Bobcat Broadcast

December 3, 2021

A Message from Mrs. Caudill


I hope everyone had a relaxing Thanksgiving break and you had time to rest and rejuvenate with your family. It is so hard to believe that it is December! We are one-third of the way through our school year. As I reflect on this year thus far, I am amazed by the amount of learning that has taken place.


While it is important to celebrate our achievements, we also have to acknowledge the challenges we are still facing. While things are starting to get back to normal, our experiences over the past 21 months have impacted us in ways we have yet to fully understand. In many cases, the impact is not tangible - you can't see or measure it - but it is there for all of us. Everyone, children and adults, has had a different experience, and not one of us processes the same. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but what we can do is lead with compassion.


As we navigate through this year, we will continue to support our students academically while also focusing on their social-emotional well-being. We believe that students are more likely to succeed when they feel safe, accepted, and included. At Amerman we are investing the time needed to build trusting relationships and learn more about the needs of each student as an individual. Once we understand what motivates them and the challenges they may be facing, we can properly equip them with the support and resources they need to grow and learn.


I am an optimist to the core, and I know we will come out stronger. Not just because I believe in positive thinking, but because I believe in our exceptional students, staff, and families. It will take time, but it will be time well invested. I am humbled to be a part of this journey with all of you. I know that we will do whatever it takes to lift each other up and support every success along the way. Thank you for your continued trust and partnership.


Be well,

Devon Caudill

Mark Your Calendars

December 8 - Bobcat Pride Day

December 8 - PTA Restaurant Night at MD Pizza

December 9 - Credit Union Deposit Day

December 10 - PTA Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt Begins

December 16 - PTA Bonaventure Night

December 18 - January 2 - Holiday Break

January 6 - Credit Union Deposit Day

January 13 - PTA Meeting via Zoom 7:00pm

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Bobcat Pride Press is Back!

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GiftCrowd for Amerman Staff

Your PTA has once again made it easy for you to cross Amerman teachers and staff off your holiday shopping list! Simply choose the staff members and amounts you would like to contribute to and gift crowd will pool all the funds together for each staff member. They can choose from a large variety of gift cards and there are zero fees. Happy shopping! https://app.giftcrowd.com/join-event/MWI3TiOsog


p.s. If you prefer something other than gift cards, check out the PTA store for gift ideas like chocolate covered almonds in a holiday tin!

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Book Fair

Due to school be closed on Friday, our Book fair will be kept open Monday morning for any students/ staff or classes who didn’t have a chance to shop. Additionally, the online fair is open until 12/12


See link below:

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/amermanelementaryschool

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November Roar Assembly

Every month we hold an assembly to celebrate our ROAR Award winners. Lately our assemblies have been virtural. As a Lighthouse Team we realized we could share our virtual celebrations with our families. We are excited to share the November winners. Congratulations to all of our Bobcats!

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BOTTLE DRIVE IS continues!

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Parent Volunteers Needed:

Our Lighthouse team has kicked off a can and bottle drive at school and we need parent volunteers to turn them in. This is a really easy way to donate an hour of your time and give back to your Bobcats!!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449ACAD2DA3F85-awinwin

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hot lunch program for interested students

Families must preorder lunches for preschools and elementary students. Orders must be in by 8:30 AM for elementary students to receive a lunch that day. The system will not allow you to order after the time listed above. For your convenience, meals can be preordered up to 30 days in advance. To avoid any issues, we recommend ordering the night before.

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Amerman PTA News!

Save the Date:

Wednesday, December 8th 12-8pm. MOD Pizza is donating 20% of takeout orders to Amerman Elementary School PTA! Take a night off from cooking and join us in eating for a great cause. Takeout, Delivery & Pick up orders made online using the promo code GR212895A or in store mentioning Amerman Elementary School PTA.

Holiday Lights Drive Thru Scavenger Hunt Volunteers Needed:

We are also still in need of one more family volunteer to be a part of the Scavenger Hunt, so if your holiday lights display is the envy of the neighborhood, or if December is simply your favorite season, sign up today!


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f49aca622a1f8c16-holiday


Donation Drive - Slippers For Mom:

The holidays have officially arrived! To help support the community this holiday season, Amerman PTA is partnering with Slippers For Mom, a 501c3 non-profit organization (run by one of our own Amerman families), whose mission is to give comfort to those in need during the holiday season by providing a cozy pair of slippers. Slipper donations will be collected at the final house of the Holiday Lights Drive Thru Scavenger Hunt on December 10-12. Detailed donation and ways to contribute information is included in the attached flyer.

Slippers for Mom Flyer

Click here to view the slippers for mom flyer on how you can support this wonderful organization.

Spiritwear:

Great news, Amerman Spiritwear is ready to sell in the MemberHub store! https://amerman.memberhub.com/store Keep an eye out for spiritwear sales at our upcoming events also!

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Amazon Smile:

Don't forget to use smile.amazon.com (and select Amerman Elementary School PTA) when shopping Amazon this holiday season 😊


To use AmazonSmile, simply go to smile.amazon.com on your web browser or activate AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping app on your iOS or Android phone within the Settings or Programs & Features menu. On your web browser, you can add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping with AmazonSmile.

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Northville C.A.R.E.S Coming Attractions!!!


On December 16th at 7:00 Northville C.A.R.E.S will be showing a pre-taped student panel that some of our high school students participated in. The panel was facilitated by Kerri Ann Sondreal (Social Work-Northville Youth Network) and Dianna Shamus (Social/Emotional Learning Counselor-NHS). Our students shared their thoughts on the pressures they face as they navigate through high school. Please contact Susan Johnson at johnsosu@northvilleschools.org or 248-344-3532 if you are interested in attending this virtual event.


As part of Northville C.A.R.E.S, we are happy to provide 2 opportunities for our families to view the movie Chasing Childhood. Chasing Childhood explores the pressures for families and children in a high achievement culture. Northville Youth Network and PTA are sponsoring this movie in the Northville High School Auditorium on:


  • Thursday, January 20th 6:30-8:15
  • Saturday, January 29th at 10:00-11:45


There will be a short Q & A after the movie facilitated by Amy Prevo (Director-NYN), Kerri Ann Sondreal (Social Work-NYN) and Dianna Shamus (Social/Emotional Learning Counselor-NHS). Please feel free to view the Chasing Childhood trailer


If you would like to reserve a spot to view Chasing Childhood, please contact Susan Johnson (information listed above) to communicate which showing and how many spots you are reserving.

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Northville Youth Network (NYN)

Northville Youth Network (NYN) provides valuable programs and services to the Northville Community such as education and awareness, referral services and case work services. As part of the ongoing Social Emotional education NYN provides to our community, they have included resources that are available for parents! Please check out NYN's Mindfulness and Resilience resource templates as well as all of their other offerings! Be sure to check back in the future as their templates will be updated throughout the year (https://www.twp.northville.mi.us/your_government/departments/NYN)

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It's Time to Teach Habit 3 - Put First Things First


We will be working on Habit 3: Put First Things First this month. Work first, Then Play!


What this means: Focus on what is important, schedule the important things first. Don’t be a dreamer - stay focused!

“I spend my time on things that are most important.”

“I say no to things I know I should not do.”

“I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan.”

“I am disciplined and organized.”


How can I do this in my life?

1. Do your homework as soon as you come home from school.

2. Do something you have been putting off for a long time.

3. Think about your most important responsibilities. Do them first.


Great Books for Habit #3- Put First Things First

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Pokey and the Spelling Test by Sean Covey

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats

Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London

The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone

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