Monday, May 2, 2022

May 2022

 A Note from the Principal...

May will bring many smiles at Meachem Elementary.  Besides the month being filled with engaging academics, this month will be our first month since the 2018-2019 school year that field trips will take place and events for families at our school.  We are all so excited!

Please stay connected with us at Meachem.  We have a Meachem Facebook page and a SCSD Meachem page.  Also, we send home information through School Messenger (emails, texts, and robo calls) and Talking Points.  Please contact the school if you have not been receiving messages, 315-435-4610.


Muffins for Moms
On Friday, May 6th Meachem invites all 'moms' in for a muffin and some juice to celebrate the special woman in our students' lives; please join us from 8:50 to 9:30 in the cafeteria.



Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
Monday, May 3rd - Friday, May 6th is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week.  Our wonderful teachers work so hard throughout the year, please support us in thanking our teachers.  Below you will find some ways your child could show they appreciate their teacher.



May's Life Skill: Friendship 

Each month Meachem has a different life skill to support character education.  Each Monday, the students watch a video on the life skill and have discussions around it at Morning Meeting each day.  

This month's life skill is 'FRIENDSHIP.'  Learning about how to be a good friend will help students be more successful at school, at home, and later in life.  

PAX Leaders of the Week

Each week classroom teachers choose one student per grade level that exhibit PAX characteristics of being 'Peaceful, Productive, Healthy and Happy' while they are here at Meachem.  This award is given to students that consistently follow the Meachem expectations and to students that have significant improvements in following expectations.  The PAX leader is recognized each Monday on the virtual morning announcements and is celebrated throughout the week.  

Congratulations to our April PAX Leaders:

Week of April 4th 

Week of April 25th

 

K- Evelyn S.

1- Cire F.

2- Jasire F.

3-  Iz'Yanna C.

4- Jozari G.

5- Luis A.

Specials- Ja’Ziya W. 



 

K-More’Lz T.

1- McKenzie I.

2-  Kaelynn J.

3- Diaz D.

4- Traveil D.

5- Allaiynah M.

Specials- Heba A.


Attendance Reminder
In order for your child to get everything they need at school they need to be here everyday, all day (unless they are sick).  Our school day is from 9:05- 2:55, our doors open at 8:50.  Please make sure you are doing your best to get your child here everyday.  

Every student, every day, never late it's the Meachem way!

PTO

Mark your calendars for the May PTO meeting; it will be held on Tuesday, May 10th at 6:30.  PTO meets via Zoom each month- you can sign on by clicking the link that is sent out through Talking Points or go to bit.ly/MeachemPTOMay . The PTO is always looking for new members to join and help plan school events.  

This school year Meachem's PTO, in collaboration with ELMS's Family Crew, will be hosting our very first 'Basket Raffle Event' on Friday, May 20th.  This is an event where tickets will be purchased in advance and on the day of, to bid on a basket of your liking.  For example, the more you like the basket the more tickets you would put in, in hopes that your ticket will be pulled so you can win the basket.  If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please email elms.meachem@gmail.com or call us at the main office, 315-435-4610.  



From the Main Office

Please call the main office when your contact information changes so we can update it on School Tool, 315-435-4610.


Important Dates:

Monday, May 3rd- Friday, May 6th: Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

Monday, May 3rd and Tuesday, May 4th: 5th Grade NYS Math Assessment

Wednesday, May 4th: Kindergarten Field Trip- Syracuse Stage 

Friday, May 6th- Muffins for Moms, 8:50-9:30 am

Tuesday, May 10th: PTO via Zoom at 6:30 pm

Wednesday, May 18th: 5th Grade Walking Field Trip to Clary

Thursday, May 19th: 1st Grade Field Trip- The Zoo

Friday, May 20th: PreK Field Trip- The Zoo

Friday, May 20th: PTO Basket Raffle Event

Tuesday, May 24th- Thursday, May 26th: 4th Grade Science Performance Test

Wednesday, May 25th- 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Field Trip- The Mets

Friday, May 27th- 2nd Grade Field Trip- Beaver Lake

Monday, May 30th- NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)









Friday, April 8, 2022

April 2022

 A Note from the Principal...

