Shorian Nation eNews
November 26th, 2023
LSPS's #PositivityInAction made Macomb Daily's front page
Community Favorites Survey
Lake Shore Public Schools would like to continue our tradition of celebrating the valuable business partnerships we have within our community by honoring those connections that have impacted our students, buildings, and programs.
Thank you for taking a moment to participate in our Community Favorites survey. The deadline to complete this survey is Thursday, November 30th. We are thrilled to read and later recognize your top selections in February, the month of love. We love our community!
Are you interested in sponsoring a child/family or delivering gifts to two families for our 2023 Holiday Help goodwill campaign?
In keeping with our goal of a strong community connection, Lake Shore Public Schools will be working to support those most in need of holiday assistance.
Use this link to make your selection(s): https://tinyurl.com/lspsholidaydonate23
All gift donations are due on Friday, December 15th between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to the following address:
Lake Shore Public Schools Taylor Building
St. Clair Shores, MI 48082
Thank you in advance for your generous support of our community.
2023 Holiday Help: Select A Child/Family
In keeping with our goal of a strong community connection, Lake Shore Public Schools will be working to support those most in need of holiday assistance. Thank you in advance for your generous support of our community. Please make your selection(s) below. All gift donations are due on 12/15/2023 between 7:00 a.m.
Move over 100.3 and your nonstop holiday music. The echoes of student voices singing and instruments playing are filling the air during this most wonderful time of the year. These musicians will play and sing their hearts out, supported by loved ones and adoring fans to ring in the Christmas spirit!
The following is a comprehensive list of our 12 holiday performance dates throughout the district:
- DONE - Saturday, November 11th - Masonic Melodies - The Fox Theatre at 12:30pm
- Tuesday, December 5th - LSHS Holiday Band Concert - LSHS at 7pm
- Thursday, December 7th - Violet 5th grade Concert - LSHS at 7pm
- Friday, December 8th - KMS Holiday Band Concert - LSHS at 7pm
- Monday, December 11th - MH 5th Grade & Masonic Melodies Holiday Concert - LSHS at 7pm
- Tuesday, December 12th - KMS Holiday Choir Concert - LSHS at 7pm
- Wednesday, December 13th - LSHS Holiday Jazz Band Performance - Shorepointe Village at 5pm
- Thursday, December 14th - LSHS Holiday Choir Concert - LSHS at 7pm
- Saturday, December 16th - Masonic Melodies at 5:30pm, Violet 3rd Grade at 6:30pm, & Rodgers 3rd Grade at 7:30pm to Tunnel of Lights "Lake Shore Night" - Blossom Heath
- Monday, December 18th - Rodgers 5th Grade Holiday Musical - LSHS at 7pm
- Tuesday, December 19th - Violet 2nd grade Concert with 4th grade Violet Voices Choir - LSHS at 7pm
- Thursday, December 21st - Choir Holiday Fusion Tour
Lake Shore Night at Tunnel of Lights
Lake Shore Public Schools invites all students, families, and community members to the Saint Clair Shores Tunnel of Lights featuring our own elementary students set to perform on Saturday, December 16th at 5:30pm (Masonic Heights) 6:30pm (Violet Elementary), and 7:30pm (Rodgers Elementary) located at Blossom Heath Park (24800 Jefferson).
The entire district is asked to gather for this family-friendly "Lake Shore Night" event, but the Tunnel of Lights will be open between the hours of 5:00-9:00pm. The City of Saint Clair Shores will provide the ambiance and The Lobster, Eat Em' Up Donuts, The Streat Corn-er food trucks and hot chocolate available for purchase while we giveaway free Santa hats and glow sticks. Santa will visit at 7pm!
Joining us will be the Saint Clair Shores Fire Department and Saint Clair Shores Police Department.
Bundle up in Lake Shore attire and put on your best smile as you enter the tunnel with the purpose of enjoying the holiday season together.
Safety and Wellness Expo
Lake Shore is committed to providing our community with engaging, interactive events to help support our families. Because we know the safety and health of students is a priority for all of us, we are thrilled to invite you to our Safety and Wellness Expo on Wednesday, December 6th from 6pm-9pm. We will have two keynote speakers, four breakout sessions, as well as dozens of community organizations and businesses here to give you information on the services they offer that can help your family and your students. You can see the specifics about who will be presenting on the flyer below, but you can expect to see technicians that will check car seat installation, vision screenings for kids, therapy dogs, fitness and nutrition experts, mental health professionals, and so much more. This invitation is open to Lake Shore families as well as anyone living in or near our community so spread the word and share the flyer with your friends and family. There will be free babysitting for children in PreK-5th grade supervised by our National Honor Society student members. We can’t wait to see you there!
