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October Newsletter

Dear MAE families,

MAE is excited about all the wonderful things Fall 2019 will hold for us. We have many things planned for the month of October. Our first AR event is one of those special events. AR is an optional reading incentive program for our 1st and 2nd grade students. Students will need to read at home and return ready to complete AR tests at the start of each day to earn the points needed to attend the celebrations. If you and your student are interested in participating in this optional incentive program, encourage them to check out books during open checkout times, read the books at home and let their teacher know when they are ready for an AR test. Throughout the year, you can log into the parent portal to check their progress. Building a strong reading foundation is vital for future success. AR is just one of the ways we are developing strong readers here at MAE!

Also of special importance this month is the kickoff for our Fall Fundraiser. I want to say thank you in advance for your support of our PTO’s fundraising efforts. We could not provide the same level of programming without the funds the PTO generates. Thanks to PTO funds we have large and safe playgrounds for our students to play on, technology such as chrome book carts, iPad stations and document cameras for our classrooms, and a dynamic arts program which includes a certified art teacher.

This month will also conclude our 1st 9 weeks of instruction. Report cards will be sent home on Thursday, October 17th. Please look through these carefully. Besides creating a safe and loving environment, academic excellence is our top priority. Your teachers will begin scheduling conferences this month, but if you have questions or concerns now, please reach out to us as soon as possible. We need your help to ensure that all students are progressing to their fullest potential.

Thank you again for all of your support this school year. If Mr. B or I can ever be of any help to you, please reach out to us. MAE is Where the HEART is, and it is our hearts’ desire to provide the very best educational experience for your student.


Melissa Philley

Clipped Box Tops must be turned in by October 15! Please put your child's Box Tops in a Ziplock bag, and label it with your child's first and last name, grade, teacher's name and number of Box Tops.

If you have been using the Box Top app, EITHER

* print out your earnings total from the app, label it with your child's first and last name, grade and teacher's name and send it to school


* send a screen shot of your earnings total to Please include your child's name, grade and teacher's name.

MAE Fall Fundraiser

October 10th-24th

Packets will be coming home October 10th to sell Mississippi Cheese Straw products featuring a customized tin with artwork created by MAE students.

A product sheet is available here for you to email and share on social media.

Lots of fun incentives are offered to students this year!

Sell 1 item: Student receives an MAE Jags keychain!

Sell 5 items: Student receives a Super Cool Fidget Spinner!

Sell 10 items: Student gets to attend a popcorn and movie party during school!

Sell 15 items: Student’s name goes into a drawing for an Electric Scooter!

Sell 20 items: Student gets to take a bus ride to Chuck E. Cheese for lunch and games!!

Top Seller in each grade: Student gets to be “The Big Cheese” for the day and ride around school in Dr. Philley’s chair!

Top Seller in 2nd grade: Student gets to PIE Mr. B in the face!

2nd grade class with highest sales: Entire class gets Extra Recess!

These products make great gifts for customers and clients! We offer discounts for corporate orders; buy 25 items or more, receive a 10% discount, buy 50 items or more, receive a 25% discount.

Please contact Laura Henderson at 662-571-8895 or if you would like to place a corporate order.

Money received from this fundraiser will go towards purchasing a digital board for the front of the school as well as additional sun shades for the playground area. What a great way to invest in your school!

Products will be available for pickup November 18th-19th--just in time for the holidays!

Friday, October 18 we will celebrate 50 AMAZING days of school by having a '50s DANCE IN THE HALLS!

Bring 50 cents to join in the fun, and feel free to dress in the '50s fashion!

This fun time of celebration is a fundraiser for PBIS.

Holiday Heirloom orders will begin October 21 and are available by pre-order only!

This year's design will be snowflakes that are drawn by your child in art class and block printed onto a small canvas. The snowflakes will be embellished with glitter and ribbon. They are great keepsakes and make perfect gifts for family and friends.

Forms will be sent home, or you can order them online HERE from October 21 - November 1. Cost is $6 each or 3 for $15. The deadline for all orders is November 1. Thank you for supporting the art program at MAE!

MAE's READING FAIR will be held October 22, 2019. Check folders for information regarding details and requirements.


Thank you for helping your child develop a love for reading and learning!



Your future is KEY, so stay DRUG FREE!

Monday (10/28): RED DAY

Tuesday (10/29): BOOTS and/or SUNGLASSES DAY

Wednesday (10/30): CRAZY SOCKS DAY

Thursday (10/31): CAMO DAY

Friday (11/1): SPIRIT DAY

A limited number of Jaguar shirts are available. Purchase yours HERE now to ensure delivery for upcoming field trips!

Yearbooks are available for purchase HERE. Orders are only available online.

Visit our website for a list of upcoming events!

Like Madison Avenue Elementary PTO on Facebook for updates, information and glances into life at MAE!

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