Dragon's Tale


Upcoming Events!

Keith Announcements

Big picture

October 31st - Half Day of School for Students - Dismissal at 12:09pm

Halloween Parade

10:30am - Halloween Parade Begins outside on walking track!

All parents are invited to watch the Keith Halloween Parade outside on the playground. The students will walk around the blacktop of the playground doors and then enter into the school for their special classroom party. We will have a staff member signing parents in at the gate on the field beginning at 10:10am. Following the parade, only parents with visitor stickers who have signed in will be allowed into the building. All others will need to sign in at the main office, but certainly all are welcome!

At Home Reading Tips!

Dragon families understand the importance of reading at home. The linked article Tips for Supporting Reading Skills at Home may help you with your child's reading journey at home. Please be sure to consider some of the helpful suggestions and while this is important for students in grades K-3, there are suggestions that could work for kids at any level. Some suggestions include:

1. Have conversations before, during, and after reading together

2. Help children learn how to break sentences into words and words into syllables

3. Help children sound out words smoothly

4. Model reading fluently by practicing reading aloud with your child

Teacher of the Year Nominations - Currently Being Accepted!

The Walled Lake Consolidated Schools is again participating in a program to honor exemplary teachers/educators. We hope you will join us in an effort that will result in the selection of the TEACHER/EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR for the Walled Lake Consolidated School District at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. This honor will be bestowed at our January 10, 2019 school board meeting.

Candidates will be submitted through his or her school. Names will be removed from the forms and only the building principal will have knowledge of the candidate’s name. The principal will appoint a committee to assist with the building selection process. Each building will select a Teacher/Educator of the Year and that nominee will be submitted to the District committee for final selection. We are requesting that this form be returned to your school NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2018.


Any FULL TIME, CERTIFIED, TENURED teacher/educator who spends 50% of his/her time in a classroom. Nominees must have a minimum of five (5) full years of classroom teaching experience.


Any person in the school community may nominate any teacher/educator in the District for this honor. Please send or deliver this form to the nominee’s school.


Please send or deliver Nomination Form to the nominee’s school in an envelope marked clearly with TEACHER/EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR”.


Keith Spirit!!!

Friday’s are Spirit Day here at Keith.

Your child is encouraged to wear a Keith shirt or the color red each and every Friday. The upper elementary and lower elementary classroom with the highest number of participants will win a visit from “Sparky” our Keith Dragon for the week.

This week's winners are:

Upper Elementary Room: Mr. Hewitt

Lower Elementary Room: Mrs. Powers

Change for Autism

Got any spare change? Send it to school this month! In an effort to raise autism awareness among the student body, our students and staff will be encouraged to deposit spare change in a large collection jug throughout the month to raise funds for Autism Alliance of Michigan (@autismallianceofmichigan). This organization has touched the lives of over 36,000 Michigan people affected by autism. Teachers have also been given classroom activities, autism facts and information to create an important discussion about compassion, understanding and inclusion among the student body.

The Prizes for Fundraising...

As a thank you to your school for the hard work, we want to reward you with prizes for the accomplished goal amount you raised:

  • If you raise over $1,000 you will receive a pizza party and an AAoM Swag Bag for the top earning classroom along with a certified AAoM Autism Presentation for the school hosted by our staff.
  • If you raise over $500 you will receive an AAoM Swag Bag and an AAoM Autism Presentation for the top earning classroom.
  • If you raise over $250 you will receive an an AAoM Swag Bag for the top earning classroom.

About AAoM:

The Autism Alliance of Michigan lends help to thousands of families throughout Michigan that face the never-ending physical, psychological, emotional and financial challenges that come with an autism diagnosis. We offer hope for the future and answers today. Navigating these challenges is at the heart of why AAoM was founded ten years ago.

Autism Alliance of Michigan is dedicated to transforming the state of Michigan for the autism community-creating opportunities that truly impact quality of life for individuals, their families and our community.

Kelly Powers

Keith Elementary School

Teacher of Students with Autism

Second Step Announcement!

Parents, this week your children focused on the second step lesson below. Please take a moment to talk with your children about how they took time to show positive behavior at school.


At Keith Elementary School, we all work hard to be the best learners we can be. One skill for learning is to listen with attention. When we listen with attention, our eyes are watching the speaker, our ears are listening, our voices are quiet, and we’re still. This week, practice being a great listener every day!

Next week, our focus will be on focusing attention. We will review the following with your children when they return to school on Monday.

Focusing Attention:

Learning happens every day at Keith Elementary school. An important skill for learning is focusing attention. When we focus our attention we use our ears, our eyes, and our brain! This week, put on your attent-o-scopes and notice how they help you listen and learn.

Unity Day at Keith - October 24th

On Wednesday, October 24th Keith Elementary will be celebrating Unity Day. Unity Day will be celebrated across the country and here at Keith we will be celebrating kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and standing together against bullying.

