Springfield Plains Elementary School
Dear Springfield Plains Family,
December. Hope. Love. Joy.
December is magical in elementary school. December is special because of kids. December is also the final chapter to the stories we wrote in 2015. December is the grand finale.
It is my hope that each of your children that enter the door to their school feels a sense of belonging and purpose. We know that children learn better when they feel significant and they know that they matter. I wonder if our children really feel significant and important here at Springfield Plains. How are we doing? I encourage your feedback.
Our kids see hope in their future. They have the expectation that something big and bold is in store for them. There are no guarantees, but there is hope. Our kids see hope through the trust they have in their teachers as mentors. Our kids see hope through their thirst to understand and their craving for new ideas. It is my hope that our kids’ desires of today continue beyond Springfield Plains.
Love is a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes. At school, your child is loved. They are cared for. They are hugged. They are precious gifts that we are honored to serve. Furthermore, we want to instill this attitude within each child. To respect humanity and show compassion and empathy. Our children have experienced this with the Student Lighthouse canned food drive for Lighthouse of Oakland County through their overwhelming response with donations. Our children continue to show love for humanity through the Elementary Elves project, continuing to help those in need over the holidays. Love is abundant in December.
Joy is our ninth cultural force at Springfield Plains. Joy influences our physical environment, embraces making mistakes and eliminates stereotypical meetings all while fostering dignity and respect for humanity and putting the fun back into learning. I want your children to have joy and I want them to experience happiness, but happiness and joy are not the same. Richard Sheridan (2015) writes in his Joy, Inc. book, "There is nothing wrong with happiness, and there is no question you should also seek happiness. It's just that joy is deeper, more meaningful, and purposeful. Happiness is more a momentary state of being. You can be joyful without being happy every moment" (p. 9).
When children find and unleash their passions they will find joy. It is our job as parents and as educators to embrace our kids’ curiosities and guide them toward finding their own passions.
I wish you and your family hope, love and especially joy this December.
Matthew Gifford, Principal
Important Contact Information
SPE Main Office 248.623.3800, Secretary Karen PostalAttendance Line 248.623.3890
A SINCERE THANK YOU TO OUR PTA & PARENTS
Thank you to all our parents who contributed by preparing some fabulous dinners for our teachers prior to P/T Conferences. Thank you to Holly Selden and Maggie Benson for chairing this event and to all the cooks who prepared food. The food on both nights was delicious! Thank you!!
Writings from Superindendent Rod Rock
As the Clarkston Community Schools seek to cultivate thinkers, learners, and positive contributors to a global society, we fully realize that key dispositions of such thinkers include thoughtful questioning, continuously questioning (ourselves, our parents, and our teachers), and constantly and deeply wondering.
The fall of the year, as a transition to winter, is a splendid time to question, ask, and wonder. As we walk through the woods or down our streets, we can see and feel the seasons changing. What is happening? Why is it happening? Do the same things happen everywhere on Earth at the same time? These are amazing opportunities to wonder together about our world.
As children come home from school each day, we can help, as families, friends, and neighbors, to build these dispositions. We can ask our children: “What questions did you ask today? We can hold in our own minds the idea that our questions drive us as learners.”
Ron Ritchhart, a Harvard Researcher and author, wrote: “When Isidor I. Rabi won the Nobel Prize in physics, he was asked, ‘Why did you become a scientist, rather than a doctor or lawyer or businessman, like the other immigrant kids in your neighborhood?’ He replied, ‘My mother made me a scientist without ever intending it. Every other mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school: So? Did you learn anything today? But not my mother. She always asked me a different question. Izzy, she would say, did you ask a good question today? That difference--asking good questions--made me become a scientist’''
Let us work together to cultivate in our children the disposition to seek deeper meaning in the around them.
It is with tremendous gratitude and deep care for children that I serve as your superintendent. Thank you for all that you do to make our schools and community such wonderful places to live and learn.
Rod Rock, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Support the SPE PTA Playground Fund - Give Back Night at On The Border
Help support the SPE PTA by participating in Give Back Night at On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina!
The SPE PTA is raising funds for the Playground Enhancement Project. By participating in ‘Give Back Night’, On The Border will donate 20% of your purchase (includes carry-out and catering) back to SPE. You MUST present the On The Border flyer in order to recognize support for the SPE Playground Enhancement Project. Flyers will be distributed in the Friday folders.
When: Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 (All Day!)
Where: 3930 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, Michigan (In front of Great Lake Crossing Outlets)
Clarkston Schools Transportation Department to Host Stuff-A-Bus
Clarkston Schools Transportation Department will be hosting their annual “Stuff-a-Bus” on Saturday, December 5 ,from 10:00-4:00 p.m. at Niemans Market at Dixie Hwy and White Lake Rd.
They will be accepting non-perishable food items, new and unwrapped toys, new and unwrapped clothing, gift cards and cash or checks made out to Lighthouse North. All donations will be delivered to Lighthouse North to help local families for the holidays.
CLASSROOM HOLIDAY PARTIES
Last Day of School & Winter Break
THE GIVING TREE
Hat, Scarves, Mittens...
Springfield Plains Elementary is helping our local GoodFellows in their effort to provide hats, mittens, and scarves for children in the area.
We will be placing NEW hats, mittens and scarves on our Giving Tree in the front lobby from November 30- December 11, 2015.
Support the Playground Fund and Shop for the Holidays at the SPE “Collection”
Stop by after school to support the SPE Playground Fund and to shop for the holidays!
Thursday, Dec. 3rd 3:30-6:30 in the Multi Purpose Room
Premier Designs Jewelry
stella & dot jewelry & accessories
thirty-one bags & gifts
Beach Body / 21 Day Fix
Young Living / Essential Oils
Rodan + Fields skin care
Arbonne skin care & nutrition
Keep Collective jewelry
The Stacked Collection bracelets
Matlida Jane Clothing
It Works! body wraps
tastefullysimple foods & gifts
Handmade Crochet Items
Handmade centerpieces & wreaths
Pink & LuLu
Le-Vel Thrive energy supplements
INCLEMENT WEATHER & SCHOOL CLOSING
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 www.Clarkston.k12.mi.us 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.
PTA's REFLECTIONS PROGRAM
Deadline is December 11, 2015
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: www.clarkston.k12.mi.us
2. Choose the RESOURCES tab
3. Under PARENTS, select CALENDAR
4. Choose the CLARKSTON COMMUNITY CALENDAR link
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
Parent Vue - Student Information System
Please make sure to take some time to review the information in ParentVue and make sure that we have the most accurate and updated information, particularly phone numbers and emergency contacts. To access ParentVue (once you have activated your account):
Go to the Clarkston Schools’ webpage www.clarkston.k12.mi.us
Choose the Resources tab and then select ParentVue
Student Calendar 2015-2016
PTA Officers for 2015-2016
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
Vice President, Elizabeth Egan
Treasurer, Kelli Horst
Secretary, Susan Boatman
Trustees, Cheryl McGinnis, Craig Hamilton, Gregory Need