News from the Nest

For the Week of April 19, 2021

Emmons Lake Elementary

Educational Excellence...Every Child, Every Day!

Caledonia Community Schools

Vision Statement: Cultivating Agile Learners who are empowered with 21st Century skills and prepared to compete in a global environment.

Mission Statement: In pursuit of excellence, Caledonia Community Schools will empower and equip all persons to achieve their best by ensuring the highest quality system for learning.
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Snacks for Scholars

With end of year testing about to begin, one thing that our students look forward to is a healthy snack and mints! If you are able, we are collecting snacks to give our students during testing break times. We would love granola bars, snack size packages of goldfish crackers or pretzels, and mints. Just drop off to the office and we will disperse to students. Thank you!



  • 5th Grade- MSTEP ELA - April 20 & 21
  • 5th Grade- MSTEP Math- April 22 & 27
  • 5th Grade- MSTEP Science - May 6
  • 5th Grade- MSTEP Social Studies- May 12

  • 4th Grade- MSTEP ELA- April 28 & 29
  • 4th Grade- MSTEP Math- May 4 & 5

  • 3rd Grade- MSTEP ELA- May 18 & 19
  • 3rd Grade- MSTEP Math- May 10 & 11

April 23: 1/2 Day, Dismissal at 12:05 p.m.

May 5: Bike to School Day

May 31: Memorial Day, No School

June 4: Last Day of School

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Extended Learning Information!

Letters will be coming home to students who are invited to participate in extended learning opportunities. The invites are based on acadmic data and teacher input. Initial letters were sent out on Friday. As more seats become available, additional letters will be sent. Please call the elementary office if you have any questions. Thanks!

Important- Your Help Needed

Although breakfast and lunch are currently free for all students as a result of a USDA grant, it is vitally important that families complete the Free/Reduced lunch application. Building and district-level free and reduced lunch numbers are used by the federal government to determine funding which ultimately impacts staffing. All families are encouraged to complete the Free/Reduced lunch application (linked below) to see if they qualify. If you prefer a paper application, please let me know and one will be sent home with your child.

Free/Reduced Lunch Application

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Some helpful reminders...

  • Please send any changes in transportation with your child in the morning, if possible. This gives the teachers an opportunity to remind your child, if appropriate.
  • Remind your child of any changes.
  • Keep your pick up number displayed in your car until your child comes to your vehicle. This assists our helpers in getting your child to your car as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Continue to pull all the way forward. This helps tremendously in getting all the cars through the line quickly and safely.
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Emmons Lake Community Kindness! Keep it going!

It has been so fun hearing about all the ways you are showing kindness in our community! Please consider sharing pictures and your stories with your kindness experience. We would love to share it on our Emmons Lake Facebook page! We look forward to hearing about all the joy!
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The Scrip program provides another great way to earn extra cash for our school AND extra cash for your family! You simply purchase the Scrip gift cards at face value and use them toward purchases at stores where you normally shop. The retailers donate a portion of that money back to our school. 50% of the profit goes to the PTO and the other 50% is given to you quarterly by check or you can donate back to the school. Scrip can be ordered online at; gift cards can be printed from your home printer and you can reload gift cards instantly, also. The Emmons Lake enrollment code is: FF864CE71895.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea McKenna at

Happy Shopping!

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A Message from Food Service

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In case you missed it...

Food Service Help Wanted

Caledonia Food Service is looking for help! We are looking for full-time, part-time, and subs. Qualifications are as follows: no experience necessary, ability to work in a fast-paced environment, able to lift up to 35lbs, positive attitude, good time management, and a team player. If you are interested in joining our team, please apply in person at our Food Service District Office located at Duncan Lake Middle School between the hours of 8am & 3pm. Questions, please call 616-891-0227.


Breakfast and Lunch meals are free for ALL STUDENTS until the end of the school year in June. No application is necessary.

We are still offering free curbside breakfast and lunch for all virtual learners and unenrolled children! Pick up is at Duncan Lake Middle School behind the building. 9:15 – 10:15 AM every Monday. If that does not work for you, call the food service office at 616-891-0227 and we can set up a time for you to pick up the meals. You will receive 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches per child.

Caledonia Food Service is dedicated to serving nutritious and healthy food every day. Thank you for your support.

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Emmons Lake PTO Directory (Optional)

We are looking to create a voluntary directory for our families. If you'd like to be included in our PTO directory, please complete the form HERE. Thanks!
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School & Community Opportunities

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DIRECT YOUR DOLLARS - SpartanNash Receipts

Emmons Lake has the opportunity to earn $1000 from SpartanNash, simply by shopping at any local company-owned store, including Family Fare Supermarkets, D&W Fresh Markets and Hardings Grocery and sending the receipt to school! This is VERY helpful, especially this year because we are unable to have any fundraisers thus far and we didn't have any at the end of last year!! Through the “Direct Your Dollars” program, we can turn eligible receipts into cash for our school! Just send your receipts to school with your child to give to his/her teacher. For every $150,000 in receipts we collect, we will earn a $1,000 donation from SpartanNash. We do need original receipts, so no photocopies. Start sending in those receipts!! We’ll collect them throughout the year. With your support – and your receipts – we’ll be raising money for our school. It’s easy to do!!!!

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Helpful Links to Information

Message from the Principal...

Another amazing week at Emmons! It is crazy to think that we are already in the middle of April! It seems as if August was just here!

As we continue to work hard to keep all students in school face to face, we want to take a moment to say thank you for your help. While we understand the requirements, changes, and updates can be frustrating and tiring, we are committed to doing whatever we can to keep our students in school Thank you for completing the daily health screener, calling the office , monitoring symptoms, and working with our health/safety team. Also, if you get a chance, please let them know what a great job they are doing. It has been busy, challenging, and overwhelming at times. We are grateful for the team and all of your efforts! Again, we are so thankful for all you have done and continue to do for all our students, staff, and families at Emmons.

You will see the schedule above for state assessessments. We are fully confident that, despite the challenges of this year, our students are ready to rock these. To help support your child, ensuring a good night's sleep, healthy breakfast, and simply encouraging them to do their best is all you need to do. You have great kids. They are smart, kind, and thoughtful. There isn't any assessment in the world that will fully capture how amazing your child is. This is one snapshot or one piece to the puzzle. While the information on these assessments can give us some insight, we know that each child is so much more than a number on a piece of paper. At Emmons, we will continue to meet every child where they are, providing excellent education, and working collectively to ensure educational excellence for every child, every day. Thank you for being part of that effort!

As always, if you have any questions, thoughts, or feedback, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Grateful to Serve With You,

Mrs. Schultz

Caledonia Community Schools

Vision Statement: Cultivating Agile Learners who are empowered with 21st Century skills and prepared to compete in a global environment.

Mission Statement: In pursuit of excellence, Caledonia Community Schools will empower and equip all persons to achieve their best by ensuring the highest quality system for learning.