The Grizzly News

February 2021

Welcome to the beginning of 2021. I hope you ended the last year with time spent enjoying the company of loved ones, appreciating special moments and achievements, and anticipating the new year ahead. As students returned to school on January 4th, we’re grateful that all of our Grizzlies have the opportunity to access in-person instruction as well as continue with remote instruction. The days of learning, working, and enjoying time together, in person, are increasingly coming into view. Please carry the joy of the holiday season with you into the spring and join me in anticipating a bright future for all.

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 see the attached document 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.

New Covid - 19 Screening Tool for Families

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Kindness in the Classroom lessons teach kindness skills through a step-by step framework of Inspire, Empower, Act, Reflect and Share. Each lesson starts with the ‘share’ step to reinforce learning from previous lessons. This month our focus is on INTEGRITY. This can be a very difficult concept for young children, so it is introduced very gently. We will also explore strategies on how to make honest choices and persevere through difficult times. This unit falls on the heels of respect, caring, and inclusiveness, so the students have an excellent foundation from which to build on. Exploring honesty and perseverance naturally promotes an additional level of kindness within your classroom.

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Kindergarten Learners

Happy New Year 2021!

It has been a busy start to the new year in kindergarten. We learned about arctic animals. We discovered how they can stay warm in the cold weather. We also investigated animal snow tracks and figured out which animal they belonged to. In our learning center, we made snow and had the opportunity to play and explore with polar bears, penguins, seals, and walrus!

We celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. by discussing his dream of hope and peace. We made art to represent love and friendship.

First Grade Learners

Mrs. Richter’s class has been enjoying mask breaks by taking walks in the woods. We discovered trails, benches, a big tire, and some fallen trees we can balance on or jump over!

2nd Grade Learners

The 2nd Grade teachers are proud of the hard work from both in-person and remote students. We will be beginning double-digit subtraction within the next few weeks. Please have your child continue to practice their math fluency at home. The goal by the end of 2nd grade is to add/subtract to 1000. We are also looking forward to reading more nonfiction books and learning about historical figures.

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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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The temperatures have dropped and the weather will start getting cold very soon. Please make sure your children have proper attire for the cold temps. We will be going outside unless temperatures are below "feels Like" 20 degrees or the weather is hazardous (ice or large amounts of snow) on the playground. Proper attire is required to play in the snow (hats, boots, and gloves). We will be going outside, even if it is snowing.

If your child is in need of assistance in obtaining warmer clothing, coats, hats, mittens/gloves, etc..., please contact the main office at 734-783-5386

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March 1-5, 2021 - Celebrating Suess

Each day, your child and their teachers will participate in our school-wide D.E.A.R program. During D.E.A.R time, your child will Drop Everything And Read! D.E.A.R time encourages students to read books that interest them but are also are their independent reading level. Your child can read a book during D.E.A.R time from home, the school library, or the classroom library.

Additional Disease Prevention Guidelines

To prevent transmission of diseases, please keep your child at home when any of these symptoms are present: 

  • Not feeling well – overall tired or listless 
  • Temperature over 100 degrees. The student should be fever-free for a period of 24 hours without medication before returning to school. 
  • Continuous or severe productive cough, especially when coughing green or yellow phlegm
  • Runny nose with fever – especially green or yellow mucus 
  • Red eyes with drainage 
  • Vomiting – Keep home for 24 hours after the last episode 
  • Diarrhea – Keep home for 24 hours after the last episode 
  • Any undiagnosed skin rash
  • Any know infectious disease under treatment
You will be called to pick your child up from school if any of the above symptoms exist.
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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.

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Remote Learning Resources

Parents play a key role in their child's learning, and this role is amplified in an online environment. If you need help navigating online technologies, finding resources for your child's unique needs, attending to your child's emotional wellbeing, or even looking for community assistance, check out our resources below.

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