The Siple Scoop
A NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
I cannot remember in all of my years as an educator, or even back to when I was a student, a time when we had such extreme winter weather! These snow days are something else. Like the children a snow day has always been a great break, but this many? We cannot control the weather and the safety of the students and staff is critical. I want to assure you that the teachers and I are well aware of the learning time lost and are prepared to work hard to get our students back on track as soon as the weather permits.
In the mean time, I want to encourage you to help your child maintain the skills they have worked hard to develop. Encourage them to read. Have them read to themselves, to you, to their dog or stuffed animals. They can even read to a family member over the phone. Have them practice their writing. If you have little learners have them practice writing their alphabet or their name. They can practice writing their sight words. Older students can write a story and illustrate it. Perhaps they could write a story about what they did on their snow day. Maybe they could write a letter to a friend or family member using paper and a pencil, not email or text! Grab a stack of flash cards and work on memorizing math facts. Play math games with a deck of cards. Your students learn these games at school. Ask them to teach you how to play. All of these ideas are great ways to pass time when your child is getting bored and beginning to fight with their siblings! Trust me, I remember when my girls were young and we had too many snow days in a row.
Another recommendation is to get out a board game. Playing games helps develop social skills like taking turns, playing fair, and learning how to win and lose and still be a good sport. It also allows you to have fun as a family. Playing games and laughing together is a wonderful way to tighten those important family bonds.
I have missed the children so much! I can't wait to get them back to school. The building has been awfully quiet. Here's hoping for better weather ahead!
Christy Flowers, Principal
KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP
Parents, if you have younger children at home we wanted to make you aware that we are now starting the waiting list for Early-5's. Our Early 5's program is for children that will turn 5 between June 15 and December 1, 2019. This is an excellent program to prepare young children for kindergarten. It is a full day program that focuses on kindergarten readiness. To add your child to the wait list please call the Thomson Elementary office at 810-591-0911.
Kindergarten Round-up will be held April 22nd -26th this year. Parents can call the Thomson Elementary office to register for your appointment beginning February 26th. The age required for kindergarten and early 5's is that they must be 5 by September 1, 2019. The phone number to call to make your appointment is 810-591-0911.
SIPLE STARS OF THE MONTH
Each month classroom teachers will nominate one student from their class to be entered into the grade level drawing for the STAR of the MONTH for that grade. Each grade level STAR of the Month will receive a certificate, medal, and their photo will be on display in the hallway during that month.
We are pleased to recognize students for consistently demonstrating excellent behavior. Thank you for sharing your outstanding children with us. I am please to announce our STARs of the Month for January are:
Kindergarten: Hudson Renye
1st grade:Tyler Dockham
2nd grade:Alexis Juhl
3rd grade:Jayden Hinojosa
4th grade:Elliot Kissee
Our other outstanding nominees for the month of January were:
Kindergarten: Emma Brown
1st grade: Brent Morey and Matilda Schlegelmilch
2nd grade: Addy Kile
3rd grade: Mirai Hupp-Andrews, Lariah Robinson and AJ Lumley
4th grade: Taeia Davis and Chloe Goodman
Congratulations to these outstanding young learners!
In the month of February the school counselor will visit classrooms to give a presentation about anti-bullying. The goals of these presentations are to:
Give ways to prevent it
List suggestions on how to handle bullying
Define an up-stander and describe the impact of is individual
One of the most common mistakes students make is the definition. One mean event is not necessarily bullying. Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending him or herself. Usually bullying happens over and over.
After the presentation students will bring home a note to parent(s)/guardian(s). This will detail definitions, prevention, how to handle the bully behavior, and define the role of an up-stander. Please be sure to go over this information with your child. Your children are so precious to all of us at Siple Elementary. Thank you for being wonderful parent(s)/guardian(s)!
Mrs. Simonsen, Counselor
FUN TO BE FIT
Happy February! We just finished our bowling unit and moving on to basketball. We will be working on some basketball skills such as dribbling, passing and shooting. The students will learn some different games that they can play at recess or at home that are fun and will help them continue working on their basketball skills. I love this unit and I'm very excited to get started teaching our Siple Stars how to dribble, pass and shoot a basketball.
Winter is still here - Please make sure the students have tennis shoes for class. This is for their safety. Winter boots are not made to run and do some of the things that we do in gym class. If they wear boots to school please make sure they pack their tennis shoes in their backpack so they can change into them before class. Have a great month of February!
Mr. Sipley, Gym Teacher
Dear 2nd Graders & Parents,
As you know, our Musical date was taken over by a Snow day! We have thankfully been able to reschedule our performance for:
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH
in the DHS Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.!
All 2nd graders are required to be in the
HS Choir Room by 6:45 p.m.!
See you there!!
KEEP THOSE CALENDARS MARKED FOR OUR:
**4th Grade Musical = March 14, 2019**
Our 4th graders are gearing up for their light hearted performance of
"I Need a Vacation!" The performance will be in the
All 4th graders will need to be in the DHS Choir Room by 6:45 pm.
**3rd Grade Recorder Concert = May 9, 2019**
The performance will take place in our Siple Gymnasium.
Times and details will be given closer to the performance date.
Mrs. Odglen, Music Teacher
February 14: Valentine's Day Parties/P.M.
February 15: NO SCHOOL/Teacher Work Day
February 18 - February 21: Intersession II
February 22: NO SCHOOL
February 26: PTO Meeting/6:30 p.m.
February 27: Early Release Day @ 1:35
March 4 - March 8: Book Fair
March 4: Family Reading Night
9286 E. Coldwater Road
Davison, MI 48423
Christy Flowers, Principal
Follow Mrs. Flowers on Twitter: @Principal4Kids
Office Phone: 810-591-5104
Office Fax: 810-591-5102