For Your Information (FYI)
1.9 - 1.21 - Merion Book Drive
1.14 - Early Dismissal at 12:25 p.m. (Staff Development) - No Lunch Served, No PM Kindergarten
1.17 - MLK Day - No school
1.17 - Cultural Heritage Week videos due
1.20 - Health care thank-you cards due (see below)
1.24 - 1.28 - (Virtual) Cultural Heritage Week
1.25 - Parent Education Series: Habits of Mind (Zoom)
1.26 - HSA general meeting (Zoom)
1.26 - Committee to Address Race in Education (CARE) meeting (Zoom)
2.2 - CSE Virtual Meet & Greet with Dr. Mumin (Zoom)
MLK Day of Service Project
The Merion HSA invites Merion Elementary students to participate in a virtual service project in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day. This holiday is designated as a national day of volunteer service. This year, students are invited to create thank you notes and messages of support for local health care providers working on the "front lines" of the pandemic. A template for a card can be found in this Google docs folder. Students may create a design for the card right in Microsoft Word or create something by hand.
Because we cannot get together in person to create these cards, please upload your child's card into this folder Completed Cards to be printed and delivered. Please upload your card by Thursday, Jan. 20. Thank you for your participation, and a special thank you to Liz Rees-Jones for organizing this virtual event!
Merion Book Drive: 1/9-1/21
Our 2nd annual book drive for BookSmiles of the Main Line is happening Jan. 9-21! We are looking for the following:
Porch drop off at:
Classroom Parent Openings
Thanks to all who have volunteered to be classroom parents! We are still in need of parents for 1K and 3S. Volunteer clearances are required. An information session will be held once roles are filled. Please email Christina Nicolosi at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
(Virtual) Cultural Heritage Week
*DEADLINE FOR VIDEO SUBMISSION IS MONDAY, JANUARY 17*
(Virtual) Cultural Heritage Week 2022 will begin on Monday, Jan. 24. Experience the sights, sounds and arts of the many cultures and family traditions that are represented at Merion Elementary. Each day of the week, the students will be invited to watch videos (created by Merion families) and track things that they’ve learned in their “passport”. Students who complete their passports will be eligible for a prize!
For this event to take place, we need YOU. We’re asking families to volunteer to create a short video (no longer than 3 minutes) that highlight qualities that are unique to their family heritage (similar to how we’ve done with our in-person events in the past). For more information, visit our website or check out our event flyer.
Parent Education Series: Habits of Mind (1/25)
The Interschool Council (ISC) and LMSD Student Services Department present the next event in our Parent Education Series:
Habits of Mind - Tuesday, Jan. 25, 7:00 PM
Join on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/8750564118
How can I make certain that my child will become a thoughtful and creative thinker equipped to face the complex problems of the future? What tools and strategies should I provide my child? The LMSD Elementary School Assistant Principals will lead a presentation on Habits of Mind and provide numerous strategies for you to help your child develop the dispositions of a strong, motivated, and successful learner - in school and throughout life.
General HSA Meeting: Featuring an Update from LMSD Grade 5-8 Transition Committee (1/26 on Zoom)
The LMSD Grade 5-8 Transition Committee has been reviewing several options for middle school schedules, which may be different for the “Lower House” (grades 5/6) and the “Upper House” (grades 7/8). Priorities include teaming; flexibility; extended time for math and English; including science, social studies and world language in core instruction; staff collaboration time; and supports for intervention, enrichment, social emotional learning, wellness and equity.
Please join the Merion HSA at 7:00PM on Wednesday, Jan. 26 via Zoom. Sarah Stout, principal of the new Black Rock Middle School and head of LMSD’s 5-8 Transition Committee, along with Amy Jenkins, principal at Bala Cynwyd Middle School, will be joining us to share the work that has been done and to receive feedback from parents on the programmatic and scheduling ideas of the 5-8 Transition Committee.
Merion’s HSA will distribute materials for parents to review prior to this meeting. The Zoom link for this meeting is forthcoming and will be posted in the FYI, in our MES parents Facebook group, and on the Merion HSA website. We hope many of you can join us for this important and exciting presentation.
CSE Virtual Meet & Greet with Dr. Mumin (2/2)
On Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 pm, the Committee for Special Education invites all Lower Merion families to a special virtual session with our new Superintendent, Dr. Khalid Mumin, to learn about his perspectives on special and gifted education, including topics such as inclusion and equity. He will be joined by the LMSD Student Services and Special Education Team, who will talk about their roles in supporting positive outcomes for our students. This session will allow for time for Q&A at the end, but you can use this link to submit any question(s) anonymously in advance.
Join on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88351191773
In the Community
LMLL Softball and Baseball Registration Now Open!
Lower Merion Little League is fun and inclusive!
For Your Information
Notes From the Nurse's Office
If your child has received the COVID vaccine outside of the LMSD clinic, snap a picture of the card and send it with their name, grade, and school in the subject line to email@example.com. While optional, this will help LMSD have accurate stats on the COVID-19 dashboard.
Are you on Facebook? Join the private Merion Elementary School Parents group to stay up to date on Merion happenings and connect with other parents.
LMSD social accounts:
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