We hope that you have had an enjoyable and restful summer. District administrators, teachers and support staff have spent this time preparing for students' return to school and look forward to working alongside our students and their families to ensure a great year! Buildiings will begin to welcome students back to school over the next couple with several student and parent activities. Below are some important dates as we begin to approach the first day of school on August 17th
Link Crew Freshman Orientation Day (8am-12)
TMS Open Building for 7th & 8th Grade Students (4pm-8)
6-12 Student ID Pictures at THS (4pm-8)
THS Open Building (6pm-8)
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
Dear Marine Parents,
WELCOME BACK!! It is hard to believe we are ready to start another school year! I am very excited about our Marine team and welcome the new faces to our staff. I have just a couple of reminders as we gear up for the new school year.
On Thursday, August 13th we will be having open building at Marine Elementary from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Come meet your teacher, drop off your supplies, and learn all about the exciting times we will have this year! The evening will start with a meet and greet in the gym from 5:30 to 5:40. Next we will be holding two parent presentations in each class, the first beginning at 5:45 and the second at 6:15. This will leave plenty of time afterward for parent questions and comments. We hope to see as many of you as possible on Thursday evening for a great start to the 2015-16 school year!
On Friday, August 14th will be Marine Elementary’s Kindergarten orientation. Please refer to your letter for your orientation time. Please plan to attend orientation with your child. Please bring their supplies to school at the indicated time. This will be a special time for you to meet the teacher and tour the building.
Our first day FULL day of school is Monday, August 17th. School begins at 8:45 with doors opening at 8:25. Since it is a full day school we will dismiss at 3:15.
The Marine Elementary staff is excited to welcome you and your child to our building. We are thrilled about the upcoming school year and anticipate the progress your child will make this school year. As always, if you need anything please contact our office. Have a great evening and I look forward to speaking with all of you soon!
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/