Pleasant Lake Pleasantries

November 9, 2020

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Together We Learn, Together We Lead!

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WELCOME BACK!

Dear Pleasant Lake Elementary,


It saddens me deeply to not be physically present at school next week to see our children. I've thought of the day I would be able to see our children and staff back at Pleasant Lake Elementary often.


I am feeling good and plan to be back in the building on Monday, November 16th. Thank you for the many well wishes I have received. I am the only staff member that tested positive but several others had to be quarantined as a result but they are doing well with no symptoms exhibited at this time.


Please be sure to thoroughly review the information contained in this newsletter and don't hesitate to contact our main office at 248.956.2800 if you have any questions. While we are the same school community we were back in March, your child will come back to many changes to keep them and others safe.


I need your help to make sure we can keep our children and staff safe. Please be sure to keep your child at home if they are not feeling well and to take their temperature each morning before school. Also please read this newsletter and the information newsletter describing our safety protocols and practices.


Remember that we will NOT allow any child to be picked up from school after 3:30 p.m. We will start our dismissal process at roughly that time and cannot have any parents coming into the building nor dedicate several staff members to search the building for a child that has already started the dismissal process.


Lastly, each child must be picked up from school by 4:30 p.m. Always have a neighbor, close friend, and/or relative that you can trust and lives close to school in case you need are running late and cannot pick up your child by 4:30 p.m.


Thank you for your continued support, flexibility, and positive attitude as we continue this new journey together.


Together We Learn, Together We Lead!


Nayal Maktari

PLEASANT LAKE PARENT INFORMATION NEWSLETTER

THIS WILL BE UDPATED EACH WEEK AND CONTAIN ESSENTIAL INFORMAITON ON HOW YOU CAN PREPARE YOURSELF AND YOUR CHILD(REN) UPON THEIR RETURN TO IN PERSON INSTRUCTION.

PPE Return to Learn Update
UPDATED RETURN TO IN PERSON LEARNING SCHEDULE

PLEASE READ THE SCHEDULE CAREFULLY AND CALL OUR MAIN OFFICE AT 248.956.2800 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. ONLY KINDERGARTENERS REPORT TO SCHOOL ON MONDAY (STAGGERED START).

*Asynchronous Lessons refers to assignments and/or prerecorded videos posted in Google Classroom (no live teacher).

DISTRICT PARENT PACT-IN PERSON SAFETY STANDARDS

THIS PACT MUST BE COMPLETED BY ALL WALLED LAKE PARENTS

WALLED LAKE TRANSPORTATION QUESTIONS

Please contact our Transportation Department directly with any questions and/or concerns regarding anything involving our school buses.


Walled Lake Schools Transportation Department Website


OFFICE HOURS: 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
46740 W. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake - 48390
Phone: 248-956-3090
Hotline: 248-956-5199

PTA MEETING ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH

Our PTA Meeting is Monday, November 9th at 6:00 p.m. We need and value your input.


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81045864441?pwd=OC81OVFuay9FNTl6aU5vQ1Z6Wk9adz09


Meeting ID: 810 4586 4441

Passcode: 4g6z2c

Our Path and My Path Administrators

MY Path Administrator: Dr. Lora Stout – LoraStout@wlcsd.org

Our Path Coordinator: Mrs. Michelle Fiebke-Lang – MichelleFiebke-Lang@wlcsd.org

CLASSROOM ROOM ASSIGNMENTS

Dear Pleasant Lake Elementary Parent,


You can view your child’s classroom assignment through Skyward Family Access.You may also click HERE if you need help in locating your child’s classroom placement in Skyward Family Access.


Similar to earlier this school year and in past years, all classroom assignments are final. No changes will be made. There are students that were moved from their current Our Path Teacher to another teacher to better balance the number of students in our classrooms. I know this is not ideal but must be done to avoid a classroom having several additional students in comparison to another classroom in the same grade level. Please note that any changes were done in consultation with the entire grade level. Children will look to adults in how to react to change and I hope those impacted model a positive and resilient attitude.


