News & Notes
Welcome to the Steele Elementary School website. The News & Notes section highlights our upcoming events. In addition to this information, please visit our website links to the left for calendar events and other information.welcome
The Elves Impersonator
The second grade students are busily preparing for their performance of "The Elves Impersonator" by Teresa Jennings. They will be performing on Monday evening, December 8th. In an attempt to alleviate overcrowding, they will perform twice that evening at 6:00 and 6:45 p.m. We are asking that parents with a last name beginning with A-L attend the 6:00 p.m. performance, and that parents with the initials M - Z attend the 6:45 performance. All students will be performing at both the aforementioned times. We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to seeing you there.
Lost and Found
Our lost and found is out of control! Please take time to look for your child's missing items. There are many jackets, winter coats, and much more. All unclaimed items will be sent to Goodwill on Friday, November 21st after Fall conferences.
The Great Turkey Shoot Out
The GTSO is scheduled on Monday, November 17th in the Steele Gym. Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade boys and girls are invited to compete in this annual free-throw shooting contest.
6:00 - 3rd Grade
6:30 - 4th Grade
7:00 - 4th Grade
The entry fee is $2.00 or a non-perishable food item. This event is a food/fundraiser for the Mason Food Bank.
Online Registration for Fall Conferences
Conference time is fast approaching and will be held the week of November 17, 2014 on Wednesday and Thursday. The times are listed below for your reference. Student conferences are scheduled to be fifteen minutes in length.
• November 19 12:30-3:30 p.m. & 4:30-7:00 p.m. (No School for Students)
• November 20 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Steele Elementary School has started scheduling conferences using PTCFast.com. It is simple, quick, and convenient. Please enter the following link and read the directions to get started, http://ptcfast.com/schools/Steele_Elementary_School
In order to use the above process, you need to have an email address to receive emails from the website. If you do not currently have an email address, you may set one up for free at yahoo.com or google.com. If you have difficulty using the online system or do not have Internet access, please contact our office. We can assist you in scheduling your conference(s). We look forward to seeing you, soon!
We welcome all family members who have agreed to volunteer and help classroom teachers during our holiday parties! Thanks so much! In an effort to reduce the number of people in classrooms (for safety reasons), we ask that only the parents who have agreed – in advance – to volunteer during the party, attend our holiday parties. Thank you for your cooperation as we try to make classroom celebrations as enjoyable as possible for students and staff!
Halloween Parade on the Steele Walking Path, Weather Permitting ~ 2:15 p.m.
Halloween Classroom Parties to follow
PTO - Monster Fun Run/Walk
Steele Elementary PTO is sponsoring a Fall Fundraiser with all proceeds going toward a fun, educational school assembly!
Saturday, November 1st
Tickets $5 per Runner/Walker ~ T-shirts are available for $12 each
Look for registration forms in your oldest child’s backpack!
Breakfast in the Classroom
On Monday, October 13th, students who currently have breakfast in the cafeteria will eat breakfast in their classrooms. We are hoping that this change will reduce the number of students arriving late to class in the morning. Students will go to the cafeteria - when the first bell rings - at 8:35 to receive their breakfast bag and a milk/juice and then go directly to classrooms.
Students should not arrive to school before 8:30. They will be eating breakfast in the classroom after the morning bell rings instead of eating early in the cafeteria.
Vision & Hearing Screening
The Ingham County Health Department conducts annual vision screening for Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 5th grade students and hearing screening for Kindergarten, 1st & 3rd grade students. These will take place at Steele Elementary as follows:
• Hearing – February 3, 2015
• Vision – February 26, 2015
Contact the school office if you do NOT want your child screened.
Steele PTO email
The PTO has created an email account for sharing Steele Elementary school and PTO activity details. Never miss event again! Send a request to join the group via the following email address: steelePTO@gmail.com Please note: contact information will not be shared.
PTO Popcorn Fridays
The Steele PTO is sponsoring Popcorn Fridays!
