**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, swimming 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.
Hunter R., McCoy W., Chloe P., Bailey S., Peyton W., Brooklyn H., Willow S., Lucy S., Hunter P., Parker A., Ava B., Brooklyn W., Delanie L., Paislee B., Chase A., Charlotte P., Makenzie G., Noah P,. Jase S., Layla D., Hailey S., Rylan B., Shana D., Brennan J., Garrett J., Josie K., Alex L., Anna L., Demi M., Braylon M., Cierra W., Kate G., Chase D., Alayna G., Georgia J., Jack W., Tyler W., Cassady O., Kolbie W., Emma M. & Anna M.
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:
"Mrs. Hacker's focus on kids is obvious. She goes above and beyond in creating interesting, fun, and challenging games for everyone. I even heard they played baseball with a chicken. I'm glad she's here at Maxwell."
"Our front office staff has been amazing. In spite of all the changes, they continue to come to work with a smile on their faces and continue to help families with whatever may be needed. They all are much appreciated!"
A critical ingredient in the safe school recipe is the classroom response to an incident at school. Weather events, fire, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by students, teachers, staff and administration.
Standard Response Protocol: Our school has expanded the safety program to include the Standard Response Protocol - Extended (SRPx). The SRPx is based on these five actions: Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuate, Shelter and Hold.
Please take a moment to review these actions. More information regarding this topic can be found at http://iloveuguys.org
MIS Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Initiative
Since we are going to be holding our September 10th meeting virtually, we wanted to obtain information regarding those who would like to attend so that we can send the meeting link directly to those interested. This meeting will be hosted at 2:30pm via Google Meet which is the format that students used last spring during e-learning. Please complete the form below for this purpose:
If you have any specific questions regarding PTO, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Whitaker (email@example.com).
NASA Calendar Contest
Below you will find the rules for the annual Substance Abuse Awareness Calendar and a fact sheet that students might find useful in creating their entry. The contest is open to all 5th and 6th grade students in the county. Selected drawings will be used in their 2021 calendar.
The grand prize winner will have the choice of either Beats by Dre wireless headphones ($200 value) or Apple Airpods. All other selected winners will receive a $25 Walmart Gift Card.
Pictures were sent home either yesterday or today with students. Please check your child's backpack for these.
GC Employment Opportunity
Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation is in need of Instructional Assistants. All applicants must apply online to be considered: applitrack.com/gcsc/onlineapp.
As mentioned previously, we plan to hold virtual conferences this year. These will be scheduled on the afternoon/evenings of October 26th, 27th and 29th. More details on signing up and how to connect for the conferences will be coming in the near future.
GCCSC Health Services COVID-19 Update (Effective Monday, August 31, 2020)
Temperature threshold being raised to 100 or higher.
Symptom improvement and fever free time period lowered from 72 to 24 hours (or per healthcare provider’s recommendation).
The COVID-19 Parent Screening for Parents provided by the Indiana State Department of Health lists the following symptoms that will result in a student being sent home, or signal for a parent to keep a student home:
- Temperature of 100 or chills
- Sore throat
- Cough or shortness of breath (especially new onset, uncontrolled cough)
- Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain
- Headache (particularly new onset of severe headache, especially with fever)
- New loss of taste or smell
This list does not include all possible symptoms. Other symptoms may be considered when determining when a student should stay home.
Symptomatic students or staff members may return to work/school per the ISDH Return to School Guidance. The simplified version is that symptomatic students and staff may return when:
- Symptoms are improved for 24 hours, fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing agents, and a negative COVID-19 test. Documentation of the negative test is required.
- Ten days have passed since the onset of symptoms, symptoms have improved for 24 hours, and fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing agents. No documentation is required from a healthcare provider.
- Alternate diagnosis given by a healthcare provider. Documentation from the provider must give a return date and state that his/her illness was “not related to COVID-19” or “Cleared to return to school/work”.
If a student or staff member is symptomatic, all siblings and household members must stay home. This means siblings and household members will be sent home even if asymptomatic. Household contacts must remain home for 14 days if the symptomatic household member chooses to not get tested. If the symptomatic household member receives a negative COVID-19 test result or receives an alternate diagnosis from a healthcare provider, all siblings and household members may return to school/work sooner than 14 days as long as documentation is provided and they remain asymptomatic.
Our school will be participating in the SchoolStore program again this year. This online program helps our school earn cash without students selling door-to-door, collecting money or delivering products. Over 400 merchants, including Kohl's, Old Navy and WalMart.com, have joined together to offer up to 50% of sales to our school for shopping through SchoolStore.com.
You shop online for what you are planning to purchase anyway and support our school. Simply go to www.schoolstore.com, select our school (School code: 8981) and let the shopping begin!! Feel free to share with family members and friends.
Conversation Starters for Students and Families
Rather than asking the typical, "How was your day?" each afternoon, what questions might you ask your child to learn more details about his/her school experience? See the graphic below for some ideas to get you started. If you have specific questions that you ask your child to spark conversation, please send them to Mrs. Leliaert at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to grow our list of conversation starters as a resource for our MIS families.
September 7th: Labor Day - No School
September 10th: Virtual PTO Meeting - 2:30pm
September 23rd: Picture Re-Takes
October 5th-16th: Fall Break - No School
October 26th, 27th & 29th: Parent-Teacher Conferences