Mary E. Dardess ES

Kristen Reno, Principal

NEWS

New Swing Set Arrives at MED

swing set in process of being installedMED is getting back in the "swing" of things, thanks to the fundraising efforts of our PTA! This August, our maintenance crew is busy installing a new swing set the PTA purchased for our playground, which hasn't had swings for years. It all began last October when, as part of her monthly writing challenge, Mrs. Reno asked 2nd graders to write a persuasive argument for any new activities, games or equipment they would like to see at recess. The responses were overwhelmingly “swings!” Learn more...


More Kindergartners Ready for School Thanks to New Pre-K Program

MED began our pre-Kindergarten program last fall, and as the program’s first class of students enters Kindergarten this September, the results of their kindergarten screenings couldn’t be more encouraging. “We are very proud of the progress the students made, they did amazing,” said pre-k teacher Jessica Alliger. “These were students who needed it the most and now they are going into kindergarten extremely well prepared.” Learn more...


Language Concepts Classes Put On End of Summer Celebration

student sings from yellow submarine cut outStudents in our Language Concepts program put on a performance for family and friends celebrating the ocean-themed literacy learning they had accomplished this summer. Students sang “Yellow Submarine” and “Down by the Bay,” followed by a slide show and reception highlighting their class activities. The event, held in the MED library on August 14, was the culmination of this summer's program, where students explored the A-to-Zs of our oceans through writing, crafts, and class trips. Learn more...


Distance Learning Connects Students to Aquatic World

students visit SAn Diego Zoo using distance learning equipmentStudents in Chatham’s Language Concepts summer program enjoyed a virtual field trip to an aquarium in San Diego, California on July 22. They met various sea creatures, learned about how they move and communicate, and identified colors and shapes that could be found in the vibrant animals. Our Language Concepts program consists of two classes this summer, taught by Kristine Mackowski and Kaylin Willimott, respectively, with teaching assistants Patti Lanphear, Ruth Anne Burnell, and Melissa Paladino. 


Lunch Price Increase for 2015-2016 School Year

Starting this September, lunch at MED will cost $2.45. The ten-cent price increase is due to a federal mandate (the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act) which requires schools to bring what they charge for regular-priced meals in line with what the US Department of Agriculture reimburses schools for meals provided to students receiving free and reduced price meals. Our breakfast prices remain unchanged, as do reduced-priced meals.


Free & Reduced Meals Available for Those Who Qualify - Apply Today

Families who may need assistance paying for school meals are encouraged to complete a Free and Reduced Meals Application. A new application must be submitted each school year for those who wish to receive free or reduced-price meals. Learn more about free & reduced price meals...

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Pre-K Orientation Sept 3

The orientation & bus ride for students enrolled in our Pre-K program is Thursday, September 3rd, 10-11am at MED

 

Kindergarten Orient. Sept 8

The kindergarten orientation & bus ride is Tuesday, September 8th, 2-3pm at MED.

 

First Day of School Sept 9

Classes begin Wednesday, September 9th!

 

IXL Now Available

We have completed the transition of our online IXL math account service to a new provider. IXL accounts are now working.