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Blanche Sims Elementary school-related communications from Principal Ken Nuss and the office staff relevant to parents will be emailed and posted on this page below.

Friday Focus - November 8th, 2019

This Week at Blanche Sims

A Focus on the 7 Habits of Leaders

As part of our 7 Habits of Successful People initiative, each week we focus on one of the 7 Habits to get a good understanding of its meaning. This week, students learned about Habit 4 – Think Win-Win.  Be sure to ask your children to give you examples of what it means for student leaders to Think Win-Win at home and at school. 

Book Fair Next Week!

Everyone loves the book fair!  The Book Fair will be in the Media Center during Parent/Teacher Conference week.  Please stop by and find a few good books!  They make great holiday presents for children! 

Kids & Kops – Fun for Everyone!

Back by popular demand, the first Kids & Kops event will take place on November 22 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Blanche Sims students in grades K-5 will once again have the opportunity to have fun with Lake Orion Village Police Officers playing basketball, hockey, ping-pong, corn hole, board games, and many other activities while enjoying pizza, veggies, and juice. Don’t miss this fun FREE event for kids.  Registration Form attached.

Kids Kops Registration 2019-2020.pdf 

Book Drive for Lake Orion Community Schools

Do you have outgrown or unread books clogging up your shelves at home? You can put those books into the hands of young readers by donating them to the annual Lake Orion book drive! Simply bring ANY used or new books, from infant to adult, to the collection bin in the Blanche Sims Main Office. Staff will collect and sort donations and preschool through grade 12 teachers will be invited to select books for classroom use. Books not adopted into classrooms will be donated to local literacy programs. Our book drive has placed thousands of books into the hands of Lake Orion students over the years! Bring books anytime now through November 15.  Thank you and happy reading!  See link to flier for more details.

https://www.smore.com/gw4j8

Mark your Calendars…Movie Night December 6

Join us for a great time and good movie with friends and family at our first Movie Night of the year.  Come see the modern holiday classic Elf on Friday, December 6 in the Blanche Sims Cafeteria beginning at 7:00 pm.  Admission and popcorn are free! Drinks will be available for purchase. Wear your PJs, bring a blanket, and enjoy the show!  See attached flier for details.

Movie Sims Holiday flyer.pdf 

Get Your Acts Together…2019-2020 Variety Show

Sign up for the Blanche Sims Variety Show coming on March 6, 2020. We have some very talented kids here at Blanche Sims! Our annual Variety Show is an event dedicated to giving our students a chance to shine! The show is open to all Blanche Sims students (DK-5). Acts may be individual or performed in a group.  See flier for details.

Variety Show Parent Letter Permission Slip 2020.pdf 

Attention Parents! Photos for yearbook Needed

Do you have photos that you have taken at school events this school year? We need your help in gathering photos for the yearbook.   If you have photos of the any of the following events, (1st Day of School, Fun Run, Field Trips, Halloween Parade/celebrations, Trunk or Treat....) please follow the easy instructions to upload to the school yearbook program.  If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact Tina Zach at tina.zach@lok12.org or 248-693-5460

Box Tops Made Easy with Technology

No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. Download the all-new Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts. The app will automatically credit your school's Box Tops earnings online.  It could not be easier!  If I can do it, it must be simple!  Be sure to download the Box Top app and just scan your receipt!  It makes a big difference for our kids!

The Easiest way to Help Blanche Sims in a BIG Way!  Kroger Rewards

Please take 1 minute to link your Kroger Rewards Card to Blanche Sims; it makes a HUGE difference for our kids!

Go to https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow or following the attached instructions.

Bond Updates

Lake Orion Community Schools residents voted in November 2018 to approve a $160 million, 10-year, three series bond. Audited by the State of Michigan Department of Treasury, the bond plan will improve every facility in the district. Follow the link below for updates as the implementation moves forward, providing everything from the outline of next steps, to project plans, community involvement and regular progress reports.

https://www.lakeorionschools.org/bond

Follow Blanche Sims on Twitter

Blanche Sims Elementary @SimsElementary

Calendar of Events

November 12            P/T Conferences

November 14            Half-Day for Students, 12:05 Dismissal

                                    P/T Conferences

November 22            Kids and Kops, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

November 27-29      No School  - Thanksgiving Holiday Break   

Friday Focus - November 1, 2019

This Week at Blanche Sims:​​​​​​​

A Focus on the 7 Habits of Leaders

As part of our 7 Habits of Successful People initiative, each week we focus on one of the 7 Habits to get a good understanding of its meaning. This week, students learned about Habit 3 – Put First Things First.  Be sure to ask your children to give you examples of what it means for student leaders to Put First Things First at home and at school.  See attachment for a list of all 7 Habits.

7 Habits Tree.pdf 

Kids & Kops – Fun for Everyone!

Back by popular demand, the first Kids & Kops event will take place on November 22 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Blanche Sims students in grades K-5 will once again have the opportunity to have fun with Lake Orion Village Police Officers playing basketball, hockey, ping-pong, corn hole, board games, and many other activities while enjoying pizza, veggies, and juice. Don’t miss this fun FREE event for kids. If you have registered for Kids and Kops in the past, there is no need to register again, we have your information on file.  Registration Form attached.

Kids Kops Registration 2019-2020.pdf 

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences are Tuesday, Nov. 12 and Thursday, Nov. 14 and the Blanche Sims PTO would like your help in providing meals for our teachers and staff. Please check out the link below and consider signing up for a meal. Thanks for your help in keeping our teachers and staff going on those long days!

11/12/19

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30E0F44A9AC28A4F58-fall6

11/14/19

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30E0F44A9AC28A4F58-fall7

Book Fair Coming Soon!

