Rider Important Updates
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM DO - Back to School Night - All Elementary Schools except MECC
September 28, 2023
October 4, 2023
October 6, 2023
Dear McIlvaine Family,
Our school will be hosting its annual Parent Information Night on Tuesday, September 12th. This is an opportunity for families to learn about our school curriculum and the exciting activities that your child will participate in at McIlvaine this school year. This important gathering also allows our teachers to share academic goals for our kindergarten program, individual classroom information, and logistics regarding your child’s homework bag.
We have divided the school into two sessions for the evening’s function. The time for your child’s classroom is listed below:
ALL Spanish immersion homerooms to meet in the cafeteria
(Adams, Boxton, Mihalyi & Room 14)
Laws/Wang (students assigned to Laws homeroom #15)
Wang/Laws (students assigned to Wang homeroom #17)
Day/Liu (students assigned to Day homeroom #16)
Liu/Day (students assigned to Liu homeroom #18)
Please note that child care will not be available on September 12th. Additionally, Parent Information Night is an opportunity for teachers and families to speak as a group. Teachers will share their individual email accounts and phone extensions during the session so that families may schedule a conference if needed.
Finally, parking at our school is limited, which necessitated splitting our evening into two sessions. All families are asked to park in the lined spaces in our lot, the fire hall parking lot across the street, or in the Town of Magnolia’s overflow parking just down the street from McIlvaine if possible. Do not park in the small lot next to the water tower – this is saved for EMTs and first responders in case of emergency. No parking should occur in front of homes on Walnut Street. Additionally, parking spaces occupied by families during the first session will need to be utilized by families attending the second session so we must be “good neighbors.”
Thank you (in advance) for your support of this school-wide endeavor. We look forward to seeing you at Parent Information Night.
McIlvaine ECC will be holding school-wide color days to support instruction related to colors and readiness skills. During this celebration students & staff celebrate one color each day by wearing as much of the color as possible in their clothing! You can dress in the color from head to toe or just some pops of color here and there! We hope you all will join us in celebrating our colors!
9/11 Patriot Day
Wear Red, White & Blue!
9/12 Red Day
9/13 Orange Day
9/14 Yellow Day
9/15 Green Day
9/18 Blue Day
9/19 Purple Day
9/20 Brown Day
9/21 Black Day
9/22 White Day
9/25 Say Cheese!
Dress to impress for Fall Picture Day
9/26 Pink Day
9/27 Gray Day
9/28 Rainbow Day
Rainbow Day (September 28th)
This is a chance for your child to be creative and wear as many colors as possible to school. This special day caps off our school-wide color days celebration. We can’t wait to see the array of colors displayed at school on this day!
Welcome to McIlvaine Early Childhood Center, Home of the Littlest Riders! Our staff can’t wait for you and your child to enter the doors of our learning community. Your kindergartener is embarking on the start of an exciting educational journey, and we’re glad that you’ve chosen McIlvaine ECC as the place to begin the learning process.
Education is a partnership that involves you, your children, and our staff. We will provide outstanding teachers, a caring and supportive staff, and a safe and fun learning environment for your child. As our partners, we need you to instill in your children the value of education. Some of the best ways to do this are making sure your child is well-rested, arrives each day on time and ready to learn, helping them with homework, and talking with them about ideas and topics that they're studying in school. I also strongly encourage you to read to and with your child everyday. This is one of the best ways to instill their love of reading while building and reinforcing important literacy skills. Twenty minutes of daily reading -- to and with your child -- equals one hundred and twenty two hours of reading skills practiced in one year!
McIlvaine ECC is your school. We want you to feel that you are a welcome and integral part of the learning community. Everyone at our school including teachers, students, families, office staff, paraprofessionals, custodians, and food service workers is continually learning, growing, and working together to enrich the learning environment. Learning together and sharing with each other are two of the most powerful ways to learn. Acting in this way also builds relationships and a sense of community in our school.
Get involved! Time invested with your child(ren) at home and at school pays off in huge dividends. The more you participate, the more you and your child will benefit from school. I strongly encourage you to attend school functions and to volunteer in the classroom or library, share your talents, and chaperone field trips. Please contact your classroom teacher or call the school for more information on ways that you can get involved.
