The Siple Scoop

MAY 2021

A NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Siple Families,


I have an outstanding team of educators. I proudly stand behind each and every one of them and know they provide an excellent education to every student that comes through Siple Elementary. I hope you will join me in recognizing my outstanding staff during Staff Appreciation Week May 3-7. We will celebrate not only classroom teachers, but also, secretaries, paraprofessionals, playground monitors, cooks, bus drivers, and custodians. Our PTO has planned a wonderful week filled with ways to celebrate this incredibly dedicated team.


You can join in the celebration by writing a note to thank a staff member. Your kind words of appreciation go a long way. Your child can draw a picture or write a note as well. These are treasured gifts that my staff members love receiving.


If you would like to help with any of the special events planned by the PTO, please contact the PTO officers at siplePTO@gmail.com. Thank you for helping make Staff Appreciation Week a very special time for our staff members!


On another note, due to a family medical emergency, I will be out for the next two weeks. I am pleased to share that retired Siple Principal, Kay Forys, has graciously agreed to fill in for me during this time. Mrs. Forys brings many years of experience to the roll and I am grateful to have her in will I am gone. Please contact the office if you need assistance.


Christy Flowers, Principal

cmflowers@davisonschools.org

810-591-5104

M-Step

Our 3rd and 4th grade students will be joining other students across the state as they take the M-Step assessment for English Language Arts and Math. Siple students will begin this testing May 3rd. Please see your child's Teacher Newsletter for more details on testing dates. It is important for your student to get a good night's rest and to arrive at school on time on testing days in particular. We greatly appreciate your help with this.

Early Release Day

Wednesday, May 5th is our last Early Release Day of the year. Students will all have their lunch time at school. Dismissal will begin at 12:20 p.m. We will follow our normal dismissal routines for buses and parent pick-up. Please make sure that whomever you send to pick your child up has the gold dashboard car in the passenger front window to help move traffic through smoothly. Thank you!

Covid Reminders

With the uptick in cases of Covid in the State I wanted to share a couple of reminders on protocol.

-Children need to bring their own mask to school every day. Please regularly wash their reusable masks.

-Please do not send your child to school if they are sick.

-Call the school office to report your child's absence and reason for the absence.

We appreciate your help with masks in particular as we all work together to keep everyone healthy.

PARENT DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP

We have an amazing morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up crew! These dedicated staff members are out there to assist the children through rain, snow, wind, cold and heat. We work very hard to move the line through as quickly as possible to help parents get on to their next destination. We have limited driveway space, so please make sure to close the gaps between vehicles. This will help get people off Coldwater Road while in line.

Please help speed the line up by having your child dressed and ready to get out of the car during drop-off. Please also remember to have your gold dashboard cards in your vehicle's window for parent pick-up. If your card is misplaced, please contact the Siple office for a replacement. It is also helpful to have your children enter and exit on the side of the car toward the school. This keeps children and staff out of the line of traffic. If your child needs assistance buckling their seat belt at pick-up, please pull forward to the area where the cones are to park and help them. These small acts help the line move along quicker and helps everyone get on their way to their next stop. Thank you for your help with this.

Kindergarten Enrollment for 2021-2022

It is not too late to enroll your child for kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year. Please call Anne McDonald in the Siple office at 810-591-5104 for details.

Teacher Requests for 2021-2022

Davison Community Schools is fortunate to have talented and dedicated teachers on staff in every one of our schools. Our teachers believe in working with parents so that children can excel and be successful. Sometimes, parents like to make requests for the teacher they would like their child to have the following school year. Whenever possible, our building principals will try to respect parental requests. However, please know that in some instances, a parent’s request might not be in the child’s best interest. A child’s learning style, how he/she interacts with other students, special academic and elective needs, are some of the factors used in determining the placement of your child.

If you would like to request a teacher for your child next year, please complete the teacher request form. Requests must be completed by Friday, April 30th at 4 pm to be considered.

Please note that this request does not guarantee your child’s placement with that teacher. Many factors go into a child’s final placement. The deadline is in place so schools can begin the scheduling process for the upcoming school year.

Completion of this form is not required.

