News from the Nest

For the Week of September 28, 2020

Upcoming Events

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Please Join Us!

PTO Meeting on Wednesday, September 30 at 6:30. Due to COVID, we will not be meeting in person. Click HERE to join virtually.
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A few reminders...

*Drop off/pick up continues to improve. Please remember these things to help keep everyone safe and to expedite the process.

1. Stay all the way over to the right when waiting in line. This helps our busses when arriving in the morning.

2. Please continue to pull all the way forward, even when waiting outside of the drop off

zone. We want to keep that line as short as possible.

3. Please do not start lining up too early. Drop off begins at 8:40 a.m. If your child

would like to eat breakfast at school, please pull forward in the outer left lane to be let in the cafeteria at 8:35)

4. End of day dismissal is 3:45 p.m. Lining up before 3:30 causes traffic congestion. Please consider allowing our younger families (K-2) to get their earlier. Families with siblings and children in grades can arrive closer to 3:50.

*We still have some library books visiting homes since March. Please take a moment to see if you have any that can be returned to school.

*Michigan weather is ever changing. We do go outside every day, so please be sure to send appropriate outdoor wear with your child.

*Did you know we have a PaperGator in our back parking lot? This is a great way to support our PTO and Emmons Lake Elementary. Recycling materials raises money for our school and is a great way to be eco-responsible! Items that can go in the bin are newsprint, catalogs/magazines, office/school papers, hard or soft covered books.

*PowerSchool Daily Screener has some updated questions. We are hoping this provides clarity as we navigate through these times. Thanks for completing this each day!

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We want to extend a warm Emmons Lake welcome to Amy Jurmu, as our Health and Safety Paraprofessinoal. Mrs. Jurmu will be joining the team to help assist with monitoring and supporting COVID guidelines from Kent County Health Departement. We also would like to welcome Dan Oster, serving in our building (and others in the district) as our school social worker. Mr. Oster is a proud Cal alum and is excited to be back as an employee. Welcome Mr. Oster and Mrs. Jurmu!
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The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake read by Wanda Sykes
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News from Food Service:

2019-2020 Free/Reduced applications expire on October 7th, 2020. Currently all students are receiving free breakfast and lunch through the USDA. This program is set to expire December 31st, 2020 or when the money runs out. Because this could happen sooner than the December 31st date, we suggest filling out a new application before last year's application expires to prevent a gap in coverage. If you are new to Caledonia Schools, you will need to fill out a new application in our district. The fastest and most efficient way to fill out an application is online at If you have any questions, please contact Caledonia Food Service at (616) 891-0227.

Helpful Links to Information

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Message from the Principal...

Wow! Week 6 is here and we are ready to rock another one. Shout out to all of YOU...students, staff, families, and community. We are grateful.

Please take a moment to review this newsletter as there is important and helpful information. As always, if you have any questions or considerations, please feel free to reach out. If you are looking for additional ways to stay connected, please consider being a part of our Emmons Lake PTO. We have our first meeting this Wednesday at 6:30. Zoom link found above.

Be sure to follow us on FACEBOOK for up to date information and celebrations!

Grateful to Serve With You,

Mrs. Schultz