Shorian Nation eNews

February 20th, 2022

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Cup of Joe

A Cup of Joe February 20, 2022 with Kelly Biondo, Lake Shore Public School Early Childhood Center

Election Info 2022: Early Childhood Focus

The Lake Shore Public Schools' Board of Education approved a $66.7 million no tax-rate increase bond proposal for the May 3rd, 2022 ballot.

Lake Shore Public Schools is known for its commitment to providing young students with an outstanding educational program. Because of this commitment, student enrollment is growing. We offer child care services for students as young as eight weeks old and preschool programs for three and four-year-olds.

The new Early Childhood Center will provide our community's youngest learners with a larger learning environment designed especially for them.

The new Early Childhood Center will feature educational spaces to support the curriculum where children are encouraged to explore, interact with others, and exercise their creative imagination. Safety and security will continue to be a priority with a designated entry and separation from other programs offered at the site.

We would like to hear your thoughts about the no tax-rate increase bond proposal, click this link.

To learn more about the bond proposal, please visit the Lake Shore Public Schools' website.

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Virtual District Open House

Ready to see all that Lake Shore Public Schools has to offer?

Visit Lake Shore Public Schools' Virtual Open House on Wednesday, March 2nd at 6pm so you can meet our world-class staff through Google Meets, get a virtual tour of our facilities, and most importantly, experience the Lake Shore difference. Enrollment is open, applications are available, and we are ready for you to become part of the Shorian Nation.

Save the Date: 2022-23 Early Childhood Center Registration

Monday, March 14th-Friday, March 18th: Community Registration Packet Pickup (all day)

Saturday, March 19th: Registration Packet Turn In from 10am-12pm

Save the Date: 2022 Kindergarten Roundup

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 at 6pm

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Upcoming Events

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Positivity Project

Under the guiding principles of our districtwide initiative, the Positivity Project, the #PositivityInAction mindset is our top priority. These past two weeks we focused on the character strengths of HUMILITY and LOVE.

People with the character strength of humility do not seek the spotlight. They let their actions speak for themselves.

We are thrilled to present our Certificates of Shorian Love for the 2021-2022 school year, presented by our Shorian Nation. Students who were chosen to make these deliveries, nominated because of several P2 character strengths, were: Madison Kurdi, Ava Pate, Clare Moore, Claire Knoche, Harper Miller, Morgan Clausen, Isabella Taylor, Peyton Peiffer, Faith Lory, Troy Lurenger, Aiden Snarski, Miles Huffman, and Noah Baier.

Winners were chosen from the results of a Community Favorites Survey, shared in November. In addition to the certificate, winners also received a flower, LS window decal, and hand written card from a student.

These businesses are led by truly humble people and we are excited to honor the following places.

Harper Miller, 2nd grader at Violet Elementary, was able to award her Uncle Dave Grout, Internet Director at Roy O'Brien Ford, with a Community Favorite. She giggled, "That was so cool!"

People with the character strength of love value close relationships with others and being close to people.

Happy Valentine's Day, Shorian Nation!

Excellence in teaching deserves to be recognized. We are excited to announce all of our Lake Shore Public Schools 2022 Teachers of the Year soon so keep checking this post!


Masonic Heights Elementary's Angela Legato

Rodgers Elementary's Bernadette Wischmeyer

Violet Elementary's Lindsay LaCross

Kennedy Middle School's Amy Usher

Lake Shore High School's Catherine Fergusson

The 38th Annual Macomb County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony will take place on April 19, 2022 at Mirage Banquet Hall.

In Megan Haas' nomination, on behalf of Bernadette at Rodgers, she said, "Bernadette is constantly keeping up with trends which allows students to have a greater connection to the music they are learning. She is always so kind to everyone that walks into her room and really makes them feel like a welcomed part of her community."

All of our educators should be recognized for their excellence in content knowledge, classroom management, and passion. They inspire our students by awakening belief in self, manifesting talents, and being the light.

Thank you to all 222 educators at Lake Shore Public Schools for being superhuman. You influence our youth in the most powerful way, and on this Valentine's Day, we want to share how much we love all of our teachers!

Bonus: Let's continue to celebrate our 2021 Teachers of the Year by reviewing this special edition newsletter.

Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are OPM - Cheering others' success (2/20-2/26) and ENTHUSIASM (2/27-3/5).