It is finally looking like spring is around the corner!  Meachem is excited to finish the last 10 weeks of the school year strong.  Each and every day students and staff are focused on creating a school culture that is peaceful, productive, healthy, and happy.

Please expect to see more COVID test kits sent home with your child (they will all have one sent home on 4/8/22 and 4/18/22).  The test kits were provided by New York State.  If your child does test positive please notify our school nurse, Christine Gabriel.  She can be reached at 315-435-4612. 

Please stay connected with us at Meachem.  We have a Meachem Facebook page and a SCSD Meachem page.  Also, we send home information through School Messenger (emails, texts, and robo calls) and Talking Points.  Please contact the school if you have not been receiving messages, 315-435-4610.


Meet the New Vice Principal, Kevin Murphy!

I am excited to be the newest member of the Meachem team!  I am a life-long resident of Syracuse.  My wife and I are both graduates of Fowler High School.  We have three sons, one a graduate of Corcoran, one a senior at Corcoran, and the youngest, a junior at ITC.  I have been in the Syracuse City School District for 26 years, starting as a TA at Webster, then teaching special education at Blodgett, Fowler, and Corcoran before becoming an administrator at Shea, Corcoran, Roberts, and now Meachem!  We are a huge sports family.  My sons play football and baseball for their respective school/district teams.  We spend a lot of time during the summer traveling to baseball tournaments.  In the last couple of years, we have been to New Jersey, Florida, and Alabama among others!  Having graduated from UB (undergrad), LeMoyne (Masters), and SU (CAS) there are tons of teams to follow and root for!  I look forward to meeting all of you and getting to know you better!  And I look forward to learning more about all the wonderful scholars here at Meachem! -Kevin Murphy

April's Life Skill: Perseverance 

Each month Meachem has a different life skill to support character education.  Each Monday, the students watch a video on the life skill and have discussions around it at Morning Meeting each day.  

This month's life skill is 'PERSERVERANCE.'  Perseverance isn't something you'll find in most curriculum guides, but its importance in succeeding in life is undoubted. Perseverance is the ability to get through difficult tasks. When things don't go as planned, how do we get back up and go at it again? Perseverance needs to be cultivated and nurtured.

The ability to push through difficult circumstances is used in several ways in a child's life.

  • Academics: A student's self-perception in school is called academic mindset. This includes how they view themselves as learners in relation to their school setting and includes beliefs about abilities, value of education and disposition towards completing work. A student's academic mindset plays a powerful role in performance.
  • Control: School can be difficult in many ways; they are asked to sit in desks for long periods of time, complete assignments that seem tedious and have little time to play. Successfully maneuvering these tasks is important for reaching long term goals even if the short term seems too difficult. Children who are able to build self-control are happier and less stressed.
  • Strategy: Kids need to know how to deal with situations, and often these skills are not innate. Actionable steps to take when stressed, overwhelmed or feeling out of control sometimes need to be taught. Even basic skills we think children know, like planning, self-monitoring or deciding a course of action are not always known.

PAX Leaders of the Week

Each week classroom teachers choose one student per grade level that exhibit PAX characteristics of being 'Peaceful, Productive, Healthy and Happy' while they are here at Meachem.  This award is given to students that consistently follow the Meachem expectations and to students that have significant improvements in following expectations.  The PAX leader is recognized each Monday on the virtual morning announcements and is celebrated throughout the week.  

Congratulations to our March PAX Leaders:


Week of March 14th  

Week of March 21st 

    Week of March 28th


K- Amollia M. 

1st- Marcello L.

2nd -Spirit S.

3rd - Prince Y.

4th - Neveah M.

5th - Antoine Y.

Specials- Mary- Elizabeth M. 



K- Brandon H.

1st- Emily J.

2nd -Amorah P.

3rd - Narae G.

4th- Quinmel G.

5th- Lanaya W.

Specials- James D.

K- Jahmir E. 

1st- Giovani S.

2nd -Na'Myia W.

3rd - Desiriah Y.

4th- Trinity F.

5th- Violette A.

Specials- Mya B. 


