December 2019 Indian Beat

December 2019 School Newsletter

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A Note From the Principal             

Ms. Riechmann

A season of giving is one of the many references to this time of year. Here at SES we are very fortunate in that we experience the receiving of gifts throughout the entire school year. That gift is our students. 

The gift of delight - witnessing when they get that new concept, their excitement for learning and hearing that story they can’t wait to share. 

The gift of gratification - when they realize they have the tools to be independent learners, when they make the right choices and when they work and play well together. 

The gift of laughter - in some of their one-liners and those precious stories we will always hold close. 

The gift of challenges - in finding ways to make learning more meaningful, keeping up with their knowledge of technology and in meeting their instructional and social needs. 

The gift of hope - as we watch the start of their journey toward adulthood and becoming contributing citizens. Hope for all of our futures. 

We celebrate our students - the gift that keeps on giving.

On behalf of myself, Mr. Kettwich, Mrs. Grawe and the entire staff of SES we wish you and your family a very peaceful and memorable holiday season.

Important Dates

  • December 2 Grades 2 to 5 begin Winter Benchmark Assessments with Star.
  • December 3    Band/Chorus Concert 6:30 pm at SES
  • December 5 & 6  SES Holiday Shop - students can purchase gifts for family and friends, PTO Sponsored Event; 5th - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm; 6th - 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
  • December 6    2nd Grade Holiday Play 2:30 pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend.
  • December 9 Grades K and 1 begin Aims Winter Benchmark Assessments
  • December 10 Domino's Pizza Fundraiser Event on SAFB. Proceeds benefit SES PTO.  
  • December 13 PBIS Dollar Day - Decorate Yourself with Holiday wear or like a gift! 
  • 4th Grade Holiday Handchime Concert at 2:30.
  • December 17 Board Meeting 7:00 pm
  • December 19 5th Grade Field trip, PTO Meeting 3:45 pm, Polar Express K Program at 2:30
  • All are welcome to attend.    
  • December 20  Early Dismissal @11:50.  Parent/Child Day Event for Prek K; End of Quarter 2, 
  • Student of the Month Breakfast at 7:45, Spirit Day - wear purple and white!
  • December 21-January 5 Winter Break, no school.  Happy Holidays!
  • January 1 Welcome to 2020
  • January 6 Classes Resume

Holiday Shop is this week at SES!

The PTO is hosting a Holiday Shop this Thursday and Friday at SES. This event is for students to purchase gifts for family, friends and pets and includes wrapping.  Information will arrive home in your child’s book bag today after school that will inform when your child will shop.  

We are looking for more volunteers to help host the event.  If you can help out a couple hours, or part of the day it is greatly appreciated. Please visit SignUpGenius to sign u to volunteer.

Thank you volunteers for buying books for our staff!

A big THANK YOU to all parents who bought books for teachers during the October Book Fair!  You bought over 200 books for teachers at SES. What a wonderful way to show how much you support our teachers.  Thank you parents and friends!

Lost and Found Items

Lost and found items are literally growing every day.  Please encourage your child to claim his/her lost items.  You are also welcome to stop in and take a look. If your child has lost their glasses, several pairs of children’s glasses have been turned in to the school office.

Parent Survey

Between now and Feb. 14th, we are asking our parents to participate in the 5 Essentials Survey. We greatly appreciate each parent taking time to provide feedback on this survey.

Each year parents are given the opportunity to complete the survey, and we appreciate your feedback and comments. Thank you for taking the time to do so. The results are displayed on the school report card each year.  

Be a Germ Stopper

Healthy habits keep you well: Cover your cough,  Wash your hands,  Eat Nutritious Foods,  Drink plenty of fluids,  Get plenty of rest

Guidelines for Illness

As stated in the handbook.

