Saturday, July 25, 2009

4th Grade Supply List (2009-2010)

Personal supplies -- please put your child's name on everything.

  • Pencil bag (no boxes, please)
  • Pencils (12)
  • Pens (red or green ink - 2 pens)
  • Colored pencils
  • Small, hand-held pencil sharpener (captures the shavings)
  • Glue (1 small bottle or glue stick)
  • Crayons
  • Highlighter
  • Scissors
  • Two 1-subject notebooks (spiral bound)
  • One 3-subject notebook (spiral bound)
  • Three 2-pocket folders (no metal brads), 3-hold punched and labeled: "Home/Math," "LA/Reading," and "Science/SS"
  • One yellow, two-pocket folder labeled "Spanish."
  • One 1-1/2" binder
  • Expo Dry Erase Markers (1 pack)
  • Tissue (3 boxes)

We would also like the following donated items for classroom use:

  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Band-Aids
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Vis-a-vis markers
  • Paper towels
  • Ziploc bags
  • Hard candy (no chocolate or peanuts)
  • Treasure box items

Buying School Uniforms?

Have you seen those cute jumpers and polo shirts with the South Arbor logo on them? These are available through Lands End. Best of all, Boosters receives a percentage of your bill if you simply use our "Preferred School" code: 900065400.

They have some good deals going on right now . . . be sure to check them out!

If these are a bit out of your budget (and your child doesn't want a logo), be sure to try Target -- and if you shop online, don't forget to use our "Take Charge of School" code: 113584. They offer free shipping!

For additional deals, be sure to check out "Coupon Mountain." Or head over to my favorite place to shop for school clothes: The Salvation Army Superstore! Located on State Street just north of Eisenhower, this thrift store is offering a 50% off all clothes deal on August 8!

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Kindergarten Supply List (2009-2010)

Mrs. Boe's and Mrs. Brademeyer's Classroom List

Crayons: FOUR boxes of 24-pack
Elmer's Glue: Two 4-ounce bottles
Expo Dry Erase Markers: One 4-pack, any colors
1-12 pack of #2 pencils (plain color)
1-12 pack Crayola colored pencils
1 backpack (no rollers) marked with child's name

Because of space limitations, we do not have room to store all the common classroom supplies such as paper products and sanitation supplies. A $10 donation per family is requested for this purpose. (Mrs. Larsen also requested a classroom donation, in an amount to be determined.)

ALP Class Supply List - 5th-8th grades (2009-2010)

Please label all supplies with student’s name in permanent marker. Please send all supplies in the first day of school. ALP students share lockers; please buy backpacks that aren't too wide for this purpose.

Specials teachers may require additional school supplies after school begins. Some students find it helpful to have supplies color-coded for their classes to help with organization (for example: red folder and red notebook for one class, blue folder and blue notebook for another class, etc.)

Some students may leave the classroom to attend a higher math class. The middle school teachers may require slightly different supplies. (See posts with class lists for upper grade levels.)

CLASSROOM supplies:
* 1 ultra-fine tip Sharpie marker

* 1 box colored pencils
* 1 colored ballpoint pen (any color but black)
* 1 box of mechanical pencils OR 12 #2 sharpened pencils with erasers (if you buy traditional pencils, you will also want a small hand-held pencil sharpener)
* 1 pencil pouch (optional)
* 3 dry-erase markers of different colors (some kids find it helpful to store it in an old sock; the sock can be used as an eraser)

* Protractor and compass for circles
* (10) 2-pocket folders (some kids prefer to keep all of their folders in one binder; this is completely optional)
* (6) single-subject spiral notebooks
* (2) 1", 3-ring binders with 5 tab dividers (used for Reading and Language Arts)

* Grid paper (1 package, 250 sheets)
* 1 pack of sticky notes
* SPANISH CLASS: (1) 1-inch, 3-ring binder and a set of dividers with 5 labels

* 400 3x5 index cards

Supplies that are always appreciated:
* 2 boxes of facial tissues

* 1 roll of paper towel
* Anti-bacterial cleaning wipes
* Purell hand sanitizer
* Poster board
* Craft or construction paper
* Glade Plug-Ins extra dry-erase markers

