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MIS News August 7th, 2020

You will receive an email from the office each Friday afternoon/evening that will provide you with the latest information/news regarding MIS. You should also receive correspondence from your child's teachers each Friday or Monday with classroom/grade level updates.

We have had a great start to the school year. We appreciate your children adapting to the changes (cohorting, social distancing and mask wearing) that have been instituted to keep all as safe as possible. We also appreciate our parent support in helping us make these changes as smooth as possible. We hope that you all have a restful and healthy weekend. We look forward to seeing everybody back Monday Morning!

#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!!

COVID attendance Update

We wanted to send something out to clear up some confusion on the attendance changes coming from the state. If your student is asked to stay home for 10 days by the Clinic, which is following CDC guidelines, he/she will be coded in PowerSchool attendance as VIRT- COV -- Virtual Temporary due to COVID -19. This is the coding that the Indiana Department of Education has asked us to use. This coding DOES NOT mean that your student has been moved to our corporation's virtual program.

Please understand that only staff members see this information. Also, it does not necessarily mean that your student has COVID-19, it just means that your student is absent due to a COVID-19 situation.

If your student is sent home for 10 days, his/her teacher will be reaching out to you via email and/or Google Classroom so that your child can stay connected and working while they are gone.

school pictures

Picture Day will be held on August 20th. Each student will have his/her picture taken on this day to be included in the yearbook whether you plan to purchase a picture package or not. A picture packet was sent home with your child today. If you would prefer to order online, click below and use the ID code: EVT69XXGS

Virtual Students

We hope your year is off to a great start. A few things we wanted to be sure to pass along:

  1. Mr. Matt Davis, Virtual Program Coordinator, is working to arrange school photos for you later this fall.
  2. Twenty-two of you still have library books checked out from last spring. We would greatly appreciate if you could locate those and return them to MIS at your earliest convenience so students can start checking those out this year.
  3. Finally, if you have questions about the virtual program, you need to contact Mr. Davis (mdavis@gcsc.k12.in.us) as he is overseeing the program.

MIS Spiritwear

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. Please know that printing will not be started until after the store closes and all orders will be shipped to the school.

MIS pick-up/drop-off

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.

breakfast

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

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

August 13th: PTO Meeting has been cancelled

August 20th: School Pictures

September 7th: Labor Day - No School

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

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

KEEPING UP WITH THE LATEST AT MIS

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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

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PTO CONTACT: MaxwellPTO.president@gmail.com

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