"MY MOTHER SAID TO ME, 'IF YOU ARE A SOLDIER, YOU WILL BECOME A GENERAL. IF YOU ARE A MONK, YOU WILL BECOME THE POPE.' INSTEAD, I WAS A PAINTER, AND BECAME PICASSO." - PABLO PICASSO
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO OUR AMAZING MOTHERS!
Monday, May 15th
Special Walkathon Prize Assembly! 8:30-9:15. Very exciting moment for our children!!
Tuesday, May 16th
Indoor Sky-dome Planetarium, K-5, all day in the MPR! Click here to see what your children will experience!
Wednesday, May 17th
Last Community Heroes Meeting, lunch time, Certificates passed out!
Thursday, May 18th
OPEN HOUSE - 6:00-6:30 - Stop by the MPR for our annual Art show THEN 6:30-7:30, join your child's teacher i the classroom to see what they have been doing all year long.
Friday, May 19th
Life Skill Assembly! Perseverance and Sense of Humor! This assembly starts at 9:00am. Please join us for our last assembly of the year!
Teaching changes for the 2017-2018 school year!
Mrs. Karen Madden, from Kindergarten to 4th grade
Karen has been a stellar Kindergarten teacher at MES since 2012 and will be shifting to 4th grade next year. She loved working with our youngest leaders and played a key role in developing their math skills and strategies through two years of Math Professional Development. Her efforts at challenging her children to think deeply about math concepts and developing a collaborative and investigative culture bore fruit over the years.
"When I first taught Kindergarten, I was planning to move up to 5th grade after teaching for 5 years, but then I got pregnant, so I stayed home for 10 years! Go figure, I just got finished teaching Kindergarten again for 5 years, and now I am looking forward to moving up again, and 4th was open in the upper grades! I am looking forward to a new challenge, and am excited to continue to implement what I have been learning through my work these past two years in Math and Science through the County's Marin Next Generation Math Collaborative. I have loved teaching Kindergarten and working with students and families as they start off their educational careers, and I will for sure miss the innocence and wonder of that age. I am planning on teaching for 20 more years, so this is just a new chapter in my teaching career, but I am very excited to make the jump to upper elementary!" - Mrs. Madden
Ms. Cristina Rossini, from 2nd grade to 1st grade
Cristina came to us in the fall of 2014 and made an immediate impact with her team and our teaching program! She has been a stellar advocate for every student she has served. She has an uncanny way of understanding each of them, providing boundaries where needed but with a high level of empathy for their specific needs.
"As a kindergarten teacher, I enjoyed teaching our earliest learners important foundational academic skills and instilling in children a love of school and of learning. In the second grade classroom, I enjoyed the more rigorous learning environment where students deepen and expand their skills and knowledge. My experience with the kindergarten through second grade scope and sequence has prepared me well to teach first grade. I am delighted to have this opportunity!" - Mrs. Rossini
Mrs. Lisa Hooper, New teacher, Kindergarten
Lisa was recently hired as our new Kindergarten teacher. She was a wonderful parent at MES for many years and is deeply passionate about working with children. She has extensive experience in the class Rather than speak for Mrs. Hooper, I will share with you her educational philosophy.
"I believe that teaching is about educating the whole child, expanding their horizons, and developing the skills and knowledge necessary to reach their full potential. To achieve a truly holistic approach, a multicultural perspective is key. Diversity enriches the experiences of not only the students but also myself as their teacher, as each year new students enter with unique backgrounds, which are waiting to be tapped into. Having a diverse student population is a resource that money cannot buy; instead of inviting guest speakers in, the students can share personal histories and cultures, improving their learning and understanding of the global society they will be entering. Ensuring an equitable learning experience is the challenge, as each child should be able to achieve their full potential." - Mrs. Hooper.
Home and School Needs for 2017-2018 School Year
MESHSA Treasurer: Do you have an interest in supporting your child's school? Do you consider yourself fairly organized? Do you have an interest or experience in working with spreadsheets? Do you enjoy collaborating with others and coming up with new and creative ideas? If you can answer “yes” to these questions, then you are just the right person to be our new MESHSA Treasurer! Come on board and join this vibrant organization that serves our school’s children and teachers so well.
MESHSA Financial Secretary: MESHSA needs a new Financial Secretary! We need someone to sit on the Board and assist the MESHSA Treasurer, collecting money from school and depositing it at Wells Fargo on a weekly and ad hoc basis. Come and join our fantastic team and serve our school’s children and teachers. This team is dynamic and a lot of fun to be around. We meet monthly for about 1 hour in the mornings and are always looking for people with energy and a little time to help support our school.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Student, Parent, and Teacher bikers on Wednesday: Thank you to our many students and parents as well as teachers, Gisele Clark and Karen Madden, who rode with our students to school on Wednesday! I loved riding with parents and children from Holly Drive to MES. Very inspiring and they destroyed me climbing that first mammoth hill! Let's do this again but not wait until International Ride to School Day. I will select a new date and see what we can do to increase ridership to school more often!
