A NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
It has been a wonderful start to the school year! My staff and I have been enjoying getting to know all of the children and helping the children get to know us.
Our students and staff have been working hard already this year. Believe it or not the first marking period will come to a close on October 27th! Our teachers are looking forward to meeting with you for Parent-Teacher conferences. These conferences are a valuable opportunity to ask questions and learn about how your child is progressing in school.
This year we are hosting conferences in person and virtually. Conferences will be by appointment only. Teachers have already begun scheduling conference times. If you have not scheduled a time, please contact your child's teacher as soon as possible as appointments are filling up. Conferences are scheduled for:
Wednesday, October 12th from 4:30-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 13th from 9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you!
Christy Flowers, Principal
Fall Intersession is Going to be Out Of This World!
Holiday Assistance Program
It's hard to believe but the holiday season is right around the corner. As Davison residents, we are fortunate to live in a community that has a multitude of service-minded groups. These organizations are generous in many ways, especially when it comes to helping children.
Each year, several of these community service clubs offer to help students whose families may be experiencing some temporary financial setbacks due to the tough economic times. These groups often donate a food basket, clothing and/or gifts. These items are meant to assist you in what you are already providing for your family.
Our staff does its best to be helpful yet at the same time not offend parents who wish to have their privacy protected. If you would like to have your family's name referred to a community service group that may help to meet your family's needs, please complete the application on the other side of this letter. You can be assured that our local service groups will treat any information they receive with the utmost care in order to avoid embarrassment to a child or a family.
Please note that applications for assistance need to be returned to school by Thursday, October 27th. You can also mail it to Att: Sandy Potter, Hahn Intermediate School, 500 S. Dayton St., Davison MI 48423 to ensure it is received no later than Friday, October 28.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE SIPLE PTO PIZZA SALE
The winners for the sale contests are as follows:
The class with the highest sales with 84 kits sold: Mrs. Bredow winning a class party of her choice!
The top three highest sales for the students are:
#1 seller with 28 kits sold: Peyton Porter winning a $200 Splash Village gift card
#2 seller with 25 kits sold: Hudson Colley winning a $100 Defy gift card
#3 seller with 24 kits sold: September Holt winning a $50 Emagine gift card
Congratulations to all of our winners!
THANK A STAFF MEMBER!
PARENT DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP
As I mentioned above, the new parent drop-off and pick-up lane is doing a great job of moving cars along while keeping students and staff safe. I wanted to share some things that parents can help us with during these times. Please take a moment to read these tips and be sure to contact the office if you have any questions.
1. We follow whatever your child's bus tag says for dismissal. If it says your child rides the bus, your child's teacher will be walking them to the bus. If there is a day when their dismissal plans are different from their bus tag, PLEASE call the office before 3:00 p.m. so we can send a note to the teacher and have your child ready for whatever the change of plans are that afternoon.
2. Drop-off starts at 8:15 a.m. Please make sure that your child has their shoes, jacket, etc. on and that they have their backpack ready to go. This helps us move the line along at a quick pace so parents can be on their way to their next destination. It is critical that you do NOT drop your child off unattended. We have multiple staff members in place each morning in the drop-off line. For your child's safety it is imperative that you remain in the line and wait to let your child out of the car only when a staff member has opened the door for them to get out. This ensures your child is being supervised.
3. It would be helpful if you could make it possible for your child to enter and exit the vehicle on the passenger side. Cars will sometimes pull around on the driver's side so for the safety of the students and staff keeping everyone on the passenger side works best.
4. We begin calling students for pick-up at 3:30 p.m. Please make sure you have your gold dashboard card on the passenger side dashboard window. If you do not have your dashboard card, please contact the office to get a replacement. Please make sure the card is visible to the staff.
5. For both drop-off and pick-up please come into the Siple drive from the west on Coldwater Road. This allows traffic to flow in both directions on Coldwater Road.
6. Please try to reduce gaps between cars to a safe, but small distance. We want to get as many cars off Coldwater Road as possible.
7. If you need to help your child buckle their seat belt, please pull ahead and park along the lawn in front of the building. This allows the carline to continue to move forward.
