Weekly Update

Dear Families,

Let's make this another great week!
Some good things:
  • We had a PTO meeting this week!
  • Square One art orders are on the way to the company - orders will be here in time for the December Holiday Break.
  • Girls basketball continues to keep at it - go girls!
THANKSGIVING DATES: Proactive planners, please note students do not report to school this Wednesday, 11.22-Friday, 11.24. School resumes on Monday, 11.27. Our district Open Door may be available (pre-registration needed) at a central location on Wednesday, 11.22.

SCHOOL SAFETY: Superintendent Andy Ingall and others were featured via a Maranda video clip on this important topic. Please let me know questions you might have about our policies.

COFFEE WITH KATE: Join Principal Drake for an open talking time on 12.7 in our Peach Plains Office. She welcomes the chance to chat! Curriculum questions, learning ponders, socio-emotional quandaries, wonders about why-we-do-things-the-way-we-do? :)

ATTENDANCE CHANGES:  Another reference to our GHAPS Attendance Policy. Specifically, our tardy times have been tweaked to anything after 9:30am is a 1/2 day absence. There is also a change regarding early pick-up (students leaving before 3:00pm will be marked a 1/2 absence). Doctors notes are encouraged. Our attendance line is 616.850.5850Please let our office know what questions you might have.

MATH SUPPORT: Clear and consistent understanding about math concepts is important. We want families to be aware of online GHAPS resources. Tech Director Cecil Hammond recently updated our GHAPS Math Support Videos. These can be found under Academics/Math Support Videos on our website too.

PAUSING: Staff recently participated in learning upon this topic. When we pause, we allow the person speaking to have space to think. In our classrooms, teachers often use "wait time" (up to ten seconds in some cases) for kiddos to formulate thinking . If you were to practice pausing with your children, spouse, colleagues, how might the conversation change? How do you encourage pauses both verbally and non-verbally? Here is more on pausing via the reputable Colorado group called The Thinking Collaborative.

GRATITUDE: In the spirit of Thanksgiving, consider the wise words of Maya Angelou... "Be present in all things and thankful for all things." May you have a safe and happy holiday! Grateful for our school community - and our WatchDOGS starting next Monday, 11.27! There is still opportunity to sign up throughout the year - just let our office know you're interested or come check out the calendar in the main hallway.


Team Peach

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School Info

Peach Plains Elementary

15849 Comstock
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Office: 616.850.5800

Attendance: 616.850.5850
Fax: 616.850.5810

Kathryn Drake, Principal
Lori Blanding, Secretary

School Day: 
8:40 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.


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