Bobcat Broadcast

November 18 and November 25, 2022

A Message from Mrs. Caudill


Rest, Relax, Rejuvenate! We are excited to continue with the idea of homework-free “Well-Being Breaks” for all of our major school holidays. We believe school breaks should be just that - a brief reprieve from school responsibilities like homework, special projects, planning, and grading. It is a time to reconnect with loved ones without the stress of school work creeping in. Therefore, all students AND staff will be free of academic-related work during the following dates:


  • Thanksgiving Break (Wednesday, November 23 - Sunday, November 27)
  • Winter Break (Saturday, December 24 - Sunday, January 8)
  • Mid-Winter Break (Saturday, February 18 - Monday, February 20)
  • Spring Break (Saturday, March 25 - Sunday, April 2)


    Making sure that our students, staff, and families have the opportunity to completely detach themselves from school—physically and mentally—on the days they’re off is an important part of our commitment to honoring the whole person. (Leader in Me fans call this “Sharpening the Saw.”) In other words, we know our students and staff have lives outside of school, and guess what? We want them to enjoy those healthy, balanced lives!


    Please note, I am planning on following this same advice, as a result, there will be no Bobcat Broadcast next week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Please look for a new Broadcast on Friday, December 2. I hope each of you have a relaxing break full of family, fun and togetherness.


    With Gratitude,

    Devon Caudill

    Mark Your Calendars

    November 18 - Half Day Dismissal

    November 22 - PTA Reflection Deadline (See Flyer Below)

    November 23 - Grades 2 - 5 Career Day

    November 23 - Half Day Dismissal

    November 23 - 5th Grade Memory Deadline (See Flyer Below)

    November 24 - No School

    November 25 - No School

    November 28 - Book Fair Opens

    November 29 - Report Cards Viewable to Parents

    November 29 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

    December 1 - Half Day Dismissal

    December 1 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

    December 2 - Half Day Dismissal

    December 2 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

    December 6 & 7 - Breakfast with a Buddy (See Flyer Below)

    December 24 - January 8 - Holiday Break

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    NEF Grant recipients!

    The holidays came early this year for eight of our staff members. Last week, the Northville Educational Foundation awarded Innovative Teaching Grants to:


    • Christine Parnin and Laura Perkins - Audio Books for Kids ($1,998.00)
    • Blake Vertrees, Courtney Robinson and Markus Hartnett - Virtual Reality Can Take You Anywhere ($3,268.91)
    • Elizabeth LaManna - Amerman Mobile Announcement Ztudio Enrichment (AMAZE) ($926.18)
    • Elizabeth LaManna and Abby Wolfe - A.S.P.I.R.E - Amerman's Sensory Path: Imagination and Refocusing Experience ($600.00)
    • Devon Caudill - Building Indoor Sensory Path ($1,645)


    We can’t wait to see their ideas come to life! Congratulations to everyone! A huge thank you goes out to the Northville Education Foundation of all of their support. Thank you for helping us ignite curiosity in our learners.


    These grants would not be possible without generous donors such as yourself. NEF is launching their Annual Campaign soon. Please consider donating so more Innovative Grants can be awarded next year. Go to www.SupportNEF.org for more details.

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    parent-teacher conferences

    Coming in a couple weeks is our annual fall parent-teacher conferences. Parent-teacher conferences are one of the most important methods of communication between our families and the school. We are very much looking forward to your participation in parent-teacher conferences during the week of November 28. We strive to ensure that we meet with every child’s parent during this time.


    This year parent-teacher conferences will be in person or virtually if you prefer. You will need to select a virtual conference or an in-person conference when you sign up. To sign up for conferences, please click here.


    We encourage your active participation in these conferences. Please let your child's teacher know if you have any questions or concerns ahead of time so we may address them.

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    Pink, purple and Blue Bottle Caps needed

    Our 5th graders have started working on the bottle cap mural that will be installed in Amerman's main hallway later this year! We have a need for PINK, PURPLE and BLUE plastic bottle caps. If you happen to have any bottle caps of these particular colors, we'd appreciate you sending them to the art room with your student. Check out our progress so far. It looks AMAZING. We can't wait to see it completed.


    Thank you in advance for your help with this special project!

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    Bobcat Pride Press

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    Congratulations Girls on the Run!

    This group of girls has been practicing twice a week to run their big event this past Sunday on Belle Isle. It might have been chilly, but you would not have known. They were on fire!

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    Donations requested for teacher conferences

    Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up soon. While parents and teachers look forward to spending 1:1 time with each other, the days can be long and grueling for teachers. That's why Amerman PTA provides teacher meals during conferences.


    We are asking for beverage, snack and dessert donations to supplement the meals! Please review the Sign Up Genius, and click submit on an item to donate.


    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054DADAD2DA6FC1-fall


    Please bring donations to the lobby by Monday, November 28th. Thank you for your help supporting our teachers!


    Questions? Contact Lyndsay King at lyndsayrking@gmail.com

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    Book Fair hours:


    • Tuesday, November 29th - 4:00 - 7:00 pm
    • Thursday, December 1st - 12:00 - 7:00 pm
    • Friday, December 2nd - 12:00 - 3:00 pm



    Note: Students may shop during their regularly scheduled media times during school

    Click here to volunteer to work the book fair

    The book fair cannot operate without the help of parents. Please consider signing up to help during one of the times the fair is open.