8th Grade School Supply List (2009-2010)

1. Four 3-subject spiral notebooks with pockets

2. Mechanical pencils (1 box)

3. Eraser

4. Pens (black and red)

5. One marble notebook (for homeroom journal)

6. One pack of lined paper (at least 100 sheets)

7. Basic calculator or two-line display calculator

8. Minimum 200 sheets of graph paper

9. Pencil Pouch

10. Two large boxes of facial tissues

11. One bottle of hand sanitizer for homerooms

12. One roll of clear tape

13. One pack 3x5 cards for LA

14. One, ½” 3 ring Binder (No Zippers) w/ dividers (for 13-15 units)

15. One roll of paper towels (Science)

16. One, 1”, 3 ring binder with a set of dividers (at least 5) (Spanish)

17. One Expo marker, 1 Composition book (Spanish)

18. One inexpensive flash drive.

7th Grade School Supply List (2009-2010)

3-subject (at least) Mead 5-Star notebook with pages that are 8.5 X 11 (so that papers can be glued in without cutting)
Glue sticks
Pens/mechanical pencils (pencil sharpeners for standard pencils will NOT be available)
Pen of a different color (red, green, purple) for correcting homework
Optional for in-class: coloring pencils, markers, or crayons to decorate notebooks

2” three ring binder with 5 labeled dividers (one for each of the following subjects:
Writing, Spelling, Grammar, Reading, Graded Materials)
Sticky notes (any color, any size)
Mechanical Pencils
Pens (variety of colors - blue/black for assignments and any other color for grading)
Glue stick
Loose-leaf notebook paper
Spiral notebook (for journaling)
Two stretchable book covers (one large, one small)

1 one-inch thick three-ring binder with pockets
Large supply of lined, loose-leaf paper
Multiple mechanical pencils and erasers (pencil sharpeners for standard pencils will NOT be available)
Pens (any color)
Graph paper

Three-subject subject spiral notebook with pockets or folders
Mechanical pencils (pencil sharpeners for standard pencils will NOT be available)
Extra lined paper
½-inch ringed binder

1 one-inch thick three-ring binder with pockets
Set of dividers with labels

6th Grade School Supply List (2009-2010)

Please note: Because all sixth grade students share a locker with another student, space is limited within the locker for essential school supplies. Rolling backpacks are typically bulky; therefore, they are not recommended. Traditional backpacks are acceptable.

* Fabric pencil bag (no boxes) containing the following:
* Mechanical pencils (12 or more) and extra lead (pencil sharpeners are not available)
* Extra erasers
* Colored pencils
* Red correcting pens (2 or more)
* Highlighters (1 or more, any color)
* Dry erase marker (2 any color, low-odor; no regular or scented markers due to allergies)
* Ruler and Protractor
* 3 large glue sticks

* Fabric (Stretchable) Book Covers (3)
* Sticky Notes (any size/color) for L.A. Assignments
* Index cards (for L.A. Assignments)
* Individual 3-hole punch that fits in binder (optional, but very useful)

* For MATH: Standard three-ring binder 1 ½″ to 2″(no zipper binders) containing:
-- Graph paper (2 or more packages)
-- Filler (lined) paper (1 or more packages)
-- Package of EIGHT dividers

* For LANGUAGE ARTS: Standard three-ring binder (1-2", no zippers)containing:
-- Package of FIVE (or more) dividers
-- Filler (lined) paper (1 or more packages, wide-ruled)

* For SPANISH: Standard three-ring binder (½″, no zippers)containing:
-- Package of FIVE part dividers
-- Filler (lined) paper (1 or more packages, wide-ruled)

* For SCIENCE: Three-subject notebook and folder.

* For SOCIAL STUDIES: Three-subject notebook and folder.

