Weekly Update

week of May 23rd 2016

Annual Teacher Evaluation Goal Form

To all certified staff:

I sent the Annual Teacher Evaluation Goal Form Sunday evening and highlighted three areas.

1. The Goal Performance level (May 2016)-updated and mark where you landed in each category.

2. Evidence Collected to Show Growth: This should be a short paragraph explaining how you arrived at your ITM performance markings.

3. Reflection-These


the three questions where you explain what you did and how it turned out for your goal/s. Answered with no longer than one page, charts as needed.

If yu did not receive the Annual Teacher Evaluation Goal Form, please email me and I will resend.

Staff Meeting Vote for Staff who attend Faculty Meetings

Please mark you choice and submit by Friday, May 27th.



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I am hosting a 10 minute overview of Smore in the library on Monday, May 23rd. Anyone who wants to see how it works, stop by.

Quote of the week

You don’t know

what you don’t know.

Let’s go find it together.


Rita shares that she is healing slowly, but surely. She said she never really realized just how much her vision was being affected until they did a pretest before the surgery and a posttest after. Unbelievable difference! "Now, if I can just get over the swelling, bruising, and numbness in my forehead, I'd really be happy. They moved my post-op back to May 31st because he wanted to make sure all the stitches would be dissolved," she shared in an email. She reports she hopes to be back after May 31st.

Make It Manchester Thursday

I am not sure if you have heard about all of the fun stuff the village is planning for this summer. The fun starts around 3:30pm and goes through 9:30 pm. Some events are at Chi-Bro park, some at Wurster Park and some downtown.

  • May 26th is the Business Expo at the Farmer's Market. The High School Jazz band will perform and there will be a food demo from 5-6 pm by Denise from Frank's Place.
  • June 9th is Kids are Great Day. A celebration of the end fo school with activities at Chi-Bro Park and downtown, ending with free entertainment by Gemini at Wurster Park at 7 pm. Cooking Demo by Dan from Moveable Feast 5-6 pm at Chi-Bro Park.
  • June 16th is The Mighty River Raisin-Activities in town and at Chi-Bro park centered around the river. Raisin Pickers at Wuster Park at 7:30 pm.
  • July 7th-Manchester Heritage Day-The Historic Society will open the new Kinsley-Jenter Museum and Blacksmith Shop. There will be historic walks and then go to Wuster park to see Shari Kane and Dave Steel at 7:30 pm. Cooking Demo by Judy Radant from 5-6 pm at Chi-Broil Park.
  • July 14th Arts, Culture, and Craft Festival-Just look or buy wonderful arts and crafts at Chi-Broil Park and Downtown, kids activities and T. J. Thomas will perform at Wuster Park at 7:30 pm.
  • July 28th Taste of Manchester-Shop and Eat local with discount coupons for local businesses, go to an Ice Cream Social (St. Mary's), and Palooka Brothers Old Time String Band plays at 7:30pm. Cooking Demo by Judy Radant from 5-6 pm at Chi-Broil Park.
  • August 11th Black Sheep Festival-Get back to the agricultural history of Manchester area with lots to do and learn. Cooking Demo by Judy Radant from 5-6 pm at Chi-Broil Park.
  • August 18th Dutch Day-Let's rally back to school and show our team spirit, discount coupons for school color clothing and accessories. Get your DUTCH STRONG ALL DAY LONG sign.
  • August 25th-Cooking Demo by Judy Radant from 5-6 pm at Chi-Broil Park.
  • September 8th-Cooking Demo by Judy Radant from 5-6 pm at Chi-Broil Park.
  • September 22nd-Cooking Demo by Judy Radant from 5-6 pm at Chi-Broil Park.
  • October 13th Pumpkin Festival-Get ready for Halloween by painting a pumpkin, creating a scarecrow, and buying up local produce. Last Farmers Market of the Season. Cooking demos by Judy Radant from 5-6 pm at Chi-Bro Park.
  • You can find more information at www.manchestermi.org and manchesterfarmmarket.com

Field Day

Field day is scheduled for June 8th. K-2 will attend in the morning (9:00-11:00 am) and 3/4 and Scheil in the afternoon (12:30-2:30). This should allow everyone, except Scheil to make their specials. I will have a substitute for Bryan and the sub will cover a 40 minute special for Sara Scheil in the morning in addition to his regular classes that begin at 10:45 am.

I need to contact the PTO about the 4th-grade ice cream sundae event that has followed the field day events.

Leader in Me

If you haven't already, please fill out the survey for Leader in Me.

Staff Survey: https://theleaderinmeonline.org/assessments/assessment/cdc7d05c97867814

May Birthday's

  • 5.7.16-Mary F.
  • 5.16.16-Sue L.
  • 5.21.16-Amie A.
  • 5.27.16-Sue T.
  • 5.30.16-Pat M.

KAH (Kids Against Hunger)

We are officially packaging meals on June 2nd from approximately 8:30 am-11:30.

8:30-9:15-Fourth Grade


9:15-10:00-Third Grade and 2/3 split


10:00-10:45 First Grade and Kindergarten-Yekulis

10:45-11:30-Second Grade

On the way in the Lions Club will be holding a vision screening. As you come in the door, Barry Allen will take a photo of each child's eyes. The process takes about 15-30 seconds per student. If the results show a need for further screening the student will receive a notice.

As a thank you from the Kiwanis for raising so much money and working together during the coin drive, they would like to provide a cool treat. I am speaking with them currently and we can likely have the treat on June 10th after the End of the Year Assembly. The treats will be out and your class can file through as you leave the assembly and take an ice cream cup back to your room or out on the lawn. (There will be popsicles for dairy free students.)

