P.T.O. OFFICERS AND CHAIRS DESERVE OUR THANKS
Our P.T.O. officers and chairpersons
deserve a round of applause for the superb leadership and hard work which
they contributed to Morrison throughout the 2000-01 academic year.
We had numerous successful events involving parents and the P.T.O. including:
the Fall Carnival, Book Fair/Dinner, Grandparents' Day, Box Tops for Education,
Script, Santa's Workshop, Visiting Scientists/Mathematicians, Awards, and
Special thanks goes to our P.T.O.
officers including: Janis Schriner and Traci Lawrence, Co-Presidents; Dorothy
Schey, Vice President; Margie Innis, Secretary; Laura Tuck and Cindy
Rothwell, Co- Treasurers.
Chairpersons who led important
P.T.O. committees included: Lisa Williams and Mary Ann Gulino Book Fair;
Karen Aftabezadeh and Sandi Mathews, Book Fair Dinner; Margie Innis, Box
Tops for Education; Betty Sindelar, Traci Lawrence, Liz Luehrman, and Catherine
Bruggeman, Script; Brenda and Marc Newman, Fall Carnival; Janis Schriner,Grandparents'
Day; Liz Luehrman,Hospitality; Kathryn Bolin, Perfect Attendance; Christine
Lein, Membership; Audra Stewart, Room Parents; Susan Williford and Una
Gilfert, Santa's Workshop; Angel Mack, Visiting Scientists and Mathematicians.
Thank you parents for the excellent
help which you provided to Morrison.
The P.T.O. membership has approved
the following slate of officers for 2001-02:
Co-Presidents-Janis Schriner & Traci Lawrence;
Co-Vice Presidents-Una Gilfert and Susan Williford;
Co-Secretaries- Carlyn and Fred Rickey; Co-Treasurers-
Margie Innis and Kathryn Bolin. We hope that all Morrison families
will lend their support to our P.T.O. leaders.
DARE GRADUATION PLANNED
DARE graduation for sixth gradersoccurs
on Tuesday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Athens Community Center. This event
is organized by DARE officer, Rick Crossan and will include students from
Morrison and West. Families are invited to this graduation
being held at the Athens Community Center instead of
AUTHORS AT WORK
Mrs. Michigan's and Mrs. Watson's
kindergarten classes had an Authors' Party on Friday, April 6th.
Prior to the party, parents read to their children from October 1st to
March 31st to reach a goal of 30 hours. Mr. Gordon presented certificates
at the party to those students who reached their goal. Each child
wrote his/her own book and illustrated it. During the party, each
child read his/her book to the parents in attendance. After
the stories were read, the children served their parents
refreshments as a thank you for helping them reach their
goal. It was a very successful party enjoyed by all.
UPCOMING KINDERGARTEN EVENTS
* Summer birthdays will be celebrated
throughout the rest of the school year
* Field trip to Noah's Ark on
* Visit first grade classrooms
and eat in the cafeteria on Wednesday, May 23rd
* Field trip to the OU Airport,
OU Food Services, and Southside Park on Friday,
* Picnic with our buddies at
Beacon shelter house on Wednesday, May 30th for the morning children and
on Thursday, May 31st for the afternoon children
MRS. WILLIFORD'S PRE-SCHOOL
Mrs. Williford's Preschool Class
is enjoying learning about the season of spring! We are learning
first hand about plants and other growing things as we
watch our "garden" in the hallway "grow" by adding caterpillars,
butterflies, bushes, and flowers we have created ourselves. We are
also watching living flowers grow as well. Several days ago
we planted flower seeds, and now we are observing and recording our seedlings
as they begin to sprout and grow. Our children enjoyed a spring
visit to the land lab with our buddies where we helped plant a tree, provided
by T. S. Trim, on Arbor Day. (Since then, we have had to go back
to our little tree, remove all the caterpillars off of it, and cover it
with netting to save it from being devoured by those ubiquitous tent caterpillars
that have invaded Athens this spring!)