DONATIONS of the following would be greatly appreciated:

* anti-bacterial wipes
* resealable plastic sandwich bags
* rolls of paper towel
* boxes of tissue
* board/card games
* age-appropriate books

5th Grade School Supply List (2009-2010)

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,
Here is your child’s supply list for the school year. The students will keep some of the supplies in their desks and turn some of them in for general use. We will label and sort them on the first day of school.

Thank you!
Fifth Grade Teachers

§ 1 two pocket folder (red)
§ 1 one-subject spiral notebook
2 2-pocket folders with prongs (1 green, 1 blue)
§ 2 red pens
§ 2 black/blue pens
§ 2 dozen pencils (to be used over the year)
§ 1 pair of school scissors
§ 2 glue sticks
§ 1 box any of the following: crayons, colored pencils, markers
§ 1 pencil box/bag (small enough to fit in desk)
§ 1 highlighter
§ 500 sheets of loose leaf notebook paper (wide ruled)
§ 2 expo low odor dry erase markers
§ 4 boxes of tissue
§ 2 rolls of paper towel
§ 2 packages individually wrapped candy (no peanuts or chocolate)
1 container Clorox disinfecting wipes

Other donations appreciated as you are able . . .

1 bottle of hand sanitizer
§ 1 box sandwich size or gallon Ziploc baggies
§ 1 box Band-Aids (latex free)
§ 1 package forks and spoons

3rd Grade School Supply List (2009-2010)

Personal supply list (please put your child's name on everything). Please do not send a ruler or pencil sharpener.

Pencil bag (no boxes, please)
Pencils - 1 box (no mechanical pencils, please)
Glue sticks - 3
Highlighter - 1
Five 2-pocket folders without prongs (red, yellow, green, purple, and one for Spanish)
One 3-subject notebook (no binders, please)
Erasers - 2 large
Crayons or colored pencils - 1 box (no markers)
Scissors - 1 pair

Please do not send in ruler or individual sharpeners.

Classroom supplies
Tissues - 2 large boxes
Hard candy - 1 bag (no chocolate or peanuts)
Expo Dry Eraser Markers - 1 packages of 4-5 markers
Cleaning Wipes (Clorox or Lysol) - 2 containers
Paper towels - 1 roll
Ziplock bags - 1 box large or small
Forks and spoons - 1 large box
Red pens - 1 box

1st Grade Class Supply List (2009-2010)

The best time to purchase these school items is in July during the school supply sales!! Please remember to purchase pencils, paper, crayons, scissors, and glue for home use, too.

2 boxes of Beginner pencils (the fat pencils)
1 box of 12 #2 pencils
2 large glue sticks
1 pair of blunt cut scissors
1 plastic pencil box
1 box of 24 crayons
1 large see-through pencil pouch
1 large backpack without rollers
1 red laminated folder for Spanish
1 bottle of hand sanitizer
2 boxes of soft Kleenex
2 containers of disinfectant wipes (no baby wipes please)
5 packages trinkets from Dollar Store for treasure box

If your last name begins with A-I, bring . . .
2 boxes of 50-100 sandwich size Ziploc bags (with slide lock)
1 box gallon Ziploc bags

If your last name begins with J-R, bring . . .
1 box of 60-100 Band-Aids
1 box 5 oz plastic cups
2 boxes of plastic forks

If your last name begins with S-Z, bring . . .
1 package small paper plates
2 rolls paper towels
3 boxes of plastic spoons

Also, here are some other items our class needs if you are looking to donate:
· Sidewalk chalk
· Balls

Thank you, First Grade Team

Friday, July 24, 2009

2nd Grade Supply List (2009-2010)

School will be here before you know it -- time to run to Target and pick up those school supplies (after you sign up for the "Take Charge of School" program -- see the button on the right).

