Marlette Elementary News

Back to School! August/September 2021

Welcome Back!

The staff and I would like to welcome everyone back (virtually or face-to-face) to our school for the 2021-2022 school year. If you are new to our school, please stop by the office and introduce yourself. We are always excited to meet new members of our Red Raider family. We are planning to look a little more normal this year with the option for families to wear face masks while in the building and fully utilizing our cafeteria for lunches once again. We are very excited to begin our journey this year with the Leader in Me program! Be on the lookout for more information about this incredible culture building program. Be sure to follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/mesraiders) as well as Twitter and Instagram (@mesraiders).


We are also excited about having some new teachers in our building and some moves: Mrs. Geno-Mata is our new K-12 Fine Arts teacher, Ms. Cornwell is our new Lead GSRP teacher, Mrs. Vislosky is our new Special Education administrator, Ms. Fantin moved from 5th grade to 2nd grade, Mr. Lester moved from 5th grade to STEAM, Mrs. Schmidt moved from STEAM to 1st grade, Mrs. Boyne moved from 2nd grade to literacy coach, Mrs. Albertson moved from GSRP to kindergarten, Mrs. Opperman resigned, Mrs. Pennington resigned, Mrs. Branding retired, and we are currently looking for a new 5th & a new 6th grade teacher. Be sure to welcome our new staff to Marlette Community Schools!


We are here for you. Please let us know if you need anything at all.

First Day of School- August 30

Our first day this year will look a lot like last year. Parents are allowed to walk their child to class on our first day of school, but we will not allow anyone into our hallways after the first day of school. Our youngest students will have someone waiting for them at the main entrance and we can have student greeters assist if anyone is still anxious after our first day. We find that allowing students to care for their needs right away allows them to become independent much sooner.


The first day of school banners will be posted in the morning and afternoon for family pictures. Feel free to tag us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@mesraiders). Don't forget to use our hashtag, #RedRaiderNation.

Virtual Families

Marlette's virtual option will look different this year. We've decided to contract with a company who will provide the virtual instruction and content for your virtual student. Families must commit for an entire semester.

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School Calendar and Hours

The Annual School Calendars along with District information may be accessed online at www.marletteschools.org. Students are expected to be in class by 8:15 when the second bell rings and stay until the dismissal bell at 3:00. A pattern of late arrivals and/or early checkouts is considered truancy. Doors open at 8:00 every morning.

Student Arrivals & Departures

Every effort has been made to keep children safe when they arrive and depart from school. The parking lot can be a very dangerous place if everyone doesn’t cooperate. (If an older brother or sister is the transporter, please be sure they are aware of these procedures):

All vehicles enter the parking lot using the west drive, farthest from the playground. Exit is the east drive, closest to the playground.

Buses travel behind the school to drop off and pick up. No cars are permitted behind the school or in the drive leading to the back of the school. School doors open at 8:00 AM.


Arrivals- Dropping Off

Vehicles are to pull up to the sidewalk and pull forward as far as possible before allowing students to exit the vehicle. Please pay attention to the staff member assisting in the parking lot. The drop off line is not the place to be if a student is not prepared to quickly exit the vehicle and make their way to the main entrance. If you need to help your child get out of the vehicle, put on their backpack, or give them one last hug and kiss, please park and walk your child to the doors.


Arrivals- Walking In

Pull into the parking lot and park in the two rows closest to Euclid Street. Please teach children to use the crosswalk. Pay attention to the staff member assisting in the parking lot.


Departures

Vehicles are to enter the parking lot at the west entrance drive and park. Avoid parking on the sidewalks at the end of the day. The sidewalks are a NO PARKING zone and you may be issued a citation. Students will begin leaving the building at 3:00 and are supervised on the sidewalk until a parent/guardian walks to the sidewalk to escort them to the family vehicle. Only adults listed on the Authorized Pick Up Form may pick students up at the end of the day. Those people picking up students may be asked for identification. In order to maintain a safe and orderly environment, please refrain from entering the hallways at the end of the school day. Allow your child to walk to you outside of the front doors. Students must be picked up by 3:00.

End of the day

The end of the day is a busy time for all of us. It may be tempting to try and beat the traffic and check your student out a few minutes early, but when a student leaves before dismissal, the entire class is affected. Please avoid early checkouts. A pattern of early checkouts may warrant a referral to truancy services. Student dismissal is 3:00.


