Dear MMES Families,
We’re Back! Summer is rapidly coming to a close and the Munger staff is looking forward to seeing you in just under two weeks. Our teaching staff return on Monday, 8/28, and they will be busy training, planning, and setting up classrooms. Schools are made for children, and we can’t wait to fill hallways with our Lobos. As you begin to wind down your summer schedules and structures, start thinking about bedtimes, morning routines, and getting organized for success in learning. We’ll be ready for your return on September 5th either way, and we’re all looking forward to a big year of teaching and learning.
School Administrators Get a Break Too!
From Principal Dan - We were fully in the swing of summer camps and daycare for Jack and Maeve, and excited for both of them to be on the same bus and headed to MMES this fall. In July we traveled to Michigan, all over Wyoming and Idaho, and had another wonderful trip disconnected from reality floating through the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. In a moment of feeling very old, Jack participated in his first summer of Kayak Club. When I moved to Jackson in 2007 and started running the kid’s kayak program, I never thought I would have an 8 year-old heading out with a 24 year old dirtbag kayaker - but here we are! At the end of the summer, we caught a few nights camping and relaxing on Elk Island with friends and family.
From Assistant Principal Carrie - As we all know, summer in Jackson is the best (which is why I pretty much stuck around)! My family and I did take a quick trip to Indiana (my husband’s hometown) to visit the entirety of his family. It was packed full of dancing, singing, playing golf and pickleball, and of course, eating! Finn headed off to a snowboard camp in Colorado in the middle of working at Mursell’s and getting ready for football season. He’ll be heading into his sophomore year, while Fern is headed into 8th. As I write this, Fern is attending Teton Valley Ranch Camp with GAP! in Dubois, and I’m still running almost every day. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you on the 28th. I’ve missed you all!
I am proud to report that we continued along our growth trajectory last year and I am so pleased with how our Lobos are making progress each year. In particular, Munger Elementary welcomed close to 50 students newly arrived to the United States over the last two years and we’ve shown exemplary growth in their language acquisition and academic achievement. All of this growth and achievement is not possible without our students, our teachers, and all of your support outside of school.
In less than two weeks, we’ll welcome our newest members of the kindergarten class (including my own daughter, Maeve!) alongside our returning Lobos. Please read through the rest of this letter for important information and dates to get the year started. There is always so much information to start the school year, so please don’t hesitate to call or email with questions after reading through this letter.
Enjoy the last week of summer, and we will see you soon!
Somos los lobos!
~Principal Dan and Carrie