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January 20, 2021

MRHE Return to Campus details

Dear MRHE Families,

If your child(ren) will remain in Schools PLP for 2nd semester, please disregard this email.

For all families whose child(ren) will remain in the Tiers Plan or are joining it for 2nd semester, this is IMPORTANT information.

The handbook mailing appears to be taking a bit longer than anticipated to arrive at your home. Here are those details in links for you to review:

-Parent Letter

-Letter from Nurse Kathryn

Additionally, this video was created for students to preview and get a glimpse of the details as well. If you would like to watch it and review the details together, it may be helpful. Classroom teachers may also send it to students for review during their asynchronous learning this week.

At this time, we cannot make any adjustments to the A/B rosters. These determine the number of spaces in each classroom, which prioritize safe distancing.

And, finally, bus details will be coming your way this week as well. Keep an eye on your email for those details!

Still not sure which group your child is in? Questions about transportation? Unsure of the daily details? PLEASE call the main office ASAP.

Please reach out if you have any questions!

Dr. Thompson, Principal

 

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

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January 18, 2021

MRHE Museum Memo: 1/18-1/22

MRHE MUSEUM MEMO

January 18-22

Hello!

 

We have been spending the first two weeks of 2021 diving into the many new details of our return to school plan. Sadly, it has been a challenge to stay as connected as I need to be with all that is happening outside of 1800 Princeton. The MRHE staff, however, have been able to put their energy not only into new details and procedures, but also into difficult, relevant, and necessary conversations with our students. They have been diligent and thoughtful in creating a safe space for discussions of identity, awareness, unity, all while exploring varied feelings and perspectives. AND, these were done with respect and an eye and ear for facts or bias. While our teachers not only have a passion, but an obligation to engage students in these historical and current events, we cannot expect the conversations to remain only in the classrooms.

 

And, no matter our differences, our democracy and constitution are the threads that tie all of us together as Americans. Each of us has a responsibility to guide our young learners to compassionately seek truth and kindness and understanding in one another through these experiences. Our goal as a school and family partnership is to ask questions, to listen wholeheartedly, to look for and dig into the feelings that rise, to provide them with diverse perspectives and ideas, and to support them into their own independent thinking. This goal happens through conversation. Early and often. At home and at school.

 

As a parent alongside you, I'm always looking for resources to guide our own family conversations. Here is a link that I found valuable for talking to kids about the upcoming Inauguration, and some activities to support the day. Here is another for talking about this year's politics and the capitol violence on January 6th.

 

While our teachers will be in PD on Wednesday and Thursday, please know we will continue to come back to these conversations when we return to class on January 25th. That said, I hope you will make space in your home to watch and talk about Wednesday's inauguration and the history being made by the new Vice President.

 

And, finally, today was a day for reflection and conversation as well. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. remains a beacon of unity for our country. Despite the enormity of the work that he had in front of him, he never wavered from the HOPE that it was possible. And so, despite all that we have in front of us now, please hold on to the HOPE and the dream that our young MRHE learners will see Dr. King's work actualized.

 

In partnership,

 

Dr. Thompson

THIS WEEK

As a reminder, ALL Tiers Plan and PLP students' last day of live, virtual instruction (via Zoom) will be on Tuesday, January 19th. Our staff have planned for students to work asynchronously through Wednesday and Thursday, ensuring that all students can finalize activities and projects as we transition into 2nd semester.

 

Our teachers will be in PD on Wednesday and Thursday to prepare for 2nd semester.

 

Friday, January 22nd is a NO SCHOOL day because it is an already-established RECORDS day. Enjoy another 3 day weekend!

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TIERS PLAN STUDENTS (return to campus details)

As a reminder, Tiers Plan students are returning to campus on January 25th. You should have received a family mailing this weekend with detailed plans about arrival, instruction, meals, health expectations, etc. All families received an email from me to communicate which group (A or B) students would join.

