This is Principal Rose with your weekly Tuesday update.
Holmes Elementary and Ford ELC are moving back to the Traditional Calendar for the 2019-20
school year. We will join the rest of YCS on the same calendar. Considerations for this change
● All Schools on One Calendar
● Improved Student Attendance
● Post Labor Day Start
● Equitable Allocations of District Resources
A record number of measles cases are confirmed in neighboring counties and one confirmed
case in Washtenaw County. If you do not have a record of two measles (MMR) vaccines, or if
you are unsure if you have been vaccinated or have had measles in the past, contact your
healthcare provider about getting vaccinated. You can also call the Health Department at
734-544-6700. Here is the current link confirming one case in Washtenaw County:
YCS Save the Dates
5/17- The Grizzly Soiree’ Breakfast Edition 9-11 A.M. at the Riverside Arts Center
5/22- YCS District Job Fair 10-2 P.M. at Tucker’s Garage
6/4- YCHS Graduation 6 P.M. at EMU Convocation Center
7/26- Jazz in the Parking Lot 7-9 P.M. Shadford Field
8/31- Back to School Bash 12-3 P.M. @ Prospect Park
Your child brought home two information flyers today.
● Mom2Mom vendor show at Estabrook on May 18th (10 A.M.- 3 P.M.)
● Hear and Vision screen Parent information and feedback form
● Leslie Science Center Earth Day flyer
GOTR: Monday and Wednesday 2:30-4 P.M.
Science Olympiad: Wednesday or Thursday 2:30-3:45 P.M.
Seussical Jr. rehearsal: Monday and Tuesday 2:30-5:30 P.M.
Parents, please mark your calendars with these important dates:
● 4/8-5/31 MI-Access testing
● 4/8- 5/10 5th grade M-Step testing
● 4/19-4/22 No School for Spring Weekend
● 4/23- School resumes
● 4/23-5/17 NWEA Spring testing window
● 4/25- ELA family fun night 5-7 P.M.
● 4/26- Grizzly Gathering
● 4/29-5/31 3rd and 4th grade M-Step testing
● 5/1- Hearing and Vision screening
● 5/2- Food Gatherer’s produce distribution
● 5/2- Science family fun night 5-7 P.M.
● 5/3- Fun Friday
● 5/7- Teacher Appreciation Day
● 5/7- Half Day (11 A.M. dismissal) teacher professional development
● 5/7- PTAG meeting 5:30-6:30 P.M.
● 5/11- GOTR 5k run at Rolling Hills (meet at Holmes at 7 A.M. for bus) Run begins at 9
● 5/15 Holmes Spring Music Concert 6:30-8 P.M. (at Holmes)
● 5/17- Fun Friday
Attached to this email you will find the calendar for the 2018-19 school year. Thanks for your
support of Holmes Elementary and go Grizzlies,
I want this to be a communication that includes a feedback loop. Please provide me with
feedback via this google doc. I will go back and look at this document for action items.
Please use a different color font when adding questions or other forms of feedback. I will
follow up with you on any and all feedback given. Thanks in advance for reading through
each update and providing feedback on future updates.
○ YCS and YCEA have reached an understanding re: the online PD
■ PD does not need to be online
■ The CD book study we have been conducting will meet the required 6
■ Submit your proposal document with CD book study information and I will
approve and HR will approve
■ I apologize for those that completed the required online PD prior to this
agreement, I was just follow the directives we were given as administrators
(apparently some/many decided to not follow this directive)
○ Ann Robinson (Holmes’ Dean of Students ‘18-’19) is recovering from her transplant
surgery and doing well!
○ Holmes interviewed this Monday, Wednesday and Friday for a full-time Dean for
the remainder of the ‘18-’19 school year and the ‘19-’20 moving forward. We made
a recommendation for candidates to proceed to 2nd round of interviews to
include C.O. staff
○ Teacher Collaboration Routines
■ These are the routines that I will be looking for when I observe your
common planning on May 1st
■ This will just be an opportunity to observe and provide feedback. It will not
be used for evaluation purposes, just coaching
● Social Emotional Resources
○ Developing relationships and friendships is a challenge for students with Autism
or Asperger’s. How does Conscious Discipline address this, especially for
students with the potential to become social outcasts or loners?
