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Chatfield Newsletter: January 23, 2023 - February 5, 2023

New Semester - New Beginnings

Today starts the second semester of the school year! That is right, we are half way through this school year. Chatfield students are starting off with a fresh, clean slate and we have an exciting semester in store.

WinterFest Date Change

Below, you will see the flyers for P.I.E.'s Winterfest. Please note that the date has been changed to Saturday, February 25. The decision to change the date was two fold. First, we thought we might get more winter-like weather later in February. Secondly, we want to encourage people to sign up! We have just few families signed up and we would like to get more family participation! We added a family dance to the events with a DJ! We thought that might be fun especially since we may not have that special winter weather. Please sign up!
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PIE Needs a DJ!

We are looking for someone who would be able to DJ a family dance at Winterfest. This person would be able to provide great, family appropriate music while teaming with the Jam Band performance. This would be a paid opportunity. Please contact Mr. Kraly if you are interested or know someone who could do this.

8th Grade Transition to High School Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 31 6:30pm

8th Grade parents, please join us for an informational meeting with Mr. Young and Mr. Kraly to share the process of transitioning your child to 9th grade. We will discuss the many options for high school, how to pick a high school, and everything you will need to register for high school. We will also answer questions and have discussion about making the transition to high school a positive experience. Tuesday, January 31, 6:30pm in the commons.

Sibling Enrollment for 2023-2024

If your currently enrolled Chatfield student has a sibling that will be starting kindergarten at Chatfield in the new school year or has a sibling that would like to enroll for the new school year, you must complete and turn in an updated Sibling Enrollment form. This form is due to the school office by April 3, 2023. Siblings of enrolled Chatfield students are given priority for any vacancies during enrollment of new students. Unfortunately, we are not able to guarantee priority enrollment if the form is turned in after the deadline.

PIE presents WinterFest 2023!

Please see the flyer below inviting you to our WinterFest and Chili Cookoff! We need lots of participants to make this a fun event! Register for the Chili-cookoff or to RSVP for the Chili dinner at:

Child Care Balances

If your child uses child care for before or after school please be reminded that quarter 2 bills must be paid in full on Friday, January 20. Thank you!

Child Care Donation

Child care is looking for donations of hot wheels or matchbox cars. If you have any to donate please deliver to Ms. Jodi. Thank you!

Weather-Related School Closures

It’s that time of year again when we must discuss school closings. As you know, the weather and roads can be an issue this time of year. We want you to know that we are always concerned about the safety of the students and parents.

We work with the superintendents from other local school districts and the Lapeer Intermediate School District as well as the Lapeer County Road Commission and law enforcement to determine the conditions around the county. If your local school district is closed that does not mean that Chatfield is closed.

The school directors will make the determination as early as possible and send out messages via:

Radio: WWJ 950, WJR 760, WMPC 1230

Television: Fox 2, Local 4, ABC 7, WWJTV CBS,

CW 50, ABC 12


Skylert School Messenger: Parents can adjust their contact preferences, E-mail, Text, Phone Call,by going into Skyward Family Access and clicking on the Skylert tab.

As a general rule of thumb Chatfield School does not have early release on days when the weather and roads become worse during the day. We will provide updates regarding the status of evening activities by posting them to the school website. Road conditions can vary around the county and on different surfaces so as always use your best judgement and safety when determining if you should drive to school. Safety is always our first priority.

PIE Meeting - February 13 4PM

The PIE meeting is today, Monday, February 13 at 4pm in the Commons. We have a lot to work on and we ask that you please try to attend! Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate.

Upcoming Dates

1/27/2023 Report Cards

1/31/2023 8th Grade Transition to High School Meeting 6:30pm

2/2/2023 Anthony Ianni presentation Grades 3-8

2/13/2023 4 PM PIE Meeting

2/14/2023 Valentine's Day K-5 Celebrations

2/17/2023 No School

2/20/2023 No School

2/23/2023 6:30 PM Spelling Bee

2/25/2023 PIE Chatfield WinterFest

Congratulations to our Girls 5/6 Grade Basketball Team and 7/8 Grade Basketball Team!

Both teams have finished great seasons! We are so thankful to our excellent coaches!

Coach Wolinksi, Coach Jelneck, and Coach Wadsworth led the 7/8 team to an undefeated season! These girls are fantastic players! 7/8 Team: Ellie Wambold, Hope Garner, Isabella Ares, Emlyn Sanderson-Smith, Brynn Wolinski, Mackenzie Spanicciati, Lynden Jelneck

Coach Zeeman, Coach Burrough, and Coach McCreedy led the 5/6 team for an incredible season as well! 5/6 Team: Kelci Smith, Meera Reamer, Lily Ives, Jane Burrough, Maddie Kraly, Olivia McSpadin, Destiny Markham, Hannah Hunt, Olivia O'Brien, Evelyn McCreedy

We can not provide the great coaching that we have at Chatfield without wonderful volunteers like these coaches stepping up. We are very appreciative and encourage others to help keep this tradition of excellent coaching strong in the future. Our goal is for everyone to learn and develop their skills and, for those that would like, to be ready to play competiviely in high school.

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Enrollment Opportunities for the 2023-2024 School Year

In the coming weeks we will host several events for families interested in learning about enrollment at Chatfield. If you know of a family that would be interested in enrolling at Chatfield, please let them know about the dates listed below. We appreciate you sharing this opportunity with those who may be interested. The registration for the Lottery deadline is April 3, 2023. You can also direct interested people to visit the website at
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Middle School Trip Fundraiser



Sale Dates are: January 17-27

Final orders and money MUST be turned in by: January 27th.

No late orders will be accepted.

Make checks payable to: Chatfield School

Delivery will be the week of: February 6th

Questions contact: Mrs. McPeek (8th grade), Mrs. Fennelly (7th grade), Mrs. Datsko (6th grade).

Butter Braid will be delivered frozen. Please make sure to have arrangements for picking up delivery. The profit margin is approximately 40%

Fundraising with Rite Aid Rewards...We are Almost There

Do you shop at Rite Aid? We just need to more people who shop at Rite Aid to sign up for fundraising points to help us reach our goal. There is no cost to you and the school earns cash back. Please click below to sign up!

2022-23 Student Handbook

The 2022-23 Chatfield Student Handbook is ready to read. It is full of important information regarding the school year and important policies and expectations. LINK
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"When I dare to be powerful to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." - Audre Lorde, poet and activist

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About Us

The Chatfield School, a tuition-free, public school academy nestled in the heart of Lapeer, offers the best educational opportunities for students in grades K-8.