The Grizzly News

April 2021

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Dear Families,

I hope your Spring Break was restful and a time to enjoy each as well as the outdoors. Spring has sprung at Gudith Elementary and the sunshine jitters are in full swing throughout the building. We are back into full academic mode at Gudith. Staff and students are working toward all the end-of-the-year goals - academic and social. To watch light bulbs turn on, and learning take place, is a treasure. As we wind down this school year, we would like to encourage your students to keep working hard to finish strong!

With Spring comes the rebirth of green grass, colorful flowers, and chirping birds and with a little luck it will also bring about a rebirth of some normalcy in our lives and the lives of our students. If not, I feel lucky to be in a place where regardless of the circumstance, positivity and kindness prevail above all else.

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Lieutenant Govenor Gilchrist Visit to Gudith Elementary!

Students, Staff, and Families at Gudith Elementary were paid a visit by Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist on Friday, March 26th.

Woodhaven-Brownstown School District 2021 Zero-Tax-Rate Increase Bond Proposal

The WBSD is excited to announce the district will pursue a 2021 No-Tax Increase Bond Proposition to go before the voters on May 4, 2021! See the letter to the community and ballot language explaining the proposed bond proposition. In the coming weeks, watch for more specific plans for our schools - planning for the future for our district and community!

Click on the 2021 School Bond Proposal page for more information.

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Kindergarten Registration 2021/2022 School Year

Help us spread the word - Kindergarten registration for in-district children for the 2021/22 school began on 3/1/21. Visit our website to complete registration.

Once the registration process is complete, parents will be directed to a calendar to schedule an appointment to bring the required documentation to the Board of Education offices.

We are excited to welcome our newest "Future Warriors"!

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WBSD School Of Choice Information

The WBSD is accepting School of Choice applications beginning April 14th through May 15th for fall enrollment in its early childhood and Y5-12 classrooms. This offer is open to parents throughout the Downriver area, regardless of their home district.
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5th grade M-STEP testing - April 13th, 15th, 20th and 22nd!

4th grade M-STEP testing - April 27th, 29th, May 4th, and May 6th!

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New Covid - 19 Screening Tool for Families

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Grizzlies Stay Healthy and Stay Safe

Be sure you are doing a health screening each morning for any WOODHAVEN-BROWNSTOWN student coming to school for face to face learning. Please use the attached link for steps to follow and if the student answers "Yes" to any of the questions to Section 1 and Section 2 please keep them home from school. Parents, you do not need to bring in a doctor's note each time a student checks yes and stays home for a day or two. In the case of extended yes answers, seeking medical assistance and a doctor's note would be most appropriate.

Thank you for doing your part to help maintain a healthy learning environment.

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warmer weather dress code reminder

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- R.J. Palacio, Wonder

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Learning SELF-REGULATION using "The Zones"

Self-regulation can go by many names, such as self-control, self-management, and impulse control. It is defined as the best state of alertness of both the body and emotions for the specific situation. The lessons and learning activities are designed to help the students recognize when they are in the different zones as well as learn how to use strategies to change or stay in The Zone they are in. In addition to addressing self-regulation, the students will gain an increased vocabulary of emotional terms, skills in reading other people’s facial expressions, perspective about how others see and react to their behavior, insight into events that trigger their behavior, calming and alerting strategies, and problem solving skills.

More detailed information will be coming home throughout the month...STAY TUNED!

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Order FREE Meals Each Week!

We want to make sure that all of our Grizzlies have plenty of food to eat.

* Meal orders must be submitted every Thursday by 3:00 p.m. Click here to pre-order meals. Please note, additional meals will be on hand as we are all adjusting to fully remote learning.

Meal distribution of a week’s worth of food will take place on Monday's from 3:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Woodhaven High School

  • Bates Elementary School

  • Brownstown Middle School

Additionally, bus stop meal distributions will take place at the following sites:

  • 10:30 a.m.Irene and Douglas

  • 10:30 a.m.18585 Pine W.

If you cannot get to a meal distribution site, or if you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please contact us at or 734-789-2357.

Additionally, the City of Woodhaven has again partnered with Gleaners Community Food Bank for a Free Food Distribution for households with children in the Woodhaven-Brownstown and Gibraltar School Districts at Civic Center Park, 23101 Hall Road, Woodhaven, MI 48183

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need additional assistance.

Update parent connect

Parents, you now have the ability to access Parent Connect and edit your phone number, email address, and emergency contact information. Address changes will still continue to be processed at the Board of Education.

Here's a quick instructional guide - Parent Connect Updates

Visitors and Volunteers

Due to health guidelines and for the safety of our students and staff, visitors and volunteers are not permitted in the building at this time!

Attendance Counts

Children can only thrive in school if they are present in school. Listed below are our definitions of and policies about attendance.

Absence—any day that a student misses school. REMOTE OR IN-PERSON

  • Late arrivals - After 10:00 am the student will be marked absent for the morning.

  • Early Dismissal - before 3:00 pm in the student will be marked absent for the PM.

Excused AbsenceAny medically documented absence, funeral days, or court date will not be counted against the student.

Excessive Absences:

  • If a child accumulates 10 absences in a school year, the building administrator will send a letter to inform the parent/guardian

  • If the child reaches 15 absences in a school year the building administrator will inform the local police department of a potential truancy issue.

  • The police department will then contact or visit the child’s home to discuss the truancy with the parents.

  • If the absences reach 20 in a school year, according to law, referrals must be made to the Local Police Department and possibly, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

*Parents are encouraged not to take their children out of school for vacations. Vacation days are considered unexcused.

TARDIESarrives late for leaves early from school and missing LESS than 55 minutes of school time