Our entire teaching staff is highly qualified and care about your child’s well-being and education. We are committed to providing each child an exceptional education and overall great school experience.


Remember to consistently communicate any questions, concerns, or praise to your child’s teacher. Proactive and open communication along with a trusting and positive relationship plays an important role in your child having an academically and socially successful school year.


Mrs. Brenda Raymond, Mrs. April Homer and Mrs. Amanda Gordon will be remaining as Our Path Teachers. We will miss them but are excited about the hiring of Mrs. Violet Shamoun (Mrs. Raymond), Mrs. Nicole Watson (Mrs. Homer) and Mrs. Julie Fegely (Mrs. Gordon) to teach those classrooms. Mrs. Nicole Watson will be joining our staff on November 20th and longtime PLE Building Substitute Teacher Mrs. Renea Pearl will instruct the class until then.


Together We Learn, Together We Lead.



Respectfully,


Nayal A. Maktari
Principal

UPDATED STUDENT SUPPLY LISTS

MEDICAL AUTHORIZATION FORMS

A reminder to get your child's medical authorization form turned into our building before the start of school on November 4th. If your child must take any kind of medication during the school day, than a form must be completed. Forms from last year must be updated.


You can drop off your form to Pleasant Lake, have it scanned to JulieSmith@wlcsd.org or faxed to 248.956.2805 .

PICK UP YOUR ANCHORS AWAY CAR SIGNS!

Dear Pleasant Lake Elementary Parents,


Anchors Away Signs are available for pick up outside our main doors. Your car signs will be available for pick up 1 business day after you have completed the Anchors Away Registration Form. The car signs are available for pickup from 9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.


The 2020-2021 Anchors Away registration forms are available by clicking HERE or by visiting the For Parent Tab on our school website.


The Anchors Away Dismissal Process will begin the first day we return to school. All students who do not ride the bus each day must register for Anchors Away. Please remember this is not an optional program.


If you are new to the Anchors Away Dismissal Process, please click HERE for more information. Thank you for your support and please feel free to call us at (248) 956-2800 if you have any questions.

WLCSD DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY CELEBRATION STUDENT APPLICATIONS

We are looking for Walled Lake students to be our keynote speaker to this year's annual WLCSD Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. Please share the application below with your child if the are interested in applying to be a keynote speaker!


MLK Day Celebration Keynote Speaker Application


Thank you,


Nayal Maktari, Co-Chair of the WLSCD Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Julie Amann, Co-Chair of the WLCSD Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

IMPORTANT CHROMEBOOK INFORMATION

PLEASE READ THE IIMPORTANT INFORMAITON BELOW REGARDING CHROMEBOOKS.


I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU PICK UP A DISTRICT CHROMEBOOK THIS WEEK INSTEAD OF BRINGING YOUR OWN DEVICE TO SCHOOL.


Parents can still get Chromebooks for their children this Monday – Wednesday at the Educational Services Center located at 850 Ladd Road, Building D, Walled Lake.

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PTSA REFLECTIONS

Each year many of our students participate in our annual National Reflections Contest. It's a great opportunity to recognize and honor our children. Please consider participating!


Rules

Submission is one per child per category. So if a student wants to submit a music composition and visual arts, they can submit only 1 per category.


The submissions are entirely online this year, this means the students/parents need to take pictures/recordings of their work and submit it online.


Submissions are due to Pleasant Lake by November 13th.


Please click on the tab below for much more information!

WLCSD Reflections Promo Video 2020-21

JOIN THE PLEASANT LAKE PTA!

Your PTA needs you now more than ever! Get a head start on signing up for PTA now. Your membership will help with so many great opportunities for our children. Just to list a few amazing things your membership dues give to our children


  • Literacy supplies and books.
  • Technology and online instructional resources.
  • Before and after school events.
  • Grants & scholarships to assist students and teachers with field trips.
  • When Authors and presenters visit.
  • The Leader in Me


We are able to provide all of the above and much more for our children only with your help.

