Mustang Minute

Mustang Minute
Posted on 04/11/2017
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Mustang Minute

Monday, May 15 – Thursday, June 22

Monthly Family Newsletter

Mount Erie CARES

(Cooperation, Attitude, Respect, Effort, Safety)

Monthly Update

Parents,

This is the last edition of my monthly update and will take us right to the end of the year. As always, it’s the busiest time for the school. We’re ending this school year and already thinking about the next. There are numerous field trips, school events and end of the year ceremonies. Testing has been in full swing since the beginning of May and will continue through June 9 (see schedule below). I know it seems like a lot, but teachers are doing everything they can to help make students less anxious or overly concerned about “testing’. We’re still well immersed in teaching and learning each day.


Thanks to our PTA for their incredible support all year. Here's a short list of school highlights:

  • Harvest Night

  • Lego Club

  • Walk and Wheel Wednesdays

  • Stop, Drop and Move Month

  • ACT Theater - Movie Mayhem

  • Staff Appreciation Week

  • Field Trip Support

  • Math Team Support

  • Mountain School, Camp Orkila, Salish Sea

You can clearly see how much your efforts mean to the school. Thank you again.


We will see major changes in our school next year. Sixth grade moves to AMS so we will now only be K-5. We will be adding several new staff members and losing others to the middle school, retirement and new jobs within the district. We plan to enhance our student leadership program. We will be inviting 4th graders to join with 5th graders to create the bulk of our job corps. Our playground program Playworks will also be refined and improved. Teachers will receive professional development this summer to launch a new math curriculum district wide called Engage New York. We're excited about the upcoming changes. My welcome back letter will include more details about all of these. Thanks for letting us be part of your child’s learning and growth. Have a great end of the year. See you at our end of the year parade - June 22 at 11:40


Spring Testing Schedule:


ELEMENTARY ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE

DATE

ASSESSMENT

May 1-5

SBA English Language Arts Gr 3-6

May 8-12

SBA Math Gr 3-6

May 8-19

MSP Science Gr 5, SBA Make Ups

May 15-19

SBA Make-up window Gr 3-6

May 15-19

MAP Reading and Math K-2

May 22-26

MAP Reading and Math K-6

May 22 – June 9

DRA window K-2

May31-June 2

MAP Make-up window K-6



Weekly Events

       

Monday, May 15

  • Salish Sea Adventure (some 5th and 6th grade students)