Our class has had some exciting
visitors lately. Mother Goose stopped by to visit a few days ago.
It was great to meet her, and we enjoyed sharing some familiar nursery
rhymes and learning new songs and dances with her. Then, Tommy the
Tooth came to our classroom bringing songs, poems, information and prizes
for each student. What a great way to share the season of spring
with each other! Mrs. Williford's Preschool Class is enjoying learning
about the season of spring! We are learning first hand about plants
and other growing things as we watch our "garden" in the hallway "grow"
by adding caterpillars, butterflies, bushes, and flowers we have
created ourselves. Our children are also watching
living flowers grow. Several days ago we planted
flower seeds and now we are observing and recording our
seedlings as they begin to sprout and grow.
NOTES FROM MUSIC
The Morrison Arts Council funded
the purchase of two xylophones, which will be played by all Morrison
students in the music room. Primary students have enjoyed
learning to accompany songs on both the bass and alto xylophone.
The instruments were used in the Kids Next Door Grandparents Day
performance as well. Students in grades 4 - 6 will play the xylophones
in music classes after the May 10, Mus/Art Show.
During the spring months, 4th
- 6th graders have worked on music for the Morrison Mus/Art Show.
The show took place on Thursday, May 10, at 7:00 p.m. (Viewing of student
works of art began at 6:30 p.m.) The musical portion of the program was
called "Sing and Celebrate the 20th Century." This entertaining musical
revue included popular music from each decade of the 20th century and was
greatly enjoyed by the many parents in attendance.
Kids Next Door
The Kids Next Door performed
an exciting Grandparents Day program on April 12. Many grandparents
and senior friends complimented the group on their fine singing.
The last scheduled Kids Next Door performance for the year occurred during
the Morrison MusArt Show. We hope you did not miss their superb
FROM THE LIBRARY
This year's April Book Fair was
the bestever! A sincere thank you to the many, many volunteers who
contributed to the success of this annual event. A special
thank you to co-chairs, Lisa Willliams and Mary Ann Gulino. They
did a fantastic job both before and during Book Fair week. Thank
you, also, to Gerry Hikida and for her fine work and to everyone who attended
the Book Fair on Family Night or later in the week. Your participation
helped to provide many new books for the library.
In addition to obtaining money
for buying new library books, we receive free books or software from the
Book Fair as part of our profits. Each classroom received $30 in
books or software. In addition, the Book Fair provided many of the
raffle prizes awarded to our students. Erin Thatcherwas the winner
of $25 in books for herself and for her classroom. Winners of raffle
prizes for each grade were: Sulei al-Sulemani, Kevin Brown, Cody
Mack, Jamie Hyde, Joe Tysko, Lauren Herpy, Nicholas Bolin, and Toshe Byrd.
Special thanks also to our Book
Fair Dinner Chairs Karen Aftabezabeh and Sandi Mathews for the superb job
they did once again with our Book Fair Dinner.
OTHER HAPPENINGS THIS MONTH:
Monday-Tuesday, May 14-15, I.E.P. Reviews
for students in special education,
Monday, May 14, 6th grade visits COSI,
Wednesday, May 16, Pre-School Registration
9:00 - 2:30,
Friday, May 18, Field Day 9:00 - 3:00,
Monday, May 21, I.E.P. Reviews for students
in multi-handicapped classes,
Tuesday, May 22, DARE graduation- 7:00 Athens
Wednesday - Friday - May 23-25, 5th grade
at Woodland Altars,
Thursday, May 24, Board of education meets
at Morrison - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 25, Kindergarten visits the O.U.
Airport and Central Food Service,
Wednesday, May 30, 6th grade visits Hocking
College - 9:00 - 2:00,
Wednesday, May 30, student council dance with
a tropical theme - 6:30 - 8:00
June 1, 9:15 - 8:00 p.m. student council trip
June 6, 9:15 - 6th grade graduation,
June 7, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
TO PARENTS WHOSE CHILDREN TAKE MEDICATION
Parents whose children take medication
at school should come to Morrison on the last day of school and pick up
any remaining medication for their son/daughter. Medications will
NOT be sent home with the students. Parents will have a one-week
grace period following the last day of school to visit Morrison and retrieve
their child's medication. After that date, remaining medications
will be destroyed.