In addition to all that we provide for our children, this year we will have the opportunity to host Virtual Events for our community. Your PTA Board has been brainstorming some fantastic ideas for Fundraising and activities we would normally do in person. The first 50 people to sign up for membership will get an exclusive offer for our 1st virtual event. Details to follow. Also all PTA members will get access to our "Members Only" EXCLUSIVE virtual fundraiser! This one is going to be super cool! Details to follow.


If you know any of our board members please reach out to them via text, email or Facebook message and say "Thank You"!


President - Dan Monkman

Vice President Operations - Bashar Kirma

Vice President Fundraising - Tim Ferguson

Secretary - Jehann Zaid

Membership - Karen Matti

Reflections - Aparna Yelurpati


Please click here to join the PTA

https://ple.new.memberhub.store/store

*only one parent/member per household needs to register with the PLE PTA


We encourage you to follow our Facebook page. Our Facebook page is a great resource for everything PLE! Please click here https://www.facebook.com/MIPLEPTA

Thank you, your PLE PTA!


Go Sharks!!!

PTA MEMBER HUB

Sign up to be a member of the PTA online HERE!

Parent Tech Support Submission Form

The Tech Support Submission Form for parents as been added to the For Parents Tab on our school website. You can also access it at www.wlcsd.org/techsupport.

Upcoming Important Events

November

  • November 9 First Day of In Person Instruction
  • November 26 No School-Thanksgiving
  • November 27 No School
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EVERYTHING GOOGLE!

WLCSD FOOD SERVICE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

School breakfast and school lunch will be served FREE to all students that are attending in person learning in their classrooms daily. You may pick up breakfast & lunch for Saturday, Sunday and all closed school days every Monday from 12:00PM – 1:30PM at each of our high schools.


For our virtual learners and children under the age of 18 who are not being served daily in our buildings, we will continue to provide 7 days of meals, through pickup at our high schools every Monday from 12:00PM – 1:30PM until further notice.


PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL ASK STUDENTS THAT STUDENTS INTERESTED IN BREAKFAST MUST NOTIFY THEIR TEACHER THE DAY PRIOR AND FOR LUNCH WILL NOTIFY THE TEACHER THE DAY OF. WE ONLY HAVE ONE SELECTION FOR LUNCH AND BREAKFAST. BREAKFAST IS NOW SERVED IN THE CLASSROOM AND LUNCH WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE CAFETERIA.


WE ALSO ASK THAT EACH CHILD THAT BRINGS A LUNCH TO SCHOOL PLEASE BRING A DISPOSABLE LUNCH (BROWN BAG, SANDWICH BAGS, PLASTIC UTENSILS, ETC.)


Breakfast will be delivered each day the first week of school but starting next week will ask students to notify us.


Please direct questions you may have to our Food Services Department.

Walled Lake Schools’ Foundation for Excellence (FFE)

Our school has truly benefited for nearly 30 years from the support of Walled Lake Schools’ Foundation for Excellence (FFE), a 501 ( c) 3 nonprofit. Please view snapshot of recent Foundation grant awards received by our school and allocated to the District to benefit K-12 students and educators. FFE’s outreach also includes the Shuman CDJR Performing Arts Student Grant Program and 5th Grade Camp Scholarship fund for our District’s title 1 elementary schools. Check out FFE’s fall flyer or visit the Foundation’s website to more fully understand the FFE’s commitment to WLCSD.


The Foundation is sustained through annual fundraising (Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship Raffle, Count on Me Program-WLCSD staff payroll donations, & golf scramble), private and public sector donations and receipt of memorials, honorariums, and alumni gifts. Donations can be made online to help sustain FFE’s mission and support for our schools. Checks are also accepted and can be made payable to the Foundation for Excellence and mailed to 850 Ladd Rd., Bldg. D, Walled Lake, MI 48390.


Questions? Email Foundation’s exec. director, MichelleBianco@wlcsd.org.

Skyward Login Request

Support our School!

We all shop on Amazon, why not give back to Pleasant Lake while we shop?!


Pleasant Lake is set up on the Amazon Smile program, which
donates 0.5% of eligible purchases straight to our school!