Everyone loves the Book Fair!  The Book Fair will be in the Media Center during Parent/Teacher Conference week.  Please stop by and find a few good books!  They make great holiday presents for children!  More details will be sent home soon about times and days.

Attention Parents! Photos for yearbook Needed

Do you have photos that you have taken at school events this school year?  We need your help in gathering photos for the yearbook. If you have photos of the any of the following events, (1st Day of School, Fun Run, Field Trips, Halloween Parade/celebrations, Trunk or Treat....) please send them to Tina Zach at tina.zach@lok12.org or 248-693-5460

Box Tops Made Easy with Technology

No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. Download the all-new Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts. The app will automatically credit your school's Box Tops earnings online.  It could not be easier!  If I can do it, it must be simple!  Be sure to download the Box Top app and just scan your receipt!  It makes a big difference for our kids!

The Easiest way to Help Blanche Sims in a BIG Way!  Kroger Rewards

Please take 1 minute to link your Kroger Rewards Card to Blanche Sims; it makes a HUGE difference for our kids!

Go to https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow or following the attached instructions.

Bond Updates

Lake Orion Community Schools residents voted in November 2018 to approve a $160 million, 10-year, three series bond. Audited by the State of Michigan Department of Treasury, the bond plan will improve every facility in the district. Follow the link below for updates as the implementation moves forward, providing everything from the outline of next steps, to project plans, community involvement and regular progress reports.

https://www.lakeorionschools.org/bond

Follow Blanche Sims on Twitter

Blanche Sims Elementary @SimsElementary

Calendar of Events

November 12            P/T Conferences

November 14            Half-Day for Students, 12:05 Dismissal

                                    P/T Conferences

November 22            Kids and Kops, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

November 27-29      No School  - Thanksgiving Holiday Break

Friday Focus - October 25th, 2019

This Week at Blanche Sims:

Half Day this Thursday, October 31

No School for Students Friday, November 1

TONIGHT! Join us for Trunk-or-Treat

Join us for Trunk-or-Treat tonight, Friday, October 25, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  All Blanche Sims family and friends, adults and children are invited! Everyone come dressed in your best Halloween costumes!

A Focus on the 7 Habits of Leaders

As part of our 7 Habits of Successful People initiative, each week we focus on one of the 7 Habits to get a good understanding of its meaning. This week, students learned about Habit 2 – Begin with the End in Mind.  Be sure to ask your children to give you examples of what it means for student leaders to Begin with the End in Mind at home and at school.  See attachment for a list of all 7 Habits.

Habits Defined.pdf

Novembers Growth Mindset – Resilience

During the month of November, staff will be talking with the kids about the Growth Mindset of Resilience.  Resilience is the ability to bounce back and recover from setbacks or failures and try again.  Please talk with your children about being resilient with things they do at home, school, and everywhere in life.

Costume Parade Information

The Annual Costume Parade will take place at Blanche Sims and surrounding neighborhood on Halloween, Thursday, October 31 from 9:15-9:45 a.m.  Please see details in attached letter and diagram.

Costume Parade Information.pdf 

Halloween Costumes/Masks

Since the Halloween celebrations and parade will be taking place in the morning on Halloween, October 31, please send your children to school already dressed in their costumes.  We would like the day to be kid friendly, so we ask that no costumes or masks be too scary, gory, or require weapons.  If masks or costumes are determined by the teacher or principal to be unsafe or too scary, they will be asked to remove them.  While some costumes may seem fine for fifth graders, please remember that we have many little ones’ in the school.  If you are unsure about a costume or mask, send your teacher or Mr. Nuss a picture and we will make a determination before Thursday’s celebration. Thank you for helping to keep our school safe and fun, even during this spooky day!

Box Tops Made Easy with Technology

No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. Download the all-new Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts. The app will automatically credit your school's Box Tops earnings online.  It could not be easier!  If I can do it, it must be simple!  Be sure to download the Box Top app and just scan your receipt!  It makes a big difference for our kids!

The Easiest way to Help Blanche Sims in a BIG Way!  Kroger Rewards

Please take 1 minute to link your Kroger Rewards Card to Blanche Sims; it makes a HUGE difference for our kids!

Go to https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow or following the attached instructions.

Bond Updates

Lake Orion Community Schools residents voted in November 2018 to approve a $160 million, 10-year, three series bond. Audited by the State of Michigan Department of Treasury, the bond plan will improve every facility in the district. Follow the link below for updates as the implementation moves forward, providing everything from the outline of next steps, to project plans, community involvement and regular progress reports.

https://www.lakeorionschools.org/bond

Follow Blanche Sims on Twitter

Blanche Sims Elementary @SimsElementary

Calendar of Events

October 25       Trunk or Treat 7:00 p.m.

October 31       Half-Day for Students, Costume Parade & Halloween Celebration

November 1     No School for Students, Staff Professional Development

Friday Focus - October 18th, 2019

This Week at Blanche Sims:

Follow Blanche Sims on Twitter

Blanche Sims Elementary @SimsElementary

Picture Retake Monday, October 21

If your child missed the original picture day or if you would like a picture retake, please send the photos back with a note explaining what you didn’t like about the photo (hair sticking up, not a good smile, glasses on/off, collar was rolled up, etc.) so the photographers can be sure the same thing doesn’t happen again. 

Mr. Nuss on the Roof!

As an incentive to reach our goal of raising $15,000 from the Fun Run, Mr. Nuss agreed to sleep on the roof of the school.  I am very happy to report that all our wonderful students and families met and exceeded the challenge.  As a result, Mr. Nuss will be sleeping on the roof, Thursday evening, October 24.  Mr. Nuss plans on reading stories to students from the roof along with other activities to keep himself busy during his evening in the Sims “Penthouse”. Stay tuned for details. Great job families!    

