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Good evening, Meadow Park families! We hope everyone had a nice relaxing weekend with your families. This is Mrs. Elek with your weekly reminders. We’re looking forward to kicking off December with some fun events.
Mark your calendars for this Saturday the 7th. Santa is coming to Meadow Park for our annual pancake breakfast. Bisque It Studio will also be there if you’d like to decorate ornaments, and we’ll have a shopping expo with some local vendors, too. We’ll have jewelry, beauty products, home décor items, and much much more so you can cross some items off your list and support small businesses at the same time. It’s sure to be a fun event, so we hope to see you there!
The rest of the week is pretty routine. Girls on the Run will meet for their final 2 meetings this week on Monday and Wednesday after school. These girls have been working hard all season to prepare for their 5K on Saturday. We’re so proud of all their hard work, and we can’t wait to see them on Saturday!
Our MPE chorus will practice on Tuesday or Wednesday this week as they prepare for their concert. Mark your calendars for next Monday the 9th to hear their holiday concert.
Looking ahead to next week, Santa is coming back to MPE to visit the Family Center. He’ll be with us next Friday morning in the library, so plan ahead for that as well.
Coming up on Dec. 7th is our annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa from 8am-11am. Be looking for a flyer soon to RSVP. We’re adding a new component to this event. This year, we’re inviting local entrepreneurs to attend to help you cross some items off your shopping list. While you’re enjoying breakfast, you’ll also be able to shop popular vendors like 31 Bags, Mary Kay, Usborne Books, and other products like jewelry, beauty products, home decor, and much more. If you have a small business, and you’d like to participate, we are still in need of more vendors. Please contact Mrs. Elek in the office if you’re interested in being one of our vendors. You just have to make a $25 donation to the school, but you get to keep all the profits from your sales that day. It’s a great WIN WIN.
Tuesday night is our Spirit Night at Pelican Snoballs. It is located right on US 41, near Luigis Pizza. Stop by for an after school or after dinner treat, tell them you’re from Meadow Park, and a portion of your bill will come back to Meadow Park. We’re really looking forward to this fun event.
Also this week is our SAC meeting Thursday afternoon at 4pm. This is an important meeting because they’ll be voting on whether or not to approve the distribution of our school recognition funds. We hope to see you there.
The rest of the week is routine. Girls on the Run meets Mon. and Wed. Chorus will meet Tues. or Wed. The Family Center is open Thurs. afternoon and Fri. morning.
One final announcement is that all Square One art orders are due by the end of the week. I hope everyone had a great weekend. We’ll see you in the morning!
Last Friday, our staff and students participated in their first unannounced active threat drill from the Charlotte County Sherrif’s Office. We will continue with our monthly drills, however, they will be unannounced for the upcoming months. This is a great way to practice so we can be prepared in case of an emergency. I’m happy to report that our staff and students were well prepared and everyone followed procedures for this drill. The officers running the drill were so proud of them, and so were we!
Mrs. Klaholz would like to remind students about Square One art orders. All orders are due by Nov. 21st. This is a great way to get some gifts for your loved ones for the holidays. If you can’t find your child’s information, feel free to contact Mrs. Klaholz. She can get it for you. Remember, a portion of all sales comes right back to our art room for materials and supplies for our students.
Our week this week is pretty routine around campus. Chorus and Girls on the Run are meeting will have their weekly practices. Mrs. Pennybacker will be in the family center on Thursday and Friday. Throughout the week, we’ll be collecting food for our Food Drive, and 2nd-4th graders will be getting their dental sealants.
Looking ahead to next week, mark your calendars for Tuesday the 19th. We’ll be having a Spirit Night at Pelican Snowballs. Bring your whole family for an after school or after dinner treat. A portion of your sale will come right back to our school. Also next week will be our SAC meeting on Thursday afternoon. At this meeting, our SAC will be voting on the distribution of our School Recognition Funds. We’d love to see our families there to voice their opinion.
Our 2nd-4th graders will be getting their dental sealants this week. If you signed the permission slip, your child will get their teeth sealed in the next few days.
Our Girls on the Run and Chorus practices will be after school at their normal times. Our Family Center is also open at its normal times.
Extra events this week include a field trip for 1st grade on Wednesday and Picture Retake day on Friday. If your child was absent or if you weren’t happy with their first set, our photographers will be back on Friday to do retakes.
Thursday evening is our school-wide Math night. All families are welcome to join us in the cafeteria for fun math games. If you RSVPd for our Escape Rooms, those will also take place Thursday night. Families that RSVPd will be getting a ticket sent home with your assigned time and location. Unfortunately, due to the preparation of materials, only families that RSVPd will be able to participate in the escape rooms. All families that weren’t able to RSVP are welcome to join the fun in the cafeteria any time between 5-7pm.
