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Cell Phone / Phone Capable Watches Tablet Policy

posted Oct 5, 2018, 1:50 PM by David Leonard

October 5, 2018


Dear Cobb Families,

The intent of this letter is to clarify our cell phone/phone capable watches, and digital tablet policy.  Cobb Mountain Elementary students are not allowed to use their cell phones or phone capable watches during the school day. It is our recommendation that cell phones and cell phone capable watches remain at home. All student phones, which include watch phones, should be off during school hours and in the student’s backpack. Tablets should remain at home.  If you have a concern about one of these items being stolen from a backpack, then it should stay home or be turned in to the office. Middletown Unified School District will not be held liable for either loss or damage to your child’s device.

We feel that cell phones and cell watches are not developmentally appropriate, they make noises that are a distraction to the learning environment, and often interrupt instruction.

Should your child need to contact you at home, they can do so during their recess.  If there is a medical concern the school will be in contact with you promptly. If you need to convey a message to your child about a change in their afterschool directive, please contact the office at 987-1450 and we’ll convey the message to your child.

Sincerely,


David Leonard


Principal





Measure H on November's Ballot

posted Oct 1, 2018, 6:34 AM by David Leonard

Hello Families,
     Measure H is a general obligation bond school improvement measure which could provide additional funding for Middletown Unified School District facilities needs. Please read the attached document to find out more about the bond measure.
Thank you,
Mr. Leonard

Urgent: Please read

posted Sep 28, 2018, 10:27 AM by David Leonard

Dear Families,
     It has come to our attention that some students riding the bus are sharing videos with each other, and that the content that is being shared is highly inappropriate. Unfortunately there are many inappropriate things on the internet and they're accessible to your children on their phones. This show that was shared happens to depict severely violent acts with real people. These highly disturbing images glorify violence and have no place in children's lives. Some students came home speaking of the show as if it was "cool".  This concerns me deeply.

     I've spoken to all of our 3rd - 6th grade students regarding this matter, making them aware that this is unacceptable. I made it clear that we would never show violent movies at school, and that parents are the people who make the decisions for their children on what is and isn't appropriate for viewing. Smart phones are the device providing access to this content.

     WHAT CAN PARENTS DO? One very simple thing that can be done is to question how necessary is it for your child to have a phone at school. Every classroom has a phone, and students know they can make a phone call home if they need to during the school day. The bus can be reached via CB radio from the school. Students are aware that cell phones use is not permitted at school.  There's a movement now suggesting that you wait until 8th grade to provide a smartphone for your child.  https://www.waituntil8th.org/  Check it out. 

      Another consideration for parents is to use the parental control features of your child's smartphone to limit the use of certain apps. This would remove the ability for your child to stream video during the period of the day they are at school and on the bus. If we fail to oversee what our children are doing on their cellphones, we are failing our children.

      There is also a "game" on the internet which uses messaging apps like Facebook, What's App or your Text Message app and encourages children to do unhealthy/unsafe dares, which increasingly escalate. I think it's very important that you are aware of the danger of this particular game.  One such act is a dare to include people you do not know in your contacts so they can message you. When you complete an act, you are rewarded in the game.  Other acts include dares which lead up to increasing levels of self harm. We urge you to take this very seriously. Monitoring cell phone use is really important. If you wish to know more about this "game" please feel free to contact me. 

       A really great web resource for parents is commonsensemedia.org.  The website gives ratings for different games, apps, movies, and more, and provides multiple perspectives about the digital world and how to keep your child informed and safe. Please check it out. 

      I want to be sure to let you know that if your child is found to be sharing inappropriate content there will be consequences. If they're a bus rider, we will ban them from using their devices on the bus. Cell phones will need to be checked in upon getting on the bus. Our preference is for you to assist in this matter.  Sorry for the length of this communication, but we take this very seriously.
Thank you for your assistance in this matter,
Mr. Leonard

Back to School Night

posted Sep 10, 2018, 9:23 AM by David Leonard

9/10/18
Hello Families,
        This week we have Back to School Night on Thursday evening from 6 - 7:30 pm. If possible, it's best to leave students at home so you can focus on the presentations.  There will be no outdoor supervision during presentations. If you do not have child care, please bring something quiet for your child to do (read a book/draw/do homework).

