Back-to-School Information

August 25, 2020

On behalf of our family here at Maroa-Forsyth Grade School, we welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year!

Dear Families,

On behalf of our family here at Maroa-Forsyth Grade School, we welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year! I am excited to welcome all new and returning families for another great year here at the grade school. Our return to school plan can be viewed at our website:

https://mfgs.mfschools.net/news/grade-school-guidelines-for-2020-2021-school-year

You may notice a few new signs around the building. These are to remind everyone to practice social distancing, wear your face covering, and wash your hands often. Our school is on restricted access and visitors will not be allowed into the building. If you need the office or need to pick up a student, call the office and someone will bring your child to you.

Bus Transportation

If your child rides a bus, those bus assignments will be sent through email. Students will only be allowed to ride their assigned bus.

Happy Birthday Sign

Once again, parents can choose to advertise their child’s birthday on the Maroa-Forsyth Grade School digital sign for $10 per child. The child’s name will appear on the sign for the entire birthday month! Forms must be turned into the GS office no later than September 18th.

School Supplies

School supplies WILL need to be labeled this year, due to our current situation. Also, students will need to wear tennis shoes to school. Students will not be allowed to change shoes at school.

Back to School Nights - Meet the Teacher

We are excited to see all our new and returning families at this year’s Back to School Nights. Parents and students are welcome to attend during the assigned times noted below and drive thru our back parking lot to see your teacher, drop off supplies, and get information from your child’s teacher. Please have everything marked with your child’s name and teacher.

Tuesday, August 25

  • 4:00-5:30 Kindergarten
  • 5:30-7:00 Third Grade

Wednesday, August 26

  • 4:00-5:30 First Grade
  • 5:30-7:00 Fourth Grade

Thursday, August 27

  • 4:00-5:30 Second Grade
  • 5:00-7:30 Fifth Grade

First Day Back to School

The school is looking wonderful and safe, thanks to the hard work of Brad, Caleb, Adam and Keith. The building will be ready for our first day of school. This year we have a staggered schedule for the first week of school to provide time for individual baseline assessments and small-group instruction on social distancing procedures. Only the grades listed on the particular date come on that day.

  • Monday, August 31 - K&3
  • Tuesday, September 1 - 1&4
  • Wednesday - Remote and Planning
  • Thursday, September 3 - 2&5
  • Friday, September 4 - Preschool Porch Visits

All students will return to school on Tuesday, September 8th.

Your Maroa-Forsyth Grade School Family

This year we welcome a few new additions and transformations to our family here at the Grade School.

  • Pre-K: Julie Crabtree, Erin Clark, Jenny Iwanski, LeighAnn Cleland
  • Kindergarten: Julie Keith, Brittany Peters, Wendy Jalley (remote), Rebecca Gideon (pm remote)
  • First Grade: Angelina Adams, Jordan Brewer, Karen Holthaus, Meredith Beard (remote)
  • Second Grade: Ginger Reynolds, Katie Donaldson, Kim Watts, Nikki Eagler, Ashley Slifer (remote)
  • Third Grade: Rob Luther, Melissa Leathers, Gabbi Clifton, Teri O’Riley (remote)
  • Fourth Grade: Luke Azzarelli, Elizabeth Goldman, Amy Zahner, Kristen Larner (remote)
  • Fifth Grade: Jamie McCool, Jarred Leeper, Jill Eighner, Lindsay Anderson (remote)
  • Library: Nancy Campbell
  • Music & Band: Christine Smith & Sarah Lidy
  • Computers: Kayla Wiggins
  • Social Worker: Jessica Hill
  • Speech: Rachel Aupperle & Megan Sullivan
  • Intervention Specialist: Jessica Patrick
  • Physical Education: Sean Martin
  • Special Education: Amy Clawson, Audra Heckwine
  • Teaching Assistants: Dawn Jackson, Mary Scott, Meghan Bumgardner
  • Cafeteria Staff: Nina Wright, Teri Bohner, Nicole Kuhlman, Abby Danko, Linda Clary
  • Custodians: Brad McCool, Caleb Wiggins, Adam Mistic
  • Nurse: LaRae Robinson
  • Office: Marsha Stelzriede, Angela Crowe

School Hours

School hours for the Grade School are from 8:15 a.m. – 2:13 p.m. The bell rings at 8:15 at which time instruction begins. Supervision of children begins at 8:00 a.m. Students will go straight to their classroom and should not arrive before 8:00 a.m. Students arriving after 8:15 must call the office before sending your child in. The school is on restricted access into the building. Our pre-k and kindergarten are on a half day schedule. The Pre-k and Kindergarten morning session runs 8:00 to 10:30 and the afternoon runs 12:00 to 2:13.

