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Marshall Special Enews 3/19/20

Posted on: March 19, 2020

Marshall Elementary Special E-News

March 19, 2020


School News and Information

Happy Thursday!  We are into our 2nd official day of Online Learning Days.  I am sure that you have been overwhelmed by the amount of information shared with you (I know I have been) so I will try to keep this short.  I have also removed many of the links. All previous ENews messages can be found at:


Just like your kids may be missing school, their teachers, and their friends, our staff is missing your kid. It’s been tough to have a very abrupt halt to our daily interactions with students. We all went into education because we love working with children and are driven by making a difference in their lives.  We love getting updates from students on how they are doing. We love seeing pictures, videos, or little email updates. Several teachers have shared with me the updates they have received. It’s great to see!



There have been some questions about how grading will be done during this time. It’s too early for me to provide a complete answer on this topic. My main focus right now is not about a grade, but rather that we still have student engagement and are maintaining/practicing the skills we have learned or were learning.  What is important right now is to have kids active in learning. We are not going to stress over deadlines at this time (we have enough stress already) - the goal is for learning to take place over time.  


Thank You Parents

I’ve seen the jokes floating around that parents have expelled their kids from homeschooling or are actively seeking a transfer to another homeschool! Teaching is tough! Being a parent is tough! We know that a lot more responsibility and engagement have been thrown at you in a short amount of time. Just know we appreciate all you are doing to help support your kid. We need our amazing parents now more than ever. The more you show a good attitude about learning, the better it will be for your kid as well.  Our teachers will continue to provide guidance and support as well.   




Some K-2 parents have reported getting messages through Facetime or iMessage on the iPads.  This is not typically set up on our iPads for student use. In addition, if someone tries to use one of these features a message will show up on about 20 other iPads because the classroom set is connected to the same Apple account.  If it happens in the classroom, the teacher would know and see it on 20 iPads - now that they are in 20 different homes you all might not realize this is happening. To disable this feature Go to Settings and follow the steps below. The steps are similar for iMessage.  Settings might be located in a folder called education or teacher only. ]


Health and Safety


For resources on addressing the coronavirus please visit:


During this time away from school please avoid large gatherings, cover your coughs using your elbow, avoid the touching of your eyes, nose and mouth, and wash your hands frequently.  The purpose of this closure is to slow the spread of the virus and this can only be done if each of us takes a few extra precautions. This also means not using the school grounds as a place to gather and play.  Be safe and stay healthy.


Staff Email Addresses



Mrs. Chasteen -

Mrs. Schaefer -

Mrs. Ziegler - Miss McKiski -


1st Grade

Mrs. Hickey -

Mrs. Kraushar -

Mrs. Seeger -


2nd Grade

Miss Beaton -

Mrs. Birkemeier -

Mrs. Rein -


3rd Grade

Mrs. Johnson -

Mrs. Meicenheimer -


4th Grade

Mrs. Bowers -

Mrs. Lykins -

Mrs. Mesler -


5th Grade

Mrs. Croucher -

Mrs. Slattery -

Mrs. Withrow -


Upcoming Dates

3/18 to 3/20 - Online Learning Days

3/23 to 3/27 - Spring Break (While staff will not be providing activities this week please feel free to continue the online practice since we aren’t going anywhere)

3/30 to 4/2 - Online Learning Days

4/6 - School Resumes (Anticipated Date - Updates are made almost Daily)