Chatfield News

December 2, 2019

From the Desk of the Directors

We hope that everyone enjoyed a happy Thanksgiving break! We are looking forward to the many events and opportunities for Chatfield students coming up in the next few weeks.

Please make it a priority to attend the Digital Safety Event coming up on the evening of December 3. There are even prizes! This is so important for our children. Please feel free to invite guests from the community.

Are you looking for gift ideas for kids? Here are a few ideas that Chatfield students enjoyed from Math and Reading Game Night:

WordPlay for Kids

Even Steven's Odd

Clumsy Thief



A Crazy Coin Counting Game

Speedy Words


Sequence for Kids

Be sure to read the description of the games before you purchase as some are more apporpriate for younger children while others are fun for older children to adults.

We encourage you to get involved in the many events happening here at Chatfield. Please help out! From archery and basketball or PIE Santa Shop, band concerts, and Treat Street we need and want your help and involvement!

Fight for Equity in School Funding

The governor's veto of an increase in school funding for charter schools is having a negative effect on Chatfield School's budget and all charter schools. Charter schools are public schools and all public school students should be funded equitably. The veto creates an inequity in this year's school public school funding which could continue in future years. This is unacceptable. Unfortunately, while there has been some movement between legislators and the governor on this issue, a compromise is being held up in the senate.

Last week Mr. Young and a small group from Chatfield met with Senator Kevin Daley during his office hours . The team did an excellent job advocating for our school. Please continue to email Kevin Daley's office. Encourage him to break from the party line and support the charter school students. He said several times that he has been hearing from a lot of you. Keep the pressure up.

Please continue to contact your legislators and governor-even if you already have. They need to hear continuously from you. Follow this link for more information about how you can be involved: Support Charters. For government contact information see the letter posted in this newsletter. Thank you for your continued support.

Three Charities for Your Child to Support

Student Council announces three charities that the school will be supporting for the next few weeks. Please participate.

Toys for Tots

Please drop off a new toy for any age into the Toys for Tots boxes located around the school.

Adopt a Family

Stay tuned for a list of items needed for our families that we are adopting. Items for purchase will be posted on trees by Mr. Kraly's office. Please deliver items by Dec. 18.

Hat, Gloves, and Socks Drive

We are collecting new hats, gloves and socks to be delivered to The Refuge, Lapeer' Homeless Shelter. Please deliver items to boxes labeled with Hats, Gloves, and Socks Drive.

The Scholastic Book Fair is Here!

The Scholastic Book Fair is in full swing today, Monday, December 2. The sale will continue through Friday, December 6 at 11am. We hope you will stop by and make the sale a great success. This year the sale will take place in the library.

Santa Shop is Coming!

Santa Shop is Coming! This program provided by PIE provides an opporutnity for students to shop for holiday gifts at school. Over the past several years the PIE group has turned this program into a very enjoyable event for students! We need your help again to make this event a great success. Please use this Sign Up Genius to volunteer to work at the shop. Sign Up

Please look for a planning envelope to come home next week that you child can use to store money for shopping and to plan how much should be spent on certain people on his or her gift list.


Please check your lunch balances and make sure they have a positive balance. Payment may be made by cash, check or online at

Important Digital Safety Event for Parents - Dec. 3

Calling all parents of children that use technology...don't miss this excellent Digital Safety Event coming up on Dec. 3. And guess what? There will be prizes! Register today!
Big picture

Chatfield Basketball is Starting Up!

For Boy's Basketball we will have an 8th, 6/7, and 5/6 team.

We are still in need of a sixth or seventh grade parent to be head or assistant coach. Please contact Mr. Boyle at if you are available to coach.

Here is the Schedule for the week of Dec. 2:

Monday : 5/6 Girls Practice 5:45 - 7:15

7/8 Girls Practice 7:15 - 8:30


Tuesday: 5/6 and 7/8 Girls Home game Vs. FAITH 5:30/6:30


Wednesday: No Girls Practice

8th Boys Open Gym/practice 5:45 - 7:15

5th-7th Open Gym 7:15 - 8:30

Thursday: Girls have games @ Merritt

8th Boys practice 5:45 - 7:15

5-7th Boys Open gym 7:15 - 8:30

Earn Cash for the School by dining at Calevelli's and Papa's Pizza

On December 9 - 12, 2019 Dine in at Calvelli's or get carryout and/or delivery from either Papas Pizzeria locations. Also, grab a gift card for a future visit, includes all gift card sales. 15% of sales goes directly to The Chatfield School if you just Mention the Chatfield Fundraiser!

