State Road Newsletter

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Barry Tiemann, Principal

Mrs. Overfield and Mrs. Hickoff, Secretaries

From the Desk of Mr. Tiemann

Does your child (or group of friends) have a special talent that they would love to perform in front of hundreds of cheering fans (our State Road parents)? The annual State Road TALENT SHOW (hosted by our Tiger Leadership Committee) will be the evening of Friday, March 4. We will be sending out more information soon, but wanted to get these dates on your calendar so that your child(ren) can start practicing! :-) (Due to the length of the show, we will be holding auditions and not all acts will be able to perform in the show).

Tentative Talent Show Dates:

Wednesday, Feb. 3 - Auditions after school (more information coming home soon)

Thursday, feb. 4 - Auditions after school

Wednesday, Feb. 17 - Talent Show Practice after school (must attend 1 or the 2 practices)

Wednesday, Feb. 24 - Talent Show Practice after school

Wednesday, Mar. 2 - Talent Show Rehearsal (must attend)

Friday, Mar. 4 - STATE ROAD TALENT SHOW (in the evening, time tbd)

Upcoming Events / Mark Your Calendar

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Tiger Leadership Committee Meeting

Our Tiger Leadership Committee (Class Reps for Grades 3-5) will be meeting this Wednesday, January 6 after school until 4:30pm! They will be planning for our upcoming State Road TALENT SHOW!!! THANK YOU to Mrs. Plunkett and Mrs. Chapple for being our TLC Parent Reps!!!


Our next session of After School Programs are just around the corner! We have TEN awesome classes for your child(ren) to choose from! Registration and payment is due to the school office by Tuesday, Jan. 19. Please click the link for more information!

NWEA Winter Benchmark Testing Window Begins

All students K-5 will participate in our NWEA Winter Benchmark (online) testing sometime between Jan. 11 - 27. K-1 students are assessed in Math and Reading, and our grade 2-5 students are assessed in Math, Reading, and Language usage. All assessments are online and will be completed in the computer lab or on our new Chromebooks.

Hungry Howie's Pizza Night!

Our next Hungry Howie's Pizza Night will be Thursday, Jan. 14. Please remember to tell them that you are from State Road Elementary and which classroom your child(ren) are in. The classroom with the most families ordering will win a Pizza Party!

Popcorn Day!

Friday, January 15 is our next Popcorn Day! All bags just $0.50. THANK YOU to all of our wonderful parent volunteers for helping each month! You are truly appreciated!!!


There is NO SCHOOL for students and staff on Monday, January 18th in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Math in Focus - PARENT NIGHT!

Elementary parents are invited to join us for a night of math on January 21, 2016. This is a repeat session of the 2014-2015 Math Parent University. Due to the rave reviews, we are holding the same session again for those who were unable to attend. Please click the link for more information:


Our next LEO'S FAMILY NIGHT for State Road is Thursday, January 28 from 5-8pm at the Leo's Coney Island on Silver Lake Road! Please plan to join us for dinner and/or dessert and enjoy some quality time with other State Road families! A percentage of all sales (including take-out) are donated back to State Road to help provide classroom supplies and materials! THANK YOU for your support!!!

Half Days of School!

BOTH Thursday, Jan. 28 and Friday, Jan. 29 are HALF DAYS of School for all students (K-12). Dismissal for our students is at 11:55am. Friday, January 29 is the last day of our first semester.

FEF Winter Blues Dinner!

Join other Fenton parents and community members at this FUN evening event hosted by the Fenton Education Foundation! The Winter Blues Dinner is Friday, February 5 beginning at 6:30pm at the Fenton Community Center! Tickets can be purchase by using the link below and include dinner, beverages, and live entertainment with Newsmaker! Click here for more information:!winter-blues-dinner--fundraiser/cz1c


Happy New Year State Road!

January Meeting

Our January meeting will be Tuesday, January 12th at 9 a.m. in the Library. Please join us!

PTO Profit!

Because of you, the PTO has some extra profit to spend and we are looking for ideas! If you know of a need or something you feel would benefit our school and our students, we want to hear from you! Please consider joining us at our meeting to share your ideas. Thank you!!

Popcorn Friday

This month’s popcorn Friday will be Friday, January 15th. Popcorn is $0.50 per bag. You can send in $ that day if you are not prepaid or if you want to buy extra bags. If you are able to help, please meet in the cafeteria after drop off in the morning. Thank You!

Box Tops

We are gearing up for our final Box Tops contest for this school year. More information will be sent home in the coming weeks. Keep clipping! We are almost ½ way to our goal of $3,000 and duct-taping Mr. Tiemann to the wall!

