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Week of November 12, 2018

Together We Learn, Together We Lead!

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Pleasant Lake Elementary Raffle!

Our Raffle Fundraiser is something new we are doing this year and it replaces the Color Run Fundraiser we've done in the past. It's our ONLY major fundraiser of the school year and we please need your support. The funds we raise will ALL come back to our children.

Raffle Booklets will go home shortly and the drawing is on Wednesday, December 19th.

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America Recycles Day on Thursday, November 15th

The Environment Team will celebrate America Recycles Day by asking students to wear green to school and bring in a $1.00 donation on Thursday, November 15th. Your donation will go to support our recycling efforts and keep PLE a Green School!

Student Led Portfolio Conferences on Thursday, December 13th

Student Led Portfolio Conferences are on Thursday, December 13th. December 13th is also a ½ day of school with an 11:09 a.m. dismissal.

Below are some helpful resources to assist with signing up for a conference:

  • Click HERE for a quick video tutorial on how to sign up online for a conference.
  • Click HERE if you need more information about Skyward Family Access.

You will be able to sign up for a conference and change your conference time if you need to on your own. Conference sign up opens on Monday, November 19th and closes on Friday, December 7th at 2:00 p.m.

Students in 2nd-5th grade are asked to attend Student Led Portfolio Conferences with you so they can show you their Leadership Notebook. The process will be similar to last year with Kindergartners and 1st graders not be participating in Student Led Portfolio Conferences.

On December 13th, our Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms will be holding a Parent Teacher Conference. Your child’s Kindergarten and 1st grade teacher will provide you with a separate date for your Student Led Portfolio Conference.

Our wonderful Music, Media Center, Physical Education and Art Teachers are also available to meet with you but are not listed on your Skyward Family Access Account. Please contact them directly to schedule a time. Below you’ll find their contact information and the grade levels they teach.

Mr. Dan Bowyer

1st Grade through 5th Grade Music Teacher

Mr. Chris Durand

Kindergarten Music Teacher

Mr. Jason Apostolopoulos

Kindergarten through 5th Grade Physical Education Teacher

Mr. John Kanowski

Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade Physical Education Teacher

Mrs. Hinterman

Kindergarten through 5th Grade Media Center Specialist

Ms. Anna Bitzinger

Kindergarten through 5th Grade Art Teacher

Please note that your child will have a Leadership Notebook to show you during your conference with their classroom teacher only.

Job Opening at PLE!

We have an open position at Pleasant Lake Elementary. Click on the link below for more information and please consider applying for it or sharing the job posting with a friend.

Pleasant Lake Elementary Lunchroom Paraeducator

The position days and hours are Monday-Friday from 11:15 a.m.-1:50 p.m. Please contact our main office at 248.956.2800 if you have any questions.

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STRIDE Coaches Wanted

Parents of 3rd through 5th grade boys,

Girls on the Run was introduced to Pleasant Lake Elementary in the spring of 2018. We had such a successful season that we are not only continuing GOTR this year but we would like to bring the boys program, STRIDE, to our school as well.

STRIDE stands for Success + Teamwork + Respect + Inspiration + Determination = Excellence in Character.

It is a fun fitness and running program for boys in grades 3-5. Boys have the chance to share their thoughts and opinions about various life topics in a safe, encouraging environment that helps them develop character, while building their running endurance to compete in a 5k. Topics that are explored throughout the program include bullying, eating healthy, and teamwork.

In order for this program to kick off this spring, we need at least one coach. This a volunteer position that will run from March – May. Practices are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 -5:30 PM. If you are interested in becoming a STRIDE coach at PLE, please contact Christie Bernard at We would love to have a coach from within our community to help build self-confidence and synergize with the boys at PLE!

Christie Bernard

Girls on the Run Coach

Scholastic Book Fair, December 10th-14th!

