Happy New Year!
I am thankful for our nice wintery weather. It is so nice we live in an area that we get to enjoy all four seasons. Some of you may be ready for the next season to get here, but we live on the Palouse so winter could last until May. Sorry.
End of the Semester Teacher Work day: There is NO SCHOOL tomorrow, Friday, January 27th. This is a day that teachers are busy pouring over assessment scores to make sure your children are on track to master the standards that are expected of them for their grade. They will also be busy filling out report cards.
Report Cards: Report cards will be sent home on Wednesday, February 1st, in your child’s Wednesday’s folder. 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 25th, with Kayden Semler as our school champion and Tanner Fealy as runner up. Our Spelling Bee was held on January 20th, with Ayden Jun as our champion and Kira Radil as our runner up. Congrats to all of our participants and good luck to our champions as they move on to the regional/state bees!
Weather & Recess: Outdoor recess is a needed activity throughout the day. Students are ready to take on a new learning activity with even just a 15 minute fresh air break. Unfortunately, the Palouse weather is somewhat cold and wet. Our policy is that children will go out to recess unless it gets below 10 degrees (including wind chill). Students still have outside recess if it is sprinkling. McDonald staff will decide when the rain is too hard to stay outside. Please dress your children as if they will have outdoor recess.
Pick up/drop off & Parking: With our pick up and drop off difficult at best, all this extra snow makes it miserable to dangerous at times. Please be an example to others and show compassion and patience during this before and after school experience. Please, never send your child across the parking lot alone. This is very dangerous. Please consider dropping your child off at a different location, such as on Eisenhower street, Moser street, or the dead end on E Street if appropriate. I am working with Safe Routes to Schools to study this situation and come up with new ideas. Bussing is a priority during these times; we would like all traffic to stop for busses as they need to get to several schools to drop off or pick up students.
Science Trek: This fall, Idaho Public Television producer, Joan Cartan-Hansen came to our school and recorded several of our children asking science questions about various subjects. Joan then took these questions and interviewed experts in that field to answer those questions. The first program was played on January 17th and one of our McDonald Ducks made the cut! To watch this program go to: http://idahoptv.org/sciencetrek/topics/exoplanets/.
February 1st Polar Walk. Those who can, walk to school and get invigorated to start the school day. Class will still begin at 8:20AM, so please plan accordingly.
February 6-10th Box Top Contest. Bring your box tops for your classroom to win. There will be two winning classrooms, one from K-2 and one from 3-5th grades.
February 13th PTO Meeting. 6:30PM in our school library. Please consider attending and helping organize events that support families and students at McDonald Elementary. We always have treats!
February 17th No School. This is a teacher curriculum day and professional development day.
February 20th President’s Day. No school.
February 21st Jazz in the Schools Assembly
March 1st McDonald Talent Show! 6:30PM at the Moscow High School Auditorium.
March 13-17th Spring Break. No school.
March 31st BINGO NIGHT! Potato bar dinner 5:00-6:30, Bingo 6:00-8:00PM
April 6th Mark your calendars! Portfolio Night.
The board recently approved to have school on May 26th, the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, which was previously a teacher data analysis day. This is to make up for one of the snow days we recently had.
Please mark your calendars so you can participate in all of these fun events. Have a great month!
Kim Mikolajczyk, McDonald School Principal