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January 21, 2021

--Tomorrow is a half day and will end at 10:45.  Please make sure you have a ride at that time if you do not take a bus. 

--Art Club meetings are starting up once again!  On Tuesday, January 26, 7th and 8th graders are invited to attend from 2: 30 - 4:00pm.  Meet in the art room. Be sure to bring your charged iPad. 6th graders will meet on Tuesday, February 2 from 2:30- 4:00 pm.  Bring your iPad, and be sure to have a ride arranged to pick you up at 4.

--Homework party will begin again next week Tuesday (Jan 26) and will run every Tues, Weds, and Thurs from 2:40-3:30 in Mrs. Sluiter's room. Students in any grade are welcome to come for a snack and homework help. Homework Party is a time for students to work on and get teachers' help with homework. If students come and don't have any homework, they will be expected to read a book (games on iPads or phones will not be allowed). After signing in, students are expected to stay until homework party is finished at 3:30. 

--It's time for the food and toiletry drive for the bridge.  We'll be collecting items next week before school Monday through Wednesday. There will be CIA students sitting at tables in the gathering area by the gym before school to collect your items and add up points. The DEAR class with the most points will win a pizza party! May the best DEAR win.  The items we need this year are:

● Snacks! Individual Serving Sizes (goldfish, Ritz peanut butter crackers, chips, cookies, pudding cups, fruit snacks, nuts, fruit cups, fruit snacks, granola bars) 

● Boxes of Macaroni & Cheese 

● Bread 

● Jelly 

● Peanut Butter 

● Ramen 

● Boxes of Cereal 

● Soups 

● Diapers (Sizes 4’s, 5’s, and 6’s) 

● Paper Towels 

● Hygiene items (Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, feminine hygiene items, toothpaste) 

● Pasta sauce 

● Pasta 

● Flavored Rice 

● Laundry Detergent 

● Applesauce 

● Cleaning Supplies 

● Cheez-Its 

● Canned Vegetables  

--Tomorrows CHARACTER DAY! Do you love Captain America? Harry Potter? Minecraft? Then wear some of their SWAG! Dress up repping your favorite character from a show, book, movie, game, etc!

--We are excited to announce and offer a speed and strength program for all middle school athletes! The program design and organization will be coordinated by Coach Draeger & Coach Neal.  The workouts will be held at the High School. This program will be designed to improve athletic performance for the multi-sport athlete and is open to boys and girls currently in grades 6-8. The Winter Warrior program will be 15 workouts in the months of January - March. For more information, pick up a registration form from the table outside of the CBC or click this link.  

--Reminder: For safety reasons and because it is school policy, you may NOT wear your hood or a hat in school.  

--Please be sure you are keeping your mask covering both your mouth and your nose while you are in school.  The only exception is when you are eating lunch.  

--Reminder - your phones are ONLY allowed out before and after school and during passing time.  If you can't resist checking it, keep it in your backpack.  For your first offense, your phone will be kept in the office and picked up at the end of the day as well as earn you 2 lunch detentions.  Your second offense means your parents will have to come pick up your phone from the office and you will earn 4 lunch detentions.  Make good choices!

---------------------------STUDENTS--------------------------

--Reminder - when you arrive in the morning, please go straight to your first class of the day.  Too many students are currently roaming the hallway before school.  Students caught roaming the hallway will earn lunch detentions.  Thanks for your help following the Covid guidelines.

--Just a reminder: You are NOT allowed to wear any type of hats or hoods in school.  Please do not wear a hat and/or hood while in the building.  Thanks!

--Students when you leave school early for any reason, you MUST go through the office and let them know you are leaving.  Thank you.

--PLEASE make sure you have your mask with you when leaving your house in the morning!  Helpful tip:  Have a spare in your backpack or car to grab if you forgot to take one when you left the house.

--Please make sure that you have downloaded the iBoss app onto your iPad; this app needs to stay on your iPad to help with internet issues during remote learning. Also, please check your iPads to see if you need to download any software updates.  You should shut your iPad all the way off at least once a day.  Also, please do NOT remove your iPad case; you risk breaking the screen and it voids the insurance warranty.  If you need any help, please see Mrs. Nelson in the CBC.

--Students!  If you are having download or app issues, please check your iPad settings to see if you need to download and install a software update.  This could help fix some of the common issues that some of you are dealing with. And don't forget to charge your iPad every single night!  

--Your email app on your iPad is not working correctly; Technology is aware of this, and the fix needs to come from Apple so for now, you will need to send and receive your email from Safari.  Make sure you set up a bookmark for this to make it quick and easy.

