MBE Student Placement Process And Parent Input Form

Meadow Brook Elementary School

2019 – 2020 School Year Student Placement Process

One of the most important processes we engage in as a staff is class placement for your children. At this time of year I meet with classroom teachers, our Learning Consultant, ancillary and special education staff, and support staff to organize preliminary placements for the upcoming school year. 

Our staff receives numerous questions about this process. To help you understand the procedure, the following are answers to the most frequently asked questions.  

If you have further questions, please contact me at sberg@rochester.k12.mi.us so that we can schedule some time to talk.  

Thank you for your patience and your partnership…in it together for the kids! 

With gratitude,

Seth

Seth E. Berg – Principal

Meadow Brook Elementary

Rochester Community Schools

How are students placed in classes?

Students are grouped in classes to achieve as much balance as possible.  

We seek to ensure that classes are balanced according to gender, and that a variety of academic ability levels are represented. These considerations allow us to configure classes that foster a rich and stimulating environment for all students. Individual consideration is given to academic needs, learning styles, along with social-emotional growth and development essentials.

Classroom teachers provide much of the foundational input, and throughout the process placements are organized and refined with the support of our Learning Consultant, our ancillary and support staff, and the special education team, and then finalized by the principal with input from parents.

When will placement be finalized?

Placement will be finalized and communicated shortly before our World of Welcome (WOW) introduction event, just before the start of the school year (official date to come). 

Events that take place over the summer may make it necessary to add a classroom, change teaching personnel, or revise the make-up of a particular class.  These factors may make it necessary to change class placements through the end of August and even in the beginning of September. 

Should parents submit written information about their child’s placement needs?

This is not generally necessary. 

While I certainly welcome parent input, classroom teachers and our school staff are extremely familiar with how individual children learn. Throughout the placement process our staff uses that familiarity to build balanced classrooms for the upcoming school year.

If you have specific educational information that you feel we may not have, please feel free to share it by clicking here: MBE Student Placement Process 2019/2020 – Parent Input Form

Please do not request to have your child placed with a specific teacher. Given the number of students we serve at Meadow Brook I am simply unable to accept requests for specific teachers.  

That said, I will make myself available to exhaust the dialogue around your child’s/children’s needs.

Should I notify the school if my child is not returning to Meadow Brook for the 2019-2020 school year?

Yes, please notify us as soon as possible by contacting our main office and speaking with the principal’s secretary.  Mrs. Legree can be reached at (248) 726 – 4100.

When will students and parents be notified of class placements?

In accordance with district procedures, individual student assignments will be posted on ParentVUE and Welcome Back letters will be posted on the given teacher’s website prior to our World of Welcome (WOW!) Celebration at the beginning of the school year.

Optional Pupil Placement Information Form is attached and also is available in the office. Due date is  June 1, 2018.

*If you are unable to complete the placement form by June 1st please e-mail an extension request directly to me.

*Please note that while I will do all I can to work with you at any time, requests made after the close of the school year (especially into the fall) are extremely difficult to manage and rarely able to be fulfilled.

MBE Safety First Update: Friendly Car Line Reminders

Car Line/Drop-off Safety Notes

1. Drop off officially begins at 8:40 a.m.; please do not drop your children off earlier than this as the volunteers are not ready to assist children until then.

2. Please do not exit your vehicle to help your child out of the car; volunteers can and will do that when you pull up. If no volunteer is available to help children out of the car (before i.e. before 8:40 a.m.) and your child needs assistance, please pull into the parking lot, park, then walk your child to the front doors.

3. Please do not let children out of the car until your car is in front of the door area of the school where volunteers can see and assist them. Many people are letting children out way down near the crosswalk at the beginning of the loop, and it is worrisome. We want to be able to see children so we know they are safely getting into the building.

4. Under no circumstances should cars be passing each other in the drop-off line unless you are directed to do so by a volunteer or staff member. It compromises the safety of children, other cars and volunteers.

If all of these guidelines are followed, the car line runs very smoothly and efficiently…and our kids stay safe!

Thank you for your partnership!

Your MBE PTA Car Line Volunteer Team and Mr. Berg

MBE Food Awareness: Snack Procedure Update

Greetings, Meadow Brook Partners!

Please note that our snack checkers are looking for manufacturers labels for approved snacks.

We are unable to approve handwritten notes on bags.

If you would like to use our copy machine to copy manufacturer labels please contact me at sberg@rochester.k12.mi.us to make arrangements.

Fruits and vegetable are good to send, either whole or cut.  If this changes I will be in touch.

