Morningside Mustangs 
"Galloping Towards Success"


posted by morningside elementary



Preschool Registration 2015-16

posted Apr 14, 2015, 12:51 PM by morningside elementary

Enrollment for Salem-Keizer Preschool begins on April 13, 2015.

Families may register any time after April 13 during regular office hours:
MondayFriday: 8:00 a.m.Noon and 1:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.

For more information and the 2015-16 Class Schedule & Fees click here.

  • Copies of immunization records and birth certificates are required for enrollment.
  • An information packet will need to be filled out at the time of registration.
  • A fee of $75 is due at registration. 
  • Your child must be 3 years old on or before September 10, 2015.

Registration is at the 

Salem-Keizer Preschool Office, 6425 Fruitland Rd NE, Salem, OR 97317.

Morningside Bookfair

posted Apr 8, 2015, 2:37 PM by morningside elementary

Book Fair

April 13 -17 

Sales will be before school and after school. 

8:30-9:00 am and 3:20-3:45pm 


Thursday April 16th 6-8 pm 

The book fair will be open and there will be coffee/juice and cookies for parents to come and shop.  Children can come with you to enjoy our event. 

Kindergarten 2015-2016

posted Apr 8, 2015, 1:22 PM by morningside elementary

Morningside Elementary 

Kindergarten Orientation May 15, 2015


Dear Parents,


Our school will hold a kindergarten orientation meeting on 

May 15 from 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm


Please help us spread the word by telling your friends and neighbors who have kindergarten-age children about this important meeting.


At kindergarten orientation, parents will learn about bus transportation, how to help their children prepare for school, what their students will experience during a typical school day, and much more.


Parents can RSVP for kindergarten orientation by calling the school office at Morningside Elementary 503-399-3173.


In the coming school year, kindergarten will be a free, full-day program. This means kindergarten students will attend school the same hours as first through fifth grade students. There’s a lot of research that shows academic and social benefits of full-day kindergarten for students. Our school is excited to welcome the next class of kindergarten students for a full day of learning and growing!


Registration is now open for fall kindergarten. Parents can register in advance of orientation, or pick up registration materials during the meeting.


Thank you for helping us spread the word out about kindergarten orientation!




Bonney Dietrich


Take your Child to Work Day

posted Apr 8, 2015, 11:03 AM by morningside elementary   [ updated Apr 8, 2015, 1:15 PM ]

Take your child to work day is on Thursday, April 23rd. All students who are participating need to be excused for the day.  Please let the school know that you will be taking your child to work with you for either a half or full day.  We hope that your days is full of fun and good educational memories with your child. 

 Our office phone number is 503-399-3173

Conference Days and No School Days

posted Mar 3, 2015, 11:47 AM by morningside elementary   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 11:57 AM ]


6              No School – Grading Day

18            Kinder only -No School – Conference

19           No School – Conferences

            Spring Break!!

                 March 19 - 27 No School


The Time for State Testing is Approaching

posted Mar 3, 2015, 11:40 AM by morningside elementary

Smarter Balanced test offers new challenges

Every year, students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 are tested in math and English language arts. Test time is rapidly approaching.

The state has a new test this year to measure students’ knowledge of state standards in these subjects. It’s called the Smarter Balanced test and it replaces the OAKS Test.

The Smarter Balanced test measures student progress toward new learning standards that are designed to prepare students for college and career. New standards require a new test.

A different test

The test-taking experience will be very different for students. For example:

·        The test is longer, so students need stamina to stick with it all the way to the end.

·        There’s a lot of writing in both the math and language arts tests.

·        Because it’s taken on a computer, students will need to know how to type on a keyboard.

·        There’s only one opportunity to take the test each year, but students have several hours to complete it. It’s important that they take their time and be careful when answering the test questions.

·        Students who participated a field test of the Smarter Balanced test said it is more interesting than OAKS.

Because the test is new and different, we expect it will take students a while to adjust. This means that students who may have done well on the old OAKS test may not do as well on the Smarter Balanced test at first. This is normal when tests change. Students will adjust with time.

How to help your student prepare

Parents can help their students transition to the Smarter Balanced test by doing a few simple things at home that support the work taking place in the classroom. Our school will be sending home “Parents’ Tips for Testing” in the coming weeks.

Here are some ways to help your student be successful on the Smarter Balanced test:

Keep it in perspective

It’s important to encourage your student to relax and give the test their best effort. State tests provide feedback to the State about how our schools are helping students reach state standards, and provide teachers with information on how students are learning. But remember, performance on the state test alone doesn’t reflect a student’s overall growth or achievement level. State tests are important, but they are just one of many data points teachers use to gauge student learning.

For more information

If you would like to know more about the Smarter Balanced test, please visit the Oregon Department of Education website, http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=3298

Kindergarten Orientation

posted Feb 24, 2015, 1:52 PM by morningside elementary

Please join us at this special meeting for parents and kindergarten students. We will talk about what a typical day is like, what you can do over the summer to help your child be ready for kindergarten, and tour the school.

Date: May 15, 2015 Time: 12:00-12:45 pm

Place: Morningside Elementary 
3513 12th Street SE Salem, OR 97302

Your entire family is welcome to attend. Please sign in at the school office.

RSVP: Please let us know if you can attend. Call 503-399-3173

We look forward to seeing you!

Free full-day kindergarten starts next fall

posted Feb 24, 2015, 11:58 AM by morningside elementary

Starting fall of 2015, Salem-Keizer Public Schools will offer free full-day kindergarten.


Previously, full-day kindergarten was offered as a tuition-based program at a few schools, and half-day kindergarten was available for free. The district will no longer offer half-day programs, but many private kindergarten providers will still offer half-day. Children are not required to attend kindergarten, however it is highly recommended.


Students who turn five on or before September 10, 2015 are eligible to register.


Registration opens February 17, 2015.

Parents are asked to register students right away so the district knows how many students will be attending in order to prepare an adequate number of classrooms, supplies, etc.


Early registration will help parents stay in the loop of upcoming school events like kindergarten orientation, which will take place in May.


How to register

To register, please visit the school and pick up a registration packet. If you’re unsure what school is assigned to serve your residence address, please visit the district’s school finder page: www.salemkeizer.org/content/boundary-information


Parents must complete and sign the forms in the registration packet (registration form, home language survey, immunization form) and provide:

1.      Proof of residence address. Examples of documents accepted include a copy of a utility bill, driver’s license with current address, copy of rental agreement, etc.

2.      Original birth certificate for the child. The school will make a copy and return the original to the parent.


Help your student get ready

Parents can help students get ready for kindergarten by helping them:

·        Hold a pencil, crayons and scissors correctly

·        Practice writing his/her name

·        Learn the ABC’s and how to count to twenty

·        Name and identify basic shapes, such as square, triangle and circle

·        Learn how to take turns and share with others


Please contact Morningside with questions about registering for kindergarten.

Popcorn Fridays

posted Feb 18, 2015, 1:34 PM by morningside elementary

Here are the remaining dates for Popcorn Friday.


Feb.       6th and 20th


March      13th


April      3rd and 17th


May        8th and 22nd


June       5th (FREE)

1-10 of 37