Summer Newsletter 2021
Rolland-Warner 6/7 Campus
Welcome to the final newsletter of the year for Rolland-Warner! This newsletter serves both as a wrap-up for what will most likely be my most memorable year in education, but also as an introduction for the 2021-2022 school year and welcome to our new 6th graders!
As Mr. Cross and myself are just finishing up our 2nd year at Rolland-Warner in our current positions, we have been able to be a part of a lot of positive improvements and changes during the pandemic. At the same time, we continue to make adjustments and improvements based on the feedback we get from parents and students and hope to have a "normal" school year with the pandemic in the rearview mirror.
This newsletter starts the next school year off right by providing you with important dates and reminders you should be aware of in the next few months, which of course are subject to change based on the pandemic.
Student Handbook Notes - Provide an Up to Date Immunization Record
Please contact your child's pediatrician or the local health department at (810) 667-0448 to schedule your child's appointment for the required vaccinations now as many have long waits due to the pandemic. See below for a graphic showing which vaccinations are required and you may contact the health department, your pediatrician, or MCIR to obtain a copy of current vaccinations.
Mark Your Calendars!
The new school year is just around the corner, especially for our Year-Round students. Please make a note of all the following important dates on your calendars to get the new school year off to a great start, however, remember these dates and times are subject to change due to the pandemic. A picture packet and a short summer newsletter will be mailed home the first week of August with any changes we may know of.
July 19th - Rolland-Warner Office Opens
July 22nd 12pm to 6pm - Year-Round Schedule Pickup
Any year-round 6th, 7th, or 8th graders should show up at some time in this window to pick up schedules and get their lockers. For 7th grade students, this also might be a good time to hand in any updated immunization forms.
July 26th – First Day of Year-Round School
For the month of August, our year-round students start the school day at a different time than they will when traditional calendar students return. First hour starts at 8:53am until traditional calendar begins (at which point the start time changes to 7:46am). The school opens to students at 7:15am.
TBD – Fall Athletics/Meet the Coach Night in Cafeteria
All students that want to participate in Fall Athletics (Sideline Cheer, Girls’ Basketball, Cross Country, or Football) and parents must attend the Mandatory Athletics Night to turn in the required forms, gain information on sports in general, and meet the coaches.
August 23rd - Fall Sports Begins
August 23rd – 6th and 7th Grade Year-Round Student Picture Day
All 6th and 7th year-round students will have their pictures taken between 10am and 12pm during the school day. 8th graders will be transported to Zemmer on August 23rd for their pictures.
August 23rd 12pm to 7pm – Traditional Schedule Pick-Up for Students in 6th Grade
All traditional students in 6th grade should stop in during the time window. While here, students will receive their schedules, locker information, transportation information, and have their school pictures taken. This allows us to have Student ID’s more efficiently. Please make sure students are dressed appropriately.
August 23rd 1:30pm to 2:30pm AND 6pm to 7pm – 6th Grade Optional Parent Meeting in Cafeteria
These meetings will be the same meeting (so only attend one). Basically, it will cover the student handbook, procedures (student drop-off, office procedures, etc.), and other practical information that you still may be wondering about. If you’ve had RW students here in the past, you probably don’t need to attend. Mr. Stevens will have a short presentation and then answer any remaining questions.
August 24th 12pm to 7pm – Traditional Schedule Pick-Up for Students in 7th Grade
All traditional students in 7th grade should stop in during the time window. While here, students will receive their schedules, locker information, transportation information, and have their school pictures taken. This allows us to have Student ID’s more efficiently. Please make sure students are dressed appropriately.
August 23rd – 12:45pm to 1:45pm 8th Grade Year-Round Zemmer Move Up
Our 8th grade year-round will be bussed to Zemmer to have a tour and receive their lockers.
August 25th to August 27th – No School for Year-Round Students (Teacher In-service Days)
August 26th 5:00pm to 6:30pm Meet the Teacher Night
Meet the Teacher will be drop in this year. Stop by for a few minutes and get to know each of your children's teachers.
August 26th 6:30pm – Mackinac Island Band Trip Meeting
August 30st – First day of school for Traditional Students
The school opens at 7:15am for students to enter. Please do not drop students off before this time as there is no supervision for them. First hour begins at 7:46am and school ends at 2:27pm.
