Put-in-Bay School Holiday Concert PhotoPut-in-Bay School News-Recently, I heard a quote that is so appropriate for this time of year. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” With January being “School Board Recognition Month,” I would like to express my gratitude for the work our Put-in-Bay Board of Education members do. Keeping our children’s best interest in mind first, their decisions have improved and expanded both opportunities and programs for our students. Please express your gratitude to the Put-in-Bay School Board members: Mr. Mike Byrnes, Mr. Bill Market, Mr. J.R. Domer, Ms. Karen Goaziou and Mr. Dino Uszak.

Put-in-Bay School Panther basketball is off to a successful start after returning home from Mackinac Island. The Put-in-Bay Panthers won 3 out of 4 games and came home with the coveted Island Rock Trophy. Mackinac Island did a great job as host showing our students the different places that make Mackinac special. The Panthers will look forward to continuing their success on the hardwood the rest of this season. Come to the gym on a Saturday and support your Put-in-Bay Island team. Go Panthers!

During the week of December 5th-9th, Put-in-Bay Enrichment and French students joined millions of students and teachers in 180 countries for the “Hour of Code” at code. org. Coding/programming is a system of rules to convert information such as a letter, word, sound, image or gesture-into another form or representation for communication. Our Put-in-Bay School students programmed art, video games, digital stories, and e-greeting cards, both in English and French. “Hour of Code” is considered to be one of the largest learning events in the world. Congratulations to our choir students and Ms. Gay Pippert for another fine holiday performance on December 13. The preparation for this event was very evident. Thanks for putting a smile on everyone’s face!

The Put-in-Bay School senior class of 2017 will be holding a “buffet brunch fundraiser” at the Old Forge Café and Creperie on Saturday, January 21 after the basketball games. Please come to support the senior class and enjoy some fantastic food!  Parents and community members are invited to attend the 3rd annual science fair on Friday, February 17, from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Put-in-Bay school gymnasium.

Students have been working hard on their projects and cannot wait to show them off! Throughout the day, students in grades 6-12 will compete in various challenges that will require problem-solving and will test their general knowledge of math and science. Students in grades K-5 will also participate in fun science activities throughout the day. Additionally, community members are welcome to participate in the Pinewood Derby competition that will begin at 1:30 p.m. that day. Sign up sheets will be posted at the Put-in-Bay Island General Store and Post office that include more details. Please sign up by Wednesday, February 8th if you would like to participate.

The end of the second first semester grading period is on Friday, January 13. Parents are encouraged to contact the school to schedule an appointment with their children’s teachers if they have any questions or concerns.  This winter we will be utilizing the “School Messenger” parent notification system to announce Put-in-Bay school delays and cancellations. Please keep your phone nearby on mornings when inclement weather may delay or cancel school. If you have recently changed your phone number, please notify the school. If you are not a parent but would like to be included on our call list, please notify the school, as well.

We are looking for parent volunteers to help with opening and maintaining the ice rink. From snow removal to watering, drying out and coiling hoses to ice repair… this is not a one-person job. Please contact Steve Poe at the school if you are willing and able to help. We are looking for parents to help monitor and supervise the ice rink, as well.