The Wildcat News September 25, 2015

News and Information for the Guest Elementary Community



-Steven Anderson, Educator

News from Mrs. Fiebke-Lang

Dear Guest Families,

Tomorrow is the day to stop by Guest between 9:00 am - 12:00 pm to help "Beautify" the grounds. Coffee, juice, and snacks will be provided. It would be helpful if you could bring any gardening/landscaping tools. When you arrive, meet under the awning by the main entrance. That is where the snacks and beverages will be located, plus a sign-in and list of jobs for you to choose from. Thank you in advance for you dedication.

Guest is looking to connect with a Landscaping company to help design flower beds in the front of the school. Please let me know if you have any contacts.

Best Regards,

Michelle Fiebke-Lang


Call or text 248-766-5771

Annual Fall Beautification 9:00-12:00 on the Sept. 26th

Who: Mary Helen Guest Families, Students & Staff

What: Annual Fall Cleanup & Beautification

Where: MHG School

When: Saturday, September 26th between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Why: Continue to connect as a community and make improvements to our school


  • Please bring any garden tools to help improve our landscape and for clean-up; including gloves to protect your hands

    • Rakes

    • Leaf bags

    • Shovels

    • Weeding tools, etc.

  • We are looking for a Landscape company to help with design ideas, or perhaps you have ideas - please share

  • Perennials

  • Stay as long as you would like

  • Coffee, juice and snacks will be provided

Future Ideas:

  • Community garden

  • Butterfly Garden

  • Green Team to teach about recycling & initiate new procedures

If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call Mrs. Fiebke-Lang.

On behalf of the MHG staff, students, and community, we thank you in advance for your continued support and dedication.

GET READY - Color Splash and Dash Run 2015 - October 9th 5:30 - 7:00PM

On Friday, October 9, the Mary Helen Guest family will lace up their running shoes, dress in a white t-shirt, and celebrate an evening of healthy families exercising together! Our second annual Color Splash and Dash Run.

Mary Helen Guest Elementary

Team Guest Raffle

Color Splash & Dash Family Run 2015

The MH Guest PTA is proud to announce our 2015-2016 fundraising effort! The PTA sponsors many great events for student enrichment and family fun. Our PTA funds reading programs, classroom technology, educational assemblies and more. This year the PTA has many awesome events planned, including a family dance, G.R.A.N.D., the annual variety show and our biggest fundraiser, The Team Guest Raffle and Color Splash & Dash. The more funds we raise, the more amazing things we can provide for our children and our school.

Attached to this letter you will find ten raffle tickets. We are hoping that every student will sell at least ten tickets to family and friends over the course of the next few weeks. Cash prizes will be drawn at our Color Splash & Dash.

Team Guest Raffle Tickets:

$5.00 per ticket or 5 Tickets for $20.00

Each ticket should be sold for $5.00.

If one person would like to purchase a “five-pack” of tickets, the cost is $20.00

Cash or checks accepted. Please make checks out to Mary Helen Guest PTA.

Winning Values for the Raffle: Our Goal $12,000

1st Place $500.00 Per Child $40

2nd Place $250.00 Per Family (more than 1 child) $60

3rd Place $150.00

Rules and Regulations:

· The person purchasing the ticket(s) must be 18 years or older. Please ensure that the person’s name on the tickets is at least 18 years or older.

· Please do not allow your child to go door-to-door or to any location to sell tickets by him/herself. An adult should always accompany each student. The safety and well being of our children is our first and foremost concern! MH Guest families are encouraged to sell tickets to friends, family and co-workers.

Student Incentives:

Yes! We are raising money for our students – with an ultimate goal that all children feel engaged and rewarded for their hard work and efforts. We want every student to be a part of this exciting fundraiser.

Top 5 Sellers:

The top 5 students who raise the most money will receive:

4 passes for bowling at Wonderland Lanes

Plus, their choice of 1 option below:

Lunch with the Principal

Host for the day on our Morning Announcements

Every Student will be recognized!

Each student who raises $40.00 or more will:

Have his/her name posted on a bulletin board and receive a certificate of appreciation.

Classroom with the most dollars raised will receive a gift certificate for the fall book fair.

All classrooms with 100% participation will receive popsicles at block recess time.

