NSE News

January and February 2016

Dear NSE Families,

As surprising as it may seem, we are half-way through the school year! That said, it seemed like a good time to share a few important reminders about school start/end times, our Parking Lot Guidelines, and winter gear. Also, please make sure to take the time to read the classroom newsletters that are sent home by your child’s teacher.

As always, please contact us should you have questions or need assistance with any information.

School Start/End Times

Doors open at 8:10 a.m. for student to enter the building using the cafeteria entrance. Students riding the bus will enter via the gymnasium entrance.

  • The tardy bell rings at 8:25 a.m. Students entering the building at this time or later are marked Tardy.

  • Students arriving to school at 10:31 a.m. or after are marked A.M. Absent.

  • Students leaving before 2:00 p.m. are marked P.M. Absent.

  • Students who leave between 2:01 p.m. and 3:34 p.m. are marked Early Dismissal

School dismisses at 3:35 p.m.

On Half Days, school dismissal is 11:31 a.m.

On Late Start Wednesdays, school begins at 9:05 a.m.

Parking Lot Reminders and Information

Each morning and afternoon your continued cooperation and alertness in our parking lots helps to keep students safe. We appreciate your efforts in helping us maintain a safe environment for children. Therefore, we wanted to take a moment and remind you of our Parking Lot Guidelines. We have also included a map (see below) that we hope will assist in understanding traffic flow, pedestrian movement, and parking.

NSE Parking Lot Guidelines:

1. Constantly watch for children!

2. Drive slow and be patient!

3. Pull as far forward as possible in the parent load/unload loop.

4. Remember to drive slow in the neighborhood as we have many students that walk to and from school

5. Heed our Crossing Guards' directions.

6. Absolutely NO student drop-offs in the Bus Loop.

7. If you pull in to park (rather than using the parent load/unload loop) please park in the designated Parent Parking area (see map). Also you MUST walk your child to crossing area onto the sidewalk. Do not allow your child to walk through the parking lot without an adult escorting him/her.

8. If you arrive late (8:25 a.m.) you must come into the school to sign in your child.

Again, thank you for your attention to student safety. We appreciate your cooperation and support!

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Winter Gear

As a reminder with colder temperatures, it is very important that students are dressed appropriately while waiting at the bus stop and for recess. On days when the temperature reaches 0 degrees (windchill temperatures are used) or below, students will stay inside for recess. This is also true if there is heavy (soaking) precipitation (rain, snow, etc.)

Please plan to have your child prepared with a pair of winter boots, snow pants, winter coat, gloves, and a hat. If you need assistance with these items, please let your child’s teacher know. We want all of our students to be dressed appropriately warm for the winter weather.

Kindergarten Information Night

If your child turns five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2016 (or as late as December 1st with a signed waiver), he/she is able to attend Kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year.

In the Fall of 2016, two Kindergarten options will be offered:

  • Full Day Kindergarten at every elementary school.
  • Young 5's Kindergarten (available for students that turn 5 between June 1st-December 1st). This is a full-day program offered at our Early Childhood Center and also at Independence Elementary. Students that attend Young 5's will attend Kindergarten the following year at their home school.

To learn more about these options, as well as information about enrollment, we encourage our future Kindergarten parents to attend Kindergarten Information Night on February 2nd starting at 7:00 p.m. This evening event is held at Clarkston Junior High School located at 6595 Waldon Road.

Message from CCS Administrator of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Learning

Dear Elementary Families,

The end of our first semester of the 2015-16 school year signals an opportunity to celebrate your child's learning. Our Instructional Services Team looks forward to sharing the story of your child's learning journey with you and your family.

On Wednesday, February 10th, your child will bring home his/her first Learning Feedback Document (LFD). Along with this, you will receive information on the LFD and the Gradebook/Parent Vue. As we move forward, future LFDs will be available through ParentVue, our on-line Student Information System. Printed copies will be available through the main offices of each building.

Thank you,

Nancy Mahoney

Student Information System - Parent Vue

The ParentVue portal is an important part of our Student Information System. In this portal parents can view their child’s attendance, transportation information, academic progress, and update important student information like phone numbers, emergency contacts, etc. As we continue to work toward paperless communications, please plan to use ParentVue regularly.

It is important that you take the time to set up and activate your account if you have not already done so. You will need an activation key to do this. Here’s how:

1. Email SynergySupport@clarkston.k12.mi.us to request an activation key. Provide the following information in your email:

  • Your Name

  • Your Student(s) Name

  • Your Student(s) Date Of Birth

  • Your Home Address

  • Your Phone Number

Also, please make sure to take some time to review the information in ParentVue and make sure that we have the most accurate and updated information, particularly phone numbers and emergency contacts. To access ParentVue (once you have activated your account):

  1. Go to the Clarkston Schools’ webpage www.clarkston.k12.mi.us

  2. Choose the Resources tab and then select ParentVue

CCS Community Survey

Parents & Community Members:

Clarkston Community Schools has begun a Facilities Assessment process. In this process, all buildings and sites are being evaluated, providing both a snapshot in time and a look forward to the district's current and anticipated needs. This is where we need your input. A brief survey has been developed to gather your opinions, perceptions and thoughts regarding district facilities and infrastructure.

