South Maple Elementary Newsletter

October 2022

Upcoming Dates

October 26.....................Picture retakes

October 28.....................No School Students/Staff PD

November 1-4................Book Fair

November 15.................No School Students/Staff PD

November 24 and 25.....Thanksgiving Break/No School

Northwest Michigan Health Department School Nurse

The SME Schoolwide Behavior Target for October is

We Can Use I-Statements to Tell Others How We Feel


SME students are invited to wear Halloween costumes to school on Monday, October 31. Students should be prepared to take their costumes off before lunch. Please remember no toy/fake weapons of any kind are allowed. Classroom teachers will plan some special activities for the morning.

Art/Computers/Literacy/Physical Education/STEM Information


For the safety of our students, parents need to select bussing, front pick-up, parent pick-up or latchkey as the method of departure for their children to follow at dismissal. If a parent needs to make a change to this daily routine a phone call must be made directly to the school office before 1:30PM on the day of the change. If the office does not receive information of a change, then the child will go home as scheduled.

Parents will receive confirmation via Text and/or E-mail through Gaylord Schools Messaging System of route number, at that time we will have AM and PM estimated pick-up and drop-off times located on the GCS Webpage. Please allow extra time in the beginning as we are establishing routes.

Breakfast and Lunch Information

Gaylord Community Schools has mailed the free and reduced lunch applications. If your child qualifies, please fill out the application and return via mail, email, or applications may be done online by visiting Free and Reduced Meal Eligibility . Questions, please call 989-731-0969, ext. 1254.

Thank you for sending breakfast/lunch money in a clearly labeled envelope.

SME Arrival/Dismissal Information

  • The student day will begin at 7:40AM and ends at 2:24PM.
  • As many of you are aware morning and afternoon traffic is very congested in our area. Please drive safely and follow traffic laws. The arrival/dismissal attachment below will provide detailed information.
  • SME staff will assist all students in locating their classrooms. Please say your goodbye before they board the bus or when they exit your vehicle, this includes the first day of school.
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Emergency procedures will be practiced throughout the school year.

Parent-Student Handbook

The South Maple Elementary School 2022-23 Parent-Student Handbook is provided below.

Office Hours

The South Maple Elementary office is open to assist you Monday-Friday from 7AM-3:30PM.


Therese Hansen, Principal

South Maple Elementary

650 East Fifth Street

Gaylord, MI 49735