Cardinal Connection

Max Larsen Elementary School - December 2022

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From the Principal's Desk

It's so hard to believe that we are in the final month of 2022. The days are shorter and the temps are cooler. I always find it difficult to adjust my thinking at this time of year. It's easy to find myself so busy with all of my lists of things to do, that I forget to " look up". I am working on reminding myself to take moments to "look up" each day. I don't want to miss out on the moments of being present with our students and all the amazing adults that work with them. I want to celebrate a lost tooth, notice a new haircut and marvel at the wonder of how a child sees the world through their eyes. Our students have been growing and learning so much both academically and socially. There is so much to "look up" and see!

I hope you can enjoy some family time during our break later this month. Maybe you will have some "look up" moments too!

Mrs. Farmer

Turkey Dance Party!

Look what's happening around the school!

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Jean Days!

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Dates to Remember

Nov. 24th -------- No School - Thanksgiving Day

Nov. 25th -------- No School - Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 7th ---------- Hungry Howies Night

Dec. 14th -------- Full Day of School

Dec. 15th -------- 1/2 Day - Dismissal at 12:15pm

Dec. 16th -------- 1/2 Day - Dismissal at 12:15pm

Dec. 17th - Jan. 1st - Winter Vacation

Lost and Found

Any remaining Lost and Found items will be taken to Good, Better, Best store if not picked up by Friday, December 16th. Please take a look or stop by if your child may have some belongings here. Thank you.

Cold Weather

It is now that time of year where the cold is here to stay. Please make sure children are dressed appropriately for the weather. All students will go outside unless the real feel temperature is 10 degrees or colder.

Food Drive

We received a total of 586 items for our food drive this year! Thank you to all of our families for donating to those in need.
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Reporting An Absence

Please call Max Larsen at (517) 279-5960 in the event your child or children will be absent. Thank you.


We are excited to announce that our Popcorn Days are back! On Friday Dec. 2nd all students will receive a bag of popcorn!

Hungry Howie's Night

Hungry Howies Night is Dec. 7th. Please be sure to say the teacher name when you order. The class with the highest orders wins a pizza party if the school reaches our goal !

Contact Information

It is IMPORTANT for many reasons to make sure that our school office has your current address and phone number on file. Additionally, in case of illness or emergency, we want to be able to get a hold of you as quickly as possible. Please check with our office to make sure they have your current contact information on file if anything changes throughout the school year.

Friendly Reminder

The Max Larsen school day starts at 8:45 a.m. Please be sure to have your child/children to school on time. Even missing a small part of the day impacts their learning! When students are late, they are marked a half day absent. Multiple tardies add up and lead to concerns with truancy. Thank you.

Day and Time Schedule

  • Regular school hours are 8:45 - 3:55. Doors open at 8:25, please do not drop students off before this time as there is no supervision.
  • Early Release Wednesday's are 8:45 - 2:40.

Curbside Drop-off

With school starting at 8:45, anyone who gets in line to drop off their child after this time will be required to park and come in the building to sign their child in. Thank you.

Transportation changes

If you need to change end of day transportation please call our office at 279-5960 and do so before 3:00. On Wednesdays, you must call in to make any changes before 2:00. We will not be honoring any changes after this time. If your end of day change involves bussing you will also need to call the bus garage at 279-5950.

Keeping ill children home

If your child is going to be absent please call our office. We are requiring students to be 24 hr. symptom free/ fever free before they can return. Please do not send students to school if they are or have been sick in the past 24 hrs. Thank you.

Drop off / Pick Up Procedures

Drop off: When dropping off in the morning please use the car line if you are in a vehicle. Pulling into the staff parking lot to drop off is not permitted. Doing this causes much confusion for people and that lot is reserved for staff parking only. Thank you.

Pick up: When picking up your child from school in a car you must use the car line. Any students that need to be picked up early will need to be picked up by 3:25. Anything after that, the child will do their normal end of day transportation. Again, the staff parking lot is reserved for staff and bus use. Please do not pull into this parking lot. Thank you again for your help with this.

Message from Miss Epp

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Message from Mrs. Stetler

Counting starts as learning a pattern of words. As their counting develops, they begin to relate

the words to a quantity or number of things.

Some Ideas for Home:

*Count the number of steps from the front door to the mailbox.

*Counts stairs as you go up and/or down.

*Count the number of times you and your child can throw a ball without dropping it.

*Play games like Dominoes, Chutes & Ladders, any board game with dice. Have them say the number of dots without counting them.

*Help your child to remember your phone number and press the correct numbers on the phone.

*Ask your child to start counting from any number. This will help when they need to add larger numbers. Correct them when they skip a word and have them repeat after you.

Message from Mrs. Tubbs

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Dear Families,

We appreciate everyone’s efforts to avoid taking extra time off outside of the winter break. As long as your child is healthy, please encourage him/her to show up to class when school is in session. Every day of school is an important opportunity for students to learn as well as to connect to their peers and teachers.

We thank:

● Our students and their families who do their best to show up daily even when it isn’t easy.

● Our teachers who go above and beyond to make school a welcoming and safe place for all students to learn.

● Our administrators who help us work together to ensure we create a physically and emotionally safe and engaging learning environment.

● Our many, many healers and helpers - the support staff and community volunteers who provide the extra hands and attention our children need. We appreciate each one of you. May these days off be restful and healing.

If your family or your child needs support, please reach out to the office (517-279-5960) for help.

● We look forward to seeing you again when school resumes on Tuesday, Jan. 3

Thank you for partnering with us!

Message from Mrs. Breza

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During the month of November, students have been learning new holiday songs, working on writing and playing music rhythms, and exercising our vocal cords. The highlight of this month was the introduction of using rhythm guitars. Thanks to the Marvin Gage, and a Quincy High School student who used scrap underlayment Mrs. Breza had. for turning them into rhythm guitars for our class to use.

On November 22, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra sent over their brass players to Max Larsen to put on a performance for our students before Thanksgiving break. Students learned what brass instruments were and what they sounded like. This was a great experience to attend a music performance.

Keep on Singing and Happy Holidays to you all!

Mrs. Breza

Extra Clothes

Please send extra clothes in your child's backpack daily. At this age there are accidents and spills quite frequently and we do not always have clothes on hand for them to change. Thank you for your help with this.

Inclement weather/2-hour delay days

  • You will receive an automated call if school is cancelled or delayed. Please be sure that your current phone number is listed in Skyward!
  • If there is a 2-hour delay school will start at 10:45 and doors will open at 10.25. Breakfast is not served at school on 2-hr days.
  • Delays and cancellations will be broadcast on: AM 1590 & FM 95.5 WTVB, WIN 98.5. TV stations are WWMT News channel 3 & CW7, WOOD-TV 8, FOX 17, WILX-TV 10 and CCStv.