Cardinal Elementary News

March 13, 2022

Weekly Calendar

Next week:

Monday, March 14th:

GOTR Practice 3:15-4:30

3:15-4:20 After School Program Session #1

Tuesday, March 15th:

Wear Your Words!

8:30-9:00 School Store for 2nd and 3rd Grade

8:45-9:00 Drop Everything and READ!

8:30-9:00 School Store for 2nd and 3rd Grade

3:15-4:20 After School Program Session #1

Wednesday, March 16th:

Late Start 9:35AM for Staff Professional Development.

Students should remain in vehicles until 9:25 when the doors open.

Read and make a recipe!

Thursday, March 17th:

St. Patrick's Day: Wear GREEN!

School Store 8:30-9:00 4th and 5th Graders

School Store: 10:15-10:45 All Grades

3:15-4:30 GOTR Practice

3:15-4:20 After School Program Session #1

Friday, March 18th:

Camp Out Day! Bring a flashlight to read in the dark!

Friday PTO Treats: 50 cents each. $2.00 Max.

Dates to Remember:

March 24th- No School for Students/ Staff PD Day

March 25th Vocabulary Parade

March 28th: Cruising Into Spring Break!

March 30-31: Smile Mobile Dentist- Link to register online

April 1-10: Spring Break

After School Enrichment

This week, Session #1 of the Cardinal Elementary After School Enrichment Program will begin.

After school sessions will meet on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:15-4:20. Students will meet after school in the cafeteria to get a snack, and then will head to class with their teachers.

We used i-Ready data to identify students for this program.

Parent Pick up for the program will be at the front of the building at 4:20 unless you enrolled in bussing.

Session 1 will meet from March 14th- March 22nd (We will not meet on Thursday, 3/24 due to the PD Day)

Session 2 will meet from April 11th-April 22nd

Session 3 will meet from April 25th-May 6th

Session 4 will meet from May 9th-May 20th

Letters will be sent home to students who are participating and through a School Connects prior to the session as a reminder to families.

First Robotics Competition

Orchard View High School will be hosting the First Robotics Competition Wednesday, March 16th through Saturday, March 19th.

It is a spectacular event if you would like to bring your family!

Good Touch, Bad Touch ~ Child Abuse Council Presentation

During the months of March and April, our school counselor, Jennifer Fethke, will be presenting a personal safety lesson to each classroom. This lesson is regarding personal safety and awareness, including what kids should do when presented with inappropriate touching. If you would like more information regarding the presentation, please contact Mrs. Fethke at 760-1718 or If you would like your child to opt-out of the presentation, please let their classroom teacher know in writing or by phone.

3rd Grade Safety Around Water Program

We are excited to announce that Safety Around Water (SAW) otherwise known as "Pool School" will be offered to all of our 3rd Graders at Cardinal Elementary again this year. This is made possible because of the generous contribution from a member of our community each year.

The dates of SAW/Pool School for 2022 are as follows:

  • Monday, April 11th / Tuesday, April 12th

  • Monday, April 18th / Tuesday, April 19th

  • Monday, April 25th / Tuesday, April 26th

  • Monday, May 2nd / Tuesday, May 3rd

  • Monday, May 9th / Tuesday, May 10th

The following classes will attend the Monday afternoon session 11:45 - 1:45:

  • Mrs. McKay

  • Ms. Szuber

  • Mr. Stranberg

The following classes will attend the Tuesday morning session 8:45 - 10:45:

  • Mrs. Hoekstra

  • Mr. Eigenauer

  • Mrs. Arends

On these dates, please make sure your student comes to school with a bathing suit and a towel. Also, please ensure that your student is at school on time so they do not miss out on this opportunity.

March is Reading Month!

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Some learning from this week!

Upcoming 3rd Grade Michigan Concerts

Cardinal Elementary 3rd grade students will perform mini concerts featuring the most famous music from the state of Michigan during their music classes the week of May 9-13.

Due to the ongoing concerns with Coronavirus we will keep each class separate, and keep the performances relatively short (20-30 minutes).

Wednesday, May 11

Hoekstra: 12:50-1:20

Szuber: 1:40-2:10

Thursday, May 12

Arends: 12:30-1:05

Stranberg: 1:30-2:00

Friday, May 13

Eigenauer: 12:30-1:05

McKay: 1:30-2:00

Upcoming 4th Grade Recorder Concerts

Cardinal Elementary 4th grade students will perform mini concerts during their music classes the week of May 9-13. Due to ongoing concerns with Coronavirus, we will keep each class separate and keep the performances relatively short (20-30 minutes)

Monday, May 9

Mastbergen: 9:25-9:55

Fry: 10:20-10:50

Tuesday, May 10

Jones (Tabler): 9:25-9:55

Thursday, May 12

Hartley: 10:20-10:50

Friday, May 13

Morehouse: 10:20-10:50

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Important Parent Pick Up and Drop Off Reminders!

Cardinal Elementary Parents and Guardians,

We need your help to ensure that all students get to and from school safely! It is important that everyone follow the parking lot procedures. Please review the policy below.

Beginning Monday, October 11th, 4th and 5th Graders will enter and exit through Door 2 on the west end of the building. We will continue to use the front circle lot, and are hopeful this will encourage cars to pull all the way forward preventing back ups on Marquette. The front doors will be locked and students will be directed to enter at Door 2. As always, we only allow pick up and drop off in the right lane and encourage students to enter/exit the vehicle on the passenger side.

2nd and 3rd graders should continue to be dropped off in the west lot and enter through the doors to their hallways (Door 4 for 3rd graders and Door 5 for 2nd graders).

Families who wish to park and walk children to the building are asked to use the west lot and cross at the crossing guard. There is no crossing in the front lot for safety reasons. There are many families who continue to park in the front lot and cross. Our children learn the importance of following rules and directions when we, as the adults, model this behavior for them. Out of respect and for the safety of all, please use the west lot if you wish to park, use safe speeds in the parking lot, use appropriate language, and refrain from smoking on school property.

We have recently had issues with people cutting into the front of the line. Please enter the line in the right lane and wait your turn.

Students MAY NOT be dropped off in the left lane under any circumstance.

Students who are tardy will need to be signed in by a parent or guardian at the window near the front entrance after 8:20 (9:35 on late starts).

Together, we can ensure that our Cardinal kids get to school safely each day and minimize frustration for families.


The Cardinal Elementary Staff

School Store

The school store is open! There is a $5.00 limit per student, per week.

Tuesdays 8:30-9:00 2nd and 3rd Grade

Thursdays 8:30-9:00 4th and 5th Grade

Thursdays: 10:15-10:45

A huge thank you to Mr. Cook for keeping our school store running!

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Use Your Boxtops to Support Cardinal's PTO!


Join us in earning cash for our school PTO by using the Box Tops app. It’s an easy way to make a difference. All you have to do is buy Box Tops participating products (like Cheerios!) and scan your grocery receipt. Box Tops are worth $.10 each and they add up fast! Twice a year, our school receives a check to help pay for whatever we need - equipment, supplies or experiences the kids love!

Use this referral code BIQ06E75 when you sign up and you’ll get 20 Bonus Box Tops when you scan your first receipt now through 05/29/2022, while supplies last! Download the Box Tops for Education app here: