Ms. Arnold's Weekly News

Week of 10-12-15

Our Class Motto: Perseverance

"Being persistent & never giving up!"

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A Message From Ms. Arnold

Thank you parents and students for a great start to the school year!

Parents, students are doing a great job transitioning not only to a new building but to a new grade as well. They're adjusting to daily procedures and routines and are demonstrating superior character! We love to see thier GREATNESS! I am thrilled to be a part of their 3rd grade year. It's going to be a fabulous year, together!

Classroom News

October 19th: 3rd grade field trip to the capitol (Lansing-capitol building and museum)

October 19th-22nd: Book Fair

October 20th and 22nd (Tuesday and Thursday): 3rd grade conferences from 4-7pm

October 23rd: Student Lock-In at Keicher; 6pm-9pm

Math homework: "It's not about getting the right answer; it's about how he/she got the right answer." Students must show how they get their answers. This includes showing the use of: a number sentence, a strategy, buzz words (key terms), the computational steps needed to solve, and a written explanation when required.

Math folders will be brought home whenever there is math homework or an upcoming test. All folders will have math buzz words from each unit (key vocabulary terms), notes, etc... Students do need to know the math vocabulary. Please study extra wherever and whenever needed. It pays off!

McGraw-Hill Connected Resource: Parents/Students can log in to McGraw-Hill connected to view and use our Treasures Reading Book as well as our My Math Book, lessons, HW, videos, etc.

How do you log in? Go to

Login is: keicher27

Password is: cardinals3

Writing across subjects: Students must spell words correctly that are found on the page(s), they must spell "No Excuse Words" correctly (lists will be provided as words are added to our word wall in the classroom), and they must write in complete sentences. That includes "restating" the question/topic prior to stating/giving the answer, idea, or when elaborating on an answer or drafting a paragraph.

Reading: Anytime students can read 20+ minutes a night I encourage it!

Classroom Learning Time

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Our Focus Points

Reading / Language Arts

Students are beginning to work through each of our Daily 5 rotations...Read to Self, Read to Someone Time, Listening and Writing. As well as learning "partner fluency" routines and using various reading skills/strategies we focused on throughout the week. All beginning of the year assessments were completed in September.

Math (Unit 2: Addition)

Students took their +- fact test on Friday as well as a rounding quiz. We will continue applying addition properties this week as well as using additon patterns.


In the last two weeks, students have begun gathering stories in their writer's notebooks as well as completed our first writing unit pre-assessment, personal narrative. We also began our "My Writing Playground" notebooks.

Science/Social Studies

We rotate units in science and social studies. Our first unit will be in social studies. We will be studying government. After our government study, we will begin our first science unit, forces and motion.

This Week's Spelling Words

Spelling List #4 (long a and long o)

Test is Friday!

1. may

2. braid

3. sway

4. gray

5. plays

6. paint

7. snail

8. great

9. lady

10. coast

11. scold

12. coal

13. grows

14. float

15. program

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Weekly Specials and Nightly Homework

Monday: Computers; Music; Math Homework; Study spelling; Red folders come home

Tuesday: Gym; Math Homework; Study spelling words; Red folders come home

Wednesday: Computers; Math Homework; Study spelling; Red folders come home

Thursday: Gym; Math Homework; Study spelling; Red folders come home

Friday: No specials; Spelling test; facts test; Red folders come home; new spelling list comes home

***3-4 days a week study +- facts for 10 min

(Study with online games or apps; flashcards; etc...)

***Read, read, read!!!!!

Take Advantage of the Technology


*Front Row Math

*Write About

*Book Talks with Chatterpix

*Mad Libs



*Word games

*Mrs. Barnes Useful Links

*McGraw-Hill Connected

*Videos still to come

Michigan Center School District Facilities Improvement Team (F.I.T.) Invitation

What All Michigan Center School District students, staff, parents

and community members are encouraged and welcomed to attend a series of committee meetings to address the development of a plan to meet the future needs of our district’s facilities.

Why It is the intent of the Board of Education to solicit feedback

and input in an effort to appropriately maintain the district’s facilities at a level that is safe and up to date for the success of our students and staff, and use by our community.

Where Michigan Center School District’s Community Room

400 South State Street, Michigan Center

When The initial meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 21st

from 6:00 - 7:00ish P.M. with additional meetings to follow.

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Keicher Newsletter



12 School Board Meeting – 7:00 p.m. - MCHS

13 Michigan Center Community Food Pantry – 6:30 -7:30 p.m.

16 Popcorn today – Bigger size - $1.00

Progress Reports go home

19 3rd Grade to Capital – 8:45 – 2:00 p.m.

Good News Club – More information to follow

19-22 Book Fair Week

20 3rd Grade Conferences – 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

21 5th Grade Conferences – 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

6th Grade Conferences – 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

22 3rd Grade Conferences – 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

6th Grade Conferences – 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

23 Keicher Student Lock-in – 6:00 –9:00 p.m. - More information to follow

24 Fall Bazaar – Christ Lutheran Church – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. - $1.00 admission

25 Halloween Bash – Fifth Street Fire Barn – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – More information to follow

27 5th Grade Conferences – 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Michigan Center Community Food Pantry – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

28 4th Grade Conferences – 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

29 4th Grade Conferences – 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.


