In the LOOP vol. 23

Important Information

GUEST SHOUT OUTS

THANK YOU Mr. REID MONIACI - Your dedication and flexibility is appreciated... Our students loved when you helped on the playground when we were short a substitute.


MARY STIRE & HEATHER PENGELLY - The yearbooks look awesome. You are both so creative. Thanks for capturing the best of the best!


KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS - Thank you for leading the district in piloting the kindergarten science units. Using Safari Montage to boot... your leadership is appreciated.


Who would you like to recognize? Send me your Shout-outs to share!

MAY & JUNE DATES - PLEASE REVIEW

May 2016

  • 16th Advisory Meeting 7:30 - 8:45 AM

  • 16th T.E.A.M. w/ 5th grade 9:15-10:00 AM in Cafeteria

  • 16th Vision Screening grades 1, 3, & 5 AM on

  • 16th 4th and 5th grade champ luncheon

  • 16th Michelle & PTA at Installation & Award Banquet 6:30 - 8:30 PM

  • 17th Smile Safe Program

  • 17th 5th grade to Rouge River

  • 17th Michelle & Monica at ESC for Skyward Training 12:00 - 3:00

  • 18th Michelle @ ECS for Leadership Meeting 7:30 - 10:30

  • 18th Michelle @ ESC for Title I Meeting 10:30 - 12:00

  • 18th Michelle @ ESC conducting Sunshine Academy Coordinator Interviews 3:00 - 5:00pm

  • 18th Meemic Luncheon - staff lounge 11:40 - 1:40

  • 19th 4th and 5th grade champ luncheon

  • 19th Board Meeting - Retirement Reception - Michelle attending 5:30 - 8:30ish

  • 20th Student Council Spirit Day Crazy Hair Day!

  • 23rd T.E.A.M. w/ 5th grade 9:15-10:00 AM in Cafeteria

  • 23rd Kindergarten Activity Time 10:15 - 11:30

  • 24th Staff Meeting 4:15 - 6:15

  • 25th 8:00 - 8:45am Retirement Celebration for Mary Beth

  • 25th Michelle at ESC for Literacy Assessment Meeting 12:00 - 2:00

  • 25th 19th Art Exhibition Celebration @ Commerce Township Hall 5:00 - 7:00pm

  • 26th MINION DAY & Principal for the Day

  • 26th 5th Grade visits Geisler 9:15 am - 11:00pm

  • 26th Family Night @ Geisler Middle School Hands-on Science Activities 6:00 - 8:00pm GMS Gymnasium

  • 26th 5th grade to Geisler for tour 9:15 - 11:00

  • 27th Fire Drill 9:15am

  • 27th 4th grade field trip UM of Dearborn 9:30 - 2:15

  • 27th Student Council Spirit Day Decades Day!

  • 27th CHAMP Luncheon 5th grade only

  • 30th Memorial Day Observance - No School for Students or Staff

  • 31st Staff Meeting for placement 7:30am - 8:30am

  • 31st - June 7th Spring Book Fair


June 2016

  • 1st G.R.A.N.D. Event 8:00 - 8:45 am in cafeteria and media center

  • 1st 3rd grade Field Trip to Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum 9:30 - 3:00

