Spring Mills Shark Nation Notes

September 16, 2022

Welcome Back!

Important Upcoming Dates

September 20th: Early Release - 2:37 pm dismissal

September 22nd: Curriculum Night 6pm/6:35pm

October 11th: Picture Day

October 11th: Early Release - 2:37pm dismissal

Dear Shark Families -

I'd like to take a minute to say thank you for your support in making our first two weeks run so smoothly! Specifically, we have improved our policies to strengthen our safety and security, so following our guidelines is really important. We really appreciate it when adult family members who are picking up students have their ID out and ready to show! Just a reminder, when you walk through the temporary front door, look to the right of the internal door to the office and push the button to alert office staff that you are here. Even though you can see through our windows, it's still important to push that button as our office is often a very busy place!

Some important upcoming events:

Early Release

Our first early release day will be next Tuesday, September 20th. Students will be dismissed at 2:37 pm that day while teachers continue their professional learning.

Curriculum Night - Grades 1-5

We are looking forward to welcoming parents into the building for Curriculum Night again this year! Kindergarten families had this presentation on the first day of school, which is why this is for grades 1-5. Reminder that this event is for parents only.

Teachers will hold two sessions to try to accommodate families on the evening of Thursday, September 22nd.

First session: 6:00 - 6:25

Second session: 6:35 - 7:00

We look forward to seeing you there!

Reminder that our new gym/art/music area is not open yet as it is not quite finished. Hopefully soon!

Other reminders:

Arrival continues to run smoothly! We are moving our K students to lining up like we do with our first and second graders. Like last year, beginning Monday, student safeties will be out front to help our littles line up and get to class. We will line students up by grade level just as we did last year. We will still have adults in the hallways making sure our kiddos get to the right place. They can do this!

Drop off:

Please remember that the front loop is for drop and go only! Have your child sitting on the curb side of the car, pull all the way forward through the loop, and do not exit the vehicle. If you need to help your child or want to walk them to the door, please use the spaces to park your vehicle. This is going very well, thank you!

One last arrival reminder: Please don't drop your child before 9am. We do not have adult supervision outside of the building prior to 9am.

Dismissal: We have noticed that cars for pick up are starting to arrive as early as 3:25. Our dismissal time is 4:07. Please do not arrive prior to 4pm in order to keep traffic backup on Harvey Lake Road to a minimum.

If you need a Anchors Away sign for pickup, please request one from the office or through your child's teacher, and we will be sure to get it to you right away!

As always, thank you for your continued support and partnership!


Sarah Bentley, Principal

Spring Mills Elementary

Literacy Support at Spring Mills

In addition to classroom instruction, students receive support in a variety of ways. The first and most important level of support is provided by the classroom teacher to students within the classroom. The second level of support (tier two) is provided by the classroom teacher or our intervention team to students. Students receiving support do not miss key lessons. Instruction during this time is focused on individual student need.

Our intervention team meets with classroom teachers during the year at Building Intervention Team (BIT) meetings. Our team meetings are data driven and focus on student progress. Our team plans with teachers to provide targeted support to students. The students receive support 4 times per week. Our team includes Mrs. Koivula, Mrs. Lemaster, and Mrs. Weiss.

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Safety and Security

For the safety and well-being of our students, Huron Valley Schools have a firm expectation when it comes to identifying the visitors we have inside the buildings. When you are coming in the building during instruction hours, you must ring into the office, show your ID and state the reason for your visit. Even if we have seen you several times and even if we know you very well, we are still required to ask you for your ID. We ask that you please be prepared with your identification each and every time you come in to the building during school hours. Please share this expectation with anyone on your student's emergency contact list. We appreciate your support of these requirements.


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