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April 2019
Volume 15 Issue 8
I'm excited to announce that MCE has been selected as a Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase School! The award comes from the Flippen Group which emphasizes teachers' and staff members' connection and relationships with students, as well as social-emotional learning. The award recognizes schools across the country that have demonstrated improvement in attendance, discipline, climate/culture, or academics.

I would like to inform you on the status of our mascot. The reason you haven’t heard much about the MCE Mustang is because we are in a holding pattern as ESC works to take the next step in logo and school color choices. They are working with graphic art students from our high schools to establish a suite of logos for our five elementary buildings
(MCE – Mustangs, MES – Panthers, MSE – Wolves, PWS – Pride (lion), and VES – Chameleons). Once that suite of logos is established, the district will work with a professional graphic artist to finalize the designs by the end of this school year. During this time, we will also be working on establishing school colors for each building. Colors such as black and white are somewhat universal, so they won’t be part of a school’s official color scheme. So, stay tuned for further information.

A huge thank you to our PTO for the delicious meal that was provided by Longhorn Steakhouse during Parent/Teacher Conferences.

We've had another outstanding year at Maize Central Elementary. Our students have done a wonderful job handling our expectations and demonstrating positive character traits throughout the year. The staff has worked extremely hard meeting the academic and emotional needs of each student.  I'm extremely fortunate to work with such a caring and supportive staff! Thank you to all of you parents! We couldn't do the things we do at MCE without your support! We truly appreciate everything you do to help make MCE such an outstanding place! Thank you!!

The end of the school year brings about changes for the next year. Below are a few changes that will be taking place in the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.

  • I would like to welcome Sarah Harbert.  Sarah will be teaching kindergarten. Sarah comes to us from Holcomb, Kansas where she taught kindergarten for four years.

  • Welcome to Jenna O'Daniel who will be teaching 1st grade. Jenna and her husband are moving back to the Wichita area after spending the last two years in Manhattan. Jenna previously taught kindergarten at MCE.

  • Courtney Davis will be teaching 1st grade. Courtney will graduate from Kansas State in May. 

  • We are pleased to have Natalie Mark as a 2nd grade teacher. Natalie graduated from Wichita State and did her student teaching at Enterprise Elementary in Wichita.

  • Dan Berry (currently 1st grade) will be teaching 5th grade next year.

  • Welcome to Laura Rankin who will be teaching 5th grade. Laura is a recent graduate of Kansas State University and did her student teaching at Eudora Elementary school in 4th grade. 

  • Ashley Proehl (currently 3rd grader) will be the Title 1 Reading teacher.
  • Alan Collier (currently P.M.. P.E.) will be a full time P.E. teacher.

  • Janette Dillon (currently .5) will be a full time Instuctional Support teacher.

  • Brianne Banning (Nurse Para) will be our P.M. P.E. teacher.

Good luck to the following staff members who will not be returning to Maize Central next school year:
  • Diana Lynn (.5 Kdg.) - Teaching in Goddard
  • Kathryn Parker (5th Grade) - Moving to Arizona
  • Stephanie Rempel (1st Grade) - Teaching abroad
  • Blake Mosier (5th Grade) - Changing jobs
  • Kelly Hartshorn (Reading Improvement) - Retirement
  • Deb Phillips (P.E.) - Retirement
  • Susan Thoman (2nd Grade) - Retirement
  • Judy Jakubov (Secretary) - Retirement
  • Misty White (Para) - Moving to Colorado
  • Krista Morris (I.S.) - Teaching in Cheney
  • Silvia Tatro (Para) - Teaching in Manhattan
  • Kylee Mies (Para) - Student teaching
Friday, April 26th
10:00 A.M.
MCE Gymnasium

Featured Classes:
                              Criswell, Kinnevan, LaMunyon, Lynn, and Merseal    
Join us as we share with you all that the children have been learning in vocal music and physical education. We would like your child to wear tennis shoes, denim blue jean shorts, and a solid colored (plain) bright blue, orange, red or yellow short-sleeved t-shirt.

Each child will be using a teddy bear. If you have one at home, please send it to school with your child so that we may use it during our practice sessions. When labeling the item, please write your child’s name on a piece of masking tape and place it on the item. It would be nice to have these as soon as possible. THANK YOU!!!
We look forward to seeing you!!!!
The Adopt-An-Animal fundraiser was a huge success! We are excited that our students were able to raise an amazing $1,225.00 . Wow!! The students voted to adopt the blue and yellow macaw, so the money we raised will be used to feed and take care of this animal. It will also pay for the educational assemblies put on by the Sedgwick County Zoo. These assemblies will be held later this month. This is such a great opportunity for our students to learn more about the blue and yellow macaw. A big thank you goes out to all of you who donated money to this annual fundraiser.
Field Day :
9:00-10:30 a.m.  2 nd and 3 rd Grade
10:15-11:45 a.m.   Kindergarten and 1 st Grade
1:15-2:45 p.m.       4 th and 5 th Grade
Spring Parties:
9:15-10:15 a.m.   AM Kindergarten
2:50-3:55 p. m.     All Day Kindergarten - 5 th  Grade
Parents wishing to volunteer to help run stations for field day, please email: Deb Phillips or Alan Collier so we can add you to our volunteer list. If you prefer you may send a note with your child requesting to volunteer for the day. Please remind your child to get your note to us as soon as possible.  