September 3rd thru September 6th – No School Labor Day Break
September 16th - Awards Ceremony for 20/21; 7th Grade @ 6pm, 8th Grade @ 7pm
September 24th & 27th – No School for Year-Round
September 29th - Picture Retakes
October 18th & 20th – Year-Round Parent Teacher Conferences
October 20th & 26th - Traditional Parent Teacher Conferences
October 25th to October 29th – First Year-Round Intersession
October 29th – No School for All Students
5th Grade Transition
First, let me congratulate our current 5th Graders for showing perseverance and continuing your education with your 5th Grade Teacher as the school year approaches the end! I see some elementary schools providing different opportunities for their 5th grade graduations and wish you a happy celebration during this time! This leads me to reflect on a lesson that I learned with my students at the Character and Leadership Skills camp I used to take them to:
Yesterday is ashes; tomorrow wood.
Only today does your fire burn brightly.
Our memories are great to reflect upon and learn from, we can plan for the future the best we can, however, we need to live in the moment and embrace our circumstances making the best out of them. So please take time and celebrate today this chapter in your life!
Looking forward, I hope this video that we completed last year during the shutdown and students couldn't come to RW helps to put minds at ease. Some staff has changed, but I think between the students actually getting to have 5th-grade visits, the videos posted on the website for Opportunity Night, and now last year's video students have an opportunity to see some inside workings of RW!
We continue to see numbers decrease and hope to give an accurate assessment of school protocols in the August Newsletter.
I continue to preach that living in the moment, positivity, and getting outside are extremely important for our students' well-being, so keep that in mind as we go through the summer!
Finally, we are in this together and can support each other! #OtherPeopleMatter #lightningleaders
School Supplies for Next Year
Along with the below school supplies, our teachers always appreciate classroom supplies like tissues, cleaning wipes, hand sanitizer, and Expo markers! Give a teacher a pack of Expo markers and they are like a kid with candy!!!
Counselors are super busy right now scheduling for next year, M-Step testing, 5th-grade tours, and end of the year preparation. Should you have any questions about the above reach out to the counselors and they can assist!
Reach out for academic or social needs to our counselors! They can steer you in the correct direction!
Our counselors are Mrs. Price, who works with students with last names A-K, and Mrs. Crespo who will be working with students with the last name L-Z. They can be reached at:
Mrs. Price 810-538-2339 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Crespo 810-538-2338 or email@example.com
Next year, we will continue to have a therapist from the Lapeer County Intermediate School District, who can meet with students throughout the week for social needs, however, the ISD does require a permission slip. Please have this slip filled out and return the first week of school so we can be up and running!
Rolland-Warner PAC Meetings
Here is a list of the RW PAC meetings for the 21/22 school year that will occur close to the first Friday of the month at 9:30 am-10:30 am via Zoom, so you can put on your calendar: Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 5, Dec. 10, Jan. 7, Feb. 11, Mar. 10, Apr. 8, and May 5.
Rich Cross Kristen Jeans
Associate Principal/Athletic Director Attendance/Athletics Secretary
All information regarding individual sports will be updated on the district athletics’ website - http://lapeerlightning.com
***All Fall Sports Practices begin on Monday, August 23rd***
Fall Sports Athletic Clearance Process
Mandatory Fall Sports Parents Meeting/Meet the Coach Night is TBD. More information will be forthcoming in late July/early August
Prior to the meeting, the following items are available in the office or online at http://lapeerlightning.com and MUST be turned into the RW Main Office prior to first practice/tryout:
- All athletes must have a completed 2021-2021 MHSAA Physical (dated April 15, 2021 or after – must be new form or sign waiver when turning in.)
- All athletes must have a completed Emergency Card
- All athletes must have a signed Athletic Code of Conduct Card (parent & student signatures required)
*All athletes must have passed at least 5/6 classes during previous academic semester.
*Please see the Athletic Code of Conduct for information on 7th Grade Eligibility requirements (grades) needed last year and current.
*Pay to Participate must be paid in full before any athlete may participate in a game/contest/meet.
Coaches 7th Football – Zach Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org 7th Girls Basketball – Kent Meister email@example.com 7th Sideline Cheer – Cynthia Broughton – firstname.lastname@example.org 6th/7th Girls Cross Country – Ken Baginski email@example.com 6th/7th Girls Cross Country – Kevin Moses firstname.lastname@example.org
Middle School Football Camp
June 14, 21, 28 & July 12, 19, 26
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. @ Fitzpatrick Field (CFI Campus)
No Cost. Bring water, cleats/athletic shoes, and a great attitude!
Middle School Girls Basketball Summer Workouts
June 22, 23, 24 & July 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. @ RW Gym
No Cost. Bring water, basketball shoes and a great attitude!
All Fall Sports Practices begin on Monday, August 23rd.
Fall Sports Parent Meeting/Meet the Coach Night – TBD.
Summer Food Service Program
Rolland-Warner Contact Information
Wyatt Stevens, Principal
Rich Cross, Associate Principal
Kent Meister, Dean of Students
Renee Shrontz, Head Secretary