Field Trip Update and More…

ODC Field Trip:  We have cancelled today’s field trip to the Outdoor Discovery Center due to the cold wind chill temperature. On a normal school day, if temps were above zero degrees, our students would go outside for recess twice at 20 minutes or less each time. On our ODC trip, the kids would have been outside hiking for 45 minutes to an hour. For the safety of our kids, we will be rescheduling this field trip.

Winter Gear:  Please encourage your child to dress appropriately for the weather while at school. We always expect children to dress in winter gear when the weather calls for it, and every day we have children try to sneak out without proper gear on – no hats, no gloves, no snow pants, and sometimes they even sneak out without coats!

Lollipops Concert:  We have all of the chaperones we need for the Lollipops concert on January 29th.  Thank you to all who volunteered!

Have a great day!



Field Trip Info…

ODC Field Trip Tomorrow:  First Grade is scheduled to go to the Outdoor Discovery Center tomorrow at noon. We will be following the weather reports closely to determine if this trip should be cancelled due to cold temperatures, following school guidelines for having the children outside.  As always, please send your child in with appropriate outdoor gear: gloves, hats, snow pants, coats, and boots.

Lollipops Concert Music Field Trip:  We will be heading to Zeeland East High School on Tuesday, January 29, for the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Lollipops concert.  I am allowed to take two chaperones on this trip.  If you are available and interested, please send me an email at:  I will write back to confirm that the spots have not been filled.  We will be leaving DES at 8:40 a.m. and returning by lunch time (appx.  11 am).

Stay warm and have a great night.


Updates from Mrs. Hale’s Class…

Parent Teacher Conference Forms:  If you have not had a chance to check your calendar and sign the conference form that was sent home last week, please do so as soon as possible and return the bottom portion of the slip to school.

Snacks:  Healthy snacks are provided by parent volunteers and/or PTO on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week.  Please send a small, healthy snack with your child on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays if you would like your child to have an afternoon snack.

P.E. Shoes:  For safety reasons, students are required to wear tennis shoes in P.E.  Our class has P.E. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Feel free to keep tennis shoes in your child’s locker if that is easier.

Field Trip Volunteers:  We are scheduled to go to the ODC for a winter hike on January 22nd from 12 – 2:15 pm.  I am able to take up to four parents with me.  If you are free or interested, please email me at:  We will be outside in the weather for a good portion of the trip so please consider that when volunteering.

Fire Safety:  Please see the DES newsletter for detailed information about #SPSPressToTest – a challenge set forth by our local fire department to encourage people to check their homes for working smoke detectors.  If you do not have working smoke detectors, our fire department can install them in your home for free.  If you live outside of the district, the fire department can get you in touch with your local department for the same free service.

Calendar Check:  Mark your calendar for an upcoming half day on January 25th.  Students will be released at 11:30 a.m.

Have a great day!

Second Semester Healthy Snack Sign-Up…

From our DES Wellness Committee (thank you Sarah LaRue)…

1st Grade Team Wellness Healthy Snack Program

Hello Snack Volunteers!  This is our 3rd year bringing the DES Team Wellness Healthy Snack Program to the 1st Grade classes!  Every Tuesday and Thursday of the school year all 1st Grade students will be offered a healthy food for their afternoon snack.  This cannot be done without parent volunteers!  If you are interested in donating a snack this year, please look through the dates and sign up for as many days as you would like.  Snacks can be dropped off to the front office window by 11:00 am on or before that day.   There are 20 children in Mrs. Hale’s class.  Please direct any questions to  Sarah La Rue (616) 335-4808.  Thank you for your support in this wonderful program!  Let’s fill up all the days!!!!


Concert Tonight and Library Books…

Concert Reminder:  The Douglas Elementary School Holiday Concert will be held tonight from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Saugatuck High School’s main gym.  Students should arrive no earlier than 6:10 p.m. to meet their teacher.  Please drop your first grader off to Mrs. Hale in the high school cafeteria, north of the gymnasium.  Please pick up your child from Mrs. Hale in the cafeteria after the concert, and be sure to check out so we know each child made it home safely.

Library Books:  Please remind your first grader to put his/her library books in their backpack for tomorrow’s library visit.

P.E. Shoes:  We have P.E. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Please make sure your child has tennis shoes to wear in the gym and around the school.

See you tonight!



Thursday, November 29th…

Book Order:  I will be closing out our November Scholastic order tomorrow.  Please place all online orders by tomorrow evening and send in all cash/check (payable to Scholastic Book Clubs) orders tomorrow morning.  Our online code is:  H7M4D.  Here’s the online link:  Scholastic Book Clubs.

Tomorrow Half Day for Students:  Students will be released at 11:30 a.m.  There is a staff in-service.

Have a good night.



Wednesday, November 28th…

Calendar Reminder:  Friday, November 30th, is a half day.  Students will be released at 11:30 a.m.  There is a staff in-service Friday afternoon.

Library Tomorrow:  Due to the half day on Friday, we will visit the DES library tomorrow.  Please remind your child to look for their library books at home and have them put the books they are returning in their backpacks.

P.E. Shoes:  We have P.E. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Please make sure your child has tennis shoes for P.E.

Boots:   Please make sure your child has dry shoes available to wear in the classroom during winter months.  Snow boots are wet, salty, and loud and tend to damage our carpet.  Feel free to leave spare shoes and dry socks in your child’s locker.

Winter Clothing:  Please make sure your child has winter gear (hat, gloves, snow pants, winter coat, boots) during the cold weather months, as they will have outdoor recess per the DES handbook…

“Children will play outside each day unless it is pouring rain, freezing rain, extremely muddy conditions exist, or the temperature is 10 degrees F or less, or there is a wind chill of 0 degrees F or less.”

Holiday Concert:  The DES holiday concert is scheduled for Thursday, December 6th, in the Saugatuck High School main gym, at 6:30 p.m.  First graders may be dropped off to Mrs. Hale no earlier than 6:10 p.m. in the SHS cafeteria.  The concert will last approximately one hour.  Students may be picked up after the concert in the same location.  Please check out with Mrs. Hale before taking your child.  Concert attendance is not mandatory, but the concert is always enjoyable.

Have a great night!