Morris Newsletter

 

Morris December 2017/January 2018 News

Winter time already!

With wintertime comes bad weather and illnesses.  Please read the back side on Weather related school closings and delays, so that you know exactly what these days will look like and how you will be informed.  We will do our notifications through the district messenger system which works best if we have current phone numbers and emails listed for all of our students.  If you even have a change in this information, please contact the office, so that we can keep you updated with this important information.

School attendance is very important, but we do know that the students get sick, especially during the winter months.  Please be sure to notify the school in advance if you know your student is going to be absent.  You can call the school office 242-8421 and even leave a message before school hours.

Also, knowing that we will have some mornings with winter driving, please plan ahead to be sure to get your child to school by 8:45 at the latest.  Many students are coming in late and they are missing some instructional time that could affect their performance in school.  Thanks for your attention to this!

Lastly, I wanted to share that on Thursday, December 21 we will have a school wide parent activity for you to come in and do fun Winter activities with your students.  The schedule for each grade level is below:

K= 10:00-10:45 3rd=   11:15-12:00                                                                           

1st= 10:15-11:00 4th= 10:45-11:20

2nd= 10:00-11:00 5th= 1:30-2:30

Autism class-   12:00-1:00

We hope to see you all here on that day!

Sherry Amos, Principal

School Hours

8:35 a.m.     Front, Back, Kindergarten and Bus  doors will open for Breakfast in the Classroom– free for all!

*Note– side doors will not be open*

8:45 a.m.      School “Learning” begins

3:40 p.m.    School ends (2:10 p.m. on Wednesdays)

Important Dates

December 1– Barnes and Noble Booksale at store on University % comes back to our school

December 5– PTA meeting at 5:30

December 12– 5th band students to Lincoln

December 15– 2nd grade to Nutcracker

December 21– Winter Activity Day, Lincoln Chamber Choir performance

December 22-January 2–  No School

January 3– School resumes

January 15– No school

January 22– No school

EVENTS

This year, students will be honored during a Morris Way Assembly.  Students and staff will be recognized by their teachers, peers and colleagues for exhibiting the following expectations:  Respectful, Responsible, Caring, Safe.  Students and staff will also be recognized for having good attendance as well.

HEALTH INFORMATION

We have come to the time of year to expect cold and flu symptoms.  Some of these are unavoidable but there are several things you can do at home to help prevent illness and keep everyone feeling healthy.  Here are some tips to remember:

WASH YOUR HANDS!  This is still the best defense against illness.  Encourage your children to wash, especially before meals, using soap and warm water.  T

Get plenty of rest.  School age children should get 9-11 hours of sleep each night.

Drink lots of fluids and eat a balanced diet.

Dress appropriately for cold weather.  Please help your child choose warm, comfortable clothing for school each day, including socks.  Make sure they are wearing a coat and you may want to consider a hat and gloves as well.  Even in cool weather they need the exercise and fresh air during recess.

Any child with the following symptoms should stay home:

-A fever 100 degrees or higher.  A child should not come back to school until the temperature is normal for 24 hours without medication.

-vomiting or diarrhea

-a frequent cough

-any rash accompanied by a fever

-ear pain and/or eye drainage

-sore throat with a fever and/or rash

It is very important to be able to reach you in the event your child becomes ill at school–please notify our office manager if you have a change in your contact information.

WINTER WEATHER/CLOSINGS

Winter weather is here whether we like it or not.  The school district will announce all school delays, early outs, and closings as early as possible.  Announcements will be given to local radio and television stations as well as the district website www.dmschools.org.

In addition, email, phone and text notifications will be sent out.  If you are not already receiving messages, please update your contact information with the school office.

School Closing– No school for students or teachers.

School Early outs– If weather arises during the day, there could be an early out.  Parents are expected to pick the students up at the designated times.  Buses will run at the designated times.

School Late Starts– This generally is a two hour late start for students and teachers, so there isn’t anyone here to supervise your children prior to 10:35, which will be the time the school doors will open.  Breakfast still must be served, even with the later start.  Buses will run at the two hour later time.

*The most important thing is to be sure you have updated contact information with the school office at all times, so that you can receive this important information through our messenger system.

Attendance

Students are expected to be at school everyday unless they are running a fever, or vomiting.  Students should be fever free with no vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school.  You must call the office (242-8421) before 9:00 am if your child will be absent or tardy.

 Bike Riders

Only 4th and 5th grade students are permitted to ride their bikes to school, and a school permission slip must be completed to do this.  A lock is required to secure bikes on our school rack.

Early Pick Ups

We are asking for you to notify your teacher before school if you need to pick your child up before dismissal time due to our system.  We will not be able to call for students after 3:00.  School Dismisses at 3:40.