• November 7th
• December 5th
• January 9th
• February 6th
• March 6th
• April 17th
• May 1st
The pre-pay option is $4.00 per student. Please make your check payable to Steele PTO and put your children's names in the memo. We are always looking for extra help, please contact Alicia Wilson (517)525-0972 or by email @ firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer!
New School Hours
Full Day – 8:40 am – 3:46 pm
Half Day – 8:40 am – 11:55 am
Elementary Food Service Meal Prices
Breakfast $1.50 Full Pay .30 cents Reduced
Lunch $2.40 Full Pay .40 cents Reduced
Lunch Account Balance
Please check your child’s food service account balance and make sure you are not starting the school year with a negative balance. Please call the Information Technology office at 676-6516 to obtain a password to access your student’s account online or call Food Services department at 676-6529
SmartBoards in the Classrooms
Steele Elementary was able to purchase additional SmartBoards this spring as a result of the very generous donation of $3000 from the Mason Public Schools Foundation. This most recent purchase of SmartBoards will contribute to our school-wide implementation plan for increased interactive technology. In addition to MPSF funds, the district Technology Department and building combined funds so that all K-5 classrooms currently have a SmartBoard.
Looking for Tips for Reading Success? Please click HERE for the Reading Connection!
Click HERE for ideas about Food and Fitness for a Healthy Child!
Box Tops for Education
Our PTO is getting ready to submit box tops. Don't miss out! Hand in your trimmed box tops before February 25th. Thank you!
Websites for Math Fact Fluency
These websites were chosen based on second grade expectations, but can often be manipulated for older or younger students and have online interactive games to play. You may have to set the games up for level of difficulty or range of numbers for your child. Please keep in mind to start at a level they can be successful at and build slowly from that point. Addition facts add up to 20 at the most, including teen numbers (ex. 17+2= 19) and subtraction numbers can have numbers up to 20 in the problem (ex. 17-3=14).
Steele PTO Begins Scrip Program
We’re pleased to share some exciting news about a new fundraising program for Steele PTO. It’s called “scrip”, and it’s the fundraising program that works while you shop. No more catalog sales, selling products to grandparents, neighbors and co-workers.
Many popular retailers participate in our scrip program including Walmart, The Gap, Speedway, Panera, Applebee’s, and many, many others including Meijer!
Please click here for an order sheet.
Contact Kerri with any questions:
Clip Those Labels!
Steele PTO now collects Labels for Education. These are found on Campbell's, Swanson, Glad and many other products. The PTO continues to collect BoxTops for Education. Collection containers are located outside the office door. Please be sure to include your child's name on the envelope.
Free e-books for Kids!
Our Library now subscribes to Tumble Book Library e-books for e-kids. Tumble Book Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach your children the joys of reading in a format they'll love. Access the Tumble Book Library collection from home online anytime by logging on to: www.TumbleBookLibrary.com. Please contact Mrs. Bercaw at Steele's Library for the username and password.
Bulldogs Against Bullying District Website
The Mason Public Schools has developed an anti-bullying website to be an informational resource about bullying for parents, teachers, and students. The website is: http://bulldogsagainstbullying.weebly.com The website will also be updated periodically with additional information about the Mason Public Schools Bullying Task Force.
Breakfast is available from 8:25-8:40 a.m. The cost is $1.25. Students eligible for free lunch will receive breakfast at no cost. Students eligible for reduced price lunch will be charged $.30
Please click here for a copy of the Mason Elementary handbook.
Pupil Transportation Handbooks
For a copy of the district's Pupil Transportation Handbook, please click here. If you have any questions regarding the content of this handbook, contact the Transportation Department at 676-6496.
For our Steele Safety Information Letter, please click here
School hours are from 8:40 a.m. - 3:46 p.m. (Students should not arrive before 8:30 a.m.) If your student will be absent, you may call our attendance hotline at 676-6510 and press option 3, to record an absence before 8:00 a.m. This system is in place during non-school hours.
To View The Completed Safety Drills For Steele Elementary Click Here
Ph: 517.676.6510. FAX: 517.676.0295