Amanda Moore Elementary School

April 2016 Chalkboard News


What is the M-STEP?

M-STEP stands for Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress. It is a state-mandated test intended to measure students’ academic growth. To take a look at an M-STEP sample for yourself, try the Early Preview at For the Early Preview to work, you must use Google Chrome as your web browser.

The M-STEP assessments will be administered entirely online. Our students will utilize their iPads to do all of their testing. The District will provide keyboards and iPad stands, which stay at school, to make the iPads easier to use for testing purposes.

Who is tested?

All third through fifth grade students will take the M-STEP assessments. Students in middle and high school will also take the M-STEP assessments.

When will the testing take place?

The state sets testing windows for each grade level. All students in a particular grade must have their tests completed within the allotted window. This year, the testing windows will be as follows:

  • 5th Grade: April 11 - April 29

  • 4th Grade: May 9 - May 27

  • 3rd Grade: April 25 - May 13

Our school’s schedule is as follows:

  • 5th Grade: April 13, 14, 19, 20 & 21

  • 4th Grade: May 10, 11, 17 & 18

  • 3rd Grade: April 27, May 3 & 4

What subject areas are tested on the M-STEP?

All students in grades 3 through 5 will take Math and English Language Arts (ELA) assessments (ELA is a combination of Reading and Writing). In addition, grade 4 will take a Science assessment and grade 5 will take a Social Studies assessment. Each assessment has multiple parts and may take multiple days to complete.

Will the M-STEP affect my child’s grades?

No, the M-STEP will not impact your child’s grades. When test results are released, we will provide you with a parent report that shows how your child performed, but his or her report card grades will not be affected.

Why is the M-STEP Important?

As a school, we will use M-STEP results as one measure of the effectiveness of our instruction and to determine how students are progressing in their mastery of Michigan’s Academic Standards. The M-STEP results will also be used by our State to determine the effectiveness of our school and to compare the progress of students and schools across Michigan.

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Have you heard about the bond yet?

Make sure to vote on May 3rd or by absentee ballot.

Here is a summary of the projects that will be completed at

Amanda Moore Elementary School:

· Relocating and securing the school office and school entrance

· Upgrading flooring, ceiling tiles and lighting

· Upgrading the fire alarm system

· Upgrading the kitchen

· Updating the HVAC controls

· Upgrading casework

· Replacing roofing

· Replacing worn out classroom, media center and office furniture

· Parking lot and sidewalk replacement

Anyone who lives in the Romeo Community School District, will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, and is registered to vote by April 4, 2016, can vote. Obviously, the vote of every person is important.

If you have questions or need more information, please call me at (586)752-0260. You can also visit and click on School Election Information, or you can call Superintendent of Schools Eric Whitney at (586)752-0225.

Thank you for taking the time to read about this important ballot proposal.

Roger Bennett

Roger Bennett, Principal

Amanda Moore Elementary School

“Empowering ALL students to succeed!”

Amanda Moore Elementary School “Adopt-A-Garden” Program

Help us make Amanda Moore beautiful! The Adopt-A-Garden program is an opportunity for families, community groups, grandparents or even local businesses to be hands-on members of the team that keeps our school looking nice on the outside. Your contribution of time and effort (on your own schedule) will be greatly appreciated. Garden areas will be small and easily maintained by individuals. Larger groups can adopt more than one! For more information and the registration form click here!

Battle of the Books

Amanda Moore had three teams of fifth graders compete in this year's Battle of the Books at the Romeo Graubner Library. One of our three teams (The Nerd Herd) placed first out of eleven teams that competed. Way to go Amanda Moore!

Looking for something to do during our spring break?

The Romeo Graubner Library will have programs daily for elementary aged kids. There will be crafts, storytelling, scavenger hunts and more.

For more information or specific details contact:

Deborah Motley
Children's Librarian
Romeo District Library
586-752-0603 x1005


Thank you to all the volunteers who worked to make March an amazing month for our students. Below is a list of all the outstanding events and activities which only happened because of all our wonderful volunteers.

-Family Fun Night

-Mystery Readers

-Classroom Helpers

-Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast

-St. Baldrick's

-Bond Informational Tables

-PTO Informational Table

-Evening PTO Meeting

-Down Syndrome Awareness Day

-Amanda Moore's Birthday Celebration

-Jump Rope for Heart

-Science Olympiad Practice and Competition

-Green Team

-Battle of the Books

-March is Reading Month

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month!! Autism Spectrum Disorder and Autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Current statistics show that 1 in 50 American children have been diagnosed with a form of Autism. There is no one cause of Autism nor is there one type of Autism. It is known as an umbrella disorder. You can find more information about Autism at htttp://

Science Olympiad

Good luck to our Science Olympiad team!!! Their big competition is scheduled for Saturday, April 23rd at the Macomb Community College South Campus. Go team Amanda Moore!!

