January 15 Newsletter

Dear Families - 


We hope you and your families enjoy the holiday in celebration of Dr. King tomorrow.  We will see students on Tuesday morning!  


Our 1st through 5th graders will be finishing up their winter MAP tests this week.  This prompts us to let 3rd grade families know that reports from your child’s Ohio State Test in English Language Arts should be coming to our district during the last week of January.  Discussing any questions you might have about these scores, MAP scores, or your child’s progress socially, academically or emotionally are all great reasons to reach out to your child’s teacher.  Each of our schools have evening conferences coming up in early February.   


The three of us have been pleased to see so many students enjoying free breakfast at school over the past two weeks. Wow!  Our cafes have never been more bustling in the morning!  


Enjoy your the holiday tomorrow, 

Jeannine Hetzler, Cassingham 

Rachel Niswander, Maryland

Nyesha Clayton, Montrose 





January 16th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school

January 17-20th Grades 1st-5th finishing Math/Reading MAP assessments 

January 17th - MD PTO in Library at 7:00 - 8:00pm

January 25th - MD Night at the Library 

January 27th - 2nd Grade Field trip (all three schools at CS) 

January 30th - READ-A-THON packets go home

February 6th - 21st - READ-A-THON (More information coming soon.)

February 8th - CS Night at the Library

February 9th - Evening Parent Teacher Conferences for Grades 1 - 5

February 15th- MT Night at the Library 



Winter months can mean we are inside more than outside and that illnesses can spread quickly through a classroom. We want to remind families of some signs to consider if you are wondering if your child is well enough to go to school.  We know that a sick child is uncomfortable and unable to concentrate during the school day, additionally, sending an ill student to school puts other students and staff at risk.

Keep your child home if they..

-Have a temperature of 100.0 or above. They may return to school when free of fever for 24 hours, without medicine.

-Are vomiting or suffering from diarrhea needs to remain at home until symptom-free for 24 hours.

-Are taking antibiotics for less than 24 hours. 

-Are complaining of headache, sore throat, cough, extreme fatigue, stomach ache, earache or an injury that is severe enough to decrease their ability to engage in class.  

-Have yellow or green drainage from their eye/s.  

-Have a rash of unknown cause.


If you have concerns that your child may have a communicable illness or may have been in contact with someone who is ill, please contact our clinic. 

For an exhaustive list of these kinds of concerns, please check out this information on our Health Services page.  

And please remember to contact the school office when your child is absent for any reason.


At the Bexley Library

TUESDAYS JANUARY 24 - FEBRUARY 28 4:30 - 5:15 PM: Page Pals program is being offered again this winter where students in grades K-3 can pair up with a teen volunteer and practice their reading skills with them. 


Page Pals 


Student’s winter MAP assessments will finish up this week.  We use the information MAP tests provide to inform the lessons teachers design and tailor instruction to student needs as a group and as individuals.  Classroom teachers will share results from MAP with families by sending the scores home with your child.   These may be a part of your child’s February conference conversations. 

Please be sure students bring their device charged and ready to use everyday 

and particularly for MAP days.   




If you’d like your child to have breakfast here at school, please note that in order for a breakfast to be free, they must select one item from three of the four different food groups: grains, fruits, vegetables, and milk. Students who select a single food item rather than a whole breakfast will need to pay for that item individually.  Breakfast options vary day to day, but a variety of options are always available.


Breakfast Time

Breakfast will be served in each school building cafeteria at the following times:

Cassingham Elementary : 7:45-8:10 a.m.  

Cassingham Elementary students are asked to eat first and not open computers/tablets until finished.  We also ask them sit at the tables closest to the breakfast service room so that they can meet Mrs. Rudolph for the walk to class at 8:10.  

Maryland Elementary: 7:45-8:10 a.m.

Montrose Elementary: 7:45-8:10 a.m.



Is your student interested in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics?

Mark your calendar for Jan. 21 to learn about summer opportunities with the PAST Foundation’s Maker Mania Summer 2023 Student Program. Families can stop by the PAST Innovation Lab, between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., to learn about its amazing summer STEM program. The PAST Innovation Lab is located near the Ohio State campus at 1003 Kinnear Road.

Programs that will be featured at the event include:

        Middle School Minecraft Mathematics

        Elementary Minecraft Mathematics

        CAD & 3D Printing


        Middle School Coding

        Elementary Coding.

Information on all of the PAST Innovation Lab’s summer programs also will be available, including outdoor programming, Esports, and video production.




A Message from Mrs. Hipsley, School Counselor: 

Over the next few weeks in Social Emotional Learning (SEL), your child will learn about empathy and kindness.Please click on your child's grade level to read about the unit and how you can support your child at home. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me!Kdg.

1st Grade 

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade




The Montrose PTO will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17 in the school library. Zoom participation will be available and can be accessed through the PTO website.


Montrose Elementary Roller Skating Party

Join your Montrose friends and families to roller skate on Wednesday Jan 25 from 6-830pm. Admission is free! Skate rental is $5. Family meal deals are available. Feel free to pre-fill out the waiver (for adults only) in advance of the event for quicker check in. https://form.bookingzone.com/222084655806055

We can't wait to see you there!


United Skates of America

3362 Refugee Road, Columbus, OH 43232





Montrose Spelling Bee Champions

Congratulations to 3rd-grader Cameron D. and 4th-grader Ruby S., who were crowned spelling bee champions. 




Thank you for following drop off/pick up expectations during arrival and dismissal. Please remember to dismount your bike/scooter/skateboard once you are on school grounds. Thank you for helping us stay safe.