Note from the Principal

October 2018

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Attendance

Please remember that having your child to school on time with consistent attendance is the number #1 strategy for academic success. Dropping your child off late or picking them up early is a distraction to the classroom and your child. Students miss rich instruction that is taking place in the classroom during those times. Please have your child here for the whole school day. If a child leaves before 3:00, they will be marked absent for the afternoon. If a child leaves before the end of the school day, they will be missing some type of instruction and could affect their academic performance.

Paraprofessional Support in Classrooms

Over the last few years you might have noticed that we are using paraprofessionals in the classrooms instead of certified associate teachers. Due to the teacher shortage and to meet the needs of all our students, we are phasing away from paraprofessionals in some of our large classrooms. This school year we have 5 returning paraprofessionals on the Arbor staff. They will now be utilized in ALL classrooms. ALL of our paras will push into ALL of our classrooms and be working with small groups of students during literacy instruction time. Our K-3 classrooms will have two para support along with the teacher during literacy time. The paras will also be visiting EVERY classroom again in the afternoon to offer math support. Mrs. McKenney will be also working with our students who are in need of more support in literacy and math. This new system will utilize our support staff to maximize the learning of all our students. We are excited about this new type of support we can offer our students and can't wait to see all the student academic gains and growth.

Trunk or Treat

On Wednesday, October 31st, we will host our annual Trunk or Treat. Volunteers are to be here starting at 1:00pm. Staff will be outside to help line up the cars. Students will begin Trunk or Treating promptly at 1:30. We need lots of candy donated. Please drop your donations off in the office by Friday, October 26th. We need candy for 215 students. We also could use more families to help pass out candy. Grandparents and aunt/uncles are welcome to hand out candy. I hope to see you there.

Halloween/Fall Harvest activities will be organized by each classroom. We request that toy weapons or anything that promotes violence not be brought to school as part of a Halloween costume. Also, students are NOT allowed to wear masks. Students can wear their costumes to school on Wednesday, October 31st.

Trunk or Treat

Wednesday, Oct. 31st, 1-2pm

55 Arbor Street

Battle Creek, MI

Come join us for Trunk or Treat! Cars can start arriving at 1:00pm. Students will start promptly at 1:30pm. We are asking for candy donations. We will provide candy once you arrive to the event..

Safety Reminder!!!

We would appreciate it if students did not arrive at school in the morning until 8:00 am. We have supervision available at that time. Students are not to be dropped off at the center island between schools. There is absolutely no parking in the fire lane even if it’s only for a brief period. Parents may park in the parking lot or available spaces in the middle island and walk their child to class. For parents dropping off at the K-3 building, please remember to turn left before the CDC drive, and then exit or proceed to the 3-6 building. Small children are present under the CDC canopy quite frequently, and drive thru traffic for school drop off is prohibited. A reminder to parents to please not leave your car unattended in the circle drive between 8:00 – 8:30 am and between 3:00 – 3:35 pm. This allows us to provide a free flow of traffic and to safely unload/load the students into your car.


ARBOR ACADEMY IS A SMOKE AND DRUG FREE ZONE! No smoking on school grounds/property. Thank you for your cooperation.

Arbor Breakfast and Lunch Menu

School Communication

Important Dates to Remember

September 17th-October 5th-NWEA MAP Testing Window

October 3rd-Count Day (Non-Uniform Day!)

October 18th-19th-Hearing and Vision Testing

October 26th-School Carnival (more information will come home soon)

October 31st-Trunk or Treat

November 2nd-NO SCHOOL

November 5th-8th-Parent Teacher Conferences

November 22nd-23rd-Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL)

!!!!!!McEducator Night at McDonald's has been rescheduled to March!!!!!!

Mrs. Brandy Resman-Principal

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions, concerns, or feedback. Thank you in advance for helping to make this a great school year!