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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.
Principal


Mendel ES


School Activities

Below is a list of activities offered at our school.

Book Club

1st-3rd Grade students who are intested in joining a book club, can sign up for this activity.  This is a round 1 activity.  Depending on interest, it may be available for future rounds.

Term: Fall

Meeting Time: 1415 - 1515

Meeting Days: Wednesday

Open To: 1st - 3rd grade



Chorus

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. 

This is a year-round club.

Term: All Year

Meeting Time: 1410 - 1530

Meeting Days: Wednesday

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



Library Service Club

4th and 5th grade students are invited to participate in this club. Meetings will be held after school.  New opportunities to join this club will be offered for each round of club sign ups.

Term: All Year

Meeting Time: 1440 - 1520

Meeting Days: Thursday

Open To: 4th and 5th grade students

Additional Info: Schedule to be determined



Math Club

4th and 5th grade students can sign up for Math Club.  This club is available for round 1 of the club offerings.  Depending on interest it may continue to be available in future offerings.

Term: Fall

Meeting Time: 1415 - 1515

Meeting Days: Monday

Open To: 4th and 5th grade



Nihongo Guitar Club

For 4th and 5th Grade student interested in learning how to play the guitar. This is a year-round club.

Meeting Time: 1415 - 1500

Meeting Days: Monday

Open To: 4th and 5th Grade



Nihongo Tennis Club (3rd Grade)

3rd grade students may sign up for Tennis Club.  Students will learn how to play tennis. This is a year-round club.

Term: All Year

Meeting Time: 1415 - 1515

Meeting Days: Thursday

Open To: 3rd Grade



Nihongo Tennis Club (4th and 5th Grade)

4th and 5th grade students may sign up for Tennis Club.  Students will learn how to play tennis. This is a year-round club.

Term: All Year

Meeting Time: 1420 - 1520

Meeting Days: Wednesday

Open To: 4th and 5th Grade



Panda Post Jr.

4th and 5th Grade students who are interseted in journalism, may be wish to sign up for the Panda Post Jr. where they will help publish a student newsletter. This is a year-round club.

Term: All Year

Meeting Time: 1440 - 1540

Meeting Days: Thursday

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.  Student work shifts based on the number of students signed up for Safety Patrol.  They do not work every day of every week, but may work one or two weeks before and after school and then have one or two weeks off. 

This is a year-long activity, before and after school.  Students who are a part of Safety Patrol can join other after school activities, but will be a few minutes late arriving to the other activity, on days they are scheduled for Safety Patrol.

Term: All Year

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

Open To: 5th Grade Students


Sneakers

This is a running club open to all K - 5th grade students.  There is a maximum number of students accepted due to supervision requirements.  Students can sign up during the Round 1, 2 or 3 sign up times and will be notified if they are selected for the club.

Meeting Time: 1430 - 1530

Meeting Days: Monday,Wednesday

Open To: Kindergarten through 5th grade

Additional Info: Round 1 dates are Oct. 11 - Dec. 13, 2017



Soroban Club

3rd - 5th grade students will learn how to use Soroban (Abacus). This is a year-round club.

Term: All Year

Meeting Time: 1415 - 1515

Meeting Days: Thursday

Open To: 3rd - 5th grade students



Speed Stacking

2nd - 5th grade students interested in speed stacking can sign up for this round 1 club.  Depending on interest the club may be available for future rounds of club offerings.

Meeting Time: 1415 - 1515

Meeting Days: Thursday



STEM - Robotics Club

Available for 4th and 5th grade students interested in STEM and Robotics.  This is a year-long club, as we will be participating in the FIRST Lego League Challenges sponsored by a grant from DoD STEM.  Sign ups took place with Round 1 of club offerings and these students will be in this club for the whole school year.

Meeting Time: 1415 - 1515

Meeting Days: Wednesday



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. 

Term: All Year

Meeting Time: 1415 - 1530

Meeting Days: Monday

Open To: 4th and 5th Graders




School Contacts
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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

2018

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