WILDCAT NEWSLETTER vol. 10

News and Information for the Guest Elementary Community

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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HUNGRY HOWIES FAMILY NIGHTS - FIRST FAMILY NIGHT IS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19th!

20% of all sales will be donated back to Guest Elementary!

954 N. PONTIAC TRAIL

Walled Lake, MI 48390


Call 248.624.8006 to place your order - Be sure to mention Guest Elementary when you place your order

Order online - Mention Guest Elementary


FAMILY NIGHT DATES:

  • Monday, November 19th
  • Monday, December 3rd
  • Monday, January 7th
  • Monday, February 4th
  • Monday, March 4th
  • Monday, April 8th
  • Monday, May 6th

CALENDAR

NOVEMBER 2018

19 Music Informance 6:30-7:30pm 5th & Kindergarten

22 - 25 Thanksgiving break

23 Middle School Delayed start student begin @ 10:10am

29 Wildcat Hat Day

29 Wildcat Time 3:00-3:40pm - 5th grade will have BLOCK in the morning 10:20-11:20am

30 Family Access Closed

30 End of 1st Trimester


DECEMBER 2018

1 PTA Holiday Shopping Spree 10:00am - 3:00pm

3 Guest PTA Meeting 6:30 - 7:30pm

6 WLCSD Board Meeting 7:30pm

12 Report Cards Posted & available online by the end of the day

12 Guest PTA Bonaventure skate night 6:00 - 8:30pm

13 Elementary Parent - Teacher Conferences 1/2 day 11:30am - 8:00pm

22 - January 2 Holiday Break - No school

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING

Please remember that there will be NO SCHOOL on Thursday and Friday this week for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. School will resume on Monday, 26th. The building will be closed both days.


Sign-up for Parent-Teacher Conferences will be open for parents to sign up for conference times on MONDAY, November 26th. You will need to sign in on Skyward Family Access to sign up. If you need assistance, just give us a call in our main office. Conferences take place on December 13th.

Thank you for your continued partnership and support.

CONGRATULATIONS MRS. CASSANDRA BOYD!

Our Guest Teacher of the Year this year is our Music Teacher, Mrs. Boyd! She has been teaching in Walled Lake for 8 years.

Mrs. Boyd is a dedicated teacher leader who works hard to promote success for all students by educating the whole child. Mrs. Boyd will be honored at our January 10th, 2019 Board of Education Meeting.

Congratulations Mrs. Boyd! We are very proud of you and lucky you are part of our Guest Family.

10 Tips for Raising Grateful Kids

childmind.org/article/10-tips-raising-grateful-kids

Saying thank you is one of the first social rules many parents teach their children, and for good reason. We want our kids to be appreciative and not take things for granted, and learning to be grateful can improve kids’ relationships, ability to empathize, and overall happiness. If you are looking for ways to reinforce the importance of gratitude or would like to find other meaningful ways your kids can show appreciation, here are some tips:


1. Set an example. Kids learn a lot from watching their parents. Show them what it means to be grateful by offering a genuine “thank you!” to a waitress who serves your food, a helpful neighbor, someone who holds the door open for you. But don’t stop there — include your kids, too. Thanking children for doing things that are helpful, even when they are chores like putting away toys, reinforces the behavior and lets them know they’re appreciated.


2. Point out generosity. Call attention to it when people (including your kids!) do things that go beyond what’s expected — helping without being asked, being especially thoughtful, or taking extra time to do something because it’s important to someone else. Send the message that you will notice if they knock themselves out for you, or for someone else.


3. Have a talk. For some kids, especially young children or those who have trouble understanding emotions, it can help to have a talk about how showing appreciation makes other people feel. Try asking your child how he feels when people say thank you to him for doing something nice, and then how he feels when they don’t. Going over his own feelings will help him understand how his behavior affects others and make it easier for him to understand the emotional benefits of being grateful.


