Marshall News - January 2012

Happy New Year, everyone!  It's been great to see you back at school this week looking so happy and well-rested.  We hope 2012 is a great year for you, your family, and for the entire Marshall Magnet School community!

Our New Home On The Web
Did you notice our new domain name?  Our blog is now officially located online at MarshallMagnetSchool.com.  Pretty cool, huh?  We think so!  Feel free to make a new bookmark if you like.  But you don't need to; you'll still be able to find us via your old marshallelementary.blogspot.com bookmark, too.

As always, there's lots of great stuff coming up this month at Marshall Magnet School, and we can't wait to tell you about it!

Science Fair Help Night
Our annual school-wide Science Fair program begins next Tuesday evening, January 10th, with our Help Night Open House.  If you're curious about how to get help your child get his/her Science Fair project started, please make plans to attend. Marshall teachers will be hosting the Open House beginning at 5:30PM on the 10th.   We hope to be able to answer all of your questions about Science Fair projects at that time.

This will also be a great opportunity for students to begin working on their Science Fair projects. Feel free to drop by to ask just a few questions, or settle in to work; you may stay until 7:00PM. There will be limited supplies (construction paper, markers, crayons, and glue) for students to use and several Marshall teachers will be available to give advice, provide guidance, and answer questions. This workshop is for Marshall Science Fair participants in grades K through 5th. However, in order to stay and work, students must be accompanied by an adult. Please do not bring younger siblings, as child care is not available at this event.

If you have any questions about the Science Fair Help Night Open House, please contact Mr. Kasch or Mrs. Paulsen.

Geography Bee
Practice booklets were distributed to fourth and fifth grade students earlier this week for our upcoming annual National Geographic Geography Bee competition, which will take place in the Gym next week, Wednesday, January 11th, at 9:40AM.  Parents are encouraged to attend.  Likewise, we'd like to encourage you to work with your student between now and then to help them prepare for the class-selection process for the competition.  Only five students from each 4th and 5th grade class (35 students in all) will be chosen to compete at the school level.  There are several resources available online to assist your child in preparing for this competition, we've listed a few below:
If you have questions about the Geography Bee, please contact Mrs. McQuaid or Ms. McKnight.

MLK Day
School will be dismissed in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 16th.

Spelling Bee
Classroom teachers are already in the process of selecting their students for our upcoming annual National Spelling Bee competition.  The school-wide competition will take place on Wednesday, January 18th, at 9:40AM in the Gym.  Parents are encouraged to attend.

If you have questions about the Spelling Bee, please contact Mrs. Fresquez.



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