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January Principal's Message

Morningside Messenger  

January 2019

A note from the Principal, Rita Bacque



Dear Parents, Students and Community Members,

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful time during the holidays! I was able to visit my entire family and friends in Louisiana, then travel to Waco to celebrate my godchild’s birthday at Magnolia Table and the Magnolia Silos!  It was a fantastic time and I was so glad to have the extra time off after the first of the year to return home, unwind and enjoy time with my nieces and nephew!  

It’s always so refreshing to start a new year, set goals and look forward to positive changes in one’s life.  I hope you are all well relaxed from the holidays and are ready to tackle your goals! 

YEARBOOKS ARE STILL ON SALE!!  Don’t miss out on the chance to get your child a yearbook before the sales deadline.  The last day to buy a 2018-2019 yearbook at a price of $25.00 will be THURSDAY, January 31st!  

After January 31st, the price of the yearbook increases to $28.00.  The final deadline for ordering for the year will be SUNDAY, March 31st!  Make plans to order yours today!

The yearbook will include 72 color pages of memories and a QR code that will house pictures from events that happen in the last couple of months of the year after the yearbook has been sent to print.  Yearbooks will arrive in May.

Yearbooks are only sold/purchased online.  Go to: and type in –Morningside Elementary, The Colony , TX, and this will take you to our ordering site.

While ordering your yearbook online, you can also purchase:

·      Parent dedications (limited number available, 250 words maximum and photo)

            These are $15.00 per dedication

            ·      Personalized engraving on the front cover 

·      Protective Covers and more…

Be sure to print your receipt when ordering and KEEP IT HANDY in case there is a problem when yearbooks come in.  This will allow you to show that you have purchased a yearbook.  Many people intend to order and forget, but think they did.  The only way we can be certain is if you have a receipt. So, to make it easier on everyone, be sure to keep your receipt. J

Speaking of the Yearbook…did you complete your child’s online forms for Directory and Media release information correctly?  As we begin to build our yearbook, we can only include photos for those students who we have permission to photograph.   Within the online forms, there is a letter to parents explaining information about the forms.  In one paragraph it states:

            “In the case parents fail to return or complete the Directory Information/Media Release Form, Lewisville ISD will assume the parents consent for release of a student’s directory information to be released ONLY for school-sponsored purposes.”

Therefore, if it is important to you that your child’s photograph NOT be used for our yearbook, please contact our office immediately so we can make note of your request.  Otherwise, it will be printed in our yearbook.

If you have any questions, please contact our Yearbook Chairperson, Jolie Dunham at 214-284-3808 or by email at:  

January Events:

January 11th–Report card day

January 11th– It’s the first Friday Nite Live of 2019! 7:00-11:00 p.m.  $12.00 per student (Grades 1st-5thonly).  

January 15th – 5thgraders will visit Griffin Middle Schoolduring the day and parents are invited to a special Parent Night the same night, January 15th,  from 6:00-7:00 p.m., to find out more about middle school for next year!  All 5thgraders will attend the visit whether they are attending Griffin next year or not.

**For those students who may be attending Lakeview Middle School next year, your Parent Night will be on January 24thfrom 6:00-7:30 p.m.  For tour information, please contact Lakeview Middle School at 469-713-5974.

January 15th– PTA General Meeting – 7:00 p.m. – Choir Concert - Come out and support our PTA and enjoy the program our students will perform for you!  It’s going to be a treat!

January 18th– National Thesaurus Day and our Annual Vocabulary Paradeat 8:30 a.m. Please see the email sent out on Monday, Jan. 7thfor more information.

January 18th- Friday Nite Live!  7:00-11:00 p.m.  $12.00 per student (Grades 1st-5thonly).  

January 21st-NO SCHOOL!!   All students and staff are off on Monday, January 21stfor the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.  Enjoy your 3-day weekend!!

Week of Jan. 22nd– 25th- Parent Lunch Week (Tuesday-Friday)

January 22nd– Campus Library Inventory begins at 11:00 a.m. and will conclude at the end of the day on Friday, January 25th.

January 24th– 100thDay of School!! – Be on the lookout for information from your child’s homeroom teacher regarding special events on this day.

January 24th– Lakeview Middle School Parent Night for current 5thgraders who will attend 6thgrade at Lakeview next year - 6:00-7:30 p.m.  Call the middle school if you need more information on this meeting.  Their number is 469-713-5974.

January 25th– Griffin Orchestra here on campus to perform for 5thgrade, 8:20 a.m.

January 25th- Friday Nite Live!  7:00-11:00 p.m.  $12.00 per student (Grades 1st-5thonly)

January 29th– Club Photos for the yearbook will be taken on this morning beginning at 8:00 a.m.  If your child participates in any school sponsored club, keep an eye out for information on what to wear that day for the yearbook photo.  For questions, contact the club sponsor.

January 30th– Progress Report Day – reports will be sent out via Skyward.

January 30thTalent Show Try-outs!! – Try-outs will occur during fine arts times on this date. Mrs. Booth will be sending out information and forms to complete.  If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Booth at:

January 31st– PTA Sponsored Birthday Table for January birthdays! (During lunch)

A Peek into our February Calendar:

February 1st– Jump Rope for Heart Kick-off assembly during Round-up!

February 1stDinosaur George Exhibit!  This exhibit will be here all day on Friday and the students will have the opportunity to experience this amazing exhibit during their fine arts time on that day. Then, that evening from 5:00-7:00, all families are welcome to come and explore the exhibit for a small fee.  We have heard wonderful things about Dinosaur George and we are looking forward to having this exhibit on campus for our students and community!

February 1stNO Friday Nite Live!due to our special event – Dinosaur George!

February 4th – 8th– Go Red Week to promote the American Heart Association!

February 4th– PTA Executive Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m.


February 8thFriday Nite Live!  7:00-11:00 p.m.  $12.00 per student (Grades 1st-5thonly)


Christmas Parties:

I want to recognize and thank Amanda Jimenez, Megan Hopper and Jolie Dunham for heading up our party planning committee and making the day run smoothly.  They also had assistance from several of our parents who volunteered and remained on campus for half a day or the whole day to assist with all the little intricacies required to make things run like clockwork.  Also, to everyone who came and volunteered and made the event special for our students, thank you so much!  We could not do this without everyone pitching in to assist!

Watch Dog Dads: 

I want to thank all our Watch Dog Dads/Grandads for their participation in the program and for spending time with our students during the fall semester.   Your participation and dedication to our students has helped to encourage and inspire them and they look forward to your visits more and more.  If you have not had an opportunity to get involved, I highly recommend that you do.  The students will amaze you and you will leave with a full heart and a better appreciation for what our teachers and students do each and every day while they are at school.  Life is good at Morningside!

Gentle Reminder:

Please refrain from bringing any pets on property before or after school when dropping off or picking up children or at any other time during the day when students are present on campus.  This is a safety concern as there are students who are scared of pets and/or have allergies to pet dander.  Additionally, we can’t always predict how a pet might react should several students approach it at once.  Thank you for helping to keep our students safe.

As always, please let us know how we can partner with you to make this year a success for our students and our community.


Rita Bacque, Principal