Marlette Elementary News

March 2021

From the Principal's Desk

March is Women's History Month and National Reading Month. We have a lot of great activities planned to promote literacy! Thank you for partnering with us to encourage all of our children to love reading! Our book fair is March 1-5, coin drive to support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Sanilac County runs March 8-12, and we have fun spirit days planned every Thursday. Our March is Reading month committee has transformed our school into a jungle because we are WILD ABOUT READING! Be sure to check out the decorating pics at the bottom of the newsletter.

Record or Zoom, read to our students!

The Sanilac County Literacy Committee is looking for volunteers from the community to read to our elementary students. We would like to invite you to read to our students through Zoom or a recording. During your Zoom meeting or through the video you create, we would like you to read a book to the students and explain your occupation. If you would like to schedule a specific time to Zoom live with our students, please send the date and time to your child’s teacher. We will set it up for you. If you would like to make a recording and send it to me, email it to jvislosky@marletteschools.org. To keep everyone safe and adhere to our Return to School Plans, we are still not allowing visitors.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Dear Friends,


Last December a group of community minded individuals began dreaming about the launch of a brand-new program in Sanilac County known as Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. We set off in 2020 full steam ahead anticipating a successful year of establishing this new program giving youngest citizens the opportunity to experience all the joy that can happen between the covers of a good book, and we have succeeded!


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Sanilac County provides FREE, high quality, age-appropriate books to all registered Sanilac County children under the age of 5. There is no cost to the families of the children who are enrolled in the program entirely because of the generosity of Sanilac County organization, businesses, and community members like you.


We are forever grateful for all the kind-hearted support our community has already given to initiate this program. As we look ahead to what 2021 will look like, we anticipate that over 900 children will be enrolled on average each and every month through our local Imagination Library. That is a lot of books, memories, and learning.


We ask that you consider a gift during the month of March to commemorate National Reading Month. It only takes $25 to provide a child with an Imagination Library book each month for a year or $125 from birth to the child’s fifth birthday.


You can give by visiting www.sanilacimaginationlibrary.org or by sending your gift directed to the:

Sanilac County Community Foundation
Memo: Imagination Library
47 Austin Street
P.O. Box 307
Sandusky, MI 48471


Thank you in advance for your consideration and for helping “Spark Imagination Through a Love of Reading!”


Sincerely,

The Sanilac County Imagination Library Dream Team

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Article of the Month

Every student has unlimited potential, but there are contributing factors that can affect whether our children eventually live up to that potential. Experts believe that a parent’s role in a child’s life has far-reaching impact. Parental involvement is extremely important for a child to do well in school. They are always attuned to learning: at home, with friends, and through other influences. We don't want to split this responsibility with you, 50/50. We will give 100% and expect you to also give 100%. Our kids deserve it! We have done a lot of work and made a lot of progress building the school-home connection out of necessity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is always room for improvement. https://www.usnews.com/opinion/knowledge-bank/articles/2017-06-20/parents-need-to-play-a-role-in-their-childrens-education

M-STEP 2021

Taking tests is a part of life. Enlistees are required to take a summative test to get into the military, as are students applying to most four-year colleges or universities. Many professionals — from plumbers to doctors — have to take tests to earn licenses. These end-of-the-school-year “summative” tests help prepare students for what lies ahead: tests for technical schools, college, the military, and many professions.


State standardized assessments like M-STEP are a type of “summative” assessment that measures student progress toward mastering a rigorous set of state standards in grades 3-6 in our building.


M-STEP is Michigan’s summative assessment and is the only state test given to most students each year. This is required under both state and federal law, to ensure all children are learning and receiving a high-quality education. Completion of the M-STEP takes an average of three to seven hours, depending on grade level. While we are unsure of what the tests will look like this year, we do know the federal government did not waive the requirements to take them this school year.

School Calendar and Hours

The Annual School Calendars along with District information may be accessed online at www.marletteschools.org. 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.

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast & lunch is served every day, free of charge, and is available to all students.


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 resubmitted 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

March 1-5, Book Fair week

March 2, Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

March 4, Cozy Day (pajamas)

March 8, Board of Education meeting

March 8-12, Sanilac County coin drive

March 11, Cozy Day and Flashlight Reading

March 18, Animal Print Day

March 19, Winter Homecoming

March 22-25, Book Boards displayed

March 25, Cozy Day

March 26, Reading Competition Winner Ice Cream Party

March 29-April 2, Spring Break

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Tobacco Free School Environment

Just a reminder that the Marlette Community Schools are a Tobacco Free School environment. Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited on all school property 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This also applies to your personal vehicle on school property. Please extinguish all tobacco products before entering school district property. Our property is a Drug Free School Zone.

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WILD ABOUT READING!