Message From The Principal
One thing I believe to be true, especially this school year, is that we can never say thank you enough. On that note, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the gift that showed up in our library atrium this week. Emma Cottage gifted us with over 200 notes of gratitude from families and community members. As I read the messages, it helped remind me of how very fortunate each member of the MCS staff is to work with such a supportive and appreciative community. Thank you for taking the time to spark joy in so many staff members this week with your kind words. They are just what was needed to close out the year.
Some of you have asked about report cards and finding out placement of your children for next school year. Both will be found in one location! Next Friday, June 18th you will receive directions for accessing report cards from the Parent Portal. On the report card there is a spot indicating who will teach your child next school year. Please note that the school board kindly approved the hire of a third second grade teacher for next school year, so there will be a few students going into third grade who will have the spot blank while we search for just the right teacher to join our team. The information you receive will also give you a contact person who can help if you have access questions.
Finally, special thanks to everyone who made the sixth grade celebration a huge success. I believe that COVID might have sent another silver lining our way. Having the celebration outdoors was lovely. Perhaps we will make this a new MCS tradition!
Have a joyful weekend,
Message From Student Services
Happy Spirit Day!… The last Friday of this crazy and wonderful school year.
Yesterday we celebrated our 6th graders and I wanted to share more about the class gift to the school. Below please find the words that Julian and Taliya shared.
“On behalf of the 6th-grade class, we would like to present to you our class gift, a new sign for the Marion Cross School driveway.
We were able to achieve this because of the help and support of parent volunteers, our families, and the Marion Cross School community.
We appreciate your enthusiasm, patience, and energy with our fundraising efforts. This gift will serve as a reminder of our time together at the Marion Cross School.
We also want to thank Ms. Ames for her 26 years of supporting Marion Cross School Students. You could hug a lot of trees in 26 years!
Congratulations MCS class of 2021!!
Have a great weekend!
School News and Information
It’s Time to Return All Library Books
It’s the end of another school year which means that all library books need to be returned to school. I’ve sent out a couple of reminders to those that have books checked out. If you feel there is an error, please let me know right away. Look in all the ‘impossible’ places - even in the car. I appreciate your efforts.
If you are unable to find the book, please pay the replacement fee, which is usually listed in the email notice you receive. Checks can be made out to Norwich School District. It would be wonderful if the new librarian could have a clean slate to start her new year next Autumn!
4th and 5th Grade Book Battles
This past week was the final event for the Battle of the Books program. A total of fifteen 4th grade students and twelve 5th grade students participated. They are all to be congratulated for their efforts to read the books on the list and participate in the final event.
The winning team in 4th grade consisted of Will, Nate and Rowan. Fifth grade winners were Gigi, Oliver and Zinnia.
It was a fun event for the end of the school year
Summer Language Opportunities for Students
Once again I am pleased to announce the Express Fluency language classes for students. We will have the following options, online, from 5-9 July 2021
Registration is on a sliding scale, so please do not let price prevent your child(ren) from participating! As many of the instructors are friends of mine, I can vouch for their credentials!
Sign up here, and feel free to contact me for more information!
Collection for Refugees
Three years ago my parents moved to Maine, and my mother became connected with an organisation that assists refugees in setting up households in the US. They are always in need of various household items and clothing, but their current supply particularly devoid of children's items.
If you have any clothing, toys, linens, etc., that are no longer used in your house, please consider donating them to this cause. I can do a transfer at MCS, or I am more than willing to come to pick up! There will be at least two times when I connect with my parents this summer, and will see them every few months for the foreseeable future.
Feel free to contact me if you have questions.
Looking for Volunteer Host Families For International Students! Either for one semester or full year, depending on the student.
The Pan Atlantic Foundation is looking for a host family for these 3 students!
Telmo from Spain! Telmo is practiced at soccer, and loves to be active in general. He's a brown belt in karate, and also loves skateboarding, snowboarding and skiing.
ROMAIN, male student from France, looking to stay for 5 months. Memorable Quotation: Life is like riding a bicycle, To keep your balance, you must keep moving (Albert Einstein). Note to Host Family: I am really keen on cycling, I practice cycling with my father and I really like sharing these moments with him. It's definitely a rewarding sport because we sometimes go on for four hours, and it is often hard, but in the end I am always super proud of what we just achieved. Regarding my career interest, I am currently interested in being an engineer in aeronautics, and I am at the moment studying for my Aeronautical Initiation Certificate.
LEIRE, female student from Spain, whole school year. Note to host family: I'm a spontaneous and outgoing person. I love practicing sports apart from the ones that I have mentioned. I really like swimming. My hobbies include reading, practicing sport and hanging out with my friends. In the future I would like to study something related to medicine or psychology because I'm really interested in those things.
You can look through the list of students looking for volunteer host families here: (this changes daily but here is a sample!) https://www.
Please contact me if you are interested! Tricia Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Dear MCS Families,
I hope you'll take a moment to check out the amazing songs our students in grades 2-6 wrote and performed this year. You will need to be logged into your child's Google account to view this page.
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MCS Cross Words - June 11, 2021