After School GAP Classes Starting Soon!

Yoga, Legos, Science, and more in this semesters after school enrichment offerings.  Check out all the Blanche Sims fall classes by clicking on the link below.  Sign up soon, limited space available for all classes.  https://www.payschoolsevents.com/events/details/8558

Join us for a PTO Spooktacular Family Fun Event

Join us for Trunk-or Treat, Friday, October 25, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  All Blanche Sims family and friends, adults and children are invited! Everyone come dressed in your best Halloween costumes! Wish to be a "Trunker"? Pre-registration is required to reserve a spot as there are limited spaces available. Trunkers are responsible for providing their own treats or prizes to hand out. To reserve a spot visit:

Trunk or Treat Trunker Sign Up - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0949aba62aa5f85-blanche1

Great Science and Engineering Opportunity for Grades DK-1

Although the first class was after school on Thursday, students can still join the “A World in Motion Program”. Blanche Sims Elementary has been chosen to collaborate with BorgWarner/SAE Automotive to bring our students an exciting engineering program called A World In Motion (AWIM).  AWIM is an engineering based program that teaches students STEM (science and technology) related skills and conducts real world projects.  Partnering with BorgWarner, our kindergarten and first grade students will experience The Rolling Things ChallengeThe Rolling Things Challenge includes a comprehensive hands-on STEM curriculum facilitated by teachers, in conjunction with actual engineers from BorgWarner/SAE Automotive. This highly popular program, is a great introduction to the world of engineering and automobile development.   See the GAP link below for details.

https://www.payschoolsevents.com/events/details/8558

Take Advantage of LOCS Parent University, October 22

Learn great information regarding your child’s educational experience, especially in the areas of math and language arts.  Get countless tips on how to help your child and much more.  This week’s topic is: Early Literacy Make and Take Targeted Grades DK-1.  Join us for this informative learning opportunity open to all K-5 LOCS parents.  See flier for details.

Parent University Event Literacy Make and Take 10.19.pdf 

Spirit Sticks

Show your school spirit and celebrate the season by collecting Blanche Sims Spirit Sticks sponsored by the PTO.  New Spirit Sticks commemorating Halloween and Thanksgiving will be sold along with other favorites, Wednesday, October 23 during all lunches. The cost of the Spirit Sticks is $1.  Kids love to collect Spirit Sticks and put them on their key chains and backpacks.  See flier for details.

Spirit Stick Sale 10.2019.pdf 

Have you Applied for Free and Reduced Benefits THIS YEAR?

Free and reduced meal benefits for students who have not submitted a new application for 2019/20 will expire soon.  Please take a few minutes and submit your application on line by logging in to www.lunchapp.com  If you need assistance with the application please contact the Food Service Office at 248-814-0201.

The Easiest way to Help Blanche Sims in a BIG Way!...Kroger Rewards

Please take 1 minute to link your Kroger Rewards Card to Blanche Sims; it makes a HUGE difference for our kids!

Go to https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow or following the attached instructions.

Bond Updates

Lake Orion Community Schools residents voted in November 2018 to approve a $160 million, 10-year, three series bond. Audited by the State of Michigan Department of Treasury, the bond plan will improve every facility in the district. Follow the link below for updates as the implementation moves forward, providing everything from the outline of next steps, to project plans, community involvement and regular progress reports.

https://www.lakeorionschools.org/bond

Calendar of Events

October 21       Picture Retake

October 23       Mad Science Assembly  

October 25       Trunk or Treat 7:00 p.m.

October 31       Half-Day for Students, Costume Parade & Halloween Celebration

November 1     No School for Students, Staff Professional Development

Friday Focus - October 11th, 2019

This Week at Blanche Sims:

Fun Run 2019-2020 Update - Almost Reached Our Goal! Deadline Monday for Pledges

Although I’m not sure how I feel about spending the night on the roof of Blanche Sims, I am very happy to report that as of this morning, we were just over $1,000 short of reaching our goal.  If you have not donated to this year’s Fun Run, please consider doing so on Monday.  This weekend, I will be getting my tent ready and digging out my warm cloths in anticipation of us reaching our goal!  Remember, all money raised goes right back to the kids in the form of fun, educational experiences sponsored by our wonderful PTO.  A big THANKS to everyone who donates to help our school be the best in the world!

After School GAP Classes Starting Soon!

Yoga, Legos, Science, and more in this semesters after school enrichment offerings.  Check out all the Blanche Sims fall classes by clicking on the link below.  Sign up soon, limited space available for all classes.  https://www.payschoolsevents.com/events/details/8558

Join us for a PTO Spooktacular Family Fun Event

Join us for Trunk-or Treat, Friday, October 25, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  All Blanche Sims family and friends, adults and children are invited! Everyone come dressed in your best Halloween costumes! Wish to be a "Trunker"? Pre-registration is required to reserve a spot as there are limited spaces available. Trunkers are responsible for providing their own treats or prizes to hand out. To reserve a spot visit:

Trunk or Treat Trunker Sign Up - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0949aba62aa5f85-blanche1

Take Advantage of LOCS Parent University, October 22

Learn great information regarding your child’s educational experience, especially in the areas of math and language arts.  Get countless tips on how to help your child and much more.  This week’s topic is: Early Literacy Make and Take Targeted Grades DK-1.  Join us for this informative learning opportunity open to all K-5 LOCS parents.  See flier for details.

Parent University Event Literacy Make and Take 10.19.pdf 

Upland Hills Fun for Blanche Sims

Visit Upland Hills Farm during their annual Fall Harvest Festival in October and Sims PTO will receive a donation from Upland Hills for every visitor counted on your form. Must present the attached flyer during your visit.

Upland Hills.pdf 

Help Us Help You!

