Hello Meridian families,

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!  Whether you’re brand new to Meridian, or a Meridian veteran, I want to welcome you (back) to our school.  If you’re a returning student/parent you will notice a few changes as you enter the front office.  Our theme this year is to introduce the 7 Habits of Happy Kids to all of our students.  Some students are more familiar with the 7 Habits than others.  It is our goal to adopt this philosophy school wide.  The basis for adopting the 7 Habits is to empower all of our students to be Leaders, both at school and at home.  The 7 Habits will be reinforced on the morning announcements and by your child’s teacher throughout the school year.

We are so excited to begin our school year with some additional technology PTSO was able to purchase for students to use in their classrooms..  After last year’s fundraising efforts we are able to put at least one Chromebook in every classroom this year.  And through a very generous parent donation, each Kindergarten classroom has 5 Google Nexus tablets to use in their classrooms.  

As the beginning of the school year approaches here are some dates you should be aware of:

-Meet the Teacher is the evening of Monday, August 3rd from 6:00-6:30pm for students with last names beginning with A-L, and 7:00-7:30pm for students with last names beginning with M-Z.  Class lists will be emailed home and posted on the windows of the front office by 5:00 Friday, July 31st.  Meridian does not accept teacher requests, but teachers and administrators have worked very hard at placing your child(ren) appropriately.

-The first day of school is Wednesday, August 5th.  At 7:50 the playground opens to let students on campus, the first bell rings at 8:08am, the tardy bell rings at 8:13am.  On this particular Wednesday school is dismissed at 3:00pm.

* Be prepared for some traffic congestion around Meridian.  Also, parking near campus will be an issue.  Please plan for extra time to both drop off and pick up students from school the first week or two of school.

-  Most Wednesdays, beginning August 13th, school dismisses at 2:00pm for teachers to attend planning and professional development activities.  We will do our best to keep you updated on Wednesday early release days.

-Please become familiar with Meridian’s webpage: http://www.gilbertschools.net/Page/75  This has useful information and a helpful calendar to keep you updated.  Please check the website for answers to your questions before calling the office.  Most information will be posted here.

- For bus route information please visit:  http://busroute.gilbertschools.net/edulog/webquery/

The Meridian staff look forward to seeing your child(ren) first at Open House, then the first day of school.  See you soon!

Jim Leeper

Principal, Meridian Elementary School

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