Please click on link below to take this quick survey - your input is extremely valuable in this process. Hard copies of the survey are also available at the CCS Administration Building, 6389 Clarkston Road. Thank you!



Tuesday, January 12th

PTO Meeting @ 6:30 p.m. We will meet in the Media Center. Please join us!!

Wednesday, January 13th

LATE START. Student report time is 9:05 a.m.

Monday, January 18th

Professional Development Day for staff; No School for Students.

Thursday, January 28th and Friday, January 29th

Record’s Day for staff; Half Day for Students. Dismissal is at 11:31 a.m.


Monday-Friday, February 1st-5th

Alpha Club sponsors "Pennies for Pasta" fundraiser; see below for more information

Tuesday, February 2nd

Kindergarten Information Night @ 7:00 p.m. This event is held at Clarkston Jr. High School (6595 Waldon Rd.) This is for parents whose children at starting Kindergarten next year.

Wednesday, February 3rd

LATE START. Student report time is 9:05 a.m.

Friday, February 5th

PTO Movie Night from 6-8 p.m.

Monday, February 6th-10th

PTO Cash Calamaties Fundraiser and Spirit Week. More information will be coming home soon.

DATE CHANGE - Wednesday, February 10th

Learning Feedback Documents (previously "report cards") sent home and available online via the Student Information System/Parent Vue.

Friday, February 12th

Classroom Valentine's Day Parties. More information will be provided by your child's classroom teacher.

Monday and Tuesday, February 15th and 16th

Mid-Winter Break - No School for Students

Wednesday-Friday, February 17th-19th

Alpha Club's "Pennies for Pasta" fundraiser resumes; see below for more information

Tuesday, February 23rd

PTO Fundraiser at Culver's. Portions of proceeds go to NSE on this date.

Wednesday, February 24th

LATE START. Student report time is 9:05 a.m.

Congratulations to our Students!

4th and 5th Grade Geography Bee

This year's winner is 4th Grader, Kate Meyer, from Mrs. Kuhn's class and our runner-up was 5th Grader, Gauge Falk, from Mr. Phillips' class. Kate will be taking an online qualifying test soon and the State Geography Bee will be held on April 1, 2016. Good luck Kate!!

5th Grade Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Joey Vroman in Mrs. Jordan's class! He was this year's 5th Grade Spelling Bee Champion! Adam Breza, also in Mrs. Jordan's class, was this year's runner up! Congratulations to both students :) Joey will go on to compete at the Regional Bee that will be held on March 6th! Good Luck Joey!!

Alpha Club sponsors a "Pennies for Pasta" fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Alpha Clubs' "Pennies for Pasta" event is being held in order to help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This organization helps raise money for children with cancer. Classes will participate by bringing in pennies for a Penny War! Classrooms are trying to collect the most pennies.

Our school goal is to raise $650 or more. The classroom that collects the most money will win an Olive Garden lunch, including pasta, salad and bread sticks! If our school raises the bar by collecting $1,000 or more, the second place classroom will win a pizza party lunch!

Our Alpha Club representatives went around and spoke to classes on Friday. Each student has or will receive an individual collection box. Students can take these home to start collecting pennies. Anytime their box gets full, students can bring it back to school and empty their collections into the classroom box. A parent letter with more information has also been sent home.

Pennies will be collected during these weeks:

February 1-5

February 15-19

Taking the week of February 8th off due to PTO Cash Calamity Event (see Feb. calendar above)

Stay Connected

To find out more ways to stay connected to our school, please click on the link below.


Board of Education & Central Office Administration

Board of Education

Steve Hyer, President

Elizabeth Egan, Vice President

Kelli Horst, Treasurer

Susan Boatman, Secretary

Cheryl McGinnis, Trustee

Craig Hamilton, Trustee

Gregory Need, Trustee

Central Office Administration

Dr. Rod Rock, Superintendent

Shawn Ryan, Deputy Superintendent

Mary Beth Rogers, Executive Director of Business Services

John Lucido, Executive Director of Human Resources

Kathy Christopher, Executive Director of Student Support Services

Non-Discrimination Clause

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, it is the policy of the Clarkston Community School District that the Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic, in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. For more information contact the Executive Director of Human Resources, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400. For more information regarding ADA, contact the Deputy Superintendent, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400.