Triad School Board Approves
The Triad Board of Education approved the 2016-2017 School Calendar as part of their regular meeting on February 22, 2016. Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education annually approves a calendar that informs the public of anticipated school holidays, closings, dismissal times and quarter grading periods. The district is also required to submit this information for approval to the Illinois State Board of Education. Parents may view the 2016-2017 School Calendar here.
Black Light Bash Trivia Night
It's time for third through eighth-graders and some high school students to take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. Our District assessment window will begin on March 16 and continue through April 29, with each building and grade level assigned a specific schedule for Math and English-Language Arts sessions. Recently, State Superintendent, Tony Smith, released a letter to parents announcing the begining of the Illinois assessment period and stated... " This is the second year Illinois has participated in the PARCC assessment. The 2016 exam has a simpler format to improve the testing process while still providing reliable information about student achievement. This year's results will allow you to see how your child is growing in his or her knowledge and understanding of the state's learning standards"
Good Afternoon Marine Parents
We are already at the end of February and almost to fourth quarter, which will begin on March 11th. The weather is starting to warm up and the students are enjoying outside recess. Please remember to send your student with a jacket, as we will be going outside most days. Below I have included the February hi-lights and what to look forward to in March!! As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact us. Have a great week!
Renee Iberg, Marine Elementary Principal
· We began READ ACROSS AMERICA week today in honor of Dr. Seuss birthday. It will be a fun week of dressing up and reading different books. Today is hat day and we have several creative hats about the building. Tomorrow will be Crazy Sock Day, Wednesday is Mismatch Day, Thursday is Grown-up Day, and Friday is Mustache Day.
· If you are looking to have dinner out tonight try Urban Farm House in Highland. A portion of what is spent will be donated to the Marine PTO!!!
· BOX TOPS!!! If you have any box tops at home please send those in. We still need 3500 Box Tops to meet our goal. Keep clipping and sending those in.
· February’s “Code Word” for the month is caring. It is obvious Marine Elementary student’s care about school by their 98% attendance rate this month! March’s code word is honesty.
· Our Jump Rope for Heart unit was a huge success. Our students did their part to help raise money for the American Heart Association while staying fit at the same time and learning about how to stay healthy. A big “Thank You” to Mrs. Sheehan and Mrs. Fuhler for coordinating all of the fun.
· Our student’s celebrated their MAP score success this month. Students were able to chart their fall to winter point growth on our reading and math rockets and conferenced with their teachers to set their spring MAP growth goals. Great Job Marine!!
· This Friday, March 4th is an 11:45 dismissal day and Monday, March 7th we do not have school in honor of Casimir Pulaski Day. Friday Fling will be held this Friday, March 4th.
· Please mark your calendars now!! Spring pictures will take place on Friday, March 11th. It is a great way to capture your child’s memories in elementary school.
· Our Young Authors Breakfast is scheduled for March 17th at 8:00 am. A letter will go home with more details for all students who participated.
· Last but not least spring break is quickly approaching!! The dates are March 24th-28th.
District Procedures for
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.
District Introduces Before and After School Service
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/
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 ]