PTO Newsletter May,2010
Dear Moorsbridge Family and Friends,
It is hard to believe another school year is coming to an end! It has been an honor and a privilege serving
as PTO President for the third (and final!)year. Julie Mellor will be the PTO President for the 2010-2011
This year brought many changes to Moorsbridge including a change in staff, a decrease in number of
students and us welcoming many new families that previously attended other schools. I would like to
think this transition went smoothly and everyone adapted to the new surroundings.
The PTO had many success stories this year and I think we can all agree that the October Road Rally
Fundraiser was once again a high~ght to our year! This one day all-school event helped fund numerous
events, programs, and classroom needs for the entire school year - mark your calendars for October 1,
2010. We also had success with many other PTO sponsored events. These included the 3rd Annual New
Student Reception in August and the Open House Pizza Dinner in September. For the third year in a row,
the PTO sponsored the Fall Harvest Party in October, followed by Muffins for Morns in November. Other
events included three movie nights, the March Carnival, and Staff Appreciation Week & Donuts for Dads
in May. The Hospitality Committee graciously put on the First Day of School Coffee in September and
provided numerous meals for the teachers and staff throughout the year.
In addition, the PTO coordinated Market Days, Boxtops for Education, and the Spirit Wear sale. We i::i~.:i
sponsored programs that without PTO support would not be available to our children, including
Accelerated Reader and KSO Symphony Education. The PTO also helped fund classroom needs and ~:~’:
field trips for all grades, i :~i:~!
A special thank you goes out the PTO Council, our Committee and Event Chairs and the volunteers that
helped support them. Without your dedication, none of this would be possible. To our families of 5th
graders moving on to middle school, thank you for your many years of service. I would also like to put out
a special thank you to Kirk Payne and Brenda Welling. Kirk chaired Donuts for Dads for many years -
an event that has now become a spring tradition at Moorsbridge. After putting her three boys through
Moorsbridge, this is Brenda Welling’s last year with us. In addition to helping out whenever she was
needed, Brenda has chaired the March Carnival for the last six years, Without her creativity and d
edication, this event would not have grown into the yearly success it has become!
I think most of you would agree that Moorsbridge Elementary is a not only a place of learning, but an
environment of dedicated and loyal families, teachers, and staff, striving to provide our children with a ~ ::i
well-balanced education. Thanks to all of you that donated your time and talents to help make 2009-2010
another successful year for our PTO, school, and students.
Have a safe and happy summer.
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Thank You Parents!
The entire staff wishes to thank the PTO for their generous donations to our school. The PTO approved many
proposals that allowed us to purchase several items for use at Moorsbridge. The proposals that were approved
A new easel on wheels for our Young 5’s and Kindergarten students
Multi-level Readers and an interactive Telling Time Mat for First Grade
Supplementary Math Supplies and a Continents of the World Photo Book Series for Second Grade
Cartridges for the Cricut Die-Cutting Machine for use by all grade levels
Books with AR Tests that are correctly leveled for our most at-risk readers
Sensory Integrations Tools for use throughout the building
Student Cassette Player for Deb Widman’s Classroom
Privacy Partitions for use during assessments
Fingerlight Training Balls for Physical Education
Thank you to the entire PTO for your hard work and dedication to our school.
Thank you to the following parents for your help with Student Council popcorn sales:
Deb Hemmingway, Marianne Walsh, Kara St. Clair, Rick Goodman, Stacy Burton
Girls on the Run
Congratulations to the following 3rd, 4th and 5th Moorsbridge girls who ran in the GOTR 5K Celebration run
at Waldo Stadium on May 27th. Your coaches are very proud of all of you.
