McDowell Weekly Updates
  • Reminder: There will be NO SCHOOL for students grades PreK-8th grade on Wednesday, February 8th due to Parent Teacher conferences.

    Winter weather reminder: students need to have appropriate clothes for outdoor recess daily.  Five important items to have are: hats, gloves, coat, snow pants, and boots.  If they want to play in the snow, they will need to bring snow pants and boots.  Please help your child learn to dress themselves so that they can maximize their recess time!  It takes a great amount of time to zip coats, put on gloves, tie boots, etc.  Students may leave snowpants at the school but please communicate with your child and their teacher which items should remain at school vs. brought home.    

    • February 7 - Explore(r) U day Critical Thinker *wear your Explore(r) U tee shirt! 
    • February 8 - Parent Teacher Conferences (NO SCHOOL grades preK-8)
    • February 10 - Right to Read Week book orders due (see below)
    • February 10 - Kindergarten Registration 2023-2024 opens online (see below)
    • February 14 - Yearbook Orders due (see below for info)
    • February 14 - Valentine Parties
    • February 17 - NO SCHOOL - School Holiday
    • February 20 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day
    • March 3 - Snuggle Up and Read (see below)
    • March 4 - 66th Annual PTO Pancake Breakfast (see Pancake Breakfast flier for more info and to order tickets)
    • March 27-31 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
    • April 7 - NO SCHOOL - School Holiday

    *******Attendance reminder: If your child will be absent or late, you MUST call the attendance line by 10am at 330-653-1300. This line is open 24 hours a day, so you may leave a message at anytime.

    It's the season for sickness in school.  If you have questions about whether or not to send your child to school, please refer to the When Should I Stay Home chart for guidance.  Please contact the school with any additional questions.
    If you would like to become a VIP Volunteer at McDowell Early Learning School for 2022-2023, please sign up with the McDowell Early Learning School VIP Volunteer Form

    Kindergarten 2023-2024 Online Registration: Online registration for Kindergarten 2023-2024 will be February 10 - March 10, 2023. 

    How do I register for kindergarten?  It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

    Step 1:  Online Registration for Kindergarten opens on February 10, 2023. You may access and complete registration forms on the District and McDowell Early Learning School websites at  Note: A child must be 5 years old by September 30, 2023 to qualify for Kindergarten. 

    Step 2: Documents for Registration: All registration documents need to be uploaded and online registration completed by March 10.  There are multiple documents required for registration.  Please be prepared to have the following documents ready to upload to complete online registration: 

    • Your child’s original birth certificate
    • Proof of residency (i.e. lease/rental agreement, purchase agreement, deed, closing settlement, or title).  We do not accept a driver’s license, utility bills, or other personal identifiers.
    • Applicable custody documents/shared parenting agreement

    By law, a copy of your child’s current immunization record and original state certified Birth Certificate is required.  A copy of a Custody Statement is required if a child does not reside with both natural parents.  An up-to-date Immunization Record is required on the first day of school.  It is optional to provide a dentist’s report.

    Step 3:  Kindergarten Screenings will take place on May 2, 3, or 4, 2023.  You will receive an email after March 10th with more information about Kindergarten Orientation and Kindergarten Screenings. 

    Snuggle Up and Read: McDowell PTO invites students, with a caregiver, to get cozy (pajamas encouraged) and celebrate reading at Snuggle Up and Read happening Friday, March 3, 6:00 pm, at McDowell.  Activities will include a book fair, crafts, snack, and, of course, reading!  Please view the Snuggle Up and Read flier to register for the event!

    Yearbook Orders: The yearbook is a wonderful reminder of your child’s year especially at the beginning of their school journey.  Please order your yearbook by February 14, 2023.  Yearbooks will be distributed towards the end of the school year.  Please see the Yearbook flier for more information.

    Right to Read Week: We are excited to announce our annual Right to Read Week happening March 20th through March 24th featuring renowned author and illustrator Troy Cummings.  Troy has written and/or illustrated more than forty children’s books including The Notebook of Doom and The Binder of Doom series, New York Times Best-selling book Can I Be Your Dog?, and other picture books, board books, and early readers.  Troy will be visiting McDowell Early Learning school on Wednesday, March 22nd.

    In anticipation of his visit, PTO is offering books for purchase at a discount.  Shop online at the PTO Store or by using the paper form sent home with your student.  The deadline for orders is February 10th.

    Please watch for Right to Read daily happenings and activities coming soon. 

    To learn more about the author and Right to Read Week, please contact Lauren Unke at or Kris Stoehr

    Birthday Guidelines:

    HCSD Birthday Guidelines

    Hudson PTO Rewards Programs:  A GREAT way to support Hudson PTO with purchases you are already making! 
    BOX TOPS: Help PTO get credit for the scan-only Box Tops you see on packages by downloading the BTFE app at  Look for Bonus Box Tops Offers in the app; they really add up!
    AMAZON: has made it easier to support Hudson PTO through the AmazonSmile Program.  Once you register an AmazonSmile account on the browser, you can easily activate it in your Amazon mobile app through the main menu (full instructions here:  Make sure to choose Hudson PTO!  Now you can get credit for purchases made in the Amazon app without having to go to a separate AmazonSmile website!  Amazon donates .5% of your annual purchases to the Hudson PTO through no additional cost to you.  
    Reach out to Christa Arite with any questions at

    Library Info:  Like the public library, parents, guardians and students can now check school media accounts online to see what books students have checked out, when they’re due, any bills, options to renew and know when a book on hold is available for pickup. To launch this new initiative, simply click on this FORM (also posted on the library webpage) and submit the information that is then routed to the building’s principal. The information is then forwarded to the Library Media Specialist who will send the directions about how to access the student’s account to those requesting access. 



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