The cooler weather has just begun, and we already have a lot of items in the lost and found.  Please help us to return any lost items by labeling coats, jackets, hoodies, water bottles, lunchboxes,….. with your child’s first and last name.

Have you Applied for Free and Reduced Benefits THIS YEAR?

Free and reduced meal benefits for students who have not submitted a new application for 2019/20 will expire soon.  Please take a few minutes and submit your application on line by logging in to www.lunchapp.com  If you need assistance with the application please contact the Food Service Office at 248-814-0201.

The Easiest way to Help Blanche Sims in a BIG Way!...Kroger Rewards

Please take 1 minute to link your Kroger Rewards Card to Blanche Sims; it makes a HUGE difference for our kids!

Go to https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow or following the attached instructions.

Bond Updates

Lake Orion Community Schools residents voted in November 2018 to approve a $160 million, 10-year, three series bond. Audited by the State of Michigan Department of Treasury, the bond plan will improve every facility in the district. Follow the link below for updates as the implementation moves forward, providing everything from the outline of next steps, to project plans, community involvement and regular progress reports.

https://www.lakeorionschools.org/bond

Calendar of Events           

October 25       Trunk or Treat 7:00 p.m.

October 31       Half-Day for Students, Costume Parade & Halloween Celebration

November 1     No School for Students, Staff Professional Development

Friday Focus - October 4, 2019

Due to the LOCS internet being down Friday afternoon, many of the Friday newsletters have been delayed.

This Week at Blanche Sims:

Fun Run 2019-2020

A big THANK YOU goes to our PTO and all the wonderful volunteers who helped make our schools largest and only fundraiser a big success.  We couldn’t have done it without you!  All proceeds from the Fun Run go right back to all our students in the form of activities and experiences that our PTO sponsors all year.  Thank you again for making Blanche Sims such a special place to learn and grow.

Homecoming Spirit Week Begins Monday, October 7

Spirit days are as follows:

  • Monday 10/7: PJ Day
  • Tuesday 10/8: Twin Day (Dress like a friend)
  • Wednesday 10/9: Wacky Wednesday
  • Thursday 10/10: College Day (Wear your favorite college gear).
  • Friday 10/11: Wear Blanche Sims or LO Spirit Wear

Take Advantage of LOCS Parent University

Learn great information regarding your child’s educational experience, especially in the areas of math and language arts.  Get countless tips on how to help your child and much more.  This week’s topic is: Early Literacy Make and Take Targeted Grades DK-1.  Join us for this informative learning opportunity open to all K-5 LOCS parents.  See flier for details.

Parent University Event Literacy Make and Take 10.19.pdf 

Upland Hills Fun for Blanche Sims

Visit Upland Hills Farm during their annual Fall Harvest Festival in October and Sims PTO will receive a donation from Upland Hills for every visitor counted on your form. Must present the attached flyer during your visit.

Upland Hills.pdf 

Help Us Help You!

The cooler weather has just begun, and we already have a lot of items in the lost and found.  Please help us to return any lost items by labeling coats, jackets, hoodies, water bottles, lunchboxes,….. with your child’s first and last name.

Have you Applied for Free and Reduced Benefits THIS YEAR?

Free and reduced meal benefits for students who have not submitted a new application for 2019/20 will expire soon.  Please take a few minutes and submit your application on line by logging in to www.lunchapp.com  If you need assistance with the application please contact the Food Service Office at 248-814-0201.

Home & School Connection

Once a month, I am happy to bring you a copy of a wonderful newsletter called Home & School.  This newsletter has great ideas for all parents to help their children do their very best in school.  Please be sure to take advantage of this great resource.  Attached is the October addition.

Home School Connection Oct 2019.pdf 

Home School Connection Spanish Oct 2019.pdf 

Sign Up for the Birthday Book Club!

The Birthday Book Club is a program that enables a student to become a permanent part of Blanche Sims Elementary. Membership in the club allows a student to choose a book which will be inscribed with his/her name and birth date and will be added to the Blanche Sims Media Center. This has been a very popular and fun program for the students, something each student can renew every year. This program also enhances our Media Center since new books are purchased by each student who enrolls in this program. Please see the attachment for more information.

Birthday Book Club.pdf 

The Easiest way to Help Blanche Sims in a BIG Way!...Kroger Rewards

Please take 1 minute to link your Kroger Rewards Card to Blanche Sims; it makes a HUGE difference for our kids!

Go to https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow or following the attached instructions.

We Need You! Be a PTO Volunteer

The Blanche Sims PTO is requesting contact information from the 2019-2020 Sims parents and/or guardians that would like to be involved with the PTO during the upcoming school year.  See link below for details.

Parent Volunteer Sign Up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtBe_YzjtWTkceYEflsr-yGdfE4h7Lwzsjr4o9FA5vbrdydA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0WLp-cuihGbYvXmxq1vHIny7YMaOOmahZOHgj5yPmMF2_yAscpjWytBVw

Bond Updates

Lake Orion Community Schools residents voted in November 2018 to approve a $160 million, 10-year, three series bond. Audited by the State of Michigan Department of Treasury, the bond plan will improve every facility in the district. Follow the link below for updates as the implementation moves forward, providing everything from the outline of next steps, to project plans, community involvement and regular progress reports.

https://www.lakeorionschools.org/bond

Calendar of Events           

October 25       Trunk or Treat 6:30 p.m.

October 31       Costume Parade & Halloween Celebration, Half-Day for Students

November 1     No School for Students, Staff Professional Development

Friday Focus - September 27, 2019

This Week at Blanche Sims:

Fun Run 2019-2020

Mark your calendars for the Blanche Sims Fun Run! Please join us on Friday, October 4, to cheer on our students as they work hard to raise money for our school and student programs!  The Fun Run is our only large fundraiser of the year and pays for many school activities and experiences.  All money raised goes right back to your children! This year’s theme is “Super Hero”.  Volunteers will be needed.  See attached flyer and information sent home with kids for details.

