September 11, 2009
Elsa Meyer Elementary School
100 Hastings Street
Corunna, MI 48817
Office Manager: Jamie Jones
Principal: Kathy Hurley
Welcome back to the 2009-2010 school year!
I hope all of you had a nice summer break and were able to spend quality time playing and relaxing with your families. I was able to get away
up north and spend time with family and friends. We reminisced a great deal and at the same time created new memories I will cherish. It
was very relaxing and enjoyable!
This letter is a reminder of some important things you can do to help us make this the best year ever at Elsa Meyer! Please keep in mind,
here at Elsa Meyer, we are a school dedicated to three goals: 1.) We are diligent in our efforts to ensure that all students have a safe envi-
ronment, which is conducive to learning. 2.) We teach a first rate curriculum and expect high student academic performance. 3.) We are a
school that cares about children and one which will do what it takes to open doors and provide opportunities for each child.
Also, we maintain a secure building, so please do not be offended when you are asked to show us identification if you come to pick up your
child. We will continue to lock all doors except for the main entrance. Please enter and exit using the main entrance doors at all times.
It is important that if your child has a change in their regular dismissal routine, you must notify our office by either sending a note or
calling and letting us know of the change. It is imperative that we have this communication so that our students make it home safely.
Here at Elsa Meyer, we are “Still Shining!” (Soar High with Imagination, New ideas, and Enthusiasm). Our staff cares about each child and
takes great pride in our school. We know your child deserves the best and we make sure to deliver that each and every day!
I urge you to be a partner in this quest by becoming involved in the PTO, attending Parent/Teacher Conferences November 11th and 12th,
and talking with your children about school and their day when they arrive home. Please be sure to read our weekly newsletters that will
come home with your child in their Friday folders. This newsletter will keep you updated on all the activities here at Elsa Meyer along
with any other important information needing to be addressed throughout the school year.
I am very excited about this school year and all of the progress we will make together as we educate your children. Our entire staff looks
forward to providing your child with a successful school year. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or concerns (989) 743-
Kathy Hurley, Principal
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND PLAN ACCORDINGLY!
Wednesday, October 7th and Wednesday, March 17th will
be LATE START DAYS for all students in the Corunna
Public Schools. Students will begin their day 3 hours later
than the regular start time.
Elsa Meyer will start at 11:40 a.m. and end at 3:45 p.m.
September 14th-PTO Meeting 5:30 p.m. in library
September 21st-Board of Education Meeting 7:00 p.m. at Elsa Meyer
September 24th-5th grade Bike Ride during lunch
September 25th-4th grade Bike Ride during lunch
September 25th thru October 5th-PTO Fundraiser
September 29th-3rd grade to Project RED at fairgrounds 10:00-1:00
If your child is going to be riding a different bus home or
Parents: going home with someone other than a parent or guard-
If you bring your child to school and he/she ian, please send a note. Remember, we encounter all
types of situations and our first priority is to make sure
will be eating breakfast, they may enter at that your child is SAFE! Help us with this by remember-
8:00! This will allow them enough time to ing to send a note.
eat and not be tardy to class. Also, please do not block the main entry hallways at dis-
missal. Teachers are walking classes down to meet their
parents and it is difficult for all students to get through
Also, we have no supervision prior to 8:15 and find their parent. Do not just take your child with-
out their teacher knowing you are doing so. Again, we
for those students not eating breakfast, so want all students to be safe and accounted for every day.
please do not drop your child off earlier than If your child needs to take medication at school, please
8:15. The entry bell rings at 8:25 and the note the district’s medication policy in the student hand-
book. You must send the medicine in its correct bottle
tardy bell at 8:40. and have a note from your doctor. Last years forms are
not valid. ALL FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED for
PLEASE BE SURE TO HAVE YOUR- this new year.
If you bring your child lunch to school, PLEASE stop by
CHILD HERE ON TIME! It is very diffi- the office first. This will help minimize distractions!
cult for elementary students to begin their Also, parents please keep in mind that when your child
has Fine Arts, please have them dress appropriate for
day when they are running behind. movement and/or messy art projects. This is a wonderful
program and the kids become very involved throughout
Your child should have brought home a student handbook, lunch menu, school calendar, and open house flyer on the first day of
school. If you did not receive these, please contact the office.
Also, we mailed (in August) all students an enrollment form to be completed and returned to school. If you have not completed
an enrollment form for your child, please do so as soon as possible. If you have misplaced the form, contact the office and we will
be happy to send you another one. This form is very important! Please make sure we have one on file for your child.
You must contact us if there is a change in dismissal for your child or if someone other than you is picking him/her up.
Additionally, you and your child need to read the student handbook , Please sign and return the signature page to your
child’s teacher. Also, this includes your signature for any walking field trips they may take during the year. Students must also sign
the Internet Use Policy before they can use the computers. Please make sure you sign this and other forms as soon as possible.
**** The lockers in our school do not fit the backpack on wheels.
Here are tips to help with homework:
Keep in touch with the teacher or teachers to be fully aware of the quantity and the quality
of the homework turned in.
Set a schedule, including both a beginning and an ending time. Most kids need some time
to unwind after school before they tackle their homework. Doing it too close to bed-
time may make it difficult due to fatigue. Fridays are usually the best day for home-
work that must be completed over the weekend. Assignments are still fresh in mind
and last minute panic rushes are avoided.
Encourage your child to divide the homework assignment into "What I can do myself"
and "What I need help with." You should help only with that part of the homework
your child cannot do independently, such as using flashcards, practicing spelling tests,
and clarifying assignments. This builds responsibility and independence in your child.
Use "Grandma's Rule." Remember that Grandma is reputed to have said that there is no
dessert until you are finished with your spinach. Hold off on watching TV and other
fun activities until homework is completed.
Provide a home study center for your child with adequate light and few distractions. If
your child concentrates better with "white noise" (music), provide that help. Also, a
dictionary, paper, pens, etc., should be readily available.
Use direct praise for doing the homework and even more for accomplishment. "You've
spelled 18 out of 20 words correctly--that's the best you've done this semester!"
Be available when your child is doing homework, so that you can answer a question if
there is confusion. If possible, it is better for you to be in another room, so you are eas-
ily accessible and yet not a distraction.
Look over the homework when it is completed. Do not correct it unless you have checked
with the teacher. Seeing the pattern of errors is often helpful to a teacher.
Study groups are often a good strategy. Your child may benefit from studying with one or
two classmates. However, make sure they are using the time to study.
Allow bathroom, drink, and/or snack breaks, but insist on completion of tasks.
A Reprint from the Parent Journal, Autumn 1994
We will be having “Walk with Your Child at Lunch” Days this year. The dates
are as follows:
Feel free to join your child for lunch and walk the track with him/her.
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be:
November 11th and 12th 5-8 p.m.
These days will be regular school days for students!
More information to follow at a later date!
Our popcorn pops (Fridays) are in full swing. The cost of a bag
of popcorn is twenty five cents and each teacher has a popcorn
pop during the year. The money earned from this popcorn pop
is used by the teacher for classroom projects.
KEEPING YOU INFORMED:
Each week the Argus Press newspaper highlights our district’s accomplishments, events and schedules. All resident should be able
to get this information. If you subscribe to the Argus, it is part of the Sunday Neighbors Section. If you are not a subscriber, you
should receive it in your FREE Argus Weekly. If you are not receiving the free Sunday Argus Press at your residence, please con-
tact central office (989) 743-6338. We will let the Argus Press know and hopefully you will begin to receive it. Please include your
name and address in your response.