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Parent Updates

4-16-17

Celebrations

  • Happy Easter!

  • Our flexible seating area in the main lobby is being used daily by students and teachers.

  • Fifth graders have completed the English Language Arts (ELA) portion of the MSTEP last week. This week they will take the math assessment on Tuesday and Wednesday followed by social studies on Thursday. Teachers report that students are taking their time and giving it their all.  

  • Spring weather has finally arrived!

  • Shoparoo - Leaders for April: 1st Place Nicole Taylor (Mrs. Walker’s Class), 2nd Place Suzanne Petrick, 3rd Place Margaret Lesser, 4th Place Carolyn Kaidan, 5th Place Carol Gonia (Gillis/Mrs. Driscoll).


Spring Pictures & 5th Grade Group Photo - Tomorrow!

  • Dress nice and smile because tomorrow we have Lifetouch onsite for spring pictures and the 5th grade group photo. The fifth grade photo will occur at 9:00 am so you definitely don’t want to be late tomorrow.

M-STEP

  • Please make sure students get a good night’s sleep and arrive at school on time so they can perform at their very best level. Breakfast is always free and available to every student every day! Please encourage your child to grab a breakfast as they come in the door at school if they do not eat at home. Students are welcome to grab a breakfast even if they have eaten before they come to school. We know students are growing and need lots of nutrition to grow and think.

  • 5th grade will take the test on April 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, and 20th.

  • 3rd grade will take the test on May 2nd, 3rd, 9th, and 10th.

  • 4th grade will take the test on May 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, and 11th.

Attendance & Truancy Letters

  • Reminder - Absence Limits (per trimester)

  • 5 absences - notification letter sent home

  • 8 absences - second letter sent home

  • 9+ absences - truancy referral made to Attendance Officer

  • 10 tardies - notification letter sent home

  • 15 tardies - notification letter sent home

  • 16 tardies - truancy referral made to Attendance Officer

2017-18 Teacher Requests

  • Teacher request forms for next year are now available in the main office. We have them sitting on the counter in the main office. The forms are due back in the office by Monday, May 1st at 3:45 pm. Please make sure you select a first and second choice. Late forms will not be accepted.

6th Grade Orientation & Ice Cream Social @ Fort Gratiot Middle School

  • Fort Gratiot Middle School will have orientation and an ice cream social for incoming 6th graders and parents on May 1st at 6:30 pm.

Lost & Found

  • The lost and found is overflowing!

  • We will place everything on the stage for everyone to view this week and reclaim.

  • Leftover items will be donated to charity Friday, April 21st at 3:45 pm.

Student Arrival

  • Parents, please adhere to our 8:00 am arrival time for students. We have quite a few students arriving prior to 8:00 am.

  • Our team members are ready for students to attend the Wiggle Walk at 8:00 am in the gym.

School Carnival - May 5th

  • We have moved the date of the school carnival to Friday, May 5th.

  • Parent volunteers are needed for this event. Please consider donating a portion of your time to this event.

  • We are very excited about this upcoming event and have added some new and different games for your enjoyment. Mark the date on your calendar now.

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Monday, April 17th

  • Spring Picture Day

  • 5th Grade Photo 9:00 am

Tuesday, April 18th

  • Husky Helper Meeting 7:30 - 8:15 am @ Media Center

  • 5th Grade MSTEP - Day 1 - Math 8:45 - 10:15 am

  • Wolf Pack Den Meetings 5:30 - 7:30 pm @ Keewahdin (Cafeteria)

  • PTA Meeting 6:30 - 7:30 pm @ Keewahdin Media Center

Wednesday, April 19th

  • 5th Grade MSTEP - Day 2 - Math Performance Task 8:45 - 9:45 am

Thursday, April 20th

  • 5th Grade MSTEP - Social Studies 8:45 - 9:35 am & 10:00 - 10:50 am

  • Wolf Pack Den Meetings 5:30 - 7:30 pm @ Keewahdin (Cafeteria)

Friday, April 21st

  • DEA Dance 3:30 - 4:30 @ Keewahdin Gym

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Monday, April 24th

  • Girl Scouts Troop 70727 6:00 - 7:30 pm @ Keewahdin (Cafeteria)

  • Board of Education Meeting 7:00 - 8:00 pm @ McKinley

Tuesday, April 25th

  • 5th Grade MSTEP - Day 1 - Math  (8:45 - 10:30 am)

  • Wolf Pack Den Meetings 5:30 - 7:30 pm @ Keewahdin (Cafeteria)

Wednesday, April 26th

  • 5th Grade MSTEP - Day 2 - Math  (8:45 - 9:45 am)

  • Ice Cream Social for incoming (2017-18) Kindergarteners 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Parents, please make sure you have RSVP’d in one of our time slots.

