El Sol Parent Bulletin

March 2023

El Sol Elementary

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Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm

Visitors: Please call ahead to make an appointment

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Dear Families

Dear El Sol Familes,

March has definitely come in like a lion! Please keep sending your child's winter gear through the end of the month. We all know Michigan can throw us some weather surprises during the month of March!

March is Reading Month! We got off to an amazing start with our Literacy Night: Full STEAM Ahead / Adelante con artes y ciencias. All the students and teachers developed fabulous projects and products. The 1st and 2nd grade concerts were awesome! Special thanks to Ms. Measzros for another marvelous production. This month we have special days for students to participate in theme-based activities based on reading. See the calendars below. The calendars were also sent electronically and by paper.

Please remember to check your child's backpack daily for homework or notes from the school. You can also check your child's Google Classroom and email, your parent email, the teacher's messaging platform (Class Dojo, ClassTag, Remind, etc.) or the El Sol Elementary PTO Facebook page to find school or classroom related information. As always, please do not hesitate to call the school or reach out to staff or teachers at any time.

Anytime your child shows signs of contagious illness (vomiting, fever, diarrhea) you should keep them home until they are symptom free for 24 hours. If they have additional COVID-like symptoms (coughing, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, etc.) please exercise caution and consider having your child tested. Please remember to call the office on the day your child is absent for any reason so we can document it correctly.

Dr. Wilson

Principal, El Sol Elementary

¡Adelante con artes y ciencias! / Full STEAM Ahead!

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March is Reading Month!

Click on the calendars below in English and Spanish to see the themes and events for the month of March.
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Important Dates and Events

We have Half days or NO SCHOOL on the following days:

Friday March 10th: NO SCHOOL (records day for teachers)

Wednesday March 22nd: 1/2 day - AM Schedule (Dismissal at 12:00 pm)

Thursday March 23rd: 1/2 Day - PM Schedule (Dismissal at 12:00 pm)

Friday March 24th: NO SCHOOL

Monday March 27 - Friday March 31st: Spring Break - Schools Closed

Monday April 3rd: School Resumes

Mark your Calendar

Wednesday March 1st: Literacy Night 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Wednesday March 8th: Kindergarten Orientation 9:30 - 11:00 am & 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Sunday March 12th: Daylight Saving Time - Spring Forward!

Monday March 13th: First Day of Trimester 3, 4th & 5th grade Global Reading Challenge

Thursday March 16th: Special PTO Zoom meeting - Title I Parent Presentation 5:45 - 6:45 pm

Tuesday March 21st: Parent / Teacher Conferences 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Wednesday March 22nd: Parent / Teacher Conferences 12:00 - 8:00 pm

Kindergarten Orientation 9:30am & 5:30pm at El Sol

Wednesday, March 8th, 9:30am

El Sol Elementary, West Vine Street, Kalamazoo, MI, USA

All families with incoming Kindergartners are invited to attend our Kindergarten Orientation, which will be held in person from 9:30 - 11:00 am & 5:30 - 7:00 pm. If your child will be 5 years old by September first, now is the time to enroll!

***Please note, we do not know you have an incoming student unless you tell us! All families with current El Sol students are automatically invited to enroll siblings, so please make sure we know so we can save you a spot!

PTO Zoom Meeting + Title I Parent Presentation

Thursday, March 16th, 5:45-6:45pm

This is an online event.

This will be a special meeting to discuss Title I money and what it is used for at El Sol. The presentation will be about 10 minutes, with time for families to ask question. It is in English and Spanish. This is your opportunity to find out all the ways we support your child!

Parent / Teacher Conferences

Tuesday March 21st: 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Wednesday March 22nd: 12:00 - 8:00 pm

*Please look for a sign up notification from your child's teacher by the week of March 13-17th. We will have a virtual or in-person option this year, so make sure you remember which type you sign up for!

Join the El Sol PTO Parent Page on Facebook

Scan the QR code on the flyer below, or click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/elsolptokalamazoo
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Community Corner

Communities in Schools at El Sol

Hello El Sol families!

Dental Day of Care: FREE dental care to anyone in the community without insurance! The event will be held Saturday, March 18, 2023 8am-8pm at the Family Health Center (505 E. Alcott St. Kalamazoo, MI 49001) More information in attached flyer.

Youth Symposium: Girls 3rd-12th grade are invited to attend the Youth Symposium for a day of fun and enriching activities. Event will be held Saturday, March 11th, 2023 10am-2pm at Hillside Middle School (1941 Alamo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 490063) Lunch will be provided.

Girls On The Run: Girls On The Run is so much fun! Program is set to begin Tuesday, March 7, 2023. Practice will begin 4:30 Tuesdays and Thursdays until 5:30. Girls must be picked up promptly at 5:30pm from El Sol Elementary.

Family Health Center: We are still accepting forms for the dental and medical mobile health unit. It is not too late to apply! You can apply via the electronic form below. If you would like a paper form please reach out to your student's teacher or myself for a copy.

English: https://www.fhckzoo.com/mobile-units/

Spanish: https://form.jotform.com/fhckzoo/clinica-movil-de-salud-y-dental

Thank you,

Perla Medina Cano

Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo

Site Coordinator: El Sol Elementary



El Sol Breakfast & Lunch Menus and Tips

Click on this link to see breakfast and lunch menus for El Sol: https://kalamazoopublicschools.nutrislice.com/menu/el-sol

We will also send a paper copy home each month with the menus.

Tips for students who bring their own lunch:

  • Write or label your child's name on their lunch box/thermos.
  • Teach your child how to open containers such as bento boxes, lunchables, foil cups, etc.
  • Teach your child how to store containers back in their lunch box.
  • We do not warm up food for students at lunch time.

**Please note:** Due to nationwide supply and demand issues, the food menu may be adjusted (without notice) according to what is available.

Download the KPS App!

Get the latest news, calendar, menus, directories, helpdesk, flyers, and more at your finger tips. You can also look up your student's grades, attendance status, and review messages from your child's teacher. Scan the QR codes below to download it on your device.
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