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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Annual Parent Satisfaction Survey

We like to believe, here at Marshall Magnet School, that our doors are always open to you.  We want you to view us as a place where you can easily get involved and have your voice heard.  This is because, most of all, we want to be the very best learning place for your child that we can possibly be.

One simple way to let us know how we're doing, or what you'd like to see us do better, or more often, or differently, is to fill out our annual Parent Satisfaction Survey.  It's available online right now, in both English or Spanish.  Or you can stop by the school office anytime and pick up a printed copy to fill out at your convenience.

The deadline to complete the survey is April 30. We hope you will take a few minutes to let us know how we're doing.

Thanks!

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DODGEBALL!

Marshall Adult Dodgeball, our big annual fundraiser, is coming soon on

Sunday, May 17, 2015.

The registration fee for our 2015 tournament will still be only $150.00 per team.

To register for the 2015 tournament, simply download and complete the entire registration packet or visit www.marshalldodgeball.com.

Return your registration packet by mail or in person to Marshall School along with your entry fee. Or, you're encouraged to register online.

If you are interested in having your business or organization sponsor Marshall Dodgeball, please have a look at our great sponsorship opportunities.

A special thanks to our title-sponsor for this year's event, Arizona Snowbowl.

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The text of this evening's robo-call -- March 31, 2015

Hello Marshall families,

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

First of all, we hope you've made plans to attend Flagstaff's second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math STEM Night tomorrow evening in the Skydome at NAU.  The event will feature more than 100 vendors, organizations, and schools showcasing their wares and activities from 5:30 until 7:30 pm.  Marshall Arts and Science Magnet School will be there in full force.  Hope to see you there.

Don't forget, there's no school this coming Monday, April 6th.  We're calling it Spring Holiday and we hope you enjoy your three-day weekend doing the things you enjoy with the people you love.

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.marshallmagnetschool.com.

Goodbye.

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The text of this evening's robo-call -- Friday, March 13, 2015

Hello Marshall families,

We hope you will have a happy, relaxing Spring Break.  Please remember, the school will be closed from Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20.  School will resume on Monday, March 23.

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, March 23-25 our kindergarten, first, and second grade students will perform in their annual spring Suzuki violin concerts at Coconino High School in the mini-auditorium.  We hope you've made plans to attend.  Informational flyers and RSVP forms were sent home with our K-2 students last week.

Finally, we hope all of our families will plan to attend the city-wide STEM Night at NAU on Wednesday, April 1st, in the Skydome.  Many of our students will be on-hand showcasing their Magnet Monday activities and an array of local scientific, technological, and engineering organizations will be present as well.

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.

Have a great looooong weekend, everyone.  We'll see you on March 23rd.

Goodbye.

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