 

On Campus Learning: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

  • Group A students will attend school 7:30am-10:30am
  • Group B students will attend school 11:30am-2:30pm

 

Off Campus Learning:

  • Group A students will engage in distance learning (independent, asynchronous, with the exception of LIVE ZOOM specials and interventions) 11:30am-2:30pm
  • Group B students will engage in distance learning (independent, asynchronous, with the exception of LIVE ZOOM specials and interventions) 7:30am-10:30am
  • WEDNESDAYS-ALL students will have a full day of distance learning (LIVE: morning and afternoon learning launch, specials; ASYNCHRONOUS: all content activities)

 

Bus route details will be coming this week to those who signed up.

FOOD SERVICES

MRH needs your help! Our federal funding for next year is based on our families turning in the Free and Reduced Meal Application for this 2020-2021 school year. Currently, we do not have enough responses to secure this funding. Forms are due by Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Please visit www.mrhschools.net/programs/school-nutrition-services/free-and-reduced-meal-application to learn how to get started. 

MRHE PICTURE RETAKES

 

Friday, February 5th! Stay tuned for more details coming soon. PLP students will have an opportunity to come to campus to get their pictures taken as well--safely.

CHICKEN STEWARDS

Thank you to the MRHE Chicken Stewards of 2020: The Crader Family, the Chaves Family, the Hill Family, the Smid Family, new to the district Justin Foley and Family! Thank you! We love our MRHE families and how much they love our chickens Tiny, Nova, Buttercup and Beatrice.

 

If YOU would like to join the chicken steward team, please contact Chef Marino. For about 90 minutes a week (only Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays), you and your family can really assist our school garden and chickens. 

 

There will be safety protocols in place, of course. 

You can sign up here: volunteersignup.org/ETBFQ

 

To sign up, just follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do. Thank you for volunteering!

PTO UPDATE

  • Elmwood Pizza Night -- Thanks to all who ordered, it was another sell out night.  Remember, this will be the second Wednesday of each month so mark your calendars!

 

  • Pancake/Movie Night --  We sure missed having this event in person, but hope everyone enjoyed the movie from home!! An extra thanks to Sherell Hill and Irene Wan from Food Services for prepping the food and to Dr. Thompson and Mrs. Boyer for braving the snow and helping to deliver pancake dinners in our drive-thru line.  

 

  • Our teachers are working so hard to prepare for the second semester and the return to in-school learning. They're really going to need the snack cart the next few weeks! They love coffee pods, soda, individually packaged snacks and treats, and gluten free items. Please contact Gretchen at gretcheny@hotmail.com for drop-off info!

 

  • EyeSeeMe Book Fair -- coming in late February! We're very excited to host an online-only book fair with this fantastic local store.  

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

 

MRHE EVENING PLP SUPPORT

All students should use Mr. Cherry's Zoom information. He is available until 5:00pm, each day, Monday-Friday.

Zoom ID: 923 816 3764

Password: cherry123

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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January 11, 2021

MRHE MUSEUM MEMO January 11-15

MRHE MUSEUM MEMO

January 11-15

Hello!

 

There are many changes coming. Please note:

  • Friday, January 15th is the final day for on campus learning interventions within Tier 3
  • 2nd semester ends on January 21st, Tier 2/on-campus learning for Tiers Plan students will begin on Monday, January 25th.
  • No school for students on January 22nd-it is a Records Day for staff.
  • Additionally, all staff will provide asynchronous learning activities for students on January 20-21. There will be no LIVE ZOOM instruction on these days. Instead, they will be used by staff to prepare for 2nd semester changes.

 

Dr. Thompson on behalf of the MRHE Staff

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Tiers Plan Students (return to campus details)

As a reminder, Tiers Plan students are returning to campus on January 25th. Last week, families received an email from me to communicate which group (A or B) students would join. Our teachers have coordinated these groups to maximize instruction and to ensure academic needs are met. We must also maintain a clear balance in roster numbers in these groups to keep space and safety at the core of our focus.

