2018 Back-to-School Information

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SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR 
The first day of school for students is Monday, August 27. The first week of school will be a FULL FIVE-DAY WEEK. Schools and offices will be closed on Monday, September 3 for Labor Day Recess.

Print a copy of the 2018-2019 school calendar so you are aware of early dismissals and days off of school.

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HOMEROOM & BUS ASSIGNMENTS
Who is my teacher? What time does my bus arrive?
On Friday evening, August 10, the PowerSchool Parent Portal will open. Parents can locate homeroom assignments and bus information in the portal. Letters containing this information will also be mailed to each student and should arrive in mailboxes beginning on Monday, August 13.

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NEW THIS YEAR! COMPLETE YOUR ANNUAL STUDENT UPDATE BY SEPTEMBER 30!
This is the MOST important part of this entire email. Don’t skip it! The District is requesting that all student information be updated by September 30. Your children’s safety is a high priority at MASD. The District MUST have updated information in case of an emergency. Therefore, when you check for your child’s assignments in the portal on the evening of August 10, please take a few minutes to update all your contact information, complete your permission forms FOR EACH CHILD and enter all SchoolMessenger content so you are prepared for emergency and weather-related messages.

Check out this video which explains the power of PowerSchool then go the POWERSCHOOL PARENT PORTAL beginning Friday evening, August 10, 2018.

DON’T MISS THIS! THE FIRST 300 FAMILIES THAT THOROUGHLY COMPLETE THEIR INFORMATION WILL BE ENTERED INTO A DRAWING TO RECEIVE A FREE FAMILY ATHLETIC SEASON PASS. How cool is that!? Click on the picture below and Tim & Tim will tell you all about it!

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EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE START OF SCHOOL
The District has scheduled several events to help your children transition into their new year and also to kick-off the fall athletic season. Mark your calendars and take advantage of these opportunities to visit your school(s) before the first day and support your athletes.

Tuesday, August 21

Kindergarten Open House & Elementary Sneak Peek
5-7pm @ Fink/Kunkel/Reid

6th Grade Picnic
5-6:30pm @ MAMS

MAHS Building Tours for Freshmen & New Students
5:30-7:30pm @ MAHS

Medication Drop-off Night – NEW THIS YEAR!
5-7pm @ All Schools
Bring your child’s medication and paperwork to their school before the 1st day of school!

View details at Medication Drop-off Night.

Thursday, August 23

MAHS Building Tours for Freshmen & New Students
9-11am @ MAHS

Meet the Raiders
6:30pm @ War Memorial Field

Friday, August 24

Raiders Football @ Lower Dauphin at 7pm

Due to PIAA scheduling, the Raiders football season begins on “Week 0” this year which is the week prior to the start of the school year.

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SCHOOL MEALS
The District will be partnering again this year with Nutrition, Inc to provide balanced meals for your children.

  • Manage your children’s cafeteria fund at SchoolCafe.
  • Breakfast and lunch menus can be located at Nutrislice throughout the school year.
  • Families who wish to continue receiving free or reduced price meals must submit a new application each school year. See the Free & Reduced Meals page for details.
  • In accordance with the District’s requirement to comply with the paid lunch equity calculation, lunch prices for the 2018-2019 school year will increase as listed below. This is the first price increase for MASD in the past three years. Prices of breakfast and à la carte items will remain unchanged.

Elementary Regular Lunch: $2.40
Middle School Regular Lunch: $2.55
High School Regular Lunch: $2.65
High School Tiered Lunch: $3.15

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STUDENT HOURS

Fink: 8:30am – 3:15pm
Kunkel: 9:00am – 3:45pm
Reid: 8:30am – 3:15pm
MAMS: 7:40am – 2:40pm
MAHS: 7:25am – 2:30pm

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STUDENT INSURANCE
Parents may purchase student insurance through the District. See our Student Insurance page for details and consider taking advantage of these highly discounted plans:

Student Accident Insurance: (does not cover accidents incurred during athletic events)

  • School-day coverage only: $30 per year per student
  • 24-hour coverage: $113 per year per student

Dental Coverage: $20 per year per student

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SCHOOL SUPPLIES
The District provides most of the necessary classroom supplies. Seventh and eighth graders received a supply list at the end of the school year. All other teachers will inform their students on the first day of school if they have any specific requirements for their class.

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SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS 
Proof of all immunizations must be submitted by FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2018 OR THE STUDENT WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM SCHOOL BEGINNING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2018. View immunization requirements HERE.

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VOLUNTEER APPLICATION
Volunteers are an instrumental part of our school communities. For the safety of our students and staff, all volunteers must complete an application and screening process. All pertinent information can be found in our Volunteer Application Packet. Please complete your application NOW so you are ready to help with school events.

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STAY INFORMED
A high volume of school-related questions that we see on social media have already been answered through our communication avenues. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to view MASD news as soon as it is released. If you aren’t receiving emails from the District, you may have blocked us or our email may be going to your junk folder. Check your junk folder for communication@raiderweb.org and allow access. The other possibility is that we don’t have a current email address for your household so please check your information in PowerSchool.

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NEW WEBSITE
You may have noticed that information on raiderweb has been moved around or may even seem to have disappeared. Don’t panic! We are very excited to announce that MASD is launching a new website this fall so raiderweb.org is currently under construction. To prepare for the transition, webpages have been reorganized or moved so it may be challenging to locate needed information until the launch of the new site.

We have an easy solution for you! MOST EVERYTHING YOU NEED IS ON THE FOR PARENTS TAB IN THE TOP MENU. This is a one-stop page that provides the most requested parent resources. We encourage you to bookmark this page for easy reference throughout the year.

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MASD welcomes the Class of 2031 as they start their first year as Blue Raiders.
We are looking forward to great things from the Class of 2019 as they lead the student body this year.
And for everyone in between…show your Blue Raider Pride!
See you on August 27th! GO BLUE RAIDERS!

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