Amanda Moore Elementary School

August/September 2018 Chalkboard News

Principal Note

August 23, 2018


Dear Amanda Moore Families,


It is that time again! Back to school!! Those words bring so many different emotions to people. Excitement, fear, anxiety, hope, relief, stress, optimism, to name a few. I enjoy reading my Facebook news feed and seeing posts which reflect the different emotions. Some say, “tag teachers, you’re it”, while others say things like, “I’ll miss bonfires and barefoot blue jean nights”. I want to continue our focus on positivity and fun by offering the suggestion of excitement and positive emotions surrounding the upcoming school year. I for one am very excited to welcome the students and staff back to Amanda Moore. I look forward to seeing all their smiling faces and observing another year of growth and learning! It doesn’t mean I won’t miss the summer weather, time with family or the lack of structure, it just means I’m ready for the next season to begin.


Over the summer I was able to continue my New Year Resolution to read more. The #AMES2018Books campaign continued and I read several books on leadership and some for entertainment as well. Check out my Twitter @RogerBennett34 or my Facebook page Principal Bennett, to see the books I read. Don’t forget to keep posting your books on Twitter and Facebook by adding #AMES2018Books so we can see all the books read by Amanda Moore students, staff and parents.


We will continue our relentless pursuit of continuous improvement. This year you can expect to see a continued commitment to foundational literacy skills and a balanced literacy approach to ELA instruction. Classroom leveled reading libraries continue to improve as teachers and the district continue to add materials, which are essential for meeting the needs of each student. We will continue to focus on teaching conceptual understanding of mathematics, which will help our students understand mathematics more thoroughly. The staff will continue to utilize cooperative learning, technology, physical movement, feedback and other high leverage strategies within instruction.


Romeo Community Schools addressed the desperate need for mental health support at the elementary school level by hiring two additional school social workers. Many of our students struggle with stress, fear, anxiety, depression, and social skills. Our new district social workers will allow for an increase in social work services here at Amanda Moore from one day last year up to 3 days this year with additional support available on the two off days as needed. This additional support will have a tremendous impact on our students in need of those services, as well as those who are not in need of those services by helping proactively intervene with students so that extreme behaviors and other crises are reduced and averted.


Our updated parent/student handbook is available on-line at www.romeok12.org under Amanda Moore Elementary School and then click on “For Parents and Students”. Please take the time to read the handbook with your child prior to the start of the school year. If you do require a physical copy of the handbook, please contact Ms. LoGrasso and a copy will be printed for you.


We at Amanda Moore are looking forward to another great year of empowering ALL students to succeed!


Roger Bennett

Principal

Amanda Moore Elementary School

Empowering ALL students to succeed!

Meet the Teacher/Curriculum Night Schedule Tuesday, August 28th

Tuesday, Aug. 28th, 5-6:30pm

209 Dickenson Street

Romeo, MI

Are you ready to get the 2018-2019 school year underway? Come to Amanda Moore on Tuesday, August 28th, at 5:00 pm. Teachers will be in their rooms to answer questions and meet you and their new students. This is a great time to bring in school supplies and get desks set up so that the first day of school is simple and familiar for all.

The Kona Ice truck will be here offering free shaved ice and students and parents will have the opportunity to see all our new playground additions. Our Student Age Child Care program director, Jeanine Beck, will be here to answer questions about before and after school care, as well as assist with registration. There will be opportunities to learn about our Parent Club, as well as our upcoming school fundraisers and events.

We look forward to seeing everyone Tuesday night!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

HOURS OF OPERATION

Main Office 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Student Day 8:14 a.m. – 3:12 p.m.

Half Day 8:14 a.m. – 11:24 a.m.

PLC 8:14 a.m. – 1:55 p.m.

CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENTS


All teacher assignments were made with careful consideration for individual needs. Academics, learning style, behavior, and social interactions were all factored into the classroom and teacher assignments. These assignments are complex and can have an impact on multiple students. Therefore, all assignments are final and will not be changed. If your child was registered for Amanda Moore Elementary School after the office closed in June, class assignments were based on section enrollment and balanced classrooms. Those teacher placements will be shared with those families via phone call on Monday, August 27th.


Playground Updates!

