Chatfield School News

June 14 - Summer 2021

From Directors

Information about Chatfield Summer programs including Meet Up and Read Up, Basketball Camp, Volleyball Camp, and Ecology camps can be found in this letter.

School starts again on Monday, August 23. We are looking forward to a great new year! In regards to Covid-19, as we move forward with planning for the new school year we anticipate continued advancements back to “normal.” We will communicate with families as the summer progresses to update you on what protocols will be required of public schools like Chatfield. Again our goal is to return the Chatfield experience back to normal as quickly as we can while still maintaining the safety of both students and staff.

Thank you to every parent that helped with the Olympics and with all of our May and June events. Whether it was shuttling kids to Camp Lael, bringing in your child's bike, spending the day walking down town, creating German specialties, or chaperoning canoe, bike, and water-fun trips. We thank you. Making sure your child has everything they need is so important and allows the teachers to plan and implement unique and special learning opportunities that help children grow both academically and socially.

Thank you to each Chatfield staff member that has gone above and beyond this year to make it a special year full of learning. Your ability to teach in person, remotely, and sometimes to do both has served Chatfield students and families invaluably. We are thankful to every Chatfield employee for the excellent work they do for Chatfield students and families everyday.

Thank you to All of the Volunteers!

We would like to thank all of the volunteers that helped to make the 24th Olympics a special and fun day at Chatfield School. While it was very hot, the whole event ran well because of the many volunteers! We could have not have done it without you!

Big picture

National Junior Honors Society Inductions

Congratulations to the following students who have been inducted into National Junior Honors Society. These students maintain a 3.5 GPA and have met the additional requirements of service to their community. Congratulations!

2020 Inductees

Alexandra Bierbusse, Anna Boucher, Aleck Hall, Anna Heffel, Jack Hunt, Maecyn Kress

Ellery Muir, Noah Reamer, Ella Reger, Matthew Sells, Hayley Thibodeaux, Ava Wagner,

Audrey Wilson, Anthony Wittbrodt

2021 Inductees

Joshua Barnes, Greyson Boyle, McKenna Brady, Emily Carney, McKinley Couzens

Nola Cummings, Paityn Hirt, Grace Krause, Julia Mohr, Tyler Radatz, Emlyn Sanderson-Smith

Cameron Verellen, Olivia Viers, Logan Wilcox, Brynn Wolinski, Sam Young

Summer Reading Assignment

All students have a summer reading assignment that they have or will be bringing home this week. Most classrooms are asking the students to read the book and to complete some sort of reflection to be ready for the first weeks of school in August. It is important that in addition to the summer reading assignment, your child read often throughout the summer. Just like with a sport, children need to practice reading to become better at it. Any type of reading is acceptable: For instance, you could read a novel or picture books to your child and discuss the story. Your child could read to you. You and your child could take turns reading the same story and discuss it. Informational reading is great too! The main ingredients for success are to read a lot, to have your child talk about what he or she is reading or listened to, and to find topics or stories that your child enjoys. Informational reading is great too!

Summer Math Practice

Some grade levels will send home math practice for the summer. Please do what you can and you are comfortable with. The goal is not to overwhelm you or your child. The main goal should be to continue to work on master of basic +, -, x, / facts. All second grade students should know their addition and subtraction (6+7= 13 or 12-7=5) facts by heart before entering third grade. All third grade students should know their single digit multiplication and division facts (6x7+42) by heart before entering fourth grade. This is something that should be worked on daily for 5 to 10 minutes per day. What does by heart mean? It means that students are able to recall the answer to the fact within a couple of seconds without needing to complete multiple strategies to get the answer. Another way of thinking about it to know the facts fluently.

Summer School - By Invitation

We are excited about the summer learning program we are offering our students this summer. The program called Rise Up will have a heavy emphasis on literacy and improving students overall literacy skills. The program is scheduled to run 9am to 11am Monday through Thursday starting July 6 through August 5. Enrollment was via invitation and is now closed. Please stay tuned to your email for updates and confirmations.

Summer Learning Tools to Use at Home

Mrs. Huestis has created a helpful link to many of the resources teachers use in the classroom. These links can be used to provide reading material, spelling practice, math practice and much more! If you need your child's login information please email your child's current teacher. Thank you!

Chatfield Basketball Camp

Basketball camps will held in three different programs: There will be a program for students entering third and fourth grades, a program for students entering fifth and sixth grades and a program for students entering seventh and eighth grade. These will be held in the afternoon the week of July 13-16.
Big picture

Sign Up for Ecology Camp!

