Sailing Through the Week

Belle River Staff Memo ~ Week of January 4, 2016

Important Dates

Monday, January 4

  • Team Landon Day
Wednesday, January 6
  • Popcorn Day
  • Dr. Skalka Visit

Thursday, January 7

  • PTO Meeting at 4:00 p.m.

Friday, January 8

  • School Store

Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 11

  • Lockdown Drill at 2:15
  • Staff Meeting at 3:45

Tuesday, January 12

  • Rachel to Admin. Team Meeting at 3:00

Wednesday, January 13

  • Popcorn Day

Friday, January 15

  • Super U Challenge (1:30 and 2:30)

Monday, January 18

  • Staff Meeting (Regular and Record-keeping) at 3:45

Friday, January 22

  • School Store

Monday, January 25

  • Board of Education Meeting at 7:00

Landon is Returning!

Landon Agosta is scheduled to return tomorrow! Please wear your shirts on Monday. The intent is not to overwhelm Landon with fanfare, but to quietly show support as he transitions back to his school schedule after a few weeks of being at home and enduring difficult reactions to his treatments. We can decide on a particular day to wear our shirts each week.

I sent picture to The Voice and The Times Herald on the Friday before break, and they followed up with articles in their respective newspapers this week. If you did not get a chance to read the articles, the links are pasted below.

Polar Plunge

Catherine Woolman is representing the East China School District in the 2016 Michigan Law Enforcement Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Michigan. Please consider donating to this worthy cause. A link to Catherine's pledge page is below.
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East China Holiday Philanthrophy

I thought you would like to read the following report of the district's philanthropic efforts that Dr. Skalka sent to the Times Herald just before break. Thank you for your part in our school's contribution to helping others in the community during the holiday season.

Focusing on efforts to teach students the importance of community service and social responsibility has been part of public education for as long as there have been schools. In the East China School District we believe strongly that our students should have opportunities throughout the school year, every school year, to learn the positive benefits that come from helping others. During the holiday season that extends from Thanksgiving through Christmas, these are some of the examples of how our staff and students have contributed to those locally and throughout the area:

Belle River

· Donation of clothing and other needed items to Kids in Distress

· Adoption of a family for Christmas

· Can/non-perishable food drive for Marine City Helping Hands

· Gifts and financial support (medical expenses and transportation to U of M Health Systems) for Landon Agosta who is battling stage 3 melanoma and his family

· In celebration of the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas, staff and students were interviewed about their memories and favorite parts of the cartoon classic. The video is being shared in classrooms and through various media in the community to spread holiday cheer.


· 5th grade caroling at Visions Adult Foster Care Home

· Can/non-perishable food drive for the Ecumenical Food Pantry.


· "Share the Warmth" - collection of new socks and slightly used winter coats, hats, mittens distributed to Kids in Distress

· Can/non-perishable food drive for the St. Clair Pantry

· Distribution of winter coats to students in need

· Adoption of a family for Christmas


· Can/non-perishable food drive for the Downriver Helping Hands of Marine City

· A Palms family was chosen for "Shop with a Cop"

· Blood Drive for our community

Pine River

· Participated in the Pat LaCroix Food Drive benefiting food pantries in St. Clair and Marine City

· Adoption of a family for Christmas

· Collected over 800 pairs of socks for Kids in Distress through a Sock Hop and Sock Tree

· An additional clothing drive was also done to benefit Kids in Distress

· Participated in the Marines’ Toys for Tots program


· Adoption of families for Christmas

· NJHS candy cane sale to support families in need through the Old News Boys program

· Toys and clothing donations specific for middle school aged students in the community


· Donation of clothing (jeans) to Kids in Distress

· Adoption of a families for Christmas

· Can/non-perishable food drive for local food pantries

· Letters and stocking stuffers to Soldiers overseas

· Made fleece blankets for needy children

· Worked at the Soup Kitchen in Port Huron

· Helped with the Gearing Elementary Breakfast with Santa

· Wrote Christmas cards to residents at Medilodge

· Raised money to purchase toys for the Marines’ Toys for Tots program

· Participated with our band in front of Neimans to help with Salvation Army collection

· Packed backpacks full of school supplies for Kensington Church in Clinton Twp

· Cut and crocheted plastic mats together for homeless people to sleep on for St. Lucy's Church in Grosse Pointe

· Shopped for toys for kids at Children's Hospital in Detroit and St. Peters Lutheran Church in St. Clair


· Adoption of a families for Christmas and previously at Thanksgiving

· Wrapped Christmas gifts for the elderly at the Washington Center

· Sent Christmas cards to Veterans

· Campaign to collect warm clothes and blankets for soldiers

· Baked Cookies for the Coast Guard, MC Fire Department and Police Department

· Volunteered downtown Marine City Dec. 5th for the 1st annual Merrytime Christmas


· Winter clothing drive benefiting Kids in Distress

· Can/non-perishable food drive for St. Clair Ecumenical Food Pantry

· Book drive that provided every student at Eddy Elementary a book

· Participated in the March of Dimes fundraiser, “Blue Jeans for Babes” - largest contribution in the state of Michigan for the 13th year in a row

· Holiday Babysitting

· Winter blood drive benefiting the Red Cross

· Holiday Board Games and Songs at Mallard's Landing

· Holiday party and hat day benefiting the Humane Society of St. Clair (SNAP)

· Band performance in St. Clair Holiday Parade


· Coat Drive (netting approximately 250 new and slightly used coats) for Kids in Distress and Helping Hands

Our Mission: Working Collaboratively to Ensure All Students Learn

Our Vision: Belle River is an inviting, caring school community that meets the needs of every 21st century learner, by using Best Practices to facilitate positive behavior support

and high expectations for lifelong learners.