Keeping Up With Keller

by: Marcie Dryden, Principal

December 1, 2014

Mission Statement

The mission of Helen Keller Elementary School is to establish and maintain an educational community that empowers all students to become principled, independent inquirers who are socially responsible global citizens.

WKBS -- Keller Daily Broadcast

Our daily broadcast highlights school achievement and IB news!

**Looking for Lunch Monitors**

We are looking for three lunch monitors. If you are interested in becoming a paid lunch monitor, please contact our main office at 542-6500.

KUDOS to Sue DeWolfe and SILT

I would like to give a HUGE thank you to Sue DeWolfe and the members of SILT (Val Ault, Kara Daunt, Amy Liefer, Lynne Laurinec, Kelly Stanesa, and Kathleen Strong) for all the hours and hard work they put into submitting the self evaluation for our IB re-authorization!!

PTA -- Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

PTA, we cannot thank you enough for providing the delicious dinners during our parent/teacher conferences.

Being Internationally Minded

Professional Development Agenda

You can find all of Keller's PD agendas by clicking on this link!


The State of Michigan has released information about M-STEP. M-STEP is the new standardized test that will replace the MEAP. More information can be viewed at the following link:

Hour of Code

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.

That’s why our school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14). Last year, 15 million students tried computer science in one week. This year, we're joining students worldwide to reach 100 million students!

Our Hour of Code is a statement that our class is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge. I encourage you to volunteer, reach out to local media, share the news on your social media channels and consider hosting additional Hour of Code events in the community.
Please ask your child about the preview video that we saw. They were very excited!

See for details.

K-5 Typing Program

The District's typing program will be shared at our next Staff PD meeting. To preview these presentations please click on the following links: (Powerpoint) (Teacher Resources) (Student tags)

All City Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 2nd, 7pm

1500 Lexington Blvd

Royal Oak, MI

The concert will be held in the gymnasium. 5th grade students are to report in the auditorium at 6:00 p.m. for rehearsal.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Dec. 4th, 4pm

1505 N Campbell Rd

Royal Oak, MI

Will Your School Rule? Contest

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Positive Behavior Intervention System

Essential Agreements

*We are respectful

*We are safe and in control

*We are responsible learners

Keller Creed

I will act in such a way that I will be proud of myself and others will be proud of me too.

I came to school to learn and I will learn.

I will have a good day.

Learner Profile Highlights

Don’t forget that the highlighted monthly learner profile and weekly behavior focus is on the Google calendar (every Sunday).

PTA News

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