Dolphin Tales

Week of January 11th

Newsletter Overview

Below is a list of the articles in order within this newsletter...

Upcoming events

  1. MLK Day, No School: Monday, January 18th

  2. Return to In-Person Hybrid Learning: Tuesday, January 19th

  3. Revised Return to In-Person Hybrid Learning Calendar (see article later in newsletter)

  4. Kindergarten Round Up Zoom: Wednesday, January 20th at 6:30 PM via Zoom (see article later in newsletter for more details)

  5. Live Virtual Yoga on Zoom, Wednesdays at 11 AM (Dress in Blues, Whites, Winter Colors--Theme is Celebrating Winter & Joy)

  6. Wednesday, January 13th On-Demand Specials Focus: MUSIC

  7. Social Zooms--Cancelled for Rest of this Week


  1. Kindergarten Round Up for New Doherty Students

  2. Technology Support

  3. Free Meals Still Available



  1. Attendance for Remote Learning

  2. Accessing Report Card Grades in PowerSchool

  3. Live Zooms for Specials

  4. Technology Help

  5. Capturing Kids’ Hearts Tools Link

  6. COVID Safety Protocols Link

  7. Parking Lot Procedures Link

  8. Canvas Details Link

To-Do List

To-Do List (All Items Have More Details in Newsletter Articles)

  • Review this Newsletter & the Return to In-Person Calendar in this newsletter (we come back to school on January 19th
  • Return to School Newsletter & Checklist: PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REVIEW
  • Wednesday Specials Focus: Music
  • Wednesday Virtual Yoga: Optional
  • Zoom Socials: Cancelled for rest of the week
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MLK Day, No School--Monday, January 18th

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Return to In-Person Hybrid Learning: Tuesday, January 19th

District Calendar Updates

Monday, January 18th: No School, MLK Day

Tuesday, January 19th: Return to In-Person Hybrid Learning

Wednesday, January 20th: Remote Learning/ Wednesday Asynchronous Day

Thursday, January 21st: In-Person Hybrid Learning

Friday, January 22nd: Records Day, No School for Students

(Note: some teachers may schedule a Zoom to complete literacy assessments)

Monday, January 25th: Start of Second Semester

  • In-Person Hybrid Learning Continues
  • Official Starting Date for Transfers (i.e. a Lakers Online family that elected to come to Doherty 2nd semester will begin on this day OR a Doherty family that elected to come to Lakers Online 2nd semester will begin on this day)

Wednesdays: Wednesdays are still Asynchronous Days

** Any students transferring to Lakers Online from Doherty will receive notification from Lakers Online about teacher placement prior to the 25th**

Please watch the video below if you need a more detailed explanation of this return calendar.

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Wednesday Live Virtual Yoga: Wednesday at 11 AM

Ms. Taylor looks forward to seeing you all this Wednesday at 11 AM for another session of live virtual yoga.

Once again, thanks to the Greater West Bloomfield Community Coalition, Taylor will be leading her live virtual yoga session this Wednesday and every Wednesday at 11 AM.

Your child can access the Zoom link for Taylor's yoga on his/her teacher's Canvas page OR the specials Canvas pages.

Video Demo Below: For Accessing Wednesday Live Virtual Yoga

Yoga link

Video Introduction Below: Meet Taylor Beardsall, Virtual Live Yoga Instructor

Taylor yoga intro

Wednesday, January 13th Specials Focus: Music

Each week, our children can engage in one on-demand specials activity that is loaded in Canvas for them. The specials focus will rotate each week.

This week, the focus will be MUSIC. If you need help accessing Music materials, please contact Mrs. Kutsick. Her email is

January 13th: Music

January 20th: Art

January 27th: PE

February 3rd: iCenter

February 10th: Music

February 17th: Art

Video for How To Access Specials On-Demand Content

Wednesday Rotating Specials
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Social Zooms---Cancelled for the Rest of the Week

Please note that our Zoom Socials will NOT take place this Wednesday or Friday. Staff that facilitates these sessions will not be able to lead; instead, they have tasks to complete to help us prepare for our return to in-person learning.

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Kindergarten Round Up for New Doherty Students (21-22 Kindergarten)

The West Bloomfield School District is pleased to welcome future kindergarten students and their families to our 2021 Virtual Kindergarten Roundup event on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Please note that if your child is in Kindergarten Plus this year, you do not need to attend this Zoom, nor do you need to re-enroll.

