The Siple Scoop

November 2018


Dear Siple Families,

I hope our Siple families all enjoyed a nice break from the regular routine during Intersession I. I worked at Hill during Intersession and got to see first hand the exciting learning opportunities the students enjoyed. It was wonderful to see many Siple STARs making new friends.

It was wonderful to see and talk to many of you during parent teacher conferences. Please know we want to keep the lines of communication open between you and the school. You do not need to wait for another scheduled conference if you have a question or concern. Contact your student's teacher and they will gladly talk with you and provide you with any information or assistance you need.

November is Anti-bully month and Tuesday, November 13th is World Kindness Day. We are celebrating World Kindness day by having every student and staff member write a Cardinal Compliment card to someone. Parents you are welcome to join in if you'd like to stop by and pick up a Cardinal Compliment card at the office! We will wear our Siple shirts or maroon and Gold on Tuesday as well to show our school pride and unity. We will do additional activities during the month focusing on these topics as well.

Parents often ask me how they can help teach their children about kindness. My favorite recommendation is for parents to model it in words and action. Your children are learning from everything you say and do. They watch you interact with others. They listen to you speak to and about others. If you were to replay your conversations and watch them would you see kindness, compassion and empathy? Then that's what your children are seeing and learning from you. They are sponges and soak up everything they are exposed to. Thank you for being incredible role models. When we all choose kindness we help make our school, community, and the world a better, kinder place for everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Christy Flowers, Principal



Attendance Matters

The Parent/Student Handbook states: “Regular attendance contributes not only to the probability of scholastic success but also to the development of attitudes of consistent performance which will carry over into adult life. Daily attendance will result in greater student success and more efficient use of the teacher’s time. Our goal is to maximize student performance and achievement.”

Students are marked either unexcused or excused in our computer system. To be excused a parent/guardian must call the Attendance Line (810-591-5100). Please make sure to send in Doctor notes as these are noted in the system as well. At Siple, reports are printed every week to look at total days absent (or tardy) for the school year (excused AND unexcused). Below is an outline of what happens after reports are generated:

Step 1

Parent/Student Handbook Excerpt

The teacher calls or conferences with the parent after 7 days absent/tardy


A phone call is made to parent(s)/guardian(s).

Step 2

Parent/Student Handbook Excerpt

The teacher notifies the counselor and principal after 10 days absent/tardy. The principal and counselor will decide on future procedures


A letter is sent home with absence report attached.

Step 3

Parent/Student Handbook Excerpt

The counselor or principal will make student and parent contacts. Intervention strategies will be initiated


After 15 days absent/tardy a letter is sent home with absence report attached.

Step 4

Parent/Student Handbook Excerpt

The principal may require a meeting with the GISD Attendance Liaison Officer.


A letter is sent home after 18 days absent to notify parent/guardian of the meeting.

Step 5

Parent/Student Handbook Excerpt

If attendance improves, the teacher monitors attendance and returns to Step 1. If attendance does not improve for students in Grades 1-6, the principal takes action up to and including filing truancy petition with the court.


Various methods of communication are used including phone calls and letters.

The Genesee County Health Department shares the following information regarding illness:

The Law requires schools to send children home showing the signs and symptoms below:


Skin Rash


Flushed Face


Severe Sore Throat

When your child can return to school:

  • Temperature is below 100℉ without medication for 24 hours

  • No diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours

  • No significant cough, nasal congestion or stomach ache

Mrs. Simonsen, Counselor



This month we are working on our underhand toss. A great game for underhand toss is Baggo. The kids are having a blast learning how to play Baggo while working on the underhand toss. Baggo is a game that can be played with 2 to 4 players.

The students work together as a team to try to score as many points as they can while trying to cancel out the other teams points. Teamwork and sportsmanship skills are other standards that are incorporated into Baggo. This is a great game that can be bought and played at home as well. If you do have this game I encourage you to play a game with your child but be aware they are really getting good at underhand toss and scoring lots of points!

Please remember with the cold weather coming soon that we still need to wear tennis shoes to class. This is a safety rule. If the student(s) have to wear boots then have them put their tennis shoes in their backpack so they can change into them at school. Thank you!!

Mr. Sipley, Gym Teacher



* 2nd Grade Musical *

Please make sure those calendars are marked for the upcoming Musical titled,


on Monday, January 31, 2019

at 7:00 pm at Davison High School auditorium!

An information and Parent Volunteer letter will be coming home soon! All 2nd graders will receive a Song Packet containing their songs for this musical. PLEASE Keep this in a safe place and remind your child to practice these words often for memorization. Thank you!!

The 2nd graders will need to wear a White Top and dark pants so that we give the appearance of Snow! I can’t wait!!

* 4th Grade Musical *

Please make sure those calendars are marked for this year’s 4th grade Musical titled,

“I Need a Vacation”

on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Davison High School auditorium!

You will soon receive an Information & Parent Volunteer Letter! Your child will eventually get a Musical Song Packet as well to begin memorizing lyrics. Be on the look-out for another letter & Props-Needed List in a few weeks.

As for now, our Ukuleles are a hit!

Mrs. Odglen, Music Teacher



The PTO and Siple staff invite your family to join us Thursday, November 29th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for Family Science Night. The PTO has partnered with the Cranbrook Science Institute to bring more than a dozen different hands-on science activities to Siple that night. Students will be able to enjoy these activities for free! Our Siple teachers will be on hand at the different activities to guide students in their science exploration. We hope you can join us!



The PTO will continue to collect Box Tops all year. For a complete list of Box Top products go to As the holidays approach, please remind friends and family to save Box Tops for your child. Thanksgiving and Christmas are great times to collect them from far away family and friends. Box Tops can be turned in any time or saved for our next contest which will be held in the spring. Special thanks to everyone that helped count the Box Tops for this last contest!



It's time again to donate canned goods and non-perishable food items to the Cool To Care Food Drive. Every school in Davison is participating.

Our building goal this year is to collect more canned goods than we did last year. Look for more information to be sent home explaining the food drive in greater detail.

Thanks for helping!


The Siple PTO is the greatest PTO!! We have an outstanding group of dedicated parents/family members leading the way for all Siple families.

There are many ways to get involved! You can attend PTO meetings, complete PTO projects at home, help with fundraisers, pop popcorn on Popcorn Fridays, etc.

Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center.

Attention Military Families

The State of Michigan Department of Education has valuable resources available to students with a parent(s) in (any) military service IF you register with your school as a military family.

This information is voluntary, but could be a great resource for your family.

Please contact Rhonda Miller at Siple Elementary to register your family at 810-591-5104.

School Improvement Update

Every year the staff at Siple Elementary carefully evaluates multiple sources of data to determine ways we can improve our school. We consider student achievement, school climate, perception data and other areas to create a plan to implement the next school year. We will be sharing information about this year’s plan over the next several months through the newsletter. We welcome your feedback and appreciate your partnership with the school.


November 13: World Kindness Day: Wear Siple shirt or Maroon and Gold to school.

November 9: NO SCHOOL

November 16: Popcorn Friday

November 20: PTO Meeting/6:30 pm

November 22: NO SCHOOL/Thanksgiving

November 23: NO SCHOOL

November 29: Family Science Night 5:30-7:30 p.m.

December 3-December 6: Santa's Gift Shop

Siple Elementary

9286 E. Coldwater Road

Davison, MI 48423

Christy Flowers, Principal

Follow Mrs. Flowers on Twitter: @Principal4Kids

Office Phone: 810-591-5104

Office Fax: 810-591-5102

Attendance: 810-591-5100