  • 1st & 2nd 5th Grade Rocket Launching - times to be determined

  • 2nd Wear your Groovy 70’s Clothes

  • 3rd Family Access Closed

  • 3rd Volunteer Tea 8:00 - 8:45am

  • 3rd Field Day

  • 3rd Spring Carnival 6:30 -8:30 PM

  • 6th K-2 Pinocchio Theatrical Performance 9:30-10:30

  • 7th Last day of Spring Book Fair

  • 7th Fire Drill - Surprise time

  • 7th Wall of Stars 8:15 - 8:45am in media center

  • 7th MHG PTA Meeting 7:00 -8:00 PM

  • 8th Kindergarten Field Trip to Turtle Pond 9:15 - 12:00

  • 10th Kindergarten Memory Book share 3:00

  • 13th 5th Grade to Outdoor Center 10:00 - 1:30

  • 13th 5th Grade Celebration 6:30-8:30

  • 14th Grades Submitted in Skyward by the start of the school day

  • 14th 5th grade celebration picnic 10:00-3:30 Hiram Sims park

  • 15th Final Day for Students ½ Day 9:00 -12:15 PM

  • 15th End of 4th Marking Period/End of 2nd Semester

  • 16th Last Day for Staff

  • 20th Report Cards Posted and Available Online by the end of the day

FEDERAL WORK STUDY PROGRAM GRANT - WELCOME TO HOLLIE HUEHN

Thank you to Barb Ozminkowski for connecting GUEST to the Federal Work Study Program -

The purpose of this program/position serves as a community ambassador for South University in the community. The program creates positions for college students working on Master's to help younger children to increase the literacy of today’s youth. This is not student teaching. We will be receiving one participant, Hollie Huehn, starting on Monday, May 16th. She will spend 20 hours per week. I have been working on getting all the paperwork completed, and will have to work on a schedule. Yes, there is a lot of paperwork and coordination, but I just could not pass up this incredible opportunity.

After I meet with Hollie, we will set up a schedule for the remainder of the school year. Once I figure out the logistics, I will share them with you. For the first few days, she will observe Juliet and Lee Ann, and I will rely on them to help create a schedule to best meet our students' needs. BTW, Hollie will be expected to work the end of June and into the next school year to fulfill her obligations. Like I said, I will keep you posted! WOW!


Job Duties to include but are not limited to:

* reading to children


* working on literacy with children


* circle time (continued reading literacy)


* homework – working on vocabulary and terms with students

MSU INTERNS

Sarah McPherson requested kindergarten - she will be working with Lane/Culley

Alexandra Vuichard - had to be placed in 5th grade due to certification - she will be working with Karrie Martin.


I submitted all other names of staff members interested in receiving an intern. Thank you! GO GREEN!


NEED TO DO LOCK DOWN AND FIRE SAFETY DRILLS - I WILL EMAIL YOU A HEAD OF TIME

CHURCH PARKING LOT

The church parking lot will not be resurfaced until after school is out this year. They were originally going to begin this month. A big Shout-out to them for helping out our community and postponing!


MINION DAY & PRINCIPAL FOR THE DAY SCHEDULED FOR MAY 26TH

Michelle will be dressed in Minion costume

Plans:

  • Music will be playing as students arrive & I will be outside in costume
  • I will visit every classroom to dance with students 5-7 minutes. Kathy Murray will be sending you a link for a Minion song to play when I arrive
  • All students will get a bookmark
  • Before I leave please take a class photo
  • A Minion coloring page will be left with each classroom to complete

If you have any other ideas, please send them to me


PRINCIPAL FOR THE DAY:

  • Aiden McMullen will perform several duties
  • I will be contacting individual classrooms asking for your help
  • MORE INFORMATION COMING

NEW AFTER SCHOOL EVENT DISMISSAL

This is included in the Wildcat Newsletter - Please read over - see me if you have any questions.


PRIME TIME: now has the same system to enter the building as the office. The building will be kept locked as much as possible during PTC hours. Ring the same bell you would during school hours, if no one answers, call 248-956-3399. There will be times when the doors will be open. For example, when the children go outside, or we have meetings, etc.


AFTER SCHOOL EVENTS: Staff members in charge of events will walk students to the entrance of the building to be released to families.


Thank you for supporting our efforts as we continue to make changes to help ensure safe and efficient procedures.

iREADY INFORMATION - DATA TO BE USED

Please review the email sent on Sunday, May 15th for information regarding how to use iReady data.

FROM PAM SHOEMAKER

Google has released some amazing updates in honor of Teacher Appreciation week:

Slides presentation features to help teachers connect with students and collect real-time feedback

Training tips and tutorials, built right into each of the Google tools (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms) with the Synergyse Chrome extension

Scheduling of posts for a future date/time in Google Classroom.

