Marlette Elementary News

November 2019

From the Principal's Desk

November is the month to remind us to be thankful for the many positive things happening in our lives. I am thankful for my terrific family, an encouraging church, excellent teachers and support staff, supportive parents who partner with us to ensure every child's success, and students who try their hardest every day and always give 100%. I am also thankful to live in a community as great as Marlette! We may not be perfect, but we are working to improve every day. Speaking of improvement, we would greatly appreciate you taking some time to complete our annual parent survey- https://forms.gle/e9JXFKTK9V2BQNkQ7.



If you need to contact me, my office phone number is 989-635-4925, Google Voice number is 989-272-3718, and email address is jvislosky@marletteschools.org. Thank you all so much for trusting us with your children!

Schedule

I sent a schoolwide voice message last week informing our families that our daily schedule was going to change. We tried a new schedule this year that should have allowed all classes to experience all exploratory classes (band/music, gym, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), and art). The year started off well, but we quickly realized that not all classes were able to experience all rotations due to sharing staff with the high school and the additional requirements of some staff being federally funded (Title I). We also found that our students with the most need were not receiving enough support due to the rotating exploratory schedule and unaligned daily grade level schedules. The decision was made to revert to our previous non-rotating schedule on the first day of our second quarter, Monday, November 4. This schedule allows our paraprofessionals daily, consistent schedules in classrooms, provides our special education teachers with consistent grade level schedules, and allows us to maximize our time with shared exploratory teachers. However, due to exploratory times staying the same daily, students will have less variety in their exploratory courses. The following list shows what each grade level now has for exploratory:

  • Young 5’s and Kindergarten- Art, STEAM, Gym

  • First Grade- Art, STEAM, Gym

  • Second Grade- STEAM, Gym

  • Third Grade- Music, STEAM, Gym

  • Fourth Grade- Art, STEAM, Gym

  • Fifth Grade- Band, STEAM, Gym

  • Sixth Grade- Band, STEAM, Gym


We are working on creating a master schedule for the 2020-2021 school year that allows us to provide students with a greater variety of exploratory classes, but maintain fidelity of providing additional support for both teachers and students. If you have questions or concerns, please let me know.


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Red Raider Care POSSIBLY open on November 15

Marlette Community Schools are not in session on Friday, November 15. If you need someone to watch the kids, consider using Red Raider Care. If we have enough interest, we will open Red Raider Care all day for children 3 years old through 6th grade. Email tbrooks@marletteschools.org or jvislosky@marletteschools.org by November 8, if you are interested.

Help for the Holidays

We should be excited as we approach this holiday season, but we know that there are many families who could use some extra help during this time of year. If you would like any assistance (food, gifts, clothes) please let Ms. Raeann know as soon as possible. Ms. Raeann is our school social worker and can help with whatever you may need. Ms. Raeann's email is raeann.gentner@marletteschools.org and her phone number is 989-635-7425 ext. 44924.


You can also contact Ms. Raeann if you would like to help!

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Parent Advisory Committee Meeting

If you would like your voice heard and want to help us improve, please plan to meet with us in the Hub on Tuesday, December 10, at 3:30 PM. Some items on the agenda will include:


  • 3rd grade mandatory retention law and what we've done at MES to meet the requirements
  • Title I
  • Our Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) plan
  • Bullying
  • Round-table discussion about concerns from the annual parent survey

If there is something you would like to add to our agenda, please email (jvislosky@marletteschools.org) or call (635-4925).

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School Closing Information

I know it's only November, but we live in Michigan and must expect the unexpected when it comes to our weather. If school is cancelled, we will flood the airwaves and internet with that information. Please do not contact the school. We will send information via:
  • WMIC-WTGV (Sandusky 97.7 & 92.5 FM)
  • Channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 25, 66.
  • Marlette Community Schools App available for Apple and Android
  • Marlette Community Schools Facebook
  • Marlette Community Schools Website
  • Marlette Elementary School Twitter
  • Marlette Elementary School Instagram
  • Marlette Elementary School Facebook

We will likely have some fun snow day challenges, so please make sure you follow us on social media!

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Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast is served every morning, free of charge, in every classroom. Lunch is available for only $2.45. Milk is available for $.40.


School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families, too! Parents are encouraged to complete the free/reduced meal form application each year as the qualifications change. Furthermore, forms may be resubmitted at any time during the school year if there is a change in financial status with the household. For more information, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 989-635-7429.

Amazing MES Students!

Upcoming Dates

November 7 - Report cards sent home with students

November 8 - Lights Out Band Performance

November 11 - Marlette Board of Education meets at 7:00

November 15 - No School

November 26 - Magician Assembly

November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Break

December 10 - Parent Advisory Committee meeting

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