Wolverine Weekly

Sibley East Elementary - May 2 - 6, 2022

ABC Countdown to the End of the Year!

Please have your student(s) join us in celebrating the last days of school with an "ABC Countdown"! We will be having a themed day that goes with each letter of the alphabet starting on 5/2/22.

  • May 2: A = Aloha Day (dress in Hawaiian Gear)
  • May 3: B = Book Day (read a favorite book in class)
  • May 4: C = Camouflage Day (dress in camo)
  • May 5: D = Donut Day (students will be given a donut from Student Council)
  • May 6: E = Exercise Day (classes will go outside for some bonus exercise time)

It's Teacher Appreciation Week!

The educators at Sibley East Elementary are OUT OF THIS WORLD! If you have some time this week to write a little note or send an email to your child's teacher(s), I know it would be greatly appreciated!

Also, I am hosting a special game show for the teachers this week. If you are interested in learning how you can help out, please send me an email at: amanda.feterl@sibleyeast.org

Title Family Night

Tuesday, May 3rd, 5:30-7:30pm

Sibley East Elementary

Join us for an evening of FREE food, fun, and activities for the whole family! Invitations were sent home with our students receiving Title I & ELL services last week. Families will need to RSVP for the event so we can ensure we have enough materials and food.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Royalty at Sibley East Elementary!

Last week two students won the "King-for-a-Day" prize from our weekly Wolverine PRIDE prize wheel. AND, princesses Marge and Lorie were celebrated on "Administrative Assistant Day". There's always something fun going on!

Wolverine PRIDE Prize Wheel Winners

Earth Day Clean-Up by Youth Development


6th Grade Band

Dear 5th Grade Parents & Students:

I am in the process of meeting with Mr. Thompson’s 5th Grade Music classes during the first few weeks of April to introduce myself and answer questions about the band program.

The senior high band will also be putting on a fun concert for the elementary students on May 6th. Students will have the opportunity to hear and learn about the band program from the senior high students.

Students will be taking a tour of the Middle/High School building in May, and at that time, they will be given the option to sign up for band or choir, or both. If they choose band, I need to know what instrument they plan to play via email by Friday, May 20th to jim.callahan@sibleyeast.org

Your choices are Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, Percussion (if you have two years of private piano lessons).

Options for obtaining an instrument:

1. Music Mart Lease To Own Program - visit website www.themusicmart.biz to learn more about this program. Orders for instruments and supplies will be done online this year.

  • We will have our virtual instrument display with Jeremy from The Music Mart via Google Meet on Friday, May 13th at 6:00PM. I will send the link via email to parents. Jeremy will explain the lease to own program and help you order supplies at this meeting.

2. You already have an instrument from a family member, relative or friend that you want to use. Great! I just ask that we send those instruments in to The Music Mart or other reputable instrument repair store to get evaluated. Often times if the instrument has sat un-played for a period of time, it needs some work to get it into good playing condition.

3. Buy an instrument outright. This is an option that some choose. If you are considering this, please email me with the information on the instrument you are considering. We want to make sure it’s going to be an instrument that is from a reputable manufacturer. Sometimes instruments purchased online look like a great deal, but they aren’t ones of good quality.

4. Use a school instrument. I have some school instruments available to rent for a yearly fee, but availability is limited, and you may not be able to get your first choice.

We will be using Essential Elements Book 1 for the lesson book and for full group band. That book, and a music stand for at home practice will also need to be purchased along with reeds for woodwind players.

Summer Lessons

I anticipate summer lessons being scheduled for 4 Weeks:

  • July 5-8 and July 11th
  • Week of July 25th
  • Week of August 1st
  • Week of August 8th

These lessons will take place in person in the high school band room. Each student will have a weekly 30 minute lesson. Parents are invited too. Once I have the band roster established, I will create and send the schedule out to everyone.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at jim.callahan@sibleyeast.org or call at 507-964-8265.


Jim Callahan

SE Band Director

Save the Date: 5th Grade Graduation

  • Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022
  • Time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Elementary Gym

Stay tuned for additional information in future editions of the Wolverine Weekly!