----Students, if you did not get a public library card through your ELA class this fall and would still like one, please see Mrs. Vredeveld in the media center.  This card allows you to access public library books through the Libby app on your ipad and it's free!

--Students that are interested in participating in 7th/8th Girls Basketball, 6th/7th/8th Boys Swim & Dive, or 6th/7th/8th Co-ed Wrestling, please make sure your Final Forms are up to date.  Tryouts for these sports will start on Wednesday, February 10 due to winter break on February 8 & 9.  If you do not have an up-to-date physical on file, you will not be allowed to try out.  If you have any questions or need more information, please see Mrs. Nelson in the CBC.  Links to all of the forms and websites are in the parent section below.

---------------------------PARENTS---------------------------

--If your child will not be in school, for any reason, you MUST call the attendance line at 748-3205. Thank you! 

--Parents if you are picking your child up from school for any reason you must call the office before we will let them go.  You may also call their cell phone in addition to the office, but the office must hear from you.  616-748-3250. Thank you!

--PLEASE make sure you have your mask with you when leaving your house in the morning!  Helpful tip:  Have a spare in your child's backpack or in your car to grab if you forgot to take one when you left the house.

--January Be.Nice Newsletter ~ This newsletter is intended to help increase awareness and decrease the stigma associated with our mental health.

--Any message needing to get to a student must be received by 12:30 pm. We call students down at the beginning of their last hour during announcements so we are not disturbing classroom instruction time.

--Reminder - If you are planning on sending something to your student at school for birthdays or holiday celebrations, please be mindful that they are unable to take balloons, flower bouquets, and any other items they are unable to fit in their backpack on the bus.

--Students & Parents:  GOOD  NEWS!  The free lunch and breakfast grant that was to expire in December, has now been extended.  Free lunch and breakfast for all students in ZPS will continue for the ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR.  No matter what your family's income is, a full lunch and a full breakfast is free to all students every day! All meals (breakfast and lunch) are served at NO COST to all ZPS students. You can find your schools menu at https://www.zps.org/parents/food-service/. Only complete meals are free. A complete breakfast or lunch has to have 3 items, one item must be a fruit or vegetable. An entree is usually considered two items (protein/grain). A complete meal is an entree, fruit and/ or vegetable, milk. This is a great way to have your child eat a healthy breakfast and lunch at NO cost to you!

--Parents and Students: We can no longer allow food to be delivered from area restaurants to our students for lunch.  We aren't allowed to sign your credit card receipts, and often the order only comes with a student's first name on it making it very difficult for us to know who it is for.  Students often don't know a lunch is being delivered for them, so they don't come to pick it up and the food goes uneaten. Thanks for understanding!

—SPORT SIGN-UPS:  All registration and sports signups will be done online in the Final Forms website at www.zeeland-mi.finalforms.com. Parents and students need to register once a year for all of the sports you will be playing or think you might want to play. Please check your mail/spam mail for confirmation once you have originally signed into Final Forms to confirm your account.  You can also link Final Forms through the Cityside website under the athletics tab, or you may pick up a hard copy of the Final Forms instructions by the CBC room or in the office at Cityside. As in the past, we need a current 2020/2021 physical dated from the doctor after April 15 of 2020 to be eligible for all sports or a completed physical from last year (2019/2020) PLUS a MHSAA Health Questionaire Form that has been completed by both the student and parent.  Be sure to fill out both pages of this form.  Please bring all documents to Mrs. Nelson in the CBC.

January 20, 2021

--School Doors Open:  Doors to the building will open at 9:15am on Thursday so no need to rush here until then. Friday is a half day and will end at 10:45.  Please make sure you have a ride at that time if you do not take a bus. 

--Art Club meetings are starting up once again!  On Tuesday, January 26, 7th and 8th graders are invited to attend from 2: 30 - 4:00pm.  Meet in the art room. Be sure to bring your charged iPad. 6th graders will meet on Tuesday, February 2 from 2:30- 4:00 pm.  Bring your iPad, and be sure to have a ride arranged to pick you up at 4.

--Homework party will begin again next week Tuesday (Jan 26) and will run every Tues, Weds, and Thurs from 2:40-3:30 in Mrs. Sluiter's room. Students in any grade are welcome to come for a snack and homework help. Homework Party is a time for students to work on and get teachers' help with homework. If students come and don't have any homework, they will be expected to read a book (games on iPads or phones will not be allowed). After signing in, students are expected to stay until homework party is finished at 3:30. 