School of Choice

Davison Community Schools will once again be accepting limited applications for non-resident students under Sections 105 and 105c Schools of Choice for the 2021/2022 school year. Acceptance under either plan will be based on limited availability and elementary students will be placed in school buildings according to equalized space available in all classrooms.

The application period for each program will be:

  • 105c Schools of Choice, May 3-17: The District will accept applications for pupils whose district of residency is outside of Genesee County in districts within the following bordering counties: Lapeer, Livingston, Oakland, Saginaw, Shiawassee and Tuscola.
  • 105 Schools of Choice, May 3-17: The District will accept applications for pupils whose district of residency is in Genesee County.

If you are interested in applying for Schools of Choice, applications will be available on our website between May 3-17 under the Quick Links menu.

Applications cannot be distributed or accepted outside the application period. Applicants must provide a copy of a valid driver’s license or some other proof of non-resident status.

Also, a copy of the student’s behavior report for the past two years must be submitted with each application (for enrollment in grades 1 through 12).

IMPORTANT: The student’s Schools of Choice application will not be accepted without a copy of a behavior report for each of the 2019/20 and 2020/21 school years or a document from the school(s) attended in 2019/20 and 2020/21 on the school district’s letterhead, including dates of enrollment and signed by a school representative indicating there is no behavior record for the student.

Students who have been suspended, expelled or withdrawn in lieu of expulsion within the last two years may be denied enrollment in the district under the 105 and 105c Schools of Choice guidelines.

Parents of Schools of Choice students are responsible for transporting their children to and from school.

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 17. No applications will be accepted after that time.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS??

Have you moved? Are you getting ready to move? Please contact the Siple office to update your address and phone numbers if needed. Be sure to let us know if you need to make any changes for emergency contacts as well. We want to make sure we keep your student's records current.

SIPLE STARS OF THE MONTH

We work hard at Siple to teach and reinforce the Cardinal Code behavior expectations at Siple. We wanted to create a way to recognize students that consistently follow the Cardinal Code in an exemplary way.

Each month classroom teachers will nominate one student from their class to be entered into the grade level drawing for the STAR of the MONTH for that grade. Each grade level STAR of the Month will receive a certificate, medal, and their photo will be on display in the hallway during that month.

We are pleased to recognize students for consistently demonstrating excellent behavior. Thank you for sharing your outstanding children with us. I am pleased to announce our STARs of the Month for April are:


Kindergarten: Olivia Beal

1st grade: Finley Genshaw

2nd grade: Lena Hoffman

3rd grade: Emma-Leigh Fredericks

4th grade: Violet Usealman


Our other outstanding nominees for the month of April were:


Kindergarten: Sydney Clark and Addison Ross

1st grade: Elizabeth Coughlin and Maizen Kingsland

2nd grade: Kenzlee Aulph and Carter Schlaud

3rd grade: Harson Renye

4th grade: Wesley Coron, Lacey Crawford, Khloe Glutsch and Katherine Lorts


Congratulations to these outstanding young learners!

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COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Active Listening and Calming Strategies

If you were to ask me what the top two things I do with students in my counseling office, I would say 1. Active Listening and 2. Teach Calming Strategies. This year is no different. In fact, it might actually be even more so than ever before. We have all been through a tough year. A year of trauma. Although no one ever wants to go through trauma, research shows that trauma, in and of itself, can be “buffered.” What I mean by that, is terrible circumstances don’t necessarily cause permanent damage. It is what happens after traumatic events that determines the impact.


Active Listening

Having a person listen to you - not just hear, but truly listen to you - can lessen the impact of an event. It is important, though, that the listening individual is a trusted person that makes the child feel safe. If you see your child struggling, sitting and letting your child share can make all the difference. Sometimes it helps to play a game with the child while talking. Even older children and teens benefit from this, but sometimes it helps to not be staring at them. Instead, you can take the older child for a drive and listen while driving. That way they don’t have to gaze into someone else’s direct eye-contact. Regardless, the job of the listener is to listen, paraphrase what the child has said, and listen some more. This is not the time to correct behavior or tell someone how to fix the problem. The purpose of Active Listening is to just listen. Just knowing that someone else has heard the story and understands your perspective makes all the difference.


