MCE FAQs

PTSA Related

What does MCE PTSA do?


The District PTSA and MCE PTSA support many programs, both financially and/or with volunteers. Without your membership dues and time, these programs wouldn't be possible. MCE PTSA supports a wide range of programs:

Student Activities & Programs

• After School Enrichment

• Art Ambassador - 2 or 3 times per year

• Cultural Arts: Field Trips & Visiting Author

• Running Feet

• Science Action - 2 or 3 times per year

School Events

• Welcome Back Picnic - September

• Fifth Grade Transition

• Roller-Skating Parties - 3x/yr. after school

• Red Ribbon Week - October

• School Pictures - October

• International Day (every 2nd year, next one 2019)

• STEM Day (every 2nd year, next one 2018)

MCE PTSA Fundraisers

• Book Fair

• Box Tops for Education

• MCE Spirit Wear

• Membership*

• Square 1 Art

• Super Sale*

* District PTSA Fundraisers benefit all Pittsford Central School District schools.

Communications

• Bulletin Board

• MCE PTSA Webpages

• MCExpress e-Newsletter

• Meeting Hospitality

• Newcomer Meeting

• Parent-Teacher Communication Folders ("take-home folders")

Child Advocacy Parent Representative

• Health & Safety

• Independent Leadership Team

• Learning Needs Liaison PASS

• Learning Needs Liaison QUEST

MCE School & Teacher Support

• Celebrate with a Book

• Playground Volunteers Coordination (POP)

• Room Parent Coordination

• Teacher/Staff Recognition

Special Projects

• Library Reading Programs

• MCE Student Directory

• Yearbook




Are there any gatherings or resources for newcomers?


MCE PTSA hosts a Newcomer gathering at the end of the summer, before school starts. During the school year, newcomers have an opportunity to ask questions at monthly MCE PTSA meetings. These meetings are a great opportunity to meet parents at the school. Contact the PTSA Newcomer Representative for dates and detailed information.




Can I bring my children who do not attend MCE to the school if I am attending a PTSA meeting, volunteering with ASE, joining my child for lunch or to a classroom activity?


Most often this is not a problem. (Definitely for PTSA meetings, ASE volunteering, and lunch) However, for classroom activities, siblings generally may not attend. Check with the organizer with specific questions.




How can I submit an article for the MCExpress?


The MCExpress is published most Sunday mornings, except around some holidays. Email the editor at mcexpress@pittsfordptsa.net by Friday at noon to have your writeup included in the next MCExpress.





School Related

What are the important MCE phone numbers?


Main Number: 585-267-1400

Heath Office: 585-267-1440

Bus Garage: 585-267-1480

Attendance Line: 585-267-1409




What time will by child be home on Early Dismissal days?


Refer to the School District Calendar for important dates and times, including early dismissal days. The calendar will note the time school ends on these days. If your child rides the bus, it should take your child an equitable amount of time to get home on the bus as it takes them on a regular day. For Kindergarteners, some Early Dismissal days are a no school day, while others are a regular day. The school usually sends home reminders about these days to avoid confusion. Read the updates carefully.




What activites can my child do at MCE? Are all activities available to all grades?


Visit the Program Directory for more information about the following programs. Click on the teacher names to email the teacher.

Kindergarten - No school-sponsored or PTSA-sponsored activities available.

1st Grade

After School Enrichment, Sponsored by PTSA

Roller Skating (Wednesdays, 3x/year)

Running Feet, Sponsored by PTSA (during recess, weather permitting)

2nd Grade

After School Enrichment, Sponsored by PTSA

Roller Skating (Wednesdays, 3x/year)

Running Feet, Sponsored by PTSA (during recess, weather permitting)

3rd Grade -

After School Enrichment, Sponsored by PTSA

Newspaper Club (Thursdays, Mrs. Carpin)

Roller Skating (Wednesdays, 3x/year)

Running Feet, Sponsored by PTSA (during recess, weather permitting)

Turkey Trot (November, Ms. Moon)

4th Grade

Chorus (Tuesdays, Mrs. Malloy)

Helping Hands, Sponsored by Student Council (during lunch 1x/mo)

Newspaper Club (Thursdays, Mrs. Carpin)

Odyssey of the Mind (Joyce Bernard)

Recorder Club (Wednesdays, Mrs. Malloy)

Roller Skating (Wednesdays, 3x/year)

Running Feet, Sponsored by PTSA (during recess, weather permitting)

Student Council (voted on by students) (Fridays 2x/mo 8:30am, Mrs. Mitchell & Ms. Weeks)

