October 13th - October 17th
No school today, Conferences
Today, teachers have scheduled several conferences throughout the day. Today is a non-student day.
Conference day, Minimum Day
Walker Creek Open House
Our Annual Walker Creek Fall Open House takes place tonight at Walker Creek Ranch.
Conference Day, Minimum Day
Conference Day, Minimum Day
California Shake out Disaster Drill
10:35am, 40 minutes in length. We will be covering everything from ducking and covering to evacuation procedures, search and rescue, first aid, supplies, and reassembly procedures. I will send something out more formal after the drill, which will include information regarding procedures for picking up your child in th event of a real earthquake.
Conference Day, Minimum Day
Life Skill Assembly
Life Skill: Initiative, 8:30am, MPR
SEE WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING AT MES!
We are once again participating in the annual California Shakeout Drill. We want to ensure that all staff members are familiar with their roles and how best to protect our students in the event of an earthquake. The drill takes place on October 16th at 10:16am and lasts for about 45 minutes.Important to know: If an earthquake were to occur with significant damage to the area, you would pick up your children on the lower baseball field nearest the Garden and Blackstone Drive. We will have a teacher management team station to support the pick up and management of students. Be sure to have some form of ID so we can safely release them to you (I may know you but our teachers managing the area may not). We are fine tuning the process with Site Council as we do each year and I will send out a link to the safety plan when it is ready for publishing.
Noble Peace Prize winners!
Are you interested in taking part in this year's Memory Book Team?
I have three parents on board and are looking at setting a meeting in the next few weeks to get this show off the ground! Let me know if you have photography skills or just organizational skills to bring to the team. Would love to have you! We will be incorporating students into this mix as well! Should be lots of fun!!
Are you interested in taking part in the year's Composting Team?
If you are interested in supporting the MES Green Team or supporting a composting program at MES we are looking at forming this group in the next few weeks. This team would support students with best practices related to lunch composting. When school-wide jobs begins, a Green Team will be formed to support this process! A lot of fun for kids and one of the most popular jobs at MES!
Congratulations Spelling Bee participants!
Milana Krishna, Tanner Martinez and Jackson Roberts made it through several rounds and were absolutely superb in the spotlight. Nerves of steel! Smiles broad! We are all very proud of their efforts. It takes courage and perseverance to perform as they did that evening! How many of us participated in the spelling bee when we were children? I suspect, not many.
Harvest Festival thanks!
Many thanks to Nathan Dunn and his merry band of excellent volunteers for organizing this event. He has been a spectacular force at our school (all of our larger than life posters are his work) and we cannot say enough for his dedication to all of our kids and our events! Next week we will be recognizing his team and the host of volunteers who supported the evening.
Measure C - Please remember to vote on November 4th
I encourage you to review Measure C information, make an informed decision, and more importantly, vote. If passed, the changes regarding MES alone would be relief of high enrollment pressure (An issue that MES and our other three schools have been experiencing...daily) through added structures and an increase to the size of the MPR to support full assemblies...with seating for parents. As you know, we have had to make many adjustments to our core programs because of the limited size of our current building. In addition, MES would experience several infrastructure improvements related to the safety of our students as well as supporting 21st century technology updates to support 21st century learning. Again, the literature recently sent explains it clearly. Thank you for staying informed and for voting on November 4th.
Site Council talking points, October 8th, 2014
October 16th Disaster Drill logistics. Click here for site council notes.Getting more Dad's involved at MES. Watchdog Dads! Stay tuned for more information on this one!
Our 2015 Talent Showcase is in the planning stages and we are augmenting our team! Interested?
This event takes place in late February but we starting to plan in the next few weeks. We are looking for volunteers with an artistic background to join our team to support dance, singing and theater acts. If you have any of these skills and enjoy working with children and want to help support an outstanding event, let me know! We would love to have you. It is a memorable event to be sure and the team is entertaining!
Dixie District is sending all certificated staff to a Google Summit training at Tam High school on October 19th and 20th. This supports a very important District goal related to technology advancement!
School Wide Job Information
We are once again offering students opportunities to support their school through leadership positions in a variety of areas. Applications will be coming soon!
Youth in Arts
Last year, our 5th graders held a record breaking art event at the Youth in Arts establishment in downtown San Rafael. Thanks to a few dedicated parents to help facilitate it, it was a smash! I am once again looking for a small team of parents who have that same interest. The idea is to use the art created by our very own art teacher, Julia James, and hold a public showing! Let me know if you have interest in supporting this and I will share details.
Megan's Law reminder
We strongly recommend that families regularly check the Megan’s Law website for information about registered sex offenders living in our community: http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov. When local law enforcement reasonably suspects that children may be at risk from a registered sex offender, the District will be notified. By law, the District may only disseminate information about registered sex offenders to staff and/or parents in the manner and to the extent authorized by the law enforcement agency. Any and all authorized information will be disseminated to staff and/or parents by the District.
October events to calendar!
10/20 - No school. Staff Development Day
10/22 - Unity Day! Wear the color orange to support No Bullying
10/24 - Life Skill Assembly, Teamwork!
10/31 - Annual Halloween parade