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Disability Awareness Day at Keith - Monday, March 11

We are very excited to announce that Keith Elementary School is once again participating in the Disability Awareness Day on Monday, March 11th. Each grade will participate in activities to raise awareness including:

Kindergarten, First, and Second grade students learning about a kind, caring community and "Taking a Walk in Someone Else's Shoes" from music therapy teacher Mrs. Marlowe Beckman. Third Grade students will learn from Paws with a Cause instructor Andrea Dube and her pup “Navy.” Fifth grade students will participate in ADA Compliance activities around the building with our very own Mr. M. guiding them in their learning.

The Disability Awareness Workshop for 4th graders will be conducted as a field trip at the Walled Lake Outdoor Education Center, which allows many more elementary schools in the district to participate. The main emphasis of the workshop is to help children become more aware of the challenges that people with disabilities face every day. The program includes 2 hours of hands on activities centered on empathetic understanding of physical, speech, hearing, vision and learning impairments. Activities include a wheelchair obstacle course, goggles that simulate vision impairments, speaking with an electric larynx, worksheets that simulate reading disabilities and much more.

In order to make this event possible for our students, we need your help! Please consider volunteering to help your children learn through these wonderful activities. Any parent help for our 4th grade students is welcome! Please Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0948A4A728A4F94-2019

Contact Kelly Rockwell at kellytherock@gmail.com or Denise Dunn at DeniseDunn@wlcsd.org for more information.

Award Winning Author Julia Cook will come to Keith - Thank you FFE

A very special thank you to the Walled Lake Foundation for Excellence as Keith Elementary was selected for an educational mini-grant resulting in a school-wide assembly on March 27th for all K-5 students to wrap up our March is Reading Month activities. As part of this grant, on Tuesday, March 26th, parents are invited to hear Ms. Cook speak on a variety of topics including: video game addiction, balancing the parenting act, personal safety for children, and teaching children social skills through books. Please be sure to RSVP to KathleenMurray@wlcsd.org with your name and number of seats to reserve!
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Keith Announcements

For the Walled Lake 18-19 District Calendar, click HERE

For the Walled Lake 19-20 District Calendar, click HERE

For the 18-19 List of Major Religious and Other Holidays, click HERE

FFE Art Poster Contest


Grades: K-5 can participate in the contest.

Each Walled Lake Consolidated School is invited to design a golf tee marker poster for the FFE 10th Annual Golf Scramble on June 24, 2019; fundraiser to benefit K-12 classrooms.

Showcase one student’s artwork | Promote your school | Receive gift card

A small goody bag and $10 Hungry Howie’s gift card will be awarded to the artwork chosen to represent their school. Signs will be on display at the outing’s golf tee markers.

Artwork Details:

#1) School’s name

#2) Theme of artwork: Summer Time Fun

#3) Poster size paper 18 x 24 and a 5”x7” blank rectangle should be included in the art to hold a golf tee number

***Student’s name should be included on the back with submission to Mrs. McCarthy by April 11, 2019 ***

Keith Spirit!!!

Friday’s are Spirit Day here at Keith.

Your child is encouraged to wear a Keith shirt or the color red each and every Friday. The upper elementary and lower elementary classroom with the highest number of participants will win a visit from “Sparky” our Keith Dragon for the week.

This week's winners are:

Upper Elementary Room: Ms. Estes

Lower Elementary Room: Mrs. Reuter

Second Step Announcement!

Parents, this week your children focused on the second step lesson below. Please take a moment to talk with your children about how they took time to show positive behavior at school.

T - Think of Solutions:

Remembering the word “step,” S-T-E-P, will help you remember the Second Step Problem-Solving Steps. Last week at Keith Elementary School, we were focusing on the S step, S:Say the Problem. This week we’ll focus on the T step, T:Think of Solutions. Solutions help you solve the problem. They’re ideas about what you could do. Your solutions must always be safe and respectful. This week, if you have a problem, remember to say the problem and think of solutions!

Our focus for next week is listed below. We will review the following with your children when they return to school on Monday.

E - Explore the Consequences:

The “E” in our Second Step Problem-Solving Steps at Keith Elementary School stands for “explore the consequences.” A consequence is something that might happen if we chose to do one of our solutions. A consequence can be positive or negative. Exploring consequences helps us pick the best solution for our problem! This week, remember to ask yourself “If I did this solution, then what might happen?”

Keith Student Council Project

Student Council will once again be participating in the Operation Gratitude letter writing program. Student Council Representatives will be visited classrooms today to inform our students about this activity. We will have the representatives collect all letters and pictures on Friday, March 15th.

Math Skipping Test

Our current math standards are more rigorous and demanding than ever. Students are expected to develop a deep understanding of concepts leading to fluency with facts and procedures, and the ability to clearly communicate their mathematical thinking. Further, students must pass a demanding sequence of high school math courses in order to meet graduation requirements. In response to the increased expectations for all students, we have adjusted the content focus and instructional approaches in all of our math courses. Because of the higher standards and to ensure student success at all points of their mathematical education, we are using the procedures described below to accelerate students.

In order to skip a course in the math sequence, students must demonstrate proficiency in the

content and skills of the course they are attempting to skip. Applications are accepted online March 1-March 28. Testing will take place after school at Keith on April 16.

The process and procedures described on the document attached below apply to all students

currently in grades 2 through 7. Students attempting to test-out of high school courses will

use the existing process described on the district website. Parents of students in kindergarten or first grade who have indications their child is possibly ready to skip a year of Math should contact their building principal.

If you have questions after reviewing the process, please contact your building principal or me.

Thank you for your partnership in education.


