State Road Newsletter

An International Baccalaureate School

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Barry Tiemann, Principal

Mrs. Overfield and Mrs. Hickoff, Secretaries

From the Desk of Mr. Tiemann

In an effort to improve system practices, State Road Elementary School is conducting a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. Please go to:

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated.

Thank you for your time!
Mr. Tiemann

PYP in Action at State Road

The 5th Grade Exhibition is just around the corner. Exhibition is the culminating project that the students participate in the final year of the PYP. They have been working hard identifying, researching, and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems. This week I would like to showcase Ms. Slaughter’s class! This class has been working hard bringing action to many different areas of life. Whether it is a health, environmental, or animal issue, these students have brought awareness to very serious world issues.

In our Social Issues group, Mrs. McDermott has led the group into findings on hunger, homelessness, and cancer. David (homelessness) and Daniel (hunger) took action by taking 25 plastic grocery bags and attaching a flyer of items needed to help our local food bank. They delivered the bags to homes in the area and leaving them in hopes that those households would be able to donate some of the needed items. The boys would return a couple days later to collect the items and drop them off to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint. The food bank in Flint even offered them a personal tour of the new facilities and gave them goodies to take back with them. Maddie, Briahna, Seth, and Sarah researched cancer. They wanted to raise money in hopes to find a cure for cancer. They sold bracelets for $1 (each committing to selling 50 each), and ended up selling them all and raising $209 for the American Cancer Society!

In our Health Issues group, Mrs. Klump worked with the students in a multitude of ways. Katie (Down Syndrome) and Meghan (dialysis) collected pop tabs from all classrooms in the building. They will turn those tabs in to a local organization that will exchange them for a cash donation to support further research and studies on dialysis. Sean (concussions) worked with a local trainer to learn more about this very serious issue and presented his findings to his basketball team. Emma (childhood obesity) and Kaleigh (processed foods) teamed up with Ms. Slaughter for a K-5 grade WERQ Fitness event where all students participated in a fun, energetic dance cardio class for 30-minutes. RJ (screen time) took action by bringing awareness to time being spent in front of various media devices. He did a video for grades 1-5 to see where he talked about the issue, his own experience giving up such devices for a given time, and even challenging the school to take action by giving up media devices for a short time.

Mrs. Luck has been working with our Environmental Issues group. Connor and Jake researched Michigan’s Fresh Water-Invasive Species, Ethan researched water pollution, and Jaydon covered waste disposal. The group took action at the Pinckney Recreation Center where they worked alongside of employees and other volunteers by opening a prairie field in preparation of spring and summer animals to return. They cut down invasive species, sprayed herbicides, and prepared the land for new animal arrivals.

There were two Animal Issues groups in the classroom this year.

Mrs. Rohr worked with one of our Animal Issues groups. Cali (Veteran Post-Traumatic Stress Order), Grace, Josh, and Gavin (covered Puppy Mills), and Britney (animal abuse) worked together with a host of Fenton community members to put on a Parade for Paws campaign at Home Depot. This event took place on a Sunday night where local dog owners could come, walk their dogs in Home Depot, and raise money for our very own Adopt-A-Pet. They did a lot of promoting the event, and had many owners from all over the great Genesee County area come to support the event. The event raised over $600.

In our other Animal Issues group, Mrs. Marchand worked with students researching animal abuse. Cameron, Cameron, Alex, Liberty, Barron, and Mikayla all researched various parts to the hot topic, animal abuse. They took action by helping/volunteering at our local Adopt-A-Pet.

Please join us for the fifth annual 5th grade Exhibition on Tuesday, March 24, starting at 4:30 in the cafeteria.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our IB-Primary Years program, please contact me!

Margaret Pawlosky

State Road IB Coordinator

Upcoming Events / Mark Your Calendar

Big image

Kindergarten Registration Day!!!

We will have open enrollment and registration for our new Kindergarten and Young Fives students (for next school year) at our Board Office on Thursday, March 19 from 7:30am - 7:30pm! Please see the link below for more information! Registration Forms are available in our office!!!


Our next POPCORN DAY is THIS Friday, March 20th! All bags just $0.50!!!

5th Grade IB Exhibition Night

Our 5th graders cordially invite all State Road families and community members to our 5th Grade IB Exhibition, held on Tuesday, March 24 from 4:30-6:00pm right here at State Road! Click the link below for our invitation to you!

Dr. Jalkanen's Input for Improvement Community Meeting

Please join Dr. Jalkanen onTuesday night, March 24 from 7-8pm right here at State Road Elementary School for his next Input for Improvement meeting.

