Welcome to McDowell's Web page! Please visit frequently to stay informed of our school's activities.
On behalf of the entire staff at McDowell Elementary, we wish to thank you for all your continued help and support as we come to the close of another enriching school year. Your children have been our pleasure this year, and all of you have helped all of us make it a great year. We truly value and appreciate your time, effort and generosity! As the children transition into 4th grade, we wish them all much success. Please refer to the HCSD website and the individual building websites regularly to stay informed of information for the upcoming school year. Have a great summer!
The McDowell Staff
Dates to Remember
08/16/13 2013/14 Class lists posted on front windows after 4PM
08/20/13 OPEN HOUSE 4-6PM
08/21/13 First Day of 2013/14 School Year!
A Message from the Clinic:
Medications in the clinic are valid for the present school year only. All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than JUNE 7th, by 2PM. Any remaining medications will be discarded. Please contact the McDowell Clinic at 330-653-1292, with any questions.
Dear 3rd and 4th graders,
This summer East Woods Library will be holding a summer reading challenge. Over the summer break, read 15 books (85 pages or longer) and record the books on the attached handout with a parent signature and on the first day of school at East Woods stop by the library for a prize. If you don’t quite make the 15 book goal don’t fret—prizes will be awarded for 5 books and 10 books as well. Look at the East Woods Library’s homepage for a list of titles that you might like to read this summer. Contact me if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To print out the reading log, click below.
READ ALL ABOUT IT…SUPPLY KITS FOR SALE
Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Supply Kits are available for purchase now through June 15, 2013. Supply kits range in price from $32.00 to $48.00, and contain the supplies specified by the HCSD. Kits can be ordered online and will be available for pick up at the PTO table during Open House in August. Please look for a message in your inbox regarding this great opportunity to make back- to-school shopping easier or visit www.HudsonPTO.org. Please contact Jen Kodosky or Pat Cassell with any questions.
A FEW REMINDERS:
Please discourage the bringing of valuables to school. This frequently ends poorly for the children, as items can be broken and misplaced.
News from Hudson Nutrition Services: School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains. They must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. Starting in 2012-2013, school lunches will meet additional standards requiring: age-appropriate calorie limits, larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of produce), a wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes, fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free), more whole grains and less sodium.
Fees: The Hudson City School District is offering on-line fee payment for student lunches and student fees. Registration is open and information is easily accessible on the District's web site at www.hudson.edu and on each building web page. Look for the "Manage Meal Payments and so Much More!" button. Click to register and manage your student(s) account(s). If you need assistance with registration, please call MyPaymentsPlus Customer Service at 1-877-237-0946.
DROPPING OFF/PICKING UP STUDENTS
Uninterrupted instruction time is very important for your child and his/her classroom. When dropping off your child and signing him/her in at the office, we encourage the child to walk to his/her classroom alone. When picking up your child, after signing them out, please wait in the office or front hallway for your child to meet you. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
2-HOUR DELAYED START TIME
McDowell's start time: 10:55 AM; End time: 3:40PM
Hudson Schools has the option of delaying the start of school by two hours rather than lose an entire instructional day due to bad weather and road conditions. The District will use multiple resources to announce the day, including the Alert Now phone system. If a two-hour delay is called, school start times and bus pick up times begin two hours later than normal. If a two-hour delay is called, it is important to have alternative plans in place for childcare, particularly, since there is always the possibility that school may be canceled for the rest of the day if weather or road conditions do not improve. A second Alert Now call may take place within 60-90 minutes after the initial announcement for a two-hour delay should school be can celled for the day. HCER before school childcare, AM Kindergarten and Preschool are canceled if there is a two-hour delay.
About the 2-hour delay option: the school day starts 2 hours later than normal but ends at the regular time. Bus pick up times are adjusted accordingly. (Example: If your child is normally picked up at 7:20 a.m. for a school start of 8:00 a.m., the bus will arrive at 9:20 a.m. and school will start at 10:00 a.m.)
- · Elementary students, Full Day K-3, will be served a no-choice lunch due to limited preparation and delivery times. Typical lunches will be served at East Woods, the Middle School and High School.