Sarah Headapohl Paige Berry Macy Hayward
Brayden Kwaskiewski Mackenzie Lundin Caitlynn Birkmeier
Dakota Kwaskiweski Abigale Siegfried Bailey Telgenhoff
Morgan Wright Abigail Main Taylor Pennell
Hannah Headapohl Anjana Krishnan Abby Williams
Paige Gebban Allison Sachwitz Ashriya Patel
Kelly Magee Caitie Pung Kendall Taylor
Kayla Mathiew Elisa Weber Addie Pung
Rachel Larios Gabi Goudie Marissa Schwartz
Claudia Mellor Aliya Patel Madeline Buscher
Elise Vichinsky Caitlyn Walsh Anna Heystek
Lilbet Krondyk Camille Dorman
Caitlyn Grarman Kenzie Ginter Tori Barley
Kiley Tiller Kylie Sunman Hailey James
Reilly Kristin Hailie Doyle Arianna Donovan
Mackenzie Zook Lisa Zuiderveen Ana Prior
Jessalyn Kline Pavitra Attanayake Emma Greffe
Samantha Sonday Elizabeth Wood Kate Morrissey
Allie Sturgeon Isabelle Kominek Lindsay Kulpa
Alexa Reder Sarah Pueblo-Donavan Bailey Neal
Ayla Aktan Victoria Eby Zia Gonzales
Lindy Nebiolo Cameron Schaefer Sherica Augst
Madison Goodman Megan Willsea Lori Ureel
Hope Gromaski Jennifer Warnicke
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The Accelerated Reader program ended for this school year on Friday, May 14th. This program
would not be successful without the many volunteers that it takes to assist the younger students
with AR in the classrooms, with completing the monthly recognitions, moving the ’racecars’ and the
staffing of the computer lab every morning before school. Special thanks to the following individu-
Mrs. Elrod for all the new books and AR tests that were added to our AR library this year.
¯ All of the teachers for their support of the AR program; encouragement for the students and
the many ’read-aloud’ books that they have read in their classrooms.
All the supportive parents and family members that have read and assisted their own
student as well as others in their various classrooms as well as coming in before and after
All the parent volunteers who have diligently staffed the computer lab in the morning
through the school year: Karla Kaczmarski, Patti Chen, Esther Watkins, Denise Johnston
Janine Irmen, Kristen Earl, Tanya Greffe, Carrie and Tom Burns, Deb Hemenway and
All the volunteer parents that spent time each month completing the monthly recognitions
and moving the cars along the "race course" display - Amy Coon, Erin Shannon, Maria
Michelangeli, Jen Backer, Patti Chen, Tanya Greffe, Marianne Walsh, Tonia Lindsay, Jill
Wright, Tonja Daniels, Kristy LaLonde, Chelsea Herriman, Heather Haydo, Meg Brake,
Katie Williams, Karla Kaczmarski, Sheila Labian, Anita Donovan, Lalitha Krishnan, Gail
Cummins, Kristen Earl, Michele Schwartz and Lisa Pfeiffer.
There were 450 students accounted for in the program this year with 90% (405) that participated.
Two-thirds (299) of the students earned a medal. While many of the children may be motivated by
the monthly recognitions, racecar display or medals received; these recognitions serve as a means to
an end. That ’end’ is that the students are learning to be independent readers a~d are working to-
wards improving their comprehension and retention of the book content that they are reading. This
pays forward as they progress in their education. All participants will receive a recognition certifi-
cate that will be sent home from the classroom during the last week of school.
Grade 1 through 5 participants that earned AR medals will be awarded their medal during their
lunch hours (see schedule below) on Thursday, May 27th.** Notices will be sent home in Friday
Folders on May 21,t for those students receiving an AR medal. Kindergarten students will receive
their medals from their teachers in the classroom.
Thank you and keep reading during the summer!
AR Chairperson **Thursday’s are Pizza days here at Moorsbridge.
You are welcome to bring your own lunch or you may
School Lunch Hours: choose to enjoy pizza with your child. We will need to
have your order for pizza by 9:00 am on the 27th.
Pizza is very popular and we want to make sure that
5th Grade 11:02 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. we order enough for everyone. Also be sure to tell us
3rd Grade 11:32 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. if you would like more than one slice.
4th Grade 12:02 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
1~t Grade 12:32 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
2nd Grade 1:02 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Sports Safety Clinic
Safe Kids Kalamazoo County, in partnership with sports medicine doctors, certified athletic trainers, and
brain injury experts, invite you to participate in a safe sports clinic to learn more than just the rules and
skills required to win - learn how to keep your athletes injury-free so they can stay in the game.
WHAT: Sports Safety Clinic ....
WHEN: Monday June 7, 2010 @ noon
WHERE: Bronson Gilmore Center for Health Education
COST: FREE for coaches, parents, athletes and volunteers!
Register online at www.bronsonhealth.com/ClassesAndEvents
or call Bronson HealthAnswers at (269) 341-7723 or toll-free at (800) 451-6310.
The 2009-2010 yearbooks were delivered during May. It was a joy to "Watch the Eagles Soar!" through the
school year, and to show how our students demonstrate life skills such as caring, perserverance, and sense of
humor daily! It was also amazing to see the continual support of MBE parents, as was shown by the gener-
ous donations of 30 yearbooks to help more students remember the year!