The first 30 minutes (from 6 - 6:30) will be grade level math focused. 
For those students who have...
Math with Ms. Jenkins, start in room 1
Math with Ms. Beck, start in room 10
Math with Ms. Haller, start in room 4
Math with Mr. Weiss, start in room 5
Math with Mrs. Rodgers, start in room 7
Math with Mr. Leonard, start in room 11
Math with Ms. Love, start in room 6

Thereafter, teachers will do two additional 30 minute presentations (6:30 - 7, 7 - 7:30 pm) focused on standards for the year and teacher expectations for class and homework. 

The Book Fair will be open that night from 5:30 - 7:30 pm, and during your children's library time this week. The Book Fair is not open after school with the exception of the hours listed Thursday.

We look forward to seeing you there,
Mr. Leonard

Upcoming events for August

posted Aug 20, 2018, 6:08 AM by David Leonard

Cobb Mountain Elementary School Event Dates

2018-19

(Some dates may change)





This calendar is designed to help you plan for school events, and family vacations.  Please post it on your refrigerator. We’ll send an updated copy with additional dates later in the year.


Consistent attendance is so important, so please bring your child to school promptly so they don’t disrupt or miss any instruction. Morning recess begins at 8:30 am, and the instructional day begins at 8:45 am. If your child will be absent, call 987-1450 to let us know.  After three days the absence will be considered truant if we do not hear from you. We are UNABLE to change it to a medical absence after three days. If your child is late, please have them check in to the office.

Weekly School Assemblies for Student of the Week are usually held on Mondays @ 2:40 pm. Remember to wear green or your Cobb School/Garden Spiritwear each Friday!


Send a text to 707-927-2041 to sign up for text messages from school. In the message line write: @cobbe. Then, follow the directions sent to your phone.




August -

Character Ed Focus - Trustworthiness/Integrity/Honesty

8/8 - MUSD School Board Meeting 7 pm

8/20/18 - First Day of School - PTO Tears & Cheers greeting for incoming parents (9 am cafeteria)

8/22 - MUSD School Board Meeting 7 pm

8/24 - Spirit Day!

8/28 - Fire Drill

8/29 - PTO Meeting 9 am

8/29 - 8/31 - Swim Days PTO (Jenkins/Beck 8/29, Haller Weiss 8/30, Rodgers/Love 8/31)

Original Works fundraiser for 6th grade Science Camp


If you’re planning family travel during the school year, the best times to do so are:

September: Sept. 1-3 is a three day weekend.

November: Nov. 10-12 is a three day weekend. Nov. 17-25th is a nine day break.

December - January: Dec. 22 - Jan. 6th is a sixteen day break.

January: Jan. 19-21 is a three day weekend

February: Feb. 16-24th is a nine day break.

April: April 13 - 21st is a nine day break.

May: May 25-27th is a three day weekend.

That’s a total of 52 days when vacation is optimal, and will not disrupt our school schedule.We understand that travel is an education unto itself, and strongly encourage you to plan it during these times. Thank you!


Classroom Supply Lists for 2018-19

posted Aug 7, 2018, 9:17 AM by David Leonard   [ updated Aug 7, 2018, 10:35 AM ]

RECOMMENDED SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR COBB MTN. ELEMENTARY 2018

Updated 10:35 am 8/7/18

MS. JENKINS’ CLASS (TK/K)

1 BACKPACK

1 HOMEWORK FOLDER

PAPER TOWELS

FACIAL TISSUE (i.e., KLEENEX)

(WE MAY NEED DONATIONS OF ART SUPPLIES LATER IN THE YEAR AND I WILL COMMUNICATE THAT)

PLEASE SEND YOUR CHILD WITH A HEALTHY SNACK DAILY!


MS. BECK’S CLASS (K/1)

  • A hard cover,  3” wide, three-ring binder (with a clear plastic sleeve on front). Please label this with your child’s name and they can decorate a piece of paper to slip into the front, outside pocket. Smaller ones won’t hold the papers as this binder will hold the majority of school work. It will be sent home at the end of the year.


  • Five paper dividers with tabs.  Please label tabs: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and Self Portraits. These go in the 3” binder.


  • Two pocket folders with the three prongs (any solid color).


  • Two boxes of basic yellow #2 pencils. Please no decorative pencils, as these will be shared amongst our class community and I’d like for them to be all the same.


  • Pack of glue sticks


  • A backpack, clearly labeled with your child’s name on the outside. It is highly encouraged to label the tag on sweaters/jackets as they are often left outside and can easily make its way back to its owner.


  • Water bottle, labeled with your child’s name. This can stay in the cubby during the week and taken home on Fridays to get cleaned.