Treat Street Sign Up - New this year!

Treat Street is scheduled for Friday, December 20! Reindeer will be on the grounds and the horse-drawn trolley rides will be in full swing. An important part of Treat Street are the treats! We are going to do something a little bit different than in years past. Do you love baking for the holidays? Are you always creating something delicious and special? Please sign up to bring in 2 dozen sweet treats for Treat Street! To sign up, please find your child's homeroom teacher and then sign up. Our goal is that 12 families from each homeroom will sign up. This will provide plenty of treats for our Treat Street festivities. Please make sure the two dozen items are delivered to the kitchen on Friday, Dec. 20 before 8:20 a.m. Thank you. Treat Street Sign Up


Chess club is open to all students grades 3-5th. The club will meet on Tuesdays from 3:45-4:30 p.m., beginning January 7th-March 24th. The Chess Club Tournament will start on April 7, 2020.

Please see the flyer at the bottom of this newsletter for complete details.

A Slice of P.I.E.

  • Parents and Educators partnering together to provide the best learning opportunities and environment for Chatfield students and families. Our next meeting is Tuesday, 12/10 at 6pm in the library, to set up for the Santa Shop!

    Upcoming Connection Opportunity

    • Santa Shop: We need all hands on deck to help the students shop for and wrap their purchases! Join us on Tuesday 12/10 at 6pm to set up the shop, and then grab a friend and sign up to help during the sale!!

    Community Partnership

    • Calvelli’s and Papa Pizza have agreed to give us 15% of the sales from December 9th-12th including the purchase of gift cards for future use! And, from both the Lapeer location and Metamora location! You must mention this fundraiser!

    Giving Tuesday

    • Make your donation to the Unfundraiser this Giving Tuesday! Our two main fundraisers for PIE are the Bike Rodeo and the Unfundraiser, and we do each every other year. The Unfundraiser is to help offset the amount of volunteer time and asking for donations or selling things that other fundraisers involve. Please see the flyer in this newsletter for more information.

HERE IT COMES: THE P.I.E. UN-Fundraiser! Please support!

Parent groups rely heavily on fundraising to support the classrooms and the school. P.I.E. is no different. We respect your desire not to have to particpate in too many fundraisers. You know the feeling:

I really don't want to awkwardly ask my friends, family and coworkers AGAIN if they want to buy more wrapping paper, candy or cookie dough. I don't really want to let children wash my car and then have to go wash it again myself. I don't even bake for my family, so I don't really wantto bake for a fundraiser. I don't want to walk, swim or run in any activity that has the word 'thon' in it.

We're right there with you! This year, PIE is hoping to raise only the amount of money that we plan to spend this year, and then throw an even bigger and better bike rodeo next year to fuel two year's worth of projects again. In order to do this, we decided the best way to maintain our account balance would be to do an un-fundraiser... This would be in lieu of sending students home with the task of selling door to door, collecting money and delivering goods. Please help us avoid that by supporting PIE with your donation, and helping us achieve our goals to support our students and faculty.

There is not an official "due date" on this un-fundraiser. Some families may wish to send their donation in right away. Others may choose to wait until after the holidays. However, you decide, please decide to participate! We would appreciate all donations made by March or April. Donations from other families members like grandparents are also accepted. A thank you letter for tax purposes will be provided.

Please see the flyer below for details on how to make your contribution to the UN-fundraiser. Thank you!


Archery is Starting Up!

Archery is starting up for students in grades 4-8. Come out and be part of the team! Please see the details in the flyer at the bottom of this newsletter.


It's that time of year to order your Chatfield Spirit Wear! Our spirit wear are made "in-house" by our Art Teacher, Mr. Nick Lange. We will be taking orders through December 6, 2019. Our shirts and sweatshirts make great Christmas gifts!

