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News for Allen Elementary School

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally published June 20, 2016

Marion Community Schools is excited to announce a new after-school program starting in the 2016-17 school year for MCS third- and fourth-graders: the Giant Discovery Zone!

The Giant Discovery Zone will bring together the best coaches, organizations, and businesses in the city to help our students explore new activities and discover what they enjoy, and where they can excel. Students enrolled in the Giant Discovery Zone will be introduced to 32 different activities throughout the year, along with time to work on homework and help from tutors when needed.

The Giant Discovery Zone is a free addition built on the foundation of the Grant County Family YMCA's Live Y-ers child care. (Live Y-ers does include a fee, but we don't want anyone to be turned away due to lack of funds. There are financial assistance options available for the Live Y-ers fee.) Thanks to many contributors, including the Moorehead Family Foundation, the Community Foundation of Grant County, Marion Community Schools, and the state of Indiana, along with a partnership with the Marion High School Alumni Association, MCS fourth-graders will have the expert child care offered by the YMCA program, along with tutoring and mentoring, as well as a wide array of activities to explore throughout the year, with professional coaches and artists leading the way.

Activities will include athletics, led by MCS coaches, as well as Marion PAL Club Judo, Tiger Tai Kwon Do, Wellness Center gymnastics, and more; leadership, responsibility, and physical fitness, led by the YMCA, MHS JROTC, Marion Boys and Girls Club, Marion Police Department, and more; and the arts, led by Playhouse Studio of Dance, Signature Dance, Marion Community School of the Arts, the chorale and theater from Indiana Wesleyan University, and more. The Giant Discovery Zone will be housed at Kendall Elementary School, with some activities spreading out to the Kendall / Justice Intermediate School campus. Homework and study will be the focus from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., then from 3:30 to 5 p.m. will be activity time.

Our vision is to give our students the chance to explore many different activities, and that they find one (or more!) that they fall in love with. Then, our fantastic coaches and community partners can help guide them to even greater engagement, so that students can use their talents and build valuable skills (not to mention learn responsibility, discipline, confidence, leadership skills and more). We hope this will not only help to build our local teams and organizations, but also empower our students, expand their horizons, and broaden their options for life after high school.

There is a cost for participation in Live Y-ers; fees and more information are available at the Grant County YMCA, or in the Live Y-ers handbook on their child care webpage. Financial aid is available for those who qualify, and aid applications will be available at the YMCA during the registration period. See below for more information on the registration process. 

How can my third- or fourth-grader get involved?

Registration for the Giant Discovery Zone began Monday, June 27, at the Grant County Family YMCA. Enrollment in the Giant Discovery Zone is limited to 200 students, and enrollment is first-come, first-served — so fill out the registration form and collect the needed information now so you're ready to sign up! 

Here's what you need to do:
  • Click here to visit the YMCA's child care webpage. Once you're there, you'll see "Click HERE for registration form". Click that link to open up the Live Y-ers registration packet.
  • Fill out the registration form and collect all needed documents/information (listed in the registration packet on the YMCA website above).
  • Return all registration forms and information, along with the $25 registration fee, on Monday, June 27, or as soon as possible after that. Remember, space is limited, so get your registration in quickly! You'll need to personally deliver the registration form, information, and registration fee to the YMCA, 123 Sutter Way, Marion. Staffers will review information with you to make sure you have provided everything they need. 


We're all excited for the Giant Discovery Zone!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News
YOU are invited to the Giant Challenge, coming up Friday through Sunday, July 22-24!

This is a great event that brings alumni back and community members out to support and celebrate the Marion Giants of yesterday, today, and tomorrow! Proceeds support Marion Community Schools athletics and arts programs. It's an event you don't want to miss.

Online registration options are closed at this point, but you can still sign up or buy spectator passes at the gate!
  • Are you an MHS alum who would like to participate in the friendly athletes vs. alumni competitions? You can register at the events! Click here for more information.
  • Do you just want to watch the athletes vs. alumni games? A weekend spectator pass is only $10 per adult! (Students high school and younger get in free.) You can pay at the gate for any event. This pass gets you into any sporting event all weekend. Want to check out the full weekend schedule? Click here. 
  • Are you interested in participating the Giant Pride Run/Walk? Come out to the MHS stadium / track Saturday, July 23! Registration / check-in is from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Race starts at 8:30. Click here to view course details.
  • Do you want to participate in Lights Out Bowling with pro bowler and MHS alum Ronnie Russell? Be at Crest Lanes at 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 22! (MHS alum Sammy Miles will be providing live music that night!)
  • Don't miss the Walton Center Choral Reunion show! (Broadway star and MHS alum Jim Walton will be there, along with dozens of choral alumni. You don't want to miss this!) Buy $10 tickets at the door at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24 at MHS's Walton Performing Arts Center.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News This special event is open ONLY to kindergartners (and their families). We hope you will join us for food and fun with friends!

In addition to a free meal, there will be games, activities, and prizes. You'll be able to meet the staff and tour the building. You'll get information about the school and more. And your kindergartner will get their "admission tickets" for Giant Jumpstart, which starts on Monday, Aug. 1! (Click here for more information about Giant Jumpstart.)

We hope to see all of our kindergarten families here at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 29!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees will accept applications for a vacant Board position for District III. 

