Amanda Moore Elementary School

April 2017 Chalkboard News

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Important Dates:

4/1/17 - 4/9/17 SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL (School Resumes 4/10)

4/12/17 - CANCELLED PLC Day

4/14/17 - NO SCHOOL

4/26/17 - PLC Day (Dismissal at 1:55 p.m.)


April marks the beginning of the M-Step assessment window. M-STEP stands for Michigan Student Test for Educational Progress. This assessment is important for us as educators. It helps us determine how effectively students are learning the state standards. This information allows us to make important instructional and curricular decisions so we can accomplish our mission of "Empowering ALL students to succeed!"

It is important you have answers to commonly asked questions.

What students at Amanda Moore will be tested?

All students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade will take the M-STEP assessment.

When will testing take place at Amanda Moore?

The state sets testing windows for each grade level. All students in a particular grade must have their assessments completed within the allotted window.

This year, the windows are as follows:

*5th April 10 - May 5

*4th May 1 - May 26

*3rd May 1 - May 26

Amanda Moore's schedule is as follows:

*5th grade: April 10 - April 21

*4th Grade: May 1 - May 10

*3rd Grade: May 11 - May 18

What subject areas are assessed on the M-STEP?

All students in grades 3 through 5 will take Math and English Language Arts (ELA). ELA is a combination of both reading and writing. In addition, students in grade 4 will take Science and students in grade 5 will take Social Studies.

Will the M-STEP impact my child's grades?

No, the M-STEP will have no impact on our grading. When assessment results are released by the the state we will provide you with a parent report which shows how your child performed.

Can I help my child prepare for the M-STEP?

Yes, you can help your child prepare by having them have awesome attendance, plenty of sleep, and great nutrition. For a more in depth one page flyer on this topic from the Department of Education, select this hyperlink.

Where can I find more information about the M-STEP?

In addition to the information above, I have embedded a short two minute video and another hyperlink below. For more valuable information regarding the M-STEP from the Michigan Department of Education, select this hyperlink.

M-STEP: What can students expect?

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month!! Autism Spectrum Disorder and Autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Current statistics show that 1 in 50 American children have been diagnosed with a form of Autism. There is no one cause of Autism nor is there one type of Autism. It is known as an umbrella disorder. You can find more information about Autism at htttp://

PTO / PTA / Parent Club Stakeholder Vote

Thank you all for your participation with the very important vote which I am using to determine how our parent organization will function next year. 77 stakeholders responded to the poll. 11.7% selected PTA, 32.5% selected PTO and an overwhelming majority 55.8% selected Parent Club.

Our timeline for the transition is as follows:

The remainder of the 2016-2017 school year we will be governed by our PTO and the current by-laws, with a few exceptions. First, the nomination and voting procedures outlined within the by-laws will not be applicable and therefore will not occur this spring.

Effective July 1, 2017 the Amanda Moore PTO will officially become a Parent Club for the 2017-2018 school year. As I mentioned in my letter regarding the vote this can be revisited annually if necessary.

I would like to sincerely thank the amazing individuals who serve as this year's PTO board. I am in awe of the selfless dedication of time, money and talent they put forward to make Amanda Moore Elementary School an outstanding place for students to learn, love and laugh!


Roger Bennett, Principal

"Empowering ALL students to succeed!"

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Thank You

Thank you to all the volunteers who worked to make March an amazing month for our students. Below is a list of all the outstanding events and activities which only happened because of all our wonderful volunteers.

- Family Fun Night

- Mystery Readers

- Classroom Helpers

- St. Baldrick's

- Down Syndrome Awareness Day

- Jump Rope For Heart

- Science Olympiad Practice and Competition

- March is Reading Month

- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Pasta for Pennies)

- Student Council

- Family Literacy Night

- Game Night

- Morning Special Announcements

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Reducing and Reusing Basics

The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy - raw materials must be extracted from the earth, and the product must be fabricated then transported to wherever it will be sold. As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment and save money.

Benefits of Reducing and Reusing

· Prevents pollution caused by reducing the need to harvest new raw materials

· Saves energy

· Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change

· Helps sustain the environment for future generations

· Saves money

· Reduces the amount of waste that will need to be recycled or sent to landfills and incinerators

· Allows products to be used to their fullest extent

Ideas on How to Reduce and Reuse

· Buy used. You can find everything from clothes to building materials at specialized reuse centers and consignment shops. Often, used items are less expensive and just as good as new.

· Look for products that use less packaging. When manufacturers make their products with less packaging, they use less raw material. This reduces waste and costs. These extra savings can be passed along to the consumer. Buying in bulk, for example, can reduce packaging and save money.

· Buy reusable over disposable items. Look for items that can be reused; the little things can add up. For example, you can bring your own silverware and cup to work, rather than using disposable items.

· Maintain and repair products, like clothing, tires and appliances, so that they won't have to be thrown out and replaced as frequently.

Borrow, rent or share items that are used infrequently, like party decorations, tools or furniture.

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Amanda Moore Elementary School

Romeo Community Schools:

Board of Education:

Mrs. Anita Banach, President

Mr. Chris Young, Vice President

  • Mr. Mike Antoine, Secretary
  • Dr. Gus Demas, Treasurer
  • Mrs. Jill Rilley, Trustee
  • Mr. Wayne Conner, II, Trustee
  • Mrs. Kim Barrows, Trustee

  • Central Office:
  • Mr. Eric Whitney, Superintendent
  • Ms. Jennifer McFarlane, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services
  • Mr. Don Gratton, Executive Director of Facilities & Quality Control
  • Mr. David Massoglia, 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
  • Mrs. Dee LoGrasso, Secretary
  • Mrs. Tammy Hagood, Office Aide