Andersonville Elementary Newsletter

April 2016

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

In partnership,

Kim Fletcher

March Events & Activities

The month of March included some fun celebrations. Please enjoy the pictures below of these events!

Guest Readers

5th Grade Music Concert

Special Assemblies

Eagle Night

Variety Show

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Morning Drop Off Reminders

Thank you for your patience during morning drop off. Please use caution and drive very slowly when in the AE parking lot. This is especially important during morning drop off and afternoon pick up when children and families are crossing between the parking lot and the building. Please do not double park or park illegally.

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

The enrollment process for the incoming Kindergartners for 2016-17 is taking place. All new enrollments are being taken at the CCS Administration Building, 6389 Clarkston Road. Information can be found on the district's website under the ENROLLMENT tab.

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

Please click here to view the entire list of important dates and events for this school year.

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

Board of Education

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

Non Discrimination Clause

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, it is the policy of the Clarkston Community School District that the Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic, in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. For more information contact the Executive Director of Human Resources, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400. For more information regarding ADA, contact the Deputy Superintendent, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400.