Fun run 2019.pdf 

Fun Day and Support Sims

Visit Upland Hills Farm during their annual Fall Harvest Festival in October and Sims PTO will receive a donation from Upland Hills for every visitor counted on your form! Must present the attached flyer during your visit.

Upland Hills.pdf 

Sign Up for the Birthday Book Club!

The Birthday Book Club is a program that enables a student to become a permanent part of Blanche Sims Elementary. Membership in the club allows a student to choose a book which will be inscribed with his/her name and birth date and will be added to the Blanche Sims Media Center. This has been a very popular and fun program for the students, something each student can renew every year. This program also enhances our Media Center since new books are purchased by each student who enrolls in this program. Please see the attachment for more information.

Birthday books.pdf 

Still Time to see the Mobile Dentist - October 2

The Mobile Dentist had to change its original date to visit Blanche Sims so you still have time to sign up.  Blanche Sims has partnered with Smile Programs, the in-school dentist, to bring important dental care to our students.  It’s an easy way for your child to get quality dental care. See flier attached for details and to sign up.

Mobile Dentist is Coming! Revised.pdf 

Hearing and Vision Screening

The Oakland County Health Department will be at Sims soon for their annual Hearing and Vision Screening.  See details in attached informational flyer.

  • Hearing Testing – DK, K, 2nd and 4th: Beginning Oct 24
  • Vision Testing – DK, 1st, 3rd, 5th: Beginning Dec 2

Vision & Hearing Info Sheet_Parents.pdf 

The Easiest way to Help Blanche Sims in a BIG Way!...Kroger Rewards

Please, Please, Please…….Sign Up for Kroger Rewards!  Free money for Blanche Sims kids that costs you nothing!  This wonderful program sends a portion of all your purchases back to the Blanche Sims Family. Simply put, there is no easier way to support your children then by doing your regular shopping at Kroger after linking your card to Blanche Sims

Please take 1 minute to link your Kroger Rewards Card to Blanche Sims; it makes a HUGE difference for our kids!

Go to https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow or following the attached instructions.

Highlight Your Sims Student in our Student Showcase

Student Showcase Sign Up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdj2B_ynNCHKt2lP6kGtMrYyGgnY9qYnO0FlCY7lFmA93hfyw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

We Need You! Be a PTO Volunteer

The Blanche Sims PTO is requesting contact information from the 2019-2020 Sims parents and/or guardians that would like to be involved with the PTO during the upcoming school year.  See link below for details.

Parent Volunteer Sign Up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtBe_YzjtWTkceYEflsr-yGdfE4h7Lwzsjr4o9FA5vbrdydA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0WLp-cuihGbYvXmxq1vHIny7YMaOOmahZOHgj5yPmMF2_yAscpjWytBVw

Bond Updates

Lake Orion Community Schools residents voted in November 2018 to approve a $160 million, 10-year, three series bond. Audited by the State of Michigan Department of Treasury, the bond plan will improve every facility in the district. Follow the link below for updates as the implementation moves forward, providing everything from the outline of next steps, to project plans, community involvement and regular progress reports.

https://www.lakeorionschools.org/bond

Calendar of Events

September 27  Half Day for Students, 12:05 Dismissal

October 1         PTO Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

October 2         Mobile Dentist at Sims

October 4         Fun Run    

October 25       Trunk or Treat 6:30 p.m.

October 31       Costume Parade & Halloween Celebration, Half-Day for Students

Friday Focus - September 20, 2019

This Week at Blanche Sims:

 

Half Day for Students this Friday, September 27, 2019: 12:05 Dismissal

 

Take Advantage of LOCS Parent University

Learn great information regarding your child’s educational experience, especially in the areas of math and language arts.  Get countless tips on how to help your child and much more.  It’s time for parents to go back to school with LOCS Parent University.  This week's topic is: Math Fact Fluency: Depth not Speed.  Join us Wednesday, September 25 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Orion Oaks Elementary.   This informative learning opportunity is open to all K-5 LOCS parents.  Learn how to help your child of any age in math.  See flier for details.

Parent University Event Parent Fact Fluency.pdf 

Sign Up for the Birthday Book Club!

The Birthday Book Club is a program that enables a student to become a permanent part of Blanche Sims Elementary. Membership in the club allows a student to choose a book which will be inscribed with his/her name and birth date and will be added to the Blanche Sims Media Center. This has been a very popular and fun program for the students, something each student can renew every year. This program also enhances our Media Center since new books are purchased by each student who enrolls in this program. Please see the attachment for more information.

Birthday books.pdf 

Still Time to see the Mobile Dentist - October 2

The Mobile Dentist had to change its original visit to Blanche Sims, so you still have time to sign up.  Blanche Sims has partnered with Smile Programs, the in-school dentist, to bring important dental care to our students.  It’s an easy way for your child to get quality dental care. See flier attached for details and to sign up.

Mobile Dentist is Coming! Revised.pdf 

The Easiest way to Help Blanche Sims in a BIG Way!...Kroger Rewards

Please, Please, Please…….Sign Up for Kroger Rewards!  Free money for Blanche Sims kids that costs you nothing!  This wonderful program sends a portion of all your purchases back to the Blanche Sims Family. Simply put, there is no easier way to support your children then by doing your regular shopping at Kroger after linking your card to Blanche Sims

Please take 1 minute to link your Kroger Rewards Card to Blanche Sims; it makes a HUGE difference for our kids!

Go to https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow or following the attached instructions.