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Book Fair Flyers & Information

2018-2019 PLE Calendar of Events

Click on the 2018-2019 Calendar of Events to start planning for the great things taking place this school year!
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Pleasant Lake Elementary PTA Newsletter

PLE PTA Membership and Volunteer Sign Up

We need your support! It's our goal to have each parent a member of our PTA. Please join our PTA. Your support is needed to continue the great things we provide our children. Membership Forms can be found in our main office and under the PTA Tab on our school website.

We also need volunteers. Please sign up for PTA volunteer opportunities. Help others and have an opportunity to spend time with your child at fun PTA Events, it's a Win Win!

Thank you again for supporting our children, families and staff!


This year's PTA Reflections theme is Heroes Around Me.

It’s a great time to start getting inspiration for our annual PTA Reflections Program 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. More information to come! Get creative!

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School Bell Schedule

Drop Off: 8:45 AM

School Begins: 8:55 AM (Tardy Bell)

Dismissal: 3:58 PM

Departure: 4:05 PM

Half-Day Dismissal: 12:00-12:09 PM

Pleasant Lake Elementary

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Prime Time Care Hours

Monday - Friday

6:30 AM-6:00 PM

Main Office:


Fax Number:


Attendance Hotline:


School Times:

Drop off: 8:50 AM
Late Bell: 8:55 AM
Dismissal: 3:58 PM
Departure: 4:05 PM

PTA Facebook Page

Visit our PTA's Facebook Page

Absences and Notes to School

If you intend to keep your child home on a school day for any reason, please use our attendance hotline at 248-956-2890. You may leave a voicemail message 24 hours a day. If we do not receive a call from you, we will call you to make sure that your child is indeed absent.

The Transportation Department will not issue bus passes for after school study, play dates etc. Bus passes will be issued for shared custody, day care, babysitting, or other emergencies. The Transportation Department will also issue year-long passes for in-district transfer and school of choice students when there is room on the bus.

If your child's transportation/dismissal for the end of the day changes in any way, please send in a note at the beginning of the day to your child's teacher or the office. If this changes during the school day, please call our secretaries before 3:00 p.m. We will always make sure your child gets to the correct place at the end of the day, but we ask for your help with this by notifying us early in the day or with a note. Thank you!

Safety First at Pleasant Lake Elementary

  • If your child needs to be picked up during the school day, he/she will only be released to a parent, custodial parent, person listed on the school emergency form or a person identified in a permission note from the parent. We will require a photo ID.

  • Any legal documents containing custodial restrictions or court orders must be on file in our office.

  • If you are visiting our school or dropping off a student, please park in our main parking and come through our main entrance doors to our office area to sign your child in. All doors are locked and will not be opened by staff members or students. This includes students who are tardy to school. Do not drop off students in the parking lot if they are tardy for school. Parents must come into the office to sign tardy students in. When using the main entrance, please buzz in and the main office staff will open the door for you.

  • To maintain a safe and secure learning environment, parents and visitors may not go to any classroom unless they have made prior arrangements with the classroom teacher. Parent volunteers are welcome at Pleasant Lake, but must sign in each time they volunteer in a classroom or in the building. Please remember to sign out when you are finished. Parents may not visit classrooms unexpectedly when volunteering or visiting the school. Students walk to their classrooms on their own each day and will be called down to the office if leaving early. Students will be called down to the office for any forgotten items brought in to the office.
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Lunch and Food Service Information

The cost for a hot lunch will be $2.75 this year. The cost for a reduced lunch will be $.40. Breakfast will be available every day and will also begin the first day of school. The cost for breakfast will be $1.25. Breakfast is $.30 for eligible free and reduced lunch students. .

Please click HERE for the November Elementary Lunch Menu.

You can always visit Walled Lake's Food Service Website for information by clicking HERE.

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Teach The Leader in Me Habits At Home!

Click HERE on how you can teach the Leader in Me at home. Learn about the Habits and different activities you can do at home to reinforce what we are teaching your child at school.


