Poupard Press

January 12th, 2019 Happy New Year!

Dear Poupard Families,

Happy New Year!

It is great getting back in the swing of things. Our first full week was eventful on so many levels. A few of our staff members attended a training in Restorative Practices focused on building community, understanding how others are affected by behavior, and repairing harm to restore/build relationships.

5th Grade Scheduling

On Tuesday, our fifth grade students meet began to learn about their transition into Parcells. They began learning about what classes will be available, their expectations and other things to look forward to. The Parcells Counselors will be back in two weeks to assist students in registering for classes for next fall. Families of 5th grade students, please be sure to sit down with your learner and begin identifying which learning opportunities you'd like for your learner.

PBIS Rotations

On Friday, our students went through PBIS rotations. Our students learned how they could continue being Respectful, Safe Leaders at Poupard. It is important for us to revisit expectations anytime we are away for a long period of time. Our students did an outstanding job listening to the different lessons and modeling those behaviors. We can't wait for them to continue modeling those as we return next week!

NWEA Testing

Students began NWEA testing this past week. The NWEA test allows for us to monitor student progress in the areas of reading and math. It provides us an idea of a students overall proficiency towards grade level content expectations and how we can continue supporting individual learners. Students perform and function better with quality rest and a healthy breakfast to start the day. Please be sure to help your child maintain a consistent sleep schedule and feed their growing bodies with nutritious foods.

Thank you for making Poupard an amazing place to be!

Principal Ali

Kindergarten Informational Night - January 17

Mark your Calendar and please share with parents of young children in our neighborhood!

Kindergarten and Young Fives Info Night – 6:30 p.m., Thursday 1/17/19 (parents of current preschoolers attending Kindergarten or Young Fives this upcoming fall) attend your neighborhood elementary school.

Notes from the Office Staff

BRR It's Cold...Preparing for Winter

Poupard students go outdoors for recess two times each day throughout the school year unless it is raining hard or the wind chill is below zero degrees Fahrenheit. Please be sure that your child leaves for school dressed properly for the weather. All students must have boots and snowpants to play on the wood chips, field and gaga ball court once the snow is on the ground—otherwise they must stay on the blacktop.

Students may build things (snowmen, fort, snow angels, etc) with the snow but are not permitted to throw snow or ice while on Poupard grounds. This will help all the students enjoy the joy of snow.

We also ask that you write your child’s name on his/her gloves, hats, boots, and
coat. Our Lost and Found quickly fills up!

Thank you!!!

Office Staff

Mark Your Calendars - January/February

Thursday, January 17th - Kindergarten and Young 5's Information Night at 6:30

Friday, January 18th - Half Day: Dismissal at 11:36

Monday, January 21st - No School: MLK Day

Wednesday, January 23rd - 5th Grade Registration at Poupard with Parcells Counselors

Tuesday, February 5th - Family Robotics Night facilitated by Robot Garage at Poupard from 6:00-7:30

Tuesday, February 12th - PTO Meeting at 6:30 inside of gym

Monday, February 18th - February 22nd - No School: Mid-Winter Break

Monday, February 25th - Classes Resume

PTO Corner

Hello Poupard Families! We have a lot of exciting things going on!

Shoe Drive Fundraiser

We’re holding a school-wide Shoe Drive from Nov. 19th through Jan. 19th!! We're collecting new and gently used shoes. These items will be given to the less fortune and as a bonus the Poupard PTO will be given $0.40/pound of shoes donated.

*We will be hosting another large collection day this week in efforts to meet our goal.

Upcoming Meeting

Our next PTO Meeting is Tuesday, February 12th @ 6:30pm in the Gym.

Your PTO Board!

Visit us online at www.poupardpto.org for meeting minutes, budget info, fundraiser info, & our calendar of events!

Questions & Comments can be e-mailed to poupardpto@yahoo.com.

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Great Kindness Challenge: Jan 28 - Feb 1

All levels of Grosse Pointe Schools- including Barnes, nine elementary buildings, middle school groups and high school representatives, Community Campus, and staff have all come together to participate in The Great Kindness Challenge, January 28-February 1, 2019.

The Great Kindness Challenge is a positive, proactive bullying prevention initiative that reaches millions of students during the last week of January every year. GPPSS has added a community service project to engage in socially conscious leadership and promote caring, compassion and collaboration to support others in need. Students and staff will be collecting items for Kindness Care Kits during the week of January 28-February 1 that will be donated to Crossroads, Motor City Mitten Mission and Eimer’s Foundation.

Other activities related to kindness to help promote a safe and caring school environment may also take place during the week and beyond. GPPSS is happy to be a part of The Great Kindness Challenge which was created by the non-profit Kids for Peace.

The following items are assigned to each group (full size items, please):

Young 5’s: 2 gallon size ziploc bags OR reusable bags

Kindergarten: soap or body wash

First grade: body lotion

Second grade: toothbrush

Third grade: toothpaste

Fourth grade: shampoo or conditioner

Fifth grade: deodorant


Stay Informed!

REMIND messaging: Please sign up for our remind text message service as this is our most frequent way of communicating with our families. We are asking all families to subscribe to our text messaging service for everything Poupard related. Subscribe immediately by texting the message @poupa to 81010 from your mobile device or https://www.remind.com/join/poupa. Feel free to come into the office if you need help with this process.

Poupard Elementary School

Our Mission:

We strive to maximize our potential as learners, leaders, and global citizens.

Our Core Values:

  • We believe in Mutual Respect
  • We believe in Building Relationships
  • We believe that Everyone Can Learn
  • We believe in being Compassionate and Empathetic
  • We believe in Recognizing and Valuing Diversity
  • We believe in Hard Work and Effort
  • We believe that Everyone has a Talent or Strength

Our PBIS Expectations

All students will Learn

All students will Lead

All students will be Safe

All students will be Respectful

"All Means All"