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WELCOME TO GEORGE LONG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
 
Your child’s early education sets the stage for lifelong learning. We offered a strong academic program, which is designed to meet the unique needs and learning styles of each child. Our teaching staff at George Long Elementary is passionate about inspiring our students to do their very best. Your child will learn in an atmosphere of respect and responsibility that will aid your child in preparing for each subsequent step of their education. We would love to hear from you to answer questions and take you and your child on a tour of our facilities.
"Girls on the Run" and "Girls on Track" Taking Registrations Now!
Space is limited and registration ends March 22nd. *Scholarships are available. Visit www.girlsontherunsemi.org for more information or to register. Also see http://bit.ly/1CYUY8J.


The Leader in Me- Habit 4- Think Win-Win
This month we are focusing on Habit 4- Think Win-Win. Think Win-Win is the belief that everyone can win. It’s not you or me, it’s both of us... (See More) 
Star Trek "Mind Sifter" Movie Showing to Benefit "Energizing Education
"Mind-Sifter," one of the most loved tales from the Star Trek universe, is now an episode of the award-winning Web series Star Trek New Voyages -- and it's beaming down to the Michigan Theater in Jackson... (See More)  


Sex Education/Reproductive Health Education Survey Requested - 
The Grass Lake Community School District is in the process of reviewing its sex education/reproductive health education program to better meet the needs of students, as well as meeting the standards .... (See More) 

George Long Elementary School Illness Guidelines
With so much illness preventing children from coming to school throughout the weeks preceding the holiday break, it is important that everyone knows what our policies state to prevent as much contagious infection as possible.
  • If your child complains of a stomach issue and is not normally a complainer, please keep them home to watch
  • If your child is running a fever, even a low grade one, they must be completely fever free for 24 hours without Tylenol or Motrin before they can return to school. 
  • If your child does vomit they can’t return to school until 24 hours after the last time they vomited and they must be able to eat normally and be feeling pretty much back to normal. If it’s diarrhea, please make sure it has run its course and they are back to normal before sending them. 
  • As always, stress good hand washing, keeping hands/fingers out of mouths, covering mouths with elbows when coughing, not sharing drinking cups, etc.
1st Graders Perform Carols at Legacy Assisted Living Center
Last week our George Long Elementary School's 1st graders traveled to Ganton's Legacy Assisted Living Center on Ann Arbor Road in Jackson to sing carols for the residents. On Tuesday, December 23, they will be featured on JTV at approximately 1:35 PM during the LIVE show, and then the show replays at 5, 8 and 11 PM, and more! You can tune into JTV on Comcast 90, AT&T U-Verse 5380, and WOW 161 (on WOW in Grass Lake), and then on www.jtv.tv via their LIVE stream at those same times! Thank you to our 1st graders and their teachers and chaperones for providing this service.
 
CHILDRENZ CHALLENGE REGISTRATION HAS OFFICIALLY OPENED!!!
We are already getting lots of registrations in our first two days... Make sure to reserve your spot in the 2015 Art Moehn Chevrolet Honda Childrenz Challenge! Go tochildrenzchallenge.com to register and guarantee your spot!
Registration for Girls on the Run & Girls on Track Begins January 7
Registration for Girls on Track (Middle School) and Girls on the Run (Elementary School) begins January 7th. You can go to www.girlsontherunsemi.org to register.
Fitness Program Makes Measurable Strides
With funding through the 5 Healthy Towns Project of the Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation, our George Long Elementary School 2nd through 5th graders participate in 60 minutes of additional physical activities every week in addition to their recess and regularly planned physical education periods. Research indicates that additional physical activity benefits academic achievement levels.
To measure rates of success for advancing our students' wellness levels, students from Eastern Michigan University's Nursing program came into the school and volunteered to measure our students' baseline pulse rate with activity, flexibility, and strength. The EMU students will return again later in the school year to take measurements again to allow us to quantify improvements in wellness among each of our students.
Energizing Education November Newsletter
Here is an update from Energizing Education at George Long Elementary! Energizing Education November Newsletter 

"Energizing Education" Receives $100,000 Donation
A $100,000 donation to Jackson County's "Energizing Education" will greatly help fund programs that are up and running in six Jackson County schools, including George Long Elementary School. Energizing Education works specifically with kindergartners through second-graders (See More) 
Habit 2 Begin With the End in Mind
During November, we are focusing on Habit 2- Begin With the End in Mind.

