Marlette Elementary News

March 2019

From the Principal's Desk

March is National Reading Month and we have a lot of great events and activities planned to promote literacy! We kicked off our month with Dive Into Reading on February 28. If you weren't able to make it out for the Dive Into Reading event, you really missed out on a fun night of literacy (over 300 attendees). We have plenty more engaging activities planned for our students this month including Trivia Tuesday, Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) time every day, and a school-wide reading competition. Please make sure you initial the reading calendar every night that your child reads (or you read aloud to them). Once they hit 200 minutes, send the calendar in and they will help their class earn an awesome reward! Thank you for partnering with us to encourage all of our children to love reading!

Give us a call if you would like to be a guest reader in one of our classrooms, 635-7427.

Dive Into Reading #MESRaiders

Marlette Community Schools Talent Show 2019

The annual Marlette Community Schools talent show is Friday, March 8th, at 7:00 pm in the high school cafeteria. This is a fundraiser for the class of 2022 and the audience helps choose the winner by purchasing tickets to vote. The cost to attend is a donation at the door. Tickets for voting are 5 for $1 and concessions will be available.

Kindergarten Roundup!

Our Kindergarten & Preschool Roundup will be in our library on Tuesday, March 19, at 6:00 pm. Come and check out what we have to offer your 3, 4, & 5 year old children, tour the classrooms, and sign up for a time to have your future kindergartner screened for the best possible placement. Parents with students in Young 5's this year do not have to attend the Roundup as your child will be in a kindergarten classroom next year. All preschool and Young 5 students currently enrolled in our building will be pulled for screening in April so you do not have to make special arrangements. Please let us know what questions you have, 989-635-7427.
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Keep sending in your Box Tops for Education & Best Choice UPCs

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Article of the Month

Every student has unlimited potential. But there are contributing factors that can affect whether our children eventually live up to that potential. Experts believe that a parent’s role in a child’s life has far-reaching impact. Parental involvement is extremely important for a child to do well in school. Some parents may think that it is the teachers’ role to teach, not theirs. But such a belief does both the parents and the children a disservice. Children don’t start learning at 8:15 and stop at 3:00, Monday through Friday. They are always attuned to learning: at home, with friends, and through other influences. We don't want to split this repsonsibility with you, 50/50. We will give 100% and expect you to also give 100%! Our kids deserve it!

Head Start Survey

Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency (NEMCSA) is interested in your opinions about the Head Start and Early Head Start services provided by our agency. Sharing your ideas and experiences will help us to ensure services meet your needs. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and is confidential. The deadline to complete this survey is March 12, 2019. Thank you for your participation!

M-STEP 2019

Taking tests is a part of life. Enlistees are required to take a summative test to get into the military, as are students applying to most four-year colleges or universities. Many professionals — from plumbers to doctors — have to take tests to earn licenses. These end-of-the-school-year “summative” tests help prepare students for what lies ahead: tests for technical schools, college, the military, and many professions.

State standardized assessments like M-STEP are a type of “summative” assessment that measures student progress toward mastering a rigorous set of state standards.

M-STEP is Michigan’s summative assessment and is the only state test given to most students each year. This is required under both state and federal law, to ensure all children are learning and receiving a high-quality education. Completion of the M-STEP takes an average of three to seven hours, depending on grade level.

Our 5th grade students begin testing in April and our 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade students take their assessments beginning in May.

America's Farmers Grow Rural Education

CALLING ALL LOCAL FARMERS! It's that time of year once again that we ask our amazing farmers to nominate us so that we may apply for a Rural Education Grant from Monsanto. We were awarded $25,000 a few years ago and look forward to winning again with your support! You can call 877-267-3332 or go to Nominations are due by April 1. The more nominations we have, the better our chances of winning.

School Calendar and Hours

The Annual School Calendars along with District information may be accessed online at Students are expected to be in class by 8:15 when the second bell rings and stay until the dismissal bell at 3:00. A pattern of late arrivals and/or early checkouts is considered truancy.

Remind Messaging

Text the message @mesraiders to 81010 to receive text message updates from Marlette Elementary School about upcoming school activities, community events, and school closings. Apps are available for both iPhone and Android.

Breakfast and Lunch

March Menu

Breakfast is served every morning, free of charge, in every classroom. Lunch is available for only $2.25. Milk is available for $.40.

School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families, too! Parents are encouraged to complete the free/reduced meal form application each year as the qualifications change. Furthermore, forms may be resubmitted at any time during the school year if there is a change in financial status with the household. For more information, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 989-635-7429.

Upcoming Dates

March 6, Battle of the Books (5th & 6th grades)

March 6, Rockin' Reader celebration (Y5-3rd grade)

March 7, Old Time Rock & Roll assembly

March 8, Marlette Community Schools talent show @ 7:00 pm (HS cafeteria)

March 19, Kindergarten & Preschool Roundup @ 6:00 pm

March 20, Author David Catrow assembly

March 22, Seaside Reading (read all day)

March 22, Reading calendars are due

March 25-29, Spring Break

Tobacco Free School Environment

Just a reminder that the Marlette Community Schools are a Tobacco Free School environment. Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited on all school property 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This also applies to your personal vehicle on school property. Please extinguish all tobacco products before entering school district property. Our property is a Drug Free School Zone.