John M. Gregg

Math/Science Coordinator



Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship Raffle

Tickets may be purchased at Keith in the main office!

Chance to win BIG! Raffle benefits Walled Lake Schools!

Purchase Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship Raffle tickets today!

· $50 each | 3 tickets for $100

· 1,000 tickets available

  • Drawings sponsored by WL School Emp. Fed. Credit Union will be held for FREE TE raffle ticket
  • The Foundation for Excellence Grant Program channels raffle's proceeds into Walled Lake Schools' classrooms!

Grand Prize: Scholarship funds for postsecondary education (40% lump sum option available)

Secondary Prize: Amazon Echo Show

Raffle details & purchase info: Visit https://tinyurl.com/TE2K19

Grand Prize Drawing: March 25, 2019 @ Walled Lake Schools' PTA Reflections Celebration (Need not be present to win)

Questions: Contact Foundation for Excellence-Walled Lake Schools: Phone 248.956.2116 or email MichelleBianco@wlcsd.org

MI Raffle License# R49794

Tuition Expedition Video

Keith alum, Aaron Rudman, President of the WLN Film Club, helped to create this amazing video for the Foundation for Excellence! Thank you Aaron!

Girls on the Run

The Keith Girls on the Run Spring 2019 season is quickly approaching. The goal of the program is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running. Please see the flyer for important registration information. To register, you may use the Keith Elementary link provided. Questions? Contact the Keith Elementary Coaches…Juliann Snavely: juliannsnavely@wlcsd.org or Barb Kneal: bbkneal@comcast.net

Please register for Girls on the Run Spring 2019 Here: Keith Elementary

Girls On The Run Is So Much Fun!

5th Grade Party Update

5th Grade Party Help

We had a great meeting and are on our way, planning a wonderful celebration for our 5th graders. We still need many hands, both to help out during the school day once in a while (e.g. bagel sale, etc.) as well as with tasks that can be done from home whenever you have time. If you are interested, please contact us at Keith5thGradeParty2019@gmail.com. Please consider working together with us to make this celebration one to remember!

WLN 2019 Girls Softball Clinic

WHEN: Saturday, March 16th (9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

TIME: 9-9:30 a.m. Registration 9:30 a.m. Clinic begins/12:00 p.m. Clinic ends

WHERE: Walled Lake Northern High School Gym

AGES: 5-14 years old (K-8th)

COST: $50 per player; includes t-shirt and clinic session $40 early registration


(Sibling rates exist-please inquire via email)

ONLINE REGISTRATION: http://www.northernsoftball.com/girls-softball-clinic.cfm.

Please be sure to view the attached flyer for more information and email KristenWoodard@wlcsd.org with any questions.

Walled Lake Attack - 5th Grade Girls Basketball!

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March Lunch Menu

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Announcements From our Keith PTA:

Next Keith PTA Meeting - Tuesday, April 9 at 7pm -Keith Media Center

Parent Volunteers Needed - Spring Book Fair!

Not only is March right around the corner, but so is our Spring Book Fair! This year, it's time to Stomp, Chomp and Read at our Dino-Mite Book Fair! We would appreciate any and all help you can give us!

To help with Set-Up:


To help with Shifts during the Fair:


To donate to our Teacher Lunch Preview:


Thanks again for helping us make this a great event for our Keith students!

The Book Fair Committee

Downhill Dragons Ski Club

The Downhill Dragons Ski Club will still continue as long as weather permits but from now on we will only be able to access lift tickets and rentals there will be no more lessons. All lift tickets for students and adults will be $33 rentals prices remain the same $20 for or skis or boards $10 for helmets and anyone can call Mary Joyce with any questions at 248-981-9267.

Little Ceaser's Pizza Kit Fundraiser - Pick-Up Thursday, March 14th

Thank you to everyone who ordered Pizza Kits! Please pick up your kits in front of the school between 12:00PM-5:00PM on Thursday, March 14th.

Keith Green Team - Junior Gardener Class

Junior Gardener Class

Do you have a child who loves helping out in the Keith Giving Garden and would like to learn more about gardening? Tollgate Farms is hosting a class for 7-11 year olds April 23 - June 11, Tuesday evenings from 5:00-6:30. The class is taught by certified Master Gardeners. Please see the flier for more information or contact Samantha Stokes at stokess4@msu.edu.

Keith Green Team

Green Team Meeting

Just a reminder: our next Green Team meeting is February 15th at 8am in Mrs. Matyus' classroom. Don't forget to wear your t-shirts! This is our Old Fashioned School Day so we will discuss things that you can share with your classes as well as our "Reduce Emissions" campaign.

Garden Planning Meeting

You are invited to join us for a garden planning meeting on February 26th at 10:00am at the Commerce Library in the Youth section. Please feel free to bring young children. We will be discussing what to grow as well as projects that we'd like to do in the garden this spring. Whether you have a green thumb, are artistic/crafty or good at organization, we can use your skills. If you would like to be involved but are unable to attend the meeting, please contact Elizabeth Belcher at elizakbb@gmail.com.

Upcoming Educational Assemblies - Thank you PTA for making this possible for all of our students!

Anthony Ianni - April 8

9:15 - 10 am Grades 3-5

Relentless Tour

The Relentless Tour with former Michigan State University basketball player, Anthony Ianni is a first of its kind grass roots initiative designed to help eradicate bullying across the state of Michigan and beyond.

PTA Facebook Page

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Keith Elementary School

The purpose of Keith Elementary is to advance the learning of all students.

Andrea McFarland - Principal's Secretary


Diana Tyrrell - Building Secretary


Julie Palermo - Interventionist


Marci Augenstein, Ph.D. - Principal, Keith Elementary