--It's time for the food and toiletry drive for the bridge.  We'll be collecting items next week before school Monday through Wednesday. There will be CIA students sitting at tables in the gathering area by the gym before school to collect your items and add up points. The DEAR class with the most points will win a pizza party! May the best DEAR win.  The items we need this year are:

● Snacks! Individual Serving Sizes (goldfish, Ritz peanut butter crackers, chips, cookies, pudding cups, fruit snacks, nuts, fruit cups, fruit snacks, granola bars) 

● Boxes of Macaroni & Cheese 

● Bread 

● Jelly 

● Peanut Butter 

● Ramen 

● Boxes of Cereal 

● Soups 

● Diapers (Sizes 4’s, 5’s, and 6’s) 

● Paper Towels 

● Hygiene items (Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, feminine hygiene items, toothpaste) 

● Pasta sauce 

● Pasta 

● Flavored Rice 

● Laundry Detergent 

● Applesauce 

● Cleaning Supplies 

● Cheez-Its 

● Canned Vegetables  

--This Fun Friday is CHARACTER DAY! Do you love Captain America? Harry Potter? Minecraft? Then wear some of their SWAG! Dress up repping your favorite character from a show, book, movie, game, etc!

--We are excited to announce and offer a speed and strength program for all middle school athletes! The program design and organization will be coordinated by Coach Draeger & Coach Neal.  The workouts will be held at the High School. This program will be designed to improve athletic performance for the multi-sport athlete and is open to boys and girls currently in grades 6-8. The Winter Warrior program will be 15 workouts in the months of January - March. For more information, pick up a registration form from the table outside of the CBC or click this link.  

--Reminder: For safety reasons and because it is school policy, you may NOT wear your hood or a hat in school.  

--Please be sure you are keeping your mask covering both your mouth and your nose while you are in school.  The only exception is when you are eating lunch.  

--Reminder - your phones are ONLY allowed out before and after school and during passing time.  If you can't resist checking it, keep it in your backpack.  For your first offense, your phone will be kept in the office and picked up at the end of the day as well as earn you 2 lunch detentions.  Your second offense means your parents will have to come pick up your phone from the office and you will earn 4 lunch detentions.  Make good choices!

---------------------------STUDENTS--------------------------

--Reminder - when you arrive in the morning, please go straight to your first class of the day.  Too many students are currently roaming the hallway before school.  Students caught roaming the hallway will earn lunch detentions.  Thanks for your help following the Covid guidelines.

--Just a reminder: You are NOT allowed to wear any type of hats or hoods in school.  Please do not wear a hat and/or hood while in the building.  Thanks!

--Students when you leave school early for any reason, you MUST go through the office and let them know you are leaving.  Thank you.

--PLEASE make sure you have your mask with you when leaving your house in the morning!  Helpful tip:  Have a spare in your backpack or car to grab if you forgot to take one when you left the house.

--Please make sure that you have downloaded the iBoss app onto your iPad; this app needs to stay on your iPad to help with internet issues during remote learning. Also, please check your iPads to see if you need to download any software updates.  You should shut your iPad all the way off at least once a day.  Also, please do NOT remove your iPad case; you risk breaking the screen and it voids the insurance warranty.  If you need any help, please see Mrs. Nelson in the CBC.

--Students!  If you are having download or app issues, please check your iPad settings to see if you need to download and install a software update.  This could help fix some of the common issues that some of you are dealing with. And don't forget to charge your iPad every single night!  

--Your email app on your iPad is not working correctly; Technology is aware of this, and the fix needs to come from Apple so for now, you will need to send and receive your email from Safari.  Make sure you set up a bookmark for this to make it quick and easy.

----Students, if you did not get a public library card through your ELA class this fall and would still like one, please see Mrs. Vredeveld in the media center.  This card allows you to access public library books through the Libby app on your ipad and it's free!

--Students that are interested in participating in 7th/8th Girls Basketball, 6th/7th/8th Boys Swim & Dive, or 6th/7th/8th Co-ed Wrestling, please make sure your Final Forms are up to date.  Tryouts for these sports will start on Wednesday, February 10 due to winter break on February 8 & 9.  If you do not have an up-to-date physical on file, you will not be allowed to try out.  If you have any questions or need more information, please see Mrs. Nelson in the CBC.  Links to all of the forms and websites are in the parent section below.

---------------------------PARENTS---------------------------

--If your child will not be in school, for any reason, you MUST call the attendance line at 748-3205. Thank you! 

--Parents if you are picking your child up from school for any reason you must call the office before we will let them go.  You may also call their cell phone in addition to the office, but the office must hear from you.  616-748-3250. Thank you!

--PLEASE make sure you have your mask with you when leaving your house in the morning!  Helpful tip:  Have a spare in your child's backpack or in your car to grab if you forgot to take one when you left the house.

