Comets' Corner

Sunday, November 28, 2021

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Sign Up for Student-Led Conferences below!

With the 1st Trimester coming to an end on December 3rd, we are looking forward to having our teachers meet with you and your child during Mark Twain’s Student-Led Conferences. During this time, students will showcase their goals and academic progress. It is important to include your child in these conferences so that they can take ownership of their academic plan for the year.

Conference dates and times are as follows:

  • Wednesday, December 8th from 4:30 to 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 9th from 1:00-3:30 PM & 4:30-7:30 PM

Please click the button below to access all of our teachers' Sign Up Genius Links to schedule your student-led conference(s) for your Comet(s). If you have multiple students at Twain, you may want to schedule 15 minutes between your kids’ conference times to allow for transition between rooms. This time will also allow you to view our Specials teachers' displays with your students and visit out Scholastic Book Fair (Wednesday Evening and Thursday Afternoon, only).

Please remember, the expectation is that all Fraser families make it a priority to attend our December Student-Led Conferences. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out.

Our 2021 Turkey Disguise Winners

Special thanks to our School Superintendent, Ms. Carrie Wozniak, and Director of Elementary Instruction, Dr. Sara Delgado, for coming to Twain on Tuesday to choose our two winning disguised turkeys. Alaina Dorris (4th grade) won for her Jet's Pizza Delivery Person turkey disguise, and Alice Kiesling (2nd grade) won for her Grinch turkey disguise!

Great job to ALL of the students who submitted disguised turkeys this year. We had a WONDERFUL response, and there were SO MANY CREATIVE disguises. It was tougher than ever to narrow it down to our winners!

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IMPORTANT: Covid Reporting & Other Illnesses

It's the time of year for increased illness, and we're seeing more coughs, sneezes, and tummy aches than usual. PLEASE continue to keep your child at home if he/she has any sign of illness until the cause has been identified by a medical professional. Please do not assume it's "just a cold" or "just allergies." We will send symptomatic students home until a negative Covid test or a trip to the doctor clears them to be able to attend school.

Please remember that aside from Covid-19, many other illnesses are also contagious, so students who are sick should not be at school with colds, Strep throat, the flu, or stomach bugs either. Please review the following guidelines from page 16 of our Twain Student Handbook regarding illness and symptoms:

  • A fever is a sign of some form of infection. Children should remain home if running a fever. A child must be fever-free for 24 hours without the benefit of medication (i.e. Tylenol) before returning to school.

  • If a child vomits, they should not return to school until he/she is symptom-free for at least 24 hours.

Also, PLEASE continue to notify us at (586) 439-6900 if your child tests positive for Covid-19 or has been in contact with someone who has. It is crucial that we have this information and keep sick people at home to help us keep healthy teachers and students at school teaching and learning.

MLK, Jr. Video Contest Opportunity

Offered by the Interfaith Center for Racial Justice and shared by the Macomb Intermediate School District, this contest is for students in grades 1-12. To participate, a student must submit a video presentation of an MLK quote. Deadline to submit is December 17, 2021. Specific information about the contest, including how and where to submit entries, can be found in the flyer below. We'd love to hear that some of our Comets chose to participate!

Peer to Peer for Team Twain!

Peer to Peer is back up and running again at Mark Twain! This year we have a total of 70 students and four staff members involved in Peer to Peer. Our focus is on inclusion. Our Peer Links have been including their Buddies during lunch and recess. One student in the CCRR program recently came back from lunch with a big smile on his face. When asked how lunch went he said, “It went great! They were very kind to me!” Some students have also been picking up their buddy from the CCRR program and joining the Lunch Bunch group. During that time they eat lunch and do interactive activities together to help support their social and communication skills. In addition, we have a smaller group of Peer Links who push into the CCRR program each week. During this time students help model play skills and social skills to our CCRR students. We are so excited that all of our Comets are making new friends and feeling included as part of Team Twain, where everyone belongs!

Student Council Collecting Donations for The Motor City MItten Mission

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Book Fair Coming Soon!

We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. This event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit the school.

Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place from December 6th-10th at Twain Elementary in the Media Center. Students will have the opportunity to shop during the school day; families will be able to shop during evening student-led conferences on December 8th (4:30-7:30pm) and during afternoon student-led conferences on December 9th (1:00-4:00pm).

If you can’t make it to the Fair, then you can shop online at our school’s Virtual Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Here's the link to the virtual bookstore, which opens December 1st and runs through December 14th. See below for more details.

4th-6th Grade Music Concert: December 6th

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FPS Covid Information & Updates

You may find Ms. Wozniak's most recent community update, sent to families on November 15th, HERE.

For updated FPS COVID-19 information, including quarantine updates, district data, testing information, etc., our FPS Covid-19 Dashboard is updated daily and can be found HERE.

***Remember, the best way to do YOUR PART to help keep our community healthy and in school teaching and learning is to keep children with any potential sign of illness at home until the cause is determined by a medical professional.***


Our Lost and Found is getting pretty full again. There are MANY jackets, sweatshirts, and other items. Please feel free to drop in on any school day between 7am and 4pm to take a look if your child is missing anything. Items not claimed before the Holiday Break will be donated. Thank you!


