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
January is School Board Appreciation Month
Mason Public Schools board members come from a variety of backgrounds, yet they share a common goal – helping students achieve in school and life. As a state, Michigan has faced many challenges, but the key to a brighter future is a strong public education system. We often forget about the personal sacrifices school board members make. Board members contribute hundreds of hours each year in support of our community’s children.
The month of January marks the annual observance of School Board Recognition Month. This is a time to demonstrate our appreciation for the work that our local trustees in Mason accomplish, as they work together to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders. In January, please join the staff and students of Mason Public Schools as we salute our seven men and women who provide grassroots governance for our school district.
Classroom Party Volunteers
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!
Classroom Parties will be scheduled by the classroom teacher. Please look for information from you child's teacher for party date and time.:
Family Learning Connection
Have you ever wondered what your child should be learning now? What you can do at home to help? What questions to ask the teacher if you notice a change in progress or interest in school? The Family Learning Connection was developed to help you strengthen your child’s learning at every age and provide a roadmap of support for families. This roadmap provides key checkpoints aligned to the resources and tools needed to navigate your child’s educational journey. In four simple steps, you can gather ideas for supporting your child in the areas of behavior, math and reading. Checkout the tools and tips at http://www.inghamisd.org/flc.
Breakfast in the Classroom
We have adjusted our breakfast procedure, students who previously had breakfast in the cafeteria will eat breakfast in their classrooms. Students will go to the cafeteria as they enter the building at 8:30 to receive their breakfast bag and a milk/juice and then go directly to the gym (or other designated waiting area) until the first bell rings. The cost for breakfast is $1.50. 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!
• January 9th
• February 6th
• March 6th
• April 17th
• May 1st
The pre-pay option (as of January 9th) is $2.50 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.
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