Elementary School News (Achived)

MES iSPY: Mrs. Melanie and the Blending Gang

This is going to be part of a series of stories written by students.  The students have found the story, taken the picture (usually), and written the story.  What a great way to look for Mancy PRIDE in our schools!
This is Mrs. Melanie working with a group of second graders.  The group usually meets in the All-Star Room.  Mrs. Melanie is teaching blending of sounds to these kids.  They work from 9:35 to 10:05 Tuesday through Thursday.  Mrs. Melanie helps them become better at reading.   Written by:  Sydney & Alexis

Weather Update

In an effort to more accurately monitor the recess temperature we are testing out the 9 & 10 News Weather application. 
For the next few weeks we will try using the ‘feels like’ temperature as reported for Mancelona to determine inside or outside recess.  When this reading is in the single digits, we generally stay inside.  Our staff checks the temperatures frequently in an effort to get the students out as often as possible.  Please help out by making sure you child has cold weather clothing.

March is Reading Month

To celebrate March is Reading Month our theme is Pure Michigan.  Last Wednesday students were invited to wear shirts with a Michigan College or University names on them.  These are the students who participated.

Penny Wars

Recess Reminder

With cold weather embracing our region it is a perfect time to review our outdoor recess guidelines.  We try to let students go outside for recess whenever possible.  As a general rule, we use the "feels like" temperature from www.accuweather.com.  If that falls below ten degrees, we hold indoor recess.  There will be times when the temperature fluctuates during our recess periods and students may be outside when it is slightly colder, or inside when above the cut-off.  The prevailing winter winds ar


Once again we are planning a great way to start the new 2013-14 school year. On Wednesday, September 4th parents and students will have an opportunity to meet our administrators and teaching staff in their respective buildings.

We invite you to visit the High School, where the doors will be open beginning at 5 p.m. Our Middle School will receive visitors beginning at 5:30 and the elementary staff will be prepared to meet and greet beginning at 6 p.m. Please plan to attend.

Everyone is excited and anxious to meet you!

2nd Grade Visit Ghana, Africa

On Friday, October 19th, Mrs. Roesstorff's 2nd grade class traveled to Ghana, Africa in a virtual field trip. They met with other elementary students in Ghana to learn about their culture. Mrs. Roesstorff's class learned that Ghana is entering the summer season, and they learned to speak color words in Ghana's native language of Twi. Ghana is the 2nd largest producer of cocoa beans in the world, so the students from Ghana asked Mrs. Roesstorff's students to think of them the next time they eat a chocolate candy bar or drink a cup of hot chocolate.

Mrs. Kennedy's Meets Scrambled States Author

Mrs. Kennedy's 4th grade class met with the author of several well known children's books on Tuesday, April 17th. Laurie Keller, who lives in Muskegon, MI virtually met with Mancelona Elementary students along with other classes from Montana, Kansas, Ohio and Texas. Ms. Keller spoke about how she came up with the ideas to write her books which includes "Scrambled States of America", "Scrambled States of America: Talent Show", "Do Unto Otters", and more. She then answered the many questions that students from all five states asked.

Grant for Clasroom Projectors

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians granted Mancelona Elementary School $9,886.52 for classroom projectors. With these projectors students will be able to watch videos that connect to classroom curriculum, see pictures and particate in demonstrations to make learning more engaging.

4th Grade Class Makes a Movie

The book "Snowmen at Night" by Caralyn Buehner inspired Ms. Kennedy's 4th grade students to work with the Art Teacher, Ms. LaPointe, to create snowmen out of clay. The students setup their clay snowmen in different scenaros at night and wrote stories about what the snowmen were doing.  The students then took photos of their snowmen and with the help of the Media Speicalist, Mrs. Van Pate, recorded their stories. From the photos and recordings, Ms. Kennedy created the video.

Still Time to Get Your Snowmobile!

The last day of Penny Wars was a HUGE success!  First grade needed to get a second container to hold all their pennies.  However, if you or your child would still like to participate and help raise money for Wertz Warriors and Special Olympics it's not too late.  Please send in $1.00 with your child for each snowmobile that you would like to purchase.  This will get them a snowmobile, write their name on it, and be displayed with others who purchased a snowmobile.

The Penny War Is On at Our Elementary!

This is the 11th year each grade in our elementary school will compete for points and to see which one collects the most pennies.  Students and staff have a lot of fun with this fundraiser for Michigan Special Olympics, with the winning class receiving an ice cream party at the end of the week-long competition.  On February 9 the Wertz Warriors will  visit the elementary to greet and thank everyone for their support of the Special Olympics.

Elementary School Rocks at the North Pole

On  December 5 our  elementary students participated in the holiday program titled,  Elfis and the Sleigh Riders, which featured classic singers Elvis, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Aretha Franklin.   

Mancelona Big Box of Books a Big Success!

On November 30th thirty-three families in our community heard an important message about reading aloud to their children for 15 minutes every day.  Those in attendance shared in reading aloud demonstrations and were given great books to get them on their way.  With the school and parents working together, children in our community will be able to build their brainpower and be better prepared to be life-long learners.

