Before mushers and their dogsled teams start out on their nearly 1,000-mile Iditarod race through some of Alaska’s most brutal terrain, they’ll get some encouragement from Page Elementary students.
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Thornapple Kellogg Schools were well represented with 11 teams at the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition in Wayland last weekend. The district will again be well represented by six teams advancing to the state finals March 14 hosted at TK Schools.
Philanthropy isn’t a word most fifth-graders use often. But it is a word they fully understand now and have practiced themselves with the help of the Circle of Giving project through the Barry Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council. “Philanthropy is giving people your time, talents and treasures to help other people,” said fifth-grader Collyn Genther.
Jacob Koster and his fifth-grade Page Elementary classmates have all been to the South Carolina Aquarium, Joshua Tree National Park and Lake Tahoe - all this year! It’s all thanks to technology and the ability to take virtual field trips via Skype and Google Chat around the country.
It took 22 rounds before Emersyn Gorman outlasted the other 17 contestants to win the Page Elementary Spelling Bee. Emersyn won by correctly spelling “stirrups” and then “Columbia.” Runner-up Exley Roon missed on the word “divan” in the 22nd round. Each fourth and fifth-grade classroom sent one representative to the school final competition. The final spelling bee was held in the Thornapple Kellogg High School auditorium where the rest of the Page students and family members gathered.
Abby Niemiec said "yes" to Ross Kammeraad's proposal of marriage in front of her fourth-grade class. Truth be told, the couple got engaged over the weekend, but they knew how important all the students were and decided to stage another proposal just for them!
TK bragging rights are one the line in the annual Battle of the Buildings Nov. 13. Members from each building within the district will compete in fun (and sometimes goofy) basketball competitions.
Getting a call from the school principal isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, parents of students at Page Elementary may look forward to getting a call this year. Principal Gregg Bruno is starting what he calls the “TK Strong Call of the Day.” Each day one student will be selected and brought to the office. Together the principal and the student will make a good news call to a parent.
As a new principal at Page Elementary School, Gregg Bruno admits he still gets that “jittery feeling” the first day of school and is especially looking forward to starting his new role at Page. “I’m going to be present,” he said. “I hope to greet students every morning when they come to school. I’m going to be in the hallways and classrooms and lunch room as much as possible.”
Here is a list of general suggested supplies that you may want to purchase for back to school. Keep in mind that some teachers will be sending you a modified list for their specific class that may or may not include these items.