Highlight Your Sims Student in our Student Showcase

Student Showcase Sign Up: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdj2B_ynNCHKt2lP6kGtMrYyGgnY9qYnO0FlCY7lFmA93hfyw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

We Need You! Be a PTO Volunteer

The Blanche Sims PTO is requesting contact information from the 2019-2020 Sims parents and/or guardians that would like to be involved with the PTO during the upcoming school year.  See link below for details.

Parent Volunteer Sign Up:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtBe_YzjtWTkceYEflsr-yGdfE4h7Lwzsjr4o9FA5vbrdydA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0WLp-cuihGbYvXmxq1vHIny7YMaOOmahZOHgj5yPmMF2_yAscpjWytBVw

Fun Run 2019-2020

Mark your calendars for Blanche Sims Fun Run! Please join us on Friday, October 4, to cheer on our students as they work hard to raise money for our school and student programs!  This year’s theme is “Super Hero”.  Volunteers will be needed.  More information to come.

Bond Updates

Lake Orion Community Schools residents voted in November 2018 to approve a $160 million, 10-year, three series bond. Audited by the State of Michigan Department of Treasury, the bond plan will improve every facility in the district. Follow the link below for updates as the implementation moves forward, providing everything from the outline of next steps, to project plans, community involvement and regular progress reports.

https://www.lakeorionschools.org/bond

Calendar of Events

September 17  Picture Day.

September 25  Fun Run Kick-Off Assembly

September 27  Half Day for Students, 12:05 Dismissal

October 1         PTO Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

October 2         Mobile Dentist at Sims

October 4         Fun Run    

October 25       Trunk or Treat 6:30 p.m.

October 31       Costume Parade & Halloween Celebration, Half-Day for Students

Friday Focus - September 13, 2019

This Week at Blanche Sims:

Parent Involvement

It was so nice to see so many of our parents and families brave the rain and attend Curriculum Night on Wednesday evening.  We love parent involvement!  Volunteering, chaperoning field trips, PTO, after school activities, eating lunch with your children,……are all great opportunities to become involved in your child’s school and education.  Always remember, we want to see you at Blanche Sims!  If you demonstrate that school is important to you, school will be important to your children!

PLEASE DON’T BE TARDY! School Hours: 8:50 a.m.-3:50 p.m.

Consistent and punctual attendance is vitally important for student growth. Students who are tardy often have a very difficult time catching up the rest of the day. Often times, even the slightest time being tardy can throw your student and their classmates off for a much longer period of time. To set your child up for success, please try and have children to school on time. Plan on dropping your children off at 8:30 a.m.!  If you are dropping them off at 8:50, they are late!

Picture Day Tuesday, September 17

Picture day is Tuesday, September 17. The picture forms and information were sent home with your children the first week of school.  Make sure your children return the form with money on Tuesday, the day of pictures.  If you need another form, you can pick one up in the main office.  If you are choosing not to purchase a picture package, your child’s picture will still be taken for the Blanche Sims yearbook.  You can order and make payment online at www.kaiserstudio.com using the school ID Code BLANCHE2019.

For any questions or concerns, contact the main office or Kaiser Studio directly: (248) 619-9119.

Help Us and Your Child at Drop Off

For some of our littlest one’s, and parents, morning drop off can be traumatic and nerve racking.  Now that we are headed into the third week of school, it is time to allow your child to make this step on their own.  We ask you to help your child learn to be a bit more independent by allowing them to enter the building on their own.  No parent should be entering the building and walking their children to their classroom.  This is sometimes a difficult step to take as a parent, but it’s an important milestone for the child. All school age children should be able to leave parents at the door when entering the building.  If you and your child need help with this important step, we are happy to help.  NO PARENT SHOULD ENTER BLANCHE SIMS WITHOUT SIGNING IN AT THE MAIN OFFICE.  This includes during drop off and pick up.  We all thank you for helping to keep our school safe!

So What is a Code Yellow?

From time-to-time you may hear your children talk about a “Code Yellow” alert that was announced over the school PA system. So what is a Code Yellow?  A Code Yellow is one of several types of emergency procedures that can take place in school for many reasons.  When there is a Code Yellow, all students are asked to simply stay in the supervised room they are in.  Although a Code Yellow can be called for many reasons, they are most commonly called during a medical emergency when a student needs attention in a hallway or common area.  Calling a Code Yellow keeps kids out of the hallways while the medical emergency is addressed by the staff or by medical professionals.  Once the medical emergency is resolved, the “All Clear” message is announced.  If you hear that a Code Yellow was called, don’t worry, everyone is safe at all times.  If you ever have a concern, feel free to contact the main office and/or Mr. Nuss for more details.

Show Your Sims School Spirit with Spirit Wear

The Blanche Sims PTO has organized a spirit wear sale going on now!  All oldest and only students received paper forms to take home earlier this week. Check out the newest Blanche Sims fashions!  See attachments for selection and order form.

Spiritwear 2019-206969.pdf 

Highlight Your Sims Student in our Student Showcase

Student Showcase Sign Up:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdj2B_ynNCHKt2lP6kGtMrYyGgnY9qYnO0FlCY7lFmA93hfyw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

We Need You! Be a PTO Volunteer

The Blanche Sims PTO is requesting contact information from the 2019-2020 Sims parents and/or guardians that would like to be involved with the PTO during the upcoming school year.  See link below for details.

Parent Volunteer Sign Up: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtBe_YzjtWTkceYEflsr-yGdfE4h7Lwzsjr4o9FA5vbrdydA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0WLp-cuihGbYvXmxq1vHIny7YMaOOmahZOHgj5yPmMF2_yAscpjWytBVw

The Easiest way to Help Blanche Sims in a BIG Way!...Kroger Rewards

Please, Please, Please…….Sign Up for Kroger Rewards!  Free money for Blanche Sims kids that costs you nothing!  This wonderful program sends a portion of all your purchases back to our Blanche Sims Family. Simply put, there is no easier way to support your children then by doing your regular shopping at Kroger after linking your card to Blanche Sims

Please take 1 minute to link your Kroger Rewards Card to Blanche Sims.  It literally takes one minute to make a HUGE difference for our kids!

