Update from the Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

This is your weekly update from Matthew Paterson Elementary School. Please make sure to read the reminder section below! Attached to this email is a letter regarding school visitor and volunteer information.

School Highlights  

Last week was another great one at MPES for our students, staff, and families! Our students are actively engaged in the curriculum and instruction that our teachers are delivering. Our students were super excited for the return of the MPES PTO School Store. Thank you to all our PTO Volunteers! On Friday we showed off our school spirit by wearing Spirit Wear or school colors. Please contact the PTO at MPESPTO.org for information about Spirit Wear. 

This past Wednesday we had 2 hour early dismissal. On a 2 hour early dismissal students will have a 20 minute lunch period. On scheduled half days of school students do not have a lunch period. Breakfast is served on both an early dismissal day and scheduled 1/2 day. 

Upcoming Events  

Valentines for Senior Citizens/Veterans – Please continue to bring in Valentines for our local senior citizens and veterans.

Monday January 30th – Cycle Day 1

Thursday February 2nd- Groundhog Day - What's your prediction? Wear something for winter if you predict 6 more weeks of winter.(Ski Goggles, Winter Cap, Hockey Jersey) Wear something spring related (Sun Glasses, Visor/Cap, Baseball Jersey)

 Wednesday February 8th - Last day to submit PTO Valentines Grams


  • The MPES PTO is requesting contact information for guardians of MPES students, particularly 4th grade. The PTO would like this information so they can e-mail parents regarding PTO events, volunteering, and fundraising. Please complete this form if you give the PTO permission to have your personal information. Please use the link below to access the form https://forms.office.com/r/4RgeNe05PZ
  • We understand that at the end of the school day the MPES parking lot can get very full. As a reminder you may park at the district office or on the soccer field. For safety please do not double park or on our neighbor's property. We have put cones out at the end of the day to remind you that there is no double parking.
  • While we have been enjoying some mild winter temperatures, please know that we go outside for recess if the real feel temperature is 28 degrees or higher. Please make sure our students are prepared with the proper winter attire. If you are in need of a winter coat, please contact our social worker Mrs. Russo. Additionally, please review your child’s schedule so that they are prepared for special areas such as P.E (sneakers) and Library (books).
  • This school year we are on a 6-day cycle, January 30th is Day 1.Please follow the special area schedule your child's teacher provided.  
  • Please complete the following FORM for each child that does nothave a BUS/Cafeteria Zonar Card. https://forms.office.com/r/gRGYWjRqbs 

 Have a great rest of your day!  

Sincerely, Mr. Michael Kirk  Principal 

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