Marine's Monthly Message
Good Afternoon Marine Parents!
Marine Elementary had a wonderful time celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday during Read Across America with our kindergarten thru second grade. Our student’s dressed up each day in honor of a Dr. Seuss book. We had the opportunity to have Mr. Harry Parish, an author, come speak to our classes and read to them. We ended our week with a themed craft, snack, and movie. It was fun for all involved.
Our third thru fifth grade geared up for ISAT last week! We dressed up each day in an effort to prepare to do our best on our tests next week March 5th thru March 12th. We ended our week with minute to win it games where we practiced putting forth our best effort and positive attitude to be successful!
March 5th thru the 12th is ISAT testing for Marine Elementary!! Our students have worked hard all year to prepare. Please help us do our best by making sure your child gets plenty of rest, eats a good breakfast, and attends school each day. Thanks for your support!!
Our student’s celebrated their MAP score success this past week here at Marine Elementary. Students were able to chart their fall to winter point growth on our reading and math rockets. These visual growth charts are featured in our hallway and help provide students an avenue of celebrating their academic growth. Keep reaching for the stars Marine students!
Trash for Sale! Our students are currently creating their annual trash formations. This recycled art project is open to any student (or group of students) who would like to participate. The winners will take their recycled art project to the County Recycling Competition. Please come in and view our student’s work which is displayed on the stage. Good luck to all our participants!
On February 28th, our 3rd graders created a wax museum where they shared their new found knowledge about the civil rights movement. The students memorized important facts about historical figures and dressed the part. They did an awesome job!!! Thank you for all who were able to come out and participate.
On Monday, February 10th, our kindergarten and first grade students celebrated the 100th day of school. Festivities included receiving 100th day certificates, making 100th day hats, rolling to 100 with a partner, sorting a variety of 100th day collections, reading 100th day books and sorting snack into ten groups of ten. It was a wonderful learning celebration!
We are staying very active here in Marine, despite the cold weather. Jump Rope for Heart is underway during the student’s PE time. Each of our students participated to help raise funds for the American Heart Association.
Our students did a great job recycling magazines. This month we are recycling keys and eyeglasses. Please send them in!
It is almost that time of year again!!! The Read, Right, and Run forms are due to Mrs. Sheehan by March 28th.
The Marine PTO held their annual Pizza Hut night on February 27th!! Please look forward to our next fundraiser! In March we will be selling cookie dough.
The Triad CODE word of the month for March is Honesty. We will be discussing this in our classes and how important this word is to our friendships.
The Hornet Hi-lites was sponsored by Mrs. Logan’s 4th grade class and Mr. Walter’s 5th grade class. Due to some technical difficulties we are running behind with our video. This month’s video features hi-lites from the Holiday Program, classroom parties. Please take a look at our students in action!
I believe this captures all of our activities for the month of February. Hope we see more some sunshine as we enter into March!!
Dates to Remember
Monday, March 3rd No School
ISAT Testing March 5th thru March 12th
March 14th 11:45 Dismissal for SIP Day
March 17th thru March 21st Spring Break: No School
Board of Education Meeting at Central Office at 6:30
PTO meeting March 25th at 7:00
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 4th and 5th grade classes. Due to some techinical difficulties we are running behind with our video posts. The below link has our holiday concert, parties, and skating 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/