Gaines Elementary Newsletter

February 24, 2017

What's Happening at Gaines Elementary School


This annual event will be held on Friday, March 3rd 6:00 – 9:00 PM at The Swartz Creek Cage Field House. The theme is The Red Carpet. This dance is for Kindergarten through 5th grade girls from all five of our Elementary School girls. Tickets are $25.00 per couple (additional child $5.00) and are now available in our school office. Please make checks payable to SCMS (Swartz Creek Middle School). Photographers will be on site taking pictures which can be ordered for an additional fee.

Please note that you can always access our calendar of events on our Gaines Elementary homepage. The link is at the bottom of this newsletter under contact information.


The session dates are February 23rd, March 2nd, March 9th, and March 16th (Thursdays). Students must be picked up at 4:45 PM on these dates.

March is Reading Month

March 2nd - Dr. Seuss' Birthday - Wear Red, White and Black.

March 3rd - Readers Make Great Leaders - Dress for a job you would like some day.

March 6th - Tony Paul - Guest Reader.

March 7th - Spring Pictures.

March 7th - Kindergarten Registration at The Cage 6 - 8 PM.

March 8th - Student Council Fudruckers Fundraiser 5 - 8 PM (proceeds to fund Science Alive).

March 8th - Kindergarten Registration at The Cage 6 - 8 PM.

March 8th - Read a T-shirt Day.

March 10th - No School.

March 13th - TV Blackout Day.

March 15th - Fifth grade float sale.

March 15th - Pajama and Teddy Bear Day.

March 17th - D.E.A.R. - Drop Everything and Read Day.

March 21st - Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character Day.

March 22nd - Read a Hat or Button Day.

March 23rd - TV Blackout Day.

March 24th - Twin Day - Dress alike & read to your twin.

March 28th - Flashlight Reading Day - Bring a flashlight to school.

March 29th - Wacky Wednesday - Bring a joke book to school

March 31st - Half Day of School (dismissal at 11:55 AM)

March 31st - Read on the Beach Party

April 3rd - Spring Break Begins (school resumes Monday, April 10th)

For the Safety Of Our Students Please Review our Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures

Thank you to our parents and family members who are following the "ONE WAY" traffic each morning and afternoon. For those Gaines families that don't know, when dropping off and picking up students you MUST enter at the driveway by the kickball field and exit next to the building across from the swings and basketball court. The front of the school is for bus traffic in the morning and afternoon. PLEASE DO NOT drop your child/children on the opposite side of the street from the front of our building. This can be very dangerous, especially when they are walking in between the buses and cannot be seen by the bus drivers. Please be cautious and watch for students who may be outside when you arrive. The second set of cones are set up until 3:35 pm. If you are visiting school between 9:00 am and 2:45 pm you may park in front of the building ONLY during these times. All visitors are required to check in at the office and receive a visitors pass that MUST be worn so that staff members can see it and will know you have checked in. Please remember that the safety of our students is our number one priority.

Gaines Lunch and Recess Schedule

Kindergarten recess 12:00 - 12:15 pm; Lunch 12:20 - 12:40 pm

First grade recess 12:10 - 12:30 pm; Lunch 12:30 - 12:50 pm

Second grade recess 12:20 - 12:40 pm; Lunch 12:40 - 1:00 pm

Third grade recess 12:05 - 12:25 pm; Lunch 12:25 - 12:45 pm

Fourth grade recess 12:15 - 12:35 pm; Lunch 12:35 - 12:55 pm

4/5 & Fifth grade recess 12:25 - 12:45 pm; Lunch 12:45 - 1:05 pm

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