Local Events and Opportunities

Community activities and events are listed below.  All items listed have been approved by the district office for posting.  In most cases, paper copies of these postings can be found in the designated school building's office.  By clicking on the headings below, more information regarding the events can be viewed.


Kindergarten Parent Information Night

Kindergarten Parent Information Night
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
MacDonald Middle School Auditorium

6:00 pm: Welcome from Dori Leyko, Superintendent

6:10 pm: Introduction of Principals and Staff

6:20 pm: A Presentation on Kindergarten in ELPS

6:30 pm: Visit your elementary school table as well as
other tables for information about:
• Transportation
• English Learner Services
• Food Service by Chartwells
• Before and After Care by the City of East Lansing
• Schools of Choice

We apologize that we are not able to offer childcare at this parent event.

Kindergarten Eligibility
A child who resides in the school district may enroll in kindergarten if the child is at least 5 years of age on September 1 of the school year of enrollment.

Exceptions Provided for Enrollment Age Section 6(4)(l)(iii) of the State School Aid Act (MCL 388.1606) provides that if a child does not meet the minimum age requirement to be eligible to attend school for that school year under Section 1147, but will be 5 years of age not later than December 1 of that school year, the district may enroll the child for that school year if the parent or legal guardian has notified the district in writing that he or she intends to enroll the child in kindergarten for that school year.
Please Note: Notification in writing is satisfied by completing enrollment documents

Enrollment packets (plus birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residency) will be due back to your child’s neighborhood elementary school no later than March 29. Residents of ELPS may pick up an enrollment packet on or after March 22 at their neighborhood elementary school if they cannot attend the March 21 information night.

An additional kindergarten event for parents and incoming kindergarten children will be held in the spring at each elementary school – these dates will be announced soon.

Event Flier

East Lansing Educational Foundation Presents Sarah Tarpoff Creative Writing Award Winning Stories

History of the Sarah Tarpoff Creative Writing Award

The Sarah Tarpoff Creative Writing Award began in the spring of 1985 as a memorial to a young East Lansing girl named Sarah Beth Tarpoff.  She was a student at the now closed Bailey School when she died in a horse-back riding accident.  This accident occurred at the same time the school was closing.  As a result, the school’s Parent Teacher Organization decided to combine the remaining PTO assets with monies given to the Tarpoff family in Sarah’s memory to begin a writing award and a new education foundation that has become the East Lansing Educational Foundation! 

An accomplished rider, Sarah loved horses more than anything.  She also loved to write and draw, so this award program was created in her name to foster and encourage other children to express themselves through writing and drawing.

For over thirty years the Sarah Tarpoff Creative Writing Project has been open to all students in East Lansing Public Schools, from kindergarten to high school seniors, who submit an original poem, story or essay no longer than 1,000 words. Each manuscript is read and evaluated by high school students in Honors English, under the direction of their teacher, to evaluate and judge submissions. Everyone who enters receives a ribbon honoring their participation. In addition, all students, Kindergarten through grade 12, may also receive first, second, third, or honorable mention ribbons.

For many years the Creative Writing Award was organized and run by Sarah’s family, with the help of many others dedicated to encouraging the language arts.  It then transitioned into an East Lansing Educational Foundation sponsored program, retaining the core mission of encouraging creative writing within the East Lansing community and school district. First place entries are published, with parental permission, on the East Lansing Educational Foundation website and linked to the East Lansing Public Schools website.

The 2016-2017 school year 1st Prize Award-winning entries will be showcased and published on the East Lansing Educational Foundation (www.elef.us) and the East Lansing Public Schools websites following the schedule below:

  • February and March           Donley and Marble Elementary Schools
  • March and April                     Glencairn and Whitehills Elementary Schools
  • May and June                          MacDonald Middle School

The Sarah Tarpoff Writing Project will kick off this year in mid-February 2018.  This year’s deadline for submissions for the Sarah Tarpoff Writing project is Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

If you student receives a 1st Place Award-winning entry for the 2017-2018 school year and you want your student’s works published on the ELPS and ELEF websites watch for additional information with your student’s work when you receive them back in June 2018.



East Lansing Educational Foundation Membership & Donation Opportunities

Dear Friends of the East Lansing Educational Foundation:

Through wind, rain, and snow a dedicated team of community volunteers meets on the second Tuesday of each month with one ultimate goal in mind; to help raise funds to distribute to East Lansing Public Schools teachers, administrators and staff.

