May 7, 2021


May 11 Dentists-R-Us

May 11 - 27 NWEA Testing and M-Step testing Make Ups



Principal's Corner

Dear Steeby Families,

We are rounding out the end of our 2020-2021 school year. This year has come with many challenges for everyone, but our ultimate goal at Steeby Elementary has always been to give your child the best education possible. As always we thank you for allowing us to be part of your child’s education each and every day.

The month of May is also the month for assessments. Our 3rd graders have started the state M-STEP testing. They will take the English/Language Arts and the Math assessments. Starting next week, our 2nd graders and 3rd graders will take the NWEA reading and math assessments. Please remind your child the importance of a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast each morning, so they are ready to perform their best on these assessments.

This summer we are thrilled to offer Kids Read Now Reading Program to all of our students. Your child has selected eight books with the help of their teacher. Starting in May, you should start to receive these books in the mail. These books are your child’s books to keep and enjoy. They will also be offering Family Reading Events.

Please remember to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Yours in Education,

Christina Johnson

Steeby Elementary Principal

Physical Education Matters

We are in super speed mode in physical education for the rest of the year. We still have a lot of sports/games to get to and we are running out of time fast. We will be playing games as warm-ups and playing football, and if time baseball. The last couple PE classes we will be celebrating our own field day with each class during their PE time.

We just finished our half mile run (also done class by class during PE time) and the results of the top 10 boys and girls for 2nd and 3rd grade will get a medal!

Our top times this year:

2nd grade: Makalynn Cross-3:37.6, Nolan Kopenski-3:55.7

3rd grade: Teagan Wienczkowski-3:39.4, Deegan Moore-3:36.2

Top 10's will be posted in the hallway for students to view.

-Mr. Weber

Physical Education Teacher

A Note About Music

Greetings from Music! The month of April was short and filled with lots of fun in music. The students learned and played singing games, moved to folk dances and reviewed concepts through music. They have also been listening to books about musicians or using literature to music with xylophones and glockenspiels. They also got to play BUSTED! - a fun music note identification game.

Jennifer Bailey

Baker & Steeby Elementary

Music Specialist

Media Moments

Happy May! We have been busy in media class. In April, we read fun poetry books and went to the website The next few weeks we are going to be in the library. We are doing fun coding apps like Brite Box and Light Bot. Coding is great for problem solving and multiple step problems. Happy Coding!

Niki Barnes

Media Teacher

Steeby Cereal Drive

Steeby Elementary collected cereal through the month of April for the Allegan County Food Assistance Collaborative. Many boxes of cereal were donated by both students and staff. We truly appreciate all who took the time to pick up that extra box of cereal to donate as these go directly to our local food pantries.

Students pictured: Greyson Tuffs and Cayden DeBoer, 3rd grade students

WEPA Walk-A-Thon

Steeby students did a wonderful job of raising money for our Walk-A-Thon. Our final amount exceeded $1900. While all of our students worked hard, there were prizes awarded to the first and second place fund raisers. The students who raised the most money were:

Macie Peckham: Macie won an inflatable palm tree sprinkler

Bryson Pols: Bryson received a $50 Amazon gift card

Raya Klaver: Raya received a $50 Amazon gift card

Thank you to all who supported our Walk-A-Thon this year.

Parent Drop Off/Pick Up

For those who drop off their student in the morning and/or pick them up in the afternoon you will notice new signs in the area instructing you to pull ahead to a certain spot. By doing so it allows us to load 4 cars at a time and reduce the amount of time spent in line waiting. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

We have also recently seen an increase in parents who park their cars during pick up and wave their student over to them. This is not a safe practice as we having moving traffic throughout the parking lot. If you decide to park your vehicle, please walk up to the building and retrieve your child ensuring safety for all involved.

Please realize that as the weather continues to get warmer we have many more children walking/biking to and from school. Please drive safely and keep an alert eye out for the children.

A Child's Perspective

This month's question was:

"If you could ban one vegetable forever, which would it be?"

"Carrots" - Talia, 2nd grade

"Onions" - Carter and Anthony, 2nd grade

"Broccoli" - Ashtyn, 3rd grade

"Squash" - Kendall, 3rd grade

"Tomatoes" - Caedyn, 3rd grade

Supercat Winners

For Week of 4/12/21

Madelyn Battenfield; Norah VanNortwick; Skye Jackson; Traverse Haveman; Charlotte Mohon; Parker Chachulski; Bella Mis; Weston Amante; Peyton Prins; Brycen Perry; Macie Peckham; Grace Tappendon; Olivia Steketee; Sam Edwards; Eva Perez; Mackenzie VerSluys; Dakota Taylor; Maddoz Wenzel; Emma Hammond; Wyatt Matthyse Classroom Winner: Mtrs. Terrell's 2nd grade class

For Week of 4/19/21

Norah VanNortwick; Jameson West; Raya Klaver; Isaiah Hudson; Addeleigh Fritts; Deakyn Crater; Lyle Lewis; Hayden Jousma; Avery Haughton; Jayce LaPree; Lila Linderman; Emaliya Moore; Aspyn Mulder; Jesse Adrianson; Brooklyn Haynes; Mason Jackson; Gabby Shoup; Brayden Miner; Aubrey Ledford; Corey Little Mrs. Sova's 3rd grade class

For Week of 4/26/21

Liam Gibson; Brayden Huffman; Alysse Miller; Brielle Vandermolen; Archer Downs; Anthony Garcia; Hailey Snider; Breasia Wright; Kensley Butler; Tyler Warmbold; Lila Linderman; Maya Manning; Madeline Curtis; Deegan Moore; Owen Langkamp; Jaxon Tiripan; Makayla Miner; Maddox Wenzel; Natalee Crooks; Wyatt Matthysse Classroom Winner: Mrs. Nykerk's 2nd grade class

For Week of 5/3/21

Jameson West; Silas LaBaumbard; Zandyn Romero; Logan Bush; Jayden Bush; Carter Rairigh; Austyn Modreske; Oliver Jessup; Avery Haughton; Jayce LaPree; Angel Burden; Emily Garcia; Charlotte Vronko; Matthew VanderSchuur; Lindy Shine; Leo Buchinski; Serenity Ellis; Karlee Hollebeek; Daniel Bradt; Deyton Hielkema-Verner Classroom Winner: Miss Purlee's 3rd grade class

Community Education Offerings

Summer Karate at Steeby Elem. gym

6 weeks, Thursday nights

June 3 - July 15, 2021

*off July 1

Youth: $35, 6-7pm

Family: $65, 6-7pm OR 7-8pm

Adult: $35, 7-8pm

Online Registration for all Community Education classes -