Chatfield School News

January 3, 2022 - January 14, 2022

From the Directors

Happy New Year! We are looking forward to a new year and wonderful opportunities for Chatfield students!


We want to take a moment to thank all of the incredible Chatfield families that made our December a special month. Chatfield students were able to adopt two Lapeer families and supply Christmas gifts, dinner, gift cards, and a full pantry to each family. This was only possible because of your generosity. Our PIE Santa Shop was a huge success again because so many parents volunteered their time and many families donated items for the sale. Treat Street was fully stocked with many goodies provided by Chatfield families. Thank you! We appreciate it so much. Chatfield is a special place because of the wonderful partnership we share.


We would like to congratulate our Chatfield Basketball teams, both Girls and Boys, as they continue their successful seasons! Thank you very much to the excellent coaches that donate their time to work with our athletes. Further in this newsletter you will see the link to sign your child in grades 1-4 up for Chatfield Youth Basketball. We also want to recognize our Chatfield archery team who has been practicing since November! We are very thankful for our awesome coaches and archers!


As we embark on this new year, please take time to review the behaviors and work habits of successful learners with your children. Chatfield students should strive to be kind, encouraging, and diligent. We want students to leave Chatfield ready to be academically and socially strong leaders in their high school and their community.

Chatfield Youth Basketball Sign Up!!

The Chatfield Youth Basketball Program is for ANY student attending Chatfield and/or other school in Grades 1-4. Registration will end on January 14th (5:00 p.m.) Cost for new CYBP participants: $45 (includes reversible jersey)
Returning participants (with jersey): $30. ALL PARTICIPANTS NEED A CURRENT WELL-CHILD EXAM ON FILE.

Cost for late registrations (after 1/14) will be an additional $10.

Individual & Team Pictures taken by TSS Photography: TBD

CYBP Dates: Saturdays January 15th through March 19th

For more details and registration click here: https://forms.gle/MVYJuCWwaMKTEzt87

Welcome Mrs. Davis

We are excited to welcome Mrs. Ami Davis as the new school secretary. Mrs. Davis and her husband Jim serve as the camp directors at Camp Lael in Lapeer. Her son Ryan attended Chatfield and recently graduated from Lapeer High School. In addition to her role at Camp Lael Mrs. Davis has served Chatfield in many capacities and we are thrilled to have her take on this very important position! Please help us welcome Mrs. Davis to the school office! We know she will be a wonderful addition to the front office team! She is already doing a great job working with children, parents, and staff each day!

Now Hiring!

We are hiring substitute teachers and assistants.


We are hiring kitchen staff. This job involves preparing and delivering lunch to students. The normal hours are 9:30 to 12:30pm. This is a part time position and so we can be flexible with days of the week to work or could be five days a week.



If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, assistant, or kitchen staff member, please contact Bill Kraly at bkraly@chatfieldschool.org or 810-667-8970.

School Safety

We take student safety and security very seriously. Chatfield has worked for years with a nationally recognized school safety program to develop procedures and protocols. These protocols and procedures have been in place for a while and the staff and students practice several times per year. We will continue to work with state and local law enforcement to ensure that our practices create the safest environment possible and that we are as prepared as possible for any emergency. Our school safety officers continually monitor the grounds and building operations. We continue to evaluate our plans and practices and student safety is always top priority.

Reminder about Reading at Home!

Even on nights when your child might have homework, he or she should still be reading 20-30 minutes a night. This can be reading together, independent reading, parents reading out loud, whatever your family feels is best for the books you are enjoying. Please be reading with your child 20-30 minutes each night. This essential practice begins at Kindergarten and continues through 8th grade!

Are you working on Math Facts with Your Child?

Did you know that by the end of 2nd grade your child should have all of their basic addition and subtraction facts memorized. By the end of third grade your child should have all of their multiplication facts memorized through the 12s. By the end of fourth grade your child should have all of their division facts memorized. Memorized means they can recall the answer within a couple of seconds. This is called fact fluency and it is critical to your child's success in math. We know that even some of our older students need to be working on math facts so please practice at home!

