Monday, February 3, 2020

February 3 Update


“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” - Arthur Ashe

A Note From Mr. Witherspoon:

The Cleveland Eagles are on a roll and truly in "mid-season form"!  The staff and students have been working incredibly hard (sprinkled with a whole bunch of fun) during the second trimester.  

The success of our students is paramount to academic progress throughout a year.  Success instills a desire to learn, increased the dedication to put in the work needed to achieve a goal, and creates a sense determination not to give up until the goal is reached. The level of success of our students are dependent on our continued partnership as we move through the year.  The work that you are putting in at home is paying off as our students are experiencing high levels of success in the classroom.  Thank you!

The second round of W.I.N. Time (What I Need) is beginning as we have looked at the student data and identified specific areas of growth and challenges for each student.  Reading Proficiency Reports will be coming home with the students this week; please give us a call if you have any questions and/or concerns.

The safety of our students is paramount and, in efforts of maintaining a safe learning environment for our students, I am asking you to have conversations with your children about safe (physical and emotional) behaviors they should have while they are at school (especially at recess).  We are seeing many students that are "play fighting", using inappropriate language/unkind words, and/or being too aggressive (hitting, pushing, etc.)while at recess; all of which encroach on the physical and emotional safety of other students.  The conversations with your children could be directed about recess and possibly give them some ideas for games they can play.  I am hoping that with our combined effort we can assist the students with experiencing success in this area as well.  

Spring will be here before we know it (pitchers and catchers report on February 12 for you baseball fans) and we have a lot of work to put in.  We are going to continue to work each day to prepare our students to be the highest soaring eagles out there!  
Please, as always, give me a call or email if you have any questions/concerns/compliments regarding Cleveland!!!!  

Stay Awesome and Keep SOARing Eagles!!!!

Other Notes:

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  • We are excited to announce that Kindergarten Registration for the 2020-2021 school year will begin on Monday, Feb. 3! 

    If you, or someone you know, has an incoming kindergartner who will be five years old by Sept. 1, 2020, please see and share the following information. 

    Website link to registration information: 

    The district will once again host a special Saturday registration event for parents, from 9 a.m. - Noon on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Riley Upper Elementary, 15555 Henry Ruff. 
    Please see the Sign-Up LINK HERE to schedule an appointment. 

    We are so excited to welcome our new class of students to LPS! 

  • Don't forget to utilize the #ClevelandSOARS  and #LivoniaPride when you show off your Eagle on social media! There are a ton of awesome things going on and this is a great way for us to show off a little!!!  

  • Eagle of the Month Celebration!!! We look forward to celebrating more Eagles during the month of January!!!!  The theme for this month is "Reflection"; take some time to talk with your children about what this looks like at home and at school.  

Next Celebration: Monday, February 24, 2020 (K-1 @ 9:15 am; 2nd-4th grade @ 10 am)

Running Late:  Parents/Guardians are required to come into the building to sign their students in after 8:55 am; this will allow students to begin their academic day sooner.  Thank you for you cooperation!!! 

Recess:  Often Students are playing games that are appropriate for home, but not at school, during recess.  Please have some conversations with your students regarding safe games they could play during this time.  Many of our students have learned a couple new games already from staff and/or friends.   

Health/Safety: Please remember to always check in at the office prior to entering any part of the building and/or property.

The afternoon recess for second grade and kindergarten are at the end of the academic day.  I want to remind everyone to check into the office prior to entering any area where students are present.  Thank you for helping us maintain a safe campus! 

Upcoming Events:

Monday February 3
  • W.I.N. begins
  • Kindergarten Registration Begins for the 20-21 School Year

Wednesday, February 5
  • PTA Meeting - 6 PM

Looking for a way to boost your child's vocabulary? Click here to read how to easily incorporate vocabulary at home. 

Great Things are happening at Cleveland:

Learning is fun with Mrs. Gray!!!

Working Hard in Mrs. Guthard's class!!!


Penguin Research with Mrs. Vrooman!!

Coding with Mrs. Comiez!!

Getting to know our wonderful Cleveland Team!!!

Kindergarten Team

Mrs. Zimpleman (3rd Grade Teacher)

Mrs. Baringhaus (4th grade teacher)
Mary Jo Baringhaus has been a Cleveland Eagle for many years. She has taught 3rd and 4th grade throughout her career in Livonia. She earned her degree from Michigan State University. Her passion is to empower children to be respectful, confident lifelong learners.Mary Jo enjoys spending time with her family and loves to visit her childhood home by the ocean!

Ms. Bone (3rd Grade Teacher)
My name is Katie Bone. I graduated from Michigan State. Go Green! I have been at Cleveland for 3 years. I became a teacher because I want to change children's lives for the better and help all people. Something unusual about me is that I am a beekeeper. I enjoy being outside during the warm months. When I am outside I like to camp, hike and travel. I care deeply about the environment and put forth my best efforts to be green.
    Mrs. Barwikowski (4th Grade Teacher)
    Becky Barwikowski has been teaching for twenty-one years. She received her Bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University and her Master's Degree from Mary Grove College. She loves working with fourth graders at Cleveland! Her mission as a teacher is to instill the belief in her students that they can achieve anything! Mrs. Barwikowski lives in Commerce Township with her husband and three daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
    Mrs. Guthard (4th Grade Teacher)
    Dawn Guthard has been working at Livonia Public Schools for 28 years. She obtained her Bachelor's of Arts Degree and Elementary Teaching Certificate from Madonna University. She earned her Master's Degree in the Art of Teaching and Learning also from Madonna University. During her career, she has taught first, fifth, sixth and is currently teaching fourth grade.She loves teaching students how to love learning and tries to engage students through a lot of hands on activities. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports - especially hockey, and relaxing at the lake.

    Mrs. Bassett (3rd grade teacher)

    My name is Denise Bassett-Waligora and I am a 3rd grade teacher at Cleveland Elementary School. This is my 22 year with the Livonia Public Schools. I obtained my Bachelor and Master degrees from Madonna University. I have taught 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, was a Learning Specialist, and was a H.O.S.T.S Coordinator. I have an amazing family that I love spending time with my family any chance I get. I feel very lucky to be able to teach at Cleveland Elementary School.

    Mrs. Collins (3rd Grade Teacher)
      Hello! I am Mary Collins and I've loved working at Cleveland for over 20 years. I'm grateful every day for this privilege. I am from a family of eight children. Now I am married and have two children of my own. In the summer you'll most likely find me on a Michigan beach, or on my bike on a bike trail. In the winter when I'm not playing euchre, you might find me in the snow on cross-country skis, or cheering for the Michigan State Spartans basketball team. A few unusual adventures I've enjoyed include riding on a camel, taking a hot air balloon ride, and jumping off a 30+ foot cliff into the Ligurian Sea (two years ago). Next I'm looking forward reading the book, BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE with our third grade class. If you're looking for a good book, that could be a good choice for you, too!

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      Next Meeting:  January 8, 2020

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      February 3 Update