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May 4, 2020

MRHE FAMILY UPDATE WEEK OF MAY 4, 2020

MRHE Family Update

Week of May 4, 2020

MRH Elementary School

1800 PRINCETON PLACE

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, MO 63117

Phone: 314-644-4403  FAX: 314-644-0315

 

MRHE Families,

 

In an effort to compile all of the information from the last few weeks, along with new announcements, we will be reinstating our weekly Family Update. This message will continue to go out each Monday through the remainder of the school year.

 

Thank you,

Jason Adams

Important Message from Dr. Adams

Jason Adams Imporant Message to MRHE

NEW: 2019-20 Yearbook Information

 

Many families have asked if we will have a yearbook available this year. The answer is YES! We have ordered a limited supply of 2019-2020 yearbooks. First come, first served.

 

Each yearbook costs $14.00. If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook, please contact Cheryl O'Connor at cheryl.connor@mrhschools.net

 

Once yearbooks arrive, we will determine the best way to get them to you and to collect payment.

NEW: MRHE "Teacher Parade" Coming Soon!

 

On Tuesday, May 19th at 10:00am, MRHE teachers will drive the streets of Maplewood and Richmond Heights on a "Teacher Parade". We will be following the same route as the Bus Driver Parade several weeks ago (see below).

 

Please note: Due to traffic concerns, we are limited to 25 cars in the parade. With a staff of 55+ this means not all teachers will be able to participate. Those not able to join the parade will be with us in spirit!

 

We cannot wait to see you!!!

NEW: 2020-21 Discover Club Enrollment Information

 

Before and after school childcare for students in the MRH School District is provided by the Discover Club program. Discover Club offers a positive, safe, and stimulating environment for children from 3 to 12 years of age.

 

Discover Club enrollment will take place electronically this year. Information on the enrollment process as well as the new versions of the enrollment forms will be available on the district website beginning May 11, 2020. This information will also be made available to families in the regular email communications from Dr. Adams and Dr. Hebenstreit.

 

The Discover Club enrollment window will be May 18-29, 2020. Spots will be filled on a first come first served basis and based on spot availability. Families will be notified of their registration status between June 1-13, 2020.

 

Registration will be reopened June 15, 2020 to fill any available spots/begin the waiting list.

REMINDER: Friday, May 8th - No School

Professional Development Day for Staff

6th Grade Promotion

 

Dear 6th Grade Families,

 

For the virtual 6th Grade Promotion, we would like for each family to write a special message for their 6th grader(s). This message needs to be 25 words or less and will appear on the screen next to the child's picture in the video.

 

In order for the messages to make it in the video, we need all written messages by the end of the day on Friday, May 8th.

 

To write your message, please go here:

 

Link to write Family Message to Your 6th Grader

 

Thank you for helping us to ensure that every child has a special message as part of their virtual promotion ceremony.

4th Grade to 5th Grade Class Placements

 

Dear 4th Grade Families,

 

We will soon begin the process to determine 5th grade student placements for the 2020-2021 school year. As always, we welcome your input in the process. Please know that careful consideration and planning go into deciding student placement for the following year. The teaching staff considers many areas including academic, social, and emotional areas. We strive to create well-balanced classrooms in regard to gender, race, and special needs. We also look at combinations of students. Parent input about all of these factors is an important part of the process. If you would like to share any information about your child that will help us, we will be glad to consider it as classroom assignments are made. To ensure educational equity for all students we ask you to describe your child’s needs, rather than request a specific teacher.

 

*Teacher requests disrupt the process and compromise our goal of creating balanced classes.

 

Please share your input on this form. Complete the form below by Friday, May 8th.

 

Click Here: 4th to 5th Grade Parent Input Form

 

Thank you in advance for your support during this process.

 

*Please note: In keeping with our goal of creating balanced classes, we will certainly consider placing a student with the same teacher their siblings had, but it is not a guarantee.

Counselor Check In and Information

 

Your school counselors, Mrs. Thomas and Mr. Byrne, are joined by Mrs. Wiegert (Social/Emotional Specialist), to provide a MRHE Counseling website with resources to it easier for you to reach them directly. You can find their page on the district website here: MRHE Counseling

 

If you would like one of them to reach out to your student/family directly, please consider allowing your child to fill out the Wellness Check-In Survey. You can also find this survey link on their MRHE Counseling website under their Contact tab. 