Go to https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow or following the attached instructions.

Fun Run 2019-2020

Mark your calendars for Blanche Sims Fun Run! Please join us on Friday, October 4, to cheer on our students as they work hard to raise money for our school and student programs!  This years theme is “Super Hero”.  Volunteers will be needed.  More information to come.

Bond Updates

Lake Orion Community Schools residents voted in November 2018 to approve a $160 million, 10-year, three series bond. Audited by the State of Michigan Department of Treasury, the bond plan will improve every facility in the district. Follow the link below for updates as the implementation moves forward, providing everything from the outline of next steps, to project plans, community involvement and regular progress reports.

https://www.lakeorionschools.org/bond

Calendar of Events

September 17  Picture Day.

September 20  Mobile Dentist at Sims

September 25  Fun Run Kick-Off Assembly

 

October 1         PTO Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

October 4         Fun Run    

October 25       Trunk or Treat 6:30 p.m.

October 31       Costume Parade & Halloween Celebration, Half-Day for Students

Friday Focus -- September 6, 2019

This Week at Blanche Sims:

We had an exciting first week of school!  It’s going to be a great year!

Curriculum Night –Wednesday, September 11

Join us for the Blanche Sims Curriculum Night next Wednesday, September 11.  This is an opportunity to meet teachers, support staff, and the rest of our amazing staff that will be helping your children learn and grow.  Due to the large numbers that will be attending, teachers will be conducting two informational sessions.

The classroom sessions are from 6:00-6:45pm and 7:00-7:45pm

  • 6:00-6:45 pm-Session 1 -   A-L in Classrooms
  • 7:00-7:45 pm–Session 2 -  M-Z in Classrooms

If you cannot make your assigned session, have multiple children, or just find one session more convenient feel free to attend either presentation.  It is not necessary to bring your children to Curriculum Night.  

New Allergy Guidelines and Protocol for LOCS

In following the District Allery Protocol, please help keep all our Blanche Sims students safe by carefully reading and following the guidelines.  Here are some very important highlights:

  • We highly encourage that all birthday treats be nonfood items.  If an edible treat is provided, it must be pre-packaged and store purchased with ingredient list (on each treat). Edible treats will be sent home rather than eaten in the classroom.
  • Homemade birthday treats WILL NOT BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS, even if pre-packaged.
  • Snacks to be eaten in the classroom CANNOT contain peanuts or tree nuts.
  • Each student with an epinephrine auto-injector MUST have a severe allergy Medical Action Plan (MAP) specific to them and signed by their physician and parent/guardian, giving instructions on what to do if the student has an allergic reaction. Call Debbie in the main office with questions or concerns. 

PLEASE DON’T BE TARDY! School Hours: 8:50a.m.-3:50.pm

Consistent and punctual attendance is vitally important for student growth. Students who are tardy often have a very difficult time catching up the rest of the day. Often times, even the slightest time being tardy can throw the student and their classmates off for a much longer period of time. To set your child up for success, please try and have children to school on time. Plan on dropping your children off at 8:30 a.m.  If you are dropping them off at 8:50, they are late!

No child should be dropped off in the morning before 8:30 a.m. or left to be picked up after 3:55 p.m. Lake Orion Community Schools does provide a School Age Child Care service. If you are interested in this service, please call (248) 693-5439.

Show Your Sims School Spirit with Spirit Wear

The Blanche Sims PTO has organized a spirit wear sale going on now!  All oldest and only students received paper forms to take home earlier this week. Check out the newest Blanche Sims fashions!  See attachment for selection and order form.

Spiritwear 2019-206969.pdf 

Highlight Your Sims Student in our Student Showcase

Student Showcase Sign Up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdj2B_ynNCHKt2lP6kGtMrYyGgnY9qYnO0FlCY7lFmA93hfyw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

We Need You! Be a PTO Volunteer

The Blanche Sims PTO is requesting contact information from the 2019-2020 Sims parents and/or guardians that would like to be involved with the PTO during the upcoming school year.  See link below for details.

Parent Volunteer Sign Up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtBe_YzjtWTkceYEflsr-yGdfE4h7Lwzsjr4o9FA5vbrdydA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0WLp-cuihGbYvXmxq1vHIny7YMaOOmahZOHgj5yPmMF2_yAscpjWytBVw

Home & School Connection

Once a month, I am happy to bring you a copy of a wonderful newsletter called Home & School.  This newsletter, brought to you by our Director of Curriculum, Kerri Anderson, will have great ideas for all parents to help their children do their very best in school.  Please be sure to take advantage of this great resource. I have found it very helpful in assisting my own children.  Always remember, if you demonstrate that school and learning is important to you, it will be important to your children.  Attached is the September addition.

HSC September 2019 English.pdf 

HSC September 2019 Spanish.pdf 

Cash or Credit Only in Cafeteria

The LOCS Food Service department can no longer take checks to pay for your child’s cafeteria expenses. The kitchen can only take cash or credit online.

Have you Applied for Free and Reduced Benefits THIS YEAR?

Free and reduced meal benefits for students who have not submitted a new application for 2019/20 will expire soon.  Please take a few minutes and submit your application on line by logging in to www.lunchapp.com  If you need assistance with the application please contact the Food Service Office at 248-814-0201.