Report Cards

A quick reminder that report cards will need to be finished in Powereschool on Wednesday, June 8th at 4:00 pm. They will be printed and ready to send home by June 10th. Teachers will not be able to print their own copies, pers support.

Strategic Planning

The Board of Education and the Administration is launching a new initiative to guide Manchester Community Schools with a 3-5 Year Strategic Plan. The purpose of this initiative is to help us develop new goals and strategies for continuing to offer an excellent education for our students while using scarce public education resources in the most effective and efficient way.

The strategic planning process is designed to produce approximately 5 goals to be accomplished over a 3 to 5 year period. The plan uses data – along with the feedback of staff, students, and community members – to help identify priority goals that will help make the district an even better place for our students.

Teachers, you are invited to provide input on Monday, May 23, 2016, in the Ackerson Boardroom. High School and Middle School faculty will meet at 3:00 pm and Elementary faculty will meet at 3:30 pm.

Chad Tough at the Fair

The Manchester Fair dates are June 21-25, 2016 and this year we are coordinating with the ChadTough Foundation to raise money for research of childhood cancers. If you are not familiar with the ChadTough Foundation, you can click on this link: www.chadtough.org.

We have two big events planned during the fair that will be our primary events to raise money for this cause. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the ChadTough Foundation on behalf of the Manchester Community Fair and all of the volunteers. We will be having a Car Smash to see who can put the biggest dent in a car with a hammer as well as a dunk tank. We are looking for volunteers for both of these events and have broken it down into 1-hour time slots. Two volunteers are needed for the car smash at each time slot and three volunteers for the dunk tank.

We realize the summer is approaching very quickly and summer vacations may already be planned, but if you could give us just 1 hour of time to help raise money for the ChadTough Foundation, you would be making a huge difference in not only the community but to also those affected by childhood cancers.

I have already reached out to several coaches and their players within the school system but with everyone’s very busy schedules, it's hard to get a commitment. Keep in mind that this isn’t limited to just those within the school system or the community, anyone can volunteer. We are asking that you sign up via the online signup form to help us determine when more volunteers are needed.

ChadTough t-shirts will also be for sale during the fair. Those that are volunteering will be able to purchase the shirts early for only $10. By wearing this shirt the day that you have volunteered, it will get you into the fair for FREE.

Below is the online sign-up information. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Cindy Benedict

Volunteer sign up: http://vols.pt/aSJT6z

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/aSJT6z

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot

Great idea


Our teachers and staff are committed to serving your children. Sometimes that means going above and beyond the call of duty. When a staff member does something truly spectacular, we want to hear about it. Have a compliment to pass along to a member of our team?

Visit our website and click on Let’s Talk!. There’s no substitute for positive reinforcement.



Lysol plus Box Tops

On the back of the insert, there is a website to check out for a chance to win up to $500 for yourself and your school. Anyone receiving the packet is eligible to enter. Go to cleanclasses.com to provide feedback and enter to win. Must be 18 or older to enter, and enter before 10/31/16.

Heart Safe School

We are a MIHEART Safe School:)

Dear Ms. Vannatter and Ms. Villarreal,

Thank you so much for submitting the MI HEARTSafe School application for Luther C. Klager Elementary. Congratulations! This building will be awarded as MI HEARTSafe School for the 2015/2016 academic year. This designation is valid for 3 years. The official announcement and awards will be given in October 2016.


Yoga for Educators- MCS educators are invited to attend free, mixed-level yoga classes this May. The practice of yoga has been shown to have many benefits- from healing injuries, to stress-reduction and mindfulness, to increasing strength and flexibility.

Staff from any building are invited to attend any class, or all three classes. Here are some details:

All classes will begin at 3:45 to allow teachers from all buildings to get there. Classes will be 1 hour long, ending at 4:45.

May 2nd- High School- Student Activities Room

May 26- Middle School- Room 308 (Srsly room) room change

May 31- Klager- Room 119 (OT room) date change

We believe...

The NEW School Mission Statement: Manchester Community Schools, in partnership with parents and community, use best practices to develop the skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity in all students to ensure they are future ready.

District and School Improvement Goals:

Goal 1: All Manchester Community Schools students will become proficient in their literacy skills.

Goal 2: All Manchester Community Schools students will become proficient in critical thinking.

Goal 3: All Manchester Community Schools students will become proficient in mathematical skills.

Goal 4: All staff will engage in the district-wide continuous improvement process.

District Vision: Educational Excellence in a Caring Community

District Purpose: Manchester students are provided the stepping stones for success.

Upcoming Dates

    • 5.23.16-Leadership Workshop
    • 5.23.16-4th-grade MSTEP make ups AM
    • 5.23.16-Fire Drill
    • 5.24.16-Ice Cream Social
    • 5.24.16-4th-grade MSTEP make ups AM
    • 5.24.16-PTO meeting
    • 5.25.16-Modern Teacher
    • 5.26.16-Preschool will visit Klager at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm
    • 5.26.16-Luncheon from Anne Hannah
    • 5.26.16-Parent meeting-Reproductive Health
    • 5.26.16-Business Expo at Farmers Market

    • 5.30.16-No School-Memorial Day
    • 6.1.16-DSIT
    • 6.1.16-5th Grade Orientation
    • 6.2.16-Staff meeting
    • 6.2.16 Kids Against Hunger packaging
    • 6.2.16-Lions Club Vision Screening

  • 6.7.16-Principals meeting WISD-Karin
  • 6.7.16-Lighthouse committee meeting
  • 6.8.16-Field Day
  • 6.8.16 Report cards completed in Powerschool by midnight
  • 6.8.16-Coffeee with the Superintendent
  • 6.10.16-Half Day for students
  • 6.10.16-TEacher forms due

News from the Villarreal's

Air-soft Saturday to celebrate Ricky's birthday. Horrible internet connection makes for a super long day.