State Road Newsletter

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Barry Tiemann, Principal

Mrs. Overfield and Mrs. Hickoff, Secretaries

From the Desk of Mr. Tiemann

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):

Upcoming Events / Mark Your Calendar

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State Road TALENT SHOW!!!

Does your child (or group of friends) have a special talent that they would love to perform in front of hundreds of cheering fans (our State Road parents)? The annual State Road TALENT SHOW (hosted by our Tiger Leadership Committee) will be the evening of Friday, March 4. Auditions are today and tomorrow (Feb. 3 & 4) after school (see grade level schedule below). Due to the length of the show, we will be holding auditions and not all acts will be able to perform in the show).

Talent Show Dates:

Wednesday, Feb. 3 - Auditions after school - Grades K, 2, 4

Thursday, feb. 4 - Auditions after school - Grade 1, 3, 5

Wednesday, Feb. 17 - Talent Show Practice after school (must attend 1 or the 2 practices)

Wednesday, Feb. 24 - Talent Show Practice after school (this date may change due to 3rd grade play)

Wednesday, Mar. 2 - Talent Show Rehearsal (must attend)

Friday, Mar. 4 - STATE ROAD TALENT SHOW beginning at 6pm

Report Cards

Report Cards will be sent home with all students this Thursday, Feb. 4 in a sealed envelope. Parents of current 4th and 5th graders will also receive an M-STEP Parent Report from the M-STEP testing that our students took last spring.

FEF Winter Blue's Dinner!

The Fenton Education Foundation's WINTER BLUE'S DINNER is this Friday evening, February 5, beginning at 6:30pm at the Fenton Community Center! Tickets are still available and we would love to see a ton of State Road parents and staff attend this great event!!winter-blues-dinner--fundraiser/cz1c

WATER WEEK at State Road! Feb. 8-12

Student Action is taking over State Road in an effort to help support our neighbors in Flint. In an effort to raise money to purchase clean drinking water and other supplies, we are going to have a Spirit Week & Change Drive Contest next week, Feb. 8-12.

Monday, Feb. 8 = Wear Blue (for water) and a Hat Day

Tuesday, Feb. 9 = Celebrity Day

Wednesday, Feb. 10 = Decades Day (dress like your favorite decade)

Thursday, Feb. 11 = Superhero Day

Friday, Feb. 12 = Pajama Day

*Bring your donations each day to fill a grade level water jug. The grade that brings in the most money will win a popsicle party!

PTO Meeting

Our next PTO Meeting will be the EVENING of Tuesday, February 9, beginning at 6:30pm in our Media Center. We hope to see many of our parents that night! Child care is provided!

Hungry Howie's Pizza Night!

Our next Hungry Howie's Pizza Night will be Thursday, Feb. 11. Please remember to tell them that you are from State Road Elementary and which classroom your child(ren) are in. The classroom with the most families ordering will win a Pizza Party!


There is NO SCHOOL for students and staff on Monday, February 15th in recognition of President's Day!

Popcorn Day!

Friday, February 19 is our next Popcorn Day! All bags just $0.50. THANK YOU to all of our wonderful parent volunteers for helping each month! You are truly appreciated!!!


Our next LEO'S FAMILY NIGHT for State Road is Thursday, February 25 from 5-8pm at the Leo's Coney Island on Silver Lake Road! Please plan to join us for dinner and/or dessert and enjoy some quality time with other State Road families! A percentage of all sales (including take-out) are donated back to State Road to help provide classroom supplies and materials! THANK YOU for your support!!!


Happy Winter State Road!


Thanks to everyone who attended our January meeting. For those that missed it, the minutes can be found on the State Road website under the PTO tab. Our next meeting is February 9th at 6:30 pm in the library. Hope to see you there!

Popcorn Friday!

Popcorn Friday will be February 19th this month. $0.50/bag. As always, help is very much appreciated! Just meet in the cafeteria after drop off on Friday morning. Thanks!

Box Tops

Our 2nd Box Tops contest is happening now! Any Box tops turned in from now until Friday February 26th will be counted in the contest and go toward your student's classroom count! The winning class will win an ice cream social! We are almost 1/2 way to our goal of $3,000 and duct tapping Mr. Tiemann to the wall! Good luck and happy clipping!

PTO Profit!

Because of you, the PTO has some extra profit to spend and we are looking for ideas! If you know of a need or something you feel would benefit our school and our students, we want to hear from you! Please consider joining us at our meeting to share your ideas. Thank you!!

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 –

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


Allergy Information for our Cafeteria

  • All food served in the cafeteria in our ‘hot lunch’ line is peanut-free! We are no longer serving any peanut butter sandwiches or peanut-based products. (There will still be sunflower seeds available on the salad bar).

  • Our Food Service Department is offering a new Birthday Treat option to all families. Please see the Fenton Food Service website for more information.

  • We are continuing with our Allergy Table Option in our Cafetorium. Students with severe food allergies will still have the option to sit at our Allergy Table; or they can choose to sit at the “Red Zone” (which is a Nut Free area of our cafeteria tables) along with a “Yellow Zone” where friends with safe lunches can eat. This will allow our students to feel like they are part of their class and not segregated from everyone, while still sitting at a safe section of the table.

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!