State Road Newsletter

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Barry Tiemann, Principal

Mrs. Overfield and Mrs. Hickoff, Secretaries

Upcoming Events / Mark Your Calendar

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March is Reading Month!

Our March is Reading Month celebration has begun! The theme this year is "March Madness" with a lot of fun and exciting reading activities and assemblies scheduled throughout the month!

Click the link below for Mrs. McKinley's "March Muscle Madness Fitness Challenge!"


Tomorrow, Friday, March 18 is POPCORN DAY! All bags are just $0.50!


There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, March 25 in recognition of Good Friday!

Leo's Family Night for State Road!

Our next LEO'S FAMILY NIGHT for State Road will be Thursday, March 24 from 5-8pm at the Leo's Coney Island on Silver Lake Road. Stop by anytime for dinner and/or dessert! Even take-out orders count toward this great fundraiser! All proceeds from these fundraisers go directly to support our classroom teachers!

Diabetes Awareness Day

Wednesday, March 30 is Diabetes Awareness Day at State Road!

Come join in some fun with our 5th grade Diabetes Awareness group. Meet us on the playground on Wednesday March 30th from 3:45-4:45. Learn more about Diabetes and play some fun games with us.

Wear Blue on March 30th to show support for Diabetes Awareness.

The Rain Out date will be Wednesday April 13th!

Thank you! Brian R., Adam B., Evelyn K., Bethany G., and Patrick H.

Light It Up BLUE Day is Friday, April 1

WEAR BLUE on Friday, April 1 in recognition of the Light It Up BLUE campaign and to show support for Autism Awareness! We are asking ALL State Road students, staff, and family members to WEAR BLUE on Friday, April 1! Thank you!


Happy March is Reading Month State Road Families!

Box Tops Contest

The last Box Tops contest for this year has ended. Thank you to everyone who turned in Box Tops! The winning class of the Uncle Ray's giant ice cream sundae will be announced soon! Stay tuned!!


This month's popcorn Friday will be March 18th. $0.50 per bag and helpers are always needed and appreciated. If you are able to help, please meet in the cafeteria after morning drop off. Thanks!

Cookbooks and Travel Mugs

PTO still has our State Road Family Cookbook and Fenton travel mugs for sale! They are $7 each. If you would like to purchase any, just send in an envelope with your students name, what you'd like, and cash or check made out to State Road PTO. We'll send home your order with your student. We will also be selling these during Spring conferences. Thank you so much!

Thank you so much State Road for being so awesome!

If you haven’t already, please like our Facebook page!

Fenton State Road Elementary PTO.

The 2015-16 PTO Board Members are:

President – Kathi Hart – 810-577-8337 –

Co-Vice President – Erin Keros – 248-535-1094 –

Co-Vice President - Kate LeFever - 419-704-3734 -

Secretary – Karen Shanahan – 810-714-9234 –

Treasurer – Stacey Arnst – 248-790-7071 –

M-STEP News!

Last spring, students in grades 3-5 took the new M-STEP Test (Michigan - Student Test of Educational Progress), which replaced the MEAP. Along with your student's Report Card that goes home with all students tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 4, our current 4th and 5th grade students will also receive an MSTEP Parent Report which will show how your child performed last spring. Below is a excerpt from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).

"To continue the MDE's commitment to support teachers, parents, and students throughout this transition to higher expectations for all students, a newly developed video is now available which summarizes the M-STEP and walks viewers through how to read and interpret student scores within the M-STEP Parent Report."

I encourage all parents to watch this short video about the M-STEP as our current 3rd-5th grade students will begin taking this online assessment this spring.

Do you want to check out some sample M-SETEP test items? Use this link (in Google Chrome):

Outdoor vs. Indoor Recess

Indoor/Outdoor Recess Guidelines – State Road Elementary

Inside Recess:

Temp: < 10 degrees actual / 0 degree wind chill = Inside Recess (appropriate use of technology devices can be used during inside recess)

Outside Recess:

>/= 10 degrees actual / > 0 degree wind chill = Outside Recess (technology devices are not allowed to be used outside)

(Winter Weather) – IF snow is present: Students must be in full snow gear to play in the snow (snow pants, snow boots, jacket, hat, gloves)

Students not in winter gear will be on black-top surfaces only

<32 degrees = Hat & gloves are expected to be worn

<50 degrees = Jacket/coat & pants required

>/= 50 degrees = Jacket/coat not required, shorts are permitted


Parking Lot & Security Procedures!

THANK YOU to all of our families who are following our new Parking Lot & Security Procedures! Your patience and efforts helps us maintain a safe environment for our students. As we continue to work out some of the nuances of our parking procedures, I am asking everyone to abide by the following:

  • Please do NOT Park in the pickup/drop off area OR any other area of our parking lot that is not designated as a parking spot. The loops and the areas of each lot marked with diagonal lines should never be used as a parking spot and continue to cause traffic issues due to people parking in these areas.

  • If you are dropping off/picking up your child in the loop, please pull up to the closest car in the designated drop off section. If you are 4-5 cars back and still within the drop off zone, please let your child out to keep the traffic flow moving.

  • Students should only enter and exit vehicles on the right (passenger) side! Please do not have your student enter/exit on the left and walk in front of or behind your vehicle.

  • Please do not exit your vehicle in the drop off/pick up loop!

The link below will take you to our Parking Lot Map & Procedures page:


Lice, lice, lice... Does that make your head itch? The good news is that we don't have any students with lice... "yet!" The only way to prevent lice from spreading in school is to prevent it from coming into the school in the first place! This can only happen with the help of EVERY FAMILY in our school! The lice reports from local doctors are telling us that the lice are not responding to the harsh chemical and prescriptions treatments.

We all need to take preventative measures and educate ourselves and our children on how to prevent the spread of lice. Children should not share combs, hats (including ball caps at sporting events), pillows (at sleepovers), or coats/jackets (especially with hoods).

Children should not 'touch heads' while sitting close to a friend. Children/girls with long hair can keep it pulled back in a ponytail or braids, and spritzed with hairspray and/or tea tree oil. Please also refer to the lice prevention & treatment information found on our website (click the link below):


We are currently collecting the following items:

Cellular Phones (non working and working)

Food Pouches (i.e. Go Go Squeeze, Squishem’s, any brand, caps included)

Ink Cartridges (all print cartridges accepted)

Juice Pouches (any brand, straws too)

Oral Care Items (toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, floss containers, all packaging for these items)

Tape dispensers and cores

Toner Cartridges

All items can be dropped off in the school lobby recycling bins. Each donation is not only keeping trash out of the landfill, it also earns $ for our school! Additionally, students are now able to recycle their plastic bags and disposable plastic containers in the lunchroom, and our staff continue to recycle paper and cardboard.

If you would like to join the State Road Recycles team, please email your contact information or questions about the program to Sarah Martin-Fanone at

Fenton Food Service Menus!

New to our Newsletter: Please click the link below to visit our Fenton Food Service website where you can access our breakfast and lunch menus for the month! Click Here to take you to their Newsletter:

Please Help Prevent the Spread of Sickness, Head Lice, etc...

Parents: We have had several confirmed cases of STREP and a Stomach Virus the past few weeks. The best way to prevent the spread of sickness, communicable diseases, or issues such as head lice is to take preventative steps at home prior to sending your child to school. Please also contact the office right away to let us know of any sickness or confirmed case of lice that your child may have. For more ‘health’ related information, please visit the State Road website and select “Student Health Info” under the Information Tab. Thank you!

Please visit the "Student Health Information" section of our website (link below) for more information!