Bear Bulletin

Maire newsletter: February 26th Edition

Dear Maire Families,

Thank you for your patience and support during this new transition to 100% face-to-face. Here is the link to Maire’s 100% Face-to-Face Return Plan, which outlines all aspects of our day, from arrival all the way to departure.

On the same note, yesterday a team consisting of various stakeholders (myself, Mr. George, Mrs. Karpinski, Dr. Dean, Miss Lesha, and PTO president Jeff Mertz) walked the building going through a CDC mitigation toolkit to assess what strategies can be implemented fully, partially, or not at all at Maire. The results of that walk through will be shared with the entire community later today, but I wanted to address a few of the items that are the biggest differences between hybrid and full face-to-face. All of these differences are detailed in our Face-to-Face Return Plan as well:

  • Social distancing 6 feet is not possible for most of the day. We will have a goal of 3 feet, but with masks and shields up almost all day, this will add a layer of mitigation.

  • Line up in the morning will be 3 feet (one student in between each line up mark) because 20+ kids spaced out 6 feet would equate to an impossible line to manage.

  • We will have more traffic. We ask that parents leave as promptly as possible after the entry and dismissal bells. With an increase in students and families, we ask parents to not stand in line with their child or wait on grounds to say goodbye again after the bell. We also ask that parents adhere to our safe drop off and pick up routines outlined in our Parking Lot Reminders Video (note* shot pre Covid)

  • We will continue to have 2 hours of lunch to space out eating and playing. Again, students in the same class will have a goal of 3 feet of spacing. Students in different classes will have a goal of 6 feet of spacing. Students must wear masks outside. You can view our updated 100% lunchroom plan here.

On behalf of the entire Maire staff, I want to say thank you for your continued support. We are excited to have all of our students in our building. We will do everything in our power to mitigate risks and provide a positive learning environment for our Maire Bears. Please continue to do the daily health screener and keep your children home if they are ill. It is important that we all do our part to make a successful return.

Ryan Francis

Proud Principal

We Learn. We Lead. We Lift.

Important Maire dates to remember

3/1 All students resume 100% face to face instruction

3/4 1/2 day for students 11:36 dismissal

3/5 NO SCHOOL for students (records day for staff)

3/8 BOE Meeting 7pm

Schedule changes for next week

Please be sure to mark your calendars with switches that needed to occur in order to get our staff vaccinated:

Wednesday 3/3 is now a full day of school (was supposed to be a 1/2 day records day).

Thursday 3/4 is a 1/2 day so staff can get vaccinated in the afternoon.

Friday 3/5 is an all day records day.

The second shot tends to have a lot of side effects and being able to safely staff our buildings in GP was the reason for the records day change to Friday. We understand the hardship this is on our families and do apologize.

Important Y5 and K Information

Young Fives Kindergarten

Young Fives is an alternative for children whose parents feel they are not yet ready for a traditional kindergarten experience. The program will be at every elementary building next year if enrollment allows. The natural progression from Y5 is to Kindergarten at their neighborhood school. Growing physically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally, while establishing a safe culture for learning, continues to be our focus. If you are interested in Young Fives, you must submit the online Young Fives Lottery Process form, and complete GPPSS enrollment and establish residency by April 9. The lottery will be conducted April 13.

Enroll in Kindergarten by 5/1
The GPPSS kindergarten program plays an essential role in introducing young children to the world of school. Our professional staff believes each student is unique, and is dedicated to providing appropriate and fun experiences and activities from which your child can learn, grow, and develop a love of learning. The day is a wonderful combination of large and small group activities, with opportunities for individual and buddy work. Music, physical movement and art activities are woven throughout the curriculum. Math and language arts activities are part of the daily routine. Kindergartners also participate in recess daily to foster gross motor development.

One Community Telling our many stories

Maire Elementary values our diverse population and we want all students to see themselves in the books they read. All 7 elementary schools in Grosse Pointe are working together to tell the stories of our students, and we need help from our community to fund the project. If you are able to donate to our district wide Diversity effort, please do, and please know that your donation is benefitting ALL of our GPPSS elementary students.

Here is the donation link.


March Is Reading Month

We have some fantastic fun planned for our 2021 March is Reading Month. Please see the activity calendar below and the flyer for the author assembly on Tuesday. The author assembly will be virtual via zoom in each classroom. Thank you PTO for arranging this virtual assembly for us!
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Yearbook Info

We are currently working hard to make certain that we can provide a wonderful yearbook to document our 2020-2021 school year. We will have details ready next week for all of our Maire families, so we can assure everyone is included in our yearbook, & so that we can provide a timely delivery.

GPPSS meal distribution at GP North and GP South

Free meals distributed Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

From 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. every Wednesday, families can pick up a week’s worth of meals for students under age 18 or those receiving special education services under age 26. Simply drive through at North High School or South High School. In order to keep this as safe as possible for everyone, these meals will be served as “grab and goes” to be taken home for consumption. Free lunch will be served at all schools for students who order when attending in person. Free breakfast will be served at Defer, Mason, Monteith, Parcells, Pierce, North and South when students attend school in person. This is made possible through an extension of the USDA grant.

Free and Reduced Meal Applications:

Important: Please complete an application each school year if you think you might be eligible as this greatly impacts the district’s ability to access state and federal funding sources. This information is confidential.

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