Bobcat Broadcast

February 3, 2023

A Message from Mrs. Caudill

Lead With Your Heart! ❤️ As we start the month of February, we are reminded of the power and impact of kindness and understanding. In fact February’s Habit of the month is Seek First To Understand and Then to be Understood.

Throughout the month of February, Amerman will be celebrating kindness and understanding in many different ways. We are inviting all families to join in celebrating these habits and traits. You are invited to create and share hearts with us in a digital way. You can make your heart as simple or as fancy as you’d like. Please think of a few ways that your child has followed the 7 Habits and write them on the heart. Then, take a picture of the Valentine you created.

All Bobcat Families are invited to share how their child is leading from the heart! Some of our teachers may be asking you to send in hearts which you can do in addition to sharing them digitally. All you need to do is take a photo of your child’s heart(s) and email them to We plan to share images of these hearts on the announcements. We ask that all photos be submitted by Friday, February 10th!

Stay well,

Devon Caudill

Mark Your Calendars

February 4 - Northville Parent Camp (See information Below)

February 10 - End of Civic Concern Food Drive

February 17 - Half Day, Dismissal at 12:15

February 17 - Bonaventure Skate Night 6:00 - 8:30

February 20 - No School

February 27 - Northville Inclusion Week

March 3 - End of Second Marking Period

March 9 - PTA Meeting 11:30 am

March 11 - NEF Night for Northville Casino Night


Crosswalk Reminder

The Northville City Chief of Police would like to remind all students and parents to follow the direction of the cross guards. They are there to keep our families safe. Parents, if your older Bobcat walks home and crosses 8 Mile or Center Street. Please remind them to listen to the crossing guards.


Sledding After-School

Who doesn't love sledding down the Amerman hill? It is the best, just ask these Bobcats! However, for the safety of our students we are asking that if you are going sledding after-school, please do not park in our loop until after 4:00pm. You are more than welcome to park in our North or South lots right after-school. But we ask you wait until 4:00pm to park in our loop. Thanks for your help keeping our kiddos safe!


NWEA Testing Window January 30-February 17th

Amerman, along with all Northville elementary schools, frequently monitors data to inform instruction. In addition to the daily formative assessments our teachers use to make in-the-moment decisions, we also administer the NWEA three times a year. It is important that students are in school (and rested!) for these dates. District-wide, we will not be making up NWEA testing that is missed because of vacation unless the data is deemed necessary for MTSS decisions.


Birthday Reminder

As a reminder as stated in our handbook, birthday celebrations can be noted with a small, non food token. In an effort to support healthy life choices, the district is requesting your support in this matter. Please clear these tokens with your child’s teacher. Please note that invitations for birthday parties, other celebrations, or play opportunities taking place outside of school MAY NOT be distributed at school.


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January Roar Assembly

Every month we hold an assembly to celebrate our ROAR Award winners.We are excited to share the January winners. Congratulations to all of our Bobcats!


Guest Author

Author, Illustrator, and parent Supriya Kelkar came on National Read Aloud Day (February 1) and read two of her books to all of our 3rd graders. Ms. Kelkar also did a directed draw lesson and taught our Bobcats how to draw one of her book characters.Fun fact - The idea for Cobra's Song Ms. Kelkar came from her experience as an Amerman 4th grader herself. Also, this book contains a acknowledgements of Mrs. Caudill, Mr. McDougall, Mrs. Charboneau, Mr. Hartnett and Mrs. Vertrees. How cool is that!


Thank you nhs jv and varsity hockey players

This week Northville High School JV and Varsity hockey players came and read to our youngest Bobcats. Our kindergarteners loved reading and spending time with as a few told us, their "new best friends". We are so grateful these young men donated their time and brought joy to our Bobcats.


GUEST AUTHOR - Mark Crilley

Amerman is excited to welcome Michigan author Mark Crilley for an author visit in March. Mark Crilley was raised in Detroit and graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1988. He traveled to Taiwan and Japan, where he taught English for nearly five years. It was during his stay in Japan that he created the Eisner Award–nominated comic Akiko on the Planet Smoo, which spawned a series of graphic novels and prose novel adaptations. In 1998, Mark Crilley was named to Entertainment Weekly’s It List of the 100 most creative people in entertainment. You can learn more about this author at

Amerman is offering two of his books for sale and he will sign during our school assemblies on March 3. Get your orders and payments in by February 10th. He will sign each book and we will distribute them when he comes for his visit in March.

If paying by check, please make your check payable to Amerman Elementary School. Amerman - Crilley Book Sales.docx

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Parent book club

Free to Learn: Why understanding the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant and Better Students for Life

I am so very excited to announce our second annual Book Club for Parents. I have been reading this amazing book called, Free to Learn. In Free to Learn, developmental psychologist Peter Gray argues that in order to foster children who will thrive in today's constantly changing world, we must entrust them to steer their own learning and development.

I would like to offer a book club to anyone that is interested. Sometime in Mid-March, I would like to invite everyone to join me to enjoy some lively conversation about this book. If you are interested, complete this sign-up and a book will be sent home with your student.

The first 15 to sign-up got a free book. After that, you are more than welcome to purchase the book and join us for the conversation.

Please click the following link to sign-up: Book Club Sign-up

Check out the book on Amazon here.


Kindergarten Enrollment for 2023-24 School Year is now OPEN!

