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Principal's Message                                    December 20, 2019
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Happy Holidays!

Winter break starts next week and school resumes on Monday, January 6.  Here's wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful winter break with happy holiday celebrations!  

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School Spelling Bee Contestants

Congratulations to the following third graders who qualified with their written spelling tests this month for the McDowell Mountain Elementary School Spelling Bee on January 8: Layleh Wisniewski, Benjamin Goodman, Cyleah Miles, Angelo Latko, Landon Ostrander, Ondre Ramirez, DeMya Staten, Mikayla Reinken, Hartleigh Kelly, Levi Lara, Taryn Wolff, Evan Williamson, Brody Simonson, Sawyer Hoid, Lillia Hewes, Kaitlyn LeDrew, Cullen Bratcher, Paige Ivie, Alexandra Ivie, Mia Schlossberg, Nathaniel Schlossberg, Ella Schlossberg, Gianna Ivie, and Noah Ramsey. Not pictured is Mason Carrie.
 

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Falcon Leaders' Sock Drive

MMES Falcon Leaders' community service project for November-December was their annual Sock Drive for the Shoebox Ministry. We surpassed our 1,200 sock-pair goal and Shoebox Ministry has received 1,537 pairs of socks for the homeless this winter.  Thank you to all of the Falcon Leaders, their sponsor Ms. Smart, and all the classes whose families brought in socks for this collection!


Pictured above: Eli Gaylor from Shoebox Ministry; Falcon Leaders Blaine Pattea, Landon Ostrander, Ricky Peiro, James Levik, Nevaeh Heiman, Cullen Bratcher, Christina Josay, and Justine Josay; and Cody Gaylor from Shoebox Ministry.
 

Special Announcements
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Congratulations to Kiwanis Terrific Kids 
for December 9-13!


 
Kindergarten: Tecla Paskett
First Grade: Matthew Nunez
Second Grade: Maya Ruiz
Third Grade: Savannah Echeverria

Thank you for joining us, 
Noon Kiwanis Club member, 
Keith Larson!

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Message from
FHUSD Director of Instructional Support, Allison Barbor

This time of the year can be stressful for some families.  Please reach out to the schools if you need any assistance with educational supplies, clothes and/or essential hygiene products.  You may also contact the district's Homeless Liaison, Allison Barbor at abarbor@fhacademics.org or 480-664-5084.  Please know FHUSD is always here to help, guide and support our students and their families in need anytime of the year so please do not hesitate to contact us.


Looking Ahead
View upcoming events of the week ahead
 
1/6/20 School resumes
3rd quarter begins

1/8/20

9:15-11:15: 3rd Grade School Spelling Bee
2:20: Student early release for staff professional development

1/10/20

Falcon Friday: wear blue!
Send home 2nd quarter 1st-3rd grade report cards & kindergarten progress reports

1/15/20
2:20: Student early release for staff professional development

1/17/20
1:00-1:35: Martin Luther King Jr. Day/Respect assembly: wear patriotic colors!

1/20/20
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: no school

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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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