRHE community! Of course, the break allowed for a safe visit with family, turning off the alarm clocks, a yard project, and some time to catch up on various house tasks.

 

I hope the break was everything you needed as well.

 

Please use one of the following methods to verify your child's reason for absence: 

 

In partnership,

?

Dr. Thompson

HANDBOOK UPDATE

In keeping with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the St. Louis County Department of Health, MRH has revised its Family Handbook to reflect the new recommended COVID-19 quarantine period as 10 days rather than 14. You can read the updated Handbook here.

W.O.W. SPRING FOOD DRIVE

Let Your Kindness Bloom W.O.W. Food Drive is coming to MRHE!

 

Dates: April 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th students can bring food in a backpack to their pod areas. On April 7th, families can drop off food on Glades Drive throughout the day.

 

More information coming soon!

READING

We are nearing the end of third quarter, and that means report cards are coming home soon! This week I want to discuss understanding our report card indicators. I’ll focus on writing this week and reading next week. Below you’ll find the writing report card indicators and a brief description of each:

Demonstrates use of writing process- When working on a piece of writing, students usually do some sort of pre-writing (organizing ideas, getting ready to write), drafting (students write a first copy of their piece), revising (making your piece more interesting/entertaining for readers: adding details, taking things out, making sure it makes sense), editing (making your piece easier/less confusing for your readers- corrections in spelling, grammer, punctuation), publishing (creating the final copy of a piece, sharing your work). These aren’t the only “steps” in the process, but ones we most commonly use. Also, this isn’t a linear list. Students move between steps in the process as they are working on a piece of writing. 

Writes effectively to communicate- Does this work make sense? Do students get their point across clearly? 

Applies the elements of genre writing- Students write in different genres- personal narratives (stories about a small moment in their lives), persuasive essays, informational texts, fantasy, etc. This indicator assesses if students are writing using the characteristics of these genres.  

Demonstrates conventions in writing- Are students writing using grade-level appropriate, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar?

Spells accurately across curriculum- Are students using grade-level appropriate spelling in all subject areas? Are they successfully learning their spelling patterns each week? 

Writes legibly- Handwriting!

 

MATH

Check out: "The Importance of Estimation" here.

garden_collection_drawing.jpg

FROM THE MRHE GARDEN

Looking for GARDEN STEWARDS...

Who want to learn how to grow food for their family or simply have a place to grow food when you don’t have a garden at home. Together with Chef Marino, you will plant and care for the 12 raised beds at school and benefit from harvesting fresh produce. You will receive expert coaching in organic gardening and free seeds to grow at home. A core group of students and family members commit to working in the garden until the end of August to ensure the beds are used for growing food, not weeds. There will be scheduled monthly garden days to prepare the beds, plant seeds and seedlings. Families sign up to be responsible for watering, weeding and harvesting during the growing season, one week at a time.

This Spring expect to harvest spinach, lettuces, peas, herbs, kale, Swiss chard, beets, carrots, and radishes.

Sign up here.

 

And...

 

Spring is almost here and Chef Marino needs help with the chickens over Spring break and through the summer.

 

Chicken care involves providing food and water, three days per week - about 10-15 minutes. On Fridays or the weekend, the coop needs to be cleaned, which takes an additional 30 minutes. Playing with the chickens and taking home the eggs is your reward!

 

If your family is interested in taking care of our three hens Tiny, Beatrice and Buttercup, please click here. Training will be provided.

FOOD SERVICES

Hello from School Nutrition Services!

 

Please continue to fill out our weekly order form if you need meals for your child(ren). 

PTO UPDATE

  • Did you purchase from EyeSeeMe? If you haven't received your books yet, they should be coming home in backpacks this week! If a book gets delivered to your house and should have been donated to a teacher, please send it to school with your student to give to the teacher. If you have questions about your order, please contact: cindy.crader1@gmail.com. Thank you for your generosity and patience as we work through this new process!