It has been my pleasure over the past few years to be a part of this team, better known as the East Lansing Educational Foundation, and to help raise those funds and to assist in reviewing the requests for assistance for our classrooms that come in each fall. From your donations, the ELEF was able to fund grants this year totaling over $48,000. I wanted to share just a few of those wonderful requests that were awarded this year.

East Lansing High School
$1,058.00 for two new cameras for the yearbook staff
$3,939.90 for mini iPads for the Math Department

MacDonald Middle School
$3,500.00 for a new 3-D printer

$4,760.00 for a science partnership with Impression 5 Science Center

$1,199.25 for performance stages for the music department

$2,398.00 for Ozbots for STEM enhancement programs

$718.00 for parental support literature

$3,400.00 for Drum Fit - a collaborative effort between P.E. and music classes

As you can see, students at every school in our district benefit from your generous support to the ELEF. As we enter the season of giving, I humbly ask that you once again open your hearts and your checkbooks to assist the ELEF in its mission to continue to provide that extra support our ELPS teachers, administrators, and staff so deservingly need. We all benefit from this generosity of spirit and our community is a much richer place for it. Please fill out the enclosed donation form or visit us online at: www.elef.us to contribute to the ELEF in whatever amount you can spare. All donations are extremely appreciated.

Have a safe and happy holiday season,

Blair Renfro
President, East Lansing Educational Foundation

PDF Version of Letter

Donation Form


Bunny Hop! 5k Kidney Run/Walk and Easter Egg Sprint 2018

Saturday, March 31, 2018

All participants will receive finishing medals

Easter Egg Sprint
Registration $10. Fun run for children 12 and under. Participants receive t-shirt*
and medal, plus Easter goodies!
*T-shirts only guaranteed for early registration

Awards for top 3 male and female age finishers in each age group
(17 and under, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+)
Awards will be given out at the awards table following the completion of the 5k race

Costume Contest
Dress to impress! Winners of each category go home with great prizes!
• Best Bunny (for those 12 & under)
• Egg-celent Easter Team (groups of 3 to 8 runners)
• Best Wearin’ O’ the Green (best MSU team spirit!)
• Egg-straordinary Easter Pup (best dressed dog)

Dogs on a leash are welcome to run/walk at this event!

Shirts are only guaranteed for participants who register before 3/9/2018

Event Details

Burchfield County Park Summer Camps 2018

How to Register
Please call the Ingham County Parks
office @ 517-676-2233
E-mail: parks@ingham.org
121 E Maple St., Suite 102
Mason MI 48854

**Camp is open to children ages 5-12.
Children age 5 MUST have completed
kindergarten. Campers are limited to 4
weeks of camp and may not attend the
same theme more than once. Please have
your sessions chosen prior to calling.
**Session 9 is open to ages 10-13

Event Details

Child Sexual Abuse: Prevention and Response by The Firecracker Foundation

Members of the East Lansing Public School Community are invited to attend a child sexual abuse prevention training and resource panel on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Led by The Firecracker Foundation and with the support of the East Lansing Public School's Mental Health Advisory Committee, this training and panel is intended to equip parents, guardians, and school staff with information that will help keep children safe, plan active steps for responding to abuse, and learning how to support the healing of children and families who experience sexual abuse.  9:00 am – 1:15 pm    Understanding Child Sexual Trauma: Facts, Mandated Reporting and Disclosures 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm      Lunch 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm      Response Panel The prevention training will include information on defining child sexual trauma, how sexual trauma manifests (physical, mental, social, etc. symptoms/behaviors), facts vs. stigma, supporting children after mandated reporting, how to advocate for children in medical examinations.

Event Details and Registration Information

City of East Lansing/East Lansing Parks, Recreation, & Arts Upcoming Events

Moving Forward: An MSU, East Lansing Community Healing Conversation at the East Lansing Public Library

On Saturday, March 24, the Community Relations Coalition (CRC) and the East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) will host a community healing event in the wake of the community’s recent experiences with sexual assault, trauma and survival.

The conversation will be led by experts from a variety of organizations who help survivors of sexual assault, including the Firecracker Foundation, EVE, MSU Safe Place, the MSU Sexual Assault Program and the Women's Center of Greater Lansing.

