Comets' Corner

Sunday, October 31, 2021

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Cultivating Community with our Comets

The stresses of the pandemic over the past 20 months have impacted everyone in society, including our kids. This year we are seeing an increase in the number of students across the nation (and likely the world) struggling to get along and regulate their emotions in schools. We have seen this here in Fraser, too. In short, it seems that many children have forgotten how to be a part of a COMMUNITY. Our staff picked the "Team Twain: Better Together" theme this year because we knew that it would be more important than ever before to focus on cultivating a feeling of community with our Comets and their families. We are working hard each day to do that while we teach, model, and recognize our ROCKS expectations of Respect, Organization, Cooperation, Kindness, and Safety.


I want to remind our families what we're doing to help our Comets to be kind, treat others with respect, and help them learn to solve problems with maturity, empathy, and an understanding of how their actions impact others in a community.


We review with our Comets often that they always have choices in how they respond to others who may be bothering or upsetting them. We teach them that if they are having trouble with someone, they always have the following choices:


  1. Ignore the person (or walk away from them)
  2. Use their words to tell the person to stop bothering them
  3. Ask an adult for help


We remind students of these options often, and we help model problem solving through our daily classroom circles where we build community so that when problems do occur, we have a good foundation of trust for working together to solve them.


Through Restorative Practices and our PBIS program, we always seek to get to the root of misbehaviors because we know that children need to be taught how to behave properly just as they must be taught to read, write, and do math. Now more than ever, we are seeing that many children do not yet have the skills to communicate feelings or needs appropriately, and our team is working hard each day to support those students.


This doesn't mean we're not addressing students' misbehaviors or that there are no consequences for treating others unkindly. We follow the Code of Conduct and give consequences as appropriate. But we also work hard to teach students how to deal with conflict peacefully as we help them develop empathy and problem-solving skills. The word "discipline" means "to teach." And that's always our main priority in any behavior situation. We're giving our students the skills they need to behave appropriately now and in the future. At our school and in our community. We appreciate your support, trust, and partnership as we continue to support all of our students at Mark Twain.


Please CLICK HERE to review our Restorative Practices brochure for more information about Restorative Practices at Mark Twain.

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Tuesday, November 2 is Election Day. While our schools will be closed for students, our staff will be in training that focuses on the mental health and social/emotional learning of our students. As we continue in this pandemic, we know this is an area where many of our students need support.


November 2 is also election day, and the district has a non-homestead millage proposal on the ballot. If you live in the district, please take time to vote. This millage is not a new tax, and was previously approved by voters in 2014. It is only assessed on commercial and industrial properties and second homes. This means that it will not affect homeowners. For more facts about the election, you can visit our website, https://www.fraser.k12.mi.us/election2021.

No SACC on Tuesday, November 2nd: School Cancelled

There will be no S.A.C.C. on Tuesday, November 2 due to Election Day. School will be closed on this day.

Picture Retakes

All students who ordered school pictures should have received them at school on Thursday or Friday. Picture Retakes will be on Monday, November 8th. Notes went home last week and can be found here, too.

6th Grade at Camp Howell

On Monday, October 25, many of our sixth graders spent a long, wet day at Camp Howell with Mrs. Park, Mrs. Wirgau, Mr. Lentine, and our parent chaperones. Despite the rain, our group had a fun day as they focused on team building, perseverance, and collaboration. We are glad that our sixth-grade Comets were able to have this opportunity!
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5th Grade Bullying Presentation

Last Thursday, Retired Fraser Police Officer and FPS District Mentor Lisa Pettyes came to talk to both fifth-grade classes about bullying. We are very proud of our fifth graders for their honesty, engagement, and willingness to take the presentation seriously. We will continue to work with our Comets to create a COMMUNITY where we all work together and treat each other the way we wish to be treated. We are Team Twain, and we are Better Together!

Spooktacular Red Ribbon Spirit Week

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Friendly Reminder: Pet Policy

Though many of us LOVE our furry friends, we ask that you don't bring them to Twain. Here is our Pet Policy as stated in our Twain Elementary Student Handbook:


Pets are not allowed at school during the school day, including arrival and dismissal. There are several reasons pets are not allowed at school; allergies, student anxiety, and disruption are some of our main considerations. We do not want a student, adult, or pet to be injured during our high volume times at school.

