Andersonville Elementary Newsletter

May 2016

Update from Mrs. Fletcher


It is so hard to believe that it is already May! This year is going by way too fast.

Even though the end of the year is approaching, our classrooms are digging deep into learning and thinking across the curriculum. Our students are engaged in research projects, self-reflections, new math concepts, scientific explorations, and so much more.

Your feedback and support are critical in making the education of each child a true partnership between family and school. We are a community that works together to ensure the safety, academic success, and social/emotional well-being of all of our students. My door is always open and I encourage you to stop in or call to make an appointment to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas to continue to make this the best year yet!

This newsletter includes the following items:

  • Memories from April Events & Activities
  • Lunch Accounts
  • Looking ahead at 2016-17
  • Special Thanks
  • M-STEP Continues for Grades 3 & 4
  • PTO Meeting - May 17th @ 7:00 pm
  • Cranbrook Passes
  • Calendar of Events

In partnership,

Kim Fletcher

April Events & Activities

The month of April included some fun celebrations. Please enjoy the pictures below of these events!

Second Grade Concert

Science Explorations

Festival Day

Lunch Accounts

Please make sure your child's lunch account does not have a negative balance. All accounts need to be at a positive balance before the end of the school year.

You can send money in with your child, access this information online, or stop into the office with a payment.

If you have questions, need assistance, or would like to know your balance, please call the kitchen at 248-623-5237.

Thank you.

Looking Ahead at 2016-17

Considerable work is done to ensure the proper placement of students as they advance from one grade level to the next. The principal begins the process in the Spring with input from teachers and parents.

Information from parents must be submitted to the principal during the Spring planning period. The district prohibits parents asking for a specific teacher. Parents may request a type of learning environment or atmosphere they feel is most conducive to their child’s learning or if their child has a special need that should be taken into consideration.

Parent requests must be submitted in writing to Mrs. Fletcher no later than Friday, May 20.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to our generous PTO for purchasing a chromebook cart complete with 22 chromebooks! This technology purpose is very much appreciated by all of our staff and students. Thank you, everyone for supporting this purchase!

Special thanks to Meijer for donating kale for our monthly taste test. This donation is very much appreciated as we continue to encourage and model healthy eating choices.

M-STEP for Grades 3-5

Andersonville Elementary students in fourth grade will be participating in the Michigan Student Test of Educational Process (MSTEP) beginning next week. Our third and fifth grade students have wrapped up with their testing, with the exception of some make-ups. We have created a schedule based on the state - given testing window. These assessments will be online and all grades will take Math and ELA assessments. Fourth grade will also take a science assessment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or the main office.

M-Step Testing Window for the specific grade levels:

5th grade: April 13 - April 22

3rd grade: April 26 - May 4

4th grade: May 10 - May 19

Testing will take place during the morning hours. Please try not to schedule appointments for your child during their testing times.

Students who arrive to school after the testing has started will not be able to participate in the day’s assessment. Make-up sessions are scheduled for Fridays.

A few ways you can support your child during this time are:

  • Arrive to school on time

  • Eat a nutritious breakfast

  • Get a good night’s rest

  • Bring a book to read after testing

  • Encourage your child to do their best - it is not intended to be stressful

PTO Meeting - May 17th @ 7:00 PM

Our next PTO general membership meeting will be at Andersonville on May 17th at 7:00 pm. Please join us to hear an update from Dr. Rock and Mr. Ryan regarding a bond proposal. PTO board election results will also be shared. This will be a very informative meeting. Please plan to attend.

Cranbrook Passes

As a follow up to our Festival Day activities, Cranbrook Institute of Science has provide our families with four family passes for their museum. We ask that families sign out a pass in the main office and then return that pass after their visit. This way we keep as many passes available for check out. This is a great museum and a wonderful gift. If there is anything we can do to help your families take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, please contact the main office.

Calendar of Events

Please click here to view the entire list of important dates and events for this school year.

Here are important dates coming up in May:


2-6 Staff Appreciation Week

17 Kindergarten to Wint Nature Center

17 5th Grade to Greenfield Village

17 PTO General Membership Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

18 Late Start Day - 9:20

19 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner – 6:30-7:30

27 NO SCHOOL/Developmental Day

30 NO SCHOOL/Memorial Day

Board of Education & Central Office Administration

Board of Education

Steve Hyer, President

Elizabeth Egan, Vice President

Kelli Horst, Treasurer

Susan Boatman, Secretary

Cheryl McGinnis, Trustee

Craig Hamilton, Trustee

Gregory Need, Trustee

Central Office Administration

Dr. Rod Rock, Superintendent

Shawn Ryan, Deputy Superintendent

Mary Beth Rogers, Executive Director of Business Services

John Lucido, Executive Director of Human Resources

Kathy Christopher, Executive Director of Student Support Services

Non Discrimination Clause

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, it is the policy of the Clarkston Community School District that the Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic, in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. For more information contact the Executive Director of Human Resources, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400. For more information regarding ADA, contact the Deputy Superintendent, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400.