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MIS News August 28th, 2020

**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.

Xander O., Gavin R., Grace G., Garrett H., Elijah K., Justin B., McCoy W., Kainen S., Tairra H., Olivia R., Bailey S., Peyton W., Hunter R., Grant S., Daniel J., Layla D., Zaiver J., Melanie T., Emma M., Allison S., Siwei H., Eric S., Hunter P., Sarah H., Kate G., Georgia J., Tyler W., Kolbie W., Janessa G., Bailey B., Danny W., Nicholas D., Sophia W., Trenton S., Ally H., Ryder G., Anna M., Emma W., Ryleigh K., Garrett J., Brennan J., Braylon M., & Josie K.

#thankfulThursday

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:

"My daughter came home from school today very excited that she filled her character card with positive remarks. Mr. Berrier called home to reinforce her positive character as well. We were sitting down as a family for dinner when he called so everyone got to hear what he had to say. Mr. Berrier shared such nice things about her. And in those moments, she gleamed with pride. It made her weekend that he reinforced her behavior over the past week. Thank you!!!"

"Mrs. Blasdel 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 she took to video chat with my child to make sure that he understood the assignments."

Random, Unexpected acts of kindness club

This club is a student founded and led club sponsored by Mrs. Elsbury and Mrs. Leliaert. The club is seeking members to help with projects throughout the year. Please see the link below for more information. If your child has an interest in participating, please reach out to Mrs. Elsbury (melsbury@gcsc.k12.in.us) or Mrs. Leliaert (lleliaert@gcsc.k12.in.us).

Art News

All students at the intermediate level will have Art Class at some time during the school year. The supply list at the beginning of the year listed what each student needs for class (you can see the list below). Please make sure your student has turned in his/her Art supplies to his/her homeroom teacher as soon as possible. We are not allowed to share supplies at this time; therefore, each student will need to bring in his/her own. These supplies will be kept separate from classroom supplies to ensure that your child has what they will need for Art Class. Even if your child is not currently scheduled for Art, they will need the following items once art class begins:

--Art Box (Sterilite Pencil Box-preferred; or pencil pouch)

--Crayola Markers (Broad Tip 10-Pack)

--24-pack Crayola Crayons

--2-Pack Black Sharpie Markers (Fine Point)

--2 Pencils (or more if desired)

--1 Pink Eraser (Paper Mate Pink Pearl)

Please make sure that the art box is labeled with your child’s first and last name and the name of his/her homeroom teacher. Thank you for making sure your student has what they will need for Art. It will make the transition to Art class a lot smoother if they already have what they need turned in and ready to go.

Covid updates

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.

OR

  • 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.

OR

  • 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.

schoolstore.com

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.

greenfield municipal utilities

Please see the following regarding replacement of meters which very well could impact your power. If you have a student who is learning through the virtual format, you will especially want to take a look at this information.

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 lleliaert@gcsc.k12.in.us. We would love to grow our list of conversation starters as a resource for our MIS families.

Parent/teacher conferences

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.

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.

ymca after school care

volunteer forms

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.

UPCOMING DATES

September 7th: Labor Day - No School

September 10th: PTO Meeting - Library 2:30 (Likely Virtual)

September 23rd: Picture Re-Takes

October 5th-16th: Fall Break - No School

KEEPING UP WITH THE LATEST AT MIS

calendars

Corporation Calendar

MIS Parent Event Calendar

MIS WEBSITE

MIS Website

FACEBOOK/INSTAGRAM

MIS Facebook

MIS Instagram

MIS PTO Facebook

TWITTER

#proud2bMIS, #MISgotchas

Office: Mr. Whitaker & Mrs. Leliaert

4th Grade: Mr. GilmanMrs. Hall, Mrs. Herron & Mrs. Tilley

5th Grade: Mr. Berrier, Mr. Gilman, & Mrs. Wayne

6th Grade: Mrs. Blasdel, Mr. Cooper, Mrs. LeiberMrs. Proper, Mrs. SincroftMrs. Warner & Miss Wiseman

Related Arts: Mrs. BassoMrs. Beuoy, Mrs. Fletcher, Mrs. HackerMrs. Reynolds & Miss Stewart

EMAIL

STAFF CONTACTS

PTO CONTACT: MaxwellPTO.president@gmail.com

OPPORTUNITIES AROUND MIS, GC, AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

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