The text of this evening's robo-call -- Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hello Marshall families,

As the end of the year draws ever closer, we want to be sure you're up-to-date with all that's happening at the school over the course of the next couple weeks.

First of all, site and science council members, be advised, we have canceled our final meetings of the school year which were scheduled to take place this week.  In view of everyone's complicated year end schedules, we felt this was best.  If you have an interest in joining these essential steering committees as a parent next year, please feel free to make your interest known to Mr. Coe or Mrs. Reasor.  We welcome your involvement.

Please don't forget, this coming Monday, May 25th, is Memorial Day so school will be dismissed all day on Monday May 25th.

And finally, next Thursday, May 28th is the last day of school.  We will dismiss school early next Thursday, at 12:25.  Please plan accordingly.

Thanks for listening. 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 -- Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Hello Marshall families,

We've got just few quick reminders for you this evening.  So please stay on the line to find out about what's happening at Marshall School.

First of all, please don't forget:  All FUSD schools will be closed this coming Monday, May 11th, and also on Tuesday, May 12th, due to snow days not used this past winter.

The Marshall PTO will meet this evening, Wednesday, May 6th, at 6:30 in the Library for their final meeting of the year.  We hope you will attend this important planning meeting for the coming 2015-2016 school year.  Childcare will be available and the meeting is will conclude at 7:30.

Please remember to look at the Peachjar button located in the upper right corner of the Marshall School webpage: www.fusd1.org/marshall.  As of February 1st, 2015, no district-wide advertising flyers have been sent home on paper thanks to Peachjar, however an array summer camp, club, and community event information can be found on our website via the new Peachjar online e-flyer system.

Last of all, don't forget, next Tuesday is 10% Tuesday at Fratelli's Pizza for Marshall School.  Our thanks to the good folks at Fratelli's for donating 10% of their day's proceeds to Marshall on Tuesday, May 12th.

Thanks for listening everyone, as always, if you missed any portion of this message, the text is available on the school blog: www.marshallmagentschool.com.

Goodbye.


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The text of this evening's robo-call -- April 27, 2015

Hello Marshall families,

We've got just a couple quick updates and reminders for you this evening, so please stay on the line to find out all about what's happening at Marshall School this week.

First of all, we hope you've made plans to attend our annual PTO-sponsored all-school carnival this Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 6:30.  Teachers will be hosting games in their classrooms throughout the school and the PTO will be selling hotdogs and drinks.  And, thanks to our awesome PTO, all proceeds benefit Marshall School.

Our kindergarten, first, and second grade students will all perform live under a bright, blue sky this Thursday at high noon at Heritage Square downtown.  We hope you've made plans to take a long lunch on Thursday in order to be able to attend what's always one of our biggest and most exciting public performances of the school year.

Thanks for listening 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 -- April 23, 2015

Hello Marshall families,

We'd like to remind you this evening that both tomorrow, Friday, April 24th, and Monday, April 27th are regular school days which are required to allow us to make up for two of the snow-days we used earlier in the year.

We will dismiss school at the usual time both days, at 12:25 on Friday and 3:20 on Monday.

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 -- April 20, 2015

Hello Marshall families,

Marshall School received another threatening telephone call this afternoon which compelled us to go into a full schoolwide lockdown again.  As before, our teachers and students were all safely behind closed, locked doors in a matter of seconds and Flagstaff Police responded immediately.  We made a complete sweep of the building and no threat was found.

Given the current spate of threatening calls to Flagstaff schools in recent weeks, I would like to personally invite you, as a member of our school community to join me, members of the Flagstaff Unified School District administrative team, and officers from the Flagstaff Police Department and Coconino County Sheriff's Department at a public forum tomorrow evening, Tuesday, April 21, at 6 pm at Flagstaff High School. This meeting is intended to provide you with information and insight regarding the recent phone calls to FUSD elementary schools which have caused several schools, including Marshall, to be placed on lock-down.

The meeting will take place in the Hurley mini-auditorium tomorrow evening. Please enter through Flagstaff High School's main entrance and follow the signs to the auditorium. Hope to see you there.

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 -- April 16, 2015

Hello Marshall families,

We sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support and expressions of gratitude we received from so many of you today.  We're happy to know that you and your children were made to feel safe and sound during yesterday's school-wide lock-down at Marshall.  I am pleased to be able to say, after a lot of reflection and a careful review of our protocols, that I feel good about the level of diligence and focused concern every member of our staff showed when ensuring that our students, your children, were in a safe, secure place during this event.

Nevertheless, we recognize that such an event may cause lasting anxiety for your students.  At Marshall we were pleased to have members of the FUSD Crisis Response Counseling Team on-site all day to monitor and talk with our students as-needed.  As a school we will continue to be attentive to these concerns and will make ourselves available to speak with your children whenever they express a need or desire to talk.

We hope you will do the same.  Often the best course of action in this regard is just to watch and listen.  Your children may be uncertain about how they're feeling and may have difficulty articulating their stress and anxiety level in words.

I was able to spend some time on a conference call with the Cheri Lovre, the director of the Crisis Management Institute [Dealing With Tragedy.pdf] earlier today to discuss with her what happened at Marshall yesterday and seek her advice about how to help our students deal with this event going forward.  She recommends asking simple questions like, "What troubles you most?" and "What can we do right now to help you feel safe?"  Also ensuring that your child knows that it will always be okay to tell you how they're feeling about this, no matter how far in the future, is an advisable course of action as well.

Please feel free to contact us, your child's teacher, the front office staff, Mr. Coe, or our school counselor Nancy McCleskey should you feel the need to have us talk with your child, too.  We'll be happy to.

Thanks for listening, everyone. And for your support of our staff during this crisis.

As always, if you missed any portion of this message, the text, as well as links to resources at the Crisis Management Institute are 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 -- April 14, 2015

Hello Marshall families,

We've got a number of important updates for you this evening, so please stay on the line to find out all about what's happening at Marshall School.

We hope you're planning to attend our annual PTO-sponsored School Carnival on Wednesday April 29th from 5:30-6:30.  This fun event is a an important fundraiser for teachers and games and interactive activities will be hosted in many of their classrooms that night. The PTO will also be on hand selling hot-dogs and drinks, too.  We hope to see you there.

I'd like to ask you personally to please take a few minutes to visit our school blog: www.marshallmagnetschool.com, to complete our annual parent satisfaction survey.  We sincerely want to hear from you about how we're doing at Marshall Magnet School, what we're doing right as well as what we might improve on in the future.  Links to both English and Spanish versions of the survey are available on our website.  Thanks for taking time to complete this survey for us.

Finally, please don't forget: state-mandated standardized testing season has officially begun at Marshall for all of our third, fourth, and fifth graders.  Testing sessions will take place during the school day at various points over the course of the next three weeks.  At Marshall, we like to imagine testing season is GAME DAY, the point-in-time we have been training and practicing for all year... our best chance to shine, and show what we know!  Each student at Marshall has been provided with handouts and flyers indicating when their specific testing sessions will occur during the month of April. We appreciate you making every effort to have your healthy, well-rested, and well-fed child in school on their testing dates in order to avoid the need to have them make-up their tests at a later date. If you have questions about testing, testing dates and/or testing times, please contact the school office or your child's teacher.  We'll be happy to fill you in on the details.

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

Goodbye.

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