Safe Student Pick-Up

Gold Name Cards - In order to provide a safe environment for our students, we would appreciate your cooperation when “picking-up” students after school. Parents are to stay in their car and follow the traffic flow. Parents will not be allowed to come toward the building to pick up their child. Because of the volume of traffic after school, we are asking that all vehicles line up no earlier than 2:00 around the back parking lot. Please pull up to the sign that reads “pick up line starts here.” Have your gold pick-up name card visible in the car window. This will not only keep the flow of traffic moving, but it will also inform the staff of who is picking up the student from school. Do not double park in the traffic lane.

Gold Dismissal Notes - Any changes to a student’s pick-up routine for after school, will need a MFGS Gold Note.

All of the Gold Notes and Name Cards can be found in the office.

GS Student Health & Medication Information

All students entering Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and new to the state of Illinois, must have physicals and the necessary immunization shots prior to starting school. Dental exams are also required for kindergarten and second-grade students. Proof of eye exam is required upon initial enrollment to the grade school, typically this occurs in kindergarten. Additionally, students who require medication (prescription and/or over the counter) during the school day must obtain a medication form, which is completed by the parent/guardian and the child’s physician. The District’s school nurses can aid in the process by faxing/emailing necessary forms to the doctor’s office once the parent/guardian has completed the form. The medication form is available at the school and on the District’s website.

Cafeteria

Due to our restricted access, visitors will not be allowed to come into the building for lunch. We will begin serving lunches on Monday, August 31st and the cost is $2.75. Extra milk or milk with sack lunch is $.30. Monthly menus can be found on the website.

If your child is needing a lunch on Wednesday, please let Lisa Russel know at 877-2023 ext. 1149.

Lunch Times are as follows:

  • First: 10:45-11:15
  • Second: 11:15-11:45
  • Third: 11:45-12:15
  • Fourth: 12:15-12:45
  • Fifth: 12:45-1:15

Remote Learners

This year parents had the choice to choose remote learning for their child. Remote learning will follow the same school calendar. During our meet the teacher night you will receive information from your teacher regarding a typical day and guidance about the semester. For those individuals who requested a chrome book those will be available for pick-up on Thursday, August 27 from 1-3. Remote learners are available to receive lunches. If your child needs a lunch, please call Lisa Russell at 877-2023 ext. 1149. The pick-up time for lunches are on Mondays between 9:00 & 9:30 at the Grade School back parking lot drive-thru.

Support Programs

Maroa-Forsyth Community Club is a parent/teacher organization for the Maroa - Forsyth Grade School representing Pre-K through 5th Grade. This past year the Community Club made monetary donations to enrich so many learning experiences for our students. A few additions:

  • Additional Chromebooks to add to our classrooms.
  • Materials to help fund an amazing Glow in the Dark Art display.
  • Hands on manipulatives for the students.
  • Many, Many books have been added to each classroom’s library.
  • Bowling Reward for our 4th grade.
  • Family Literacy Night and Reading Ridiculous
  • This past year 1st Grade was able to hatch chicks.

The Community Club’s purpose is to provide the grade school with a volunteer base for events, projects, and fundraising; assist teachers and staff as needed and to make our children’s schools both an enriching and fun environment. As a parent of a child at Maroa-Forsyth Grade School, you are a valued member of the Maroa-Forsyth Community Club. Opportunities to volunteer will be shared during registration. During the 2020-2021 school year, Mrs.Tricia Queen will serve as the Grade School President.

A Note from Mrs. Reynolds

I am so excited for another year to begin. I absolutely love it here at Maroa-Forsyth. I realize these are challenging times and I appreciate all the parental support we have received. I know you are entrusting us with your child’s education, and we are doing everything we can to make that education a successful and safe one. I also know that success would not be possible without the support from families both at school and at home. We look forward to working with you and welcome you. With the start of a new year, know you can always reach me at 217-877-2023 and/or my email: carrie.reynolds@mfschools.net.

Here’s to a great year!

Sincerely,
Carrie Reynolds

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