Turrill Family Newsletter
October 6, 2022
A Message from the Principal
Dear Turrill Families,
I love October....As a child, I loved school during October because my teachers made Halloween fun. As a parent, I love October because my children love Halloween. As a teacher, I love October because I love my students and they love Halloween. I can't wait to see the joy October brings to our Turrill students. Let's be #bettertogetherspookystyle
Principal, Turrill Elementary
Mark Your Calendars
Important Upcoming Dates
- 10/6/22 PTC Mtg @ 9:30
- 10/6/22 Student Character Assemblies (Being Respectful)
- 10/14/22 Picture Day
- 10/20/22 LEAF Deposit Day
- 10/20/22 Trunk or Treat @ 5:00-7:00
- 10/21/22 NO school - Records Day
- 10/24-10/28 Intersession - No School (Astronomy intersession program 10/24-27/22 only)
- 10/31 Halloween parties & 3:00 parade
October Intersession Program Sign-Up 10/24-27/22
Our first intersession is October 24-28th. We are able to provide an astronomy themed program for students who want to attend Monday, 10/24-Thursday, 10/27 (All LCS schools are closed on Friday, 10/28). Students will enjoy making crafts, watching movies, reading together, playing games, and much more! Students who attend this free intersession can receive their normal transportation to and from school and normal food service (free breakfast and regularly priced lunch). School hours are the same as a typical school day from 8:54 to 3:50. Due to staffing, space will be limited to the first 75 students who sign up. For more information, please contact Sharon Howey at firstname.lastname@example.org
LCS November Bond Information
On November 8, district voters will decide on a zero-tax-increase school bond that would fund facility improvements across Lapeer Community Schools, including:
• Safety and Security Upgrades in Every School
• HVAC Improvements
• LHS Auditorium Renovation
• Parking Lot, Sidewalk, Driveway and Bus Loop Improvements • Roof Repairs
• Bus Garage Renovation + 10 New School Buses
• CFI Facade Improvement
• Separate Gym and Cafeteria Spaces at Elementary Schools • Dedicated Spaces for Elementary Art, Music and PE
• Multi-Purpose Athletic Space at LHS
• Much more!
If passed, the current bond rate would actually decrease from 2.75 to 2.65 mills. The District would remain among the lowest-taxed school districts in the region.
To register for an absentee ballot, click here
PBIS - Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
Character Trait Work
Each month we are working on a different character trait to help shape student behavior positively. We have worked on kindness and confidence so far, and now we will be working on being respectful in October. Students learn about the character trait of the month in their classrooms and attend an assembly in which a picture book on the character trait is read and discussed.
Students can earn BOLT tickets from adults throughout the school day for exhibiting positive behavior. Students can turn BOLT tickets in each week to earn prizes. If you would like to donate PBIS prizes to Turrill, we would really appreciate it. Prize examples include: pencils, erasers, fidgets, small games, small toys, etc.
Classrooms have compliment chains made out of paper links in their classrooms to measure compliments they receive from adults. When a class meets their personal goal, they enjoy a compliment party of their choice.
Students of the Month
Each month, teachers nominate one student from their class to be Student of the Month based on the character trait that was focused on. We celebrated our August Students of the Month by having a Sundae Funday.
August Student of the Month winners include were: Nolan Yelle, Kylee Thane, Riley Heiden, Norah Comstock, Hazel Rajewski, Carter Smith, Jonas Yelle, Parker Krystofick, Thorin McDonald, Ella Muir, Lydia Valentine, Azurra McCorry, Grayson Goemaere, Aubrey Glasgow, Trenton Crawford, Ella Rydzewski, Michael Reis, and Wyatt Heidenreich
October Reading Fun
Be on the lookout for October Reading Logs! Students have a goal of reading at home for at least 20 minutes every day and completing a reading log throughout the month. Reading at home with your child is part of Read-by-Grade Three Law.
