Marlette Elementary News

May 2019

From the Principal's Desk

May is finally showing us what Spring is supposed to look and feel like. As we finish up the 2018-19 school year, please help us finish strong. There are many activities planned for the end of the year so pay close attention to teachers' newsletters over the next few weeks.

We are also in our standardized testing season for our third through sixth grade students. While these tests are important indicators for state accountability purposes and we always hope to do well, there are more important things in life than one test given on one day of a child's life. If you have any questions about testing, please give us a call, 635-7427. All schedules are available here.

Online Bully Reporting

As part of our district's commitment to making Marlette Elementary School a safe environment for learning, we would like to remind everyone of the anonymous bully reporting tool, BRIM. The most common reason bullying isn't reported at school is because of shame and the fear of retaliation. With BRIM, students and parents can privately and anonymously report incidents from the safety of their home or anywhere with an internet connection. Once the online report is submitted, it is forwarded to administration who will investigate the incident and follow up as needed. Please don't tell your children to "just ignore it" if they repeatedly report the same child or group of children to you. For more information about bullying and how you can help, please visit this link.

Color Run 2019

As a reward for our 3rd -6th grade students completing the MSTEP, we will host another Color Run. This year's run will take place on the afternoon of May 29th. We are currently looking for adults who love to have fun and don't mind getting a little messy and a little wet! Please contact Mrs. Zuhlke by May 20th if you are interested in helping. OR 989-635-7427 (leave a message with Mrs. Redman).


The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) is coming up for 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade. 5th grade students finished up last week. Please remember that while we may be judged as a school by the results of these assessments, we know that everything we teach our children can't be shown on a test. Here is a letter I stole from another principal in Singapore and I must say that I agree wholeheartedly:

State standardized exams are coming. I know you are all really anxious for your child to do well. Please remember, among the students who will be sitting for the tests there is an artist who doesn't need to understand Math. There is an entrepreneur who doesn't care about History or English literature. There is a musician whose Chemistry marks won't matter. There's an athlete whose physical fitness is more important than Physics. If your child does get top marks, that's great! But if he or she doesn't, please don't take their self-confidence and dignity from them. Tell them it's OK, its just a test! They are cut out for much bigger things in life. Tell them that no matter what they score, you love them and will not judge them. Please do this, and when you do, watch your children conquer the world. One exam or low mark won't take away their dreams and talent. And please, do not think that doctors and engineers are the only happy people in the world.

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MES Happenings

Red Raider Summer Care

The results of our survey in early April indicated interest in a summer daycare program at our school. We are working out the details, but are planning to have a summer daycare program. Stay tuned for details.

Surprise Easter Eggs

A huge thank you to our parents who stepped up (very last minute) and donated to our Easter Egg Giveaway for our April staff meeting! We are fortunate to have such caring parents.

Rock Group visits MES

The Marvelous M-STEP Marauders made their world debut in the fifth grade classrooms, sharing their message of ROCKING THE M-STEP! Fifth grade students just wrapped up testing. Everyone has worked hard this year and tried their best on the assessments. WE WILL, WE WILL, ROCK THE M-STEP!

April 24- Administrative Professionals Day

We are blessed to have Mrs. Redman in our front office taking care of all of us!

Michigan School Wellness Award Winner!

Marlette Elementary School is a shining example of what it takes to build healthy school environments! The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Action for Healthy Kids wishes to congratulate you, your team, and your students on your MICHIGAN SCHOOL WELLNESS BRONZE AWARD!

Huge shout out to Mrs. Zuhlke and Ms. Raeann for spearheading this project and creating our first School Wellness Team. Strong minds and healthy bodies!


On Wednesday, May 1, we all participated in ACES Day. ACES stands for All Children Exercise Simultaneously. It was created by a PE teacher in 1989. Last year, over 300,000 students in Michigan participated. ACES Day is sponsored by our local Steve Ellis Farm Bureau Agency. Our ACES Day was a group effort led by our PE teacher, Mrs. Zuhlke. We walked, stacked cups, hula hooped, danced, and played volleyball, 4-square, 9 square in the air and many more fun activities!