What we will do:

  • Encourage students to wear Orange
  • You can also have students make posters to put up around the school- that use the phrases “kindness, acceptance, and inclusion”.

More Information:


Big picture

Medication Take Back Event - October 27

Attached is a brochure on this important event that we have listed on our website calendar.

Big picture

Walk the Walk Event

Big picture

October Lunch Menu

National School Lunch Week!

National School Lunch Week is October 15-19 this year! The #NSLW18 theme is “School Lunch: Lots 2 Love,” which was designed to help students and school nutrition professionals connect and share what each loves most about school lunch! Please know I'm looking forward to seeing your amazing kids in the cafeteria!
Big picture

Announcements From our Keith PTA:

Keith PTA Meeting - Wednesday, November 7 at 7pm in the Keith Media Center

Fall Book Fair

It’s time to let your imagination grow! Our fall Enchanted Forest Scholastic Book Fair is almost here! We would love and appreciate any help to make this event the best one our students have seen!

SET UP: This sign-up is to help with anything BEFORE the fair starts!


DURING FAIR: If you have any time to help us keep the fair running & to volunteer for shifts, then this is the sign-up for you!


Join the Green Team!

Do you have a 3rd, 4th or 5th grader interested in helping the environment? Join the Green Team! This year, we'll be doing several projects aimed at educating the students about environmental issues that affect them. We'll also have a couple of field trips and hopefully some guest speakers. Our first meeting is on Friday, October 19th, at 8:15 am in Room 103, Mrs. Matyus classroom. We'll hold meetings mostly on the 3rd Friday of the month at 8:00 am. If your child is interested, please complete the form below/attached (and also on the Keith website) and return to Mrs. Matyus by Wednesday, October 17th. If you have any questions, please email Elizabeth Belcher at elizakbb@gmail.com.

Spelling Bee Club at Keith!

Hi 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Keith Families. Keith is starting a Spelling Bee club with the National Scripps Spelling Words.

3rd grade Spelling Bee Club will take place on Tuesday’s from 1:20-1:50 pm during the beginning part of block recess. It will start on Tuesday, Nov. 6th and end with a Spelling Bee during block recess on Tuesday, December 11th at 1:20 pm.

4th grade Spelling Bee Club will take place on Thursday’s from 3:05-3:25, immediately following the 4th Grade Yoga class. It will start on Thursday, Nov. 8th and end with a Spelling Bee during block recess on Thursday, December 13th at 2:25 pm.

5th grade Spelling Bee Club will take place on Friday’s from 2:30-3:00 pm during the beginning part of block recess. It will start on Friday, Nov. 9th and end with a Spelling Bee during block recess on Friday, December 14th at 2:30 pm.

Please print the attached permission slip and turn into your child’s teacher by Nov. 1st and the word list will be provided to your child.

**Seeking one or two parents to help run the club. Please email Julie Steffes minsab@att.net Thank you!

Pizza Kit Fundraiser Pick Up Date!

The Little Caesar's Pizza Kits will be at Keith for pick up on Thursday, October 18th from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Math Club

Math Club Registration Open! Are you looking for STEM activities for your child? Would you like your child to have a more positive attitude towards Math? How about developing critical thinking? Math Club is the answer! Math Club takes place on Wednesday mornings from 8:00AM to 8:50AM, beginning October 24th and runs through March. This program is open to all K-5 students and introduces them to interactive, problem-solving and critical thinking GAMES through the Mathematics Pentathlon program (MathPentath.org). The students are placed into three groups by grade: K/1st, 2nd/3rd and 4th/5th. Please fill out and return the attached form to register your child.

Math Club Parent Volunteers Needed! In order to run Math Club, parent help is needed to teach and oversee the games in class (training will be provided). This is a great opportunity to become more involved in the school and to inspire the next generation of problem solvers! Your time and dedication will make a huge impact on the success of this program! Please contact Mary Beth Johnson at mbjohnson@ymail.com for more information.

PTA Reflections Contest 2018-2019

Please be sure to take some time to get creative! If you have any questions, please reach out to Keith Elementary PTA Reflections Chair:

Kate Tomasik



We can’t wait to see how those heroes inspire you through the arts! Review the current standing rules at the Michigan PTA Reflections website: https://www.michiganpta.org/page/Reflections201718

We’ll have finalized rules provided later for the 2018-19 school year. For more info, please contact Keith PTSA Reflections Chair, Kate Tomasik, at keithelementaryptareflections@gmail.com

PTA Facebook Page

Visit our PTA's Facebook Page


Keith Elementary School

The purpose of Keith Elementary is to advance the learning of all students.

Andrea McFarland - Principal's Secretary


Diana Tyrrell - Building Secretary


Julie Palermo - Interventionist


Marci Augenstein, Ph.D. - Principal, Keith Elementary