Woodland Park Academy

Back To School Newsletter 2023

Welcome Back! A Message from Mrs. Martin, Principal

Hello Woodland Park Academy Families!

Welcome to the 23-24 school year! We are so excited to have students back! At Woodland Park Academy we are partnering with families and providing diverse educational opportunities to inspire our children to change the world! As a community it is vital that we are all working together; parents, students, and staff, to accomplish this mission.

Woodland Park is happy to welcome you back to some new and exciting things! We are so lucky to welcome a few new staff members to our amazing team! Check out their profiles below!

All parents must fill out the online registration in their ParentVue account in Synergy. Check out the directions below. The ParentVue app will allow you to access your child's attendance, grades, and schedule, and will also keep the most important information about your child updated.

We look forward to seeing you at the Pop In for Popsicles event on August 23 between 5-7 pm. Plan to "pop in" to see your child's classroom and meet the teacher. Then head to the gym for a popsicle, dress code swap, and visit some tables to learn more about WPA and our community partners. A SPECIAL GIFT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS THAT ATTEND!

Once you finish reading this, please do 1 important thing; Register your child in ParentVUE! Registrations must be completed before the first day of school.

I look forward to partnering with you this school year. We are going to have an amazing year!

Mrs. Martin

Student Registration for 2023-2024

**IMPORTANT** All students must have updated information for 23-24 school year and must be completed before the first day of school (8-28-23).

ALL families are required to complete the online registration for the 23-24 school year using the ParentVue platform.

All parents must fill out the online registration in their ParentVue account in Synergy. On the phone, log in to your ParentVue app, select "Online Registration" and click "Open Online Registration." On a PC, the Online Registration tab can be found in the upper right-hand corner of the ParentVue Homepage.

If you already have a ParentVue account, go to your account and update your child(ren)'s information. ParentVue Homepage: https://parentvue.geneseeisd.org/wpa/PXP2_Login.aspx

If you are a new family or have not activated your ParentVue account, look for an email from Synergy Parent Vue to set up your account. ***CHECK YOUR SPAM***

If you are having difficulty, please contact the office at (810) 695-4710 or email mgauvreau@wp-academy.org and we will be happy to assist you.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

August 23 Pop in for Popsicles 5-7 pm

August 28 1st Day of School (8:00 am-3:15 pm)

September 1 No School

September 4 No School

September 6 Late Start Wednesday (School begins at 9:30 am)

September 11 Picture Day

Pop In for Popsicles

Wednesday, Aug. 23rd, 5-7pm

2083 East Grand Blanc Road

Grand Blanc, MI

Pop into your child's class to say "Hi" and meet the teacher. Pop into the gym to get a popsicle, visit the "Dress Code Swap Table", and get your bus tags or vehicle sign for pick up/drop off.

Dress Code Swap August 23

WPA families are welcome to "shop" dress code clothing during our Pop in for Popsicles Event on August 23rd, 5-7 pm. If your family has gently worn, clean clothing to donate, bring it during the event or drop it off beforehand. Free!
School Hours: 8:00-3:15 pm. Doors open at 7:45 am.

Late Start Wednesday Hours: 9:30 am-3:15 pm. Doors open at 9:15 am. Drop off for morning care @ 7:45 am-9:00 am. No drop-offs between 9:00-9:15 am.

2023-2024 Calendar

Click HERE for the 2023-2024 School Calendar

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Late Start Wednesdays

School Starts: 9:30 am-3:15 pm

Doors Open at 9:15 am

On Late Start Wednesdays, busses will run 1 1/2 hours later than normal pick-up times.

If your child will require morning care on Late Start Wednesdays, please register your child by completing the form and turning it in to the office. Care will be provided in the morning. Drop off @ 7:45 am-9:00 am.

Late Start Wednesdays Morning Care Registration Form

The first Late Start Date is Wednesday, September 6, and almost every Wednesday afterward. All 2023-2024 Dates for Late Start are listed on the school calendar.

***NOTE--October 4, 2023 is COUNT DAY. This is a full day of school. All students must attend school this day or provide a note from a doctor.

Transportation to & from School

Construction Zone!!!

Grand Blanc Road is under Construction! Currently, all traffic is directed one-way westbound from Dort Hwy to Porter Rd. To get to WPA, drive down Dort Hwy or Porter Road. When leaving, all traffic must turn right (West) when exiting the school.

Construction is set to be completed in October.