Here's what to do:
1) Log on to http://smile.amazon.com/
2) Select Pleasant Lake Elementary PTA as the organization you are supporting.
3) Shop away!

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Kroger Rewards

It's simple. Login to your account online and look for Pleasant Lake.

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

Big Changes to Box Tops are Coming!
See below for important steps to follow:

#1: Reminder to clip and use the digital app.

Please continue to send clipped box tops into school as usual.
Additionally, Box Tops for Education is moving towards digital submissions.
How can you help?

1. Download the free app.
2. Create an account (choose Pleasant Lake Elementary as your school).
3. Scan receipts as you make purchases (and within 14 days).

** Back by popular demand... Want to designate a classroom for box top counts to help your child's classroom win contests? Start by scanning your receipt. Once the photo is taken, new options will show up across the bottom. Choose the star "Credit" button and enter the last name of your child's teacher. Hit done, then submit. **

#2: Do you shop for groceries online?
You can submit your email receipts from select retailers to earn Box Tops for your school too. Here's how...

Option A
1. Make sure you have a Box Tops for Education account
(create one via the Box Tops app or website).


2. Forward your email receipt to receipts@boxtops4education.com using the same email that’s associated with your BTFE account. Box Tops will be credited within 10 business days – view your earnings detail in the MY EARNINGS section of the app or website

The following email receipts are currently eligible (as of July 17, 2019):
Instacart, jet.com, SamsClub.com, Shipt, Target.com, Target Pick-Up/Drive-Up,
Walmart Grocery, Walmart.com


Option B

For purchases from online retailers not listed above, please follow the process below.


1. Take a screen shot (or multiple) of your entire receipt from your online purchase, including retailer name, all items, transaction total, and date of purchase

2. Open the Box Tops Contact Us form

3. In the Comments field, please include: Your email address, name, school's name, the amount of Box Tops earned with the purchases from that receipt.

4. Use the “Upload Image Files” feature (at the bottom of the form to add the screen shot(s) of your receipt. Your receipt will be processed within 2 weeks.

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Teach The Leader in Me Habits At Home!

Click HERE on how you can teach the Leader in Me at home. Learn about the Habits and different activities you can do at home to reinforce what we are teaching your child at school.


Enjoy!

PLEASANT LAKE ELEMENTARY CONTACT INFORMATION

Main Office Number: 248.956.2800

Fax Line: 248.956.2805
Attendance: 248.956.2890


Nayal Maktari

Principal nayalmaktari@wlcsd.org


Terri Szymanski

Principal's Secretary terriszymanski@wlcsd.org


Julie Smith

Building Secretary juliesmith@wlcsd.org

Know What's Going On At Pleasant Lake Elementary!

Communication is very important to us at Pleasant Lake Elementary. Parents will be notified and updated in a variety of ways throughout the school year.


SKYWARD FAMILY ACCESS

It is critical that parents keep an updated email address and let us know if it changes as soon as possible. Parents may update this information for us on Skyward Family Access. All teachers at Pleasant Lake utilize Skyward Family Access to communicate with parents. Report cards, lunch account information, progress reports, attendance and other important information will always be posted on Skyward Family Access. If you are a new family to Walled Lake Schools or have misplaced or lost your Family Access ID and password, please click HERE to get connected.


PLEASANT LAKE PLEASANTRIES AND SCHOOL WEBSITE

Our school newsletter will be sent electronically to parents once a week. An archive of newsletters is also posted to our school website under the For Parents tab. Our school website can be found HERE. Please visit this page often for information about our school. You will find links to important documents, websites from your child's classroom, PTA forms and information, and important updates and forms that you will need to access.


TWITTER

Please follow us on Twitter @PleasantLakeEl to be updated regularly on important events at our school and fun pictures of student events and learning!


REMIND 101

We also offer Remind 101 to all PLE parents. How does it work? If you would like to receive a quick text message on your cell phone or device, just sign up with us and you receive a quick text to remind you of important school events, deadlines, time frames, etc. at PLE. You can unsubscribe at any time.


To join, send a text to (586) 649-3482 and enter the message @mrmakt

You can opt-out of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @mrmakt'.