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Welcome Back To School!

Greetings and welcome back to school for 2017-2018! The faculty and staff are looking forward to a great year as we build on our successes from last year in our accreditation and our continued goals for student success. Our first day of school will be August 28th for grades 1-5, Kindergarten will start on September 5th and Sure Start on September 13th. We will open the campus for a sneak peek on August 25th from 1-2 PM. We are glad to have you with us this year and our faculty and staff will do our best to help your child experience academic, social, and emotional growth.

With Panda Pride,

Christopher J. Racek, Ph.D.

Mendel ES

School Activities

Below is a list of activities offered at our school.

Art Club

Is offered to 4th and 5th graders. Students who participate will have an opportunity to make a variety of projects using different media. Class size will be limited to 20 children. Those who are serious about making the most of the class should apply, once applications are available--this will be posted in a Parent Newsletter. Students who have conflicting activities should not apply. If you are willing to serve as a parent helper during the art club, please indicate this on the application. Applications are to be placed in the yellow school bus box by inside of the art room, if more than 20 applications are received a lottery will take place for the positions.

Term: All Year

Meeting Time: 14:20-15:30

Open To: 4th and 5th graders


Chorus is an after school club offered to 3rd-5th grade students who enjoy singing and wish to perform. Chorus is non-auditioned, all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students who wish to join are welcome.  Performances usually occur in December and May, with two additional small performances at the YCC.  Chorus typically begins mid-September, but students are welcome to join at any time throughout the year. 

Permission form will be available in September.

Term: All Year

Open To: 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students

Library Assistants

4th and 5th grade students are invited to participate in this club. Meetings will be held after school.  Watch for more information in our school newsletter, as clubs begin to start up.

Term: All Year

Open To: 4th and 5th grade students

Additional Info: Schedule to be determined

Nihongo Guitar Club

For 4th and 5th Grade student interested in learning how to play the guitar. 

Open To: 4th and 5th Grade

Additional Info: Schedule to be determined

Nihongo Tennis Club

3rd, 4th and 5th grade students may sign up for Tennis Club.  Students will learn how to play tennis.

Term: All Year

Meeting Time: Schedule to be determined

Open To: 4th and 5th Grade

Safety patrol

5th Grade students interested in being community helpers, can volunteer to be a part of our cross walk safety patrol.  Students are responsible for arriving to school a little early and staying a few minutes later, to assist others in crossing the streets to Mendel ES safely.  They wear reflective vests and carry stop signs. 

Term: All Year

Meeting Days: Monday,Wednesday,Tuesday,Thursday,Friday

Open To: 5th Grade Students

Science Club

Provides students with an opportunity to explore hands-on science activities. Science Club schedules and availability are still to be determined.

Soroban Club

3rd - 5th grade students will learn how to use Soroban (Abacus).

Open To: 3rd - 5th grade students

Strategic Games

Open to 3rd - 5th grade students.  Schedule to be determined

Open To: 3rd - 5th Graders only

Yearbook Club

4th and 5th Graders are able to assist with creating our school yearbook. The club begins meeting in Oct.  and will go through April/May, as needed. Club meets after school, one day a week.  The schedule is still to be determined. 

Open To: 4th and 5th Graders

School Contacts
Position Name sort ascending
Standard Student/Parent Handbook

Mendel ES Handbook

Parent-Student Handbook for Joan K. Mendel ES,
School Supplies

School Supply List

List of School Supplies needed, by grade level.
DoDEA Regional School Calendars

Pacific : 2017 - 2018

Standard DoDEA Pacifc School Calendar, 2017-2018 SY

Note: Calendar based on 190 day teacher workdays including:
5 Teacher Orientation/Pre-service/CCR Days
4 CCR Days
4 Teacher Work Days
1.5 District PD Day

.5 DoDEA Comprehensive Assessment System PD

Note: Two late release CCR days may be added for some teachers.

Reporting date for non-administrative educator personnel

Monday, August 21: Reporting date for non-administrative educator personnel for CCR training, orientation and classroom preparation (21-25 August)

School Year 2017-2018 (175 Instructional Days and 190 Teacher Work Days)

First Semester (88 Instructional Days)

Monday, August 28, 2017 Begin First Quarter and First Semester
Monday, September 4 Labor Day: Federal Holiday
Monday, October 9 Columbus Day: Federal Holiday
Thursday, November 2 End of First Quarter (46 days of classroom instruction)
Friday, November 3 No school for students -- teacher work day
Monday November 6 Begin second quarter
Friday, November 10 Veterans Day: Federal Holiday observed
Thursday, November 23 Thanksgiving Day: Federal Holiday
Friday, November 24 Friday: Recess Day
Monday, December 18 Begin Winter Recess (18 December -2 January 2017)
Monday, December 25 Christmas Day: Federal Holiday


Monday, January 1, 2018 New Year's Day: Federal Holiday
Wednesday, January 3 Instruction Resumes
Monday, January 15 Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Federal Holiday
Thursday, January 25 End of Second Quarter and First Semester (42 days of classroom instruction)
Friday, January 26 No school for students -- teacher work day

Second Semester (87 Instructional Days)

Monday, January 29 Begin Third Quarter and Second Semester
Monday, February 19 Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday): Federal Holiday
Thursday, March 29 End of Third Quarter (42 days of classroom instruction)
Friday, March 30 No school for students -- teacher work day
Monday, April 2 Begin Spring Recess (2-6 April)
Monday, April 9 Instruction Resumes - Begin Fourth Quarter
Monday, May 28 Memorial Day: Federal Holiday
Thursday, June 14 End of Fourth Quarter and Second Semester (45 Days of classroom instruction)
Friday, June 15 No school for students -- teacher work day. Last day for non-administrative educator personnel