The Lake Shore Public Schools' Board of Education approved a $66.7 million no tax-rate increase bond proposal for the May 3rd, 2022 ballot and it passed!
Lake Shore has a strong legacy of being excellent stewards of the community’s resources. We are committed to provide you with bond updates as we continue to prioritize our students' future.
- KMS Bond Tour Video (11/2023)
- Masonic Heights Bond Tour Video (10/2023)
- Violet Bond Tour Video (10/2023)
- LSHS Bond Tour Video (10/2023)
- 60 Second Video Update (10/2023)
- Bond Updates - Fall 2023 Mailer (last updated 9/29/2023)
- Bond Updates - Construction Presentation (8/9/2023)
- Bond Building-Specific Boards
- Bond Overview and Schedule
- Project List
To learn more about the bond, please visit the Lake Shore Public Schools' website.
Lake Shore Adult and Community Education Serving St. Clair Shores and the surrounding area since 1956! To browse & register, utilize the Explore All Programs search field above or click on a program below. The use of District facilities beyond school hours is a powerful tool for community growth.
Happy Thanksgiving to our families! We hope you take time this break to connect with loved ones and recharge. Even though our schools are closed, you will continue to have access to services provided by Lake Shore Public Schools. We encourage you to save these resources to easily reference them should you or a family member need help during the break or beyond.
Lake Shore Public Schools partnered with Care Solace to support the well-being of students and their family members. Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential care coordination service that can help you quickly find mental health or substance use treatment options matched to your needs, regardless of circumstance.
If you or a family member are looking for help with mental health or substance use and would like to use Care Solace to find a provider:
Call 888-515-0595. Multilingual support is available 24/7/365.
Visit www.caresolace.com/lsps and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.
Have a wonderful and safe holiday! We look forward to when we return on Monday, November 27th.
Under the guiding principles of our districtwide initiative, the Positivity Project, the #PositivityInAction mindset is our top priority. Because of our goal to inspire students to build positive relationships and become their best selves, we invite you to follow this Positivity Project Calendar. Note: We have made a few changes to this calendar; All adjustments are located on our District Events Calendar.
Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.
Starting November 1st and lasting until November 17th, we invited all stakeholders in our community to write a brief letter to one person who has made a difference in your life at Lake Shore Public Schools and beyond. Maybe it was a letter to a Veteran last week and a teacher this week.
At the end of November, we will gather all of these letters, count them, and deliver to their recipients. In 2022, we wrote 1,993 gratitude letters. That's a lot of joy!
Amelia from Masonic Heights Elementary selected Teacher Mrs. Manor. In her letter she wrote: She is sweet. She is caring. She is smart. She is respectful. Mrs. Manor claimed that she immediately placed her letter inside a "Joy Box" that she keeps by her desk. She explained, "When I'm having a bad day, I take it out and look through all of the pictures and letters." Now there's a strategy for an instant smile!
Looking forward, we are excited to celebrate Kindness (11/27-12/1), OPM - Supporting others when they struggle (12/4-8), Self-Control (12/11-15), and Optimism (12/18-22).
Seeds to Donation Successes
Seed to Table is a quarterly exploratory at Kennedy Middle School that allows students to learn gardening skills. They started by putting seeds in damp paper towels. The paper towels were then put in plastic bags and hung in the classroom window to germinate. Just a few days later, the seeds had sprouts and the students planted them in repurposed containers. They had an assortment of greens, radishes, string beans, basil, and peas in their gardens.
Once the plants were started, the students also started composting using a variety of fruit and vegetable scraps. Some of the students have had pepper plants start growing from the scraps in their compost and those were transplanted to their plant containers. As the quarter comes to an end, the students are looking forward to seeing what can be harvested.
Teacher Mrs. Kemner observed, "One of the things I've enjoyed most is seeing students taking ownership of their plants. Some come to class and head straight to the window to collect their plants and sit them on their tables during class. At least one student admits to talking to their plant which seems to be working as that plant quickly became the largest plant in the room. It was also the first of the bean plants to have beans."
Seventh grader Mason Merten is proud of his plant's height. He explained, "It started as a seed and grew to over 76cm tall in 6 weeks! I am not eating the pea plant though. I don't like vegetables."
When the students aren't tending their plants and compost, they learn about other topics like pollinators, what sustainability is, and different types of gardens like sensory gardens.
Bonus: We love growing our own food, but the Shorian Nation also enjoys donating to Goodfellows. Nonperishable donations have been dropped off by our Maintenance and Operations team to the Fire Department!