Calming Strategies

Calming Strategies, or coping skills, are methods to help our bodies calm down. When upset, our “thinking brain” turns off and our “Fight-Flight-Freeze” brain takes over. We need to calm down before we can think clearly. What works for Student A might not work for Student B. And, what works in Situation A might not work in Situation B. For that reason, I always have a list for children to choose from. I thought it might help to share some of these with parents/guardians as the summer approaches. First, think introvert vs. extrovert. Does your child calm better with people or alone in a quiet environment? After that, try the basics such as taking a break, deep breathing, counting to 10 (backwards sometimes helps more than forward), getting a drink of water or a snack (blood-sugar levels affect all of us), draw, journal, listen to music, sit in the sunshine, breath in fresh air, and exercise. Many kids can tell you right away what works, and what doesn’t. In addition to those strategies, below is a list of skills taught in our TRAILS counseling group (links included).


Regardless of what you and your family have overcome this year, know that your Siple Family is here to help support you. It truly does take a village to raise children. We love being part of your family. It’s why we all went into education in the first place. Please reach out to us if we can help in any way.


Mrs. Simonsen, Counselor

jsimonsen@davisonschools.org

810-591-0227

DID YOU KNOW.........

Did You Know This Service is Available

There are many great resources for families in the area. This section of the Siple Scoop is dedicated to introducing you to a FREE resource each month.


This month we are featuring Outreach East which is a non-denominational, walk-in, year-round emergency resource dedicated to assisting area individuals and families with food and other essentials. They are open:

Mondays/Wednesdays: 10 AM-3 PM

Tuesdays/Thursdays: 12 PM-5 PM


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FUN TO BE FIT

We are getting close to the end of the school year. We just finished our Basketball unit and will be moving on to Baseball/Kickball unit.


The students will learn how to play baseball and some of the terminology that goes with baseball/kickball. They will learn the bases and how to run to each one in the correct order. We will learn what an out means, a strike and what a ball means.


The weather is getting better each day so we will try to get outside as much as we can. Please remind the kids to wear proper clothes and shoes so they will be able to participate each day they come to physical education.


Thank you!


Mr. Sipley, Gym Teacher

esipley@davisonschools.org

810-591-0231

MUSIC NEWS

· The 4th grade Musical has been postponed until further notice.

· 5th Grade Band /Orchestra Sign-up for next year at Hahn has begun.


An email has been sent to all 4th grade families explaining the choices for “Electives” (aka: Specials) for 5th grade. 4th Graders that are interested in playing an instrument in either the Band (flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, or percussion) or the Orchestra (violin, viola, cello) please make sure to use the online sign-up or talk to Mrs. Odglen for help!


Thank you!



Mrs. Odglen, Music Teacher

rodglen@davisonschools.org

810-591-0238

STEM FUN

Hello Siple families, it is hard to believe we are heading into the home stretch of this school year. We will work on a few projects for each grade level during the month of May that will be included as part of the end of the year report card grade.


The students have been turning in writing assignments and Google slide assignments as part of their grades and participation, so this is a continuation of learning for most students. We will also spend time working on computer coding skills, which are part of the report card.


If you have a child in quarantine, I post a STEM lesson every week with brief directions if they would like to try to work/ assignment from home. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. ecarr@davisonschools.org.


Mrs. Carr, Computers

ecarr@davisonschools.org

810-591-0238

PTO NEWS

The Siple PTO is currently working on plans for our Siple Stroll fundraiser. We will not be able to complete the Stroll as a whole school due to the Pandemic, but we have found some creative ideas to allow each class to have fun walking the track to raise money for the school.

Be watching for more details! The best way to stay informed is to connect with the PTO on their Facebook page. They are listed as Siple Elementary PTO.

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 30: Teacher request window closes.


May 3 - 7: Staff Appreciation Week


May 3: School of Choice Window opens

M-Step testing begins for 3rd and 4th graders


May 5: Early Release Day for Teacher Professional Development: Dismissal at 12:20 p.m.


May 17: School of Choice window closes


May 31: NO SCHOOL/Memorial Day

Siple Elementary

9286 E. Coldwater Road

Davison, MI 48423


Christy Flowers, Principal

cmflowers@davisonschools.org

Follow Mrs. Flowers on Twitter: @Principal4Kids


Office Phone: 810-591-5104

Office Fax: 810-591-5102

Attendance: 810-591-5100