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 Parents,  

 The school year is off to a great start in the hot weather!  It was wonderful to see everyone at our Back to School Night on August 13th.  I am very proud to say we had 95% attendance that evening.  It is wonderful to work in partnership with our parents to help do what is best for the students of Marine Elementary.  It appears that everyone has settled into their classroom routines and we are running smoothly.  

As some of you may have noticed we have some new faces at Marine Elementary this year!  First I would like to welcome Mrs. Susan Cange as our medical assistant.  Susan has a variety of duties and is also in our nurse’s office  different times during the day. Mrs. Kim Leahy comes to us from Henning as our 9 week kindergarten aide.  She helps in the classroom with daily procedures, recess, lunch, and dismissal times!  It is always great to have an extra set of hands.  Mr. Chris Frey is our new 5th grade teacher.  Chris is off to a great start embracing the collaborative learning environment and integrating Chromebooks into his curriculum.  Mrs. Kelly Search is back with us this year as our second grade teacher.  Her classroom is working hard on beginning the Daily 5 reading series and Shurley English.  Mrs. Amy Ellis has returned to Marine once again as our art teacher.  The students were excited to have her back with us.  Mr. Kevin Devany and Mr. Dennis Carter will be sharing the music curriculum this year.  They are our band instructors at the middle and high school level and have a large love for music.  Our student will learn a lot this year from these two gentlemen.   A big welcome to all of our new staff and we are very excited to have you here in Marine.

I have a few informational reminders as we begin September. 

PICTURE DAY is coming!  Be ready to look your best for picture day on Wednesday, September 16th.  Please keep an eye out for the forms that will be coming homeJ

Lunch time is many of our student’s favorite part of the day!  The school lunch price this year is $2.35 and breakfast is served each day as well and is $1.35.  Students can also buy milk, juice, cookies, and chips ale carte as they choose. 

Please know we welcome visitors before, during, and after school.  For safety reasons, please be sure to sign in at the office before visiting any classroom.  We thank you for the extra step to ensure Marine Elementary is a safe place.

Marine Elementary will be doing their annual MAP benchmarking beginning the week of September 14th.  Testing will look a little different this year as all of our students will be taking the MAP test in the classroom on their very own Chromebook.  We also began our DRA (reading benchmark) this week as well.  If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher.  

We are once again happy to announce that we are currently in a one to one technology environment with Chromebooks in grades 3rd, 4th, and 5th.  A big thank you to the Marine PTO for graciously donating a full class set to our fifth grade.  Fifth grade parents, if you are interested in purchasing your child’s Chromebook at a discounted rate please watch your student’s folder for more information or contact the Marine Office. 

Good attendance is such an important part of the educational process here at Marine Elementary.  In an effort to encourage good attendance habits we will be celebrating those students that have perfect attendance each quarter.  If your student will not be in attendance at school, please be sure to contact the Marine Office via phone or email regarding your child’s absence.  Thank you in advance for your help!!

The PTO is currently collecting forms for the “Buzz Book”.  If you would like your child’s information to be included in this year’s edition please complete the form that was sent home last week in your child’s Friday Folder.  If you need another form please let us know we are happy to send one home.

BOX TOPS!!  Calling all box tops!   Last year we collected over 10,000 box tops to help our school earn money.  We are setting our goal to do the same again this year.  Please put your box tops in a plastic bag with your students name and number of box tops.  The student who returns the most box tops each quarter will win a prize!!

The PTO is selling Marine Hornets Wear this year!!  This will be the only shirt we sell this year for our school.  We will be wearing the Hornets Wear on Fridays, special events, and field trips.  If you would like to order a shirt please complete the form and return it to the Marine office by Tuesday, September 8th. 

September 7th Labor Day No School

September 16th Picture Day Forms to be sent home

September 25th Friday Fling All Grades

September 21st   BOE Meeting   6:30 Triad Central Office

September 24th    PTO meeting 7:00 at Marine Elementary

September 25th/26th Marine Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Park

As always, if you have any questions, about the information above please contact your child’s teacher or the Marine Elementary office.   I am looking forward to another exciting school year. 


Renee Iberg

Marine Elementary Principal


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!