“Our entire community has been affected by the sexual assault tragedies surrounding Larry Nassar, none more so than the survivors,” said ELPL Director Kristin Shelley. “We know there have been discussions on campus, but we recognize that there is a need for a safe place to talk, grieve and heal in the East Lansing community as well. By opening our doors for this special event, we hope to provide a space for a conversation that helps our community to begin to heal and move forward.”

The Moving Forward event will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 at ELPL, 950 Abbot Road. The event is open to anyone from the Greater Lansing community. For more information, please visit https://elpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5a9ecb8f54d87c2f00f094b8 or contact Jason Shoup at (517) 319-6939.

Event Details

Registration Now Open for Spring/Summer Adult Softball Leagues

The East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation & Arts (ELPRA) is currently accepting team registrations for its 2018 spring/summer adult softball leagues. The registration deadline is March 25.

ELPRA offers a wide assortment of adult softball opportunities, ranging from competitive to recreational. Men’s and coed adult leagues will play games at the East Lansing Softball Complex, 6400 Abbot Road, on various nights throughout the 2018 spring/summer season. The spring/summer season runs from late April to the end of July.

Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/sports or email Jim Jennings at jljennings@cityofeastlansing.com to learn more about 2018 spring/summer adult softball registration.

Event Details

Youth Baseball Leagues

Emphasis is placed on instruction, participation, sportsmanship and FUN!
Spring training begins the week of Monday, May 7 for all leagues.
Games begin in late May.

T-Ball League
Players in this league should be 5 years old and/or in Kindergarten. Teams are divided by school and neighborhood and, if possible, by gender. T-Ball League has an eight-game season. Games are played on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

Coach Pitch League
Players in this league should be in 1st or 2nd grade. Teams are divided by school and neighborhood. This is a coach-pitch league. Coaches gauge pitches to challenge hitters according to their skill level. An 8-10 game schedule consists of games played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Kid Pitch League
Players in this league should be in 3rd or 4th grade. Teams are divided by school and neighborhood. An 8-10 game schedule consists of games played on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

Event Details and Registration

Intro to Floor Hockey Clinic For Ages 5-7

Floor hockey is similar to soccer. The object is to get the plastic puck into the net, past the goalie, using plastic hockey sticks. Floor hockey is played inside a gymnasium with tennis shoes/sneakers. Teams are Co-ed.

Floor hockey is FAST and FUN, but lacks the aggressiveness associated with ice hockey. Kids from any school district or any city are welcome. Equipment will be provided.

4 weeks Saturday, March 3 – Saturday, March 24
9:00-11:00 am* East Lansing Hannah Community Center Gym

*Clinic time will be one hour. Depending on size of the group, we may break into several groups between 9 am and 11 am.

For more information about Floor Hockey, or to register, contact us at (517) 333-2580, ext. 0. Forms can also be dropped off at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (819 Abbot Road).

Event Flier & Registration Form

Kids Power Karate (Ages 6-12)

DATES: 4/16/18 TO 5/21/18
TIME: 5:45 TO 6:30 PM
cityofeastlansing.com/1182/Classes-Programs or
CALL: 517.333.2580 EXT. 0




Little Ninjas Karate (Ages 4 &5)

DATES: 4/16/18 TO 5/21/18
TIME: 5:00 TO 5:30 PM
cityofeastlansing.com/1182/Classes-Programs or
CALL: 517.333.2580 EXT. 0

Event Details

Crossing Guard Applications Are Being Accepted for the City of East Lansing


Either one hour in the morning, or, one hour in the afternoon, or both depending on need, Monday – Friday. Must be available before school starting time and when school lets out in the afternoon. Specific hours dependent on public school.

$12.00 per Hour

Go Online to cityofeastlansing.com for details and to complete an application.

Crossing Guard Flyer

East Lansing Amateur Softball Club Girls Fast Pitch Softball

ELASC is looking for girls of all ages to play fast pitch softball this summer!!  We’ll begin forming teams in mid-April and starting practices in early May.  Games start in early June and go through mid-July.  Experienced players and beginners are welcome.  Parent coaches will teach the skills and fundamentals of the game.