Attendance Reminder
In order for your child to get everything they need at school they need to be here everyday, all day (unless they are sick).  Our school day is from 9:05- 2:55, our doors open at 8:50.  Please make sure you are doing your best to get your child her everyday.  

                       Every student, every day, never late it's the Meachem way!

NYS Assessments
This school year our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be taking the NYS Assessments on the computer.  There are two sessions for each subject area; each session taking approximately 60 minutes.  

Meachem has been working hard to ensure that our students have the skills and confidence to perform to the best of their ability on the assessments.  We ask for your support, on testing days, please ensure your child:

  • gets a good night's sleep
  • eats a nutritious breakfast at home or school
  • attends school on time
  • keeps the same daily routines at home
  • is encouraged to do their personal best  


 

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade


Math

Tue. April 26th

Wed. April 27th  

Thurs. April 28th

Fri. April 29th  

Mon. May 2nd

Tues. May 3rd



PTO

Mark your calendars for the May PTO meeting; it will be held on Tuesday, May 10th at 6:30.  PTO meets via Zoom each month- you can sign on by clicking the link that is sent out through Talking Points or go to bit.ly/MeachemPTOMay . The PTO is always looking for new members to join and help plan school events.  

This school year Meachem's PTO, in collaboration with ELMS's Family Crew, will be hosting our very first 'Mega Basket Raffle Event' on Friday, May 20th.  This is an event where tickets will be purchased in advance and on the day of, to bid on a basket of your liking.  For example, the more you like the basket the more tickets you would put in, in hopes that your ticket will be pulled so you can win the basket.  If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please email elms.meachem@gmail.com or call us at the main office, 315-435-4610.  


From the Main Office

Please call the main office when your contact information changes so we can update it on School Tool, 315-435-4610.


Important Dates:

Tuesday, April 5th: PTO via Zoom at 6:30 pm

Tuesday, April 26th- Tuesday, May 3rd: NYS MATH Assessments

Tuesday, May 10th: PTO via Zoom at 6:30 pm






Thursday, March 10, 2022

March 2022

 A Note from the Principal...

I hope that everyone rested their brains and enjoyed their winter break, with two marking periods remaining our students have a lot more to learn this school year.  Meachem's daily attendance has been increasing each week, and we are so happy to have our students back consistently. 

As you all know last week students and staff in school buildings now have the option of wearing a mask.  We have seen that some still wear them while others do not.  It is okay to continue to wear them and we are committed to supporting students and staff with their choice. 

Please expect to see more COVID test kits sent home with your child.  The test kits were provided by New York State.  If your child does test positive please notify our school nurse, Christine Gabriel.  She can be reached at 315-435-4612. 

Please stay connected with us at Meachem.  We have a Meachem Facebook page and a SCSD Meachem page.  Also, we send home information through School Messenger (emails, texts, and robo calls) and Talking Points.  Please contact the school if you have not been receiving messages, 315-435-4610.


March's Life Skill: Problem Solving

Each month Meachem has a different life skill to support character education.  Each Monday, the students watch a video on the life skill and have discussions around it at Morning Meeting each day.  

This month's life skill is 'PROBLEM SOLVING.'  Children that can manage problems positively and constructively are more self-confident and thrive in social situations.  They have fewer behavior problems and get along better with other people.  This enables them to do better in school and in relationships with friends and adults.  They also tend to have strong emotional health which gives them the ability to deal with life challenges and difficult events.  

Steps to Solving a Problem:

1. Understand the problem

2. Find different ways to solve the problem

3. Keep trying until it works


PAX Leaders of the Week

Each week classroom teachers choose one student per grade level that exhibit PAX characteristics of being 'Peaceful, Productive, Healthy and Happy' while they are here at Meachem.  This award is given to students that consistently follow the Meachem expectations and to students that have significant improvements in following expectations.  The PAX leader is recognized each Monday on the virtual morning announcements and is celebrated throughout the week.  

Congratulations to our February PAX Leaders:


Week of February 7th  

Week of February 28th 

    Week of March 7th


K- Garrison D.

1st- Jolias T.

2nd -Mah'sai J.

