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!
Welcome to Spring! I love the marsh we call a playground, the ongoing showers throughout the day, and the smell of wet children! I know, the good thing about the Palouse is if you don’t like the weather, wait for 20 minutes and it will change. Spring is also a fantastic time to be in school. Students pull all of their foundational learning from throughout the year and put it all together. It is fascinating to watch children learn and perform all of these skills!
Family BINGO NIGHT is this Friday, MARCH 31ST! This is such a fun evening for families, please come join us. Our PTO has put together incredible raffle baskets and terrific silent auction items. We have FANTASTIC bingo prizes as well. Come enjoy watching your teachers, and yours truly, make fools of themselves calling out bingo numbers!
- Dinner 5:00-6:30PM Baked Potato Bar-$3/person
- Bingo 6:00-8:00PM cards are $3 each or 2/$5 and can be used for every game throughout the evening
While you are in the building, please check out our vast amount of lost and found items. It is a bit out of control. We will be taking a load to be donated soon, so please come claim your items.
Portfolio Night, Thursday April 6th: Our annual student led-conference is next week! Like last year, we will have our portfolio night from 3:10-6:00PM on April 6th. 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 and he/she will explain to you about his/her 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. Please 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.
- Bake Sale: Fourth grade will be raising funds to support their field trip to Spaulding as part of the Social Studies unit. Goodies will be right inside the front doors available for a donation.
- If parents need to conference with teachers directly, please contact them and schedule a time for the morning of Friday, April 7th.
Kindergarten Sign Up:
Registration and screening: The process for registering your new kindergartener will be the same as last year. Parents can call the school now to schedule an appointment to register their child. Our registration/screening days are April 17-18. While parents are registering their child, teachers and other school personnel will screen your child in areas of vision, writing, math, letters and sounds. At the end of the screenings, a kindergarten teacher will meet with parents to discuss the screenings. A tour of our wonderful school will complete this time. Please plan on allotting 60 minutes for this process.
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 8:20AM. 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, so please encourage them to buckle their seatbelts.
March 28th Science Fair open house: This Moscow wide elementary school science fair takes place in our McDonald gym. On March 28th, the projects are on display, for the public to view from 5-8PM.
March 31st Bingo Night: 5:00-8:00PM, see above.
April 5th Class & specialty picture day
April 6th Portfolio Night 3:10-6PM, see above for information
April 7th No School, parent conferences by appointment
April 10th PTO Meeting: 6:30PM in the library
April 17-18th Kindergarten registration & screening in the library
April 26-27th Visiting Authors present to McDonald students
May 2nd-May 16th Year End Assessments if your children plan to be absent any time during this period, please contact the school now so we can adjust their schedule.
May 11th-12th Book Fair, May 11th 8AM-6PM with student previews through the day, May 12th, 7-8AM Book Fair Breakfast, with the book fair closing at noon.
May 15-19th Box Top Contest
May 26th Snow Make-Up Day there will be school this day
May 29th Memorial Day no school
June 7th Duck Fun Day 12-3PM
June 8th Last Day of School, 9:20AM Intermediate awards assembly, 10:00 Primary awards assembly, Noon 5th grade graduation.
Whew, it makes me tired just writing down all of these events! Get ready for a fun, exciting, and busy end of the year!
Kim Mikolajczyk, McDonald School Principal
I’m very excited to share a story the University of Idaho Jazz Festival just published on our own music teacher Mrs. Stefani! What a fantastic piece with a gifted teacher and some incredible students!
Click on the link below.
Happy President’s Day!
I love this time of the year because we can experience snow, hail, rain and the warm sun in a given day. One can complain about the weather, but on the Palouse it can literally change within minutes. It does seem that it is getting safe to change snow boots in for rain boots now. As the snow slowly melts off the grassy playground, the field will turn into a swamp land for a period of time. If it gets really bad, we will have “blacktop only” recess for a while. Our children desperately need fresh air and room to roam during their breaks in the day. As always please dress your children as if they get to run the entire the playground.
Our school year is flying by! Our 100th day of school is just around the corner. I LOVE this time of year. As an educator it is fascinating to see students put all the pieces they’ve learned throughout the year together and soar in their progress of learning!
Talent Show: Tryouts are underway and I can PROMISE the acts will be very entertaining. It is a very special time for students to showcase their talents in a formal setting in front of an audience. Ms. Sant has worked tirelessly teaching students’ expectations of performing through Movement class, and this event is a pinnacle of those efforts.
Kindergarten Registration is right around the corner! Starting on March 1st, parents/guardians of students turning 5 years old before September 1, 2017, are welcome to make an appointment to register their child and have their child assessed by the Kindergarten teachers. The “Kindergarten Roundup” will occur from 12-6PM, April 17th and 9AM-3PM April 18th. When scheduling an appointment, parents should plan on a 1 hour appointment with their child. While parents are filling out paperwork, their child will be assessed in the areas of reading, math, speech/language and vision. Parents will then review assessments with a kindergarten teacher, go on a guided school tour with their child and receive a kindergarten bag of fun activities. Those students registered after the April “kindergarten roundup” days will be assessed in August before school starts. Only students who are in McDonald boundaries will be able to register here. If you reside in another school boundary and want to attend our fine school, you must first register at your “home” school then fill out an “open-enrollment” request form. If you have any questions, please call our office at 882-0228, or the district office at 882-1120.
Bugz, The Musical will be performed by our 3rd and 4th grades on March 9th. There will be a 10AM dress rehearsal performance for the rest of the McDonald student body and a 2PM performance for families and friends. It sounds like a one of a kind performance featuring a variety of bug costumes and music!
We have some exciting events happening in the next few weeks:
March 1st McDonald Talent Show! 6:30PM at the Moscow High School Auditorium.
Starting March 1st Schedule appointments for Kindergarten Round up and Registration.
March 3rd All School Writing Day. Each grade level will engage students in a writing prompt so we have a snapshot of our students’ writing abilities at the same time. Look for this work in their portfolios!
March 7-9th Fifth Grade People Fair presentations, 12-3PM in the library.
March 9th Bugz, The Musical! 3rd & 4th Grades: 10AM assembly for student body, 2PM Performance for Families
March 9th Reading Logs for Silverwood are due.
March 13-17th Spring Break. No school.
March 27th &28th Moscow Science Fair is on display right here in our gym at McDonald Elementary.
March 31st BINGO NIGHT! Potato bar dinner 5:00-6:30, Bingo 6:00-8:00PM, our very own PTO puts on this event that includes raffles and a silent auction. It is SO MUCH FUN!
April 6th Mark your calendars! Portfolio Night.
May 26th Previously a teacher work day, we will HAVE SCHOOL on this day to make up for a snow day.
Your children make us smile every day! My staff and I are very, very fortunate to have jobs that we love and are surrounded by great students and super families!
McDonald School Principal