2013-03-07 / Community

News from MAS

Above, members of the Anti-Bullying Committee discuss the issue with a class. Below, Mrs. Richey’s kindergarten class is shown with their March weather prediction. 
Courtesy photos Above, members of the Anti-Bullying Committee discuss the issue with a class. Below, Mrs. Richey’s kindergarten class is shown with their March weather prediction. Courtesy photos It’s great being an Emerald! Congratulations to Emerald athletes for their recent showings at state level competition: the Emerald Competitive Cheer Team and Mathew and Cole Gonzalez. Great job – we are proud of you! The Robotics First Team – wow! Regional winner, Highest Rookie Seed, and Rookie All Stars at Traverse City! As one of three robots in the Red Alliance, Manistique’s “Junkyard Dawgs” made an impressive first time showing. On to more competition in St. Johns! The Manistique girls’ basketball – district champs! First time congratulations to Coach Spettel and her Lady Emeralds! On to regional play in Marquette against the Ishpeming Hematites. The Manistique boys’ basketball – advancing to district final round play in Manistique starting at 7 p.m. against Harbor Springs this Friday, March 8. Go Emeralds!

It has been a very busy month at Emerald Elementary. The recent Move-a-Thon to raise money for Northwoods AirLifeLine (February’s Community Service Project) concluded. Each grade level participated in the Movea Thon for 30 minutes, rotating through four fun stations in the gym. The last 15 minutes were spent throwing pies at Principal Mason’s face! The students collecting $10 or more for the Move-a- Thon had the opportunity to throw a pie at Mr. Mason. He took 56 pies to the face, raising $560! There was also a classroom competition to determine which classroom could raise the most money. A little over $1,000 was raised in classroom canisters! The Lion’s Club will donate a matching gift of $500 making Emerald Elementary’s NWALL service project total just over $2,000! NWALL estimates that it costs $500 per flight to Mayo Clinic, University of Michigan Hospital or Madison, Wis., so that means Emerald made possible four flights!

The Anti-Bullying Committee at Emerald is made up of fourth and fifth grade students who meet two times a week with Ms. Barton to come up with ideas to promote kindness and prevent bullying. Their mission is to stop bullying in the school. To introduce themselves, the team split into four groups and each group presented to a grade level. Presentations discussed the definition of bullying, what to do if you are being bullied, how to stop bullying, and who to do if you see bullying happening. The group has come up with many ideas for different activities throughout the remainder of the school year. They are planning a Random Act of Kindness Week (March 11), and a No Name Calling Week (April). The group’s final project will be creating a children’s book, associated with Suma the Elephant. Luanne Bibbee, who works with the Suma Center, traveled to Emerald to share the story of Suma the Elephant. She works with the Suma Center to share the message about bullying and how we can empower ourselves and others to work together in a positive manner. You can find more information about the story by going to sumatheelephant.com. This group of young students work very hard to stop bullying in school, and we are very proud of all the work they have done so far!

Emerald Elementary fourth and fifth grade student took part in the State Virtual Archery Competition on Friday, March 1. Mr. Marana, PE teacher, said their scores will be compared with similar grade level students throughout the state for a chance to win a variety of prizes.

Mrs. Richey’s kindergarten students recently made a weather prediction graph for our March weather.

Looks like the month will “go out like a lion.”

Emerald students and staff raised over $200 for Walk For Warmth during a recent pajama day for families in Schoolcraft County who may need assistance with heating their homes.

Students kicked off “March is Reading Month” with teachers swapping classrooms to share one of their favorite books. Parents and volunteers are welcome to come in throughout the month to share your favorite books with students. Please contact any teacher to set up a date and time. Thank you for sharing your passion for reading with Emerald students!

“Calling All Bugz” second and third grade students take the stage at the high school Auditorium this Thursday, March 7 for their musical program. Do not miss this special event starting at 6:30 p.m.

Drivers beware – Track practice begins on Monday, March 11. Be extra cautious when you see our track athletes running on the streets.

Planning Ahead:

March 13: Engineering Night at Emerald (6 – 8 p.m.) – Emerald Gym

March 14: MAS Board Goals Setting Workshop (6:30 p.m.) – MS/HS Community Room

March 21-22: Fox and Branch music program (1:30 p.m./8 a.m.) – Emerald Gym

March 26: Historic Mackinac on Tour program (8:30 – 10:45 a.m. and 1 – 2 p.m.) – Emerald Gym

April 1-5: Spring break

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