Mrs. Niederstadt's Parent Letter

September 21, 2006

Dear Parents,


In this week’s Thursday Folder your child’s graded work is enclosed.  There are four grades given, they are S+=Achieved, S=Progressing Successfully, S-=Beginning to Develop and U=Experiencing Difficulty. Some papers are stamped with “The Wall of Fame.”  These papers are the best of the best, because they have included correct answers, best writing, best coloring, no backward letters or numbers and the date.  If your child has this stamped on one of his/her papers, then congratulate him/her on a job well done.


On Monday we will walk to the Onekama Public Library at 11:45 and should return around 1:00 p.m.  Students will be able to check out two books.  If your schedule permits, you’re welcome to join us. 


As you’ve noticed on our enrichment schedule we have library at school twice a week: Monday and Wednesday.  Students are able to keep their books for up to a week.  If they finish early, then they can check out new books at the next library meeting. 


On Saturday the 30th students are invited to walk in the homecoming parade with their class.  Your child should be dressed in their favorite Onekama clothing or blue and gold.  Balloons will be provided for each student to carry in the parade.  It begins at 11:00 a.m.  We will meet in the Village Park at 10:30 a.m.  The homecoming game is at 1:00 p.m.  If your child is going to participate in the parade, then please be sure to return his/her permission slip.  The permission slip is enclosed and helps us indicate how many balloons are needed.


Enclosed is a wish list.  As you know our school budget is becoming less and less each year.  When I first began teaching nine years ago, we were given a $1000 budget for each classroom.  Now we were given $150 to purchase our supplies this year.  Of course you are not obligated to purchase, but several parents have requested a list.   The wish list includes craft supplies for our three holiday parties and other necessary items.  If you would like to help, then it would be greatly appreciated. 

I’ve noticed this week that several students eat breakfast in our room.  I would like to bring to your attention that most students are choosing chocolate pop tarts or chocolate cereal with chocolate milk!!  As you know chocolate has natural caffeine.  In order to focus in the morning, this is not a good way to start the day.  On Monday morning I am going to talk with the cafeteria about serving chocolate along with chocolate.  There are several other healthy choices for students to make, but most of them are enjoying too much chocolate in the morning.  If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know by tomorrow.


If you are interested in receiving this parent letter electronically, then please email me at   Also if you have any questions or concerns, then you may contact me via email or at 889-9674.  The best way to contact me is via email.  It is difficult for me to get to the phone during the day.


The following are dates that you may want to add to your calendar:

  • School Picture Day – September 26

  • Book Orders due – September 29

  • Onekama Fire Dept. field trip – October 6

  • No School – Teacher In-Service – October 9

  • Onekama Public Library field trip – October 13

  • Halloween Party – October 31

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences – November 9 & 10