September 29, 2023
Calendar of Events
Oct. 2nd~ Online Scheduling Opens for Parent Teacher Conferences
Oct. 9th~ Orange Day and Indigenous People's Day Recognition (wear orange today)
Oct. 9th- 13th~ Scholastic Book Fair
Oct. 11th~Breakfast & Books Event 8:30-9:15 (see image below)
Oct. 18th~ Parent Teacher Conferences from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Oct. 19th~ Parent Teacher Conferences from 9am-12 pm & 1pm-4pm; No school students
Oct. 20th~ No School for Students and Teachers
Oct. 23rd~ No School for Students and Teachers
Oct. 24th~ School Resumes; Picture Retake Day; Preschool Picture Day
Oct. 30th~ PTO Mtg. @ 4:00- Vowles Conference Room
Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Calendar 2023-2024
Staff Shout Outs
We appreciate all the staff shout outs coming in. Let's keep this momentum going!!!
Let us know how our staff is doing and help us to recognize them by completing our Staff Shout Out. You can recognize an amazing teacher by filling out a few questions in the link below. We will present them with a Shout Out Certificate that tells what they were recognized for and by who.
GSRP Preschool Program
Vowles GSRP Preschool
Mt. Pleasant Public Schools is excited to announce that we are adding onto our Preschool programs in our district. Vowles and Rosebush are currently accepting applications for students that are 4 or turning 4 between Sept. 1st-Dec. 1st to enroll in our preschool programs. See the information to the right to sign your child up or share with another family. GSRP can be a free preschool or tuition-based if families qualify for sliding scale with other factors.
Resources for Families
Parent Teacher Fall Conference Sign Up
October 18- 5 pm-8 pm
October 19- 9 am-4 pm
For our Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences, our buildings will be hosting "In Person" Parent Teacher Conferences and we will schedule this through Calendly.
Monday, October 2nd, you should receive a LINK by EMAIL specific to your child's teacher and their conference schedule. You will be able to click on that link and select from one of our dates and times on Oct. 18th & 19th. It will then go directly to the teacher's google calendar and make a Google Meet Link.
As a parent, you will receive an email confirmation that has your conference time.
*If requested, a phone conference can take the place of an "in person" conference. If you would like to schedule a conference with a Specials teacher (Computers, Art, or Music) or our Counselor, you can do so by emailing them to set up a Google Meet or call the building to talk to the teacher to set up an appointment.
Fall Scholastic Book Fair
Dear Parents and Families:
Get ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming our way (YAY!). Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become Bolder, Prouder, and Stronger Readers. AND—as always—every book they buy earns rewards for our school.
Here’s what you need to know about the Book Fair….
Monday, October 9th and Tuesday, October 10th, students will visit the Book Fair with their class to Preview the Fair and make Wish Lists.
Tuesday, October 10th from 3:45-5:30 pm, Vowles Elementary will host a family Book Fair shopping night in our Library. Plan to come to the Fair this evening if you’d like to be one of the first shoppers at the Fair and see our full selection of books. Please enter the school at the front office door for this event.
Wednesday, October 11th from 8:30-9:15, Join us at Vowles for a Breakfast & Books! Parents/Guardians may bring Breakfast and your coffee and eat with your child in their classrooms. Students will be served their normal breakfast and some light breakfast items will be available to the adults. While eating, you will hear a short video regarding our Title 1 program and then may continue eating. Bring a blanket and a book(s) to read for some quality time with your child during the breakfast at this fun family event! While you are here, you’ll also have the opportunity to shop at the Book Fair in the Library!
Thursday, October 12th is the last shopping day for students. Any students who bring money to school for the Book Fair or have an eWallet, will be called down to the Fair during the school day and our staff will assist them.
We would like to make families aware of the Scholastic eWallet—your child’s digital payment account. Before the Fair, set up eWallet for worry-free, cash-free purchases. Anyone can contribute! Share each child’s eWallet so friends and family can add funds and give your kids more books to enjoy.
If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.
Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping:
We are looking forward to all of this Book Fair fun! We can’t wait to see you there!
Shari Norman, Book Fair Chairperson
Vowles Elementary PTO will continue to keep our online donation platform open throughuot the year. Feel free to share our QR code or this link anytime to make a donation to Vowles PTO.
We appreciate your support!
Extreme Challenge Update~ Your support helped us to raise nearly $5800.
Student Attendance is important to us. If your child is sick, please call the school Office at 775-2280 before 10:00 each morning to let us know.
For safety reasons, families will soon begin receiving a phone call by 10:20 am for any student that is marked as Absent each morning in Power School. You can deter getting that call from our system by calling us in the morning to let us know of your child's absence and their reason for the absence.
Our codes we use for absences are:
Any absence that has not been reported by a parent or guardian and/or any absence that is not listed as an Excused Absence in Board Policy.
An absence that the parent verifies or explains. Example: (1) The student doesn’t feel well, and is staying home, but is not visiting the doctor. (2) The family is taking an extra long weekend, vacation, etc.
Absences that meet the definition of an Excused Absence based on MPPS Board Policy.
*Illness or professional appointments with a doctors note *Death of a relative
*Observance of Religious Holidays
Below are images to our attendance policy but it can also be found in the front of your child's Agenda....
Back to School Paperwork
Please remember to hand in your child's Back to School Paperwork ASAP. The documents would include:
- All Final Forms~ Please do not start an acct if you have already been in Final Forms!
- Educational Benefits Form (if you did not complete online with Final Forms)
- Medication Dispensing form (if you need us to dispense medication to your child at school)
- Agenda/Student Handbook Acknowledgement page
*This is really important as completing your final forms updates Emergency contacts, demographic and medical information, as well as your housing situation.
To Request for Transportation, use the form linked here:
Other forms linked on the Transportation website:
- Permission to Leave Along
- In City Busing Reduction
If your child is riding a MP School Bus, a driver will reach out to you during the week of Aug. 14th-18th to share route pick up and drop off times.
No School Supplies are needed
There are NO required school supplies for your child. All supplies have been made available through our Project Aware funding. If your child is in need of a backpack or lunch box, those can be provided by the school as well! Teachers always welcome disinfectant wipes and Kleenex throughout the school year!
Back to School Tidbits for Families
Here is a list of Back to School helpful hints that benefit both parents and teachers~
1) Label Everything~ Become the queen/king of a permanent marker. Label your child's name on lunchboxes, school supplies, backpacks, water bottles, child's clothes (utilize the inside tags of sweatshirts, jackets, shoes, and snowpants).
2) Send an extra pair of clothes to stay in your child's locker. Put in a ziplock and label with your child's name.
3) Water bottle- send your child to school with a water bottle to have.
4) Have a regular after school transportation plan.
5) Utilize the School Agenda for writing in transportation changes.
Education Benefit Form
Remind Text App
All our JK-2nd grade classrooms will be using the Remind App for their classroom communications. This is a great way for them to communicate reminders, easy building or district information, and pictures of learning. Please view your teacher's classroom code in their most recent newsletter, welcome letter, or flyer that may have been sent home.
Each Friday we will sell Popcorn for $.50/bag. Students can bring their coins or dollar bills in sandwich baggies or put in the back of their agenda in the clear pocket or a safe zipper. Teachers will collect popcorn in the morning and place the order.
Popcorn begins Friday, Sept. 8th.