Marlette Elementary News

February 2021

From the Principal's Desk

We made it through the month of January! February is here and Punxsutawney Phil unfortunately saw his shadow! Six more weeks of winter doesn't sound like my idea of a good time. Please make sure our students are dressed appropriately for the cold winter weather. If students ever need anything, we will equip them here in the office (coat, gloves, scarf, etc...).


Our second semester is underway and we are excited to maintain the momentum we built over the first semester. The elementary school does not have scheduled winter or spring conferences, so please stay in contact with your child's teacher if you have any concerns. Call Mrs. Redman at 989-635-7427 and she can connect you with whatever teacher you need. Make sure to check out Skyward (and Brightspace for virtual families) to stay up to date with grading and attendance. Feel free to give me a call if you need any help navigating Skyward or Brightspace, 989-635-4925. If you need help logging in to anything, send us an email at tech-help@marletteschools.org.


We have started planning for March is Reading month, so keep an eye on our social media accounts as well as classroom newsletters for details as we plan for some unique ways of celebrating literacy!

Recess during the winter months

If the temperature is above 0 degrees Fahrenheit (including wind chill) and the weather cooperates, students will have outdoor recess. This means that students must be dressed appropriately for cold weather. Students should dress in layers and have a heavy coat, hat, gloves, and boots at a minimum. Snow pants are always a good idea to help keep the children dry. Please take the time to write your child’s name on each article of clothing in case it ends up on the lost and found rack.

Article of the Month

I can't seem to escape memes aimed at the unique learning strategies associated with common core mathematics. This article helps to explain what parents can do to best help children succeed- https://www.parents.com/kids/education/math-and-science/new-math-method-explained-for-millennial-parents/.

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Virtual Families

Our Virtual Learning Assistant Emily Bell is now helping at our high school. Elementary classroom teachers will assume the responsibility of contacting families during the second semester. If you have content questions, ask your teacher and understand they will need some time to respond. If you have a technical question associated with Brightspace, send an email to tech-help@marletteschools.org.
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Podcasts

Give these podcasts a listen with your children: https://www.weeditpodcasts.com/the-21-best-podcasts-for-kids/

If you have an Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant capable device, ask it to "play a kids podcast".

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.

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch menu


Breakfast and lunch are free this 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 resubmitted 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.

Upcoming Dates

February 1-28, Black History Month

February 8, Board of Education meeting

February 12, Valentines Day parties (check classroom newsletters)

February 22, No School

February 25, Spring Pictures

Tobacco Free School Environment

Just a reminder that the Marlette Community Schools are a Tobacco Free School environment. Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited on all school property 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This also applies to your personal vehicle on school property. Please extinguish all tobacco products before entering school district property. Our property is a Drug Free School Zone.

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