■ Peer relationships between a neuro-typical student and a student with
Autism or Asperger’s can be delicate, strained or nonexistent because it’s
an uneven playing field. Children with ASD are attempting to function
without the same filter their peers have developed within the realm of
interpersonal relationships and nonverbal cues. Children in the autism
spectrum often lack the skills to spontaneously join into play with peers or
interpret vague invitations to participate. Conscious Discipline teaches the
use of two positive choices because research shows the brain tends to
respond to this with cooperation. This brain-based knowledge empowers
children with autism to learn the social skill of inviting someone to play
with them. You can assist in this process by creating prompt cards that
have a formalized sentence structure or a two-picture option. The child
with ASD can carry the prompt card in a pocket or wear it on an elastic
wristband at recess. Teachers can also pair up typical peers with ASD
children for I Love You Rituals and other activities. When these
connecting rituals are part of the daily routine, the child with ASD will
often go right along with it, providing the opportunity to interact.
○ All About Self Control- shared by Ms. LaGoe
○ Classroom Trauma Triggers- shared by Ms. Huget
● Instructional Resources
5 Strategies to Overcome Reading Slumps
Gail Boushey, Emily Boushey
We recently overcame a reading slump. It’s not that we weren’t reading at all. We were:
newspaper apps on our phones, recipes, and book reviews. But we simply weren’t finishing
books. Together we acknowledged that we were in a slump, and we shared strategies that
helped us get back to reading voraciously. If you’re finding that your reading has waned, one
of these ideas may resonate with you and get you back into books.
● Try layering books. If you are reading a book you aren’t loving, put it on pause and
pick up another one. Trust that if it’s meant to be, you’ll be drawn back to it.
Otherwise, let’s all give ourselves permission to let go of books we’re not really
● Switch up the reading medium. Have you been reading a physical book? Try reading
on a Kindle or other electronic device. You can adjust the font and text size to
maximize reading engagement. Built-in dictionaries help with vocabulary. And you
won’t feel overwhelmed by the physical girth of a lengthy book.
● Do you know about the Goodreads Reading Challenge? It’s a great way to set a goal
for the number of books you want to read in a year. It’s satisfying to mark a book as
read when you’ve finished it. If you’ve never set a yearly reading goal and don’t know
where to start, we recommend counting how many books you read last year and
bumping up the number by a few.
● This handy tool can help you determine a realistic goal. Spend a few minutes reading
an excerpt to determine your reading speed and the number of books you can read in
a year based on the number of minutes you’ll spend reading each day.
● Get recommendations. Start asking people for their top three titles. It’s easier to start
a book that you know someone else loved.
That’s what’s been working for us. We would love to hear what works for you. Head over to
the Discussion Board and share your ideas. Let’s remember, we all go through phases. Give
yourself some grace and a little nudge with some attainable goals, and know that your
reading slump can be temporary, just like ours was.
“NRR” - No Response Required
“RR” - Response Required (within 1 school day)
“AR” - Action Required (acknowledge within 1 school day and timeline for completion)
o May- Ramadan
▪ 3rd Grade
o June- Summer Safety
▪ 3rd Grade
● Videos for display
▪ June- 5th grade promotion
● Mondays- 2
nd grade submits 1-2 students to receive positive call home from Principal
● Tuesdays- 3
rd grade submits 1-2 students to receive positive call home from Principal
● Wednesdays- 4
th grade submits 1-2 students to receive positive call home from Principal
● Thursdays- 5
th grade submits 1-2 students to receive positive call home from Principal
o Be sure to include the reason you want this student to be recognized
o Be sure to submit at least one name weekly for recognition
● Fridays- submit bus envelope and revision requests
● Morning Announcements
o Morning announcements- Ms. Swanson 4/15- 4/19
o Morning announcements- Ms. Bearman 4/23-4/26
o Morning announcements- Ms. Brown 4/29- 5/3
o Morning announcements- Ms. McKinney 5/6 - 5/10
o Morning announcements- Ms. Jones 5/13-5/17
o Morning announcements- Ms. Mendenhall 5/20-5/24
o Morning announcements- Ms. Gray 5/28-5/31
o Morning announcements- Ms. G 6/3-6/7
o Morning announcements- Mr. Burrows/ Ms. L.T. 6/10-6/11
● 4/16- Debrief incident on 4/9/19
● 4/16- Content meeting 2:45-3:45 P.M. (Interim Self-Assessment)
● 4/16- Admin meeting (4-5 P.M.)
