Let's Go Back To School!

PACE Parent News for August 2022

Dear PACE Parent,

Yes, it's all true, summer break is quickly winding down, very soon we will all be returning to school to begin the 2022/2023 school year. I can say that our Senior Leadership Team, teachers and staff are very excited to get into a new year of learning and academic growth. In an effort to make our return to school as seamless as possible, we have planned two parent orientation sessions:


At our Parent Orientation you will…

  • Receive your child's Classroom assignment
  • Complete important school forms (NOTE: These forms are a MUST for every family):

    • Free/Reduced Lunch Form

    • ICHAT - Volunteer Background Check Form

    • McKinney Vento Residency Form

  • Verify/Update your contact information

  • Receive information about the start of school

  • Pick up/update Car Rider Pro tags

  • Bus Registration - Parents must register their children to ride the bus each year (limited seating)

  • Check in with the School Nurse (especially if your child receives medication during the school day)

  • Purchase uniform tops - $5.00 (while supplies last)

  • Before & After School Activities Registration

  • Free backpack while supplies last - donated by Crossover Church Southfield

  • New student applications will be accepted

  • And more…


Parent Orientation is our first of many important parent activities we will urge our parents/guardians to attend during the school year. As you can see, there are quite a few boxes to tick prior to the first day of school; it is so much better for everyone if these tasks are completed ahead of the start of school. We encourage every PACE parent attend an orientation session. Please plan to attend one of the sessions, if you are not able to attend, you may send a trusted representative. Masks are required.



IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • In the July Newsletter we had scheduled a Back to School event for August 6th, that event has been canceled. Please stay tuned for other family events and activities throughout the school year.
  • The school building will be closed August 8 - 12, 2022. None of the school staff members will be available at the building. Please feel free to call the school, you must leave a message in order for someone to respond. We will respond as soon as possible.
  • Be sure to check out the 2022/2023 School Calendar! Keep in mind that calendars are living documents; ever changing and growing. Visit our website regularly for updates, www.pacek-8.com.



Remember you can always contact me via email at amullen@pacek-8.org, or leave me a message at 248-569-1060 ext. 2117, I will respond to your email and/or call promptly.

Enjoy the rest of your summer break! I look forward to seeing you at orientation! It's going to be a great year!


Ava Mullen,

Family & Student Support Coordinator

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Set Your Family's Goals for Good School Attendance!

Across the country, more than 8 million students are missing so many days of school that they are academically at risk. Chronic absence — missing 10 percent or more of school days due to absence for any reason—excused, unexcused absences and suspensions, can translate into students having difficulty learning to read by the third-grade, achieving in middle school, and graduating from high school. Tardiness is also an issue, being late to school puts children behind for the day. Tardiness can cause disruptions to the learning process for the entire class. At PACE two instances of tardiness equals one absence.


We have seen the issue of poor attendance grow since the pandemic. It has become a huge problem, but we can solve it together. Watch the Bringing Attendance Home Parent Video linked here: Bringing Attendance Home - Parent Video


Make an Attendance Plan for your child today! Plan to:


  • Attend School Everyday
  • Be On-time for School Everyday
  • Set good habits for bedtime - Healthy Sleep Duration for Kids Chart
  • Have a back up plan for when transportation or other issues arise
  • Make doctor and dental appointments for times school is not in session (the mobile dentist comes to PACE twice each year)
  • Plan family vacations when during scheduled school vacations
  • Reach out to Ms. A. Mullen when your child is going to be absent
  • Be familiar with our attendance policy and know what types absences are excusable.
  • Keep track of your child's attendance on your calendar or PowerSchool; absences and tardies add up quickly.


Remember that time missed from the learning environment is time lost; in the classroom is where meaningful conversations, lectures, and engaging class discussions are had; they cannot be made up or relived. Every PACE scholar deserves the best education available, scholars cannot learn if they are not in school. Check out the grade level Attendance Works flyers below for more attendance facts and support:



Attendance matters to the success of your child!

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SCHOOL UNIFORMS

Over the pandemic, we became quite relaxed with our uniform policy and dress code; it is very important that we return to our established school policies. We will strictly adhere to our school uniform policy and dress code this coming year. Check out the School Uniform Chart.


IMPORTANT UNIFORM REMINDERS


Uniform Tops - Uniform or Polo style tops. Scholars must wear the correct grade level color:

  • Burgundy - Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

  • Black - 3rd - 5th Grade

  • Gray - 6th - 8th Grade


NOTE: Logos are not required on uniform tops for the 2022/2023 school year.


Uniform Bottoms:

  • Scholars must wear official uniform bottoms in Khaki, or Black

  • Note that distressed jeans, yoga pants, leggings, spandex pants, sweatpants or jogging pants are NOT permitted.

  • Shorts, skirts and jumpers must be no more than one inch above the knee

  • Uniform shorts can be worn from May1st - September 30th


Shoes:

  • Shoes must be a safe style shoe

    • Toes must be enclosed; flip-flops and open toed sandals/shoes/boots are not permitted.

    • Shoe laces must be a safe length and must be tied or tucked inside of the shoes.


Jackets & Sweaters:

  • Scholars are permitted to wear plain (without graphic prints), zip or button front jackets or sweaters in burgundy, black or gray.

  • Hoodies are NOT permitted


It is our expectation that every scholar will arrive at school neatly dressed in the appropriate uniform for their grade level. If scholars are not in the appropriate uniform, parents will be contacted and asked to bring their scholar the appropriate uniform.


Uniform tops may be purchased at PACE Academy while supplies last. Uniform tops, bottoms and sweaters/jackets may be purchased from our French Toast uniform store at

French Toast Welcome Letter & Sizing Chart. Be sure you sign up to receive emails from French Toast, you will also receive sales and promotional info. Our French Toast school code is: QS61JOW, or you can search by our school’s name: PACE Academy, zip code 48075.


Our uniform policy, dress code and other school policies can be found on our website, www.pacek-8.com.

OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF!

NEW STUDENT ENROLLMENT

We still have openings for new students. If you or someone you know has a student who would like to join the PACE family for the 2022-2023 School year, please have them complete the New Student Application, or they can visit our website, www.pacecek-8.com.

2022 - 2023 SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS

SAVE THESE DATES

  • Parent Orientation, please attend one of the following dates:

    • August 17th from 3PM - 6PM

    • August 18th from 10AM - 1PM

  • August 29 2022, 1st Day of School!

  • September 12 & 13 - Mobile Dentist - The Mobile Dentist will visit PACE on Sept. 12 & 13, if you wish for your child to have an in-school dental check up, cleaning etc. click the link to complete your child's dental registration form. Student Dentist Registration Form.

  • September 15th, 4:30PM - 6:30PM Title I Annual Family Meeting & Open House