NO SCHOOL FRIDAY 9/3 & MONDAY 9/6 – Labor Day
Please make sure you return our school forms as soon as possible:
-Census Verification Report
-Alternative Household Income Form –– It is vitally important that we receive the Household Income Form, as it is tied to funding for our school.
SEC Meeting: Wednesday, September 15th
This will be a virtual meeting—link to be shared soon.
PTO Meeting: Wednesday, September 15th
This will be a virtual meeting—link to be shared soon.
*All are welcome to our meetings!
Congratulations Team MacDowell! We were the recipients of the $1,000 grant and the 2021 School Participation Award for having the most registered participants for the Back to School Run, held last weekend. Thank you all for supporting our efforts. We want to especially thank Ms. Lauren Simmons for organizing our team again this year. Thank you Ms. Lauren!
SPIRIT WEAR SALE: Our Sale is up and running through Dunn’s! MacDowell and Juneau items may be purchased online NOW through SEP 19th. A $3 bagging fee will apply to each order. Orders will be delivered to the school and then distributed through student backpacks. Please note that items will not be received at the school until at least 4-5 weeks after the sale closes. SALE LINK HERE: https://tinyurl.com/MacSpirit21
CONGRATS TO OUR MACDOWELL JUNIOR TIA RICHMOND, WHO IS THE MPS STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK!
SPECIAL EDUCATION DONATION REQUEST From Mr. Jaeger
Our high school special education resource room is creating opportunities for students to learn and practice some skills that would be useful in workplaces. Currently we have begun a subscription service to high school staff to deliver coffee, iced tea and ice water but are limited by the amount we can provide at this time. We also would like to increase our sustainability within the building by composting our coffee grounds along with other plant materials found at lunch. We want to mix that food waste with shredded paper in order to provide good worm bedding for our soon to arrive order of Red Wiggler worms.
- Paper Shredders (new or used as long as they work)
- Opaque Storage bins – no light through ( 20 qt or larger) with Lids
- 5 gallon plastic pails
- 1 rolling trash bin with lid
- 20 oz travel mugs for coffee – looking for 2 dozen total
- 20 oz plastic tumbler with straw or – looking for 2 dozen total
- dish drying racks
I know our parent community is awesome, and I am looking forward to being able to bring these additional services within our school community.
**If you are able to donate any of these items, please sign up HERE – this sign up will help make sure we receive the correct amount of what we need. We appreciate your support!
Mr. Justin Jaeger
SAVE THE DATE – PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on the evening of Monday, October 18, and Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 3:45PM to 7:30PM on both nights. Conferences will be virtual over the platform Google Meet and a sign up will be shared with families in the near future.
REMINDER: PICK UP SIGNS FOR K3-6th Grade: Orange pick-up name signs that had not yet been handed out have been put in student backpacks. Please check your child’s backpack for this sign. If you still need an orange sign, please contact Parent Coordinator Claudine at email@example.com
HS ATHLETICS: The deadline to register for High School Fall sports is Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Registration includes the online registration, physical and insurance uploaded, and athletic fee paid. The registration system can be found at https://mpsathletics-ar.rschooltoday.com/home
Should you need assistance registering, please reach out to Ms. Schenk at firstname.lastname@example.org
REMINDER: VOLUNTEER for MacDowell: If you are interested in volunteering or serving on one of our leadership committees, let’s talk! Volunteer opportunities include: literacy and math tutors, general assistants (photocopying, laminating materials), coaches, gardeners, field trip chaperones, and event volunteers. If you are able to help our community in any way, please fill out the information on my Google Form here: https://tinyurl.com/s9c2ske7
If you still wish to purchase a K3-6th grade yearbook from last school year, you can do so through the office, or send payment with your child. Yearbooks are $10 each, payable in cash (exact change) or check made out to MacDowell Montessori.
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Mental health conditions can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. If left untreated, a person’s quality of life can be negatively impacted. However, we can learn to respond to the warning signs of mental health concerns. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. We can look and listen for any of these warning signs as it relates to suicide prevention:
- Talking about suicide or death
- Giving away possessions or putting affairs in order
- Reckless behavior, increased drug or alcohol use
- Statements or feeling of hopelessness, isolating from family and friends
- Withdrawal from activities or sudden mood changes.
If you see signs that your child or someone you know might be depressed or thinking about suicide, take them seriously. Ask if they are considering suicide. Listen, be sympathetic and offer hope. Keep them safe. Remove access to the means to carry out a suicide. Be prepared with information on how to get help.
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline anytime at 1-800-273-8255
- Text “hope” to the Crisis Text Line anytime at 741741
- Take the person to an emergency room or call 9-1-1 in a critical situation
There are many strategies to reduce the risk of suicide and increase youth resiliency:
- Help children establish strong family and community connections.
- Limit time on social media.
- Help children form friendships.
- Encourage children to develop interest they can explore to build competency.
- Teach children that it is OK to fail. That is how we learn.
We encourage you to reach out to your school social worker, psychologist or counselor if you need any assistance with securing resources for your child. There is a lot of work to be done to destigmatize mental health. Let’s support our youth and community so that everyone feels free to ask for help when they need it.
*Information retrieved from Suicide Prevention: The Role of Parents by Shereen Walter https://ed100.org/blog/suicide-prevention
American Red Cross Sickle Cell Strong Blood Drive
In honor of MacDowell student Demarus
September 3, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Appointments are strongly encouraged. To make an appointment click HERE
Note: All presenting donors will get a $10 Gift Card by email thanks to Amazon and a Red Cross campfire mug while supplies last!