--January Be.Nice Newsletter ~ This newsletter is intended to help increase awareness and decrease the stigma associated with our mental health.

--Any message needing to get to a student must be received by 12:30 pm. We call students down at the beginning of their last hour during announcements so we are not disturbing classroom instruction time.

--Reminder - If you are planning on sending something to your student at school for birthdays or holiday celebrations, please be mindful that they are unable to take balloons, flower bouquets, and any other items they are unable to fit in their backpack on the bus.

--Students & Parents:  GOOD  NEWS!  The free lunch and breakfast grant that was to expire in December, has now been extended.  Free lunch and breakfast for all students in ZPS will continue for the ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR.  No matter what your family's income is, a full lunch and a full breakfast is free to all students every day! All meals (breakfast and lunch) are served at NO COST to all ZPS students. You can find your schools menu at https://www.zps.org/parents/food-service/. Only complete meals are free. A complete breakfast or lunch has to have 3 items, one item must be a fruit or vegetable. An entree is usually considered two items (protein/grain). A complete meal is an entree, fruit and/ or vegetable, milk. This is a great way to have your child eat a healthy breakfast and lunch at NO cost to you!

--Parents and Students: We can no longer allow food to be delivered from area restaurants to our students for lunch.  We aren't allowed to sign your credit card receipts, and often the order only comes with a student's first name on it making it very difficult for us to know who it is for.  Students often don't know a lunch is being delivered for them, so they don't come to pick it up and the food goes uneaten. Thanks for understanding!

—SPORT SIGN-UPS:  All registration and sports signups will be done online in the Final Forms website at www.zeeland-mi.finalforms.com. Parents and students need to register once a year for all of the sports you will be playing or think you might want to play. Please check your mail/spam mail for confirmation once you have originally signed into Final Forms to confirm your account.  You can also link Final Forms through the Cityside website under the athletics tab, or you may pick up a hard copy of the Final Forms instructions by the CBC room or in the office at Cityside. As in the past, we need a current 2020/2021 physical dated from the doctor after April 15 of 2020 to be eligible for all sports or a completed physical from last year (2019/2020) PLUS a MHSAA Health Questionaire Form that has been completed by both the student and parent.  Be sure to fill out both pages of this form.  Please bring all documents to Mrs. Nelson in the CBC.

January 19, 2021

--Art Club meetings are starting up once again!  On Tuesday, January 26, 7th and 8th graders are invited to attend from 2: 30 - 4:00pm.  Meet in the art room. Be sure to bring your charged iPad. 6th graders will meet on Tuesday, February 2 from 2:30- 4:00 pm.  Bring your iPad, and be sure to have a ride arranged to pick you up at 4.

--Homework party will begin again next week Tuesday (Jan 26) and will run every Tues, Weds, and Thurs from 2:40-3:30 in Mrs. Sluiter's room. Students in any grade are welcome to come for a snack and homework help. Homework Party is a time for students to work on and get teachers' help with homework. If students come and don't have any homework, they will be expected to read a book (games on iPads or phones will not be allowed). After signing in, students are expected to stay until homework party is finished at 3:30.  

--Attention students. This year we are doing another food and toiletry drive for the bridge. It will be the week of January 25th. The items we need this year are 

● Snacks! Individual Serving Sizes (goldfish, ritz peanut butter crackers, chips, cookies, pudding cups, fruit snacks, nuts, fruit cups, fruitsnacks, Granola Bars) 

● Boxes of Macaroni & Cheese 

● Bread 

● Jelly 

● Peanut Butter 

● Ramen 

● Boxes of Cereal 

● Soups 

● Diapers (Sizes 4’s, 5’s, and 6’s) 

● Paper Towels 

● Hygiene items (Shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, deodorant, feminine hygiene items, toothpaste) 

● Pasta sauce 

● Pasta 

● Flavored Rice 

● Laundry Detergent 

● Applesauce 

● Cleaning Supplies 

● Cheese Its 

● Canned Vegetables  

Drop off for all items will be Monday the 25th, Tuesday the 26th, and Wednesday the 27th. There will be CIA students sitting at tables before school starts in the front of the school by the gym to collect your items and add up points. The dear class with the most points wins a pizza party! May the best dear win.

--This Fun Friday is CHARACTER DAY! Do you love Captain America? Harry Potter? Minecraft? Then wear some of their SWAG! Dress up repping your favorite character from a show, book, movie, game, etc!