The Easiest way to Help Blanche Sims in a BIG Way!...Kroger Rewards

Please, Please, Please…….Sign Up for Kroger Rewards!  Free money for Blanche Sims kids that costs you nothing!  This wonderful program sends a portion of all your purchases back to the Blanche Sims Family. Simply put, there is no easier way to support your children then by doing your regular shopping at Kroger after linking your card to Blanche Sims.  If you shop at Kroger and you don’t link your card to Blanche Sims, you are literally throwing free money away!

Blanche Sims can earn thousands of dollars annually from the Kroger rewards program.  Imagine what we could earn if we were able to get 80%-100% of our families to join this simple program! Please tell all your neighbors, friends, enemies, relatives… to also register their cards for Blanche Sims.  

Please take 1 minute to link your Kroger Rewards Card to Blanche Sims.  It literally takes one minute to make a HUGE difference for our kids!

Go to https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow or following the attached instructions.

The Mobile Dentist is Coming! September 20

Blanche Sims has partnered with Smile Programs, the in-school dentist, to bring important dental care to our students.  It’s an easy way for your child to get quality dental care. See flier attached for details and to sign up.

Dentist is Coming!.pdf 

Fun Run 2019-2020

Mark your calendars for Blanche Sims Fun Run! Please join us on Friday, October 4, to cheer on our students as they work hard to raise money for our school and student programs!  Volunteers will be needed.  More information to come. 

Student Safety and Security

To maintain safety, we must insist that all parents and visitors sign-in at the front office after being “buzzed in” and get your visible sticker. Please DO NOT walk in the halls or to any classroom without signing in at the main office. All visitors must sign-out in the main office as well when leaving the building and use the front doors only to exit. Do not exit the building through side exit doors.  It is critical that we always know who is in our building and where at all times.

Calendar of Events

September 11  Curriculum Night 6:00-6:45 p.m. & 7:00-7:45 p.m.

September 17  Picture Day.

September 20  Mobile Dentist at Sims

September 25  Fun Run Kick-Off Assembly

October 1         PTO Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

October 4         Fun Run    

October 25       Trunk or Treat 6:30 p.m.

October 31       Costume Parade & Halloween Celebration, Half-Day for Students

Meet and Greet -- Aug. 28, 2019

Plan on attending the Blanche Sims Meet & Greet on Wednesday, August 28 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.  This will be a great time to meet your classroom teachers, drop off supplies, see old friends, and meet new ones.

Blanche Sims Meet & Greet:  Wednesday, August 28

  • 2:00-2:30……………….   Meet & Greet in classrooms: Meet Teacher/Drop Off Supplies.
  • 2:30-3:00……………….   Everyone meet on playground for popsicles and play.

Welcome letter -- Aug. 19, 2019

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!  Please read the attached Welcome Letter & Information carefully.  As always, we are here for you!  Don’t hesitate to call or email with any questions or concerns.

It’s going to be a great school year at Blanche Sims!

August Parent Letter & Information.pdf 

Drop Off Diagram A Blanche Sims.pdf 

June 2019

Last Week at Blanche Sims

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WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Volunteers needed!

The circus is coming to Blanche Sims! This Wednesday, June 12 the entire school will participate in a Cirque Amongus circus project with a performance by all students at the end. We need a large number (120 in total) of volunteers (age 18 & up) for the full school day to help make this event possible. As a volunteer you will help the students learn circus skills such as juggling, acrobatics, tight-wire and trapeze and assist them in putting together the show. Due to space restrictions, we will not be able to accommodate visitors who are not volunteers on the day of this event. If you haven’t signed up yet and would like to, please e-mail Erica at Erica.lentz@att.net.

Get a jump start on school supplies for next year. Supply Kits can be ordered online at www.shopttkits.com, account # 12740. Everything your student will need for next year is in a convenient box and will be delivered to Blanche Sims at the Teacher Meet & Greet in the fall. Orders are due by 6/21/19.

Important Message from Food Service

The Food Service Department would like to notify all parents and guardians that students will no longer be able to purchase food from the cafeteria without the proper funds.  The federal government which oversees the School Meals Program requires that all meal debts are collected and paid in full before the end of the school year. Your student’s meal account balance is available online by logging onto sendmoneytoschool.com or by calling the Food Service Office at (248) 814-0201. Thank you for your understanding.

Summer Reading Extremely Important

Summer is a wonderful time of year for everyone; unfortunately, it can really be an obstacle to student growth, especially in reading.  As is the case with most skills, the old saying of “use it or lose it”, really rings true when it comes to reading.  As children learn the skill of reading, they often have what educators refer to as “the summer slide” during the long break.  In other words, significant gains made during the school year in reading are often lost due to the lack of reading during the summer.  So how do you keep kids reading at their best?  By reading!  Please help your children and us by finding a few good books to read during the summer.  It is critical that students continue working on the skills they learned during the school year during the summer.  The summer can be a great time to “dive into a good book!”  Try having your child read 20 minutes before bed each night.  The same is also true of math facts!!

2019 Summer Skills Sharpener Sign Up Soon!

Lake Orion’s Elementary Skills Sharpener Program is designed to keep skills sharp over the summer and to limit summer learning loss. Students will be engaged in a variety of fun activities as an extension of the curriculum from their recently completed grade.  Please consider having your child attend. 

Let’s Golf for a Great Cause

The LOEF (Lake Orion Educational Foundation) is once again sponsoring its Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser to support education in the Lake Orion Community Schools.  This year’s outing will take place at Devils Ridge Golf Club on June 25.  All money raised goes directly to our classrooms in the form of grants to support instruction.  Please consider being a sponsor or participant in this fun event! 

Upcoming……

June 12          Blanche Sims Circus

June 13          Yearbook Distribution

June 14          Fifth Grade Ceremony, 10:00 a.m.

                       Fifth Grade Clap Out, 11:45 a.m.                                                                                              Last Day of School, Half-Day for Students, 12:05 Dismissal