Gaines News

October 2018


Picture Retake Day November 1st.

Greetings Gaines Families,

It is hard to believe that we are entering our second month of school already. September saw field experiences, classroom team building activities and assessments for your students as we prepare to start rolling on all cylinders with our curricula tools. This year new to the district is a program called Reading Wonders. This reading tool was provided to all elementary teachers K-5 in the district. Your child's teacher received training this past summer with this tool and we are excited for the roll out. There were also additions to our math curricular tool, math expressions. I am excited to roll out the Gaines Activities Calendar. This calendar is subject to change based on availability and weather. However, this calendar will have the most update activities for students that will take place this year. Our Gaines Halloween Bash will be here before you know it. We invite you to come out on October 19th, 5:30-7:30, here at Gaines. Please check with your child's teacher for their Halloween celebration time on Friday Oct 26th and join us as we walk Gaines Village in our costumes at 2:00 pm.

We will have our PTO meeting on Monday Oct 8th at 3:45 pm in the cafeteria. Please stay and have pizza with the Principal after the meeting. I will be available to answer questions, hear concerns and listen to ideas that you may want to see happen at Gaines. At 6:30 our Superintendent, Ben Mainka will be hosting a town hall meeting for the Swartz Creek Community. Light refreshments will be provided. We encourage you to make a night of it as child care will be provided. So, come support the PTO, have dinner and get informed.

Parent teacher conferences will be Oct 9th and Oct 11th. Your child's teacher will be reaching out with a sign up and we look forward to collaborating with you!

Thank you and we hope to see you all on Monday Oct 8th!

Student Council Officers

President - Tristan C.

Vice President - Randy K.

Secretary - Myla K.

Treasurer - Chloe J.

5th Grade Class Representatives - Sofia B. and Parker H.

4th Grade Class Representative - Alexis C.

3rd Grade Class Representatives - Jaycie L. and James L.

Upcoming Events

October 5th - Bake Sale - Kindergarten Sponsored

October 8th - PTO Meeting 4:00 pm

October 8th - Town hall Meeting 6:30 - 8:00

October 9th - Parent Teacher Conferences 5:00 - 8:00

October 11th - Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00 - 3:30 & 5:00 - 7:00

October 12th - No School

October 19th - Bake Sale - 1st Grade Sponsored

October 19th - Gaines PTO Halloween Bash 5:30 - 7:30

October 26th - Halloween Parties

November 1st - Picture Retakes

November 1st - Bake Sale - 2nd Grade Sponsored

November 2nd - Half Day of School

Townhall Meeting at Gaines Elementary

Join us for a town hall meeting to discuss the Swartz Creek Community Schools Bond Proposal that will be on the ballot, November 6, 2018! There will be a wealth of information presented, and plenty of time for questions and answers with Superintendent Ben Mainka.


If you would like to volunteer to work with our students in the building or wanting to accompany our students off site on field trips you must complete a volunteer profile sheet. Profiles sheets need to be redone each year and are available online or in the school office.


Are you a certified teacher- active or retired?

OR have a valid substitute teaching permit?
We can use you as a substitute teacher!
What is required to obtain a substitute teaching permit?
90 credit hours at an accredited college.
Contact Genesee Intermediate School District, pay a $45 fee.
You will also need to have live scan finger printing done. If you have one on file with a different district, you will need to fill out a release form to have them released to our district. If no live scan has ever been done, you need to contact Genesee Intermediate School District, at (810)591-4400, to make an appointment fee is $60.00. You can also contact the Clio Police Department at (810)686-5010 fee is $65.00, or Going Postal at (810) 635-7447 fee is $70.00
Go to for an application.