Earlier in the year, we welcomed sweet and lovable, Martha, to our District 54 family and community. Martha has indeed melted our hearts as well as provided a strong comfort that anyone she comes in contact with can truly understand! Children and adults alike look forward to Mondays, the day Martha most often accompanies her owner and our beloved teacher, Mrs. Trudy DesLauriers. “Mondays with Martha” has become a much anticipated day at Morris Elementary! Mrs. DesLauriers’ daughter even created a blog dedicated to these special Mondays with Martha. You can check out the link here! Mondayswithmarthablog.wordpress.com As Martha walks down the White Oak hall with Mrs. DesLauriers, no one can avoid taking a moment out of their busy day to visit with the gentle pup. Most everyone leaves her with a calm and peaceful attitude, and quite possibly a few kisses.
5 ½ year old Martha is one of three golden retriever dogs currently owned by Mrs. DesLauriers, her husband, Kim, and their children Marc and Jackie. The family has a long lived love for the gentle breed, owning many over the years. Mr. DesLauriers, who is also the principal of Immaculate Conception School, has entertained many generations of students and families with talent shows and visits from their beloved dogs over the years.
When the family adopted Martha, they knew she was special. They decided to look into training her to be a therapy dog. Martha has earned her American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen and Canine Good Citizen Advanced obedience titles. She earned her therapy dog team certification through Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs as well as the AKC. Martha's therapy dog training involved a great deal of practice in remaining calm in loud and unpredictable environments, especially in hospitals and nursing homes, greeting strangers appropriately, calm indoor behavior with many people around, and responding to commands on and off leash.
Martha has worked for over a year and a half visiting Park Pointe Assisted Living here in Morris. The folks there love Martha dearly and she just happened to be the star guest once at the birthday party of a 100 year old lady friend. Martha has also visited ICS on several occasions to help Mr. DesLauriers be a guest reader in kindergarten and preschool classes. She also loves to join the entire school in their annual Halloween parade!
One of Martha’s favorite things to do is join Mrs. DesLauriers’ classes to encourage them to read more! She has visited numerous times in Mrs. Garcia’s library and at the many book fairs as well. Martha has also been more than willing to help any students that might benefit from a soft shoulder and a willing and gentle listener.
Martha’s District 54 family loves her so much that they put together a big birthday celebration for her in May! Children were encouraged to write her birthday cards as well as visit with her on her special day! We give much thanks to Martha and Mrs. D. for the many hours of special love and attention that Martha is able to provide every week! Thank you!
Please remember to check out Jackie DesLauriers’ blog! Mondayswithmarthablog.wordpress.com
Morris Elementary Schools would like to congratulate one of our favorite second grade teachers, Mrs. Laura Marizza, for being awarded the 2017 Morris Rotary Teacher of the Year Award!
Mrs. Marizza has taught both first and second grades at District 54 for almost 34 years! She began her career at Center School in 1983 and moved to White Oak in 2001 when the new school opened.
A truly amazing teacher, coworker, and friend, Mrs. Marizza's dedication and loving personality has had a huge impact on everyone she has come in contact with over the years. She will be retiring at the end of this school year, and will truly be missed!
We congratulate and honor Mrs. Marizza for this award and the many years of selfless dedication to all! THANK YOU!!!
Summer's here! We are still here!
Should you need to visit or contact the school or district office, we are available from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM Monday-Thursday, and 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM on Fridays. New student registration can be completed in the school office until June 23, 2017.
School registration is scheduled for Tuesday, August 8, 2017, from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, and again from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM.
The first day of school for the 2017-2018 school year is Thursday, August 17, 2017.
More details will be available later!
The District 54 office is now located at White Oak School, on the 2nd floor.
Please enter through the main school entrance, check in at the school office with your photo ID or drivers license, and a member of the district office will come down to meet you. You may also contact us as 815-942-0056.
Have a fabulous summer!