**Always be sure to scroll to the bottom of our newsletter for OPPORTUNITIES AROUND MIS, GC, AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. This is where you will find information about basketball, dance and many other opportunities for your child throughout the year.
MIS STUDENT RECOGNITION
Exceeding Expectations: The following students received five or more positive marks on their Character Card for the week of August 10th-14th. We appreciate them for being respectful, responsible, having a positive attitude and for leading by example.
Olivia S., Allison S., Emma M., Aurora F., Lucas G., Emma M., Mia B., Grace G., Elijah K., Xander O., Kellan Z., Garrett H., Gavin S., Layla D., Jase S., Chase A., Brooklyn S., Will P., Stephen W., Brylee C., Delanie L., Paislee B., Daniel J., Matison A., Kate G., Rylan B., Shana D., Brennan J., Garrett J., Josie K., Alex L., Ayden L., Chloe T., Reese H., Logan T., Nathan C., Ryder G., Anna M., Ally H., Jacob W., Caroline F., Jaxon B., Hunter V., Chloe K., Abigail L., Audree C., Kailer N., Addison H., Caitlyn G., Emma W., Gavin R., & Chaille F.
Three summers ago, we had a large group of staff members meet on several occasions to discuss our old "Behavior Card." The goal was to find a way to make this a more positive communication tool for our parents and students. This evening, you will have the opportunity to review and sign your child's "Character Card." This card was created as a scaled feedback tool to provide you with, not only the traditional information you have always received, but also a glimpse into the positive choices and leadership that your child is displaying throughout his/her day.
Knowing this, the office staff is requesting your help. We would like to share with our staff regular, positive feedback from a variety of sources. Please take a few moments and use the link below to provide some encouragement to those folks that are making a major difference in your child's future. These comments can be anonymous, or you can provide your name. The office staff will use the provided comments every Thursday for our #thankfulThursday movement. The attached form can be completed, as little or often as you like, throughout the entire school year. We appreciate your support in growing the culture of gratitude that already exists at MIS!!
A couple of comments shared this week:
"Mr. Cooper has been wonderful since the start of school in making sure that my child has all of the information needed to do their work from home these past 2 weeks. I also appreciate the time he took to video chat with my child to make sure that he understood the assignments."
"I appreciate her (Miss Wiseman) quick responses to all of my email and questions. She has been very helpful during these crazy times."
INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATE
- Per the Indiana State Department of Health, a negative COVID-19 test result is not accepted as a return to school if someone is experiencing one or more COVID-19 symptoms.
- A direct contact MUST self-quarantine for 14 days. A doctor's note or a negative test will not permit the student to return earlier than the date originally given.
- In order to return to school prior to the 10 day quarantine, a physician or nurse practitioner must provide written documentation stating an alternative diagnosis, OR he/she believes symptoms are not COVID-19 related, OR doctor or nurse practitioner gives an earlier date to return.
- If someone in the household is experiencing one or more COVID-19 symptoms and is tested for COVID-19, all those living in the same home should stay home until test results are received.
As a reminder, you should not send your student to school if:
- The student has had direct contact (less than 6 feet apart, for 15 minutes or greater, regardless of face covering) with a person who is positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days OR
- The student has been directed by a healthcare professional or health department to be in quarantine or isolation OR
- The student has any of the following symptoms: temp greater than 99.5, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, repeated shaking with chills, new onset of loss of taste or smell, fatigue, runny nose or congestion, headache, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea OR
- The student has been tested for any reason and you have not yet received results.
As with most things this year, Parent/Teacher conferences will likely look different this year for all of us. However, we value the partnership with parents and believe it to be a valuable part in the growth of your child academically. Therefore, we are planning to offer this opportunity again this year. These will likely be virtual in nature and occur the week of October 26th. Please be on the lookout for more information in the coming weeks regarding this event.
Please know that this is a completely optional opportunity. However, if you would like to purchase MIS gear for your child or yourself, please click here. In addition, printing will not be started until after the store closes and all orders will be shipped to the school.
Again this year, you will enter the drive west of the football field off of 500 North (BLUE LINE on picture below). The drop-off point will be located at the northeast doors (Gym). Cones will designate the drop off area. Once your child is clear of the car, you will loop around and exit onto 500 North. If it is a possibility, we would encourage as many of you to head west on 500 North to eliminate some of the congestion on State Road 9.
Our south parking (ORANGE/RED) lot is for busses only between 7:20-7:55am and 1:35-2:25pm as busses stage there. At any other time of the day, this is used for parent parking.
The drive on the far north of our property is for bus traffic only. There should be no parent traffic on this drive at any time.
School dismissal manager
Maxwell Intermediate School utilizes the School Dismissal Manager program or app to safely manage transportation arrangements for our students at the end of the day. Parents may also report absences or schedule early dismissal for appointments. You should have received a welcome email last week from School Dismissal Manager. Please click on the link in the email to set up your account for this year. We have been using School Dismissal Manager all week and will continue throughout the school year. If you have any questions regarding this program, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (317)326-3121.
In the past, breakfast has been served in the cafe. In order to move students more quickly into their cohorts, we will have "grab and go" breakfast stations set up in multiple areas of the building. Please know that this means these will be more visible to your child and provide them with the opportunity to purchase breakfast. Please discuss with them whether you want them to partake, or you will notice a quick drop in your child's breakfast/lunch account.
ymca after school care
Once you are on the above page, click on the red apply button in the upper right hand corner to complete the process.
At this time all current fall field trips are cancelled. However, if we can hold spring trips and you plan to attend one of these, we would encourage you to complete this as soon as possible. If you have not completed and passed this background check, you will not be able to participate in these events. It is at NO COST to you so if you even remotely believe you might like to help out, please do this now. There is nothing worse than telling you in May that you cannot go on a trip with your child because this process has not been completed. Again, please take care of this now.
September 7th: Labor Day - No School
September 10th: PTO Meeting - Library 2:30 (Likely Virtual)
October 5th-16th: Fall Break - No School