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 Elementary Parents,

The days in November are flying by quickly! We have been busy this month and it will continue as we move into December.  Please review what has and will be happening at Marine Elementary. 

Our staff celebrated all of our Educational Support Staff on November 18th ,at our school.   We held a luncheon and shared words of thanks for all the non-certified staff that help to support our efforts in education.  We could not do it without their continued support.

This month our Recycle Club is holding a contest to see which class can collect the most aluminum tabs!  The contest will continue through November.  Send in all our TABS!!!

Veteran’s Day was celebrated by all of our classes here at Marine Elementary.  All of our students did different activities to honor those who serve.  However, our 2nd grade class went above and beyond by collecting 11 pounds of their Halloween candy to send to our troops on active duty.  I am so proud of the 2nd grade class for giving back to those who give their all for us.  Great Job!!

The word of the month in November is Gratitude.  On behalf of the Marine Elementary staff and student body, I would like to say “thank you” to the Triad Board Members for their service to our school district.  You spend countless hours each month trying to make our school’s the best place possible.  Thank you.

December will be a busy month as well!!  Please mark your calendar now…our Holiday Concert is scheduled for Friday, December 18th at 9:15 am.  A big thank you to Mr. Carter and Mr. Devany who offered to coordinate our program.   Our holiday parties will be that afternoon beginning at 2:00 pm. 


On December 1st we have an all school assembly presented by the NED Show.  NED stands for: Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best.  It is a very positive message for our students.  Information went home today regarding the assembly. 


Santa’s Cottage will be making its way to Marine on December 10th and 11th! Please complete the form sent home with your child so they can get all their holiday gifts here at school.  All the proceeds go to support our PTO. 


The office is still taking yearbook orders!!!  All order forms are due on December 11th. This year our 5th grade students are designing our cover.  What a great way to remember your class.


We will be skating again in January!!  Please return your skate permission slips and money to the office by December 15th. 


Marine Elementary is holding their annual Holiday Food Drive and giving the gift food!  We will be collecting non-perishable items the week of December 7th and donating them to the local food pantry.  We will be holding a friendly competition between the classes and the winner will earn a surprise! 


I believe that is a quick summary of November and what to expect in December!  As we head into the holiday season, I want to express my gratitude for being able to work in such a great community.  It is truly a pleasure to work with your students and their families each and every day.  Have a great fall break!!


Renee Iberg

Marine Elementary Principal


Dates to Remember:

Dec. 1st:  NED SHOW

Dec.  7th :   Food Drive Begin

Dec. 10th & 11th :  Santa’s Cottage

Dec. 11th:   Yearbook Forms Due

Dec. 15th : Skating Forms Due

Dec. 18th :    9:15am  Holiday Concert

2:00 pm Holiday Parties

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.
3:15Non-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.

3:15 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!