Click here for a list of spooky Halloween books to read with your child
Click here for Halloween books read aloud online
Math Fact Fun
Click here for some Spooky October Math Fun
Click here for some more math at home activities
For more information on math skills by age level, click here
Student Activities & Fun for All!
Trunk or Treat Night on 10/20 from 5:00-7:00
Turrill PTC will host its annual Trunk-or-Treat event on October 20th from 5:00-7:00. Your family can join in the fun in the following spooky ways:
- Decorate the trunk of your vehicle ($5.00 to reserve a parking spot)
- Decorate a table ($2.00 to hold a table in the gym)
- Donate candy (we'll need lots of it), help set up, or help clean up
- Visit our bus loop, gym, and haunted hallways for some sweet treats from 5:00-7:00
Turrill students and families are encouraged to dress up and visit our parking lot for some Halloween fun!
Halloween Parade & Parties 10/31
We are looking forward to hosting Halloween parties for our little ghouls again this year. Halloween parties and our parade will be on Monday, October 31st. To attend the parade or classroom parties, you will need to have an approved Volunteer Application on file with LCS. Here is some more important information about Halloween:
- Costumes must be school appropriate (no weapons, blood/gore, anything that glorifies violence or hate, or anything that exposes too much skin). Let's keep it fun for everyone :)
- Parade begins at 3:00. Parents are welcome to attend, but will need to sign in and sign out.
- Classroom party times are set by classroom teachers. Your child's teacher will communicate this information with you.
Calling all volunteers! Turrill has an amazing PTC that needs your help. Check out the newsletter below to find out more. Our October 6th meeting is at 9:30 at Turrill or on Facebook Live. Our next meeting is November 3rd at 9:30. Hope to see you there!
Please make sure to fill out the LCS Volunteer Application below if you plan to volunteer in your child's classroom, attend parties, chaperone field trips, or volunteer in other capacities.
LEAF has extended the deadline for our CURRENT 1st, 2nd & 3rd grade students to complete/submit Summer Incentive documents by November 15. There is an opportunity for students to earn $15 in their LEAF account by completing all 3 (math, reading, STEM). If you need a new packet, please see the links below. Students should return their completed packet to their teacher ASAP. LEAF, the Lapeer County Education Attainment Fund, is devoted to being a partner in your child's academic future. Your kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grader will be able to deposit money into their LEAF account on the following dates:
- October 20
- January 19
- March 16
- May 18
For more information on the LEAF program, please CLICK HERE.
Reading and Writing Tips for Parents
Ever wonder what to say to your child when he or she is stuck while just learning to read or write? It can be tricky. Reading and writing are incredibly complex processes that begin by initially learning to identify and write letters and hear their corresponding sounds, identify and write sight words, and understand that both pictures and words make meaning. Below are some reading and writing tips to help your child.
- Read to your children so they can hear what good reading sounds like.
- Reading books over and over again is important so children can build fluency and confidence.
- Don't cover up pictures. Children use both pictures and words to build meaning.
- If your child struggles on a word, offer a suggestion. If that doesn't work, tell them the word.
- Make reading enjoyable to build a love of reading.
Turrill 2022-2023 Family Engagement Plan
Each year we need to seek input on our Family Engagement Plan. Below is a link to our plan. Please take some time to review it. If you see anything that needs revision or have any recommendations please email me at email@example.com .
Calendar & Daily Schedule
8:00 Office Opens
8:45 Student Drop off Begins
8:50 Students Allowed to Rooms
8:54 Classes Begin
2022-2023 Recess Schedule:
11:15-11:45 E5/KDG - 1st Grade
11:45-12:15 2nd - 3rd Grade, 2/3 Split, and CI Classrooms
12:15-12:45 4th - 5th Grade
2022-2023 Lunch Schedule:
11:45-12:05 E5/KDG - 1st Grade
12:15-12:35 2nd, 2/3 Split, 3rd Grade, and CI Classrooms
12:45-1:05 E5-4th - 5th Grade
4:30 Office Closes
Location: 785 S Elm St, Lapeer, MI 48446
Phone: (810) 667-2438