Dragon's Tale


Upcoming Events!


TUESDAY, September 25 for grades K, 1 and 2

WEDNESDAY, September 26 for grades 3, 4 and 5]

Lunch Recess Schedule:

11:10 – 11:30 Grade 2

11:30 – 11:50 Grade 4

11:50 – 12:10 Grade K

12:10 – 12:30 Grade 3

12:30 – 12:50 Grade 5

12:50 – 1:10 Grade 1

All students who have a (VIP) parent, grandparent, relative or other special person walk or run with them on their designated day listed above will receive DOUBLE STAMPS for that day! Any VIP may sign in outside on the playground at tables and wait for your special student to come out for lunch recess and join you. All VIP’s who walk or run 4 or more laps receive a FREE FOOT TOKEN! Thank you for supporting our healthy and fun fitness event!


Bob Marijanovich

Keith Physical Education

SHAPE Michigan President

Congratulations 17-18 Mileage Club Winners!

Congratulations to Matthew Bloch and Gavin Garbinski! These two students were our top earning mileage club winners during the 2017-2018 school year! Keep running!

Update on 5th Grade Camp Open House

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will need to change our 5th Grade Camp Open House from September 17, to September 24 (Monday) from 5-7 pm. I am very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you and your school community. Please make sure parents and teachers are aware of the change.

The Open House is not mandatory. It is for students and parents to take an informal tour of the main lodge and dorms. I will be here to answer questions if they arise. Thank you.

Stuart Riley, Director

Walled Lake Outdoor Education Center

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools




Walk to School Day!

Continuing momentum from this year’s Bike to School Day, it’s time to gear up for Walk to School Day, Wednesday, October 10, 2018! The Michigan Fitness Foundation’s Safe Routes to School Program and Michigan Department of Transportation is excited to welcome you back for this year’s Walk to School Day 2018.

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Save the Date - October 12th WLN Homecoming Parade!!!

The WLN Knights have invited the Keith Dragons to once again participate in the annual homecoming parade! Please mark your calendars and save the date! I am looking forward to having a large turn out to represent the Keith Dragons! The lineup will start at 5:00 pm and the parade will officially start at 5:30 pm. We ask all students arrive at 5:00 pm. We will meet on the North side near the picnic tables - please look for the Keith Elementary sign. After we meet up, the WLN Student Council will direct us to where we will be walking in the parade (which will be behind the class councils floats).

Keith Announcements

Mr. Hester is named MAME Teacher of the Year!

Our very own Mr. Hester was named 2018 Michigan Association for Media in Education School Librarian of the Year! He will be honored on October 25th during the President's Award Gala of the annual MAME Conference. Congratulations Mr. Hester!

Keith Dragons win Best and Brightest in Wellness Award!

Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness winners have just been announced. The Best and Brightest in Wellness awards program is the premier program honoring organizations that are making their workplaces, their employees and the community a healthier place to live and work. “Health and wellness programs are at the forefront of every business looking to retain a healthy workforce. This year’s winning companies represent high standards and an exceptional commitment to their employees’ wellbeing”, said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO of the Best and Brightest Programs. The winning companies will be honored at a prestigious symposium and awards gala on October 5, 2018 at The Henry Autograph Collection Hotel in Dearborn.

PAC - Parent Advisory Committee

Please take a moment to read the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) flyer and consider being more involved with the PAC efforts at WLCSD! PAC is a committee of parents whose children receive Special Education services. It's made up of parent volunteers from every school and program in the district. The PAC meets once a month with the Director of Special Services. To read more about the PAC, a .pdf is also attached for you to download.
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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 made safe choices at school.

Being Safe:

One rule we have at Keith Elementary School is "Be Safe." Safe actions keep everyone's bodies from being hurt. When we act in safe ways, we keep our hands to ourselves and don't use them to touch others in hurtful ways. When we use safe words, we make sure nobody's feelings are hurt. Safe words are kind and respectful. This week, think about how you can act and speak in safe ways in the classroom, hallway, and lunchroom and out at recess.

Next week, our focus will be on Being Respectful. We will review the following with your children when they return to school on Monday.

Being Respectful:

One rule we have here at Keith Elementary School is "Be Respectful." Being respectful helps everyone feel welcome and safe. When we act respectfully, we listen carefully to each other, help each other, and try to understand how someone else feels. When we speak respectfully, we use friendly words and say please and thank you. We don't call other people names. This week, think about how you can act and speak in respectful ways in the classroom, hallway, lunchroom, and out at recess.

State Assessment Information for Parents

This week Thursday, we mailed home the Parent Report for students in grades 3-5 who took the MSTEP Assessment in Spring 2017. Please find these helpful links below and do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher or me with any questions you might have.

Resources for parents

· What Parents Should Know about Assessments https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/What_Parents_Should_Know_618061_7.pdf

· PTA Parent Guide to State Assessments in Michigan https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/PTA_MI_8PG_29DEC13_FINAL_WEB_498700_7.pdf

· How to Read Your Child’s Score Report https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/How_to_Read_Score_Report_Grades_3-8_531963_7.pdf

African American Male Task Force

On Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Oakland County African American Male Task Force will be hosting a Parent Expo for parents of African American males in Oakland County. The event will be held at Birney K-8 School in Southfield Public Schools (see attached flyer for registration and more information). This event is FREE, and child care will be provided. Registration is required to attend. Please share this information with your networks (i.e. parents, staff, family, friends, etc.)

Thank you for your time, attention and support regarding this event! Don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions regarding the contents of this message.

Peace & Blessings,


Jay B. Marks, Ph. D.

