2014-15 Bus Route Information
The Triad Transportation staff strives to provide the best transportation service possible to children of families who reside outside safe walking routes to our schools. As you prepare your children for the coming school year, please familiarize yourself with the bus route information for the 2014-15 school year. Having children know their bus number, their stop location and when to meet their bus is important information that will help them establish familiar routine at the start of the year. The information is now available, and can be accessed using the link below. Please direct any questions to our transportation department at 618.667.8851 x.5308 (Heather Markivic)
Marine's Monthly Message
Welcome to the 2014-15 school year! The Marine Elementary Staff is excited about the upcoming school year and eagerly await your child’s arrival. We anticipate another wonderful and productive school year.
The start of a new school year always brings about a sense of anticipation and excitement for students, staff, and parents. I am happy to announce that our teaching staff has remained consistent for the 2014-15 school year. Over the past year we have become a collaborative group striving to maintain and improve the quality of education that your child receives at Marine Elementary. We hope to work in partnership, with you, to help your student have a successful year.
Marine Elementary will be hosting an orientation night on Tuesday, August 19th from 6:00 -7:30 PM. Orientation will begin in the gymnasium with a short parent meeting. After the group meeting, parents will have the opportunity to visit your student’s class room and meet the teacher, learn about class procedures, and bring your students school supplies. Each teacher will hold two orientation sessions, for families with multiple children to visit each classroom. We will have plenty of time after the second classroom session for parents to speak with the teacher on an individual basis.
Your child’s first day of attendance will be on Wednesday, August 20th. All students will be in attendance for a full day (8:45 – 3:15). Please note the new start and dismissal times for the school day.
8:25 – 8:45 Doors open for student arrival. Please do not bring your child before this time as no supervision available. Students should report directly to their classroom, unless they are eating breakfast in the cafeteria.
8:45 School day begins. Anyone arriving after this time will be considered tardy and must be accompanied by an adult and sign in at the office.
3:10 Doors are unlocked and kindergarten will be dismissed to the designated pick up area at the main entrance.
3:15 Dismissal time for 1st – 5th grade students. We request that all student pick-ups have a parent escort to their vehicle to ensure student safety.
If you have any questions regarding transportation, please call 667-8851 ext. 5301. Parents must complete a bus change request form if their child needs to ride a bus to or from a babysitter. Forms are available in the Marine office.
Again, we are anticipating another fun and exciting school year. We welcome the opportunity to work together in a partnership to educate your child. We look forward to seeing you at orientation. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call me at 667-5404.
Marine Elementary Principal
Get the latest Marine school happenings by watching the Hornet Hi-lites. Each month, one of our teachers has volunteered to be the video spotlight and select a theme. During, that month the teacher will record their class, take pictures, and create a video to share on the website with our family and friends. A big thank you to Mrs. Cygan for taking the time to produce and edit each edition.
The summer video is of the Marine Staff's performance at the Marine's Got Talent Show. Please click the link below to view our staff in action.
Meet the new Marine Staff!
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/