Dear MVR-III Families, The school district continues to have problems with our digital phone lines. We hope to have service fully restored this week. In the meantime, we want to provide families with a phone line for each building's main office. Thank you for your patience as we work through this matter. Sincerely, MVR-III School District
PHONE LINES: Our Friday phone line fix it to use our Fax Line for anyone needing to call in. IF you need to contact the school you can use our Fax Number: 636-271-1490 to contact Mrs. Cheryl in the office. You are still welcome to text or call my cell 636-346-6156 or use Class Dojo as a form of communication! I will continue to keep you posted as we work through this issue.
As of Friday, Dec 11th, our phone lines are still down. You will not be able to contact the school. Please use our Class Dojo Messaging or reach out to me on my cell 636-346-6156. You can also reach out via email. All teacher & administrator email addresses may be found on the district website at https://www.mvr3.k12.mo.us/o/truman/staff We apologize for the inconvenience. Your patience and understanding as we work through this problem is appreciated. Sincerely, Dr. Sladek
From the Desk of Dr. Sladek: Tonight, Franklin County officials announced a mask mandate that will go into effect tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 20. It applies to all persons 10 and older. To be in compliance with this mandate, if your child is 10 or older, please have them wear a mask to school tomorrow. If you do not have a mask for your child, we will provide one for them when they arrive.
TRUMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Absentee/Retake PLUS Virtual Student Picture Day is: Thursday, November 5, 2020 Wagner Portrait Group will be at school to photograph any students who were absent on the initial picture day or any student that needs his/her picture retaken. If you are having a picture taken as a RETAKE, please make sure your student returns their package in its entirety, including the package insert sheet, to the photographer. (Feel free to attach a note to describe what you’d like us to do differently.) FOR ABSENTEE & VIRTUAL STUDENTS- CLICK HERE TO ORDER https://bit.ly/31XKtr8 Don’t forget to dress appropriately as the school dress code will apply. Please direct all questions, concerns, or special requests directly to Wagner Portrait Group. We are happy to help! 1-800-444-7986 firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you looking for some new school apparel? Take a look at the www.MVR3Merch.com online store to purchase t-shirts, hoodies, and more. Text option available by texting MVR3 to 900900. Happy shopping!! #MVNation
Happy Thursday Truman Tribe: Attendance: Yesterday many parents received an attendance report based on their students current %. I want you to know that our system generates that report automatically monthly and with the year of 2020 and the need to quarantine or stay home when having symptoms that attendance is not our priority or main focus this year. I have brought this to the attention of other administrators and we are working on getting this featured turned off this year so that you do not receive these automatic reports. Please note that there is nothing held against your student as far as attendance when it comes to our case by case situations that we are dealing with daily this year. Please continue to keep your families health a priority and open communication between home and school. It is greatly appreciated. Free and Reduced Forms: You will find a Free and Reduced Lunch form in your students Thursday Folder. If you have already filled one out and turned it in to the office you do NOT have to fill one out again. If this is something that could benefit your family it is truly a WIN-WIN for you and our district. The state uses a formula and determines a % of federal funds that a school will receive based off the number of families using the free and reduced program option. Also, when filling out the form you are allowed to list EVERYONE living under your roof. A lot of times this is a qualifying factors that many don’t take advantage of! I hope you find this information helpful and consider your need in filling out this form. PTO Meeting: Wednesday Sept. 30th: Click on the link to view the flyer - https://5il.co/l52m Parent/Teacher Conferences: I met with teachers this week and we brainstormed ideas and a plan for the new format of Parent/Teacher Conferences. Many teachers have already communicated their sign up process and expectations. Please keep in mind that this is new format is new for all of us and we will work together to iron out all the details. I want to be clear that ALL families should be in contact with their student’s teacher at some point in Sept OR Nov. I truly believe with the Class Dojo platform that we find ourselves communicating easily and weekly to best support the home to school