Lean Panther Pride

October 2021

Pearl Lean Elementary School

Mr. Kerry R. Keener, Ed.S, Principal

Mrs. Lisa Murchison, Secretary

Mrs. Lynn Hermance, Child Accounting Clerk

8:45am Entry Time

3:55pm Dismissal Time

12:00pm Half Day Dismissal Time

2:55pm Early Release Dismissal Time

Mission Statement

The Pearl Lean Staff, in partnership with parents and community, is dedicated to educating our children intellectually, socially, and emotionally; therefore, empowering them to become responsible citizens, life-long learners and positive contributors to our ever changing world.


The fundamental purpose of the Pearl Lean is to ensure high levels of learning for all students.

Principal's Page

Hello Pearl Lean Families,

We are off to a great school year. Thank you for your kindness and continued support. As we continue to work together, please be careful while driving and walking in our parking lot and streets. Remember that pedestrians always have the right of way!

CHAMPS Update. We are very proud of the students and their hard work involving our CHAMPS program. Just like anything new or learned, practicing positive behavior every day will increase chances for success. We will be honoring students each month with our CHAMPS Student of the Month Program. Each class will choose one student who shows CHAMPION behavior. That student will be able to spend time with other CHAMPION students and Mr. Keener. We will have treats, play board games and use the computer lab. We ask and remind the students everyday to Be A CHAMP!

Schools promote parental involvement because they believe it is important in your child’s education. Creating a team and making teamwork a primary goal are keys to making your child’s education more successful. Parents who are involved in their child’s education are demonstrating the importance of working together with the school to promote educational success. Here are some ways to help make your child’s education better.

Provide opportunities for practice. Read to your child; listen to them read. Help with homework and provide a quiet place for after-school work. Structure your child’s after-school time. Limit access to television. Do everything you can to support what goes on in school and provide opportunities for your child to practice the skills being learned each day.

Talk about school. Ask your child questions about school on a regular basis.

Talk with school personnel. Establish regular communications with your child’s teacher(s). respect teachers’ schedules and always ask when it is an appropriate time to reach them.

Provide help at school. Offer to help as an aide, resource person, or helper in your child’s classroom. Attend parent-teacher conferences and open houses at the school. You can also schedule a visit to the classroom, talk to the principal, and ask for a tour of the school.

By increasing opportunities for your child to practice what is being learned at school, talking about school, talking to school, and providing help at school, you can help to make your child’s education a better experience.

Together in Learning,

Mr. Kerry R. Keener, Ed.S



Our Annual Halloween Parade will be on October 29th at 10:30am. The Parade will be lead by part of the Warren Mott Marauder Music Machine (Band)! You can send your child to school that morning in their costumes or wearing orange and black. Parents and family are welcome to park and watch the parade outside.

Arrival and Dismissal

Students are not to be dropped off before 8:30am. Only students going to breakfast will be allowed in the front doors at 8:30am. All other students will enter their designated doors at 8:45am.

If your student arrives late - after 9:00am - they must come in the front door and parents/guardians must come in the office and sign the student in.

We ask that if you have to pick up your child early - you do so before 3:30pm. It is very difficult to get ahold of teachers at the end of the day. They are getting students ready for dismissal and have bus duty.

Please make plans for afterschool - before your child leaves in the morning. Every moment the class is interrupted for a message is one moment that students are not receiving attention from their teacher. Make sure lunches, homework, books, gym shoes are packed up the night before. Make your child responsible for packing things up. You can always do a quick check afterwards.

Cold Weather

Please make sure your child has the appropriate clothes for the Winter ahead. Outdoor recess happens when the temperature is above 15 degrees. Make sure your child has a good winter coat, hat, gloves and boots. The PTO will have a coat donation rack in the lobby of the school If you need a coat please check there. If you have coats to donate, hang a clean coat up.


If you would like to receive text messages directly from WCS please text YES to 67587.


Just a reminder that we cannot have food as birthday treats. The reason being is that there are too many allergies among our students. You are welcome to send in pencils, erasers, small party favors, etc. Nothing big that would be distracting in the classroom. Thanks for your cooperation.

How to stay up to date

If you want to know what's happening go to our website at


Updated Menus - News - Early Release Days - PTO News - Answers to many questions - All there!

Quick Notes are in the Daily Bulletin which is on the first page of your Parent Portal.

Title I

Pearl Lean is a Title I School. At this time, all students are eligible for free breakfast and lunch meals.

Title I is the Nation’s oldest and largest federally funded program, according to the U.S. Departments of Education.

Why Title I?

The goal of Title I programs is to improve fundamental goals by assisting

at-risk students.

The focus is to close the gap between high and low performing children.

How does it work at Lean?

Parent and student workshops

Small group support for students

Summer reading programs

Your Right to Know

Under Federal law, you as parents may request the

following specific information about the professional qualifications of your children’s teachers:

1. Whether the teacher has met the state qualifications/licensing for their grade level/subjects.

2. Whether the teacher is on a temporary permit or waiver.

3. The teacher’s majors, graduate certificates/ degrees, and discipline fields.

4. Paraprofessional services and qualifications.

For further information, please call 586.574.3230.



The individuals listed below assume responsibilities for assuring compliance with the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, Title II of the American Disability Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as noted:

· Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator for Title VI, Title IX, and Age Discrimination:

Jennifer Grigg, Chief Human Resource Officer;

· Section 504 Compliance Officer

· Title II Americans with Disabilities Compliance Officer:


Report to your counselor or to another staff member at the school, if you believe that you have been discriminated against, or not allowed to participate in any academic, sports, social program or activity in or at your school, or the district, because of your:

Race, Language, Height, Color, Gender, Weight, Religion, Age, Marital Status,

National Origin or Ancestry Disability.

Your rights as an individual are safeguarded by the laws of the federal and state government and the district’s policies and procedures. Follow these steps:

1. Contact your counselor or another staff member immediately. Be prepared with the

following information; it is critical that you be as specific as possible.

Date and time of incident

What took place and what was said?

Names of any person who were witness to the incident. Witnesses are not required to report a complaint.

2. Your concern will be investigated and resolved by the appropriate building or central office administrator within 10 school days of your report.

3. If you are not satisfied with the results of the investigation, you may appeal to the school district Civil Rights Coordinator, Jennifer Grigg, Chief Human Resource Director.

Confidentiality: Every reasonable effort will be made to maintain your confidentiality during the investigation process.

However, a proper investigation will, in some circumstances, require the disclosure of names and allegations.

You will be appropriately notified when the investigation has been completed.

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