This district-wide informational meeting will feature presenters from Doherty Elementary, Gretchko Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, and Lakers Online Elementary. During this presentation, we will cover the following items:

  • How & When to Enroll Your Child for 2021-22
  • Kindergarten Curriculum
  • A Kindergarten Day in the LIfe
  • Information about Kindergarten Plus
  • Information about Future Building-Specific Presentations

More information is still to come, so please keep an eye out for the Zoom link.

If you have a child that will be entering kindergarten next school year, we want to keep you informed. You can help us by completing a brief informational survey as soon as possible (if you have not already done so).

Please CLICK HERE to complete the survey for Doherty

Similarly, if you know of a family that has a child entering kindergarten next year, please help us by spreading the word.

After completing this survey, you will receive additional information from us about events, dates, and deadlines that will help you navigate the kindergarten enrollment process. In the meantime, we have listed links to helpful information below.

School of Choice Application

School of Choice Application Link: Click Here

Information About Kindergarten in the West Bloomfield School District

Kindergarten Information: Click Here

Welcome to Doherty Video

Brief Informational Video: Click Here


Doherty Contact

Enrollment Process

PLEASE NOTE: Enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is NOT open. However, parents are free to get the process started by setting up their profile in Registration Gateway, and can start entering their information and uploading their documents...but they cannot complete or make an appointment yet. Please stay tuned for when appointments can be made.

Tech Support


The Service Desk can only assist parents/guardians, not students. On the phone, a parent/guardian can grant verbal approval for their child to work with the Service Desk technician, but they MUST remain present during the entirety of the conversation.

When entering requests through the online portal or email, please be certain to include your full name, your child’s name and district, school building, the device they have been issued and a good phone number to call you back. This information will allow the Service Desk to provide the best possible service in the most efficient manner.

  • If you are in need of a district issued Chromebook, please complete an Oakland Schools Service Desk ticket.

  • District owned hotspots are available for those with no internet in the home due to financial hardship. If you are in need of a district owned hotspot, please submit an Oakland Schools Service Desk ticket.

  • If you are inquiring about PowerSchool, please email

  • If you are inquiring about student Google account information, this can be found in PowerSchool or your teacher can provide this information to you.

If you have questions about Canvas, please email

Free Meals Still Available

No cost curbside meals are available to all children 18 and under.

Meals are distributed every Wednesday at West Bloomfield HS from 11:30am-12:30pm and 3:30-4:30pm and Roosevelt Elementary from 11:00am-1:00pm.

Please preorder here: .

Please call 248.865.6733 for questions and alternate meal pick up options.

In the Know with the PTO

Our PTO Board

Also the best way to find out Doherty PTO info is on our Liketree site

Our PTO Board is truly amazing. They embody what we are all about in the Doherty Family, and they always do what is best for our kids and staff. The PTO board includes:

Jodie Ostrowski, President

Nicole Calvin, Vice-President

Sesilee Langs, Secretary

Renai Mayle, VP Of Fundraising

Joann Manetta, VP Of Committees

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DOherty FAMILY Photo Album

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Accessing Report Card Grades in PowerSchool

Please CLICK HERE to learn more about how to access report card grades.

Live Zooms for Specials on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

To view the schedule and/or learn more about how to access these Canvas pages/ Zoom links, please click here.

Technology Help


If you need technical assistance, you can request help from the Oakland Schools Technology Service Desks.

Information for families is contained on the website under Technology.

The first thing families will need to do is submit an Oakland Schools Service Desk ticket if they have a damaged/lost/stolen device to make sure we are taking the proper steps in a timely manner. The steps Oakland Schools will take are outlined below.

· Determine if the issue is accident and loss protection applicable.

· Direct the parent to either one2one or Inacomp

· Deliver a spare to school building, pick up damaged device

· Submit damaged device for repair

· Contact parent to return original device and collect spare

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Follow the Doherty Family on Social Media

We have a ton of great things happening at Doherty all of the time, and we want to share those great things with you as frequently as possible. To get quick updates, cool pictures, and other news, please be sure to check us out on the following:

  • Twitter: @Long_DohertyWB
  • Facebook:
  • Instagram: @DohertyWB