December 7, 2018

Important Dates

Dec. 10 Board of Education meeting, 7:00 pm at the High School

Dec. 12 Half Day - 11:45 Dismissal
Dec. 24-Jan. 1 Winter Break

Jan. 2 School Resumes

Jan. 14 Board of Education meeting, 7:00 pm at the High School

Jan 21 WEPA meeting, 6:30 pm at Steeby

Jan 25 Family Movie Night, 6:30 pm at Pine Street Elementary Gym

Jan. 30 Half Day - 11:45 Dismissal

Principal's Corner

It's hard to believe that the calendar has flipped to December already!! Along with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season be sure to remind your child they are a unique and special individual. Spend time with them over the holiday break. Go sledding, ice skating, to a movie, or have family movie night, play outside with them, build a snowman/snow fort, read a book to/with them. They are only this young once.

Steeby has recently began a program to recognize one student per week in each class for outstanding achievement in academics or character traits! We are calling this Steeby Stellar Students! Our hopes are to be able to have each child receive one of these awards at least once during the rest of the school year!

Just a reminder that Steeby’s school day start and end times are 8:45am and 3:45pm. Thank you for you cooperation and understanding in having your children here on time every day to learn!

Students are showing great gains in their writing skills! This is one of Steeby’s School Improvement goals for the 18-19 school year. Students have three on demand pre and post-assessments throughout the school year; one being an Informational, another being a Personal Narrative, and the other an Opinion. During the post-assessments students are to apply the skills they’ve learned to help teachers determine the amount of growth they have made. With the first writing completed students have shown some very good gains in their sentence structure, grammar, penmanship, and ideas! Steeby has four additional School Improvement goals in the areas of Math, Reading, Science and Social Studies.

Below I’ve listed some topics of conversation you may have, or questions you may ask your child about their day at school. This will generate more discussion than the typical “How was school today?” question. These ideas come from the Home & School Connection.

1. “Let’s see what you brought home.”

2. “Show me what you have for homework.”

3. “Describe a book you enjoyed today.”

4. “Tell me what you learned that you’d like to know more about.”

5. “What’s the coolest thing that happened today? What wasn’t so cool?”

6. “Pretend you’re the teacher. How would you describe the day?”

7. “What made you laugh?”

8. “How were you kind or helpful today? Was anyone kind or helpful to you?”

I wish you and yours a special holiday break!!

Your Partner in Education,

Mike Haverdink

Food Drive

Steeby students did an amazing job collecting non-perishable food items for the WEPA Food Drive from November 5th through November 16th. The drive was a great success. Thank you to everyone who donated items!

Congratulations to Mrs. Nykerk's 2nd grade classroom for bringing in the largest number of items. WEPA will thank them by providing the class with an ice cream party!

Winter Weather Gear Reminders

Just as a reminder, Steeby students are not kept in from recess due to not having the proper winter weather gear, so please be sure to send your student prepared to go outside for recess every day. We will go outside for recess unless the temperature/wind chill is below 0 degrees.

We are requesting that parents label their students winter gear with their first and last name if possible. This makes it much easier for us to find the owner of items that are placed in lost and found.

Media Center Corner

We have been busy the last couple of months reading Mock Caldecott books and using Google Classroom to vote for our favorite books.

The week of December 3rd we are celebrating the Hour of Code and going to to practice coding in a fun game format. Students love learning how to problem solve and code.

Have a great holiday break and remember to read, read, read!

Niki Barnes

Media Teacher

Baker & Steeby Elementary

Physical Education News

For the first couple weeks of December in Physical Education, we are working on disc games in the gym. Practicing throws, running drills, and playing games.

In the cafeteria we are playing a newer sport called Spikeball. Look it up youtube, it's an excellent way to get sweaty while having a great time.

We will finish out the December by playing some holiday games!

Our winners for Physical Education students of the month are:

2nd grade-Rylee Dewitt and Luke Warsen 3rd grade-Gracelynn Jorden and Jordan Compagnari 4th grade-Kaleigh Marquard and Eli Weaver.

Transportation Changes

The Transportation Department kindly requests a 3 day notice for any transportation changes when we are scheduled for a half day for students. You may request any changes by calling the Transportation Offices at 269-792-2262 or by emailing them at Please note: Transportation changes for the December 12th half day are requested to be received by Monday morning, December 10th.

Supercat Winners

Supercat Winners for the week of 11-5-18

Mia Ellis; Madelyn Bartling; Sophia Johnston; Romeo Azzarella; Ellie Desposito; Henry Lyons; Isabella Walker; Draydon Clewell; Briella Luscomb; Carter Bultje; Ari Haughton; Elliot Dollarhide; Peyton Prenatt; Morgan Bausick; Evelyn Zwiers; Aeden Steketee; Kaylin Shorter; Jaxon Keena; Haley Cummiford; Dorian Thurston; Iridessa Clodfelter; Parker Schaendorf; NevAeh Cline; Noah King; Madelyn Bouma; Nolan Farrish; Jenna Hendricks; Quilan Sheffer; Ashlynn Miklusicak; Laila Lewis Classroom Winner: Mrs. Green's 4th grade class

Supercat Winners for the week of 11-12-18

Paris Ortiz; Zoie Peacock; Dominic Weaver; Jessalyn Foster; Eliza Bollone; Luke Warsen; Masdison Schultz; Christopher Nieves-Perez; Reid Kerkemeyer; Katelynne Tyler; Bryton Greco; Jaedyn Loy; Brayden Bigelow; Kyra Hooks; Rick Brackney; Gracelynn Jorden; Austin bridges; Vincent Schmuker; Breonna Bush; Nick Taylor; Summer Lewis; Aaiden Dozeman; Nathan Cazala; Trenton Hawke; Athena Ramirez; Jaina Gless; Finn Mitchell; Ayva Mulder; Colten DeBoer; Aydrian Gill Classroom Winner: Mrs. Green's 4th grade class

Supercat Winners for the week of 11-19-18

Konner Hendricks; Trinity Miller; Macy Stewart; Madison Hart; Edison Smit; Adalynn Mogg; Brayden Taylor; Avery Rohde; Chloe White; Mackenzie Schwarz; Lydia Katsma; Lauren Genther; Rhegan Ustishen; Arianna Longstreet; Mackenzie Cutler; Jenna Dudley; Lennon Nesbiot; Zoey Schafer; Evelyn Soto; Destyne Brooks; Marissa Ainsworth; Karis Lail; Connor Bush; Noah King; Jake Reeder; Douglas Dockter; Jenna Hendricks; Noah Rouse; Gage Channells; Logan Hurley Classroom Winner: Mrs. Warsen's 4th grade class

Supercat Winners for the week of 12-3-18

Asher Hall; Peyten Bultman; Devante Miller; Owen Hite; Landon Harris; Hayden Jackson; Cristopher Nieves-Perez; Madelynn Thurston; Coltin DeKoning; Santiago Sal; Lucas Joslyn; Keagan VanTil; Hayden MacFadyen; Jillian Senneker; Chase Wallace; Jayden Harnish; Tucker Farmer; Giovanny Arias; Tyler Huttenga; Carter Peacock; Kaylin Anastor; Violette Cooper; Nolan Beattie; Reese Senneker; Grant Dunkle; Aiden Gruscinski; Marissa Hilton; Annalyse Rock; Blake Gardner; Kohen LaDere Classroom Winner: Ms. Hoskins's 4th grade class