--We are excited to announce and offer a speed and strength program for all middle school athletes! The program design and organization will be coordinated by Coach Draeger & Coach Neal.  The workouts will be held at the High School. This program will be designed to improve athletic performance for the multi-sport athlete and is open to boys and girls currently in grades 6-8. The Winter Warrior program will be 15 workouts in the months of January - March. For more information, pick up a registration form from the table outside of the CBC or click this link.  

--Reminder: For safety reasons and because it is school policy, you may NOT wear your hood or a hat in school.  

--Please be sure you are keeping your mask covering both your mouth and your nose while you are in school.  The only exception is when you are eating lunch.  

--Reminder - your phones are ONLY allowed out before and after school and during passing time.  If you can't resist checking it, keep it in your backpack.  For your first offense, your phone will be kept in the office and picked up at the end of the day as well as earn you 2 lunch detentions.  Your second offense means your parents will have to come pick up your phone from the office and you will earn 4 lunch detentions.  Make good choices!

---------------------------STUDENTS--------------------------

--Reminder - when you arrive in the morning, please go straight to your first class of the day.  Too many students are currently roaming the hallway before school.  Students caught roaming the hallway will earn lunch detentions.  Thanks for your help following the Covid guidelines.

--Just a reminder: You are NOT allowed to wear any type of hats or hoods in school.  Please do not wear a hat and/or hood while in the building.  Thanks!

--Students when you leave school early for any reason, you MUST go through the office and let them know you are leaving.  Thank you.

--PLEASE make sure you have your mask with you when leaving your house in the morning!  Helpful tip:  Have a spare in your backpack or car to grab if you forgot to take one when you left the house.

--Please make sure that you have downloaded the iBoss app onto your iPad; this app needs to stay on your iPad to help with internet issues during remote learning. Also, please check your iPads to see if you need to download any software updates.  You should shut your iPad all the way off at least once a day.  Also, please do NOT remove your iPad case; you risk breaking the screen and it voids the insurance warranty.  If you need any help, please see Mrs. Nelson in the CBC.

--Students!  If you are having download or app issues, please check your iPad settings to see if you need to download and install a software update.  This could help fix some of the common issues that some of you are dealing with. And don't forget to charge your iPad every single night!  

--Your email app on your iPad is not working correctly; Technology is aware of this, and the fix needs to come from Apple so for now, you will need to send and receive your email from Safari.  Make sure you set up a bookmark for this to make it quick and easy.

----Students, if you did not get a public library card through your ELA class this fall and would still like one, please see Mrs. Vredeveld in the media center.  This card allows you to access public library books through the Libby app on your ipad and it's free!

--Students that are interested in participating in 7th/8th Girls Basketball, 6th/7th/8th Boys Swim & Dive, or 6th/7th/8th Co-ed Wrestling, please make sure your Final Forms are up to date.  Tryouts for these sports will start on Wednesday, February 10 due to winter break on February 8 & 9.  If you do not have an up-to-date physical on file, you will not be allowed to try out.  If you have any questions or need more information, please see Mrs. Nelson in the CBC.  Links to all of the forms and websites are in the parent section below.

---------------------------PARENTS---------------------------

--If your child will not be in school, for any reason, you MUST call the attendance line at 748-3205. Thank you! 

--Parents if you are picking your child up from school for any reason you must call the office before we will let them go.  You may also call their cell phone in addition to the office, but the office must hear from you.  616-748-3250. Thank you!

--PLEASE make sure you have your mask with you when leaving your house in the morning!  Helpful tip:  Have a spare in your child's backpack or in your car to grab if you forgot to take one when you left the house.

--January Be.Nice Newsletter ~ This newsletter is intended to help increase awareness and decrease the stigma associated with our mental health.

--Any message needing to get to a student must be received by 12:30 pm. We call students down at the beginning of their last hour during announcements so we are not disturbing classroom instruction time.

--Reminder - If you are planning on sending something to your student at school for birthdays or holiday celebrations, please be mindful that they are unable to take balloons, flower bouquets, and any other items they are unable to fit in their backpack on the bus.

--Students & Parents:  GOOD  NEWS!  The free lunch and breakfast grant that was to expire in December, has now been extended.  Free lunch and breakfast for all students in ZPS will continue for the ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR.  No matter what your family's income is, a full lunch and a full breakfast is free to all students every day! All meals (breakfast and lunch) are served at NO COST to all ZPS students. You can find your schools menu at https://www.zps.org/parents/food-service/. Only complete meals are free. A complete breakfast or lunch has to have 3 items, one item must be a fruit or vegetable. An entree is usually considered two items (protein/grain). A complete meal is an entree, fruit and/ or vegetable, milk. This is a great way to have your child eat a healthy breakfast and lunch at NO cost to you!

