North Godwin News

Week of August 29, 2022

Steve Minard, Principal

Kristi Bast, Secretary

Telephone (616) 252-2010 and Fax (616) 252-2011

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North Godwin Elementary 2022-2023

Dear Parents,

The entire staff at North Godwin Elementary is happy to welcome you to the 2022-23 school year! We look forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful academically, our students need support from both their home and our school. Parents are a child's first teacher before they ever enter a classroom. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success. Together, we can make a positive impact on the future of our students!

As highly qualified educators, we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities in teaching your children. We will hold them accountable to clearly defined expectations that are within their reach, and we will maintain a safe and positive learning environment. Our administrators, teachers, and support staff advocate for students and work diligently and tirelessly to make a difference in their lives and their education.

We ask that our parents guide and support their child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:

1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, well-rested, and ready for the day’s learning experience. North Godwin Elementary starts at 8:15 AM daily. Our earliest student drop off is 8:00 AM. At the end of the day, parent pick-up begins at 3:00 PM. The final bell rings when our buses depart at 3:15 PM.

2) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills.

3) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life.

4) Informs you if he/she feels they need additional support socially, emotionally, or academically.

5) Treats their teachers, peers and themselves with respect. Striving each day to model Godwin P.R.I.D.E. characteristics.

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8:15 AM -- 3:15 PM

School hours at North Godwin Elementary (3rd, 4th, and 5th) are DIFFERENT than the school hours at West Godwin Elementary (Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd). If you have students at both buildings you will want to be sure to drop off at North Godwin first in the morning, and pick-up at North Godwin first in the afternoon.

Normal School Days

Earliest Drop-Off: 8:00 AM

School Starts at: 8:15 AM

Students must be in their class line when the bell rings at 8:15 AM to avoid a tardy.

Parent Pick-Up: 3:00 PM

Buses Depart when the Final Bell rings at 3:15 PM

Early Release Days

Parent Pick-Up: 1:30 PM

Buses Depart when the Final Bell rings at 1:45 PM

Half Days

Parent Pick-Up: 11:30 AM

Buses Depart when the Final Bell rings at 11:45 AM

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All absences must be called in to the school office each day at 616-252-2010! OR, emailed to Mrs. Bast:

Absences not reported to the office will be recorded as UNexcused.

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Attendance Policy

As a public school, we are held accountable to public school laws that govern attendance. The Kent Intermediate School District oversees all public schools in Kent County to be sure that all are operating under the laws and of the Michigan Department of Education.

The normal attendance expectations for any given child in the Kent County Intermediate School District are as follows:

> that a child miss not more than 10 days of Excused Absences for the entire school year,

> that a child have no Unexcused Absences for the entire school year

> that a child have not more than 5 Tardies combined with Leave Early check-outs per semester.

> that a child have no Suspensions for the entire school year.

Godwin Heights Public Schools are held by law to report tardies and absences in excess of the guidelines listed above to the Kent Intermediate School District Office of Truancy and School Attendance-State Law Enforcement Division.

The primary rationale for positive attendance is the strong relationship between student attendance and student achievement. Chronic student absences reduces even the best teacher's ability to provide learning opportunities. Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. This relationship between attendance and achievement may appear early in a child's school career. A recent study looking at young children found that absenteeism in kindergarten was associated with negative first grade outcomes such as greater absenteeism in subsequent years and lower achievement in reading, math, and general knowledge.

Poor attendance has serious implications for later outcomes. High school dropouts have been found to exhibit a history of negative behaviors, including high levels of absenteeism throughout their childhood, at higher rates than high school graduates. These differences in absentee rates were observed as early as kindergarten, and students who eventually dropped out of high school missed significantly more days of school in elementary school than their peers who graduated from high school.

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There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, September 2, 2022 and NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 5, 2002 (Labor Day).
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North Godwin School Picture Day: Thursday, September 8, 2022

Geskus Photography will be on site at North Godwin Elementary on Thursday, September 8, 2022 for our School Picture Day. Photo purchasing packets will be go home with each student about 1 week before the event. Purchase packets should be returned to school with your student on PICTURE DAY! If you have questions about photo packets, you can contact Geskus Photography at Phone: (616) 453-4170, or email:

How soon will I receive my child's school pictures after Picture Day?

Your child's pictures will arrive approximately 3 weeks after your Picture Day to their school for distribution by staff.

What do we need to do to get a retake?

Return the Portrait Book to school with your child on Retake Day and the picture will be retaken at no additional charge. Please write a note in the comment box in the back of the Portrait Book so we can retake the picture more to your liking. If a class picture is included in your booklet, please keep it. The class picture will not be retaken or reprinted.

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Family Information and Curriculum Night

Thursday, Sep. 15th, 5:30-7pm

161 34th Street Southwest

Wyoming, MI

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Meet the Teachers and Curriculum Overview

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Program for Parents in the gym while students enjoy popsicles with our Principal, Mr. Minard and Youth Development Coordinator, Mr. Miskel on the playground

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Meet the Teachers - Curriculum Overview

Come meet our staff, learn about our programs for students, and our support for families.

Information on Bullying Prevention, Mental Health Resources, and Title 1 Funds will be presented at the program for parents.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Parents, please be sure that you noted all student health concerns in PARENTVUE at the point of enrollment (or re-enrollment). ALL student medications must be cleared through the school office with appropriate paperwork on file. It is necessary to have the proper paperwork completed for any medication housed at school. Additional required procedures are needed for daily medications. All medication must be in the original pharmacy packaging with student name on pharmacy label (if applicable). If you need assistance, please call the school office at 616-252-2010. Thank you!

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North Godwin will hold a FALL FUNDRAISER near the end of September to help raise money to fund the "extras" for our students! Fundraising efforts assist us in offering field trip opportunities, special events, classroom parties, and much more. Stay tuned for more details!

North Godwin Elementary

North Godwin Elementary is home to Godwin Heights Public Schools’ 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders!