The text of this evening's robo-call - Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Hello Marshall families,

Please don't forget: Connect-To-School night is coming to Marshall School this Thursday evening, September 11.  We are hopeful that every parent of every student at Marshall will attend this important first-of-its kind event.

We will meet together as parent and teacher teams on Thursday evening to discuss the remainder of the school year and to set specific learning goals for each of our students that evening.

Please take note of the meeting time for your child's class.  All of our meetings on Thursday evening will begin promptly as-scheduled and it will be essential that you arrive on time; Connect-To-School Night will not be a drop-in event.  Our kindergarten, first, and second grade families will meet with teachers for 45 minutes beginning at 5:30 until 6:15, and our third, fourth, and fifth grade families will meet with teachers for 45 minutes beginning at 6:30 until 7:15.

As always, parking is sure to be limited at the school on Thursday evening, so please plan to arrive early, especially if you've RSVP'd for child-care during this event.

In order for our time together to be most effective, we've asked that children not attend our parent-teacher team meetings during Connect-To-School night. We will be here to provide childcare at the school that night to those families who have RSVP'd. If you returned your RSVP form by the Sept. 8 deadline, we will be ready to check your child in at the front doors of the school beginning at 5:15 and throughout the evening.

It's our goal to have 100% of our parents turn-out on Thursday night for our essential Connect To School Night meetings.

We hope to see you then.

Goodbye.

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The text of this evening's robo-call -- Sept. 5, 2014

Hello Marshall families,

We've got just one quick reminder for you this evening:

Please don't forget: Connect-To-School night is coming to Marshall School next week, on Thursday, September 11.  We are hopeful that every parent of every student at Marshall will attend this important first-of-its kind event.

We will meet together as parent and teacher teams on Thursday evening to discuss the remainder of the school year and set specific learning goals for each of our students that evening.

In order for our time together to be most effective, we're asking that children not attend our parent-teacher team meetings during Connect-To-School night.  However, we will be able to provide childcare at the school that night. If you will require childcare at the school that evening, please complete and return no later than this coming Monday, September 8th, one of the RSVP forms that has been sent home as a flyer several times over the past few weeks.

Once again, it's our goal to have 100% of our parents turn-out on Thursday night for our essential Connect To School Night meetings.  We hope to see you then.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Goodbye.

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Easy ways you can help support Marshall School

PTO T-shirt Sales

We have the very best PTO in the entire state and every student at Marshall benefits greatly from their active, generous support of all that we do.  The chief means of fundraising by our PTO is accomplished via their monthly T-shirt sales.

Sales of a variety of Marshall-branded shirts and sweatshirts happens on the first Friday of every month in the afternoon at the school and during the cooler months of the year, you will find the PTO in our lobby. 

Prices for the PTO's Marshall merchandise are as follows:
  • Plain royal blue shirt sleeve-$10
  • Tie-dye-$15
  • Sweatshirts-$20
  • Long sleeve-$12


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Arizona Public School Tax Credit program 


This key fundraising incentive program works to the advantage of most Arizona tax-payers as well as for Marshall Magnet School.

Whether you're a single parent, a married family filing jointly, or an more mature couple with grown children, Arizona's Tax Credit program enables you to give part of your annual state taxes directly to Marshall Magnet School, rather than to the state Department Of Revenue.

This opportunity to provide direct support to Marshall School's unique magnet programs is your chance to make the decision about precisely how your tax dollars are spent to directly benefit your child's, and every child's, public school experience at Marshall Magnet School. 

It works for us, and it works for you.

You can make your full or partial annual Tax Credit contribute to Marshall School online at any time time during the course of the year simply by clicking the "donate now" logo below.




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Safeway Club Card eScrip Program

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This easy program returns a portion of the value of your total purchases at all local Safeway stores directly to our school. 



It's easy to get started: just fill out the form and return it to the school office, hand it to a member of the PTO, or sign up online at www.escrip.com.












Box Tops For Education 
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This simple program returns $0.10 per clipped box-top logo to Marshall School.  All you need to do is send them to school with your child.  More information about how the Box Tops For Education program works is available online.

The first batch of box tops must be turned in before October 27.  The class that collects the most will win a pizza party!









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Principal's report to the PTO -- Aug.-Sept. 2014

We’re off to another good start this year.  Our enrollment is about the same as it has been for the past several years; we’ve enrolled about 570 students in grades K-5 this school year.


