WILDCAT NEWSLETTER vol. 17

News and Information for the Guest Elementary Community

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CALENDAR

FEBRUARY 2019

12 Parent Academy 6:15 - 7:15pm - CANCELED DUE TO SNOW DAY

13 Count Day

18 - 22 Mid-Winter Break - No school for students and staff

22 Airtime in Novi 1:00-11:00pm

FAMILY BINGO!

Thank you to all our volunteers and families for attending this year's PTA Family Bingo!

The entire evening was tons of fun.

Special thank you to Mrs. Adina Kanner for organizing our BINGO event!

FORTDAY READING CHALLENGE

Thank you for participating in our Fortday Reading Challenge. We had a total of 38 families enjoy building forts and reading.


Congratulations to the Brendtke family - winners of the gift card.

PIANO LESSONS WITH MRS. PAYTON - PROCEEDS DONATED TO WALKING TRACK!

Piano Lessons with Lori Payton

Give your child the gift of learning how to play the piano!

· First lesson held at Mary Helen Guest, $20 with all money donated toward our walking track!

· Lessons held on Monday or Wednesday Evenings at Piano Nation

· $30 for 30 min. lesson between 5:00-7:30 pm

· Piano Nation

30553 Wixom Rd. Suite 200

Wixom, Mi. 48393

· Call or text Lori Payton at 248-787-5196

JUNIOR GARDNER CLASS

Junior Gardener Class

Do you have a child who love 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.

NEW DATE WILL BE SET FOR SOMETIME IN MARCH

February 12, 6:15 - 7:15pm - CANCELED DUE TO SNOW DAY

Childcare will be provided

RSVP no later than February 8th by calling the main office 248-956-3300


TOPICS for DISCUSSION: Routines, Coping Strategies, Behavior Management, & Natural Consequences

-Kids aren't following routines?

-Temper tantrums wearing you down?

-Having a hard time helping your child manage stress, anger, and

frustration ?

Nobody said parenting was easy, but we're all in this together.


Join us for a round table discussion, facilitated by our school social worker Mrs. Kanner, where we can ask questions, share strategies, and gather encouragement.

COUNT DAY IS WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 13th

RESCHEDULED for February 13th - PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

The Walled Lake Consolidated School District is hosting a Preschool Open House on Feb.13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at locations throughout the District.

Open house locations include:

  • Dublin Elementary
  • Glengary Elementary
  • Guest Elementary
  • Oakley Park Elementary
  • Pleasant Lake Elementary
  • Twin Sun
  • Walled Lake Elementary
  • Wixom Elementary

FEBRUARY 18 - 22

Mid-Winter Break!

School Resumes on Monday, Feb. 25

AIRTIME FUN DURING FEBRUARY BREAK!

Kids missing their friends during break and you tired of them being stuck in the house?... Come jump at Airtime on Friday, February 22nd from 1pm-11pm. 2 hours of jump time costs $14 and the MHG walking track will earn back $5.

Come have some fun!

EARTH DAY POSTER CONTEST

January 28th - February 27th

Earth Day Poster Contest: Our WLCSD Annual Earth Day Poster Contest is here! We will be looking for students to be our voice as we celebrate Earth Day 2019! Entry forms and 11x17 paper are available in the main office.

Please encourage your Wildcat students to participate!

SPRING REGISTRATION FOR COMMERCE LITTLE LEAGUE

Early registration is in effect till Jan 15th and our registration deadline is 2/28/19.

COMMERCE LITTLE LEAGUE

CALLING ALL MARTIANS!

Calling all students who want to run and have fun! Even if you are not able to attend the Guest Run Club, you can participate in the Martian Kid's Marathon. It is $24 per student and includes a t-shirt and the Marathon Medal.


You need to sign up by March 1st. All runners will run 25 miles on their own, and then will run 1.2 miles in Dearborn on April 13, 2019. They also get a fun prize when they hit 10 miles!

Group Registration Instructions:

Be sure to select “I am here to register as a group participant”

YOUR TEAM NAME: Galactic Wildcats - Yellow Wave 1:00 Start

YOUR TEAM PASSWORD: MHGwildcats


GO Wildcats!