First Grade News

In first grade this month we learned strategies to add two two-digit numbers. We are practicing measuring with blocks and will be learning how to tell time to the hour and half hour. We read to reading buddies in fourth grade and preschool. We are so thankful for Mrs. Ross for teaching for Mrs. Pennington while Mrs. Pennington spent much needed time with her new baby, Natalie. We are super excited to have Mrs. Pennington back!

Second Grade News

Second grade participated in a Farm Bureau presentation about healthy fruits and vegetables. We learned about agriculture in our area. Second grade also participated in our end of the marking period celebration for good behavior. It was an Easter theme full of minute to win it activities.

Third Grade News

Third grade had a busy April. They had fun making Easter baskets. The Sanilac Historical Museum sent some guest readers and presented Danielle Bonesteel with an alligator for winning their writing contest.

Fifth Grade News

Fifth graders have been researching Native & African Americans fight for freedom such as the Trail of Tears, Underground Railroad, and the Civil Rights Movement.

Phys Ed

All grade levels have been working on jumping rope in PE class. We worked on short ropes, long ropes, basic jumps, trick jumps, and even some double dutch. Third through sixth grade had the opportunity to participate in the "Jump Rope Ninja Challenge". The could earn various colored belts by completing the challenges for each level. Seven students completed the top level which was the black belt. The had to perform ten jumps in a row of ten different jump rope tricks, jump 150 in a row with the short ropes, and jump 50 in a row with the long ropes. Pretty impressive!

Photo: Jeremiah Queen, Luke Thomas, Nino Perna, Hunter Schlueter, Macie Turner, Olivia Varey, Turlough Bennett

School Calendar and Hours

The Annual School Calendars along with District information may be accessed online at Students are expected to be in class by 8:15 when the second bell rings and stay until the dismissal bell at 3:00. A pattern of late arrivals and/or early checkouts is considered truancy.

Remind Messaging

Text the message @red-raider to 81010 to receive text message updates from Marlette Elementary School about upcoming school activities, community events, and school closings. Apps are available for both iPhone and Android.

Social Media

Make sure you stay caught up with all of the latest news from Marlette Elementary School by following us on Facebook (@mesraiderss), Twitter (@mesraiders), and Instagram (@mesraiders). If you want to SEE what's happening at Marlette Schools, FOLLOW US!

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast is served every morning, free of charge, in every classroom. Lunch is available for only $2.25. Milk is available for 40¢.

School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families, too! Parents are encouraged to complete the free & reduced meal form application each year as the qualifications change. Furthermore, forms may be resubmitted at any time during the school year if there is a change in financial status with the household. For more information, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 989-635-7429.

Upcoming Dates


May 6-10, Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6-17, Benchmark testing

May 9, 6th grade field trip

May 10, 3rd grade field trip

May 10, Kindergarten field trip

May 14, Young 5's & 1st grade field trip

May 16, Young 5's & Kindergarten farm visit

May 16, 3rd grade M-STEP

May 16, Senior Send-Off

May 21, 3rd, 4th, & 6th grade M-STEP

May 22, Kindergarten field trip

May 23, 4th & 6th grade M-STEP

May 23, 3rd grade field trip

May 27, Memorial Day (no school)

May 29, 3rd-6th grade Color Run

May 30-31, 5th grade camp

May 31, 3rd & 4th grade field day


June 3, 6th grade Step Ahead Day

June 5, 2nd grade field day

June 5, Young 5's & Kindergarten field day

June 6, Gayle's Trail Walk-a-thon

June 7, 2nd grade field trip

June 7, 1st grade field day

June 10, 1st grade to the park

June 11, 4th grade field trip

June 11, 5th & 6th grade field day

June 11, Young 5's & Kindergarten to the park

June 12, End of Year Awards

June 13, 1:00 pm dismissal

June 14, Last day of school (1:00 pm dismissal)

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Tobacco Free School Environment

Just a reminder that the Marlette Community Schools are a Tobacco Free School environment. Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited on all school property 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This also applies to your personal vehicle on school property. Please extinguish all tobacco products before entering school district property. Our property is a Drug Free School Zone.