 

On Campus Learning: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

  • Group A students will attend school 7:30am-10:30am
  • Group B students will attend school 11:30am-2:30pm

 

Off Campus Learning:

  • Group A students will engage in distance learning (independent, asynchronous, with the exception of LIVE ZOOM specials and interventions) 11:30am-2:30pm
  • Group B students will engage in distance learning (independent, asynchronous, with the exception of LIVE ZOOM specials and interventions) 7:30am-10:30am
  • WEDNESDAYS-ALL students will have a full day of distance learning (LIVE: morning and afternoon learning launch, specials; ASYNCHRONOUS: all content activities)

 

Please complete this transportation form no later than Friday, January 15th to let us know your transportation plans and needs. If you have questions, please reach out to cheryl.oconnor@mrhschools.net

 

We will send a packet to each Tiers Plan home, communicating the arrival and dismissal routines, transportation expectations, and more general information about how to keep us all safe and READY TO LEARN.

 

Also, we will be sharing information with students throughout the next two weeks to ready them for the first day.

FOOD SERVICES

MRH needs your help! Our federal funding for next year is based on our families turning in the Free and Reduced Meal Application for this 2020-2021 school year. Currently, we do not have enough responses to secure this funding. Forms are due by Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Please visit www.mrhschools.net/programs/school-nutrition-services/free-and-reduced-meal-application to learn how to get started. 

COUNSELOR CORNER

Hi everyone! Over the next few weeks we will be preparing for many new changes as we transition to the second semester. This is a great time to celebrate both you and your child’s successes. It will also be a time of change for our families that are moving into Tier 2 academics and/or PLP. Please let our Counseling team know if there are any social-emotional concerns for your child and their transition back to school in-person.

 

 

We also wanted to share a developing resource with our families and students for the virtual environment. On our MRHE counseling website, we have introduced a MRHE Virtual Calming Center. This is a virtual collection of resources that our students can use as a break from academics or for their social-emotional needs. This will continue to be updated as more helpful resources are added or rotated. Please reach out to Todd Byrne, todd.byrne@mrhschools.net, if you have any suggestions or feedback for improvement for our families and students.

 

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

MRHE Picture Re-Take Day

 

Friday, February 5th! Stay tuned for more details coming soon. PLP students will have an opportunity to come to campus to get their pictures taken as well--safely.

HIRING

Know anyone who might be interested in working for MRH as a substitute? Information and application details are below!

CHICKEN STEWARDS

Thank you to the MRHE Chicken Stewards of 2020: The Crader Family, the Chaves Family, the Hill Family, the Smid Family, new to the district Justin Foley and Family! Thank you!!! We love our MRHE families and how much they love our chickens Tiny, Nova, Buttercup and Beatrice.

 

If YOU would like to join the chicken steward team, please contact Chef Marino. For about 90 minutes a week (only Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays), you and your family can really assist our school garden and chickens. 

 

There will be safety protocols in place, of course. 

You can sign up here: volunteersignup.org/ETBFQ

 

To sign up, just follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do. Thank you for volunteering!

PTO UPDATE

  • Elmwood Pizza Night -- Wednesday, January 13. We're so excited to be partnering with Elmwood for MONTHLY pizza nights this semester (second Wednesday of each month!). Elmwood will donate back 10% of all purchases to our school! They will likely sell out, so place your order in advance here:  https://www.elmwoodstl.com

 

  • Pancake/Movie Night -- FREE TO ALL MRHE FAMILIES! Drive-thru to pick up your pancakes/sausage/fruit dinner (from 4-6pm) and then watch Sonic the Hedgehog streamed at home! Movie begins streaming at 6:30pm, and additional details will be emailed soon.  Please contact Katrina Dalbey (katrina.dalbey@gmail.com) with questions.  LAST DAY TO RSVP if you're interested in picking up meals for your family:   https://forms.gle/F7yeeuG79caaSGb9A 

 

  • Our teachers are working so hard to prepare for the second semester and the return to in-school learning. They're really going to need the snack cart the next few weeks! They love coffee pods, soda, individually packaged snacks and treats, and gluten free items. Please contact Gretchen at gretcheny@hotmail.com for drop-off info!

