Marine's Monthly Message
Good Afternoon Marine Parents!
Hard to believe we are already in fourth quarter! Time flies when you are having funJ
Marine Corp. started this month. Students are spending time after school running, working on character, and learning health eating habits. If your student is a taking part please be sure to pick them up promptly at 4:00 pm.
We completed all of our ISAT tests the week before spring break at Marine Elementary. Our students had a 100% attendance rate during this time. Everyone worked hard, focused, and tried their best. I am very proud of our students and staff for their dedication to excel.
Students brought home their spring pictures today in their folders. Please be sure to either return the pictures or money for the pictures by April 11th. I must say our students here at Marine are very photogenic.
As Easter approaches, I am sure many of you are looking for items to stuff in those baskets. We have Scholastic Gift Certificates available in the office that students can use at our Spring Book Fair on April 25th. If you would like to purchase a Scholastic Gift Certificate please send your money in an envelope to Mrs. Head by April 14th. We will put it in a sealed envelope so it can remain a surprise.
BOX TOPS! We are wrapping up our totals for box tops! Please send any and all available box tops by Monday, March 31st to help us reach our goal. We are still a few short!!
This month our students brought in old keys and eye glasses to recycle. We had bags and bags of each item. Thank you for your help. In April we are recycling athletic shoes. Please send in your old athletic shoes as you do your spring cleaning.
The Read, Right, and Run forms were due today to Mrs. Sheehan. If you haven’t turned your form in be sure to have it with you on Monday, March 31st.
Our final fundraiser of the year is Cookie Dough Sales! Be sure to order your tasty treats and help support our school. Order forms are due on April 4th.
Radio Disney performed for us on the 26th. We sang, played games, and danced while learning about saving money. The students had a wonderful time! Ask your student what helpful money saving hints they learned.
The SIUE School of Pharmacy visited Marine Elementary to discuss the importance of nutrition with our students in grades kindergarten thru third. The presentation was interactive and displayed a model of the human heart. It showed how our blood flows thru our body and how this flow is affected by what we eat.
Congratulations to our students who were chosen for the Young Authors Breakfast this month. We honored 9 of our students for their creative writing and illustration skills. We are very proud of all our students who participated. Great job! Thank you to Mrs. Walker for organizing and planning this event.
The Triad CODE word of the month for April is Pride. Having pride in who we are, what we do, and our school/community. We will be discussing this in all of our classes throughout the month.
We are finally up to date with our Hornet Hi-lites thanks to Mrs. Cygan. Below is the link to view the 2nd/3rd grade in action.
I believe this captures all of our activities for the month of March. Looking forward to the sunshine as we enter into April!!
Dates to Remember
Monday, March 31st, Box Tops and Read, Right, Run forms due
April 11th Picture Money due to the office
April 14th Scholastic Book Fair Gift Certificate Money due in the office
April 15th Kindergarten Informational Meeting at 6:30 pm
April 28th Board of Education Meeting at Central Office at 6:30
April 29th PTO meeting at 7:00
April 29th- May 1st MAP testing
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.
This month's video is sponsored by the 2nd/3rd grade classes. The below link displays the third grades living wax museum and pictures of the entire school during our ISAT activities. Please click the link below to view our student's 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/