Ecology Camp is on the schedule this summer. Peter is especially excited about a middle school camp program in the works. The informational flyer and sign up information is attached to this newsletter and is also located here: Ecology Camp INFO

Chatfield Volleyball Camp

The sign up for Volleyball Camp is now active. The Volleyball Camp information is attached to this newsletter and can be found at this Volleyball LINK.
Big picture

Returning of Chatfield Technology, Books, Materials

Please look under beds and in closets, etc. for any Chatfield classroom or library books and for any technology. Please return any materials, books, computer cases, computers, and chargers to the school by June 17. Thank you very much!

Kindergarten REV-UP Parent Meeting

On Wednesday, June 23 at 6:30pm we will present the Kindergarten REV-UP for all parents of incoming 2021-22 Kindergarten students. This is an adult only meeting. We ask that at least one parent from each household attend. We will go over expectations for Chatfield Kindergartners, how to prepare for the first days of school, summer activities parents can be doing to prepare their child for school, and what it means to be a Chatfield Partner in Education. The kindergarten teachers and school directors look forward to meeting with you. If you are unable to attend this meeting please email Mr. Kraly at Otherwise, we hope to see you there!

P.I.E. News

Shakespeare in the Park: The Lapeer Community Theater will perform A MId-Summer's Night Dream this July in the Chatfield Amphitheater. PIE will be responsible for selling concessions and managing the grounds. Please watch for a sign up coming to help out with this. Concessions sales will go directly to PIE.

Bike Rodeo: PIE will hold a Bike Rodeo on a Saturday this October. The Bike Rodeo is open to the community but is specifically a fund raiser for PIE. Participants will ride for sponsorship. We will also seek support from community businesses. Lunch will be served. Sign up for committee will be sent out soon.

Bike Rodeo Committee Volunteers - Please sign up!

The Bike Rodeo is a fun event for families and it is also a major P.I.E. fundraiser. Students get sponsorship for their riding and then enjoy the bike paths around the school on a Saturday in October with their family. In addition, we seek sponsorships from businesses. In order to make this a great success we need committees to divide and organize the work. Please sign up to join a committee. We will plan to meet in late July and then in August. The committees are:

Silent Auction

Business Sponsorship

Bike Rodeo Events

Food and Drink


Meet Up, Eat Up and Read Up!

Meet Up, Read Up and Eat Up will continue this summer on Wednesdays July 7 - August 4 from 11:30-1:30. This will be open to all Chatfield students. Students will be able to pick out a new book, participate in a unique read aloud and activity, and then take a sack lunch home.
Big picture

Free Meals are Available All Summer in Lapeer

Free meals are available in Lapeer througout the summer. Please see the flyer attached to this newsletter.
Big picture

Not Returning to Chatfield? Please let us know!

If your child is not returning to Chatfield in August, would you please notify us via email, phone call, or stop in. We want to help make a positive and smooth transition for your child. Additionally, your notification allows us a new student to begin to prepare for enrollment at Chatfield. Thank you for communicating with us. Please email

Staff Updates

Mrs. Cathy Houghtaling will officially retire from Chatfield School this year. She is recovering from heart surgery and is progressing slowly but well.

Mrs. Jennifer Smith will be relocating with her retiring husband to be closer to her children in North Carolina. While Mrs. Smith is not officially retiring from work, she is bidding farewell to Chatfield as she prepares for this new step in life.

Mrs. Kate Mutch is leaving Chatfield to open her own Speech and Language Clinic. The clinic will be located in downtown Lake Orion.

Mrs. Julia Schlusler will be leaving Chatfield to spend more time with her young family. She and her husband recently welcomed their fourth child!

We are so thankful for these wonderful educators that have shared their talents at Chatfield and we wish them well in the future!

Hot Lunch Update

Hot lunch with one milk is free until the end of the school year! But, an extra milk does cost 50 cents. Payments may be made by check, or online at If you have any questions, please e-mail Ami Davis at

Honors Presentations

This June honors presentations and awards will be presented to students in the classrooms by their teachers and Mr. Young and Mr. Kraly. Our eighth grade farewell will be held outdoors the evening of June 15. Rain dates for the farewell are the 16th and 17th.

Upcoming Dates

6/14/2021 Flag Day - Wear Red, White and Blue

6/15/2021 Last Day of School Dismissal 11:30am

6/15/2021 8th Grade Farewell 7:00 pm (Rain dates 6/16, 6/17)