 

  • Teacher Snack Cart -- PTO will be stocking the cart with sodas and coffee pods using some of the proceeds from our restaurant nights! If you'd like to donate some snacks or drinks to add to the cart, please contact Gretchen Schiltz at gretcheny@hotmail.com.  

 

 

  • Upcoming restaurant nights-Dairy Queen on April 7 and Elmwood on April 14

MRHE LEARNING LAB

Is your child needing additional support with work completion, being walked through the learning platform(s), additional time and support to process through assignments, organizational assistance, etc.?

 

Parents and guardians for Tiers Plan students: if you are interested in pursuing this support, please reach out to your child's teacher who will coordinate with the assigned MRHE Learning Lab teacher directly.  

 

The Learning Lab runs Monday-Thursday from 4:30-6:00pm (notice slight time change).  

 

Zoom ID Zoom PASSCODE

3rd/Ms. Felchner: 672 725 7706/Password: MRH

4th/Mrs. Datema: 958 7057 3772/Password: 4THLAB

5th/Ms. Knutson: 918 1308 0143/Password: MRHE5

6th/Ms. Howard: 947 0979 9384/Password: sixth

Follow us on SOCIAL MEDIA for updates and a glimpse into what is happening in our building each day!

 

 

 

 

Twitter: @mrhelemschool

 

Facebook: @MRHELEMENTARY

Thank you for all you are doing to assist us in helping our learners connect with their online learning! We are so MRHE PROUD of the engagement of all.

 
MRH Elementary School | 1800 Princeton Place, St. Louis, MO 63117

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March 15, 2021

MRHE Museum Memo: 3/15-3/18

MRHE MUSEUM MEMO

March 15-18

Hello!

 

We have a shortened week as we near Spring Break 2021. We will have a busy busy 11 weeks when we return from break. We hope you will get in plenty of laughter, exploration, sunshine, and relaxation. Our entire community deserves this pause.

 

 

Please use one of the following methods to verify your child's reason for absence: 

 

In partnership,

?

Dr. Thompson

THIS WEEK: Wednesday, March 17

This message serves as a reminder that Wednesday, March 17 will be a student in-person attendance day for ALL TIERS PLAN students. Normally, no on-campus classes take place on Wednesdays in Tier 2; however, March 17 will be a student attendance day. This is necessary in order to avoid losing a full day of valuable in-person instruction in the shortened school week.

 

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There is no school on March 19. To ensure four in-person learning days,

TIERS STUDENTS WILL ATTEND on Wednesday, March 17.

 

For students in the A.M. and P.M. groups in grades K-6, the on-campus attendance days for this week will be:

  • Monday, March 15
  • Tuesday, March 16
  • Wednesday, March 17
  • Thursday, March 18 

 

MRH buses will run on Wednesday, March 17 as they would on normal attendance days.

 

You may expect future reminders regarding subsequent weeks which will require Wednesday attendance.

READING

This Blog Post is all about when kids are reading books that we feel are “too easy.” It is worth the read, but the basic point is that if your child is only reading the same graphic novels again and again, let them! Or, if they are reading books that seem silly or too easy for them, that’s okay. You can still encourage them to try different books in that genre and offer suggestions to continue to push them into challenging texts when you see opportunities. But, let them enjoy reading! These are the books that are making students fall in love with reading. That is our goal.

 

Here is one of my favorite parts of the post: 

“... in our quest to challenge our readers we sometimes lose sight of what they may need from their reading experiences right now, and that that perhaps is not harder vocabulary or more complex storylines but instead a chance to truly melt into a world and escape a little bit from the craziness of this one.”

COUNSELOR CORNER

Hi everyone! As you continue to “notice” how your child is doing, whether through conversations or modeling “room awareness” (see week 3/1-3/5) to increase self-regulation skills for your child, consider what your next step could be.  How is your child(ren) responding? It may be worth taking a pause to reflect how these practices are going.  For some children, verbal communication about their feelings and wonderings aren’t their preferred.  That’s okay.  One alternative to explore is through shared or individual journaling.  There is a growing body of research in the counseling world that shows the benefits of unstructured writing on our well-being. And for some, it can be a great strategy for processing stressful events. Please reach out to the Counseling Team if you need support getting started.

