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NOVEMBER 2019
Maize South Elementary Howler

3404 N Maize Rd.
Wichita, KS 67205
(316) 462-8300

A NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Parents:

I hope you were able to attend our Carnival last week. It was phenomenal! We had a record turn out over 1000 people. Thank you to our PTO who organized this fun family event. Your hard work and dedication to our school is appreciated greatly. 

November will also have a fun family evening event. Be sure to attend our Reading and Math Game Night on Thursday, Nov. 21. Mathnasium will be sponsoring our math games and teachers are working on fun reading games and activities for the family. There will be lots of ideas for families who wish to work on academics at home with their children.

Thanks for partnering with us to make it a great year.

Meg Th immesch
MSES Principal NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
LIFETOUCH 2ND CHANCE PORTRAITS
Lifetouch will be at MSE for 2nd Chance Picture Retakes on Monday, November 4. If you have a new student who recently enrolled or your child was absent on our first Picture Day, please pick up an order form in the office. 

If your child had their picture taken and you want retakes, please return the original picture package to their teacher on Monday, November 4. 
MSE TWITTER ACCOUNT
Dear Families,
 
We are excited to announce the launch of our MSE Twitter account. Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read text-based messages known as tweets.
 
We will use our Twitter account as a quick and direct means of communicating with you. It will be used to inform families of upcoming events, to send reminders and to recognize the achievements and personal accomplishments of our students.

Follow this link to the school Twitter account for a window into everyday life at MSE wolves! https://twitter.com/MseWolves  or @MseWolves  
MSES FAMILY NIGHT
MAIZE FOOD SERVICE NEEDS SUBSTITUTES
The Maize Food Service Department is now hiring Food Service Substitutes to fill in for absences in school kitchens. Pick up 2-7 hr. shifts as little or as often as you want to make some extra cash for the holiday season. Food Service Substitutes work with the kitchen team to prepare lunch, wash dishes, and serve meals. Great opportunity to gain experience in School Food Service with flexible working hours, work the same schedule as your kids, and has the potential for permanent employment. Click here to apply.


USD 266 MEDICATION POLICY -
GIVING YOUR CHILD MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
  • Complete a request for Administration of Medication form.
  • The medication must be in the original container.
  • The medication must be current. Expired medication will not be administered.
  • The medication must be age appropriate. Any medication for a person older than the child will require a signed form from the doctor.
  • All prescription medications require a signed form from the doctor.  
  • All prescription medications must have the pharmacy label with the student's name on the bottle box.
  • Students may not self administer medications in the elementary schools.

VISITORS / VOLUNTEERS
Visitors please be prepared to show photo ID
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. Thank you for allowing us to keep our students and staff safe.
IMPORTANT DATES AND INFORMATION
click on the picture for school lunches.





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  • Deliveries: MSES can NOT accept deliveries of flowers, balloons, candy, cookies, etc. This is per USD 266 District Policy. We appreciate your cooperation.
  • Party Invitations: Party invitations CANNOT be distributed at school. We ask that you mail invitations for personal events or parties directly to the home of the student(s) you are inviting. 
  • Student Directory: Parents and guardians may 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.
  • Cell Phones: Please remember the use of cell phones by students while at school is not allowed.
  • Homework: When your child is absent from school and you wish to pick up homework you must request it before 10:00am. All assignments and necessary textbooks will be available in the office after 2:00pm. Thank you.   
November 1
Fall Parade / Party, K-5th, 2:45-3:30pm

November 4
Lifetouch 2nd Chance Portraits (Retakes)

November 5
All District 5th Grade Orchestra Concert, MHS Gym, 7:00pm

November 12
5th Grade Young People's Concert, Century II Concert Hall, 9:00-11:30pm

LUNCH SWITCH:
11:10am-12:00pm 3rd Grade
11:45am-12:35pm 5th Grade

November 14
2nd Grade Music Program, MSHS Auditorium, 7:00pm

November 19
PTO Meeting, Band Room, 6:00-7:00pm

November 21
MSES Family Night, 6:00-7:30pm

November 22
Count Your Kid In Preschool Screening Clinic, 316-794-8641

November 25-29
No School, K-12, Fall Break





December 16
Kindergarten Music Program: Snow Day, (Wohler / Jacoby), MSE Cafeteria,
3:00-3:30pm

