February 5, 2021


Feb. 8 Board of Education Meeting, 7 pm (Virtual Meeting)

Feb. 15 Students return to full attendance instruction

Feb. 15 WEPA Meeting, 6:30 (Virtual Meeting)

Feb. 19 & 22 No School

Mar. 12 & 15 No School

Mar. 16 & 18 Parent/Teacher Conferences (Virtual)

Principal's Corner

February has arrived. Wow, this school year seems to be passing by very quickly. Please remind your child to dress appropriately for recess each and every day. We go outside for recess unless the temperature is below zero. Students need warm coats, snow pants, boots, hats, and gloves to ensure they stay warm and dry while they play in the snow. If you need assistance with any of these items, please let the office know and we'll get you the items you need.

Things will look a little differently come February 15. All students will attend school every day. Students will continue to enter the building at 8:40am and dismissal is at 3:45pm. We will continue to keep classrooms separated. Students will eat with their classmates in the cafeteria and the playground will continue to be divided into sections for students to play with their classmates only. This will allow for contact tracing if one of our students happens to test positive for COVID-19. Students and staff will wear masks at all times except while they eat. Students will be able to remove their masks during recess. Sanitizer stations are located throughout the building and students will be reminded to wash their hands regularly. Please remind your child of the importance of following these guidelines so we can stay healthy at Steeby Elementary.

We look forward to having everyone together every day!

Yours in Education,

Christina Johnson

Steeby Elementary Principal

Teacher's Office Hours for Wednesday, February 10th

Students will not attend any live ZOOM lessons and we will not be offering our drop in study hall. Students are expected to complete the virtual lessons their teacher has assigned. You will find this on their Remote Learning Plan for the week.

Teachers will have office hours available:

All 2nd Grade teachers- 10:00am-11:00am & 1:00pm-2:00pm

Ms. Hoskins- 9:00am- 10:00am & 1:00pm-2:00pm

Mrs. Jurkowski- 9:00am- 10:00am & 2:00pm- 3:00pm

Mrs. Sova- 10:00am- 11:00am & 2:00pm-3:00pm

Mr. Sweet- 8:45am - 9:45am & 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Miss Purlee- 9:30am-10:30am & 2:00pm-3:00pm

Mrs. VanLuyn- 9:30pm-10:30pm & 1:00pm- 2:00pm

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Physical Education Matters

We are starting another year of Kids Heart Challenge in February! The students are starting to come home with envelopes and instructions for signing up online. Just by registering, students can earn a wristband and play games and learn a lot of cool stuff on the website! The more money they raise, the more people they help and they get awesome prizes too! US Games also sponsors Kids Heart Challenge every year and donates money for new PE equipment based on how much we raise as a school. Whichever teachers have the most students register also earn an Amazon gift card, so you can help your teachers as well!

In Physical Education we finished our hockey/soccer units and are onto some fun games. Ask your child about Steal the Bacon, you could even play it with them!

Our athletes of the week the past few weeks have been Maximus Ergang, Lindy Shine, and Macy Peckham.

-Mr. Weber

Physical Education Teacher

A Note About Music

Happy New Year from the music room! This past month we have been learning and having lots of fun in music. We have been moving to different dances like Sasha and the Snow Day Dance. We have been reviewing our solfege pitches and learning how they look on a music staff. The students have been enjoying playing instruments like xylophones, boomwhackers, rhythm sticks, drums and egg shakers. We have been learning about different songs through literature and music like "We Shall Overcome" and "Lift Every Voice and Sing". We are looking forward to the next month in music!

Jennifer Bailey

Baker & Steeby Elementary

Music Specialist

Media Moments

Greetings from media class! Students have been doing lots of creating in the computer lab in January. Students have made snowflakes using the snowflake creator on Information Place: Students also made Word Clouds using which can also be found on Information Place. In February, we will start reading March Madness books. We will also start our unit on digital citizenship and how to stay safe on the computer. Students can also find more fun activities on the Media Google Classroom.

Here are the Google Classroom codes.

2nd grade: rvofgnh

3rd grade: bwup6px

Happy Reading and Learning!

Niki Barnes

Media Teacher

A Child's Perspective

This month's question was:

"If you found a magic genie, what one thing would you wish for?"

Here are some of the responses:

"A new pair of pants." - Jayden, 2nd grade

"An X Box." - Isaiah, 2nd grade

"I wish to be a mermaid because they are so beautiful." - Savannah, 2nd grade

"A puppy." - Teagan and Cayden, 3rd grade

"Fortnite V-bucks." - Jesse, 3rd grade

"A Lamborghini." - Brycen, 3rd grade

Supercat Winners

For Week of 1/11/21

Davis Deming; Avery Wright; Logan Bush; Kadence Kooienga; Charlotte Mohon; Jase Farmer; Damion Wolters; Kensley Butler; Salinger Simmons; Parker Johnson; Skyler Thompson; Ella Silvernail; Ashtyn Mulder; Lindy Shine; Drew Long; Jace Ugianskis; Lucas Hudson; Ava Thompson Classroom Winner: Mrs. Sova's 3rd grade class

For Week of 1/19/21

Talia Baughman; Abbi Page; Israel Ramirez; Ellie Hook; Aiden Lake-Hubbard; Trent Bockheim; Hailey Snider; Easton Button; Brycen Perry; Lucas Huttenga; Autumn Stadt; Haylee Cowley; Braeden Reurink; Atticus Cooper; Jaiden Smith; Brayden Miner; Hailey Hosteter; Korben Makowski Classroom Winner: Mrs. Sova's 3rd grade class

For Week of 1/25/21
Audriana Kowalczyk; Jameson West; Alysse Miller; Kadence Kooienga; Kierstin Marquard; Oliver Jessup; Grayson Tolliver; Ella Hewartson; Peyton Prins; Tristan Duran; Caedyn Foote; Hailey Truax; Kendall Jackson; Elijah Vandermolen; Max Ergang; Brody Niemczyk; Zao Hudson; Bryson Pols Classroom Winner: Mrs. Sova's 3rd grade class

For Week of 2/1/21

Brady DeVries; Aaron Johnson; Logan Bush; Liam Monzo; Trinity Greene; Harrison Sweet; Jase Farmer; Breasia Wright; Evelyn Cunigan; Dominic Lewis; Lucas Huttenga; Payton Evans; Olivia Steketee; Brooklyn Haynes; Dylan Schiefla; Lucas Ewing; Jenna Bowerman; Ryan Snyder Classroom Winner: Mrs. Sova's 3rd grade class

Allegan County Peanut Butter Drive

The Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative has kicked off its 2021 Peanut Butter Drive. Donations will be accepted from January 24th - February 28th. All donations received will be distributed to the 16 pantries in the county who belong to this collaborative (Wayland Christian Neighbors and Project Hope among them).

You may drop off your donations at one of the following locations:

Wayland: Wayland Township Hall

Dorr: Salem Township Hall, Salem Township Library, Project Hope

Martin: JC Wheeler Public Library, Martin Post Office

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MSU Extension Parenting Courses

These workshops and classes are free to those interested. Check out the link below to view their offerings.