Mrs. Klaholz wanted to remind families about the Square One Art program. Catalogs went home with students in October. All items that are ordered will be delivered in time for the holidays, so this is a great way to do some shopping. A portion of these proceeds goes right back to our art room for supplies and materials. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Klaholz.
We’ve reached the end of the first quarter. Grades are updated in FOCUS, but paper copies will go home with students tomorrow, so check your child’s backpack for their report card.
We still have more spots available for our Math night on Nov. 7th, so if you haven’t RSVPd yet, you still can. Just let your child’s teacher know how many people will be attending. K-2nd grade families will have math games in the cafeteria anytime between 5 and 7pm. 3rd-5th grade families can participate in a pirate-themed math escape room, but these activities begin promptly at either 5 or at 6. When you RSVP, please indicate which time slot you plan to come to.
Girls on the Run and Chorus will meet afterschool at the normal times. Please remember that siblings not in these clubs will still need to be picked up during normal dismissal times. We do not have enough supervision to hold siblings during these club meetings. Thank you for your help with this.
Thursday will be our annual storybook character parade. We will begin right around 8:45. Students wishing to participate will parade around the school in their costumes holding the book of their character. Families are welcomed to gather in the cafeteria to watch the parade and clap for our students.
Our Family Center will be open on Thursday after school and Friday before school. Students accompanied by an adult can visit this family resource center to check out a book for the week. They can also select a free book to keep and stock their library at home. This is a great resource for our families, so stop by and see Mrs. Pennybacker.
We’ve come to the end of the 1st quarter. We’re looking forward to celebrating students’ accomplishments at awards ceremonies this week. We’ll start tomorrow morning at 9:00 with our 3rd grade awards, followed by 2nd grade awards at 10:00. On Tuesday, our 1st graders will have their awards at 9:00 followed by our kindergarten students at 10:00. We’ll finish up our awards ceremonies on Thursday with 4th grade celebrating at 9:00 and 5th grade finishing at 10:00.
Don’t forget about Girls on the Run and Chorus practices this week, and our Family Center is also open at its normal times. We’ll also be holding our monthly safety drills on Thursday. We’ll have a SAC meeting Thursday after school at 4pm. We still have some Boo grams left, so if you haven’t purchased yours yet, you still have the rest of this week to get your orders in.
We’re ending the week with a Family movie night Friday night at 5:30. We’re watching Coco on the big screen in the cafeteria. Free admission and free popcorn, but feel free to bring your own blankets, chairs, or other snacks. Bring your whole family and enjoy a fun night together.
Speaking of family fun events, check your child’s backpack this week for a flyer for our upcoming math night. K-2nd grade families will come to the cafeteria for fun math games. 3rd-5th grade families will have an opportunity to participate in a math escape room. Work together as a family to see if you can solve math problems and escape a crew of pirates. We’ll need RSVPs for this event, so make sure you send back the bottom portion as soon as you can.
The Book Fair is here! It will be open all week long, so students can shop whenever they’re ready. Mrs. Colleen is having a special family night tomorrow so the whole family can come and shop together. It will be open from 5:00-7:00 tomorrow night, so we hope to see you there.
Speaking of books, our Family Center will be open Thursday afternoon and Friday morning again this week. This is another opportunity for you to check out a book, but you also get a keeper book for free. And guess what? Smokey the Bear is coming on Monday morning to meet all our students and pose for pictures. You don’t want to miss that, so stop by the library Friday morning anytime from 7:30-8:15.
Remember that Girls on the Run meets Monday and Wednesday, and Chorus meets Tuesday or Wednesday. 4th grade also has a field trip this Friday.
It’s going to be a great week. We hope everyone had a relaxing weekend, and we’ll see you all in the morning.
Families, September was School Attendance Month. We were closely monitoring our attendance all month long and brainstorming ways to improve – especially with tardies and early releases. We are still having difficulty with tardies in the morning. Our new school start time is 8:20am. We have a lot of cars entering our drop off line right before the bell. These students do not have enough time to have breakfast and get to class before 8:20. Right around 8:00, our line isn’t too long. Most cars pull right through with little delay. If those of you arriving right at 8:20 can come a little earlier, we’ll be able to get all students in their seats by 8:20 so instruction can begin right after the bell. Thanks so much with your help with this. We’d like to cut our tardies in half in October.
Let’s take a look at our weekly events. Girls on the Run will meet at their normal times this week Monday and Wednesday after school. Chorus will also meet at their normal times Tuesday or Wednesday. Our Family Center is open Thursday after school and Friday before school. This Friday morning, our Book Fair is having its GRAND opening. By that we mean all grandparents are invited to come visit and shop with their grandchildren. This event was so much fun last year, so you don’t want to miss it. The Book Fair will remain open all next week. Mark your calendars for next Monday night. Mrs. Colleen will be having a special family night for you to shop as well.
Those are all of our announcements for this week. Have a great night, and we’ll see everyone tomorrow morning.