Included with this letter:

10 Raffle Tickets per student to sell

Collection form

How to turn in your tickets

Please send your ticket stubs and money to school on any of the three turn-in dates, in a Ziploc bag or envelope, with the attached turn-in form completely filled out. You may turn tickets in as you sell them on any of the following dates. THE STATE REQUIRES ALL UNUSED TICKETS TO BE TURNED IN! PLEASE RETURN ALL TICKETS ON THE FINAL TURN IN DATE!

Turn in dates:

Thursday, September 24

Thursday, October 1

Thursday, October 8 – Final Turn in day

Color Splash & Dash:

To celebrate our fundraiser and promote exercise and healthy living, we will be hosting our second annual Color Splash & Dash on Friday, October 9, 2015. The Team Guest Raffle drawing will be held at the end of the run.This is a fun-filled Color Run for the entire family. The run, which is sponsored by PTA, will be held at MH Guest, beginning at 5:30pm. If you are not familiar with this type of run, participants will run, walk or stroll around the course while being “splashed” with washable powder paints; a sure way to impress any elementary child!

Need more tickets? – Contact Leslie Kirk at or include the number you need on either of the first two turn-in forms!

Questions…Please contact Leslie Kirk 248-624-6329 or or Amy Stasak at

Click HERE to enjoy last school year's Splash & Dash

September & October 2015 Dates

September 2015

  • 26th Fall Clean-up at Guest 9:00 - 12:00

  • 28th MHG Fall School Pictures

  • 29th Salad Bar begins - takes the place of choice #2

  • 29th LAYA Taste of the Lakes @ Edgewood 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

  • 30th 5th Grade Camp Open House 5:00 - 7:00PM click HERE

October 2015

  • 2nd Walled Lake Western Warriors for Warriors PINK OUT

  • 5th MHG PTA Meeting 7:00 - 8:00 PM

  • 7th Student Count Day

  • 8th Board Meeting - 7:30 PM

  • 9th MHG Splash & Dash 5:30 - 7:00PM

  • 13th Hungry Howie’s Night

  • 22nd Geisler 6th - 8th grade concert at WLW HS

  • 23rd & 24th Central High School Homecoming game and dance

  • 27th - 29th 5th grade Camp OEC

  • 30th Family Access Closed

  • 30th Halloween Parties - information coming soon


  • School funding is based on our attendance for the fall and winter count days. Please make every effort to ensure your child’s attendance on these two important official student count dates:
    • Wednesday, October 7
    • Wednesday, February 10


Lakes Area Youth Assistance (LAYA) is hosting their annual “Taste of the Lakes” fundraiser on Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 5-8 PM at Edgewood County Club (8399 Commerce Road, Commerce). This event marks the largest fundraiser for LAYA, which annually raises between $25,000 to $30,000 for essential programs and services for young people age 16 and younger. LAYA’s mission is to strengthen youth and families and to reduce the incidence of delinquency, abuse and neglect through volunteer involvement. Click here for more information.


You can access the 2015-16 WLCSD calendar here.

Community Education Classes

Don't miss out on our exciting after-school classes for your student! The following offerings begin next week and there are only a few spots left.

Listed below, you will find basic information about the classes at Guest Elementary along with a “clickable link” for each class that will redirect you to our online registration site. I have attached flyers, for your convenience, if you prefer to fax your registration to our office at 248-956-5005. You may also CLICK HERE to be directed to our website page that contains PDF versions of all our recreation and enrichment flyers. Visit our Facebook page to view pictures of our summer camps that include The Power of Drawing!, Science Made Fun and Musical Theatre students!

After-School @ Guest Elementary:

Class #ASF1532 – The Power of Drawing! – Mondays, 9/28-10/26 – 4:00pm-5:00pm – Ages: 6-11 - $85

Class #ASF1529 – Musical Theatre – Thursdays, 10/1-12/17 – 4:00pm-5:00pm – Grades: 1-5 - $145

Class #ASF1518 – High Touch High Tech Science Made Fun – Wednesdays, 10/7-10/28 – 4:00pm-5:00pm – Grades: K-5 - $69

Community Power of Drawing Flyer

Community Ed Theatre and Science Flyer

If you have any questions, please contact our Main Office at 248-956-5000. We will be happy to assist you.

Thank you for choosing Walled Lake Community Education!

