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March Newsletter
Denise Titus
Thursday, March 05, 2020

What a great 3 quarters we have had at Mark Twain Elementary. It has been exciting to watch kids go from learning letters and letter sounds to now reading books! I am proud of all the work our preschool and kindergarten students have put in thus far and am looking forward to watching them grow even more through the 4th quarter.

I want to take a moment and congratulate Mrs. Way on her retirement. Mrs. Way has served as a secretary in the Charleston school district for 25.5 years. We will miss her dearly at Mark Twain. With that, I would like to welcome our new secretary Mrs. Haughee. Mrs. Haughee previously served as a paraprofessional at Mark Twain. We are excited for Mrs. Haughee to serve in her new role!


Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Friday, March 27. Information about parent/teacher conferences will be coming home soon with your child. March 27th is a half day, so we will be dismissing at 10:55am.

Mark Twain Elementary School will be holding a “1st Step” registration on Thursday, May 14 from 2:30-7:00 p.m. and Friday, May 15 from 11:30-3:30 p.m.  This is for all incoming Mark Twain kindergarten students for the 2020-21 school year.  All kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before September 1 to register for school.  District nurses will have information regarding health requirements for incoming students.  As the start of a new school year approaches, doctor, dental, and eye appointments become increasingly difficult to get scheduled, so parents are encouraged to make those appointments early to ensure health requirements are completed prior to the start of school. Unlike previous years, students do not need to attend 1st step registration with their parents. Parents will be asked to sign up for an appointment in late July/early August to bring in their child for a short assessment. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD IF YOU KNOW ANYONE PLANNING TO START KINDERGARTEN IN THE FALL! If you have any questions, please call 639-8000.

Preschool Roundup
It's Preschool Round Up time! Roundup in Charleston is March 24-26 at Home Church. Preschool screenings are FREE for any child ages Birth to 5. The purpose of the screening is to check to see how your child is developing in the areas of speech, language, concepts and motor skills. Vision and hearing are also screened! Parents are given information about possible preschool options and information is given about kindergarten readiness, as well. If you have questions or need more information, please call the Department of Early Childhood at 217-345-9119. ** To be considered for the Project HELP classroom or another state funded Preschool For All program, all new children must go through the screening process.  

Disclosure and Authorization form regarding background investigation and Acknowledgement to Mrs. Titus. Both forms may be found at the above web address. 

Important Dates

Friday, March 6 – End of the 3rd Quarter 

Monday, March 9 – 3rd Quarter Grades posted to Skyward at 4pm

Wednesday, March 11 – Board Meeting (6:30pm)

March 16-20 – Spring Break

Monday, March 23 – PTA Meeting (6:30pm at Carl Sandburg)

Thursday, March 26 – Domino’s Pizza Fundraiser Night

Friday, March 27 – 3rd Quarter Celebration (Wear bee shirts)

Friday, March 27 – Half Day Dismissal (10:55am); Parent/Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, March 31 – SBLHS Dental Bus