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3201 Noble Rd.
Spring Arbor,  MI 49283
Fax:  (517)841-8804

Mission Statement:
"Reaching all students one mind at a time" 

Michael Ykimoff, Principal
Christina Miller, Secretary
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


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  Upcoming Events  

Repeating Event - Mileage Club
11:15 AM - 1:00 PM
Repeating Event - Art Club
3:35 PM - 5:00 PM
Repeating Event - Boy Quest/Girl Quest
3:40 PM - 5:00 PM
Repeating Event - Mrs. Pack's Book Club
3:40 PM - 4:45 PM
- Bike/Walk to School Day
8:15 AM - 8:40 AM
Repeating Event - Mileage Club
11:15 AM - 1:00 PM


District Announcements
2016-2017 School Calendar
Western's 2016-2017 School Calendar

One Page Summary 2016-2017 School Calendar

Starting with the 2016-2017 school year, school districts in Michigan must provide a minimum of 180 days of student instruction.  For many districts including Western, this means having to add days onto their existing calendars.  Over a year ago, the superintendents in Jackson County and their boards of education began talking about developing a "common calendar" for the county.  After much discussion and receiving a waiver from the the State of Michigan to start before Labor Day, the common calendar for Jackson County is becoming a reality.  We are very aware that not everyone likes the notion of starting school before Labor Day, but for many of us this is returning to what was done prior to the 2006 legislation.  Regardless, the 180 day requirement exists and whether we add time onto the beginning or end of the school year it will shorten summer vacation.  
Bean Refrigerator Notes
I Can Make It & Machining U
The Jackson Area Manufacturers Association and The Academy for Manufacturing Careers present "I Can Make It! Camp" and "Machining U." These camps are available during the summer of 2016. Click here for information and here for a registration form.

YMCA Travel Camps
The Jackson YMCA is offering a variety of camps this summer, check out the options by clicking here!

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Please help us show our Bean teachers how much we appreciate them but treating them to a tasty taco lunch on Thursday, May 5! Click here for our Sign Up Genius link to see what we still need. Thank you!

Walk/Bike to School Day!
Parents are welcome to join us on Wednesday, May 4 for our Walk or Bike to School Day! Buses will drop students off on Daggitt Street and we'll walk down Ewers to Bean! The road will be closed off for safety around 8:10-8:15, so arrive early and do the walk with us! We also need some cereal bar donations so everyone can have a healthy snack when they arrive at Bean. Click here to sign up on our Sign Up Genius page.

Great Start Collaborative
The Great Start Collaborative of Jackson County is interested in receiving feedback from parents and caregivers of young children in order to improve their program. Check out the information here for contact information and upcoming events.

Mobile Dentist Coming to Bean!
The Mobile Dentist from Center for Family Health is coming to Bean on Monday and Tuesday, May 16-17, 2016. Dental exams, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants and follow-up care are available to registered students. Take advantage of this on-site service by filling out the registration form here.

Somerset Beach Camp
Somerset Beach has a wide variety of summer camps available. Check out their website ( for more information.

Summer Reading Skills
University of Detroit Mercy is offering a variety of summer reading programs designed to improve reading skills in children from age four through 12th grade! Click here for more information.


SAU Science Camp!
Spring Arbor University is taking registrations for the summer Science Camp! Students who have completed grades K-8 are eligible to sign up for this fun experience! Camp takes place each morning from June 20-24 (8:30-12:30 pm) and costs $150 per student. Click here for more information.

Big Seed Contest
The Big Seed Contest sponsored by Jackson Community Garden is back! All students were given a package of cabbage seeds to take home and plant! Watch your cabbage grow and maybe consider entering their contest. The contest takes place on May 21, 2016 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at 224 W. Wilkins St. Call 517-784-0721 with questions.

Mileage Club Beginning Soon!
We'll be enjoying the spring weather again soon with Mileage Club starting as soon as we get back from Spring Break! Mileage Club will run from April 11 until May 27 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Volunteers are needed to punch cards for students as they circle the mileage track. Enjoy some fresh air and help us out by signing up for one or more dates HERE! Thank you!

Art Club Coming in May!
Jackson School of the Arts is bringing Art Club back to Bean for three weeks in May. Students will learn about cartooning this time around! What fun! Registrations should be sent directly to Jackson School of the Arts but the class will meet conveniently after school at Bean on May 2, 9, and 16. Sign up now! Click here for a registration form.

Maximum Gymnastix Summer Programs
Maximum Gymnastix in Spring Arbor is offering a wide selection of opportunities for summer programs. Click here for more information.

Childrenz Challenge
The annual Childrenz Challenge presented by Mercer and Kelly Express Mart Mobile in cooperation with Experience Jackson will take place on August, 13, 2016. It's a muddy day of fun! Click here for more information.

JAMA Youth Programs
The Jackson Area Manufacturers Association Academy for Manufacturing Careers is offering a couple of great programs for students this summer! The "I Can Make It! Camp" serves kids who exhibit strong math and/or science interest and excel in hands-on learning. The "Machining U" program focuses on students who like to design, build and test projects using state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. Click here for information about both programs and a registration form.



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