Sandy George

Recreation Coordinator

Walled Lake Community Education

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Math Pentathlon is Just Around the Corner

Math Pentathlon games provide a highly motivational format for developing and practicing important math concepts. By using the format of games, students develop "active" problem solving skills resolving problems which are continually undergoing change. Students strengthen their strategic thinking and critical reasoning abilities while playing games in cooperative division age groups. For more information on the program, please visit our website:

Mary Helen Guest is preparing for it's 4th consecutive year of Math club! We are successful because of our wonderful parent volunteers! Math club will take place every Friday morning before school and will end in an optional tournament in the spring. Registration is required and will begin once we have identified coaches for each grade level. If you are interested in seeing this program at MHG and would like to coach or team coach for any grade level, please contact the math club coordinator. Coaches should be identified as soon as possible to ensure adequate time for training. Critical need is in K, 1st, 4th & 5th grades.

Math club coordinator contact info:

Tara Thweny

248-514-9661 (call or text)


You can already begin to order portraits now - See information below.

Important Picture Day Information

Mary Helen Guest Elem School
Picture Day: Monday, September 28
Picture Day ID: LM625941Y0

Picture Day is Monday, September 28.

Simplify Picture Day by ordering online at No need to send cash or flyer back to school when you order online

  • See more options available online
  • Use credit card or PayPal on our secure site

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Breakfast & Lunch

LUNCH - Meal Pricing Breakfast $1,25 & Lunch $2.50 per day. The first week of school, you will receive a menu with all other details, including Lunch A La Carte selections and breakfast choices.

    • The Elementary Lunch Menu can be found here.
    • The elementary breakfast menu can be found here.
    • The Guest SALAD BAR will be every TUESDAY beginning September 29th. The SALAD BAR takes the place of CHOICE #2.
    • Once their account is empty, students may only charge two additional lunches to their account. After they have charged the two extra lunches, students will be given a light lunch, which consists of cheese, crackers, fruit, and milk.
    • Free and reduced lunch/breakfast applications have to be completed every year and are due by October 7th. The names of students/families receiving free or reduced meals are kept confidential (even from me).
      • Click here for FAQ’s regarding free and reduced-price meals.
      • Click here for an explanation of how to apply for free and reduced-price meals.
      • Click here for the free and reduced-price meal application.

SAFE SNACKS LIST - for your convenience the list is located on our Website

We continue to have students and some staff members with severe food allergies. Even though many new items have been added, we thank you in advance for respecting any changes/restrictions that may be necessary in your child's classroom. Your child's teacher will inform you of any changes as they occur.

Our goal is to keep everyone safe.


REMIND offers educators a free, safe and simple way to instantly text students & parents. It is a quick and efficient way to send quick, one-way Announcements. Please sign up so you are connected. REMIND is used consistently to keep you updated. Follow the directions in the photograph. All phone numbers are kept private.
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Meeting with Bus Drivers & Changes

On Tuesday, I met with our bus drivers to share information about our school, address any concerns, share our PBS program, and many other items. It was very productive. One change we decided on right away is to call KINDERGARTEN students with Wildcat Pick-up. This will allow K students to enter the bus sooner. I indicated the change in the dismissal line-up below. On the buses, you will notice our Wildcat Pledge, Voice Level Charts, Growth Mindset quotes, Calming techniques, and hear a common language. I was so impressed with how caring and concerned our drivers are for our children. The bus is an extension of our school. No matter where our students are, we want Guest children to hold themselves to the highest standards to feel proud; we can accomplish this by working together and building many partnerships that extend beyond the school.



6:30 AM Prime Time Care opens

8:00 AM Office Opens

8:45 AM Students begin arriving - they can enter only when the first bell rings

8:50 AM First Bell rings and students may enter the building at this time

8:55 AM Second Bell & School Begins - anyone entering after this time is considered tardy

9:03 AM Morning announcements begin



Wildcat Pick-up are KINDERGARTEN are Dismissed


At this time Walkers and Prime Time are dismissed.


At this time 1st grade and 4th grade are dismissed


Grades 2nd & 3rd are dismissed


Fifth graders are now dismissed

Buses depart by 4:09

4:30 PM Office closes

6:00 PM Prime Time Care closes

On half days, student dismissal begins at 12:18 PM

If your student needs to arrive earlier than 8:45 a.m., Prime Time Care services are available. Exterior doors open at the first bell 8:50 a.m. for admittance into school. Please be prompt when picking up your student at the end of the school day. Any students who remain after the dismissal process, a phone call will be made to the family for further instructions. If your child is not picked up in a timely manner, they will be sent to Prime Time as a one time courtesy. With that in mind, Prime Time does offer what is called an Occasional Package which is five visits that can be used anytime during the school year.

