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COMING EVENTS

June 1
Young Five Field Trip to Binder Park Zoo

June 6
Brain Stormers Assembly

June 11
Field Day
See Schedule in Mr. DeLille's Special Section

June 12
Half Day
Dismissal 12:15 pm

June 13
Last Day of School
Half Day
Dismissal 12:15 pm


EES EXPRESS WEEKLY
May 30, 2018  
VOLUME 5 ISSUE 35
 
Hello EES Families,
   
  June is just around the corner! I hope all EE families enjoyed a wonderful summer-like Memorial Day weekend.
 Please check the newsletter for our upcoming June events. We're gearing up to finish our school year with joy, laughter, learning, and fun! 

 Stay as cool as possible-- but enjoy this weather after the LONG winter we had, also! 

Sincerely,
Ms. Moore
EES Principal

Weekly Information

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The Mattawan Early Elementary and Mattawan Later Elementary will have an additional half day added to the School Calendar on June 12th  for teacher records.  The Later and Early Elementary will have half days on  Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 13 .  The Later Elementary will dismiss at  12:00 pm  and the Early Elementary will dismiss at  12:15  pm on both days.  Please make sure to communicate any changes in dismissal to your child's teacher.


Our Dining Services Department is offering to send a sack lunch home with students on each half day (June 12 and June 13).  Your student's regular lunch cost will apply to these sack lunches.  Please note:  Free/reduced lunch program students will receive a lunch unless they opt out.  To opt out, use the RSVP link below, reply to this newsletter or contact the Early El office by Thursday, June 7.


The last day to check out books from our Media Center will be Friday, May 11th.  All books must be returned to the Media Center by Friday, May 18th.  We will be busy packing for our big move this summer!!!



Attention Families (and please spread the word) - For the 2018-2019 school year, Young Fives classes will have a limit of 20 students per class, for a total of 80 Young Fives students. Once we reach 80 Young Fives students, Young Fives at Mattawan Early Elementary School will be closed. 

If you would be interested in being a guest paraprofessional or teacher, please email svezeau@mattawanschools.org.








 

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Mattawan  Consolidated School is once again pleased to provide free lunches to children 18 years of age and under or persons up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a State or local public educational agency.  Please join us this summer at the Woodland Estates community for nutritious meals and activities, such as reading and simple crafts, Monday through  Friday  from  noon to 12:45  starting  Monday, June 25th  and ending  Friday, August 17th .  Adult meals are available for purchase.







Superintendent's 
Community Coffee

Please join Dr. Buchler for informal meetings on education topics. The meetings are held in the central office at the following times: 
Tuesday, June 5 at 7:00am
Thursday, June 7 at 3:00pm

All meetings are drop-in and held in the Superintendent's office in the Center Building.  For details or directions, please call 269.668.3361 x1705.



Integrated Arts

What a year it's been in Integrated Arts!  We have come so far and learned so much. Here are a few highlights.

Fitness:  We have been moving our bodies all year long.  We have tried out a lot of fitness skills for exposure, and practiced many more to mastery.  For example, your child should be very good at galloping, hopping, running, jumping, and some other basic locomotor movements.  Throwing and catching is ongoing, but the progress we made was really impressive. It will be fun to get outside in these last weeks of school.  Next week we will be working with the older kids, doing "Frisbees with Frank." Mr. Frank's students will be tutoring our students on proper frisbee throwing outside.  This is in preparation for Field Day! Don't forget that Field Day is coming up on June 11.

Art:  I hope you have enjoyed all of the art projects that have come home this year.  Be sure to ask your child about them. Hopefully they can name the style of art that we were working on, or a famous artist that we emulated (e.g. Abstract art in the style of Wassilly Kandinsky, Pointillism in the style of Georges Seurat, swirls in the style of Vincent VanGogh, etc.).  Next week, we plant to paint outside, doing Impressionism in the style of Claude Monet!

Music:  The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra visit was a success! The students really loved the performance, and we got to hear a musical story:  "Last Stop on Market Street" by by Matt de la Pena. Students learned about how music can create feelings and set the tone.  We have been working throughout the year on the five main components of music: beat, rhythm, melody, harmony, and form. We listened to many different musical styles, moved our bodies in many ways, and played many different percussion instruments.  

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via Facebook, email, or phone.  It has been a great year; have a relaxing summer!

