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!
Dear McDonald Families:
Welcome to the end of the school year! I believe we have had a wonderful year!
We all had an incredible time at our first Art Day on Friday. Thank you to Annie Richards, our volunteer Art teacher for her vision, drive and endless hours of service and incredible expertise to make this day fantastic. Thank you to Ryan Walquist, our teacher advisor to this event as well as our visiting artists, volunteers, teachers and staff! This was a day to remember…in fact we can remember it well this Friday, June 1st at our ART SHOW! This event will be in our gym and multipurpose room from 5:30-7:30PM. Come browse and see some incredible art made by our very inventive students!
Our students have grown so much physically, emotionally, and academically! We have lots of events scheduled for the last 7 days of school. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about activities. We have put these activities on our school calendar at www.msd281.org/mcdonald.
May 29th * 2nd grade, field trip to WSU
* McDonald Spirit Week Begins: (For this fun week, please don’t wear anything that will impact your own or a classmate’s learning.) Rainbow Color Wars: Dress up in as much color as your grade level has been assigned:
1st grade: Orange
2nd grade: Yellow
3rd grade: Green
4th grade: Blue
5th grade: Purple
May 30th * McDonald Spirit Week: Game Character Day: Dress up to look like your favorite character from any game (video or board games)! Please no weapons or masks.
May 31st * McDonald Spirit Week: Fancy Day: Dress up in your fancy attire, dresses, suits, etc. (as long as your parents give permission!)
* Kindergarten to Hordeman’s Park, 12:20-2:00PM
June 1st * McDonald Spirit Week: Sports Day: Dress up in any sports gear, uniforms, or workout clothes! (Please, no cleats)
* 4th & 5th Grade Track Meet, 10:30-2PM, Moscow Track
* Art Show, 5:30-7:30, McDonald Elementary
June 4th * 5th grade, Robinson Park field trip
* 1st grade to Mtn. View Park 10:15-12:15
* 2nd grade, picnic at Rotary Park
June 5th * All school field day, 12:30-3PM, Just Dance then games & activities, sprinklers on and popsicles! Send bathing suits, towels and sunscreen with your children please.
June 6th: * 3rd-5th grade Intermediate Assembly 9:20-9:50AM.
* K-2nd grade Primary Assembly 10:00-10:30AM.
* 5th Grade Graduation 12:00-1:15PM.
* All students: 1:30PM Release
Beginning of the Year Dates!
August 24th Class lists posted @ 4PM on our website and on our front doors.
August 28th Back to School Pizza Party and Open House, 5:00-6:30PM
August 29th First Day of School!
Look for our summer reading game coming home! Students can fill it out over the summer and turn it in to next year’s teacher to earn a great surprise!
We have all learned a lot this year. Thank you for your incredible support both in and outside of the school. It is a great, great honor to be part of your child’s life!
April 29, 2018
We are loving this nice sunny weather! It is particularly helpful to have the itch to go outside while students are completing their yearly assessments! Ha! Actually, students are working hard and playing hard each day. We have the BEST JOBS; it is so heart-warming to watch students confidently work on problems they can tackle and to enjoy each other.
Morning Arrivals: There is no supervision outside until 7:50AM each morning. Students can come in for breakfast starting at 7:45AM, but my staff doesn’t arrive and start supervising students until 7:50AM outside. As the mornings get bright earlier and earlier, please refrain from letting them come early or dropping them off before 7:50AM.
PTO: Thank you for attending our annual Bingo Night! A fun time was had by all, and those who won prizes had a better time than others! Our very active PTO is busy supporting our staff, students and families with helping provide resources that benefit our students. Thank you in advance for being so kind to our staff and providing a “Staff Appreciation Luncheon.”
PTO is in the process of recruiting individuals to help next year. PTO positions are open for nomination, those include: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Committee Chairs including, STEM Day, Read-A-Thon, Bingo Night, Teacher Appreciation, Duck Days, Art Day and Winter Ball. Please come to our next meeting on May 14th! Please email nominations to email@example.com.
Art Day! May 25th is our first ever all day ART DAY! Send your children to school in old clothes ready to create! We still need parent volunteers! Please let your teacher know if you can help some or all of the day. We are accepting donations of lunch items, such as fruit, chips, and snacks to help feed lunch to our visiting artists.
School Website: Our website is continually growing. If you see a need that isn’t there, please let me know. The calendar on our website has all of our activities listed. The Meet the Staff section of our website has grown! Check out all of our staff and teachers on our website. www.msd281.org/mcdonald/home/meet-the-staff/.
Lunch Time: Please remind students they are not to share food with others. Although I love the kindness and giving nature of sharing, due to safety issues and family wishes students need to only eat their own lunch.
End of the Year Activities: As the school year comes to an end, there are many off campus events planned such as field trips, hikes to a park and picnics. Teachers will notify you of these events; however, please contact the school if your child is absent, coming in late or leaving early.
Sun Screen: Students are welcome to bring their own sunscreen from home to apply at school. Please label any bottle you send. The school cannot provide students with sunscreen. If young students need assistance applying sunscreen, please communicate with their teacher. We can help assist in teaching students to apply it themselves.
May 4th 3rd Grade to PCEI
May 8&10 4th Grade Swimming
May 9th Fill the Racks Day
May 9th Music Festival in Lewiston
May 10th Staff Appreciation Luncheon
May 10th 5th Grade to Spring Valley
May 11th 2nd Grade Plant Sale
May 14th PTO Meeting
May 14&15th 5th Grade Swimming
May 16-23rd Box Top Contest
May 17-18th Book Fair & Breakfast, open 3-6PM on Thursday, 7AM-Noon on Friday. Join us for breakfast that morning (from 7-8am)!
May 22nd 4th Grade to PDSC
May 24th 4th Grade to Spalding Park
May 24th 2nd Grade to Release Fish
May 25th Art Day!
May 28th Memorial Day, no school
May 29th 2nd Grade Field Trip to WSU
June 1st 4th & 5th Grade Track Meet
June 1st 5:30-7:30PM Art Show, with a Panda Express Fundraiser
June 4th 5th Grade to Robinson Park
June 5th Duck Fun Day 12-3
June 6th Last Day of School, 3PM Release!
9:20AM Intermediate assembly, 10AM Primary assembly, 1PM 5th grade graduation
What a wonderful time of year. Enjoy the sun! We live on the Palouse and if we blink it may be gone!
McDonald School Principal
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