Thursday, April 27th

  • 5th Grade MSTEP - Day 3 - Social Studies (8:45 - 10:50 am)

  • Wolf Pack Den Meetings 5:30 - 7:30 pm @ Keewahdin (Cafeteria)

Friday, April 28th

  • Half Day of School - Early Dismissal @ 11:48 am

  • Safety Patrol Tigers Game 7:10 pm @ Comerica Park

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Upcoming Events & Dates

4/17  Spring Picture Day

4/17 5th Grade Photo Shoot

4/18 PTA Meeting

4/28 Half Day of School

4/28 Safety Patrol attends Tiger Game

5/5 School Carnival

5/29  Memorial Day No School

6/1 Grade 5 will be at camp

6/2 Grade 5 will be at camp

6/6  2nd Grade Pine River Nature Center comes to Keewahdin

6/7  Grade 4 to Greenfield Village

6/9  Field Day

6/13 Make Up Day for Field Day (IF rain postpones the event on 6/9)

6/15  Last day of school Keewahdin Elementary logo


Talk Moves - Home to School Connection

  • We are beginning to use prompts in the classroom to have students explain their thinking. These tools support thinking, talk formats provide different ways to organize students for conversation, and ideas for creating a classroom where respect and equal access to participation are valued norms. This also creates a culture where students are actively listening to their classmates then responding to their ideas. We are teaching students how to agree and disagree with ideas not people. Wrestling with content and ideas are important while also valuing the person putting their ideas forward.

  • Please take a moment to talk to your child about Talk Moves and incorporate these into your conversations to model these skills to our young learners. You may have already heard your child using these phrases and wondered where they came from. We need your help to solidify this best practice with all Little Huskies! 


Parent Updates
10-23-16

Celebrations
Mrs. Mertz (3rd Grade Keewahdin Teacher) has accepted a position as a Behavior Intervention Coach within the district! We are happy to see her fulfill the next step in her personal and professional goals however, we are sad to have an outstanding teacher part ways. Many other schools within the district will benefit from her expertise. We will begin interviewing candidates soon. Once the new teacher is hired and in place, Mrs. Mertz will then begin in her new role.
Thank you Mrs. Richert for donating a bench for our “Buddy Bench” project. A Buddy Bench is a spot you go to when you need a friend to play with during recess.
Fire Captain Shagena presented information to keep us safe from fires during a schoolwide assembly on Tuesday. He also supervised a fire drill where all students were in the gym and had to exit within 2 minutes, which they did in a quick and safe manner!
We had another great turnout for our PTA meeting last Tuesday night! 
Keewahdin has been earned a Silver Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Healthier US School Challenge: Smarter Lunchroom award for the exemplary steps of, leadership and teamwork employed to make changes to the school’s nutrition environment; improve the quality of the foods served; provide students with more nutritious, healthy choices; and, enhance the physical activity program.  To acknowledge this achievement, the school received an award plaque, a banner to display, and a small monetary incentive award ($1,500) for meeting these criteria. 

Remember, fantastic prizes have been secured for the Husky Hustle! Students raising $50+ will be entered into drawings for the prizes. Checkout the Keewahdin PTA Facebook page to see the American Doll, Frozen Dolls, and Legos students have a chance to win. 
Donations from the Husky Hustle continue to arrive! Thank you!

Shoparoo - Leaders for October: 1st Place Nichol Bruno,, 2nd Place Rebecca Campau, 3rd Place Lisa (Cangemi’s Room), 4th Place Jessica (Butler’s Room), 5th Place Beth Bowen!

Mom 2 Mom Sale - Saturday, Nov. 5th
Reserve your spot and table now! Mom 2 Mom Link

Art to Remember
Get ready to order your favorite artwork created by your child. Orders are due Friday, October 28th.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
The St. Clair County Health Department has received an increase in reported cases across the county for the Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. We have had cases reported at Keewahdin as well. Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Fact Sheet

October 31st - Halloween (Half Day of School~11:48 am dismissal)
Students WILL be allowed to wear costumes to school on Oct. 31st. After considering the dynamics to the day, we decided to allow students to wear their costumes to school.
Students may bring masks (non-scary) they are wearing later in the day for the parade.
No Clown Costumes, No Clown Masks, No Clown Makeup due to the recent circumstances in various cities.
Parents, please refrain from wearing scary adult costumes. Additionally, please refrain from wearing masks to Keewahdin, we would like to see the faces of all adults on the premises. This will help us identify adults at our school. 