    Click here to learn more about the book fair

    You can see what will be offered and set up an ewallet for your child if you wish

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    Kids caring coin collection!

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    Girls clothes needed

    Thank you to everyone that donated boys clothing to our office in case a change of clothes is needed. We are now hoping you had some gently used girls clothing (long sleave shirts and pants) you could donate. Please drop them office in the main office. Thanks in advance for your support!

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    Smart Watches Are Off/Away During School

    A reminder that students are not permitted to have personal electronic devices during the school day, including smart watches (Apple, Gizmo, Etc). If you need to get a hold of you child, please call the office. We will be more than happy to relay a message for you. When students use their personal communication devices (phones/watches) they pull attention and create a distraction for engaged learning.

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    Reserved seating only, so get your tickets early!

    "An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves a champion! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. The small cast and unit set make this a perfect option for high schools or community theatres. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite.”

    Friday, November 18th @ 7pm

    Saturday November 19th 2pm & 7pm

    Sunday November 20th @ 2pm

    https://nhstheater.ludus.com/index.php

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    Order your yearbook - Deadline December 23

    Submitting Photos for the Amerman Yearbook


    Please email your yearbook pics to amermanyearbookpics@gmail.com Please include which teacher your students have so we can organize them easier!

    5th grade memories - Deadline November 23

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    Thank you PTA

    PTa was able to provide a check for $12,645! This money will go to a piece of equipment that will complete the lower playground.
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    New Amerman Spiritwear on Sale Now!

    Great news - you can now upgrade your fall wardrobe, prep for winter or buy gifts for your favorite Bobcat. The Amerman spirit wear store is open! We have adult and youth sizing and even hats! Store closes 11/24 and orders will arrive by Winter break.


    Shop here:

    https://amermanfall2022spiritwear.itemorder.com/shop/home/


    Looking for youth hoodies? Find those and more here:

    https://amerman.memberhub.com/store

    PTA Breakfast with a Buddy Dec. 6th AND Dec. 7th

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    Holiday Drive Thru Scavenger Hunt

    We are still in need of four more family volunteers to be a part of the Scavenger Hunt, so if your holiday lights display is the envy of the neighborhood, or if December is simply your favorite season, sign up today!


    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f49aca622a1f8c16-holiday1

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    The holidays have officially arrived and to help support the community this holiday season, Amerman PTA is partnering with Michigan Cause for Paws, a 501c3 non-profit organization (created and run by one of our own Amerman families), whose mission it is to help local animal shelters across the state of Michigan. For the donation drive we are looking to provide essential supplies like toys, blankets, food and cleaning products for three local shelters that Michigan Cause for Paws is partnering with for this holiday season. Shelter donations will be collected at the final house of the Holiday Lights Drive Thru Scavenger Hunt on December 9-11. Detailed donation and ways to contribute information is included in the flyer below.

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    PTA Reflections - Deadline November 22

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    Amerman PTA would like to invite all students to participate in the 2022-2023 PTA REFLECTIONS. The theme is: SHOW YOUR VOICE! Reflections is a judged art contest. The categories are: music composition, literature, dance, film, visual art and photography. Entries are due NOVEMBER 22nd 2022. For more info contact Cristina Muresan at cmuresan@hotmail.com

    PTA Reflections Contest Forms

    Click here to access the forms necessary to enter the Reflections Contest.

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    Northville Youth Network (NYN)

    Northville Youth Network (NYN) provides valuable programs and services to the Northville Community such as education and awareness, referral services and case work services. As part of the ongoing Social Emotional education NYN provides to our community, they have included resources that are available for parents! Please check out NYN's latest resource templates: Tech and Internet Safety and Social Anxiety as well as all of their other offerings! Be sure to check back in the future as their templates will be updated throughout the year (https://www.twp.northville.mi.us/your_government/departments/NYN)

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    Infectious Disease Response to COVID 2022-23


    Students and staff that contract COVID should follow the Health Department recommendations and isolate for five days from the date where symptoms were present or from the date of their positive rapid or PCR test. Isolation includes waiting to return to school until the isolation period has ended. It is also recommended that students or staff should wear a mask for 5 days past their isolation period. See MDHHS Graphic below.


    Parents should notify their child’s school of the absence reason so that teachers are aware of the student's absence period and our nurses can follow the health department’s infectious disease requirements. NPS School Nurses are available should you have any questions.

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    hot lunch program for interested students

    Families must preorder lunches for preschools and elementary students. Orders must be in by 8:30 AM for elementary students to receive a lunch that day. The system will not allow you to order after the time listed above. For your convenience, meals can be preordered up to 30 days in advance. To avoid any issues, we recommend ordering the night before.

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    Leader in Me November Focus: Habit 2 - Begin with the End in Mind

    We will be working on Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind this month.


    Begin with the End in Mind means to begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make things happen.


    One of the best ways to incorporate Habit 2 into your life is to develop a Personal Mission Statement. It focuses on what you want to be and do. It is your plan for success. Plan ahead and set some goals - begin with the end in mind.


    Great Books for Habit #2 - Begin With the End in Mind

    • The BFG by Roald Dahl
    • When I Grow Up by Sean Covey
    • Click Clack Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
    • Little Bunny on the Move by Peter McCarty
    • The School Story by Andrew Clements
    • Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
    • Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse


    If you would like to recognize your child for using Habit 2: Be Begin with the End in Mind at home, please fill out the following Bobcat Boost and return it to your child's teacher.

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