Kroger Community Rewards Program

The PTA needs your help in providing our students and staff with as many resources as possible. One way the PTA helps is by contributing the funds earned through the Kroger Community Rewards program. If you shop at Kroger, we ask you to enroll your card to earn money for the PTA. This program does not take away your rewards earned toward gas or any other benefits. It is an additional way that Kroger gives back to the community. If you were enrolled in the past, please make sure to re-enroll and select Pleasant Lake Elementary PTA to earn the community rewards. You can follow the link provided here

Also, if you have other family members (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) that shop at Kroger or Kroger affiliated stores encourage them to enroll their rewards card and select your student’s PTA for community rewards. Every little bit helps our students and staff.

Thank you,

Katarina Gasevski

PTA Co-V.P. and Scrips Coordinator

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Busch's Cash For Education

Don’t forget to re-enroll by January 1st to participate in the 2019 Cash for Education program. All participants must re-enroll annually. Once registered, simply shop, provide your Busch’s MyWay phone number or key tag at the register and receive credit for your schools. It’s that easy! Just be sure to follow the below steps to participate for the New Year.

Steps to Take:

  • Sign into your MyWay account and select “Cash for Education” from the dropdown menu underneath your name to reselect your schools and/or organizations.
  • If you haven’t done so already, you must include a valid email and opt-in to receive emails to participate in this program. You can check this under My Account > Account Holder when logged into MyWay. Busch’s will use this email to communicate any updates or changes to the Cash for Education Program. Email is also a great way to receive information regarding weekly specials, offers and Busch’s coupons, which are sent exclusively to MyWay members.
  • Select up to four organizations that you would like to support for each quarter using the drop down menu. Purchases will be allocated equally between your chosen organizations.
  • You may now also include the student you’re supporting.
  • You may change your organizations and student at any time, but only those selected at the end of each quarter will receive credit.

Participants will be required to re-enroll on an annual basis.

If you have any questions please email us at or refer to the FAQ, which can be found at

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Diversity Award Nominations and Student Contest Entry Form

While we celebrate diversity the entire school year at PLE, we do identify one special week across our school district to focus even more on celebrating the diversity of our school community. November 12-16 is Diversity Week in Walled Lake Schools and this year’s theme is “Heroes In The Community: Women Making a Difference.”

As one of the Chairpersons of the Walled Lake Schools Diversity Committee I would like to share that our fantastic staff and I are passionate about celebrating the diversity of our school community! Below you’ll find two great opportunities for you and your child(ren) to participate in celebrating diversity. Please take a moment to review and complete the forms below.

Alec Bender Friend of Diversity Award Nomination Form

Express Yourself Student Entry Form

Please do not hesitate to contact me at 248.956.2800 if you have any questions.

Know What's Going On At Pleasant Lake Elementary!

Communication is very important to us at Pleasant Lake Elementary. Parents will be notified and updated in a variety of ways throughout the school year.


It is critical that parents keep an updated email address and let us know if it changes as soon as possible. Parents may update this information for us on Skyward Family Access. All teachers at Pleasant Lake utilize Skyward Family Access to communicate with parents. Report cards, lunch account information, progress reports, attendance and other important information will always be posted on Skyward Family Access. If you are a new family to Walled Lake Schools or have misplaced or lost your Family Access ID and password, please click HERE to get connected.


Our school newsletter will be sent electronically to parents once a month. An archive of newsletters is also posted to our school website under the For Parents tab. Our school website can be found HERE. Please visit this page often for information about our school. You will find links to important documents, websites from your child's classroom, PTA forms and information, and important updates and forms that you will need to access.


Please follow us on Twitter @PleasantLakeEl to be updated regularly on important events at our school and fun pictures of student events and learning!


We also offer Remind 101 to all PLE parents. How does it work? If you would like to receive a quick text message on your cell phone or device, just sign up with us and you receive a quick text to remind you of important school events, deadlines, time frames, etc. at PLE. You can unsubscribe at any time.

To join, send a text to (586) 649-3482 and enter the message @mrmakt

You can opt-out of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @mrmakt'.