4. Find fun ways to say thanks. There are lots of ways to show gratitude. If your child isn’t comfortable talking to strangers or has a hard time expressing herself in writing, work together to come up with a different way for her to show her appreciation. She could try giving a smile or a thumbs up if someone holds the door, or show grandma how much she loves her new coat by drawing a thank you picture (or taking a smiling selfie!) instead of writing a card.


5. Share the love. Encourage kids to think of people who help them, from coaches to neighbors to the local firemen, and say thanks with cookies or cupcakes. Making them and giving them are fun, and they help kids see how connected we all are.


6. Put things in perspective. Talk to your kids about those who are less fortunate. Don’t scare them, but don’t keep them in the dark either. Understanding that not everyone has the same advantages will help them develop compassion for others and gratitude for their own privileges.


7. Let kids choose. Encourage kids to turn their interests into action. Whether it’s a fundraising drive at school, a bake sale, or a run for charity, expressing her interests and using her skills for a good cause is a great way to boost her confidence and give her a chance to give back at the same time.


8. Get involved. If kids are too young to go alone or aren’t comfortable dealing with strangers solo, make giving back a family affair. Find places where you can volunteer together or let your child choose a charity to donate to. Giving and gratitude go hand in hand, and doing it as a family will bring everyone closer and help you make some great memories.


9. Make gratitude part of bedtime. When you tuck him in at night, ask your child to tell you three things he’s grateful for. Even if he’s had a bad day it will help him—and you—end each day on a positive note.


10. Give kids credit. Be mindful of the fact that your child may have her own way of expressing gratitude, even if it doesn’t fit your expectations. Different kids communicate in different ways. For example, your child may be more comfortable giving a hug than a verbal thank you, or might show her appreciation by helping out around the house or drawing you a picture. Tuning in to your child’s unique way of being thankful will let her know that even as she’s learning new ways to give back, you see and appreciate the thoughtful person she already is.

SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD WITH IREADY - Research has shown students that complete 60 minutes of lessons a week per subject have the greatest gains.

Speak with your child about how using i-Ready will help him or her grow in school.

i-Ready shows where your child is doing well and where your child needs some more review. It helps teachers understand how to give your child the best support, and it lets your child see the gains they will make throughout the school year.


  • Help your child prepare for the Diagnostic by explaining that some questions on the Diagnostic test will be hard and that it’s okay not to know the answer to every question. Questions on the Diagnostic get a little harder each time a question is answered correctly, and a little easier when answered incorrectly. The goal is to figure out the math or reading level that is “just right” for your child, so your child should expect to see some questions that are too hard—and that’s okay! It means the test is working correctly.
  • Encourage your child to take each lesson and test question seriously.Emphasize “thinking before clicking,” because just clicking through answers will not give teachers an accurate picture of what is understood and what requires further instruction.
  • Help your child identify and become familiar with the different parts of the student dashboard.Log in to your child’s account with them and ask them to give you a “tour” of what they see.
  • Encourage your child to use the tools that will appear at the bottom of the screen in some lessons. Your child will sometimes see tools, like a calculator or dictionary, that will be helpful for completing an activity or answering a question on a quiz.
  • Discuss your child’s results by looking at “My Progress” together. First, look at the number of lessons shown as completed in i-Ready and celebrate that number with your child, who should feel good about this achievement alone. Then, take a look at the percentage of questions your child answered correctly in the quiz at the end of each lesson. In discussing these results, you might say
  • “Let’s look at how well you’ve been doing on your i-Ready lessons!”

    “What do you notice when you look at this data?”

    “Can you identify strengths from this report?”

    “What is something you feel like you are doing well?”

    “What areas are challenging to you?”

    “Let’s look at your data to see where and how we can work together to improve in those more challenging areas.”

  • If you are unsure about the expectations your child’s teacher has for the use of i-Ready at home, and which lessons your child should be completing, contact the teacher to clarify them.

CUP STACKING FOR THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORD DURING PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASS

Did you know that up stacking and down stacking is an energizing, brain-activating and world record setting activity? On Thursday, November 8th, 167 students that had physical education were involved in attempting to set a new World Record for Cup Stacking! Students were engaged in creative freestyle stacking for 30 consecutive minutes! In 2016 Guest Elementary students were some of the 622,809 students that set the record! We are anxiously waiting to hear if a new record was set.