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

 

MRHE EVENING PLP SUPPORT

All students should use Mr. Cherry's Zoom information. He is available until 5:00pm, each day, Monday-Friday.

Zoom ID: 923 816 3764

Password: cherry123

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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January 4, 2021

MRHE Museum Memo: 1/4-1/8

MRHE MUSEUM MEMO

January 4-8

Hello!

 

I hope you had a wonderful pause from school for a few days. I personally enjoyed some quiet time with my family, a season-binge of one of my favorite shows, and even got to dive into a new book. Time to rejuvenate and reflect is so valuable to everyone.

 

Our students returned today to their itslearning and Schools PLP pages, their zoom accounts, and for some, on campus check-ins. Our teachers reported re-energized learners, excited to be connected to one another again. What a great start!

 

We are working on preparing the the building for a potential return to campus 2nd semester, and we want to thank you for your engagement, questions, and ongoing support. More information will be coming later this week with updates for 2nd semester.

 

Happy New Year!

 

Dr. Thompson on behalf of the MRHE Staff

FOOD SERVICES

MRH needs your help! Our federal funding for next year is based on our families turning in the Free and Reduced Meal Application for this 2020-2021 school year. Currently, we do not have enough responses to secure this funding. Forms are due by Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Please visit www.mrhschools.net/programs/school-nutrition-services/free-and-reduced-meal-application to learn how to get started. 

COUNSELOR CORNER

Welcome back, everyone! We hope that you were able to find time for self-care and and enjoy the short time away from school.  We’re excited to see what 2021 has planned for MRHE and our students! From our Social/Emotional and Counseling team, we will continue to share mindful tips and activities to practice with your child(ren). We will also continue to be available through Zoom and ItsLearning if your child would like to check-in.  They can do so through our Wellness Check-In Form.

 

This week, we encourage you to share with your child a strategy called “Object Awareness”. 

 

Placing a small object in your hand, like a pencil, stone, or stress ball, close your eyes and really notice how it feels to your touch.  Focus on how heavy or light it is, on its texture, shape, and temperature.  Spend a few moments placing your full attention on this experience.

 

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

HIRING

Know anyone who might be interested in working for MRH as a substitute? Information and application details are below!

CHICKEN STEWARDS

Thank you to the MRHE Chicken Stewards of 2020: The Crader Family, the Chaves Family, the Hill Family, the Smid Family, new to the district Justin Foley and Family! Thank you!!! We love our MRHE families and how much they love our chickens Tiny, Nova, Buttercup and Beatrice.

 

If YOU would like to join the chicken steward team, please contact Chef Marino. For about 90 minutes a week (only Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays), you and your family can really assist our school garden and chickens. 

 

There will be safety protocols in place, of course. 

You can sign up here: volunteersignup.org/ETBFQ

 

To sign up, just follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do. Thank you for volunteering!

PTO UPDATE

  • Pancake/Movie Night -- SAVE THE DATE - Jan 15!! Drive through to pick up your pancake dinner, watch a streamed movie at home. FREE to MRHE families!
  • Our teachers love their new treat cart so much, they empty it quickly each week!! Always needing coffee pods, soda, individually packaged snacks and treats, and gluten free items. Please contact Gretchen at gretcheny@hotmail.com for drop-off info!

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

 

MRHE EVENING PLP SUPPORT

All students should use Mr. Cherry's Zoom information. He is available until 5:00pm, each day, Monday-Friday.

Zoom ID: 923 816 3764

Password: cherry123

 

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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