Bear Bulletin

Maire Newsletter September 17th edition

Dear Maire Families,

School is back! Our staff commits the majority of their energy in the first two weeks to build strong relationships and classroom communities. We truly hope that each child knows they are loved, welcomed, and safe while they are here at school. As the academics ramp up, that relationship foundation is essential in order to push each child to maximize their potential.

Thank you to all the parents who came to Back to School Night this week. That is another part of school that we missed, having parents inside our school and in our classrooms. That community feeling, creating strong relationships with parents, is part of what makes Maire special. We are glad to have you back! If you haven’t watched the Principal or PTO videos, here are the links again: Maire PTO video (3 min) Principal Francis Video (16 min)

In the upcoming weeks we will be kicking off our annual Fun Run in order to raise money for the school. Your generosity over the years has been incredible. PTO truly enriches the experience of our students with assemblies, field trips, new teaching materials, and updates to our building. In the past few years we’ve modernized our library with whiteboard tables and rolling chairs, and recently the new gym mats went up on the walls in order to create a safer environment in PE. Also know that PTO provides funds to each staff member so they can get resources to make their teaching and learning better. And the best part of the Fun Run is that it is a great community building experience. Every child and every family, no matter how much is donated, is able to enjoy a fun day celebrating Maire!

Two weeks are in the books. Our staff can’t wait to see what 2021-2022 has in store for us all!


Ryan Francis

proud Principal of Maire

Important Maire Dates to Remember

9/22 Lifetouch Picture Day (picture day ID: EVT7D3J7W )

9/22 Coney Night 5:30-8:00 p.m. Patterson Park *see flyer below

10/6 PTO meeting @Maire 7pm in the library

10/13 - 10/14 Conferences and Scholastic Book Fair

Notes from the Office

Please remember:
  • When picking up or dropping off children at any point during the school day, please remember that you must ALWAYS use the parking lot. Picking up or dropping off students in any other area is not permitted
  • Please label all of your student's belongings. Our lost & found is already filling up, and if items are labeled, we can get them back to their owner more quickly.

Character word of the month: Kindness

Each month we focus on a character trait that we want to instill in our students. Kindness is our first word, which is our springboard each September into creating the culture we want here at Maire. Please check out the parent Kindness Newsletter for more information about Kindness.

Leader in Me

Maire, like all GP schools, is on a journey as a Leader in Me school. Leader in Me is a program that builds character and leadership skills in kids. Throughout the course of the year your child will be using the language from the program, like "Be Proactive" or "Think Win-Win" for example, which are ideas that empower students to take ownership of their lives and their choices.
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Our new gym mats have arrived !

Lunch help needed

We love having our parents come in to help with lunch & recess! Please sign up if you are able to come in and help us. We need 4 volunteers each day, so that we may have many helping hands. We appreciate our volunteers so much!

Lunch volunteer sign up

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Fun Run Sponsorship Update

Fun Run Sponsors have given the event a great start, before we even kick the event off! To date we have raised $6,400 in sponsorship money! Thank you to those who have renewed from last year and to those sponsoring for the first time. If you are interested in being a sponsor email Dana Zarzycki for details at

Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor: Grosse Pointe Orthodontics | Bear Den Sponsors: Global Telecom Solutions & Hill Mortgage | Raffle Sponsors: Dan Battjes and Van Hauswirth, Raymond James & The Kotsis Family | Event Sponsors: Dana Rose Photography, Kendall Design and Build, Hearth and Home Handyman & Pointe Cleaning Company

Outdoor lunch is so fun!

Stay connected!

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Facebook page for Principal Francis

Twitter: @gpmaire