Klager Kids

January 25, 2019

Great Education Made Personal


Friday, January 25

  • The School Year is 1/2 Way Over!
  • 1/2 Day Dismissal @ 11:47 am (Records Day for Teachers)

Saturday, January 26

  • **CANCELLED** PTO Winterfest

Monday, January 28

  • BOE (Board of Education) Meeting @ Riverside, 6:00 pm

Tuesday, February 5

  • Kindergarten Information Night, 6:30 pm (This is for families of students who will be registering for Young 5s or Kindergarten next year. Current Young 5's families do not attend.)

Friday, February 8

  • Daddy-Daughter Dance

Wednesday, February 13

  • Klager Family Literacy Night, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Thursday, February 14

  • Valentine's Day
  • 100th Day of School (if there are no more weather cancellations)

Friday, February 15 - Monday, February 18

  • NO SCHOOL / President's Day Weekend

Friday, February 22

  • Klager Family Movie Night, Incredibles 2, Doors Open @ 5:30 / Movie Begins @ 6:00 pm


Know anyone who will be enrolling their child into Kindergarten or Young 5's next year? Then, please share:

The Manchester Community School District is pleased to announce that planning for the 2019-2020 Kindergarten and Young 5 Kindergarten programs are now underway. Families of children who will be five years old on or before December 1, 2019, are encouraged to attend a special information night on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. This meeting is for families who live in the Manchester Community School District, or any families living in Washtenaw County or counties that border Washtenaw County who would like their children to attend the Manchester Schools as a school of choice. This event will take place in the Klager Elementary School Media Center, 405 Ann Arbor Street, Manchester, MI 48158.

At this meeting, Principal Jennifer Mayes will introduce parents and guardians to the Kindergarten curriculum, give a small presentation on the “typical” Kindergarten and Young 5 day, and discuss the registration process. Special literature on school readiness will also be available. The meeting is for informational purposes for the registration process only. A Kindergarten “Registration Celebration” (aka “Round-Up”) with classroom tours and a meet and greet will take place on Wednesday, April 3 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

Families who are unable to attend this session may pick up information on the registration process after February 6 at the Klager School Office during normal school hours, 7:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. For additional information contact Klager School at 734-428-8321.

**This meeting is not for current Y5 families--your children will automatically be registered into Kindergarten this fall.


Attention walkers! Now that the colder weather has set in Walk to School will take place as long as school is open. If you and your parents decide you are going to walk please, come prepared with boots, snowpants, gloves, hats, and scarves. This program is not mandated by the school--but it is endorsed by the schools. Each family can decide if children participate on frigid mornings. We'll be there if you do!


This updated, 2 page document was just released by Michigan's Department of Education: A Parent's Guide to the Read by Grade 3 Law. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with this legislation, how we are addressing the requirements of the law at Klager, and the implications for your child. I've shared a longer version with you in the last newsletter, but I want to ensure that you are fully knowledgeable. This latest version is much more user-friendly.


Winter weather is upon us! How will you know if school is canceled? You should receive a text and/or email from Manchester Community Schools notifying you of the closure. Of course, you can also check local radio stations and Detroit news channels. If you haven't been receiving a text or email from the school district, please let us know.


The National Association of Elementary School Principals offers a Report to Parents entitled, "Make Everyday Count: Boost School Attendance." You can access it here or read it below.

Klager Family Literacy Night

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Daddy Daughter Dance -- The Greatest Show

The Manchester Community Schools Foundation had a busy and productive 2018. In addition to providing a $1000 scholarship to a Student of the Month, we also funded seven grants for a total of over $8000 for the benefit of students in Manchester Community Schools. Grants funded include: One Book, One School for Klager, 3D Printer Supplies for the Jr/Sr High School, Solar Car supplies for Riverside Intermediate, Nine Square in the Air for the Jr/Sr High School, Architecture teaching supplies for Klager, Link Crew mentoring program funding for the Jr/Sr High School and Using Technology to Support Readers and Writers for Riverside. Please see our website for the list of grants funded in the past. We can’t do this without the support of the community. Please consider becoming a Patron of the Foundation for a minimum donation of $35. You can also support one of our fundraising events throughout the year. Our first FUNDRAISER of 2019 is the annual Daddy-Daughter Dance. The dance will be held on Friday, February 8th at the Jr/Sr High School and registration is now open. “The Greatest Show” will feature dancing, games, crafts, refreshments and a commemorative photo from Unforgettable Photos.

Online Registration is preferred at:

MCSF "The Greatest Show" Daddy-Daughter Dance 2019

Register and pay before January 25th for savings! After January 25th pre-registration is still encouraged but payment will be collected at the door.

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2018-2019 School Calendar

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100 Ways for Families to Be Involved in Their Child's Education

Each edition of Klager Kids will showcase a few of the 100 ways that parents can be engaged in the education of their children based upon National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs -- National PTA. Let's continue:

36. Help your children to break down projects into smaller, more manageable steps.

37. Develop a consistent daily routine and time for studying and homework.

38. Provide encouragement and approval for effort and schoolwork.

39. Share your interests, hobbies, and talents with your children.

40. Provide children with books, magazines and so forth, and develop a nighttime reading routine.

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Meet Heather Stommen, 2nd Grade Teacher

My name is Heather Stommen, and I love to teach! I have been so very fortunate to spend most of my teaching career in Manchester. This will be my 25th year of teaching. Wow - time marches on! I've enjoyed the opportunity to teach Kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, looping 2nd-3rd, and I even spent time as a Title 1 reading teacher. Creating rich relationships with colleagues, students, and families have truly enriched my life. My husband Patrick and I have one child - our daughter Sarah. She is attending Riverside Intermediate as a sixth grader this year and LOVING it! When I'm not at Klager, I enjoy antiquing; thrift shopping; yoga (when I take the time for myself to do it); visiting my parents north of Traverse City in the Leelanau Peninsula; and, of course, taking Sarah to her MANY dance classes. This school year I'm focusing on gratitude and choosing happiness. It's going to be a spectacular year!

When asked what she likes the most about working at Klager Elementary, Mrs. Stommen replied, "The amazing colleagues I work with and the kiddos and families that I grow with each year."


Breakfast begins: 7:50 am

Supervision begins: 8:00 am

Doors open: 8:10 am

Classes begin: 8:15 am

School dismisses: 3:00 pm

On Half Days:

School dismisses: 11:47 am

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Klager Family Handbook 2018-2019

Click here to review the handbook.

2018-2019 Movie Night Schedule

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Luther C. Klager Elementary

District Vision:

Manchester Community Schools is committed to developing strong, well-rounded students driven to engage in a successful and rewarding future.

District Belief Statement: Manchester is the PLACE to be

  • Personalization- with expectations to engage all students in lifelong learning
  • Leadership- all students can be positive leaders and productive members of our school and community.
  • Active Learning- all students, faculty, staff, parents, and community members are valued members of school community.
  • Community-School Partnership- all students, faculty, staff, parents, and community members are valued members of our school community.
  • Environment- each child brings unique characteristics to create a safe and diverse learning environment.

District Mission:

A caring community developing future-ready citizens.

School Mission:

Super Readers * Super Leaders