 

Please feel free to email Mrs. Thomas, Mr. Byrne, and/or Mrs. Wiegert directly if you have any questions, concerns, or celebrations you would like to share!

 

Todd Byrne - Counselor

todd.byrne@mrhschools.net

 

Lesa Thomas - Counselor

lesa.thomas@mrhschools.net

 

Lizzie Wiegert - Social Emotional Specialist

lizzie.wiegert@mrhschools.net

MRH Meal Distribution Program

 

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District offers meals to all area students via drive-by pickup. The distribution schedule is Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 10 AM - 1 PM. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, there will be two days' worth of meals available per child. 

Pick up Locations:

MRH Early Childhood Center at the Front Entrance off of Burgess Avenue in Maplewood

MRH Elementary at the roundabout off of Glades Avenue in Richmond Heights

MRH Middle/High at the Research and Design Center, Lohmeyer and Martini in Maplewood

Please remember that we will serve any child who is 18 years old or younger. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Irene Wan, irene.wan@mrhschools.net.

 

?We are here to help. We are strong! We are family! We are MRH!

Student Assignments/Report Cards Q & A

 

How will my student(s) online learning be reflected on their 4th Quarter Report Card? 

As we moved toward complete online learning, our teachers identified the specific learning standards that are necessary for completing this current grade-level and/or necessary as a foundation for the next grade-level. These are the priority standards we are focusing on in the remainder of 4th Quarter. 

 

Typically, our report card consists of a numeric scale of 1 - 4. For the 4th Quarter Report Card we will not be using this 1 - 4 scale. Instead, we will provide a narrative statement describing your child’s progress on the priority standards we focused on for the 4th Quarter. This approach will be consistent for grades Kindergarten through 6th Grade. 

 

Will my student(s) be in “trouble” or retained for not completing the online assignments?

I have had several families ask this question. The simple answer is “No”. Our staff will continue to reach out and offer support to you and your child during this time. However, your child will not be in “trouble” and a child will not be retained due to not completing an online assignment. The purpose of our online assignments is to continue student learning during this difficult time and for teachers to offer feedback to students in an effort to continue to move each student forward. 

 

Why should my student(s) continue to complete their online learning assignments? 

The concept of “learning loss” is very real. Students typically experience “learning loss” during an extended period of time without continuing their learning. Summer is often a prime opportunity for “learning loss”, which is why we encourage students to continue to read, practice math facts, or attend summer learning programs. Our goal in providing online learning during this difficult time is to minimize “learning loss” and position our students (despite the circumstances) to be prepared for future learning experiences. 

 

New lessons will be available each Wednesday via itsLearning. Thank you for your partnership as we support our students in continued learning during the remainder of this school year. 

Student Item Pick Up

 

Several families have asked about accessing personal student items from school. Due to the current environment this is a more difficult process than it might seem. In order to maintain safety of families and staff, we will be using the following process to collect essential items (i.e. jackets, lunchboxes, shoes, hats) from student lockers and return the items to families. 

 

Pick Up #1 - Locker Items: 

Once St. Louis county lifts the current “Stay at Home” order, a time will be scheduled for families to pick up specific essential items from student lockers. In an effort to be prepared for this pick up, we are asking families to complete this Student Locker Item Request form identifying certain items you believe are in your child’s locker. These are the items we will try to locate and place in bags to distribute to you during the pick up. It would really help us if you could be specific when describing the items (i.e. dark blue Adidas jacket). If the item is not located in your child’s locker, we will let you know prior to the pick up. If you do not know of any essential items in your child’s locker, you do not need to complete the form. 

 

Once again, a specific date and time for this pick up will be scheduled once St. Louis county lifts the current “Stay at Home” order. 

 

 

Pick Up #2 - Additional Classroom Items: 

We realize students may have things in their classroom desks and classroom mailboxes (pencil cases, personal books, special erasers, etc.) that are important to them.  A second pick up will be scheduled later in the summer, once teachers are able to return to their classrooms and sort through the materials to determine what belongs to the school, the teacher, and what are personal student items. A date and procedure for this second pickup will be shared later in the summer. 

Choose a GREAT Week!

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