Poupard Press

April 20th, 2019


Dear Poupard Families,

Reconfiguration Process

I would personally like to thank our entire Poupard community for your support during these times of uncertainty. As many of you have heard by now, Grosse Pointe Schools has been battling declining enrollment and the Board of Education is looking for ways to counteract those declines while ensuring we provide an excellent education for our students and remaining fiscally responsible. I encourage all parents to go to the Blue Ribbon Link (Click here), which is found on the GP website, to continue to be up-to-date on the current facts.

I will be hosting a series of Coffee with the Principals over the next few weeks to meet with families and answer their questions. If those dates and times don't work for your schedule, I am happy to schedule a meeting with families that are seeking additional information about the process. Please know my door is always open.

Please keep in mind that no decisions have been made yet (The Board of Education will be making all decisions) and I will keep everyone informed of any changes the Board of Education decides to propose.

Thank you for making Poupard an amazing place to be!!

M-STEP and NWEA Assessments

Can you believe that it's already M-STEP time? Our fifth graders will be starting next week, followed by our third and fourth graders.


Monday, April 22-(B day) Math Parts 1&2 (10-11:45)

Wednesday, April 24 (D day) Science Parts 1&2 (9:30-11:30)

Wednesday, May 1, (A day) Social Studies Parts 1&2 (9:30-11:30)

THIRD GRADE M-STEP DATES AND TIMES (still being finalized)

Tuesday, April 30- ELA Day 1 (8:30-10:15)

Wednesday, May 1- ELA Day 2 (8:30-10:15)

Thursday, May 2-Math Day 1 (8:30-10:15)

Friday, May 3-Math Day 2 (8:30-10:15)


Tuesday, May 14 - ELA Day 1 (9:30-11:20)

Wednesday, May 15- ELA Day 2 (9:30-11:20)

Thursday, May 16-Math Day 1 (9:30-11:20)

Friday, May 17-Math Day 2 (9:30-11:20)

Please help prepare your learner to test by:

  • Coming to school on time
  • Getting a good nights rest
  • Eating breakfast at home or school
  • Reading each night
  • Allowing them to practice typing stories at home
  • Encouraging your child to do their best

Cell Phone and Internet Safety

Are your children safe while online? Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography, illegal drug and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone inboxes. Texting their advertisements is the newest marketing effort that many of these companies are using. Thankfully, the Michigan Secretary of State’s office offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching your email address and cell number via text. The Michigan Child Protection Registry is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan’s families.

As a strong supporter of this Registry, I would like to encourage you to sign your entire family up for this program and inform your friends and colleagues about how they can protect their children and families from unwanted adult advertising. To sign up only takes seconds. Just go to www.ProtectMIChild.com and keep your family safe.


Principal Ali

Notes from the Office Staff

Pizza Sales

On Tuesday's Poupard sells pizza for $1.50 a slice. The pizza is delivered to the students classrooms at the end of the day. Money generated from this fundraiser is invested directly back to our students and building. Our current goal is to provide water bottle filling stations for our students.


Poupard realizes that occasionally morning tardiness cannot be avoided. The problem arises when late arrival occurs often. The tardy students miss attendance, lunch count and directions for the morning. We ask that families do their best to bring students on time. However, if your student is tardy you MUST come to the office to sign them in.

Thank you!!!

Office Staff

Camp Invention is returning to Grosse Pointe Public School District!

Camp Invention® is returning to Grosse Pointe Public School District!

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), Brownell Middle School is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention® program to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children work together to create solutions to real-world problems and build critical 21st-century skills while rotating through several high-energy, hands-on modules. The week begins on June 24, 2019 with Caitlin Kefgen serving as Director of the ALL-NEW 2019 program, Supercharged!

Here are how young innovators will be spending their time:

  • Exploring the electrifying relationship between frequency, circuitry, motors and gears through reverse-engineering and rebuilding their very own remote-controlled robot.

