News from the Nest
For the Week of September 7, 2021
Emmons Lake Elementary
Educational Excellence...Every Child, Every Day!
Caledonia Community Schools
Vision Statement: Cultivating Agile Learners who are empowered with 21st Century skills and prepared to compete in a global environment.Mission Statement: In pursuit of excellence, Caledonia Community Schools will empower and equip all persons to achieve their best by ensuring the highest quality system for learning.
Your Help Please
As many of you already know, the Government is providing free meals to ALL students this school year. While this is a great opportunity for our families, we know this will not always be the case. It is important that our district is able to accurately report what families qualify for Free/Reduced lunch. Not only can it help families ease the burden of paying for school meals, but this data is also used in the following programs that help fund our schools. Below are some reasons why this is important:
Qualifying for Free/Reduced meals guarantees that children continue to receive breakfast and lunch for free.
Building and district-level Free/Reduced lunch numbers are used by the Government to determine "At Risk" funding which ultimately impacts staffing at Caledonia Community Schools. Positions such as our Counselors, Reading Interventionists, Title I Paraprofessionals, the Family Engagement Coordinator and more are often completely or at least partially funded and impacted by these dollars.
We submit our Free/Reduced numbers to the Government in October and they use this information to determine Title funding. This is why we still need families to fill out the application if they qualify, even though free meals are currently provided.
If your family has already filled out an application and been approved this school year, you don’t need to apply again. You can find the application on our website. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this application to help our schools accurately report the support our students need.
Some helpful reminders...
- Please send any changes in transportation with your child in the morning, if possible. This gives the teachers an opportunity to remind your child, if appropriate.
- Remind your child of any changes.
- Keep your pick up number displayed in your car until your child comes to your vehicle. This assists our helpers in getting your child to your car as quickly and safely as possible.
- Continue to pull all the way forward. This helps tremendously in getting all the cars through the line quickly and safely.
Next PTO Meeting: September 7
DIRECT YOUR DOLLARS - SpartanNash Receipts
Emmons Lake has the opportunity to earn $1000 from SpartanNash, simply by shopping at any local company-owned store, including Family Fare Supermarkets, D&W Fresh Markets and Hardings Grocery and sending the receipt to school! This is VERY helpful, especially this year because we are unable to have any fundraisers thus far and we didn't have any at the end of last year!! Through the “Direct Your Dollars” program, we can turn eligible receipts into cash for our school! Just send your receipts to school with your child to give to his/her teacher. For every $150,000 in receipts we collect, we will earn a $1,000 donation from SpartanNash. We do need original receipts, so no photocopies. Start sending in those receipts!! We’ll collect them throughout the year. With your support – and your receipts – we’ll be raising money for our school. It’s easy to do!!!!
Helpful Links to Information
Message from the Principal...
Thanks for another great week in school. As we settle into routines, we are excited to spend another year together. Thank you to our families for supporting students, staff, and one another!
As always, we hope you remember...
You are appreciated.
You are loved.
Grateful to Serve With You,
Caledonia Community Schools
Vision Statement: Cultivating Agile Learners who are empowered with 21st Century skills and prepared to compete in a global environment.
Mission Statement: In pursuit of excellence, Caledonia Community Schools will empower and equip all persons to achieve their best by ensuring the highest quality system for learning.