I want to thank everyone for being mindful of keeping our drive and parking lot safe. This is greatly appreciated.
VOLUNTEERS AT SIPLE
Our first student Count Day for the State of Michigan is Wednesday, October 5th. Attendance is very important on this day as it determines the funding our school receives. We know that if your child is sick they need to stay home, but if they are not please make sure they are in school on time for the entire day. If your student will be absent that day please call our attendance line at 810-591-5100. We appreciate your help with this.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
Our Scholastic Book Fair will be Monday, October 10 - Thursday, October 13. The book fair is a great opportunity for your child to add books to his or her library. All proceeds from the sale of books go toward our SIple library. Fliers will be sent home soon. Parents are invited to shop at the Book Fair in the Media Center during Parent Teacher Conferences. There will be a large selection of books available to choose from. They make great Christmas presents!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me, Kristen Machuk at 810-591-5104 or email me at email@example.com.
We are required to perform various emergency drills to prepare and educate our students in case of an emergency. We practice fire drills, tornado drills, and ALICE drills. ALICE drills have replaced what we formerly called lock-down drills. I am very proud of the way my staff handles emergency drills. We realize we are working with very young children and use age appropriate language when we teach them these important procedures.
We will celebrate Halloween on Thursday, October 27th, our last day of school before Intersession I. To ensure that everyone enjoys this very exciting day please carefully read the important information that follows.
Costumes: Siple is home to kindergarten through 4th grade students. Because we have such young students in our building, it is important that Halloween be celebrated in a kid-friendly manner. When selecting a costume for your child to wear to school please keep in mind the following guidelines.
Keep costumes kid-friendly/not scary/no 5 Nights of Freddy
No costume masks for safety sake.
If you are unsure about whether or not a costume is kid-friendly please contact your child's teacher or the office.
Classroom Parties: All parties will be held in the afternoon. Due to food allergies, we ask that you do not send any food or treats that are not cleared by the classroom teacher in advance. Every Siple student is precious and we want to protect our students with serious allergies. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Due to security and limited space we are limiting the number of parent volunteers. Teachers will select party helpers by random draw from parents that sign-up to help.
Halloween Parade: Everyone is welcome to attend our Halloween Parade. It will be held outside weather permitting. The parade will be cancelled if the weather is bad. The parade will take place in the bus loop. Guests are welcome to line the bus loop to watch our fabulous Siple STARS proudly parade in their costumes. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Visitors are asked to park in the parking lot. Then you can line up on the sidewalk of the bus loop to watch the parade. Staff members will be outside to assist you as you arrive.
SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKE DAY
TITLE I INTERVENTION
What Is Title I?
Title I is a federally funded program that enables us to provide intervention for students who need extra help with reading, writing, math, science or social studies. Students are chosen to participate in our intervention programs based on testing data that is gathered throughout the year. Siple’s Literacy Specialist, Mandy Barrett, oversees our Title I programs. Below is an explanation of the interventions we provide at Siple.
The interventions we provide at Siple are:
Enhanced Alphabet Knowledge: Primarily for Kindergarteners, this intervention is provided by our trained paraprofessionals and helps students learn letter names and sounds in a systematic way.
Reading Intervention for Students to Excel (RISE): For students in grades 1st-4th, this intervention has 3 stations. Students read a book and work on reading strategies at one station, focus on breaking words apart and sight words at another station, and write about their reading at a third station. RISE is also provided by our trained paraprofessionals and overseen by our literacy specialist.
Bridges Math Intervention: For grades K-4, students work on critical numeracy and computation skills with a trained paraprofessional.
Classroom interventions: Teachers may also provide interventions in the classroom in reading, writing, math, science or social studies.
If you have any questions about our intervention programs, feel free to contact Mrs. Barrett at (810) 591-5104 ext 2607, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Positive Attitude October Siple Families!
The world would be such a different place if we all tried our best to maintain a positive attitude, but the reality is that that can be tough to do. It can be far too easy to get caught up in the constant negative chatter about what’s going on in the world. Acquiring a habit of noticing the positive side of all situations is the best solution to transforming your mental perspective. It’s not about being blind to struggles but rather looking for constructive solutions.
