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    August 1, 2019
    Hello Magnolia Elementary Families! 

    I hope this finds you all enjoying your summer and looking forward to our upcoming school year. I am reaching out to share with you a few opportunities coming up in August for MES students and families to access information about our school and to connect with others before the first day of school.

    Monday, August 12th ~ Family Handbook published on school website
    This document will provide you with information about MES family engagement structures, policies and procedures. Until then, I have posted information about supplies and our school lunch program below that may be helpful for your first-day planning.

    Thursday, August 15th ~ Student Leaders Input Session from 10:00 – 12:00 pm
    All incoming 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students interested in giving us input about our school-wide expectations and routines & our student leadership plan are welcome to join us in our new building for this meeting. We expect this meeting to result in other more specific student leadership opportunities (planning our Green Team, Safety
    Patrols, etc.) being scheduled for the week of August 19th – 23rd. Please e-mail Principal Cryan Leary at if your student plans to attend.

    August 19th – 23rd ~ Kindergarten Jump Start from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Monday, August 19th ~ Kindergarten Family Orientation from 9:00 – 10:00 am. in the Commons *

    Tuesday, August 20th ~ School/Classroom Volunteer Training from 10:00 – 11:30 am in the Library. This will be an opportunity for all family members interested in volunteering at MES to learn about our Positive Discipline approach and the expectations we have for our volunteers. There will be more opportunities to attend this training in the fall, including an evening option for adults who work during the school day.

    Friday, August 23rd ~ Kindergarten Coffee Gathering from 9:00 – 10:00 am. in the Commons *

    Monday, August 26th ~ Class placement postcards will be mailed to every MES student with their classroom placement for the 19/20 school year.

    Thursday, August 29th ~ SPS Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10:30

    Tuesday, September 3rd ~ Back to School Night from 5:00 – 6:00 pm
    Families are invited to visit our school to see their classroom and meet their teacher and future classmates.

    Wednesday, September 4th ~ 1st day of school for 1st – 5th grade students
    After the bell, family members are welcome to come to a coffee gathering in the Commons. *

    September 4th > 6th ~ Kindergarten Family Connection Conferences
    (Kindergarten teachers will reach out to each family to schedule after class placement postcards are received.)

    Monday, September 9th ~ 1st day of school for kindergarteners
    After the bell, K family members are welcome to come to a coffee gathering in the Commons. *

    * I would like to give a huge THANK YOU to our PTA Board members who have been working hard to support our opening this fall! They will be co-hosting all of our family engagement events this month and have some exciting plans for ongoing events that will help us connect as a community during the school year.

    A few sections from our Family Handbook that may be helpful to see before 8/12…

    School Supplies Fee
    Some schools send a list of school supplies for families to buy for their student. Instead of having each family shop for items, we ask families to donate $50 per student. This allows our school and teachers to purchase items in bulk, reducing the cost and extending our purchasing dollars. It also supports classroom inclusivity and equity and teaches
    our students how to share and take care of the learning supplies that support their learning. The only thing your child will need to bring is a backpack/school bag. Lunchboxes/bags and water bottles are optional. The school does have several water fountains with filtered water bottle fillers.

    Note: If you are not able to pay the full supply fee amount, please give what you can. If you can give more, your donation will be appreciated. Please direct any questions about School Fees to Michele in the Main Office. If your student qualifies for Free and Reduced Lunch, these fees are waived.

    Food Services
    Hot lunch and breakfast will be served daily. Students will be assigned a lunch PIN number that will access their account. Families who want their student to eat a school breakfast or lunch are expected to pre-pay for your student’s meals. Your child will be charged for breakfast/lunch only on the days they buy, not when a meal is brought from
    Paying for School Meals ~ We offer a variety of convenient ways to pay for school meals.

    • -Checks and cash are always accepted by the manager of the lunchroom either as a pre-paid deposit to a student's account or for purchasing individual meals or milk/juice. Please make checks payable to: Nutrition Services
    • PayPams: online payment for school meals can also be paid for with a credit card online or by phone using PayPams.
    • Free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches are available for those who qualify.

    Free and Reduced-Price Meal application forms are mailed by SPS to all households in late August. Students who qualify drive funding for our school, so we ask that you fill out and submit the forms as soon as you can if you think you may qualify, even if you do
    not plan to utilize the program. These forms are available in the school office and lunchroom.

    The forms and online meal payment information can also be found online at:

    Breakfast: $2.00 per child
    Free/Reduced-rate breakfast: No charge
    Adult breakfast: $3.25 per adult
    Lunch: $3.00 per child
    Free/Reduced-rate lunch: No charge
    1/2-pint milk: $0.50 per child or adult
    Adult lunch: $4.75 per adult

    The staff and I are SO excited to welcome you all to our new school. Enjoy your last days of summer and we will see you soon!

    Ms. Cryan Leary / Katie
    Principal of Magnolia Elementary