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be a registered voter
  • Must have resided in the school corporation for at least one year.
  • Reside in District III (includes Center and Washington townships outside the civil city of Marion but within the boundaries of the Marion Community Schools district - precincts: Center 10, 11, 15, 20, 24, parts of Washington 3 and 4)
Term: Ends December 31, 2016

Application Process:
  • Submit a letter of interest and resume or background information (include your contact information)  to:
Marion Community Schools
Office of the Superintendent
750 W. 26th St.
Marion, IN   46953
  • Please respond by Friday, August 5, 2016. 

All applicants will be reviewed by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees.  

Contact person:
Mrs. Patty Barney (
Marion High School District Offices
750 W. 26th St.
Marion, IN  46953-2327
(765) 662-2546 ext. 125
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News We have exciting news for our incoming kindergartners and their families!

This year, special grant funds have allowed us to provide a special opportunity for incoming kindergartners at Allen Elementary and Frances Slocum Elementary: Giant Jumpstart, which will bring kindergartners in a week before school starts and allow them to explore their school and get to know their teacher and classmates before any other students are in the building!

So for kindergartners at Allen Elementary and Frances Slocum Elementary, school will start Monday, Aug. 1. Giant Jumpstart runs that Monday through Friday, Aug. 5. It will include:
  • FREE breakfast and lunch every day for all students
  • FREE school supplies and a backpack for every student
  • TRANSPORTATION (for students registered prior to July 15 who live outside of the walk zones)
If you registered your kindergartner at our Kindergarten Roundup event in April, or at Little Giants Preschool, then you should be receiving information about this and more in your mail over the next few weeks. If you DID NOT register your kindergartner yet, please do so this week! Call the MCS District Office for more information, 662-2546.

The Giant Jumpstart program is available ONLY to kindergartners at Allen Elementary and Frances Slocum Elementary, because those were the only schools to which the grant was made available. At Kendall Elementary and Riverview Elementary, kindergartners will begin class on the same day as all of our other students, Tuesday, Aug. 9. It is important for ALL kindergartners to get registered as soon as possible, however, so that we can start the year off on the right foot! If you have not yet registered, or you know someone who has a 5-year-old who is not yet registered for kindergarten, please give the District Office a call so we can get this essential step taken care of, and get all of our students on our communication lists to keep their families up to date with important information!

For our kindertartners' parents, we want you to know that Marion Community Schools staffers are looking forward to getting to know your child and helping to guide them through a world of new experiences at school.

Here’s a simple checklist of the major things you’ll need to do before the first day of school (if you haven’t done so already):
  • Schedule a check-up for your child. You’ll need to obtain the following to provide to your school:
    • An MCS Physical Form completed by your doctor.
    • A record of your child’s immunizations from your doctor. (NOTE: You may also be able to obtain your records at MyVaxIndiana, if your doctor(s) participate in this service.) Click here to view the Indiana Department of Health’s school immunization requirements for the 2016-17 school year.
  • If you have not already provided a copy of your child’s birth certificate, obtain a copy to provide to your school by the start of the school year.
  • If you have not already returned any needed medication permission forms to your school, please plan to do so by the start of school. Contact us if you need more information or copies of the forms.
Here are some additional important facts and figures to make note of:
  • Doors open at every elementary school at 7:20 a.m. every school day. Students should not be dropped off before then. (Also, breakfast is served at this time.)
    • NOTE: Do you need an earlier drop-off? The Grant County Family YMCA offers before-school care for a fee through their Live Y-ers program, but availability and locations are based on demand. If you are interested, please contact the YMCA at 765-664-0544 to check on availability. (Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.)
  • All students should be dropped off by 7:40 a.m. every school day to give them time to be in their seats when classes begin at 7:45 a.m.
  • The week of Giant Jumpstart (Aug. 1-5), classes for kindergartners will end at 1 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 8, will be a day off for kindergartners (and all students).
  • Starting with the regular school year on Tuesday, Aug. 9, classes end at 2:15 p.m. every school day. Students should be picked up promptly at 2:15.
    • NOTE: Do you need a later pick-up? The Grant County Family YMCA offers after-school care for a fee through their Live Y-ers program, but availability and locations are based on demand. If you are interested, please contact the YMCA at 765-664-0544 to check on availability. (Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.) NEW this year for fourth-graders: The Giant Discovery Zone, a full slate of activities built on the foundation of Live Y-ers. This program begins after Labor Day, and will feature various arts and athletics opportunities for your student to explore. Open only to 200 students, first-come, first served! (If spots remain after Aug. 22, the opportunity will be extended to third-graders.) Call the YMCA at 765-664-0544 for more information about Live Y-ers and the Giant Discovery Zone.
  • EVERY student at Marion Community Schools will get FREE breakfast and lunch this school year! A la carte items may still be available at some schools for additional cost, but the basic breakfast and lunch will be free for all MCS students. That’s a potential savings of about $100 per month for each student and his or her family! (This is a change from information provided at Kindergarten Roundup. Marion Community Schools’ application for this program was approved in the weeks since then.)
  • Reminder: ALL Frances Slocum and Allen kindergarten students who attend Giant Jumpstart will receive a backpack full of all the requested school supplies on the MCS supply list!
The transition to kindergarten will be a time full of new experiences for your child, and for you, too. We will be providing additional information in the coming weeks, including information about buses, teachers, and more.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Click here to view contact information for all of our school buildings.

>> Click here to view the Giant Jumpstart / kindergarten welcome letter sent to the families of registered incoming kindergartners at Allen Elementary and Frances Slocum Elementary.

>> If you wish to instead view the kindergarten welcome letter sent to the families of registered incoming kindergartners at Kendall Elementary and Riverview Elementary, click here.