August 10th, 2022 Dear Saranac Elementary Families, The staff at Saranac Elementary has been preparing for fall 2022 all summer. The office is now officially open. If you have questions, you may contact the office at 616-642-1200 between 8 am and 3 pm or email our principals, Mr. Mike Catrell, catrellmik@scs-staff.org , or Mrs. Sara Serne sernesar@scs-staff.org OPEN HOUSE – Thursday, August 25th, 2022 In order for you and your child to get acquainted with your new teacher and classroom, the staff will be available for you to stop in from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. You are welcome and encouraged to bring any school supplies to place in your child's desk at this time. Representatives from the Transportation Department will also be available for questions. The office staff will be available for any documentation still needed for registration. FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL Young 5s through 6th grade Monday, August 29 - 1/2 Day, 7:45am – 11:00am PICTURE DAY will be Tuesday, October 4th. NORMAL SCHOOL SCHEDULE Our normal daily instruction begins at 7:45. Our school doors open at 7:20 for student drop-off. School dismisses at 2:45. NEWS FROM THE KITCHEN The grant that all schools had across the nation is no longer available. There will not be free breakfast or lunch this year. Our prices will return to our previous amount. Breakfast is available at 7:30 am. Breakfast $1.50 Reduced $1.20 Lunch $2.25 Reduced $1.80 Free and Reduced Lunch/breakfast form Link In order for our school to receive federal funding, we need each family to fill out the free and reduced lunch forms. EVERY STUDENT must return these forms even if the family does not qualify. The online application allows you to complete the form for every child in your family. VOLUNTEERS IN THE BUILDING All volunteers in the school must pass a clear background check. All volunteers must be scheduled with their child's teacher. MORNING DROP OFF The building's doors are unlocked at 7:20 daily. Please make sure you pull up as far as possible when dropping off your student(s). The goal is to be able to have 5 cars unloading all at once. If your child needs more time to drop off, use the front parking lot and have your child(ren) exit your vehicle there. This keeps the drop-off line moving. STUDENT PICK UP If you need to pick up your child early from school, Dial 642-1200 once you arrive, and we will have your child come out to your vehicle. END-OF-DAY PICK UP Teachers will walk all students outside of the building upon dismissal. STAFF CHANGES We have several staffing changes taking place in our building this year. Please help us welcome the following staff: Angie Guernsey - ECSE and Special Education Teacher Alicia Zeller - 3rd Grade Teacher Amanda Germanese - 4th Grade Teacher Shandra Hesche - Office Secretary SCHOOL SUPPLIES School Calendar and School Supply list can be found on the school website at www.saranack12.mi.us. Like to stay informed? Visit www.saranac.k12.mi.us for helpful information, news, schedules, lunch menus, and links. Would you like to be updated about school events, closings, and more via text or email? Make sure the office has your updated email and phone number. Our district uses ThrillShare, which connects directly to our grade book system, Skyward. This system will notify the contact information that parents have provided. Skyward Family Access is an easy way for you to keep up-to-date with your student's grades, attendance, behavior, request contact information changes, and more. If you need assistance setting-up access, please contact your student's classroom teacher. You can also follow us on FACEBOOK! Like the Saranac Elementary School page for events and the latest happenings. Annual Parent Notice Right to Request Teacher and Paraprofessional Qualifications Because your child attends a school that received federal funds from the Title I program, you may request the following information about the professional qualifications of your child's classroom teacher(s): Whether the teacher has met Michigan licensing requirements for the grade level(s) and subject area(s) for which the teacher provides instruction. Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency permit or other provisional status through which Michigan licensing requirements have been waived. The teacher's college degree(s), major(s), and fields(s) of discipline, as well as any graduate degree or certification. You may also request this information about any paraprofessional who provides Title I services to your child. If you would like to receive this information, please contact Becky Bowen at the Superintendent's office (642-1400). Your request will be processed in a timely manner. We are looking forward to another great year at Saranac Elementary! Sincerely, Mike Catrell & Sara Serne
1 day ago, Mike Catrell
The JSH office will be closing at noon tomorrow, Friday, June 24. We apologize for any inconvenience.