--Parents and Students: We can no longer allow food to be delivered from area restaurants to our students for lunch.  We aren't allowed to sign your credit card receipts, and often the order only comes with a student's first name on it making it very difficult for us to know who it is for.  Students often don't know a lunch is being delivered for them, so they don't come to pick it up and the food goes uneaten. Thanks for understanding!

—SPORT SIGN-UPS:  All registration and sports signups will be done online in the Final Forms website at www.zeeland-mi.finalforms.com. Parents and students need to register once a year for all of the sports you will be playing or think you might want to play. Please check your mail/spam mail for confirmation once you have originally signed into Final Forms to confirm your account.  You can also link Final Forms through the Cityside website under the athletics tab, or you may pick up a hard copy of the Final Forms instructions by the CBC room or in the office at Cityside. As in the past, we need a current 2020/2021 physical dated from the doctor after April 15 of 2020 to be eligible for all sports or a completed physical from last year (2019/2020) PLUS a MHSAA Health Questionaire Form that has been completed by both the student and parent.  Be sure to fill out both pages of this form.  Please bring all documents to Mrs. Nelson in the CBC.

January 18, 2021

--Art Club meetings are starting up once again!  On Tuesday, January 26, 7th and 8th graders are invited to attend from 2: 30 - 4:00pm.  Meet in the art room. Be sure to bring your charged iPad. 6th graders will meet on Tuesday, February 2 from 2:30- 4:00 pm.  Bring your iPad, and be sure to have a ride arranged to pick you up at 4.

--Attention students. This year we are doing another food and toiletry drive for the bridge. It will be the week of January 25th. The items we need this year are 

● Snacks! Individual Serving Sizes (goldfish, ritz peanut butter crackers, chips, cookies, pudding cups, fruit snacks, nuts, fruit cups, fruitsnacks, Granola Bars) 

● Boxes of Macaroni & Cheese 

● Bread 

● Jelly 

● Peanut Butter 

● Ramen 

● Boxes of Cereal 

● Soups 

● Diapers (Sizes 4’s, 5’s, and 6’s) 

● Paper Towels 

● Hygiene items (Shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, deodorant, feminine hygiene items, toothpaste) 

● Pasta sauce 

● Pasta 

● Flavored Rice 

● Laundry Detergent 

● Applesauce 

● Cleaning Supplies 

● Cheese Its 

● Canned Vegetables  

Drop off for all items will be Monday the 25th, Tuesday the 26th, and Wednesday the 27th. There will be CIA students sitting at tables before school starts in the front of the school by the gym to collect your items and add up points. The dear class with the most points wins a pizza party! May the best dear win.

--This Fun Friday is CHARACTER DAY! Do you love Captain America? Harry Potter? Minecraft? Then wear some of their SWAG! Dress up repping your favorite character from a show, book, movie, game, etc!

--We are excited to announce and offer a speed and strength program for all middle school athletes! The program design and organization will be coordinated by Coach Draeger & Coach Neal.  The workouts will be held at the High School. This program will be designed to improve athletic performance for the multi-sport athlete and is open to boys and girls currently in grades 6-8. The Winter Warrior program will be 15 workouts in the months of January - March. For more information, pick up a registration form from the table outside of the CBC or click this link.  

--Reminder: For safety reasons and because it is school policy, you may NOT wear your hood or a hat in school.  

--Please be sure you are keeping your mask covering both your mouth and your nose while you are in school.  The only exception is when you are eating lunch.  

---------------------------STUDENTS--------------------------

--Reminder - when you arrive in the morning, please go straight to your first class of the day.  Too many students are currently roaming the hallway before school.  Students caught roaming the hallway will earn lunch detentions.  Thanks for your help following the Covid guidelines.

--Just a reminder: You are NOT allowed to wear any type of hats or hoods in school.  Please do not wear a hat and/or hood while in the building.  Thanks!

--Students when you leave school early for any reason, you MUST go through the office and let them know you are leaving.  Thank you.

--PLEASE make sure you have your mask with you when leaving your house in the morning!  Helpful tip:  Have a spare in your backpack or car to grab if you forgot to take one when you left the house.

--Please make sure that you have downloaded the iBoss app onto your iPad; this app needs to stay on your iPad to help with internet issues during remote learning. Also, please check your iPads to see if you need to download any software updates.  You should shut your iPad all the way off at least once a day.  Also, please do NOT remove your iPad case; you risk breaking the screen and it voids the insurance warranty.  If you need any help, please see Mrs. Nelson in the CBC.