MARCH PTA MEETING WE WELCOME MR. GUTMAN

Please join us for a special PTA Meeting on March 4th, beginning at 6:30pm in the Guest Media Center. Mr. Gutman will be joining us to share information regarding the upcoming bond.

MEET JULIA COOK - MARCH IS READING MONTH AUTHOR

AUTHOR ASSEMBLIES WITH JULIA COOK

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PARENTS' NIGHT WITH JULIA COOK

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PERSONAL NEEDS CLOSET

Guest Elementary maintains a personal needs closet stocked with items for anyone in our community to visit and take supplies. Please contact Adina Kanner if you would like to set up a time to 'shop'. adinakanner@wlcsd.org


We are always looking for items to be donated. Here are a few examples

PERSONAL NEEDS CLOSET ITEMS TO DONATE:

toilet paper

dish soap

laundry detergent

fabric softener

shampoo / conditioner

diapers/ wipes

bar soap

toothbrushes / toothpaste

feminine hygiene products

cleaning supplies

deodorant

light bulbs

paper products

dish soap

garbage bags

razors / shaving cream

PARKING LOT/MORNING DROP OFF/AFTERNOON PICK UP

Above all else, we would like to have a safe and respectful morning drop off and afternoon pick up. When this happens, our students start their day in a calm and peaceful manner and end their day in a safe manner.

  • If your child is eligible to ride the bus, please have them ride the bus.
  • Plan extra time to ensure your child is entering the classroom on time. Tardiness is a problem and is a life skill that develops at a young age.
  • Please do NOT cut across the parking lot, but instead, follow the loop around parked vehicles.
  • Please PULL up as far as you can before letting your student out of the car. Look for our 5th grade safety with the stop sign - that is how far you should pull up.
  • Please be cautious with your driving. WATCH for children getting out of vehicles and crossing at all times.
  • Feel free to use the bus loop when dropping students off for choir and math club ONLY
  • PLEASE demonstrate patience and kindness towards each other in our parking lots. We work diligently on teaching our students that “Kindness Always Wins” at Guest Elementary. It is important that our parents model it, also, at our school. Our students are watching us.

STUDENT BIRTHDAYS

TREATS:

Birthdays are THE. BEST. Unfortunately, the days of sending in cupcakes for the class are long gone. Due to many food allergies, our school has adopted a NO FOOD (or candy) policy when it comes to birthday treats.

At our daily Wildcat Welcome, students having birthdays stand in front of the school and enjoy a quick birthday chant. Their names are on our slideshow and they recieve a small gift from the office.

Thank you for keeping all of our students safe.


INVITATIONS TO A BIRTHDAY PARTY:

The staff at Guest completely understand if you just want to invite just a few children from school, however, sending invitations for your student to hand out to only a select few can be very hurtful to others. Students are not allowed to hand out invitations (I know some teachers have communicated how they will help).


We are also asking that no invitations be handed out on the bus or at Prime Time Care. When you join PTA, you will receive a student directory that you can use for contact information.

Thank you for helping us eliminate distractions to learning.

TWO-HOUR DELAY PROCEDURES

On rare occasions, morning conditions occur that temporarily prevent the District from safely transporting students or requiring students to wait at a bus stop or walk to school. These conditions typically involve thick fog, winter weather or utility problems and historically required cancellation of school for the entire day.


Beginning this year, Walled Lake Schools has developed a two-hour delay procedure that could be used if conditions are expected to improve within two hours. This procedure, which will be used sparingly, will permit students to get to school safely and allow the District to conduct a credited day of school.


Parents are encouraged to develop a plan so their children can safely stay home for an additional two hours in the morning and have them go to a trusted alternate location to await the delayed start of school.


