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2017-2018 Grass Lake Schools Student Computing Device Distribution Procedure
It is the goal of Grass Lake Community Schools to distribute our students' individual school-owned iPads (grades K-1) and Chromebooks (grades 2-12) during the first five days of school. For the students to receive their devices the Parent/Student Responsible Use Form, the Electronic Device Insurance Protection Plan Form and Insurance Payment must be turned into the office prior to the student receiving their device, and EVERY INDIVIDUAL STUDENT IS REQUIRED TO HAVE NEWLY SIGNED FORMS ON FILE AND INSURANCE PAID before they receive their device.

By going to http://bit.ly/2wMFJno you will find the Grass Lake Technology Handbook that contains the necessary forms. On page 17 is the Parent/Student Responsible Use Signature Page and on Page 18/19 is the Electronic Device Insurance Protection Plan. Please submit these forms and insurance payment to any school office beginning at Back to School night so your student can promptly receive their devices on a day that will be announced by the individual schools. If you do not have the means to print these forms outside of school, the forms are now available in the school offices to complete and turn in on Back to School Night, which is on Monday, August 21, from 5-7 PM in all buildings.


 

Start of School Reminders

A reminder to our Grass Lake Community Schools families reminding everyone that our Back to School night for all three buildings is Monday, August 21, from 5-7 PM, and our first day of school is Wednesday, August 23, which will be a full day. Also, for our busing families..... any changes, updates, or clarifications for bus transportation need to be submitted by phone by 5:00 PM Thursday, August 17, to be enacted for the first day of school. Please contact the transportation office at 517-867-5544 as soon as possible.


CORRECTION TO TRANSGENDER INFORMATION
(Correction is in bold letters)
As is occurring across the nation in schools and in the work place, gender identity equality discussions have become a growing topic for school families and administrators. Protecting the rights of all individuals in our schools is of paramount concern to all of us.

Students who are identifying themselves as transgender are protected based on a ruling by the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati  to occupy gender-separated facilities in public school buildings according to their personal gender identity. Recently the same court upheld a ruling that discrimination based on gender identity, or non-conformity, is prohibited. While this ruling is being reviewed by the United States Supreme Court, schools are required to treat each student as they are gender-identifying themselves, while we refer to them by their identifying pronouns and proper names, allowing them to wear clothing that corresponds to their gender identity, and allowing them to use restroom facilities and other gender-separated areas, regardless of their assigned sex at birth.
 
Grass Lake Community Schools is committed to providing a safe, educational environment for all of our students to the extent that the laws allow us, while at the same time protecting the privacy of our students.
"BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT" Schedule Change
Please note that the date for our Back to School Night to start the upcoming school year has changed. It is now MONDAY, AUGUST 21, instead of TUESDAY, AUGUST 22. The time block is still 5:00 PM-7:00 PM. Please mark your calendars. Go to http://bit.ly/2rH1xO2 for a revised, printable calendar.

 

Grass Lake Community Schools Are Now Enrolling for the 2017-2018 School Year
Grass Lake Community Schools are now enrolling students who now live in the district, who plan to live in the district, or who are applying for schools of choice enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year. Go to http://bit.ly/2mfWDW4 for more information about how to register. For transportation questions, contact the Transportation Director at 517-867-5544. Contact information for our school secretaries can be found in the provided link. Welcome to Grass Lake Community Schools!
 
WELCOME
The Mission of Grass Lake Community Schools is to provide a quality learning environment that will empower all students to meet their individual needs, discover their potential, and gain essential skills that will enable them to become responsible contributing citizens of our world.
 NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
We're glad you have stopped to see our school district's website. Our district enrolls over 1,290 students in our pre-school through 12th grade system in three buildings. We are continually working to improve our students' academic achievement by increasing rigor, while promoting relevance and relationships with our students. We are located in the Township of Grass Lake in Jackson County in the south-central area of Michigan, just south of Interstate 94, approximately 20 miles west of Ann Arbor and 10 miles east of Jackson. CLICK HERE TO ENROLL IN GRASS LAKE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS.
Grass Lake Twirlettes Make Noise at the National Championships
Grass Lake members of the Saline Twirlettes Baton Twirling Team excelled this year in this summer's National Championships held at Notre Dame University. Go to http://bit.ly/2i3E09Z for a recap of their success that included a National Championship and George Long Elementary School 5th Grader Hanna Alvarez earning a spot on the World Team that is heading to Norway next summer.
2017 "Festival of Tables" is October 21
The Grass Lake Educational Foundation will present its 7th Annual "Festival of Tables" fundraising dinner and auction on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Grass Lake High School. The proceeds from our major fundraiser of the year goes directly toward the educational benefits of our students. We invite you to participate by donating auction items, purchasing dinner tickets, or becoming a sponsor of the event. Please see the attached documents for all of the information you need to participate. Any questions can be directed to the Foundation by e-mail at GLEF.FOT@gmail.com.

