From the Principal

October, 2017

Attendance
Please remember that having your child to school on time with consistent attendance is the number #1 strategy for academic success. Dropping your child off late or picking them up early is a distraction to the classroom and your child.  Students miss rich instruction that is taking place in the classroom during those times.  Please have your child here for the whole school day. If a child leaves before 3:00, they will be marked absent for the afternoon.  If a child leaves before the end of the school day, they will be missing some type of instruction and could effect their academic performance.

Trunk or Treat
On Tuesday, October 31st, we will host our annual Trunk or Treat.  Volunteers are to be here starting at 1:00pm.  Staff will be outside to help line up the cars. Students will begin Trunk or Treating at 1:30.  We need lots of candy donated.  Please drop your donations off in the office by Friday, October 27th. We need candy for 213 students. We also could use more families to help pass out candy. Grandparents and aunt/uncles are welcome to hand out candy.  I hope to see you there.

Halloween/Fall Harvest activities will be organized by each classroom.  We request that toy weapons or anything that promotes violence not be brought to school as part of a Halloween costume. Students can wear their costumes to school on Tuesday, October 31st.

We are taking candy donations for Trunk or Treat! Drop off bags of candy in either office!

Color Chart
Does your child come home talking about different colors at the end of the day? The clip chart or card chart is a way for teachers to monitor student’s behavior.  Blue, pink, and purple are positive colors! Students are rewarded for these colors within the classroom.  In the past a card change resulted in time owed during recess.  Research shows that this method of discipline is ineffective.  Instead we have asked the kids to walk laps around the playground.  A yellow card results in 5 laps, an orange card is 10 laps, and a red card is 15 laps. Last year students were “stuck” on the negative card color until they served their time. A student can earn a card flip back once they start following the rules. We have seen a huge improvement in behavior already!

Cold Weather
As our Michigan weather gets colder please see that your children have appropriate outerwear for recess and any other outside activities. We ask that you send your child to school with appropriate head, hand, and foot wear along with snow pants (when the temp reaches 30 degrees). We will take our students out for recess unless the temperature is at 10 degrees Fahrenheit or if we have a wind chill factor of 10 degrees Fahrenheit. The other factor would be the amount of snowfall at the time of recess. Students may not stay in from outdoor recess unless we have a doctor’s note on file stating that they cannot go outdoors.

As winter weather approaches, I would like to review some of Arbor’s practices and procedures in the handbook regarding school closings. Specifically, we ask that you watch WWMT (Channel 3) or WOOD (Channel 8).  We will make every effort to announce the closing by 6:30 am. Also follow us on Facebook and/or sign-up for Remind to receive school closings and news information.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Thank you for your continued patience at drop off and pick up times.  Dismissal is getting quicker as teachers are recognizing parents and vehicles.  Please DO NOT park in the fire lane between the two buildings.  There is yellow paint and signs stating NO PARKING.  Also, please refrain from playing loud music with inappropriate language while waiting for dismissal. We want to set a good example for our Arbor students.

Upcoming dates:

  • Hearing and Vision Testing-October 18th-19th
  • McEducator Night-October 24th from 5-7pm
  • Trunk or Treating-October 31st from 1:30-2
  • End of 1st Quarter-November 2nd
  • No School-November 3rd
  • Fall Carnival-November 3rd from 4-6pm
  • Parent Teacher Conference Week starts November 6th
  • Thanksgiving Break-No School on November 23-24
  • Winter Dance-December 1st from 5-7pm

Thank you,
Mrs. Brandy Resman-Principal