Student Leadership Team
We have reviewed the applications and will announce the names of those chosen to represent each class this week.

Parent Teacher Conferences
Sign Up Genius will be used for Parent Teacher Conferences this year. We will release all of the sign up links for the teachers next Sunday. 
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Monday, October 24th
Mrs. Landschoot’s kindergarten class visits Pine River Nature Center

Tuesday, October 25th
Dentists R Us will be onsite
Mrs. Trombly’s kindergarten class visits Pine River Nature Center
Pack 110 Meeting 6:00-7:00 pm @ Keewahdin (Cafeteria & Gym)

Wednesday, October 26th
Mrs. Medcraft’s Birthday!
Mrs. Debano’s kindergarten class visits Pine River Nature Center
Brownies & Junior Girl Scouts Meeting 6:30-8:00 pm @ Keewahdin (Cafeteria)

Thursday, October 27th
Bear Den Meeting 6:00-7:00 pm @ Keewahdin (Cafeteria & Gym)

Friday, October 28th 
Student Leadership Applications Due ~ Grades 3-5
DEA Dance Assembly 2:00-1:45 pm @ Keewahdin (Gym)

Saturday, October 29th 
Mr. Holmes Birthday! (Our Custodian)
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Monday, October 31st (Half Day~11:48 Dismissal)
Halloween Parade - Outside along front sidewalk @ 10:25 am (Rain=inside gym & cafeteria)

Tuesday, November 1st 
Cub Scout & Wolf Pack Den Meetings 6:00 - 7:00 pm @ Keewahdin (Cafeteria)

Wednesday, November 2nd
Picture Retake Day

Thursday, November 3rd
Mrs. Farr’s Birthday! (Media Center Para Pro)
Bear Den Meeting 6:00-7:00 pm @ Keewahdin (Cafeteria & Gym)

Friday, November 4th
DEA Dance Meeting 3:15-4:15 pm @ Keewahdin (Gym)
Mom 2 Mom Setup 6:00-8:00 pm @ Keewahdin (Cafeteria & Gym)

Saturday, November 5th
 Mom 2 Mom Sale 9:00 am - 1:00 pm @ Keewahdin (Cafeteria & Gym)
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Upcoming Important Dates

Picture Retakes November 2
Vision & Hearing Screening November 7, 9 & 10
Vision & Hearing RE-Screening November 28 & 29
PTA Candy Cane Shoppe December 1 & 2
No School  November 8
Half Day November 11
Parent/Teacher Conf November 15 (Evening Conferences)
Parent/Teacher Conf November 16 (Afternoon Conferences)
Parent/Teacher Conf November 17 (Evening Conferences)
Parent/Teacher Conf November 18 (Afternoon Conferences)
Thanksgiving Break November 23-25 (Classes Resume on Nov. 28)
Christmas Break December 21-January 3 (Classes Resume on Jan. 4)nd

Parent Updates
10-23-16

Celebrations
Mrs. Mertz (3rd Grade Keewahdin Teacher) has accepted a position as a Behavior Intervention Coach within the district! We are happy to see her fulfill the next step in her personal and professional goals however, we are sad to have an outstanding teacher part ways. Many other schools within the district will benefit from her expertise. We will begin interviewing candidates soon. Once the new teacher is hired and in place, Mrs. Mertz will then begin in her new role.
Thank you Mrs. Richert for donating a bench for our “Buddy Bench” project. A Buddy Bench is a spot you go to when you need a friend to play with during recess.
Fire Captain Shagena presented information to keep us safe from fires during a schoolwide assembly on Tuesday. He also supervised a fire drill where all students were in the gym and had to exit within 2 minutes, which they did in a quick and safe manner!
We had another great turnout for our PTA meeting last Tuesday night! 
Keewahdin has been earned a Silver Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Healthier US School Challenge: Smarter Lunchroom award for the exemplary steps of, leadership and teamwork employed to make changes to the school’s nutrition environment; improve the quality of the foods served; provide students with more nutritious, healthy choices; and, enhance the physical activity program.  To acknowledge this achievement, the school received an award plaque, a banner to display, and a small monetary incentive award ($1,500) for meeting these criteria. 