3rd - Isaiah C.

4th - Sur'i I. 

5th - Alexis H

Specials Duane D. 



K- Arianna A.

1st- Amir J. 

2nd -Kylee B.

3rd -Messiah Y.

4th- Lavonna E.

5th- Jayden G.

Specials- Nevada R. 

K- Amaziah A.

1st- Kaydence G.

2nd -Lilith R.

3rd - Aliyah C.

4th- Journey G.

5th- Lovey W.

Specials- Chance S.  


Attendance Reminder
In order for your child to get everything they need at school they need to be here everyday, all day (unless they are sick).  Our school day is from 9:05- 2:55, our doors open at 8:50.  Please make sure you are doing your best to get your child her everyday.  

                       Every student, every day, never late it's the Meachem way!

NYS Assessments
This school year our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be taking the NYS Assessments for ELA and Math on the computer.  There are two sessions for each subject area; each session taking approximately 60 minutes.  

Meachem has been working hard to ensure that our students have the skills and confidence to perform to the best of their ability on the assessments.  We ask for your support, on testing days, please ensure your child:

  • gets a good night's sleep
  • eats a nutritious breakfast at home or school
  • attends school on time
  • keeps the same daily routines at home
  • is encouraged to do their personal best  


 

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

ELA

Tue. March 29th

Wed. March 30th

Thurs. March 31st

Fri. April 1st

Mon. April 4th

Tues. April 5th

Math

Tue. April 26th

Wed. April 27th  

Thurs. April 28th

Fri. April 29th  

Mon. May 2nd

Tues. May 3rd



PTO

Mark your calendars for the March PTO meeting; it will be held on Tuesday, March 8th at 6:30.  PTO meets via Zoom each month- you can sign on by clicking the link that is sent out through Talking Points or go to bit.ly/MeachemPTOMar . The PTO is always looking for new members to join and help plan school events.  

This school year Meachem's PTO, in collaboration with ELMS's Family Crew, will be hosting our very first 'Mega Basket Raffle Event' on Friday, May 20th.  This is an event where tickets will be purchased in advance and on the day of, to bid on a basket of your liking.  For example, the more you like the basket the more tickets you would put in, in hopes that your ticket will be pulled so you can win the basket.  If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please email elms.meachem@gmail.com or call us at the main office, 315-435-4610.  


From the Main Office

Please call the main office when your contact information changes so we can update it on School Tool, 315-435-4610.


Communication: Talking Points

We are thrilled to see so many of our families using the TALKING POINTS app to communicate with teachers at Meachem.  If you have not done so yet, please download the app; it allows you to: 

  • Communicate directly and efficiently with classroom teachers
  • Communicate with school personal
  • Read notices that get sent home from the classroom and the school
  • Receive updated information from school quickly

 

Reminders for Winter Weather

Students go out each day unless there is rain or temperature that is below ten degrees. Please have your child wear appropriate clothing for the colder weather. Students will not be allowed to play in the snow without snow boots and snow pants. Please make sure that all outer clothing items are marked with your child’s name. If a child brings home an article of clothing that is not his/hers, please return it to school.


Important Dates:

Tuesday, March 8th: PTO via Zoom at 6:30 pm

Thursday, March 10th: Virtual Kindergarten Information Session

Tuesday, March 29th- Tuesday, April 5th: NYS ELA Assessments

Tuesday, April 5th: PTO via Zoom at 6:30 pm






Monday, February 7, 2022

February 2022

 A Note from the Principal...

Well, the groundhog did see his shadow on February 2nd and gave us several inches of snow over the past couple of days to show us that there will be more winter.  I hope that your children had an opportunity to get outside to enjoy the snow.

Please stay connected with us at Meachem.  We have a Meachem Facebook page and a SCSD Meachem page.  Also, we send home information through School Messenger (emails, texts, and robo calls) and Talking Points.  Please contact the school if you have not been receiving messages, 315-435-4610.


February's Life Skill: KINDNESS

Each month Meachem has a different life skill to support character education.  Each Monday, the students watch a video on the life skill and have discussions around it at Morning Meeting each day.  