Substitute Appreciation Day
It was Substitute Appreciation Day and we certainly appreciate our subs.
We count on our substitute teachers, the people who teach a class when our regular teachers are unavailable.
Substitute teachers maintain classroom discipline and carry on the classroom procedures so that instruction isn't interrupted. Lake Shore subs are kind, caring people who adapt to any situation and are always up for a challenge.
We are so lucky to have substitutes like district sub Julie Cairney who loves to serve where she's needed. She explained, "I decided to become a sub because my own kids are getting older and I enjoy the variety of my days and, of course, the students!"
We also appreciate Jeanenne Cappo, Employee Services Coordinator, for securing our classroom substitutes. She started at Lake Shore Public Schools in 1986 and has been dedicated to her roles and has the best interest of the district in mind.
Bonus: Rodgers Elementary celebrated 50 days of school; They all looked so cool!
Learning is essential to our growth and an indispensable tool for the Shorian Nation.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and American Heart Association (AHA) in conjunction with the Michigan Alliance for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young (MAP-SCDY) is pleased to recognize Rodgers Elementary and North Lake High School with the MI HEARTSafe School designation.
A HEARTSafe designation recognizes a school’s efforts to prevent sudden cardiac death of the young (SCDY) by preparing for a cardiac emergency. Members of this school community know how to recognize the signs of a sudden cardiac arrest and respond quickly by calling 9-1-1 and using CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED) until EMS arrives.
The following criteria was facilitated by District School Nurse Katie Weidman and her team in order to qualify:
-A written cardiac emergency response plan, reviewed at least annually with staff.
-A cardiac emergency response team with current CPR/AED certification, sufficient to respond to an emergency during school hours AND during organized after-school activities and sports, if applicable.
-At least 10% of staff, 50% of coaches including 100% of head coaches, and 100% of P.E. staff with current completion of CPR/AED certification course*.
*Qualifying CPR/AED courses are the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver course and the American Red Cross’s CPR/AED course.
A sufficient number* of accessible, properly maintained and inspected AEDs, ready to use, with signs identifying AED locations.
*Sufficient number is estimated by time to scene from recognition to AED placement within 2-5 minutes.
-The performance of at least one cardiac emergency response drill* per year.
*Including recognizing signs of sudden cardiac arrest and using the American Heart Association’s Chain of Survival: calling 9-1-1 and use of bystander CPR and AED until EMS arrive to provide advanced life support.
-All athletic pre-participation screening completed with the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) form (updated in 2016).
By 2025, our goal is to have all Lake Shore Public Schools a MI HEARTSafe School.
Bonus: Lake Shore Public Schools has created a Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) with the goal of at least 10 percent of staff becoming Michigan Heart Certified: https://www.facebook.com/myLSPS/posts/549470183855974
Science Day was held inside the Shorian Nation!
At Lake Shore High School, 75 4th grade elementary students visited the following science stations to participate in engaging activities: Rollercoaster, Fingerprints, Motion Detector, Physical vs. Chemical Change, Paper Clip Floats, Marker Chromatography, Bubble Cell Membrane Demo, Puzzling Paper and Hilarious Hair, Oobleck Demo, Drops of Water on a Penny, and The Weight of Air.
A common favorite station was the Oobleck Demo. Students tried stirring a non-Newtonian fluid inside a container and making observations.
Marker Chromatography was another popular spot. Students wrote their name on filter paper with a Sharpie, created a design using Crayola markers, dropped water onto their paper, and made observations. Why do Crayola markers "bleed", but Sharpies don't? We loved hearing their discoveries!
Junior Isabelle Ratliff enjoyed shared learning experiences because "surface tension is cool!"
Thank you LSHS Science Department Head Mrs. Fergusson and her team of Science teachers for organizing such a fantastic opportunity for kids!
Welcome Home Private Bashi
PNC Bank partnered with the Military Support Foundation to gift a home to a military veteran and their family located in Saint Clair Shores. During the event PNC Bank gifted the home to veteran Isaac Bashi, his fiancé Jassyel Tungol, and their two young daughters Ara and Avalee Bashi.
Lake Shore High Schools' band and cheer team made an appearance to make the event as special as possible. Along the sidewalk, Rodgers Elementary students in grades 3-5 waved flags and homemade signs and Senior Grace Hanke sang the National Anthem. Private Bashi and his family were escorted to the event by SCS Police and Fire Departments.
Welcome Remarks were shared by Michael Bickers, Regional President for SE Michigan, Talent Strategy Executive Cathy Grover announced PNC's Commitment to Veterans, Military Warriors Support Foundation Representative David Dougherty shared some remarks, and of course, Private Bashi expressed his appreciation. Even the Veteran Marine Guard presented colors. At the conclusion of the event, Lake Shore Public Schools also hosted a luncheon, held at Rodgers Elementary, for the family and guests.