connection. However, on Sept. 23rd OR Nov. 18th we want to dedicate intentional time to talk about your student progress academically and make sure we are taking a team approach in growing your student. Please look out for these dates to sign up for ONE time. Please note that I would prefer families to try to ZOOM or do a virtual conversation but an in person option is still acceptable. If you choose to come in person for the conference please limit the conference to ONE adult and the student (no siblings). The adult must wear a mask. We will have a separate entrance and exit and those details will be explained next week! 3rd & 4th Grade Girls ONLY!!! Click on this link to see information about little league basketball - https://5il.co/l52h Cornhole Tournament + Community Connections: We are so fortunate to have such an amazing Tribe. The town of Pacific is so united and I am so proud to be a part of it. We have Walsh Reality hosting a Cornhole Tournament with the focus of the proceeds coming back to Truman Elementary PTO. How awesome is that! If you are free and want to join in on the fun, or know of a family or friend who would enjoy their time, or even a business that would like to partner in this event please send this Flyer out and consider supporting Truman Elementary. Click on the link to view the flyer - https://5il.co/l53k In quick review of all the above topics...isn't it crazy to think how MUCH we have going on. How much LOVE surrounds our students daily! How cool. Thinking from a parent involved organization, to a program that supports our kiddos getting good meals throughout the day, to basketball leagues, to parents and teachers setting time aside to talk about education, to a community supportive event that honors and gives back to our school! WOW.... It does truly take a village to raise a child. I am proud of ours!
REMINDER!!! Dress to impress because tomorrow is Fall Picture Day! (These pictures are for in person students only there will be a separate picture day for virtual students). Thanks for a great first day Tribe. See you tomorrow! 💜
From our Tribe to YOU we want to remind you of our purpose and focus for this year. Meetings to help prep for our Tribe’s return, no matter in what format was chosen, may have been stressful, emotional, and long but with the support from Dr. Mulford and the unity of our Staff we are ready to welcome you today for the First Day of our 20-21 school year. Enjoy the video below: https://youtu.be/vi28VRHAb7o
Truman Elementary is excited to Welcome Back Students for the 20-21 School Year. Here is a “Virtual Open House” for all to view. 💜 Enjoy #TribeLife #MVNation https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/10AbxWf233VSTM5JBEmHPhbf8XwOCHjVmdUsBr0_Vfns/edit?usp=sharing
PICTURE DAY! We are strongly encouraging online ordering this year! I am currently working on a plan to come up with a safe way for our virtual students to get their picture taken! I will reach out to them to advise next steps. For our in-seat students I have a schedule that will allow classes to go one at a time to have their picture taken. We will NOT need any parent volunteers for Picture Day this year. Please reference the link below to order online: TRUMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Picture Day is: Thursday, August 27, 2020 Wagner Portrait Group will be photographing students for portrait packages & school records. This will be your special opportunity to purchase your school pictures! CLICK HERE TO ORDER: https://bit.ly/2Qd28Fm Don’t forget to dress appropriately as the school dress code will apply. Please direct all questions, concerns, or special requests directly to Wagner Portrait Group. We are happy to help! 1-800-444-7986 email@example.com
When you arrive during your designated time slot we will ask that all parking be on the upper lot by the baseball field. We will have all the teachers and staff tables spaced out around our front circle drive. You will walk down, have a meet and greet and get any questions answered and then head home to prepare for one more day of “summer” before the official first day of school on Wednesday August 26th, 2020. Open House is scheduled for Monday, August 24th from 6-8 p.m. · Tables will be set up for individual teachers outside, weather permitting · Limit Parents/Students to 1 adult per student · Guests will be required to wear a face-covering · Teachers will wear face shields so students can see faces · Families may make appointments for students who need to physically tour the building Families will be grouped by their last name: A-G: 6:00-6:30 H-O: 6:45-7:15 P-Z: 7:30-8:00 *Plan B – in case of rain, we will have teachers email out 3 different ZOOM Log-Ins and you can zoom in with your students teacher during any of the 3 times slots above. In the end we want to make ourselves available to you, in the safest way possible, so that you and your student feel prepared for the first day of school!
