Bobcat Broadcast

December 4, 2020

A Message from Mrs. Caudill


I hope everyone had a relaxing Thanksgiving break and you had time to rest and rejuvenate with your family. It is so hard to believe that it is December! We are one-third of the way through our school year. As I reflect on this year thus far, I am amazed by the amount of learning that has taken place. I am not just talking about text book or academic learning, yes we have had lots of that, but I am talking about the 4 C's of 21st century learning (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity).


This pandemic has provided a perfect opportunity for our students (and staff) to gain experience and skills in the 4 C's through our digital tools and resources. They are supporting the process of critical thinking, as they are used to create authentic and relevant learning experiences that allow our students to discover, create, and use new knowledge. Digital tools and resources also represent a new realm of communications interaction in which the ability to navigate successfully is essential for success in the 21st century.


New skills and knowledge are necessary to enable students to collaborate digitally and contribute to the class, whether working remotely or in a shared physical space. The creative ways we are "doing school" this year are providing students experiences with situations in which there is no known answer, where there are multiple solutions, and where imagination is honored over rote knowledge.


Be proud of what your Bobcats have accomplished and are learning, I know I am.


Be well,

Devon Caudill

Mark Your Calendars

December 7 - 8 - In-person Learning Pause - Virtual Instruction

December 9 - Bobcat Pride Day

December 16 - Bobcat Pride Day

December 17 - PTA Restaurant Night - Panda Express

December 19 - January 3 - Winter Break

January 4 - 8 - In-person Learning Pause - Virtual Instruction

January 6 - Bobcat Pride Day

January 13 - Bobcat Pride Day

January 18 - No School

January 20 - Bobcat Pride Day

January 21 - Picture Retake Day (8:30 - 10:30 am)

January 27 - Bobcat Pride Day

January 29 - Half Day

February 1 - Second Semester Choice Begins

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Welcome Abby Wolfe - New School Social Worker!

My name is Abigail (Abby) Wolfe, and I am the new Social Worker at Amerman Elementary. I am so excited to be working for Northville Public Schools, and even more excited to be working here with your students! To tell you a little bit about myself – I grew up in around Flint, Michigan. After graduating high school I went to Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan for my undergraduate degree. From there I went on to Michigan State University where I received my Masters in Social Work.


For the last 4 years I have been living and working as a School Social Worker in Des Moines, Iowa. My husband and I moved to Iowa, so he could attend medical school. Now that he is done we are happy to be back in our home state, and close to family and friends. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, golfing, and running. I am thrilled to start working, and getting to know everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into the Amerman Community!

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AMERMAN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT

All Bobcats are invited to create a positive uplifting letter for the employees at the Meijer in Northville. Students should include positive uplifting messages that talks about out how the grocery store workers are making a difference in our community. See flyer below for details or email Mrs. Parnin at parninch@northvilleschools.org.

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Gift Crowd

The PTA is happy to announce we have opened our Gift Crowd Link for the Amerman staff. This is a simple and wonderful way to give a gift to the Amerman staff during the holidays. Simply click the link and submit your gift amounts, Gift crowd will then pool the contributions together for each staff member and they will be able to choose from a variety of gift cards. This link will be open until Saturday 12/19 at 7 AM. Reach out to amermanpresident@gmail.com with any questions. Happy Giving!


https://www.giftcrowd.com/#/event/v1IJua3RpS

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PLEASE CONTINUE COVID REPORTING TO YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL

While we are still in a full virtual learning environment and as we head back into in-person learning, it is important that families continue to report to your child's school attendance office and/or principal's office if anyone in your household is a presumed or positive COVID case, if your child has been in close contact with a presumed or positive COVID case, or if your child is being tested for or is COVID positive. Our COVID Response Team, in coordination with our school nurse and the Wayne County Health Department, are ready to support you through the reporting and necessary quarantine requirements.

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UPDATED SYMPTOM SCREENING TOOL AND REMINDER

As we prepare for our return to in-person learning, please remember to screen your child each morning before school. The Wayne County Health Department has revised the COVID-19 Daily Student Symptom Screening Tool* based on guidance from MDHHS as we enter into the cold and flu season. The revised tool separates symptoms into two categories and asks if you have any new, unusual or worsening symptoms in those categories. Additionally, the form asks if you have been in close contact with anyone that is positive. If any response is yes, you must keep your child home and contact your school to report any symptoms and the absence. It is critical that children are screened at home EACH MORNING before coming to school. This process is what helps keep our students and staff safe in school and a primary contributor to allowing us to continue in-person learning for students.


*Important Note: The Wayne County Screening Tool is a COVID Symptom Screener, which is required in addition to, rather than in place of, the District's standard health requirements. Please DO NOT send children who are sick with a fever, are vomiting, have a rash, or any other evidence of illness to school. Students may not return to school following any illness until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without use of fever reducing medications, or longer if subject to continued quarantine based on COVID guidelines.

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Classroom Ready Checklist

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The Yearbook Needs Your Help!


Parents - We know 2020 is a year we will never forget so let’s try to have some fun with the yearbook! Whether your child is learning virtually or in person, please submit pictures of them to amermanyearbookchair@gmail.com. Zooming? Doing homework? Walking into school with a mask and hand sanitizer? We want to see it! We’d rather have more pictures than not enough so please send whatever you have and let them coming throughout the school year!


Thanks so much!

The Yearbook Team

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PTA NEWS and EVENTS

PTA Restaurant Night - December 17, 2020

Help us raise money for our PTA. Panda Express in Novi will donate 20% of all proceeds if you order in-store or online. See flyer for details!
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Birthday Book Club is Open!

Shop our online link for this fun program:

https://amerman.new.memberhub.store/store/items/129832

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Join the PTA!

If you haven’t had a chance to yet, please support our Amerman Bobcats by Investing in your child and joining our PTA!

https://amerman.new.memberhub.store/store

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December Focus: Persevere! Habit 3: Put First Things First

Every month Amerman Focuses on a new theme and Leader in Me Habit of the Month. The focus for the month of December is Persevere and our Habit of the Month is Habit 3: Put First Things First


Putting first things first means organizing and executing around your most important priorities. It is living and being driven by the principles you value most, not by the agendas and forces surrounding you. One of the best ways to incorporate Habit 3 is to think about those “first things” as all those things that value the most in your life. So, you should manage your schedule according to your priorities to get all essential things done on time.


If you would like to recognize your child for being proactive or using Habit 3: put First Things First at home, please fill out the following Bobcat Boost and return it to your child's teacher.

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Additionally, this year, on the back of the white envelopes being sent home, you will find our monthly Amerman Leader In Me calendar. We have included this as a resource for families to help bridge the home-school connection. Each month, you will see what habit is being taught, what personal trait in being highlighted, and conversation starters for you and your child. I have attached several pictures below for your convenience. You do not need to sign it each month but hope that it helps your child communicate how they are learning to live a balanced and healthy life inside and outside of school.

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