Dolphin Digest

February Newsletter

Springfield Plains Elementary

Dear Springfield Plains Family,

It’s February. Love what you do!

February can be mentally tough sometimes with the cold air and lack of sunshine. It is important to remember our purpose. Maybe we are not sure of our purpose. Sometimes it is helpful to have a mission statement so that we can love what we do.

This month, I encourage you to write a family mission statement. Your child has created a classroom mission statement at school and has some experience to help the family. Writing a family mission statement will send the message to your child that family is important and that they matter.

As a family, ask yourself the following questions and consider the four areas; Body (health and physical welfare), Brain (learning), Heart (relationships) and Soul (inspiration):

How do we want our family to be known?

How do we want to treat each other?

What is most important to us as a family?

What are some of our talents, gifts, and abilities?

What brings us the most joy?

What makes us unhappy?

What kind of home do we want to invite friends to?

After discussing and considering the seven questions above, write your family mission statement down. You should keep the mission statement simple, maybe one or two lines so that the youngest member of the family can understand the statement. Examples could include, “No empty chairs,” “All for one and one for all,” “To serve others,” and “We are builders.”

Lastly, display your family mission statement and revisit your mission together weekly, and more often if needed. Remember your purpose together as a family, and love what you do.

Loving what I do!

Matthew Gifford, Principal

Important Contact Information

SPE Main Office 248.623.3800, Secretary Karen Postal

Attendance Line 248.623.3890

Fax 248.623.3805



Sawyer Brandon, Camryn Farrell, William Gifford, Katelyn Bradstreet, Max Haun, Danielle Wisser, Julia Barnett, Gavin Bond, Trevor Theur, Sofia Gibson, Bryton Kroll, Cassidy Pittman, Paige Giehtbrock

ParentVue - Student Information System & Learning Feedback Document Viewing

Please make sure you access and set up your account in ParentVue. The Learning Feedback Document (formerly report card) will not be printed and mailed home in June as they are this February. Parents will view their child(ren)'s LFD through ParentVue. To access ParentVue:

  1. Go to the Clarkston Schools’ webpage

  2. Choose the Resources tab and then select ParentVue




During the winter months, some severe weather may occur. Roads are checked each morning by the transportation office to determine driving conditions. In addition, the Michigan Road Commission and the U.S. Weather Service are consulted. In the event that conditions are determined to be unsafe for the busing of students, a decision to close school is normally made by 6 a.m. and announced on selected radio and television stations during regular news programs. School closings are posted on the District Home page at and phone blasted throughout the District. Should severe conditions occur after classes are in session, our general policy will be to keep bus students in their building until we can safely operate the buses. Students will be released only to their parents, to approved adults, or by phoned parental authorization.

The following AM radio stations will carry school closing announcements: WWJ (950), WJR (760),CKLW (800) and area TV channels. The School District has no control as to the time closing announcements will be broadcast via these systems.


If your child turns five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2016 (or as late as December 1 with a signed waiver), he/she is eligible to attend Kindergarten in 2016-17.

In the Fall of 2016, Clarkston Community Schools will continue to offer two options for parents of Kindergartners:

  • Kindergarten – Full-day Kindergarten is offered at every elementary school.

  • Young Fives Kindergarten – Young Fives Kindergarten is available for students that turn five years old between June 1 – December 1, 2016. Young Fives Kindergarten is a full-day program offered at the Early Childhood Center and Independence Elementary. Students that attend Young Fives go to their home school the following year for regular Kindergarten.

To learn more about Clarkston’s Kindergarten options and for information regarding how to enroll your child, parents are invited to attend:

Kindergarten Information Night

February 2 - 7:00 p.m.

Clarkston Junior High School

6595 Waldon Rd.

Springfield Plains Ski and Snowboard Club

Pine Knob is open and the Springfield Plains Ski and Snowboard Club has begun.

It’s never too late to join. Students in 2-5th grade and their parents can join the SPE Ski and Snowboard Club any time throughout the winter season. This is a great and inexpensive ski/snowboard program that also offers discounted rentals. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to ski/snowboard. This is a specialized learn to ski/snowboard program where students and adults can take weekly lessons lead by expert instructors.

All you need to do is find our table at the Pine Knob Ski and Snowboard Resort in the Pinery Café located upstairs. We are there every Thursday from 4:30-7:00 p.m. It’s easy…come find the club, sign up, and hit the slopes all in the same night. Visit the website for further club information. Club forms can be downloaded from our website and filled out ahead of time. I will also have copies of the forms with us too.


Hope to see you at the hill,

Heather Smith

3rd grade teacher

Attention Future Athletes

Do you have a future student athlete in your household?

If so, you may want to consider changing the date of when they usually get their yearly physicals. Per Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) guidelines, student athletes need to have a physical on file that's dated on or after April 15th every year. For example, all student athletes participating next year in the 2016 - 2017 school year will need to have a physical dated on or after April 15th, 2016. Please keep this in mind if your son(s) and/or daughter(s) will be participating in one of our various athletic programs, grades 7 through 12.

Thank you and GO WOLVES!


  • February 3 - Late start day - School begins at 9:20
  • February 4 & 5 - Muffins with Moms
  • February 10 - Student Count Day
  • February 12 - Class Parties - 2:45
  • February 15 & 16 - Mid Winter Break
  • February 24 - Late start day - School begins at 9:20

REMINDER!!!! SPE School and District E-Blasts

With possible winter weather school closings coming, please remember to sigh up to receive email notices (e-blasts) specific to SPE families and/or our district e-blasts. Here's how:

1. Go to our district webpage:

2. Choose the RESOURCES tab

3. Under PARENTS, select CALENDAR


5. Select the EMAIL REMINDERS tab

6. Enter the email address you would like to use to receive information and select NEXT

7. Choose CCS - CLARKSTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS and select NEXT at the bottom

8. Choose SPE

You can also choose other schools, if you have children that attend other Clarkston Schools.

9. Choose SUBMIT at the bottom of the page

Student Calendar

You can find all important dates, vacations, etc. on the web. Go to, click on Schools, then Springfield Plains. The calendar is located on the left hand side of the page. You can scroll up or down for specific dates or click on "see full calendar" to view the full calendar. Dates for PTA Meetings, Late Start Days, classroom parties, vacations, etc. are shown on the calendar.

PTA Officers for 2015-2016

The following parents will serve as PTA officers for the 2015-2016 school year:

President, Nichole Dean-Kraatz

1st Vice President, Paul Carpentier

2nd Vice President, Kristy Brandon

Secretary, Kelsey Jones

Treasurer, Deborah Ego

Asst. Treasurer, Mary Warner

Membership Coordinator, Samantha Carr

Volunteer Coordinator, Janel Sadowski

Homeroom Coordinator, Nicole Saber

CCS Board of Education

President, Steve Hyer

Vice President, Elizabeth Egan

Treasurer, Kelli Horst

Secretary, Susan Boatman

Trustees, Cheryl McGinnis, Craig Hamilton, Gregory Need