Andersonville Elementary Newsletter

January 2016

Update from Mrs. Fletcher

Happy New Year! The year 2016 is off to a fabulous start at Andersonville. As a community, we continue to embrace our motto "Where Everybody Is Somebody". Our children engage in deep thinking and learning every day. They are respectful and treated with respect and they are valued as unique individuals.

As we begin this new year, we celebrate our successes and reflect on our challenges. Your feedback and support are critical in making the education of each child a true partnership between family and school. We are a community that works together to ensure the safety, academic success, and social/emotional well-being of all of our students.

This newsletter includes the following items:

  • Attendance Update
  • Calendar
  • Delayed Starts
  • Families as Partners
  • Parking Lot Reminder
  • Facilities Update
  • PTO Events
  • Community Survey

Please note there is no school on January 18th and there are half-days on January 28th and 29th.

My door is always open and I encourage you to stop in or call to make an appointment to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas to continue to make this the best year yet!

In partnership,

Kim Fletcher

Attendance Update

As educators and parents we understand students will get sick from time to time and it’s best to keep them home. We also understand other situations arise that can keep a child from attending school on other occasions such as a doctor’s appointment that cannot be made after school hours or a family emergency. It is important to note, though, that research shows that school attendance has a significant impact on a student’s success in school.

Clarkston Community Schools policy states your child’s school will inform you of excessive absences/tardies. The Michigan Compulsory Attendance Law, Section 380.1561 of the Michigan School Code requires every parent, guardian, or other person in this state having control and charges of a child from the age of 6 to 16 send the child to a public school during the entire school year. In addition, the guidelines state that a student should not be absent more than 10 days (excused or unexcused) in a school year.

Our student information system will notify us when students reach 10, 15, and 20 absences. When a student reaches one of these absence totals a letter will be mailed home. The letters are to ensure there is ongoing communication and understanding of student attendance records. Should a student reach 20 absences in one school year, a report will be filed with the Oakland County Truancy Officer. This process is consistent across the district.

As a reminder, any student that arrives after 10:30 am will be marked absent for the morning session of that day. Any student leaving before 2:00 pm will be marked absent for the afternoon session of that day. The reason for this is that they will have missed the majority of instructional time for that portion of the day.

While we know health issues and other family situations may arise, our goal is for children to be present as much as possible to engage in deep thinking and learning throughout the school day.

Start/End Time Reminder:

Regular School Day: 8:30 am - 3:50 pm

Delayed Start Day: 9:20 am - 3:50 pm

Half Day: 8:30 am - 11:46 pm

School Calendar

Please click here to view the entire list of important dates and events for this school year.

Here are important dates for the month of January.


13 Late Start – 9:20

18 NO SCHOOL/Developmental Day

19 PTO General Membership Meeting – 9:00-10:00

22 Family Movie Night - 7:00-8:45

28-29 Half Days for Students - Teacher Half Records Day

Delayed Starts

We have one delayed start this month, January 13th. There are several still remaining in this school year. School starts at 9:20 on these delayed start days. Please do not drop off students before 9:05 on these days. Should you need to drop your child off more than 15 minutes before school starts, please send them to Kids Connection (make sure you are registered).

Families as Partners

We believe in partnering with families throughout a child's educational journey. As a partnership we support the needs of the whole family. We celebrate growth and support the struggles. There are many ways you can partner with Andersonville.


Contact your child's teacher in regards to opportunities for volunteering. There are many ways to volunteer and help out both in and out of the classroom. Please make sure that you have completed the appropriate iChat paperwork.


Stay connected through the PTO. Attend meetings. Join the AE PTO facebook page.

Stay Connected

Visit our website:

Follow us on twitter @AndersonvilleStory

Parking Lot Reminder

Given the size and set up of our parking lot and front entrance I know we are all doing the best we can to ensure a safe drop off for all of our students.

Please use extreme caution when arriving at Andersonville. During morning drop off and afternoon pick up children and parents are often crossing from the front of the building into the parking lot.

In the morning, the cones are put in place so that buses are not blocked and so that children and parents can enter the school without the safety concern of traffic flow. Please do not move the cones or go around them. Please drop off your student prior to the cones or follow the drive if you wish to park and walk your child up to the building.

Safety is a priority and I thank you for your caution and patience.

Facilities Update

Our building was a busy place over break!

Due to a roof drain leak our cafeteria floors had to be replaced. This was covered by insurance. Have a look at the pictures below to see how beautiful it looks.

One of the lab walls was painted green over break. It's so exciting to watch this room grow into a collaboratively designed space for creativity and exploration.

PTO Events

Please join us for these fun family events:

Movie Night

January 22nd, 7:00 - 8:45

School Fair

February 5th, 6:00 - 8:00

Community Survey

Clarkston Community Schools has begun a Facilities Assessment process. In this process, all buildings and sites are being evaluated, providing both a snapshot in time and a look forward to the district's current and anticipated needs. This is where we need your input. A brief survey has been developed to gather your opinions, perceptions and thoughts regarding district facilities and infrastructure.

Please click on link below to take this quick survey - your input is extremely valuable in this process. Hard copies of the survey are also available at the CCS Administration Building, 6389 Clarkston Road. Thank you!

Board of Education & Central Office Administration

Board of Education

Steve Hyer, President

Elizabeth Egan, Vice President

Kelli Horst, Treasurer

Susan Boatman, Secretary

Cheryl McGinnis, Trustee

Craig Hamilton, Trustee

Gregory Need, Trustee

Central Office Administration

Dr. Rod Rock, Superintendent

Shawn Ryan, Deputy Superintendent

Mary Beth Rogers, Executive Director of Business Services

John Lucido, Executive Director of Human Resources

Kathy Christopher, Executive Director of Student Support Services

Non Discrimination Clause

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, it is the policy of the Clarkston Community School District that the Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic, in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. For more information contact the Executive Director of Human Resources, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400. For more information regarding ADA, contact the Deputy Superintendent, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400.