WBSD Update

A weekly update from the West Bloomfield School District

WBSD Weekly Update - Nov. 25

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break, Team WB. Take this time to rest, relax, recharge and reflect on all of the tremendous accomplishments we have had this school year. We know this year has been far from ideal but we are grateful to be on this journey with each and every single member of Team WB.

Please find information regarding the Second Semester Commitment form linked below. Every family must respond to this form by Monday, Nov. 30 at 12 p.m.

Thanksgiving Message - Dr. Hill

Remote Learning Extended - Nov. 30 - Jan. 15, 2021

Due to the significant increase in positivity rate and prevalence of COVID-19 in Oakland County (Risk Level "E" - Highest Risk category) and the presence of active COVID-19 cases in our schools, the West Bloomfield School District will remain in a totally remote instruction model for all students now through January 15, 2021. During this period of time, our buildings will be CLOSED.

The extension of our current remote learning plans will take us from Thanksgiving Break to Winter Break, a time in which COVID-19 spread will likely continue. Conditions permitting, we plan to return to our current hybrid instruction model in grades K-8 , Special Education and Oakland Early College on January 19, 2021. West Bloomfield High School and Lakers Online will remain totally remote during this time period.

Read Dr. Hill's letter from Nov. 24 in its entirety on the district website.

C2C Return to Learn Update Webinar - Responses Needed!

Last week, we hosted a C2C Return to Learn webinar regarding instruction during the second semester through the end of the 2020-21 school year. This webinar featured important information from our building and district Classroom to Cloud instructional teams as we look ahead to 2021 and beyond. Resources from the night’s presentation are listed below:

Please take time to review the information linked above and review what options are best for your family. All families will need to complete a Second Semester Commitment form so we can plan and staff for the remainder of the school year. The deadline to respond to this form will be Monday, November 30 at 12 p.m. That form is linked below:

For more information, visit our district Classroom to Cloud webpage, www.wbsd.org/c2c.
C2C Return to Learn Second Semester webinar - Nov. 17

Larkin appointed as Head of School at OEC

After a comprehensive and rigorous search process, the West Bloomfield School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Ashleigh Larkin as the new Oakland Early College Head of School. The announcement comes following the November 23 Board of Education meeting where Ms. Larkin was approved for the position by the West Bloomfield Board of Education. Ms. Larkin will assume her new responsibilities and position effective December 7.

Read more about Ms. Larkin's appointment and her career successes on the district website.

School Efficiency Study - Meeting Announcement

The West Bloomfield School District (WBSD) Board and administration seek to ensure student and community needs are met while also being efficient. The District has undertaken an efficiency study during the fall that has identified potential opportunities for needed operational savings. The District has operated its five elementary schools with room for about 30% more students than are enrolled and the District has central operations that are spread among multiple locations.

A steering committee appointed by the Board is considering recommendations that might result in a consolidation from five elementary schools to four and changes in the location of central services. These options were also identified during the district’s 2012 SEAF process. Changes at the middle and high school level are not proposed.

The District invites you to participate in a virtual parent presentation addressing the data that supports eventual action and refers participants to a survey that collects your perspective on specific scenarios. The virtual meetings will be hosted by the District’s planning consultant, Western Demographics, via Zoom, at the times designated below.

December 1, 2020

6:30-8:30 p.m.


December 3, 2020 (Identical meeting, second opportunity)

6:30-8:30 p.m.


WBSD SMS Text Alerts - Sign Up TODAY!

As you may already know, our district utilizes the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages, straight to your mobile phone with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts and more. This resource is on top of the emails and phone messages you already receive from SchoolMessenger.

You can participate in this service just by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our district’s short code number, 67587.

You can also opt-out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our

messages with “Stop”.

SchoolMessenger is compliant with the Student Privacy PledgeTM, so you can rest assured that your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone.

WBSD COVID-19 Dashboard and Health Updates

All updates and information regarding the ongoing COVID-19 crisis will be posted to this page as needed.

Gives Us Hope - LOMS/WBMS Collaboration


Do you enjoy drawing? Your artwork could be the inspiration for the Annual United We Walk Celebration on Sunday, January 17, 2021.

You must include the following:

THEME: Everyone Can Be Great Because ANYONE Can Serve

*A graphic or photo

*Artwork must be 3 inches in diameter (see the back for actual size)

*Consider contrast, balance, and value

*Artwork must be original, hand-drawn or digital

*Eligible contestants K-12th graders

DEADLINE: Friday, December 6, 2020

SUBMIT TO: Jennifer Graham - Jennifer.Graham@wbsd.org

WBSD Chromebook Accident and Loss Protection

Please click HERE for information on accident and loss protection for district issued Chromebooks. Please contact Allyson Dewar at allyson.dewar@oakland.k12.mi.us for more information or if you have questions.

10 Remote Learning Hacks for Families

Resources and related content from the Oct. 7 webinar. Please find the presentation linked below.

Student Wellness and Social Emotional Resources

Visit this link for important resources for students, staff and families.

Staff Shoutout - Chris Sturgill, West Bloomfield High School

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Community Resources

WB Township Library Information

Library Closed on Thanksgiving

The Library will be closed Thursday, November 26, 2020. It will reopen Friday, November 27 at 10 AM.

Reading Lists

Homework Resource

Looking for appropriate information to help with at home learning? Watch this video tutorial on World Book Kids from one of our information experts, Ms. Carrie. Ms. Carrie is a librarian

at the Westacres Branch.

Virtual Dungeons and Dragons (Grades 6-12)

November 23 @ 4 PM on Zoom

Whether you are a seasoned gamer or new to D&D, join us for some fantasy adventure and roleplaying.

Register to receive connection details

Virtual Mesmerizing Magic Show

November 28 @ 10:30 AM on Zoom

Delve into the intricate world of illusion with a "one-of-a-kind" magic show that will be sure to leave you baffled!

Register to receive connection details

Virtual Music Lady Concert

November 25 @ 10 AM on Zoom

Sing and dance the morning away with The Music Lady during this interactive, acoustic concert.

Register to receive connection details

The West Bloomfield Township Main Library and Westacres Branch are open for Phase 3 services.

In Phase 3, our priorities continue to be the health and safety of staff, users and the community at large and providing convenient access to collections of materials in all formats. An additional goal of Phase 3 is providing access the Library’s public computers, scanners and printers, equipment that we recognize not everyone in our community may have at home. Please see the Library’s website for the latest updates and temporary hours.

Renew or request a library card

Ask at the Main Library Reception desk or the Westacres Branch Circulation desk. You can also continue to renew or request a library card on the Library’s website.

WBSD Calendar

Check out our district and building calendars in order to stay up to date on all events going on in our district!

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