From the Principal

February, 2017

Focus School
For the last three years, Arbor Academy was on the Focus School list through the state of Michigan.  Focus Schools are those with the largest achievement gaps defined as the difference between the average scale score for the top 30 percent of students and the bottom 30 percent of students.  In other words, we had a large gap between our highest and lowest performing students. Due to the hard work of staff, students, and parents, we have been released off the list and are no longer a Focus School.  We now have to work hard to keep us off the Focus School list in the future.

2017-2018 Re-Enrollment
Re-enrollment for fall 2017 has started! Watch your child’s mail for a re-enrollment form to secure their spot for fall. Returning this form is the only way to guarantee a spot for your child next year. ALL new and current students will need to complete a form. We are offering K-8 for fall 2017! If you have questions regarding enrollment or re-enrollment please contact Mrs. Kok or Ms. Noel in the office.

Bullying Prevention Program
Teachers have been trained in a bullying prevention program from Second Step.  The program includes 5 lessons for students that are age appropriate and cover topics that help with the prevention of bullying.

NWEA MAP Testing
Our Winter NWEA testing is complete.  We are so proud of all the progress our students are making.  If you would like a copy of their winter scores, please let us know.  Spring NWEA MAP testing will begin in April or May.

Spring Pictures
Spring Pictures will be on February 1st.  Students may wear an outfit of their choosing for pictures.  They must bring their uniform to change into after their picture is taken.

Science and Art Fair
Please join us for the science and art fair on March 2nd, from 5:30-6:30pm.  Students in grades 5-7 are required to the Science Fair.  All classrooms and students will have some type of art on display.  We hope you can all join us!

Attendance
School attendance is so important for a child’s education.  Every minute counts while attending school. You might have noticed the bright color sheets hanging on the front door of each building.  Every day we will list the previous day tardies and the percentage of students present.  Remember we need 75% or above to count the day as a regular school day of instruction. Please look at these daily as a reminder that every minute does count when it comes to your child being present at school.

Breakfast and Lunch Orders
Lunch orders are due TO THE OFFICE BY Wednesday morning. We order all the food in advance because it is supplied by an outside vendor. The forms must be filled out or your child will receive a substitute item. If your child is on the free breakfast and lunch program, we will automatically order food for them each week.

Winter Weather Reminders
Winter weather is officially here and with it are a few reminders:

  • School closings – we will generally, but not always, close if Lakeview School District closes. We will NOT be closed if Lakeview closes due to no heat or water. Arbor Academy has it’s own posting and is not affiliated with Lakeview. Closings eventually will be announced on WOODTV 8, WWMT 3, and on local radio stations.  We also announce closings on our Facebook page, so if you haven’t already, search for and “like” our page.
  • Winter weather gear – please send all the essential winter weather gear to school with your child; boots and inside shoes, hat, snow pants, gloves, etc.  We have outdoor recess unless the temperature or wind chill is below 10 degrees. Make sure your child is prepared! Additionally if your child is well enough to be at school, we expect they are well enough for outdoor recess. If they need to stay in a Dr’s note is required.

Lost and Found
We have lots of items in our lost and found.  Please come take a look if your child is missing some items.

Important Dates to Remember
February 1st – spring Pictures
February 8th – Count Day
February 14th – Valentine Day Parties
February 14th – Re-enrollment Forms Due
February 15th – 100th Day of School
February 27th – Hungry Howie’s Fundraiser Night
March 2nd – Science and Art Fair
March 24th – End of the 3rd Marking Period
March 27th – 30th – Parent/Teacher Conferences
March 30th – Spring Musical
April 3rd – April 7th – Spring Break

As always I am available for your concerns and questions via email, bresman@fbrcs.org, or by phone here at school.

Sincerely,

Brandy Resman
Principal, Arbor Academy