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April, 2011

B u l l do g Bu l l e ti n McKenney-Harrison Elementary School Michael Ellinger, Principal Phone: 920-1015 Fax: 925-4668

A note from Mr. Ellinger regarding teacher requests: I want to take this opportunity to explain the procedure I use in making classroom placements. I do not accept requests for a specific teacher because I cannot promise that your request can be honored. However, I accept letters requesting NOT to have a specific teacher. We have an excellent teaching staff and our students would flourish in anyone’s classroom. You may, however, have legitimate reasons for your request, therefore no explanation is required. I do ask that you only name ONE teacher. Letters with 2 or more names will be returned. Another option, which is extremely helpful to me in the placement process, is a letter from parents describing the strengths and weaknesses of your child. Letters must be in my office by Friday, April 29th. Requests received after that date will also be returned. With parent letters, student data, and information from this year’s teacher, I will hand place all students in their class assignments for next year. Please be aware that teachers may organize instruction that requires students to go to other classrooms/teachers for a part of their normal day. Working together, I know that we will be able to provide your child with the very best experience McKenneyHarrison has to offer. Reminder: A note is required when your child has a change in how they are to go home. Without this information, students will go to their regular location.

Please make sure to call the office before 8:30 AM each and every time your child will be absent or tardy. After office hours until 7:00 AM, messages may also be left on the answering machine at 920-1015.

Upcoming events: April 2 April 4-8 April 6-13 April 7 April 7 April 11 April 14 April 15 April 22 April 25-May 4

Market Day Pick Up Spring Book Fair Multiplication in a Flash, Gr 4-5 Student Council Meeting 2:30-3:30 PM Kindergarten Round-up Gym 6:30-7:30 PM PTO Fundraiser 5:00-8:00 PM McDonald’s in Auburn Spring Musical Program, Gr 4-5 Gym 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM Tin Caps Game Night 7:05 PM Good Friday — No School ISTEP+ Progress Testing


A Message from our New Principal I am a life-long public educator with 28 years of experience. For the last seven years I have taught and coached at the building and district level. I have been immersed in leading through student learning and instruction, as well as in developing curriculum through my work with teachers, staff,

Parent Resources “What’s in your Parenting Toolbox?”, sponsored by Learning Link, will appear each Thursday for 12 weeks on the Life page of The Star newspaper.

April, 2011

students, parents and coaches, both at the district and building level.

Serendipity is the word that I would use to describe what’s happening in my I am anxious to meet every- life. It seems that I am already connected to you in one. The four walls at McKenney-Harrison provide many ways. New friends will be mixed with old fathe structure and are full of stories already told and just miliar faces! I look forward to meeting everyone! waiting for listening ears. Mrs. Julia Tipton

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION Parents who have a child who will be 5 years old on or before August 1, 2011 should register for Kindergarten now. Parents can access forms online at our website at www.dekalb.k12.in.us then click on the “Parents” tab or by registering at our office.

BOOK RENTAL FEES NOW PAST DUE

Please make every effort to pay textbook rental fees. Partial payments will also be accepted. Book rental can be paid in the school office. Fees are as follows: Kindergarten

$61.62

1st Grade

$82.37

2nd Grade

$89.00

3rd Grade

$101.69

4th Grade

$101.89

5th Grade

$106.52

As a result of the recent school cancellations, the last student day (as of this date) is Monday, June 6th.

Safety First! Please remind your children that there are no crossing guards near the school. We ask parents and all visitors to please drive slowly to help protect our students. McKenney-Harrison Office Hours

Regular office hours: Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Bulldog Bulletin April 2011