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped document the fun events and activities MBE students enjoyed
this year. A special note of thanks goes out to Kathy Wozbut for helping design the pages and proof the year-
book and Kris Goudie for processing the orders. Thanks also to parent/staff photographers: Jen Backer, Ute
Englmaier, Tanya Greffe, Kris Goudie, Deb Hemenway, Theresa Krawczyk, Tonia Lindsay, Julie Mellor,
Maria Michelangeli, Mato Mural, Jennifer Sachwitz, Kara Simpson, Amber Tiller, Shannon Van Hoven,
Marianne Walsh, Katie Williams, Andrea Wood, Mrs. Barlow, Mrs. Haas, Mr. Heerlyn, Mrs. Konkel, Mrs.
Lentz, Mr. Luteyn, Mrs. McPherson, Mrs. T., Mrs. Widman, and Mrs. Zook. The pictures you submit-
ted helped to show what a fun, dynamic learning environment our students enjoy at Moorsbridge. I wish I
could have used all of them!
Note of correction: The caption under the Enrichment picture on the staff page should have read:
0-r) Ms. Maitland, Mrs. Conner, Mrs. Hane. Our apologies to the E2 team!
Lisa Pfeiffer :
A heartfelt "Thank you!" goes out to all the Media Center volunteers for their time and effort this year.
PTO volunteers include: Tanya Greffe, Sarah Kominek, Maria Michelangeli, Theresa Krawczyk, Deb
Hemenway, Kristen Earl, Mato Murai, Cyndi Harrison, Tracy MacDonald, Jen Backer, Gail Kristin, De-
nise Mitchell,_Lynda Morrissey, Elizabeth Nebiolo, Kris Goudie, Jill Wright, Kara St. Clair, Julie Mellor,
Jennifer Rachowicz, Susan Illcyn, Gail Cummins, and Ruth Lee. We greatly appreciate your commit-
ment to the Media Center and to the students! Thanks also to Nikki Elrod for being such a caring and
dedicated Media Specialist; it is an honor to watch you inspire kids to read!
If you are interested in helping in the Media Center next year, please contact Marianne Walsh at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Pfeiffer at email@example.com. Library volunteers assist Mrs.
Elrod with checking books in and out, shelving books, and other duties. The time commitment is a
weekly shift of at least 1 hour, generally d~g classes from your child’s grade.
Lisa Pfeiffer & Marianne Walsh
Media Center Volunteer Co-Chairs
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PEF Now Appeal
The Portage Education Foundation (PEF) has established PEF Now, an annual appeal created in response to
community feedback. When the legislature cut school funding in the fall, community members were asked for
suggestions on how to address our school funding crisis. One comment heard again and again was that indi-
viduals were willing to make donations to Portage Public Schools. That’s when PEF decided to st_.art PEF
Since the 2002-2003 school year, PPS has cut $5 million from its budget. While PPS has made every effort to
prevent cuts from impacting its instructional services, the district cannot continue to provide an outstanding
eduction without financial support. Our schools are no longer receiving sufficient support from Lansing.
Many may question how we can build new schools when we are in the funding crisis. These are actually two
separate issues. By law, monies raised from a bond initiative cannot be used for classroom activities or
teacher salaries. The bond was earmarked for new schools, renovations and improved technology. Bond mon-
ies cannot be used to pay operational expenses.
We are asking PPS parents and alumni as well as local homeowners and area busines.ses - everyone who
shares an essential role in the success of our public school system - to participate in this appeal. Our goal is
to raise $1.3 million, what was cut from our budget in the fall of 2009. We are requesting $30 a month, which
is the equivalent of approximately $1 a day - that’s less than the average coffee or soda. We hope that every
family and area business will contribute to the extent that they can.
Invest today in the future of Portage. Working together, we can help the Portage Public Schools continue to
offer an outstanding education to our students - an education not possible with public funding alone.
Please visit o_ur website at www.portageeducationfoundation.org today to learn more about this appeal and to
make a donation. :::";,i
The Kalamazoo Kings are looking for bat boys and girls for the summer. Bat boys and girls need to be at
least 10 years old and who play baseball or are familiar with the sport. Call the Kings office at 388-8326 to
pick a date.
The Kings are also looking for National Anthem Singers for the season. If you are comfortable singing A
Capella in front of large crowds call the office to choose a date.
The Kalamazoo Kings have announced their nightly promotional schedule for their 10th Anniversary season.
Monday night games will feature an All You Can Eat Party Deck Pass for $20. You will receive a game ticket
and access to the Left Field party Deck where you can eat all the hamburgers and hot dogs you can stomach.