Here are a few strategies that could help you and your students grow that positive attitude…
Give yourself the right to laugh and smile during the hard times. Making others smile and laugh too.
Surround yourself with positive people. Negative thoughts are contagious, never forget that.
Maintain an active lifestyle. Exercise releases endorphins, which is a “happiness hormone”.
Find at least 3 things to celebrate every day - or at least one!
See challenges for the growing experiences they are, not as failures.
10 UP lifting ways to go about your day…
Wake UP and decide to have a great day!
Cheer UP and think how great it is to be YOU!
Look UP at the sky and be grateful for this day
Show UP to places with a positive attitude
Listen UP to the voices inside of you
Team UP with others to make things better
Build UP your brain by learning hard things
Lift UP others with kind words and compliments
Reach UP for new dreams and goals
Cuddle UP at night with your favorite book or someone you love
If you feel your student is struggling to keep a positive attitude feel free to email me at email@example.com. School counseling is short-term, solution focused counseling in which the goal is always to get students back into the classroom. My role is to support students academically by helping meet their social and emotional needs. I also have a list of area counselors for any family that might be interested if you feel your child needs more support than what I can offer here at school.
FUN TO BE FIT
Our unit that we are currently working on is soccer. The students are learning how to dribble, trap the ball and pass the soccer ball. We will also be taking our first of two Pacer Tests this month to see where the students are at the beginning of the year. We will take the second one sometime in May or June to compare with. I will talk more about the Pacer test in later Scoops. I am excited about this year to work with your child and teach them some basic skills that we use in a lot of different sports!
Please remember with the cold weather coming soon that we still need to wear tennis shoes to class. This is a safety rule. If the student(s) have to wear boots then have them put their tennis shoes in their backpack so they can change into them at school. Thank you!!
Mr. Sipley, Gym Teacher
Mark your calendars for our
Siple Musical Performances:
*Letters home from Mrs. Odglen will provide more details to these performing groups.*
2nd Grade Musical = February 9, 2023
(7:00pm in the DHS Auditorium)
4th Grade Musical = March 16, 2023
(7:00pm in the DHS Auditorium)
3rd Grade Recorder Concerts = May 18, 2023
(Times will vary per class… between 6:00pm – 8:10pm.
This performance will be in the Siple Gymnasium)
I am excited to announce that we will be rolling out our Siple Singers choir this year again!
This will be an after-school activity for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students that sign up in time.
If your 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade student has a PASSION FOR SINGING, please be on the look-out toward the end of this month for an explanation and sign-up letter coming home from me- Mrs. Odglen!!
Once this letter is received, there will be a limited time to return your sign-up form because, I am only able to have 50 Siple Singers in the choir due to space in my room and at performance venues.
*Please keep in mind this is only for students who are TRULY passionate about singing and are willing to work hard with their Siple Singers team to rehearse and represent Siple at performances!*
Mrs. Odglen, Music Teacher
Happy fall Siple students and families! We have been jumping right into discussing the proper use of technology and spending time on what Cardinal Code looks like for STEM class at all grade levels.
The younger students have been navigating tablets and working with STEM bins. While using the STEM bins the students work with different materials to build things and use their creativity. The upper elementary students have had several Google classrooms assignments and a web quest to practice using Chrome for finding information. The first through fourth grade students reviewed their code.org accounts.
Throughout the year, students will continue to work on their code.org lessons to gain an understanding of basic programming. If you have any questions about STEM class, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs. Carr, Computers
October 5: Count Day
October 10 - 13: Scholastic Book Fair
October 12: Parent/Teacher conferences @ 4:30-8:00
Book Fair open during conferences
October 13: NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher conferences @ 9:00-7:30
Book Fair open during conferences
October 14: NO SCHOOL
October 27: Halloween parade @ 10:30 a.m. weather permitting.
Classroom parties in the afternoon. See details above.
October 31 - November 3: Intersession I/No school if not registered and attending Intersession.
November 4: NO SCHOOL
9286 E. Coldwater Road
Davison, MI 48423
Christy Flowers, Principal
Office Phone: 810-591-5104
Office Fax: 810-591-5102
Attendance Line: 810-591-5100