SAFETY & SECURITY

Reminder - When leaving the building, please do not hold the door open for other adults and allow them into the building. Kindly show the visitor where the buzzer is and the main office staff will buzz them into the building. Thank you for your help.

BABY FOOD AVAILABLE FROM HOSPITALITY HOUSE

Hospitality House has baby food available to share it with those in need. If this is something that you or someone you know can use, please contact Hospitality House by either calling or emailing Donovan Neal, Hospitality House Director, at 248-960-9975 or email, donovan@hhfp.org.

Important information for grownups about YouTube Kids

Please review all information to help ensure your child is accessing and viewing appropriate content.

UPDATING SKYWARD INFORMATION

In an effort to make sure we have the most current and up-to-date information, we ask that all parents keep important information in Skyward updated.


This is very important as we enter the winter season. When there are snow days and other school cancellations, we need to make sure we are in contact with all families.


The only information you can edit is your personal email address. For any other updates, please call our office to have our secretaries update your information if needed.


Thank you for your help and support with this important matter.

WILDCATS R US - School Store is Open For Business

All items are $1.00

Grades 1st - 5th grade can shop on Wednesdays and Fridays

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Wednesdays 11:30 - 1:30 in the Cafeteria

Fridays 11:30 - 1:30 in the Main Office

NOVEMBER 19th - KINDERGARTEN AND 5TH GRADE INFORMANCE CONCERT

All K and 5 students are performing in an evening concert on Monday, November 19th in the Guest cafeteria! Students will be showing off songs, dances, and instrumental parts they have learned so far this school year. Families are invited to attend the performance that runs from 6:30-7:30pm. K and 5 students wear their color run wildcat tshirts – pink for K and purple for 5th. Why call it an Informance? The students teach you, the audience, about the musical concepts behind the fun songs they perform. Inform + perform = Informance!

MHG GIVES BACK - FAMILY FOOD DRIVE!

Through November 20th MHG will collect unexpired goods & Non-perishable food items.

Thank you Brownie Girl Scout Troop #76556 for planning the food drive.

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NATIONAL DIVERSITY WEEK

Mary Helen Guest students have been learning about “Heroes”. Last month, students learned about the qualities that heroes have during our “Wildcat Time”. Check out this 4-year old hero: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJFlO9-poJ8

As part of the Walled Lake Schools Diversity Week, each classroom will research the diversity of female heroes making a difference! Each class will then complete a pennant that will be displayed at the MLKJ Celebration as part of our school display. The theme for this year's MLKJ Celebration is "Heroes in The Community; Women Making a Difference".

Students will also have the option to write about his/her personal female hero in his/her life. We are planning on entering the student “Express Yourself” contest with a video of students sharing their personal female hero pennants. If chosen, this video will be played at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on January 21, 2019.


Thank You!

Mrs. Murray, Guest Elementary Diversity Chair

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJFlO9-poJ8

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES WILL OPEN ON NOVEMBER 26th

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on 12/13/18 from 12:00-8:00pm.


This is also a HALF DAY of school for elementary students. School will be dismissed an hour earlier on this day at 11:00 AM.


This time is an important opportunity to talk with your learner’s teacher to discuss the progress that your child has made thus far this school year and to share your perspective with us for the year. Conferences are a two-way conversation and your insights with regard to your child’s strengths and needs, learning style, and other non-school learning opportunities can help us to shape our instruction.

Conferences are scheduled through Family Access. If you do not have a Family Access account, please contact FamilyAccess@wlcsd.org or contact the Family Access hotline at 248-956-2190. Be sure to include your name, the name of each child in the district, your email address and a daytime phone number.


Online scheduling through Family Access will open Monday, 11/26 and stay open until Tuesday 12/11. Watch the video of how to schedule your conference time or use the written directions.


If you need any assistance with this process, please contact your child’s teacher. If you need support accessing the internet, please contact our main office at 248-956-3300.