  • Wednesday, December 1st - Tuesday, December 14th - Virtual Book Fair
  • Thursday, December 2 - Half Day (12:00 Dismissal)
  • Friday, December 3 - Half Day (12:00 Dismissal)
  • Monday, December 6 - 4th-6th Grade Vocal Music Program (6:45 report time)
  • Monday, December 6th - Friday, December 10th - Live Book Fair in Media Center

  • Wednesday, December 8 - Full Day/ Evening Student-Led Conferences

  • Thursday, December 9 - Half Day (12:00 Dismissal)/ Afternoon & Evening Student-Led Conferences

Access the full District Calendar HERE at any time!


The District does not allow the delivery of food and beverages from outside vendors or fast food establishments for their meals at school. All meals are to be provided by either our Food Service program or prepared at home and sent with your student.

Outside food delivery is a safety concern. We do not want to have strangers and people that we do not know coming to our buildings with delivery bags. It also is a workload issue for office personnel. Managing multiple food deliveries during lunch time becomes an additional responsibility for our office staff. The District works hard to provide a variety of healthy, good-tasting food in its cafeterias, and students are always free to bring their own lunch to school. We will continue to follow our past practice of making sure students receive lunch if they forget to bring one from home. (All students continue to have access to free breakfast and lunch through our school lunch program, too.) Thank you for your understanding and assistance in this matter.

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MTPC Important Information

Upcoming MTPC Meeting Dates

  • January 12th
  • February 9th
  • March 9th
  • April 20th
  • May 18th

All meetings are scheduled to be held in the Gym at 6:30pm.


Join our MPTC Facebook Page to keep up with all MTPC Information:

Mark Twain Parents Club - Official

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Weekly Solid Gold Shout Outs!

As part of our PBIS program, we like to recognize students who are exhibiting our Mark Twain ROCKS behaviors by being Respectful, Organized, Cooperative, Kind, & Safe.

Ian, Abdul, Camden and DJ (2nd Grade)

"These four boys have been so kind to include another student at their lunch table. They are kind and a great friend." - Mrs. Sarnowski & Mrs. Gonsler

Mya Hascher (3rd Grade)

"Mya is a kind friend to others and very inclusive. We are happy to have her in peer to peer." - Mrs. Sarnowski & Mrs. Gonsler

Alaina Dorris (4th Grade)

"Alaina is a kind friend and nice to others. We are happy to have her in peer to peer!" - Mrs. Sarnowski & Mrs. Gonsler

Kyle McComsey (4th Grade)

"Kyle is such a pleasure to have in class. He's always so polite and cooperative with his peers and teachers. He's also a hard worker and a super role model for all of his classmates. Keep up the wonderful attitude and work habits, Kyle!" - Mrs. Albrecht

Andy Montney (4th Grade)

"Andy was such a great helper to one of his friends during math class this afternoon. Thanks for jumping in to help out today Andy. We appreciate you" - Ms.Offer

David Upton (4th Grade)

"David has been inclusive and kind during lunch time while allowing another student to sit by him and his friends. He is a great friend to others." - Mrs. Sarnowski & Mrs. Gonsler

Antoine Washington (4th Grade)

"Antoine has been a supportive friend during lunch time. He has been including another student at his lunch table and is a good friend to others." - Mrs. Sarnowski & Mrs. Gonsler

Chase Rossi and Calton Austen (5th Grade)

"Chase and Carlton have been great friends to their peer to peer buddies. They include them at lunch and make them feel special. We are happy to have them in peer to peer." - Mrs. Sarnowski & Mrs. Gonsler

Keep up the great work, Team Twain!

DECEMBER Breakfast & Lunch MENUS

Who Wants to Work with the BEST STAFF Ever?

Twain Families - We are still hiring for the following part-time and full-time positions at Twain this year:

  • Lunch Aides
  • Full-Time Intervention Specialist
  • Full-Time Building Sub ($150/ day; see below!)

Apply HERE on the district site, and please make sure to send me an email to let me know you applied!

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Gleaners Food Distribution Continues

FPS are excited to announce that we have extended our partnership with Gleaners. They will continue to be set up in the FHS parking lot on the following dates:

  • December 9
  • December 23

If you are in need of food assistance, you can find pantries in your area by visiting

Twain Elementary Office Staff

Mrs. Laura Woods, Principal

Guiding our Comets to be compassionate, curious, creative citizens who will positively impact the world.

Contact Information:

Main Office Phone: 586-439-6900

Absentee Phone Line: 586-439-6990

(This is a 24-hour recorded line; please leave your child's reason for absence and length of time out. Absences reported to this line ensure most timely and accurate record.)

Fax: 586-439-6801

School Administrative Assistant:

Ms. Beverly Dobosenski (Ms. D.)


Twain Office Hours - 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

School Hours: 8:35am – 3:30pm

First Bell: 8:30 am
Instructional (Tardy) Bell: 8:35 am

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