NSE News

August/September 2015

Dear North Sashabaw Families,

With much excitement and anticipation I am writing to Welcome You to North Sashabaw Elementary School! Whether you are returning, new to the district, or about to begin Kindergarten, we can’t wait to meet you and your family!


In this letter you will find important back-to-school information as well as information about new programs, new staff, and your child’s classroom placement for this year. Your child’s teacher has included a letter and school supply list in this mailing. Speaking of new, one of the new people is me :) As your new principal, I am eagerly awaiting the start of the school year and most of all meeting and connecting with you, our students and families. This will be my 5th year in the Clarkston School District where I served at the middle school as the Assistant Principal and Interim Principal. In total, this will be my 19th year in education. Previously, I taught at the elementary level for 14 years and I am thrilled to be returning to an elementary school and joining the North Sashabaw learning community. Already, I have been able to meet with teachers and it is evident that they are a collaborative, committed, and passionate group of educators dedicated to creating, designing, and thoughtfully planning a learning environment that is safe and nurturing for every child.


As you may know, North Sashabaw Elementary is beginning its 3rd year as a Leader in Me school. Together, we are excited to continue this journey with you and your children as we learn and practice how to be thoughtful leaders who are uniquely and wonderfully equipped to positively contribute to our world.


Please take a moment to read through the important information that follows...we have many exciting things to share and we very much look forward to meeting you and your child(ren) soon. Should you have questions, please feel free to contact me by phone or email.


Very Sincerely,


Jennifer Johnson

Principal ❤


jejohnson@clarkston.k12.mi.us

Our New Leaders of Learning

Please join me in welcoming:

  • Kate Jordan, who will be teaching 5th grade.

  • Kayle Parker as our school Social Worker.

  • Brian Haverkate, who will be teaching music.

NEW Start Time

School will be starting 5 minutes earlier this year, beginning at 8:15 a.m.

  • Students can enter the building at 8:15 a.m. and proceed to the cafeteria/gymnasium to meet his/her teacher. The tardy bell will ring at 8:25 a.m.

  • Dismissal

    • School dismisses at 3:35 p.m.

    • On half days, school dismissal is 11:31 a.m.

    • On late start Wednesdays, school begins at 9:05 a.m.

Elementary Spanish

This year in addition to Art, Music, Physical Education, and Media Center classes, students in Kindergarten through 5th grade, will also be receiving Spanish instruction during the week (this will replace Wildcat time).


We are currently in the process of arranging the staffing for this position in our building. I look forward to introducing our Spanish teacher to you soon!


Meet The Teacher

Next Wednesday, September 2nd, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. please join us for an informal gathering to meet your child’s teacher. Students and parents will be able to visit their classrooms and connect with your teacher before the first day of school. Teachers are not preparing formal presentations for this event (see Curriculum Night information below) and also will not be able to conference individually with you at this time. However, should you have questions or concerns, please plan to contact your child’s teacher or leave him/her a note so he/she can contact you in order to address your needs.


We will also have staff available to provide information about meals and busing, should you have questions.


First Days of School

  • Tuesday, September 8th - 1st Day of School! Yay!

    • Half Day (8:15 a.m. - 11:31 a.m.)

    • Dismissal at 11:31 a.m.

    • ONLY 1st - 5th grade students have a ½ day of school

    • Kindergarten will attend an Open House on this day from 8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

      • Parents should attend with their child.

  • Wednesday, September 9th

    • Full Day (8:15 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.) for 1st-5th graders

    • Kindergarten: Only students with last names A-K attend on this day.

  • Thursday, September 10th

    • Full Day (8:15 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.) for 1st-5th graders

    • Kindergarten: Only students with last names L-Z attend on this day.

  • Friday, September 11th

    • Full Day for all students K-5 (8:15 a.m. -3:35 p.m.)


Back-to-School Packet

An informational packet will be sent home with your child on one of the first days of school. Please look for this to come home. It will contain information from the PTO, a school lunch menu, Free and Reduced Meal application, school calendar, etc. Free and Reduced Meal applications can also be completed online at www.lunchapp.com. Again, please look over the information contained in the packet and fill out any paperwork that is applicable to you/your child and return to the school.

Curriculum Nights

Please plan to join us!

  • Wednesday, September 16th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for 3rd - 5th grade

  • Thursday, September 17th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for Kindergarten - 2nd grade

Bus Riders

If your child will be riding the bus to/from school, please have him/her ride the bus the first day of school so the transportation department can establish accurate schedules and procedures. If you have transportation questions, please call 623-8040