Diversity and Equity Consultant

School Culture and Climate

District and School Services

Oakland Schools

2111 Pontiac Lake Road

Waterford, MI 48328-2736

248.209.2272 (phone)

248.209.2024 (fax)

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Taste of the Lakes to support LAYA!

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September Lunch Menu

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Announcements From our Keith PTA:

Keith PTA Meeting - Tuesday, October 2nd at 7pm in the Keith Media Center

Fun Run Parent Volunteers Needed!

Happy Friday! Our Ninja Fun Run is one week from today and we need your help to make it successful! It is a little different from previous years so check out our new volunteer positions and sign up to help if you can! Thank you!


We need your help to make our Fun Run successful! Please consider volunteering in the morning or the afternoon to help at one of the various stations. In the morning we will have 1st, 4th, and Kindergarten. In the afternoon we will have 3rd, 5th and 2nd. Please sign up for a spot so we can have name tags for everyone. If you have to come late or leave early just let us know when you sign up we would still love your help.

9:20-9:50 1st grade

9:55-10:25 4th grade

10:30-11 Kindergarten

Recess & Lunch 11:10-1:10

1:20-1:50 3rd grade

1:55-2:25 5th grade

2:30-3 2nd grade

Keith Fun Run!

Hello Keith Dragon Families!

The excitement is growing for our annual Fun Run to be held on Friday, September 28th. This year, students are again able to earn prizes for the donations they collect and they get a prize for every level of donation. And we have some AMAZING prizes this year! However, prizes aren’t the ultimate goal. The Fun Run is the PTA’s main fundraiser for the year. While we earn money on Book Fair, Pizza Kits, and Box Tops, the majority of the money comes from this single, community event. Unlike the other fundraisers that give us a portion of the sales – 100% of cash donations and 95% of credit donations we raise through the Fun Run are put right back into YOUR school! So, if you haven’t already, please remember to send in your child’s donation envelope on one of our collection dates September 14th, 21st, 24th, or on our final collection date Friday October 5th. We are excited to offer an electronic method of donating! Here is the online link for donating:


“How much to give” is a very personal decision for you and your family, but please keep in mind that even if it’s just a few dollars – it counts. Our goal is for every family to contribute something. Each dollar helps to support the programs, events and items we provide to enrich your child’s experience at Keith Elementary. This includes classroom enhancements, needs, supplies, Book Fair, Field Day, Popsicles with the Principal, 5th Grade Celebration, Kindergarten RoundUp, Reflections Art Program, and much, much more! We thank you for your support.

REMINDER: DONATIONS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY, October 5th (final collection day)

Thank you,

Karen Mitchel (karenmitchel@wlcsd.org) or

Heather Hiligan (hiligan22@yahoo.com)

Spelling Bee Club at Keith!

We are looking to start a Spelling Bee Club at Keith this year! If you are a parent interested in volunteering for students grades 3-5 on the days and times listed below, please email Julie Steffes at minsab@att.net. The Spelling Bee Club will meet the week of November 12th until our Keith Spelling Bee the week of December 17th. Sign up information will be coming in the near future! Stay tuned!

3rd Grade Block - Tuesday 1:20 - 1:50pm

4th Grade Block - Thursday 2:25 - 2:55pm

5th Grade Block - Friday 2:30 - 3:00pm

Giving Garden Caterpillar Update:

Our amazing 5th grade students were able to host our new butterfly friends! Thank you Mrs. Levu and all who helped with our caterpillars in the Keith Garden!

Skate Night at Rolladium!

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Math Club

Math Club Registration Open! Are you looking for STEM activities for your child? Would you like your child to have a more positive attitude towards Math? How about developing critical thinking? Math Club is the answer! Math Club takes place on Wednesday mornings from 8:00AM to 8:50AM, beginning October 24th and runs through March. This program is open to all K-5 students and introduces them to interactive, problem-solving and critical thinking GAMES through the Mathematics Pentathlon program (MathPentath.org). The students are placed into three groups by grade: K/1st, 2nd/3rd and 4th/5th. Please fill out and return the attached form to register your child, spaces are limited! Stop by the Math Club table at the Popsicles on the Playground Event to learn more.

Math Club Parent Volunteers Needed! In order to run Math Club, parent help is needed to teach and oversee the games in class (training will be provided). This is a great opportunity to become more involved in the school and to inspire the next generation of problem solvers! Your time and dedication will make a huge impact on the success of this program! Please contact Mary Beth Johnson at mbjohnson@ymail.com for more information.

Volunteers Needed!

Hello Keith families -

We need your help the first couple weeks of school! The beginning of school is a huge transition for our children, especially the kindergartners! Please consider signing up to help in the morning or afternoon to get our kindergartners to and from the buses to their classrooms.

Thank you!

Keith PTA


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PTA Reflections Contest 2018-2019

Please be sure to take some time to get creative this summer! If you have any questions, please reach out to Keith Elementary PTA Reflections Chair:

Kate Tomasik



Now that summer vacation is about to start, it’s a great time to start looking for inspiration for your projects! Start thinking about the people in your world who are heroes. Are they someone whose job is to help people? Are they someone who volunteers in the community? Are they kids helping grown-ups? Or grown-ups helping kids? Are they people helping animals? Or animals helping people?

We can’t wait to see how those heroes inspire you through the arts! Review the current standing rules at the Michigan PTA Reflections website: https://www.michiganpta.org/page/Reflections201718

We’ll have finalized rules provided later for the 2018-19 school year. For more info, please contact Keith PTSA Reflections Chair, Kate Tomasik, at keithelementaryptareflections@gmail.com

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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