Marlette Elementary News

January 2021

From the Principal's Desk

Happy New Year! 2021 is going to be awesome at Marlette Elementary School. We are continuing to focus on students being Ready, Respectful, and Responsible, in and out of school and renew our commitment that together, we will educate every child, in every classroom, every day! January is a busy month with the end of the second quarter only three weeks away. Students will be taking benchmark assessments as we continue to use data to ensure we are doing our best for each student. Students will take the STAR Reading and Math assessments. Please let us know if you have any questions!


If you need to contact me, my office phone number is 989-635-4925, Google voice number is 989-272-3718, and email address is jvislosky@marletteschools.org. Thank you all so much for trusting us with your children!

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Calendar Update

Friday, January 22, has been on our calendar as an early release day (1:00 pm). We are adding Thursday, January 21, as an early release day (1:00 pm). Lunch will be served on both of these days. Red Raider Care will be open, 1:00-6:15 pm.
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Second Semester

Our second semester begins on Tuesday, January 26. At that time, we assume that ALL students will return for in-person instruction. If you wish to remain virtual or change to virtual for the second semester, please call 989-635-7427 before Friday, January 22. If you've already notified the office, thank you.


Our staff remained incredibly flexible throughout the first semester as families tried to figure out what would work best for them, but it is in the best interest of everyone (students, staff, and families) to choose virtual or in-person and stick with it for the entire semester. Our district continues to do all we can to keep staff and students safe while learning in-person and remain committed to provide all we can to ensure student success. We appreciate our in-person families taking all precautions seriously and keeping sick children home. We have been successful because of your support! Virtual families, please stay in constant contact with the teacher and virtual assistant in order to keep on pace and ensure students are prepared for the next grade level.

Recess during the winter months

If the temperature is above 0 degrees Fahrenheit (including wind chill) and the weather cooperates, students will have outdoor recess. This means that students must be dressed appropriately for cold weather. Students should dress in layers and have a heavy coat, hat, gloves, and boots at a minimum. Snow pants are always a good idea to help keep the children dry. Please take the time to write your child’s name on each article of clothing in case it ends up on the lost and found rack.

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Article of the Month

There is no secret formula for helping your child become a reader, but there are plenty of resources and tips to make it as easy and effective as possible. Reading to your child every night, having daily conversations, and even singing are all ways to improve your child's literacy skills. I truly believe that there is no app that can replace your lap! For more ideas, check out this article- https://blog.brookespublishing.com/12-ways-parents-and-teachers-can-encourage-early-literacy-and-language-skills/

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Attendance matters, face to face and virtually

Marlette Community Schools has adjusted expectations regarding attendance and is trying to remain flexible as we all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. This year we even started a fully virtual option for any interested family. However, this virus will not stop us from learning. All healthy students are required to be in attendance every school day. For our face to face students, it's easy to see who is present or absent and we appreciate you keeping sick children at home. For our virtual students, we check Brightspace for logins and work completion. If a student doesn't complete their work virtually, they are marked absent that day. Our truancy officer is still very involved throughout this time and we want to work with every family as much as we can, but virtual students who are not completing assigned work daily will be referred to the truancy officer for additional supports.
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School Calendar and Hours

The Annual School Calendars along with District information may be accessed online at www.marletteschools.org. Students are expected to be in class by 8:15 when the second bell rings and stay until the dismissal bell at 3:00. A pattern of late arrivals and/or early checkouts is considered truancy.

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Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are available to all students free of charge this school year.


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School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families, too! Parents are encouraged to complete the free/reduced meal form application each year as the qualifications change. Furthermore, forms may be resubmitted at any time during the school year if there is a change in financial status with the household. For more information, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 989-635-7429.

Upcoming Dates

January 4, School resumes

January 11, Marlette Board of Education meets at 7:00

January 21, Early dismissal (1:00)

January 22, End of the second marking period (1:00 dismissal)

January 25, No school for students (Teacher professional development day)

January 26, 3rd marking period starts

January 28, Report cards sent home

Tobacco Free School Environment

Just a reminder that the Marlette Community Schools are a Tobacco Free School environment. Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited on all school property 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This also applies to your personal vehicle on school property. Please extinguish all tobacco products before entering school district property. Our property is a Drug Free School Zone.

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