May 30 Newsletter

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May 30, 2021
 
Dear parents and families,
 
It’s hard to believe that our school year is coming to a close this week. Our last day will be Thursday, June 3rd. Please see details below about events this week. 
 
I will send out a newsletter next weekend with some reminders and resources and then Principals will pause on newsletters until late July/early August. Our district will continue to send weekly newsletters throughout the summer.
 
I want to say a special thank you to you, our parents, for trusting us and sharing your children with us this school year. It was certainly an unconventional year but we had lots of fun and enjoyed each step of our journey together finding health and happiness.
 
We have some huge celebrations to share with you. Our teachers and staff have seen tremendous growth with our students! Not only did we close academic learning gaps but we grew students above and beyond their anticipated academic growth (according to Spring M.A.P. scores). And our social-emotional data continues to share that students at Montrose feel a strong sense of belonging and feel confident in the ways that they know how to handle challenges and cope with obstacles. Wow, did they ever grow!! What immense success! We are so proud of them and all of their accomplishments! Celebrate your children this summer and dive into some wonderful stories and books with them.
 
My very best,
Melissa Klosterman-Lando
Principal
 

UPCOMING EVENTS THIS WEEK
  • PowerSchool Verification Is Open Now - please look in your email and respond ASAP
  • Monday, May 31 - Memorial Day, no school for staff and students
  • Tuesday, June 1st - 4th Grade only Field Day & Fun For All in the afternoon
  • Wednesday, June 2nd - Fifth Grade Rising Up Ceremony at 9:00 a.m. 
  • Thursday, June 3 -Last day for all students; Field Day & Fun For All Fun Day for 5th Grade only; and 5th Grade Clap Out at 2:45 p.m.
  • Friday, June  4 -Deadline for order school supply kits

MEMORIAL DAY
As you know tomorrow is Memorial Day. We wish you and your families a very peaceful and happy day tomorrow. We remember with heartfelt gratitude those who have given the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy the freedoms that we do each and every day.
 
5TH GRADE FAMILIES
Wednesday, June 2nd at 9:00 a.m.: 5th Grade Rising Up Ceremony will take place live/in-person for only 5th-grade students and staff. Families will be able to watch the live recording at the time of the event or a recorded option later. The ceremony program will be much like past celebrations and includes a photo slideshow. For the ceremony, the students will wear their 5th-grade t-shirt with solid colored shorts and tennis shoes/sneakers. 
 
On Thursday, June 3rd, we’ll have 5th Grade Fun Day & Fun For All Games from 1:15-2:45 p.m. We’ll also have a 5th Grade Clap Out outside at dismissal time. Students in grades K-4 will line up on the Montrose Elementary grounds (perimeter) of Remington Road, Mound St., and Montrose Ave with their teachers and clap while 5th-grade students walk on the sidewalk. 5th Grade parents and families can line up on the opposite side of the street on Remington Road, Mound St., and Montrose Ave to cheer and celebrate their 5th graders. 
 

LUNCH MENU FOR OUR LAST WEEK 
Tuesday: Taco pizza or cheese pizza, corn, fruit cup, juice/milk
Wednesday: General Tso's chicken or cheese pizza, rice, veggie, fruit cup, juice/milk
Thursday: Chicken nuggets or cheese pizza, mixed veggies, sidekick, juice/milk
 

FROM OUR COUNSELORS
Our partners at Nationwide Children's Hospital are offering Triple P (Positive Parenting Program)  Attached are flyers for May Triple P Parenting Groups and the Triple P Online self-paced modules with phone support.  The groups listed are open to parents and caregivers in Crawford, Fayette, Franklin and Richland Counties with children 0-12 at no cost. 
Our two-hour workshops are listed below: 
Thursday, June 10th 6-8p: Developing Good Bedtime Routines
Thursday, June 17th 6-8p: Dealing with Disobedience
Thursday, June 24th  6-8p: Managing Fighting and Aggression
Detailed information and registration contact information are on the attached flyers.
 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STRINGS/ORCHESTRA PROGRAM
For current third and fourth-grade families, please see this link for information about strings for next year.
 

STUDENT DEVICES- UPDATES FROM OUR TECH DEPARTMENT
Returning Students: Any students returning next year do not need to turn in their Chromebook or iPad and charger for the Summer. 
 
Students Not Returning: Any students not returning to Bexley schools next school year need to turn in their device and charger no later than June 3rd. These devices can be dropped off in the building's main office.
 
