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All about me
I am the CI (Cognitive Impairment) teacher here at Lobbestael for students in grades K-3. This is my sixth year with L'Anse Creuse and my 14th year teaching in special education. I have previously taught in Georgia, Kentucky, and Alaska. I have a Bachelor's degree in Special Education from Columbus State University and a Master's degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage in Early Childhood Special Education.
I am married with two teenage boys at home and a very big yellow dog. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking,quilting, gardening, and reading.
Elementary Art Education Teacher
Lobbestael Elementary: Monday AM, Thursday and Friday
Higgins Elementary: Monday PM, Tuesday, Wednesday
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Here's what happening in room 23...
*If you see a "check+" student is secure with that skill.
*If you see a "check" student is progressing with that skill.
*If you see a "check-" student is beginning to understand.
In addition to weekly Spelling and Math homework packets(Mon-Thurs) your child should read 15 minutes every night, practice math facts.
(Homework Packets should be turned in Friday morning)
What are Math Fact Fluency Tests?
Math Fact Fluency tests are short 1 minute tests that have 30 multiplication problems on each page. Each week we focus on a different number and each student needs to get at least 20 correct in 1 minute. We will practice each day and then our tests will be on Friday. If your child does not pass on Friday, I will do a make up test for them. A good website to visit if you want additional practice at home is...www.mathmosis.com.
What Do Good Readers Do?
Good readers use many strategies to comprehend what they are reading. In our class students will be exposed to different types of literature. Therefore, it is essential that they use reading strategies to help them build their comprehension skills.
Predict: As you are reading try to figure out what is going to happen next. Use text to help you decide what will happen next-confirm as you read.
Clarify: Ask questions, reread, restate and visualize to make text more comprehensible.
Use Context Clues: Use words surrounding unknown word to determine its meaning.
Draw Conclusions: Use written or visual cues to figure out something that is not directly stated.
Infer: Give a logical guess based on the facts or evidence presented using prior knowledge to help "read between the lines".
Restate: Retell, shorten, or summarize the meaning of the story in your own words.
Set a Purpose: Ask yourself “Why am I reading this?” Am I reading for enjoyment or information?
Monitor/Clarify: Ask yourself if what you’re reading makes sense. If you don't understand something, reread, look at the illustrations, or read ahead.
Question: Ask yourself questions about important ideas in the story. If you cannot answer these questions reread and search for the answers in the text.
Evaluate: Think about how the author made you feel while reading the story and form your own opinion about what you read.
Star of the Week
While your child is the Star of the Week, each day of the week will consist of an exciting event or activity to honor him or her. During the weekend before a student is Star of the Week, a tote bag will be sent home with the child. Students have the weekend to complete their “All about Me” poster, collect 3 special items, up to 12 photos, their favorite book, and a parent letter. Please place the items in the tote bag and bring it back to school on Monday.
Monday-Sharing Sack: Students have the weekend to collect 3 special items from home and bring it back to share with classmates on Monday along with their “All about Me” poster.
Tuesday-Favorite Photos: Students should also bring up to 12 photos of their choice to share and display on the Star of the Week bulletin board.
Wednesday-Favorite Book: The Star of the Week brings one of his or her books to read to the class. Students can read the book aloud to the class if it can be read in less than 10 minutes long or give a book-talk if the book is longer.
Thursday-Parent Letter: Parents will write a letter to the class telling us how special your child is to you. Send the letter in a sealed envelope to school with your child, and I will read the letter to the class at class meeting. The content of the letter is up to you, but you may want to choose from the following ideas: Describe special or funny stories about your child for the class to hear, write a silly or serious poem about your child, or tell us some neat things we may not know about your child.
Friday-Star Recognition: The student will be recognized by his or her classmates and presented with a "Star of the Week" certificate.
Summarize: Organize and restate information, usually in written form. Think about the events in the story and the order in which they occurred.
Mr. Francis / Mrs. Lesniak
Mrs. Ginger Kinney
My name is Ginger Kinney. I earned my Elementary Education degree from Wayne State University with a major in Mathematics. I earned my Master's degree in Early Childhood from Saginaw Valley State University.
I have been at Lobbestael Elementary School since 1994. I have taught fourth grade, third/fourth combination, and third grade.
Hello! I am thrilled to have you visit my website!
I am the music teacher here at Lobbestael and it is a tremendous pleasure to work with your children.
Here's a little information about me. I hold a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education from Wayne State University. I hope to enter a masters program in the near future. I have spent 10 years directing children's choir and have also taught private voice and piano lessons.
I have two children, a 28 year old son and a 24 year daughter. Both of them have been actively involved in music so I have experience on both sides of the music stand, as a teacher and a parent. Also, please visit the Music room site to learn about all the exciting things we do in our classroom!
Feel free to contact me by email or phone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 586-783-6450.
Welcome to First Grade!
Let me introduce myself:
My name is Amy Lenk and I am proud to be a Lobbestael Lobster. I have been working for L'Anse Creuse Public School since 1994. I have been teaching first grade at Lobbestael since 1999. I received my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Wayne State University and received my Master's Degree in Reading and Language Arts from Oakland University. I am married with two children, Sammy and Brennen, and we have two cats, Romeo and Rocco. When I am not in school I am busy spending time with and taking care of my family.