It is with great pleasure that we get to announce the completion of our playground initiative. The final phase of the initiative was completed this week. Five benches, 3 picnic tables and a funnel ball were all installed and are ready for use. They look great!! Below are a few pictures. In addition, our sponsor sign was installed over the summer as well. Thanks to all our sponsors, initiative organizers, school board, community members, staff and students who all worked together to make this a reality.

School Supply Drive

Kindergarten Staggered Start Schedule

COMMUNICATION

We are a Michigan Certified Green School and we earned that designation by doing our part to reduce, reuse and recycle. Part of our efforts to “reduce” has led us to be a paperless school. At this point, this will only be new to families who are joining us for the first time this school year. You will receive limited paper communication from the Amanda Moore Elementary School office. You will receive nearly all important school information via your email. In addition to email, we have an active Facebook page where you will find pictures, videos and event reminders posted frequently. We currently have 420 followers, which is up over 100 followers from last year at this time. We would love to have every parent at Amanda Moore follow our Facebook page so they can see all the great things that happen here. Click on the hyperlink to check out our page. AMANDA MOORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FACEBOOK PAGE

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES (PLC)

PLC early release days are built into our calendar again this school year. During PLC days, educators work hard to analyze data and make appropriate instructional adjustments as necessary. Our teams at Amanda Moore are ready to utilize this time to empower ALL students to succeed!


PLC Dates:


September 12

September 26

October 10

October 31

November 14

November 28

December 12

January 9

January 23

February 13

February 27

March 13

March 27

April 24

May 8

May 22

TRANSPORTATION

Bus stop and bus route information is currently available on line. To access the bus #, pickup time, and drop off time please go to https://trans.romeo.k12.mi.us/liveweb/webquery/. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Transportation Department at 586-752-0267.

ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL

Please use the southwest lot/driveway to drop off your child for school and please do not use the bus loop area to drop off students. When using the parking lot, please follow these simple rules.

1. Drive slowly and safely.

2. If you need to park, it MUST be in a parking spot. Parking spots are available throughout the lot and the adjacent basketball courts.

3. To drop off without exiting your vehicle (because if you as the driver exit the vehicle

that is known as parking), pull up along the sidewalk as far as possible and have your child/ren ONLY exit from the passenger side directly onto the sidewalk. Once your child/ren have safely exited the vehicle, you can pull out to make room for other vehicles.


Please watch this student made video to help better understand the parking lot expectations.

NOON DUTY EMPLOYMENT

Are you interested in helping out in our cafeteria every day from 10:55 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.? Visit our district website and apply. We are always looking for parents to help supervise and assist our students at lunch and recess. Even if you can only fill in once in a while as a substitute, please apply! Apply Here

ABSENCE CALL-IN/EMAIL

Please contact the office to notify the school if your child will be absent. Contact Ms. LoGrasso in the main office by calling the attendance Line at 586-752-0261 or emailing dee.lograsso@romeok12.org. Please do not call the main office number to report your child’s absence. We need to keep that line open for emergencies and other time sensitive communication. Thank you.


Green School Environmental Tip

Earth Friendly Landscaping

When landscaping your yard, you can protect your kids, pets, and the environment from harm. Use pesticides sparingly. Put mulch around trees and plants. Water your lawn only when it needs it and choose plants native to Michigan. Once established, they will tolerate dry weather and resist disease.

Amanda Moore Elementary School

Romeo Community Schools:


Board of Education:

Dr. Gus Demas, President

Mr. Chris Young, Vice President

  • Mrs. Jill Rilley, Secretary
  • Mrs. Kim Barrows, Treasurer
  • Mr. Mike Antoine, Trustee
  • Mr. Wayne Conner, II, Trustee
  • Mrs. Anita Banach, Trustee

  • Central Office:
  • Mr. Todd Robinson, Superintendent
  • Ms. Jennifer McFarlane, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services
  • Mr. Don Gratton, Executive Director of Facilities & Quality Control
  • Ms. Vicki Laseke, Executive Director of Business and Finance
  • Mr. Mark Nelson, Executive Director of Technology

  • Interpretación en español disponible poniéndose en contacto con Celia Ciecko 586-281-1419.

  • Amanda Moore Elementary School:

  • Mr. Roger Bennett, Principal
  • Ms. Dee LoGrasso, Secretary
  • Mrs. Tammy Hagood, Office Aide