Tiger Tales

February 2016

Dear Families:

We are so proud of our PKE students and their learning. Learning is happening at each grade level. Students continue to learn from one another as we assemble as a school for "Leader in Me" presentations. This February, we will focus on Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw:

taking care of yourself by staying healthy and energized; finding meaningful ways to help others.

The winter months are very important to academic growth. Please make sure your child is getting to bed on time, reading every day and completing their homework. These are often the months we see your child's reading, writing and math skills "take-off!"

Expectations are higher for every grade level student. Every student is expected to become more responsible and encouraged to take risks in their learning; striving to go one step beyond what they think they can do.

In Partnership,

Jodi Yeloushan, Principal

Dates to Remember

2 Kindergarten 2016-17 Information Night (7:00 pm/CJHS)

3 Late Start Day

8 Hamlin Pub/PTA Fun-Raiser Night

10 Student Count Day

12 Valentine's Day Parties

15 NO SCHOOL (Mid-Winter Break)

16 NO SCHOOL (Mid-Winter Break)

19 PKE Spirit Wear Day

24 Late Start Day

25 Little Caesars Pizza Night

26 PTA's Movie Night

Calling all 2016-2017 Kindergartners!

If your child turns five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2016 (or as late as December 1 with a signed waiver), he/she is eligible to attend Kindergarten in 2016-2017.

In the Fall of 2016, Clarkston Community Schools will continue to offer two options for parents of Kindergartners:

  • Kindergarten - Full-day Kindergarten is offered at every elementary school.
  • Young Fives Kindergarten - Young Fives Kindergarten is available for students that turn five years old between June 1 - December 1, 2016. Young Fives Kindergarten is a full-day program offered at the Early Childhood Center and Independence Elementary. Students that attend Young Fives go to their home school the following year for regular Kindergarten.

To learn more about Clarkston's Kindergarten options and for information regarding how to enroll your child, parents are invited to attend:

Kindergarten Information Night

February 2 - 7:00 p.m.

Clarkston Junior High School

6595 Waldon Road

  • Enrollment begins February 8, 2016
  • Any enrollment questions, please call 248-623-5401
  • Kindergarten Orientation at Pine Knob Elementary is April 27, 2016


Dear Elementary Families,

The end of our first semester of the 2015-16 school year signals an opportunity to celebrate your child's learning. Our Instructional Services Team looks forward to sharing the story of your child's learning journey with you and your family.

On Wednesday, February 10th, your child will bring home his/her first Learning Feedback Document (LFD). Along with this, you will receive information on the LFD and the Gradebook/Parent Vue. As we move forward, future LFDs will be available through ParentVue, our on-line Student Information System. Printed copies will be available through the main offices of each building.

Thank you,

Nancy Mahoney


The ParentVue portal is an important part of our Student Information System. In this portal parents can view their child’s attendance, transportation information, academic progress, and update important student information like phone numbers, emergency contacts, etc. As we continue to work toward paperless communications, please plan to use ParentVue regularly.

It is important that you take the time to set up and activate your account if you have not already done so. You will need an activation key to do this. Here’s how:

1. Email SynergySupport@clarkston.k12.mi.us to request an activation key. Provide the following information in your email:

  • Your Name

  • Your Student(s) Name

  • Your Student(s) Date Of Birth

  • Your Home Address

  • Your Phone Number

Also, please make sure to take some time to review the information in ParentVue and make sure that we have the most accurate and updated information, particularly phone numbers and emergency contacts. To access ParentVue (once you have activated your account):

  1. Go to the Clarkston Schools’ webpage www.clarkston.k12.mi.us

  2. Choose the Resources tab and then select ParentVue

Your input is appreciated!

Parents & Community Members:

Clarkston Community Schools has begun a Facilities Assessment process. In this process, all buildings and sites are being evaluated, providing both a snapshot in time and a look forward to the district's current and anticipated needs. This is where we need your input. A brief survey has been developed to gather your opinions, perceptions and thoughts regarding district facilities and infrastructure.

Please click on link below to take this quick survey - your input is extremely valuable in this process. Hard copies of the survey are also available at the CCS Administration Building, 6389 Clarkston Road. Thank you!


2015 National Blue Ribbon School-wide Celebration

Thank you to U.S. Congressman Mike Bishop and Michigan Representative Jim Tedder for visiting our school, speaking at our celebration and presenting our school with an honorable recognition.

A special thanks to Karen Kumon, Lisa Drew and our National Blue Ribbon Committee who not only completed the application but also orchestrated our beautiful celebration. Our staff, students, PKE families and the entire community are just AMAZING!

Outstanding Optimist Citizen of the Month...Chloe Krawczak

Each year, the Clarkston Optimist Club recognizes one student from each school building that exhibits the characteristics mentioned in the Optimist Creed. The student and their family are recognized by the teacher, principal and the club and given a plaque and treated to breakfast.

