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National School Breakfast Week 

 

CSPS-NSBW17white-OriginalMarch 6-10, 2017.  Enter to Win 4 Movie Tickets to Kent Theater  

Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for families to find time for a healthy breakfast. Cedar Springs Public Schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week during March 6th -10th, 2017.  The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “School Breakfast Challenge”, reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day for students.

During National School Breakfast Week each student that joins us for breakfast will be entered into a raffle drawing for a chance to win a gift certificate to Cedar Springs Kent Theater.  A student may be entered once per day from March 6th – 10th, 2017.

For additional information, contact Holly Haywood at 616-696-0372.

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Scholar Instrumentalist of the Month for January

CSPS-NicoleNICOLE VONSEGGERN

Nicole was the senior section leader of the trombones for marching band, member of our top concert band, Wind Ensemble, and is a member of the Cedar Springs Jazz Band.  She is an outstanding student leader, is very dedicated and hard-working.

Congratulations Nicole VonSeggern!

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Student Athletes of the Month for January

Alan Kolenda – Hockey

Dustin Shaw – Basketball

Ryan Ringler – Wrestling

*No photos available at print time

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Athletes sign letters of intent

Hannah signing her letter of intent with Cedar Springs Cheer Coach, Anne Olszewski

Hannah signing her letter of intent with Cedar Springs Cheer Coach, Anne Olszewski

Congratulations to Hannah Cederquist on committing to cheer next year at Davenport University.  Hannah is pictured signing her letter of intent with Cedar Springs Cheer Coach, Anne Olszewski. (right)

Maddie signing her national letter of intent with her parents and Soccer Coach, Justin Harnden

Maddie signing her national letter of intent with her parents and Soccer Coach, Justin Harnden

Congratulations Maddie VanDusen on committing to play soccer next year at Ferris State University.  Maddie is pictured here signing her national letter of intent with her parents Jon & Kim VanDusen and Cedar Springs Soccer Coach, Justin H

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Ready, Set, Go! “The Future Begins Here”

 

The Cedar Springs  Kindergarten Team welcomes the parents and guardians of the 2017-2018 Kindergarten Class for an information night.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 

6:00 – 7:00 pm 

Cedar Trails Elementary

Parents and guardians will meet in the multi-purpose room where our kindergarten teaching staff will present an outline of the typical day, share curriculum expectations and give some helpful tips on selecting a backpack and other frequently used items. We are hoping to answer questions and get everyone ready for an exciting start to the school year. In August, after teacher assignments have been finalized, we will welcome the students to Cedar Trails’ Open House to visit their classroom and meet their teacher.

Preschool Open Enrollment starts February 27, 2017

Classes will be forming for students who are 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2017.  Information is available for families that are interested in tuition assistance for preschool.  Contact Cedar Trails Elementary main office 616.696.9884.

2017—2018 Kindergarten Class Enrollment OPEN NOW

Your child must be 5 years old by September 1, 2017 to register for Kindergarten.
Visit www.csredhawks.org select K-12 Enrollment.  Contact the Registrar at 616.696.7317 with any questions.

2017—2018 School Year Schools of Choice

Cedar Springs Public Schools participates in both the Kent Intermediate School District Schools of Choice Plan and the Section 105c State plan.

Students residing in Kent County may apply for Schools of Choice through the Kent County Schools of Choice Plan April 10 – May 12, 2017.

Students residing outside of Kent County may apply for Schools of Choice through the Schools of Choice 105c Plan April 10 – May 12, 2017.

Contact the Registrar at 616.696.7317 with any questions.

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Campus Kids continues to grow!!

 

Campus Kids has really grown in size over the past 2 years!  Since the start of the school year, we have served 212 students!  Our Pre-schoolers through 1st grade students attend our Cedar Trails location, while our 2nd through 5th graders attend at Beach location.  This number includes students who come in the mornings, afternoons, and all day care when school is closed.  The staff has done a great job of getting to know each child and of offering programming that they enjoy.  In the mornings, the children can work on a craft, go to the gym, watch a movie, or play a game with a friend.  The afternoon session offers time to play outside or in the gym, homework time, computer time, or crafts.  Parents really like it when their child finishes his/her homework or reading while at Campus Kids.

