The Siple Scoop

February 2019


Dear Siple Families,

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



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.


Have you moved? Are you getting ready to move? Please contact the Siple office to update your address and phone numbers if needed. Be sure to let us know if you need to make any changes for emergency contacts as well. We want to make sure we keep your student's records current.


We work hard at Siple to teach and reinforce the Cardinal Code behavior expectations at Siple. We wanted to create a way to recognize students that consistently follow the Cardinal Code in an exemplary way.

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!


Anti-Bullying Presentations

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:

  • Define bullying

  • 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



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:


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!!


**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

DHS Auditorium

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



You are invited to join the awesome Siple PTO! Here are our meeting dates for the remainder of the year. We meet on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Media Center.

February 26

March 12

April 23

May 21


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

Siple Elementary

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

Attendance: 810-591-5100