Chatfield School News

November 22 - December 3, 2021

Two More Days: Monday & Tuesday, November 22-23

In honor of Veteran's Day, Student Council announces that students and staff may wear a hat each Friday in November AND NOV. 22 & 23 for fifty cents to raise money to help support Mission 22. Student Council representatives will collect the money each Friday morning. Students may donate more than 50 cents if they would like. So far we have raised over $100 and Student Council thanks everyone for participating.

Mission 22 is dedicated to healing America’s veterans when they need it most — right now. We offer treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury and all of the issues veterans are facing today. More information can be found at

Scholastic Book Fair Coming November 29-December 3

We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. Hosted by our staff, this

event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their

love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school.

Our fall Book Fair will be a familiar, welcome, and safe event for our students. Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place from November 29 - December 3:

  • In order to have smaller groups in the Library during the Book Fair, we are asking that the after school shopping, 3:35 to 4:30pm, be spread out by using this guide. Based on your youngest child's grade, please bring your family to shop on the assigned day
  • Monday: Kindergarten and 1st grade
  • Tuesday: 2nd and 3rd grades
  • Wednesday: 4th and 5th grades
  • Thursday: Middle School
  • Friday: Morning only, for any last minute shopping., 8 to 9:30. Closing at 11:30am on Friday.
  • If these times do not work for you, please email Mrs. Neumann at and we will set up a time that will work.
  • Our Book Fair offers a cash-free payment option called eWallet. It’s a convenient digital account that your child can use for shopping at our Fair. Grandparents, friends, and others can contribute, too!
  • If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop online at our school’s Virtual Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25.
  • Your online orders will also benefit our school.

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and

online shopping:

We’re excited to celebrate our love of books together at the Book Fair. We look forward to

seeing your child there!

Please Join Us Dec. 6 at 6:30pm

You are invited to join us on Monday, December 6 for this great series for parents. Designed to provide strategies and support as we all learn to be great parents and care givers, Celebrate Hope provides a great opportunity to Chatfield families. You won't be disappointed that you invest this time in your own personal growth.
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December Traditions - We Need You!

We are excited about a couple of our December traditions that are coming up! P.I.E.'s Santa Shop is the second week of December. During this event student will be able to purchase inexpensive gifts for family members. We need parents on hand to run the shop.

On Friday, December 17 we have our Treat Street Day. Families bring in baked goods that make a beautiful display of treats for students after they enjoy a horse-drawn trolley ride and a visit to see the reindeer (we are not sure if the reindeer will be able to visit this year...still waiting on confirmation). Hot chocolate and is served!

If you could help out with the Santa Shop or provide baked treats for treat street we as that you please sign up below. Thank you!

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Treat Street Goodies - Please Sign Up!

Please sign up to bring goodies for Friday, December 17th Annual Treat Street Festivities!

Do you love baking for the holidays? Are you always creating something delicious and special? Please sign up to bring in 2 dozen sweet treats for Treat Street! To sign up, please find your child's homeroom teacher and then sign up. Our goal is that 12 families from each homeroom will sign up. This will provide plenty of treats for our Treat Street festivities. Please make sure the two dozen items are delivered to the kitchen or front office on Friday, Dec. 17 before 8:20 a.m. Thank you.

LINK to Sign Up:

Santa Shop Sign Up to Help!

The P.I.E. Santa Shop is coming soon! Please sign up to help set up, sell items, or clean up for this event. Students will have the opportunity to purchase inexpensive gifts for family members, Wednesday, December 8 - Friday, December 10. Set up of the shop is Tuesday, December 7 in the evening. Clean up of the shop is Friday, December 10 from Noon to 3pm. We hope you will be part of this fun event.

Link to Sign Up:
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Chatfield PIE has a new Facebook Page

Please Like/Follow Chatfield School PIE Partners in Education on Facebook: Chatfield School PIE Partners in Education | Facebook

Jam Band Starts December 1st

Jam Band starts December 1st for students in grades 5-8! Mr. Kurtz encourages you to get involved. Questions can be directed to Mr. Kurtz.
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Holiday Depot Adopt a Family

We are excited that the school has adopted two families this holiday season. Please get involved by purchasing an item for one of the families. Starting on Tuesday, November 30 we will have Christmas trees with items listed on paper ornaments for each family. Please come in and grab an ornament or two. Please have the item delivered back to Mr. Kraly's office by Tuesday, December 14 so that we can deliver the items to the families.

You can also donate money for items. Email Mr. Kraly at

Reminder about Reading at Home!

Even on nights when your child might have homework, he or she should still be reading 20-30 minutes a night. This can be reading together, independent reading, parents reading out loud, whatever your family feels is best for the books you are enjoying. Please be reading with your child 20-30 minutes each night. This essential practice begins at Kindergarten and continues through 8th grade!

Are you working on Math Facts with Your Child?