CURRENT FPS QUARANTINE INFORMATION

Ms. Wozniak sent the most updated quarantine procedures from the Health Department on Thursday, September 30th. If you did not see her email, you may find it HERE.


***Remember, the best way to do YOUR PART to help keep our community healthy and in school teaching and learning is to keep children with any potential sign of illness at home until the cause is determined by a medical professional.***

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Monday, November 1 - Dentists R Us at Twain
  • Tuesday, November 2 - No School (Election Day)
  • Monday, November 8 - Picture Retake Day
  • Wednesday-Friday, November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • Thursday, December 2 - Half Day (12:00 Dismissal)
  • Friday, December 3 - Half Day (12:00 Dismissal)
  • Wednesday, December 8 - Full Day/ Evening Student-Led Conferences

  • Thursday, December - Half Day (12:00 Dismissal)/ Afternoon & Evening Student-Led Conferences


Access the full District Calendar HERE at any time!

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Support our MTPC Through Kroger Rewards

Families can earn a percentage for our Mark Twain Parents Club each time they shop at Kroger when they register for Kroger Community Rewards and link your account to our school.

There are two ways to register. Follow the links below for directions.


  1. Directions for Registering on the Kroger Website
  2. Directions for Registering Using the Kroger Mobile App


Thank you for your support!

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Weekly Solid Gold Shout Outs!

As part of our PBIS program, we like to recognize students who are exhibiting our Mark Twain ROCKS behaviors by being Respectful, Organized, Cooperative, Kind, & Safe.


Lily Madrigal (2nd Grade)

"Lily is just amazing! She follows directions, is incredibly kind, and makes me smile everyday. Thank you Lily for being one of the top second graders in every way." - Mrs. Barker


Mason Mishack (2nd Grade)

"Mason is a great friend to others. He uses his kind voice when speaking to his classmates and he is such a big help to me. Way to go Mason!" - Mrs. Barker


Jaxon Cuppetelli (3rd Grade)

"Jaxon is super organized. He has been doing a great job taking care of his area, and also helping his neighbors clean up their messes as well. Keep up the great work, Jaxon!" - Mrs. Cracchiolo


Jocelyn Winter (4th Grade)

"Jocelyn is always so cooperative and sweet in our classroom. She's also very consistent with completing all of her ELA and Math Assignments each week. Keep up the amazing attitude and work habits, Jocelyn!" - Mrs. Albrecht


Emma Kirby (5th Grade)

"Emma is a hard worker and asks questions when she is unsure. She is kind and a wonderful young lady to have in class." - Mrs.Lombard


Kaylee VanOosterwyck (5th Grade)

"Kaylee is always helpful and kind in school. She comes in every day with a smile and is ready to learn with a growth mindset." - Mrs. Schop


Amari Andrews (6th Grade)

"Amari is new to Twain this year and has done such a great job becoming part of the crew. She is nice to her classmates and polite to adults. She is also a super hard worker and does great work!" - Mrs. Park

Keep up the great work, Team Twain!

Who Wants to Work with the BEST STAFF Ever?

Twain Families - We are still hiring for the following part-time and full-time positions at Twain this year:


  • Lunch Aides
  • SACC workers
  • Food Service Substitutes
  • Full-Time Intervention Specialist


Apply HERE on the district site, and please make sure to send me an email to let me know you applied!

NOVEMBER Breakfast & Lunch MENUS

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Gleaners Food Distribution Continues

FPS are excited to announce that we have extended our partnership with Gleaners. They will continue to be set up in the FHS parking lot on the following dates:


  • November 11
  • November 25


If you are in need of food assistance, you can find pantries in your area by visiting https://pantrynet.org.

Mrs. Laura Woods, Principal

Guiding our Comets to be compassionate, curious, creative citizens who will positively impact the world.


Contact Information:

Main Office Phone: 586-439-6900


Absentee Phone Line: 586-439-6990

(This is a 24-hour recorded line; please leave your child's reason for absence and length of time out. Absences reported to this line ensure most timely and accurate record.)


Fax: 586-439-6801


School Administrative Assistant:

Ms. Beverly Dobosenski (Ms. D.)

Email: beverly.dobosenski@fraserk12.org


Twain Office Hours - 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

School Hours: 8:35am – 3:30pm

First Bell: 8:30 am
Instructional (Tardy) Bell: 8:35 am



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