South Maple Elementary Newsletter

August 2022

Greetings from Mrs. Hansen, Principal

Greetings South Maple Elementary families,

I am very excited to begin the 2022-23 school year. SME staff looks forward to a year filled with learning, hard work and fun.

Our goal is to have each and every student enjoy coming to a safe and nurturing school environment each day. The staff has been working diligently to prepare for the upcoming school year. Your child's safety and academic progress is of the utmost importance to us.

It is my privilege to spend time with your children each and every day. I am looking forward to working with you to make this a successful school year.

Enjoy the remaining days of summer!


Therese Hansen, Principal

Upcoming Dates

August 30....................Kindergarten Kick Off 5-6PM

August 31....................Open House 1st-3rd grades 5-6PM

September 6................First day of school 1st-3rd grades

September 8................Kindergarten first day/12:45PM Arrival

September 15..............Picture Day

October 28...................No School Students/Staff PD

Welcome New SME Staff!

SME Welcome Letter

A South Maple Elementary welcome letter has been mailed. This mailing will include: homeroom teacher, emergency card, student/parent agreement form, and directory opt out information. K/1 students will receive 3 preprinted stickers. Please put on your child's shirt for the first three days of school. Please complete the forms and return them at Open House or with your child on the first day of school.

Parent-Student Handbook

The South Maple Elementary School 2022-23 Parent-Student Handbook is provided below.


For the safety of our students, parents need to select bussing, front pick-up, parent pick-up or latchkey as the method of departure for their children to follow at dismissal. If a parent needs to make a change to this daily routine a phone call must be made directly to the school office before 1:30PM on the day of the change. If the office does not receive information of a change, then the child will go home as scheduled.

Parents will receive confirmation via Text and/or E-mail through Gaylord Schools Messaging System of route number, at that time we will have AM and PM estimated pick-up and drop-off times located on the GCS Webpage. Please allow extra time in the beginning as we are establishing routes.

Breakfast and Lunch Information

Gaylord Community Schools has mailed the free and reduced lunch applications. If your child qualifies, please fill out the application and return via mail, email, or applications may be done online by visiting Free and Reduced Meal Eligibility . Questions, please call 989-731-0969, ext. 1254.

SME Arrival/Dismissal Information

  • The student day will begin at 7:40AM and ends at 2:24PM.
  • As many of you are aware morning and afternoon traffic is very congested in our area. Please drive safely and follow traffic laws. The arrival/dismissal attachment below will provide detailed information.
  • SME staff will assist all students in locating their classrooms. Please say your goodbye before they board the bus or when they exit your vehicle, this includes the first day of school.
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Emergency procedures will be practiced throughout the school year.

Office Hours

The South Maple Elementary office is open to assist you Monday-Friday from 7AM-3:30PM.


Therese Hansen, Principal

South Maple Elementary

650 East Fifth Street

Gaylord, MI 49735