El Sol Parent Bulletin

March 2022

Dear El Sol Families:

It's March, and we have a LOT going on this month!

March is National Reading month. We will have many fun events and activities going on for your child to take part in throughout the month. Below you will see information about Literacy Night and our March activity calendar.

Letters of Intent (LOIs) went home in the U.S. mail in Mid-February. Because El Sol is not a neighborhood school, families must opt IN to our program every year. If you do not turn in the Letter of Intent, your student will automatically get placed at their neighborhood school. Even more importantly, enrollment projections, which affect staffing and class sizes, are mainly based on the LOIs. Please be sure to write "El Sol Elementary" in the box for your requested school. Fifth grade families who wish to have your child take part in the middle school Spanish Literature class must request "Maple Street Middle School-Spanish Literature Class". Please note that requesting a certain middle school does not guarantee placement, but students who request it for the Spanish Lit class will be flagged for special consideration. Thank you to the families who have already turned in their Letters of Intent!

See below for additional information regarding:

Literacy Night

Kindergarten Orientation

Spring Conferences

Bond proposal (El Sol is on the proposal for a new building!)

MSTEP testing

Important dates

CIS Updates

Kind Regards,

Dr. Wilson

Principal, El Sol Elementary

Congratulations, February Star Students!

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On February 28th we held a virtual Star Student Assembly to celebrate our February Star Students of the month. We then lined up in the halls for a Star Student parade through the school, where Star Students were applauded as they passed each classroom. Keep up the great work!


Ms. Greenman: Aria

Ms. Browning: Arianna

Ms. Aguirre: Katharine

First Grade

Ms. Mazei: Zara

Ms. Salinas: Mayrin

Second Grade

Ms. Jn Baptiste: Immanuel

Mr. Gay: Marshall

Ms. Martinez: Valeria

Third Grade

Ms. Cuppernull: Lillian

Ms. Vahue: Madison

Fourth Grade

Ms. Nevil: Evelyn

Ms. Buehler: Anamarielis

Fifth Grade

Ms. Gomez: Shania

Mr. Plaza: Ysabel

Upcoming District and School events

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El Sol Literacy Night: "Leer nos mueve" / "Reading Moves Us" & Title I Parent Presentation

Wednesday, March 2nd, 5-6:30pm

This is an online event.

Click on this link to view the Literacy Night flyer. Take part in activities with your child(ren)'s class from 5:00 - 6:00, then join the Title I Parent Presentation at 6:00!

March is Reading Month!

*Click on the pictures below to see the PDF (bigger) version

Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, March 9th, 5:30-7pm

604 West Vine Street

Kalamazoo, MI

It's time to get signed up for Kindergarten! If you have a child who will be 5 by September 1st, 2022, they can enroll in Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year. There will be a VIRTUAL morning session from 9:30 - 11:00 am, and an in-person evening session from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. See the flyer below for more details!

PTO Zoom Meeting

Thursday, March 17th, 5:45-6:45pm

This is an online event.

More information will be shared prior to the meeting


Spring Conferences are Coming!

Tuesday March 22nd, 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Thursday March 24th, 12:00 - 8:00 pm

Conferences will be VIRTUAL this year. Teachers will be sending a notification soon to sign up.

MSTEP testing starts in April

This year, students in grades 3-5 will be taking the State M-STEP assessment (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress). This assessment is used to determine students' proficiency in Math and Reading (and Science / Social studies for 5th graders). Testing will take place for all grades during the weeks of April 11th and April 18th with make-up testing during the week of April 25th.

KPS Bond proposal - El Sol may get a new building!

On May 3, 2022, the Kalamazoo community will have the opportunity to vote on a bond proposal. If voters approve this bond proposal, there is expected to be NO increase in the tax rate.

This bond would provide $197.1 million to fund capital improvements in our 24 schools. The Kalamazoo Public Schools May 2022 bond proposal was developed to invest in our community's future. The bond funds will enable KPS to invest in safety and security; invest in buildings, classrooms, and mechanical upgrades; and invest in technology.

Election day: May 3, 2022

Polls are open: Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Registered voters may cast a ballot at the polling location established by their city/township.

Absentee voting: Contact your precinct; ballots will be available by March 19, 2022.

For more information on voting: michigan.gov/vote

If you have further questions, please call (269) 337-1572 or e-mail bond@kalamazoopublicschools.net, or visit the KPS Bond Web Page!

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If the Bond Proposal passes, El Sol will receive a new building!

El Sol is aging, and it is getting harder and harder to keep up with the repairs. If voters approve the bond proposal, El Sol will be demolished and replaced with a NEW BUILDING! Current El Sol students will most likely be in middle school or high school when construction is completed, but remember, ALL schools in KPS have proposals for updates and improvements that will benefit students in every grade and every school in KPS. Please share this information with your friends and family who live in Kalamazoo, and encourage them to vote on May 3rd!

Mark Your Calendar!

Tuesday March 1: March Reading Month begins

Wednesday March 2: Literacy Night: Leer nos mueve / Reading Moves Us

Wednesday March 9: Kindergarten enrollment

Friday March 11: No school for students

Monday March 14: First day of third trimester

Thursday March 17: PTO Zoom meeting

Tuesday March 22: Spring Conferences 4:00 - 8:00

Thursday March 24: Spring Conferences 12:00 - 8:00

Friday March 25: No School

Monday March 28 - Friday April 1: SPRING BREAK!

Monday April 4: School resumes

Community Connection

Communities in Schools


Hola Familias de El Sol,

  • El programa de Girls On The Run esta en camino para empezar el 21 de Marzo. Esperen un anuncio de bienvenida el la proxima semana para ninas que esten participando.
  • La proxima semana estaremos revisando el progreso de nuestro grupo de asistencia para el mes de Febrero. Estudiantes tienen la oportunidad de progresar con su asistencia cada mes y tienen la oportunidad de recibir su premio para ese mes.
  • Nuestro club de leer para grados 4o y 5o ha comensado! Estudiantes de CIS grados 4o y 5o estaran moniterando sus lecturas mientras hacemos actividades divertidas para discutir nuestras lecturas.
  • Girls On The Run esta en camino! Padres esten attentos para la carta de bienvenida para Girls On The Run con infromacion de horarios y lugares de practica.



Hello El Sol families,

  • Girls On The Run is approaching and will begin March 21st. Expect a welcome letter within the next week for girls who are participating.
  • Next week we will be monitoring our attendance group's progress for the month of February. Attendance group students will have the opportunity to improve their attendance every month and have the opportunity to receive their prize for improvement for that month.
  • Our 4th and 5th grade CIS book club has started! CIS 4th and 5th grade students will be monitoring their reading in our club while participating in fun activities to discus our readings.
  • Girls On The Run is on its way! Parents keep an eye out for Girls On The Run Welcome letters coming home with information on practice times and locations.

Gracias / Thank you,

Perla Medina Cano

Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo

Site Coordinator: El Sol Elementary

(269) 337-0230