about 2 months ago, Josh Leader
Saranac Elementary Families, Our office is winding down for the Summer. Our office will be closed Friday, June 23rd, and Monday, June 27th. We will have be open from 8:00 - 3:00 on June 28th and 29th. If your students attend any of our summer programs, the teachers will meet them at our main entrance in front of the building. Our office will be closed until August 1st. Please have a safe and relaxing summer!
about 2 months ago, Mike Catrell
Saranac Elementary Office Hours for the upcoming week: Monday, June 13th Closed for staff training Tuesday, June 14th 7:30 - 3:00 Wednesday, June 15th 7:30 - 3:00 Thursday, June 16th 7:30 - 3:00 Friday, June 17th 7:30 - 3:00
2 months ago, Mike Catrell
Friday we celebrated our Seniors. They parade through the school they entered as Kindergarter's and return as graduates! Congratulations to all of you, we are very proud of your hard work and dedication.
2 months ago, Mike Catrell
Grads
A very special thank you to Deputy Sean Farrell who came into PE with Mrs. Howe’s 1st graders! We played a class game of kickball. Deputy Farrell got in the action and made some great connections with the students❤️
3 months ago, Mike Catrell
Deputy Farrell
Here is a great opportunity for children ages 8 -17!
3 months ago, Mike Catrell
Young Eagles
Our Scholastic Book Fair is taking place right now! This is a wonderful way to build your family's home library. Having books in the home have a major impact on student achievement and students' love of Reading. We are hosting our Family Night today, and Thursday. Family Night is immediately after school until 6:30! We look forward to seeing you!
4 months ago, Mike Catrell
Bookfair
Kickoff to Kindergarten Survey 2022 - 2023 - Please complete this form if you are interested in enrolling a student in Kindergarten for the 2022 - 2023 school year. Completing this form will help us make necessary plans for the upcoming year. Children who are 5 years old prior December 1, 2022 are eligible to enroll in a Kindergarten program. A Young 5s program is also available for students who are eligible. https://forms.gle/VEfE99icN3uzfwbq8
4 months ago, Robert Silvernail
Kickoff to Kindergarten Survey 2022 - 2023 Please complete this form if you are interested in enrolling a student in Kindergarten for the 2022 - 2023 school year. Completing this form will help us make necessary plans for the upcoming year. Children who are 5 years old prior December 1, 2022 are eligible to enroll in a Kindergarten program. A Young 5s program is also available for students who are eligible. https://forms.gle/VEfE99icN3uzfwbq8
4 months ago, Robert Silvernail
The final round- Help choose our new mascot by voting at the following link: https://forms.gle/5iMif7KK6E1niPjK9
4 months ago, Robert Silvernail
Saranac is participating in the Mileage Club this year and students MUST register themselves. Please click on the link and register your child so they can get rewards for how many miles they travel during Mileage Club. Thanks and stay healthy! http://www.sparrowmilesclub.com/
4 months ago, Mike Catrell
It is hard to believe but it is time to begin preparing for the next school year! Our Kick-Off To Kindergarten Parent Meeting will be Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30. We will meet in the front Activities Room at the elementary and present some information to help you understand the process of enrolling a Kindergarten student. We look forward to seeing you there!