Shorians Represent at the Super Bowl LVI

Class of 2019's Justin Chambe and Gavin Smith represented the United States Military at the Super Bowl LVI pregame on Sunday, February 13th as flag bearers. Coincidently, they were celebrated at the same Enlistment Ceremony!

We acknowledge that the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals matchup is a big deal, but our Shorian Nation thinks it is an even bigger deal that Justin will be carrying the Air Force (or Space Force) flag and Gavin will be carrying the Navy flag!

Lake Shore High School has always been a huge supporter of the U.S. Military, often welcoming in recruiters and celebrating those students that choose to enlist into service.

Lake Shore is so incredibly proud of all of our graduates who choose to serve and we are beyond excited that two Shorians were selected this year to represent our nation on one of the biggest stages in the world. No matter what team you wanted to win the game, we can all agree that Shorians are true Champions!

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Pay It Forward

We asked our Shorian Nation to name their favorite community businesses.

Malyna Conrad immediately selected The Junk Drawer Mercantile, a gift store located at 29905 Harper that sells handcrafted items and vintage finds. What makes this local business special to Malyna? Her mom is the owner!

Here is a list of favorite places, serving as a reminder about businesses we love because of their products and services, but primary the loving people who serve us.

As part of Mental Health Matters week, we planned an activity with EOS from 11-12:30pm today where students randomly paid it forward to customers with kindness and funds from a #MIAFSgivesback grant.

Customers were pleasantly surprised by the $200 in coffee and treat donations from our sweet Masonic Heights students! In the final 5 minutes, the bus driver transported these students to the Saint Clair Shores Police Station to surprise them with gift cards, too!

Aimee Kilcher from EOS said, “42 items purchased and $305.27 - Lake Shore efforts have already tripled sales!

Thank you Jonathan Priemer, Cade Molesworth, Alexis Dailey, Ava Alford-Stringer, Cain Adelman, and Lillian Zelenak for being such excellent role models for kindness!

Please recognize that your Shorian love for our local businesses means so much to them; When you can, pay it forward with a visit, compliment, or donation.


The Intergenerational Partnership Continues

We loved having a pre-celebration of the 100th day of school with another intergenerational activity.

Mrs. Skelly's 1st grade students visited American House this afternoon to engage in 100s activities with residents that promote memorable learning.

Dressed in 1920s attire, Rockets from Rodgers Elementary were paired with high school student leaders and senior citizens in a collaborative effort to support one another in this classic game of Bingo. Volunteer Jennifer Bate was able to assist her daughter Aubrey at the event. She said, "Everyday is a chance to show kindness and you can do this at any age." We loved watching both kids and adults exhibit this character strength as they assisted one another with activities.

Playing Bingo with a local senior living community created an intergenerational opportunity to be social while focusing on the common goal of winning the game! In addition, they created Fruit Loop necklaces using 100 cereal pieces and string, and gave half of a friendship Valentine's bracelet to each resident as a gift of gratitude for sharing their time.

Resident Bill Lorenz said, "I saved a seat for my grandson Nick Dinverno Jr. I had so much fun playing Bingo with him!" Senior Peyton Lees has requested to visit after he graduates to repeat this activity. "It was a heartwarming experience to see two different generations come together to have fun! I loved assisting with this event."

In the end, it is all about providing opportunities for our students to increase mental flexibility, improve cardiac health through laughter, and develop relationships. Thank you Rachel Smith, Life Enrichment Director at American House, for coordinating this activity with us and providing the juice and muffins treats to our students!

Bonus: Superintendent Dr. DiPonio visited to not only share in the joy of this exciting event, but to inform the residents of Lake Shore Public Schools' bond proposal.

Music in Our Schools Month

March is Music in Our Schools Month and we are inviting our Shorian community to join us on Wednesday, March 2nd at 5:30pm for virtual Choir performances prelude before our livestream District Open House.

Recruiting elementary students for Kennedy Middle School band and choir with a World Tour Day is our mission. Every child who wants to learn music should get the experience and Lake Shore offers robust programs.

Students need to be shown band and choir, told about its activities and benefits, and convinced that music is an option for them by giving the kids a chance to hold and try instruments while witnessing performances. Instruments that were showcased included trumpet, trombone, alto saxophone, clarinet, and flute. By listening to the middle school musicians sing and play popular songs in front of a live elementary audience, everyone was able to learn more about these exciting middle school exploratory classes.

Please enjoy a preview from the assembly.

