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Meet the Instrument Night

Meet the instrument

Bring your child to Russell Elementary School on Monday evening, June 4th, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, to learn about the different musical instruments available to current 3rd and 4th grade students for music lessons next year!

Academic Calendar 2018-2019

Our Academic Calendar for School Year 2018-2019 is on the website (under the header ‘News, Events and Calendar’). It was recommended by district administration and approved last evening at the Regular Board Meeting.


You will notice that the calendar has 183 school days for all students K-12.  Our make-up days are listed in the lower left corner.  It is our intention to use these make-up days in the order listed on the calendar as school closures occur, barring any unanticipated considerations.


The district also has adopted a modified spring break schedule for next year.  After careful consideration, administration recommended this calendar version, which includes a shorter spring break and an earlier year end, because it has several benefits.  These benefits include allowing for more meaningful instructional time and more flexibility in scheduling of PSSA’s, with the goal of improving student achievement and reducing student stress relating to testing. 


For example, the calendar allows the district to utilize the days before and after Spring Break for testing, giving the students a rest between testing sessions, and therefore a less stressful testing schedule. Please note that the testing schedule is specific to the individual school as long as it falls within the window from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

2018-2019 District Academic Calendar


Dr. Carol Cary


Meet the Instruments Night

Image result for instrumentsBring your child to Russell Elementary School on Monday evening, June 4th, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, to learn about the different musical instruments available to current 3rd and 4th grade students for music lessons next year!

Submitting Electronic Absence Notes

New in 2017-2018: Absence notes may be submitted to the school as an email attachment with the following guidelines:

Directions on submitting electronic absence notes

1.    Parent or guardian writes the absence note on a piece of paper.

2.    Parent/guardian signs the note.

3.    Parent/guardian scans the note or takes a picture of the note.

4.    Parent attaches scanned note/picture of note to an email.

5.    Parent/guardian sends the message to the designated email address for absence notes. (Each school building has its own attendance email account.)

Please follow these guidelines:

·      NO electronic signatures will be accepted.

·      ONLY emails with a signed absence note attached will be accepted.

·      Emailed notes MUST be sent to the designated email account.  Please do not send directly to school staff members.

·      Notes must contain the date of absence, student’s name, grade level, reason for absence and parent/guardian signature.

 The designated email account is for absence notes only.  All other content should be sent to a school staff member directly.

Culbertson- cuattendance@mnsd.org

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