CR Headlines & Features
The Board of Education of the Caesar Rodney School District is pleased to announce that Dr. Corey Miklus has been appointed as the new Superintendent for the district. Currently the Superintendent for the Seaford School District, Dr. Miklus brings a wealth of experience and a proven record of accomplishment for educational excellence to this position. A start date for Dr. Miklus is yet to be determined.
At the annual Caesar Rodney School Board reorganization meeting held on Wednesday, July 5, the newest member was sworn in by Board of Education President, Jessica Marelli.
Jossette Threatts, paraprofessional at Major George S. Welch Elementary, was recognized earlier this year as the District's 2022-2023 Educational Support Professional of the Year (ESPY). She is shown here at the Delaware Department of Education's banquet honoring every ESPY in December. L to R: Mark Holodick, Secretary of Education; Jossette Threatts; State Senator Laura Sturgeon; State Representative Ruth Briggs King; State Representative Ed Olienski.
Stephanie Cummings, a fifth grade English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at Major George S. Welch Elementary School was recently awarded $400 as a winner of the Fifth Annual Hertrich Cash for Class competition. The award money will be used to support student’s interest in the popular Lego Robotics system. Lego Robotics is a great way to encourage students to learn about engineering and coding.
Allen Frear Elementary School served as the backdrop for Governor Carney on Thursday, as he introduced a new program encouraging students to keep their communities litter free. The program – “Litter Free School Zones” – was launched in coordination with Keep Delaware Beautiful, the Department of Transportation, and the “Keep DE Litter Free” initiative.
After spending the last year as the Deputy Secretary for the Delaware Department of Human Resources (DHR), Dr. Jessilene Corbett has recently been chosen by the Caesar Rodney Board of Education to become the Assistant Superintendent to serve in the administration of Superintendent Dr. Christine Alois.
The Caesar Rodney School District is proud to announce that it has recently received a $227,000 grant award from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) as part of the Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund. The grant funds will be used to build capacity for habitat restoration and education across the district.
The Band and Music programs of the Caesar Rodney School District recently received a generous donation from local musician and Air Force retiree Kevin Keene. Kevin gifted 4 electric guitars, 4 bass guitars, and 8 amplifiers to be used by music students at Caesar Rodney High School and the middle schools.
Earlier this month, Caesar Rodney High School principal Dr. Sherry Kijowski was named Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Educational Office Professionals (NAEOP), at their annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Congratulations to Dr. K, for this well-deserved honor!
The Delaware Sea Turtle Project held a ceremony last week to recognize the Loggerhead as the official State Sea Turtle. Riaan Patel of Allen Frear Elementary was awarded 1st place in the Elementary Art Contest Category for Kent County. Aiden Smith (2nd Place) and Madysen Myers (3rd place) of Caesar Rodney High School were Kent County winners in the Sea Turtle Essay Contest, as well.
The Caesar Rodney School District is proud to recognize paraprofessional Jossette Threatts, of Major George S. Welch Elementary School, as the District’s 2022-2023 Educational Support Professional of the Year (ESPY). This award is coordinated by the Department of Education (DOE), and the state-wide winner will be announced in fall 2022.
Michele (Missy) Snyder, a second grade math teacher at Major George S. Welch Elementary School, has been selected as the 2022-2023 Caesar Rodney School District Teacher of the Year. By being chosen as the District winner Mrs. Snyder is eligible for the State Teacher of the Year award that will be announced in the fall by the Delaware Department of Education.
Earlier this week Fred Fifer III Middle School served as the site for an announcement by U.S. Senator Chris Coons about a $215,000 state grant that will expand the services of the Best Buddies Delaware program! Fifer students joined the Senator and representatives from Best Buddies to make the announcement.
An Equal Opportunity EmployerThe Caesar Rodney School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment or educational programs, services or activities based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, veteran or marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification or genetic information in accordance with State and Federal laws. Inquiries about compliance should be made to the Title IX, District 504 and ADA Compliance Officers: Paul L. Dunbar Administrative Building, 7 Front Street, Wyoming DE, 19934. Phone (302)698-4800.
Department of JusticeBullying Prevention and School Crime ContactJoseph Flinn (Ombudsperson)Hotline: 1-800-220-5414