Subject: Cub Pride - November 4, 2016
Date to send: 11/4/2016 at 12:00 PM



 Cub Pride
Student Focused...Future Driven


Message from the District Office
Dr. Michael Evans, Assistant Superintendent

Gift of Reading

           We are rapidly entering the time of year when we stop to give thanks, exchange gifts, and break bread with family and friends.  As this season ramps up with programs, events, and shopping, I want to encourage you to give the gift of reading to your family.  Reading to and with children has a number of benefits that extend beyond the classroom.  Children who read have an increased vocabulary, better communication skills, and advanced logical thinking.  Aaron Kinnari, Founder of Read Notebooks, stated, “…a book has the power to spark curiosity, introduce innovation, and open opportunities.”  Unfortunately, many homes don’t have access to good literature to reap the benefits of reading.  

           To help bridge this gap and provide this gift of reading, the district has partnered with Capstone Learning in order to provide each K-6 child full access to a digital library called myON Reader.  Each student has his/her own “library account” with access to over 3,000 digital books that are based on his/her reading level and interests.  For some students, that might mean a lot of books about science, animals, and vehicles.  For other students, it might mean adventure stories, history, or humor.  Students can access myOn Reader at school or at home from any internet device.  So far this year, Monett students have spent 2,445 hours completing over 13,000 books in myOn.

          As this busy season begins to take shape, ask your child about his/her ...
Continue reading the article from Dr. Evans about MyON Reader:

Monett Elementary School
Mrs. Sarah Garner, Assistant Principal

Care to Learn - The mission of Care to Learn is to provide immediate funding to meet emergent needs in the areas of health, hunger, and hygiene so every student can be successful in school.

          Picture a child in need.  How do those needs affect a student in our school?  How can we support students who come to our school with unmet basic needs of health, hunger, and hygiene? 
          Monett became a chapter of Care to Learn this school year to address those specific  needs that many of students come to school facing.  This school year Care to Learn has been able assist children who have come to school with needs in the areas of health, hunger, and hygiene. 
          Care to Learn helps keep these kids in school by overcoming the opportunity gap.  Recently, a high school student came to school with duct tape keeping his shoes together--his only shoes.  The teacher saw a need and shared it with the school counselor.  The counselor was able to use Care to Learn funds to purchase new shoes for the youngster that day.  Those new shoes helped him in multiple ways:  the new shoes helped ease some embarrassment, demonstrated care by the school for the child, and eased some financial hardships the family was facing.
           Another child was going home to a house that had plywood floors, a mattress without sheets, and was covering up with part of a rug as a blanket.  Picture yourself... 

Continue reading the article from Mrs. Garner about 'Care to Learn':

 Monett R-1 Food Service Department
 Mrs. Helen Wink, Food Service Director
Many children who live in low-income families depend on free or reduced school meals, without which they would literally go hungry.  But what happens when the winter holidays arrive?   

“According to the latest statistics released by the USDA, there are 3.9 million households in America in which both adults and children are food insecure—which means they have limited or inconsistent access to food which is both nutritious and safe.” 
          Hunger during the holidays is not just an issue of “believing” that every family should be able to enjoy a decent, healthy holiday meal.  People often experience depression and anxiety from not being able to enjoy what many of us take for granted during the holidays.  Those who are not living in poverty may not realize how much financial pressure is put upon these vulnerable families when their children aren’t receiving free lunches from school over their break.  It is alarming just how many children depend on these free lunches as a primary source of nutrition and sustenance.      
           Although there are summer programs that provide some low-income children with meals during the break, there is no such program for the holiday break or for those missed snow days. There is also the added stress on low-income families from trying to find care for their children while they work and finding additional food to feed their children.
            There are organizations across our community that have come together to provide for needs during the holidays by connecting with donors, but is that enough?  There are at least ten full days our children are out of school over the holidays, and this does not include any missed days from bad weather that may occur.  My wish for this holiday season is that each of you takes time to reflect on your many blessings and takes the time to help out in our community, whether it is donating food or volunteering for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for the homeless or less fortunate.
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Upcoming Calendar Events:
Friday, November 4, 2016:
Monett High School:
3:00pm MSHSAA Boys Swimming & Diving Championships @ St. Peters Rec-Plex (St. Peters) 3 events - 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay, 200 freestyle (Jack Barta)
7:00pm Football, Monett vs. Mt Vernon (Burl Fowler Stadium), MSHSAA Class 2  District 4 Championship game. Gates open at 5:30pm, admission is $7.00

Saturday, November 5, 2016:      
Monett High School:
9:00am MSHSAA State Cross Country Meet at the Oak Hill Golf Center, Jefferson City. Santiago Granados will race at 9:00am.
MSHSAA Class 2 State Soccer Championships continued.

Monday, November 7, 2016: 
Central Park Elementary:
Book Fair Week ( Nov. 7 - 11)

Monett Middle School:
7th Grade Girls Basketball vs. Aurora at MES
​8th Grade Girls Basketball vs. Aurora at Middle School Gym

Monett High School:
Academic Team at Aurora
7:00 p.m. School Play at Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, November 8, 2016:        
Scott Tech:
Veterans' Day Luncheon in commons  12:15 p.m.

Monett High School:
Veteran's Day Assembly at Performing Arts Center  1:30 p.m.
National Honor Society Night at Performing Arts Center

Thursday, November 10, 2016:    
Central Park Elementary:
Third Grade Concert at Performing Arts Center 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Monett Middle School:
Girl's Basketball (7th & 8th Grades) at Cassville


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