The Dragon Newsletter

February 2016

End of the Semester

Clarkston Elementary Families,

It is hard to believe that our first semester has ended. As I think back on the many learning opportunities and school events, it is hard to imagine everything that has happened this year.

When I take the time to stop and reflect on how things are going, I am amazed at the growth that I see in kids. Not only am I seeing growth from the 380 kids at CE, but I'm also lucky enough to witness the growth of my own two children.

As an educator and a parent, I wish we had the perfect system that could paint the entire story of learning for each student. The reality is that no piece of paper or online grade book can fully outline every aspect of student growth. Many conversations still need to happen between teachers, parents and students to fill in the missing details. I hope these conversations are happening around dinner tables, at parent teacher conferences, through emails, via phone calls and impromptu face-to-face meetings.

Our district is developing a System of Assessment and Reporting to communicate the story of learning for each student. The system is still new, and we are still working through some technical difficulties. As we move forward, I hope that this system will continue to evolve into an highly effective communication tool. I know this will happen if we are all working together to provide honest and productive feedback.

On Wednesday, February 10th, your child will bring home his/her first Learning Feedback Document (LFD). The LFD will be accompanied by an information sheet that explains the LFD. Additionally, you will get information about ParentVue. ParentVue is the online portal that allows parents to access feedback about student learning.

If you have questions after looking over your child's LFD, please have a conversation with their teacher. I am also available if you have additional questions.


Brian Adams

Calling all 2016-2017 Kindergartners!

If your child turns five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2016 (or as late as December 1 with a signed waiver), he/she is eligible to attend Kindergarten in 2016-17.

In the Fall of 2016, Clarkston Community Schools will continue to offer two options for parents of Kindergartners:

  • Kindergarten – Full-day Kindergarten is offered at every elementary school.

  • Young Fives Kindergarten – Young Fives Kindergarten is available for students that turn five years old between June 1 – December 1, 2016. Young Fives Kindergarten is a full-day program offered at the Early Childhood Center and Independence Elementary. Students that attend Young Fives go to their home school the following year for regular Kindergarten.

To learn more about Clarkston’s Kindergarten options and for information regarding how to enroll your child, parents are invited to attend:

Kindergarten Information Night

February 2 - 7:00 p.m.

Clarkston Junior High School

6595 Waldon Rd.

CE Movie Night

What a great night with family and friends watching Minions! The students watched 4 different movie clips, with their class, and voted on their favorite. Thank you to all that came out and brought their snacks, blankets and chairs.

No School

There will be no school on Monday, February 15 and Tuesday, February 16 for Mid-Winter Recess. Enjoy the long weekend!

Valentines Day Parties

Classroom parties will be held on Friday, February 12 at 2:30 pm.

Lego Competiton

Everyone is invited to compete in the lego competition. Bring your own legos and join us in the cafe after school on February 25. We will have judges that will be voting for the winners. More information will be coming home. Good Luck!

LOVE Our Planet Month

February marks our annual LOVE Our Planet month at CE! As part our Michigan Green Schools Initiative, all month long students will be learning about and participating in environmentally-friendly activities!

Recycling Week - Feb 8-12: Students will learn about the recycling we do every day at CE and we will have our annual recycling drive. Containers will be available in the lobby for the following items:

  • Used Cell phones, ipods, mp3 players (working or broken)

  • Charger cords

  • Ink jet and toner cartridges

  • Rechargeable batteries only

Michigan Green Week - Feb 17-19: Students will learn about Michigan environmental issues, including protecting our Great Lakes and local waterways, and share energy saving tips.

Adopt-an-Animal - Feb 22-26: Our 5th annual Adopt-an-Animal program! We are excited to see which endangered animal students will vote for! After learning about this animal, students are encouraged to bring in donations all week to support efforts to save the animal’s habitat. On Friday, February 26th, students will learn more about endangered animals with an exciting presentation by Wildlife Safari, with real animals, sponsored by CE PTO.

We are looking forward to showing our LOVE for Our Planet throughout February!

Super Stars

Congratulations to Courtney Cotter for coming in 1st place for the 5th grade spelling bee! Runner up was Cate Cotter! Good job girls!

Optimist Award

Congratulations to Ruby Antonelli for receiving the Optimist Award! She was honored by a breakfast that was served at the Clarkston Methodist Church.

Who's Got Talent?

The CE Talent Show is just around the corner! Come show off your talent that is happening March 11! This event will be held at Clarkston Junior High School at 7:00 pm. If you have any questions please contact Erin Martin (248) 755-415 or Kim Berry (248) 930-4934.

March is Reading Month

“March is Reading” is just a month away families. And if you have never experienced it here at Clarkston Elementary, you are in for a GREAT adventure! Our PTO purchases the same book for every family to keep and enjoy. We look forward to participating with the One School, One Book Program to celebrate March is Reading Month at C.E. For more information about this program go to: The new book selection will be revealed soon!

Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books is an exciting program to encouraging reading. Teams of fourth and/or fifth graders read books chosen by the media staff and answers questions in a quiz show format. Each team consists of 3, 4 or 5 fourth and/or fifth graders on any combination and must have an adult coach or coaches. Team shirts and other spirit wear are encourage, but are not necessary. The battle will be held on Tuesday, March 29 at 2:00 pm in the cafe.

New Menu

The new CCS lunch menus are coming home this week. The new menu starts on Monday, February 1.


Choice Three EVERY WEEK: Wednesday and Friday are both Wolf Salads and NOT Wow Butter Sandwiches.

Calendar of Events

3 Late Start 9:05 am

4 Muffins with Mom 7:45 am

4 PTO General Membership Meeting 8:30 am in Cafe

5 Reach for the Stars (3rd Grade Event)

10 Count Day

11 PTO Little Caesars Fundraiser Night

12 Valentines Day Parties 2:30 pm

15-16 Mid-Winter Recess - NO SCHOOL

19 School Dance 6-8 pm

24 Late Start 9:05 am

25 Lego Competition 3:45 pm

Board of Education & Central Office Administration

Board of Education

Steve Hyer, President

Elizabeth Egan, Vice President

Kelli Horst, Treasurer

Susan Boatman, Secretary

Cheryl McGinnis, Trustee

Craig Hamilton, Trustee

Gregory Need, Trustee

Central Office Administration

Dr. Rod Rock, Superintendent

Shawn Ryan, Deputy Superintendent

Mary Beth Rogers, Executive Director of Business Services

John Lucido, Executive Director of Human Resources

Kathy Christopher, Executive Director of Student Support Services

Non Discrimination Clause

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, it is the policy of the Clarkston Community School District that the Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic, in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. For more information contact the Executive Director of Human Resources, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400. For more information regarding ADA, contact the Deputy Superintendent, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400.


The Clarkston Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is sponsoring a Sparkle Award ceremony on March 30th at 6:00. Below is a brief description of the event, along with a link where more information on the PAC and nomination forms for the Sparkle Award can be found.

What is a Sparkle Award?

- A Sparkle Award recognizes individuals and group who support students with IEPs in Clarkston Community Schools . This person or group shows extraordinary service to our students with IEPs.

- Every nominee will be recognized and receive an award at the Special Education Appreciation Evening Ceremony. In addition each general category will receive special recognition.

Who may be nominated?

- You may nominate an individual or group who has provided service to one or more Clarkston Community Schools students with IEPs this school year including: teachers, paraeducators, student peers, custodians, bus drivers, Board members, school administrators, counselors etc.

If you have further questions, please contact

CE's PAC representative, Katie Sutherland, at Also, more information on the PAC and nomination forms for the Sparkle Award can be found at Sparkle Awards