Chatfield News

March 9, 2020

From the Desk of the Directors

In this newsletter please find important information regarding the Coronavirus. Please see attachments. It is important to be aware of the virus and best practices for addressing and preventing it without causing panic.

In this newsletter you will also find an attached letter regarding hate speech. With changing societal norms we feel it is important to remind everyone of the expectations and commitment of being a Chatfield School partner. Chatfield School will not tolerate negative behaviors towards others based on ability, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political view, or social economic standing. We want everyone to be reminded that Chatfield is a place for all learners.

March is Reading Month! We are excited to share our theme of "Share a book with a friend!" Our focus is on the joy of reading and the importance of being a good friend. Please read your child's homeroom newsletter for details.

This is the time of year when we begin to think about the next school year. We do not anticipate many openings next year for enrollment, but we would appreciate it if you would share enrollment details with friends and neighbors. Please see additional information about sibling enrollment in this newsletter. Registration for the Chatfield lottery is due to the school office by April 1, 2020. The form can be found on the school website under enrollment. The greatest compliment you can share with the Chatfield staff is the courtesy of a positive referral to another family.

Teaching Acceptance and Tolerance

It is important to talk to your child about being kind in the things that they say and do. Remind students that it is important to think about how the things they say could impact another student. It is never ok for someone to tease or be rude to others. Chatfield students are expected to be kind and supportive to each other. Let's keep our focus on supporting each other through our words and actions. Please see the attached letter from the directors.

Coronavirus Update

With a real focus in the media on the Coronavirus and other conatgious illnesses we want to let you know that Chatfield works closely with the Lapeer County Health Department, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Michigan Department of Education to continually implement best practices regarding health and safety. Please make sure that your child washes his or her hands often, is aware to use soap, and wash for a full 20 seconds before rinsing. If your child is ill with a fever or symptoms of illness please keep them at home until they are well (24 hours symptom free). The Chatfield staff and cleaning crew all do an excellent job of cleaning sufaces with approved, appropriate cleaning supplies. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact school directors, Mr. Young or Mr. Kraly. Please see the attached letter and handouts in this newsletter.

P.I.E. Update

The next PIE MEETING is today, Monday, March 9 at 3:45pm in the middle school commons! Please join us! Sign up this week to join us for ceramics painting on 3/25 6 designs to choose from, $12/ceramic. Snacks and a drink included! Grab your kiddos and come connect with other Chatfield families!
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2020-2021 Sibling Enrollment

If your Chatfield student has a sibling or siblings that you would like to have attend Chatfield for the 2020-2021 school year, please complete the form attached to this newsletter and return to the office by April 3rd.

Chatfield Track and Field

Track season is approaching fast. We will be starting the week we return from Spring Break! Track is for any 5th - 8th graders that enjoy running, jumping, etc! Practices are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday each week 4:00 - 5:30 after school and 3-4 Saturday meets. The cost is $45 and there will be a link to sign up on the school website starting next week.

Maple Syrup Extravaganza - Saturday, March 21 11am-2pm

Maple syrup season is here for Chatfield students. Tapping trees, processing firewood, hauling buckets of sap, filtering and canning the finished syrup have all become part of the school day during this busy spring season. The students at Chatfield are hosting a maple syrup open house Saturday, March 21. This program will be at the Willows Ecology Center at Chatfield from 11am-2pm. Participants can see the evaporator in action, learn how to identify and tap a maple tree, take a tour of the sugarbush, learn about historical sugar production by Native Americans, and cut firewood with a crosscut saw. Students will be offering samples of fresh syrup with French toast and waffles. This event is free and open to the public. Students will be selling their homemade Maple syrup! Additional highlights include a chance to learn about other onsite agricultural projects including aquaculture, hoophouse season extension for the school salad bar, and mushroom farming.

Yearbook Sale Extended

The Yearbook Sale has been extended through March 16. Please turn in your order form with payment. A copy of the order form is attached to this newsletter.

KIds Heart Challenge

On Friday, we kicked off our Kids Heart Challenge event here at Chatfield, and we need YOUR help. When 50% of our kids take a heart healthy challenge online, our school will earn an additional $500 in PE equipment.

Go to and find our school to register for the Kids Heart Challenge event. You and your child can choose a heart healthy challenge and then your child will earn a FREE wristband tomorrow at school.

Will you take the challenge and help? Deadline to take the challenge is March 27th.

Thank you for your support!

P.I.E. Box Tops - Important Update

We know the program has been through a lot of changes, but we’re still collecting box tops and working out ways to have grade level rewards… but until then we have school-wide prizes and incentives!

When we reach 1,000 box tops we will have popsicles at school,

1300 will be snow cones for everyone,

and 1800 will be 15 minute break for each grade level… at the teacher’s choice (gym time/ extra recess, etc.).

We are already very close to 1000! Remember each box top earned is 10 cents cash for the school!

Both paper and digital box tops are accepted!