  • Unearthing hidden fossils then building ships and innovative equipment to embark on a research expedition to uncover more exciting information about their discovery.

  • Coding and programming robot, Bot-ANN-E, to take on duties and help turn a polluted wasteland into a fruitful farm and successful business.

  • Collaborating with the Innovation Force®, a team of NIHF Inventors turned action-packed superheroes, to design superhero gadgets and disguises, explore the fields of engineering and fabrication and take on the sinister villain, the Plagiarizer.

Activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun!

Local educators facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high-school students serve as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.

Register using promo code PLAY15LISTING to save $15 (expires 5/10) OFF $270. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit www.invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child’s spot today!

Mark Your Calendars - April, May

Monday, April 22nd - Board of Education Meeting at 7:00 at Brownell

Saturday, April 27th - Parent 2 Parent Sale at Poupard from 8:30-12:00

Monday, April 29th - Instrumental Concert at 10:30 AM

Tuesday, April 30th - Town Hall 10:15 AM

    Wednesday, May 1st - Coffee with Principal at 8:30 regarding Blue Ribbon Committee and Reconfiguration

    Thursday, May 2nd - Instrumental concert, 7-8 PM

    Wednesday, May 8th -

    • Bike to School Day
    • Kindergarten Transition Day

    Thursday, May 9th -

    • Coffee with Principal at 8:30 regarding Blue Ribbon Committee and Reconfiguration
    • Spring Vocal Concert, 6:30-7:30

    Friday, May 10th - 5th Grade Camp

    Tuesday, May 14th - Coffee with Principal at 8:30 regarding Blue Ribbon Committee and Reconfiguration

    Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day: No School

    Friday, May 31st - Parent Appreciation BBQ at 3:30

    PTO Corner

    Lots of fun stuff going on with Poupard PTO! Please join us! We would love your support.

    We have several fundraising and volunteer opportunities outlined below.

    Open Board Position for School year 2019-2020: Communications Secretary

    Job Description here: https://www.poupardpto.org/uploads/1/2/0/5/120598512/pto-secretary-job-description.pdf

    Please send an e-mail to poupardpto@yahoo.com to express interest.

    Visit our new website at www.poupardpto.org for more info about the PTO and our upcoming events!

    Upcoming Meeting

    This month’s meeting will be held Tuesday, May 14th @ 6:30pm in the Gym!

    Thanks for your support,

    Poupard PTO Board

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    Know a Kindergarten student starting school next fall?

    Do you know a Kindergarten or Young Five student who will be starting school next fall?

    Word of mouth remains the most powerful marketing tool. Help us encourage community members with little ones to explore our neighborhood schools.

    It is critical that families establish or verify residency soon if they have a student entering GPPSS next fall, particularly for kindergarten (by May 1).

    Click here to see the pre-enrollment process (step one) and the residency documents (step two) required by board policy.

    This Frequently Asked Questions document was created in response to inquiries from families this year.

    Call 313-432-3083 if you have questions or need an appointment outside the enrollment office hours, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday.

    Thank you for helping us share what we love about the Grosse Pointe Public School System!

    Stay Informed!

    REMIND messaging: Please sign up for our remind text message service as this is our most frequent way of communicating with our families. We are asking all families to subscribe to our text messaging service for everything Poupard related. Subscribe immediately by texting the message @poupa to 81010 from your mobile device or https://www.remind.com/join/poupa. Feel free to come into the office if you need help with this process.
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    Poupard Elementary School

    Our Mission:

    We strive to maximize our potential as learners, leaders, and global citizens.

    Our Core Values:

    • We believe in Mutual Respect
    • We believe in Building Relationships
    • We believe that Everyone Can Learn
    • We believe in being Compassionate and Empathetic
    • We believe in Recognizing and Valuing Diversity
    • We believe in Hard Work and Effort
    • We believe that Everyone has a Talent or Strength

    Our PBIS Expectations

    All students will Learn

    All students will Lead

    All students will be Safe

    All students will be Respectful

    "All Means All"