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Spring Lake Intermediate School

Intermediate Insights Spring Lake Intermediate School 345 Hammond Street

January 13, 2012

Spring Lake Intermediate School “A Time to Grow”

Spring Lake, MI 49456 Phone: (616) 846-6845 Fax: (616) 847-7580 Website:

Principal’s Letter A HUGE thank you to those of you dropping off and picking up your students each day for following the procedures, You are helping keep our kids safe each day. Below is reminder of those procedures for those who may have missed them:

Special points of interest:

January 20—No School, K-6


-Please do not enter from Prospect or South St. heading south. This road is ONE WAY. -If you feel the need to arrive early and remain parked, please do so in the south parking lot between the building and the football field. Parking and trying to maneuver in the new drop off/pick up area will create a traffic nightmare. Please follow this procedure if you need to come into the school building as well. -As you leave from the back of the school, please do not turn right onto South St. You will encoun-

6-7—No School

ter 16 buses and heavy student traffic. This will be counterproductive to what we are trying to

8—Activity Night,6-



-Please do not park on Hammond (by the softball and baseball fields), in the back of Holmes, or in

9—No 6th grade vol-

the staff parking lot expecting students to cross Hammond to come to your vehicle. This forces


students to cross traffic traveling in two different directions.

13—5th Grade Band

Again, it is with the safety of your children in mind that our school made these changes. With

Concert, 7:00@SLHS

the cooperation of everyone, we can make the arrival and departure for all children safe.

15—Music Encore

Thank you.


Ben Lewakowski, Principal

15—Regional Spelling Bee 17—Third Rotation of Encore Ends

Inside this issue: Principal’s Letter Credit Cards Accepted P Link Box Tops Electronic Devices Walk for Warmth

Spring Conferences Art Update 6th Grade Volleyball 5th & 6th Boys Basketball

Credit Cards Accepted on P-Link Credit cards are accepted for lunch deposits on line through P-Link. Parents can deposit funds into their student’s lunch accounts using Master Card, Visa, or Discover. This is a safe, secure, and convenient way to make deposits that will instantly credit your student’s account. After logging into your student’s P-Link account, simply click on the “Account Deposit” link located on the upper right, under “Site Navigation.” An “Account Deposit” box will appear with the names and accounts of all your students. There you will enter the dollar amount you would like to deposit into each of your student’s accounts. There is a $2.00 processing fee for each credit card transaction made on line. However, if you have more than one (1) student and want to make multiple deposits at the same time you are only charged a single $2.00 processing fee. Once you designate the dollar amount to each account, a screen will appear asking for your card and billing information. You will be asked to supply this information each time you make a credit card deposit for your security. A confirmation screen will appear for you to review and process the payment. Once you hit “Process Payment” a final screen will appear confirming the transaction and display your student’s new balance. It is a very easy and hassle-free way to make lunch deposits; no more lost checks or missing deposits. Give it a try and should you have any questions please feel free to contact the schools Food & Nutrition Services Department at 616-847-7917 or email ppani- .

Information For Parents Using P-Link Credit Card Payment System for Breakfast and Lunch It was discovered that a software error had been charging a transaction fee of $ 4.00 rather than the correct amount of $ 2.00 for credit card payments beginning December 9th through January 5th. The issue was corrected and the $ 2.00 overcharge was credited to your student's account today. If you made a credit card transaction during this period, you will find a $ 2.00 deposit with a note of "Credit Card Return Fee" on your student's account in P-Link. We apologize that this error occurred and thank the parents who notified us of the incorrect charge. Should you have any questions regarding your account, please contact Peg Panici at 847-7917. We appreciate your continued support of the School Food Service Program. Peg Panici

Box Tops Drawing Thank you for your continued support of the General Mills Box Tops program. Everyone has done a wonderful job so far filling up all those sheets! The GM Box Tops are especially valuable because each one sent in gives the school $.10. This is an excellent opportunity for our school to earn hundreds of dollars. The Parent Club is currently running a contest for the most collected by homeroom. Keep those Box Tops coming! Prizes and drawings are scheduled for mid February.

Electronic Devices/Pagers Due to the possibility of problems including theft, safety, and classroom interruptions, students should not bring MP3 players, radios, CD players, headsets, handheld games, cellular phones, pagers, laser lights/pointers, and other personal entertainment equipment into the building. These items should not be brought to school because of the disruption of the educational process. Teachers are instructed to confiscate or direct these items to the office where they can be picked up after school. If a classroom activity requires an exception to this policy, the equipment must be safely stored in the appropriate classroom, or the office, when not in use. The school will also not be held responsible for their safekeeping. If a student is asked to carry a cellular phone to and from school for after school communication, it should be turned off, left in the student’s school bag, and not used during school hours.

Walk for Warmth Walk For Warmth raises money to help families in Ottawa County who have been given a shut-off notice by their utility company. The walk helps them keep their heat on and their kids warm! You can join in the Walk For Warmth on Saturday, February 11th at 8:30 a.m. at 100 Pine St. in Zeeland. For more information, log on to > Walk For Warmth.

Spring Conferences The conference schedule for our spring conferences are as follows: Monday, March 5, 2012

No Students

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

No Students, Conferences 4-7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Full Day of School

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Full Day of School

Friday, March 9, 2012

Full Day of School

Monday, March 12, 2012

Full Day of School

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Full Day of School, Conferences 5-8 p.m.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Full Day of School, Conferences 4-8 p.m.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

1/2 Day of School, Noon Dismissal, Conferences 1-4 p.m.

Friday, March 16, 2012

1/2 Day of School, Noon Dismissal

We look forward to meeting with you to discuss the progress of your child this school year.

Art Update from Mrs. Hester We have transitioned yet again into another 7-week encore rotation. I look forward to getting to know this next group of fifth and six grade students. During the last seven weeks, the sixth grade artists created many amazing artworks! With some careful planning and collaboration with the staff and students, I was able to integrate some of the science concepts into the work in the art room. The end result was a fantastic hardcover book with paper collage illustrations of Michigan’s special species. I will keep a copy and have it available for viewing in the art room and at spring conferences. If your 6th grade student was in art for the last rotation and you would like to purchase a copy of the book (via Snapfish) please contact myself or your child’s teacher. The 5th grade artists explored works of many artists, principles and elements of design, and also integrated some of their works with the science curriculum. Through a study of value with black and white tempera paint, the students created paintings of the solar system.

6th Grade Volleyball Due to a conflict with gym space, 6th grade volleyball will not meet on Thursday, February 9th.

5th and 6th Grade Boys Basketball There is still room for 5th and 6th grade boys basketball. The deadline to sign up is Monday, January 16, 2012. 5th grade basketball begins on Jan. 23rd and goes until Feb. 27th. 6th grade basketball begins Tuesday, Jan. 24th and goes until Monday, March 19th. More information can be found at or you can contact Bill Core at