From the Principal

October, 2016

Happy October!

On Friday, October 28th, we will host our annual Trunk or Treat event.  Volunteers are to be here at 12:45.  Parents and staff will be outside to help line up the cars. Students will begin Trunk or Treating at 1:15. We need lots of candy donated.  Please drop your donations off in the office. We do not have very many families signed up to hand out candy. Grandparents and aunt/uncles are welcome to hand out candy.  I hope to see you there.

Halloween 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 Friday, October 28th.  Costumes will not be allowed at school on Halloween.

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

We would like to celebrate several students who have been nominated for student of the month in September.  Congratulations Madison Peltier-Messer, Eden Dunbar, Almendra Felix,  and Kamone Phelps. You are all star examples in the classroom.  Keep up the good work! We are proud of you!

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!

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. 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 listen to WBCK (AM 930 or FM 95.3) or 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 for school closings and news information.

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:

  • Trunk or Treating- October 28th from 1:15 to 2:15
  • No School – November 4th
  • Fall Carnival – November 4th from 4:30-7pm
  • Parent Teacher Conference Week starts November 7th
  • Thanksgiving break – No School on November 24-25
  • Snowcoming Dance – December 2nd from 5-7pm

Thank you,

Brandy Resman
Principal, Arbor Academy