Thank you so much State Road for being so awesome!

If you haven’t already, please like our Facebook page!

Fenton State Road Elementary PTO.

The 2015-16 PTO Board Members are:

President – Kathi Hart – 810-577-8337 –

Co-Vice President – Erin Keros – 248-535-1094 –

Co-Vice President - Kate LeFever - 419-704-3734 -

Secretary – Karen Shanahan – 810-714-9234 –

Treasurer – Stacey Arnst – 248-790-7071 –

Allergy Information for our Cafeteria

  • All food served in the cafeteria in our ‘hot lunch’ line is peanut-free! We are no longer serving any peanut butter sandwiches or peanut-based products. (There will still be sunflower seeds available on the salad bar).

  • Our Food Service Department is offering a new Birthday Treat option to all families. Please see the Fenton Food Service website for more information.

  • We are continuing with our Allergy Table Option in our Cafetorium. Students with severe food allergies will still have the option to sit at our Allergy Table; or they can choose to sit at the “Red Zone” (which is a Nut Free area of our cafeteria tables) along with a “Yellow Zone” where friends with safe lunches can eat. This will allow our students to feel like they are part of their class and not segregated from everyone, while still sitting at a safe section of the table.
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Parking Lot & Security Procedures!

THANK YOU to all of our families who are following our new Parking Lot & Security Procedures! Your patience and efforts helps us maintain a safe environment for our students. As we continue to work out some of the nuances of our parking procedures, I am asking everyone to abide by the following:

  • Please do NOT Park in the pickup/drop off area OR any other area of our parking lot that is not designated as a parking spot. The loops and the areas of each lot marked with diagonal lines should never be used as a parking spot and continue to cause traffic issues due to people parking in these areas.

  • If you are dropping off/picking up your child in the loop, please pull up to the closest car in the designated drop off section. If you are 4-5 cars back and still within the drop off zone, please let your child out to keep the traffic flow moving.

  • Students should only enter and exit vehicles on the right (passenger) side! Please do not have your student enter/exit on the left and walk in front of or behind your vehicle.

  • Please do not exit your vehicle in the drop off/pick up loop!

The link below will take you to our Parking Lot Map & Procedures page:


Lice, lice, lice... Does that make your head itch? The good news is that we don't have any students with lice... "yet!" The only way to prevent lice from spreading in school is to prevent it from coming into the school in the first place! This can only happen with the help of EVERY FAMILY in our school! The lice reports from local doctors are telling us that the lice are not responding to the harsh chemical and prescriptions treatments.

We all need to take preventative measures and educate ourselves and our children on how to prevent the spread of lice. Children should not share combs, hats (including ball caps at sporting events), pillows (at sleepovers), or coats/jackets (especially with hoods).

Children should not 'touch heads' while sitting close to a friend. Children/girls with long hair can keep it pulled back in a ponytail or braids, and spritzed with hairspray and/or tea tree oil. Please also refer to the lice prevention & treatment information found on our website (click the link below):


We are currently collecting the following items:

Cellular Phones (non working and working)

Food Pouches (i.e. Go Go Squeeze, Squishem’s, any brand, caps included)

Ink Cartridges (all print cartridges accepted)

Juice Pouches (any brand, straws too)

Oral Care Items (toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, floss containers, all packaging for these items)

Tape dispensers and cores

Toner Cartridges

All items can be dropped off in the school lobby recycling bins. Each donation is not only keeping trash out of the landfill, it also earns $ for our school! Additionally, students are now able to recycle their plastic bags and disposable plastic containers in the lunchroom, and our staff continue to recycle paper and cardboard.

If you would like to join the State Road Recycles team, please email your contact information or questions about the program to Sarah Martin-Fanone at

Fenton Food Service Menus!

New to our Newsletter: Please click the link below to visit our Fenton Food Service website where you can access our breakfast and lunch menus for the month! Click Here to take you to their Newsletter:

Please Help Prevent the Spread of Sickness, Head Lice, etc...

Parents: We have had several confirmed cases of a Stomach Virus and one case of head lice this week. The best way to prevent the spread of sickness, communicable diseases, or issues such as head lice is to take preventative steps at home prior to sending your child to school. Please also contact the office right away to let us know of any sickness or confirmed case of lice that your child may have. For more ‘health’ related information, please visit the State Road website and select “Student Health Info” under the Information Tab. Thank you!

Please visit the "Student Health Information" section of our website (link below) for more information!