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Principal's Message                                    January 31, 2020

Kindergarten & Preschool Round-Up
at McDowell Mountain Elementary School:
It's Time for 2020-2021 Registration!

An A+ School of Excellence™, McDowell Mountain Elementary School is preparing for its annual Kindergarten/Preschool Round-Up! The goal is to introduce parents and kids to kindergarten, and to register as many students as early as possible. From the Fountain Hills Unified School District's perspective, early kindergarten registration allows us to better estimate enrollment and assists in planning for teachers and resources. For parents, getting their children registered for kindergarten early gets an important item off of their plates and Round-Up is a great opportunity to do so!  Early registration for preschool is also important because it allows parents to secure a spot as space is limited.  
Parents of incoming kindergarten and preschool students can come any time on either Thursday, February 20 between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. or on Friday, February 21 between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. or between 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Parents should allow for up to an hour for this event.
Parents should bring their 2020-2021 kindergarten children to this event and they should also bring an original birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residency, which could be a utility bill, lease agreement, or driver's license that has their name and address on it.  At the Round-Up, they will be able to complete our 2020-2021 enrollment packet and have copies made of the aforementioned documents. MMES office and health staff will be available to provide enrollment information and answer parents' questions. Parents and students will meet our principal Mrs. D, kindergarten teachers, and other staff. We will be giving tours of the school.
While parents are registering, their students entering kindergarten will complete pre-assessments with the kindergarten teachers. These pre-assessments allow the staff to get to know our new kindergarten students and assess their strengths and needs before school starts. The pre-assessments will help us determine the best possible classroom placements for the students and ensure a happy beginning to their K-12 school experience. This is also parents' first opportunity to sign up their new kindergarten students for summer orientation provided by our preschool staff at the Boys and Girls Club in June.
Despite only being funded by the state for 1/2-day kindergarten, 
MMES offers free, full-day kindergarten! Parents may choose the half-day kindergarten option, which is available for morning instruction. Of note, children must be 5 years old before September 1, 2020 to enroll for the 2020-2021 school year. 
Registration will also take place at the Round-Up for our state-licensed preschool program offered to three- and four-year olds, and for children who turn five after August 31, 2020. Preschool staff, including our certified teachers, will be available to provide program information and answer parents' questions. It is not required to bring your preschool children to Round-Up, but all children are welcome at the event. They will be able to play under staff supervision while parents complete enrollment packets in our central kindergarten area.

MMES is an Arizona Educational Foundation A+ School of Excellence that offers  a comprehensive Arizona standards-based curriculum; student support and enrichment such as Title I reading and a third grade honors class; special area classes such as Art and Music; outstanding technology equipment and STEM instruction; Character Counts/Falcon spirit assemblies; a variety of clubs and student leadership/service opportunities; an active Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO); and various volunteer opportunities and community partnerships.
We encourage all of you to pass this information along to anyone you know who has a child of preschool or kindergarten age.  We believe MMES is the best choice for these littlest learners and we appreciate your help in spreading the word.

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Important Reminder:

Just a reminder, all medications, either prescription or over the counter must be brought in by the student's parent or guardian. A student's cough drops are considered medication by the school system and will be administered only in the Health Office. Thank you, Rita Luman, Health Office Aide

Looking Ahead
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2/5/20 2:20: Student early release for staff professional development

2/6/20 Banking Day

2/7/20 Spring Picture Day

2/11/20 6:00-7:00: AzM2 Parent University for 3rd grade parents

9:00-10:30: Dentist, Dr. Rauter's presentations to 1st grade classes 
Times TBD: K5 & K6 field trip to Southwest Wildlife Center
2:20: Student early release for staff professional development

1:40-2:10: Presidents' Day & Responsibility assembly...wear patriotic colors!

2/14/20 Falcon Friday: Wear blue (or Valentine's Day colors)!
Class/grade level Valentine's Day parties

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The McDowell Mountain students, staff, parents, and community will provide a safe, child centered environment that builds self-esteem, self-discipline, and the essential skills for life long learning. While adapting to the differences of others and by using responsible decision making, students will exhibit citizenship with the motivation to invent, dream, explore, and communicate in our changing world. At McDowell Mountain School everyone is a learner and will encourage and help others to be successful learners.
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