Spring Mills Shark Nation Notes
October 13, 2023
Important Upcoming Dates
October 16th - 20th: Book Fair (late hours on 10/18)
October 25th-26th: 5th grade camp
October 31st - Halloween
November 3rd: 1/2 day for students - Teacher records day
November 7th: No school for students - Professional Learning Day for Staff
November 9th & 14th: Parent Teacher Conferences
The weather sure is turning quickly! Please remember to send your students with clothing that is warm enough for some time outdoors. Kids are outside at lunchtime for about 20-25 minutes, and that's an important part of their school day. We definitely want our kids comfortable on the playground.
PBIS at Spring Mills
One thing I shared at our PTA meeting this week was the improvement of our school wide PBIS system. If you aren't familiar with PBIS, it stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. All highly effective schools have a strong PBIS system. Some pieces of our framework include a behavior matrix, with expectations for every area of our building, Sharky Stars for students who consistently meet those expectations or go above and beyond, and an evidence based universal curriculum that supports a caring, supportive school environment.
This year, we have started monthly school-wide assemblies/community meetings. During this time, we come together as a whole school to build community. In September, we talked about our 3 Be's: Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible, and throughout the month teachers provided lessons around the school for what this looks like in every area of our school. We also introduced our Spring Mills Pledge, which we now say over the PA every morning right after the Pledge of Allegiance. I've attached the Spring Mills Pledge below. In addition, we have weekly and monthly themes that we focus on and teachers provide weekly instruction in those areas.
For October, the focus is Skills for Learning, with specific lessons on listening, focusing with attention, using self-talk, and being assertive when asking for help. When we had our assembly last week, our 3rd graders shared a song that they have learned and had the whole school rockin' it out with them! Our 5th graders also modeled a game called "My turn, Your turn" for our younger students. These short assemblies have provided a great opportunity to build community and pride in our school, and I look forward to watching that build and grow among our students.
Halloween is coming! We will be sending out details soon regarding our Halloween Parade and sign out procedures. We are striving to make our procedures as smooth as possible, so we are in the process of reviewing. Look for an email early next week with all of the details! In the meantime, when planning a costume, please keep the following rules in mind:
- Gory and/or scary costumes are not allowed. Instead, students are encouraged to wear child-friendly costumes such as super heroes, story book characters, movie/TV/cartoon characters, etc.
- While we understand that make-up is often an integral part of a costume, it cannot be worn at school for our Halloween activities
- Absolutely no weapons or replicas of weapons are allowed in school.
- As always, we respect and understand that not everyone feels comfortable with costumes and/or participating, so feel free to choose the level of participation that meets the needs of your child(ren).
Thank you for your cooperation with all of the above.
Best wishes for a relaxing weekend!
Sarah Bentley, SM Principal
Spring Mills Pledge
Sick or Injured Children at School
Students should stay home if they have had any of the following symptoms: • fever of 100 or higher in the past 24 hours • undiagnosed rash that is accompanied by fever or itching • bad cough or difficulty breathing • vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours • sore throat, with fever or swollen glands in the neck • symptoms of being sick such as being unusually tired, fussy, pale or had difficulty waking. If your child has strep throat or another bacterial infection, he/she should stay home until the antibiotic has been given for at least 24 hours and your health care provider has given permission for your child to return to school. We encourage you to seek medical attention when your child is sick and to follow your health care provider's recommendations about returning to school and other social activities.
Circle Drive Reminders - Please share with other family members who may pick up your student.
Thank you to everyone following the guidelines making the circle drive a smoother experience for your community! Please see reminder below and share these rules with other family members who may pick up your student at times.
Arrival/Dismissal - updated information
- Our building doors open at 9:10 am. Please do not drop off early, as there isn't adult supervision outside of the building. You may only use the front loop for drop off
- Upper El Centrum doors close at 9:15am If your child arrives later than this, please use the front doors of the building.
- Safety first! Drivers will need to remain in their lane until all students have been unloaded; you are not allowed to pass other cars if your children unloaded first.
- Also for safety reasons, drivers and other adults must remain in the car during pick up and drop-off. If your child requires help getting in or out of their vehicle please park in the parking lot and walk to the doors to get your child/pick your child up.
- Always have your green name sign clipped to your passenger visor during afternoon pick up - this keeps things moving quickly for the entire Spring Mills community. Please let your child's teacher or the office know if you did not receive a sign and we will send them home with your child.
- When possible, please move your child's seat to the passenger side of the vehicle. Children should not be exiting out into traffic, but rather on the curb side.
- The school day ends at 4:08 pm. Please do not arrive before 4pm. DO NOT EXIT your vehicle from the circle to meet students.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!
Free Breakfast and Lunch!
October Lunch Menu
Fall Book Fair
It's that time of year Shark Nation where Mrs. Brantingham brings in the BEST selction of books for our kiddos to shop for. As always we want to make sure this is a fun experience for the kids, so we are in need of some parent volunteers to help things run smoothly.
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Location: 3150 Harvey Lake Road, Highland Charter Township, MI, USA