In the rare event that a two-hour delay is activated, the following procedures will be followed:

  1. The District’s phone system will be used to notify all school families and staff members of the delay (by approximately 5 a.m. when possible)
  2. Local news and radio stations will be contacted to report the delayed start.
  3. If conditions do not improve within two hours, classes may be cancelled for the entire day and the same methods of notification will be made.
  4. All bus stop pick-ups will be delayed by exactly two hours (i.e. if your bus stop is normally 8:36 a.m., it will be at 10:36 a.m. on delayed start days).
  5. All schools will start exactly two hours later than normal (i.e. if your school normally starts at 8:57 a.m., it will start at 10:57 a.m. on delayed start days).
  6. Prime Time Care will open at its normal time (must be pre-registered to use Prime Time Care).
  7. Essential service staff (custodians, food service, maintenance, mechanics and warehouse) will report at their normal starting time.
  8. Professional, administrative and support staff shall report as soon as possible and no less than 30 minutes prior to the delayed start time of their school or worksite.
  9. Students shall report to the class they would normally be in at the time they arrive for a two-hour delay.
  10. Breakfast will be available for the duration of the delay and lunch will be served at the normal time.
  11. Schools will be dismissed at their normal times at the end of the school day.
  12. Staff will be released at their normal times at the end of the school day.

2019-2020 CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE!

2019-2020 CALENDAR

  • We will start the school year prior to Labor Day again.
  • Late starts (middle school) and early release (high schools) have been eliminated.
  • There are several half-days throughout the school year. As we have in the past, we will offer a reduced rate Prime Time Care service on each of these half days.

You might be wondering...Why are there so many half days?

Throughout the school year, there are eight half days that will be used for staff professional development. We recognize that half days can be inconvenient for families. That said, research has shown that when teachers receive ongoing, job-embedded professional development, they can increase student achievement by as much as 21 percentile points (Source). As a school and district, we are committed to continuous improvement and these eight half days are an essential part of that commitment. Although they may seem inconvenient, staff development opportunities are crucial to ensure we provide an exemplary education for our children.

SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD WITH IREADY - Research has shown students that complete 60 minutes of lessons a week per subject have the greatest gains.

Speak with your child about how using i-Ready will help him or her grow in school.

i-Ready shows where your child is doing well and where your child needs some more review. It helps teachers understand how to give your child the best support, and it lets your child see the gains they will make throughout the school year.


  • Help your child prepare for the Diagnostic by explaining that some questions on the Diagnostic test will be hard and that it’s okay not to know the answer to every question. Questions on the Diagnostic get a little harder each time a question is answered correctly, and a little easier when answered incorrectly. The goal is to figure out the math or reading level that is “just right” for your child, so your child should expect to see some questions that are too hard—and that’s okay! It means the test is working correctly.
  • Encourage your child to take each lesson and test question seriously.Emphasize “thinking before clicking,” because just clicking through answers will not give teachers an accurate picture of what is understood and what requires further instruction.
  • Help your child identify and become familiar with the different parts of the student dashboard.Log in to your child’s account with them and ask them to give you a “tour” of what they see.
  • Encourage your child to use the tools that will appear at the bottom of the screen in some lessons. Your child will sometimes see tools, like a calculator or dictionary, that will be helpful for completing an activity or answering a question on a quiz.
  • Discuss your child’s results by looking at “My Progress” together. First, look at the number of lessons shown as completed in i-Ready and celebrate that number with your child, who should feel good about this achievement alone. Then, take a look at the percentage of questions your child answered correctly in the quiz at the end of each lesson. In discussing these results, you might say
  • “Let’s look at how well you’ve been doing on your i-Ready lessons!”

    “What do you notice when you look at this data?”

    “Can you identify strengths from this report?”

    “What is something you feel like you are doing well?”

    “What areas are challenging to you?”

    “Let’s look at your data to see where and how we can work together to improve in those more challenging areas.”

  • If you are unsure about the expectations your child’s teacher has for the use of i-Ready at home, and which lessons your child should be completing, contact the teacher to clarify them.
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TUITION EXPEDITION TIME!

Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship Raffle


Tickets may be purchased at GUEST 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

Information for Incoming Kindergarten Students - Please forward to families who may need to know!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR - CHAMP WILL BE ARRIVING IN MARCH!!

WALKING TRACK FUNDRAISING

GUEST PTA

REMINDERS & RESOURCES

STUDENT COUNCIL MEETING DATES

Meetings will be held in the ART room beginning right after school until 5:00pm

March 13

April 10

May 1


June 5th 5:00-6:00 Student Council Celebration - students will go home and then return for the Student Council End-of-Year Celebration Dinner

WILDCATS R US - School Store is Open For Business

All items are $1.00

Grades 1st - 5th grade can shop on Wednesdays and Fridays

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Wednesdays 11:30 - 1:30 in the Cafeteria

Fridays 11:30 - 1:30 in the Main Office

WINTER CLOTHING

Colder temperatures have arrived! We want all children to feel comfortable and enjoy being outside so we ask that you please send your student to school with all of the winter gear they may need including warm coats, hats, gloves, boots, and snow pants. Please label everything with your child's name in the event that their items become separated from them during the school day.