December 17
Kindergarten Music Program: Snow Day,
(Woodard / Sahlfeld), MSE Cafeteria,
3:00-3:30pm

December 19
Kindergarten Music Program: Snow Day,
(Loux / Woody), MSE Cafeteria,
3:00-3:30pm

December 23-January 2
No School, K-12, Winter Break










January 3
No School, K-12, Teacher Work Day

January 6
School Resumes, K-12
7 HABITS
LUNCH MONEY
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 their 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 their child has one lunch left. When no money is left on the account, your child will go to the office and call his/her parents. Please put money into the account that day. Parents will also receive a third email when their child has a zero balance.

Please check with your child if he/she is 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. We are not allowed to go into one child's account to pay for a sibling.

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!
ALERTS & NOTIFICATIONS USED IN
THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY
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 email listed in Skyward Family Access "Family 1" and Guardian 1 of "Family 2". To view the contact information 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 our school for assistance.
PICKING YOUR CHILD UP AFTER SCHOOL
SAFETY FIRST:
  • Stop for pedestrians
  • Drive slowly
  • Refrain from using electronic devices
  • Do not park in handicap parking unless you have an issued permit
  • Please do not park in our reserved itinerant teacher parking
  • Please keep the no parking area open when there is no movement in line.

PICKING UP & DROPPING OFF STUDENTS
School begins at 8:30am and we dismiss at 3:40pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Students should arrive at school at 8:20am and should be picked up at 3:40pm.  

Every Wednesday school will dismiss at 3:05pm and students must be picked up at that time.  

We do not provide supervision for students before 8:10am or after 3:40pm. On Wednesdays, we do not provide supervision for students after 3:05pm.
 
We want all of our students, staff and family to be safe at all times at Maize South Elementary. If you are picking up or dropping off your child at MSE, please follow these guidelines.

  • Please enter from the southeast entrance of the parking lot, follow the arrows around the new parking lot, and exit from the southwest.
  • Please pull up to the farthest possible drop off or pick up point.
  • Students should exit and enter from the passenger side of the car directly to the sidewalk.
  • Students should be ready to exit the vehicle quickly.
  • Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk.
  • Please do not block the crosswalk with your vehicle or step out of your car in the parent pick-up lane.
  • There should only be one lane of traffic in the loading zone.
  • When waiting to pick up, if vehicles in front of you have left, please carefully move your vehicle up in the line to allow more vehicles to get in the line.
  • Adults must walk all students through the parking lot and across the school crossing for safety reasons.
  • Parent may park and come up to the school building to collect their child at dismissal. Please do not enter the building. Use the sidewalk in front of the cafeteria and you may collect your child from the east cafeteria doors. 
  • Keep your child with you in the crosswalk and all the way to your vehicle. Students must be escorted by you when using the crosswalk. Students will not be allowed to use the crosswalk by themselves.
  • Students must walk their bikes on the sidewalk in front of the school.
  • Please remember to drive slow and watch for children who might be using the crosswalk. We do have students who walk or ride their bicycles to school.
  • Please refrain from using electronic devices when dropping off or picking up to ensure all attention is on the safety of the students.

Students are asked to walk on the sidewalk closest to the grass.  Please remind your child to walk at all times during drop off or dismissal.

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ADDITIONAL STUDENT TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

Notification by parent:

Please send a note signed by the parent or guardian if there will be a change in plans on how your child will be getting home after school. Your child will be expected to ride the bus if that is the normal way of transportation without a signed note. This is the PREFERRED method of communication.

If you are unable or forgot to send a note and you wish to pick up your child, you may email the teacher  before 12:00pm . Please copy the secretaries to help ensure your child will receive the message. Teachers have been instructed to reply to your email. If you don't receive a response, the teacher likely did not receive the message in time.


