Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - Monday, January 18
Meridian School is closed Jan. 18 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The federal holiday is recognized as a national day of service to encourage Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

Here are some books about Dr. King that you can read together or share with your children:

- Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport
- I Am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer
- My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King III

These and many more on Dr. King are available as read alouds on YouTube and make for great teachable moments as you discuss the books.
Meridian Equity Update - Student Assemblies and Discussions

As we move forward with our work in equity, Meridian faculty will lead discussions for our students that define racism and the harm it causes to all.

Secondary grade-level assemblies are being scheduled next week; in primary, students will continue and build off of the work they have been doing in counselors' specials classes to focus on defining racism in age-appropriate ways.

To quote Dr. Rosanna Barrett, Meridian parent,
"… Equity includes addressing the concerns and needs of those who are most affected while maintaining support to those who are not. Racism does affect all of us, creating divisions between groups of people because of misinterpretation of differences. I pray that we can find common ground."
Requests for Temporary Distance Learning
For our on-campus students, a temporary move to distance learning can be a helpful option during a short-term illness and a necessity if quarantining is required. It is not to be used as a general convenience as this places an additional strain on our most valuable resource - our teachers. 

To be approved, requests must meet multiple criteria, including:

• Medical need (doctor’s note, need for quarantining) 
• Duration of absence (at least 3 days)
• Timely notification of need (at least one day prior to switch)

If you need to request temporary distance learning for your child, please submit this form at least one day prior to the expected switch.
Change in First Asynchronous Learning Date to February 1

Due to a very important reporting day for our PEIMS department, we have to move our next Asynchronous day from Friday, January 29 to Monday, February 1. 

  • Monday, February 1
  • Friday Feb 12
  • Friday March 5
  • Friday, April 30
Library Curbside Checkout for Distance Learners

With the start of the new semester, we remind everyone that the library has curbside checkout for students who are distance learners. Students can log into the library’s database to browse and place holds on books.

On Wednesdays, all holds that have come in are pulled from the shelf, checked out to students, and placed in a bag on a cart outside of the main primary entrance. Books can be returned at any time in the library book return, which is also outside the building, and are quarantined for 6 days after being returned. For more information, please visit the Primary Library website.
Triple A News

  • Review the January 2021 Triple A news update to learn about transportation changes, delegations, upcoming enrichment, and more! 

  • Spring Martial Arts has been postponed. Virtual Martial Arts classes begin the first week of February. In-person Martial Arts classes will be postponed until further notice. Please email Triple A for more information.
We welcome our new Counselor! 
Hello! My name is Staci Louth, and I am so excited to be part of the Meridian family as the new K-2nd grade primary school counselor. I am a recent graduate from Angelo State University where I earned my master's degree in guidance and counseling. Previously, I taught English for six years and assisted in directing dance teams.

It is through my teaching experiences where I learned that my true passion is to be an advocate and an additional support for our students as they learn to navigate life. I look forward to serving as an advocate for the students and staff at Meridian, and I am excited to get to know your kids.
Transition to 6th Grade Meeting for 5th Grade Parents - January 27
Current 5th grade parents, please join us Wednesday, January 27, from 6-7 pm for a Transition to 6th Grade Meeting, which will be held via Zoom. This virtual meeting will cover what students can look forward to in 6th grade, as well as the differences between the Middle Years Program and the Primary Years Program.

Parents will also hear about the choices students have regarding their coursework: French or Spanish, Music options, and whether to continue on Meridian's already advanced math track or to accelerate to the even more challenging track that leads to Mathematical Analysis Higher Level in the Diploma Program (11th & 12th grade).

Passcode: 334709

We look forward to seeing you Wednesday, January 27!
Upcoming Events At-A-Glance
  • January Cafeteria Calendar: Breakfast and Lunch and Distance Learning menus
  • School Holiday (MLK Day) 1/18
  • 6th Grade Transition Webinar 1/27
  • Commitment Forms Due 1/31
  • Asynchronous Learning Day: MOVED from 1/29 to 2/1
HELPFUL EMAILS
Melissa Reese, Campus Principal
Ashley Larkey, Assistant Principal, Grades K,2,4
Beverly Al-Tabatabaie, Assistant Principal, Gr 1,3,5

Nancy Spence, Counselor 3-5
Staci Louth, Counselor K-2
Susan Mais, Primary Special Education Coordinator
Leah Lieurance, PYP Coordinator
Emily Murray, Primary Attendance
Giving (Annual Fund & Car Decals)
Leslie Sterzinger, Chef & Food Services Director