Marlette Elementary News

October 2020

From the Principal's Desk

We've had a great start this school year and we are rolling right along now. Our beginning of the year testing is finished and teachers are getting ready for conferences on October 20 and 22. We have a lot of work to do to get all students caught up after missing a large part of the 2019-20 school year. I am confident that the teachers and students will not only get caught up, but will exceed expectations as they usually do! We appreciate your partnership and know that we could not meet this monumental task without your help and commitment.

If you ever need to contact me, my direct office phone number is 989-635-4925, Google Voice number is 989-272-3718, and email address is

We know that you could choose any school so we thank you all so much for trusting us with your most treasured possession!

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Homecoming Spirit Week

Our high school will still hold a Homecoming game next Friday, October 16. That means that we will have spirit week dress up days October 12-16!

MONDAY: Get up and Go Day (pajamas)

TUESDAY: Patriotic Day

WEDNESDAY: Military/Camo Day (no weapons)

THURSDAY: Jersey Day

FRIDAY: Red and White Day

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Conferences are October 20 & 22. If you’re going to need more than ten minutes, please respect everyone’s time and set up a time to meet after your scheduled conference for a more in-depth conversation.

Here is a great article that will help you get the most from your conference.

Quiz Bowl

Elementary Quiz Bowl (4th-6th) is starting soon. It's not too late to join up! For additional information, email coach Carolyn Taylor,

Lost and Found

Fall is definitely here which means winter can’t be too far behind. With the cooler weather comes warmer clothes. Of course we’re in Michigan and a day that starts at 50⁰ may end at 70⁰. This often leads to coats being left on the playground or other various locations around our campus. Please take a few minutes to check out our lost & found rack by the main entrance and claim your lost belongings. Glasses, electronics, and jewelry are held in the office. We make a clothing donation every quarter.

School Calendar and Hours

The annual school calendars along with district information may be accessed online at

Students are expected to be in class by 8:15 when the second bell rings and stay until the dismissal bell at 3:00.

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast is served every morning, free of charge, in every classroom. Lunch is available for free through December 31. Milk is available for $.40.

School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families, too! Parents are encouraged to complete the free/reduced meal form application each year as the qualifications change. Furthermore, forms may be re-submitted at any time during the school year if there is a change in financial status with the household. For more information, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 989-635-7429.

Virtual Teaching Assistant

Our elementary virtual teaching assistant is Emily Bell. If that name sounds familiar, it's because she is a 2019 Marlette High School graduate. Emily is available Monday through Friday, 8:00-3:00, to answer all of your K-6 Marlette Community Virtual School questions. Her phone number is 989-635-7425, extension 44643, and email is

Attendance Matters!

Michigan requires all students to attend school from age 6-18. There is no exception for families choosing virtual, so please make sure that students are:

*Logging into Brightspace on all scheduled school days.

*Completing assignments every day.

*Attending scheduled Google Meets.

*Contacting and responding to teachers and the virtual assistant at least 2 times every week.

Virtual students not completing work in Brightspace are considered absent. Simply logging into the Brightspace system is NOT enough to consider a student present. Students who are absent 9 or more days in a semester are considered truant.

October is Bullying Prevention Month

When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time.

Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy.

Cyber Bullying

Technology in itself is not "good" or "evil", as with most things of this nature. It's how it's used. Cyber-bullying is using computers, cellphones and other electronic devises to send abusive or threatening messages, spread rumors, or post embarrassing images. Cyber-bullying is not bound by time or geography. At the end of a bad day at school, a child used to be able find refuge at home. This technology allows the taunts, threats, and rumors to follow the child home and the bullies have access around the clock. This can also increase the audience of the humiliation and can remain out there, potentially forever.

Report all bullying at this link.

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Upcoming Dates

October 12, Marlette Board of Education meeting (7:00 pm)

October 12-16, Spirit Week Dress Up Days

October 20 & 22, Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 21, Picture Retake Day

October 23, No School

October 30, Halloween parade around Gayle's Trail at 2:00 pm (weather permitting)

November 6, End of the first marking period