In the case of an emergency and you were unable to send a note or email the classroom teacher, you may call the office  before 2:30pm (2:00pm on Wednesdays).  Please consider this method a last resort. If the office is NOT notified before the 2:30pm (2:00pm on Wednesdays) deadline, your child will be expected to follow normal procedures and ride their bus.
 
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
ATTENDANCE AND TARDY INFORMATION
Unexcused Absences:  
If a child is absent from school, parents are to notify the office. If the office is not notified, the school will call the home to verify the reason for the absence. If there is not an answer or response as to why the student is absent, the absence will be marked unexcused. Three consecutive unexcused absences from school or five or more unexcused absences in a semester will be brought to the attention of the building principal and the State Department of DCF. The principal or the designated representative has the discretion to determine if an absence is excused or unexcused. An attendance letter, regardless of excused or unexcused absences, will be sent to parents after eight accumulated absences. Subsequent letters will be sent if Absenteeism continues to be a concern

Tardies/Half Day Attendance:  
Students not in their assigned classrooms at the set beginning school time will be counted as tardy if they report to class without a school-related excuse. Students with three consecutive or five total tardies in a single grading period will be brought to the attention of the building principal. A student will be considered tardy up and until an hour after school begins. After that time, a student will be considered absent ½ or one full day. Teachers will take attendance when class begins and again after their assigned lunch periods. If a student leaves an hour before school is out, the student will be considered absent for a ½ day in the afternoon. Students not present for one of these periods will be counted ½ day absent in the morning or afternoon. 

EARLY RELEASE EVERY WEDNESDAY
MSE students will be dismissed at 3:05 p.m. every Wednesday in order for teachers to have time to meet in their Professional Learning Communities (PLC's). During PLC time, teachers participate in discussing curriculum, instructional strategies, data review, state standards and more.
 
Students will be transported home as soon as school is dismissed at 3:05pm. Please plan accordingly for supervision of students who will arrive home earlier on Wednesdays.   
DRESS CODE
  The parent and student are responsible for ensuring that the student is in compliance with all aspects of the policy during the time the student is at school or participating in school-related activities. Failure by the student to correct dress code violations may result in disciplinary action. Building administrators are the final authority as to whether clothing is or is not in compliance with dress code policy.
 
The guidelines for appropriate attire are:
  • Pants, capris, shorts and skirts must be worn properly and not sag.
  • Shirts should be modest and appropriate for school. Straps must cover undergarments and midriff. No halter tops are allowed.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Hats are not to be worn except on special days as approved by the administration.
Any item that advocates or advertises tobacco, alcoholic beverages, drugs, illegal substances, violence, racist organizations/symbols, gangs, obscenities, or nudity are not allowed.


WATCH D.O.G.S.
 

Please sign up for Watch D.O.G.S.! 

Dads can now sign-up for a total of TWO days.  

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 




1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on  SignUp.com: http://signup.com/login/entry/146981652604256021 

2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com) 

3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. 

Please remember to complete a volunteer background check on our school website at least a week before volunteering. Also please remember that we are unable to debit your child's lunch account for your lunch. You are welcome to bring cash or bring  a lunch from home.

We are looking forward to seeing you!. 
VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND CHECK
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, "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 Screening" link in the left rail to  begin their background check process through the National Screening Bureau. After providing some information, would-be volunteers will be prompted to pay $22 by credit or debit card on a secure system and will receive a receipt via email. (The National Screening Bureau uses a secure server and cutting-edge screening technology in order to protect privacy.)
 
Thanks to all parents and volunteers for continued support of our students and district!

Background checks are conducted on an ANNUAL BASIS. If you have any questions about the background check process, contact Meg Thimmesch at 316-462-8300.  
CHARACTER ED
NOVEMBER - Responsibility
Being trustworthy...
being reliable...
completing an obligation...
accepting your share of the work that needs to be done...
accepting responsibility for your mistakes.
MSE MISSION STATEMENT
M aking a Difference
S triving for Excellence
E mpowering Young Minds
Meg Thimmesch_MSE Principal
Principal
Meg Thimmesch
mthimmesch@usd266.com
Carrie Thrash_MSE Assistant Principal
Assistant Principal
Carrie Thrash
cthrash@usd266.com
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