North Ohio Elementary

October 2023 Newsletter

Important Dates

  • NOE Book Fair- October 2nd through 6th
  • PTO Meeting- Tuesday, October 10th @ 3:30
  • Picture Retake Day- Thursday, October 24th
  • Halloween Celebrations- October 31st
  • No School/PD for Staff- November 1st
  • Parent Teacher Conferences- November 6th-10th
  • No School/PD for Staff- November 15th

Safety Updates: In the month of October, we will be practicing fire and lockdown drills.

Special Items: Hearing screenings

Halloween Festivities

Halloween will be celebrated on the morning of October 31st. Students will wear costumes to school and take them off before lunch. Classroom teachers will plan special activities for the morning.

Weather permitting, we will have an outdoor parade and will share the time through Bloomz once it is firmed up. Please note that if it rains, the parade will be cancelled and not rescheduled.

Century Club Readers

We are excited to continue the "Century Club" for 23-24. Any reading minutes count- you can read to your child, have them read to you, or if they are ready, may independently be reading to themselves. We are recognizing the following reading accomplishments:

  • 100 books/logs: certificate and name in the announcements
  • 200 books/logs: book mark and indoor reading pass (we will designate days and times when kids can come to the library, pick out a comfy chair and read or complete a fun reading activity with a peer )
  • 300 books/logs: Principal Read Aloud (with snacks!) in the library
  • over 300 books: students will be entered into a drawing for books, gift cards, and more!

Remember, in kinder and first grade, a log is a small book or about 5-10 minutes of reading. In 2nd and third, it transitions to reading chapters or about 10-15 minutes of reading. Don't overthink it, just enjoy reading with and to your kids!

Notes from PTO President Alyssa Michalewicz

As we slip into fall, our PTO is beginning it's work on our regular, annual fundraisers, as well as taking on some new initiatives:

  • Visit our fall bookfair from October 2nd-6th to stock your shelves with new, engaging titles for your developing readers!
  • Encourage your little artists to complete an entry into our School Spirit T-shirt Design Contest (entries available beginning Oct. 16th)!
  • Remind your students to give it their best shot at our fall guessing game (Oct. 23rd-27th)!
  • Join us for our monthly meeting on October 10th at 3:30 pm (and bring your kiddos in for NOE's new KIDS CLUB while you attend)!

A great big "Thank You!" is in order to Knaebe's Mmmunchy Krunchy Apple Farm for donating apples to all NOE students in celebration of Johnny Appleseed Day!

We would also love to formally welcome long-time member and volunteer Jessica Halstead to our board as our new Vice President!

Cold Weather Approaching

Just a reminder that October can bring 70 degree days or snow... and we are going outside to play no matter what! All students go outside every day that it is above 0 degrees for a 20 minute recess. Please send hats and gloves for colder days, and be ready for snow pants and boots once it starts snowing. If you are in need of support for winter coats, hats, boots or gloves, please contact

Open House

Thank you for attending our NOE Open House. This year we had 83% of our student body represented. We appreciate you taking the time to have your student visit our school and meet their teacher for this year. We are excited for a great school year!!

Traffic Tips

  • Please do not block the intersection, driveways, or streets.
  • Please stay in your vehicle at all time; if you need to get out of the car, plan on parking in a parking spot.
  • When it is raining or heavily snowing, we will keep students in the gym. Expect a slight delay.
  • Please make sure, if at all possible, that your child enters your vehicle using the door that is closest to the curb.
  • Have your student name signage visible.

Gaylord Youth Basketball Association

Registration for the 2023-24 Gaylord Youth Basketball Association rec. league opens September 18th. All students in grades 3 – 6 are encouraged to join us for skill development and game play. The season starts with a skills clinic. There is at least one practice a week and Saturday morning games from Nov. 11 through Dec. 16 (skipping Thanksgiving weekend). There are also open gyms on Sundays. Please join us!

Office Hours

The North Ohio office is open to assist you Monday-Friday from 7:00am-3:30pm. Please call 731-2648 with questions or to schedule an appointment.
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A Note From Your New PE Teacher, Theresa Payton!

Let me introduce myself! My name is Theresa Payton and I will be your student’s PE teacher this year. I believe in providing a quality education to help each child achieve their potential in and out the classroom. Daily physical activity has many benefits for kids, such as increasing their energy, focus, and readiness to learn and reducing stress and anxiety.

To prepare your student for success please make sure on PE days they have clothes they can easily move in and closed toe shoes.

The goal of PE is to develop skills needed to be lifelong physically active adults. To encourage this I recommend at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity such as family walks, going to the park, dance parties, or organized sports.

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out either by email or phone.

Theresa Payton

989-731-2648 ext 1630

Gaylord Community Schools Parent-Student Handbook

The 23-24 Gaylord Community Schools Parent-Student Handbook link is provided below.


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