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April/May Newsletter
April/May Newsletter
Paolo Dulcamara
Wednesday, April 03, 2019

April/May 2019 Newsletter

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Construction is moving along!

December 2018                               January 2019              February 2019   

March 2019

                                                      April 2019

Engaging every student, every day!

Dear Parents / Guardians,

I feel confident our students did well on the state assessment. Now we have to wait for the results. Our students were well prepared by an excellent faculty with appropriate curriculum. Our students have been taught and learned the skills needed to show proficiency, so long as those skills were practiced and then applied on the exam.

Our new construction is showing amazing growth. When I look out the windows, I can see the new halls and cafeteria space very clearly now. We prepare, we lay the groundwork, and many times that seems like a long time. Then suddenly, real and tangible growth begins to sprout, and we can really see what all of our hard work is creating.

This is true with our students. Sometimes when we see the curious little person the adolescent is, we can’t always see the amazing adult they have the potential to become. However, if we are patient, give support, and allow all of the hard work, the skills, and time do their magic, we one day see sprouting up in a short amount of time a truly wondrous new person.


Mr. Paolo Dulcamara


A Couple of Days that Stick Out this Month and Next

As we get near the end of the year, we will have many dates that stick out. April 4th, the 8th grade will go on a field trip to the Arch and the new museum beneath it. Also, April 8th through the 12th, we have our book fair.  April 9th we are having our Illinois Science Assessment for the 8th graders.  Progress Reports for the 4th Quarter will be on April 12th.  April 18th, 19th and the 22nd will be Spring Break. April 25th, the 7th grade will take their field trip to SWIC. On April 26th is the 7th/8th Band Performance/Field Trip.

On May 3rd, the Chorus has its Six Flags Performance/Field Trip. Orientation for incoming 5th graders will be in the main gym on May 16th. Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6th through the 10th. Since we do not have a PTO (but I am VERY open to having one if a group of dedicated parents is interested in getting one started) I would ask that parents individually remember our teachers who are so dedicated and do so much for our students. May 24th we will have 6th/7th grade Field Day and the 8th grade fun trip. No school on May 27th for Memorial Day. Lastly, our 8th grade Promotion will be on the last day of school,  May 28th.  The last day of school is a half day attendance.


We are needing the assistance of families. Students leave an incredible amount of clothing, shoes, lunch boxes, etc. here at school which goes to our lost and found. I have seen very expensive new shoes, pants, shirts, jackets and coats, books, lunch boxes, and bottles. Please ask your student as frequently as possible where their things are. We cannot store all of these clothes here and will need to turn them over to Goodwill or other agencies that might take such items. Please, as the weather changes, if your child has a jacket in the AM but it is warm in the PM, it is likely that their jacket will find its way to the Lost-n-Found, and if not claimed, to Goodwill.



Pennies for Patients

Hello MMS!

We will be starting up a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) called "Pennies For Patients". A little background info… LLS provides free information, education, and support services for those who have been impacted by blood cancer. Their mission is to cure blood cancers and improve the lives of patients and their families.

MMS will be doing its part to support LLS by participating in Pennies for Patients. This fundraiser will run from Monday April 1st - Wednesday, April 17th. Each SSR classroom will receive a donation box where students will be encouraged to donate spare change to help their SSR class win the prizes I listed below. SSR teachers have created a webpage, that students can share for family members to make donations online, which will go towards their SSR classroom funds raised.

ABC and Read, Right, Run members will be coming around to collect/ drop off boxes during SSR and Homeroom throughout the fundraiser.

Some specific FUNdraising days are:

Hat Days (students who donate $1 are able to wear a hat for the day)

  • Wednesday, April 3rd
  • Wednesday, April 17th

Spirit week (Students are encouraged to match the change theme for the day)

  • Monday, April 8th: Pajama Penny Day- Wear (appropriate) PJs
  • Tuesday, April 9th: Neon Nickels Day- Wear Neon
  • Wednesday, April 10th: Duo Dimes Day- Dress as a duo/ Match with a friend
  • Thursday, April 11th: Crazy (socks, hair, clothes) Quarters Day
  • Friday, April 12th: Team up to fight Leukemia- Wear your favorite sports team apparel