This month's life skill is 'KINDNESS.'  Kindness is a type of behavior marked by acts of generosity, consideration, or concern for others, without expecting a reward.  Kindness makes children happier, can reduce stress levels, and helps improve their self-esteem.  Kind actions also activate the joyful area in the brain and boosts well-being.  

Each day at Meachem we celebrate kindness on the morning announcements.  The teachers recognize students that are 'caught' doing random acts of kindness with a 'Caught Being Kind' card.  Please ask your child if they have been recognized yet!


If you would like to read more on kindness or would like tips on how to support your child's development with kindness, please click on the links below.  

How to Teach Kindness

Helping Children Understand Kindness


PAX Leaders of the Week

Each week classroom teachers choose one student per grade level that exhibit PAX characteristics of being 'Peaceful, Productive, Healthy and Happy' while they are here at Meachem.  This award is given to students that consistently follow the Meachem expectations and to students that have significant improvements in following expectations.  The PAX leader is recognized each Monday on the virtual morning announcements and is celebrated throughout the week.  

Congratulations to our January PAX Leaders:


Week of January 10th 

Week of January 18th 

Week of January 24th

K- Natalie V.

1st-Mary-Elizabeth M. 

2nd -Shakari M.

3rd - Yahya S.

4th - Justin S.

5th - Olivia M.

Specials Dakota R. 


K- Liam W.

1st- Shacoya R.

2nd -Jai'Ceo J.

3rd -Javon F.

4th-Breasia B.

5th-Zaylynn R.

Specials- Charlotte H.

K- Amora M.

1st - Emily V. 

2nd -Russell A.

3rd- Edward R.

4th -Josiah B. 

5th- Anthony P.

Specials- Xavie C.  


PTO

Mark your calendars for the February PTO meeting; it will be held on Tuesday, February 8th at 6:30.  PTO meets via Zoom each month- you can sign on by clicking the link that is sent out through Talking Points or go to bit.ly/MeachemPTO . The PTO is always looking for new members to join and help plan school events.  

This school year Meachem's PTO, in collaboration with ELMS's Family Crew, will be hosting our very first 'Mega Basket Raffle Event' on Friday, May 20th.  This is an event where tickets will be purchased in advance and on the day of, to bid on a basket of your liking.  For example, the more you like the basket the more tickets you would put in, in hopes that your ticket will be pulled so you can win the basket.  If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please email elms.meachem@gmail.com or call us at the main office, 315-435-4610.  


Co-Video Chats

Each month the Office of Family Engagement offers interactive co-video chats for families to engage in.  If you are interested in attending one of the sessions, please visit the SCSD home page to register.  This month they are offering:

  • Tuesday, February 8th and 15th: Special Education- Post Secondary Transition Planning
  • Tuesday, February 15th and 17th: American Hear Association Information Session


From the Main Office

Please call the main office when your contact information changes so we can update it on School Tool, 315-435-4610.


Communication: Talking Points

We are thrilled to see so many of our families using the TALKING POINTS all to communicate with teachers at Meachem.  If you have not done so yet, please download the app; it allows you to: 

  • Communicate directly and efficiently with classroom teachers
  • Communicate with school personal
  • Read notices that get sent home from the classroom and the school
  • Receive updated information from school quickly

 

Reminders for Winter Weather

Students go out each day unless there is rain or temperature that is below ten degrees. Please have your child wear appropriate clothing for the colder weather. Students will not be allowed to play in the snow without snow boots and snow pants. Please make sure that all outer clothing items are marked with your child’s name. If a child brings home an article of clothing that is not his/hers, please return it to school.


Important Dates:

Tuesday, February 8th: PTO via Zoom at 6:30 pm

Monday, February 14th: Valentine's Day Celebrations 

Thursday, February 17th: Kindergarten Virtual Orientation

Monday, February 21st- 25th: NO SCHOOL

Monday, February 28th- March 4th: Read Across America Week

Tuesday, March 8th: PTO via Zoom at 6:30 pm


May 2022

  A Note from the Principal... May will bring many smiles at Meachem Elementary.  Besides the month being filled with engaging academics, th...