SIPLE SCOOP

DECEMBER 2022

A NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Siple Families,


As we move toward our highly anticipated winter break (Please note it's December 22 - January 3.) and the holidays we are working diligently to encourage the children to stay focused on their learning and good behavior while still enjoying the fun events of the season. This can be tricky for some students. I appreciate your help with this effort. Sleep is one of the best ways to help your child have a successful day at school. Please help your child get a good night's sleep by establishing or continuing to follow a regular bedtime.


Another important aspect of helping your child be successful at school all year, and not just during the holidays, is to ensure they are at school on time and stay the full day. Yes, there will be times when your child is sick, however, if they are not sick they need to be in school. This consistent routine helps with learning because they are not missing important instruction. It also helps because they adjust to the norms of the school day which aides in behavior.


Let me close by taking a moment to wish all of you a wonderful holiday season! It is such a pleasure to work with your children and you. Merry Christmas and a very Happy HEALTHY New Year!



Happy Holidays!

Christy Flowers, Principal

cmflowers@davisonschools.org

810-591-5104

COOL TO CARE CAMPAIGN

Our Cool to Care campaign continues through DECEMBER 9th.

Thank you for your generous donations to the Cool To Care Campaign. This campaign benefits our local community through Outreach East as they work to help families in need. Please remember that Outreach East cannot collect cans because they have changed their space. It will be cash donations only this year. Our building goal is to raise $1,000. If we reach this goal, we will have an assembly on Friday, December 9th, with staff members participating in silly Minute to Win It games. The students are going to love it! Please see the flyer below explaining the Cool to Care Campaign in greater detail. We hope your student will join us for the Cool to Care Spirit Days! Thanks for helping!

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Holiday Spirit Days

It has been so fun to have Spirit Days for the Cool to Care campaign that we thought we'd continue with some extra days in December. These are bonus schoolwide days with no donations attached. Children are welcome to join in the fun if they wish.


Wednesday, December 14: Holiday Headgear: wear holiday hats or headbands

Thursday, December 15: Dress festively with holiday dresses or ties or accessories

Tuesday, December 20: Ugly Holiday Sweater Day

Wednesday, December 21: Pajama Day

Holiday Parties

All parties will be held Tuesday, December 20th in the afternoon. Due to food allergies, we ask that you do not send any food or treats that are not cleared by the classroom teacher in advance. Every Siple student is precious and we want to protect our students with serious allergies. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Due to security and limited space we are limiting the number of parent volunteers. Teachers will select party helpers by random draw from parents that sign-up to help. In an effort to allow a variety of parents to be involved at school, we will select volunteers that did not have the chance to attend the Halloween parties.

DRESSING WARM FOR RECESS

Please have your children bring outdoor winter gear to school every day to make sure they stay warm while they are outside for recess. They need to bring boots, snow pants, hats, gloves or mittens, and scarf. Please write your child's name inside their winter gear. This helps prevent items getting lost at school. All students go outside every day unless the actual temperature or wind chill dips below zero degrees F. Please help your child remember to bring their gear for recess every day. Some families choose to pack their gear in a separate bag from their backpack. I recommend working with your child to check their bag every night to make sure they have both gloves and boots, as well as the rest of the gear, in their bag. By getting it ready at night you'll have an easier time getting out the door in the morning. If your child is wearing their boots to school, please make sure to pack shoes to wear during the school day. It is also helpful when parents help their children learn to dress themselves in their winter gear. Our young students in particular can struggle with this and it takes practice. We appreciate your help!

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Holiday Perspective


The Holiday season has arrived! It is a time for giving. A time for showing kindness. A time to reflect on the year. For some, this is the best part of the year; for others, it is the most challenging. Although the season is filled with family, friends, and food there are some children who really struggle with the holidays. That said, I want to give a little perspective to the perpetual optimists (like Elf).


The sights, sounds, and smells of the Holidays remind many of happy times, but to some children they can bring sadness because it may be the first holiday after a loss or separation. Many families travel, which can create stress on children that do not like schedules disrupted. People gather together, which is also challenging for the introverts in the family if there are large numbers of people.


To help children that are struggling, I suggest a few things. First of all, be aware of changes in your children (eating habits, secluding self, emotional outbursts). Sometimes all the extra stimulus overwhelm the senses. If you notice changes, then carve out some time to talk with your little ones. Allow your child to share their concerns in a sort of vent session without interruption. There may be tears or shouting. That’s ok! It’s actually healthy. By verbalizing these things children have the opportunity to recognize errors in their thoughts.


Secondly, go over schedules with your children that struggle with change. As you look at holiday travel and family filled days, recognize that your introverted children may need a place to retreat to recharge during the festivities. Build that in and talk with your children about how they can “take a break” during the fun.


Lastly, remember to fill your child’s love bucket. This looks different for everyone. For some kids this may be a hug, compliment, or movie together. Others may need an unexpected note of encouragement or a random act of kindness. We all receive love a little differently.


The holiday season is one in which we can draw closer together. Enjoy the time with family and friends. Remember that everyone is different, but that is what makes life beautiful. Treasure this time together as life is a wonderful gift.



Mrs. Liley, Counselor

aliley@davisonschools.org

810-591-0227

DID YOU KNOW........

Did You Know This Service is Available

There are many great resources for families in the area. This section of the Siple Scoop is dedicated to introducing you to a FREE resource each month.