Future Enrollment Open Houses

There will be some enrollment opportunities for new students in the 2020-2021 school year. We will host four opportunities for future families to learn about and tour the school. Please share this information with anyone that may be interested.

Thursday, March 12 6:30pm for K-8 families interested in enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year

Saturday, March 14 9:30am for K-8 families interested in enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year

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Check Lost and Found

This is a reminder to label your child's clothing, lunch box, etc. This allows items to be returned. Lost and Found is cleaned out periodically.

Little Free Library News

During March, in honor of March is Reading Month, we are hosting a themed book event in the Little Free Library. The bottom shelf will be reserved for family friendly cook books. Cook books are a fun way to encourage reading in an alternative way. Donate a cookbook, select a cookbook, borrow a cookbook!

Chatfield Chatter

Please use this link to visit the middle school's publication, "Chatfield Chatter." It is a cool publication for all students. Chatfield Chatter 3

Chatfield's Got Talent 2020

The talent show for this school year is coming! Sign ups closed last week. The dress rehearsal is April 22 and the performance is April 23 at the PIX. If you have any questions please see Mrs. Lange.

SLOW Down in the parking lot and be careful!

This is a gentle reminder to slow it down in the parking lot when dropping off and picking up kids, watch for pedestrians, be careful. GO SLOW!

Congratulations Spelling Bee Winners!

Best wishes to Connor Bennett and Noah Reamer who will advance to the 2020 County Spelling Bee! The County Bee is Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30 @ the Lapeer ISD Center.

HERE IT COMES: THE P.I.E. UN-Fundraiser! Please support!

Parent groups rely heavily on fundraising to support the classrooms and the school. P.I.E. is no different. We respect your desire not to have to particpate in too many fundraisers. You know the feeling:

I really don't want to awkwardly ask my friends, family and coworkers AGAIN if they want to buy more wrapping paper, candy or cookie dough. I don't really want to let children wash my car and then have to go wash it again myself. I don't even bake for my family, so I don't really wantto bake for a fundraiser. I don't want to walk, swim or run in any activity that has the word 'thon' in it.

We're right there with you! This year, PIE is hoping to raise only the amount of money that we plan to spend this year, and then throw an even bigger and better bike rodeo next year to fuel two year's worth of projects again. In order to do this, we decided the best way to maintain our account balance would be to do an un-fundraiser... This would be in lieu of sending students home with the task of selling door to door, collecting money and delivering goods. Please help us avoid that by supporting PIE with your donation, and helping us achieve our goals to support our students and faculty.

There is not an official "due date" on this un-fundraiser. Some families may wish to send their donation in right away. Others may choose to wait until after the holidays. However, you decide, please decide to participate! We would appreciate all donations made by March or April. Donations from other families members like grandparents are also accepted. A thank you letter for tax purposes will be provided.

Please see the flyer below for details on how to make your contribution to the UN-fundraiser. Thank you!


Camp Lael - Summer Programs

"Never Lose Sight" is the summer theme at Camp Lael. Register online at and find your summer fun! Camp is available for families and campers of all ages. Check it out! Contact Jim Davis for more details at 810.664.6795
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Chatfield School Weekly Events

Monday, March 9

3:40 – 4:45pm Kids Yoga - Library

Tuesday, March 10

3:45 – 4:30pm Chess Club - Library

4 – 4:45pm Chatfit at Crossfit Lapeer

5:00 pm Open Enrollment Night-Zemmer

Wednesday, March 11

3:40 – 4:45pm Kids Yoga - Library

7:00 p.m Pack 126 Committee Meeting-Library

Thursday, March 12

3:40-5:00 pm Good News Club-5th Grade Area

6:30 – 7:30pm Lions Den Meeting-Commons

6:30 pm Tiger Den Meeting-Library

Friday, March 13

6:15 – 7:15pm 4-5 Archery Team - Gym

7:15 – 8:15pm 6-8 Archery Team - Gym

Saturday,March 14

9am – 1:45pm CYBP - Gym

9:30 - 11:00 am Chatfield Open House

Monday, March 16

3:40 – 4:45pm Kids Yoga - Library

Tuesday, March 17

3:45 – 4:30pm Chess Club - Library

4 – 4:45pm Chatfit at Crossfit Lapeer

6 – 7pm Wolf Den Meeting - Library

Wednesday, March 18

3:40 – 4:45pm Kids Yoga - Library

Thursday, March 19

3:40 – 5pm Good News Club - 5th Grade Area

6:30 – 8:00pm Pack 126 Pack Meetings

Friday, March 20

6:15 – 7:15pm 4-5 Archery Team - Gym

7:15 – 8:15pm 6-8 Archery Team - Gym

Have Chatfield PRIDE!

This summer Chatfield staff and a team of middle school students agreed upon and finalized a Chatfield PRIDE motto that will be used throughout the school. The motto is pictured above. In particular our middle school students really valued the words respect, integrity, and empathy. In your home please talk about what these words mean to you and your family.
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