In addition, last Tuesday evening, our KMS and LSHS Jazz Band students performed at the Aretha Cafe in Detroit for a standing room only crowd! Mr. Kevin Bays, Director of KMS Bands, explained, "They opened for a professional jazz orchestra, who naturally blew everyone's minds. Our kids represented KMS and LSPS brilliantly!"


100's Day Celebration

On National Random Acts of Kindness Day we are excited to feature Mrs. Knipstein's 5th grade Peer Pals assisting their Kindergarten buddies at Masonic Heights Elementary with 100's day activities.

Students moved through stations that had everyone counting, demonstrating their newly acquired knowledge of numbers and quantities up to 100. We loved seeing them work together to read 100 books, stack 100 cups, create trail mix using 100 snacks, design a crafty 100's day hat, and make a 100's day gumball machine! They even dressed in creative outfits to celebrate the occasion!

One can never go wrong with kindness, and there can never be too much of it. Thank you, 5th graders, for displaying this character strength.

Bonus: We also celebrated the 100th day of school by selecting 1 photo per day from our district Instagram account and printing them in stackable picture tiles that now hang at our Administration Center.

Lake Shore Public Schools Masonic Heights 100th Day Celebration
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Spelling Bee Champions

With correct spelling of words like contessa, emboldened, and wizard, fifth graders Madisen Yoblonski, Brooklyn Berry, and Mateo Vasili and eighth grader Lillian Wallace were announced the champions of Lake Shore Public Schools' Spelling Bees.

Masonic Heights Elementary teachers Mrs. Crippen, Ms. Knipstein, Mrs. Srodawa, Rodgers Elementary teachers Mrs. Haas, Mr. Wilson, and Mrs. Semack, Violet Elementary teachers Mrs. Finn and Mrs. Husek, and Kennedy Middle School teacher Mr. Chesser along with supportive parents, worked tirelessly to help participants practice for this competition. Round by round, students took turns spelling words from the official list. They were allowed to have a word repeated, used in a sentence, or defined.

There were 30 finalists per elementary school and 38 at the middle school, in total, but there could only be one winner each: Madisen from Masonic, Brooklyn from Rodgers, Mateo from Violet, and Lillian from Kennedy. Regardless of rank, we are proud of every contestant who tried to put their nerves aside to spell as many words as they could.

"I am so proud of my daughter, Brooklyn," exclaimed Jennifer Lasala, Brooklyn's mom. "She practiced her flash cards for 10-15 minutes every night and that consistent, hard work paid off."

Through the support of family and Lake Shore staff, these 4 students will be moving on to the Macomb Regional Spelling Bee set for Sunday, March 6th at 1pm.

District Wrestling Team Champions and National Counselor Appreciation

On this #FacesFriday, we are celebrating our 2022 District Wrestling Team Champions! Shorians defeated Eastpointe 78-6 and followed it up with a 39-29 over Lamphere to win the first district title since 2004.

In addition, it was National Counselor Appreciation Day on February 11th. Say hello to our six school counselors, all of which reside at Lake Shore High School, North Lake High School, and Kennedy Middle School.

Anne Rancilio is a school counselor who works with students with last names A-G. "One of my favorite parts of my job is getting the chance to work with new students and some of the old students I taught in first and fourth grade. I love being part of the Lake Shore community and look forward to continuing my career in counseling for years to come. Go Shorians!"

Amanda Nabors is a school counselor who works with students with last names H-O. She attended Oakland University and has a Master's in Counseling and BA in English & History.

Robert Asaro is a school counselor who works with students with last names P-Z. He attended Rochester College and Oakland University and earned a BS in Counseling Psychology and MA in Counseling.

Diane Dymczyk is a school counselor for North Lake as well as the Lake Shore Adult Education high school completion program. She received my Social Work degree from Western Michigan University (Go Broncos) and her Counselor Degree from Oakland University.

Bob Plotkowski is a school counselor for all 7th grade and 8th grade students with last names A-L. He has been a Guidance Counselor at Kennedy Middle School since 1995.

Jessica Turner is a school counselor at KMS for all 6th grade students and 8th grade students with last names M-Z. She loves working with the same kids for all three years because she can get to know the students and their families very well.

Bonus: We also appreciate Julie Knight and Carla Cavazos, Department Secretary/Records Clerk, for their care and concern for the entire student body.
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Miss Shoreline 2022

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Freeze Frame: Valentine's Day


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