South Maple Elementary Newsletter

April 2023

Upcoming Dates

March 27-31.......No School Spring Break

April 7.................No School Good Friday

April 12/13.........HD Hearing Screen K and 2

April 14...............Kid's Night Out

April 18...............PTO 6PM

May 11...............SME Spring Sing/AM

The SME Schoolwide Behavior Target for April is:

We Can Be Responsible for What We Say by Using I-Care Language

One School, One Book

Beginning on Wednesday, April 5, all students, families, and staff of South Maple Elementary will be participating in an exciting reading program called One School, One Book!

One School, One Book brings all members of the school and community together to enjoy a fun story. Last year we read The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. The students enjoyed hearing about the adventures of Roz the robot, had a great time creating their own recycled robots, and were even visited by Roz in their classrooms!

Our chapter book for this program will be announced to students on April 5. On that day students will be bringing home a copy of the book so that families can read along. We will read the book from April 5 until April 26. A schedule will be provided so that you can keep up with the reading at home.

We hope that this will be an enjoyable activity for you and your child(ren). It will provide some great reading and listening comprehension practice here at school, and hopefully a way for you to enjoy reading together as a family at home as we return from spring break!

In addition to the book, there will also be a Google Site with lots of fun activities like games, vocabulary, quizzes, and readings of the chapters recorded by SME Principal Mrs. Hansen and SME teachers. We hope your family will join us in reading the book together and enjoying the activities on the Google Site!

More information about the book, as well as the link to the Google site, will be sent on April 5. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about the One School, One Book program, click HERE. Another great resource for reading at home can be found HERE. To get your child(ren) excited about the book we will be reading, click HERE to try to guess which book it will be! Even if you don’t guess correctly, you may spark some interest in other great stories to read together!

SME Spring Sing

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Gornick Auditorium/Gaylord High School

9:00am Third Grade

9:30am Second Grade

10:00am First Grade

10:30am Kindergarten

Students will be transported to and from the auditorium via Gaylord Community Schools busses. Parking is available on the north side of Gaylord High School and at the University Center.

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2023-24 School Year

South Maple Elementary will be accepting teacher requests from April 3rd -April 14th. The form is available via the following link: Please note: While all requests will be considered, they cannot be guaranteed. Placements will be based primarily on our students’ needs, class size, and creating balanced classes. Additionally, there is always the possibility that teachers will not stay in the same positions or teaching teams from year to year.

Gaylord Intermediate School

Teacher requests for next year may be made throughout the month of April. If you have an educationally sound reason for requesting specific teachers for your child, you will need to complete the attached teacher request form by April 28. Please note the following information about GIS teacher requests and class lists:

Because we have a responsibility to create balanced class lists, we cannot guarantee requests will be granted. However, requests submitted during the month of April will be considered. There is always the possibility that teachers will not stay in the same positions or teaching assignments from year to year.

Teacher requests will only be considered if you complete the online form. Click on 23-24 GIS Teacher Request Form, complete the form, and submit it by April 28, 2023.

Class lists information will be mailed home at the end of the summer, sometime near the end of August.

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Breakfast and Lunch Information

Gaylord Community Schools has mailed the free and reduced lunch applications. If your child qualifies, please fill out the application and return via mail, email, or applications may be done online by visiting Questions, please call 989-731-0969, ext. 1254.

Thank you for sending breakfast/lunch money in a clearly labeled envelope. ALL cold lunch students purchasing milk will be charged $0.50.

Emergency procedures will be practiced throughout the school year.

Parent-Student Handbook

The South Maple Elementary School 2022-23 Parent-Student Handbook is provided below.

Office Hours

The South Maple Elementary office is open to assist you Monday-Friday from 7AM-3:30PM.


Therese Hansen, Principal

South Maple Elementary

650 East Fifth Street

Gaylord, MI 49735