Pick Up and Drop off Information

Pick up and Drop Off: Drop off begins at 7:45 am. Dismissal begins at 3:15. Buses are loaded and dismissed first. Car dismissal begins immediately afterward. Two lines will be formed around the parking lot. Staff will escort students out of and into vehicles. You will receive a car sign to keep in your vehicle with your child(ren)’s names. A staff member will use this sign to dismiss students from their classrooms. Please remain in your vehicle throughout the dismissal process.

Important Dismissal Safety: The office and your child’s teacher need to know how your child will be going home each day. If your child changes his or her normal dismissal plan, please inform the office and his/her teacher IN ADVANCE via phone call, signed note, and/or email. Your child’s safety is VERY important to us.

Bussing for 23-24

Woodland Park contracts bussing services with MTA. We have 4 busses this year.

  • $10 per student per month
  • Register your child for a bus stop by filling out the BUS REGISTRATION FORM
  • The First month's payment must be made to be registered for the bus.

Bus Payments can be;

-Paid in office

-Mailed to Office: Woodland Park Academy

Attn: Bus Billing

2083 E Grand Blanc Rd.

Grand Blanc MI 48439

-Paid Online: https://woodland-park-academy.square.site/

If you have questions, please call the office at (810) 695-4710 or email Ms. Meghan:


*If you are interested in sponsoring a student for bus fees @ $10/month, please contact our main office. (810) 695-4710

2023-2024 Bus Routes

View the Bus Routes for 23-24. Click the tabs at the bottom to see 4 different routes/stops. Late Start Wednesday pick-up times are listed too.

Link to Bus Maps

Click here to see the active map for the Bus Routes.

Bus Parent Pro Tip

There are times when the bus is running behind or ahead of schedule. While they do their very best to run the route on schedule, things happen. Safety is the number one priority.

If your child is riding the MTA bus, download "LIFE360" to their phone so you know where they are and how close they are to their stop.

Please add MTA's dispatch number to your phone 810-695-8917. This number is helpful to have if your child's bus is running behind. The operator will need to know your student's bus route and stop name to assist you.

Student Life

2023-2024 Student Handbook

The student handbook includes Student Rights and Responsibilities, Policies & Procedures, Attendance, Grading, and Behavior Expectations.

Dress Code

Click here to see the Dress Code handout.

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No Cell Phone Policy

Phones have become an integral part of everyday life. Some of us may be considered "addicted" to our phones! Social media issues can impact the mental and social well-being and order of the school day. At Woodland Park, our teachers will be offering in-person, excellent instruction and it is important that all students are engaged during the time they are in school.

Students may bring their phones to school however, they must be powered down throughout the school day (7:45-3:15 pm). Please support this policy by calling the office if you need to communicate with your child or get a message to them. Students not following this policy will be required to turn phones into the office daily among other consequences.

Middle School Backpacks

Backpacks ARE allowed and encouraged. However, students will not be carrying backpacks from one class to another. Students that travel between classes will leave their backpacks in their lockers and take their class material from one class to another. Teachers will ensure they have their belongings when leaving class.

First Week of School

  • Bring your class school supplies.
  • Wear dress code.
  • Bring your positive attitude! Come to class prepared and ready to learn!
  • Make sure you know how you are getting home.

Are you riding a bus? Which bus? Which stop?

Are you getting picked up in a car? Who is picking me up?

First Day of School Jitters...

For the safety of our students, parents will be allowed to walk their children to the front door. A kind and loving staff member will be happy to escort your child to class during their first days of class.

Food Service

Click here to access the Educational Benefits Form

All families need to complete this form unless their children receive benefits from the State.


We are pleased to inform you that Woodland Park Academy will be participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for the 2023-2024 school year.

ALL students enrolled at our school can receive (1) healthy breakfast and (1) lunch at NO CHARGE each day.

In place of the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application, we still need your household to fill out and sign the Education Benefits Form. This report is critical in determining the amount of money that our school receives from a variety of State and Federal supplemental programs.

August 2023 Breakfast Menu

Click the button to view the menu.

August Lunch Menu

Click the link to view the lunch menu for August.

Welcome to Woodland Park Academy!

We are so excited to welcome our new staff to our amazing WPA team!

WPA Staff for 2023-2024 School Year!

