Dear Howard-Ellis Family:
Spring vacation has arrived, and we can hardly believe that there are only 9 weeks of school left in this school year. Mark your calendar for the upcoming events.
Student dismissal on April 1st will be 11:43 a.m. at Ellis and 11:48 a.m. at Howard. All students will return to school on April 11. Have a wonderful vacation!
There will be a HALF DAY on Friday, April 22, to allow for professional development for our teaching staff. Student dismissal will be 11:43 a.m. at Ellis and 11:48 a.m. at Howard.
A MESSAGE FROM MRS. ASMUS
This Spring, Michigan students in grades 3rd-8th and 11th will participate in M-STEP testing. M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress) includes summative assessments designed to measure growth in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Niles Community Schools’ students will be taking these assessments online this year. What role do you play during M-STEP testing? We are counting on parents to make sure children are in attendance on testing days and giving them a pep talk about putting forth their best effort. The weeks we are testing are on the back of this newsletter and will also be listed in your child’s weekly classroom newsletter.
Construction is set to begin on the new addition to Howard on May 1st. This new addition includes 9 new classrooms, a gymnasium and the renovation of our existing 5th grade classrooms. In order to prepare for this, all 5th grade teachers, Mr. Bizoe, Mrs. Zimmerman and Mrs. Grishaber will be moving classrooms. Information detailing this change was sent home mid-March. We will continue to update you as we get closer to May 1st.
READING MADNESS: GET IN THE GAME
¨ Over 4,000 books were read and AR tests passed during the month of March.
¨ Two of our readers will each win a Kindle Fire at our assembly to wrap up reading month. Other prizes given away will be basketballs, itune cards and books. Thank you, parents, for helping us to emphasize the importance of reading.
¨ Be sure to “like” us on Facebook.
¨ THANK YOU! - Thank you to Daysha Amster and Olfactory Hue for catering the Spring conference dinner.
¨ CANDYLAND DANCE—It was a packed house and we raised $1,610! Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make it a huge success. Thank you to Bobbi Gaedtke, Daysha Amster, Sarah Gerrits, Angie Terrill, and Cyndi Kiggins for helping with the dance and to Mr. Jason Todd for hosting and being the DJ at the dance. All of the students love him and he was a big hit!
PTO Meeting—Bring a friend and join us! Our next meeting is Wednesday, April 13th at
¨ make the meeting, no worries. Check out our Facebook page or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
¨ Penny Wars—War week will be April 11-15. Ellis students, bring in those pennies and fill your jars. Howard students, help your class win and deduct from other classes with paper money and silver change. The class at Howard and Ellis with the most money wins an ice cream party.
¨ New Board—We are looking for new Board members for next fall. If you are interested or have questions, please let us know. We will be holding elections at the May meeting.
¨ 5th Grade Farewell—Help us give our 5th graders a great celebration. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Beth Squires at email@example.com or 269-861-6026.
A BOUNTIFUL FOOD DRIVE
Thanks to your amazing generosity, the Howard-Ellis school family donated hundreds of food items to St. Mary’s food pantry in honor of Rick Guerin, the late husband of our dear school librarian, Monica Guerin. We thank you again for thinking of those in need and for showing your children by example the true meaning of community.
We appreciate your honesty in returning or purchasing your child’s spring pictures if you have not already done so.
RELAY FOR LIFE
It’s Relay For Life time, and Howard-Ellis is once again putting a team together. If you are interested in being part of the team, contact Brandy Lowrance or Sara Grishaber at 683-4633. Howard-Ellis students and staff will have opportunities to help raise funds again this year. More information will follow. The 2016 Relay for Life will be held at Niles High School on Saturday, July 16th.
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR APRIL
1 Half day for students—Spring Break begins
4—8 NO SCHOOL—Spring Break
11—15 Penny Wars at Howard-Ellis
13 PTO Meeting in Howard Library (4p)
13 Healthworks: Lowrance, Todd (9a-12p)
14 Healthworks: Anders,Bundy,Schiele (9a-12p)
15 Fernwood: Zelmer & Ort (9a-12p)
22 HALF DAY OF SCHOOL-Professional Development
26 4th Grade-Grand Mere Park (9a-3:15p)
26 Fernwood: Sormin, Lake (9a-12p)
27 Fernwood—Moore (9a-12p)
29 Fernwood—Boruta (9a-12p)
APRIL M-STEP SCHEDULE
12 M-STEP ELA testing: 5th grade
18 M-STEP Math testing: 5th grade
25 M-STEP Social Studies testing: 5th grade
25 M-STEP ELA testing: 3rd grade
5/2 M-STEP Math testing: 3rd grade
DYNAMIC LEARNERS * DIVERSE
OPPORTUNITIES * DRIVEN TO SUCCEED