Welcome back Malabon families!
Our halls are a buzz with the wonderful sounds of kids, staff members and a few noises of construction in progress in our back yard. Walls are going up, new curriculum is being implemented in our classrooms and new computers can be found all throughout the building. Thanks to our Bethel Family Voters for investing in our kids!
It is great to see so many new faces to Malabon. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Windy Mentzer and Carol Pecorilla to Malabon. Windy Mentzer is teaching kindergarten in the morning and is facilitating math instruction for both first and third grade students in the afternoon. Carol Pecorilla is coming to us from Cottage Grove. She is teaching second grade this year. I would also like to welcome Michele Karsten. Michele Karsten is joining our Title team this year as an education assistant. We are very fortunate to have these three join our team this year. They were a perfect fit into our Malabon family the minute they walked through our doors!
Thank you Hope Chapel!
Prior to our first week back our friends at Hope Chapel stopped by Malabon to help out with some outdoor projects. A few things were painted and bark was laid. A big thank you to Hope Chapel for your continuous support for Malabon!
News From our PTO
Click here to see our PTO’s newsletter, giving you information about upcoming Malabon activities. Join us Thursday evening, Sept. 11, at 6:00pm in Malabon’s library for our first PTO meeting. All are welcome!
News From our Speech and Language Specialist, Carla Drath
Speech/Language Screenings for 1st grade:
Each year, all first grade students in the Bethel School District take part in a screening done by the Speech/Language Pathologist in their school. The purpose of the screening is to listen to students’ articulation of speech sounds, grammar, and overall communication. The screenings usually take place during the 1st two weeks of school. A note with individual results will be sent home later in the month.
Kindergarten Hearing Screenings:
All kindergarten students in the Bethel School District will have their hearing screened at school during the 3rd week of September. If there are any concerns, you will be contacted by the Speech/Language Pathologist.
Bethel School Lunch News
It’s important that all students have a healthy and satisfying lunch. The district will allow students in grades K-5 who come to school without a lunch or lunch money to charge up to the equivalent of 3 lunch meals. Students are notified when a charge occurs, and there will also be a phone call home and reminder notices to parents sent in the Tuesday envelopes. The district advises against students in 6-12 charging their meals unless it is an emergency. A free or reduced meal application may be completed at any time throughout the school year, and every effort will be made to help any family that is in need. For more information, contact Bethel Nutrition Services at 541-461-6301.
News From our District Health Team
Do you know what anaphylaxis is?
It is a sudden, severe, potentially fatal systemic allergic reaction that can involve various areas of the body such as the skin, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular system. Symptoms can occur within minutes to two hours after contact.
For example: a student with a severe allergy to peanuts could have an anaphylactic reaction to nut oil on the playground equipment, a table or a faucet.
What are the most common food allergens?
Peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, cashews, etc.), eggs, milk, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat
What can we do to help keep students safe?
Refrain from sending products containing highly allergic foods to school.
Encourage your student to properly wash hands and face after eating any of these products at home.
Encourage your student to not trade food or utensils at school.
If you would like more information you can visit the web site www.foodallergy.org, pick up a Life Threatening Allergies brochure in the school office, or contact the school nurse.
Learn how to become more involved with projects that protect the Earth and help schools save money through the Eugene/Springfield Eco-Schools Network, a group open to parents and educators of kids in grades Kindergarten-5. Active, parent-guided Eco-Schools Networks now exist in Corvallis, Salem, Beaverton and Portland, involving parents from about 60 schools. You are welcome to attend one of the upcoming informational sessions at the downtown LCC campus:
(6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., Rm 416)
(6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., Rm 415)
RSVP via email to the local coordinator Joshua Frankel email@example.com
Hello Malabon Families,
We are getting ready to begin another school year! Please remember that we ask all families to come in and register their children for the upcoming year—even if they are a returning student or a preregistered kindergartener. Please bring updated address and health information.
Our registration dates are:
Tuesday, Aug. 12th, 7:30am-6:30pm
Wednesday, Aug. 13th 7:30am-6:30pm
Class List Posting: Thursday, Aug. 28th
Drop in anytime between 2:00 and 4:00 to see who your child’s teacher will be. Class lists will be posted in our cafeteria. Visit with the teachers and friends. PTO will be providing light refreshments.
First Day of School: Tuesday, Sept. 2nd.
Doors open at 7:30, breakfast served at 7:45 and school starts at 8:15. Stop in after you drop off your students for coffee and donuts. Finalize your child’s after school transportation, care instructions and pay fees.