This month we are featuring Genesys Health System Access, Crisis, and Urgent Care: Call (810) 257-3740 for multiple services:


  • Access Services: To discuss services available call M-F 8 AM-5 PM

  • Intensive Children’s Crisis Stabilization Services call 8AM-7PM, 7 days a week

  • Crisis Services 24/7/365 Help available - Text FLINT to 741741

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FUN TO BE FIT

I can't believe it's almost Christmas! Wow, time is flying by fast. This month we are working on our hockey unit. The students are learning how to hold on to the stick the right way, striking and moving with an object and some key hockey terms like puck and goalie. My 3rd and 4th graders will also be playing a hockey tournament during this unit. They will come up with their own team name and team color that they will wear on gym days. I also encourage my students to create and make their own shirts if they like (this is not required). Many of my past students have made their own jersey by taking an old shirt and drawing/writing on it. We do talk about not doing this until they get the OK from a parent before they write or draw on any clothes. I have seen some awesome jerseys that the students have made over the years. I do ask them to try to wear their team color on the days that they have gym. I am trying to teach team-building concepts so they understand what it feels like to be part of a team. If you look like a team, then you are going to feel like a team is what I tell my students.


Have a great Christmas Break!


Mr. Sipley, Gym Teacher

esipley@davisonschools.org

810-591-0231

MUSIC NEWS

Ah December, it seems to be one of the most musical times of the year.

I encourage you to enjoy Listening, Singing and Dancing to the music of

the season with your friends and family!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Please mark your calendars for our…

2023 Musical Performances:

These events will be performed at the Davison High School Auditorium.

*Letters home from Mrs. Odglen will provide more details to these performing groups.*

2nd Grade Musical = February 9, 2022

(7:00pm in the DHS Auditorium)

4th Grade Musical = March 16, 2022

(7:00pm in the DHS Auditorium)



Mrs. Odglen, Music Teacher

rodglen@davisonschools.org

810-591-0238

STEM FUN

Happy Holidays from STEM Class. I love this time of year in technology class because there is so much material to use to celebrate the season. The fourth grade students are using Google slides to create a slide show about winter and the third graders are programing with the Grinch. The younger students are using technology to create pictures and use textboxes to labels their designs. It is the perfect time of year for making snowmen and Christmas trees. The kindergarten students are still practicing the login process to use their Chromebooks. It is challenging for 5 and 6 year olds to enter emails and passwords, but we keep working on improving each week. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I am very easy to reach via email at ecarr@davisonschools.org. Have a wonderful holiday and winter break.


Mrs. Carr, Computers

ecarr@davisonschools.org

810-591-0238

SIPLE STARS OF THE MONTH


We work hard at Siple to teach and reinforce the Cardinal Code behavior expectations. We wanted to create a way to recognize students that consistently follow the Cardinal Code in an exemplary way.

Each month classroom teachers will nominate one student from their class to be recognized as the STAR of the MONTH for that classroom. Each STAR of the Month will receive a certificate, medal, and their photo will be on display in the hallway during that month. They will also be invited to have lunch with Mrs. Flowers to celebrate this great accomplishment.

We are honored to recognize students for consistently demonstrating excellent behavior. Thank you for sharing your outstanding children with us. We are pleased to announce our STARs of the Month for November are:


Kindergarten:Lydia Campbell, Anya Johnston, and Azalea Sontag

1st grade: Conor Jackson, Kennedy Bredow, and Landon Newsome

2nd grade: Gaby Buhl, Daphney Perillo, and Michael Warson

3rd grade: Kaylee Spencer, Asher Okamoto, and Finley Genshaw

4th grade: Peyton Porter, Kody Colley, Naveia Moore, and Sayer Puzjac,


Our other outstanding nominees for the month of November were:


2nd grade: Tyler Eason and Noah Weber

3rd grade: Brody Qualls


Congratulations to these outstanding young learners!

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SIPLE PTO

The Siple PTO is the greatest PTO!! We have an outstanding group of dedicated parents/family members leading the way for all Siple families. There are many ways to get involved! They are finding creative ways to continue their strong partnership and support with our school. The best way to stay informed is to connect with the PTO on their Facebook page. They are listed as Siple Elementary PTO.

ATTENTION MILITARY FAMILIES

The State of Michigan Department of Education has valuable resources available to students with a parent(s) in (any) military service IF you register with your school as a military family.

This information is voluntary, but could be a great resource for your family.

Please contact Rhonda Miller at Siple Elementary to register your family at 810-591-5104.

UPCOMING EVENTS

November 9 - December 9: Cool to Care Food Drive/Cash donations only


December 5-8: Santa's Gift Shop


December 6: November STAR of the Month lunch with Mrs. Flowers


December 7: Early Release Day @ 1:30 p.m.

Dress in Red and White like a Candy Cane and donate $1 for Cool to Care


December 9: Last day to donate to Cool to Care

Minute to Win It assembly for Cool to Care if we raise $1,000


December 14: Holiday Hat or headband day


December 15: Dress festively in holiday dresses or ties or accessories


December 20: Classroom Parties for students/ Ugly Sweater Day


December 21: Pajama Day/Last Day of School before break


December 22 - January 3: NO SCHOOL/Winter & Christmas Break


January 4: Back to School (Remember your snow gear!)

Siple Elementary

9286 E. Coldwater Road

Davison, MI 48423


Christy Flowers, Principal

cmflowers@davisonschools.org

Follow Mrs. Flowers on Twitter: @Principal4Kids


Office Phone: 810-591-5104

Office Fax: 810-591-5102

Attendance Line: 810-591-5100