The Dragon Newsletter

January 2016

Message From The Principal

Parents & Community Members:

Clarkston Community Schools has begun a Facilities Assessment process. In this process, all buildings and sites are being evaluated, providing both a snapshot in time and a look forward to the district's current and anticipated needs. This is where we need your input. A brief survey has been developed to gather your opinions, perceptions and thoughts regarding district facilities and infrastructure.

Please click on link below to take this quick survey - your input is extremely valuable in this process. Hard copies of the survey are also available at the CCS Administration Building, 6389 Clarkston Road. Thank you!


Dear Parent/Guardian(s),

The Clarkston High School SADD Club, (Students Against Destructive Decisions), would like your help again this year, with our Strive for a Safer Drive Grant Project. We are asking students to draw a picture about the hazards of winter driving. Our goal is to help new and experienced drivers be safe on winter roads. Too many people get hurt or die in car crashes due to hazardous winter driving.

This year we are holding a contest for drawings that depict hazardous winter driving. We would appreciate your help in encouraging your child to participate in this contest. The drawings should be sent to: Clarkston High School; care of SADD Club/Mrs. Carter. Please make sure that your child’s name, grade and school are listed on the back of their drawing. Drawings that are selected for use in the project, have a chance of winning a $25.00 gift card to “Pump It Up”, a $15.00 MJR Theater gift card, or a $5.00 gift card to McDonalds, along with other prizes.

We would appreciate your help by encouraging your child to participate in the contest.

*Children Kdg through 5th grade are eligible to participate in this contest. Drawings must be submitted by Friday January 15 to CHS SADD Club.*

If you have any questions about the contest or the S4SD Distracted Driving Grant Project, please contact Mrs. Carter at (248) 623-4025 or

Thank you for your help,


Book Fair

Thanks to the CE families for supporting our book fair. It was our best fair EVER. The total sales were $9314. We took all of our profit in Scholastic Dollars, which earned us a total of $5123 to spend on books for our Media Center. The children are going to be so thrilled with all of our new materials.

An extra special thanks to all who volunteered or purchased a book - we could not make the Book Fair a success without you!

Donuts with Dad

What better way to spend your morning than to have donuts with your child. We had a great turn out for Donuts with Dad. Thank you to all that participated and even did a little shopping at the book fair. Thank you to PTO for all their hard work of making this event happen.

Elementary Elves Gift Wrapping

We cannot thank you enough for all of your generosity with our annual Elementary Elves Project! We had the best "elf" turn out that we have ever had at today's wrapping! It was a blast, and thank you to everyone who came. Your gifts truly made a difference! Thanks again CE for making the holidays bright for so many.

ECO Club

ECO Club is doing great things for our school! They did a wonderful job decorating our giving tree. They used recycled products to make ornaments to help beautify the tree. A job well done!

Snow Dragon Ski and Snowboard Information

It's not to late to join the CE Ski and Snowboard Club! It's open to all students in grades 1-5 and their families. Ski night is on Monday's starting at 4:00 pm. Contact Kevin Bushroe at or 248-515-7036 with any questions.

$19 per membership for both kids and adults

$19 lift ticket

$19 Ski/Snowboard Rentals

$10 Helmet Rentals

More details at

Show Off Your Talent!

Be part of the CE Talent Show! This is your chance to showcase any unique talent you have. Talent show date is Friday, March 11. Talent search dates will be Thursday, January 14 and Wednesday, January 20 at 3:45 in the gym. More information has been sent home. Questions? Call Erin Martin (248)755-7415 or Kim Berry (248)930-4934 or email

"Love Your Planet"

February is "Love Your Planet" Month! Look for information to come home regarding this important month of learning about ways we can all be GREEN!


Jodi Gabbard and Nick Kolos received the CCS Employee Recognition Award. They were recognized by the Clarkston Board of Education as a staff member who goes above and beyond. Keep up the good work!

From the Kitchen:

When sending money to school, please put your child's name and teacher on it. Especially when sending cash, if there is no name, we do not know who it belongs to. Money gets turned into the classroom, then comes to the office, then to the kitchen. We want to make sure it gets put in the appropriate account.

Spring Concert Dates 2016

Please mark your calendar for the upcoming Spring Concerts at Clarkston Elementary. Each concert will begin at 7PM in the Dragon Cafe and conclude by 7:40 at the latest.

Second Grade Concert--Tuesday, April 26th

Fifth Grade Concert--Tuesday, May 3rd

As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I am looking forward to these musical evenings and hope to see you all there!

Gwen Stewart, Music K-5

Calendar of Events

4 School Resumes

13 Late Start 9:05 a.m.

14 PTO Little Caesars Fundraiser Night

18 Martin Luther King Day

Developmental Day - NO SCHOOL

19-22 Spirit Week

22 Movie Night

28 Half Day for Students (11:31 a.m. dismissal)

29 Half Day for Students (11:31 a.m. dismissal)

2016-17 Kindergarten Information

  • KINDERGARTEN INFO NIGHT FEB. 2nd - 7:00 p.m. - at Clarkston Junior High School

Board of Education & Central Office Administration

Board of Education

Steve Hyer, President

Elizabeth Egan, Vice President

Kelli Horst, Treasurer

Susan Boatman, Secretary

Cheryl McGinnis, Trustee

Craig Hamilton, Trustee

Gregory Need, Trustee

Central Office Administration

Dr. Rod Rock, Superintendent

Shawn Ryan, Deputy Superintendent

Mary Beth Rogers, Executive Director of Business Services

John Lucido, Executive Director of Human Resources

Kathy Christopher, Executive Director of Student Support Services

Non Discrimination Clause

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, it is the policy of the Clarkston Community School District that the Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic, in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. For more information contact the Executive Director of Human Resources, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400. For more information regarding ADA, contact the Deputy Superintendent, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400.