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COMING EVENTS

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

August 29
Tentative Open House
Ribbon Cutting 5:00
Open House 5:30 - 7:30

September 4
First Day of School
(Half Day)
Building Entrance 8:35 am
Tardy Tone 8:40 am
Dismissal 12:05 pm

Kindergarten Visitation
9:30 - 10:30 Last Names Beginning with A - K
10:30 - 11:30 Last Names Beginning with L - Z

September 5
First Full Day of School
Building Entrance 8:35 am
Tardy Tone 8:40 am
Dismissal 3:45 pm

Kindergarten Students first day of school!

September 17
Picture Day!

October 26
Half Day of School
Dismissal 12:05 pm

October 29
Picture Retake Day


EES EXPRESS WEEKLY
June 5, 2018  
VOLUME 5 ISSUE 36
 
Hello EES Families,
   
  Welcome to June! As of the end of today, we have 4 more full school days and 2 half days for students left in our school year, with an end date of Wednesday, June 13th. It's hard to believe that we have already moved through yet another school year! 

  Our staff is very grateful for all the support we receive from parents and families throughout the school year. We hope you are eagerly anticipating all of the extra time your student will have at home as we step into our summer months!

  Field Day is Monday, June 11th - please check the schedule to find out when your child's class will be out on the track participating in our Field Day events. We also have a year-end assembly (that is intended for students and staff) beginning at 10:30 on Wednesday, June 13th. 

 We wish you all a fantastic rest of this week, and we look forward to all of our fun final events throughout next week! 

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 lunch program students will receive a lunch unless they opt out.  Reduced Lunch program students need to RSVP to receive a lunch. To opt out, use the RSVP link below, reply to this newsletter or contact the Early El office by Thursday, June 7.


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

The forecast is for sun and 81 degrees -- but, this is Michigan!  If we resort to the rain schedule, we will send out an email blast in advance.

Link for parent volunteer sign up: 
 

PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO PICK UP ALL MEDICATION AT THE END OF THE YEAR!  WE WILL DISPOSE OF ANY MEDICINE NOT PICKED UP BY JUNE 22nd.  THANK YOU!


All library books should be returned to the Media Center by now.  We are already 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.








 

 Items in backpack this week:





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.



We are so excited to be teaming up with the Antwerp Sunshine Library this year for our summer reading program! The library has several reading programs for children 2  to 16 years.

The Eighth Notes --  2 years - Kindergarten
The Quarter Notes -- 1st - 3rd Grades
The Half Notes --  4th - 6th grades
The Whole Notes --  7th grade - 16 years
The Beats --  Adults

The library has so many fun activities planned for your whole family this summer. Here are a few highlights:
  • Creation Station
  • Maker Monday
  • Geronimo Stilton Book Club
  • Lego Club
  • Scavenger Hunt Fridays
  • Concerts in the park
  • Wednesday Story time
  1. July 11  Mr. Travis
  2. July 18  Mrs Farrugia
  3. August 1 Mrs. Fletcher

The Antwerp Sunshine Library Summer Reading brochure will be included in your child's report card. Be sure to check it out and discover why LIBRARIES ROCK!

OVERDRIVE DIGITAL LIBRARY

We would like to remind you that you have two digital libraries to access now and over the summer. Digital libraries are great to use while on vacation! No books to keep track of! Download the app today or bookmark Overdrive Quickstart.
  1. Overdrive App (requires username and password)
Overdrive QuickStart provides you and your students access to 200 ebooks. This is different from the personal account your student may use to check out an ebook. Overdrive QuickStart allows students to read ebooks simultaneously at school AND at home on a web browser.
It is so easy to use. You only need to have the web link and the password!  Guess what? The password is easy to remember. The password is mattawan. To find the link go to the Mattawanschools.org  Media Center webpage OR go to the Symballo  webpage. If you/your child needs help logging into the Overdrive app, please contact me at lballard@mattawanschools.org or follow the directions from Overdrive Help .

BE SURE TO READ THIS SUMMER TO PREVENT SUMMER SLIDE!!


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As the school year draws to a close, here are some fun ideas for summer outdoor activities and games from a blog called teachbesideme.com.

OUTSIDE FUN:

Hiking
Park hopping- try a new park each week
Texture rubbings- on trees, rocks, etc.
Nature collage
Nature journal- draw birds, trees, flowers
Slip-n-slide
Climb Trees
Splash pads
Swimming at neighbor pools, or local city pools- try new ones
Ride bikes/scooters
Go fishing
Star gazing-  learn constellations
Play in sprinklers
Camp in the back yard
Make a mini obstacle course in your back yard
Have a car wash, pet wash, bike wash
Fly kites- make homemade ones
Pick wildflowers and  press betweenbooks  - make into bookmarks with contact paper
Have the kids make  treasure hunts  for each other
Bug collecting & identifying
Water balloon fights
Homemade bowling with water bottles
Learn  Geocaching
Make bird feeders or bird houses
Picnics
Bubbles
Build towers with rocks
Go on a night walk with flashlights & glow sticks
Feed ducks at the pond
Roller skating
Water gun fight
Frisbee
Nature, Photo or Alphabet Scavenger Hunt
Bury toys in sand box & "excavate"
Mud pies
Host a neighborhood parade
Melt crayons on hot rocks
Flash light tag
Look at  cloud shapes
Learn bird calls
Have bottle races in the river
Lemonade stand
Paint the driveway or fence with water
Have a trash cleaning day outside or at park
Play parachute with a sheet
Sidewalk chalk painting

TRADITIONAL GAMES FOR KIDS:
Hide & Seek
Charades
Red Light-Green Light
Mother May I?
Jumping Rope
Hula Hoops
Simon Says
Leap Frog
Kick the Can
Hopscotch & other  sidewalk chalk games
Tic-Tac-Toe
Sardines
Capture the Flag
4-square
This blog also suggests creating a "Bored Box"  with index cards inside.  Each card has a simple, fun idea that the kids can do.  They flip through the cards when they are trying to think of something to do. It sparks their imagination...It is a simple thing to keep up on and to make.  Another simple thing you could do is write the ideas on popsicle sticks & keep them in a jar. 
Be creative-get outside and enjoy Michigan summer weather.  Find a fun place to read outside and leave the video games behind.



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.

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 (FULL DAY)
DISMISSAL IS AT 12:15 (HALF DAY)

School hours:

STUDENTS MAY ENTER THE BUILDING AT 8:35 AM
TARDY TONE IS AT 8:40 AM
DISMISSAL IS AT 3:45 PM (FULL DAY)
DISMISSAL IS AT 12:05 PM (HALF DAY)



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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