News from MAS
Two Week Family Challenge: Oct. 8 – 19. This year, Emerald Elementary is focusing on providing opportunities and ideas for families to try out at home. During the month of October, we are challenging students and families to take advantage of the wonderful resources our community has to offer in addition to some other family activities to promote strong family bonding and academic achievement. Your family can take part in the challenge by doing one of the three daily challenges. Challenge examples: take a family walk on the boardwalk, play a board game, visit Central Park, read books out loud together. The best one – be a part of the Homecoming Parade (5 p.m. lineup on Pearl Street), join the YETI Tailgate Party (food) and free concert (Floyd Brothers) in the High School parking lot until 7 p.m., and attend the varsity football game that follows!
Be a volunteer! Whether your kids are just starting kindergarten or entering the final year of high school, there are many good reasons for parents to volunteer at school. It’s a great way to show your kids that you take an interest in their education, and it sends a positive message that you consider school a worthwhile cause. At Emerald, there are many opportunities for community members to volunteer. Check out the Emerald website for volunteer information or stop in the school office to pick up a volunteer brochure.
Students in Mr. Lindstrom’s fourth grade class walked to Lake Michigan to map locations of invasive species, observe the changes in lake levels, and do something healthy for Walk to School Day recently.
Students in Mr. Powers’ Economics/Government class sponsored “lunch with the county clerk” recently. MHS students who are 18, or are going to be 18 by Nov. 6, 2012, registered to vote with County Clerk Dan McKinney. On Oct. 19 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., the government class will be hosting a Candidate Forum in the auditorium.
Oct. 15-16-17, Competitive Cheer Coach Kim Hayward will be holding a Little Girls Cheer Clinic at Emerald from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. The performance date for the little cheerleaders will be pregame of the Oct. 19 varsity football game against Harbor Springs.
The Athletic Booster Club is sponsoring the Harvest Ball Dance at Emerald Elementary gym on Oct. 20 from 8 p.m. until midnight. For more information, please contact an Athletic Booster Club member.
YETI (Youth Entertaining Teen Initiatives) will host The Pigskin Classic Flag Football Tournament on Oct. 28 starting at 1 p.m. at AF Hall Stadium. Team registrations sheets are available in the high school office. Registration deadline is Oct. 12. Entry fee is $30 per team.
Have you always wanted to see the world? This is your chance! Join the International Club trip to Italy and Greece next summer. Visits include Venice, Rome, Florence, Athens, and many other amazing sights. There is a Greek Island Cruise, too! If you are a student in grades 8-12 this trip is for you. If you are an interested community member, please contact Mrs. Anderson at 341-4300, ext. 224.
Fall sports are winding down. There are still a few opportunities left to catch your favorite Emerald Teams in action:
Friday, Oct. 12: Varsity Football Homecoming Game @ 7:30 p.m. against Westwood
Thursday, Oct. 18: JV & Varsity Girls Volleyball @ 6 p.m. against Norway
Friday, Oct. 19: Varsity Football Game @ 7:30 p.m. (Senior Night) against Harbor Springs
Saturday, Oct. 20: MHS Cross Country Invitational @ Intake Park starting at 4 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 25: JV and Varsity Girls Volleyball @ 6 p.m. (Senior Night) against Big Bay De Noc
Reminder: MEAP Testing Dates are Oct. 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17. Make sure your child gets plenty of rest, eats a healthy breakfast, and arrives to school on time each and every day.
Looking Ahead: Nov. 2 – end of the first marking period. Nov. 8 – early dismissal and Parent/ Teacher Conferences. Nov. 15 – Deer Day/No School.