Shorian Nation eNews

November 28th, 2021

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Cup of Joe

A Cup of Joe November 28, 2021 with Dr. Joe DiPonio, Superintendent of Lake Shore Public School

Newsletter Overview

Within this Shorian Nation newsletter, you will hear a video message from Superintendent Dr. DiPonio, stayed informed about upcoming events, review our Positivity Project character focus strengths, and read stories that feature inspiration, innovation, and celebration.

Lake Shore Public Schools invites all students, families, and community members to the Saint Clair Shores Tunnel of Lights featuring our own Violet Elementary students set to perform on Saturday, December 11th at 6:30pm located at Blossom Heath Park (24800 Jefferson).

In 2021 we see the return of the sky lighted up on the evening of Saturday, December 11th by the Shorian Nation. Visit our #ShinefromtheShores station, under the Tunnel of Lights, to have our Media team record encouraging messages and take photos that will be sent to pediatric patients at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak on behalf of Lake Shore Public Schools and the Saint Clair Shores community.

The entire district is asked to meet at 6:00pm for this family friendly event, but the Tunnel of Lights will be open between the hours of 5:00-9:00pm. The City of Saint Clair Shores will provide the ambiance and food trucks while we giveaway free Santa hats, flashlights, and glow sticks while supplies last.

Joining us will be the Saint Clair Shores Fire Department represented by alumnus Matt Chambers and Saint Clair Shores Police Department.

Bundle up in Lake Shore attire, create a poster, bring a flashlight, and put on your best smile as you enter the tunnel to record messages with the purpose of brightening a hospital stay for children during the holidays. Please use #ShinefromtheShores and #myLSPS when sharing photos from the event.

Enjoy our Moonbeams video, created by Class of 2019 graduate Adele Puckett.

Upcoming Holiday Events

Winter is Coming

The first snowfall has created some beautiful wintry scenes at Lake Shore Public Schools.

Decisions made to cancel school due to inclement weather are a reality as we approach the winter season. Student drivers and parent chauffeurs, please drive slow in these slick conditions and leave early so that you have plenty of time to arrive before school begins.

In extreme conditions, we make every attempt to inform our community as soon as possible of a school closing. Communication will be deployed using SchoolMessenger, the district website, Facebook, Twitter, and local media outlets to keep you informed.

Positivity Project

Under the guiding principles of our districtwide initiative, the Positivity Project, the #PositivityInAction mindset is our top priority. These past two weeks we focused on the character strength of GRATITUDE.

People with the character strength of gratitude are aware of and thankful for good that happen.

Every year Make a Wish Michigan #MakeAWishMI partners with Macy’s on the Believe Campaign. The Believe Campaign is a letter writing campaign where each letter brings in $2 to Make a Wish Michigan:

Enjoy this video, from 2019, which shares additional information about the project:

In effort to fundraise for Make a Wish Michigan while supporting our Positivity Project efforts, letters will focus on the character strength of gratitude. Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.

Starting November 1st and lasting until November 19th, we invited all stakeholders in our community to write a brief letter to one person who has made a difference in your life at Lake Shore Public Schools and beyond.

At the end of November, we will gather all of these letters, count them, and meet with Alison Horrocks, representative for Make a Wish, to answer this question: How much money will we raise for Make a Wish Michigan?

Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are KINDNESS (11/28-12/4) and OPM - Knowing my words and actions affect others (12/5-12/11).


Seasonal Cleanup

We are excited to recognize our Lake Shore servant leaders and philanthropists are dedicating an entire week to the participation in the district's 3rd annual Seasonal Cleanup. Lake Shore be-leafs in helping their community:

Our 8th Graders from Mrs. McGuire, Mr. Warehall and Mrs. Helms' math classes participated. Mrs. Geise, Mr. Trail, and Ms. Leppen's classes at Rodgers Elementary raked, too! These Clippers and Rockets, armed with rakes, reminded our community why it is important to give back to homes and areas through #PositivityInAction.

Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don't need a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love. #TeachTuesday

Bonus: Haiku trees emerged from the floors of the English department at Lake Shore High School. Take a moment to read these Japanese poems inspired by recognizable topics. We love these leafs!

Double Bonus: 1st graders at Masonic Heights Elementary created Autumn trees from their own hands!

Lake Shore Public Schools Seasonal Clean Up 2021

Therapy Friends

According to the American Psychological Association, one of the main causes of stress in the United States is job pressure, which includes work overload. Both teachers and students feel overwhelmed with performing well. We are Lake Shore. We work hard. That is what we do.

To help alleviate stress, even if just for a few minutes of the day, Mrs. Filer, Social Worker at Masonic Heights Elementary, encourages the Shorian Nation to come to her office or schedule a classroom visit with Simba, the lionhead bunny.

Simba has been a part of Masonic Heights for almost 4 years now. Filer says, "He is a great tool to use with the kids when they just need to calm down, are having a hard time coming to school that day, or as a reward for a lot of our students. I also assign jobs to students who I think would benefit from being a helper to help take care of him. Students love that he looks like a little lion and that his name is so fitting. They love saving their veggies from lunch to feed him. They think it's funny to see him run around and leap in the air."

In addition, Mrs. Frank's Kindergarten class at Violet Elementary has goldfish as their class pet. As part of a Pets in the Classroom successful grant request from Pet Supplies Plus, these students benefit from exposure to fish in ways that help shape their lives for years to come.

Cindy Tewes and her therapy dog Story visited Mrs. Nichols 5th graders at Rodgers Elementary. The students loved learning about this Labrador Retriever and Pittbull mix. Because of Story's good temperament and willingness to follow basic commands, she will remain inside their classroom as a weekly companion.