Good evening, Meadow Park families! This is Mrs. Elek with your weekly reminders.
We are a month into school, and all our drop off and dismissal procedures are running much smoother. We are still have a bit of an issue with students arriving tardy. Our drop off line ends at 8:20. For safety reasons, we lock up the building right when the bell rings. Any student arriving after 8:20 will need to be escorted into the building and signed in by their grown up. Likewise, our parent pick up line in the afternoon should end by 3:40. Any parent arriving after 3:40 will need to come in and sign their student out from the office.
This is the last week for our Yankee Candle fundraiser. Hopefully, you have invited all your family, friends, and co-workers to shop. There are some really great candles this year! Remember all catalog orders are due Monday, Sept 23rd! Online sales will continue through the holidays.
Our chorus starts practicing this week. 5th grade chorus will meet on Tuesday and 4th grade chorus will meet on Wednesday. Some students still have not returned their contracts, so if you’re planning to participate, please make sure you bring that back in before practice. Chorus will run from 2:50 until 3:45.
Our Girls on the Run start practicing this week as well. Their first meeting will be Wednesday afternoon from 2:50-3:45. If you are a 4th grader in chorus, you can attend chorus on Tuesday instead.
We’re having a Family Involvement Meeting on Thursday afternoon at 4pm. Mr. Loge will be looking for members to join our School Advisory Council as well as our Parent Teacher Organization or PTO. Many of our parent volunteers last year were 5th grade families, so we’re looking for a new crop of supporters. If you’d like to learn more about ways to get involved, please come to the SAC/PTO meeting Thursday at 4pm.
Our Family Center will be open at it’s regular times Thursday after school and Friday before school. On Thursday, the Peace River Wildlife Center will be visiting, so you won’t want to miss that. If you’re planning to visit the Family Center Thursday afternoon, just write a note to your child’s teacher, and they will send your student straight there at dismissal. Remember, every time you visit, you get to check out a book on loan, and also select a keeper book for your home library. We hope to see you there this week.
Those are all of our announcements for today. Have a great night, and we’ll see you all in the morning.
Our drop off and pick up lines are going much smoother, so thank you so much to all our families for being patient and following the correct traffic patterns. We still have a few students arriving tardy. Remember that our new start time is 8:20am. Any students dropped off after 8:20 need to be walked into the building by an adult. Due to our new security system, all doors to our campus are locked, so students cannot get in without an adult. If you arrive, and our adults have already come inside from the drop off ramp, you’ll need to park and walk your child in. In the afternoon, all picks ups need to go through the appropriate procedures as well. Once our dismissal procedures begin, we will not be able to release students from the lobby. Please go through the parent pick up line. Our line has gotten much shorter so all students should be picked up no later than 3:30.
We don’t have too many events happening on campus this week. Our Title One family center will be open Thursday afternoon. Remember, this is a great opportunity to visit as a family. You can check out a book for the week, and select a keeper book for your library at home. Mrs. Pennybacker has all sorts of titles to choose from, so stop by and see her this Thursday after school.
There is no school for students this Friday or next Monday so we hope everyone enjoys a nice relaxing 4 day weekend for Labor Day. Have a great night, and we’ll see everyone in the morning
Good evening, Meadow Park families! This is Mrs. Elek your assistant principal with your welcome back announcements. I can’t believe tomorrow is the first day of school! We really enjoyed seeing everyone on Friday night at our Title One Annual Meeting. Hopefully everyone was able to visit their teacher and tour the building a little.
I wanted to remind everyone about our new school hours. We have added 30 minutes of instruction to our school day this year which means our bell times are now 8:20-2:50. Students are allowed on campus beginning at 7:45. Please do not drop them off any earlier because there will not be supervision at our Parent Drop Off or Walker areas until 7:45. Breakfast will be open at that time, however classrooms will not open until 8. All families are welcome to walk their students to class on Monday and Tuesday mornings. By Wednesday morning, we’d like all 1st-5th graders to be walking independently. New Kindergarten families can continue to escort students to class through this Friday.
If your student is a walker, they should be walking to the building and entering our walker gate on the sidewalk. If you are dropping your student off in a car, please use the parent drop off loop in the front of the building. It becomes very unsafe when cars are dropping students off at the walker gate.
Another reminder is about our new security system. Once our school day begins, our school has a single point of entry and that is the front office entrance. If you’re coming for a conference, to have lunch with your child, or for any other reason, please be prepared to show ID when you ring the front doorbell. You will be buzzed into the office where your license will then be scanned into our security system. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early in order to allow for this process.
Our dismissal will begin at 2:50. Please be patient with our staff and students for the first few weeks while everyone learns the ropes. Our lines may be a little later than normal at first, but once everyone gets acclimated to the procedures, I’m sure things will be much smoother.
Those are all of our announcements for right now. I hope everyone has an AMAZING first day. We can’t wait to see you in the morning. Have a great night!