John F. Farrell-Emmett Elementary

October 2022

Notes From the Principal:

Dear Members of the John F. Farrell-Emmett Family,

This school year is up and running. Thanks to everyone for the kind wishes and words as I begin as the principal. It has truly been a joy for me over the first weeks and we are truly a team. Our focus this school year is WHY; we are Y truly means we are Yale and all our efforts are to promote and progress with the school and greater school community. When we do better we become better. Please try to find an action, a kind word, and a way to help others. Helping others is not only good for them and a good thing to do, it also makes us happier and healthier too. Giving also connects us to others, creating stronger communities and helping to build a happier society for everyone. And it's not all about money - we can also give our time, ideas and energy.

Many of our family members will be experiencing added stress amidst the current occurrences in the world and in our communities especially as we move into the colder months, which, in Michigan, can be isolating and complicated. Helping others doesn’t add more stress to your life, it actually helps us manage stress better. It’s about perspective. By looking at the challenges of others’ lives, you can take the point of view into your own. It makes you more accepting of the stress and hardships we all have to face. Helping each other builds us all up and improves attitude and overall health. But why do we take actions?

We may take actions from obligation, a duty or sense of pride. We may take action for love. We may take action because it is a habit. We may take action for reasons of passion and sense of destiny. We may take an action for attention, for us or for the benefit of all. Being kind and engaging in good works within our community, school and greater community has the potential to fulfill many of these reasons to engage and provides the foundation for WHY we engage in actions. We will be focused on the WHY in Yale Schools this year and I encourage you to find your WHY as well. We can get through this together and with help from our friends.

Dr. David Phillips

Homecoming Spirit Week - October 17th-21st

Homecoming Spirit Week:

Monday: Wear Red Day to Celebrate Red Ribbon Day

Tuesday: Tacky Tuesday (Wear your tackiest outfit)

Wednesday: Farm Day (Wear your flannel shirt and boots)

Thursday: Hat Day

Friday: Bulldog Spirit Friday (Wear your bulldog attire or blue & white)

Important Dates:

October 10 - 5th grade Mackinaw Island Parent planning meeting - Media Center 6:00 PM

October 11 –PTO Meeting FES Media Center – 4:00 -5:00 pm

October 15 –Progress reports go home

October 15 - Family Movie Night (Fundraiser for 5th Grade Field Trip)

October 17 - Red Ribbon Day (Wear your red)

October 17 - Flu Clinic (at the school)

October 17-21 – Spirit Week – Dress up daily (see this newsletter for information)

October 20 - Spooktacular Comedy Show - Joel Tacey

October 21 - Popcorn Friday

October 24 – 27 – Fall Book Fair

October 25 – Evening Conferences 4 –8 PM

October 27 – Evening Conferences 4 - 8 PM

October 31 – Half-day Halloween Party/Parade

October 31 – Afternoon Conferences 12:30 – 3:30 PM


November 6 - Daylight Savings Time Ends – FALL BACK

November 8 - PTO Meeting FES Media Center – 4:00 - 5:00 pm

November 9 –Half-day for students and in-service day for teachers (12:00 pm)

November 11 - Veteran’s Day Celebration (more information to come)

November 18 –Picture Retake Day

November 18 - Popcorn Friday

November 22 - Half-day elementary only (12:00 pm)

November 22 - 1st Card Marking Ends

November 23- 25 – Thanksgiving Holiday – no school

November 28 – 2nd Card Marking Begins

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September Students of the Month

Having Fun At Our Bulldog Dash

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JFE Welcomes Mrs. Conley, Music Teacher and Mr McCulloch, School Social Worker/Counselor

We are thrilled to announce that Mrs. Conley has joined our JFE team! Mrs. Conley teaches Music at both Farrell-Emmett and Avoca Elementary.

We are thrilled to announce that Mr McCulloch has joined our team! Mr McCulloch works as a social worker and counselor at Farrell-Emmett and Avoca Elementary.

Medication Policy:

If your student requires any medication during the school day, then our district has the following policies:

  • All medications must be brought to the office by an adult. This includes any non-prescription medication such as cough drops or pain reliever.
  • All medication must be in the original container.
  • Consent forms by parents must be signed in order for the medicine to be administered at school.
  • All prescription medications such as inhalers and EPI-Pens need a signed consent form from the prescribing physician.

Food Allergy Notice:

If your child has a food related allergy that needs special accommodations, YPS Food Services needs to have a new signed Doctor’s Note on file each year. You can turn this into the office or have your child’s doctor fax it to 810-384-8010.

Clothes for Cooler Temperatures:

With colder weather on the way, we want to remind students and families to bring coats, hats, gloves and even snow pants and boots as we move into snowy weather. We want to make sure all our Bulldogs are prepared to go outside for recess!

Red Ribbon Day:

October 17th is when we are celebrating Red Ribbon Day where we team up against drugs and bullying.

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the United States. It is an ideal way for people and communities to unite to take a visible stand against drugs and bullying!

PTO News Announces Ways to Support Our School

Look for us on FB (Farrell-Emmett Elementary P.T.O.) and like us, we post a lot of information on our page

Here are ways to contribute to our school:

  • Download the BoxTops app and begin earning money for the school.
  • We are collecting Vinicker receipts for the dates beginning September 1, 2021 – March 1, 2022. Our stand is next to the shopping carts in the store.
  • Gordon Foods also has a great way to help our school, just mention Farrell-Emmett Elementary PTO when checking out and for every dollar you spend the more points we get!

John F. Farrell-Emmett Elementary

Dr. David Phillips, Principal

Jane Kavanagh, Secretary

Jonathan McCulloch, Social Worker

Julia Seaman, Social Worker


FES Children's Center

Nichole Brewer

810-384-1300 Ext. 3440