We aim to meet the academic, personal, and social needs of all students by creating a learning community where students are encouraged and supported to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens. Remember, once a duck always a duck!
April 15, 2016
Happy Spring! Like other springs on the Palouse, we can experience all four seasons in one day. We try to allow children to get fresh air during recess if at all possible, so please plan with your children accordingly.
Our portfolio night was a great success. We had more than 90% of students and their family members attend and walk through their progress throughout the year. It was truly magical to watch parents give their full attention while students swelled with pride, showing what they’ve worked on throughout the year. Thank you for making this happen, it is very meaningful. If you would like an individual conference with your child’s teacher, please don’t hesitate to contact him/her directly.
We registered and screened loads of children earlier this week, eager to start kindergarten next year. With school board approval, kindergarten is now a full day. Part of registration includes screening students at their developmental levels. A great deal of information was collected to help start off the school year in a fantastic way. If you know of families who still need to register, please have them contact the school. There will be another screening day in August.
Second grade teacher, Debbie Bell, has been named Moscow School District’s Teacher of the Year! She was nominated by other teachers in the district. Additionally, McDonald, Moscow Middle School and Moscow High School parent Tiffany Skinner will be given the Moscow School District Friend of Education award for her constant service and support at our school. Tiffany was nominated by teachers whose students benefit from her acts of service every week. Congratulations ladies!
Our spring session of the Idaho Reading Indicator will begin on April 18th. The state requires each kindergarten, first, second, and third grade student take this reading fluency assessment. This assessment was also given in the fall and winter. Students will take the assessment in our school library.
Our spring session of the Idaho Standards Achievement Test begins on April 25th. The state requires that each student from 3rd through 8th grade, and once in high school, take this assessment to determine whether they have learned the grade level and subject area standards. Each student will take tests in English Language Arts/Literacy as well as Mathematics. Fifth graders will also take the ISAT science assessment. The ISAT items address a variety of skill levels, from short-term recall to skills and problem solving. (http://sde.idaho.gov/assessment/isat-cas/isat/index.html)
If students want to bring their own simple headphones or earbuds, they may use them during ISAT testing. THEY CANNOT BRING anything with Bluetooth capabilities or anything you or your child would be heartbroken about losing while at school. Disposable earbuds will be given to any student who needs them. If you have any questions, please contact the office.
It’s field trip season! Please watch for information from your child’s teacher and look at our school calendar (http://msd281.org/mcdonald/) for dates for upcoming fieldtrips.
4/25-5/6 ISAT testing
5/2 Grand Opening of Moscow Ball Fields
5/4 Fill the Racks, ride your bike to school or ride the bus and free prizes!
5/9 PTO Meeting, McDonald Library
5/12 Book Fair Open 8AM-7PM
5/13 Family Breakfast & Book Fair: Book Fair is open from 7:00AM –Noon; Breakfast is available for purchase from 7-8AM, $1.50 for students and $2.60 for adults.
5/16-20 Box top contest: Individual contest. For every 10 valid boxtops, students will get a ticket to win daily prizes.
5/27 No school, data analysis day
5/30 No school, Memorial Day
6/7 All school field day
6/8 Last day of school, 5th grade graduation, 1:30 release.
This is an exciting and busy time of year for our students. As the days get longer students tend to get less sleep which results in tired children during the day. Please try as you can to keep those bedtimes regular and set your children up for success!
McDonald School Principal
March 11, 2016
This is such an exciting time of year for our students at school! Teachers love to see students put concepts they’ve learned together, and make great academic progress. It is very exciting for students and teachers alike.
Portfolio Night, Thursday March 31st: Our annual student led-parent conference is coming soon! Like last year, we will have our portfolio night from 3:15-6:00PM on March 31st. Students and teachers have worked all year long organizing samples of your child’s work and assessment data so they can share it with you on this fantastic afternoon. This is how it works:
- Parents will accompany their child to their classroom (5th grade is in the library), you will sit down with your child where they will explain to you about their work throughout the year.
- Teachers will be present in the classroom, checking in and prompting students, but this format is designed to be a student led conference.
- In order for parents to have individual time with each child, we are providing free childcare in the multipurpose room so you can drop off your other children while you meet individually with each child. I request you take advantage of this service as it provides a better experience for each of you, as well as other families, if we don’t have extra children in the classroom.
- If parents need to conference with teachers directly, please contact them and schedule a time for the morning of April 1st.