REMINDER TO SIXTH GRADE PARENTS
Please make sure that your son/daughter
has received the second MMR immunization prior to entering 7thgrade AND
that officials at Athens Middle School have received that documentation
from you. This is a state- mandated requirement.
Help you son/daughter get off
to a good start at AMS by making sure that all immunization requirements
have been met.
MOVING? REQUEST STUDENT RECORDS NOW
Parents who are moving out of
the Athens area should request their children's records soon and by no
later than June 1. This will permit us tome to copy the records and
make them available to you prior to the summer vacation. Requests
that are made after June 1, might not be processed until August.
Don't delay. Make your records request today by contacting the school
office at 593-5445.
STUDENT SCHOOL SUPPLIES BEING SUPPLIED BY
DISTRICT IN 2001-02
The Athens City School District
has received funding for student school supplies in 2001-02. Thus,
parents will NOT need to purchase paper, pencils, glue, and other
supplies prior to the beginning of school in August and students will NOT
need to bring supplies with them on the first day of
school. These student supplies will be provided at no
charge to our children. We are pleased to offer this
savings to our families. Note: If students lose or abuse their
supplies, then their parents may need to buy some supplies later in the
school year. We will keep you informed.
Our library closes on Friday,
May 18. Students who have library books need to return them at that
time. Also, please search around the house for books that may be
misplaced. Students who lose books will need to pay for them prior
to the end of the school year. We do not issue progress reports or
transcripts until outstanding bills are paid.
BILLS ARE DUE
Lunch charges will NOT
be permitted after Friday, May 18. All lunch charges
and other bills need to be paid at that time and lunches
will need to be paid for on a daily basis until the end of
the school year. Student Progress Reports and transcripts
are not issued to students who have unpaid bills.
THANKS FOR HELPING MAKE THIS A GOOD YEAR AT
Special thanks goes to our parents who
supported their children and our teachers by assisting with school projects,
helping with homework, attending school and P.T.O. events, and for making
education a priority in their households. Your efforts and support
are greatly appreciated and have contributed to a more successful educational
experience for your children.
To those families departing Morrison,
we wish you well. If you will be returning in August, we look forward
to working again with your children and you during 2001-2002. Happy
EARLY DISMISSAL TO HAPPEN ON THE LAST DAY
Elementary schools will dismiss at 2:00
p.m. on Friday, June 4. Most students should arrive home by 2:30.
Please expect your son or daughter early and make the necessary child care
SIXTH GRADE GRADUATION PLANNED
Sixth graders will graduate at Morrison
on Wednesday, June 6, at 9:15. Parents are invited to attend.
The ceremony occurs in the multi-purpose room.
DISTRICT FUNDING TO PAY FOR STUDENT SUPPLIES
Families will NOT need to purchase school
supplies for the 2001-02 academic year. Our district has received
funding that will enable us to pay for most of the student supplies (i.e.
pencils, paper, glue) needed for the next school year. Thus,
save your money and send it to school in early September for workbooks
and other materials that students will be acquiring.
MOVING? MAKE REQUESTS FOR STUDENT RECORDS
If your family is moving from the Morrison
attendance area, we recommend that you make requests for copies of your
child's school records now. Requests that are received by
June 1, will be processed in June while those
received after that date may not be processed until the middle of August.
Don't delay. Make the request today by contacting our school secretary.
ROOM ROSTERS TO BE POSTED IN AUGUST
Room rosters for the 2001-2002 academic
year will be posted on the school's front doors by Monday, August 20.
Stop by either during the day or night and check the rosters.
SCHOOL CALENDAR ATTACHED
On the back of this note is the School
Calendar for 2001-2002. The first day of school is August 28, for
students in grades 1-6. Kindergarten orientation for students and
their families happens on August 28-29. Kindergartners begin classes
on August 30.