East China School District News

Every Child, Every Day!

Week of March 23, 2020

Learning Resources Update from the Superintendent

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Dear East China Students, Staff, and Families,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as together we navigate through this difficult time of change and uncertainty. It is amazing to see the outpouring of support to ensure that all East China families have what they need to manage this ever-changing situation.

There are many unanswered questions that just do not have answers at this time, but we will continue to follow guidance from the State and Federal government in order to make decisions and provide regular updates to our school community. Today, I would like to share some important information regarding learning resources.

In addition to the resources that may have been shared by your teachers, there is now a link on our District webpage for Home Learning Resources. Although accessing these resources is not required, there is a lot of great information to help our students and families with learning activities during the mandated school closure.

Many questions surround the expectation to deliver a required online learning program. It is important to know that if a school district mandates distance learning to count for instructional hours, the district is responsible for ensuring that all East China students have access to a device and access to an internet connection. Until we are able to ensure that all of our students are equipped with these essential elements, we cannot require online instruction and/or distance learning to count for grades or credit. In addition, the Michigan Department of Education will not allow districts to count online learning toward required annual instructional hours.

With this in mind, we will continue to provide suggested enrichment activities that will help students remain engaged in grade-relevant content and physical activity from home.

These resources are not intended to replace the high-quality curriculum and instruction that is delivered every day in the classroom by our dedicated and talented teaching and support staff. These resources provide enrichment activities to support reading, writing, math, science, social studies, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Although the district and its teachers cannot require students to complete these activities for a grade or credit, we encourage families to utilize them to support our learners and help keep them academically engaged.

During stressful times, having a regular schedule is important for students, especially our youngest learners. It is a good idea to work with your family to develop a schedule that works best with your daily routines. Be sure to include outside physical activity whenever possible.

In this time of challenges and stress, it is important to focus on our well being physically, mentally, and emotionally by getting plenty of rest, eating as healthy as possible, staying active and finding opportunities to play and laugh. It is okay to not do everything perfectly. We will get through this together.

Take care of yourselves, and take care of each other.


Suzanne Cybulla

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ECSD Providing Meals: https://eastchinaschools.org/wp-content/uploads/Food-Service-Message-3-14-2020.pdf


During the school closure, the East China School District is excited to be providing meals for any student/child under the age of 18 years old.

Starting Tuesday, March 17 we will offer pick-up and go meal service at the following locations. Meals will include both breakfast and lunch items for the week.

The schedule and locations are below:

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Monday March 23
Thursday March 26
Monday March 30
Thursday April 2

--Marine City Middle School/High School--
Pick up location for Belle River, Palms, Riverview East, Marine City Middle School, and High School families

--St. Clair High School--
Pick up location for St. Clair Middle School and St. Clair High School families

--Gearing Elementary--
Pick up location for Gearing and Pine River families

We are using designated pick up locations for our planning purposes but please feel free to pick up at the location that is most convenient for your family.

We have a great community and school district and it is wonderful to be working together to help everyone get through this event.

Together We Can!

Thank you Chartwells Food Service & Volunteers

Upcoming Events at East China School District:

  • Mar 16 - Apr 5 No School
  • Mar 23 (cancelled) Board of Education meeting 6:00 p.m.

Spotlight on Palms Elementary

Daddy Daughter Dance

This year the Daddy/Daughter Dance was a 50's theme! The girls and dads really loved rockin' around in their poodle skirts, greaser outfits and other attire from the era! There were root beer floats, face painting, photo opportunities and more to make this night extra special for those who attended. The decorations were stunning and really brought the 50's vibe to the event!

Global School Play Day 2020

Started in 2015, Global School Play Day is one day set aside for students to do nothing but play. GSPD organizers urge teachers to follow three simple guidelines:

  • No Screens: Students are encouraged to bring toys, but electronic toys or any devices with screens should be avoided.
  • No Structure: Adults should not attempt to organize or structure student play in any way.
  • Stay Out of the Way: Adults should let students manage their own play and should not interfere except in situations where someone could get hurt or fired.

Students and teachers had a great time!

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Palms March Is Reading Month Starbooks

Palms Starbooks was open for business. Classes combined with each other throughout the day, read books together, and enjoyed their Starbooks drinks in the Media Center.

Palms Elementary Staff Spotlight

Mrs. Linda Rowse is a 3rd grade teacher at Palms Elementary. She and her husband, Scott, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in October. They have a 19 year old son, Spencer, who graduated from SCHS in 2018. He is taking classes at SC4 and is pursuing his Rescue Diving certification. They also have a dog named Bella that is a big part of their family.

She loves seeing how much her students grow in a year. They make her really proud when they show kindness to others. She enjoys having published authors come in to talk about how they get their writing ideas and about the writing process. She says it really inspires kids to write.

She enjoyed having her son attend Palms for his elementary school years. There are many great memories that they share from those times. Mrs. Rowse loves teaching math and showing her students how their learning relates to the real world.

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Free Internet

Comcast is offering its Internet Essentials package (usually $9.95 per month) free for 60 Days for new customers:

New customers are those who have not been a Comcast subscriber for at least 90 days. Comcast will send any necessary equipment within 7-10 days.
There are no additional fees for activation or equipment rental.

For learn about additional ways Comcast is supporting its current customers:

The Michigan Department of Education is also posting updates on expanded access to at-home Internet:
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Contact Information

Superintendent Suzanne Cybulla can be reached at scybulla@ecsd.us or by calling the East China School District at 810.676.1018.