Thank you for your continued help and support of our MCE Physical Education Programs.
The 5th Grade Farewell Celebration is scheduled for:
Wednesday, May 22 
1:00-3:00 p.m. 
Maize Central Elementary Cafeteria
All parents are welcome to join us. There will be a slide show, food, and activities for students as we look back and reminisce about the time our students have spent at MCE.
MCE is hiring instructional paraprofessionals! If you are interested, please visit  www.usd266.com ! Click on Departments- Human Resources- Current Openings, and apply today!
Your child’s individual portraits have been distributed. There is no obligation to purchase these portraits. These packages are for your review and optional purchase. They have not been paid for in advance. Please return payment and/or unwanted portraits by Friday, April 26 th – we must account for all portrait packages.
Inside the package you will find a form detailing the purchasing procedures for full and partial packages. Instructions are included for paying online via credit/debit card. Be sure to complete the online payment process by returning the payment envelope with verification code to your child’s teacher. Checks (payable to Lifetouch), money orders, and cash are also accepted. 

Return payment and/or unwanted portraits by:
Friday, April 26, 2019
As part of the fifth grade health curriculum, your child will be invited to watch an informational video about human growth and development. The boys will see "Growing Up for Boys" with P.E. teacher Alan Collier, while the girls watch "About You" with counselor Andrea Dome. This will take place on Thursday, May 9th. If you would like to preview the videos, please contact Dr. Karen Duling at 350- 2030 or    kduling@usd266.com    to make arrangements. If you would like to request that your child not participate, you may do so by filling out   this form   or by contacting Andrea Dome at 722-0427 or    adome@usd266.com   . If you have any questions, please call or email Andrea Dome.
Thanks to everyone who sent funds for the Parent/Teacher Conference meal in response to the "Can You Spare a Dollar" flyer. A meal was provided from Longhorn Steakhouse. We appreciate their partnership and hope staff enjoyed the yummy food!
Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10) is quickly approaching! Let’s appreciate all of the great work that EVERYONE at MCE does for our students! We have assigned specific days for each profession, but do not feel like you need to give something to everyone or do every day as assigned. This is a suggested guideline to show our love! A list of staff “favorites” can be found as a saved link on our Facebook Page - MCE PTO
  • Monday, May 6 - Nurses
  • Tuesday, May 7 - Custodians, Cafeteria, and Technology
  • Wednesday, May 8 - Paraprofessionals, Secretaries, and Administration
  • Thursday, May 9 - Teachers (classroom, P.E., music, library, reading, math, speech, etc.)
The end of the year will be here before we know it! Join us for our final two #MCEspirit
  • Thursday, May 16th - Carousel Skate
  • Wednesday, May 22nd - Kona Ice. Please enjoy as you are headed out for the final day of the 2018-2019 school year!
MCE PTO has a big year planned for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are interested in helping, please e-mail  mcepto1@gmail.com. We look forward to all of the fun activities and friendships that will be built. Have a great summer!
A reminder that all visitors who wish to enter the school during school hours must present a government - issued photo ID, such as a driver's license on their first visit. This includes parents, guardians, and grandparents. Please allow for extra time to either run the driver's license or to look up their information if already in our system. This includes parents picking up sick students from the nurse's office. Thank you for allowing us to keep our students and staff safe.

If you must pick up a student early, please plan to arrive with enough time for the student to be called from the classroom. This could take extra time if the student is in Music/P.E., lunch, and/or recess. Please allow us extra time to call down the student.
Thank you for your patience.
Learning about bugs in
Ms. Osborn & Ms. Dillon’s room.
These Kindergarten students from Mrs. Kinnevan's class created dinosaurs in preparation for the DINO-MITE Book Fair that was held during conferences.
MCE ESOL students enjoyed working with the Maize High School
multi cultural club! They did an excellent job keeping kids engaged and had fun at the same time!

As the school year comes to an end, I would like to remind you that if your child has medicine here at school, you will need to make arrangements to pick it up by the last day of school. Any medicine that is not picked up will be thrown away.

Just a reminder that a new medication administration form must be filled out each year. If your child currently has an inhaler at school or is taking scheduled medication, I will be sending a new form home with them for you to complete over the summer. 
If you have any questions, please give me a call @ 316-350-2715.