5 months ago, Mike Catrell
Dear Saranac Elementary Families, March has officially arrived which means our school will put the focus on Reading! Every March we pick a theme that we plan multiple activities around, this year our theme is, “Books Bring Us Together!” The most important thing you can do to support your child is to help them read! It doesn’t matter what grade level your child is in, there is always something you can help them do. Below are a few of the activities that we will have taking place in the school: D.E.A.R. Time Through the month we will play the song, “Come Together” When that song plays, we Drop Everything And Read. Dress Up Days All dress-up days will be on Wednesdays March 2 - Good Night Moon, PJ DAY March 9 - Fox in Socks, Crazy Sock Day March 16 - Cat in the Hat Day, Hat Day March 23 - Rainbow Fish Day, grade levels will dress as a color. Your child’s teacher will communicate regarding the color for his/her grade level March 30 - Favorite Book Character, Dress as your favorite book character Poster Parade March 25 Students will make a poster displaying their favorite book. We will supply the poster paper. Students will parade around the school on this day at 1:55. Parents are invited to watch the parade. If the weather is bad we will reschedule. Culminating Activity March 30 We will have grade level assemblies where students will compete in Minute to Win it Games. Every time students earn AR points or complete a book (depending on grade level) they will have an entry entered to participate in the games. Students will be drawn at random to participate. Happy Reading! Mike Catrell & Sara Serne
5 months ago, Mike Catrell
Today is the last day to sign yourself up for Parent-Teacher Conferences. After today our staff will assign you a time slot. This may mean that if you have more than one student in the building your conferences may not be at coordinated times. Saranac Elementary School’s conferences will be on March 7th and 9th. Conference sign-ups will be online through the My Conference Time Planning app. Please follow the steps below to sign up for your preferred conference date and time. Time slots fill quickly, so please sign up at your earliest convenience but no later than February 28th. Conferences will be in-person this Spring. If you need a virtual conference, please contact your child’s teacher. Directions for Conference Sign-ups Please go to www.myconferencetime.com/saranac Find and click on the name of your child’s teacher. Select your preferred date and time. Enter the required information. (E-mail address is not required, but if you enter one, you will receive an email confirmation.) Under the optional information, indicate whether you will attend in-person or virtual through a Google Meet link. Click “Sign Up for Your Conference” near the bottom of the screen. You’re done! That’s all there is to it. Each student is only allowed one conference time per teacher. Be sure to sign up for a conference with your child’s special education teacher, and/or Music, P.E., Art, and Technology teacher. If you do not have access to the internet, or you are unable to use the site to schedule your conference(s), please call the office at 642-1200. Either of our secretaries will be able to schedule the conference(s) for you. Sincerely, Mike Catrell & Sara Serne
5 months ago, Mike Catrell
The home varsity girls basketball game vs. Laingsburg that was cancelled yesterday will now be played tonight at 6:00 PM. The JV game will not be rescheduled. Thank you for your flexibility.
6 months ago, Josh Leader
The home varsity girls basketball game vs. Laingsburg that was cancelled yesterday will now be played tonight at 6:00 PM. The JV game will not be rescheduled. Thank you for your flexibility.
6 months ago, Josh Leader
Feb 18, 2022 Saranac Elementary School’s conferences will be on March 7th and 9th. Conference sign-ups will be online through the My Conference Time Planning app. Please follow the steps below to sign up for your preferred conference date and time. Time slots fill quickly, so please sign up at your earliest convenience but no later than February 28th. Conferences will be in-person this Spring. If you need a virtual conference, please contact your child’s teacher. Directions for Conference Sign-ups Please go to www.myconferencetime.com/saranac Find and click on the name of your child’s teacher. Select your preferred date and time. Enter the required information. (E-mail address is not required, but if you enter one, you will receive an email confirmation.) Under the optional information, indicate whether you will attend in-person or virtual through a Google Meet link. Click “Sign Up for Your Conference” near the bottom of the screen. You’re done! That’s all there is to it. Each student is only allowed one conference time per teacher. Be sure to sign up for a conference with your child’s special education teacher, and/or Music, P.E., Art, and Technology teacher. If you do not have access to the internet, or you are unable to use the site to schedule your conference(s), please call the office at 642-1200. Either of our secretaries will be able to schedule the conference(s) for you. Sincerely, Mike Catrell & Sara Serne
6 months ago, Mike Catrell
Tonight's JV/Varsity Girls BBall games vs. Laingsburg have been cancelled (make-up date TBD). 7/8th Grade Girls BBall games @ PW have been moved to Monday, 2/21. No middle school practices today. JV/Varsity Coaches will make arrangements for practices to end by 7PM.
6 months ago, Josh Leader
Saranac is participating in the Mileage Club this year and students MUST register themselves. Please click on the link and register your child so they can get rewards for how many miles they travel during Mileage Club. Thanks and stay healthy! http://www.sparrowmilesclub.com/
6 months ago, Mike Catrell
Feeling Good Mileage Club