1. The Rotary Club will be having its 9th annual Halloween Party on Sunday, October 25th. It will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. All children thru 6th grade are encouraged to put on their costumes and join us for an afternoon of games, contests, food and fun. It is FREE, so please join us at the Fifth Street Township Fire Station for some Halloween fun.

2. MICHIGAN CENTER EDUCATION FOUNDATION will be having their 4th annual Craft Show in the Michigan Center Jr. High School Gymnasium on Saturday, November 7th starting at 10:00 am and will close at 4pm. Admission is a non-perishable food item for the Food Pantry or a donation. We invite you to join us and are honored to provide you with a place to show off your homemade crafts. One 8ft. table is included in the $25.00 registration fee. Additional tables for your space may be rented for $20.00 each. There will be a concession stand operated by our Cardinal Club. Should you have any questions, please call Mrs. Rockwell at 517-789-8831 or

3. GOOD NEWS CLUB will be held on Monday, October 19th, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. There will be games, songs and refreshments. Forms went home this week. A permission slip is needed to attend.

4. We have had a few cases of head lice at school already this year. This is not uncommon when students work and play together. It is important to emphasize to your child that they should not share any hair products (combs, ponytail holders, etc.), hats, or scarves. If your child is sent home with head lice, their hair needs to be treated. You will also need to treat your home environment. This is a time consuming task but it is necessary. When you have removed all the nits you can find, please BRING your child to the school office to have their head checked one more time. If the child is clear, he/she can return to class. This usually can be taken care of in one day. Thanks for working with us on this. If you would like any information about how to treat this, please let us know. We have some information and our school nurse may be a helpful resource for you too.

5. PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES will be held during the two week period of October 19 – October 29. Conference slips have been sent home. The schedule is listed below:

October 20th 3rd Grade – 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

October 21st 5th Grade – 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

6th Grade – 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

October 22nd 3rd Grade – 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

6th Grade – 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

October 27th 5th Grade – 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

October 28th 4th Grade – 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

October 29th 4th Grade – 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

6. KEICHER ELEMENTARY 4TH GRADE MACKINAC RAFFLE ticket sale is still going on. Tickets are $1.00 each. When you are done selling or if you require additional tickets, simply return your completed tickets and money, along with any unsold tickets to your student’s teacher. The fundraiser continues until November 6th.

GRAND PRIZE: Free School Trip to Mackinac Island for student listed on ticket / $50 MEIJER Gift Card for adult who purchased the ticket

Additional Prizes: $25 Shell Gas Card (2nd place) or a $10.00 gift card to Subway (3rd place)

Drawing November 13th, 3:00 p.m., at Keicher Elementary.

7. EASTERN BRANCH OCTOBER HAPPENINGS - Back to school can mean back to fun at the Eastern Branch Library at 3125 East Michigan, right next to Arby’s. We have lots of great things going on at the branch for kids of all ages, and lots of ways to help students do well at school. Remember, we have levelled readers and accelerated reading books to help with those important reading skills. We also have tons of things to help with classroom assignments and homework, from books on just about anything to lots of online resources that the library purchases to help kids in their studies.

Since we’re also about families and having a good time, you may want to check out some of the following events to be held here at Eastern. On Saturday, October 10th at 11:00 a.m., Stella the Story Dog will be here to help children read to her. Story dogs are a great way to get reluctant readers to gain those valuable reading skills so necessary for learning.

The following Saturday, October 17, our popular GameOn! Video gaming returns. Be here at 2:00 p.m. for lots of food, pop, and fun as we have Minecraft and Mario Kart available on our Wii and Xbox 360 consoles! We also have LEGOs and board games for those waiting to play or are just interested in more fun.

Don’t forget that we also have preschool story times for the youngest children. Our fabulous staff (and people say they are some of the best) will be reading some great stories and offering wonderful craft activities that kids will enjoy each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. On the second Thursday of every month, we host a very popular play group, too, at 10:30 a.m.

Finally, Sunday afternoons, we are open from 12:30 – 5:00 p.m. This is a great time to bring your family to the library for school-related or family activities. We offer Family Board Games and LEGOs for those interested, so come on by! Mark your calendars for these exciting events at your library. If you need more information, please feel free to call us at 788-4074.



Michigan Center

Saturday, October 24

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

$1.00 admission fee will benefit our local food pantries

2015 Keicher Elementary

Dear Families:

Keicher Elementary is excited to announce our upcoming Book Fair. We team up with Scholastic annualy to offer great discounts on the most current book releases.

We will be offering extended hours after school on Tuesday, October 20th through Thursday, October 22nd 2015. On these days we will be open until 4:00p.m. We hope that this will allow you an opportunity to stop by and check out what the Book Fair has to offer.

This event would not be possible without the help and support of volunteers, so if you would be willing to donate a couple hours of your time please contact Mrs. Barnes at 764-5200 extension 2019 or at her email


The Keicher Staff

Book Fair Hours and Location

Monday, October 19th– Thursday, October 22nd

  • Students will be allowed to preview and purchase during school with their class
  • Open from 3:30-4:00p.m. for the public Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Major Credit Cards are accepted.
  • Please make checks out to Keicher Elementary
  • We will be located in the basement

Ms. Arnold

I send home Remind messages daily. Please contact me with the chat feature on Remind at any time, send me a note, an email, call, or stop in. My door is always open!