Marine PTO hosts
Marine PTO will host their annual Parents Night Out bowling event on January 10, 2015. Check in will be at 6:30p.m. at the Poplar Junction Bowl in Highland. Click here to download the flyer for information on the event and registration.
The old adage, "A picture is worth a thousand words", refers to the idea that a picture can tell a story. We have hundreds of stories to share about our classrooms, students, building activities and events. To help share our stories, we have constructed a photo slide show that will be continually updated. Come back often and take the time to view our story and proudly share with others. We have amazing schools, staff and students and hope these moments capture some additional stories you may not have heard about. [ Slide Shows ]
Marine's Monthly Message
Good Afternoon Marine Parents!
December has been a whirl wind of activities as we prepare for the holidays here at Marine. For starters, our students and Mrs. Barnard have been putting forth a great deal of effort in preparing the Marine Holiday Program, which will be held on Friday, December 19th, at 9:15 am. Please join us for the performance. Our theme this year is “Christmas around the World”. Our students will be singing multi-cultural songs and displaying creative art work of birds from around the globe. It is a great way to head into the holiday break and spread some cheer.
Since it is the Holiday Season our students have put forth extra effort to be involved in our school’s community service project. Mr. Walter is holding the Annual Can Food Drive competition between the grade levels this week. I am not quite sure who is in the lead but I did see the fifth grade class caring in BOXES of canned items….Keep up the great work!! All of the food items were donated to the local food pantry for Marine citizens.
As this is the busiest shopping time of the year, what better item to recycle than plastic bags. Our Recycling Club will be collecting plastic bags all month to recycle. Please feel free to bring these in if you they are taking up room at your house.
On December 11th, Marine Elementary is participated in the Hour of Code. This is a time where our students were introduced to different types of technology coding in the fields of computer science. This is the second year that Marine Elementary has participated in the National Hour of Code. This year our entire school participated, kindergarten thru fifth grade.
On December 2nd, Mr. Walter and his fifth grade classroom were video-taped to be part of the Illinois Classroom Voices!! Once completed, this project will be used as a teaching tool for our fellow educators regarding effective teaching practices. I am very proud to have Mr. Walter’s 5th grade classroom as part of this project. His dedication to teaching and professional demeanor is what makes Marine Elementary a great place for kids.
The Triad CODE word of the month for December is Fairness. We practiced this throughout the month by donating items to share with others. Our students here at Marine Elementary practice our CODE words on a daily basis. I am very proud of their behavior; especially during this crazy time of the yearJ The CODE word for January will be Cooperation.
The kindergarten and first grade students will be enjoying a Pajama Day on Thursday of this week. All of the students can dress in their favorite pajamas to watch the Polar Express. We will be serving hot chocolate and cookies. We will be completing a special craft at the end for students to bring home as a family gift. Students will also get to make their very own creative holiday treats!! Please tune into the Triad District’s Website to see our student’s in action!
The Marine PTO held their annual Santa’s Cottage on December 11th and 12th. Students were able to shop for their friends and families. The presents were wrapped and ready for students to put under the tree when they arrived home. Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to help make this program success for our students.
ATTENTION: If you have not already done so please sign up for our next PTO event: Parent’s Night Out on Saturday, January 10th, at Popular Junction in Highland. Don’t miss the fun and the opportunity to support our school! Contact the office or go to our website for sign up information.
Just a reminder that we will be starting our skating unit in PE when we return from the holiday break! It is one of the student’s favorite activities. If you would like to volunteer to help with the skating activity, please contact Amy Sheehan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I believe that covers our news for December!! I feel very fortunate to be a part of the wonderful community of Marine and to be a part of your children’s lives. I hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday break. I look forward to seeing everyone in 2015!!
Marine Elementary Principal
Start & End of School Procedures
We recognize that at the start of each school year it is difficult for our younger students to transition to daily school attendance and the process of "letting parents go" for the entire day can be daunting. The front of our building and lobby provides for a great transition point for a parent to say their last goodbye, supportive hug and encouraging wave to their child. Although it is difficult as a parent to let go, understand that the longer this transition occurs, the more anxious the child becomes. Please be assured that your child will calm down once they get inside. If for any reason your child does not calm down, we will contact you. We would prefer that parents refrain from entering the gym during our morning activities and anyone wishing to visit a classroom must obtain a visitor pass from the office.
Obviously, the end of the school day is marked by an entirely different emotion as the children express their excitement to see parents again and talk about the classroom events that occurred during their school day. I would like to remind those parents who are picking up, that for the safety of all of the children in our building, we do not want students leaving the front of the building without an adult escort. Please park your car and cross the circle drive to meet your child. The circle drive is reserved for bus entry only. Please exercise caution as you move your car through our parking area to an open space.
8:25 Doors will open for students and they will report to the classroom unless they are eating breakfast in the cafeteria. Please do not bring children to school earlier, since there is no supervision available unless they are enrolled in latchkey.
8:40 Breakfast ends. Children who arrive after 8:40 must be accompanied by an adult to sign in at the office.
Please do NOT park in the circle drive. It is a fire lane.
3:05 Bus students are dismissed.
Keep in touch with activities and events
Looking for ways to stay in touch with what is happening at Marine Elementary? We offer parents two services that can deliver immediate information to your cell phone, smartphone or tablet device. While we will continue our current practice to contact parents through the use of a pre-recorded voice message and building email distributions for such things as school event announcements, school closings, and other parent notifications. We also offer immediate notifications via SMS text message to registered family cell phones as well as a Twitter feed. We enjoy hearing from so many families that appreciate our use of these systems last year and hope you will also consider registering.
Marine students piecing together character
The Triad District is now able to offer parents the ability to manage their child's meal account balances through an online management service called PayForIt.net. The service may be accessed via links through our Parent Resources webpage or directly via www.payforit.net. This service benefits students, parents and the school cafeteria. Management of your child's account through this online service will ensure that they never have to worry about carrying cash for lunch purchases and having the money with them at the start of lunch service. Using the PayForIt.net service, parents can log in at any time to make a deposit to their child's account, view their child's account balance, set up recurring deposits to their child's account, set up e-mail notifications when their child's account falls below a certain dollar amount, or request a report showing what the child has purchased on their account. [Triad Food Service]
School Lunch Program
Marine Elementary students are enjoying using the Triad District’s new computerized point of sale cafeteria system at the start of this school year. The new system has established every student with an account in the cafeteria that can be accessed by using a barcode based on their triad student ID. At meal time, the students make their lunch selection and use an ID badge, as opposed to our traditional punch card, to track meal purchases and payments. Currently, we are still taking food service payments via cash or check. Students will continue to hand their deposit to their classroom teacher in the mornings. We appreciate receiving these transactions in envelopes with your child’s name clearly printed on the outside. While the system will continue to accept cash and personal checks, we will eventually be able to offer parents the convenience of online check or credit card payments toward cafeteria purchases. Daily food service menus are available online through Sodexo.
The payment system is not the only change in our cafeteria. Our students are also being introduced to a revamped school lunch menu this year. Enforced by the federal government and made effective July 1, the changes are part of a healthy school lunch initiative put forth in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The new guidelines establish calorie and sodium minimums and maximums for meals, require schools to offer a wider selection of fruits and vegetables, mandate that all milk be 1 percent or nonfat and require the use of whole grain. Much more information can be found at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/