South Maple Elementary Newsletter

January 2023

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Upcoming Dates

January 3..........................School Resumes

January 16........................No School Students/Staff PD

January 17........................PTO/6PM

January 23........................Music class begins at SME

SME Mileage Club

Dear Parents,

The Mileage Club is back at SME! This is a program where students are given the opportunity to run/walk laps around the playground during their recess. They can set goals and track their progress every week in order to earn rewards! When kids are active during recess they go back to class ready to learn and with an increased ability to focus and remember! Kids also get the benefits that come from setting and achieving measurable goals. All awards are designed to provide students with a sense of accomplishment, recognition, and a source of positive image building. We can’t wait to get started on January 3rd!

Mrs. Keck

The SME Schoolwide Behavior Target for January is:

We Can Accept NO for an Answer.

Art/Computers/Literacy/Physical Education/STEM Information

Winter Gear

Thank you for sending your child prepared to enjoy recess outside during the cold and snowy weather. We appreciate you labeling their coat, snow pants, boots, hat and mittens.


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 Questions, please call 989-731-0969, ext. 1254.

Thank you for sending breakfast/lunch money in a clearly labeled envelope. ALL cold lunch students purchasing milk will be charged $0.50.

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.

Parent-Student Handbook

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

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