--Students!  If you are having download or app issues, please check your iPad settings to see if you need to download and install a software update.  This could help fix some of the common issues that some of you are dealing with. And don't forget to charge your iPad every single night!  

--Your email app on your iPad is not working correctly; Technology is aware of this, and the fix needs to come from Apple so for now, you will need to send and receive your email from Safari.  Make sure you set up a bookmark for this to make it quick and easy.

----Students, if you did not get a public library card through your ELA class this fall and would still like one, please see Mrs. Vredeveld in the media center.  This card allows you to access public library books through the Libby app on your ipad and it's free!

--Students that are interested in participating in 7th/8th Girls Basketball, 6th/7th/8th Boys Swim & Dive, or 6th/7th/8th Co-ed Wrestling, please make sure your Final Forms are up to date.  Tryouts for these sports will start on Wednesday, February 10 due to winter break on February 8 & 9.  If you do not have an up-to-date physical on file, you will not be allowed to try out.  If you have any questions or need more information, please see Mrs. Nelson in the CBC.  Links to all of the forms and websites are in the parent section below.

---------------------------PARENTS---------------------------

--If your child will not be in school, for any reason, you MUST call the attendance line at 748-3205. Thank you! 

--Parents if you are picking your child up from school for any reason you must call the office before we will let them go.  You may also call their cell phone in addition to the office, but the office must hear from you.  616-748-3250. Thank you!

--PLEASE make sure you have your mask with you when leaving your house in the morning!  Helpful tip:  Have a spare in your child's backpack or in your car to grab if you forgot to take one when you left the house.

--January Be.Nice Newsletter ~ This newsletter is intended to help increase awareness and decrease the stigma associated with our mental health.

--Any message needing to get to a student must be received by 12:30 pm. We call students down at the beginning of their last hour during announcements so we are not disturbing classroom instruction time.

--Reminder - If you are planning on sending something to your student at school for birthdays or holiday celebrations, please be mindful that they are unable to take balloons, flower bouquets, and any other items they are unable to fit in their backpack on the bus.

--Students & Parents:  GOOD  NEWS!  The free lunch and breakfast grant that was to expire in December, has now been extended.  Free lunch and breakfast for all students in ZPS will continue for the ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR.  No matter what your family's income is, a full lunch and a full breakfast is free to all students every day! All meals (breakfast and lunch) are served at NO COST to all ZPS students. You can find your schools menu at https://www.zps.org/parents/food-service/. Only complete meals are free. A complete breakfast or lunch has to have 3 items, one item must be a fruit or vegetable. An entree is usually considered two items (protein/grain). A complete meal is an entree, fruit and/ or vegetable, milk. This is a great way to have your child eat a healthy breakfast and lunch at NO cost to you!

--Parents and Students: We can no longer allow food to be delivered from area restaurants to our students for lunch.  We aren't allowed to sign your credit card receipts, and often the order only comes with a student's first name on it making it very difficult for us to know who it is for.  Students often don't know a lunch is being delivered for them, so they don't come to pick it up and the food goes uneaten. Thanks for understanding!

—SPORT SIGN-UPS:  All registration and sports signups will be done online in the Final Forms website at www.zeeland-mi.finalforms.com. Parents and students need to register once a year for all of the sports you will be playing or think you might want to play. Please check your mail/spam mail for confirmation once you have originally signed into Final Forms to confirm your account.  You can also link Final Forms through the Cityside website under the athletics tab, or you may pick up a hard copy of the Final Forms instructions by the CBC room or in the office at Cityside. As in the past, we need a current 2020/2021 physical dated from the doctor after April 15 of 2020 to be eligible for all sports or a completed physical from last year (2019/2020) PLUS a MHSAA Health Questionaire Form that has been completed by both the student and parent.  Be sure to fill out both pages of this form.  Please bring all documents to Mrs. Nelson in the CBC.

January 15, 2021

--Congratulations to all of our spelling bee contestants! This year, we had the most talented spellers we have ever had!  Emerging victorious and moving on to the Regional competition is our winner Eliana Huisman and our 1st Runner Up Maddy Landes!  Good luck girls!  We know you will represent Cityside well! 

--Reminder: For safety reasons and because it is school policy, you may NOT wear your hood or a hat in school.  

--Please be sure you are keeping your mask covering both your mouth and your nose while you are in school.  The only exception is when you are eating lunch.  

---------------------------STUDENTS--------------------------

--Reminder - when you arrive in the morning, please go straight to your first class of the day.  Too many students are currently roaming the hallway before school.  Students caught roaming the hallway will earn lunch detentions.  Thanks for your help following the Covid guidelines.