Kindergarten: Mrs. Mayberry & Ms. Perrin

1st Grade: Ms. Wallace & Mrs. Phillips

2nd Grade: Ms. Sportsman & Mrs. Dunham

3rd Grade: Ms. Medina

4th Grade: Mrs. Jones & Ms. Jauss

5th Grade: Mrs. DeGasperis

6th Grade: Mrs. Rae (Science)

7th Grade: Ms. McArthur (ELA) & Mrs. Gardner (Math)

8th Grade: Mrs. Bishop (SS)

Specials: Ms. Pethick (Performing Arts), Mrs. Mulholland (Art), Ms. LaFreniere (PE)

Behavior Support: Mr. Fields & Mrs. Clemons (SSW)

Intervention Support: Mrs. Debano, Mrs. Shemes, Mrs. Brobst, Mrs. Duhon, Mrs. Johnson, Ms. Crowder, Mrs. McCullough

Learning Support Services: Mrs. Doak, Mrs. Yerkes, Mrs. Peterson, Mr. Cronk, Ms. Caity

Building Sub: Ms. Wuestnick

Administration: Mrs. Martin & Mrs. Baker

Class Assignments

As you can see, some changes have been made to our teaching staff and positions. You will be able to access your child's class by registering your child in ParentVUE. Classes will be updated by Monday, August 21 by 5 pm.

*No class assignments will be provided over the phone.

Eagles Club (After School Program)

A new registration form for Eagles Club will need to be submitted monthly. Register for August's Eagles Club by sending in this FORM to the office. First come, first served.

Eagles Club is an after-school program designed to help working parents with pick-up time flexibility. Eagles Club students engage in crafts and play.

Pick Up: You may pick your child up at any time during Club Hours. All students must be picked up no later than 5:30 pm. Excessive late pick-ups (3 times) will result in dismissal from the program.

Donations: We are happy to offer Eagle’s Club to our families at no cost. Snacks, monetary donations, and school/craft supplies are greatly appreciated.

Capacity: 30 students. If you change your student’s schedule and do not need Eagle’s Club services, you must call the office so that we may inform other families in need of the service. Drop-ins cannot be accommodated at this time.


The 2022-2023 Yearbooks are here! Families that pre-purchased a yearbook can pick them up in the office or we will send them home with your student.

We have limited yearbooks available for families that would like to purchase them. $20 each. You can purchase them with cash or check in the office or with our WPA Square.



This document summarizes information about Woodland Park Academy's Educational Program and information about aspects of school life at WPA!

Health & Safety

Medication Updates

In accordance with the State of Michigan laws, and in the best interest of our families, we have implemented the following updates to our Medication Administration Policy. Please note that ALL medication (Prescription and Non-Prescription) taken during school hours requires the school receive written authorization from BOTH the parent and the doctor, as well as instructions for administering the medication and dosage.

HERE is a copy of the required form for all school-administered medication.

Medication Drop Off

If your student is currently taking medication, under a physician's direction, please fill out the form and turn it into the office with the medication. A parent or guardian must drop off the medication. Medication cannot be sent in a backpack.

Medical Action Plans

Students with asthma and/or allergies that require rescue medication must provide a medical action plan, signed by the doctor and the parent.

Please find a copy linked below;

Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Action Plan

Asthma Emergency Action Plan

CMU List of Uses Policy and Opt-Out Form

Even though CMU does not maintain student K-12 educational records or student directory information for any student attending our partner schools, state law requires us to prepare a list and disclose to you that list of uses or instances that we may commonly disclose a student’s directory information. In addition, the law gives you the opportunity to elect not to have your student’s directory information disclosed for one or more of these uses or instances. Any parent or legal guardian (or student if 18 years of age or an emancipated minor) is also entitled to separately refuse disclosure of student directory information noted above by sending the opt-out form to the Center’s office as directed at the bottom of the form by September 15. Opt-Out Form

Annual FERPA Notification

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. See FERPA rights HERE.

Accepting Enrollment for 2023-2024

Limited seats are available. Please share the application with your family and friends!


Woodland Park Academy is Hiring!

Evening Custodian

This position is for an evening cleaning custodian. Hours 3:30-11:30 pm M-F during the school year. See Job Description. Starting Hourly Rate $12/ hour. Medical, Dental, Optical, Insurance options available. Click to APPLY NOW.

Substitute Teachers

We are looking to build a pool of substitute teachers. If you are interested in being a substitute at WPA, please follow the directions on the link below. 60+ college credit hours are required for a substitute permit.


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