To support the video, as well as, continuing to communicate all the protocols and procedures we have put in place to reflect the strange and ‘new’ start to this school year I put together an outline of our school day. This document has been made, reviewed and trialed many times by all of our Truman Elementary Staff. We have made edits and thought outside the box to put ideas on paper in order to make our school day run smoothly and keeping the safety of our staff and students at the forefront of our daily purpose. You may review the document here: https://5il.co/jzz7
As we prepare for the first day of school on Wednesday August 26th we have a few things lined up to help communicate, support and explain all the happenings! To start off, here is a video to reflect different parts of our school day and what to expect during the 20-21 school year. Enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDJsWn9Ub_U
Happy Sunday Tribe, I wanted to take some time today and get you as up to date as possible with information and a timeline in regards to the prep work going into the 20-21 school year. I know and understand that anticipation is growing for the new school year. Please use the timeline below to reference as needed over the next 2 weeks to help plan for the start of the 20-21 school year. • Your students home room teacher will be emailing you introducing themselves by next Wednesday, August 12th. • Friday, August 14th you will receive a welcome back letter and video highlighting Truman Elementary from me. • Monday, August 17th you will receive a short video from your child’s teacher by 4:00pm highlighting their classroom. • Also on Monday August 17th for Open House we will host an outdoor meet and greet (More details to follow) • Open House is from 6:00-8:00pm on Monday, August 17th • Families will be split into 3 staggered groups: A-G 6:00-6:30pm H-O 6:45-7:15pm P-Z 7:30-8:00pm ***Adult face coverings will be required ***Please remember that the district is providing basic student supplies this year for EVERY student. If you would like to purchase anything from the school supply “optional” list – you may bring the item(s) to Open House. • Monday, August 24th is the first day of school! I want to leave you with two things today: 1. I have talked to MANY of you over the last month/week regarding the next school year and our re-entry plan and the options and what is best for YOU and YOUR KIDDOS and your situation… in reflection after having these conversations, as well as, being involved daily in the constant change of things I want to continue to make it clear where I stand and make it known that no matter your choice for the 20-21 school year… we are ONE TRIBE and will continue to get through this together. I came across this quote over the weekend; “School leaders have a unique opportunity to shift how school is done by placing students in their right place in education – AT THE CENTER – where they belong and where they deserve to be to ensure that school transformation continues long into the 22nd century” I feel this is a great opportunity to meet you and your student at the center of their educational path and continue to focus on what your child NEEDS. I am here to support and challenge the comfort zone in order to best educate your student. Our Teacher Tribe is up for this challenge and we will conquer this year together! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Reach out to me if you need anything at all!
From the Desk of Dr. Sladek: This is the last week to guarantee a spot for Summer School in July. Please register at the link below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Y4TM4pZ64wOXMO7jqM5G9n0YogBFydOdfZtTIfcof8A/viewform?edit_requested=true
Truman Teachers put together their #Be Messages for our Truman Tribe! Stay Strong! Truman does not own the copyright to this music. Click here to view video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Fx9-EaX0r0&feature=youtu.be
Truman Elementary's Dr. Sladek has answered the #DancingPrincipalChallenge and passed on the challenge to a very important person at the end! Watch to find out who... ***Truman Elementary does not own the rights to the music. Click here to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFjq_M9oSGc
#TribeLife #Grateful Click this link for the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=534SrVvIOaM&feature=em-uploademail
Truman Elementary - From Our Heart to Yours! Thank you, Truman Families, for sharing your hearts with our community! #TEquarantine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0rQfGcY1ts
Mr. Gilcrease and Green Team... we are SO PROUD of your work! “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe,” reminded prominent naturalist and conservationist John Muir in 1911. Click on this link to view the article: https://www.emissourian.com/local_news/education/truman-students-take-on-green-schools-quest/article_5e897e8a-7e7c-11ea-a20c-3fa8ab7b570d.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share
Truman Tribe we hope you lean into this week with a positive spirit! Always know that we are here for you... we are all in this together! Here is a sing along from our tribe to YOU! Thank you, Bill Withers, for recording such a precious message for us to share with our Tribe. Mr. Wither's passing last week has saddened us all, but we are honored and humbled to continue to use his message to pass along hope and support through these unpredictable times. Also a BIG Thank you to Andy Nemeth for being THAT GUY and helping our Tribe create these little videos that sure do bring smiles to many while we have to be apart! #TribeLife #MVNation #LeanOnMe Click on the link below to view the video: https://youtu.be/p_l_XzISdiE
