State Road Newsletter

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Barry Tiemann, Principal

Mrs. Overfield and Mrs. Hickoff, Secretaries

From the Desk of Mr. Tiemann

I am sure you have all heard the old proverb: “It takes a village to raise a child.” Although I do believe this is true, what happens if all the people in the village don’t share the same vision for the children they are raising? Read more about this in the Culture of Learning letter that I am sending home with all families this week, or by clicking the link below!

Principal for the Day (and other great auction items)!

Would your child like a chance to be the PRINCIPAL FOR THE DAY?!

Tomek has a really fun on-line auction where families can bid (like Ebay) on experiences with their teachers and principal. Mrs. Brizendine, Ms. Chittick, Ms. Slaughter and I have decided to join in the fun, while also raising money for our PTO and classrooms! Please visit and follow the link to Bidding Owl. Once there, click on the tab for State Rd. and you will see the teachers and ME! You will also be able to bid on FRONT ROW seating at our Christmas Concert!! Starting Oct. 5th at 8:30 am you can begin bidding. At 4 pm on Friday Oct. 9th the auction will end and the highest bidder wins!

On Friday Oct 9th at 6:30 pm at Tyrone Hills Golf Course the live auction event begins. At the LIVE auction you will be able to bid on items like a ride for 5 to school in a fire truck, private dinner for 10 at The Laundry Room, and much more! Tickets for this event are available on-line at Thanks and happy bidding!


Lice, lice, lice... Does that make your head itch? The good news is that we don't have any students with lice... "yet!" The only way to prevent lice from spreading in school is to prevent it from coming into the school in the first place! This can only happen with the help of EVERY FAMILY in our school! The lice reports from local doctors are telling us that the lice are not responding to the harsh chemical and prescriptions treatments.

We all need to take preventative measures and educate ourselves and our children on how to prevent the spread of lice. Children should not share combs, hats (including ball caps at sporting events), pillows (at sleepovers), or coats/jackets (especially with hoods).

Children should not 'touch heads' while sitting close to a friend. Children/girls with long hair can keep it pulled back in a ponytail or braids, and spritzed with hairspray and/or tea tree oil. Please also refer to the lice prevention & treatment information found on our website (click the link below):

Upcoming Events / Mark Your Calendar

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Hungry Howie's Pizza Party!

Congratulations to Mrs. Hejka's 4th grade class for winning the Hungry Howie's Pizza Night contest for September! Her class will receive a Pizza Party from Hungry Howie's! Check out our October date below for the next Hungry Howie's Pizza Night!

Student PICTURE Day

Student Picture Day is tomorrow, Thursday, September 24. Picture packets went home with students last week and should be returned on picture day with payment (or you can prepay online). *All students will have their picture taken even if they are not ordering a package. All students will receive a student id card (lunch card) and a yearbook at the end of the year.

Leo's Coney Island Family Fun Night!

Our next LEO's FAMILY NIGHT is Thursday, September 24 from 5-8pm at the Leo's Coney Island on Silver Lake Road! Come on out to enjoy dinner and/or dessert with other State Road families! Thank you so much for your support!!! Proceeds from our Leo's Fundraisers will help provide classroom materials and supplies for State Road!

Popcorn Day!

This Friday, September 25 is our first Popcorn Day of the school year! All bags just $0.50. Information on prepaying for the entire year was sent home earlier this week with students. Please stop by the office for more information or contact your PTO Board Members with questions.


Next week (Sept. 28-Oct. 2) is SPIRIT WEEK and we are SO EXCITED!!! We will have a different 'dress up' day each day of the week leading to some great district events on Friday with the Fenton Homecoming Parade after school and the Fenton Homecoming Football game that evening.


Monday, Sept. 28 = PAJAMA DAY

Tuesday, Sept. 29 = TACKY TOURIST DAY

Wednesday, Sept. 30 = USA DAY

Thursday, Oct. 1 = TWIN DAY

Friday, Oct. 2 = BLACK & ORANGE DAY

Friday, Oct. 2 = Fenton Homecoming Parade after school

Friday, Oct. 2 = Fenton Homecoming Football Game, 7pm

Kindergarten Independence Day

Monday, Oct. 5 is the first day of Kindergarten Independence! We will have a large banner in the main lobby welcoming our kindergarten students to their new independence of traveling to class in the morning independently (without mom or dad). We will also be working on other skills in the classroom to build their independence! Please encourage and positively support your kindergartner as we celebrate their independence!

Hungry Howie's Pizza Night!

Our October Hungry Howie's Pizza Night will be Thursday, Oct. 8. Please remember to tell them that you are from State Road Elementary and which classroom your child(ren) are in. The classroom with the most families ordering will win a Pizza Party!

PTO Meeting

Our October PTO Meeting will be the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 13 beginning at 6:30pm in our Media Center! We hope to see many of our families there!

Half Day for Students!

Wednesday, Oct. 14 is a Half Day for Students (staff PD in the afternoon)! Student dismissal is at 11:55am.


Friday, October 16 is our next Popcorn Day! All bags just $0.50.

Information on prepaying for the entire year can be found in our office or by contacting your PTO Board Members with questions.

Parking Lot & Security Procedures!

THANK YOU to all of our families who are following our new Parking Lot & Security Procedures! Your patience and efforts helps us maintain a safe environment for our students. As we continue to work out some of the nuances of our parking procedures, I am asking everyone to abide by the following:

  • Please do NOT Park in the pickup/drop off area OR any other area of our parking lot that is not designated as a parking spot. The loops and the areas of each lot marked with diagonal lines should never be used as a parking spot and continue to cause traffic issues due to people parking in these areas.

