Weekly Waddle

Week of Friday, October 8, 2021

Principal's Message

Happy Friday Pattengill Families!

We are off to a great start to October! This was another great week to be a Pattengill Penguin! Our TK-1st graders had a visit from Sergeant Arney and Detective Hadfield from Berkley Public Safety on fire safety. All of our students were surprised by Patty the Penguin! Please ask your children what exciting things they have learned this week.

We are very excited about next week's Fun Run! Next week will be full of Fun Run excitement and initiatives to help our PTA reach its goal. If you have not already, please consider supporting our PTA, which in turn supports our staff and students. You may find the Fun Run link HERE. Our students were very excited to learn that I will be spending the day on the roof if we reach our top goal :)

Thank you for your continued partnership as we work together to have an amazing 2021-2022 school year!

Proud to be your principal,


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COVID Communication

Last week Superintendent Francis shared a communication with updates to our quarantine and isolation guidelines.

We will continue to communicate directly with families who have children identified as close contacts (within 6 feet of someone who is COVID-19 positive for more than 15 minutes during the school day). Those who are close contacts will have to monitor for symptoms, quarantine or participate in a testing program, depending on the exposure type and whether both parties were masked or vaccinated. As a reminder, we’re following the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) protocols for quarantining close contacts. You can view the MDHHS quarantine guidelines on their website.

Starting next week, in addition to personally notifying all close contacts of their potential exposure to COVID-19, we will also begin sending classroom letters to elementary families if there is a case of COVID-19 in the classroom. These letters will not share whether it was a staff or a student who is positive, nor will it share any identifying information of the person who is positive. The letter will let parents know that a case is in the classroom.

If your child is not identified as a close contact, there are no additional precautions or steps recommended for you to take.

OCHD and MDHHS recommend that parents/guardians should always be monitoring their children for symptoms, and we encourage families to use the Clear to Go app to do a symptom check every morning. If your child is sick, we appreciate you keeping them at home.

It is also important to remember to share with your school administrator if your child tests positive for COVID-19 after an outside of school exposure so we can do contact tracing in our building if necessary.

Caution- Penguins at Work!

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The Pattengills Dad's Club will have their first meeting on Wednesday, October 20th at 7 PM in the Media Center. Please contact pattengilldads@gmail.com for more information on membership, to join their mailing list, and to stay engaged with our school!

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Lunch Aides & Lunch Volunteers Needed!

Pattengill is in need of lunch aides and lunch volunteers. Please contact the Main Office if you are interested in either position. You do not need to volunteer or work every day. CLICK HERE to apply for the lunch aide position. Please share this information with anyone who may be interested.

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Picture Day

Pattengill School Picture Day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Please use the

Kaiser Studio button below and use the Code: Patt21 to pre-order pictures.

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Monday 10/11/2021 is Hat Day!!!

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Save The Date: October 15, 2021

Fun Run Fundraiser Site: Track school and student totals. Our goal is to raise $25,000! Each student has their own tracking page. We also accept cash or check. Make payable to:

Pattengill PTA

C/O Fun Run

3540 Morrison Ave

Berkley, MI 48072

Donations must arrive to the office by 10/14 to be included in a students total.


On Sunday, October 10th, we will host a Pre Fun-Run event to answer questions, collect donations, and decorate Shout Out signs! The Pattengill Penguin has also agreed to come and help us with the Kick-Off!

More information can be found here:


In addition, here are the incentives for the kids!

  • When we reach $8,000 dollars, we will have school wide PJ day! DONE
  • When we reach $10,000 dollars, the Pattengill Penguin will visit classrooms! Done
  • When we reach $12,000 dollars, there will be a school-wide Hat Day! Done
  • When we reach $15,000 dollars, we will have a school- wide Funky Day!
  • When we reach $17,000 dollars, there will be a Picnic Lunch on the front lawn!
  • And the best one is when we reach $20,000 Mrs. Womble’s Office will be on the roof for the day!

The PTA has a large list of items that we'd like to provide for our Penguins and we can't do it without your help!

Thank you for your continued support!

The Pattengill PTA Fun Run Team!

Families can attend the day of the event. We strongly encourage you to line the ENTIRE route and cheer on the kids. Please don't all cheer near the start and finish lines. The students need encouragement the whole time. There will be a spectator area at the field by the playground for the prize ceremony after the race ends. The race starts at the office doors and goes south down Oakshire to Edwards, East to Royal, and then North up Royal back to the school. The finish line is just outside the baseball field entrance.

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Please remember to report your student's absence, tardy or early pickup by using the

automated Pattengill Attendance line at 284-837-8730. You can also use the MISTAR Parent Portal to submit absences electronically. Please note: automated calls will be made around 9 am to the family of any student marked absent without a call to the attendance line. We appreciate your cooperation!

Please remember that reporting symptoms in Clear to Go does NOT record an absence in our

school attendance system. It is still necessary to call the attendance line or use the MISTAR

Parent Portal to report absence.

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Running Late or Picking Up Early

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If you are dropping off late or picking up early please make sure to bring your phone to the

main office doors when you buzz to get your child. Below the buzzer is a QR code(picture

below shows it) that your will use to sign in or out your child. All you need to do is hover your

camera over the code and then fill out the google form.

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Please remember to complete a daily screener prior to sending your child to school each day.
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Staff Spotlight - Sarah Yallum!

Your Name: Sarah Yallum

What is your position at Pattengill? 3rd grade teacher

How long have you worked at Pattengill? 16 years, 20 in the district : )

What is your favorite thing about working at Pattengill? The staff. We have been through a lot together, we have been vulnerable with each other, and I feel like they support me and I can talk to them about anything.

Tell us about your family: My family consists of me, my husband Andy, and our son Oein. We also have three cats, Shamrock, Mabel, and Moxie, and an axolotl named Pickle. We like to camp, bike, listen to music, and have campfires in our backyard!

What are you looking forward to this year? I look forward to developing relationships with my students and doing some good work with all the students in terms of DEI.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I like to listen to music and relax by the fire. I look forward to going back to concerts!! I like to read but only have an attention span for graphic novels lately! I also enjoy watching various shows and movies with popcorn!

In elementary school, I…..was a student who needed to see and do to learn, in a time when students didn’t really get that. I use examples from my childhood every day to remind myself of all the different kinds of learning in my classroom!

October lunch Menu

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Weekly Reminders :)

  • 10/12 - Pattengill Picture Day
  • 10/15 - Fun Run! 1:30-3:00
  • 10/21 - Berkley African American Parent Network Meeting, 7 PM, Norup
  • 10/29 - 1/2 Day, Halloween Parade, Trunk or Treat