August 24, 2020



“The future depends on what we do in the present.” - Mahatma Gandhi

A Note From Mr. Witherspoon:

The summer is quickly fleeting and the excitement of a new school year is upon us!  I truly hope that your family has been healthy and able to get outside to enjoy all the beautiful things our great state has to offer.  My family and I were able to get away for a brief period to explore waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula as well as a few trails that took us to some very scenic areas (and of course do a little swimming in the Great Lakes).  The time we spent was limited, but it sure was quality.  My wish is for you and your family is to find some quality time together so you are energized and ready to SOAR into the school year! 

We are looking forward to a great year at Cleveland!   As always, our staff is committed to beginning the year building relationships with students and creating a positive, caring classroom culture. Over these next few weeks, teachers will be engaged in professional development with a focus on remote learning, setting up their classrooms and as always are looking forward to meeting their students. We will be working hard to maintain our amazing family feel whether you have chosen Livonia Virtual for your child or will be starting the year remotely and returning face to face. We will communicate with you often these next few weeks as we prepare for our Return to Learn.  We will be showing patience and grace to our staff, students and families as we work through the transition from remote learning to face to face.

We may not know all the answers...but we do know that we are going to do everything possible to keep everyone safe, create the best learning environments possible, and show deep care for our students and staff everyday!  Our Community With Character  and what we value as an LPS family will be more important than ever.  

I am sure you have many questions and we are working on answering these questions as quickly as possible.  The LPS Dialogue will be coming out soon which will include critical dates, times and start of the year information.  We strongly recommend you continue to visit our district website and the Return To Learn page which has an informative FAQ. Our website houses the most timely information about our back to school plans. 

Below are some additional details you may have on your mind: 

  • Kindergarten Roundup(K-4 buildings) will NOT take place August 27, 2020 as previously planned. Instead, all elementary schools are working on a plan to safely invite all students to our classrooms to meet their in person or Livonia Virtual teacher. At that time we will also be able to distribute school materials needed to work at home either remotely or as part of Livonia Virtual.  Those invitational visits will take place during the week of September 8.  You can look for an invitation prior to Labor Day weekend.
  • We know you are all excited to receive school supply lists. We are working on a respectful list that will include Each school will email their school supply lists and publish them on their website no later than August 26, 2020.
  • A process for borrowing district technology will be shared on August 31, 2020. The goal is to have devices reserved for families that do not have adequate access for remote learning. There is no need to send email requests for mobile devices at this time.
  • As in the past, teacher assignments will be available in Parent Connect after 4:00 pm on September 2, 2020.  See attached. TEACHER AND BUS ASSIGNMENT 2020 Parent Connect.pdf 
  • You can also be sure to find a remote learning and Livonia Virtual teaching schedule shared over the next few weeks. 

Mrs. Shovely, Administrative Assistant, and I will be back in the office on Monday to continue our preparations for the upcoming school year.  Please don’t hesitate to call the office (734-744-2700) or email (, if you have any questions that haven’t been answered in the FAQ or in any previous communications.  Please call or email to make arrangements to drop off any documents that we may need for the beginning of the school year. 


Stay healthy and, as always, Keep SOARing Eagles!!!

Please, as always, give me a call or email if you have any questions/concerns/compliments regarding Cleveland!!!!  

Stay Awesome and Keep SOARing Eagles!!!!

Upcoming Events:

Monday, September 8, 2020

  • Students 1st day of school (Remote and Livonia Virtual)


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