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Helpful Hints

A parent made a list of all the things she wished someone would have told her as a new parent to Mulberry.  We thought her list might be useful to others, so we have prepared this brief outline.  We hope it helps.

Don’t ever hesitate to call Mulberry to ask a question (263-8143).  Mrs. Sears, secretary, and Mrs. Olson, principal, are always happy to help.  Also, our website (begin at www.muscatine.k12.ia.us) has a lot of useful information.

Pick Up and Drop Off

  • Mulberry Elementary School uses a car line procedure each day for picking up and dropping off your student(s).  Parking in the front driveway of the school is only available between 8:30 and 2:30.  Thank you!The building is locked during the day so you need to enter through the front door and buzz the office.   Always check in at the office as soon as you enter the building.

    Drop off and Pickup Procedures:

    Morning Drop-Off

    • Doors open at 7:15.  Students are tardy at 8:10.  Students who need to eat breakfast may do so right away.  On late start days, there will be no breakfast program.
    • Students are to be dropped off at the end of the sidewalk in the First Baptist Church parking lot.  Please drop students off at this location only and move forward in the car line as soon as your student(s) are out of the car.  School personnel are at the school doors to welcome students.
    • We ask that you not drop students off at the front of the building unless you have contacted the office and received permission.  For safety reasons, the front driveway is reserved for busing, daycare vans, bike riders and walkers.  Handicap parking is available in the parking lot.

    Afternoon Pick-Up

    • The pick-up line is a one-way line around First Baptist Church.  Please circle around the church by driving to the right, a zipper method will be used mid-point, and continuing into one line.
    • You need to have a name placard on your dash with the student(s) name who you are picking up.  One staff member will see the name, they will communicate that to another staff member stationed by the multi-colored safety cones, and those children will be called to stand by a particular colored cone and wait for their car to get to that spot.  Students will be sitting inside the building waiting to be called.
    • Students will need to enter the passenger side of the vehicle so they are not required to walk around cars and out into the parking lot.
    • Most drivers will not need to get out of their cars which will help speed up the process and, thus, keep from blocking the line.
    • The dismissal bell rings at 2:56.   Students who walk home and need to cross Mulberry Avenue are escorted across the street by an adult.  Bused students wait in the gym in areas designated for the various buses.   They are dismissed when all the buses arrive.

    Your patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated!

  • Lunch and Snacks
    • A menu is posted on the district website monthly and a weekly menu is published in the Muscatine Journal every Saturday.  Students may also bring their lunch and may purchase milk if desired.  Noon recess is followed by lunch.  You are welcome to come and eat lunch with your child.  Please call the office before 8:30 a.m. to let us know so that we order enough meals.  Please sign in and get a visitor’s sticker and pay for your lunch in the office.  The correct change would be greatly appreciated.
    • Snacks are a part of the daily routine.  You will receive a list from the teacher about which day your child is to bring snacks.  Also, teachers appreciate easy-to-serve and healthy snacks.  Milk is also served with each snack.  There is a small cost associated with this milk.  All students, even those on free or reduced lunches, will be charged for this milk.  If this is a concern, please contact Mrs. Goodman

Recess

    • All classes have two recesses a day except kindergarten which has three recesses.  All students will go outside unless it is raining or the temperature is below 10 degrees with the wind chill.  Please send boots, snow pants, gloves, hats and coats during the winter.  Please label all items clearly.
  • PTO
    • Meetings are held in September, November, January, March and May.  The dates will be published in the newsletters.   It is a valuable part of the school, and your participation helps!  PTO sponsors assemblies, field trips, and purchases extra classroom supplies.  We ask that you help by participating in the fundraisers.
  • Save!!
    • We collect a variety of items:  printer ink cartridges, Campbell soup labels, Tyson A+ and Box Tops for Education are all easy ways to help your school.  Send them in with your child.
    • If you shop online, start at one of the following sites and Mulberry will receive a rebate.
      • Schoolcash.com                 cashforschool.com

Target – Use their credit card and we will receive a percentage of your purchases.

  • Newsletters
    • Mrs. Goodman will send a newsletter on the first of each month.  You have the option of having a hard copy sent home with your child or receiving it by email.  We are also happy to send it by email to grandparents, business address – whatever is convenient for you.  Newsletters list upcoming events and general school information.  Be sure to read it!  Classroom teachers will send a monthly newsletter as well.

The most important part is to be involved.  An education is the most important thing you can give your child.  For those who can’t volunteer during the day, we have lots of other special projects.  Be sure to let the PTO, the office, and your child’s teacher know that you would like to help.

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