Please refer to the Arrival and Dismissal Procedures below.

Whenever there is a change in your child’s dismissal procedure, please send a note and call the main office. If you use Prime Time, they also need to be notified. Remember, we will not release any student to an adult unless they are on the Emergency Card. Please plan accordingly.

Over the last few weeks, the office has been training on the new safety and security devices. We are getting used to all the new systems and how it impacts our day to day business. Next week, we will be sending home a detailed note explaining our dismissal process regarding children being picked up at the office and daily walkers. Included in the note will be ways all our parents can be helpful to ensure a safe and efficient dismissal process. As always, we thank you for your support.


Mary Helen Guest PTA Mission Statement

The purpose of this PTA shall be to build a strong sense of community between parents/guardians, students, teachers, administrators, and staff at Mary Helen Guest Elementary through the ongoing support of educational programs and social activities.

The PTA is very active in implementing and supporting many programs and events around school, many of which are not always publicized as "PTA Sponsored". For this reason, we hope you will use this resource to keep you up to date on the latest news Click HERE


We thank everyone who has joined PTA! Your support will help make us the best that we can BE!


Why be a Member?

  1. Be in the know. PTA helps you keep up with what is happening in your school and how you can support your child’s education.
  2. Access great resources. PTA provides information on topics such as homework help, bullying prevention, media safety, child health and more.
  3. Build relationships. PTA connects you to other families through meetings, events, communications and helps build a sense of community.
  4. Share your skills. PTA offers volunteer opportunities for you to use your talents to benefit children and the school.
  5. Speak up. PTA is the perfect place to effectively suggest changes at your child’s school, and be involved in making them happen.

So what does your local Mary Helen Guest PTA do?

Not only do we plan fun events like the Ice Cream Social, Bingo Night, Movie Night and Spring Carnival, but we also provide school supplies, assemblies, backpacks, scholarship money for field trips and other assistance students here at school.

We assist our teachers and staff!

We provide classroom materials and technology to support the current curricula. Last year we provided funding to have many of the teacher projectors mounted in their classrooms for .

We promote health and wellness.

This includes facilitating the annual Fun Run and teaching our kids what it means to be healthy.

We bring families together with each other.

Our PTA is one of the most involved groups in the district and provides a variety of opportunities for every family to attend and enjoy. Building an atmosphere of community is always a priority.

Membership, what does that mean?

By joining and attending our monthly meetings, you will be among the first to hear about all the up-coming events. It also means you can shape our future by voting on and determining school events, purchases for the school and how things are run. PTA is non-profit, which means that 100% of your money goes back into our school and 100% of those involved are not being paid.

Do you have to be a member?

No, you do not have to join the PTA to attend all events, but the minimal cost of your membership will help pay for all the educational and recreational fun your child will have throughout the year. Your membership dues contribute to the budget that we use to support our school. Additionally, our full budget is determined mostly by our fundraising efforts. The more we raise the more we can do for our kids!

Do you have to volunteer?

No, you do not have to volunteer. However, our wonderful volunteers are the reason we thrive and grow each year.

Do I have to come to meetings?

No, you do not have to attend meetings. Although when you attend meetings you will find that you have more influence on decisions and event planning.

What if I can’t get away from the kids for meetings?

Bring them! We provide child care at every meeting and the kids who come have a great time.

What if I can’t afford membership?

PTA is here to support everyone, and we have scholarships for those who cannot afford it. Please speak to Mrs. Fiebke-Lang if you need assistance. This also applies to events and field trips. We are committed to making sure that all students are able to participate in school activities and get the most out of their education in the Walled Lake Schools.

Our goal for membership is 100% participation.

Having 100% participation shows our commitment to our school and our students. It also makes us stronger as a school community.

Advocacy, what does it mean?

We have parents who have diligently worked to be advocates for our students. They advocate as a unit at the local level as well as a district and state unit at the state and federal levels. The national PTA has been around for 130 years. These parents work tirelessly to make sure that any public policy that affects our children is truly in the best interest of our kids. We encourage your input and again everyone is always welcome at our monthly meetings.

How do I join?



Sherry Ikegami

Principal Secretary


Heather Pengelly

Building Secretary


FAX: 248-956-3305

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