Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Wednesday
Grade 1st-3rd 7:55-2:20 Grade 1st-3rd 7:55-1:20
Grade 4th-5th 7:55-2:25 Grade 4th-5th 7:55-1:25
AM Kindergarten 7:55-11:20 AM Kindergarten 7:55-10:50
PM Kindergarten 11:00-2:25 PM Kindergarten 10:30-1:25
The months are just flying by! It’s already December and we are in the thick of teaching and learning here at MRE!
If you walk around school you will see students busily writing persuasive essays about why they should be an elf and you will see students hard at work applying math facts to solve complex problems. You will see teachers reaching each and every student and of course you will see students reading and reading and reading!
While the work goes on in the classrooms, there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes. The cafeteria is buzzing getting breakfast and lunch ready for students, Mr. Rocha and Mr. Powell are working hard to make sure our school is clean and safe; Mrs. Heard and Mrs. Carter in the office are putting on band aids and answering questions–always with a smile. Our Educational Assistants are buzzing all around campus watching the playground, helping students solve problems or helping them to read, and the computer lab is alive with the tap tapping of little fingers. Laughter comes from the library as Mrs. Hemphill reads aloud to students and everywhere you look you will see volunteers working hard to help make MRE a wonderful place for kids.
Yes, the year is going by quickly, but the best is yet to come! We have much to be thankful for and more work to do. Relax over the next few weeks and enjoy time with your precious children.
Have a wonderful Holiday Season,
MRE students collected 1,540 pounds of canned food for our Access Food Drive! That’s 440 more pounds than last year! Sounds like someone will be kissing a pig!
MRE FAMILIES ROCK!
Thank you to everyone for attending our parent teacher conferences! We had 96% attendance!
The following students
have read 8 of the 16
Battle of the Books
titles as of 11/25!
Grady, Tate, Ashley, Ian, Taryn, Noah, Marcus, Scott, Carisa, Jake, Abygail , Spencer, Aiden , Abe, Ashton, Marcus, Kelsey, Chloe, Carly, Madison, Kelsey, Kate, Amara, Brandon,
Sophia, Endika and Jinwon.
Teams will be posted on December 20
The following are this year’s OBOB titles:
Abraham Lincoln by Mary Pope Osborne, 2011.
Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich, 1999.
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, 2008.
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary, 1983.
Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff, 2008.
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins, 2003.
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, 2011.
Into the Firestorm by Deborah Hopkinson, 2006.
Kenny & the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi, 2012.
Marty McGuire by Kate Messner, 2011.
Pie by Sarah Weeks, 2011.
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, 2004.
Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff, 2011.
Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan, 2011.
Who was Neil Armstrong? by Roberta Edwards, 2008.
Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt, 2011.
You can find out more about this year’s Battle of the Books titles: http://oboblsta.pbworks.com/w/page/53190130/3-5_Titles_Page
The last Box Tops for Education collection resulted in over $800 for MRE! This is a great season to collect, collect, collect! Please clip and save Box Tops for your child’s classroom collection and we will hopefully beat our last total! Thank you!
You can help the MRE Yearbook Staff by submitting photos you take at school and on field trips. Go to community.lifetouch.com and use the access code: MPISJD to create an account and begin uploading pictures. Your photos will be considered for publication in the 2013-14 Yearbook. Thank you for your help!
We would like to thank the following amazing parents, staff and community members for their help in many ways around school. Without you we certainly couldn’t do what we do!
Thank you to Sarah Idiart for hosting a table at the Crater Foundation Auction on December 7.
Thank you to The Mystery Dancers for keeping up the momentum for Battle of the Books. They danced to their own special rendition of “I will Survive” at the November assembly!
Thank you to Janna Yates for helping with picture retakes
Thank you to Mr. Gooding’s class for making a wonderful presentation at the November School Board Meeting!
All too often we work like crazy to get all of the holiday events just perfect, only to sit down after it’s all over…and try to relax…THEN we find out the kids aren’t ready to relax at all! Here are some ideas to keep the winter break fun for everyone!
Build pillow and blanket forts: Put out some chairs in the living room as the base, then build a giant pillow and blanket fort all around them. Watch a movie, eat some S’mores and enjoy the time together.
Have a cookie baking party: Set up a little section of sprinkles, frosting and cookie cutters then let your family have at it with decorating a huge amount of cookies. To make it even more fun, box the cookies up and deliver them to loved ones and neighbors.
Have a movie marathon: Grab some popcorn, pop in a few family movies and snuggle up on the couch under blankets. It’s a great way to spend a cold, wintry day when you’re stuck inside.
Make new crayons: Pick up a few silicone molds in different shapes, such as stars and hearts. Have your kids gather together their broken crayons, place them in the molds, then help them bake up completely new crayons. Once the crayons form and cool, the kids will want to spend hours testing them out.
Make snowflakes for the windows: All you need is a bunch of white paper, some string and kid-friendly scissors to keep your kids busy for hours. Let them make snowflakes in different sizes and shapes, tie a string around each one, then hang them up in the windows of your home. The kids will love seeing their handiwork on a daily basis.
Do random acts of kindness: Doing things for others year-round is important, but random acts of kindness are especially great to do during this time of year. Sit down with your family and make up a list of nice things you can do for others. For example, donate unwanted toys, leave a few dollars with a note attached in the toy aisle of a dollar store, or pay for the meal of the person in line behind you at the drive thru. The kids will get such joy out of doing things for others and can learn an important lesson in the process.
Have a mani/pedi day: Once a week, sit down with your girls and have a mani/pedi session. Whether you get them done professionally or do them at home, they’ll love a little pampering as well as spending that special time with you.
Stage a “read-in”: Spend an afternoon in jammies with blankets and pillows in the living room and read, read, read! The whole family can get into the action!
Go on a Family Scavenger Hunt * Have an Ice Cream Taste Test * Go on a Photo Safari and write a book about your neighborhood
Your child may be missing a sweater or jacket that is now living in the MRE Lost & Found. Please check the Lost & Found tables in the commons during Conference week. Unclaimed items will be donated to Goodwill.
We made $6,511 so far on our magazine sale! Thank you to everyone for supporting our kiddos. Some of the funds raised will help bring new technology devices to MRE to support learning in the classrooms!
As our teachers gear up for conferences, we talk about what the most important things to share with parents will be. We want our parents to know the strengths we see in their child, but we also want you to know the areas we are working with your child to improve. At conferences you will see a different grading scale than was used in previous years. The work on this new reporting system started last year in response to HB2220 which calls for schools in Oregon to report to parents at least once a year how their child is doing in relation to grade level standards.
Teachers spent last spring and this fall learning how to report student progress to parents using this new system. While it is not without a few “bugs,” the system will give parents an accurate picture of their child’s strengths and areas to improve as they work this year to meet grade level standards. As always, we are partners in your child’s education, so you might want to ask your child’s teacher what you can do at home to support your child’s learning.
Together we are “Team MRE” working toward a bright future for each one of our 557 kiddos!