Event Details and Registration

East Lansing Kiwanis Annual Candy Hunt

Saturday March 31, 2018

Located in PatriarchePark, East Lansing
Hunt Begins at 10 a.m. sharp, arrive early.

Take home what you can carry. No baskets or bags please.

Separate areas for preschool-kindergarten, 1st-2nd graders & 3rd-5th graders.

Open to all children through 5thgrade.

Sponsored by the East Lansing Kiwanis Club and Meijer, working with the City of East Lansing and East Lansing School District

Event Flier


East Lansing Public Library

ELPL Raising Funds to Bring Pop-Up Library to East Lansing

The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) is continuing to raise funds to bring a Pop-Up Library to East Lansing.

Pop-Up Libraries are low-speed, electric vehicles specially customized to transport and display library materials. Bringing a Pop-Up Library to East Lansing will provide ELPL with the opportunity to extend its reach outside of the library walls at special community events and destinations throughout the City.

“The vehicle will allow us to get out in the community and share what we have to offer at places like the East Lansing Farmer’s Market, the East Lansing Family Aquatic Center, schools, senior communities, area festivals and more,” said ELPL Director Kristin Shelley. “Community engagement is such an important part of what we do and we believe this vehicle will make a huge difference in how we better reach the people living in our community.”

This past April, ELPL raised more than $20,000 at its annual Books, Bites & Bids fundraising event for the Pop-Up Library. It was a record amount for the annual event, but a little more than half of the funds still need to be raised to make the Pop-Up Library a reality. With that in mind, community members interested in supporting the fundraising effort can donate a “part” to the library. Community members can give a lugnut for $25, a gas pedal for $150 and/or a tire for $500. Donations of any amount are welcome!

Community members can learn more about supporting the Pop-Up Library at https://www.elpl.org/browse_program/pop-up-library/ or by calling ELPL at (517) 351-2420.

Event Press Release

Monthly Newsletter

PDF DocumentNovember 2017 Newsletter

PDF DocumentReminder: Every child attending school in East Lansing gets a FREE library card!


EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. Through partnerships with local Internet service providers, EveryoneOn is able to offer free or $9.95 home Internet service in 48 states and the District of Columbia. We work with device refurbishers, so individuals and their families can purchase discounted devices, including $150 tablets and $199 laptops.



Grand Rapids Academic Summer Programs (GRASP)

The GRASP program is a summer math and reading correspondence program for grades Kindergarten to 8th. Children receive a packet of materials with a booklet containing 9 lessons. They complete one lesson a week or work at their own pace. They mail the lessons to GRASP where they are scored and returned to the children with comments.

We also have an on-line version of GRASP for students in 4th to 8th Grade.

Children successfully completing at least 7 lessons with 70% accuracy are awarded a certificate. Those successfully completing all 9 lessons with 70% accuracy receive a medal.


Impression 5

Transportation Day

Roads, Bridges, and More!

Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.-5p.m.


  • Bridge Building
  • T raffic Jam Coding
  • Construction Jewelry
  • Slow Motion Crash Tests
  • Touch a Truck!

This event is FREE for Members!
Regular Admission Cost:
Adults and Children 2 & Older - $8.50

Event Details

Ingham Intermediate School District STEAM Geekend Camp

The STEAM Geekend Camp will focus on providing STEAM education that incorporates hands-on, project-based learning for students in grades 4-6 based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Students will make connections to the types of high-wage, high-demand jobs available in the STEAM pathway for career exploration.

For Students in Grades 4-6
April 28, 2018

Event Details

March Magic Hoopfest

March 22-24, 2018
Thu.-Fri. 2-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Jenison Field House
Michigan State University

Event Details

Marine Corps Jazz Combo Performance

Date & Time: February 27, 2018 at 7:30 P.M.                                           
Location: Okemos High School, Michigan


- The opportunity to travel the world and perform w/ Marine Corps Bands stationed in Japan, Hawaii, New Orleans, San Diego, etc.
- Full pay, benefits and housing provided
-Professional-grade instruments provided free of charge
-Opportunities to train in Sound Reinforcement, Instrument Repair, and Conducting.
-All Marine Musicians are provided Tuition Assistance to take college courses while they serve

Event Flier

MSU Science Festival

APRIL 6-22, 2018

Event Details

MSU Summer Camps

Broad Summer Art Camp

Learn to see differently, rethink the familiar, and explore the endless possibilities of art-making.
Register by March 31 for a $50 discount!
Camp meets for weekly sessions, 9am–3pm daily. $250 per week.