See guidelines below and be sure to discuss your expectations with your student(s):

  • We go outside unless it is below zero degrees (windchill)
  • Boots & Snow pants are required for students to play off the blacktop. We don't call home for dry clothes. This is their best protection.
  • Anytime it is 32 degree and below, students are expected to wear hats/gloves/mittens. Above 32 degrees, we leave it up to your discretion, but do give reminders and encouragement.
  • If a student wears a coat to school, they will need to wear it to recess unless the temperature rises to over 50 degrees.

SKI and SNOWBOARDING CLUB

ALPINE VALLEY SKI AREA

Alpine Valley, 6775 Highland Rd,

White Lake, MI 48383

(248) 887-6010


Beginning Wednesday, January 9, 2019, our club will meet every Wednesday at Alpine Valley at 5:30pm and will run until the snow melts! (Weather Permitting)


All PAYMENTS must be turned into the office no later than the Tuesday before each Wednesday. All checks must be made out to Alpine Valley (cash is fine too).

We are required to have 20 kids each week in order to participate.


COST:

$25.00 per student per week (includes lift ticket and lesson)

Ski/Snowboard rentals are an additional $20.00 when purchased with lift ticket and lesson. Helmet rental is an additional $10.00

All Area Lift Tickets and Rentals are available for Adults and Students not interested in lessons


TAKING A LESSON:

Lift Tickets $29.00 Rentals $20.00

If Interested Please contact me so I can get you registered!


Celeste Fulcher Cell/Text 248-224-6052 or at signingresources@ameritech.net

HUNGRY HOWIES FAMILY NIGHTS

20% of all sales will be donated back to Guest Elementary!

954 N. PONTIAC TRAIL

Walled Lake, MI 48390


Call 248.624.8006 to place your order - Be sure to mention Guest Elementary when you place your order

Order online - Mention Guest Elementary


FAMILY NIGHT DATES:

  • Monday, March 4th
  • Monday, April 8th
  • Monday, May 6th

GUEST OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Office Hours

Our secretaries are available Monday through Friday to assist you from 8:00 AM-4:30 PM. If you have to change your child's dismissal plans, this must be done with us by 3:00 PM each day. We will notify your child of these changes in the classroom.


Thank you for your help.

FOOD SERVICE

MSTEP INFORMATION AND BUILDING/DISTRICT RESOURCES

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ABSENCES, CHANGES IN SCHEDULE, & NOTES TO SCHOOL

If you intend to keep your child home on a school day for any reason, please use our attendance hotline at 248-956-3390. You may leave a voicemail message 24 hours a day. IF we do not receive a call from you, we will call you to make sure that your child is indeed absent.


The Transportation Department will not issue bus passes for after school study, play dates etc. Bus passes will be issued for shared custody and sometimes day care, babysitting, or other emergencies. The Transportation Department will also issue year-long passes for in-district transfer and school of choice students when there is room on the bus.


If your child's transportation/dismissal for the end of the day changes in any way, please send in a note at the beginning of the day to your child's teacher AND the office. If this changes during the school day, please call our secretaries BEFORE 3:00 PM. We will do our best to ensure your child gets to the correct place at the end of the day, but we ask for your help with this by notifying us EARLY in the day or with a note. Thank you!

LUNCH SCHEDULE FOR 2018-2019

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THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT

HOME - SCHOOL CONNECTION

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GUEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION

Sherry Ikegami

Principal Secretary sherryikegami@wlcsd.org

248-956-3300


Heather Pengelly heatherpengelly@wlcsd.org

Building Secretary

248-956-3302


FAX: 248-956-3305


Safe-line for Absences: 248-956-3390


Sharon Becker sharonbecker@wlcsd.org

Prime Time Supervisor

248-956-3399


Direct Link to PTA page click HERE

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