Welcome Back Fancher Flyer

Fancher Falcons S.O.A.R.

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • August 7th - Fancher Welcome Letters & Classroom Letter mailed to families
  • August 15 - Fancher Open House 6-7:30pm (check your assigned time based on last name)
  • August 14-18th - Families will be called regarding Bus/Transportation Routes
  • August 22 - 1st day of school, start begins at 8:45am
  • August 25 - No School
  • September 1 - No School
  • September 4 - No School, Labor Day
  • September 14 - Picture Day
  • September 26 - No School for Students, PD Day for Staff

Welcome Back Fancher Families

School is just around the corner and we can't wait to welcome our Fancher Falcons back! We are going to have a wonderful year together learning, growing, and having fun!

Mrs. Chaffin, our school secretary, and I placed our Welcome Letters in the mail on Monday of this week. So be on the lookout in the next few days for a special letter coming in the mail from Fancher Elementary to your family.The Welcome Letter contains a letter from the principal and your classroom teacher.

If your address has changed since the previous school year, please call or email to let us know so we can update your address in PowerSchool and send you a letter to your new address. Email our school secretary, Mrs. Wendi Chaffin, wchaffin@mp.edzone.net or call our office 775-2230.

I am excited to see you very soon!

-Mrs. Katie Rinke

Fancher Principal

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Mrs. Shiner new role

We are excited to have Mrs. Shiner in a new role at Fancher, as an additional administrator. She will be the Whole Child Coordinator, working closely to best support students and staff.
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Tuesday, August 15th Fancher Open House

Fancher Staff would like to encourage families to attend the Fancher Open House at their scheduled times below based on the first letter of your student's last name. This will help with parking, check-in lines, and allow for an opportunity for the teachers and students to connect.

A - I's 6:00-6:30pm

J - R 6:30-7:00pm

S - Z 7:00-7:30pm

*if you can't make the time assigned, come at another time.

There will be check-in tables at each of the grade level doors off of Kinney Avenue, please check your student in at the grade level door and someone will greet you and point you in the right direction to find the classroom.

We will have a map of the building and a Scavenger Hunt to find various locations of the school.

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Morning Drop-off 8:35AM

Afternoon Dismissal 3:49PM

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Dear Parents/Guardians:

This school year, one of our MPPS therapy dogs will be working in Fancher Elementary. He is an Labrador Retriever named Blu! Thanks to a generous grant from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Blu has been working hard to complete an extensive training program. This will be Blu’s third year working at Mt. Pleasant Public Schools.

Research has shown that therapy dogs support psychological and academic growth while increasing social skills, self-esteem and school attendance in children. Additionally, having a therapy dog at our school aligns with Mt. Pleasant Public School’s social and emotional learning goals. Therapy dogs are trained to provide emotional support, which positively impacts reading skills, emotional functioning and communication skills. In addition, the use of therapy dogs may decrease anxiety, improve motivation and increase emotion regulation in students.

Staff members within the building will be able to invite Blu into their classrooms, he will be available for one-on-one time with students, and he may attend special Fancher and Mt. Pleasant Public Schools events. Student interaction with Blu will be completely voluntary and will be based on student comfort level. Blu lives with Mrs. Shiner and will spend a lot of time in her room. A safety plan has been developed and put in place for students with allergies and/or students who have an aversion to dogs. Please contact your building principal to report any allergies, aversions, or other concerns you may have regarding your child’s potential interaction with Blu; we will work closely with you to ensure your child’s safety needs are met.

This is an exciting time at Mt. Pleasant Public Schools; Blu and his host family are looking forward to the start of the school year and working with all of the students, staff, and community members. For more information and photos of Blu and the other district dogs, visit “Oiler Pack” on Facebook.com

MPPS Transportation

Transportation Dept.

To request for Transportation use the form linked here


Bus routes typically arrive around 8:35am at our school building. If you need to sign your child up for transportation, please fill out REQUEST FOR TRANSPORTATION FORM at the above website. If your child is riding an MP school bus, a driver will reach out to you during the week of Aug. 14th-18th to share route pick up and drop off times.

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School Supplies & Back to School Tips for Families

There are NO required school supplies for your student. All supplies have been made available through our Project Aware funding. If your student is in need of a backpack or lunch box, those can be provided by the school as well. Teachers always welcome disinfectant supes and Kleenex throughout the school year.

Back to School Tips

1. Label Everything: use a sharpie and put your student's name on everything - lunchbox, coat, water bottle, and clothes.

2. Extra Clothes: send an extra pair of clothes to stay in your student's locker in a plastic bag is helpful.

3. Water Bottle: send your child to school with a water bottle to refill at our filling stations.

4. Transportation Plan: having a regular plan.

5. School Agenda: use this to write in any transportation changes.

New Enrollments

Our District now enrolls new students and families using Final Forms. Please go to the link below to enroll a new child by setting up an account in Final Forms. Use the left side under Parents.

GSRP Preschool Programs at Vowles & Pullen

Mt. Pleasant Public Schools is excited to announce that we are adding onto our Preschool programs in our district. Vowles, Rosebush, and Pullen Elementary are currently accepting applications for students that are 4 or turning 4 between Sept. 1st-Dec. 1st to enroll in our preschool programs. See the information to the right to sign your child up or share with another family. GSRP can be a free preschool or tuition-based if families qualify for sliding scale with other factors.

Before & After School Care

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No Student Cell Phones, Hats or Hoods

Fancher has a no student cell phone policy in our student handbook. If a cell phone comes to school with a student it should be turned off and stored in their locked from 8:40am-3:49pm.

We also have a not hats or hoods policy inside the school building, students can wear them outside during recess.

REMINDER - No Outside Food for Student Lunches

Friendly reminder of our No Outside Food policy for Student Lunch time. Students must bring their lunch to school or choose a school lunch option.

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Stuff the Bus

It takes a lot of supplies for our teachers to run their classrooms and Stuff the Bus is a big help! United Way’s Stuff the Bus program is working to provide every classroom with a $100 Visa gift card - ensuring our teachers will be able to purchase items tailored to the needs of their individual classrooms. Help support our classrooms and donate to Stuff the Bus today!

Text BUS2023 to 91999 or visit igfn.us/form/8HAcGw to make your donation.

Family Resources

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Bright by Text shares tips and info just for you: based on your child's age and where you live.

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You could start a new journal this year to pass back and forth and write these questions in them. Or you could talk about these around the dinner table, as well. Let's continue to encourage both thoughtfulness and intentionality in the kids we love! Let's do all we can to help them see that they can be resourceful --with who they are, how they connect and yes, even how they study this year! (@sissygoff)

Fancher Spiritwear from Logos Galore


Deadline - Sunday August 27th / Items completed about 2 weeks after

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Fancher Spirit Wear

  • The Fancher Elementary School back-to-school spirit wear sale has begun! Save 30% on everything in the store. Choose from hundreds of spirit wear designs and garments that are delivered to your home in days! Visit https://1stplace.sale/45518.

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MPPS Website & App

Have you checked out our new website - it is pretty slick!


Download the new Mt. Pleasant Public Schools app!

Download on the App Store


or Get it on Google Play

*scroll to the bottom of the MPPS website and see Stay Connected and the links to download

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Food Services

Where's the Lunch Menu?

Download the app on your phone or click the photo below.


Fancher Elementary

Fancher Elementary provides a supportive environment to ensure academic, social and emotional growth for students to reach their full potential while transitioning between elementary and middle school.

Office Hours 8:00am-4:00pm