State Road Newsletter

An International Baccalaureate School

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Barry Tiemann, Principal

Mrs. Overfield and Mrs. Hickoff, Secretaries

From the Desk of Mr. Tiemann

I am very excited to share some new technology that we had installed recently! Over the holiday break, we had our Sound System on the stage upgraded with additional speakers, a 6 disc CD changer, mixing board, 3 wireless handheld mics, and 2 corded mics! This equipment will soon be put to the test next Friday at our Just Dance Luau, and in March at our State Road Talent Show! I'd like to THANK the Shanahan family and their company "SVT" for their outstanding equipment and service, and our PTO for financially supporting most of this project!

PYP in Action at State Road

Over the past couple months the students here at State Road have been inquiring about this year’s CNN Heroes., which is an award-winning television special created by CNN to honor individuals who make extraordinary contributions to humanitarian aid and make a difference in their communities. Miss Guerra’s and Mrs. Hejka’s class decided to take action and inform our school about these great heroes. They created a display in the hallway, showcasing each one, and right before Thanksgiving all of the school had an opportunity to vote on which one of the 10 they wanted to win. Pen Farthing ended up being the winner! Pen Farthing is an amazing man who founded a nonprofit that reunites soldiers with stray dogs and cats they took in during combat. Well it looks like our students know a hero when they see one! He ended up winning the 2014 CNN Hero award as well! There were a couple of other things that students did to take action, too. Mrs. Mullins' class recently did a Google Hangout with another nominee from Southfield, MI, Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg. It was a great opportunity for the students to meet a local CNN Hero nominee and ask questions about his actions. The overall experience has opened up the minds of the students here at State Road, making them want to take action to make a difference.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our IB-Primary Years program, please contact me!

Margaret Pawlosky

State Road IB Coordinator

Upcoming Events / Mark Your Calendar

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LEO's Family Fun Night for State Road!

Please join us for dinner or dessert this Thursday night Jan. 22, anytime between 5-8pm at the Leo's Coney Island on Silver Lake Road! A percentage of all sales during this time will be donated to State Road to help us purchase classroom teaching supplies and resources!!!

Dr. Jalkanen's Input for Improvement Community Meeting

Please join Dr. Jalkanen on Wednesday night, Jan. 28 from 7-8pm at AGS Middle School for his next Input for Improvement meeting.

JUST DANCE LUAU - Coming to State Road!!!

Breakup that cabin fever by sending your kid(s) to dance their energy away. Please join the PTO for a fun, free evening of dancing on January 30, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:00. Cookies, popcorn, and beverages will be provided. Students can dress in their favorite summer wear if they choose. Feel free to drop the kids off or stay for the fun. In order to get an idea of how many students to expect, please send in the RSVP form attached below. Kids can still attend without the RSVP.

Student COUNT Day!

Wednesday, Feb. 11 is our next "Student Count Day!" It is very important that your child is in school on this day (as well as all other school days :-))! If your child will be absent, please be sure to call our office to excuse the absence.

Hungry Howie's Night is Thursday, Feb. 12

Our next Hungry Howie's Night Fundraiser is Thursday, Feb. 12! Don't feel like making dinner? Please consider Hungry Howie's pizza! A percentage of sales from State Road are donated back to our school to help purchase classroom supplies and learning resources! Please be sure to tell them that you are from State Road and give them your teacher's name for a chance to win a Pizza Party!

FITKids Program was a HUGE Success!!!

Our FITkids program, provided by Fenton Fitness, was a huge success and they will be returning for another session! An informational flyer and registration form was sent home last week and more are available in the office.

For more information, please contact Amy Warner at Fenton Fitness and Athletic Center, 810.750.0351 or email

Elementary Robotics Club - COMING SOON!!!

We are VERY excited to announce a brand new opportunity for our Fenton elementary students! The Fenton "FIRST" Lego League ROBOTICS TEAM will begin in 2 weeks! Registration flyers were sent home last week with students, and you can click the link below as well! Registration is limited to the first 40 students so register early!


Happy “Half-Way Point” State Road Families!

Just Dance Luau Party

Dig out your best island attire and join us for a free evening of dancing, limbo, and fun on Friday January 30 at 6:30-8:00 p.m.! You can drop off your school aged student(s) or stay and dance with us! Cookies, popcorn and drinks will be provided. Check your student’s communication folder for an event flyer. Let’s shake off the cold and have some fun!

Volunteers needed

We are in need of 2 volunteers to join our Craft Show committee as 3rd chair members. This is a great opportunity to work with some amazing men and women, and support State Road’s LARGEST fundraiser! Please contact a board member if you, or someone you know, may be interested in learning more.

Box Tops

Our next Box Tops contest is from January 20-February 15th! Let’s clip those box tops and work our way to our total year goal of $5,000! Remember, if we reach it Mr. Tiemann has agreed to be duct taped to the wall! Keep clipping!

VG’s Cash for Class

VG’s cash for class shopping week ends on Jan. 24th. Please make sure your shopper’s card is linked to Sate Road and our school will receive a percentage of your purchase!

Thank you for your continued support!

If you haven’t already, please like our Facebook page!

Fenton State Road Elementary PTO.

The 2014-15 PTO Board Members are:

President – Kathi Hart – 810-577-8337 –

Vice President – Erin Keros – 248-535-1094 –

Secretary – Karen Shanahan – 810-714-9234 –

Treasurer – Anna Britcher – 602-370-8698 –

Asst. Treasurer – Stacey Arnst – 248-790-7071 –

STATE ROAD IS RECYCLING!!! Thank you for your support!!!

We are continuing to make progress on our recycling programs and have added new items to our list! We are now recycling any brand toothpaste (empty tubes and caps), toothbrushes (and packaging), and floss containers! In just over 2 months we have managed to keep more than 80.5 lbs. of material out of the landfill!!! Please continue to encourage your student(s) to recycle during lunch and continue sending in any juice pouches, fruit & vegetable squeeze pouches, tape dispensers (outside plastic case and/or center roll) writing utensils (pens, sharpies, mechanical pencils, and markers), printer cartridges and glue bottles. State Road earns $$ through these programs, so it really is a double win for all of us! Thank You!


Start practicing (or keep practicing) your special talent that you would like to share at our 4th annual State Road Talent Show. More information will be coming home very soon which will include try-out dates and times!
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Hungry Howie's & Leo's Fundraisers!!!

THANK YOU to ALL of our families who have participated in our Hungry Howie's Night and Leo's Family Night Fundraisers! Each event brings in around $250 for State Road Elementary, and has helped us purchase laminating rolls, chart paper, and other classroom teaching supplies! Our next purchase with this money will be a large paper cutting board (as the one we've had for years has finally cut it's last paper...) THANKS AGAIN!!!

Camp Invention is coming this summer!!!

Please click the link below for more information!!!

Fenton Elementary Ski Club

Are you interested in joining the Fenton Elementary Ski & Snowboard Club but would like some more information? Click the link below for more information on the Fenton Ski Club Information Night coming up this Monday night beginning at 6:30pm at Tomek-Eastern Elementary!

Please Help Prevent the Spread of Sickness, Head Lice, etc...

Parents: We have had a few reported cased of the flu and strep throat this past week. The best way to prevent the spread of sickness, communicable diseases, or issues such as head lice is to take preventative steps at home prior to sending your child to school. Please also contact the office right away to let us know of any sickness or confirmed case of lice that your child may have. For more ‘health’ related information, please visit the State Road website and select “Student Health Info” under the Information Tab. Thank you!

Please visit the "Student Health Information" section of our website (link below) for more information!