We have several new teachers on staff this year, mostly replacing our teachers who retired at the end of last year.  Ms. Poland, Ms. Hanno, Mr. Bergs, Ms. Foubert, and Ms. Fisk have joined our staff.  Likewise, a few teachers have changed assignments this year.  Ms. Arnold is teaching a fifth, (not a ⅘ mulitage), Ms. Grimmett is teaching fourth (not 3rd), and Mr. McAllister is teaching our technology classes this year (rather than 1st).  Ms. Perkins moved from 2-3 SEI to become our on-site SEI coach and Mr. Axler is our new school psychologist.  In addition to all these new changes, we’ve hired nearly a dozen new paraprofessionals since June to work with our special education services to them as-needed.


We’re very excited about Connect To School night coming up next Thursday, Sept. 11, which will replace our less-structured traditional Back To School Open House Night with an evening of parents and teachers together charting student progress and goal setting in an effort to enhance and strengthen our partnerships with our parents and thus better ensure student success.


Magnet Monday will feature 17 different electives this year, including several new offerings.  It will begin on Sept 8.  Suzuki for our all of K-2 students will also begin the same week.

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The text of this evening's robo-call - Aug. 31, 2014

Hello Marshall families,

We've got just a couple quick reminders for you this evening, so please stay on the line to ensure you're up-to-date with all that's going on at Marshall School.

First of all, don't forget: tomorrow is Labor Day, so school will be dismissed on Monday, September 1.  We hope you're able to spend time on this extra day off with those that you love.  We'll see you back at school bright and early on Tuesday morning, September 2.

Our PTO will meet for the first time this school year on Wednesday evening, September 3, from 6:30-7:30 in the school Library.  We hope you will plan to attend.

Don't forget: Connect-To-School night is coming on September 11.  We will meet together as parent and teacher teams to discuss the coming school year and set specific learning goals for each of our students that evening.  Please plan to attend this important meeting.  In order for our time together to be most effective, we're asking that children not attend our parent-teacher team meetings during Connect-To-School night.  If you will require childcare that evening, please complete and return on Tuesday the RSVP form that was sent home as a flyer on Friday afternoon and also in the Marshall Magnet newsletter last week.

Have a great long weekend, everyone.  As always, if you missed any portion of this message, the text is available on our Facebook page and on the school blog: www.marshallmagnetschool.com.

Goodbye.

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The text of this evening's robo-call -- August 26, 2014

Hello Marshall families,

We have a few quick updates for you this evening about a number of upcoming events at Marshall, so please stay on the line to find out all about what's happening at the school over the course of the next several weeks.

Hopefully by now you've received the first issue of our school newsletter, The Marshall Magnet, and read about our upcoming, first-of-its-kind, Connect To School Night on the evening of September 11.  We're excited to meet as classes with our parent groups that night to partner together in new ways to better ensure your child's success in school.  During our 45 minutes together, we'll discuss student progress, set goals together, and review useful, simple tools and strategies that parents can use to help enhance learning at home.  It will be very different from what we've done during our open house evenings before, but we're confident that, by creating stronger partnerships between home and school we will all be doing what's best for our students. In order for our time together to be most productive, we're asking that children not attend our Connect To School Night meetings.  Childcare will be available at Marshall that night.  Please use the RSVP form at the bottom of the school newsletter to enroll your child and help us get an accurate count of who will be here that night.

Third, fourth, and fifth grade families, don't forget to return your Magnet Monday Electives Registration Form on or before August 29th.  That's this Friday.  There are some 17 extracurricular classes being offered this year, some returning old favorites like Lego League and a few new offerings like Ballet Folklorico, Speech & Debate, and Photojournalism, too. We're excited to get started with our second year of Magnet Monday on September 8th.

Finally, for our route 2 and 22 bus riders, please be aware: there will be some minor route changes and stop times beginning on August 28th to alleviate crowding on both of those routes.  We began a few of these changes this afternoon but will be sending home detailed information about the changes that will begin on the 28th with your student tomorrow.

Thanks for listening everybody.  As always, if you missed any portion of this message the text is available on our Facebook page and the school blog: www.marshallmagnetschool.com.

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Just Another Magnet Monday!

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Magnet Monday was such a major success  at Marshall School last year that we're going to do it again, this year with even more extracurricular opportunities!

Look for the all-new 2014-2015 Magnet Monday Electives catalog [.pdf] in your child's backpack this week.  Please review it and select a first, second, and third choice for your child's fall and spring electives.  The registration form must be returned to the school on or before August 29.

Here's a short video that showcases some of the exciting things we did last year:

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