To our Truman Tribe! We want to remind you that we are half way through the week and we MISS YOU! #TribeLife 💜 Click on this link to view a video from our staff to YOU: https://youtu.be/lFrXsqxkHUY
It’s a Sunny Saturday morning... get outside and get some sunshine in your soul! ☀️ Let’s have some fun Tribe 💜 This is a great way to get outside for some colorful fun! Chalk The Walks is all about spreading joy, optimism and inspiration through the magical power of sidewalk chalk. The idea is simple: write happy messages and pictures, have fun and spread some joy while you’re at it. A great way to show appreciation to other “helpers” in our world! Please share. #BeContagious #BeYou
Good evening! Today, following a meeting with Franklin County school leaders, the health department, and county leaders, all Franklin County superintendents are collectively announcing an extended school closure. Since Meramec Valley is on spring break this week, the closure will begin on Monday, March 23, and will preliminarily end Friday, April 3. During this time, all school activities, including athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, will be canceled for the duration of the school closure. A link to the full press is provided here https://www.mvr3.k12.mo.us/article/212021?org=mvriii. I know you will have many questions related to learning during the time of closure. District leaders will be meeting over the next few days to finalize those plans. Additional information will be sent to parents no later than Thursday of this week. It will provide details regarding learning experiences, meal availability, and general practices to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We know that closing our schools will have a significant impact on our families, but we also believe that strong, urgent action must be taken to prevent the spread of this disease and to protect lives. We thank our community for their support and partnership in this effort. Again, your patience and understanding are appreciated. John Mulford, Ed.D. Superintendent Meramec Valley R-III School District
Reminders! Tomorrow is a 30 minute late start for our students. Tomorrow is also our PTO meeting at 6pm! We are starting some discussion for next year and will need support! Lastly, for 3rd and 4th Soccer Intramural students tomorrow your practice will be from 7:30-8:30am! I am excited for this busy mid-week rush! Bring it on! #TribeLife
Online Kindergarten Registration is open! Today is a good day to register your incoming kindergarten for school. Use the following link to begin your child's registration. https://www.mvr3.k12.mo.us/o/mvriii/page/registration-information--80
From the Desk of Dr. Sladek: Happy Friday! Come join us at 5:30pm tonight for our Writing in the Walls event! Every student has a writing piece to showcase 💜 Stay after our event and join our PTO Game Night starting at 6:30pm! #TribeLife A full night of fun is ahead of us! See you soon.
All schools & programs in the Meramec Valley R-III School District will be closed on Friday, January 24th due to inclement weather.
Happy Thursday! We will NOT have school next week 11/25-11/29. School resumes on 12/2. PTO is working hard and doing GREAT things! Truman Spirit Store - Here is the flyer: https://5il.co/bhw5 The store is open NOW and will close on 12/2! Here is the link to the Spirit Store directly: https://store.kickprint.com/TrumanTribe/shop/home *****All sale profits will go towards #Shade4OurPlayground Texas Roadhouse Gift Card Sales - Here is the flyer: https://5il.co/bhy6 Gift card sales are open NOW and will close on 12/2! Some clarification about the Texas Roadhouse gift card fundraiser. Students will not get the cards right away. If they are done selling they can return their folder to school any time, but we hope students can use the break and family time to sell more cards before they are ready to return! Texas Roadhouse will make our cards with the Truman logo on them – so they will not be sent home until the week of Dec. 16th. The week of Dec. 2nd we will be around and give every student that sold a card a gift bag from Texas Roadhouse with a red letter attached with directions for parents to return giving us information on how they want the cards to go home. (With the child or will they pick up at SACC)! Variety Show Auditions & Show Date - Here is the flyer: https://5il.co/bhy7 This is year the show is in APRIL! This is different than what you are use to but we are excited for a spring show! See the flyer for more information! Supporting our community #MVNation: Christmas Tree Flyer - https://5il.co/bhy5 Christmas on the Plaza Flyer - https://5il.co/bhyd Last, but NOT LEAST, #ThankfulThursday: Sometimes it is nice to take a deep breathe and think of all the positives that are surrounding us. We wanted to extend our gratitude to our Tribe. We passed out notes at dismissal for all of you to receive, if you did not, we want you to know "WE ARE THANKFUL TO HAVE you as a part of our Tribe Family. THANK YOU FOR trusting us with your student, WE SURE DO LOVE THEM! Love, Truman Elementary!"
