Keep up to date with current news at Monger Elementary!

    • ISTEP is here! Students will be taking the first part of ISTEP, Applied Skills (Written Response) starting very soon (watch for flyers with the start date.) Students in grades 3-6 will take one test per day during this week. It is very important that your child comes to school on time and ready to do their personal best!
    • Tips for ISTEP Success:
      • Go to bed early!
      • Eat a healthy breakfast!
      • Arrive to school on time!
      • Relax and do your best!
    • Students and teachers work hard all year to prepare for ISTEP. You can be sure our teachers have done all they can to prepare your child for the ISTEP! We need YOU, the parent, to make sure your child is well rested and at school the week of ISTEP. Encourage your child to do their best!
  • IREAD3
    • Third grade students will also be taking the IREAD3 exam March 14-18 to determine whether they are promoted to the 4th grade. Again, it is imperative that your child comes to school ready to work hard and show what they know! You can help them be successful by following the ISTEP testing tips above. We know our 3rd graders are going to do a great job on the IREAD3 exam!
  • From 3rd grade: How to help your child read.
    • Uninterrupted Reading
    • Remember that the most important aspect of reading is constructing meaning. If you have a reader who reads making some miscues (unexpected responses to text) that are mostly meaning-making, do not interrupt except when the miscues do not make sense or do not sound like language.  If a reader reads the sentence ” The horse ran down the road” as “The pony ran down the road,” do not “correct” her. That sentence made sense in the context of the story and sounded like language. But if she reads “The house ran down the road,” ask her if that made sense.
    • Then ask her to reread the text to make it sensible. If the reader says it did make sense, ask her to reread it anyway because it didn’t make sense to you, the listener. Focusing readers on reading to make sense is what is most important.
  • From the Nurse:
    • The following tips are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):
      1. I will clean personal objects I use, and keep my room and desk in good order.
      2. I will brush my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands before eating and after the bathroom.
      3. I won’t tease dogs, even friendly ones-and keep my hands and face away from their mouth.
      4.  I will drink more water, and limit soda and fruity drinks.
      5. I will apply sunscreen before going outdoors.
      6. I will find a sport or activity that I like, and do it at least three times a week.
      7. I will always wear a helmet when bicycling or boarding.
      8.  I will wear my seat belt everytime I get in the car.
      9. I’ll never give out personal information or pictures of myself to strangers or over the internet.
      10. I’ll  be nice to others, and friendly to kids who need friends-like someone shy or new to school.
    • Make Health Your Resolution
      • Healthy you: Make healthy food choices, be active, make an appointment for a check-up, vaccinations, or screening. Wash your hands often, get enough sleep. Make a new friend.
      • Healthy family: Plan to eat more meals together as a family. Know where to go for health care in town if you do not have insurance. Spend more time together, and always be courteous and practice good manners.
      • Healthy school: Stay home if you are sick. Wash your hands often. You may return to school if after 24 hours there is no fever without using fever reducing medication and no vomiting and no diarrhea.
  • Science News
    • This year’s science fair was a great success. We had 197 students participate and ended up with 72 first place finishes and 52 second place finishes! I want to thank all the students and their parents for all their hard work! This was one of our better fairs! The City Science Fair will be held at Memorial on February 6. All students will present their exhibits and be judged between 9am and noon. After lunch, parents and students are encouraged to walk around the fair and see what other students have created. Monger will be taking a bus to Memorial again this year.  Mrs. Swartzlander will take all the exhibits to Memorial that Friday evening before the fair and set them up.  We will arrive Saturday morning and find our places.  When we are called, your child will talk with the judges.  After all the students have had a chance to talk with a judge, Monger students will board the bus, enjoy lunch,  and return to the school. It is your child’s responsibility to make arrangements for their science fair board to be picked up from Memorial High School that afternoon.  Monger teachers will not pick them up. I hope that you will take the time to walk through the exhibits and see what creative and wonderful students we have in our school system!
  • PE News
    • Parents – please make sure that your students bring a pair of gym shoes to school for PE classes. We have too many kids wearing snow boots and borrowing gym shoes for the day and taking too long to find a pair that fit. In doing this they have been missing the first part of PE class which is the most important as this is the exercise/fitness time that they so dearly need. I have the kids once a week for 50 minutes and every minute is valuable. Could you please take the time to find out what day of the week your child has PE and help remind them to bring their gym shoes that day? Some kids have lockers they could keep their shoes in or a classroom closet. Thanks for any help in this matter!


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