feb-month-glancePrincipal’s Pen

We have had a great start to 2016!  The students will be receiving their 3rd quarter progress report on Friday, February 19th, so please make sure to get in touch with their teacher if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s growth.

We also will be utilizing the state assessment to assess the students knowledge on the Florida Standards.  The FSA (Florida Standards Assessment) writing test will be given the week of February 29th to our 4th and 5th grade students.  You will be receiving additional information as the assessment gets closer.

We also want to thank all our dads, grandfathers and uncles who have volunteered at school as part of our Watch DOGS program.  If you are interested, please contact Mr. Monfett or Mr. Werner at school to get more information and/or to sign up for a day to volunteer.

I want to thank you for all your support in educating your child.

Elise Landahl, Principal


STEM Night on Thursday, Feb. 18!

Wonderful news! On February 18th MLES will host its annual S.T.E.M Night!!

Everyone is invited to come explore the simple machines that we have learned about this year with games and special activities. Come show your family how smart you really are at this FREE night of S.T.E.M. Fun!

The event begins at 6:00 pm and will end at 7:30pm!

Are you game for our S.T.E.M. challenges??

Come be a survivor in your camouflage!

Parents don’t forget that your child’s S.T.E.M. Fair projects

Are due in one week’s time!! (Grades 3 -5)

Fifth Grade (& Mrs. Gunn’s Class!) Crystal River Field Trip!

All fith grade classes and of course Mrs. Gunn’s class, will have a field trip to Crystal River on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Permission slips and $10.00 need to be turned in as soon as possible. It will be a great time learning survival skills!

Florida Standardized Tests Coming Soon!

  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep before a test, and make sure your child eats properly the day of a test.
  • Maintain a pleasant home environment and avoid unnecessary conflicts. Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one. Do not add to your child’s stress.
  • Make sure your child has taken any needed medication.
  • Ensure that your child is present during testing (children generally perform better when taking tests in their groups rather than at a make-up time).
  • Get your child to school on time the day of the test.
  • Wish your child good luck each morning of the test. Tell your child that he/she is special and that you believe in him/her!
  • Remind your child the test is important. Encourage him/her to do his/her best.
  • If your child is too ill to attend, please call the school office.
  • If the test is on a subject for which you can review (such as a spelling test), help your child go over the material.
  • Remind your child to listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher and to read the directions and each question carefully.
  • Explain to your child the importance of using time wisely. If your child gets stuck on a question, encourage him or her to make the best guess and move on.
  • Tell your child to attempt to answer all of the questions and not to leave any blank.
  • Encourage your child to stay focused on the test, even if other students finish early.
  • If your child is disappointed after taking a test, reassure him or her that there will be plenty of opportunities to improve and succeed.


Dental Van Coming to MLES

From the desk of Lauren Moore, RN-school nurse….
I am excited to share that a mobile dental van will be on Moon Lake Elementary’s campus during the week of March 14-18th.  This is a free program that will target kindergarten, first grade and second grade students.  Permission slips will be going home at the beginning of March and MUST be filled out completely.  If your child is not in kindergarten, first grade or second grade and you would like your child to be seen, please contact Lauren Moore, school nurse at 727-774-4625.  Thank you!

watchdoglogoWho are WatchDOGS ( Dads  Of  Great  Students) ?

Watch DOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer to help out our school for a day.

During the day, Watch DOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well. Many school principals have reported that the mere presence of a Watch DOG dramatically reduces reports of bullying.

If you are interested in volunteering to be a Watch DOG at Moon Lake Elementary School or if you would like more information please contact Fred Monfett (fmonfett@pasco.k12.fl.us) via email or at 727-774-4600. If you would like more information regarding the national Watch DOG program visit: http://www.fathers.com/watchdogs.