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!
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. Although snow boots are still needed, the change for rain boots will just be around the corner, hopefully. 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.
Spread the news! Kindergarten Registration is right around the corner! Parents/guardians of students turning 5 years old before September 1, 2018, 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 9AM-3PM, April 6th and 12-6PM April 16th. 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 would like to be considered 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.
Safety and Respect has been on my mind constantly. As with others in education and families across the nation, the topic of school safety is serious and gut wrenching. We continue to work as a staff to plan and execute safety plans to help students stay safe at school. The respect within our school is something that is of equal value and concern as I want everyone to feel comfortable and safe to be in class and to learn. Mr. Schiffelbein, Officer Fosberg and myself presented in each classroom recently and retaught the differences between mean/hurtful behavior, bullying and harassment. I went over the school and district rules related to those subjects, Officer Fosberg went over Idaho laws in relation to bullying and we all had a nice discussion about said rules/laws as it relates to everyone. Our district policy on bullying requires others to report it if they know of it happening. I also reminded students that they are never to bring weapons of any kind to school and that if they have cell phones they have to be powered off and stored in their backpacks from the time they enter school grounds in the morning until they leave the school building in the afternoon. Please continue to give your students a message of how important being kind and respectful to others is and how learning how to get along with others is one of the most important attributes to accomplish!
Cat and the Rat will be performed by our 3rd and 4th grades on March 8th. 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 costumes and music!
We have some exciting events happening in the next few weeks:
Starting March 1st Schedule appointments for Kindergarten Round up and Registration
March 2nd Read Across America Day! It is also Dr. Suess’s birthday! We are celebrating by wearing either pajamas or dress as a Dr. Suess character. Remember costumes cannot impede anyone’s learning. We will have guest readers throughout the day and have “One Fish, Two Fish” fishsticks for lunch!
March 5th PTO Meeting in our library
March 6-8th Fifth Grade People Fair presentations, 12:30-3PM in the library.
March 8th The Cat and the Rat! 3rd & 4th Grades: 10AM assembly for student body, 2PM Performance for Families
March 9th Reading Logs for Silverwood are due.
March 12-16th Spring Break. No school.
April 4th Specialty and Class Picture day.
April 5th Mark your calendars! Portfolio Night. From 3:10-6:00PM the school will be open for your child to take you on a journey of their learning so far this year. This is a student led conference with evidence to show their progress. Childcare will be available in the cafeteria so you can spend individual time with each of your children.
April 9th PTO Meeting in our library
April 13th BINGO NIGHT! Nachos bar dinner 5:00-6:30, Bingo 6:00-7:30PM, our very own PTO puts on this event that includes raffles and a silent auction. It is SO MUCH FUN!
May 8-10th 4th Grade Swimming at University of Idaho with our district elementary PE staff
May 14-16th 5th Grade Swimming at University of Idaho with our district elementary PE staff
June 1st 4th & 5th Grade Track Meet at Moscow Middle School Track
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!
Kim Mikolajczyk, McDonald School Principal
Happy New Year!
I am happy to give you some information, reminders and updates for this coming month, and the rest of the school year!
End of the Semester Teacher Work Day: There is NO SCHOOL tomorrow, Friday, January 26th. 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, January 31st, 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 24th, with returning Champion, Kayden Semler as our school champion and Camdyn Hurn as runner up. Our Spelling Bee was held on January 10th, with Keaton Clark as our champion and Olivia Clay as our runner up. Congrats to all of our participants and good luck to our champions/runner ups as they move on to the regional/state bees!
Weather & Related Activities: 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 weather is unreasonably cold or wet. Students still have outside recess if it is sprinkling. McDonald staff will decide when the rain is too hard to stay outside or if it is too cold to stay outside. Please dress your children as if they will have outdoor recess. If your child is at school, we want them to go outside and get some fresh air during designated times.
With snow and rain boots commonly worn by students this time of year, it is important to pack a pair of shoes so your child can participate in P.E. and Movement. You are welcome to have your students keep an extra pair of shoes at school if you desire.
Clubs at McDonald: Upon the direction from our student council, we have developed and implemented a few clubs at lunch time. Mrs. Swanger is sponsoring a drama club, Ms. Paul is sponsoring a walking club, Mr. Schiffelbein is sponsoring a kindness club, and yours truly, Mrs. Mikolajczyk, is sponsoring a pinochle club! We welcome parents/relatives to help supervise and/or implement clubs as desired. Please contact the office if you are interested!
Outstanding Meal Balances: We have a number of children that have negative balances on their meal accounts. Please check your child’s account online by going to https://secureinstantpayments.com/sip/?ID=10029, or go to the Moscow School District website and scroll down to the bottom right and click on “pay for lunch.” Once on that site, you call our office and ask Mrs. Brandner for your child’s account number and you can set up a user id and password. This will remain the same for your child’s entire MSD career.
Polar Walk will take place on Wednesday, February 7th. Please plan ahead to help your student walk to school on this day or join the “McDonald Duck Walking Parade” from the Eggan Youth Center. Meet at Eggan 7:50AM to depart at 8:00 to ensure on-time arrival to school. Drop off your student (or join in the fun!) and walk with the “Parade” to school led by parent volunteers and University of Idaho students. There will also be an alternative drop-off location in front of Good Samaritan Village on Eisenhower with a trained volunteer to guide students down the street to the crossing guard. Students being bussed to school will have the opportunity to engage in physical activity with University of Idaho Athletes. All participants in the Polar Walk will be served hot chocolate and receive a keychain.
February 7th 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 7-14th Box Top Contest. Bring your box tops for your classroom to win. There will be one winning grade for this activity!
February 12th 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 16th No School. This is a teacher curriculum day and professional development day.
February 19th President’s Day. No school.
March 5th PTO Meeting 6:30PM.
March 8th Spring Program 3rd & 4th grades.
March 12-16th Spring Break. No school.
April 4th Specialty and Class Picture day.
April 5th Mark your calendars! Portfolio Night.
April 9th PTO Meeting 6:30PM.
April 13th PTO Family BINGO NIGHT! Nachos bar dinner 5:00-6:30, Bingo 6:00-7:30PM. There will raffle baskets, and a silent auction in addition to BINGO. Mark your calendars for an evening of fun!
Please mark your calendars so you can participate in all of these fun events. Have a great month!