Device Repair: Any student devices that currently are not working or need any repair need to be turned in before June 3rd. These devices can be dropped off in the building's main office with a note describing any problems with the device. If your child needs a device while it is being repaired, please let the main office secretary know and we will arrange a temporary device.
 
Wifi Hotspots: If you have previously received a Wifi Hotspot given to you due to lack of internet access at home and you no longer need it, please return this as well to your main office.
 
Transition to 2nd Grade Devices: Students entering second grade will receive a Chromebook in August. Students can continue to use their first-grade iPad throughout the Summer. Upon return, those iPads will be used by our incoming Kindergarteners, so please use them with care!
 
 

STUDENT VERIFICATION POWERSCHOOL - VERIFY NOW
Parents can go into PowerSchool and update their information for the next school year. This is incredibly important information for us to have and it definitely helps to have it updated as soon as possible.   Parents received an email on 05/19/21 notifying them that the returning student information verification process is open. 
 

BEXLEY EDUCATION FOUNDATION UPDATE: IT’S TIME TO THRIVE
Please see this link for an update from BEF.  
 
SPECIAL EDUCATION PTO
Special Education PTO meetings dates for  2021-2022 include:
  • August 10th- Meet and Greet for Special Education Families at Jeffrey Mansion Memorial Shelter from 6-8 p.m.
All of the following meetings will convene at 6:30 in the Highschool Library.
  • September 14th, October 12th, November 9th, December 14th, January 11th, February 8th, March 8th, April 12th, and May 10th

SUMMER RESOURCES
Carrie Corlew (GIS at Montrose) and Jana Clarke (Literacy Coach) have created an awesome summer resources website for families: our Bexley Summer Resources site.  We'd love for you to keep this resource in mind this summer. The site is still being constructed so continue to check back and consider bookmarking this on your child's device and checking it weekly.
 

MONTROSE LIBRARY BOOKS
Please return all Montrose library books by Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
 
MONTY MOOSE SUMMER BOOK SWAP
To help promote community and reading this summer, Monty's Book Swap will be offered again on the Montrose Playground (most Wednesdays, 12-1 p.m.) and at Schneider Park (most Thursdays 6-7 p.m.). Our South Bexley community is invited to bring any books to donate or just come and shop for new ones. Please help spread the word about this event by sharing this flyer
 

WITHDRAWING NEXT SCHOOL YEAR?
We are working on finalizing class placement for next year. If your child(ren) will not be returning next school year (2021-2022), you must complete a withdrawal form and return their devices. Please email Mrs. Anderson our school secretary at [email protected] for a form. Thank you!
 

SAFETY REMINDERS FOR RECESS AND OUTDOOR EVENTS
At Montrose, we are revisiting the kind of communities within our classrooms that we have developed inside the classroom and out at recess and lunch. Specifically, we are reminding our students:
- to keep a safe distance from each other especially if they are unmasked, 
- to use their words to communicate,
- to listen to each other and respect each other
- to keep the fun in play and to play kindly,
- to be responsible leaders, and
- to talk through what they plan to play at recess - who, where, what are established rules, etc. 
Mrs. Hipsley and Ms. K-L have drafted some helpful words to share with parents (and students). Please use the link below to help us support this conversation from home. Thank you for your help! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mlfrvyC7nIRhqyq95yyCZ6GLlAaGwm4Pejg7Y0pECJM/edit?usp=sharing
 

WATER BOTTLES
Our drinking fountains are currently not available at school; however, we do have water bottle filling stations that students should use to refill their water bottles. Please help our students (and our planet) by sending your child to school each day with a labeled water bottle. Thank you!
 

SUNSCREEN
As the weather warms, the sun strengthens. Please remember to put sunscreen on your child in the morning, especially on their cheeks, ears, and limbs. 
 

SCHOOL SUPPLY SALE ENDS IN 5 DAYS
Montrose PTO is working with Office City Express to bring supply kits to every grade level for the 2021-22 school year. Kits must be purchased by Friday, June 4th, 2021. Click here to order.
 

PICS FROM THIS PAST WEEK - ENJOY!
 

Montrose Welcomed Dr. Jason Fine, Our New Superintendent 
 
 
 
Student Council End of the Year Celebratory Picnic & Awards
Thank you, Mrs. Bailey & Mrs. Friedstrom for leading Student Council this school year!
 
 

Monty's Crew Taking Pride In Our School Community
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kdg/1st and 2nd/3rd Field & Fun For All Days
Thank you, Mr. Strait, for making this happen for our kids!



 
 
 
Some Pretty Amazing Monty Moose Superstars! 
 

 
 
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