Mustang Minute

Mustang Minute
Posted on 03/02/2017
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Mustang Minute

Friday, March 3 – Friday, March 31

Monthly Family Newsletter

Mount Erie CARES

(Cooperation, Attitude, Respect, Effort, Safety)

Monthly Update

  1. Playground and PBIS

PBIS continues to be a huge success with the school. Our playground discipline referrals through February have gone from 65 incidents last year to only 13 so far this year. Students still have free choice in their play, but more games and activities are available for them to enjoy. We’re working hard to get a Game of the Week out every week, but it doesn’t always happen. Something we’ll keep working on. We’re excited to get the fields open again this spring. We could use the room.

  1. Stop, Drop and Move

Our yearly event to celebrate healthy activity and healthy choices kicks off this week. Students are encouraged to track their daily activity. It doesn’t matter if it’s walking, biking, or just playing outside. The month will feature a variety of daily events for students from morning yoga to Tuesday crossfit. Everyone is welcome. See the calendar link below.

  1. School Play  

March is also our school play event. Once again we’re fortunate to have skilled instructors from Anacortes Community Theater helping with the production. Tryouts begin March 6 after school and practices are every day for two weeks except on March 10 when there is no school. This year we’re adding an in-school performance at 2 pm on March 17. I’d ask parents to attend the Friday evening or Saturday matinee performances instead as we will have some 400 students in the gym already.   




Weekly Events

       


Friday, March 3

  • School Spirit Friday - Wear School Blue or AHS Purple for Winter players at state

  • Student Art Show Opens - Depot (See schedule below for gallery hours)

    • Reception 6 pm

Monday, March 6

  • Fourth Grade teachers out - Professional Training with Reading

  • Anacortes Community Theater ACT - School Play Tryouts 3:30 - 5:30

Tuesday, March 7

  • Autism Therapy Class - 8 am School Gym

  • Fifth and Sixth Grade teachers out - Professional Training with Reading

  • Anacortes Community Theater ACT - School Play Rehearsal 3:30 - 5:30

Wednesday, March 8

  • Late Start Wednesday – First bell rings 9:35 a.m. Second Bell 9:40

  • Teachers working in Professional Learning Communities

  • Anacortes Community Theater ACT - School Play Rehearsal 3:30 - 5:30

Thursday, March 9

  • Third Grade teachers out - Professional Training with Reading

  • Anacortes Community Theater ACT - School Play Rehearsal 3:30 - 5:30

Friday, March 10

  • No School for Students - Teacher Professional Work Day


Monday, March 13

  • Anacortes Community Theater ACT - School Play Rehearsal 3:30 - 5:30

Tuesday, March 14

  • Peter Out - Spokane Educational Job Fair

  • Anacortes Community Theater ACT - School Play Rehearsal 3:30 - 5:30

Wednesday, March 15

  • Peter Out - Spokane Educational Job Fair

  • Anacortes Community Theater ACT - School Play Rehearsal 3:30 - 5:30

Thursday, March 16

  • 6th Grade Kid Wind Science Project - Library - Competition on March 18 at Island View

