A Message from MI Principal Eric Messer
We had another good week at MI - we were able to celebrate Valentine's Day, start a new Lunar Year (the year of the Dragon) and we were able to bring back the student requested snack cart. We will end our week with the 5th and 6th grade PTO socials for our students. The students always have a fun time. I will have pictures in my newsletter next week. The lost and found is getting full again, so please have your student check it if they are missing anything. We will clean out lost and found in the beginning of March. Just a reminder that we do not have school on Monday, February 19th. Have a great long weekend and we will see everyone back at MI on Tuesday!
The message below is from the MMS Principal, Mr Reutter, and is for any family that has a student going to 7th grade next year.
Thank you to the 6th-grade families that were able to attend our meeting this past Monday. Linked below is the information needed for scheduling. Students have been given their 7th-grade course selector sheets to help organize their thoughts. The course descriptions can be found in the linked document. During the week of February 26th, students will complete their requests at school in their math class.
The MI Yearbook is now on sale. To order, go to ybpay.com. You will need to type in the MI ID code 1625224. The deadline to order is APRIL 1, 2024, and late orders will not be accepted. Yearbooks will be delivered to students during the last week of school. Please reach out to Katie Renners (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Family Education Night
Join the Mason Elementary and Intermediate Prevention and Wellness Team to learn about child and parent friendly books to support social-emotional learning, as well as have time to create your very own toolbox to bring home. Thank you to our PTO for sponsoring this event and providing snacks. This event will take place in conjunction with Family Night at Book Fair. Childcare will also be provided.
Black History Month Spotlight:
MCS Tentative 2024-2025 Key Dates
The Board of Education collaborates closely with the Mason Education Association (the teachers' union) to finalize academic calendars, typically spanning three years. Although the full 24-25 Academic Calendar has not yet been developed and approved, we recognize that many families are trying to plan vacations and holidays. We hope these tentative dates offer a foundation for those plans. An official 24-25 academic calendar will be drafted and adopted during negotiations this spring.
Start of School: The first week of school is projected to begin no earlier than August 12, 2024. This week would likely include Comet Family Welcome Days (orientations.)
Winter Break: December 23, 2024 through January 3, 2025.
Spring Break: March 24-28, 2025
Mr. Messer’s “Dad” joke of the week -
Why does “Where's Waldo” always wear stripes? He doesn't want to be spotted. Thank you Ben Rambo for sharing that joke with me.
Who always has a date on Valentine's Day? A calendar.
Parenting Today’s Child - Mental Wellness:
Hamilton County Suicide Prevention Coalition Campaign: Life Is Better With You Here
Life is Better With You Here stives to eliminate the stigma around suicide and mental health disorders in the Black community and provide culturally appropriate support and resources. They help to build a bridge inside the community and create a safe space for the conversation around suicide and mental health. The goal of the Hamilton County Suicide Prevention Coalitiokn Campaign is to prevent suicide in the Black community and to normalize talking about mental health, self-love, and self-care. Crisis and ongoing resources are available for you to use and share, because life is better with you here.
LinkingTogether: 4th Annual Mental Health Summit
This two-day mental health summit will be held on Friday, February 23rd, from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm, and Saturday, February 24th, from 8:00 am - 1:30 pm. Both days will include a meal, a keynote speaker, and various workshops and seminars, led by national, state, and local experts in the areas of youth mental health. Session topics will include Emotional Regulation Coping Strategies, Empowerment Self-Defense, Social Emotional Learning, Suicide Prevention, Vaping Prevention, Mindfulness and more. The goals of the Summit are to increase mental health literacy, to reduce the stigma associated with mental health disorders in our community and to strengthen community response to youth development through awareness, knowledge, connectivity and access.
Mason 3-6 PTO UPDATE
Join us at Skyline Chili, 6645 Western Row Rd, Mason to support our PTO. Please mention this fundraiser at the store and Skyline will donate 15% of sales to the Mason 3-6 PTO. Thank you for your support!