Festival of Tables Introductory Letter - http://bit.ly/2vxa5eR
Silent Auction Donation Form - http://bit.ly/2fESrAn
Table and Sponsorship Registration Form - http://bit.ly/2wXpz9H

This is an excellent opportunity to make a tax-deductible contribution that, after expenses, provides funding that directly supports our students. None of the proceeds go toward compensation for individuals as all GLEF Board members volunteer their time for the event and they pay full price admission to the event.

Go to http://bit.ly/2u9GLLN for a slideshow of 2016 tables.



 

A notification for parents of students who will be new to GLCS in the fall of 2017
Grass Lake Community Schools provides computing devices for each of our students for the entire school year for our Kindergarten through 12th Grade students. We call this program our "1:1 Computer Initiative". A requirement of this program is that a parent of each new student must attend one mandatory informational meeting with school administrators before the devices are given to each new student,unless they are the parent of a student already enrolled in the Grass Lake 1:1 Technology Initiative.

Two such informational meetings have been scheduled for this fall; both being held in the Grass Lake High School Auditorium. The first meeting will be Wednesday, August 16, at 10:00 AM, while a second meeting will be Monday, August 21, at 7:15 PM, immediately following our Back to School Night. (Back to School Night is scheduled for 5:00 PM-7:00 PM on Monday, August 21). Parents of new students are only required to attend one of these meetings. It is not required that students attend these informational meetings.

Explanation of Grass Lake's 1:1 Initiative Journey: http://bit.ly/2uapaDh
Frequently asked questions: http://bit.ly/2uaAwGR 


 

Fresh Food Initiative Every Monday through August 28
The Fresh Food Initiative, a partnership of the Food Bank of South Central Michigan and community organizations, will be distributing free food every Monday at 4:30 PM through August 28 at the Family Worship Center at 1901 Mt. Hope Road. This program is open and free to all in need and you are asked to bring your own box or bag to carry your food.
Little Warriors Has Openings for the Great Start Readiness Preschool Program
Grass Lake Community Schools/Little Warriors Preschool & Child Care offers a 4 year old GSRP (Great Start Readiness Preschool Program) for children that will be 4 years old by Sept. 1st 2017.

The GSRP program runs Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM-3:00 PM, beginning September 5th, 2017. The program is located at Little Warriors Preschool & Childcare inside the George Long Elementary School building.

Families must meet the income guidelines:
Does your family’s income fall in the chart below? 
Family of 2 = $40,050 or less 
Family of 3 = $50,400 or less 
Family of 4 = $60,750 or less 
Family of 5 = $71,100 or less 
Family of 6 = $81,450 or less 
Family of 7 = $91,825 or less ….then your child may qualify!! Visit: http://www.greatstartjackson.org/preschoolpartnership


2017-2018 Free & Reduced Lunch Eligibility Info Now Available
Attention Grass Lake Community Schools families. If you would like to learn if your family may be eligible for free or reduced lunches at school for your children, please follow these links:
2017-2018 Free and Reduced Lunch Frequently Asked Questionshttp://bit.ly/2uzXVSt
2017-2018 Free and Reduced Lunch Applicationhttp://bit.ly/2tcm9Pe
Grass Lake's Museums - Open Hours
Coe House Museum
Corner of W. Michigan Avenue and Wolf Lake Road
Grass Lake, Michigan
Exhibits change regularly within the house and are open to the public from June through September on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM. Other tour arrangements can be made by appointment and assistance with local research can be provided by members.
https://glahc.com/

Michigan Military Heritage Museum
153 N. Union Street
Grass Lake, Michigan
Regular Hours
Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays - 11 AM-5 PM
https://glahc.com/

Lost Railway Museum
142 W. Michigan Avenue
Grass Lake, MI 49240
Regular Hours:
Wednesdays and Thursdays - 11 AM-4 PM
Saturdays - 9 AM-4 PM
http://www.lostrailwaymuseum.org/


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