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Principal's Message                                    December 6, 2019

More Quarter 1 Awesomeness

In this issue, we finalize our Quarter 1 event reports!

Red Ribbon Week with the Fountain Hills Coalition

Before fall break, MMES celebrated Red Ribbon Week and making good life choices with a "My Shield" activity coordinated with the Fountain Hills Coalition. Before the assembly, 2nd and 3rd graders made shields that featured the important aspects of their lives that help keep them safe. At the assembly on October 1, Shelly Mowrey from the Coalition presented on shields and "Bee Drug Free", then helped 16 selected students to share their shields. They received prizes and all students received red ribbons or stickers. Thank you, Shelly and the FH Coalition!

International Walk to School Day

On October 2, MMES celebrated International Walk to School Day along with schools all over the world! We got exercise and lowered our carbon footprints by walking from Golden Eagle Park to MMES. Thank you, PE teacher, Mr. Rich Olson for organizing the event and thank you to all of the students and parents who joined us!

Fire Prevention Week

After fall break, we held Fire Prevention Week. The Fountain Hills Fire Department (Rural Metro) presented to 1st-3rd graders in an assembly on October 15. They also visited preschool and kindergarten classrooms during the week. We learned about and reviewed "Stop Drop and Roll", fire safety plans at home and school, and root for our favorite fire fighter to get dressed first! Thank you, FHFD for doing this with us every year!

Only One You Rock Garden Art Installation

The week before fall break, MMES students began the first step of creating a special art installation, a rock garden in the front of the school under the direction of art teacher, Tracy Perry.  The project is inspired by the book, Only One You by Linda Kranz and is intended to celebrate our community and uniqueness and honor special people who have touched our lives.  Students planned, prepared, and painted their own unique rock. Then staff followed suit in November for the best professional development afternoon of the year.  

The next step will be arranging the rocks by class with the help of a generous landscaper in the front of the school.  We would like to thank the following wonderful people for their monetary donations, supply donations, and/or extensive help: Tracy Perry; counselor, Juanita Smart; the Bass/Hermie families; 2nd grade teacher, Talia Houseal; Mrs. Perry's special area team including Jill Cooper, Rich Olson, and Richa Perkins; and various families who brought in rocks. We will keep you posted on the development of this very special project!

Special Announcements
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Congratulations to Kiwanis Terrific Kids 
for December 2-6!

Kindergarten: Dania Velazco-Ruiz
First Grade: Riaan Rashid
Second Grade: Bryson Schoenthaler
Third Grade: Karma Coffman
Thank you for joining us, 
Noon Kiwanis Club member, 
Keith Junk!



MMES 1st Grade Fine Arts Night
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
5:30-6:30 p.m.: Art Show
6:30-7:30 p.m.: "Fun at Santa's Workshop" music concert
including performance with Fountain Hills Community Chorus

We're very excited about our partnership with FHCC and if you would like to see their full concert on December 8 or 9, information is on the poster below and you can order tickets online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fountain-hills-community-chorus-2019-holiday-concerts-tickets-80091583081.


Looking Ahead
View upcoming events of the week ahead
Computer Science Education Week featuring the "Hour of Code"
3rd grade spelling bee test
FHPTO Holiday Store


1st-3rd grade ATI Galileo ELA & Math Benchmark 2 test window


5:30-7:30: 1st Grade Fine Arts Night including 
     5:30-6:30: Art Show
     6:30-7:30: music concert "Fun at Santa's Workshop" with joint         
     performance with Fountain Hills Community Chorus

Child Find
2:20: Student early release for staff professional development

12/12/19 9:00-1:30: Kindergarten field trip to Fountain Hills Theater's "Elves & the Shoemaker" and lunch at Golden Eagle Park
10:15-1:45: 1st grade field trip to Valley Youth Theater's "Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail"


Falcon Friday: Wear blue!
Deadline for Falcon Leaders' Sock Drive for Shoebox Ministries

12/17/19 9:00-1:30: 3rd grade field trip to Phoenix Zoo

NOT an early release day

Class/grade level holiday parties
2:30-3:00: Holiday Singalong with FHMS Choir in MMES multipurpose room

Class/grade level holiday parties
End of 2nd quarter
10:00: PS3 visits Fountain View Village
12:30: Dismissal 

1/6/20 School resumes
3rd quarter begins

1/8/20 9:15-11:15: 3rd Grade School Spelling Bee

Send home 2nd quarter 1st-3rd grade report cards & kindergarten progress reports

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