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Principal's Message                                       November 30, 2018
Grandperson's Day

McDowell Mountain Elementary School has a long tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving with "Grandperson's Day" because of all the "grand" people in our students' lives.  MMES invited families to enjoy a Thanksgiving lunch at our school on November 20.  It was nice not only to see grandparents at the event, but also parents, aunties and uncles, students' mentors, and more!  This year we celebrated during three lunch times for our 1st grade, 2nd grade, and Kindergarten & 3rd grade students and their families. Sodexo provided outstanding food for the occasion.  We were lucky to have  Governing Board Members, Dr. Wendy Miedel Barnard and Jill Reed, and our district office staff,   including our Superintendent, Dr. Allen, there to serve food to our families as a thank you for attending FHUSD.  During the event FHPTO sold "Grandperson's Day" family photos and student council sold Smencils.  It was certainly a well-attended, GRAND event enjoyed by all!  We are grateful for our families, staff, and volunteers and hope that everyone had a happy Thanksgiving!


Bobby's Thoughts
I just loved my Thanksgiving break!

My mom was home and when she was in the kitchen, it really smelled good.  I just wish she would have let me sample everything she was making.  But being the good mom she is... she made sure I ate things that were good for me.  I got extra carrots!

There is a lot for me to be thankful for too: my sister, Muffin and my big brother, Dakota.  I can't forget all of my friends at school.  They make me so happy when I see them... they get excited and give me lots of hugs.  I really like it that my mom takes me around in my wagon.  The wagon really helps me since my old legs aren't what they used to be.  So, I enjoy my rides and my hugs when I do get to come to school.

My friends collected so much peanut butter to help Extended Hands food bank this year.  Then my mom gave each grade level classroom winner ice cream during lunch!  I wanted to go but she said I couldn't go into the cafeteria.  Not sure why... Oh well, at least they got ice cream and I got extra carrots.

I heard we have started collecting socks again this year!  Last year there was a huge pile of socks and I can't wait to see how many we will have this year.  I'm hoping I can come up and roll in the pile.  It will be so soft and comfy!  Mom said they will help the homeless. I use to be homeless but I was rescued by Mom.  So I understand what it's like to not have something to keep you warm at night.  I now have a warm blanket to sleep on each night.

Oh... my mom did get me some new socks.  She said they would help with "traction" and I will be able to get up much more easily from the tile floor.  BUT they feel really strange when I walk.  She said I needed to keep wearing them.

Maybe I could give them to another dog friend?


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Congratulations to our Kiwanis Terrific Kids 
for November 26-30!

K indergarten: Zane Randolph-Seimon
First Grade: Adrian Nunez
Second Grade: Cullen Bratcher
Third Grade: Avery Kerns

Thank you for joining us, 
Noon Kiwanis Club member,  Al Roselieb!


Looking Ahead
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K-3rd DIBELS Benchmark 2 testing
Computer Science Education Week Featuring "The Hour of Code"

Falcon Leaders' Sock Drive for Shoebox Ministries


2:20: Student early release for staff professional development

Banking Day

Falcon Friday: wear blue!


8:00-1:00: FHPTO Holiday Store
3rd grade spelling bee test window

1st-3rd grade English Language Arts & Math ATI Galileo test window

12/11/18 6:30 p.m.: 3rd grade holiday music performance

12/12/18 2:20: Student early release for staff professional development

12/14/18 Falcon Friday: wear blue!

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