Construction is under way at Malabon! Information about a few changes in systems, such as parking, pick up and drop off, will be available at registration. Enjoy another few weeks of summer! If you have any questions between now and then, you are welcome to call our office at (541) 461-6421 betweem 7:30 and 3:30 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maureen Spence, Principal
Malabon kids are putting finishing touches on projects and assignments and having lots of fun along the way. Here are some highlights of events coming these next few days:
Malabon Ground Breaking June 12th
At 9:00 Thursday morning all students, staff and community members will be meeting at the north side of the building near the bus loop for a long awaited celebration. It is time to break ground for our new Malabon! Fencing is going up around the building and as soon as school is out, our construction team will begin the process of building our new school. You are welcome to join us as we thank those responsible for getting this construction under way.
5th Grade Completion Ceremony June 12th
It is time to say goodbye to a wonderful group of fifth graders! Fifth grade families, please join us at 1:30pm in our gymnasium as we wish this fine group of kids the very best as they head onward to middle school. A brief reception will follow with lots of opportunities to take pictures!
**Kindergarteners last day of school will be on this day!
Last Day of School… Field Day June 13th
We will be having our annual field day on Friday morning. Wear your Malabon t-shirts if you have them and come prepared for fun! We will be dismissing students at 11:15 on this last day. Report Cards will be sent home with students.
Start Your Summer Running!
Free entries are available for Bethel families to take part in this Saturday’s first Bethel Fit 5K fun run and FREE Youth Mile Challenge. Register here online and be sure to use the Bethel code – BETHELFIT14 – for free entry. Click here for all the event information. This easy fun run on Saturday, June 14th starts and ends at Willamette High School and is brought to you by the Bethel Education Foundation.
Ferguson’s Fairfield Garage Sale
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 21st from 9:00-4:00. Chris Ferguson will be holding a garage sale outside of Fairfiled School. Proceeds from this event will go to funding Fairfield and Malabon school stores. If you are interested in helping, just show up!
From all of us here at Malabon Elementary, have a safe and relaxing summer!
Annual Spring PTO Carnival
Our annual Spring Carnival is coming on June 6h. Click on Malabon Carnival for all the details!
Summer Track for Students
Track season continues after school is out for the summer. All kids grades 3-8 are invited to take part in the Run TrackTown Youth League, a series of seven all-comer early summer track meets. Top finishers will advance to the Run TrackTown Youth League Championship meet on July 26 at Hayward Field, as part of the final weekend of festivities surrounding the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene. Click here for more information on the All-Comers Meets.
Rites of Passage Summer Academy
The Rites of Passage Summer Academies at Lane Community College are designed to inform and inspire high school and middle school students of color in Bethel and Lane County. Students representing four racial/ethnic groups are immersed in summer programs focusing on their cultural history, literature, folklore, and traditions. These programs are designed to promote positive self-image and self-esteem. The four affinity-based programs include African American Rites of Passage, Asian Pacific American Rites of Passage, Bridge of the Gods, and Puertas Abiertas Latino/Latina Rites of Passage. These summer academies are free, but require an application. High school students are eligible for high school and/or LCC credit for participating in one of the Rites of Passage programs.
Happy Mother’s Day!
To all of our Malabon moms, grandmas, step-moms, foster moms and those who take on the mom roll when mom can’t be there. You are all appreciated so much. It is a big part of what you do every day that makes our children so successful!
We are in the final weeks of the 2013-2014 school year. Please watch the Malabon Calendar (the link is on the right hand side of this blog page) for upcoming field trips and last day of school dates. In the meantime, we are working hard to finalize district and state testing and are celebrating successes all along the way. Attendance is of great importance so please continue to make this a priority!
Classroom Teacher Assignments
We are currently working at a district level to balance teacher versus student ratios at each building. Malabon will have some changes but we hope that funding will allow us to keep the same number of staff members as we have this year. We have a strong group of teachers at Malabon and regardless of specific assignments, your child will be in great hands as they move on to the next grade level. We recognize there may be times when parents wish to share specific needs, concerns or information regarding classroom placement. A Parent Input Form is available for this reason. If you would like to have input in your child’s placement next year, please click on our Classroom Placement Input Form and classroom placement policy or pick up a hard copy in our front office, and then return it to the Malabon office by June 2 if you wish us to consider your information as we make classroom placements. This information will be considered along with the other placement factors in our effort to create balanced, teachable classroom groups. Classroom placements will be announced at our “Meet Your Teacher Event” next August.
Eugene Police Activities League Day Camp
Space is still available for this active summer day camp for kids ages 8 to 13, which runs June 23-27.
It’s designed to offer opportunities for kids to have a wide variety of new experiences, from organized competitive sports and recreational activities to arts, educational and social skill development programs.
It will be held at Arts and Technology Academy (formerly Jefferson Middle School. Register online here and look for the CAMPS category.
Cost is $75 and the registration deadline is June 13.
Bethel Multicultural Fair
All Bethel families are invited to the second annual Multicultural Fair at Prairie Mountain School on Friday, May 16th 6-8 p.m. There will be food, entertainment, prizes and booths where kids and families can learn about different cultures. UO International students will share their various cultures, and performers include the local Chinese School and gospel singers featuring Prairie Mountain’s Terrance Gray.