  • Anacortes Community Theater ACT - School Play Rehearsal 3:30 - 5:30

  • Anacortes School Board Meeting 6 pm - Board Room

Friday, March 17

  • ACT - In School Performance 2 pm

  • ACT - Evening Performance 7:30


Saturday, March 18

  • ACT - Afternoon Matinee Performance 2 pm


Monday, March 20

  • Brownie Troop - 4 - 5 Library

Tuesday, March 21

  • Girls on The Run - YMCA Girls Running Club - sign up email on March 6

    • 3:45 - 5:15

    • Every Tuesday and Thursday behind the school

    • Program runs through June 9

Wednesday, March 22

  • Late Start Wednesday – First bell rings 9:35 a.m. Second Bell 9:40

  • Teachers working in Professional Learning Communities

Thursday, March 23

  • School Wide Aspiration Assemblies 9:15 - 11:30

  • Tony Curtis - Irish Poet and Performer 1 - 2 pm

  • Girls on The Run - YMCA Girls Running Club - 3:45 - 5:15

Friday, March 24


Monday, March 27

  • Brownie Troop - 4 - 5 Library

Tuesday, March 28

  • Autism Therapy Class - 8 am School Gym

  • Girls on The Run - YMCA Girls Running Club - 3:45 - 5:15

Wednesday, March 29

  • Late Start Wednesday – First bell rings 9:35 a.m. Second Bell 9:40

  • Teachers working in Professional Learning Communities

  • Peter Out - Professional Conference

Thursday, March 30

  • Peter Out - Professional Conference

  • Girls on The Run - YMCA Girls Running Club - 3:45 - 5:15

  • School Board Meeting - Board Room 6:15 pm

Friday, March 31


Saturday, April 1 - First day of Spring Break

Sunday, April 9 - Last day of Spring Break


General Information

Student Art Show

March 3rd -March 22nd


Opening Reception

March 3 - 6-8 pm


Gallery Hours

Saturday, March 4 - 12-4

Tuesday, March 7 - 1-4

Wednesday, March 8 - 10-4

Thursday, March 9 - 10-4

Friday, March 10 - 10-4

Tuesday, March 14 - 1-4

Wednesday, March 15 - 10-4

Thursday, March 16 - 10-4

Friday, March 17 - 10-4

Saturday, March 18 - 12-4

Tuesday, March 21 - 1-4

Wednesday, March 22 - 10-4


Stop, Drop and Move Calendar


https://drive.google.com/a/asd103.org/file/d/0BxmxwH6LIFa8Z3NkS3ZOVmQwS3plZTZIOWtrWlFHWkE1MHZv/view?usp=sharing



Twitter

You can follow me and the school on Twitter this year. I plan on sending 2-3 tweets a week about the school, students and teachers. Load the free Twitter app.

  • Look for peterdonaldson@MTEprincipal


Early Dismissal

        We’re experiencing a real challenge with parent requests for early dismissal. We have parents coming into the school as late as 3:20 – 3:25 attempting to pull their children from class. This is the busiest time of the day for our school office and it’s quite often almost impossible to locate a child at that time and get a message for dismissal to them. Our first request if you’re coming at that time would be to wait until 3:30. If you have to have your child out prior to that time, we’d encourage all parents to send a written note at the beginning of the day that can be shared with a teacher. Hopefully, the student can be here waiting for you when you arrive. Thanks for your help here.

Attendance

Attendance is a critically important issue for our school and for students. Kids can’t learn if they are not here. We track attendance data closely and will be sending regular communication home if students are missing school. We are sending a letter home via mail on Monday, September 16 which explains in more detail the research behind missed school, the supports we offer to encourage regular attendance, and the consequences of chronic attendance. A few suggestions:

  • Please let your teacher know about family vacations that occur during the school year

  • Avoid vacation planning during our assessment windows.

  • If your child misses school, contact the office within 48 hours

Front Door Access/Building Security

Please check in with the office when you visit the school. You’ll be asked to scan your driver’s license and get a visitor’s badge from our new ID/Security system. It will only take a few minutes and after that you’ll be able to enter your name at the kiosk station upon each visit. Thanks for your help keeping our kids safe.


Application Information for

Free and Reduced Meals

In your back-to-school mailing you received an application for free and reduced-price meals. If you think that you might qualify for this program, you are encouraged to complete this form and return it the school office.

        The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in over 101,000 public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches for millions of children each school day.



Safe Car Drop Off/ Pick Up

Do’s and Dont’s

Do

·         Do anticipate that it will take a few minutes to safely drop off/ pick up children in the designated area.  Thank you for your patience.

·         Do drop off and pick up your children only in the designated loop area in the front of the building.

·         Do pull all the way forward to drop off/pick up your children whenever possible. This prevents traffic back-ups on 41st Street

·         Do have your child exit your car on the curb side only, and if they need to cross potential traffic in the parking lot, teach them to cross only in the marked crosswalks.

·         Do drive without distraction to stay alert – Please refrain from texting or cell-phone talking when dropping off or picking up your child.

·         Turn right ONLY when leaving the parking loop between 8:45 - 9:15 am and 3:25 - 3:50 pm

Do Not

o   Do not drop off or pick up in the in the bus loop or in the staff and visitor parking area

o   Do not drop off/ pick up your child on 41st Street

o   Do not park your car in the loading zone – even for just a few minutes

o   Do not drive around the inner circle passing cars waiting in line to pick up your child.

o   Do not turn left out of the driving loop during pickup and drop off times. We’re encouraging right turns to help with traffic flow.

PTA

If you have not already done so, please consider joining our incredible Parent Teacher Organization. Our school and your student receive countless benefits from this healthy, supportive relationship. Membership drives their efforts. Those efforts support programs, facility upgrades and special events for kids. The PTA is indispensable in our overall work to create an engaging, fun school for your children.

PBIS

We have made some changes to our school behavior system which we call Positive Behavior Intervention Systems. Our primary goal is to minimize overall behavior problems with individual students so that learning and fun can happen first. However we understand that things do not always go as planned and some days are harder than others. I am always trying to find ways for students to reflect on their actions, redeem themselves and move on. Part of our system wide effort calls for a progressive series of steps each one designed to give students a chance to correct and get “back in the game”. When small leveled interventions are not successful, we’ll work closely with your child and with you through our counseling services and Mrs. Estenson and through my own office. Please see the Progressive Steps Document which has been added to our school webpage under the PBIS tab.


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