  • Brownie Troop 4 - 5:30 Library

Tuesday, May 16

  • Salish Sea Adventure

  • Autism Therapy Class - 8 am School Gym

  • Mustang Singers - School Choir 8:15

  • Girls on The Run - YMCA Girls Running Club - 3:45 - 5:15

Wednesday, May 17

  • Late Start Wednesday – First bell rings 9:35 a.m. Second Bell 9:40

    • Teachers working in Professional Learning Communities

  • Walk and Wheel Wednesday - Pack the Rack 100 bikes

  • Second Grade Field Trip - Mount Baker Theater

Thursday, May 18

  • Girls on The Run - YMCA Girls Running Club - 3:45 - 5:15

  • School Board Meeting 6:15

  • Annual Spring Concert

    • Grades 4-6 and Mustang Singers

    • 6:30 pm

    • Brodniak Hall - Anacortes High School

Friday, May 19

  • Early Staff meeting - Teachers not available before school


Monday, May 22

Tuesday, May 23

  • Girls on The Run - YMCA Girls Running Club - 3:45 - 5:15

Wednesday, May 24

  • Late Start Wednesday – First bell rings 9:35 a.m. Second Bell 9:40

  • Walk and Wheel Wednesday

Thursday, May 25

  • 4th Grade Field Trip - Rosario Beach 9:15 - 3

  • Girls on The Run - YMCA Girls Running Club - 3:45 - 5:15

  • Parent Meeting for 5th and 6th Special Education parents

    • Anacortes Middle School Library 7 pm

Friday, May 26

  • Half Day - Noon Release for students. Have a great Memorial Day


Monday, May 29

  • No School - Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30

  • School Day - Added to calendar as a Snow Make Up date

  • Girls on The Run - YMCA Girls Running Club - 3:45 - 5:15


Wednesday, May 31

  • Late Start Wednesday – First bell rings 9:35 a.m. Second Bell 9:40

  • Walk and Wheel Wednesday

  • Mrs. Catlin Field Trip Storvik Park


Thursday, June 1

  • Girls on The Run - YMCA Girls Running Club - 3:45 - 5:15

  • 5th - 6th Grade Growth and Development presentation

    • Anacortes School District Nursing Staff

  • Talent Show Rehearsal 6:30 pm

Friday, June 2

  • Mrs. Dunham and Mrs. Wiech - Academic Adventure Field Trip

  • Grade 3 Field Trip - Anacortes City Wastewater Treatment Plant 9 - 11:30

  • Talent Show 7pm


Monday, June 5

  • Brownie Troop - 4 - 5 Library

Tuesday, June 6

  • Mr. Hanes Academic Adventure Field Trip all day

  • 6th Grade Field Trip to Anacortes Middle School - Lunch provided

  • 4th Grade Marine Science Field Trip

  • 2nd Grade Field Trip - Seattle Center

  • Girls on The Run - YMCA Girls Running Club - 3:45 - 5:15


Wednesday, June 7

  • Late Start Wednesday – First bell rings 9:35 a.m. Second Bell 9:40

    • Teachers working in Professional Learning Communities

  • Sixth Grade to Camp Orkila -

Thursday, June 8

  • Camp Orkila continues

  • 5th Grade Science Fair, School Library

    • Non judged event

  • Girls on The Run - YMCA Girls Running Club - 3:45 - 5:15

Friday, June 9

  • Mrs. Dunham and Mrs. Wiech - Academic Adventure Field Trip pt 2

  • Sixth grade returns from Camp Orkila

    • Early afternoon pickup at Mount Erie


Monday, June 12

  • Mr. Hanes Academic Adventure Field Trip pt 2

  • Brownie Troop - 4 - 5 Library

Tuesday, June 13

  • Autism Therapy Class - 8 am School Gym

  • PTA General Membership Meeting 6pm School Library

Wednesday, June 14

  • Late Start Wednesday – First bell rings 9:35 a.m. Second Bell 9:40

    • Teachers working in Professional Learning Communities

  • Quilting Museum Field Trip - Mrs. Wiech 9:50 - 2

Thursday, June 15

  • Quilting Museum Field Trip - Mrs. Dunham 9:30 - 1:30

  • 4th Grade Field Trip - San Juan Islands - all day

  • Kindergarten Field Trip - Washington Park 10 - 1:30

  • School Board Meeting - Board Room 6:15 pm

Friday, June 16

  • Annual Fun Run 10 am

    • Grades 3-6

  • Annual Field Day Event

    • 1 pm

    • Grades K-2


Monday, June 19

  • 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony 10 am

  • 5th Grade Field trip to Anacortes Middle School - Lunch Provided

Tuesday, June 20

  • 1st Grade Field Trip Seattle Zoo

Wednesday, June 21

  • Late Start Wednesday – First bell rings 9:35 a.m. Second Bell 9:40

    • Teachers working in Professional Learning Communities

  • 5th Grade Field Trip - Storvik Park and San Juan Lanes 11:30 - 3 pm

Thursday, June 22

  • Last Day of School

    • 6th Grade Moving up 10 am

    • Half Day - Noon Dismissal

    • End of the Year Parade 11:40 am Front of the School


Friday, June 23

  • No School - Summer Break begins


General Information



Twitter

You can follow me and the school on Twitter this year. I plan on sending 2-3 tweets a week about the school, students and teachers. Load the free Twitter app.

  • Look for peterdonaldson@MTEprincipal




Safe Car Drop Off/ Pick Up

Do’s and Dont’s

Do

·         Do anticipate that it will take a few minutes to safely drop off/ pick up children in the designated area.  Thank you for your patience.

·         Do drop off and pick up your children only in the designated loop area in the front of the building.

·         Do pull all the way forward to drop off/pick up your children whenever possible. This prevents traffic back-ups on 41st Street

·         Do have your child exit your car on the curb side only, and if they need to cross potential traffic in the parking lot, teach them to cross only in the marked crosswalks.

·         Do drive without distraction to stay alert – Please refrain from texting or cell-phone talking when dropping off or picking up your child.

·         Turn right ONLY when leaving the parking loop between 8:45 - 9:15 am and 3:25 - 3:50 pm

Do Not

o   Do not drop off or pick up in the in the bus loop or in the staff and visitor parking area

o   Do not drop off/ pick up your child on 41st Street

o   Do not park your car in the loading zone – even for just a few minutes

o   Do not drive around the inner circle passing cars waiting in line to pick up your child.

o   Do not turn left out of the driving loop during pickup and drop off times. We’re encouraging right turns to help with traffic flow.

PTA

If you have not already done so, please consider joining our incredible Parent Teacher Organization. Our school and your student receive countless benefits from this healthy, supportive relationship. Membership drives their efforts. Those efforts support programs, facility upgrades and special events for kids. The PTA is indispensable in our overall work to create an engaging, fun school for your children.

PBIS

We have made some changes to our school behavior system which we call Positive Behavior Intervention Systems. Our primary goal is to minimize overall behavior problems with individual students so that learning and fun can happen first. However we understand that things do not always go as planned and some days are harder than others. I am always trying to find ways for students to reflect on their actions, redeem themselves and move on. Part of our system wide effort calls for a progressive series of steps each one designed to give students a chance to correct and get “back in the game”. When small leveled interventions are not successful, we’ll work closely with your child and with you through our counseling services and Mrs. Estenson and through my own office. Please see the Progressive Steps Document which has been added to our school webpage under the PBIS tab.



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