● 4/17- EI room meeting 7:35- 8:25 A.M.
● 4/17- Foxbright training 10-11 A.M.
● 4/17- Field Day and Fun Friday showcase planning 1:35-2:10 P.M.
● 4/17- Digi Coach meeting at C.O. 4-5:15 P.M.
● 4/18- Becca out all day
● 4/18- HR meeting 11-12 (Rose unavailable)
● 4/18- Meeting with CPS supervisor 1-2 P.M.
● 4/18- AI meeting 2:45-3:45 P.M.
● 4/18- Team Building @ LaGoes
● 4/23- 5/17 Spring NWEA testing window
● 4/23- 5th grade M-Step conversation w/ students 8-9 A.M.
● 4/23- HBNT meeting 2:45-3:45 P.M.
● 4/23- Content meeting 2:45-3:45 P.M.
● 4/24- Support staff union visit 10 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
● 4/24- AR meeting 2:45-3:15 P.M.
● 4/24- Administrative Assistance Day
● 4/25- HR meeting 11-12 (Rose unavailable)
● 4/25- Holmes Sped Mtg. 12:30-1:30 P.M.
● 4/25- ELA family night 5-7 P.M.
● 4/29-5/31 3rd and 4th grade M-Step
● 4/30- Retention letters due to Rose
● 4/30- DN Performance Management (Rose out from 8-11:30)
● 4/30- Meet with YCMS admin to discuss 5th grade rise up day
● 4/30- BN mtg. 2:45-3:45 P.M.
● 5/1- Observe academic conversations in grade level meetings
● 5/2- HR meeting 11-12 (Rose unavailable)
● 5/2- EI room planning meeting (3:30-4:45 P.M.)
● 5/3- Interim Self Assessment Due
● 5/7 & 5/8 - Adaptive Schools Training (Rose, Mendenhall and McKinney out)
● 5/7- Holmes staff meeting (2:45-3:45 P.M.)
● 5/9- Teacher appreciation luncheon- prepared by Ms. Rose 10:30-1 P.M.
● 5/9- HR meeting 11-12 (Rose unavailable)
● 5/9- Holmes ASD meeting (1:40-2:40 P.M.)
● 5/11- GOTR meet @ 7 A.M. for bus ride to Rolling Hills for 5K @ 9 A.M.
● 5/11- Science Olympiad competition
● 5/14- Holmes Staff meeting 2:45-3:45 P.M.
● 5/15- EI room meeting 7:35-8:25 A.M.
● 5/16- HR meeting 11-12 (Rose unavailable)
● 5/17- Grizzly Soir’ee @ RAC (Rose out from 9-11 A.M.)
~ M-Step ~ NWEA ~ Interim Self-Assessment ~ CLC information
No School: Holiday Weekend - District WideDate: Apr 22Calendar: YCS District Calendar
WEST - A2 United SoccerDate: Apr 22Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PMLocation: WEST Middle School GymCalendar: YCS District Calendar
WEST - A2 United SoccerDate: Apr 23Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PMLocation: WEST Middle School GymCalendar: YCS District Calendar
WEST - A2 United SoccerDate: Apr 29Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PMLocation: WEST Middle School GymCalendar: YCS District Calendar
WEST - A2 United SoccerDate: Apr 30Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PMLocation: WEST Middle School GymCalendar: YCS District Calendar
WEST - A2 United SoccerDate: May 6Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PMLocation: WEST Middle School GymCalendar: YCS District Calendar
Early Dismissal - K-12 - 1/2 Student Day Early Release - 1/2 Day Building Level PDDate: May 7Calendar: YCS District Calendar
WEST - A2 United SoccerDate: May 7Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PMLocation: WEST Middle School GymCalendar: YCS District Calendar