Coming soon - our Spring Book Fair! February 27th - March 13th
Family nights are February 28th 3:30pm - 7:00pm and March 7th 3:30pm-7:00pm in the KIVA at Mason Elementary.
Mason City Schools Prevention and Wellness Team will be next door in the ME Media Center hosting their Family Education Night on February 28th from 6:30pm-7:30pm. We would love to see all our Mason Comet families at both events
Join Kroger Rewards
Did you know you can support the Mason 3-6 PTO every time you shop at Kroger. Click HERE to learn how to choose our PTO for your Kroger donations.
Stay in the know about PTO...visit our social media pages:
Things to Know:
Get Ready for an Out-of-This-World Experience:
Mason City Schools Prepares for April 8 Solar Eclipse
On April 8, 2024, for the first time since 1806, Ohio will play host to a total solar eclipse. Here in Mason, we'll witness an awe-inspiring 99% coverage of the sun during this celestial event. For most of us, and many of our Comets, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience - the next total solar eclipse in Ohio won't occur until 2099!
We're eager to make this day memorable for our entire school community, fostering a sense of unity and excitement. The solar eclipse offers a unique opportunity to come together, appreciate the universe's wonders, and create lasting memories as Mason Comets! As a Comet commUNITY, we are thrilled to safely celebrate this extraordinary event together. Here are some key preparations and details:
Dismissal Schedule Adjustments
To allow everyone the opportunity to witness this remarkable event safely, we are making some adjustments to our dismissal schedules on April 8. In Mason, the Solar Eclipse begins at 1:52 PM, the Solar Eclipse maximum will be at 3:10 PM, and the Solar Eclipse will end at 4:25 PM.
- MI: Mason Elementary School and Mason Intermediate School students will be dismissed late at 3:25 PM. Students who ride the bus will be transported home but will arrive home later than on a typical day. Students who are car riders will be dismissed slightly earlier than their typical 3:00PM so that families will have time to watch the eclipse together. Schools will share more information in the coming weeks for car rider families about pick up procedures.
Safety First – Eclipse Glasses Provided by the Mason Schools Foundation
Student and staff safety is our top priority. Thanks to the generosity of the Mason Schools Foundation, each student and staff member will be provided with certified solar eclipse glasses. These glasses are designed to protect your eyes while allowing you to fully enjoy the breathtaking spectacle in the sky. To ensure that glasses are not damaged and are available for each student and staff member, we are not able to provide glasses to go home with students before the event, or to provide glasses to families. The Mason Public Library will have a limited number of glasses for families with a Mason Library Card.
Comet Eclipse T-Shirts – Preorder Now
Commemorate this historic occasion by preordering your limited edition Comet Eclipse t-shirt, which was co-designed by Mason Elementary School 4th grader Natalie Smith and MHS Comet Zone students led by Senior Ella Rumpke. These specially designed shirts will serve as a fantastic memento for years.
The Comet Zone is partnering with the Mason Schools Foundation for an OUT OF THIS WORLD t-shirt sale! Gear up for the April 8th eclipse in the NEW Solar Eclipse GALAXY Mason Comets t-shirt! And a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Mason Schools Foundation!
Shirts are on sale for $15 + tax and there will be 4 colors offered: Cobalt, Iris, Purple, and Sky Blue!
Sizes YS-YL and Adult S-XXXL will be offered.
Step 1: Purchase your shirts online and in the Comet Zone NOW and orders will be accepted from 2/13-3/8.
Step 2: Fill out THIS Google form for EACH t-shirt you ordered so we know where to deliver it.
Support the MSF in Comet and Cosmic style!
**All sales are final and no exchanges can be offered**
Thursday, February 15th, was National School Resource Officer Day and we are so lucky to have Officer Thibault at MI. He helps teach our DARE class, you can find him in the cafeteria talking with kids, checking doors to keep us safe, and living out Comet Culture on a daily basis.