Begin With the End in Mind means to think about how you would like something to turnout before you get started.  Reading a recipe before cooking or looking at a map before leaving on a trip is beginning with the end in mind. For young children, a good example is that of a jigsaw puzzle.  Before doing a puzzle, they look at the cover of the box. They start with the end in mind.

A family mission statement is like a constitution your family lives by that helps you all make decisions for your life. It represents the purpose and values of your family, and will allow you to shape your future according to the principles you as a family hold most dear, rather than letting other people or circumstances determine it. Mission statements take many forms. Some are long and some are short. They may take form as a saying or phrase, a picture, a poem, or even a song. Make it personal to your family.

Habit 1 Be Proactive
During the month of October, we will be focusing as a school on Habit 1- Be Proactive.  
Be Proactive means: You're in Charge
I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.


MLive Features a History of George Long Elementary School's Naming
MLive posted a story today about the history of school buildings in Jackson County that have been named after individuals. Included with this story is a section on George Long Elementary School.
http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2014/09/peek_through_time_a_history_le.html#comments 
Summer Readers are Leaders!
 Reading, and understanding what you read, is a skill that everyone needs to be successful. The best way to improve understanding is to read a lot. There is nothing like a challenging book to lift you up or take you to another world. Developing a love of reading will be an asset to your child in all areas of school and give him/her a jumpstart to a lifetime of reading!
Below is a list of books that your child will enjoy while also reinforcing the 7 Habits at home. Additional suggestions can be found at The Leader in Me Online.
Lower elementary (K-3) Read the book together. Ask your child questions about how the characters used the habits.
Upper elementary (4-6) Your child reads the book to you. Ask questions about how your child uses the habit.
Habits 1-7
The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey
Habit 1: Be Proactive
The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Click, Clack, Cows that Moo by Doreen Cronin,
Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
Jamaica's Find by Juanita Havill
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
The Very Clumsy Click Beetle by Eric Carle
Let's Be Enemies by Janice May Udry
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand Then to Be Understood
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
Habit 6: Synergize
Ox-Cart Manby Donald Hall
Clifford's Spring Clean-Up by Norman Bridwell
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D. B. Johnson
Our 1st Annual Leadership Day
Our First Annual Leadership Day was a huge success! Our guests were very impressed with our school, staff and our amazing student leaders. We are very proud of our students as they were able to show off their leadership skills. Our students helped decorate, greet adults, shared their academic and personal goals, and much more! We will hold a Leadership Day next school year and we would love to see even more guests attend.
 Thank-you to our community for your support as this has been an amazing first year as a Leader in Me School! ​We are LEADERS!
George Long Elementary Participates in "Energizing Education - Jackson"
Initiated by a challenge match grant from Consumers Energy in 2012, Energizing Education was created to ensure all students achieve grade-level milestones in Jackson County through a three-pronged approach to literacy development. Volunteer tutors, supervised and guided by a literacy specialist, work with students (K-2) individually in reading, writing, and word work during school hours, working towards improved skills and a more positive attitude about reading. The Energizing Education initiative also supports after-school programs through training, consultation, and material support for staff and volunteers. Finally, family outreach activities held by Energizing Education encourage parents to take a more active role in supporting their children’s education, providing skills and materials they can use to encourage literacy in the home. A pilot of the program at Frost Elementary School ran from January-May 2013, and we are now in the process of implementing this program at George Long Elementary School.
 




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