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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

School Hours:
8:30 am - 3:35 pm
8:30 am - 2:35 pm (Early Release Wednesdays)
8:30 am - 12:05 pm (Half-Days)


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Upcoming Events

District Announcements
Michigan Avenue Bridge CLOSED
The Michigan Avenue bridge over I-94 will be closed Monday and Tuesday of next week (October 24th and 25th). Our Transportation Department will be splitting up bus runs as they did the last time this bridge was closed. Please plan accordingly for those two days.

2016-2017 School Calendar
Western's2016-2017 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
Junior Girls Basketball
The Western Girls Basketball team is hosting Junior Girls Basketball beginning November 19 for four sessions. Registration is due by Tuesday, November 1, so act now! Click here for more information.

Sanchin-Ryu Self-Defense
If you're interested in learning self-defense karate, you can register for classes now! Fall term begins Tuesday, October 25 and is open to all ages. Click here for more information.

Albion College Tennis Clinic
Albion College has a tennis clinic from October 17 until November 23 for students of all ages! It's not too late to sign up for their drop-in rate! Click here for more information.

Junior Panther Basketball
Our Western Boys Basketball team is hosting a Junior Basketball program for boys in 2nd through 6th grades. Click here for more information. Registration is due by Monday, October 31, 2106.

Schwan's Fundraiser
Take advantage of our partnership with Schwan's by ordering goodies through their service and earn money for Bean PTA. The order campaign begins on Wednesday, October 19 and lasts through January 2017. Thank you! Click here for the flyer.

Pumpkins, Pens, Picassos
It's fall and so we're gearing up for our Pumpkins, Pens, and Picassos fun! Students may submit a poem or story about the fall season or get creative and submit a masterpiece! Students may also carve or decorate a pumpkin to show off too! Please do not bring pumpkins until Tuesday, October 25. Click here for details.

Halloween in the Science Lab!
Spring Arbor University is hosting a fun event on Friday, October 28 beginning at 6:00 pm in the White Auditorium. After the exciting chemistry show, children will be able to Trick-or-Treat and participate in science experiments in the Whiteman-Gibbs Science Center from 6:30-8:00 pm. Be sure to wear your costumes and be ready for a great time!

Western Gymnastics Clinic
The Western Gymnastics Team is hosting a clinic for girls of all ages and skill levels. The clinic will be held in November and costs $45. Click here for more information and the registration form.

Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences
Click on the teacher's name to schedule a conference!
Young Fives: Mrs. Omans
Kindergarten: Mrs. Baker Mrs. Ferency Mrs. Weller
1st Grade: Mrs. O'Neal Mrs. Rudland
2nd Grade: Mrs. Clawson Mrs. Simpson
3rd Grade: Mrs. Leising Mrs. Rogotzke
4th Grade: Mrs. Hritzak Mrs. Pack Mrs. Weber
5th Grade: Mrs. Alderman Mrs. Bradley Mrs. Rice
Additional: Mrs. Chamberlin
Call the office at 841-8400 for assistance.
Academy of the Arts
Our students were entertained on Wednesday with a performance by members of Academy of the Arts! Registrations are happening now for the 2016-2017 season. Contact them at or call 517-750-3799.

Scholastic Book Fair!
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Bean during Parent/Teacher Conferences! The Book Fair will be held in the Old Bean School and we need volunteers to help kids make their purchases. Click here to sign up for a shift. The Book Fair hours are:
Tuesday, October 25: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, October 26: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday, October 27: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday, October 28: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Parent/Teacher Conferences Coming Soon
On Tuesday, October 25, Bean parents will be providing a meal for our wonderful teachers to enjoy during conferences. Please show your appreciation by signing up to provide some of the menu items or helping us set up or clean up. Our Mexican-themed supper will include items like tacos, chips, beans, soups and more! Click here for the SignUp link. Thank you!

Jackson School of the Arts
Jackson School of the Arts has started their fall classes but registration is on-going, so it's not too late to get signed up. Click here for more information.

Bible Release
RBM Ministries offers a religious lesson to interested students at Spring Arbor Church of the Nazarene. The Bible Release time takes place once per month and students attend from 10:15-11:25 am. Registered students are transported using a Western School District bus. Click here for more information and a registration form.

Bean's Turkey Trot!
Join us on Saturday, November 5 for our annual 5K race and fun run! This is a non-competitive fun family event where you can jog, walk, run, or wobble your way around the course! Registration must be made in advance, and by October 15 in order to secure a t-shirt. Click here for details and a registration form.

POP into Reading at Bean!
Our POP into Reading Fridays will be starting after the Labor Day weekend! Please consider signing up to help us pop and distribute the treats! Parents, friends, grandparents, etc. are welcome to help! Students will be able to purchase 1-2 bags of popcorn on these days for 25. The more volunteers we have, the quicker and smoother it goes! Click here for the SignUp Genius link.

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