Tuesday night is Two for One Tuesdays. When you buy one general admission ticket, you receive one FREE!
Wednesday night is the return of the popular Ladies’ Night, where all women get in FREE.
Thursday night Enjoy $1 Hot Dogs and Pop!!!
Friday night enjoy the Meijer Friday Fireworks and on select Fridays Henderson Castle will be giving away
Saturday night is DirectAir Airline ’Picket Giveaway, where DirectAir will giveaway two rountrip tickets any-
where DirectAir flies, H
Sundays is Family Day. For ONLY $29 receive 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 bags of chips & 4 pops.
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Are You Moving?
As we attempt to estimate the number of classrooms we need at specific grade levels for the 2010-11 school
year, it is imperative that we maintain an accurate count on students we will have enrolled at Moorsbridge
Elementary for the upcoming school year. If you are aware that you will be moving from the Moorsbridge at-
tendance area next school year, please contact the school office at 323-6400 as soon as possible. ~
End of the school year reminders:
The school year is quickly coming to an end and there are many tasks that need to be taken care of before we
can say goodbye for summer vacation.
~ No cash refund will be made for balances on Food Service Accounts. Balances remaining will
be carried over for the upcoming school year. Please plan meal payments accordingly through the end of
the school year.
~ Any medication housed in the school office must be picked up by parents/guardians by
June 4th. After this date, medication remaining in the school office will be appropriately disposed of.
~ If a new famLly moves in your neighborhood over the summer, please encourage them to register
their children for school as soon as possible at the/~dministration Building on South Westnedge Avenue.
~As the weather warms up a reminder that the Portage Public Schools Dress Code for students requires
that dress not be disruptive to the educational process. We discourage students from wearing "short
shorts’; strapless tops, spaghetti strap shirts, bare midriffs, or pants/shorts that "sag" so under-
garments are in view. Flip flops should not be worn to school on ~ym da~/s and/or outside at re-
cess time. Students should also not wear any clothing to school that advertises or promotes
drugs or alcohol.
Library Media Center News
Nikki Elrod, Media Specialist
Wow! The students and families at Moorsbridge have done it again! The following people have donated books
to our media center. Our students will LOVE reading each and every one of their gifts.
-Veeresh Rajendran -Austin Hemenway
-Gabi Goudie -Jacob Maynard
-Kate Lindsay -Callie Uhlmann
-Jessica Anderson -Bradshaw Uhlmarm
-Ryan Clare -Samuel Branham
-Ethan Clare -Mercedes Villalobos
-Kristin Family -Darrian Chen
-Kimberly Kovacik -Cami~e St. Clair
-Claudia and Meredith Mellor
As the school year winds down, please help your chfld(ren) to return any library books that may still be at
your house. The last due date for our books is May 21.
The librarians from the Portage District Library will be here on May 20 to share with our students about
their Summer Reading Program. Watch for a brochure to come home with details about it. You can help your
child to continue to grow as a reader by encouraging them to read this summer.
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2010-2011 Moorsbridge Elementary Volunteer Form
I would like to volunteer to work on the following committees/events:
Please circle all that apply.
Accelerated Reader Yearbook Movie Nights
Muffins for Moms Hospitality Staff Appreciation
Harvest Dance Box Tops Week
Market Day Media Center New Student Recep-
Beautification Donuts for Dads tion
Carnival Book Exchange
Taught in grades 1 and 3.
Junior Achievement - Taught in grades 2, 4 and 5
3rdnd Annual Moorsbridge Road Rally Fun Run/Walk
October 1st Fundraising Event for the entire school.
For more information please contact Julie Mellor,
PTO President, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please return this form to schobl by June 1st.
Thanks so much for donating your time and talent
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Calling All Parents
Do you want your student to ride the school bus next year?
Do you want to save time and money and help the environment at the same too?
In order for Portage Public Schools to provide a safe and orderly bus ride, we require all" parents
to register their students for bus service.
Portage students will not be scheduled for bus service unless the parents/guardians notify the trans-
portation department in writing. You may sign up online after May 1 at www.portageps.org; or you may
download the form at
http://www.portageps.org/departments/transportation/requestform/tr~n ~portation requestform.pdf
and submit it to the transportation office via fax, mail or your student’s bus driver.
If you do not have internet access, you may obtain a Transportation Request form at any Portage school or
transportation office. Obtaining an accurate list of students who will actually be riding our buses is very impor-
rant for us to design efficient, low cost bus routes and to assure the safety of the students.
