South Maple Elementary Newsletter

May 2023

A Message from Mrs. Hansen, Principal

I have enjoyed many wonderful years with Gaylord Community Schools and will be retiring at the end of the 2022-23 school year.

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,

Therese Hansen

Upcoming Dates

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 dismissal/11:24am

The SME Schoolwide Behavior Target for May is:

We Can Listen to Each Other

SME Spring Sing

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Gornick Auditorium/Gaylord High School

9:00am Third Grade

9:30am Second Grade

10:00am First Grade

10:30am Kindergarten

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

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 minutes read: 139,740

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!

SME T-Shirts

There is a very limited supply of SME T-shirts, $10.00 each, available for purchase in the SME office.

Get yours while supplies last!

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

GRASP Brochure

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.

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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 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.

Parent-Student Handbook

The South Maple Elementary School 2022-23 Parent-Student Handbook is provided below.

Office Hours

The South Maple Elementary office is open to assist you Monday-Friday from 7AM-3:30PM.


Therese Hansen, Principal

South Maple Elementary

650 East Fifth Street

Gaylord, MI 49735