Our all day programming occurs on days when school is closed; i.e., Mid-Winter Break, Spring Break, Christmas Break, etc.  On these days, the children spend a lot of time outside enjoying the Michigan climate (weather permitting!) by sledding, building snowmen or forts, playing on the outdoor equipment, cooking snacks, playing gym games, competing in games for prizes, crafting, and reading or playing on the computers.  There is a small time frame in the morning and in the afternoon for electronic use.  The staff really keeps the children busy and engaged with their peers throughout the day.  We are currently gearing up for our Summer Camp session.  Campus Kids Summer Camp will be held at Cedar Trails.  The children are divided by age group – 3 to 7 year olds and 8 to 12 year olds.  This way we can plan age appropriate activities and outings.   Summer Camp starts on June 12, 2017 and runs through August 31, 2017.  We are closed the week of the 4th of July.  There is a $20 registration fee for one child and a $35 registration fee for a family.  If you register for the Summer Camp, your registration fee covers the next school year.  Cost for Summer Camp is $27 a day or $125 for 5 days a week.  Families can sign up for as many or as few days as needed.  A sibling discount is available.  Tuition payments are due a month in advance and payment is expected for the number of days registered for.  No refunds are issued for missed days.  Field trip costs are extra.  Drop-In rates are available but your child needs to be registered and please call in advance to check availability.  Programming for Summer Camp includes many field trips to various fun and educational spots around the area.  Last summer we offered 34 field trips and plan to offer even more this year!!  Some examples of field trips last summer included:  bowling, roller skating, Paris Park Fish Hatchery, berry picking, Rockfit Ninja gym, zoo, swimming, Whitecaps Baseball game, parks, movies, Howard Christensen Nature Center, NorthStar gymnastics, splashpad, Boulder Creek Wild Animal Park, etc.  Other fun activities included contests, crafts, gardening, community service, Zumba, reading and relaxing, free time, outdoor play, etc. We also employ some teachers for the summer, so tutoring assistance is available for those desiring it.    Registration packets are available at Cedar Trails or online at csredhawks.org and Campus Kids is under the Parents tab.  Or you can call Campus Kids at (616)696-1716 or e-mail questions to campus.kids@csredhawks.org.  Please register for Summer Camp by May 10, 2017.

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Exciting School District News: 

Board of Education take Oath of Office at the January 9, 2017 Board meeting.

Board of Education take Oath of Office at the January 9, 2017 Board meeting.

2017 Refunding Bonds

The Cedar Springs Public Schools Board of Education is committed to providing an excellent education for every child in the district.  The Board of Education is committed to high expectations for excellence in all we do as a district.  We hold ourselves and all others accountable and expect every person to work with integrity in all positions.  To that end, this Board of Education is providing transparency in all they do.  This Board is proud of the impressive forward motion of the school district and a list of many accomplishments by the outstanding staff and students of Cedar Springs.

An example of a recent accomplishment that will serve our district and community well is the 2017 refunding of Bonds.  The Superintendent, Board of Education, Director of Business and Finance, CSPS Accountant, financial advisers to the District, banks and legal counsel are working through a lengthy process to make the bond refunding possible.   A summary of the bond refunding process is illustrated as follows:

December 12, 2016: Board of Education adopted a delegating resolution at a regular board meeting. This authorized the Superintendent to accept and execute a Bond Purchase Agreement with the Underwriter.

January 12, 2017: Due Diligence Conference call with all parties to review POS

January 26, 2017:  Conference call with the rating agency

February 7, 2017: Pricing of bonds (subject to market conditions)

February 8, 2017:  Execution of the bond purchase agreement

February 27 or March 13: Board of Education adopts a “ratification resolution” at a regular board meeting.  This is an additional, but not mandatory step, to add a greater depth of transparency and support to the process.  Signatures from the Superintendent, Board President and Board Secretary are required to adopt the resolution.

March 16, 2017: Bond Closing

This Board of Education and District Leadership Team are excited to be working through this long and involved process to save our taxpayers over 1.1 million dollars over the next several years!

Please see our website www.csredhawks.org where all documents related to the bond refunding will be available for your review.  Please feel free to contact Dr. Laura VanDuyn, Superintendent of Schools, at 696-1204, should you have questions about this exciting news.

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From the superintendent’s desk

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Happy 2017 – it is going to be a terrific year!  We welcome everyone back to school as we continue our focus on teaching and learning at CSPS.

As we kick off a brand new year, it is an ideal time to learn about the vision, mission, core values and brand promise that was adopted by our Board of Education in December.  The Board of Education embarked on the strategic planning process to update the direction of the District.   The most important part of that process was to gather stakeholder feedback.

To that end, approximately 125 teachers, support staff, administrators, parents, students and community members participated in focus groups to provide input on the future and direction they (and those they represented) would like to see for CSPS.  Additionally, the entire staff of CSPS was asked to provide their input on selecting the core values, which define the way will go about our work.  The engagement and input was impressive and the outcome is just the same.  The following was formally adopted by our dedicated Board of Education and will shape our work as we move forward:

Vision (where we are trying to go):  Cedar Springs Public Schools will prepare all students to be independent thinkers and life-long learners who are confident and engaged in their community and world.

Mission (why we are doing what we’re doing):  Cedar Springs Public Schools is a welcoming, inclusive educational environment where students are challenged to reach their potential, and are prepared for life beyond school.

Core Values (how we are going to go about our work- we’ll do so with):  Integrity, Respect, Compassion, Accountability, Collaboration

Brand Promise (our “trademark”):  Purpose, Potential, Pride

We are excited to keep these tenets of our strategic plan at the forefront of our work with students, staff, families and our community.  On behalf of the Board of Education and our outstanding CSPS collegial team, I thank each and every one of the many people who gave of their time to commit to this important process.  Thank you for your part in continuing to move forward our great Cedar Springs Public Schools.

Warmly, 

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D., CSPS Superintendent of Schools

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Bus Drivers Needed!

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Preschool Open Enrollment starts February 27, 2017

 

Classes will be forming for students who are 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2017.  Information is available for families that are interested in tuition assistance for preschool.  Contact Cedar Trails Elementary main office. 616.696.9884

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