As a reminder, all students may be expected to walk up to 1-½ miles to school. Elementary students may walk
up to ½ mile to a bus stop and middle & high students may walk up to I mile to a bus stop wherever appropri-
ate walkways and traffic signs are available. Eligible students signing up for transportation will be assigned to
bus stops based on their home address.
If you would like your students to ride the bus next year, please sign up early. Bus assignments will be based
on the student’s home address as listed on the schools records. Students signing up by June 30 will receive a
postcard in late August with specific transportation information.
Students not replying by June 30 may compromise our ability to provide timely bus service in the
fall. For more information, please ask your bus driver or call Transportation at 323-5151. Thank you in ad-
vance for your timely responses.
Don’t delay, sign up today. You don’t want to miss the bus!
Enrollment Information Now Online
In efforts to improve customer service and continue to place more information online, Portage Public Schools
has launched a new "Enroll Now" section on its website. There is an "Enroll Now" link on the homepage, in the
upper left corner of www.portageps.org. The direct link is: http://www.portageps.org/enrollment/default.aspx
The enrollment page contains links to all the information and forms necessary for enrolling a new student. The
site, launched in April, includes enrollment instructions for both residents and non-residents, including infor-
mation regarding "Schools of Choice".
There are links to the ’Trogram of Studies" and counseling office contacts for middle and high school students.
There are also links to information including what immunizations are required, how to find the "Street Guide"
for those who may not know which school covers a specific neighborhood, and a listing of postal addresses for
school for those who want to mail in enrollment. A Frequently Asked Questions section also provides further
Having this information online will be especially useful for families moving in from out of town who have lim-
ited "time on the ground" and for parents/guardians enrolling kindergarten students. Some families may use
this site as a way to obtain the forms so they can be filled out at home and the brought into the school, while
others - especially those moving into Portage - may access
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Thank you Moorsbridge PTO
Please support the following
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Site-Based Decision Making Team Ballot for 2010-2011
Below you will find the ballot for next year’s site-based decision making team parent representatives.
We have two open positions for the 2010-2011 school year. Please vote for 2 candidates of your choice.
***Ballots should be returned to your child’s teacher or to the Moorsbridge office and will be accepted
until noon on May 28. Thank you for taking the time to vote for your site-based team members.
__Amy Coon: Hello! My name is Amy Coon and I would love to be part of the
Moorsbridge Site- Based Decision Team. I graduated from The University of Michigan
in communications and marketing and worked for Kraft Foods as an account manager
before becoming a stay at home morn. I would be an asset to the site-based team be-
cause I am a creative problem solver, a good listener, and extremely organized. I grew
up with a Dad who is a superintendent and a Morn who taught elementary school for 31
years. This gives me a unique viewpoint of administrator, teacher, and parent. It has
also given me lots of ideas! I have 3 children; the oldest will be entering 1st grade.
The other two are future Moorsbridge Eagles! Being a first time parent of a kindergart-
ner this past year has been a great acclamation to the Portage schools. -I truly care
about Moorsbridge and want to be a part of this team to continue to make this school
__Laura Jaeger: Realizing the importance of communications, my diverse back-
ground (former insurance broker, school volunteer, Sunday School teacher, Master Gar-
dener) along with my years of experience would be beneficial to the’SBDM team. Cur-
rently I am employed part time as a Child Accounting Secretaw at Edison Environ-
mental Science Academy (KPS). This position has allowed me to gain daily experience
dealing with discipline, school safety issues, respect and responsibility, and other issues
"n an elementary school setting. Since my two daughters attend Moorsbridge, I would
be honored to join and participate on the Moorsbridge Site Based Decision Making
Andrew Worden: My name is Andrew Worden. I have 3 children who is or has
been going to Moorsbridge Elementary. The youngest is in 2nd grade going to the 3rd. I
would like to see all the children succeed at school and be the best that they can.
Thank you for your vote. Andrew
A huge thank you goes out to our Hospitality Committee for the wonderful Staff Appreciation Lunch and Break-
fast. We truly appreciate all your hard work organizing these events. Our thanks to Jennifer Backer, Stacy Burton,
Wendy Permell, Patti Chen., Deb Hemenway, Denise Mitchell, Julie Mellor, Tanya Greffe, Kristen Earl, Kara St.
Clair, Gaff Kristin, Deb Lins, Tonia Lindsay, Marianne Walsh, Karla Kaczmarski, Rick Goodman and Lisa Pfeiffer.
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