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
Good Afternoon Marine Parents,
The school year is off to a great start! It was wonderful to see everyone at our Back to School Night on August 18th. I am very proud to say we had 95% attendance that evening. It is wonderful to work in such a devoted community. The good news is everyone seems to be settling into their routines and classrooms for the 2014-15 school year. I have a few informational items to share with you as we enter into the month of September.
PICTURE DAY is coming! Be ready to look your best for picture day on Tuesday, September 9th. Forms will be coming homeJ
If you are looking for a wonderful way to save your child’s art work, be on the watch for Art to Remember. This program allows you to choose a picture your child created and make various items with it. All of the proceeds go to support our elementary art program. It is a great idea for family gifts!
Lunch time is many of our student’s favorite part of the day! The school lunch price this year is $2.25 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 and DRA assessments beginning the week of September 2nd. If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher.
Just a friendly reminder of our new bus policy: All K-5 students will be assigned only one bus for after school transportation. Students will not be allowed to have more than one assigned drop off location when utilizing district bus service. There are few exceptions to this new transportation policy that must be approved by district administration. Please let me know if you have any questions.
We are 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 once again 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 contact Mr. Walter or 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 in their Friday Folder and send it back to school if you have not already done so.
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 Friday, September 5th.
September 1st Labor Day No School
September 9th Picture Day Forms to be sent home
September 19th Friday Fling All Grades
September 22nd BOE Meeting 6:30 Triad Central Office
September 23rd PTO meeting 7:00 at Marine Elementary
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.
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/