Bear Bulletin

Maire Newsletter November 23rd edition

Dear Maire Families,

If you would have asked me back in June what school would be like, I would have provided a different answer than what is playing out. I would have hoped that COVID was a thing of the past, but obviously it is very much a part of our daily life here at Maire. Out staff continues to stress the importance of wearing our masks and keeping our spacing during the day.

We have moved inside for lunch and are continuing to stress with our students to put their masks on as soon as they are done eating. When COVID cases come through and we start doing contact tracing, I do my very best to keep kids in school. Masking and space helps. With our updated bond work we now have cameras in common spaces (hallways, stairwells, and the gym). I am going to the gym footage at lunch so that I can communicate with families how long a child’s mask was off and help partner with the parents to follow the covid guidelines from the county and state. Masking up under 15 minutes is huge. We will continue to do our best to keep kids safe.

Your partnership at home helps as well. Continue to do the health screener daily. Continue to keep your children home if they have two or more symptoms. If their illness lasts more than two days, we ask that you consult with your physician to either rule out COVID or to determine what the ailment is. We know absences are stressful on households, but we want to continue to keep our students and families as safe as can be. When a positive case is identified, we appreciate you informing our office so that we can work together to report it and take the next necessary steps.

Again, this is certainly not the world we wish we’d be in right now. However, with everyone doing their part and everyone being diligent about keeping sick kids home when needed, we will continue to create the safest school possible. We hope everyone has a relaxing break!


Ryan Francis

proud Principal of Maire

Important Maire dates to remember

11/22 GPPSS BOE Meeting 7:00 p.m. Brownell MS

11/24-11/28 Thanksgiving Break

11/29 School resumes 9:05 a.m.

12/1 Communities United in Diversity Meeting 6:00 p.m. Pierce MS

12/7 PTO Meeting 7:00 p.m. (zoom)

Maire Holiday Craft Fair

Calling all Maire Bears! The holiday craft fair is ready for you and your siblings. Each take-home bag will include 2 crafts for $25. All of the supplies and directions are included. Extra reindeer ornaments are available for an additional $5.

This year's craft bag will include a 30" tall wood tree. You will be able to paint the tree, add lights (not included), wrap it with garland and ornaments. Your bag will also include everything to make a reindeer wood ornament.

Crafts are limited. Please sign up here and pay on the PTO page. Payment is required upon signing up for a craft bag. Crafts will be available to pick up at school (in the secure vestibule).

Pick up dates/times :

Friday 12/4 3:20-4:20

Saturday 12/5 8am-9am


GP Parade Friday 11/26

As part of our 100th anniversary celebration, GPPSS is participating in the Grosse Pointe Chamber Parade at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 26 (the day after Thanksgiving). Families are welcome to participate. Please join us at the staging area before 9:30 a.m., or feel free to jump in at any point along the parade route, which goes along Kercheval to The Village.

  • Our group will be in SECTION: B NUMBER: 29
  • Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. All participants in our group need to be in line by 9:30 a.m. The official start time is 10 a.m.
  • The staging area for our group takes place near the corner of Lewiston and Grosse Pointe Blvd.
  • Parking is available in St. Paul Catholic School’s parking lot. Please enter the lot off Lake Shore Road. Grosse Pointe Blvd. will be closed due to the staging of the parade.

Students are encouraged to wear their school colors and show off their GPPSS pride. Thank you for celebrating 100 years of academic excellence with us!

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December lunch help needed !

We are so grateful for our lunch helpers! It is one of our most important volunteer jobs, as we continue to navigate socially distanced seating and covid protocols.

Please sign up to help if you are able to help at lunchtime. Thank you!

Lunch volunteer sign up

Leader in Me Story Time Video

We are highlighting some of our Leader In Me Habits that are taught in stories. Watch this great read aloud as a family from Mrs. Roby.

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type

Habit #2 Begin With the End in Mind

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Twitter: @gpmaire