Please also see the link below for a letter from Dr. Jalkanen re: Pertussis

Our next LEO's Event is "Carter Theriault Night!"

Please join us for dinner or dessert on Thursday night, March 26 anytime between 5-8pm at the Leo's Coney Island on Silver Lake Road! The proceeds from this fundraiser will go to support our second grade student, Carter Theriault and his family! Carter is still in the hospital after a severe accident and head injury suffered over three weeks ago! We miss Carter and can't wait for him to be back with his friends and family here at State Road! Let's show him what a great State Road Family we have by joining us at Leo's on Thursday, March 26! THANK YOU!!!

5th Grade Parent "BAND" Meeting!

Attention 5th Grade Parents: There will be a Parent "Band" Meeting on Thursday, March 26 beginning at 6:30pm at AGS Middle School! More information will be sent home with our current 5th graders or please contact AGS Middle School.

Family Math Night at U of M Flint on March 31! Click link below for more info!

FITKids Program was a HUGE Success!!!

Our FITkids program, provided by Fenton Fitness, was a huge success and they will be returning for another session! An informational flyer and registration form was sent home last week and more are available in the office.

For more information, please contact Amy Warner at Fenton Fitness and Athletic Center, 810.750.0351 or email


Happy "MARCH IS READING MONTH" State Road Families!

Volunteers needed!

As you know this month is conferences and Book Fair. We need your help to make this last week, before a well-deserved Spring Break, a success!

Book Fair

“Dive into a good book!” Book fair will be open Monday, March 30th- April 2nd. “Swim down” to the Library during conferences and check it out! If you have some time and would be willing to help out at Book Fair, please use the sign-up genius link below! THANK YOU!


During conferences, we will be providing dinner for our teachers for both evenings but we could use your help with drinks, paper products, and sweet treats for dessert. If you would be interested in helping us, please use the sign-up genius site below. THANK YOU!!

Box Tops

Thank you to all who collected and turned in box tops! Congratulations to Mrs. Clarke’s class for winning the contest! They will receive FREE popcorn this week! PLEASE do not stop clipping! We will still be working our way to our total year goal of $5,000! Remember, if we reach it Mr. Tiemann has agreed to be duct taped to the wall!


Our next popcorn day is planned for this Friday March 20th. We could always use your help! If you are available to help, use the sign-up genius link to sign up and please meet in the cafeteria after drop off. Thanks!

VG’s Shopping Days

The next VG’s shopping days are March 15th-21st. Please make sure your shopper’s card is linked to State Road and then just shop! Our school earns a percentage of the money you spend.

Next Meeting

Our April meeting will be our last evening meeting of the year. It will be April 14th at 6:30 pm. Child care will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Thank you for your continued support!

If you haven’t already, please like our Facebook page!

Fenton State Road Elementary PTO.

The 2014-15 PTO Board Members are:

President – Kathi Hart – 810-577-8337 –

Vice President – Erin Keros – 248-535-1094 –

Secretary – Karen Shanahan – 810-714-9234 –

Treasurer – Anna Britcher – 602-370-8698 –

Asst. Treasurer – Stacey Arnst – 248-790-7071 –

STATE ROAD IS RECYCLING!!! Thank you for your support!!!

We are continuing to make progress on our recycling programs and have added new items to our list! We are now recycling any brand toothpaste (empty tubes and caps), toothbrushes (and packaging), and floss containers! In just over 2 months we have managed to keep more than 80.5 lbs. of material out of the landfill!!! Please continue to encourage your student(s) to recycle during lunch and continue sending in any juice pouches, fruit & vegetable squeeze pouches, tape dispensers (outside plastic case and/or center roll) writing utensils (pens, sharpies, mechanical pencils, and markers), printer cartridges and glue bottles. State Road earns $$ through these programs, so it really is a double win for all of us! Thank You!

Fenton Food Service Menus!

New to our Newsletter: Please click the link below to visit our Fenton Food Service website where you can access our breakfast and lunch menus for the month!

Camp Invention is coming this summer!!!

Please click the link below for more information!!!

Willi Wise Day Camp coming this summer!!!

Please Help Prevent the Spread of Sickness, Head Lice, etc...

Parents: We have had a few reported cased of the flu and strep, one confirmed case of Pertussis, and several reported cases of head lice in the past few weeks. The best way to prevent the spread of sickness, communicable diseases, or issues such as head lice is to take preventative steps at home prior to sending your child to school. Please also contact the office right away to let us know of any sickness or confirmed case of lice that your child may have. For more ‘health’ related information, please visit the State Road website and select “Student Health Info” under the Information Tab. Thank you!

Please visit the "Student Health Information" section of our website (link below) for more information!