Maire newsletter: January 8 Edition
Dear Maire Families,
Welcome back! Welcome back to in-person learning, welcome back from the break, and welcome to a brand new year! We are so excited to have students back in the halls of Maire again.
First, I would like to celebrate the great week here at Maire. Students came back remembering all of the safety protocols that we had in place. I visited all 12 classrooms, for both cohorts, (for a Town Hall meeting) to go over those protocols again and thank them for being respectful (our character word of the month). Following the rules is showing respect for themselves, their classmates, their teacher, the entire school, and the entire Maire community. Each kid is doing a great job here at school.
This week we also kicked off our One Book, One School sponsored by Global Telecom Solutions. We hope you enjoy carving out a small chunk of family time to read The One and Only Ivan together each week night. Great stories will make you laugh, cry, and cheer. We can’t wait to experience this story together as a community.
This week we also practiced using our lunchroom with our safety measures in place. It went perfectly and the kids are ready to have a safe lunch together in one of our four lunch periods. GP continues to make plans to bring specials back tentatively by January 25th. When Specials come back we will communicate the procedures and plans to families. This will also extend our day to the traditional 3:38 dismissal. Stay tuned for information.
Sadly, while this was a great week here at Maire, it was a very challenging week for our country. Here at Maire, our goal is to help shape and form well-rounded and kind people. We teach our students that they can have differing opinions, views, and beliefs, and it is okay to disagree with each other. However, our values of respect, empathy, cooperation, honesty, integrity, and kindness shall be instilled in our actions and words no matter what the situation is. We know many parents at home are having difficult conversations, trying to explain why events like the Capitol happen. While we may not have the right answers, rooting our conversation in what we can control, our actions and words, can help us move forward together and learn from the past.
We are glad to be back together here at Maire. Thanks for your trust and support this school year.
We Learn. We Lead. We Lift.
Important Maire dates to remember
1/11 GPPSS BOE Meeting 7pm
1/12 MIddle School Information Night (virtual) 6:30 p.m.
1/13 PTO meeting 7pm Zoom link
1/18 MLK Jr. Day NO SCHOOL
1/20 Lifetouch Picture Day (Cohort B)
OneGPVirtual pictures 3:00-6:00pm *sign up genius coming soon
1/21 Lifetouch Picture Day (Cohort A)
1/22 1/2 Day dismissal 11:36
One Book, One School Sponsored by GTS
You can use this Family Resource to help, which includes the letter and schedule, some optional family activities, and ways to access the book digitally.
Trivia questions will be done in class. We will do trivia days for each cohort (the first one is pages 1-42) so that cohort A and cohort B can answer the question and have a chance to win a prize. We will also blast out a digital version for any student doing OneGP virtual to fill out.
****Important Return To Face-to-Face Dates Set****
Per the district communication sent on December 4th
"To give families more opportunity to plan for that next step, barring any change in direction from the governor or health department, GPPSS has set these start dates for Hybrid Learning for those in GP Traditional:
January 4th - All students in categorical ASD & CI special education programs and grades Y5-6
January 11th - Grades 7-8
January 25th - 9th grade only
January 26th - PSAT test - no High School classes
January 27th - Zoom Wednesday
January 28th - Grades 9-12 Hybrid "
Procedures: Students practiced routines and transitions
Timing: Lunchroom use begins January 11th (11am-1pm)
Safety: 6 feet, shields, and only 20-29 students
character word of the month - Respect
This week at our Town Halls we talked about how all of our Covid related protocols are put in place out of respect. Respect for ourselves, respect for our class and teachers, and respect for our families. Respect is also listening to friends, adults, and teachers to show that we value them. Respect Family Letter
leader in me : Seek first to understand, then to be understood
Chess Wizards is back! (virtual)
Specials VIRTUAL Opportunities
*Note, this is a change from hybrid in the fall where the zooms were in the morning. Your child will access the specials classes on their non-face-to-face days in the afternoon. GP is working on a plan to have specials return in person and students return to a longer day starting January 25th (3:38 dismissal). Stay tuned for more info soon.
Makerspace Zoom Thursday and Friday
The virtual Maire Makerspace Class is back next week!
This is an optional zoom class led by Mrs. Kramer.
At the meeting students will design, tinker, and create something based on the design challenge (details will be sent out Monday). This is a fun way to engage with other students and showcase your creativity and problem-solving skills.
Each week students will be given a list of household supplies to gather & bring to the zoom meeting. If you are not able to gather all of the materials, we will have some kits created plus a bin of extra single supplies available in our vestibule for you to pick up.
Our Maire Makerspace Class zooms will be for all students from 10:00 - 10:25 on Thursday (Cohort B) and 10:00 - 10:25 on Friday (Cohort A).
Please consider joining this optional Makerspace zoom on your asynchronous mornings. You can access the zoom via the link in this email and teachers will try to post it in their Schoology accounts as well. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/11AtCskBmt_f-hHoQFyGHWwxk3jo3kAyuqVYfBqJwOUE/edit#slide=id.gaff7c6fcdf_0_22
If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Kramer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
GPPSS meal distribution every Wednesday
Free meals distributed Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
From 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. every Wednesday, families can pick up a week’s worth of meals for students under age 18 or those receiving special education services under age 26. Simply drive through North High School, 707 Vernier, in Grosse Pointe Woods. In order to keep this as safe as possible for everyone, these meals will be served as “grab and goes” to be taken home for consumption. Free lunch will be served at all schools for students who order when attending in person. Free breakfast will be served at Defer, Mason, Monteith, Parcells, Pierce, North and South when students attend school in person. This is made possible through an extension of the USDA grant.
Free and Reduced Meal Applications: https://gpschools.formstack.com/forms/freeorreduced
Important: Please complete an application each school year if you think you might be eligible as this greatly impacts the district’s ability to access state and federal funding sources. This information is confidential.