Cardinal Crusader

February 2016


Home of the Young Cardinals

Week of February 8 - HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!

Monday, February 8 —

  • 5th/6th Grade Girls Bball practice 3:35-4:30

  • 4th-6th Boys Bball practice 5:00-6:30

  • School Board Meeting at 7:00

Tuesday, February 9 —

  • Good News Club at 3:45-5:00

  • Hometown Baseball meeting at 7:00-8:30

Wednesday, February 10 –

  • Girl Scout Meeting at 3:35-5:00
  • 4th-6th Boys Bball practice 5:00-6:30

Thursday, February 11 –

  • Principal of the Day Alaina Penn (6th gr)

Friday, February 12 and Monday, February 15 –


Looking Ahead

March 25 – 28 Good Friday – Easter Monday – No Classes

April 4 – 8 Spring Break – No Classes

April 15 End of Marking Period

April 21 Parent Teacher Conferences - Elementary and High School

May 30 Memorial Day - No Classes

June 14 - 16 Exams - Half Day for Students

June 16 Final Scheduled Day for School - End of Second Semester

Upcoming PTA Events

Upcoming Events:

Daddy Daughter Dance - Saturday, February 20th 6-9pm

Mother Son event - TBA


Duffy Scholarship Road Rally- March/April

Mom to Mom Sale- April 23, 8am-1pm

Moms N Muffins- April 26 & 27

Grandparents Day- April 25

Teacher Appreciation Week May 2-6

Dads N Donuts TBA

Carnival - June

Insurance Questions?

Did you know....

The Health Plan Marketplace can be a daunting adventure for anyone who is looking to get health coverage. It is especially confusing now as Michigan has re-bid all of its Medicaid health plan providers statewide. This means that all families with children covered by Medicaid Health Plans will need to re-apply for their health coverage in the next few months!

Things to consider:

1. Is your current doctor part of the new plan

2. Is the hospital the one you want

Click the link below for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Resources

M-STEP Parent Reports

Report cards for the first semester will be sent home Friday, February 5th.

If your child was in 3rd through 6th grade last school year then in addition to the report card will also be your parent report for the M-STEP. The more rigorous M-STEP online assessment replaces the previous MEAP tests. However, similar to the MEAP results the M-STEP results will help us to develop a School Improvement Plan with appropriate goals and objectives designed to improve curriculum, instruction and assessment.

The video below was created to help you interpret the results. However, if you have additional questions please feel free to contact your child's teacher or the office at 810-796-2201.

M-STEP Parent Report Video

Math Fact Challenge

Monday, Jan. 25th, 8:30am to Friday, April 1st, 3:30pm

Your Child's Classroom

Dear Parent,

Building math fluency, specifically through math fact practice, is a critical skill that we are focusing on helping our students improve. At school, we are dedicating 10 minutes of class time daily, as well as, using our Technology class for additional practice.

But for a ten-week period we are challenging our students to practice their math facts at home for 10 minutes per day, five days a week and are requesting your help in this endeavor.

As part of the ten week challenge though 1st-6th graders may earn ONE of the following rewards:

Return all 10 of the weekly practice at home sheets = Mystery Field Trip

Return 8 or 9 of the weekly practice at home sheets = Movie Day at school

Return 7 of the weekly practice at home sheets = Pizza for lunch

Make sure to contact your child’s teacher regarding their expectations and/or ideas for how practicing at home might be accomplished.

Are We Going Outside for Recess?

15 degrees Fahrenheit including the wind chill is our cut off. We consult the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website to determine the temperature:

School Hours 8:35am-3:35pm

The building opens at 8:00am and the cafeteria opens for breakfast at 8:15am

Students dismissed to classrooms at 8:25

Morning Drop Off

Parents dropping students off should use the north parking lot beginning at 8:00am. For the safety of our students, please do not drop off students at the front of the building.

Afternoon Dismissal

Parents picking up students at the end of the day should use the north parking lot. You'll notice that some parents like to park and gather by the big tree.

Cardinal Club (Latchkey)

Cardinal Club (Latchkey) is available from 6:30am-8:30am and 3:35pm-6:00pm.

Lunch Price Changes

Elementary prices are now at $2.50 and the H.S. at $2.75 for lunches. Forms for Free and Reduced Lunch are available online through the school website at or in the main office.


Family Literacy Center

Call Family Literacy Center at 810-664-2737 for more information and to register your child.

New Family Play Groups for the New Year

Free play groups for children (birth to 5 years) and parents, grandparents, or caregivers. Have fun while learning through song, play, friendship, and crafts. Children will enjoy a snack, social time with other children, and a free book.

NOTE: All sessions are held at the Marguerite deAngeli Library, 921 W.. Nepessing St., Lapeer

January 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16 - Tuesdays - 10-11:30 am

February 22, 29, March 7,14, 21, 28 - Mondays - 10-11:30 am

April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10 - Tuesdays - 10-11:30 am

New Ready, Set Go Workshops for the New Year

This is an entertaining FREE workshop for 3-5 year olds and parents/grandparents/caregivers. Enjoy FUN learning activities that will help develop your child's skills and prepare him/her for school..Children also enjoy a snack, story time, and a free book. Siblings are welcome!

NOTE: All workshops are held at the Marguerite deAngeli Library, 921 W.. Nepessing St., Lapeer.

Thursday, January 21, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 28, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, March 22, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 21, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 19, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, June 23, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

From the Desk of Superintendent Dr. Richards

Inclement Weather

According to most meteorologists, the winter for us this year should be warmer because of what is being called a Godzilla or Super El Nino. It is being compared to the strongest El Nino ever recorded, which was in 1997. That year, mudslides made a mess in California, tornadoes tore through Florida, and the Southeast was deluged with floods. Only in the Midwest did people get off easy with a mild winter.

Although I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for a mild winter, frigid cold, more snow and ice may soon be upon us (YUCK!). As you can imagine, the decision to close school is quite complex. For example, the school district covers a large territory, with extreme terrain variations. Conditions in one area of the school district can be quite different from another area of the school district. Additionally, weather patterns and conditions can change suddenly, without warning.

On days when the weather is questionable and the schools are open, parents always have the right to keep their children at home if they do not believe their children should go to school. Under no circumstances should parents risk the safety of their children. If parents feel that driving conditions are dangerous or will become worse, they are encouraged to use their best personal judgment regarding attendance. Students will be excused.

Mission Statement

  • To provide an educational foundation of academic excellence that promotes responsible social, civic, and ethical conduct.

Vision Statement

  • Passionate teachers developing 21st Century Skills for all students
  • An individualized and challenging curriculum
  • Commitment to a safe, technology-rich learning environment
  • Encouraging community and family engagement

Human Development Commission's Walk for Warmth

Saturday, Feb. 20th, 9am

Lapeer Historic Courthouse

Walk for Warmth is a statewide event sponsored by Community Action Agencies for the purpose of raising funds for individuals and families in desperate need of assistance with heat and utility emergencies. It is a voluntary effort on the part of area citizens who gather pledges and walk a predetermined one-mile route. Many of the people served are struggling on fixed incomes and/or are ineligible for other types of assistance. In the past, HDC's Walk for Warmth efforts have assisted seniors, handicapped, and the working poor.

If you have any questions, please contact Brenna Cavanaugh, Sandi Klein, or Tara Dunham at 810-664-7133.