The Siple Scoop

January 2019


Dear Siple Families,

A new year always brings hope for new beginnings! As an educator I feel like I have the joy of experiencing this two times a year, once at the beginning of the school year and then at the beginning of the New Year in January.

I do my best to avoid the news and negativity. I tend to be a positive, optimistic person in general and watching or listening to negative news or stories brings me down. I don't like that feeling so I avoid it, but I have been noticing a trend in society and wanted to take a moment to address it with my Siple family.

I've noticed that with the increase in social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) that it feels like what people send out and how it gets interpreted can cause conflicts or hurt feelings. I know I have received emails before and I wasn't sure exactly how to take what the sender was saying. We can misread written text and become angry or hurt when it wasn't the intention of the person sending the message at all. For this reason, I have decided to extend grace to anyone I get email or texts from. What do I mean by this?

What I mean is that when I receive a written message from someone, I have decided to assume the person is writing with my best interests at heart. I am going to assume that they are a good person and are trying to communicate a sincere message to me. If there is anything that is unclear, I am going to ask them to clarify without assuming the worst or getting angry.

I believe I have the best students and families at this school that any Principal could have. I also believe I have the best staff at Siple that any Principal could have. If we all extend grace and kindness to one another, and continue to assume the best of each other, I believe we would all help make the world a better place. Maybe our positivity and kindness would spread to the greater community and further. I am up for the challenge. I hope you will join me. Let's work together to make 2019 a kinder, more positive year for the people we interact with throughout our days. I believe we can all make a difference.

Christy Flowers, Principal



Parents, if you have younger children at home we wanted to make you aware that we are now starting the waiting list for Early-5's. Our Early 5's program is for children that will turn 5 between June 15 and December 1, 2019. This is an excellent program to prepare young children for kindergarten. It is a full day program that focuses on kindergarten readiness. To add your child to the wait list please call the Thomson Elementary office at 810-591-0911.

Kindergarten Round-up will be held April 22nd -26th this year. Parents can call the Thomson Elementary office to register for your appointment beginning February 26th. The age required for kindergarten and early 5's is that they must be 5 by September 1, 2019. The phone number to call to make your appointment is 810-591-0911.


An informational meeting about the CAP program at Davison Community Schools will be held January 16, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Hahn Intermediate Media Center. This meeting will cover characteristics of gifted children, the District's identification process, and current programming in Davison. For more information, a flyer can be downloaded at the bottom of this newsletter.


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.


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 please to announce our STARs of the Month for December are:

Kindergarten: Brayden Smith

1st grade: Jayce Basner

2nd grade: Cadence Murray

3rd grade: Sophia Hill

4th grade: Ella Nolan

Our other outstanding nominees for the month of December were:

Kindergarten: Cayden Cornell

Lorenzo Kennedy

1st grade: Tiegan Beal

Troy Briggs

Braylin Robertson

2nd grade: Autumn Ellett

Cole Konieczka

3rd grade: Alexia Huff

Leah Gethicker

Madelyn Natzke

Congratulations to these outstanding young learners!


May You Find What You’re Looking For

Welcome to 2019! Every January many people set a New Year’s Resolution in an effort to improve. My hope is that you choose to look at the growth you’ve made in 2018 and continue to build on that progress. Each year has its own opportunities and challenges, but we have the privilege to choose what we spend our energy on for the year. If we spend time thinking about the difficulties, then we will use our energy thinking of the negatives. However, the opposite is also true. If we choose to focus on the positives, then we rise above the challenges and invest our energy on good. Good is always there if we choose to look for it. The choice is ours.

With that in mind, remember that one of my roles as counselor is to partner with families to help. If you are in need of resources, please call or email me and I will do my best to help. Let’s work together to make 2019 the best year yet for all the kids at Siple Elementary!

Mrs. Simonsen, Counselor



HAPPY NEW YEAR everybody! I hope everybody had a wonderful Holiday break! We will be finishing up our hockey tournament that we started right before Christmas break. After hockey is finished we will be starting our bowling unit. I love this unit. The students will get a chance to learn how to roll a bowling ball, take score and learn what a strike and spare are. The district has a bowling unit that we share with all the elementary school buildings. We have carpet lanes with two different types of bowling balls depending on the grade level that is in the classroom. We start out learning the proper way to roll a bowling ball - (Push - Step - Swing - Roll).

The 3rd and 4th graders will start to learn how to take score (even though it is done for you at the bowling alley). I believe that it is important that they understand how and why the score changes when you get a strike or a spare. We will learn about the arrows and aiming the bowling ball. Bowling is so much fun and is something that the WHOLE family can do. I encourage everybody to take a day or night and take the family bowling. We have a wonderful bowling alley in Davison. Our Siple Stars can show you all the things they have been learning in our classroom.

Mr. Sipley, Gym Teacher




**2nd Grade Musical = January 31, 2019**

-Performers wear a WHITE shirt w/DARK pants or leggings/WHITE dress

-Performers meet in the DHS Choir Room by 6:45 p.m.

**4th Grade Musical = March 14, 2019**

**3rd Grade Recorder Concert = May 9, 2019**

Mrs. Odglen, Music Teacher



You are invited to join the awesome Siple PTO! Here are our meeting dates for the remainder of the year. We meet on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Media Center.

January 15

February 26

March 12

April 23

May 21


January 18: Popcorn Friday

End of 2nd marking period

January 21: NO SCHOOL

January 31: 2nd Grade Musical/7:00 p.m. @ DHS

Siple Elementary

9286 E. Coldwater Road

Davison, MI 48423

Christy Flowers, Principal

Follow Mrs. Flowers on Twitter: @Principal4Kids

Office Phone: 810-591-5104

Office Fax: 810-591-5102

Attendance: 810-591-5100