Weekly Update: 9/26/17

We have had a tremendous outpouring of support in preparing our outdoor environment!  Staff, parents, grandparents, students, and even a few neighbors helped to clear the remaining tree debris from the turf, repair sections of our fence, clean our lunch area, and oil the locker doors.  I am amazed at the care and generosity that our school has received!

**Thank you for helping your student be on time to school: the arrival gate will close @ 8:25**

School Meals

The school district is offering free breakfast and lunch to any student whose family indicates they’d like to make use of the program through October 20th.  If you have not yet signed up and would like your student to participate in the free meals program, please send me a message indicating which meals your student will need.

Breakfast will be served, daily, from 7:45 – 8:10 at the Chickee

A copy of our breakfast and lunch menu is available on our school website: http://maysandsmontessori.com/resources/may-sands-students/

Traveling to School

We are fortunate that our arrival/dismissal zone is free of debris, but pathways to our school may impede traffic tomorrow morning.  There is enough room for one lane of traffic as you turn on United Street, at the corner of White Street, but crews are currently working on improving access along our street. For families whose student walks or bikes to school: Our staff highly recommends making a trial run to school today, or accompanying your student tomorrow, since there is a lot of debris that may be blocking their path.

PJ Party!

Our Guides have scheduled a Back to School PJ Party for students in our Primary, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary programs! The party takes place from 6-9 on Friday, October 13th, and includes a pizza dinner. $35/student or $50 for families with siblings.  Sign up via this link: Http://signup.com/go/hzncqnf

Helpful Information

There are a number of important updates for Keys residents – please take a few minutes to look through the information posted today at http://www.keysrecovery.org/. The following highlights found on their site are also links to more information…

 

Information for Monroe County Resident Whose Primary Residence Was a Boat

Federal Disaster Assistance Information for Monroe County Survivors of Hurricane Irma

How to Keep Your Homestead Exemption While You Rebuild

Stock Island Permitting Office Opens

FEMA Is Making Progress on Damage Assessment and Housing Programs

USDA Approves D-SNAP for Florida’s Hurricane Disaster Counties

Floridians struggling with the after effects of Hurricane Irma could be eligible for assistance to buy food through USDA’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or D-SNAP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said that households that may not normally be eligible under regular SNAP rules may qualify for D-SNAP — if their income is under the disaster limits and they have qualifying disaster-related expenses.

Details on Florida’s D-SNAP program, also known as Food for Florida, will be available at the Food for Florida website at https://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/fff/. D-SNAP sites will be posted on the website as they become available.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service administers 15 nutrition assistance programs, including the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/women-infants-and-children-wic),  and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap), which together comprise America’s nutrition safety net. For more information on FNS assistance during times of disaster, visit www.fns.usda.gov/disaster.

There are also helpful links available from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as well:  http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Consumer-Services