PRESIDENTS’ DAY - NO SCHOOL, February 19
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION PARENT/CAREGIVER MEETING
Wednesday, February 21 |6:00-7:00 PM | Mason Early Childhood Center
Families with children who will turn 5 by August 1, 2024 won’t want to miss coming to this important informational meeting on Feb. 21st. Get your free “A Class of 2037 Comet Lives Here” yard sign to proudly display when you COMPLETE registration! MECC Kindergarten is a ½ day program. PARENTS ONLY please at the meeting due to limited seating.
MI BLACK HISTORY BOWL COMPETITION FINALS
Friday, February 23 |1:00-3:00PM | Mason Intermediate School
Mason Intermediate School's beloved Black History Bowl, which was started in 2007 by Mr. & Mrs. Handy, has become an important #MasonMoment for fifth grade students and our community.
BLACK HISTORY FEST: a Comet CommUNITY Mirrors & Windows Experience
Thursday, February 29 |6:00-8:00PM | Mason Intermediate Cafeteria & Gym
MCS DEI Council is partnering with the Mason Schools Foundation, MECC PTO, ME/MI PTO, MCS Inclusive Excellence Teams, and the MMS Black Student Union to celebrate Black History month as part of our Comets Connect Mirrors and windows series. This event will include music, food sampling, a Black-Owned Business Showcase, a picture book tasting, STEAM challenges, a family Black History Bowl, and more! During the event, there will be a special recognition ceremony for the 2024 MI Black History Bowl winners, the Mason Elementary Black History Bowl float entries, and a Scavenger Hunt!
Learn more about the “Your Story Matters” Featured Citizens: Mr. Terry Killens and Dr. Purcell Taylor, Jr, Black-Owned Business Showcase, and entertainment featuring Comet staff and the YOLO Band!
TASTE OF MASON: a Comet CommUNITY Mirrors & Windows Experience
Wednesday, March 6 | 5:00-8:00PM | Mason High School Large Commons
At the Taste of Mason you can sample a new dish, catch up with friends, and be mesmerized by incredible talent! Enjoy exciting offerings from many ethnic and independent Mason restaurants. Watch multicultural acts perform. Children can enjoy a global carnival hosted by MHS World Language Societies, and get their passports stamped while purchasing items at the Comet Zone with global currency from the Comet Savings & Loan. Don't miss this incredible cultural community event!
Thursday, March 7 l 6:00-8:00 PM l Mason High School | REGISTER
Students and Families, your opportunity to talk to over 100 college admissions reps is coming soon! We will be using StriveScan, which will create a barcode specific to you so that colleges can scan and send you more information. This is an important aspect to the College Fair so be sure to SIGN UP HERE!
5TH GRADE INSTRUMENT FAIR
Saturday, March 9, 2024 | 9:00 AM - 3:00PM | Mason Intermediate Gym, Mason Elementary Cafeteria
Play & try out every instrument! Meet the teachers & ask questions. Get information from local rental shops.
Mason Band - Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tube - Located at ME Enter at ME Cafeteria Doors
Mason Orchestra - Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass - Located in the MI Gym, Enter at MI Main Entrance
Sunday, March 10, 2024
MEAN GIRLS JR.: a Middle School Production
March 15,16, 17 | 7:30 PM | Mason Middle School Auditorium | Purchase tickets
Mason Middle Theater invites you to back-to-school when students present the smart and ferociously funny musical Mean Girls JR. beginning March 15 at Mason Middle School. Adapted from the hit movie written by Tina Fey and starring Lindsay Lohan, Mean Girls JR. tells the story of student Cady Heron who must learn to navigate the treacherous social hierarchy of high school when her family moves to suburban Illinois from Kenya.
Show times are March 15-16 at 7:30 pm and March 16-17 at 3:00 pm
Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door.