Bear Bulletin

Maire newsletter: February 5th Edition

Dear Maire Families,

February is the perfect month to remind ourselves about empathy. This is a challenging year for everyone: staff, students, parents, the entire community. Each has had to deal with different circumstances and situations. Each has had to adapt and get pushed out of their comfort zone. None of that is easy. When we look back on this pandemic, we will know that we’ve endured more than we ever thought possible. And that is why empathy is so important. This is easier for some, harder for others. The struggles are all different. Some show the toll, while others are good at masking their struggle. No matter how you feel, remember each person, whether that is a teacher or student or family, is handling this differently. Try to put yourself in their shoes. Respond with kindness and understanding. I am guilty of not always seeing things through others' perspectives as I get focused on my own. Since empathy is our focus this month at Maire, it will be good to consciously think about others as I react to each new situation. We all could use a bit of practice with empathy in our lives.

We appreciate you. We know this is tough. Thanks for supporting us.

Ryan Francis

Proud Principal

We Learn. We Lead. We Lift.

Important Maire dates to remember

2/8 BOE Meeting 7:00 p.m. (virtual)

2/11 1/2 day for students (11:36 dismissal)

2/12 End of Day starts Mid-Winter Break

2/22 Students return from Break

2/22 BOE Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Important notes from the Office

  • Please use our QR code located in the vestibule if you need to pick up a student early or drop off late. This helps us to keep track of the students while maintaining a safe distance for our parents and office staff. (see photo)
  • Please initial ALL clothing so that if anything is lost, we can find the proper owner.
  • Please have your kids check the Lost and Found lockers outside the office to see if they might be missing anything
  • BE DRESSED FOR THE WEATHER EVERY DAY! The weather is supposed to be incredibly cold next week. Students go out for recess twice a day, so make certain they have appropriate winter clothing for the day. Winter hat, mittens, snow pants, and boots are all important items to pack each day.



COHORT B- You are invited to a Zoom Assembly on Monday, February 8th at 9:30 am! Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Webinar ID: 884 5685 8205

Passcode: 914274

COHORT A- You are invited to a Zoom Assembly on Tuesday, February 9th at 9:30 am! Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Webinar ID: 895 2652 9911

Passcode: 252615

Below is the flyer for our first assembly, a Virtual Rainforest Assembly. The zoom links are being shared in multiple ways. Please note this is a webinar style so the students won't see each other but the presenter will be able to see and interact to their Q and As. Mark those calendars now to save the date and time !

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Check out the Lost and Found! Do you see anything that looks familiar?

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Earth Day Poster Contest

For years Maire has been an Evergreen School in Michigan. That means that we try our best to make decisions here to reduce any waste of our natural resources. Earth Day fits right into our thinking and our state is having a poster contest to celebrate it. All details can be found here.

The submission sheet is on an 8 1/2" x 14" legal size piece of official paper that Mr. Heenan will have available in the art room (or you can download it here) . Please return submissions to Mr. Heenan or your homeroom teacher.

Submissions are due to Maire by Wednesday, February 10th, so we can pick "Maire Winners" by grade to be sent on for the state competition.

Bookmark Contest!

The library will once again this year be having a bookmark contest! With only a few minor tweaks, Mrs. Hermon is making this yearly event happen. You can watch this video explaining how the whole thing will work.

The deadline for both Cohort A & Cohort B is Friday, February 12th. We can't wait to see your designs!

Chess Wizards is back! (virtual)

Chess Wizards is excited to offer classes again this semester for their virtual chess club. Click here for all details and to sign up!

Character Word of the Month: EMPATHY

This month we are focused on Empathy. During our Town Hall we learned strategies to be more empathetic. Empathy Newsletter

Makerspace Zoom Thursday and Friday

The virtual Maire Makerspace Class will be happening every Thursday & Friday!

This is an optional zoom class led by Mrs. Kramer.

At the meeting students will design, tinker, and create something based on the design challenge (details will be sent out each Monday). This is a fun way to engage with other students and showcase your creativity and problem-solving skills.

Each week students will be given a list of household supplies to gather & bring to the zoom meeting. If you are not able to gather all of the materials, we will have some kits created plus a bin of extra single supplies available in our vestibule for you to pick up.

Our Maire Makerspace Class zooms will be for all students (Y5-4th) from 10:00 - 10:25 on Thursday (Cohort B) and 10:00 - 10:25 on Friday (Cohort A).

Please consider joining this optional Makerspace zoom on your asynchronous mornings. You can access the zoom via the link below and teachers will try to post it in their Schoology accounts as well.

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Kramer (

Valentine's Day Reminder

Each class/grade is making decisions about Valentine's day. Please look for directions from your classroom teacher.

We are making it a school rule that if Valentine's are given out, they MUST BE TAKEN HOME for each family to decide if and when the time is right to open them.

GPPSS meal distribution at GP North and GP South

Free meals distributed Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

From 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. every Wednesday, families can pick up a week’s worth of meals for students under age 18 or those receiving special education services under age 26. Simply drive through at North High School or South High School. In order to keep this as safe as possible for everyone, these meals will be served as “grab and goes” to be taken home for consumption. Free lunch will be served at all schools for students who order when attending in person. Free breakfast will be served at Defer, Mason, Monteith, Parcells, Pierce, North and South when students attend school in person. This is made possible through an extension of the USDA grant.

Free and Reduced Meal Applications:

Important: Please complete an application each school year if you think you might be eligible as this greatly impacts the district’s ability to access state and federal funding sources. This information is confidential.

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