  • If you are dropping off/picking up your child in the loop, please pull up to the closest car in the designated drop off section. If you are 4-5 cars back and still within the drop off zone, please let your child out to keep the traffic flow moving.

  • Students should only enter and exit vehicles on the right (passenger) side! Please do not have your student enter/exit on the left and walk in front of or behind your vehicle.

  • Please do not exit your vehicle in the drop off/pick up loop!

The link below will take you to our Parking Lot Map & Procedures page:

Counselor's Corner!

We are fortunate to have Mrs. Kim Gruber as a Counseling Intern each Friday afternoon at State Road! Mrs. Gruber is already busy assessing the needs of our students and how she can support us during the short amount of time that she is here. She has also provided us with some information regarding free clothes, backpacks, and school supplies... Please see below:

If you have any students who are in need of clothing for school, the Linden Presbyterian Church on Broad Street in Linden is having a free clothes giveaway on October 2nd at 5:00. Last year, they had a lot of nice clothes children of all ages.

We also have a variety of backpacks and school supplies in our counseling office for any of our families in need of these items. Please contact Mrs. Gruber at for more information.


October Meeting

In the hope of making our meetings available for all of our families, we will be holding evening meetings every other month. We are going to be holding October’s meeting in the evening on Tuesday October 13th at 6:30pm in the media center. Child care will be provided. Please join us!

Popcorn Day

Our 1st popcorn Friday will be September 25th. Bags are $0.50 each! If you are able to volunteer to help with popcorn, please meet in the cafeteria after drop-off on Friday morning. We’ll post a sign-up genius link on our Facebook page.

30th Annual State Road Craft Show

It’s that time of year again and we need you! Our Largest Fundraiser of the year is our craft show and we need an army to make it a success! It will be on November 22. Please donate a couple hours of your time to help us make this a success!

VG’s Cash for Class

Sept 20th -26th is our first VG’s shopping week of the year. Make sure your shopper’s card is linked to State Road and a percentage of the money you spend this week, will go to State Road! Thanks!

Let’s get cooking!

PTO is putting together a State Road family’s cookbook! Please consider submitting a recipe (or 2) online to help make this a success. Cookbooks will be sold for $7 and information went home with students. If you have any questions, contact Erin Keros or ask on FB! Follow the link below to enter. Our user name is: State Road PTO Our Password is: Pepper862

Thank You!


State Road is teaming with Kid President and AGS student Lillie Kromer to participate in #Socktober! We will be collecting NEW socks, pajamas, and underwear for children in the foster care system. PTO will also be putting on a Sock Hop Pajama Party Thursday October 15th. Information will be coming home early next week! If you’ve never heard of Kid President or #Socktober, check it out!

Thank you for your continued support!

If you haven’t already, please like our Facebook page!

Fenton State Road Elementary PTO.

The 2015-16 PTO Board Members are:

President – Kathi Hart – 810-577-8337 –

Co-Vice President – Erin Keros – 248-535-1094 –

Co-Vice President - Kate LeFever - 419-704-3734 -

Secretary – Karen Shanahan – 810-714-9234 –

Treasurer – Stacey Arnst – 248-790-7071 –

Allergy Information for our Cafeteria

  • All food served in the cafeteria in our ‘hot lunch’ line is peanut-free! We are no longer serving any peanut butter sandwiches or peanut-based products. (There will still be sunflower seeds available on the salad bar).

  • Our Food Service Department is offering a new Birthday Treat option to all families. Please see the Fenton Food Service website for more information.

  • We are continuing with our Allergy Table Option in our Cafetorium. Students with severe food allergies will still have the option to sit at our Allergy Table; or they can choose to sit at the “Red Zone” (which is a Nut Free area of our cafeteria tables) along with a “Yellow Zone” where friends with safe lunches can eat. This will allow our students to feel like they are part of their class and not segregated from everyone, while still sitting at a safe section of the table.
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We are currently collecting the following items:

Cellular Phones (non working and working)

Food Pouches (i.e. Go Go Squeeze, Squishem’s, any brand, caps included)

Ink Cartridges (all print cartridges accepted)

Juice Pouches (any brand, straws too)

Oral Care Items (toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, floss containers, all packaging for these items)

Tape dispensers and cores

Toner Cartridges

All items can be dropped off in the school lobby recycling bins. Each donation is not only keeping trash out of the landfill, it also earns $ for our school! Additionally, students are now able to recycle their plastic bags and disposable plastic containers in the lunchroom, and our staff continue to recycle paper and cardboard.

If you would like to join the State Road Recycles team, please email your contact information or questions about the program to Sarah Martin-Fanone at

Fenton Food Service Menus!

New to our Newsletter: Please click the link below to visit our Fenton Food Service website where you can access our breakfast and lunch menus for the month! Click Here to take you to their Newsletter:

Please Help Prevent the Spread of Sickness, Head Lice, etc...

Parents: The best way to prevent the spread of sickness, communicable diseases, or issues such as head lice is to take preventative steps at home prior to sending your child to school. Please also contact the office right away to let us know of any sickness or confirmed case of lice that your child may have. For more ‘health’ related information, please visit the State Road website and select “Student Health Info” under the Information Tab. Thank you!

Please visit the "Student Health Information" section of our website (link below) for more information!