Dragon's Tale


Upcoming Events!

5th Grade Camp Week!

Ms. Tyrrell and Mr. Hewitt

· Drop Off: Monday, October 1, 2018 at 9:30 AM

· Pick Up: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 11:30 AM

· NOTE: Students will not remain at school for the afternoon on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

Ms. Brewer and Mrs. Harmsworth

· Drop Off: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 9:45 AM

· Pick Up: Friday, October 5, 2018 at 11:30 AM

· NOTE: Students will not remain at school for the afternoon on Friday, October 5, 2018.

Walk to School Day!

Continuing momentum from this year’s Bike to School Day, it’s time to gear up for Walk to School Day, Wednesday, October 10, 2018! The Michigan Fitness Foundation’s Safe Routes to School Program and Michigan Department of Transportation is excited to welcome you back for this year’s Walk to School Day 2018.

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Save the Date - October 12th WLN Homecoming Parade!!!

The WLN Knights have invited the Keith Dragons to once again participate in the annual homecoming parade! Please mark your calendars and save the date! I am looking forward to having a large turn out to represent the Keith Dragons! The lineup will start at 5:00 pm and the parade will officially start at 5:30 pm. We ask all students arrive at 5:00 pm. We will meet on the North side near the picnic tables - please look for the Keith Elementary sign. After we meet up, the WLN Student Council will direct us to where we will be walking in the parade (which will be behind the class councils floats).

Keith Announcements

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.

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

PAC - Parent Advisory Committee

Please take a moment to read the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) flyer and consider being more involved with the PAC efforts at WLCSD! PAC is a committee of parents whose children receive Special Education services. It's made up of parent volunteers from every school and program in the district. The PAC meets once a month with the Director of Special Services. To read more about the PAC, a .pdf is also attached for you to download.
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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 respectful behavior at school.

Being Respectful:

One rule we have here at Keith Elementary School is "Be Respectful." Being respectful helps everyone feel welcome and safe. When we act respectfully, we listen carefully to each other, help each other, and try to understand how someone else feels. When we speak respectfully, we use friendly words and say please and thank you. We don't call other people names. This week, think about how you can act and speak in respectful ways in the classroom, hallway, lunchroom, and out at recess.

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

Being Responsible:

One rule we have here at our school is “Be Responsible.” Being responsible helps make our school a place where everyone can learn. When we’re responsible, we can be trusted to do the right thing. We help others. We clean up our messes. We admit when we make mistakes or do the wrong thing. We focus on our schoolwork. This week, think about how you can be responsible and do the right thing in class, in the lunchroom, and out at recess.

Medication Take Back Event - October 27

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

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October Lunch Menu

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First Grade Girl Scout Daisy Troop Meeting!

The first grade Girl Scout Daisy Troop is holding an informational Parent Meeting on Thursday, October 4th at 7pm at Keith Elementary in Mrs. Snavley’s classroom for current and new Troop members. This is an opportunity for the parents to meet the Troop Leaders, review the meeting, activity and field trip schedule, the topics the Troop will be focusing on this season and fundraising goals.

If you are unable to join but would like more information please email Kendall Veliu at kveliu2@gmail.com.

Announcements From our Keith PTA:

Keith PTA Meeting - Tuesday, October 2nd at 7pm in the Keith Media Center

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.

Box Tops for Keith!

The Box Tops program has earned Keith over $3,000 per year, and we are getting ready to beat that goal this year. We will do a collection about once every 6 weeks - with prizes going to the top earning classes! The collection dates are as follows:

October 15

November 26

January 7

February 25

April 8

May 13

Spelling Bee Club at Keith!

We are looking to start a Spelling Bee Club at Keith this year! If you are a parent interested in volunteering for students grades 3-5 on the days and times listed below, please email Julie Steffes at minsab@att.net. The Spelling Bee Club will meet the week of November 12th until our Keith Spelling Bee the week of December 17th. Sign up information will be coming in the near future! Stay tuned!

3rd Grade Block - Tuesday 1:20 - 1:50pm

4th Grade Block - Thursday 2:25 - 2:55pm

5th Grade Block - Friday 2:30 - 3:00pm

Skate Night at Rolladium!

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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, spaces are limited! Stop by the Math Club table at the Popsicles on the Playground Event to learn more.

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.

Volunteers Needed!

Hello Keith families -

We need your help the first couple weeks of school! The beginning of school is a huge transition for our children, especially the kindergartners! Please consider signing up to help in the morning or afternoon to get our kindergartners to and from the buses to their classrooms.

Thank you!

Keith PTA


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PTA Reflections Contest 2018-2019

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

Kate Tomasik



Now that summer vacation is about to start, it’s a great time to start looking for inspiration for your projects! Start thinking about the people in your world who are heroes. Are they someone whose job is to help people? Are they someone who volunteers in the community? Are they kids helping grown-ups? Or grown-ups helping kids? Are they people helping animals? Or animals helping people?

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

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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