South Maple Elementary Newsletter
A Message from Mrs. Hansen, Principal
I have been so fortunate to have served as an educator in such a vibrant and supportive school community. Students, families and staff have been and are committed to learning.
I wish to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the entire SME family. Thank you for entrusting your children, our future, to South Maple Elementary.
All the best,
May 3-4.............M-Step 3rd grade
May 8-12...........Staff Appreciation Week
May 11...............SME Spring Sing/AM
May 16...............PTO 6PM
May 22-25.........Scholastic Book Fair
May 24..............Scholastic Book Fair Parent Night 3-6PM
May 26...............Schoolwide Reward Dance Party
May 29...............NO SCHOOL/Memorial Day
June 2................SME Fun Day
June 9................Last day of school
SME Spring Sing
Thursday, May 11, 2023
Gornick Auditorium/Gaylord High School
9:00am Third Grade
9:30am Second Grade
10:00am First Grade
Students will be transported to and from the auditorium via Gaylord Community Schools busses. Parking is available on the north side of Gaylord High School and at the University Center.
A Home for Humphrey?
South Maple students and staff have had a fabulous time reading The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney during April! We hope you have enjoyed reading the book together at home as part of our One School, One Book program. If you’d like to see some pictures, listen to the chapters, or find other fun stories and activities for your child(ren), the SME Humphrey site is still available at https://sites.google.com/gaylord.k12.mi.us/humphrey.
Hopefully you’ve also heard stories about Humphrey the (real) hamster who has been living at SME over the past few weeks. Well, now Humphrey is looking for a new place to live, and we’re sure a lucky student would love to take him home!
If you would like your child’s name to be entered into a drawing to win Humphrey, and are ready to give him a safe, permanent home, please fill out this Google Form by Friday, May 5. The winner will be notified in May and arrangements will be made for Humphrey to make his way to his new home! Good luck!
SME Read a Thon Results
SME total money raised: $7910.61
Team results/average minutes:
1st place Red Team/404 minutes
2nd place Yellow Team/334 minutes
3rd place Green Team/302 minutes
4th place Blue Team/300 minutes
5th place Orange Team/266 minutes
Top Earner: Kyzer Firman
Top Reader: Cooper Vanier
Thank you SME students and families for all of your support!
PTO Volunteer Opportunities
Book Fair Volunteer
Summer Reading and Math Opportunity
GRASP is available again this year to help your child(ren) avoid the “summer slide”!
We have made arrangements to acquire the GRASP program for you this summer. GRASP is a correspondence program for grades K to 8 which helps students maintain reading and math skills while they are on summer break. Your child will receive a book with nine lessons. If they are completed with at least 70% accuracy and returned to GRASP, your child will receive a certificate and medal! The cost is $26 for one subject, or $48 for both reading and math.
Please click on these links for more information about the program and how to order:
GRASP Informational Letter and Enrollment Form
If you would like a paper order form sent to you, please contact your child’s teacher or the SME office at 989-731-0648.
Breakfast and Lunch Information
Gaylord Community Schools has mailed the free and reduced lunch applications. If your child qualifies, please fill out the application and return via mail, email, or applications may be done online by visiting https://www.gaylordschools.com/free-and-reduced-meal-eligibility Questions, please call 989-731-0969, ext. 1254.
Thank you for sending breakfast/lunch money in a clearly labeled envelope. ALL cold lunch students purchasing milk will be charged $0.50.
Emergency procedures will be practiced throughout the school year.