  • A photo of you and your family that can go on our wall in our classroom. If you’re unable to print, please email photo.

  • Have your child think of a story about their summer that they can store in their head. This way they can be all ready to tell their first grade friends during the first week of school!

Classroom Donations

  • Regular black Sharpies

  • Colored sharpies

  • Ultra thin black Sharpie pens

  • Gel pens- Gelly Rolls are the best!

  • Tissues (kleenex)

  • Yarn- any color

  • Washcloths/rags to clean desks

  • Gentle, green cleaner to clean desks




Wish List

  • Indoor classroom plants

  • Parent volunteers :)



MS. HALLER’S CLASS (2nd/3rd)

❏ 1 Doz. #2 Pencils ❏ Scissors ❏ Pencil box ❏ 2 Glue stick ❏ Crayons ❏ Color Pencils ❏ 2 Large Eraser ❏ Pencil Sharpener ❏ 1 Yellow Highlighter ❏ 6 Folders: red, green, yellow, blue, purple. and black ❏ 1 wide-ruled spiral notebook ❏ 1 composition notebook

School Supplies for the classroom:

❏ 2+ Boxes of Kleenex ❏ Yellow Post-It-Notes ❏ 2 Doz. #2 Pencils ❏ Dry Erase Markers ❏ Glue Sticks ❏ Index Cards ❏ 1 pack of lined paper

I have also included a link to an amazon wish list with needed school supplies if you wish to make further donations to the classroom. http://a.co/9lGlEIt


MR. WEISS’ CLASS (3rd/4th)

1 PACKBACK

PENCILS

1 SMALL PENCIL BOX

1 POINTED SCISSORS

1 8-PACK WASHABLE MARKERS

1 COMPOSITION BOOK (NOT SPIRAL BOUND)

PACKAGES WIDE RULED BINDER PAPER

HOMEWORK POCKET FOLDERS

FACIAL TISSUE 9i.e. KLEENEX)

DICTIONARY (FOR HOME USE)

1 12-PACK OF COLORED PENCILS

3 LARGE ERASERS

DRY ERASE MARKERS


MRS. RODGERS’ CLASS:

Black Sharpies

Dry erase markers

Ticonderoga pencils

College Ruled Lined Paper

Crayons

Markers

Ruler

Scotch tape

Glue Sticks

Highlighters

Pencil Box or bag to house all the goodies

2 lined notebooks, preferably not spiral bound

Dictionary...to stay in kiddos desk

Kleenex

4 folders...red, yellow, green and blue

Thank you, thank you. thank you!

Can't wait to see you all!


*PARENTS PLEASE NOTE, IF YOU CANNOT PURCHASE THESE SUPPLIES, I WILL DO MY BEST TO PROVIDE WHATEVER IS NEEDED.


MS. LOVE’S CLASS: (5th/6th)

BOUND NOTEBOOK

WHITE COPIER /PRINTER PAPER

COLORED PENCILS

COLORED MARKERS

SCISSORS

GLUE STICK

RULER

4 POCKET FOLDER

CALCULATOR

DICTIONARY (FOR HOME USE)

(IN ADDITION TO DICTIONARY, ELECTRONIC SPELL CHECK, O.K.)

FACIAL TISSUE (i.e. KLEENEX)




Free Volunteer Fingerprinting Day

posted Aug 3, 2018, 11:41 AM by David Leonard


Hello Families,
There will be a day to get free fingerprinting done at Middletown High School in September for anyone who would like to be a driver, chaperone, or classroom volunteer. Anyone who would like to be a volunteer must go through this process. 

All volunteers must complete a volunteer packet, submit a clear TB test, and be fingerprinted prior to any volunteering on any campus, field trip or sporting event.

VOLUNTEER FINGERPRINT DAY
September 15, 2018 
Middletown High Multi Use 
9am – 12 pm

In order to participate in the free fingerprint day, the following needs to be completed prior to Sept. 15, 2018. All documents may be turned in at the time of fingerprinting.

Requirements:
Volunteer Packet must be completed.
Must have proof of cleared TB.

Volunteer packets are located at all school sites, district office and in your Annual Notice to Parents packet.

MUSD School Year Calendar 2018-19 School Year

posted Aug 1, 2018, 9:53 AM by David Leonard

Elementary School Band & Choral Performance

posted May 3, 2018, 7:03 AM by David Leonard

MUSD Band Spring 2018 newsletter.docx


Free Summer Food Program

posted May 1, 2018, 2:11 PM by David Leonard


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