Finish this week strong with our Thanksgiving Basket Drive! Friday: canned pie filling and pie crust. ***We could use more boxes potatoes and gravy! Something to celebrate while we are focusing on giving this week. Truman Ambassadors filled the back of the Agape House Van with canned goods that we have collected over the past couple months and on #GivingWednesday! I am so proud of their smiles, leadership, and giving hearts 💜 #TribeLife #MVNation
It has been a crazy week with weather but we have worked through it and are excited for the weekend! We are finishing up our Thanksgiving Drive - see this flyer to bring in any last minute items: Thanksgiving Drive Flyer Next Wednesday we have another Pizza Hut Night Out (these flyers will come home on Monday!) but are also attached. Progress reports will be sent out next Friday 11/22! Also next week is our last full week and then we will have a full week for Fall Break. There is NO SCHOOL 11/25-11/29. PTO - Texas Roadhouse Gift Card Fundraiser was sent home and is open for selling NOW through 12/2. See attached. ***This one is just to put on your radar but know that you still have plenty of time and more reminders will go out in future weeks = Variety Show Auditions! See attached. ast, I just want to leave you with an 'ah-ha' moment that I had this week...it dawned on me multiple times throughout the week the importance both in young and mature minds how critical it is to have a Growth Mindset. Not only is it important to have but more important to teach, model, and practice on a daily basis. I have attached a little info-graphic explaining the main ideas of having a growth mindset. I would encourage you to look more into it more on your own if your are curious! The thought of encouraging and supporting our students self-confidence will be so contagious among our building! It will allow them to interact with more self assurance. It will allow them to encourage others. It will allow them to smile more. It will allow them challenge themselves. It will allow them to sky rocket and grow through successes and positive outlooks. I will leave you with this quote:
Although this has been a funky week we are still focusing our efforts on our Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive! November 11th-15th Items Needed for Turkey Dinner Baskets (Please bring the following items on the designated days) Tuesday & Wednesday: Boxed Macaroni & Cheese, Boxed Potatoes & Canned Sweet Potatoes!! **Tomorrow, 11/13, will be a REGULAR start day! Students may arrive between 8:05-8:30, classes start at 8:35! Buses will run at their regular times!*
Dear Parents & Guardians, We are glad to report road conditions have improved significantly today and school will be in session tomorrow, Wednesday, November 13th. That said, as a result of today’s school closure, the scheduled late start for tomorrow will be removed and all buildings will start at regular times. Buses will run at their normal times with grades 5-12 starting school at 7:30 a.m. and grades K-4 starting school at 8:35 am. Again, all MVR-III schools will start at their regular times for Wednesday, November 13th. As we find ways to upgrade our services for parents and guardians, our current voice call notification system is using a phone number out of Little Rock, Arkansas (501-712-2633). We are working to get that number changed to a local phone number assigned to the school district. Your patience is appreciated as we continue to improve all forms of district communication. Thank you and have a great day!
MVR3 District Message: After driving the school district roads this evening, we have quite a mix of covered and uncovered roads. The covered roads are primarily ice and black ice. It is our understanding that county road crews won’t be out until tomorrow morning. As always, student safety is our priority, so given current road conditions, all schools including the School Age Child Care programs will be closed, Tuesday, November 12, 2019.
This is a message from Meramec Valley R-III School District for Monday, November 11th: We will dismiss students in grades 5-12 at 12 p.m. today, and we will dismiss elementary students at 1:10 p.m. today due to inclement weather conditions. SACC and Doris Hoffman Early Learning Center will close at 3 p.m. today. Afternoon Veterans activities have been canceled for the day.