Elementary Thanksgiving Luncheon

     The aroma of deliciously prepared turkey drifted throughout the elementary building on November 17 as many students shared their lunch with invited guests.  By the smiles in these photos, it looks like all  enjoyed their meal and had a great time.

Classroom Salute

Recently Joe Charlevoix, from TV 7 & 4, visited several of our elementary classrooms.  Follow this link to 7 & 4's website and you will be treated to a few moments of time in the classrooms of Mrs. Simmonds, Mrs. Biehl, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Heuss, Mrs. Roesstorff, Mrs. VanderPloeg and Mrs. Wonnacott. 

Haunted Story Hour


Mrs. Kennedy's fourth grade class put on a haunted story hour for Mrs. Willison's Readiness 4 on October, 26th.  The fourth grade class had been working on writing fiction and chose Readiness 4 to be their audience.  The fourth graders each wrote a halloween story that they then read to an individual 4 year old.  The fourth graders are teaching the four year olds an appreciation for literacy and the written word.

Michigan Studies Week

To celebrate Michigan Studies week, Karen Kennedy’s 4th grade class virtually met with two other 4th grade classrooms in Flint and Stevensville.

Each class presented clues on their secret chosen city, then researched the clues and submitted their guesses.

Mancelona Elementary Flower Sale

May 25, June 1 and June 8

From 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Annual flats, plants and hanging baskets

Vegetable plants, bagged mulch and more!

Come get your Spring Flowers and

Help support your area schools!

Local Boys Collect 2,000+ Food Items

After seeing a commercial about hungry children on television recently, two Mancelona fourth grade students decided take action to help put an end to hunger. Garrett Roude, 11 and Zac Keiser, 10, made an announcement over the loudspeaker at school on May 9 that they were coordinating a food drive to benefit the local food pantries. Throughout the week, students in each of the classrooms brought boxes and bags of canned goods, cereal, pasta and other food products to their classrooms. On Friday, all the food boxes were placed in the hallway outside the classroom doors.

Young Authors

On April 21 students in grades 1-5 were treated to a fun day at Young Authors, held at Shanty Creek.  Denise Brennan-Nelson, author of Willow and Buzzy the Bumble Bee and children’s book illustrator, Ryan Hipp, explained their professions and stressed the importance of reading.  Tom Plunkard (pictured here) entertained the students, weaving stories into his magic acts, all the while connecting it to reading.  A common theme was stressed throughout the day; If you have a dream, never give up.  Keep trying!


Mancelona Public Schools is now enrolling for all day, every day kindergarten for children that will be five on/before December 1, 2010.  All area children are welcome to enroll. 

Come and show your Mancy Pride! 

Nov/Dec IronKid News

The November/December edition of the IronKids News is now available.

Read IronKid News

September Star Students Recognized

Each month we recognize students for outstanding effort and behavior: STAR STUDENTS.  These students get the chance to invite a guest to a special breakfast.  We acknowledge their performance by posting their names in our lobby and presenting them with a certificate.  Each family may also take a bumper sticker to commemorate the honor.  Our parent group, Get Involved!, provides each student with a complimentary bag of popcorn during one of the Popcorn Thursday’s.  This honor may be received multiple times by a single student during the school year.  This past month we had a student receive

Food Service News 2009/10

Beginning the 2009/10 school year Mancelona Public Schools will be offering Universal Free Breakfast to all ELEMENTARY students!

Everyone knows that a healthy breakfast is the best way to start the day.

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast 5/11/09

 It’s Time to Recognize
and the many ways you support Mancelona students…

Reading with a child
Attending a field trip
Mentoring a child
Tutoring a child
Assisting in a classroom
Assisting during a special event
Providing a classroom snack
Supporting Mancelona Students

Please join us
Monday May 11th 9:00am
Mancelona Elementary Cafeteria

The Carnival is coming!

Join us at the elementary school on Friday, March 13 at 5:30pm.

Ironkids warm up Ironman

Students from Mancelona Elementary present the high school mascot a scarf they made during their service learning project - a project that produced over 500 scarves for area homeless shelters and 15 blankets for our local baby pantry.

Mancelona Elementary Recycling News

The first edition of the Mancelona Elementary School Recycling News in now available for download in PDF format.

December 2008 (1MB)

Elementary School Fund Raising!

Help support our playground and technology.

Sale runs until October 23.


Mom To Mom Sale

When:  Saturday, October 18, 2008
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Mancelona Elementary is going GREEN this year!

Mancelona Elementary is going GREEN this year!  We are an Official Green School!

There are a few ways you can help us with being green. One is by bringing in used printer cartridges. The cartridges will be turned in to Staples and used to get school supplies. We will also be collecting used cell phones to recycle.

We will be doing the following things this year:

Choose Success Guests

Communities in Schools, along with Mancelona Elementary School and students participating in the Choose Success before and after school programs, participated in the 6th Annual Read-a-thon, March 3rd – 14th.  Representative Kevin Elsenheimer, along with many other guest readers from the community and school were invited to come and read to the students during this time.  The funds raised during this event will be used to




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