Keep students home when:

~Fever is 100* or above.  Student must be fever free for 24 hours with the use of  fever reducing medication ~Vomiting and/or Diarrhea.  No further incidence for 24 hours ~Strep Throat:  24 hours after the first dose of antibiotic ~Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) Antibiotic treatment for 24 hours and no drainage for        the eye ~Lice:  Appropriate treatment must be completed.  No live lice and proof of treatment must be provided to the nurse ~If any concerns of contagious illness, please contact your healthcare provider for further guidance before returning to school

If it’s determined that your child needs to go home due to illness or injury, guardian will be notified and shall provide or arrange immediate transportation.  Guardian will ensure that the school office has current phone contacts. Parents may update their Skyward account at anytime using their parent login information.

Inclimate Weather

Has your family discussed and inclimate weather plan for school dismissal?  If you have not received your car tag for pick up, please contact your child’s teacher to have one sent home, or stop in the school office to pick one up.  

Per the student handbook, the office cannot take changes for after school dismissal plans during the day.  Please send notes or email to the teacher in the morning. 

In the event of school closing or late start day, Mascoutah School District will send out a phone message, email message, posts will be made on the website, area TV & Radio  stations will announce closings. Mascoutah School District 19, includes Scott Elementary, Mascoutah High School, Mascoutah Middle School, Wingate Elementary and Mascoutah Elementary schools. When we have a late start day, there is no PreK sessions for AM or PM.  

Proper ID

A reminder for all visitors to SES.  If you are in the building during school hours, you must present your driver's license in the front office.  Your license will be scanned into our software and a tag will be printed for you. This tag must be worn in sight for all staff members.  We thank you in advance for helping to keep our school safe.

Holiday Concerts

We hope you will take some time to enjoy some of the beautiful sounds of the season at SES.  Mark your calendar, 

Listed below are the holiday concerts scheduled:

  • Dec 3   5th Grade  Band & Chorus 6:30 pm
  • Dec 6   2nd Grade A Bugz Christmas Performance 2:30 pm - doors open at 2:00
  • Dec 13   4th Grade Handchimes Concert 2:30 pm - doors open at 2:00  
  • Dec 19   Kdg Polar Express Performance 2:30 pm - doors open 2:00 

Is Your Family Moving?

If your family is relocating to a new destination soon, please contact the school office (618-746-4738) regarding your child’s records.  Student records will be ready for a parent to pick up after school on the last day of attendance for your child.  SES requires one week advance notice to prepare records for the new school.  We cannot send records home with a student. Please be certain that all fees have been paid, lunch accounts are up-to-date, and all library books have been returned.  

Daughter 2020 Dance - Join Us For a Sock Hop!

This year’s SES Daughter Dance will be a Sock Hop.  We hope you and your daughter can join us on February 7, from 6:00-7:30 pm.  Cost will be $5 per person with a limit of $20 per family. Due to space availability, we ask that only one chaperone per family attend please.  Watch for invitations/flyers in January 2020 in the digital backpack for January.  RSVPs will need to be made by January 31 to ensure we have enough items ordered for everyone.

Garden Club

The Garden Club is a unique club for parents and children of Scott Elementary. While our other clubs are students only, this club promotes parent/child interaction through a variety of plant and season related activities.

The Garden Dates for the 2019/ 2020 School year are:

  • Tuesday Jan 28
  • Tuesday Feb 25
  • Tuesday  Mar 31

Go! St Louis Read, Right & Run marathon 

Scott Elementary is participating in the GO! St. Louis Read, Right, & Run Marathon program for the 2019-2020 school year.  Go! St. Louis, a local non-profit organization encourages individuals and families in the St. Louis region to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle year round.

The GO! St. Louis Read, Right & Run Marathon is a fully integrated marathon program for children in grades K-8 that focuses on literacy, fitness, and character development.  Students are challenged to READ 26 books, RIGHT the community with 26 good deeds and learn to set goals to RUN the necessary miles in preparation for the final race. After 26 weeks of hard work, the program culminates each year when the students complete their race day goals at the GO! St. Louis Family Fitness Day in Forest Mark on March 28, 2020.  

Congratulations to our outstanding November Students 

Students of the Month - November 2019

Popsicles With The Principals 

November Character Word of the Month was Cooperation