Smith Elementary

2019/2020 School Year

Welcome to the 2019/2020 school year!

It is with great pleasure that I welcome everyone to the 2019/2020 school year. The first day of school is Monday, August 26th. It is a full day of school from 8:50am-3:35pm.


The staff here at Smith are very excited to get the new school year started. Please be sure to read this edition of our Newsletter for important beginning of the year information. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call our office at (517) 851-7735 or email me at edwardsb@panthernet.net


Class lists were mailed out yesterday August 13th, so you should be receiving your welcome letter with in the next few days.

Important Dates

August 21st - Open House (see below for more details)

August 26th - First day of School!! (normal day)

August 30th & September 2nd - No School! Labor Day!

September 3rd - PTO Meeting at 4:00 p.m. in the Heritage Conference Room

September 9th - Board Meeting (7pm) at the JR/SR High

September 12th - 1st Late Start Day - School starts at 11:25

September 18th - Picture Day!

Open House

Wednesday, Aug. 21st, 5-7pm

Emma L. Smith Elementary School, Stockbridge, MI, United States

This is an Open House style, so feel free to come when you can. I will be giving a short 15 minute presentation about our school at 5:15 pm and 6:15 pm in the cafeteria. Hope to see you there!

School Schedule(s)

Regular School Day - 8:50 - 3:35

Late Start Days - 11:25 - 3:35

*Please be patient for the first few weeks of school. Times may run differently until students and teachers are in a routine.


Morning

8:30 - 8:45 - Breakfast (students and parents must stay in lobby until 8:30)

8:40 - 2nd graders line up at their classrooms

8:42 - Bell rings for students to enter hallways and classrooms

8:50 - School Starts

*Please do not drop off your child any earlier than 8:40 a.m. Thank you!


Afternoon

3:25-3:30 - Kindergarten released to buses and parent pick up

3:32 - 1st - 2nd grade Kids Club, Walkers, and pick ups released

3:35 - All bus riders released


Late Start Days

11:25 - 3:35

  • Students will eat lunch
  • Each class will receive their specials
  • Normal afternoon recess

1st week of school Morning/Afternoon procedures

Y5/Kindergarten

Morning

Buser's: Your teacher will meet you outside by the buses and will walk you in

Lobby Drop off's: There will be an adult with a sign that has your teachers name on it. Please line up by that sign and your teacher will pick you up on their way to their class.


Afternoon

Buser's: Students will be walked down to the cafeteria and line up according to their bus. An adult or 2nd grade student will walk them to their bus. Y5/Kindergarten students always load 1st.

Lobby Pick-up's: Two teachers will bring down students who are being picked up and will line them up single file in the lobby. Teachers will not release your student until they identify you as their pick up person. Please be on time for lobby pick up's. All Kindergartners must be picked up in the lobby.


1st grade

Morning

Buser's: Students are to walk in through the second grade hallway by Central Office and proceed to the lobby. Wait in lobby until bell rings at 8:42am.

Lobby Drop off's: Students will need to wait in lobby by trophy cases until the bell rings at 8:42am.


Afternoon

Buser's: Two teachers will walk students out to the bus area.

Lobby/Outside Pick up: Two teachers will bring down students who are being picked up and will line them up single file in the lobby area. Teachers will not release your student until they identify you as their pick up person. If your student is being picked up outside, teachers will walk them out to the front of the building.


2nd grade

Morning

Buser's: Students are to walk in through the second grade hallway by Central Office and wait outside of your classroom door until the bell rings at 8:42am.

Lobby Drop off's: Students are to wait in lobby by B Hall until the bell rings at 8:42am.


Afternoon

Buser's: Two teachers will walk students out to the bus area.

Lobby/Outside Pick up: Two teachers will bring down students who are being picked up and will line them up single file in the lobby. Teachers will not release your student until they identify you as their pick up person. If your student is being picked up outside, teachers will walk them out to the front of the building.

Pick up and Drop off Procedures Misc.

  • Kindergarten students being picked up: parents are REQUIRED to pick up their students in the lobby
  • Parents who are picking up their students from their car must use the lane closest to the curb. Please remain in your car and pull forward as cars exit this line to allow a nice flow of traffic
  • Parents walking with their student back to their car, please use the designated crosswalk marked by the handicapped crossing
  • Please no parking (leaving your vehicle unattended) along the curb in front of the building at any time
  • We are asking parents to please stay in the lobby area before school and at dismissal time
  • Please try and notify office ASAP of any bus or pick up changes

*No bus changes for the first 2 weeks of school (per transportation request)

New Staff & Staff Changes

We are pleased to announce and welcome the following staff members to Smith Elementary for the 2019/2020 school year. Ms. Rainer (Kindergarten), Ms. Hartenburg (1st grade), Ms. Powers (2nd grade), Ms. Whitaker (2nd grade), and Ms. Zemke (K-2 STEM). Ms. Allen has moved to Interventionist and will be our Kindergarten/1st grade PE teacher for the 1st semester and Ms. Phillips will be an Intervention teacher for Smith and Heritage.

New Sensory Hallway!!

We are very excited to announce a wonderful addition to the Smith Elementary hallways this coming school year. With collaboration from our Occupational Therapist Tammy Fickies and former Stockbridge School employee Mike Demint, we have created two sensory hallways.


These areas will help students be more mindful of the whole body, wellness, and focus by encouraging them to be active on their way to class or when they simply might need a break. Students do this by using a colourful activity map on the floor. The path students take instructs them to hop, squat, do wall pushups and crawl. The two paths will be located down the Kindergarten/1st grade hallway and down the 2nd grade hallway.

First week of School Volunteers

As you know the first week of school is always fun, exciting, and can be hectic all in one. We can't do it without the wonderful support of our families.


We are looking for parent volunteers for the first and second week of school August 26th-30th and September 3rd-6th. Areas of need will be the following:


8:30-9:00 to assist with breakfast, parking lot, bus drop off, and lobby/hallways
11:10-11:55: Y5/2nd grade recess/lunch

11:45-12:30: Kindergarten recess/lunch
12:20-1:05: 1st grade recess/lunch
3:15-3:45: to assist lobby/hallways and bus dismissal procedures


Please send an email to Mr. Edwards at edwardsb@panthernet.net or call our office at 517-851-7735 to express your interest and the date/time that you would be willing to volunteer. We will reply to confirm. Thank you in advance for your continued support.