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Paolo Dulcamara
Friday, March 20, 2020

March/April 2020 Newsletter

Continuity of Learning

Engaging every student...every day!

Dear Parents / Guardians and Students,

I usually send out the Newsletter for the next month closer to the end of the current month but these are unusual days we find ourselves experiencing.

We are in the midst of challenging and historic times. Together as a community we will persevere. Teachers are in communication with students and available by email for contact by home and student. Our goal, during these times, is to offer students a true continuity of learning, learning opportunities that can engage every student every day. 

I am directing everyone to our website and district website for COVID-19 or e-Learning related concerns. If your student is having a specific technology related question, there is also our e-Learning Help Desk.

We are not having non-essential personnel at the school at this time. We also, until further notice, will not be manning the office but we are available by email

As I am proofreading my own newsletter...please be patient with any mistakes as proofreading your own writing as we know can be tricky.


Mr. Paolo Dulcamara


Office News

Office hours are suspended at this time. Please visit the MMS website or District site for updates. Only essential employee personnel are allowed in the building past the office foyer at this time. If you have a need for your student’s belongings contact the office. You will likely need to schedule an appointment. At this time we are only getting critical items for pick up out of lockers: electronics, instruments, safety or health related items, medicines or items of significant monetary cost. All other items, as a general rule, will need to wait until non-essential personnel are again allowed into the school building. Your patience and understanding are appreciated.  Please, if you have a particular concern contact Mr. Dulcamara.

Again, this is a fluid situation and changes could be made at the District, City, State or Federal level that would change anything that might be written in this newsletter.

If you are needing to contact your student’s teacher, attached is a list of emails for Office and Certified Teacher emails.

From Lifetouch:

Based on the State of Illinois’ announcement to close schools, we have cancelled your Spring Picture Day event and have started to refund any pre-paid orders from MMS families. Any family that has pre-ordered a picture package will receive a refund within 10-14 days - and we have emailed families to share this information. Their dedicated Customer Service team is also available to answer any questions families may have about the refund process.  


  • All yearbooks must be ordered online by 3/15/20.  Go to 

  • Use code 1422920

  • Yearbooks ordered 10/1/19-3/1/20 are $22.00.

  • Yearbooks ordered 3/2/20-3/15/20 are $25.00.

  • No yearbooks may be ordered after 3/15/20.

Some important dates:

  • March 20th - E-Report Cards for the 3rd Quarter will be available at 4pm

  • April 1st - National Census Day

Braves’ Matters

The Mindful Minute (use a QR code reader to get a video message from Mr. Dulcamara): 

Home Learning Daily Schedule

Humans depend on everyday schedules.  This is a sample schedule to help students at home (and their parents!) build routine into their day.

You can click here to download your own to edit for your home.

Before 9:00

Wake Up

Eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, pick up room, brush your teeth


Morning Fresh Air

Family walk or outdoors time

Yoga if it’s raining


Academic Time


Soduku books, flashcards, study game, journal


Creative Time

Building toys (Legos, magnatiles, linkin logs,etc)  drawing, crafting, make music, cook or bake





A- Wipe down table and chairs

B- wipe all door handles, light switches, and desktops

C- Wipe both bathrooms- sinks and toilets


Quiet Time

Reading, puzzles, nap, quiet independent activities


Academic Time

Electronics okay

tablet/iPad games, Prodigy, educational TV show (PBS kids)


Afternoon Fresh Air

Bikes, walk the dog, play outside




Free Time

Kid showers, TV choice, family games





The MMS PTO has formed two committees, Teacher Appreciation and Fundraising.

PTO is looking for those interested in serving as PTO Board Members for the 2020-2021 academic school year. Next year will clearly have many demands as we strive to move past this current health crisis. Leadership to promote the school and connectivity between home and school will be even more important. PTO LEADERSHIP APPLICATION

Student Services 

News from the Nurse:

Concerning School physical and immunization requirements

With the approach of the summer months soon upon us, the Mascoutah CUSD #19 nursing staff wants to provide information regarding the health requirements for the 2020-2021 school year.   The School Board has adopted Policy 7:100 that requires all students entering grades Pre-K, Kindergarten, 6th and 9th grades to provide new and updated physicals and immunizations by the first full day of school. Students in grades 6 and 12 must provide proof of immunization against meningococcal disease.  If the required documentation is not provided, your child will be excluded from school attendance beginning the first full day of school.  The health requirements for all grade levels affected are provided in this attached letter from the nurse. If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse at your child’s school

From our Counseling and Social Workers:

What is Self-Care?

Self-care is any activity that we do with the purpose of taking care of our mental, emotional, & physical health. Although it’s a simple concept, it’s something we very often overlook. Good self-care is key to improving your mood & reducing negative feelings like worry, frustration, or sadness. A self-care activity should help you feel good, calm, relaxed, or happy.

YouTube videos:

Your Safe Place Meditation:

5 Minute Meditation:

Ocean Escape:

Sleep Stream:

Your Secret Treehouse:

Remember to checkout the MMS website for News, Events and our Live Feed. Follow us on Twitter and follow the District’s Facebook page for even more information.


Mascoutah Middle School.

846 N 6th Street, Mascoutah, IL, 62258

618-566-2305 / Fax: 618-566-2307