SCHOOL/DISTRICT CLOSURE INFO vol. 7
FOR WLCSD FAMILIES
WHAT IS NEW?
Message From WLCSD
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you safety and health,
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!
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
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.here.
Food Pantries Remain Open
Outside Food Pantry Available
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
- Building Connectedness and Belonging for Students While School Buildings are Closed:
use tomorrow” strategies, as well as virtual systems that can help you to maintain and foster meaningful relationships virtually (Panorama Ed)
- CASEL: SEL resources during COVID Pandemic
- Comprehensive COVID Resources for Schools: Curated by educators all over Oakland County for the Teaching and Learning Council.
- EDUCATOR’S GUIDE TO SUPPORTING THE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL NEEDS OF STUDENTS: Michigan Department of Education and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services April 2020
- Guidance on Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Remote Education guidance /answers to questions/concerns related to high-leverage teaching and learning practices for equity-based remote education. (New York University Metro Center)
- Helping Students Cope: Gathered resources to help staff and parents support their children during the pandemic. National Association of School Psychologists
- Mental and Behavioral Health Resources in Oakland County: Local resources gathered by a variety of Oakland Schools consultants.
- Michigan Model for Health : Digital curriculum, include modules around SEL
- Moving Beyond the Packet: Creating More Culturally Responsive Distance Learning Experiences: Click on link to access webinar
School SEL Resources: Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence is committed to helping all leaders, educators, students, and families in their effort to build and sustain positive emotional climates.
Tools to Address Trauma Here you will find a number of recommendations for trauma screening and assessment tools and trauma-specific interventions (from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services).
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.
- 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
Remember that only student Google accounts (not parent accounts) can join a class.
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.