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Marshall Special Enews 4/8/20

Posted on: April 8, 2020

Marshall Elementary E-News

April 9, 2020


School News and Information

Happy Thursday Marshall Families!


Again, thank you for all of the support you are providing to your child(ren) during this time of at home learning.  We know it is not easy to manage all of the various demands that have been put on each of us during this time of staying home.  Just remember we want to keep students engaged in learning and at the same time enjoy the time together as a family that we don’t always have.  At our house we have certainly enjoyed the beautiful weather this week - even if it is just sitting in lawn chairs, enjoying some music, and the peacefulness around us.  


Tootles - This week I read some tootles for students who were being PAX Leaders at home. I want to give you the opportunity to acknowledge how your child is being a PAX Leader at home.  Complete this form and let me know the positive things they have done while at home - this a great way to encourage the behaviors you want to see more of at home. You will then receive an electronic tootle form in your email congratulating your child.  Tootle Form


Thank you to those who joined us on our Marshall Facebook Page for Game Day yesterday.  I think everyone had fun playing some Bingo! Be on the lookout for next week’s game day.


I also hope you have enjoyed our morning announcements.  I have enjoyed creating them and seeing the kids on the flipgrid post. If you would like to have your child(ren) selected for the pledges please record a video of your child(ren) saying either pledge or both and send it to me at  Depending on how many I receive, I will use as many as I can.  


Pledge of Allegiance

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, 

and to the Republic for which it stands,

one Nation under God, 

indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


PAX Leader Pledge

I am a Pax Leader.

I better world, I better myself.

I create more peace, productivity, health, and happiness.

I am a Pax Leader.


As a reminder the link for morning announcements will be posted on the students Abre announcement screen, our Marshall Facebook page, and Marshall Twitter account.


Abre on the Chromebook

Open a new tab and it should open

Open the Student Announcements for the Day


Abre on the iPad

Open Safari or Go to the Talawanda T and go to

Click on Sign in as Student

Click Sign in with Google

If it asks for Students Login it is:

Password is:

LunchNumbertsd (ex.  123456tsd)


Stay Connected with Marshall - #thisisMEtsd

Facebook   - Marshall Elementary - Oxford, Ohio

Twitter  - @TSDMarshall


Kindergarten Registration

We started collecting information about Kindergarten for next year before the school closings.  If we have not taken your information yet and you have a child who will turn 5 before August 1, please complete this form and we will email you further directions for registering your child for kindergarten.  


Counselor’s Corner

Mrs. Elam, Counselor -

Mrs. Schwegman, Counselor -

Mrs. Rolfes, School Social Work -

Mrs. Owens, School Psychologist -


One of the things we know about times of crisis is that sticking to a routine is crucial to our own mental health. So, we’ve put together 10 tips on how to maintain a routine of kindness during difficult times:


  1. Maintain a sleep schedule and manage your hygiene. This may be difficult for those working on the front lines, but remember that sleep is critical to wellness. Getting enough (continuous) sleep is so important! Keep up with your hygiene habits. Get showered, brush your teeth, wash your face, wear something other than pajamas (even though they are so comfy!) and include bright colors in your daily wardrobe.

  2. Do good for others! When we help others and increase altruistic behavior, we are doing good for ourselves. There is a LOT of evidence about the science of doing good and why it benefits our own health. Make sure that while you’re taking care of yourself, you’re doing what you can to support others.

  3. Get outside. Go for a walk. Play frisbee. Plant some flowers. Try to go for at least 30 minutes. If you can’t go outside, open the windows. Get fresh air and sunshine. Vitamin D is so important to our physical and mental health. Soak up some rays!

  4. Connect with others. Use your phone or platforms like FaceTime, Skype or Zoom to talk with family and friends. Share how you’re feeling and actively listen to others when they share how they are feeling.

  5. Spend a little extra time with your children and/or pets. They may be confused and/or scared. This is a great time to build stronger connections with those around you. Looking for ideas for things to do with your kids? Did you know we have a curriculum that has all kinds of great ideas and activities? Check it out and adapt the lessons for use at home! And, it is SO IMPORTANT to keep kids on a schedule as well. Let your children help with creating a daily schedule that includes academics, exercise, creative time, quiet time and time to connect with friends.

  6. Drink lots of water! Eat healthy. Often, during stressful times we over-indulge and don’t maintain a healthy diet. Use this time to re-evaluate your diet and try new recipes!

  7. Develop a self-care plan for yourself. Consider strategies that are proven to work well for many. Listen to music you love, burn a candle that smells good, write in your journal or read a book. When was the last time you colored something? Get out the crayons and colored pencils and color a picture! Take a long warm bath. Start a craft project. Organize a room. Whatever feels good to you… do it and pat yourself on the back for taking care of yourself.

  8. Be kind. Everyone is doing their best right now. It is easy to be judgmental of how others are handling this challenging time, but know that we all operate a little differently. Offer a bit of grace to others during this time. Notice all the good things happening in the world right now. There are a ton of great things… just do a search online for “good news during Covid-19” and you’ll find a lot!

  9. Find a reason to smile every day. In fact, find a way to generate a good hearty belly laugh every day. It does a body good.

  10. Be grateful. There is SO MUCH to be grateful for right now. Practicing gratitude builds resilience and helps us through the toughest times. Find three things every day that you are grateful for and write them down. Put the lists in a jar and look at your lists months from now to remind you of all the little reasons you were able to get through this period.

Previously Posted Readings from the Counselors

The Children Who Loved Books - Mrs. Schwegman

Art, Music, and PE Lessons

Here are the links to Art, Music, and PE lessons that you can incorporate into your schedule throughout the week.  Art Music     PE



PAX Tools

In these trying times with families spending so much extra time at home with physical distancing, distance learning, remote work, etc. parents are strained more than ever. PAX Tools is something that can help! PAX Tools is a collection of evidence-based, trauma-informed strategies for caregivers to improve cooperation and self-regulation with children. PAX Tools draws on decades of science to create strategies that support parent/caregivers to create a nurturing environment that ultimately helps kids thrive!


Kristen Smith, Prevention Coordinator for Envision Partnerships, is a trained PAX Tools Community Educator. She will be offering a virtual format for the PAX Tools Workshop Thursday, April 16, 3:00- 4:30 pm


This FREE workshop aims to help parents/caregivers in limiting problematic behaviors and reinforcing prosocial behaviors with their children, creating a home environment that is not just surviving but thriving! Caregivers who participate in this virtual workshop will receive free materials they need to effectively use PAX Tools with children, including the free PAX Tools App


Register for this workshop by clicking on the link below. Will you also please help spread the word by sharing this blog with your friends who would benefit from more peace, productivity, health and happiness at home? A time like this really highlights how we are all in this together.


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

You may have heard that Dolly Parton's Imagination Library recently expanded to include all children Birth-5 in Butler County.  This is wonderful news, as each enrolled child will receive 1 FREE book a month in the mail until their 5th birthday. Here is the link:  Also Check Out:  Good Night with Dolly


Student Meal Program Flyer


Previous E-News Links

Health and Safety


For resources on addressing the coronavirus please visit:


During this time away from school please stay at home, 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 - our playgrounds and schools grounds are closed.  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

4/13 to 5/1 - Online Learning Days

5/4 - School Resumes (Based on 3/30/20 Order - Subject to Change)