From the Principal

Arbor Academy

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 affect their academic performance.

Paraprofessional Support in Classrooms

Over the last few years you might have noticed that we are using paraprofessionals in the classrooms instead of certified associate teachers. Due to the teacher shortage and to meet the needs of all our students, we are phasing away from paraprofessionals in some of our large classrooms. This school year we have 5 returning paraprofessionals on the Arbor staff. They will now be utilized in ALL classrooms. ALL of our paras will push into ALL of our classrooms and be working with small groups of students during literacy instruction time. Our K-3 classrooms will have two para support along with the teacher during literacy time. The paras will also be visiting EVERY classroom again in the afternoon to offer math support. Mrs. McKenney will be also working with our students who are in need of more support in literacy and math. This new system will utilize our support staff to maximize the learning of all our students. We are excited about this new type of support we can offer our students and can’t wait to see all the student academic gains and growth.

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. For an example, 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!

Colder 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. Please park in a parking spot when you need to stop in to talk to the office or teacher. Dismissal is getting quicker as teachers are recognizing parents and vehicles. Remember to pull forward to keep traffic moving. 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. Also, please be PATIENT. We have over 200 students to put in cars. Remember we want to set a good example for our Arbor students.

ARBOR ACADEMY IS A SMOKE AND DRUG FREE ZONE! No smoking on school grounds/property. Thank you for your cooperation.

Trunk or Treat

On Wednesday, 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 promptly at 1:30. We need lots of candy donated. Please drop your donations off in the office by Friday, October 26th. We need candy for 215 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. Also, students are NOT allowed to wear masks. Students can wear their costumes to school on Wednesday, October 31st.

Trunk or Treat

When

Wednesday, Oct. 31st, 1-2pm

Where

55 Arbor Street

Battle Creek, MI

More information

Come join us for Trunk or Treat! Cars can start arriving at 1:00pm. Students will start promptly at 1:30pm. We are asking for candy donations. We will provide candy once you arrive to the event..

Safety Reminder!!!

We would appreciate it if students did not arrive at school in the morning until 8:00 am. We have supervision available at that time. Students are not to be dropped off at the center island between schools. There is absolutely no parking in the fire lane even if it’s only for a brief period. Parents may park in the parking lot or available spaces in the middle island and walk their child to class. For parents dropping off at the K-3 building, please remember to turn left before the CDC drive, and then exit or proceed to the 3-6 building. Small children are present under the CDC canopy quite frequently, and drive thru traffic for school drop off is prohibited. A reminder to parents to please not leave your car unattended in the circle drive between 8:00 – 8:30 am and between 3:00 – 3:35 pm. This allows us to provide a free flow of traffic and to safely unload/load the students into your car.

ARBOR ACADEMY IS A SMOKE AND DRUG FREE ZONE! No smoking on school grounds/property. Thank you for your cooperation.

Important Dates to Remember

  • September 17th-October 5th-NWEA MAP Testing Window
  • October 3rd-Count Day (Non-Uniform Day!)
  • October 18th-19th-Hearing and Vision Testing
  • October 26th-School Carnival (more information will come home soon)
  • October 31st-Trunk or Treat
  • November 2nd-NO SCHOOL
  • November 5th-8th-Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 22nd-23rd-Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL)

 

!!!!!!McEducator Night at McDonald’s has been rescheduled to March!!!!!!

 

Mrs. Brandy Resman-Principal

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions, concerns, or feedback. Thank you in advance for helping to make this a great school year!