Thank you Gary and Angela Patton with Samantha (5th grade) and Isaac (8th grade) and Nick and Tracy Alarcon with Callie (6th grade) for joining us at the luncheon. The icing on the cake was introducing these Shorian neighbors to Private Bashi and his family. In addition, Air Force Kataryana Ostrowski and Air Force Patrick Krahenbuhl, and Marines Daniel Dell Jr., recruiters for Lake Shore High School, were also in attendance.
Client and Community Relations Assistant Director for PNC Tamika Moch claimed that this was the best event in 2023. She said, "The mission and community effort made this event extra special. The students were amazing; LSPS's involvement was so great."
Lake Shore is home, it is family, and it is community-driven. Welcome to the Shorian Nation, Private Bashi.
Happy Thanksgiving, Shorian Nation, a perfect time to revisit our own Thanksgiving parade.
Our 3rd grade team, consisting of 9 classrooms districtwide, designed and built their own miniature floats for a Thanksgiving Day Parade. First, they studied different types of floats. Next, they came up with four possible parade themes. After, they narrowed their choices, completed an organizer to share their ideas, and drew and built their prototype floats using household supplies.
Students from Violet Elementary even had the opportunity to visit the Parade Company in Detroit which helped to inspire their float designs. Lily Adams is Taylor Swift's biggest fan so she created a Swiftie float. Gabriel Bouji's Aunt Hannah, who played soccer professionally for 15 years, inspired him to create a soccer float. Owen Hurley enjoys playing Fortnite on his Xbox and getting the battle pass so his float idea was an easy decision. McKenna Stefankiewicz's turkey-themed float has us all excited for Thanksgiving dinner.
We hope you enjoyed all the creative floats from Masonic Heights Elementary, Rodgers Elementary, and Violet Elementary. We enjoyed watching the float parades: https://www.facebook.com/masonicelementary/videos/925941048955592/ or https://www.facebook.com/RodgersPTC/posts/pfbid028CYr2HfsDeGFwnWsogzTi9wDDtvLyxWYMG9QH8hnQMA5jcZfq4rgbuYfzv4r2Mxol
Spending time with family and friends while being grateful for these moments is what this holiday is all about.
May this Thanksgiving be full of joy and peace for you and those you love. There is always something to be thankful for. Please express your gratitude throughout this holiday break and remember this: We are thankful for the entire Lake Shore community for choosing us to serve your educational needs.
November Slurpee/Smoothie Surprise Honorees
Congratulations to our November Slurpee/Smoothie Surprise Positivity Project Honorees:
Lake Shore Early Childhood Center
Masonic Heights Elementary
Penny Liden - Bravery
Reese Moyer - Positivity and Enthusiasm
Aiden Anderson - Being Present
Joseph Liberty - Bravery
Aubrey Bate - Friendship
Mikayla Maher - Perseverance
Aleah Boutin - Teamwork
Harper Miller - Integrity
Brayden Tabbert - Kindness
Kennedy Middle School
Ariella Dietz - Kindness
Isabella Warrix - Love of Learning
William Landis - Kindness
Alexis Cuppetelli - Love of Learning
Lake Shore High School
Eddie Hayes-McEaddy - Kindness
Donovan Ripari - Teamwork
Jimmy Sheen - Leadership
Colin Taylor - Integrity
Natalie Anderson - Kindness
North Lake High School
Colin McEvoy - Perseverance
Thank you 7-Eleven Store Owner Virgil Johnson and EOS Cafe and Coffee House Store Owner Tony Zarife's for your generosity and sponsorships!
We have built an online home for our athletic department. Our goal is to bring our athletic programs to life by sharing schedules, scores, and social media while ensuring our athletes get the promotion they deserve. Visit the Shorian Sports website for 24/7/365 access to the information you have always wanted and follow along with our sports action.
LSHS Athlete Headshots are scheduled for Wednesday, November 29th and KMS Athlete Headshots (Boys' Bball and Competitive Cheer only) are scheduled for Monday, December 11th. Both will take place during all lunches inside the commons (LSHS) and cafeteria (KMS).
We have partnered with Kroger to help fund our athletics. Please read this letter from our Athletic Coordinator Rich Bowers.
In addition, follow @ShorianSports on X for access to live sports updates from your favorite coaches and teams!
We believe a balance of academics and athletics creates a well-rounded student. Students who participate in sports not only gain the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, they also learn lessons about sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, cooperation, respect, and knowing how to win and lose.
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