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Elementary Newsletter


Happy Friday, MStM Families,


We have completed another great week here at the elementary school.   The first day of fall has arrived and with that, so many wonderful things to enjoy and learn about in our own neighborhoods.  The changing leaves, a trip to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch, and a cup of hot cider come to mind!


I hope this finds you and your children settled in to a good school routine.  Although the life of a parent is often hectic, I hope you find some time to read with your child at least once a day at a regularly scheduled time. Don't be discouraged if you skip a day or don't always keep to your schedule, but do read to your child as often as you possibly can.  Even after children learn to read by themselves, it's still important for you to read aloud together. By reading stories that are on their interest level, but beyond their reading level, you can stretch young readers' understanding and motivate them to improve their skills.   Talk about what you are reading and make this time relaxing and enjoyable.  This chilly weather is an inviting time to snuggle up with a good book!

PTO Fundraiser.   Students will be bringing home packets today with materials for the Fall Fundraiser. PTO is working with 4 Seasons Fundraising of Norwalk.  The goal of this fundraiser is to raise $10,000 to support an upgrade of the playground.  If you have any questions regarding the fundraiser, contact Cassandra Ackerson

Heads Up on Head Lice.  Head lice have become more and more of a problem in the last few years.   On the news, it has been reported that head lice have become resistant to the over the counter shampoos.   Control of head lice depends on prompt diagnosis and effective treatments.  Head lice are not a sign that a child is unclean or not well cared for.  Anyone can get head lice.  It is always a good idea to check your child’s head for head lice throughout the school year.   Remind your children that they should not share combs or hair brushes, hair accessories or hats with their friends.   If you would like more information on how to detect head lice, treatment of head lice or if you think your child has head lice please contact the school nurse.    


  • If you are calling during the day to advise the school of different arrangements for the end of the day for your child, please call or email no later than 2:30 p.m.  It is very hectic near dismissal time and we cannot guarantee that the messages will be received by classroom teachers.  We do understand that there are emergencies that are not anticipated, and we will make sure your child is directed as needed under those circumstances.  Thank you very much for your consideration.




September 30 – Flu Shot Clinic (Call Mrs. Kirvin for details – 641.764.2470)


Have a great weekend!!

Beth Happe, Ed.S.
Elementary Principal
Martensdale-St. Marys CSD
Twitter:  @happebeth