SCHOOL/DISTRICT CLOSURE INFO vol. 7

FOR WLCSD FAMILIES

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WHAT IS NEW?

Message From WLCSD

Dear Parents:


As we continue on our journey together through this global health challenge, our school community has come together to support one another in many wonderful ways. With three weeks of virtual learning since the launch of our Continuity of Learning Plan, our students and staff are working together in a new format with various connections for our students. Our PTAs, students, and community applauded our staff this week during Staff Appreciation Week. Conversely, our staff have been honoring our students on social media with a host of incredible posts that demonstrate creative learning is taking place.

We are very happy to announce that Walled Lake Schools had two national Merit Award winners in the PTSA Reflection Contest; essentially these two students earned third place in the entire country and their submissions will be included in a traveling exhibit. Congratulations to: Danica Harmsworth, Keith Elementary (Primary Division), Literature - Love Never Ends With You and Michael Garlinghouse, Sarah Banks Middle School, Music - Look Within.

We continue to make significant outreach efforts for students and families with educational packets, Chromebooks, food distribution, phone calls, and office hours. Our children are our priority each and every day. We strive to continue to respond to parent questions, although as a result of this new reality, we simply do not have answers to all of them.

Updated information includes:


Senior Recognition:

Spinal Column Tabloid: Please see this link to learn about an opportunity to honor our high school seniors. To opt out, please go here. Purchase an ad for your senior in this commemorative issue honoring the WLCSD Class of 2020!


  • Virtual Senior Honors and Recognition: Each of our three high schools is working with staff to produce a Virtual Honors Night. These will be an aired/broadcast on Friday, May 22, --- WL Central is at 2 p.m., WL Northern is at 4 p.m. and WL Western is at 6 p.m.
  • Legacy Scholarship Virtual Recognition: WLTV is working with the Legacy Scholarship Committee to produce a video honoring the Class of 2020 Legacy Scholarship recipients. This will air on WLTV at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, and it will be on the District YouTube site as well.
  • Class of 2020 Senior Celebration: WLCSD administration, our three high school principals, and many students and community members are working on Senior Celebrations that will tentatively be Sunday, June 14, 2020. Information for these events will be forthcoming.
  • Tentative Graduation at EMU: Walled Lake Schools has secured Friday, July 31, and Sunday, August 2, for a tentative graduation at Eastern Michigan University. This is tentative and two dates are needed to allow for thorough cleaning and times will be spread out and are yet to be determined.


Virtual Kindergarten Orientation: Next week, May 11-15, each of our 12 elementary schools will conduct Zoom meetings for the families who have completed the Virtual Kindergarten Orientation process that includes the video, Google Form, and the fully virtual enrollment process. Enrollment for kindergarten and for all grades is ongoing with the District Enrollment Link.


Virtual Learning Survey: Please take a moment to complete our Virtual Learning Survey and give us your feedback.


School Calendar: We apologize, we continue to negotiate the school calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. When it is available, we will email it to families. Thank you for your patience.


Social/Emotional Learning: May is Mental Health Awareness month. Easterseals offers so many resources for our families.

We are committed to communicating what we know, when we know it. Thank you for your partnership in supporting our children and each other. Please be safe and let us know how we can help you at info@wlcsd.org.


Wishing you safety and health,

Kenneth Gutman

Superintendent of Schools

WLCSD Student Pantry

The Student Pantry continues to provide food to approximately 85 families in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District each week. The Pantry is in need of the following perishable items: milk, eggs and bread. We are also in need of canned vegetables. If you would like to donate any of these items, please see the SignUp Genius link below. The Pantry continues to work the Hospitality House and local groceries to help with the food supply. The generosity of donations from volunteers is greatly appreciated too!

Playground Equipment

Please remember all playground structures, swings, slides, etc. are still closed. You can use walking tracks and fields if you would like. Thank you.

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation 2020-2021

Incoming kindergarten parents for the 2020-2021 school year are invited to enroll your child during our Virtual Kindergarten Orientation beginning on Monday, April 27, 2020.

Kindergarten students must be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2020.
Exception: According to Michigan Law, a child may be enrolled in kindergarten
if he/she is not five years of age on September 1, 2020, but will be five years of
age not later than December 1, 2020 and parent or legal guardian notifies the school
district in writing (Kindergarten Waiver Form) that he or she intends to enroll the
child in kindergarten.

VIRTUAL KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION VIDEO & ALL OTHER RESOURCES

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation 2020-21 School Year
WLCSD Enrollment with Mobile Upload
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iReady Resource Updates

· NEW! i-Ready.com/Families is a new family support site that houses all of our i-Ready “Guidance for Families.” A link can also be found under i-Ready Personalized Instruction on the /AtHome home page.

· NEW! YouTube Tech Tutorial Videos for Families are available to assist families with common “how to” questions.

· NEW! Spanish Tech and Troubleshooting Guide is now available for direct download here and on the Spanish Guidance for Families page.

NEW! Reading and Writing Activities (in Spanish): Independent Reading Supports and Writing and Language lessons are available here.

Food Pantries Remain Open

Outside Food Pantry Available

Please stop by Loon Lake Elementary, Mary Helen Guest Elementary, Walled Lake Elementary and/or Wixom Elementary and help yourself to the food/supplies in the Outdoor Food Pantries. The pantries were filled by many other families from across the WLCSD. On behalf of all elementary schools, we cannot thank you enough for your generosity.


Please take what you need. If you would like to help fill the pantry, you can do that as well. We are all committed to taking good care of each other.

VITAL RESOURCES FOR HUMAN WELL-BEING

RESOURCES - UPDATED EACH WEEK

WLCSD FOOD DISTRIBUTION EVERY MONDAY

WLCSD Food Distribution

Distribution Date(s) & Time: Mondays 1:45 - 3:00 p.m. or when all the food is distributed.

Where:

  • Walled Lake Western High School, 600 Beck Road, Walled Lake
  • Walled Lake Central High School, 1600 Oakley Park Road, Walled Lake

Children will receive 7 days of breakfast and 7 days of lunch for all children 18 and under, and adults with disabilities 26 and under.

The meals distributed are provided by the Unanticipated School Closure Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), are available to all children at no cost.

GOOGLE CLASSROOM & TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

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Parent Guide to Google Classroom

Remember that only student Google accounts (not parent accounts) can join a class.

IREADY RESOURCES

i-READY FAMILY CENTRAL DURING THIS CLOSURE

Please be sure you visit i-Ready Family Center to learn how you can support your student during the school closure. Family Guides are available in different languages.

LITERACY RESOURCES

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL RESOURCES

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