Thanks! Nurse Loni 

Ashley Proehl (3rd Grade)
The Maize Central Teachers have seen many benefits to the Capturing Kids' Hearts Program in our school. In my own classroom, I have seen our classroom community and student relationships grow stronger. This is a result of team building activities, a team mentality, and an increased level of accountability. We all have to do our part to be successful with the social contract. The social contract has also led to conversations about the professional world and being a successful team member. The EXCEL communication model and SOLER listening models practiced by staff members and taught to students will help students in their personal and professional interactions. We, as a staff, are looking forward to seeing how the CKH program continues to impact our students
Lost and Found has an overabundance of coats, gloves, hats, and water bottles! Please stop by and check for any missing items. Unclaimed items will be sent to a local charity.
USD 266 uses the Skyward Food Service and RevTrak fee payment systems. Please check your email and phone numbers in Skyward, so you may be alerted when your child has a balance of $7.00 or less. Parents receive an email when your child has $7.00 left in their account. Parents receive a second email after your child has 1 lunch left. When your child doesn't have any money into the account-we have your child go to the office and call you. Please put money into the account that day. You will also receive a 3rd email when your child has a zero balance.

Please check with your child if they are eating breakfast at school or getting a second milk, the charges add up quickly. If you have more than one child, please check both lunch accounts.

Parents may keep as large a balance as they wish in a child's account (for example: $5.00, $10.00, $15.00 or more). If the student doesn't have enough in his/her lunch account to cover a meal, the account will be charged for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and milk if the student chooses to take one. No meal charges will be allowed.

If you have any questions regarding Skyward and the RevTrak system, please call our school office. We want every child to have a good lunch, every day!
Maize USD 266 is extremely thankful for the many volunteers who selflessly give of their time in our classrooms. Our schools are stronger thanks to the help and support of our community members, and our students benefit from this relationship.
Safety is a top priority for the district, which since 2008 has conducted background checks of potential volunteers.  According to Maize Board of Education policy,   (Section 20, Item D) "volunteers who work in a classroom on a regular basis, supervise students during a field trip when a staff member is not present, or work with students away from the supervision of a classroom teacher are required to have a background check."  This extra step helps ensure that we are keeping our students safe.

Those interested in becoming elementary school volunteers can visit their school page on our district website and click on the  "Volunteer Background Check"   under families, to  begin their background check process through the National Screening Bureau.  
Thanks to all parents and volunteers for continued support of our students and district!
If you have moved or will be moving, but are still in district, please send a Proof of Residency    to the school office as soon as possible. You can email it to slambert@usd266.com   or fax it to the school office
at 316-722-8307.
  •  An Acceptable Proof of Residence includes a copy of your mortgage/lease agreement, including signature page, or a current copy of your gas, water or electric bill.
  • If you have any questions regarding Proof of Residence, please feel free to contact the school office.
If you are moving OUT       of district, please contact Shelly Lambert at slambert@usd266.com       or by phone at 316-722-0427. Please include the new school, city, and state you will be transferring to so we can prepare your student's records for transfer.   
Appreciating differences in others . . .
listening to and respecting a different point of view . . .
looking past outer appearances . . .
enjoying what others
have to offer.

Never giving up, striving to reach a goal . . .
working hard to overcome a difficult situation.
Party invitations  CANNOT  be distributed at school per USD266 District Policy. You may find the information on  page 40-41 of the Sudent Handbook   under Parties/Events. We ask that you mail invitations to personal events or parties directly to the home of the student(s) you are inviting. Parents and guardians may now opt to include your address, primary phone number, email addresses, student's school and student's grade level in the Skyward Family Access Student Directory so that other families with login rights to Family Access can view your contact information.
In the event of an emergency in your child's school, the Blackboard Connect parent notification system will be used to notify you of the situation and will alert you to steps you need to take in order to reunite with your child. Voice messages will be sent to all phone numbers and emails listed in Skyward Family Access "Family 1." To view the contact information that the district has on file, please log on to Skyward Family Access and click on "Student Information." If you are unsure how to log on to Skyward Family Access, please contact your child's school for assistance.
We would like to remind everyone that MCE  CANNOT  accept deliveries of flowers, balloons, candy, cookies etc., per USD 266 District Policy. You may find the information on   page 22 of Student Handbook  under deliveries.
We appreciate your cooperation!
It is the responsibility of the parent to update medical information and contact numbers in Skyward Family Access during enrollment and throughout the school year. Teachers, coaches and other school staff rely on Skyward for important health information like asthma, seizures, diabetes, and food allergies. In addition to updating Skyward, the parent/guardian must also personally communicate this information to the school nurse who will educate and train the appropriate staff. If parents and/or student have questions regarding school guidelines and policies in keeping students safe and healthy at school, please contact the school nurse.
for MCE 
Please consider helping your child's school by participating in the following programs:     

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When registering be sure to use our
NPO number FQ604   .

May 8
Kindergarten Adventure (incoming)
4:00-8:00 p.m.

May 10
Kindergarten Adventure (incoming)
12:15-3:30 p.m.

May 14
All District 5th Grade
Orchestra Concert
MHS Auditorium
7:00 p.m.

May 15
All District 5th Grade Band Concert
MHS Auditorium
7:00 p.m.

May 16
PTO Spirit Night
Carousel Skate Center
6:00-8:00 p.m.

May 22
5th Grade Farewell
1:00-3:00 p.m.

PTO - Kona Ice
Last day of School Treat!

ONEMA1ZE  #OneMa1ze