Pumpkins for ALL! Truman Elementary hit the jackpot when their partnership with long time farmer and community member Mr. Engelhardt brought sunshine into the hallways and homes of every student. In a selfless act of kindness he donated 260 pumpkins to Truman Elementary with the plan that every student goes home with a smile and an opportunity to pick out a pumpkin this fall. Mr. Engelhardt delivered two trailer loads of pumpkins and then got to come back and experience the smiles, giggles, and loads of excitement first hand. It may have been a rainy fall day but these smiles and hallways were bright and contagious! Memories were made and we are grateful for our small town.
Trunk R Treat...also known as...Table R Treat - moved inside for tonight's event! We will have Mrs. Vogel reading a story aloud, two balloon guys, books to take home and 'table trick r treating' in the gym! Event is from 6:30-8:00pm. Please enter through the cafeteria doors! See you soon! #TribeLife #PTO #ShadeForThePlayground
Happy Thursday Tribe, Things to keep on your radar: Mon. 10/28 – Thurs. 10/31 Red Ribbon Week (see flyer attached) Wed. 10/30 – Trunk or Treat Event (see flyer attached) and here is the link to sign up if you want to have a trunk: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a4aa5ad2aa4f85-truman2 Thurs. 10/31 – 1st Quarter Celebration from 2:00 – 3:30pm. (see flyer attached) and here is the link to sign up if you want to volunteer your time to help at a station: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a4aa5ad2aa4f85-1stquarter Fri. 11/1 – NO SCHOOL. SACC is OPEN if you need help with childcare that day!
Attention Truman Tribe: Tomorrow (10/23) is Fundraiser Pick Up Day! We will organize all items by student in the cafeteria starting at 2pm. We will send what we can home with your student. For bigger orders or orders that you don’t want sent home we will be available for pick up through the SACC entrance between 4-6pm! Thanks again for all the support and effort. #TribeLife #ShadeForThePlayground
This is an exciting week for our Tribe. We have a chance to pay close attention to and have good conversations around the topic of “bully prevention”. Please see the flyer below - these activities are things you can talk about and participate in outside of school as well! #TribeLife #BeKind #BullyPreventionSpiritWeek
Mark the Calendar: Fall Book Fair 10/7-10/11. 10/9 Books and Bagels for All from 8:00-8:45am. 10/10 Truman Elementary Grandparent’s Day 2:00-3:30pm! More information and flyers coming home this week just wanted to get these dates our ASAP as I know these are important to many families!
Tomorrow is a busy, but exciting, day for our TRIBE! ***REMEMBER tomorrow we will have a 30 minute late start and will be celebrating with #GivingWednesday! We will be accepting donations of any amount to go towards United Way! We will be accepting any CAN GOODS to donate to our local Agape House! and We will be smiling from start to finish while we spread kindness and give joy to others through our Random Acts of Kindness class projects. #MVNation #TribeLife #GivingWednesday A video for you to enjoy... Kid President - 20 Things We Should Say More Often: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5yCOSHeYn4&t=36s
CALLING ALL TRUMAN TRIBE! This Wednesday, September 11th Truman Elementary has designated as #GivingWednesday. We will take this day, mid-week, and set it aside to Spread Joy and Happiness. To choose to Be Kind and to have the courage to be contagious. We will be accepting donations of any amount to continue growing our funds and awareness towards our local United Way. We will be accepting any donations in the form of Can Goods to spread awareness to help fill the shelves of our local Agape House. AND We will be showcasing classes that will be completing Random Acts of Kindness throughout the day. We can NOT wait for #GivingWednesday to get here! Bring on the smiles! #TribeLife #MVNation
Bus Routes: Check our district website to find your student's bus information. Bus routes are located on the main district webpage. http://meramecvalleymo.apptegy.us/ ("Explore" drop down, "Transportation" drop down, then your student's grade level)
Open House TONIGHT, Tuesday August 13th, from 6-7! Daddy O’s will kick off our event in the parking lot by the cafeteria serving dinner from 5-6:30. Students can meet teachers and walk the halls from 6-7. Information stations will be set up in the cafeteria! #TribeLife #MVNation