Personal supplies (please put your child's name on these):
  • Pencil bag (no pencil boxes, please)
  • Crayons (24-pack or less; no markers or colored pencils)
  • Scissors (1 pr)
  • Ruler with inch and centimeter measurements.
Classroom supplies (please turn these in to the child's teacher on first day of school).
  • Three 2-pocket, plain colored folder
  • 1-subject, spiral bound plain colored notebook (wide-ruled)
  • Glue sticks (1 pack)
  • Disinfecting wipes (Lysol or Clorox), 1-2 containers
  • Tissues (4 boxes)
  • Ticonderoga pencils (4 boxes - can be found at Meijer, Staples, or Target)
  • Expo Dry-Erase markers
  • Pencil-top erasers (1 pack)
  • 1 bag individually wrapped candy (no chocolate or peanuts)
  • Red pens (1 pack)
  • Highlighters (1 pack)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

South Arbor is NHA 2009 "School of the Year"!

If you received your Final Enrollment Decoration this week, you've learned that South Arbor Charter Academy has been named . . .

* National Heritage Academy's 2009 School of the Year
* 2nd highest performing charter school in Michigan
* 1st among NHA's 57 schools in meeting annual growth target, with 181% typical learning growth
* 3rd among NHA schools in parent satisfaction.

Congratulations, South Arbor Community, on this achievement!

This last bulletpoint is something to consider. If you are unhappy with your child's academic performance or some other aspect of the learning environment, I'd like to encourage you to do a couple of things.

* Get involved. This is one of the distinctive features of charter schools -- they depend on parents (in and out of the classroom) to be an integral part of the community. If you wish your middle-schooler was reading more novels, start a book group. If you think your child isn't being challenged enough, make an appointment with your child's teacher and talk about what you can do to help. Join one of the committees -- Academics, Athletics, Library, or whatever your area of interest -- and come up with a plan. You'll be glad you did!

* Speak up. South Arbor is a great school -- but like any school, problems do arise. I recently became aware of one situation involving a teacher that undoubtly affected "parent satisfaction" in that classroom. The parent who told me about it was outraged -- but couldn't say whether the administration was aware of the problem. I told her to talk to the teacher, and if the situation didn't resolve itself, talk to the administration. They can't be held responsible for what they don't know!

* Be a good example. Consider how your own attitude toward learning in general and South Arbor in particular is rubbing off on your student(s). Do you speak negatively -- either to the child or in the child's hearing -- of staff, faculty, or other members of the South Arbor community? Do you give others the benefit of the doubt, and try to be an encouragement to those who are struggling? Do you take to heart the South Arbor Creed, and reinforce those "global virtues" in your own home? Repeat after me . . .

I am a South Arbor Parent!
I can make a difference by doing my personal best.
I will work hard, and practice good manners.
My heart believes it, my actions will show it!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Shop Target ... Support South Arbor Boosters!

Do you have a Target Redcard -- a Target Visa card, Target credit card, or Target check card? (Or are you planning to get one?)

We've discovered a terrific way to raise funds for our school. So far 31 families have signed up for this program, and as of March 2009 we have received $5437.68!

All you have to do is register for the "Take Charge of School" program, then use your Target Visa or Target Card to make the purchases you were already planning to make. We will receive a percentage of the amount of each purchase in the form of a cash donation from Target through the Take Charge of Education program.

It's easy. Just go to the Target "Take Charge of School" website, or call 1-800-316-6142 to designate our school (School ID 113584). So if you're going to Target anyway, please consider using your Target Visa or Target Charge Card or Check Card. Grandparents, alumni, neighbors, and friends can participate in this easy fundraiser, too!

Big thanks to the 31 South Arbor Families who are already doing their part to make a great school even better.

South Arbor Art Auction

Questions about the auction? Contact Anne or Chelle at

South Arbor Booster Club is pleased to announce a special event for the South Arbor community and local art lovers. In partnership with, the Boosters will be hosting a fine art auction reception on Saturday, October 10. A portion of all proceeds -- both those purchased at the event, and those sold through their online store beginning October 11 and continuing for one full year -- will benefit South Arbor students.

Artwork representing a variety of artists and priced to fit every budget is available. (At left is Henri Mattisse's "Goldfish.") Other notable artists available either at the auction or through online purchase include Ansel Adams, Danka Weitzen, Guido Borelli, James Chapin, Keith Mallett, Thomas Kinkaide, and Wooster Scott.

For more information, contact Anne Bouse or Chelle Hamel at