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As I sit down to write this the sun is shining and parents are streaming in and out of the building for our annual parent/teacher conferences. We know that strong parent and community support makes it much more likely students will be successful – so this brings a smile to my face. Please know that even though we are in the “official” parent-teacher conference season, you may – and are encouraged – to keep the lines of communication open with school staff during the entire school year.  

The main purpose of this month’s newsletter will be to share information on our fundraiser program, but I also want to encourage you to look over our school newsletter (Tiger Cub News) found on the school web site (Click on the “Elementary” tab, then on “Elementary Home,” then on the “Tiger Cub News” link on the left side of the page). A couple points I would like to reference:

• Please have your children check the lost and found table. We will soon be boxing these treasures and giving them to the Salvation Army.

• Notice the invitation for parents to try out a free school lunch

MAES Fundraiser:

“Invest in our Youth”

In the past, every child kindergarten through sixth grade has been asked to contribute money or participate in fundraising at some point during the school year. This money may have helped pay for a trip to the zoo, ski event, overnight class trip, assignment books, music and PE supplies, or numerous other “extras” which enhance the educational experience for our students.  In fact, the total amount asked for, or raised through sales events, from last year was just over $20,000.

We are changing this time consuming practice of collecting and asking for money multiple times over the school year.  This year we will try one, single fundraising event. This is the only time community members will be asked to donate, or participate in any K-6 fundraiser, during this entire school year.  

The program is quite simple. We are selling “Invest in our Youth” shares.  Our goal is to sell 545 shares – one for each child enrolled at Morris Area Elementary School.  Each share is priced at $30.00. I am asking each M.A.E.S. family to sell (or buy themselves) one share for each child you have enrolled in our school. All stockholders will have their names posted on a bulletin board in our school.

Any individual can support this program. You can make a donation simply by going to the school website and clicking on the, “Donate to Morris Area Schools” link on the left side of the page. Please write “Invest in our Youth” in the comments section should you choose this route. You can also send a check or simply contact MAES at your convenience and we can help you out.

Several businesses (Willie’s SuperValu, Morris Arts Boosters, Jerry’s U-Save, Superior) have generously offered to purchase stock. My heartfelt thanks go to them.

Finally, all families are also invited to a free will offering spaghetti “stockholder supper” to be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 in the MAES Cafeteria. If you are interested, this is the same night the Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta boys basketball team hosts the Benson Area Braves. All MAES students receive free admission to the game, should you choose to attend.  

We appreciate the support we receive from each and every one of you. It sounds cliché – but the youth of today truly represent the future.

My hope is this one time only request for the year is a workable way to take care of what isn’t a fun task for any involved. The funds we raise will go 100 percent to supporting activities every child experiences. Should you want more in-depth information I would be happy to speak with you in person.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Program, 2 p.m., Elementary School Gym

Nov. 12: MAES Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Nov. 13: Two-hour late start

Nov. 28-29: Thanksgiving

Dec. 5: 9 to 9:35, Fourth Grade Holiday matinee / 7:30 p.m. Concert

Dec. 5: 10:30 to 11:05, Third Grade Holiday matinee / 6:30 p.m. Concert

Dec. 9-13: MAES PE classes (second through sixth grade) skate at Lee Community Center

Dec. 11: Two-hour late start

Dec. 20: Last day of classes before Holiday Break

Jan. 2: Classes resume