Coming in the Fall to Google Classroom: email notifications for guardians so they can stay involved and help to motivate their students.

Check out the detailed info about these updates here: https://tackk.com/ka55ms

MESSAGES FROM MICHELLE

  • Begin iReady Testing - We would like to gather as much data possible to discuss before the end of the school year
  • CLASS MEETINGS TO INCLUDE - Lunchroom expectations
  • Spruce up the hallways and classroom locker areas - I am in the process of working with Bill Chatfield on getting new hooks and shelving where needed in classroom closets. However, when we did a walk through, it was difficult to determine individual classroom needs in some rooms due to an excessive amount of materials, coats, backpacks, etc. in the closet and on the floor.
  • ARRIVALS - How are you greeting your children?
  • WHY I TEACH or WHY I MAKE A DIFFERENCE - Please complete your talking bubble and hang outside your room or work area.
  • GET YOUR CAFFEINE FIX - Coffee pods sold in the office for $1.00. No IOU's - cash only
  • SHOUT-OUTS - Please send me shout-outs
  • CHECK YOUR MAILBOX - Please be sure to check your mailbox everyday for important notes to go home and/or pertinent information. We need to communicate with our families in a timely manner - thank you

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE

  • Students need a note when they come to the office
  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 18th lunch is provided by MEEMIC INSURANCE.

Get Ready for the Spring Book Fair

FACT: In recent years, our school has sold $40704.17 in books through Book Fairs. You have been successful in putting approximately 8140 books into kids' hands.


Hours of Operation: 9:00 am thru 4:30 pm


Theme: Feelin' Groovy - Peace, Love & Books

' Can You Dig It' - check out haps below:

  • Morning Book Talks
  • Classroom Book Talks - details at a later date
  • Coin Challenge: May 23rd - June 3rd. The grade level that collects the most money will earn; gift card to the book fair, popsicles, & an extra recess
  • G.R.A.N.D. Event: June 1st 8:00 - 8:45am All Grand parents, Relatives, Aunts & Uncles, Neighbors, and Devoted Caregivers invited to enjoy light breakfast snacks and a visit to the book fair
  • GROOVY Clothes Day: June 2nd - all students and staff invited to dress up in some funky cool 70's clothes


Bridget Snyder is the person in charge of organizing the book fair.

Please prepare for the following:


  • Help advertise and ask parents to volunteer
  • Each classroom a large Peace Sign to be decorated and a paper T-shirt (more details coming soon)
  • classroom teachers can pick out one book to do a book talk with their classroom. The books should be different titles from the ones shared over announcements. Books are to be returned when finished.

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING & RESOURCES

PAM'S POINTERS

Click HERE

Included in this online newsletter:

1. Google sharing settings: it is now possible to set a sharing expiration date!

2. Apply for a MACUL grant (funding for up to $1500)

3. Formative assessment made easy in Google Classroom


THIS IS FOR ALL STAFF - Galileo Conference on August 10 at Fraser High School. The registration fee is only $35 and includes breakfast, lunch and materials.

Check out some of professional learning topics:

Conference Nitty Gritty

Keynoter: Kevin Ozar, “Bringing JOY to the Classroom”

Morning Breakout Sessions (9:50-10:50 and 11:00-Noon)

Joy in Education: It's

right where yo left it

Next Generation Intervention

Creating a Culture of Questioning

Project Based Learning

Developing Teacher Leadership from Within

REAL PLCs

Formative Assessment Standards Based Grading

Implementing Restorative Justice

STEM/STEAM

Learning Walks: The Key to Unlocking Your Learning Teacher-Leadership and Social Justice: Frenemies, Competitors, or Partners? Choose!

Mind Up: Teaching to a Child's Heart and Mind

The Digital Core

Mindfulness

Using Technology and the Four C’s to Impact Academic Achievement

Galileo Ed Camp: find your voice and make your choice…this is leadership in its organic state (1:00-2:30)

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Please remember to register. Thank you!

Here is the link to register for the conference

MAY LOUNGE DUTY = FAPES