South Maple Elementary Newsletter

December 2022

Upcoming Dates

December 2........................Schoolwide Reward/Pajama Day

December 9........................Report Cards home with students

December 20......................PTO 6PM

December 22.....................Snowy Snuggles/Sponsored by PTO

December 23-January 2....Holiday Break/No School

January 3...........................School Resumes

SME New Playground Equipment

Many thanks to the following donors that made this possible

Catt Realty

Gaylord Community Schools

Dr. Patrick J. McNamara Fund

The Drzewiecki Agency

Freeman Family Enterprises

Otsego Community Foundation Community Fund

Otsego County United Way

Rotary Club of Gaylord

South Maple Elementary PTO


The SME Schoolwide Behavior Target for December is:

We Can Listen and Follow Directions the First Time.

Snowy Snuggles Day sponsored by SME PTO

Thursday, December 22 all students will be able to bring a small stuffed animal to school. SME PTO will provide hot cocoa and an allergy-free treat.

SME PTO is looking for parent volunteers!

Join our BLOOMZ class to stay up to date on meetings and volunteer opportunities with PTO!

Class code: 98GSEU

Elementary Concerts

SME will have a Spring Concert this year on May 11. Gaylord Community Schools K-3 buildings will alternate Holiday and Spring concerts yearly.

POWeR! Book Bags

Art/Computers/Literacy/Physical Education/STEM Information

Winter Gear

Thank you for sending your child prepared to enjoy recess outside during the cold and snowy weather. We appreciate you labeling their coat, snow pants, boots, hat and mittens.


For the safety of our students, parents need to select bussing, front pick-up, parent pick-up or latchkey as the method of departure for their children to follow at dismissal. If a parent needs to make a change to this daily routine a phone call must be made directly to the school office before 1:30PM on the day of the change. If the office does not receive information of a change, then the child will go home as scheduled.

Parents will receive confirmation via Text and/or E-mail through Gaylord Schools Messaging System of route number, at that time we will have AM and PM estimated pick-up and drop-off times located on the GCS Webpage. Please allow extra time in the beginning as we are establishing routes.

Breakfast and Lunch Information

Gaylord Community Schools has mailed the free and reduced lunch applications. If your child qualifies, please fill out the application and return via mail, email, or applications may be done online by visiting Questions, please call 989-731-0969, ext. 1254.

Thank you for sending breakfast/lunch money in a clearly labeled envelope.

SME Arrival/Dismissal Information

  • The student day will begin at 7:40AM and ends at 2:24PM.
  • As many of you are aware morning and afternoon traffic is very congested in our area. Please drive safely and follow traffic laws. The arrival/dismissal attachment below will provide detailed information.
  • SME staff will assist all students in locating their classrooms. Please say your goodbye before they board the bus or when they exit your vehicle, this includes the first day of school.
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Emergency procedures will be practiced throughout the school year.

Parent-Student Handbook

The South Maple Elementary School 2022-23 Parent-Student Handbook is provided below.

Office Hours

The South Maple Elementary office is open to assist you Monday-Friday from 7AM-3:30PM.


Therese Hansen, Principal

South Maple Elementary

650 East Fifth Street

Gaylord, MI 49735