MAIZE unified school district 266

Maize Elementary School
January 2021
Principal's Message
Important Dates and Information
Team Spirit Day at MES
February 5 - Have your student wear their favorite team gear!

Spring Casual Pictures
February 8 - Watch your email for additional details and reminders.

Valentine Parties
February 12, 3 pm
The Valentine Class Parties will be Teacher-led. No visitors will be allowed in for the parties, and please watch for communication from your teacher regarding treats. In general, if you send treats, they must be sent in with your students at the beginning of the day. They can not be dropped off at the office. They also must be store bought and individually packaged. No home made treats please.

MES Spirit Day at Barn'rds
February 16, 10:30am to 9pm

NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Virtual Conferences
February 17 - This is a new date, per the most recent BOE meeting. The previous conference date of February 19 will now be a normal school day.
Conferences will be virtual between the hours of 8:30am and 4pm. Watch for communication from your child's teacher regarding sign-up times.

NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
March 15 - 19
Nurse's Corner

If you have anyone in your household or close contact with your children that is being tested for Covid, please keep your children home from school until you receive results. Thank you for your assistance in helping to prevent the spread of the virus among our students and staff.
From The Counselor
The counselor lessons in February are about honesty and making good choices. 

This is the time of year we begin working on class placements. The goal of student placement is to design balanced classes, according to established criteria, which create the optimal learning environment for all Maize Elementary School students. Each classroom is a small community that must be representative of the diverse social, academic, and physical needs and abilities of all students. If you have any concerns about your child’s class placement for next year, please visit with us, Becky Stephens and Andrea Nietfeld—you can call us or email at or 

Frequently Asked Questions about class placements:

If my older child had a teacher, will my younger one have that same teacher? Not necessarily! Sometimes that happens, but it’s not always followed or done purposely. So again, if you have concerns—please let us know. 

Friends? Let us know friends or separations. We want every student excited about the new year.  

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We do start working on class placements this early. 

If you need to schedule a time with us, please feel free to email or call.

Becky Stephens and Andrea Nietfeld  MES Counselors
Coach's Corner
Hello all! February came quite fast!

We are in the middle of a basketball unit, working on dribbling, passing, and shooting. We will aim (no pun intended) to be utilizing our archery bows and arrows late this month, as always with rigorous cleaning, and sanitizing.

I'm still hoping for more snow to sled on like the last storm! Keep moving!

Coach Horn
Box Tops For Education
No More Clipping! Now Just Scan Your Receipt!
Don't like to clip? There's a new way you can support our school with Box Tops for Education. Simply download the Box Tops for Education app, choose Maize Elementary School in the setup, and then just scan your receipt every time you grocery shop. It will pick up from your receipt whether or not there are box tops and credit them to the school. So easy! For more information, Click Here.
MES PTO Information
MES Spirit Wear Store Now Open!
We have a new online spirit wear store for MES! T-Shirts, Hats, Sweatshirts, Masks!

A portion of the proceeds go back to the PTO and to the school. Here is the link to shop! MES Spirit Wear Store

Dillons Community Rewards
Dillons is committed to helping our communities grow and prosper. Year after year, local schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations will earn millions of dollars through Dillons Community Rewards.

Now you can link your Dillons shopper card to Maize Elementary and help us earn funds. Click here to learn more. When registering, be sure to use our organization number 12736. Thank you for your support!

*Please visit our Maize Elementary PTO Facebook Page for more information and to follow everything that is happening within our Parent Teacher Organization.
Important Information
Start Times & Transportation
Our school day starts at 8:45 am every day. Student drop off begins at 8:35 am. It is important that students are not dropped off prior to that time. This is a matter of safety as there are no staff members supervising until 8:35 am. Thank you for your cooperation. 

If you need to drop your student off before this time, the YMCA has a latchkey program at MES. For more information, please call the YMCA at 316-264-1610. 

Students who arrive after 8:50 am will be counted tardy. If a student is brought late to school, the parent must come in and sign them in on the clipboard in the vestibule.

Please call the office at 316-722-8230 if your child is going to be absent or if you have a transportation change.  For student safety, please let the office know of a transportation change before 3:00 pm.

If your student is riding a different bus home with a friend, a note is required from both sets of parents. These need to be given to the office for Mr. White to sign and can then be given to the bus driver.  
New Policies
Masks will be worn by all staff and students. At this time, no visitors are allowed into the building during the school day.

Deliveries & Invitations
Please be aware that school district policy does not allow us to accept flowers, lunch or other deliveries to students at school. Please contact your student's teacher to arrange a time to celebrate a special occasion with treats, etc. 
BOE policy does not allow party invitations to be distributed at school. Please refer to the Skyward Family Access Student Directory or your classroom directory for student addresses. 
Food Service
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 only has 2 lunches left. Parents receive an email when your child has $5.00 left in their account. Parents receive a 2nd email after your child has 1 lunch left. You will also receive a 3rd email when your child has a zero balance.

Parents may keep as large a balance as they wish in a child's account. 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 and we are not allowed to go into one child's account to pay for a sibling.

Daily lunches are $2.50 each and extra milk is .40 cents. Lunch menus can be found online at

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!
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