Please visit our Kindergarten Enrollment webpage to sign up for an appointment to enroll your incoming Kindergarten student. Once you've signed up for an appointment, please return to the Enrollment webpage to complete the online portion of your pre-enrollment outlined in Steps 1-3.

If you have any questions, please call Student Data at

(248) 344-3524.


Inclusion Week

Northville High School is working hard to bring Inclusion Week to each and every school across the district. Inclusion week will be February 27 - March 3rd.

One of the things they are hoping to do to show support across the District will be a spirit week. See the flyer below with more details about what the theme will be for each day that week.

They are also selling t-shirts that were designed by students at the high school. Here is the link for anyone that is interested in purchasing a t-shirt: T-shirt orders need to be placed by February 5th.

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Northville Parent Camp, presented by Michigan Educational Credit Union, is on Saturday, February 4, 2023, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Northville High School! Northville Public Schools and Northville Educational Foundation have again partnered to bring you Northville Parent Camp; a morning filled with resources, speakers, and workshops, presented to empower parents of children of all ages with practical knowledge, resources and tools to help equip them to support and guide their children.

For more information regarding schedule and presenters For Parent Camp please visit NEF's website at This year, in conjunction with Parent Camp, we will host Northville's 1st Annual Mental Health & Wellness Fair from 10am - 2pm in the Northville High School Cafeteria. Thank you to current fair sponsors, Galvin Growth Group, Building Bridges Therapy and Kiss My Lash. If you would like to become a sponsor please visit


NEF's Annual Night for Northville

Now is your chance to purchase tickets to the premier event of the season.Northville Educational Foundation's Night for Northville presented by Royal Truck & Utility Trailer. Tickets are on sale now! This year we are again Betting on our Students at an exciting Casino Night!

Join us Saturday, March 11th at 6:30 PM at Northville Square! We will have more Casino tables available this year, amazing silent auction, heavy hors d'oeuvres and open bar provided by The Lava Grille Northville, delicious beer provided by North Center Brewing Company, dancing, wine pull and much more!

NEW THIS YEAR ---> Become our VIP! Limited tickets available for VIP Cocktail event. VIP tickets include early admittance at 6:00pm, reserved seating and cocktails at the exclusive bar in Lava Grille for the entire Casino Night Event, free valet, and a special Thank You swag bag! VIP Cocktail Event is sponsored by Kiss My Lash of Northville!

Visit to purchase your tickets!

Back this year - Amerman's PTA can win $500!! How does it work?! It’s simple - A $500 check will be written to the PTA for the school with the most attendees represented at Night for Northville. Don’t forget to write Amerman's name in the “Additional Notes” section when you register! Last year Winchester was the big winner…. maybe Amerman will receive the big check this year!?

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Submitting Photos for the Amerman Yearbook

Please email your yearbook pics to Please include which teacher your students have so we can organize them easier!




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Earn Cash While You Give Back to Amerman PTA

Since Amazon is discontinuing their AmazonSmile program, Amerman PTA stands to lose several hundred dollars in donations a year. But the good news is we found an even better program that allows YOU to earn cash too. Givebacks is a magical new cashback program for families and schools. You could earn hundreds a year while also supporting Amerman PTA just by shopping as you normally do.

Amerman PTA will get a $5 bonus for each new active supporter, and YOU will receive $5 cashback for each new active backer you refer! So please join and then share your personal referral link!

This year the Northville Council PTA is selling Little Caesars Pizza Kits to support all of our students

Pizza night just got a little more fun! Everyone in the family can help make pizza with these kits! Pre measured and packaged ingredients to keep in your freezer until you need them. Great for sleepovers, pizza night or even the big game party.

Starting today and through February 15th, you can buy Pizza Kits to help us raise funds for the Northville Council PTA community engagement programs and your school's PTA as well.

We need everyone’s help and it’s super easy to participate…

  1. Here is the link to order the Pizza Kits online.
  2. Wait for your package to be delivered to your door by FedEx.
  3. Get meals that are fun to make and delicious to eat! Enjoy!
  4. Every kit we sell makes an impact. We earn $6.00 on every item sold so your participation makes a big impact.

But should you have any questions about our fundraiser, please contact


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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 (

February Wellness Wednesdays are all about self-love and self-care! Teens and Tweens join us for one of these programs:

  • Yoga & Mindfulness for Self-Care for Tweens (9-12) - Wednesday, February 8 Facilitated by Stephanie Rife, Yoga Instructor

  • Love Yourself - Building Self-Esteem for Teens (13-18) - Wednesday, February 22 Discussion and activities around being unique, happiness, and remembering how to unapologetically love yourself! Facilitated by Kristie Wyler, MA LLP, McCaskill Family Services


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.



During the month of February we will be working on Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood.

What this means: Listen before you talk. In order to communicate effectively, we must first understand each other.

“I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings.”

“I try to see things from their viewpoints.”

“I listen to others without interrupting.”

“I am confident in voicing my ideas.”

“I look people in the eyes when talking.”

How can I do this in my life?

1. Listen.

2. Put yourself in the other person’s place.

3. Notice a person’s body language, tone, and reflection in their voice.

Great Books for Habit #5-Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Alejandro’s Gift by Richard E. Albert

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Jamaica’s Find by Juanita Havill

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

Spotlight on our Amerman Bobcats!