Stellar Reader Parent Leaders: Julie Caputo, Christina Croco, Jen Marks, Tara Mattiuzzo and former MES parent, Ilyana Artigiani effortlessly led our very important Stellar Readers Program this year! Their team was so organized, calm and caring! Special shout out to our wonderful librarian, Debra Armstrong!
Fidget spinners and other toys should remain at home
Fidget Spinners are the latest craze but they are quickly becoming more of a distraction than a benefit. Like other toys, it is important to remind your children to leave them at home. Some are quite expensive and they are either going missing, breaking, or they are traded for other things unbeknownst to parents. Again, help us to help your children by reminding them to leave these and other toys at home.
CAASPP, California State testing, has come to an end - Good effort on the part of all!
Let your children know in grades 3-5 that we are very proud of their efforts with this challenging test. I am currently in the process of testing those students who were absent or who still need more time to complete portions of the test. Remember, students have as much time as they need. Just a reminder, this is just one indication of what they understand and by no means defines them as a learner. But in preparation for this moment, it was truly a multi-pronged approach:
- Students: Each child did their individual part by working to the best of their ability and remaining focused throughout the year. Never a dull moment at this time in their lives and it is easy for us to forget that it is challenging to navigate the world of academics, friendships,
- Teachers: From the General Education Team to the Special Education Team, to the teaching support staff, it was a collective effort to build each student from where they were when they arrived this year, to where they are at this present moment.
- Parents: Most importantly, as parents you all did your part in supporting your children by instilling them with confidence, working with the school to provide a stable and safe foundation, and providing just a tad bit of patience at those times when parenting becomes most challenging.
Class Placement, 2017-2018
Staff and I are beginning the process of planning for next year and will soon begin designing classes based on enrollment projections. As per Board Policy, the teaching staff and principal share the responsibility for student placement. The teachers meet by grade levels before the end of the year to develop classes. Classes will be designed based upon the following criteria:
➢ Ratio of boys to girls ➢ Students with special needs ➢ Second language learners ➢ Learning styles ➢ Social/Emotional needs ➢ Citizenship
Parent input will be considered if the input is based upon clear-cut educational or developmental needs (per board policy). All input must be received between May 1st and May 31st and be in writing to the principal. Accommodations will not be made to place your student in a class with a particular teacher or with friends and we ask that you do not include specific teacher names in your correspondence. A family may have had a sibling in a class with a particular teacher previously but this is not considered a valid educational reason for placement. Each child’s needs are unique and because a brother or sister liked or disliked a teacher does not mean the sibling will have the same experience. The key ingredient to this process is trust. You need to trust that we will do the best job possible in placing your child with all the information at our disposal. We do the best job we can because it is important to us that each child has the optimum chance for success.
3rd grade families - Coloma Gold Rush is on!
From November 29th, 2017 - December 1st, 2017, next year's 4th graders head to the foothills of the Sierra's for a three-day educational adventure! This program provides a unique look into the rich history of California at a specific and important time period. Students spend two evenings and three days living the life of a miner with the outcome of developing a deeper understanding of the history of California! This is an important 4th grade Social Studies Standard.
Cost: $310 per student includes food, accommodations, curriculum, buses, and amazing fun!
Chaperones: There will be an invitation for several chaperones to attend this event, which is always an incredible experience. This will be discussed at our Back to School Night evening on September 7th, 2017.
Payments: Initial: $150 is due May 26th, 2017 2nd and final payment $160 is due September 8th, 2017
Click Coloma Outdoor Discovery School link for more information including form to be completed. Hard copies were sent home Friday afternoon, May 5th, 2017.
Revised 2017-2018 Dixie District Calendar
Click here for the calendar for next year! Calendars will always be found on the right side top of the website.
Open House is May 18th. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Thursday, May 18th, 6:00-6:30 - Art Show/Museum in the MPR! Sincere thank you to Mrs. Clark, our amazing Can Do! Art Specialist, for planning and executing this event! Student art work will be displayed. 6:30-7:30 - Parents are invited to attend the Open House event in the classroom to see what students have been learning throughout the year.
MES STAR MEMORY BOOKS ARE IN AND WE DO NOT HAVE THAT MANY REMAINING. ORDER FAST...
Click the "HOW TO ORDER..." icon on left to order our 2016-2017 Memory Book and several other accessories. Each year we run out by May so order early. Books will be distributed during the last few days of school.
We are building a shed for our garden but need a contractor to help us plan.
We are looking to build a new shed in our Garden to house supplies as well as an adjacent outside space with a roof so that our children, teachers and volunteers can work in a shaded and dry location. We are hoping for a shed that is approximately 10 x 8 with 4 walls, roof, floor, and door. We are also looking to add an adjacent outside space with a roof that is approximately 10 x 8 to house other materials.