All About Alaiedon Alaiedon Elementary School Newsletter Volume 12, Issue 2 January/February 2015 Greetings Alaiedon Families! I hope this edition of the school newsletter finds you in excellent spirits. Since returning from the holiday break our students have completed math and literacy screeners (AIMSweb) and teachers are preparing to complete deeper reading assessments in February. All this information will be shared during March Parent-Teacher Conferences. Our Grade 3-5 and Resource teachers are also learning more about the new State assessment – MSTEP. These tests will be taken online and there are a variety “tech” skills to show our students so they can navigate the tests with ease. Teachers are also highlighting key curriculum components in their daily academic instruction for the next two months that will be assessed on the MSTEP. Grade 35 parents are invited to an information meeting on February 17th. Details about this meeting will be sent home soon. Our students are SOARing! Everyday students are awarded SOAR tickets for exhibiting awesome citizenship. These tickets are placed in the SOAR Bird House located in the school lobby. Many students and parents notice how fast this bird house fills up. Sometimes it even overflows! Each week 15-20 tickets are drawn and the winners select a prize from specially designed menu of items. Students often choose iPad Time with a Friend, extra PE or Music class, or lunch with their teacher. I get super excited when a student selects a SOAR Trophy. This trophy is displayed in the child’s classroom for the following week. It is pretty cool when a student selects a prize to share with their WHOLE class. Thanks for reading this month’s newsletter. You will find information on: Kindergarten Round-Up, Mobile Dentist, Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences, and more! Best wishes, Mrs. Lisa Francisco Principal UPCOMING EVENTS February 2nd – PTO Meeting, 5:30PM 9th – Impression 5 Classroom Assemblies 10th – Mobile Dentist 16th – NO SCHOOL – Mid-Winter Break 17th – M-STEP Parent Meeting 23rd – 5th Grade STEM (after school) 23rd - Parent Advisory Forum (MMS) 24th – 4th Grade STEM (after school) 26th - Popcorn Day! March 2nd – PTO Meeting, 5:30PM 4th – NO SCHOOL for Students/PT Conferences 5th – PT Conference 9th – Spring Picture Day 16th – Kindergarten Round-Up! 23rd – 4th Grade STEM (after school) 24th – 5th Grade STEM (after school) 24th – EDRU Skate Night, 6-8:30PM 26th – Popcorn Day! SCHOOL HOURS First Bell 8:35AM Tardy Bell 8:40AM Dismissal Bell 3:46PM State Count Day The school office is preparing for a State Count Day. This will occur on Wednesday, February 11th. It is helpful if families refrain from scheduling appointments on this date. Please call the school office (676-6499) if you have not updated your residency information from a recent move. Spring Break Friday, April 3rd through Sunday, April 12th Mobile Dentist Smile Programs is bringing Mobile Dentist to Alaiedon Elementary on February 10th. If you wish your child to be seen by Mobile Dentist please complete an enrollment form (available in the Information Center of the School Lobby) and return to the school office. Thank You All Saints Lutheran Church All Saints Lutheran Church generously donated many hats, scarves and gloves to Alaiedon Elementary School. These have been very helpful to several students who have forgotten these items on any given day. January is School Board Appreciation Month Mason Public Schools’ Board Members come from a variety of backgrounds, yet they share a common goal – helping students achieve in school and life. As a state, Michigan has faced many challenges, but the key to a brighter future is a strong public education system. We often forget about the personal sacrifices school board members make. Board members contribute hundreds of hours each year in support of our community’s children. The month of January marks the annual observance of School Board Recognition Month. This is a time to demonstrate our appreciation for the work that our local trustees in Mason accomplish, as they work together to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders. In January, please join the staff and students of Mason Public Schools as we salute our seven men and women who provide grassroots governance for our school district: Ralph Beebe Becky Brimley Laura Fenger Julie Rogers Tom Curtis School Assembly News Did you know our PTO generously supports our school assemblies? Along with a special donation, $3,500 is earmarked to bring special events and instruction to Alaiedon Elementary students and families. - Les Problems, Private I - Laugh Factory - Planetarium - Impression 5 - Hope College Dancers Kurt Creamer Laura Cheney Stuff A Bus The District’s annual Stuff A Bus campaign took place in December. It was a huge success, and our drivers report more goods were donated this year than they remember ever collecting in the past. Great job kids! Thank you MPS families for your support! Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten? PLEASE JOIN US FOR A KINDERGARTEN PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT AT MASON PUBLIC SCHOOLS This event is designed for parents to learn more about kindergarten readiness. You will gain an understanding of kindergarten expectations and learn some fun and engaging activities you can do with your child to prepare them for success. This is open to all parents of children entering kindergarten at Mason Public Schools. Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Time: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Location: James C. Harvey Education Center (Gymnasium) 400 S. Cedar St, Mason, MI 48854 (517) 676-6528 * FREE Prizes will be raffled off! Looking forward to seeing you on February 11th! For more information, please call Child Development Services @ 517-676-6528. Please note: Parents Only! 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR www.masonk12.net KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP & REGISTRATION It’s time to register all Mason children who will be five years of age by September 1, 2015 for Kindergarten! Parents please contact your resident school to register your child for a round-up session. th Monday, March 16 Tuesday, March 17th Wednesday, March Alaiedon School N. Aurelius School 18th 1723 N. Okemos Rd. 115 N. Aurelius Rd. Steele School Mason, MI 48854 Mason, MI 48854 531 Steele St. (517) 676-6499 (517) 676-6506 Mason, MI 48854 (517) 676-6510 Session Times Are: 4:30PM, 5:30PM & 6:30PM Please Bring Copies of the Following to Round-Up Certified Birth Certificate Immunization Record Proof of Mason Residency MASON PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION NEWS Donation Received! The Mason Public Schools Foundation generously donated $30,000 to support technology in our district this school year. Alaiedon Elementary School is adding classroom tablet sets to support Math and Reading instruction in our K-5 classrooms. Students will use these tablets during literacy and math work stations and other times throughout the day. Thank you MPSF for supporting our students and teachers! PARENT ADVISORY FORUMS Superintendent Ron Drzewicki is hosting three Parent Advisory Forums to develop a strong connection between the school district and the parents we serve. The goal is to provide parents/guardians an organized voice and keep you involved in the decision-making process. Superintendent Drzewicki will be asking for feedback on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the school district. Please plan to attend one of the two remaining forums. Monday, February 23, 2015 Monday, April 20, 2015 . ALAIEDON’S ANNUAL ORNAMENT DRAWING - Winners Each year students contribute to our holiday decorations by adding a homemade ornament to the lobby holiday tree. Congratulations Izabelle Mitchell and Tyler Putman! POPCORN DAYS! Children have an opportunity to purchase a bag of fresh popcorn one day each month. Popcorn orders will be placed in the classroom and students will receive their popcorn the same day. The cost is 50 Cents a bag. Students may purchase no more than two bags of popcorn. Our popcorn dates for this year are: February 26th April 23rd March 26th May 28th PARKING-ARRIVAL-DEPARTURE Thank you families for your patience, help and adherence to our drop-off/pick-up zone. Don’t underestimate yourself, everyone is needed to make this work smooth! Handicap parking is located in the East Lot (facing Okemos Rd.). The spaces are the two most southern spots. Thank you for keeping these available for families with handicap children. WINTER WEATHER School Closing Announcements Mason Public Schools delays and cancellations will be announced via Instant Alert and on area radio and television stations such as: Television Stations WLAJ WLNS WILX FOX 47 Radio Stations WVIC WFMK WJIM WKAR WUNN WJXQ WWDX WIBM WITL Outside Clothing Expectations The snowy weather is fast approaching. The Winter Playground Rules were sent home with all students on Monday, November 17th. Snow pants and boots are required in order to go off the blacktop whenever snow is present. Having a time frame for when snow pants and boots are required is most helpful for students and staff. For the 2014-15 school year, this time frame is from November 18th through March 27th. Requests to Stay Inside With the exception of extreme weather, children will have several recess times each week. Documentation from a doctor is required for students to remain inside from recess. Please contact the office at 676-6499 if you have any questions.
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