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March 2019 Newsletter
March 2019 Newsletter
MES Office
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Your School for Excellence


A New Look for the District Websites

Starting March 1, the school district will be using a new website provider: Apptegy. The district web addresses will not change. You’ll still find helpful information, upcoming events, policies, fun pictures, digital flyers, and so much more at the same web addresses but with a fresh new look: mes.msd19.org!

Also, after the March 1 conversion you will no longer be able to access information from the SchoolMessenger app. Stay on top of all things at MES and download the official Mascoutah School District mobile app from Apple or Android.  We will no longer be emailing the school monthly newsletter and menu to parents. You will find these only on the website and the mobile app under “News” and “Dining”. We will still print the menus and these will be available in the office in the Information Center.  


Kindergarten Registration 2019-2020

All children 5 years old on or before September 1, 2019, are eligible for Kindergarten 2019-2020. Kindergarten Registration is Thursday, April 25, 2019, and will be held at the District Administrative Support Center at 421 W. Harnett St., Mascoutah, IL 62258. Representatives from each elementary school will be present to register incoming kindergarten students. An online kindergarten registration form will become available on the website at a later date along with detailed information. By filling out the online form, you will be completing the first step of the registration and will help to decrease your wait time on April 25, 2019. However, you still need to attend the formal registration in person on Thursday, April  25, 2019, from 8:30am 5:00pm, to complete the registration. 

The following items will be required to register:

  • Certified Birth Certificate (no copies)
  • Federal or Military Photo ID of registering parent/guardian

This phase of registration is an essential part of our planning process for next year and your attendance on this day is very important to us. If this date does not work with your schedule, promptly call the school office to make other arrangements. When you come to registration, you will sign up for a one hour Kindergarten Screening session. Screenings for new MES kindergarten students will take place at MES on Monday, May 13. Check the school website for registration updates and important information.


Lifetouch: Last Chance to Order a Yearbook

You still have a little time to order your 18-19 yearbook. We’ve extended the order deadline to March 8, 2019. All orders will be accepted ONLINE ONLY at ybpay.lifetouch.com now through March 8.  Package details and information is online. Use yearbook ID code: 1429619


Lifetouch: Spring Pictures on Friday, March 22

Only students who have ordered and paid for pictures will be photographed. There are two ways to order your Spring Picture:

  1. Order and pay online: mylifetouch.com , MES Picture Day ID: JP618292Y0
  2. Send in payment (cash or check) with the completed order form.

Online payments will CLOSE on Thursday, March 21, at midnight.  Please send in all completed order forms with your child by picture day. There will be no late orders received on picture day.  


Service Project Success: Jump Rope for Heart

Thank you so much MES families and to all who contributed to the success of our Jump Rope for Heart annual service project. It’s wonderful to see the generosity and thoughtfulness of our students. As a result of their amazing efforts we surpassed our fundraising goal and collected a total of $16, 176. We also raised $2,600 more than last year.


5th Grade Presents Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, Kids

Our 5th graders are putting on the spring musical Disney's: 101 Dalmatians, Kids!  Save the date for Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12 to watch the production. Tickets will be sold in late March and in April for $4 each. Ticket sales help support the musical fund at MES. You won't want to miss the show, as the 5th graders have been working hard since November. Hope to see you there!


5th Grade Prepares for Middle School

The school counselor from Mascoutah Middle School will visit MES in March to talk with the current 5th grade students. During the visit Mrs. Brooks will talk with the students about what a typical day at MMS looks like, required 6th grade classes, and explain band, pe and chorus options. Your student will be bringing home an important survey regarding next year’s scheduling and registration. Please make sure to complete and return it even if you are moving out of the district or are unsure of next year’s plans. Our 5th grade students will visit and tour MMS on Wednesday, May 15 at 8:45am-10:30am. 6th Grade Orientation for parents and students will be held on Thursday, May 16, at 6:30pm.


IAR Testing

All students in grades 3-5 take the federally required assessment every spring. These assessments help us understand how our students are growing academically, compared to their peers across the state. This year, the English language arts and math assessment for grades 3-5 is called the Illinois Assessment of Readiness or IAR. Please do not schedule any appointments or trips during this window of testing. A letter about the test is going home with students in grades 3-5 next week. Our testing schedule is as follows:

Testing Schedule:

April 2 -April 11:  All 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade students

April 1:  Some IEP and 504 students with accommodations  may start testing

Help your child be at his or her best for standardized test taking with these tips:

  • Get a good night's sleep.
  • Prepare a healthy breakfast.
  • Practice stress reducing techniques with your kids.
  • Have a positive attitude.


Read, Right & Run

Fifty-nine MES 5th grade students have been participating in the Read, Right, and Run program every Wednesday after school since January. This program encourages reading, doing good deeds, and physical activity. Many MES staff members have also been attending R.R.R. and working out with the students. R.R.R. students will take a field trip on Thursday, March 21 to Forest Park to practice for their final run. The kids will conclude their season on Saturday, April 6 at the Go! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Run in Forest Park. They will run the final 2 miles of their 26.2 mile challenge (detailed information will be sent home). Congratulations R.R.R. participants!  If your R.R.R. student would like additional training, please sign up for the Mascoutah Color Run- March 30!


PBIS Color Run-5K Walk/Run & Youth Run

The 5K starts at 8:00am at MHS and the Youth Run is at 9:00am. This run serves as a PBIS fundraiser for the district. The race entry form is on the school websites and can be completed online at www.active.com. Our goal is 300 runners for MES!


From the School Nurse

All current Kindergarten and 2nd grade students are required to submit a completed State of Illinois Dental Exam form no later than May 15, 2019. Failure to provide this exam may result in the student’s exclusion from MES Field Day. If you have any questions, please call the school nurse.


News from the Library

The top favorites for the Monarch Award (Illinois Children's Choice Award for MES Grades K-2) are: 1st: Claymates by Dev Patel (148 votes). 2nd: Bob not Bob! by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick (72 votes). 3rd: Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds (63)


Word of the Month

Honesty: A willingness to say openly what is known to be true.


PBIS Reward of the Month

Extra Recess


March Important Dates

  • March 1: SIP Day-Early Dismissal, 11:35: K, all walkers & bikers, 11:45: Gr. 1 pickups 11:50: all others, No Extended Time-After School
  • March 4: NO SCHOOL, Teacher in Service Day
  • March 8: Spirit Day & Box Top Collection - wear purple!
  • March 10: Daylight Savings Time, set your clocks ahead 1 hour!
  • March 12: PTO Mtg. 6:00pm, Family STEM Night, 6:30pm
  • March 14: Fun Spot Skate Party, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • March 15: End of 3rd Quarter, Spirit Wear orders are due today!
  • March 19: McTeacher Night 4:00pm-8:00pm
  • March 22: Lifetouch Spring Pictures
  • March 22: 3rd Quarter Report Cards go home with students
  • March 26: School Board Mtg. ASC Building, 7:00pm
  • March 30: PBIS Color Run, 8:00am MHS

Cafeteria: March (19 Days)

  • $29.00 Regular Breakfast
  • $49.00 Regular Lunch
  • $7.00 Reduced Breakfast
  • $9.00 Reduced Lunch

School Menus can be found on the websites under “Dining”