Genesee STEM Academy

Genesee County's First S.T.E.M Certified School

October 9, 2015 Friday Parent Letter

October 9, 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Happy Friday!  Our motto “Teamwork Makes a Dream Work” has been demonstrated throughout the week in many different capacities.

Our Membership and Picture Day was a success with 100% of our 275 students accounted for the Fall 2015/16 count!  The students looked fantastic in their uniforms for their school pictures.  Mr. Meredith our amazing photographer and Mrs. Harvey our dynamic Administrative Assistant ran a smooth sailing Picture Day!   Your participation made the success.J

The state water test results arrived showing we have no concern for our water safety!  We tested both areas front office 0% lead and kitchen area 0.001% lead to determine water quality for our school.  Thank you to Mrs. Rosebush and Mr. Garcia for arranging the water testing.  We have been blessed with community support providing an abundance of water for our school family!  “Teamwork Makes a Dream Work!”  The water results are attached to our Friday letter.

Teaching our children to be safe and respectful of others is part of the Genesee STEM code.  We have noticed students utilizing inappropriate words to express their anger or frustration.  The old saying “sticks and stone will break my bones, but words will never hurt me” as we are aware is not a true statement.  Once we make a statement we cannot change it or alter the harm it may cause another person.  Therefore, teaching our children how to express themselves without using threatening or harmful words is critical in this violent society.  We teach using the “I” message to resolve conflict and express our feelings.  Students who use threatening language face severe disciplinary actions which include suspension and board hearing.  As we continue to work collaboratively, please make sure you discuss this unacceptable behavior with your student.  The mission of Genesee STEM Academy is to provide that save safe, nurturing environment for all students.

As we continue to model teamwork and helping others with our children, we are seeking your support with our “Caps For Kids” Cap Day program.  Children with cancer who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy receive special caps.  Thursday, October 15th, will be our “Caps For Kids” Day Program.  Students can show their support by paying only $1.00 to wear their favorite cap and helping children with cancer.

Our first field trip to Oakland University on November 17th is quickly approaching.  We must have your child’s signed permission slip returned by Monday, October 12th.  All scholarship requests must be submitted by this date; we have limited funds available and want to support as many students as possible.  The $15.00 admission cost must be submitted by Monday, October 19th.  If you would like to sponsor a student donations are greatly appreciated!  Remember, “Teamwork Makes a Dream Work”.

Our After School Program will begin Monday, November 2nd.  The sign-up forms will be sent home next week.  Space is limited, make sure to return your form immediately for consideration.  Tutoring will be based on teacher recommendation; therefore, sign up is not required.

The final game for Flint PAL Wolverine Freshmen football team is Saturday, October 10 at 9:00am at Atwood Stadium versus Davison Black.  We have three students on the team representing Genesee STEM – Brian Jackson, Jaylen Jones, & Omar Young.  Keep up the good work fellas!!  Our cheerleaders are – Alana Jones, Kaitlin Simpson, & Kayla Simpson.  Good work cheering them to victory girls!!

Genesee STEM Academy Board meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:00pm.  The next scheduled meeting will occur Thursday, October 15.  Parents are always invited to attend.

The Old Newsboys of Flint’s Christmas Box Program Open Enrollment is from November 2 to December 23.  Parents interested in signing up may do so on October 16 during Parent Teacher Conferences.  Please bring:  Driver’s License or Michigan State ID, Social Security Card, Birth Certificates or Judgments of Legal Custody for each child enrolled.  We will be submitting all paperwork and the Christmas Boxes will be delivered to the school for parents to pick up.

The purpose of our Friday letter is to keep an open mind of communication between school and home.  To give you a brief overview of the events of the week, strategies to improve our school, and upcoming events.  Therefore to make sure our Friday letter is being read, we are offering a fun competition.  Return the form below acknowledging you have read the Friday letter, you will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gas card.  Forms must be returned by Monday, October 12.

In conclusion, the greatest action of “Teamwork” is school and home working collaboratively to help our children be successful!  Please, make sure to attend your child’s scheduled Parent/Teacher Conference.  If you require a different time contact the school.  Thank you in advance for your support!  Conferences begin next Friday, October 16th 9:00am-3:30pm; No School for students.


Rita Cheek

Friday Letter Competition (return by Monday, October 12)


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