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    Family Update: December 3, 2020
    Posted on 01/26/2021
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    December 3, 2020

    Greetings MES Families!

    I hope this finds you and your family well. Our staff enjoyed connecting with each of you for your student conference(s) last week. Our students, teachers and adult family members have shown incredible amounts of optimism, flexibility, resilience and empathy this fall as we learn together how to make this remote learning work. Thank you for the important role you have played in this! I have been visiting class meetings and am amazed at the connected classroom communities we have been able to collectively create this fall.

    Our staff is committed to the Positive Discipline (PD) approach we use school-wide and have been working to implement these classroom leadership strategies remotely this year. You may have noticed some of these strategies as you observe your students learning: class agreements, emotional regulation/mindfulness strategies and support, classroom routines and rituals and student jobs that support these and class meetings that allow members to connect (compliments & acknowledgements, assess/reflect on agreements/goals) and solve problems together.

    The PD approach is the heart of our MES mission vision and equity work at MES. I am attaching our PD Philosopy in case you have not seen it on our website. I am also excited to invite you all to a parent education series we will be holding in 2021 with Julietta Skoog. Some of you know Julietta from the PD Parenting Classes she offers parents through her non-profit organization, Sproutable. Our staff knows her as our beloved PD coach, a past colleague (she was a counselor at Queen Anne Elementary where many of us were colleagues) and a part of our MES staff family (she is married to our amazing PE teacher, Jon Skoog.) I can’t wait for all of you who do not know her yet to have an opportunity to meet her and learn from her. I am attaching a document that provides information about this series. It is sponsored by our PTA and will be free for our families. Mark your calendars for the first evening, which will be on January 7th.

    Below, please find two important messages from two important MES staff members!

    With gratitude and appreciation,



    A message about Yearbook Photos from Michele Barrera, MES Administrative Secretary

    If you were unable to have your student’s photo taken at Dorian on Dec. 2nd, we would still love to have a photo of them for the yearbook this year. Parents can take a photo of their student at home with their phone and send it to Please take the photo with a solid background or outside in the shade (avoid direct sun) with a bush or wall behind them. Please email the full size photo with the student’s name and grade. If you have any questions regarding photos, you can also email

    A message about Curbside Checkout from Abby Levin, MES Teacher Librarian

    Hello Dear Families! As we work as a community to meet academic & emotional needs while keeping each other healthy and safe, I wanted to let you know that curbside "grab and go" checkout will be ON for next week, as getting materials to students still falls under "essential services" and we want “books in hands”—-as long as we can continue to do it safely. The way the calendar falls, there will be only one checkout opportunity this month, so I want to encourage your family to stock up on books for Winter Break. I will increase limit to 4 holds each, substituting books for those holds not available and sending along "bonus" books--time allowing--tailored to student interests. Look forward to seeing many of you next week! Healthy & Safety protocols in place:

    ✓ outside pick-up (front door of school)

    ✓ masks & 6 ft distancing upon pick ups

    ✓ books pre-checked out (holds required) to prevent long lines (no "browsing")

    ✓ returns placed in cart and quarantined

    ✓ books quarantined for a minimum of 10 days before circulation

    ✓ ongoing sanitation & handwashing per SPS, CDC, & ALA guidelines

    Library catalog link: