Weekly Update

week of April 11, 2016

Staff Meeting

Our April Staff Meeting will be devoted to where we are and where we want to go with The Leader in Me. The goal is to determine our Why, paradigms, and culture. I have created a very basic survey that I need every staff member to fill out. It asks for words you would use to describe the ideal Klager Elementary, it asks how you want this building to feel, and other questions that will help us create a mission, brand, theme, and color scheme. We can talk about what future training will look like and based on our survey, how often we want to meet as a group next year for Leadership Workshops/assemblies.

Google Form and directions


Modern Teacher

At the last Modern Teacher meeting, we were asked to look at our current programs and look to see how we might create a common theme and branding for Manchester Community Schools. The most common theme really appears to be personalized learning. I will be sending a Google Form that will ask you to share words and comments about personalized learning. I will need to take back words and phrases that represent Klager and personalized learning. Every staff member will need to fill out this form and be a part of our building voice.

This form needs to be done by everyone at Klager, not just certified staff. I need everyone's voice to be heard. I fyou did not fill this out last week, please do so by Wednesday, April 13th.


Quote of the week

Every child deserves a champion.

An adult who will never give up on them,

who understands the power of connection

and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.

Rita Pierson

Coin Drive Thank you...

An email from Cindy Kenney

Could you pass along our sincerest thanks to all of the Klager Staff for making it possible to have such a successful fund raiser this year. I know it was an interruption to the schedule and we do appreciate the effort it takes to get the kids excited about this. I am still in awe that this little group of kids and their families could raise this much money for Kids Against Hunger. Gonna be a tough act to follow!

I am still counting money and rolling coins in my sleep!

Thanks to everyone for supporting Kids Against Hunger and for K Kids role in making this happen.

Cindy Kenney

Kiwanis Advisor to K Kids

High School Band Coming

Jared Thornberry will bring a group of High School Band members to share the art of performance and joy of playing music to the third and fourth-grade students on Thursday, April 14th at 2:00 pm. They will arrive for set up after 1:40 pm.. This will mean that GYM/PE classes will be disrupted again!

Leader in Me

Video from Facebook that may work, a reminder about the Big Rocks.



A letter to share the greatness of the JRFH:

Dear Bryan Barnard:

On behalf of the American Heart Association and the millions of Americans we serve, thank you very much for your school's donation of *$10,278.13. Families and schools are critical links in providing the foundation for cardiovascular wellness in our country. By holding this event at your school each year, you raise awareness about heart-healthy living. And you help us fund more lifesaving scientific research and critically needed education efforts. Thank you.

Almost every family in America is touched by heart disease or stroke, and your school's contribution will significantly impact our fight against these devastating illnesses.

We hope that you, your faculty and your students found this lifesaving effort rewarding and enjoyable. You are touching so many lives — and life is why we exist as an organization. Your help and support are greatly appreciated, and we look forward to partnering again with you next year!

April Birthday's

  • April 27-Kristi Campbell
  • Apri 28-Heather Stommen

Math and Science Night

Kathy Benedict and Ruth VanBogelen are making Math and Science Night happen again this year. Kathy Benedict is organizing and filling in all of the details and Ruth Van Bogelen is working PR. This event is in competition with the first night of Passover, the High School Musical, and the Coop Preschool play.

The events look super fun and varied, I do know they are looking for volunteers and if you are available you can email mathandscience48158@gmail.com and Kathy will add you to the list.

Flyer: file:///Users/kvillarreal/Downloads/2016%20math%20and%20science%20night%20flyer.pdf

Spring NWEA Schedule

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Book Fair

On April 16, Washtenaw ISD will be hosting a book fair at the Ann Arbor Barnes and Noble store at 3235 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor between 11am and 4pm.

In addition to many activities planned for children and families, any purchases made that day using the book fair ID number will generate donations to purchase new books for young children attending programs in Flint including Head Start, Early Head Start, and Early On. As the event is also part of the Barnes and Noble teacher appreciation week, educators with school ID will also be eligible to receive an additional discount on their purchases.





Leadership Launch

We are getting ready for the excitement that is Kindergarten Roundup or as we call it Leadership Launch on April 20th, from 4:00-7:00 PM. We will need volunteers to make this event Klager-centric and amazing. I will ask for 6-8 student leaders to explain areas of our school and I would like 3-4 Klager Staff to help with some our bigger stations, like the balloons or the bus ride. The event will be a walking tour/scavenger hunt format with at least 11 stations. The students and station leaders will have a quick script to share with the families as they make their way through the building. The registration, snacks, and other leaders (PTO, Community Ed, Food Service) will be in the cafeteria. Katie Marsh and Courtney McLennan will take care of registration, copies, and paperwork. The Future Flying Dutchmen will receive a bus foldable, cookie, and balloon before they leave.

We are looking for staff volunteers to help with set up at 3:15 pm, 4 adult leaders from 4:00-5:30 and 5:30-7:00pm, and two adult volunteers to help clean up and move signage. I have created a Google Spreadsheet for sign up for adults and student leaders.


TEAM Graduation/TEAM Update

On Monday, April 11th the TEAM program is hosting the DEMO day, so you may see or hear things coming from room 109 and 110 at 1:30pm.

TEAM graduation will be April 14th at 6:30 pm in the Klager Gym. This will mean the stage and risers will be put up in the gym that morning and we will host a rehearsal that morning at 8:20 am. This means the gym will be disrupted by the stage and the Band performance at 2:00 on Thursday. Second grade PE will likely be in room 115 on Thursday.


The Robotics Team will be having a crayon drive to help fund their future events. I am meeting with Claudia Pierce to collect information on Tuesday, April 12th. You may see information going home and at events like Math and Science Night or TEAM graduation.

We are also collecting Crayola Markers to be recycled. If you have markers that are dry or you are done with, please send them to the office. They will be recycled by Crayola and not sit in a landfill.

Celebrity Servers Needed

May 4th will be the annual Celebrity Server Night for the Manchester Community School Foundation. I am looking for servers to work at Frank's Place and the Dairy Queen. We start at 4:00 and go until 8:00 pm. The shifts are generally 4:00-6:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm. I have attached a Google Sheet if you are able to help this year. All of the time served counts for Clear and Significant Hours.


Staff Appreciation RSVP

The MCS School Board will host the Staff Appreciation Breakfast on May 6th. The meal will be set up in room 115 and begin by 7:30 am. We will be sending out an RSVP so that Lisa and Jill can create a more appropriate amount of food.

Upcoming Dates

  • 4.11.16-NWEA Assessment Window opens
  • 4.11.16-Leadership Workshop
  • 4.11.16-Civic Club Dinner for TEAM essay Representatives
  • 4.14.16-Staff meeting
  • 4.14.16-TEAM graduation
  • 4.15.16-Movie Night
  • 4.18.16-Leadership Workshop
  • 4.20.16-Kindergarten Roundup
  • 4.21.16-Third grade field trip to Rural Ed Day
  • 4.22.16-PTO breakfast
  • 4.22.16-Mid Terms Klager/End of the trimester
  • April 20-22-PTO Book fair in Room 115
    • 4.22.16-Math and Science Night 6:00-8:00 pm
    • 4.22.16-Coop Preschool Play 6:30pm
    • 4.25.16-Modern Teacher mtg
    • 4.26.16-Fourth grade field trip to Michigan Historical Museum
    • 4.28.16-Grade level meeting-3/4 will meet together for MSTEP training
    • 4.29.16-Mid Terms go home
    • 5.5.16-Staff meeting
    • 5.3-5.5-3rd grade MSTEP
    • 5.6.16-First grade field trip to Howell Nature Center
    • 5.9-5.13-3rd-grade MSTEP makeups
    • 5.9.16-Leadership Workshop
    • 5.13.16-Movie Night
    • 5.17-5.19-4th grade MSTEP
    • 5.16.16-Kindergarten Leadership Workshop
    • 5.19.16-Grade level meeting
    • 5.23.16-Leadership Workshop
    • 5.24.16-PTO meeting
    • 5.26.16-Preschool will visit Klager at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm
    • 5.30.16-No School-Memorial Day
    • 6.1.16-DSIT
    • 6.2.16-Staff meeting
    • 6.2.16-Tentative Date for Kids Against Hunger packaging.

We believe...

The NEW School Mission Statement: Manchester Community Schools, in partnership with parents and community, use best practices to develop the skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity in all students to ensure they are future ready.

District and School Improvement Goals:

Goal 1: All Manchester Community Schools students will become proficient in their literacy skills.

Goal 2: All Manchester Community Schools students will become proficient in critical thinking.

Goal 3: All Manchester Community Schools students will become proficient in mathematical skills.

Goal 4: All staff will engage in the district-wide continuous improvement process.

District Vision: Educational Excellence in a Caring Community

District Purpose: Manchester students are provided the stepping stones for success.