Did you know that by the end of 2nd grade your child should have all of their basic addition and subtraction facts memorized. By the end of third grade your child should have all of their multiplication facts memorized through the 12s. By the end of fourth grade your child should have all of their division facts memorized. Memorized means they can recall the answer within a couple of seconds. This is called fact fluency and it is critical to your child's success in math. We know that even some of our older students need to be working on math facts so please practice at home!

ALLY Announces Bagel Bombs Sale Wednesdays

ALLY, Accepting Learners Leading Youth, is our middle school peer-to-peer program. ALLY is excited to be selling bagel bombs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Next sale is Dec. 1. First come, first serve. Gluten free options need to be ordered by Friday before each sale. The funds will go towards the programs’ after-school classroom supplies, project materials, and after-school activity needs.

Bagel Bombs are from Evergreens Bake Shop in Oxford. They are bagels filled with cream cheese and a variety of toppings. They will be sold for $2.00 each. Gluten-free options can be ordered in advance for $3.00 the Friday before each sale. Email if your child would wants to order a gluten free option.

Time to Register for Boys' Basketball

Boys basketball will be starting at the end of November! Open gym for 5th - 8th grade boys will be Tuesday November 30th and Wednesday December 1st. Time and location are still TBD. Please follow the link below to register so that we can figure out what our participation numbers are, and what teams we will offer. We would like to have a 5/6 team along with a 7/8 Team. We are also in need of a coach for the 5/6 group. If you are interested please send me an email at


Bike Club Wraps Up!

Thank you to everyone that made this season's Bike Club a great success! Though it seemed many Wednesdays were rainy everyone had a great time! We are thrilled to be able to offer Bike Club and to support the Oakdale trails at the same time! Biking at Chatfield is an important and valuable part of the middle school curriculum.

Hot Lunch Update

Hot lunch at Chatfield is provided by Chartwells. Recently Chartwells let us know that we may need to expect some changes to the lunch menu due to nationwide shortages of certain lunch staples and supplies. We will do our best to inform you ahead of time of any menu changes that need to occur. The menu is attached to this newsletter and are on the school website under the student life tab. Questions regarding hot lunch can be directed to Ami Davis.

Upcoming Dates

11/24-26/2021 No School Thanksgiving

11/29-12/3 Scholastic Book Fair

12/6/2021 Celebrate Hope Parent Workshop Event 6:30 PM

12/7/2021 First Grade Holiday Sing

12/8-10/2021 Santa Shop

12/9/2021 Holiday Band Concert 6:30 PM

12/13/2021 PIE Meeting 4 PM

12/17/2021 Treat Street and Trolley Rides

12/18/2021 Winter Break Begins

1/3/2022 School Resumes

Weather Related School Closures

It’s that time of year again when we must discuss school closings. As you know, the weather and roads can be an issue this time of year. Mr. Kraly and Mr. Young want you to know that they are always concerned about the safety of the students and parents.

We will be working with the superintendents from other local school districts and the Lapeer Intermediate School District to determine the conditions around the county. If your local district is closed that does not mean that Chatfield is closed.

The school directors will make the determination as early as possible and send out messages via:

Radio: WWJ 950, WJR 760, WMPC 1230

Television: Fox 2, Local 4, ABC 7, WWJTV CBS,

CW 50, ABC 12


Skylert School Messenger: Parents can adjust

their contact preferences, E-mail, Text, Phone Call,

by going into Skyward Family Access and clicking on

the Skylert tab.

As a general rule of thumb Chatfield School does not have early release on days when the weather and roads become worse during the day. We will provide updates regarding the status of evening activities by posting them to the school website. Road conditions can vary around the county and on different surfaces so as always use your best judgment and safety when determining if you should drive to school. Safety is always our first priority.

Covid Mitigation Strategies

Several Covid-19 mitigation strategies that we know were successful last year will remain.

  • Temperature scanning upon entrance to the school.

  • Frequent handwashing.

  • Cohorting of students.

  • Lunch in the classrooms.

  • Social distancing as much as possible.

  • Parents entering the classrooms will be limited. Parents can enter the main office only.

There are several things we request Chatfield families do so that we can accomplish our goals:

Parents need to screen children for any sign of Covid-19 and if the child has any symptoms do not send the student to school.

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • New sore throat, congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

  • If someone in the household is showing symptoms of Covid-19 please keep everyone home until a test, the health department, or doctor can confirm that it is safe to return to school.

  • Masks are strongly encouraged but not required. At this time the Lapeer County Health Department strongly recommends that masks be worn inside by all people, regardless of vaccination status. All staff will be wearing masks to start the year. (No student will be treated differently whether wearing a mask or not).

  • If someone in the household tests positive for Covid-19, everyone living in that household is required to quarantine.

Special Thanks to Our Fall Festival Bike Rodeo Sponsors!

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