Route 40

Elementary School

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Working with Bees
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Working in the Garden
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Pre-K Blue Day
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Third Grade at Hickory
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Monthly Newsletter

September 2018
Enjoy Labor Day!
This is just a reminder that Garrett County Schools are closed on Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day.
Music and Media Staff
We would like to welcome Mrs. Mazer as our new Media Assistant. Mrs. Mazer is a recent Frostburg State University graduate with a degree in elementary education. She will be helping our students in the media center. We also want to welcome our new music teacher, Mr. King. He is a recent graduate of Mansfield University in Pennsylvania with a degree in Music Education. We are excited to have him join our team.
Rachel’s Challenge Trip
Students in kindergarten through fifth grade will be going to Accident Elementary School on September 12 for a program produced by Rachel’s Challenge. The program is based on the five challenges from Rachel Scott and addresses kindness. Please read the attached information for more detail. Permission forms will be coming home next week. Only students with signed permission forms will be permitted to attend.
PTO Meeting/Membership
We will host our first Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meeting on September 5 at 6:00 p.m. Our meetings are held in the media center. PTO is currently accepting dues for membership $3.00 per person or $5.00 per family. Membership gives you a voice in the decision making process. We will be reviewing safety drills and preparing for the Halloween Social. Please join us to support our students!
Hickory Environmental Education Center
Some of our students will start visits to Hickory this month. Hickory is our outdoor environmental education center. It is located on the Northern High and Middle School complex. Students complete STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) lessons. Our planetarium is also located there. This trip does not require parents as chaperones since Hickory provides the additional staff and is part of our school system. To learn more about the site, please visit, click on the departments tab and select Hickory Environmental Education Center.
Our school is inviting you to join Remind, a text messaging system that allows you to receive messages from our school on your phone. We send home reminders about early dismissals, school closures due to inclement weather, special events and other important information. PLEASE NOTE, THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN LAST YEAR! If you have a smart phone (android or i-phone), open your browser to and join Route 40 School by adding your name and cell phone number or email address. If you do not have an android or i-phone, please text @route40s to 81010. If you are unsuccessful with that, try texting @route40s to (469) 208-6807 instead.
Martins Card Numbers
If you have a Martin’s card, please consider sending us your name and number. You can also enter your information on the Martin’s A+ website at
Safety Drills
We will be conducting lock down drills four times this year. We teach the children that we are practicing being safe and quiet. Fire drills are conducted monthly and bus drills are twice a year. We also conduct a tornado drill and earthquake drill annually. If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Maust.
Box Tops
We collect Box Tops for Education. Each box top earns the school 10 cents. They can be found on products like tissues and bags as well as several food products. Your child will bring home a Box Top collection sheet. Please cut out and glue them to the sheet and send them to school as they are filled. Box Tops do have expiration dates so please check them before adding them to the sheet. Please continue to send box tops to school throughout the year. The teachers use the proceeds to buy materials and supplies for their classrooms.
School Pictures
School pictures will be taken on September 28. Please look for the additional information from Life Touches.
Parent volunteers are a vital part of our school routine. We host a regular work session to help prepare supplies on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 – 3:00. If Wednesdays don’t align to your schedule, please feel free to call and set up another time to join us. We value the assistance volunteers can provide to our educational program. If you would be interested in assisting in other ways, please contact the classroom teacher. All volunteers wanting to work in the classroom with students will need prior approval from Mrs. Maust. Anyone working directly with children will need a background check and fingerprinting completed through the Board of Education. We do have a strict confidentiality policy for anyone working in proximity of students.
2017-2018 yearbooks have arrived and will be sent home with your child. There are currently yearbooks from the school year 2017-2018 available for purchase for $18 each. Please make checks payable to RT 40 PTO. We are looking for volunteers to help design the 2018-2019 yearbook. For more information please call the school.
Arrival/Dismissal Schedule
Students are encouraged to ride busses. In the event that a parent must provide transportation, students may enter the building after 8:10 a.m. but must be in the building before 8:30 to avoid being marked tardy. Students will be sent to their classrooms at 8:20 with classes starting at 8:30. Students will be dismissed from classes on the following schedule:
Parent Pick Up 3:15
Busses 3:20 Bus 20, Bus 74, Bus 12
Due to the limited number of staff available to cover these duties, students will need to report for dismissal on time. No student will be permitted to return to the classroom from the bus line. Any noncompliant student will be treated as not being in their assigned area and the Code of Conduct will be followed.
School Improvement and Parent Involvement Teams
We are looking for creative and innovative parents wanting to support continued improvement and success for our students and ways to involve more parents. If you are interested in joining us in planning for the school year, please send a note in the planner or call. We are always looking for new ideas
Love and Logic Tip
It was a typical trip. There I sat at gate B 29… waiting for yet another airplane… trying not to think about the fact that my connecting flight was still 2 hours way. Like a cool summer breeze, Andrew arrived on the scene. “What that?” he asked his mother, pointing at one of the planes taxiing down the runway.

“That’s an airplane, Andrew” she replied with a smile.

“What that?” he inquired, pointing at something else.

“That’s what they pull planes with,” she gently replied.

“What that?” he asked as his bright eyes gazed the other way.

With loving patience, she answered, “I don’t know, Andrew. I’m not sure.”
Never losing his enthusiasm and his six million dollar smile, Andrew proceeded to ask “What that?” approximately 15 more times over the next thirty minutes.

What a joy it was to watch this small child’s wonder and excitement! What a pleasure to see his kind mother do her best to sweetly address his multiple inquiries!

In my seminars I’m often asked, “What do we have to do to make kids want to learn?”

My response is always the same:
All children are born with a strong drive to explore, learn
and master their environment.

The key to helping underachieving kids is not punishment! It doesn’t involve finding bigger and better consequences… or better rewards.
Lack of academic motivation is usually the result of unmet needs related to control, competence, emotional safety, belonging, etc.

Demonstrating a sincere desire to help… and not to punish… is the first step along the road to recovery. The next steps involve rebuilding the foundation of emotional needs that free kids to learn. In my book, From Bad Grades to a Great Life!, I describe practical and proven strategies designed to give parents the tools for rebuilding this foundation… and enjoying happy relationships with the children they love.

Thanks for reading!

Dr. Charles Fay
September Events
3 No School
5 PTO 6:00
12 Rachel’s Challenge Trip K-5
14 Grades 1 and 3 to Hickory
18 Noon Dismissal
26 Midterm
28 Picture Day