- · There will be no school for Evamere AM Kindergarten and Ellsworth AM Preschool.
- · Explorer Zone, HCER before school childcare, will not be held on a 2-hour delay start day
- · The Hudson Middle School will follow its eight period per day schedule, with no block periods or FOCUS periods.
- · Please check the High School website for schedule details.
MORE IMPORTANT MCDOWELL NEWS
SCHOOL START TIME: School starts at 8:55AM. Children cannot be dropped off before 8:40AM, as there is no supervision before that time.
Parents: If your child is going to go home with a friend on the friend's bus, TWO NOTES ARE NEEDED....ONE FOR THE TEACHER AND ONE FOR THE BUS DRIVER. OR, you can go to the McDowell main web page and click on "Forms" and download the TRANSPORTATION CHANGE form. For additional bus/transportation information, call 330-653-3355.
Please do NOT rely on email or voice mail to get messages to your child's teacher or the office regarding change of plans for dismissal, pick-up times, or any other after-school activities. Often , teachers/staff are unable to check their email, could be absent, or the network could be down. THANK YOU!
TO REPORT ABSENCES: 330-653-1300
If your child is not going to be in school for ANY reason (dr. appt., overslept, ill, etc.) by 8:55AM, you MUST call the attendance line to report the absence. This phone call is NECESSARY for every day of your child's absence. If we are unable to account for your child, we will call the Safety Center to have someone check the residence. This is done in the best interest of your child. Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.
PARENT PICK-UP GUIDELINES
When picking up your child at the end of the day, please remain in the Parent-Pick-up line and pull up as appropriate. The supervisor on duty will release the children to your car as you pull up, and will not allow the children to run and meet you if you are not in front of the line. Please do not park in the school parking lot and call to your child to come to the parking lot. This procedure needs to be followed for the safety of your child. There are many cars going in and out at the end of the day and we need to insure no one gets hurt. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
3:38 PM Children riding the first wave of buses are dismissed to East Woods; Parent Pick-UP dismissed; children going to after-school activities, walkers and bike-riders dismissed.
3:45 PM All remaining students are dismissed to East Woods
For parents of children receiving SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES;
The Hudson City Schools Parent Mentor Program provides resources, information and support to families of children receiving special education services. For up-to-date information please visit thewebsite
at http://www.hudson.edu/schools/mcd/info/detail/community click on parent mentorship.
PTO Seeks Interested Parents
Do you want to be involved in your child’s school or help with PTO activities during the 2013-2014 school year? PTO is currently looking for those interested in helping us plan our activities at the individual schools as well as our community activities such as Run for the Schools, Halloween Windows and the Pancake Breakfast. Please download our nomination interest form from www.HudsonPTO.org, under General PTO, or send an email to Mary Margida, email@example.com, or Sue Carter, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more details.
PTO REWARDS PROGRAM
The Hudson PTO Rewards Program has 3 easy ways for you to support our schools:EASY - Clip, Collect and Send to school all Box Tops for Education Labels (monthly) and Acme Fresh Market Receipts. EASIER - Register your grocery store rewards cards ASAP. Next, choose Hudson City Schools under 'My Profile' for both Heinen's Tasteful Rewards™ ABC Program and Giant Eagle®Apples for the Schools. EASIEST - Become a member of Box Tops Marketplace and shop online. Select your school under 'My Profile', and bookmark for future shopping. Visit www.hudsonpto.org for more details.
Nominations Now Open for PTA Board and Building Reps!
Starting today, the Hudson PTA is taking nominations for the Executive Board and Building Representatives.
If you are interested in the Arts, Advocacy, Scholarship or Health and Wellness, then the PTA is for you!
Please consider volunteering! Please contact email@example.com
...a national organization that provides Hudson City Schools with scholarships, beneficial programs, and the student directory. We join with other communities as advocates for children throughout Hudson, Ohio, and the Nation. “Every Child, One Voice” we not only state, but also practice. Please join today by turning in your membership form to the main office at your respective school or by sending in your membership form to Sarah Adams at 6838 St. Ives Blvd. Questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org visit our website at www.hudsonpta.org for more details.