Event Details

Language Summer Camps for Children and Teens

Our summer camps introduce children (ages 6-12) and teens (13+) to different languages and cultures by providing a fun learning environment that focuses on hands-on activities and interactions in the target language. No prior knowledge is required and children of higher levels can be accommodated. Camps meet from 8:30-4:00 pm in Wells Hall.  Morning-only options (8:30-12:00 pm) are available for all kids camps.

Event Details

Play Math this summer at the MSU Mathematics Department 2018 Summer Camps

Detailed course descriptions, introductions to the staff, and online registration can be found on our website: https://iota.math.msu.edu/k12-outreach/

MSU Mathematics Department camps are designed to foster curiosity, creativity, wonder, and enjoyment of mathematical ideas and reasoning. Daily activities will include a variety of fun games, puzzles, explorations and activities.

Please contact MSU Mathematics Department Outreach Coordinator Ashley Ahlin at ahlin@math.msu.edu with any questions.

Event Details

Volleyball Girls Resident and Commuter Camps

July 14
College Prep Camp

July 15-17
Competitive Team Overnight/Day Camp

July 15-17
ShootoutTeam Day Camp

July 19-21
General Skills Day Camp

July 22-24
All Skills Overnight Camp


Discover MSU Women in Engineeering Summer Camps

Lady Spartans: Women in Engineering (WIE)

What: This camp is designed to introduce various disciplines of engineering and engage prospective women engineering students to role models for their future professional careers. University and lab tours will complement this group-based project camp. Engineers are people who use communication skills, creativity and problem solving skills to dream up, design, improve and build things that matter.

Who: 9th-12th graders in Fall 2018

Where: Michigan State University, residential

When: June 17-21, 2018; all day

Cost: $825

Spartan Girls in Engineering

A program designed to expose girls to engineering. Campers participate
in hands-on activities, learn from engineering faculty and professionals, as well as participate in engaging projects.

Who: 6th-8th graders in Fall 2018

Where: Michigan State University, commuter

When: July 16-20, 2018; 8:00 AM-Noon

Cost: $295


Raptor Water Polo

Middle School Water Polo for Boys and Girls in Grades 5-8

Our co-ed program is designed to have fun, make friends, and educate kids on becoming successful and overcoming obstacles by using the most exciting, actionpacked team sports there is. The middle school program focuses on skills instruction and using skills learned in practices in our weekly in-house tournaments.

Event Details

High School Boys Water Polo

Raptor Spring 2018 Boys High School Water Polo is open to all Mid-Michigan area athletes who are interested in improving and refining their water polo skills. Practices will be geared toward skill development, strategy and game planning, and strength and conditioning. No experience is required, and we encourage both novice and experienced athletes to participate.

Event Details

Spartan Sprouts Soccer Camp LLC 2018

Spartan Sprouts Soccer Camp LLC is designed to provide youth players with an outstanding soccer learning experience. The sessions feature a positive learning environment in all aspects of soccer, from individual to group activities. Sprouts camp is open to all boys and girls ages 5-9, and is geared to the young developing player or first time player. Players will be instructed by members of the MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY SOCCER STAFF as well as current and former varsity players.

Event Details & Registration

Trojan Youth Softball Clinic

Throwing/ Fielding/Hittingboth days
*Pitching on 24th
Clinic will be run  by ELHScoaches and players

March 17th and 24th
East Lansing High School gyms
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
*Child should wear shorts/sweats and tennis shoes
and bring glove and H20 bottle
RSVP: eastlansingsoftball@gmail.com

Event Flier

WRITTEN BY KIDS and Marco’s Pizza invite you to participate in Marco’s Pizza Night

Here’s how it works:

On Wednesday, February, 21, and Thursday, Febuary 22, place your pickup or
delivery order anytime with Marco's Pizza. Call or order online.

Our purpose is to help ensure all families in our communities can receive
support in bullying prevention through our guides and forums whie enjoying

When placing your order, be sure to mention that your order is to benefit
Written By Kids. Marco's will then donate <15%> of your order amount directly
to Written By Kids.

Tell your friends, family & neighbors. The more orders, the better.

Event Flier