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Principal's Message                                       October 19, 2018
MMES ended Quarter 1 with lots of exciting events! We'll have photos on Facebook for you soon!  For now, please enjoy the reports: :)

FHHS Homecoming Parade

MMES Student Council, Falcon Leaders, and staff showed their Falcon spirit at the FHHS Homecoming Parade on September 26 on the Avenue of the Fountain!  Principal Mrs. D, Student Council Sponsor Ms. Krause, Counselor/Falcon Leaders Sponsor Ms. Smart, and several parents marched with the Student Council and Falcon Leaders.  Even Bobby was there, riding in his wagon!  Several other staff members joined other district staff on a float celebrating our educators!  Thank you for inviting us, FHHS!  We really enjoyed being a part of this tradition again.

Red Ribbon Week

For Red Ribbon Week October 1-5, MMES 2nd and 3rd graders completed the "My Shield" project with the special area teachers.  They drew and wrote about special things in their lives that help protect them.  Then Shelly Mowrey and Maria Bucci from the Fountain Hills Coalition presented on shields and how the important people and things in our lives can help us make good choices.  Many of the students got to share their shields and the Coalition gave everyone bookmarks and stickers with a "bee" theme including "Bee Nice" and "Bee Drug Free". Thank you, FH Coalition and special area teachers!
FHPTO Scholastic "Enchanted Forest" Book Fair

We really love our FHPTO! Thanks to them, we were enchanted by the "Enchanted Forest" Book Fair October 1-4 and got to enjoy all of these activities as part of it:
  • Enchanted Forest dress up day on September 27
  • Draggin' Dads to Donuts on October 2
  • Caught Reading daily drawing
  • Lollipop Pull for "All For Books" and win a bag of unicorn poop
  • Guess How Much Unicorn Food contest
  • Coloring contest with winners from each grade level
  • Gname the Gnome contest (Mrs. Pauli's 3rd grade class was the winner with "The BFG: Big Friendly Gnome")
  • FHHS football players/cheerleaders reading to classes
  • $100 of books/items for every teacher!
It was a great way to end the quarter along with parent/teacher conferences!

International Walk to School Day

On October 3, children from all over the world walked to school to protect the Earth and get exercise!  Every year MMES Falcons join in by meeting at Golden Eagle Park and walking to school.  Our PE teacher, Mr. Olson organized the event and led students and parents along with principal Mrs. D and music teacher Mrs. Perkins on our trek. MCSO SRO Deputy Mike Brooks drove along side us to ensure our safety.  It was a bit muddy but thankfully it did not rain!


Muffin's Musings

I'm so glad to be back at school after our Fall Break! I had fun with my brothers and my mom being home but I really missed my friends at school.

When I came in this morning I was so surprised to see so many jars of peanut butter! My friends at school collected a lot!
Bobby had told me there were jars but he didn't tell me we had so many! 

At lunch today the Falcon Leaders came in and helped me sort them so we could count the jars. It was a number bigger than I could count...I'm so glad they are so smart at math and could count that high! My mom says we collected 371 jars (5,494 oz) which is almost three times the amount we collected last year! We are going to give all the peanut butter to Extended Hands Food Bank here in town. I bet they will be really excited to get it.  It will help a lot of people.

The classes that collected the most in each grade level get to have an ice cream party with Bobby and me. I really like ice cream. Chocolate is my favorite but my mom says that dogs cannot have chocolate because it is dangerous. Who is a dog? Wondering why she would bring that up...am I really a dog? Oh, well...I cannot wait to find out who I get to go visit and take ice cream!

Today the weather is so pretty outside! No rain and it's not windy either. So mom and I went outside for playground duty with the 3rd graders. They can run really fast. I tried to run with them but my little legs don't go as fast as they can.   Mom and I watched everyone to make sure everyone was playing nicely too.

I really like school. I really like ice cream too. Wonder if peanut butter and ice cream taste good together?

Special Announcements
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Congratulations to our Kiwanis Terrific Kids for September  17-21 !

Kindergarten: Roman Radford-Leary
First Grade: Sara Forsdal
Second Grade: Jay
Third Grade: Henry Clark

Congratulations to our Kiwanis Terrific Kids for September 24-28!

Kindergarten: Olivia
First Grade: James Lochner
Second Grade: Madison Becker
Third Grade: Emma Healy

Congratulations to our Kiwanis Terrific Kids for October 1-5!

Kindergarten: Eloise Robinson
First Grade: Lola Monroe
Second Grade: Kyle Miller
Third Grade: Dawson Goldapper

Thank you for joining us, Noon Kiwanis Club members, Paul Appeldorn, Jerry Comeau, and Bernie Hoenle!  



Looking Ahead
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Fire Prevention Week: Fountain Hills Fire Department presents at 1st-3rd grade assembly and in PS & K classrooms


Morning Lab starts
6:00-7:00 p.m.: Parent University: 123 Magic Part 2


2:20: Student early release for staff professional development

Picture Retakes Day
8:45-9:45 a.m.: FHUSD, FHPTO, & FH Coalition present: "The Minds of Boys and Girls: Screens, Tweens, and Teens" for elementary/middle school parents at the FHUSD Learning Center
6:00-7:00 p.m.: Parent University: 123 Magic Part 3

10/26/18 Falcon Friday: wear blue!


PS1-2 Halloween parties
10/30/18 9:15: Preschool Fall Program in multipurpose room
10:00: PS3 visits Fountain View Village
6:00-7:00 p.m.: Parent University: 123 Magic Part 4

10/31/18 PS3 & K-3rd Halloween parties
2:20: Student early release for staff professional development

11/1/18 Banking Day
6:00-7:30 p.m.: Parent University: Reading for PS & K Students Part 2

11/2/18 Falcon Friday: wear blue!

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