Sincerely,

Jason DeLille


Field Day Schedule
9:30 am to 11:00 am
Classes of Bordner, Carpp, Frisbie, Wolfe, Cooperider, Holmes, Cross, VanderEnde, Devlin, Grant/Fisher, Mayberry, Whiffen

12:25 pm - 1:50 pm
Classes of Bailey, Hessler Eash, Ivens, Milka, Johnson, Gullo, Irwin, Kessler, Morton, Rounds

2:05 pm to 3:30 pm:
Classes of Handley, Malone, Davey, Fouts, Murphy, Jones, Kimble, Welch, McGaw, Spaulding, Larkin, Hawkins

In the event of rain, we will have an indoor "field day" and this schedule will be different.  If it looks like rain is inevitable, the rain schedule will be published on Tuesday, June 5th in the EES Express!

Link for parent volunteer sign up:   Volunteer Sign Up for Field Day!  
 
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End of the Year

As children approach the end of the school year, they experience a variety of emotions.  Some children feel happy and excited, embracing the change and looking forward to summer.  Other children feel anxious about the change in routine.  Still other children feel sad about saying goodbye to their teacher and classmates.  For many children, the end of the school year will be be bittersweet as they experience all of these emotions at different times.

It is important to maintain a routine as the end of the school year approaches.  Even though the weather is nice and it stays light so late at night, keep your evening rituals and bedtimes the same as much as possible.  Talk to your child each night about their upcoming day and go over any special things that will be occurring in school so that it won't be a surprise to them (such as year end picnics or Field Day).  Consider making a calendar or paper chain countdown so your child can visualize the timing of the end of the school year.  Encourage your child to write down down memories from the school year as a keepsake or to share with their teacher in an end-of-the year card.  If you took first day of school pictures, show them to your child to see how much she/he has grown during the year.  Celebrate their learning that has taken place during the school year!

Thanks
Mrs. Cartier


Julie Cartier,  LMSW
School Social Worker
Mattawan Early Elementary School
(269)668-3361 X1673

MEEPA 
 Your Parent Association


What's New? What's Next? Who's In?
  • An opportunity to listen and share your valuable input and ideas
  • Discover ways you can help and opportunities to volunteer
  • Make a positive impact on all of the students at Mattawan Early Elementary
  • Free childcare is provided

We would like to send a warm welcome to our new Co-Chair Tricia Williams!

Field Day is Monday, June 11th and we need lots of volunteers to make it happen!  Please consider helping out for a portion of it by using the sign up below!


Please be sure to stay tuned to our Facebook page and make sure the office has your correct email for news about the new school and the changes coming next year!

Feel free to contact us at anytime with any questions at:
 email MEEPAboard@gmail.com
It is time to think about picking up medications in the office for the end of the school year.  If you have medicine in our health room that is not administered on a daily basis, please think about picking it up.

Please call (or return our call) to notify us of your child's absence. If we do not receive a call, the absence will be marked unexcused. During this cold and flu season, please err on the side of caution!

Please do not send any medication to school in a child's backpack. This includes over the counter medication and cough drops.

Please remember to launder and return all borrowed clothing except for underwear.  Thank you!


REMINDERS

Just a reminder that is it is never acceptable to park in or block our handicap parking spaces without the proper sticker or placard hanging from your mirror.  T he fine for parking in a handicap spot illegally is a $175.00. Thank you for your cooperation.

Our doors are locked in the morning until 8:50 am.  Children who eat breakfast at school may enter at 8:40 am.  PLEASE do not drop children off in front of the building as they will not be able to get in the building before 8:40 am.

If you or someone else from your family (e.g., grandparent) are planning on volunteering or chaperoning in your child's classroom, please make sure that you have a current background check on file.  Background checks expire after four years.  If you are not sure if your background check is on file or current, please the call the office.  Thank you.


IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS:

(269) 668-3361
Early Elementary Office, ext. 8600
Later Elementary Office, ext. 8500
Middle School Office, ext. 8400
High School Office, ext. 8300
Transportation, ext. 1745
Food Services, ext. 1765

School hours:

STUDENTS MAY ENTER THE BUILDING AT 8:50 AM
TARDY TONE IS AT 8:55 AM
DISMISSAL IS AT 4:05 PM


Thank you for notifying Transportation and/or the office of your end of the day pick up changes by 3:00 pm. 

 
THIS WEEK IN MATTAWAN SPORTS


Please use the above link to access our Sports web-site calendar.

The Mattawan Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, disability, height, weight, or marital status, or any other legally protected characteristic in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. Please contact the Assistant Superintendent for Business Services, 56720 Murray Street, Mattawan, MI 49071, 269-668-3361 with inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies.

 

 

 

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