If you have to change your student’s usual bus or drop off, please send a note to school. If a note is not sent, notify the office by 9:00 (635-7427). We may not be able to honor bus changes made after 9:00 AM (if you would like to know why, please stop in and watch Mrs. Redman from 2:00-3:00).

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Marlette Elementary School has always strived to create a safe and stimulating learning environment for all students. In an effort to continue to improve our school climate, our staff has worked together to update our Positive Behavior Intervention & Support (PBIS) Plan. The focus of this plan is to create a positive school climate that fosters being respectful, responsible, and ready to learn.


The Positive Behavior Intervention & Support Committee updated this program to promote the core values of RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, and READINESS TO LEARN for all students and the entire school community.


To help students be reminded of our expectations, we will display posters around the building and in the classrooms, and modify our environment to make it easier for children to move safely and efficiently in the building. All of the staff will be teaching the students the positive behaviors they are expected to demonstrate at school. We will acknowledge and reward classes who consistently demonstrate these positive behaviors.


Ask your child to make sure he/she understands the expectations in different environments around the school. Please discuss the importance of these concepts and encourage your child to be Ready to Learn!


With your continued support and involvement, there is no question that our school will continue to be a place where students can excel in a safe and stimulating environment. Research shows that when the home and school work together, student learning is more successful. We look forward to working with you as true partners in your child’s education!

Leader in Me

Marlette Elementary School staff is excited to introduce a new program, which we believe will have a profound effect on the staff, students, and community of our school. Marlette Community Schools is in the initial stages of becoming a Leader in Me district where students are taught and practice the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.


The Leader in Me program empowers young people to make positive, effective, and responsible choices by introducing and reinforcing the 7 Habits, a set of leadership and life skills from Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Starting this fall, we will be implementing The Leader in Me program as an introduction to personal leadership.


The Leader in Me provides students with activities that will help them learn practical character and life skills that will lead to those positive choices. Written to appeal to their age level, students are presented with fun activities designed to get them thinking. Your student is about to embark on an exciting journey and our hope is that you will ask your student how he/she is doing along the way. Having your student re-teach the content to you will give him/her an even deeper understanding and will give both of you an opportunity to learn together! When taught and practiced in a school environment, these 7 habits have been proven to improve academic engagement, comprehension, and performance by strengthening individual work habits and improving social interactions. They help improve student performance and support school success by helping to foster the qualities of independence (goal-setting, organization, time management, and planning); interdependence (teamwork, conflict management, creativity, and analytical skills); and renewal (fun, desire to learn, and good health & hygiene).


The staff at Marlette Elementary has made the commitment to model and implement the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in order to provide a caring and nurturing learning environment for our students. Teaching students and developing leaders is what we do! Through the teaching of the 7 habits, our staff is working together with students to create a school that maintains the dignity of children through productive interactions while fostering positive relationships with parents and other community members.

Breakfast and Lunch

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Breakfast is available every morning, free of charge. Lunch is available free of charge through the 2021-22 school year.


School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families, too! Parents are encouraged to complete the free/reduced meal form application each year as the qualifications change. Furthermore, forms may be re-submitted at any time during the school year if there is a change in financial status with the household. For more information, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 989-635-7429.


We appreciate everyone completing the free & reduced meal forms as many of our state and federal grants are dependent on our free & reduced numbers.

Upcoming Dates

August 25- Open House (4:00-6:00 pm)

August 30- First Day! #RedRaiderNation

September 3 & 6- No School (Labor Day)

September 7- Eric Hipple visits Marlette

September 13- Marlette Board of Education meeting in the Hub (7:00 pm)

September 13- STAR Math and Reading testing begins

September 15- Picture Day

September 27-October 1- Spirit Week

October 1- Homecoming

Mr. Vislosky, Principal

Hello Families! I am in my ninth year as the principal at Marlette Elementary School. I previously taught 1st-4th grades in Florida before returning home to Marlette. As a Marlette graduate, I am proud to work with the best educators and love being able to see my own second and third grader grow so much every year. We are all excited to meet you and know you will love being a Red Raider! I am available if you have any questions or concerns,

989-635-4925 or jvislosky@marletteschools.org.
#RedRaiderNation