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Notes From Mr. Roon

Dear Sandyview Families,

I hope that this letter finds all of you enjoying this beautiful Michigan summer! It has been a busy summer as I have transitioned over from the Middle School, but I am very excited to return to school! Sandyview is such a great place to be, and I have missed the students and families this summer! The office will officially open on Monday, August 21 from 8:30-4:00.  Mrs. Kristin Robbins is back this year to run the office. She is awesome! Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have.

The first day of school will be Tuesday, September 5. The start and end times for the day are the same as last year, with the first bell at 8:40 for students to enter the building. Lunch and recess will be from 12:05-1:00 with K-2nd grade students eating first and 3rd-4th eating second. Buses will depart and students being picked up will be dismissed at 3:50. The 2017-2018 District calendar can be found at www.hamiltonschools.us.

Bus schedules and information will be finalized soon. Please contact the bus garage with any transportation changes or questions at (269)751-5191. Students may only have one pick-up and one drop-off location. If you are picking your child up from school, please park in the south lot and avoid the bus loop during pick-up and drop-off times. When you pick up your child, please walk in to the entry to wait for your child to be dismissed. The transportation department is offering an orientation night / bus ride for Young Fives and Kindergarten students on August 23. Pick up times will start at 6:00pm. Please call 269-751-5191 to register!

Our specials offerings will be continuing as they did last year. We will again be offering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to all students. Mrs. Jodi Sikma and Mr. Andy Losik will be teaching STEM on a rotating schedule. In order to accommodate longer times for STEM exploration, all classes will have a full hour in STEM on Tuesdays. Mrs. Petersen is back as our PE teacher. Mrs. Dumouchelle and Mrs. Israels are returning as our art and music teachers.

Lunch menus will go home on Back to School Night or on the first day of school.  Breakfast and lunch will be served on the first day of school. Lunch this year will cost $2.45. Breakfast will again be served in the mornings before school for $1.60. Students eating breakfast may enter the building a few minutes early and head to the lunchroom to eat. You may visit the district website and click on the Meal Magic tab to make lunch deposits online, or you can send a check to school with your child’s order. Applications for free and/or reduced breakfast and lunch can be filled out on-line at www.lunchapp.com or paper copies will come home with students on the first day of school.

Our Back to School Night  will be held on Tuesday, August 29 for kindergarten through 4th grade students’ families.  We will be having an open house style night this year from 6:00-8:00pm. During this time we encourage families to visit each of their children’s classrooms to learn more about the expectations and procedures in each room. We will celebrate the beginning of a great school year with a school-wide ice cream social at 7:00. At 7:30, we will host a short presentation that will include a “Meet the New Principal” segment and information for families who are new to Sandyview. This is for first time Sandyview kindergarten parents and parents of new Sandyview students. There will be supervision on the playground for kindergarten through 4th grade students while their parents attend orientation sessions. Unfortunately, we do not have childcare for younger children, so please make other arrangements for them.

Sandyview’s PTO is already making plans for the year. We would love to have you join the PTO! The PTO plans special activities for the students and families of Sandyview. The PTO also raises funds to provide classroom materials, field trips, assemblies, and other special events for the students. This year we will be continuing the Parent Connect Meetings from last year. This is a awesome opportunity to find out what is going on with the PTO. The first Parent Connect Meeting is September 18 from 6:30-7:30 at Sandyview.

Volunteers are so important to us! We love all of the volunteers that help the teachers and staff of Sandyview make our school an even better place. Please take time to fill out your WISH profile on our website. Any adult that will have contact with students in our school needs to have a WISH profile on record. Thanks for your assistance with this!

We are excited for our third year of Hawkeye Preschool this year. We do still have some spaces available in some of the classes. If you have a preschool child or know of one that might be a part of this preschool program, please contact the district administration office at (269) 751-5148 or Sandyview’s office at (269)751-5372. There is a FREE preschool option for qualifying families. Help us spread the word about this great program!

Myself and all the teachers can’t wait to see everyone at Back to School Night and on the first day of school! We are looking forward to another great year at Sandyview!

Sincerely,

Mr. Jeff Roon, Principal