On January 27, Chloe was recognized for this award by Mrs. Mertz, 5th grade teacher and Mrs. Yeloushan at the Optimist breakfast. Congratulations!

Great Job to all the 5th grade Spelling Bee Participants!

Congratulations to this year's Spelling Bee winner Jaden Pietras and runner-up Kiera Tolmie!

The following fifth grade students competed in a PKE Spelling Bee this past January and did a fantastic job:

Victoria Aguilar-Fernandez, Gavin Bow, Aria Brown,Sophia Catella, Hattie Craig, Sophia Crandell, Olivia Davis, Andrew DeLong, Stella Downey, Madison Drapinski, Jeffrey Ellingsworth, Rosendo Escamilla

Abby Evans, Cayla Hodges, Brooke Hodgins, Nia’Geri Howard-Cameron, Camryn Keough, Riley Krajicek, Chloe Krawczak, Jacob Lenardson, Logan Lynn, Anna Mayernik, Ethan McMurray, Tyler Mosier, Sara Neumann, Gavin Pate, Makayla Pedrick, Jaden Pietras (winner), Frank Schuster, Luke Shrout, Brendan Stanley, Cameron Stark, Ryan Sumler, Keira Tolmie (2nd place), Tyler Traskos, Samantha Wancour, Kiley Wilson, Emerson Wood, Madison Zacharias and Eileen Zou.

Check out the snowboard design progress...

One of our 4th grade classes is designing a snowboard in art for Olympic snowboarder Barrett Christy. Mr. Fugate, a father in Mrs. Kumon's class brought the idea to Mrs. Sebring-Schneider. The students have researched patterns and interviewed the Olympian during a webcast back in December. We are hoping for to present the board in February to Barrett.


Rylee Gabbard (Kdg.)

Luis McAllister (Grade 1)

Joseph Mosher (Grade 3)

Michael Byrd (Grade 3)

Vladimir Movesyan (Grade 3)

Caleda Brown (Grade 4)

Sergei Movesyan (Grade 5)

Birthday Book Club Members

The following students have joined the Media Center Book Club and will celebrate a birthday in February:

Faith Hite (2/4/2005)

Reese Haener (2/4/2008)

Carson McIntyre (2/5/2010)

William Seidel (2/6/2009)

Ellie Delude (2/7/2007)

Logan Hentkowski (2/9/2010)

Priscilla Wolk (2/9/2006)

Sean Sinclair (2/15/2010)

Evan Schneider (2/16/2010)

Madalyn Trepeck (2/26/2008)

PKE Spirit Wear Day - Friday, February 19

Show your PKE spirit by wearing your PKE spirit wear or something Green and White! PKE Pride - Go Tigers!!!

Mark Your Calendar - Maker Girl Mania!

Maker Girl Mania will be on Saturday, April 16 @ the High School. Maker Girl Mania is a day where girls from Kindergarten through 7th grade come together and become artists, coders, inventors, makers and builders.

In order for Maker Girl Mania to be a success, we need a lot of volunteers. We have created a sign-up genius volunteer form. If you are interested in helping out, please click on the link below:


Thank you so much for your support. Registration will be coming soon!


We have some fun events coming up in the next few months that I'm really excited about. Movie Night is February 26! Bring your blanket or sleeping bag and join us in the cafeteria for the movie "SNOOPY" and popcorn.

Our all-school event COSI: The Incredible Human Machine is scheduled for March 3. This is a fantastic, all day event for our students and we will need LOTS of volunteers during the morning and afternoon to make it great for our kids. Details and volunteer sign-up information will be coming soon.

Thank you to the many volunteers who made BINGO NIGHT in January a big success!

Spring Concert Dates 2016

Music teacher, Stacy Kohl, and PKE students have been working hard all year in music class. They will showcase their work at the upcoming concerts below:

  • SECOND GRADE concert is Wed., March 30 at 7 p.m.
  • FIFTH GRADE concert is Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m.

Contact Information

Jodi Yeloushan, Principal................248-623-3901

Sue Lawrence, Office Secretary.....248-623-3900

Office Fax #: 248-623-3905

Visit our webpage:


Half Day Dismissal Time: 11:31 a.m.

Late Start Time: 9:05 a.m.

Board of Education & Central Office Administration

Board of Education

Steve Hyer, President

Elizabeth Egan, Vice President

Kelli Horst, Treasurer

Susan Boatman, Secretary

Cheryl McGinnis, Trustee

Craig Hamilton, Trustee

Gregory Need, Trustee

Central Office Administration

Dr. Rod Rock, Superintendent

Shawn Ryan, Deputy Superintendent

Mary Beth Rogers, Executive Director of Business Services

John Lucido, Executive Director of Human Resources

Kathy Christopher, Executive Director of Student Support Services

Non Discrimination Clause

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, it is the policy of the Clarkston Community School District that the Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic, in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. For more information contact the Executive Director of Human Resources, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400. For more information regarding ADA, contact the Deputy Superintendent, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400.