Marlette Elementary News

September 2020

Welcome Back!

The staff and I would like to welcome everyone back (virtually or face-to-face) to our school for the 2020-2021 school year. If you are new to our school, please stop by the office and introduce yourself. We are always excited to meet new members of our Red Raider family. School looks a little different with the various requirements in Phase 4 (masks), but the students have been doing an amazing job so far and we appreciate all of your support!

We are also excited about having some new teachers in our building: JoanieLyn Thompson is our new 4th grade grade teacher, Valerie Kneffel is our new 5th grade teacher, and Mike Yaros is our new band director. Be sure to welcome them to Marlette Community Schools!

We are here for you. Please let us know if you need anything at all.

Virtual Families

Welcome to Marlette Community Virtual School. We have already had some issues, but we continue to improve and look forward to this new way of educating our students who can't be with us in person. The first two weeks of learning at our school are focused on community building, learning routines, and practicing our routines. In order to allow us that time with our face-to-face students, various introductory assignments are posted in Brightspace, but real content will begin soon. Students working at home will be on pace with the students working face-to-face. Some important points that we want to remind all of our virtual families about:

  • You are the learning coach who is in charge of the day to day engagement and motivation for the virtual classroom. Please understand that our teachers need a 24 hour period to return your emails or voicemails. If you are stuck or need technical support, call my direct line and leave a message if I miss it, 635-4925. Try to keep calls between 7 and 5.
  • We are working on some homework helpline times for families to access on a daily basis in addition to classroom teachers' regularly scheduled Google Meets.
  • We are in this together, so if you have great ideas that will make this even better, let us know!

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School Calendar and Hours

The Annual School Calendars along with District information may be accessed online at Students are expected to be in class by 8:15 when the second bell rings and stay until the dismissal bell at 3:00. A pattern of late arrivals and/or early checkouts is considered truancy. Doors open at 8:00 every morning.

Student Arrivals & Departures

Every effort has been made to keep children safe when they arrive and depart from school. The parking lot can be a very dangerous place if everyone doesn’t cooperate. (If an older brother or sister is the transporter, please be sure they are aware of these procedures):

All vehicles enter the parking lot using the west drive, farthest from the playground. Exit is the east drive, closest to the playground.

Buses travel behind the school to drop off and pick up. No cars are permitted behind the school or in the drive leading to the back of the school. School doors open at 8:00 AM.

Arrivals- Dropping Off

Vehicles are to pull up to the sidewalk and pull forward as far as possible before allowing students to exit the vehicle. Please pay attention to the staff member assisting in the parking lot.

Arrivals- Walking In

Pull into the parking lot and park in the two rows closest to Euclid Street. Please teach children to use the crosswalk. Pay attention to the staff member assisting in the parking lot.


Vehicles are to enter the parking lot at the west entrance drive and park. Avoid parking on the sidewalks at the end of the day. The sidewalks are a NO PARKING zone and you may be issued a citation. Students will begin leaving the building at 3:00 and are supervised on the sidewalk until a parent/guardian walks to the sidewalk to escort them to the family vehicle. Only adults listed on the Authorized Pick Up Form may pick students up at the end of the day. Those people picking up students may be asked for identification. In order to maintain a safe and orderly environment, please refrain from entering the hallways at the end of the school day. Allow your child to walk to you outside of the front doors. Students must be picked up by 3:00.

End of the day

The end of the day is a busy time for all of us. It may be tempting to try and beat the traffic and check your student out a few minutes early, but when a student leaves before dismissal, the entire class is affected. Please avoid early checkouts. A pattern of early checkouts may warrant a referral to truancy services. Student dismissal is 3:00.

If you have to change your student’s usual bus or drop off, please send a note to school. If a note is not sent, notify the office by 9:00 (635-7427). We may not be able to honor bus changes made after 9:00 AM (if you would like to know why, please stop in and watch Mrs. Redman from 2:00-3:00).

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Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Marlette Elementary School has always strived to create a safe and stimulating learning environment for all students. In an effort to continue to improve our school climate, our staff has worked together to update our Positive Behavior Intervention & Support (PBIS) Plan. The focus of this plan is to create a positive school climate that fosters being respectful, responsible, and ready to learn.

The Positive Behavior Intervention & Support Committee updated this program to promote the core values of RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, and READINESS TO LEARN for all students and the entire school community.

To help students be reminded of our expectations, we will display posters around the building and in the classrooms, and modify our environment to make it easier for children to move safely and efficiently in the building. All of the staff will be teaching the students the positive behaviors they are expected to demonstrate at school. We will acknowledge and reward classes who consistently demonstrate these positive behaviors.

Ask your child to make sure he/she understands the expectations in different environments around the school. Please discuss the importance of these concepts and encourage your child to be Ready to Learn!

With your continued support and involvement, there is no question that our school will continue to be a place where students can excel in a safe and stimulating environment. Research shows that when the home and school work together, student learning is more successful. We look forward to working with you as true partners in your child’s education!

Breakfast and Lunch


Breakfast is served every morning, free of charge, in every classroom. Lunch is available free of charge through December 31, or when the USDA stops the program.

School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families, too! Parents are encouraged to complete the free/reduced meal form application each year as the qualifications change. Furthermore, forms may be re-submitted at any time during the school year if there is a change in financial status with the household. For more information, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 989-635-7429.

Upcoming Dates

September 8- First Day! #MESBacktoSchool

September 11- Patriot Day (Wear your Red, White, and Blue!)

September 14- Picture Day

September 14- STAR Math and Reading testing begins

September 14- Marlette Board of Education meeting at 7:00 PM (virtual)

September 22- 5th grade band fittings