Remember, fantastic prizes have been secured for the Husky Hustle! Students raising $50+ will be entered into drawings for the prizes. Checkout the Keewahdin PTA Facebook page to see the American Doll, Frozen Dolls, and Legos students have a chance to win. 
Donations from the Husky Hustle continue to arrive! Thank you!

Shoparoo - Leaders for October: 1st Place Nichol Bruno,, 2nd Place Rebecca Campau, 3rd Place Lisa (Cangemi’s Room), 4th Place Jessica (Butler’s Room), 5th Place Beth Bowen!

Mom 2 Mom Sale - Saturday, Nov. 5th
Reserve your spot and table now! Mom 2 Mom Link

Art to Remember
Get ready to order your favorite artwork created by your child. Orders are due Friday, October 28th.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
The St. Clair County Health Department has received an increase in reported cases across the county for the Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. We have had cases reported at Keewahdin as well. Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Fact Sheet

October 31st - Halloween (Half Day of School~11:48 am dismissal)
Students WILL be allowed to wear costumes to school on Oct. 31st. After considering the dynamics to the day, we decided to allow students to wear their costumes to school.
Students may bring masks (non-scary) they are wearing later in the day for the parade.
No Clown Costumes, No Clown Masks, No Clown Makeup due to the recent circumstances in various cities.
Parents, please refrain from wearing scary adult costumes. Additionally, please refrain from wearing masks to Keewahdin, we would like to see the faces of all adults on the premises. This will help us identify adults at our school. 

Student Leadership Team
We have reviewed the applications and will announce the names of those chosen to represent each class this week.

Parent Teacher Conferences
Sign Up Genius will be used for Parent Teacher Conferences this year. We will release all of the sign up links for the teachers next Sunday. 
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Monday, October 24th
Mrs. Landschoot’s kindergarten class visits Pine River Nature Center

Tuesday, October 25th
Dentists R Us will be onsite
Mrs. Trombly’s kindergarten class visits Pine River Nature Center
Pack 110 Meeting 6:00-7:00 pm @ Keewahdin (Cafeteria & Gym)

Wednesday, October 26th
Mrs. Medcraft’s Birthday!
Mrs. Debano’s kindergarten class visits Pine River Nature Center
Brownies & Junior Girl Scouts Meeting 6:30-8:00 pm @ Keewahdin (Cafeteria)

Thursday, October 27th
Bear Den Meeting 6:00-7:00 pm @ Keewahdin (Cafeteria & Gym)

Friday, October 28th 
Student Leadership Applications Due ~ Grades 3-5
DEA Dance Assembly 2:00-1:45 pm @ Keewahdin (Gym)

Saturday, October 29th 
Mr. Holmes Birthday! (Our Custodian)
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Monday, October 31st (Half Day~11:48 Dismissal)
Halloween Parade - Outside along front sidewalk @ 10:25 am (Rain=inside gym & cafeteria)

Tuesday, November 1st 
Cub Scout & Wolf Pack Den Meetings 6:00 - 7:00 pm @ Keewahdin (Cafeteria)

Wednesday, November 2nd
Picture Retake Day

Thursday, November 3rd
Mrs. Farr’s Birthday! (Media Center Para Pro)
Bear Den Meeting 6:00-7:00 pm @ Keewahdin (Cafeteria & Gym)

Friday, November 4th
DEA Dance Meeting 3:15-4:15 pm @ Keewahdin (Gym)
Mom 2 Mom Setup 6:00-8:00 pm @ Keewahdin (Cafeteria & Gym)

Saturday, November 5th
 Mom 2 Mom Sale 9:00 am - 1:00 pm @ Keewahdin (Cafeteria & Gym)
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Upcoming Important Dates

Picture Retakes November 2
Vision & Hearing Screening November 7, 9 & 10
Vision & Hearing RE-Screening November 28 & 29
PTA Candy Cane Shoppe December 1 & 2
No School  November 8
Half Day November 11
Parent/Teacher Conf November 15 (Evening Conferences)
Parent/Teacher Conf November 16 (Afternoon Conferences)
Parent/Teacher Conf November 17 (Evening Conferences)
Parent/Teacher Conf November 18 (Afternoon Conferences)
Thanksgiving Break November 23-25 (Classes Resume on Nov. 28)
Christmas Break December 21-January 3 (Classes Resume on Jan. 4)nd
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