Animals provide a type of love and compassion that compares to no other. Students and staff can all find comfort in having a loveable bunny, real or stuffed, awaiting them. And if you're fortunate enough to have a student at Kennedy Middle School, you may even encounter geese crossing the road!

Bonus: Seniors at Lake Shore High School had some fun with their pets for Picture Day: Mrs. Coffey's students utilize her stuffed zoo animals as educational supports to relieve stress and anxiety. Mr. Kelley's Spanish class enjoyed labeling their spirit animals.


Thanksgiving Parade Floats

Our 3rd grade team, consisting of 9 classrooms districtwide, designed and built their own miniature floats for a Thanksgiving Day Parade. First, they studied different types of floats. Next, they came up with four possible parade themes. After, they narrowed their choices, completed an organizer to share their ideas, and drew and built their prototype floats using household supplies.

Watch this virtual parade from Mrs. Hoehing's class at Violet Elementary.

In addition, enjoy the creative floats along Masonic Boulevard from Masonic Heights Elementary.

Third grader Justyn Wilde at Rodgers Elementary created the perfect UPS 2021 float. He said, "My dad works for UPS. When he walked in from work one day I had the perfect idea of creating this float on his behalf." When asked what makes Justyn Wilde Sr., his dad, such a good parent, he responded with these warm words: "My dad comes home everyday, and inside of getting on the PC, he plays with me. Sometimes we even drive to see him at his lunch break."

Spending time with family and friends while being grateful for these moments is what this holiday is all about.

Pinewood Derby Races

We are excited to feature our teams of Pinewood Derby Car engineers at Kennedy Middle School.

Rewind to one week ago when we visited Mrs. Clow and Mrs. Malloy's Physical Science classes and watched as students drew a basic shapes, clamped their wood down on their tables, and used a hand saw to cut it. These 8th graders brainstormed vehicle names such as Hot Dog and Two Trucks as well as numbers like #18 inspired by Amber Keary's volleyball jersey.

Fast forward and we see small, driverless wooden cars powered only by gravity. Students studied Newton's 2nd Law and were able to design their own Pinewood Derby Car, from the kit provided, to compete in the Kennedy Pinewood Derby Championship. Even Assistant Principal Mr. Baalaer participated in this challenge!

Former Boy Scout and Class of 2019 graduate Josh Loptrone was the inspiration behind this class project. His passion for Boy Scouts and love or their annual wood car racing event prompted Mrs. Clow to turn his passion into practice. Every year, the department exhausts their Science funds to secure kits for these fortunate 8th graders. The classes meet in the cafeteria to watch as the races began.

Team Barbie B, Cheesemobile, and Seven won their class races and moved on to compete against their competitive administrator who crafted the name Truck with the Luck for his Derby racer. His vehicle was indeed lucky as Mr. Baalaer won!

Thank you Top Teams, Charley McIntyre, Ariana Boddington, Macy Pelva, Jackson Miller, Linden McMurpy, Corbin Marentette, Brandon Schmidlin, Melissa Ciacchella, and Ethan Schultz for your participation! #TeachTuesday


Community Favorites

We are asking our entire Shorian Nation to complete this Community Favorites survey.

Gratitude is the recognition of good in your life. We are especially grateful to be a part of this community. In addition, we are appreciative of Robert Stark's drone footage! He really captures the beauty that is Saint Clair Shores.

Lake Shore Public Schools would like to continue our tradition of celebrating the valuable business partnerships we have within our community by honoring those connections that have impacted our students, buildings, and programs.

Thank you for taking a moment to participate in our Community Favorites survey. The deadline to complete this survey is Sunday, December 5th! We are thrilled to read and later recognize your top selections in February, the month of love. We love our community!

Bonus: If you're in the area of 13 Mile and Harper on Saturday, December 4th, stop by and say hello to a Shorian from our Administration team and make a donation to Goodfellows!

Food Service Department

Lake Shore's Food Service Department is committed to providing and serving foods that best enhance our students' academic, athletic and personal performance. We recognize that breakfast and lunch time is as much about learning as the classroom.

Through creative marketing and nutritional education, they strive to teach children about the best choices for life-long health and wellness, serving over 234,676 school lunches throughout the school year.

Our traditional (and FREE) Thanksgiving meal was served by our Food Service team consisting of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, savory green beans, and a fresh dinner roll. Yum!

November Slurpee Surprise Honorees

Congratulations to our November Slurpee Surprise Positivity Project Honorees:

Lake Shore Early Childhood Center

  1. Olivia Barranca: Leadership

Masonic Heights Elementary

  1. Ava Pate: Honesty

  2. Samiah Yancy: Flexibility

  3. Nora Boren: Kindness

Rodgers Elementary

  1. Mario Musaka: Integrity

  2. Theo Maddox: Integrity

  3. Mellanie Malone: Forgiveness

Violet Elementary

  1. Claire Knoche: Effort

  2. Noah Machalak: Bravery

  3. Harper Miller: Effort

Kennedy Middle School

  1. Piper Lees: Perseverance

  2. Thalecia Alley: Perseverance

  3. Madison Payton: Kindness

  4. Carla Cavazos: Perseverance

Lake Shore High School

  1. Carsen Best: Kindness

  2. Lindsey Jacob: Respectful

  3. Ms. Phillips: Bravery

  4. Gavin Maksymiuk: Nice

  5. Luke Baier: Leadership

  6. Emma Miller: Optimistic

North Lake High School

  1. Erica Brown: Leadership

Thank you, building principals, for your sweet deliveries! Because of 7/11 Store Owner Virgil Johnson's generosity, these are BOGO slurpees.

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