Boys & Girls Club Summer Camps

Summer camps at the Boys & Girls Club in Washington Township are now open for registration. Camps start the first week after Romeo Community Schools are done. We are offering 10 weeks of camps starting June 13, 2016 and running thru August 19, 2016.

Camps are $75 per week, per child, plus $25 yearly membership. Camp hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Registration is limited to the first 45 kids signed up per week. Parents provide daily lunch and club provides late afternoon snack.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb Counties, go to our website
For camp description, application and membership forms, go to the Washington Township location on the site. These forms can be downloaded and brought into the club.

Contact Stanley Babinski, Unit Director, by phone or email for additional information.

Washington Township Unit

Phone: 586-277-1208

Campbell's Soup Labels for Education

As you may have heard, Campbell Soup is ending its Labels for Education Program this year. This program has allowed us to purchase sports equipment for the playground, including soccer balls, basketballs, jump ropes, etc.

The last time labels will be collected will be April 29th. If you have labels to turn in, please make sure to do it before the 29th! The class with the most labels will receive a pizza party.

Top 3 Classes (current)

Ms. Bely - 2092 points

Mrs. Lomakoski - 1253 points

Ms. Zarovska - 1039 points

Earth Day Project

April 22nd is Earth Day!!! Amanda Moore would like to celebrate it with a planting project during last recess. We are looking for parent volunteers to help make this all school project a success.

We will be making biodegradable planters for students to plant around our community. Please contact Mrs. Friedli for more information or to volunteer at

Green School Environmental Tips

Reducing and Reusing Basics

The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy - raw materials must be extracted from the earth, and the product must be fabricated then transported to wherever it will be sold. As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment and save money.

Benefits of Reducing and Reusing

· Prevents pollution caused by reducing the need to harvest new raw materials

· Saves energy

· Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change

· Helps sustain the environment for future generations

· Saves money

· Reduces the amount of waste that will need to be recycled or sent to landfills and incinerators

· Allows products to be used to their fullest extent

Ideas on How to Reduce and Reuse

· Buy used. You can find everything from clothes to building materials at specialized reuse centers and consignment shops. Often, used items are less expensive and just as good as new.

· Look for products that use less packaging. When manufacturers make their products with less packaging, they use less raw material. This reduces waste and costs. These extra savings can be passed along to the consumer. Buying in bulk, for example, can reduce packaging and save money.

· Buy reusable over disposable items. Look for items that can be reused; the little things can add up. For example, you can bring your own silverware and cup to work, rather than using disposable items.

· Maintain and repair products, like clothing, tires and appliances, so that they won't have to be thrown out and replaced as frequently.

Borrow, rent or share items that are used infrequently, like party decorations, tools or furniture.


A major initiative this school year has been to improve our presence within the community and our communication with all our stakeholders. Our official Amanda Moore Elementary School Facebook Page was launched this year and we currently have 195 likes! Through our page, you can view the morning announcements (yes, they are a video broadcast posted daily and we now have a "green screen"...think of the possibilities!!!). In addition, important communication, reminders and pictures of our students learning and enjoying our great events and activities can all be found on our page. Please click on the embedded hyperlink in this blurb or at the bottom of the newsletter and like us if you haven't already.
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Romeo Community Schools:

Board of Education:

Mrs. Anita Banach, President

Mr. Mike Antoine, Vice President

Mr. Chris Giancarli, Secretary

  • Mr. Chris Young, Treasurer
  • Mr. Wayne Conner II, Trustee
  • Dr. Gus Demas, Trustee
  • Mr. Ed Sosnoski, Trustee

  • Central Office:
  • Mr. Eric Whitney, Superintendent
  • Ms. Jennifer McFarlane, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services
  • Ms. Grace Stafford, Executive Director of Human Resources
  • Mr. Don Gratton, Executive Director of Facilities & Quality Control
  • Mr. David Massoglia, Executive Director of Business and Finance
  • Mr. Mark Nelson, Executive Director of Technology

  • Amanda Moore Elementary School:
  • Mr. Roger Bennett, Principal
  • Mrs. Dee LoGrasso, Secretary
  • Mrs. Tammy Hagood, Office Aide

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