Turkey Trot (November, Ms. Moon)

5th Grade

Band (Wednesdays/Fridays, Mrs. Regan)

Book Store (helpers selected by teachers) (Mrs. Hosbach & Ms. Egan)

Chorus (Thursdays, Mrs. Malloy)

Helping Hands, Sponsored by PTSA (during lunch 1x/mo)

Newspaper Club (Thursdays, Mrs. Carpin)

Odyssey of the Mind (Joyce Bernard)

Orchestra (Mondays, Mrs. Goluses)

Recorder Club (Wednesdays, Mrs. Malloy)

Roller Skating (Wednesdays, 3x/year)

Running Feet, Sponsored by PTSA (during recess, weather permitting)

Safety Patrol (selected by teachers) (2 or 3 times/week 8:25am)

Ski Club (Mondays in Jan/Feb, Mrs. Malloy)

Student Council (voted on by students) (Fridays 2x/mo 8:30am, Mrs. Mitchell & Ms. Weeks)

Turkey Trot (November, Ms. Moon)




Who do I contact regarding Special Education Services? Are there any additional parental supports?


Elizabeth Woods is the Director of Special Education and can be reached at 267-1014. Parent Advocates for Special Students (PASS) is a district wide, PTSA sponsored network of parents interested in special education and trends. Visit the PASS web page for more information.




Where is Lost and Found?


There are Lost and Found containers in the MCE cafeteria (located is in the basement of the school) and in the district transportation office (located directly across the parking lot from the MCE main entrance).




What is the protocol on teacher's gifts, particularly during the holidays?


In the spring, PTSA organizes Teacher Appreciation Day. Room parents will contact families and ask them to consider donating a small amount per child. This is voluntary and it is NOT allowed to be more than $5. With this money, they will organize a class gift for the teacher(s) in your child's class. Recent NYS tax laws state that gifts worth a total of $75 or more received from students have to be reported as extra earnings by the teachers. Over the holidays, some parents choose to send in cookies or other small tokens to show their appreciation. This is voluntary and again should not be a costly gift.




Do I have any input as to my child's teacher placement for next year?


In the spring, the building principal sends home a form via your child's Take Home Folder requesting family input. The purpose of collecting input is to place students into the environment that best suits them. Families can’t request to have (or not have) a specific teacher. Current year teachers also provide feedback to the principal to help make the best choice for each child. A week or two before school starts, families receive a welcome back packet with teacher assignment and back to school information.




What "specials" do students participate in at school?


Art, gym, library, computer and music. Each day your child will have one or more special. Your classroom teacher will send this schedule home early in the school year. Children in 4th and 5th grades are required to bring in a change of clothing for gym class and will be assigned a locker.




What is offered to buy for lunch and how much is it? How do they pay for lunch?


Lunch and recess are at the same time each day. Lunch and recess for 1st-5th grade are between the hours of 11:20am-1:15pm. Hot lunches cost $3.00 (subject to change from year to year) and include milk. A menu with daily selections is sent home at the beginning of each month. Fruit and yogurt, salad bar and a bagel box are also offered on a daily basis. Parents are encouraged to sign up for an online for a debit card on MySchoolBucks.com. Parents may come in and have lunch with their child at any time throughout the year. Please check with your child’s teacher regarding their lunch time. Please contact the school if your children have allergies or with questions.




Can I get a class list with student contact information?


Families should sign up online to be included in the school directory. If you have signed up previously, a link will be emailed directly to you asking to confirm your contact information. Directories are printed and distributed to all students.




What do I need to bring to visit school?


Bring a drivers license or photo ID when visiting. Anyone entering the school must use the main entrance and sign in at the office before entering the building. All other doors are locked during the school day. Visitors are required to wear a visitor sticker at all times while in the building.




Is there a Back-To-School orientation/summer visit day?


A school information packet will be sent out at the end of August with details regarding visiting the school/classroom prior to the first day.





Community

How does my son/daughter join Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts?


Girl Scout Information: Girl Scout troops start in kindergarten. Visit the Girl Scouts website for more information: Girl Scouts

Cub Scouts: Cub Scouts start in 1st grade. Visit the Boy Scounts website for more information: Boy Scouts




What sporting activities are in the area?


Pittsford has many sporting clubs. Here are a few that may be of interest:

Pittsford Mustangs - Developmental and travel soccer leagues

Pittsford Little League - Fall and spring programs and leagues.

Pittsford Community Lacrosse Inc.- Several programs for boys and girls starting in kindergarten

CYP Basketball

Pittsford Volleyball League- for 3rd-6th graders






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