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Maire newsletter: February 12th Edition

Dear Maire Families,

Dear Maire Families,


In case anyone missed the Board of Education meeting on Monday, the decision was made that GP Traditional is going back 100% face-to-face on March 1st at the elementary level. This certainly brings a mix of emotions for many families. Here at Maire we talk about our circle of control. This decision is out of our control, but how we react and plan for it is in our circle of control. The district and Maire will be working hard for the next few weeks to get everything lined up. All of our decisions will be focused on making the safest experience possible for our students, staff, and families.


One thing that is in each family’s circle of control is doing the Daily Health Screener. That is the most important thing that families can do each and every day to keep our school and community safe. Please check your child for COVID symptoms each morning and keep your child home if they are sick. We will work hard on our plans here at school, and with your partnership at home, we will make a great learning environment for our students. Look for more information after the break about our return to 100% face-to-face instruction.


Please take next week to enjoy your family. This has been a long year and having a break is a great time to unwind, recharge, and refocus. Stay safe everyone.


Ryan Francis

Proud Principal


We Learn. We Lead. We Lift.

Important Maire dates to remember

2/12 End of Day starts Mid-Winter Break

2/22 Students return from Break

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

3/1 Students resume 100% face to face instruction

Winter weather is here to stay

  • 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.

Travel requirements

For your convenience GPPSS has included guidance from the Center for Disease Control on travel. The CDC website states: "Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19." GPPSS has had several questions regarding the need to quarantine after traveling either domestically or internationally over midwinter break. Below is what the District will require:


  • Domestic Travel - No quarantine required - Please monitor yourself and your family for COVID-19 symptoms. Places such as airports, train stations, etc. pose a higher risk to COVID-19 exposure, therefore you should be extra cautious upon your return. If you decide to travel domestically please review information from the CDC here.
  • International Travel - New guidelines here per CDC. All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. The same negative test result provided to the airline must be provided to GPPSS to enter any school building 2/22. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information. More information on voluntary community COVID testing at both high schools Monday 2/22 will be coming out shortly.
  • Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

our virtual assembly was so awesome !

This week we had the amazing opportunity to have a virtual assembly with Dave & Amy Freeman, who are National Geographic Adventurers.

If you happened to miss the assembly, here is the link to Monday's recording. It is a must watch!
Thank you to the PTO for arranging this wonderful & educational assembly for our Maire students!

Kids Heart Challenge starts February 22nd!

We are SO excited to kick off this year’s Kids Heart Challenge program after winter break! We are ready to have some fun while learning all about how to keep our hearts healthy and helping those with sick hearts.

Click here to register your child on the Kids Heart Challenge website.

One Community Telling our many stories

Maire Elementary values our diverse population and we want all students to see themselves in the books they read. All 7 elementary schools in Grosse Pointe are working together to tell the stories of our students, and we need help from our community to fund the project. If you are able to donate to our district wide Diversity effort, please do, and please know that your donation is benefitting ALL of our GPPSS elementary students.

Here is the donation link.

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

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!

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: https://gpschools.formstack.com/forms/freeorreduced

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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