March 2nd, 2022
Meaningful 100th Day Celebration
Meadowbrook Kindergarten student, Jasmine, celerated the 100th day of school in a very special way. As stated by her mom:
"Jasmine is dressed up as Kakiba, who is her great grandmother (paternal grandmother of Jasmine’s father). Kakiba means aunt/grandmother (kaki/ba); because she lived in a joint family, she was an aunt to some and a grandmother to others, so that is why her name became Kakiba. The photo sent was taken at our wedding when Kakiba was 108, which is an auspicious number in our Hindu culture.
Kakiba was a freedom fighter for Gandhi. She joined in the protests against British goods, which is why she only wore khadi (pronounced kah-thi, which means cotton), spun on a spindle. When Gandhi died, Kakiba decided to give up sugar. This sacrifice as well as her vegetarian diet and not eating after sundown is why we believe she lived until 109."
Greeting cards made by 4th grade Meadowbrook student Aashi Bora, have been placed in the MBE staff lounge and can be purchased for $1.00. Aashi will be donating the money for Hospitality House in Walled Lake.
2/28-3/4: All MBE buses running this week!2/28: Happiest of birthdays to secretary, Mrs. Watkins!
3/1: PBS Assembly: Self-Control & Focus
3/1: March is Reading Month Kick-Off and Information Sent Home
3/2: PTA Meeting @ 7 PM
3/3: Board of Education Meeting @ 7 PM honoring Teacher of the Year, Kelly Parks
3/4: Student Council Meeting
3/10: Half Day for Students, Dismissal @ 12:25 PM, Teacher PD in Afternoon
3/11: Tornado Drill
3/11: End of Trimester 2/Family Access Closes
3/14: Kindergarten Orientation @ 6 PM
3/17-3/20: WLC presents "Grease: The Musical"
3/17: St. Patrick's Day-Wear Green!
3/28-4/1: Spring Break
Spirit Wear Orders Due March 7th
Half Day on March 10th
This is an important reminder that Thursday, March 10 is a half day of school with a dismissal at 12:25 PM.
Please refer to our tiered dismissal times below:
12:00- Saddle Up Pick-Up and Walkers
12:15- Prime Time Care
12:20- Begin loading busses
12:30-12:32 – Departure
Kindergarten 2022-23 School Year
It's that time of year where Meadowbrook begins gathering the names of our incoming Kindergarten students. If you have a student that will begin Kindergarten during the 2022-2023 school year, please call Meadowbrook Elementary at 248-956-2700 to share the name of your child with our office staff. More information can be found here: https://bit.ly/3qe2dLP
Mark your calendars-Kindergarten Orientation will occur on March 14, 2022
March is Reading Month
MATH COURSE SKIPPING GUIDELINES
In response to the increased expectations for all students, we have adjusted the content focus and instructional approaches in all of our math courses.
Because of the higher standards and to ensure student success at all points of their mathematical education, we are using the procedures described in the letter below to accelerate students. In order to skip a course in the math sequence, students must demonstrate proficiency in the content and skills of the course they are attempting to skip. Teachers are invited to review the letter that will be sent to all families and reach out with any questions or concerns.
AER Report Available
UPDATED COVID GUIDANCE AND GUIDELINES
The district plans to have all drinking fountains open for use when we return from mid-winter break on February 28. All fountains will be flushed next week and filters changed where necessary. It should be noted that our water systems, including bottle filling stations, have been in use since we returned to school nearly a year ago, resulting in natural flushing of water lines through daily use. It’s only the taps to the unused drinking fountains and spouts that need to be completely flushed at this time.
Should parents have any concerns, this link to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has more information related to water flushing recommendations: https://www.michigan.gov/egle/0,9429,7-135-3313_3675_3691-474608--,00.html.
Updated COVID Guidelines
Dear WLCSD Families:
As you know, last week the Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) announced they will be rescinding their Emergency Order for Pandemic Control (2021-1) from August 2021 which required schools to implement universal masking. This change will take effect on Monday, February 28, 2022. As the OCHD has determined that universal mask wearing is no longer necessary in schools, effective Monday, February 28, the Walled Lake Consolidated School District (WLCSD) will no longer require universal mask wearing in our school buildings and offices.
Please review the following information related to this update:
· Isolation/Quarantine - At this time, OCHD’s isolation guidelines will still be in effect despite the change in masking requirements. COVID-19 positive students and staff will still need to isolate themselves for the minimum five days.
o Asymptomatic students and staff and those that are exhibiting an improvement in symptoms will have the ability to return to school on days six through 10 of the isolation period provided the individual wears a mask during that time period. If mask wearing is not an option, that individual must isolate for the full 10 days before returning to school.
o Symptomatic students and staff who are not showing an improvement in symptoms will be required to continue isolating until that criteria is met, possibly up to and including day 10.
· Transportation - masks are no longer required while on school buses until further notice.
· Head Start and GRSP classrooms - In accordance with federal law, students and staff in our District’s Head Start and GSRP classrooms must continue to wear a mask. These programs are federally funded and thus subject to federal masking requirements.
· Performing Arts/Athletics - As part of the lifted mask requirements, students involved in performing arts and athletics are no longer subject to the previous mask requirements associated with these activities.
· Rentals/Community Education - Outside groups and programs are no longer subject to the masking requirements formerly associated with utilizing our school buildings and facilities following this lifted requirement.
The OCHD strongly recommends wearing a mask while in public, indoor settings. Individual decisions related to continued masking in WLCSD will be left to the discretion of students, families, and staff members.
It should be noted that any bullying, harassment, or discrimination related to a student’s masking choices will not be tolerated. Any individuals engaging in such acts will be subject to the Code of Conduct.
Should we receive any further guidance from the OCHD between now and Feb. 28, we will be sure to share that information with you in a timely manner. For more information, please visit the OCHD website: www.oakgov.com/covid
Superintendent of Schools
Walled Lake Schools
Tickets for the Walled Lake Central musical production of Grease are now on sale to the public at WLCStickets.com. Students tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate. The musical runs from March 17 through 20. Purchase your tickets today to select the best seats! All seats are the same price.