Bear Bulletin

Maire Newsletter October 1st edition

Dear Maire Families,

Can you believe we’ve already reached October! Students and staff are starting to hit their stride now. Routines are in place. Physical stamina to get through an entire day is way up (for both students and staff). The next layer to pushing for academic, social, and emotional growth is the upcoming conferences on October 13th and 14th. During this time we partner with parents to talk about student strengths and weaknesses and help develop a plan to make growth this year. Information will come out next week about how to sign up for conferences. Parent-teacher conferences have been an important part of the success of Maire over the years.

I would like to take a minute to thank all those who are organizing our Fun Run this year. We have an amazing team of parent volunteers that are helping with finding sponsors, organizing raffles, creating prizes and incentives, and planning for the big race day on October 22nd. The Fun Run is a ton of work and energy, but this fundraiser provides so much back to Maire. We appreciate any and all donations that are given from families, relatives, and community members. Thank you for your continued support to make Maire even better each and every year.

I'm blown away by the generosity of our community so far. We've reached our $15,000 goal and each grade is celebrating with an extra recess. Our next goal is $25,000 and the staff will come dressed as Super Heroes to the Fun Run. Can't wait!


Ryan Francis

proud Principal of Maire

Important Maire Dates to Remember

10/6 PTO meeting @Maire 7pm in the library

10/13 - 10/14 Conferences and Scholastic Book Fair

10/17 Haunted Garage 6:00-9:30 p.m. *see flyer below

10/22 Fun Run ! More details to come

10/23 Progressive Dinner 6:00 p.m.

Notes from the Office

Please remember:
  • Fall temperatures can fluctuate drastically throughout the day. All students are eating lunch outside, and have recess twice a day. Please dress the students in layers, so that they can be comfortable for any temperature shifts.
  • Please label all of your student's belongings. Our lost & found is already filling up, and if items are labeled, we can get them back to their owner more quickly.

FALL CONFERENCES- Sign up goes Live Monday October 4th at 5pm

Parent-Teacher conferences are right around the corner! This year, parents will have a choice of participating in conferences in person or via Zoom based on the schedule noted below:

Elementary Conferences

Wednesday, Oct. 13 - evening conferences 5-8 p.m. - Zoom only

Thursday, Oct. 14 - afternoon conferences 12:30-3:30 p.m. - Zoom OR in person options are available

Thursday, Oct. 14 - evening conferences 5-8 p.m. - in person only

Parents, know that you will be receiving an email on Monday, October 4 with your login information to PTC Wizard, which is where all conferences will be scheduled. PTC Wizard will be available for parents to start signing up on October 4 at 5:00 p.m. and through October 11 at 11:59 p.m. Kindly prioritize your meeting times with the homeroom teacher, and know that specials’ teachers and support staff are available to meet as well if you feel inclined. In the comments section, we kindly ask that you please note whether you are requesting a Zoom conference or in-person conference if applicable for the day chosen. If you need help signing up for conferences, please feel free to reach out to your student's teacher or call the main office.


Progressive Dinner October 23rd

Hello Maire families!

Don’t miss out on this year’s Maire Progressive Dinner! It’s such a fun Maire tradition, and a great way to connect with the Maire community.

View details and purchase tickets with the link below. We are looking forward to a fabulous night!

Character word of the month: Responsible

This month we will focus on being Responsible. Responsibility plays into all parts of our day at Maire and now that we are full steam ahead, we will focus on and expect our students to be responsible for their actions and choices. Responsibility Newsletter

Leader in Me: Be Proactive

Our first habit is to BE PROACTIVE. This ties perfectly with responsibility because we are in charge of our lives. We can make plans and prepare for those plans. A common theme with being proactive is doing what you have to do, so you have time to do what you want to do. This month we will highlight how to be proactive here at school and at home.

October lunch help needed

Our sign up genius is updated with October dates! We love having our parents come in to help with lunch & recess! Please sign up if you are able to come and help us. We need 4 volunteers each day, so that we may have many helping hands.

Thank you!

Lunch volunteer sign up

Haunted Garage !

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Fun Run Sponsorship Update

We have had a few more sponsors join the event. Our generous sponsors have given the Fun Run $9,400!

Maire 2021 Superhero Fun Run Swag has arrived and will start being delivered next week! Make sure your little superheroes are signed up to be eligible for great prizes, including Maire Bear Superhero stickers and drink bottles. We have weekly raffles and more incentive prizes for fundraisers, leading all the way up to the Fun Run on October 22.

More than 90% of students have signed up already and this week we passed our first fundraising goal of $15,000 – and Mr. Francis has agreed to an extra recess next week!

Let’s keep up the momentum on our way to our next target of $25,000.

Our new Bear Den Sponsors this week are Rick and Terry Linnell at Linnell & Associates, LLC and Lara Miller & Matt O'Laughlin with @properties. Our new Raffle Week Sponsors this week are Joe and Hillary Schmitt at Greenwich Capital and Alisa Nelson, MA, LLP

The 2021 Maire Superhero Fun Run is brought to you by Grosse Pointe Orthodontics. We also thank other Bear Den sponsors Linnell & Associates, GTS, @properties and Hill Mortgage.

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We apologize for any confusion earlier in the year about what steps we take during different weather patterns for arrival and dismissal. We would like to clarify a few items:

Early dismissal is extremely rare at Maire and only done when inclement (unsafe) weather is going to happen at dismissal. Typically this is a Thunderstorm where lightning and high winds make it dangerous to walk home. The Maire office will communicate to families that we will start an early dismissal and utilize our walkie talkie system to call students down to the exit under the covered parking lot doors when their parents/guardians arrive. In a true storm we encourage parents to use the pickup circle and ask that you ‘pack your patience’ as we work through dismissing almost 250 students safely.

We will not dismiss students early if it is raining. While rain is inconvenient, it is still safe for families to walk home and the use of an umbrella or rain jacket is a good remedy.

In the morning we will let students inside 15 minutes prior to the bell if it is truly raining. Misting, or sprinkling, does not typically warrant an inside line up in the morning. We will also let students inside when the temperature is below 0 with the windchill.

We hope this helps clarify our arrival and departure issues during tricky Michigan weather.

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