 

This week, introduce a journal to your child for unstructured writing (or provide an open-ended prompt to help bridge the process for your child).  If unstructured writing sounds like a welcome challenge, encourage them to write down anything that comes to mind for 5-10 minutes (don’t worry about the grammar or sentence development, it’s the intentionality behind writing that matters). You can also do a shared journal, instead, with your child to practice validating, noticing, and responding to their question prompts or thoughts.  No need to pressure this into a daily expectation for your child, but journaling a few times a week is a good healthy benefit for many of us. 

 

Have a great week, MRHE!

-Mr. Byrne, Mrs. Thomas, & Mrs. Wiegert

garden_collection_drawing.jpg

FROM THE MRHE GARDEN

Looking for GARDEN STEWARDS...

Who want to learn how to grow food for their family or simply have a place to grow food when you don’t have a garden at home. Together with Chef Marino, you will plant and care for the 12 raised beds at school and benefit from harvesting fresh produce. You will receive expert coaching in organic gardening and free seeds to grow at home. A core group of students and family members commit to working in the garden until the end of August to ensure the beds are used for growing food, not weeds. There will be scheduled monthly garden days to prepare the beds, plant seeds and seedlings. Families sign up to be responsible for watering, weeding and harvesting during the growing season, one week at a time.

This Spring expect to harvest spinach, lettuces, peas, herbs, kale, Swiss chard, beets, carrots, and radishes.

Sign up here.

 

And...

 

Spring is almost here and Chef Marino needs help with the chickens over Spring break and through the summer.

 

Chicken care involves providing food and water, three days per week - about 10-15 minutes. On Fridays or the weekend, the coop needs to be cleaned, which takes an additional 30 minutes. Playing with the chickens and taking home the eggs is your reward!

 

If your family is interested in taking care of our three hens Tiny, Beatrice and Buttercup, please click here. Training will be provided.

FOOD SERVICES

Hello from School Nutrition Services!

 

Please continue to fill out our weekly order form if you need meals for your child(ren). 

PTO UPDATE

  • Did you donate a book from EyeSeeMe to an MRHE teacher? If so, please send them an email to let them know! If the book gets delivered to your house, please send it to school with your student to give to the teacher -- or email stacydx@hotmail.com for pickup and delivery to your teacher. And a very big thanks to you!!
  • Teacher Snack Cart -- PTO will be stocking the cart with sodas and coffee pods using some of the proceeds from our restaurant nights! If you'd like to donate some snacks or drinks to add to the cat, please contact Gretchen Schiltz at gretcheny@hotmail.com.  
  • Next PTO Meeting -- Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00 pm. Zoom info to be sent out soon!

MRHE LEARNING LAB

Is your child needing additional support with work completion, being walked through the learning platform(s), additional time and support to process through assignments, organizational assistance, etc.?

 

Parents and guardians for Tiers Plan students: if you are interested in pursuing this support, please reach out to your child's teacher who will coordinate with the assigned MRHE Learning Lab teacher directly.  

 

The Learning Lab runs Monday-Thursday from 4:30-6:00pm (notice slight time change).  

 

Zoom ID Zoom PASSCODE

3rd/Ms. Felchner: 672 725 7706/Password: MRH

4th/Mrs. Datema: 958 7057 3772/Password: 4THLAB

5th/Ms. Knutson: 918 1308 0143/Password: MRHE5

6th/Ms. Howard: 947 0979 9384/Password: sixth

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Twitter: @mrhelemschool

 

Facebook: @MRHELEMENTARY

Thank you for all you are doing to assist us in helping our learners connect with their online learning! We are so MRHE PROUD of the engagement of all.

 
MRH Elementary School | 1800 Princeton Place, St. Louis, MO 63117

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