Cardinal Crusader

May 2016


Home of the Young Cardinals

From the Desk of Dr. Richards

Master Calendar - Snow Days Affect our End of the School Year

According to the MDE (Michigan Department of Education), all school districts must provide 175 “days” and 1,098 “hours” of student instruction in SY 2015-16. Barring any more cancelled school days, we would surpass the state “day” requirement at both buildings due to snow days and the cancelled first day of school affecting the elementary only.

Therefore, we will need to make up one day at the elementary school. At this time, the two half days of student instruction on June 14 and 15 will now be full days at the elementary school.

Good news -- at this point, the last day of the school year remains unchanged, Thursday, June 16.

Week of May 16

Monday, May 16 —

  • Math Fact Challenge Detroit Zoo Field Trip 9:00-3:00 (Chaperone Meeting in the Library at 8:30)
  • Math Fact Challenge 4th-6th Grade Movie 9:15-10:45 in the Library (Mrs. Czapiewski supervising)
  • Math Fact Challenge 1st-3rd Grade Movie 1:00-2:30 in the LIbrary (Mrs.Szymanski supervising)
  • Math Fact Challenge Pizza Lunch during normal lunch hours
  • 7th Grade Orientation at the High School 7:00pm-8:00pm

Tuesday, May 17 —

  • M-STEP Testing

  • Variety Show Tryouts 3:45-5:00

  • Preschool Graduation 6:30-8:30

Wednesday, May 18 –

  • M-STEP testing
  • Kindergarten Readiness Testing in the Purple Room all day
  • Grade 5 Wind in Motion program through GM partnership

Thursday, May 19 –

  • M-STEP testing morning only

  • Kindergarten Readiness Testing in the Purple Room morning only

  • Variety Show Tryouts 3:45-5:00

  • Hometown Football Registration 5:30-7:30

  • Mr. Burmann Grade 3 Cub Scout Meeting 6:00-7:00

Friday, May 20 –

  • Junior High Visit with the 6th Grade 9:15-10:15

  • 1st Grade Safetyville Field Trip 12:00-2:00

  • Grade 5 Wind in Motion program through GM partnership Car Races in the Gym 1:30-3:30

Looking Ahead

May 30 Memorial Day - No Classes

June 16 Final Scheduled Day for School, half day for students

Upcoming PTA Events:

  • Dads N Donuts - May 23 & 24
  • Carnival - June 10

Insurance Questions?

Did you know....

The Health Plan Marketplace can be a daunting adventure for anyone who is looking to get health coverage. It is especially confusing now as Michigan has re-bid all of its Medicaid health plan providers statewide. This means that all families with children covered by Medicaid Health Plans will need to re-apply for their health coverage in the next few months!

Things to consider:

1. Is your current doctor part of the new plan

2. Is the hospital the one you want

Click the link below for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Resources

School Hours 8:35am-3:35pm

The building opens at 8:00am and the cafeteria opens for breakfast at 8:15am

Students dismissed to classrooms at 8:25

Morning Drop Off

Parents dropping students off should use the north parking lot beginning at 8:00am. For the safety of our students, please do not drop off students at the front of the building.

Afternoon Dismissal

Parents picking up students at the end of the day should use the north parking lot. You'll notice that some parents like to park and gather by the big tree.

Cardinal Club (Latchkey)

Cardinal Club (Latchkey) is available from 6:30am-8:30am and 3:35pm-6:00pm.

Lunch Price Changes

Elementary prices are now at $2.50 and the H.S. at $2.75 for lunches. Forms for Free and Reduced Lunch are available online through the school website at or in the main office.


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Dryden Elementary Jeans for Troops

GI Go celebrates the ten year anniversary of its founding, we hope that our school participate in the largest dress down day for Veterans in America to honor Memorial Day in 2016. Our goal is to raise $500

Math Advice for Parents

Given the performance and test-driven culture of our schools, with over-packed curriculum and stressed out students, what can parents do to transform maths for their children? Here are some steps to take:

Parent Volunteer Form

Are you looking for a way to volunteer at the school?

Family Literacy Center

Call Family Literacy Center at 810-664-2737 for more information and to register your child.

New Family Play Groups for the New Year

Free play groups for children (birth to 5 years) and parents, grandparents, or caregivers. Have fun while learning through song, play, friendship, and crafts. Children will enjoy a snack, social time with other children, and a free book.

NOTE: All sessions are held at the Marguerite deAngeli Library, 921 W.. Nepessing St., Lapeer

May 10 - Tuesdays - 10-11:30 am

New Ready, Set Go Workshops for the New Year

This is an entertaining FREE workshop for 3-5 year olds and parents/grandparents/caregivers. Enjoy FUN learning activities that will help develop your child's skills and prepare him/her for school..Children also enjoy a snack, story time, and a free book. Siblings are welcome!

NOTE: All workshops are held at the Marguerite deAngeli Library, 921 W.. Nepessing St., Lapeer.

Thursday, May 19, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, June 23, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Mission Statement

  • To provide an educational foundation of academic excellence that promotes responsible social, civic, and ethical conduct.

Vision Statement

  • Passionate teachers developing 21st Century Skills for all students
  • An individualized and challenging curriculum
  • Commitment to a safe, technology-rich learning environment
  • Encouraging community and family engagement