Chatfield School News

May 3 - 16, 2021

From the Directors

We want to thank everyone who worked together to support each child during our recent two week closure. While no one ever enjoys closing school, it is wonderful that we have the resources and the tools necessary for students to continue to grow and learn while at home.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation

Today kicks off teacher/staff appreciation week. Please take a few minutes to send your child's teachers a special note of appreciation. A simple note or act of appreciation means so much. We appreciate Chatfield teachers and the wonderful work they do to make learning meaningful for Chatfield children.

Upcoming P.I.E. Meeting - Please Come!

We will have a Partners in Education meeting on Thursday, May 13 at 7pm via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed out to parents prior to the meeting. Please try to attend. We have many topics to cover including this Fall's Bike Rodeo fundraiser, this summer's Shakespeare in the Park, and updates on the school and plans for next school year.

March Book Madness Carries into MAY!

Chatfield Loves to Read! We are now finishing up the March Book Madness activity where students vote for their favorite books. This is a great time to donate a book to your child's homeroom! Here are some of the great books we read for Book Madness:

Outside, Inside by LeVyen Pham

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

Prince by Maria Vegara

I am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes

Ambitious Girl by Meena Harris

Stevie Wonder by Maria Vegara

Eyes that Kiss in the Corner by Joanna Ho

Summer School - By Invitation

We are excited about the summer learning program we will be offering our students this summer. The program called Rise Up will have a heavy emphasis on literacy and improving students overall literacy skills. Tenatively the program is scheduled to run 9am to 11am Monday through Thursday starting July 6 through August 5. Enrollment will be via invitation.

Meet Up, Read Up, and Eat Up

Meet Up, Read Up and Eat Up will continue this summer on Wednesdays July 7 - August 4 from 11:30-1:30. This will be open to all Chatfield students. Students will be able to pick out a new book, participate in a unique read aloud and activity, and then take a sack lunch home.

Mallory and Friends Make a Difference for PAR

As many of you know second grade's service learning project is to support Paradise Animal Rescue (PAR). This year the second grade was unable to take trips to PAR but they did host a collection of supplies for PAR. Second grader Mallory Sells was recently featured in the County Press for taking this a step further. Mallory and friends ran a bottle drive and collected over $900 dollars for PAR. This was hard work for Mallory, but a project she loved doing! We bet you are proud Mallory! Awesome job!

Finley's Artwork Wins Prize!

Recently Mr. Lange's third grade art students participated in a poster contest with the Lapeer County Road Commission. Finley's artwork was chosen as an award winning poster to celebrate 2021 Work Zone Safety! Congratulations Finley! Quality work pays off!
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Olivia and Khloe Make an Impact!

Fourth graders, Olivia M and Khloe M., in Mr. Brady's homeroom recently worked to raise funds to support American Red Cross. The girls wanted to help families that are impacted by emergencies like fires and the pandemic. The pair raised $40 with the help of school mates to donate to Red Cross! Great job!

Cinco de Mayo

Elementary students and middle school Spanish students will enjoy breaking a pinata this week as part of Cinco de Mayo celebration. While Cinco de Mayo is not a major Mexican holiday, it has become a tradition to celebrate our study of Spanish language at Chatfield.

Spring Book Fair 2021!

Reading is important and the Book Fair brings a lot of fun and excitement to many students and families. The Book Fair is truly one of the simple things in life that can bring the joy of reading a new book.

Our online book fair will be open for 14 days from May 17 to May 30. All book-only orders over $25 will ship free to your home. Please watch for instructions on how to access the Scholastic Book Fair through the school's Book Fair Homepage starting on May 17. Instructions will be available in the May 17 Newsletter.

Parent - Teacher Conferences

Parent - Teacher conferences were held virtually during the month of April. If you did not have a conference with your child's teacher or if you would like to have a conference with one of your child's teachers, please contact them right away to set it up. Here is a link to the contact list:

Middle School Scheduling Reminder

Students currently in fifth grade, sixth grade, and seventh grade are required to turn in their scheduling forms for next year to their homeroom. Any questions about middle school scheduling can be sent to Mr. Young at

Hot Lunch Update

Hot lunch with one milk is free until the end of the school year! But, an extra milk does cost 50 cents. Payments may be made by check, or online at If you have any questions, please e-mail Ami Davis at

Honors Presentations

This June honors presentations and awards will be presented to students in the classrooms by their teachers and Mr. Young and Mr. Kraly. Our eighth grade farewell will be held outdoors the evening of June 15. Rain dates for the farewell are the 16th and 17th.

Upcoming Dates

5/3/2021 School Resumes

5/5/2021 Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

5/5/2021 P.I.E. Meeting 7pm via Zoom

5/25/2021 Band Concert (Rain date 5/27) Grade 5-6pm Middle School-6:45pm

5/28/2021 No School

5/31/2021 No School - Memorial Day

6/11/2021 Olympics XXIV

6/15/2021 Last Day of School Dismissal 11:30am

6/15/2021 8th Grade Farewell 6:30 pm (Rain dates 6/16, 6/17)

Parking Lot Safety Reminders

We just have a couple of parking lot safety procedures that may help with some of the congestion that occurs.

1. For those that drop off or pick up on the north/east side of the building, please pull all the way forward to the middle school door steps when picking up and dropping off. This will allow more people to pick up and drop off at a time.

2. If you are dropping off your child and you need to get out of your car to help your child out, please do not stay in the drop off line, park your car in a spot and help your child out of the car. This will prevent the drop off line from backing up.

3. As a reminder, if you are walking up to where students or staff are waiting you MUST WEAR A MASK, even if you are remaining outside.

4. Please drive slowly and carefully in the parking lots. Safety must be everyone's first priority.

Olympics is on the Schedule!

Chatfield's 24th Annual Olympic Day is scheduled for Friday, June 11! Parent/Family volunteers will be invited to spend the day and help out running Olympic events. Here is what we know so far:

All participants, volunteers, and guests will be required to wear masks while on school grounds. We will have a picnic lunch for all, but not the traditional Olympic buffet. Olympic events/activities will be adjusted to plan for social distancing and santizing of equipment.

Summer Tennis Program

Please take a look at the flier attached to this newsletter regarding a tennis program for youth in Lapeer this summer.