We will also have ABC members collecting change donations from parents at morning drop off on the following dates: (this will not go towards a specific classroom, but to MMS’s donation as a whole)

  • Tuesday, April 9th
  • Tuesday, April 16th

*Abby/ Brandy will be outside to supervise collection*

The classroom prizes for most money raised in an SSR are as follows:

  • Olive Garden Pasta lunch
  • Pizza Party
  • Outdoor Popsicle party
  • Popcorn Party

From Nurse Henson

Spring / Summer 2019

Dear Parent / Guardian:

RE:  School physical and immunization requirements

With the approach of the summer months soon upon us, the Mascoutah CUSD #19 nursing staff wants to provide information regarding the health requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. The School Board has adopted Policy 7:100 that now requires all students entering grades Pre-K, Kindergarten, 6th and 9th grades to provide new and updated physicals and immunizations by the first day of school. Students in grades 6 and 12 must provide proof of immunization against meningococcal disease. If the required documentation is not provided, your child will be excluded from school attendance beginning the first full day of school. The health requirements for all grade levels affected are provided below. If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse at your child’s school.

Pre-K: (entering school for the first time)

  • a completed physical examination on the State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination Form dated within one year of the start of school year
  • Up-to-date immunizations including at least one dose of pneumococcal vaccine
  • Proof of Lead screening must be addressed on Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination Form


  • a completed physical examination on the State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination Form dated within one year of the start of school
  • Up-to-date immunizations including 2 doses varicella
  • Proof of Lead screening must be addressed on Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination Form
  • Eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist
  • Dental exam: due May 15, 2020

Second Grade:

  • Dental exam: due May 15, 2020

Sixth Grade:

  • a completed physical examination on the State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination Form dated within one year of the start of school
  • Up-to-date immunizations including Tdap booster, 2 doses varicella, and one dose of meningococcal vaccine
  • Dental exam: due May 15, 2020

Ninth Grade:

  • a completed physical examination on the State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination Form dated within one year of the start of school
  • Up-to-date immunizations including 2 doses varicella
  • NEW REQUIREMENT! Dental exam: due May 15, 2020

Twelfth Grade:

  • two doses of meningococcal vaccine with one dose received at 16 years of age or older; if first dose was received at 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required

Please schedule your physical appointments now with your healthcare provider. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the school nurse at any of the Mascoutah District schools.

Shutterfly and School Fundraiser

Your Shutterfly purchases can now help our school!  Each time you make a purchase from Shutterfly, our school will receive 8% of the net order (after discounts and before shipping and taxes).  To help us earn money when placing an order through Shutterfly, go to or Click on our storefront URL:  and continue to make your purchase as normal.

Dress Code

The Dress Code has several purposes. It is about good order and discipline, not wearing things that are distracting or provocative. It is a preparation for culturally and contextually appropriate career/societal wear.

Shorts that were on the verge of being too short last semester are clearly too short this semester. Shorts of a certain length may be okay for a sporting event or the beach but not necessarily for school or one’s place of work. Clothes should be clean and modest, not causing any distraction from learning nor drawing inappropriate attention to oneself. Students should not allow dress to distract from who they are as a person.

Before School Help

Thank you to our students

Parents/guardians, teachers get to school at 7:40 AM and can be available for conferences or assisting students academically. If your students is having trouble, feel free to make arrangements with your child’s teacher to get some extra help in the morning. Please note that they have other various duties and responsibilities when they come to school,  therefore they might not be available.

The discipline at MMS is very good and our students have cleary internalized the important lessons taught at home. That does not mean there is not room to grow. I would ask parents/guardians to speak to their kids about a few things:

  1. Students need to clean up better after themselves in the cafeteria.

  2. Students need to be kind to each other; we never know what is going on in the life of another. Remember to always be patient and kind.

Character Trait for April

Perseverance: Staying on task; not giving up

  • From the Latin perseverantia "steadfastness, constancy;" from per “very” and severus “serious, grave, strict, austere.”

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

~ John Quincy Adams

Character Trait for May

Self-Esteem: Having and demonstrating a positive belief in yourself

  • word forming element indicating “oneself”
  • from the French estime meaning “high regard”

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.

~ Frederick Douglass