Please review our most recent food awareness updates at: ThinkMBE Food Awareness

Also, please touch base any time with thoughts, ideas, or questions.

Thank you for your partnership in keeping all Meadow Brook student safe!

 

Seth

 

Seth Berg 

Principal

Meadow Brook Elementary 

Rochester Community Schools

Call: (248) 726 – 4101

Click: sberg@rochester.k12.mi.us

Mr Reflective Journey: Berg’s Eye View

MBE Safe Routes To School: In it together for the kids…safety first!

Happy Friday Meadow Brook Families!

Please take some time to review the following safety procedures in our updated MBE Safe Routes to School brochure:

MBE Safe Routes Brochure

Please either print the brochure to hang on your fridge or let us know and we will print one for you.

Also, please take a careful look at the following safe driving guidelines:

Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping our kids safe!

Please contact Mr. Berg at sberg@rochester.k12.mi.us with any thoughts, ideas, or questions so that he can get them to the team for thoughtful processing and progress.

Have a fun, relaxing, and safe weekend!

Your MBE Safe Routes Team: John, Audrey, Janice, Christie, Leah, Emily, and Seth

Food Awareness Update 9.14.18: Table 2 Training

Good Afternoon, Meadow Brook Partners!

Our Food Awareness Team is always looking to enhance our practice regarding food safety and inclusion.  To that end, we have update training for those interested in being certified to send their non-allergy students to school with “Table 2” allergy safe lunches so that they can sit with friends who are impacted by food allergies.

Please print and read the following information if you are interested: MBE Food Awareness Table 2 Packet

Once you have completed a thorough reading of the packet, please complete the following form and reach out to Mr. Berg at sberg@rochester.k12.mi.us for next steps: MBE Table 2 Training Completion Form

Also, please remember to talk to your teacher or contact Mr. Berg with questions about snack and other food in school.

Here’s a refresher on district guidelines:

Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping our kids safe, happy, and together in learning and fun!

Your MBE Food Awareness Team: Paula, Jennifer, Leah, and Seth

 

Updates From The Office 9.7.18

A few friendly reminders from the Meadow Brook Office!

  • Please update emergency cards on ParentVUE (even if no changes…must be submitted).
  • If you bring your child to school after the 8:58 AM bell please park in the lot and come to the office to sign him/her in.
  • Please send picture forms in by Monday.
  • Please bring any medicine and compete any Medical Action Plan (MAP) forms asap.
  • You can Contact Mrs. Legree at (248) 726 – 4102 or jlegree@rochester.k12.mi.us

Thank you!

Allergy Awareness: Safety and Inclusion

Dear Meadow Brook Partners,

This year we have many students in our building and classrooms that have severe allergies to peanuts, tree nuts and other food items.  Because of the seriousness of these allergies we are asking that only nut safe snacks are sent to school for snacks and class parties.  It is the policy of Meadow Brook Elementary and Rochester Community Schools to make the safety and well-being of our students our top priority, and with that in mind the guidelines and procedures outlined below have been put into action.

Classrooms Snacks, Parties & Celebrations

Classrooms with students that have allergies will have appropriate signs posted at their entrance. These classrooms will also routinely wash their hands and clean surfaces throughout the classroom. Communication will be sent home to all families alerting them to an allergy in their child’s classroom and helping them understand how to follow the safe snack guidelines on the district webpage. 

Snacks: Please pack your child’s snack in a separate bag from their lunch. These items will be checked by support staff at the beginning of the school day to ensure they are allergy-safe.  

Parties/Celebrations:  Snacks at parties/celebrations will follow our district guidelines and procedures to maintain and safe, nut-free environment for students with allergies.  

Lunch 

Students may bring lunches that contain nuts. We aim to promote inclusiveness while maintaining a safe environment, so a “nut restricted” table and a “nut restricted and hot lunch” table will be available for students with allergies & their friends. We allow families to make arrangements for friends to sit together at our “nut restricted” tables with approval and guidance on how to ensure allergy safe lunches. Please contact me or your child’s teacher for more information.  

Resources

Food Allergy Guidelines & Procedures

Safe Snack Guide

Our goal is to make school a safe and joyful place for all of our students.  We appreciate your cooperation and understanding with this critically important aspect of our school community. If you have any questions, please contact me.

 

Seth

 

Seth Berg 

Principal

Meadow Brook Elementary 

Rochester Community Schools

Call: (248) 726 – 4101

Click: sberg@rochester.k12.mi.us

Mr Reflective Journey: Berg’s Eye View