For your convenience, order forms are attached to this newsletter.

Wee Dolphins Program Has Openings!

Have you heard about our Wee Dolphins program? Wee Dolphins is a place for preschool-age children ages 3-5 years old to come and learn pre-reading skills, early math skills, science, and art. We also spend our days playing with friends and developing socially. We endeavor to have a balance of teacher guided academic centers along with play based/hands on learning experiences to give children a great start to their education. We also get to participate in all that Chatfield has to offer, including visiting the Willows, attending music class, playing in the gym, and enjoying the library with Mrs. Neuman. For more information, and to get your child enrolled, please email Alicia Kluck at, or call our ext. 222.

Kids Yoga

Yoga instructor, Sandy Chalice is teaching Yoga for students 1-8th grade. Please see the flyer attached to this newsletter.
Big picture

Have Chatfield PRIDE!

This summer Chatfield staff and a team of middle school students agreed upon and finalized a Chatfield PRIDE motto that will be used throughout the school. The motto is pictured above. In particular our middle school students really valued the words respect, integrity, and empathy. In your home please talk about what these words mean to you and your family.

Box Tops for Education

We need you to get on board with Box Tops for Education! Please see the informational flyers in this newsletter.
Big picture
Big picture

Chatfield School Weekly Events

Monday, December 2


Kids Yoga-Commons-3:40 p.m.

5/6 Girl's Basketball practice-Gym-5:45 p.m.

7/8 Girl's Basketball practice-Gym-7:15 p.m.

Tuesday, December 3


4th Grade Field Study-Longway Planetarium-8:30 a.m.

Digital Safety Presentation - Commons- 6:00p.m.

5/6 Girl's Basketball HOME vs. F.A.I.T.H.-Gym 5:30 p.m.

7/8 Girl's Basketball HOME vs. F.A.I.T.H.-Gym-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 4


Kids Yoga-Library-3:40 p.m.

Thursday, December 5


Bible Release Time-9:30 a.m.

Good News Club-5th Grade Area-3:40 p.m.

5/6 Girls Basketball AT Merritt Academy-5:30 p.m.

7/8 Girl's Basketball AT Merritt Academy-6:30 p.m.

Bear Den Meeting-Commons-6:30 p.m.

Friday, December 6


4/5 Archery Team-Gym-6:15 p.m.

6-8 Archery Team-Gym-7:15 p.m.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

7/8 Girls Basketball practice-Gym-6:00 p.m.

Monday, December 9

3rd Grade Field Study-Mrs. Dunsmore's Class-Ballard Village-1:00 p.m.

Kids Yoga-Library-3:40 p.m.

7/8 Girls Basketball HOME vs. Imlay City Christian-Gym-5:30 p.m.

5/6 Girl's Basketball practice-Gym-6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 10

3rd Grade Field Study-Mrs. Nolan's Class-Ballard Village-1:00 p.m.

5/6 Girls Basketball HOME vs. Oakdale-Gym-5:30 p.m.

7/8 Girls Basketball AT LAHA Lakers-5:30 p.m.

Wolf Den Meeting-Commons-6:00 p.m.

PIE Santa Shop Set Up-Library-6:00p.m.

1st Grade Holiday Performance-Pix Theater-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 11

PIE Santa Shop-Library 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.

Hearing Recheck-9:00 a.m.

Kids Yoga-Commons-3:40 p.m.

5/6 Girls Basketball AT MSD-4:30 p.m.

Pack 126 Committee Meeting-Library-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 12

PIE Santa Shop-Library 9:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.

Good News Club-5th Grade Area-3:40 p.m.

5/6 Girls Basketball AT Bloomfield Christian School-4:00 p.m.

7/8 Girls Basketball AT F.A.I.T.H.-4:00 p.m.

Holiday Band Concert-Gym-6:30 p.m.

Friday, December 13

PIE Santa Shop-Library 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Holiday Band Concert-Gym- 9:00 a.m.

4/5 Archery Team-Gym-6:15 p.m.

Webelos Den Meeting-Library-6:30 p.m.

6-8 Archery Team-Gym-7:15 p.m.

Sunday, December 15

7/8 Girls Basketball practice-Gym-6:00 p.m.