Andersonville Elementary Newsletter
Update from Mrs. Fletcher
I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break! March was filled with lots of special activities and events. This newsletter includes lots of pictures for your viewing pleasure.
As we begin the month of April, thoughts of warmer temperatures and Spring activities enter our minds. Please make sure your children are dressed appropriately for outside recess. Also, please check the lost and found for any missing items. Winter items that are not claimed soon will be donated.
Your feedback and support are critical in making the education of each child a true partnership between family and school. We are a community that works together to ensure the safety, academic success, and social/emotional well-being of all of our students. My door is always open and I encourage you to stop in or call to make an appointment to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas to continue to make this the best year yet!
This newsletter includes the following items:
- Memories from March Events & Activities
- Morning Drop-Off
- Looking ahead at 2016-17
- Kindergarten Orientation
- M-STEP for Grades 3-5
- Calendar of Events
March Events & Activities
The month of March included some fun celebrations. Please enjoy the pictures below of these events!
5th Grade Music Concert
Morning Drop Off Reminders
Also, please say your good-byes to children in the lobby area. At this point in the school year students are able to make their way to their classrooms independently. Our school day begins at 8:30 am and we need children in their classrooms and ready to engage in learning with minimal distractions in the hallways.
Please know that safety is a priority for me. I am partnering with colleagues at our central office as well as local law enforcement to investigate our drop off procedures and explore potential improvements. Feedback and suggestions will be sought throughout this investigation.
Looking Ahead at 2016-17
Considerable work is done to ensure the proper placement of students as they advance from one grade level to the next. The principal begins the process in the Spring with input from teachers and parents.
Information from parents must be submitted to the principal during the Spring planning period. The district prohibits parents asking for a specific teacher. Parents may request a type of learning environment or atmosphere they feel is most conducive to their child’s learning or if their child has some special needs that should be taken into consideration.
Parent requests must be submitted in writing to Mrs. Fletcher no later than Friday, May 20.
Kindergarten Information for 2016-17
Andersonville's Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for Monday, April 25, 2016. Our current Kindergarteners do not attend school on this day.
M-STEP for Grades 3-5
Andersonville Elementary students in grades 3-5 will be taking the Michigan Student Test of Educational Process (MSTEP) beginning this week. We have created a schedule based on the state - given testing window. These assessments will be online and all grades will take Math and ELA assessments. Fifth grade will also take Social Studies assessments and fourth grade will take Science assessments.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or the main office.
M-Step Testing Window for the specific grade levels:
5th grade: April 13 - April 22
3rd grade: April 26 - May 4
4th grade: May 10 - May 19
Testing will take place during the morning hours. Please try not to schedule appointments for your child during their testing times.
Students who arrive to school after the testing has started will not be able to participate in the day’s assessment. Make-up sessions are scheduled for Fridays.
A few ways you can support your child during this time are:
Arrive to school on time
Eat a nutritious breakfast
Get a good night’s rest
Bring a book to read after testing
Encourage your child to do their best - it is not intended to be stressful
Calendar of Events
Here are important dates coming up in April:
1 Half Day for Students - Teacher Half Records Day
4-8 NO SCHOOL/Spring Recess
18 Parent/Teacher Conferences (5:00-8:00)
20 Late Start Day – 9:20
20 Parent/Teacher Conferences (4:30-7:30)
25 Kindergarten Orientation – 9:00-3:00 (No School for Current Kindergarteners)
26 2nd Grade Concert 7:00-8:00
29 Festival Day
Board of Education & Central Office Administration
Steve Hyer, President
Elizabeth Egan, Vice President
Kelli Horst, Treasurer
Susan Boatman, Secretary
Cheryl McGinnis, Trustee
Craig Hamilton, Trustee
Gregory Need, Trustee
Central Office Administration
Dr. Rod Rock, Superintendent
Shawn Ryan, Deputy Superintendent
Mary Beth Rogers, Executive Director of Business Services
John Lucido, Executive Director of Human Resources
Kathy Christopher, Executive Director of Student Support Services