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George Long Elementary School

829 S. Union St.
Grass Lake,áMI 49240
á á á á á á á á á á á Phone: 517-522-5590áá
á á á á á á á á á á á Fax: 517-522-8789

Office Hours During the School Year:
7:30 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday

2014-2015 Instructional Hours:
7:50 AM-3:11áPM Monday through Friday

Principal: Mrs.áClarkáááááá
Assistant Principal: Mrs. Ellisoná

áSecretary: Mrs. Kulwicki

George Long Elementary Schoolásupports the Kindergartners through 5th graders of the Grass Lake Community Schools District. The elementary building also houses theáLittle Warriors Pre-School and Daycare, which can be reached at 517-522-5650. Our school was extensively renovated and a new wing was added on iná2007. We enjoy large rooms, modern audio-visual equipment, and a cooperative staff committed to helping all of our students to succeed. Call us if you are interested in a tour of our building. We would love to see you!

We are already getting lots of registrations in our first two days... Make sure to reserve your spot in the 2015 Art MoehnáChevrolet HondaáChildrenz Challenge! Go to childrenzchallenge.comáto 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 towww.girlsontherunsemi.orgáto 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.áEnergizing Education works specifically with kindergartners through second-graders (See More)á
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. áReading 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. áBefore 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.á

Be Proactive means:áYou'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.á

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!

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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