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,

March has been a very busy month here at Marine Elementary!!  Our students have been busy with many activities. 

  • We are gearing up for our Read, Right, Run day on May 14th!  All students will need to have their forms turned in by March 27th to Mrs. Sheehan.  Remember students need to complete 26 good deeds, do 25 miles of activity, and read 26 books or 910 pages (whichever comes first).  Please let us know if you have any questions!

  • 3rd quarter ended on March 12th!  Report cards with be sent home this Thursday, March 19th.

  • Our 3rd -5th grade students completed the PARCC testing on their Chromebooks for the first time.  I am happy to say all went well and our students tried their very best. 

  • Our Kdg-2nd grade celebrated Read Across America week.  Our students had a wonderful time dressing up each day.  We had crazy sock day, wacky hair day, and dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character day.

  • Marine Elementary held their Young Authors Breakfast this month. The students were able to view one another’s books and provide positive comments. We honored 12 of our students for their creative writing and illustration skills.  We are very proud of all our students who participated.  Our Young Authors will also be honored in town at the library in April.  Great job!  Thank you to Ms. Ogden for organizing and planning this event. 

  • Marine Elementary raised over $1600 to donate towards Skin Cancer Awareness with our Sun Day Fun Day activities.  A big thank you for all who donated and participated to this worth-while cause; especially Mrs. Logan who coordinated the event.

  • It is that time of year again!!  Our students will be working on character education while becoming physically fit during Marine Corps!!  Our program will begin March 24th at last 6 weeks.  Everyone is looking forward to this after school event.  We have 50% of our student participating. 

  • The Marine Recycling Club did an amazing job getting students to participate in the annual Trashformation Competition!!  We have 35 students who recycled “trash items” to create new items.  Stay posted for our winners and those who are selected to move on to the state competition.  We will be holding our Trashformation Breakfast on March 31st, where we will be announcing the winners.  Next month we will be recycling athletic shoes!!

  • Marine Elementary knows attendance is important as we are holding steady at a 96% attendance rate.  We had 28 students with perfect attendance for 3rd quarter!! Great job!  One more quarter to go.

April with the nice weather will also be a busy a month.  Attached are a few reminders!!

  • Report Cards go home on March 19th

  • Friday Fling on March 20th

  • Board of Education March 23rd at 6:30

  • PTO meeting March 24th at 7 here at Marine Elementary

  • March 31st  Trashformation Breakfast for participants at 8:00 am

  • April 2nd – 6th  Spring Break

  • Aprill 17th Friday Fling

  • April 20th ½ day of school attendance


Renee Iberg

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.
3:00 Non-bus students are dismissed. If you plan to pick up your child, please pick them up in the front parking lot.

Please do NOT park in the circle drive. It is a fire lane.

3:05 Bus students are dismissed.




District Introduces Before and After School Service

Triad is pleased to offer safe, high quality, before and after school programming for K-5 children enrolled in Triad Community Unit School District #2 buildings. The "Beyond the Bell" program provides extended-day care in each of our elementary schools that successfully connects the educational school day with those additional hours that children may need to stay at school. Each building offers the ideal combination of quiet time, homework time, play time and fun. For More Details ]  

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Marine Elementary School was built in 1955.  The building currently houses kindergarten through grade five students.  The school is a two-story building with six regular education classes, one special education classes, a library, gymnasium, cafeteria, and individual rooms for keyboarding lab, music, art, and speech. The mission of our school is to develop in our students the knowledge, skills, respect, and responsibility necessary to conduct themselves as productive, responsible citizens of their locality, state, and nation.

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

Character Education remains a key focus here at Marine. This year staff members will be recognizing students that they see displaying positive character traits with a "caught you being good" puzzle ticket and the will place them in our building Character Book.  Every Friday the classroom puzzle tickets will be tallied and announced.  Individual student will be randomly drawn from the tickets recieved and be recognized with a certificate, free individual pizza from Pizza Man, and prize from the building office. Classrooms will also recieve puzzle pieces related to Marine Elementary and compete to finish the whole puzzle during the school year.  [ Download an order form from Kelly Tracy for our unique Character Education Sprit-Wear for 2012-13 ]

Online Cafeteria Accounts 

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  The service may be accessed via links through our Parent Resources webpage or directly via 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 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

Virtual Backpack

Our schools “Virtual Backpack” is the District's effort to reduce the distribute of paper flyers, newsletters and other printed notices that traditionally have come home in our student’s take-home folders and backpacks. This area of our website is a courtesy to serving the needs of many area non-profit groups and other approved community organizations.

The site contains links to information for community educational & recreational events for our children and their families. Please be sure to visit the Virtual Backpack often, as the flyers and information are constantly changing!