Ann Marie Nayback
Office Phone: (586) 783-6450
Transportation's number 586-783-6550
My name is Ann Marie Nayback, part of the special education team at Lobbestael Elementary. I have a variety of teaching experiences ranging from Preschool Special education through Fifth grade and Regular education Kindergarten, First and Second grade. Each year brings new energy to the room. I look forward to working with you and your family. The following will give you some general information about the room.
Parents are a major component of a child's success in school.
Communication is very important. If you want to discuss something with me please send a note or email me at
Naybaan@lc-ps.org with the issue. I will try to answer your questions and concerns within a day or two. If you would like to discuss something in length please arrange a meeting for before or after school.
Homework should be a short practice for the students. The student should be able to explain the assignment. If your child is unable to complete the task please write a brief note explaining your child's attempt. The notes will help direct the follow up lessons. Please make me aware of any problems your child encountered.
My name is Kate Merian and I am really excited to be working with your child this year. I have taught Kindergarten for three years and this is my third year teaching ECSE.
I want this year to be a successful year for all of the students in my classroom. My philosophy is that every student is capable of learning. However, not all students learn in the same way or at the same time. My job is to find the best strategy for your child to be a successful learner. In my classroom I stress that we all try our best and not get discouraged. If a mistake is made, it is a learning experience. I also believe that we need to celebrate and encourage individuality and that we may all learn from each other. I expect that you as parents will be partners with me to help your child have an enjoyable experience filled with academic and personal growth.
This is my 19th year teaching and my 9th year at Lobbestael. I have taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th and 8th grade. The majority of my years are in 1st and 2nd grade.
I have a Bachelors degree from Central Michigan University in Elementary Education. I have a Masters degree from Saginaw Valley State University in Early Childhood Education. Children and teaching are my passion.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, reading, scrapbooking, and the Red Wings.
Welcome to Second Grade
My name is Mrs. Suzanne Rubba and I will be your child's teacher this year. This is my twenty fourth year teaching in the L'Anse Creuse School District. I also taught for three years in a parochial school. I am presently teaching second grade. I have taught preschool, kindergarten, 4th and 5th grade. I can't imagine doing any other job!
I received a Bachelor's Degree from Central Michigan University. A Master's Degree from Eastern Michigan University and a second Master's Degree from Central Michigan University.
I have been married to my husband for 21 years and we have two sons. One son is 19 yrs. old and one is 16 yrs. old. When I am not at school teaching, I may be at football games, baseball games or working out at the gym.
Spirit Day-First Friday of every month
Wear red or white
Wear Lobster Gear
Hi Third Grade Families,
My name is Gina Skeltis and I am the new 3rd grade teacher at Lobbestael. I am so excited to be at this school and to be your child's teacher this year. Third grade is a great year and we are going to learn a lot and have fun doing it!
Here are just a few things about me...I am married to Mr.Bob and we have a house in Sterling Heights. We live there with our four legged daughter Myla.
She is funniest, yet laziest bulldog-basset hound. I graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Early Childhood. I was born in Pittsburgh, PA, went to college in Ohio, graduated and moved to Miami, FL, and now I reside here in MI...I know I'm all over the map. I can't imagine doing anything other than teaching. I am energetic and sarcastic with my students and we have a lot of fun...however, they know when it is time for business.
I look forward to working with you this year and building a relationship over the next few months. All of us working together is what makes your child's educational experience a success!
Please feel free to contact me via email if you have any questions or concerns.
Mrs. Sharyn Thieme
2nd Grade Room 16
Let me introduce myself, this will be my 27th year teaching and my 18th year teaching in L'Anse Creuse. I began as a preschool teacher for the district and then started teaching kindergarten twelve years ago. My husband and I have 2 boys, my oldest is in physical therapy school at U of M Flint and my younger son is at U of M in Ann Arbor in the school of engineering. Please feel free to contact me at:email@example.com
A Day in 2nd Grade
You are probably wondering what we will be doing all day. Each day has the same basic elements but the schedule depends on our specials, paraprofessional schedule and literacy block. We have a balance of small group activities and whole group activities. Some things we will do each day: Daily Five literacy centers, Centers, shared book, shared writing, specials, outdoor play, quiet reading, lunch/recess, math, calendar and more! Throughout the week we will also have Library checkout, Computer Lab, Gym, Music and Spanish. I will send home a newsletter each Friday, that details what we have done, what's coming up, and a list of dates to remember.
Check it out! :)
Mrs. Wentz's Fifth Grade Classroom
My name is Barbara Wentz and I have been teaching at Lobbestael for 13 years. I have taught both third and fifth grade at Lobbestael. I went to Wayne State University for my undergraduate in Elementary Education. I have my Master in Teaching from Marygrove College.
I would like to take this time to introduce myself. My name is Bob Westerhof. I am beginning my 23rd year of teaching at Lobbestael. I taught the first 10 years in fifth grade. My wife is also a teacher. She teaches 4th grade in the Richmond school district.
Homework is given every Tuesday and Thursday.
Any class work that is unfinished is expected to be finished at home and brought back the next day.
Staff Web Pages
The Staff Web Pages will offer a variety of information for students and parents/guardians. The information available will vary and may include the following information.
- Homework assignments
- Staff Newsletters
- Class Procedures
- Websites for research