JANUARY 21, 2022
MESSAGE FROM WALTER FITZPATRICK
Today marks the half way point of the 2021-2022 school year. Despite some unique challenges, our students and staff have come every day and worked hard to be better than the day before. We hope the second half is as successful as the first half.
Elementary schools in Grosse Pointe have not had a music concert since the Winter of 2019. We are excited that we have an opportunity to share our students’ musical gifts with the Kerby community on Thursday, March 17 at 7:00 PM. The concert will be held in the Brownell Multipurpose Room.
This week our 4th Grade Safety and Service members have been assigned to outdoor posts and have begun to man those posts. Having them on the corners adds an extra layer of safety as our students walk to school. Please be mindful of these students when you see them on their safety posts.
MUSIC NEWS AND CONCERT INFORMATION
Coming Soon: March is "Music in Our Schools Month!" Mark your calendars now for the Kerby Music Concert on Thursday, March 17 at 7pm in the Brownell Multipurpose Room. Come celebrate the joy of music with a special presentation by students in grades K-4. Seating will be limited so we ask that you limit the number in your group to ensure that we have enough room for all parents and siblings. More information to come!
JUMP ROPE FOR HEART
Kids Heart Challenge™ is Coming!
Get ready to take a road trip across America with the Kids Heart Challenge Explorers! Our school is kicking off this week!
Together we are helping kids like:
- Jaeden – Open heart surgery at 2 months
- Julia – Michigan’s Top Student Fundraiser last year! Awaiting a heart transplant
- Finn – 18 heart surgeries before he was 6 years old
- YOUR CHILDREN – staying active, eating heart-healthy foods and learning Hands-Only™ CPR to build a generation of lifesavers
or download the Kids Heart Challenge App!
Earn a Mystery Gift for EVERY $50 raised!
Thank you so much for supporting our school and the American Heart Association!
FEBRURARY 2, 2022 SPIRIT DAY 2-2-22
PLEASE ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK BY APRIL 1, 2022. THEY ARE NOT INCLUDED IN PICTURE PACKAGE.
HOW TO UPLOAD YOUR VACCINATION RECORDS
How to upload student vaccine records
Parents and guardians can upload their student's COVID vaccine card using the MiStar Parent Portal by following the directions linked here. According to quarantine guidelines from the Wayne County Health Department, any student who is fully vaccinated will not be required to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact to a COVID positive individual. Uploading your student’s vaccine card will help the district quickly identify those students who will not be required to quarantine. Thank you for doing this once the shots are complete!
FAMILY COVID SCREENING INFORMATION
Students need to bring to the office or email firstname.lastname@example.org a doctor's note or a negative Covid test before the student can return to school if they are excluded from school because they have two or more symptoms that are outlined on the Covid-19 Screening Tool for Families.
GPPSS is not allowing students to use at-home covid tests to prove their negative covid result at this time. When students need to test, they can test at the school when they were exposed to Covid in school or at a healthcare facility (doctor's office, CVS, Walgreens, etc...) when they are exposed outside of school.
We will no longer be able to heat up food in the microwave. Please use a thermos or another form of keeping your kids food warm!!
Sorry for any inconvenience.
LOST AND FOUND
RECESS AND WINTER GEAR
WHEN THERE IS SNOW ON THE GROUND BOOTS AND SNOWPANTS ARE REQUIRED!!! You are more than welcome to leave an extra pair in their lockers.Please remember to send your kids with extra gloves and hats for the colder temperatures. Also please label all outwear! When the weather is up and down kids tend to take their coats off and on and leave them outside. Our lost and found lockers are very full!!
COMMUNITY TOWN HALL ON GPPSS STRATEGIC PLAN
Superintendent Dean will continue his listening sessions with a virtual Community Town Hall Thursday, January 20 from 6-7 p.m. This meeting will be held through our Livestream account. Key facets of the Strategic Plan will be presented and then questions will be answered. We will be using a google form similar to the process used successfully in the past.
Please encourage your friends and neighbors to:
submit GPPSS Strategic Plan Questions here:
watch the event on Strategic Plan Town Hall Livestream here: https://livestream.com/accounts/3685210/events/10079282
KEY DATES FOR THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR
*denotes ½ days
September 7 - First Day of School
October 13 - Parent-Teacher Conferences—Evening (regular day of school for students)
*October 14 -Parent-Teacher Conferences - Afternoon & Evening (½ day for students)
*October 29-Halloween (½ day for students 11:36 AM dismissal/PM PD)
November 2 - Election Day--Full day Professional Development (No School for students)
November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Holiday (No School for students/staff)
December 23-31 - Winter Break (No School for students/staff)
January 17 - Martin Luther King Holiday (No School for students/staff)
*January 21 - ½ day for students 11:36 AM dismissal/PM Records Day
February 21-25 - Mid-Winter Break (No School for students/staff)
March 23 - Parent-Teacher Conferences—Evening (regular day of school for students)
*March 24 - Parent-Teacher Conferences - Afternoon & Evening (½ day for students)
*March 25 - ½ day for students dismissal 11:36 AM
March 28-April 1 - Spring Break (No School for students/staff)
May 30- Memorial Day (No School for students/staff)
*June 16 - Records day (½ day for students 11:36 AM dismissal/PM Records Day)
*June 17- Last day of school ½ day dismissal 11:36 AM
BELL SCHEDULE 2021-22
09:05 AM Entry Bell
09:10 AM AM Instruction Begins
11:35- 12:23 PM- Y5's, K, 1 & 2 Lunch & Recess
12:23 - 1:11 PM - 3 & 4 Lunch & Recess
03:38 PM Dismissal Bell
Tuesday-Friday Bell Schedule
08:20 AM Entry Bell
08:25 AM AM Instruction Begins
11:15-12:03 PM - Y5's, K, 1 & 2 Lunch & Recess
12:03 - 12:51 PM- 3 & 4 Lunch & Recess
03:38 PM Dismissal Bell