All day Kindergarten: The Moscow School District school board approved all-day kindergarten for next year. We are very excited for this change as our smallest ducks will have many more opportunities.
Registration and screening: The process for registering your new kindergartener has changed this year. Starting on April 1st, parents will be able to call the district office, at 892-1139 to schedule an appointment to register their child. While parents are registering their child, teachers and other school personnel will screen your child in areas of vision, hearing, large motor and small motor development, writing, math, letters and sounds. At the end of the screenings, a kindergarten teacher will meet with parents to discuss the screenings. Lastly, we will give parents and incoming kindergarteners a tour of our wonderful school. Please plan on allotting 60 minutes for this process. Teachers are excitedly planning the full Kindergarten day. It will include opportunities for rest and snacks throughout the day to ensure optimal learning.
Before School: Students should not arrive on campus before 7:45AM. We have no staff on duty until that time. At 7:45AM, breakfast is open for students and at 7:50AM, the playground opens with supervision for students. Students who want to have breakfast at school need to be here by 8:00AM.
School begins at 8:15AM. Students need to be in their classrooms by that time. If they are not, they are counted tardy and miss out on the beginning of the day instruction and activities. Tardiness is quite disruptive, so please do your best to get your students to school on time.
Student Safety: If you are picking your child up after school and parking in the parking lot, please escort your child to your car. Students cannot cross the parking lot after school unaccompanied. We care about your child’s safety, please encourage them to buckle their seatbelts.
5th Grade Parent Night: On Tuesday March 22nd at 6:00 PM Moscow Middle School will be hosting a 5th Grade to 6th Grade Parent Information Night. This will take place in the Multi-Purpose Room at Moscow Middle School, for 5th grade students who attend Russell, Lena Whitmore, and McDonald Elementary Schools.
March 14-18 Spring Break: Enjoy time with your families! No school.
March 28-30th Science Fair: This Moscow wide elementary school science fair takes place in our McDonald gym. On March 29th, the projects are evaluated and there is an open house to view these fascinating projects.
March 31st Portfolio Night: 3:15-6:00PM, see above.
April 8th Class & specialty picture day
April 11th PTO Meeting: 6:30PM
April 11th-12th Kindergarten registration & screening
Have a fantastic Spring Break!
McDonald School Principal
January 29, 2016
Happy New Year and new semester!
I trust everyone had a wonder winter holiday and break. It really seems like such a long time ago! We have just started second semester which is an exciting time of year for us all. It seems like it is this time of year where we see students put their foundational learning from the fall together with what is being taught now which produces great academic growth!
Report Cards: Report cards were sent home on Wednesday, January 27th. Hopefully all parents have seen them at this point. If you haven’t, ask your child for it. If you have any questions or need clarification on any part of the report card please contact your child’s teacher. This document is made to inform you of your child’s progress so far this year and give you information about what is expected in the future. Please keep the card, but sign and return the envelope.
Geography & Spelling Bees: January was filled with bees! We held our Geography Bee on January 15th, with Carson Carothers as our school champion and Zac Skinner as runner up. Our Spelling Bee was held on January 29th with Ian Peng as our champion and Noah Blank as our runner up. Congrats to all of our participants and good luck to our champions as they move on to the regional bees!
Weather & Recess: Outdoor recess is a needed activity throughout the day. We see students who get even a short 15 minute break of fresh air are ready to take on their new learning activity with new energy. Unfortunately, the Palouse weather is somewhat cold and wet. Our policy is in cold weather that children will go out to recess until it gets below 10 degrees (including wind chill). Students still have outside recess if it is sprinkling, but McDonald staff will decide when the rain is too hard to stay outside. Please dress your children as if they will have outdoor recess.
February 3rd Polar Walk. Those who can, walk to school. Be sure to stop by the hot cocoa table and get a selfie taken with the stuffed polar bear! Some selfies will be posted to our McDonald web page.
February 8th PTO Meeting 6:30PM in our school library. Please consider attending and helping organize events that support families and students at McDonald elementary. There is always treats!
February 15th President’s Day. No school.
February 23rd School Board Meeting. Basement boardroom at the District office at 7PM.
February 23rd Jazz in the Schools Assembly
February 24th Readers as Leaders Cards due
March 4th BINGO NIGHT! Nacho dinner 5:00-6:30, Bingo 6:00-8:00PM
March 31st Mark your calendars! Portfolio Night.
We have welcomed several new families to McDonald Elementary since the beginning of the year. I’m very proud of our
ducks welcoming new students to our flock! Have a great month!
McDonald School Principal