ALLY Bagel Bombs Sale Wednesdays

ALLY, Accepting Learners Leading Youth, is our middle school peer-to-peer program. ALLY is excited to be selling bagel bombs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Next sale is Jan. 5. First come, first serve. Gluten free options need to be ordered by Friday before each sale. The funds will go towards the programs’ after-school classroom supplies, project materials, and after-school activity needs.


Bagel Bombs are from Evergreens Bake Shop in Oxford. They are bagels filled with cream cheese and a variety of toppings. They will be sold for $2.00 each. Gluten-free options can be ordered in advance for $3.00 the Friday before each sale. Email ssolwold@chatfieldschool.org if your child would wants to order a gluten free option.

Hot Lunch Update

Hot lunch at Chatfield is provided by Chartwells. Recently Chartwells let us know that we may need to expect some changes to the lunch menu due to nationwide shortages of certain lunch staples and supplies. We will do our best to inform you ahead of time of any menu changes that need to occur. The menu is attached to this newsletter and are on the school website under the student life tab. Questions regarding hot lunch can be directed to Ann DeLong.

Chatfield PIE has a new Facebook Page

Please Like/Follow Chatfield School PIE Partners in Education on Facebook: Chatfield School PIE Partners in Education | Facebook

Upcoming Dates

1/3/2022 School Resumes

1/10/2022 PIE Meeting 4 PM

1/17/2022 No School Teacher Professional Development

1/21/2022 End of Second Marking Period

1/21/2022 Half Day of School Dismissal 11:30am

2/4/2022 LEAF Deposit Day Grades K-2

2/7/2022 Celebrate Hope Parent Connection Seminar: Family Social and Emotional Health Time TBA (evening)

2/14/2022 PIE Meeting 4 PM

2/18/2022 No School

2/21/2022 No School

Weather Related School Closures

It’s that time of year again when we must discuss school closings. As you know, the weather and roads can be an issue this time of year. Mr. Kraly and Mr. Young want you to know that they are always concerned about the safety of the students and parents.

We will be working with the superintendents from other local school districts and the Lapeer Intermediate School District to determine the conditions around the county. If your local district is closed that does not mean that Chatfield is closed.

The school directors will make the determination as early as possible and send out messages via:

Radio: WWJ 950, WJR 760, WMPC 1230

Television: Fox 2, Local 4, ABC 7, WWJTV CBS,

CW 50, ABC 12

Internet: www.chatfieldschool.org

Skylert School Messenger: Parents can adjust

their contact preferences, E-mail, Text, Phone Call,

by going into Skyward Family Access and clicking on

the Skylert tab.

As a general rule of thumb Chatfield School does not have early release on days when the weather and roads become worse during the day. We will provide updates regarding the status of evening activities by posting them to the school website. Road conditions can vary around the county and on different surfaces so as always use your best judgment and safety when determining if you should drive to school. Safety is always our first priority.

Covid Mitigation Strategies

Several Covid-19 mitigation strategies that we know were successful last year will remain.

  • Temperature scanning upon entrance to the school.

  • Frequent handwashing.

  • Cohorting of students.

  • Lunch in the classrooms.

  • Social distancing as much as possible.

  • Parents entering the classrooms will be limited. Parents can enter the main office only.


There are several things we request Chatfield families do so that we can accomplish our goals:

Parents need to screen children for any sign of Covid-19 and if the child has any symptoms do not send the student to school.

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • New sore throat, congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea


  • If someone in the household is showing symptoms of Covid-19 please keep everyone home until a test, the health department, or doctor can confirm that it is safe to return to school.

  • Masks are strongly encouraged but not required. At this time the Lapeer County Health Department strongly recommends that masks be worn inside by all people, regardless of vaccination status. All staff will be wearing masks to start the year. (No student will be treated differently whether wearing a mask or not).

  • If someone in the household tests positive for Covid-19, everyone living in that household is required to quarantine.

Special Thanks to Our Fall Festival Bike Rodeo Sponsors!

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