Bear Bulletin

Maire Newsletter October 15th edition

Dear Maire Families,

What makes Maire stand out is the commitment to cultivating and celebrating community. We do it on a daily basis within our classrooms. We look for ways to build relationships with our students and partner with parents in their educational journey here at Maire. Parent-Teacher Conferences was one example of the focus on community. We rely on strong relationships with parents to ensure we are meeting the needs of each student. Thank you for your support and for your commitment to making a great school year.

Next week on Friday is our Fun Run. This outdoor event is another great example of a community coming together. We celebrate raising funds to support our PTO and school, and we celebrate with a fun event that makes a moment special for our students. This event is not possible without a supportive parent base, a creative and driven PTO, and energetic teachers to make this event a success. Of course, the students are at the heart of it all, the reason we do what we do. We can’t wait to celebrate with the kids, the staff, and the community at our Fun Run on Friday, October 22nd from 2:00-3:30pm.


Ryan Francis

proud Principal of Maire

Important Maire dates to remember

10/17 Haunted Garage 6:00-9:30 p.m.

10/22 Fun Run ! 2:00-3:30 outside *parents welcome

10/23 Progressive Dinner 6:00 p.m.

10/29 Halloween (1/2 day) see detailed info below

Parade at 8:45 outside only *if it is raining, no parade

11/2 NO SCHOOL for students (Election Day)

Notes from the Office

Please remember:
  • Fall temperatures can fluctuate drastically throughout the day. All students are eating lunch outside, and have recess twice a day. Please dress the students in layers, so that they can be comfortable for any temperature shifts.
  • As the weather cools down, our traffic in the lot picks up. Please do not park in our circle and get out of your car to assist with your child. If they are not capable of using the drop off/pick up lane, parents are encouraged to park in the lot.
  • Please label all of your student's belongings. Our lost & found is full! If items are labeled, we can get them back to their owner more quickly.

Maire Elementary 2021 Superhero Fun Run next week

The Maire Elementary 2021 Superhero Fun Run, presented by Grosse Point Orthodontics, will be held next Friday, October 22. We have had an outstanding response from our Maire community so far – and now we hit the home stretch for fundraising.

This morning we hit the $25,000 stretch goal and we still have a week to go.

We have one more raffle for next week, to encourage us to push to our fundraising goals!

More Maire swag has arrived this week, including Maire Bear caps. Students, teachers and parents taking part will also get a 2021 Fun Run t-shirt next week. The team planning the run is putting together a fun and exciting event – so come along, if you can, to cheer on the runners.

Thank you to everyone for helping the kids, register, raise funds and make this event a SUPER success!

A big thank you to our new Weekly Raffle sponsor, Pointe Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine!

The 2021 Maire Superhero Fun Run is brought to you by Grosse Pointe Orthodontics. We also thank other Bear Den sponsors Linnell & Associates, GTS, @properties and Hill Mortgage.

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Progressive Dinner October 23rd

Hello Maire Parents!

Reserve your spot at this year’s Maire Progressive Dinner! This fun and relaxed night is a Maire favorite, and a great way to connect with other parents.

This year’s progressive will include an ‘open air’ appetizer location with large garage-sized doors open, an option for an outdoor dinner upon request, and a fully outdoor dessert house.

Help us make this an amazing night! Please click on the link for details and to purchase your tickets today!

Halloween - Friday October 29th (1/2 day)

We will celebrate Halloween on Friday October 29th. This is a half day for students with dismissal at 11:36. Important things to know about Halloween this year:

  • We will do an outside parade at 8:45. Parents are encouraged to watch outside. If it is raining, we will not have a parade at all due to limited guests inside (Covid mitigation strategy)
  • Students will come dressed in their costumes to start the day at school
  • Class celebrations are limited to just 2 parents who are organizing the fun (district policy due to Covid)
  • Students are not permitted to wear halloween masks that cover their head/face
  • Blood and weapons are not permitted due to our age of students in the building

Community Diversity Event

All GPPSS parents are invited to join our Communities United in Diversity group and participate in an ongoing conversation about topics related to diversity.

Our first meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gym at Defer Elementary School, 15425 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Park.

Please join Deputy Superintendent Roy Bishop, Defer Principal Lisa Rheaume, and facilitator Ginni Winters, school culture and equity consultant with Wayne RESA, as we discuss and reflect upon real situations our students are encountering on a daily basis and how we create awareness and appreciation of diversity in our community.

Ms. Winters has supported our efforts for many years and we welcome her back to GPPSS as she helps us to continue to value and embrace diversity in our school district. Please see the GPPSS Diversity Flyer for more information and future dates of meetings.


We wanted to make sure you saw the GPPSS Covid Newsletter which is lengthy, but full of important information regarding migration strategies and different testing scenarios. The part we would like to stress is to continue to do the at home WCHD COVID Symptom Screening Tool and if your child has 2 or more of the symptoms, please keep your child home and consult your primary care physician. If a doctor determines that the symptoms are due to another diagnosis, or COVID-19 is ruled out, your child may return to school after being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.

Lunchtime news

Just a reminder that hot lunch is FREE for all students during this entire school year.

In addition, we LOVE having parents come to help with lunch. We need 4 volunteers each day, so that we may have many helping hands.

Please sign up to help if you are able. Thank you!

Lunch volunteer sign up

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