As many of our fine arts, physical education, and media staff are in multiple buildings throughout the week and/or see hundreds of students, they will need to have modified schedules for this day.

Our Special Services teachers will be joining your child's conferences, and are also available for additional time if needed.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING EXPO

Mary Helen Guest PTA is hosting our 3rd annual Holiday Shopping Expo!! We will have lots of vendors and crafters selling items perfect for the upcoming holidays. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Please invite your friends and family and share this event with them!

The best part is that all proceeds from vendor/crafter space rentals go to the walking track fund which will add to our community for many years to come.


If you are interested in being a vendor or have any questions please contact Rachael Justin by email rachjustin85@gmail.com

READ ABIGAIL'S STORY!

ABIGAIL SUMMERS GUEST ELEMENTARY STUDENT PAYS IT FORWARD!

Our very own Abigail Summers has decided to collect and donate Beanie Boos to children’s Mott’s Hospital. She started this grass roots initiative with family, friends and social media to collect Beanie Boos, or raise money to purchase. Her goal is to donate 348 Beanie Boos which is the number of pediatric beds at children’s Mott's hospital. So far, Abigail has secured monetary donations and physical donations for approximately 150 Beanie Boo’s. She is well on her way to making her goal to secure by December 14th. Any additional Beanie Boo collected will go to children that come through their emergency room over the holidays.

Thank you Abigail for making the world a better place!

CHAMP!

WINTER CLOTHING

Colder temperatures have arrived! We want all children to feel comfortable and enjoy being outside so we ask that you please send your student to school with all of the winter gear they may need including warm coats, hats, gloves, boots, and snow pants. Please label everything with your child's name in the event that their items become separated from them during the school day.

See guidelines below and be sure to discuss your expectations with your student(s):

  • We go outside unless it is below zero degrees (windchill)
  • Boots & Snow pants are required for students to play off the blacktop. We don't call home for dry clothes. This is their best protection.
  • Anytime it is 32 degree and below, students are expected to wear hats/gloves/mittens. Above 32 degrees, we leave it up to your discretion, but do give reminders and encouragement.
  • If a student wears a coat to school, they will need to wear it to recess unless the temperature rises to over 50 degrees.

WALKING TRACK FUNDRAISING

GUEST PTA

STUDENT COUNCIL MEETING DATES

Meetings will be held in the ART room beginning right after school until 5:00pm

December 5

January 9

February 6

March 13

April 10

May 1


June 5th 5:00-6:00 Student Council Celebration - students will go home and then return for the Student Council End-of-Year Celebration Dinner

MSTEP INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

FOOD SERVICE

GUEST OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Office Hours

Our secretaries are available Monday through Friday to assist you from 8:00 AM-4:30 PM. If you have to change your child's dismissal plans, this must be done with us by 3:00 PM each day. We will notify your child of these changes in the classroom.


Thank you for your help.

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HOME - SCHOOL CONNECTION

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ABSENCES, CHANGES IN SCHEDULE, & NOTES TO SCHOOL

If you intend to keep your child home on a school day for any reason, please use our attendance hotline at 248-956-3390. 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 and sometimes 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 AND the office. If this changes during the school day, please call our secretaries BEFORE 3:00 PM. We will do our best to ensure 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!

LUNCH SCHEDULE FOR 2018-2019

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THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT

GUEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION

Sherry Ikegami

Principal Secretary sherryikegami@wlcsd.org

248-956-3300


Heather Pengelly heatherpengelly@wlcsd.org

Building Secretary

248-956-3302


FAX: 248-956-3305


Safe-line for Absences: 248-956-3390


Sharon Becker sharonbecker@wlcsd.org

Prime Time Supervisor

248-956-3399


Direct Link to PTA page click HERE

Principal Contact Information

Michelle Fiebke-Lang

Mary Helen Guest Elementary, Principal

Walled Lake Consolidated School District

Main Office: 248.956.3300

Office: 248.956.3332

Cell or text: 248.766.5771