--Just a reminder: You are NOT allowed to wear any type of hats or hoods in school.  Please do not wear a hat and/or hood while in the building.  Thanks!

--Students when you leave school early for any reason, you MUST go through the office and let them know you are leaving.  Thank you.

--PLEASE make sure you have your mask with you when leaving your house in the morning!  Helpful tip:  Have a spare in your backpack or car to grab if you forgot to take one when you left the house.

--Please make sure that you have downloaded the iBoss app onto your iPad; this app needs to stay on your iPad to help with internet issues during remote learning. Also, please check your iPads to see if you need to download any software updates.  You should shut your iPad all the way off at least once a day.  Also, please do NOT remove your iPad case; you risk breaking the screen and it voids the insurance warranty.  If you need any help, please see Mrs. Nelson in the CBC.

--Students!  If you are having download or app issues, please check your iPad settings to see if you need to download and install a software update.  This could help fix some of the common issues that some of you are dealing with. And don't forget to charge your iPad every single night!  

--Your email app on your iPad is not working correctly; Technology is aware of this, and the fix needs to come from Apple so for now, you will need to send and receive your email from Safari.  Make sure you set up a bookmark for this to make it quick and easy.

----Students, if you did not get a public library card through your ELA class this fall and would still like one, please see Mrs. Vredeveld in the media center.  This card allows you to access public library books through the Libby app on your ipad and it's free!

--Students that are interested in participating in 7th/8th Girls Basketball, 6th/7th/8th Boys Swim & Dive, or 6th/7th/8th Co-ed Wrestling, please make sure your Final Forms are up to date.  Tryouts for these sports will start on Wednesday, February 10 due to winter break on February 8 & 9.  If you do not have an up-to-date physical on file, you will not be allowed to try out.  If you have any questions or need more information, please see Mrs. Nelson in the CBC.  Links to all of the forms and websites are in the parent section below.

---------------------------PARENTS---------------------------

--If your child will not be in school, for any reason, you MUST call the attendance line at 748-3205. Thank you! 

--Parents if you are picking your child up from school for any reason you must call the office before we will let them go.  You may also call their cell phone in addition to the office, but the office must hear from you.  616-748-3250. Thank you!

--PLEASE make sure you have your mask with you when leaving your house in the morning!  Helpful tip:  Have a spare in your child's backpack or in your car to grab if you forgot to take one when you left the house.

--January Be.Nice Newsletter ~ This newsletter is intended to help increase awareness and decrease the stigma associated with our mental health.

--Any message needing to get to a student must be received by 12:30 pm. We call students down at the beginning of their last hour during announcements so we are not disturbing classroom instruction time.

--Reminder - If you are planning on sending something to your student at school for birthdays or holiday celebrations, please be mindful that they are unable to take balloons, flower bouquets, and any other items they are unable to fit in their backpack on the bus.

--Students & Parents:  GOOD  NEWS!  The free lunch and breakfast grant that was to expire in December, has now been extended.  Free lunch and breakfast for all students in ZPS will continue for the ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR.  No matter what your family's income is, a full lunch and a full breakfast is free to all students every day! All meals (breakfast and lunch) are served at NO COST to all ZPS students. You can find your schools menu at https://www.zps.org/parents/food-service/. Only complete meals are free. A complete breakfast or lunch has to have 3 items, one item must be a fruit or vegetable. An entree is usually considered two items (protein/grain). A complete meal is an entree, fruit and/ or vegetable, milk. This is a great way to have your child eat a healthy breakfast and lunch at NO cost to you!

--Parents and Students: We can no longer allow food to be delivered from area restaurants to our students for lunch.  We aren't allowed to sign your credit card receipts, and often the order only comes with a student's first name on it making it very difficult for us to know who it is for.  Students often don't know a lunch is being delivered for them, so they don't come to pick it up and the food goes uneaten. Thanks for understanding!

—SPORT SIGN-UPS:  All registration and sports signups will be done online in the Final Forms website at www.zeeland-mi.finalforms.com. Parents and students need to register once a year for all of the sports you will be playing or think you might want to play. Please check your mail/spam mail for confirmation once you have originally signed into Final Forms to confirm your account.  You can also link Final Forms through the Cityside website under the athletics tab, or you may pick up a hard copy of the Final Forms instructions by the CBC room or in the office at Cityside. As in the past, we need a current 2020/2021 physical dated from the doctor after April 15 of 2020 to be eligible for all sports or a completed physical from last year (2019/2020) PLUS a MHSAA Health Questionaire Form that has been completed by both the student and parent.  Be sure to fill out both pages of this form.  Please bring all documents to Mrs. Nelson in the CBC.