WBSD Weekly Update
Friday, January 13, 2023
Happy New Year & Welcome Back!
We hope that you had a wonderful winter break and enjoyed some well-deserved time off! We are excited for 2023 and know that this year will be amazing!
Mark Your Calendar
January 15 - United We Walk
January 16 - Dr. MLK Jr. Day - No School
January 18 - Half Day - HS Only
January 19 - Half Day - All Schools
January 20 - Half Day - All Schools
February 1 - No School for Students
School Board Recognition Month
January is National School Board Recognition Month. We will be recognizing our Board of Education for their countless efforts and contributions to advance student achievement in our District.
For Board of Education meeting schedules and agendas click here.
WBMS Student Interviews Sonja James
Max caught up with Sonja James to talk about her role as the Executive Director of Educational Equity and Inclusion. Max Cool Gamer Columbus is a WBMS student and is part of the FIRST Robotics Middle School team. Max has interviewed local tv and radio personalities. Be sure to check out his YouTube channel. Thank you Max!
Mental Health Resources
WBSD has partnered with Parent Guidance.org to give parents free access to resources and helpful information. We have shared this information with our families. We hope that it will be useful for some of you as well!
ParentGuidance.org is an online service by licensed therapists that provides trusted and specialized courses, professional support, and a safe community for parents to learn how to support their children and get answers to mental health questions.
AnchorBots FTC Team 14649 Update
WBMS students competed at the FIRST Michigan State Championship – Dec 15-17 at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI. Lesson learned: It’s not what you win, it’s what you learn.
This was the final FTC event for some of the team members. They were honored by "running" the final matches of the event. We can't wait to see your robotics skills in action at WBHS!
WBHS Boys Lacrosse
WBHS Boys Lacrosse started preseason training for NEW players Wednesday nights at Scotch Elementary. Two time slots available weekly at 6:30 and 7:30 pm. Contact Coach Jason Weimer at Jasonroyalweimer@gmail.com to schedule time to check out America's fastest growing sport. NO experience or equipment necessary to attend.
The West Bloomfield snowboarding team kicks off their 2023 season this Tuesday, January 17 at Alpine Valley. The Lakers girls team is the defending state champion with two returning members of that squad, Audrey Phipps and Sydney Vagg. Both should be contenders for individual state recognition this season. The boys team qualified for the state meet last year and will be bringing back most of those boarders, plus several new members. Jordan Keil will be a state contender this year, too. Good Luck!
We invite you to join WBSD and safety leaders in our community at the Gun Safety Forum. We will discuss many important topics affecting our children today! Refreshments will be served. No registration necessary.
Project SEARCH Winter 2023 Newsletter
Project SEARCH is a community collaboration between Henry Ford Hospital - West Bloomfield, West Bloomfield School District, Michigan Rehabilitation Service, and New Horizons Rehabilitation.
Click here for more info and to view videos of Project SEARCH in action!
West Bloomfield Public Library
· Martin Luther King, Jr. (Kids)
· Martin Luther King, Jr. (Teen)
The Library Is Hiring!
We’re looking for a Circulation Assistant and Computer Assistant to work part-time. High school students over the age of 16 are welcome to apply. We are also seeking a Library Monitor to help us enforce the Rules of Conduct during the school year (September through May). A high school diploma or equivalent is required. For job descriptions or to apply, visit https://wblib.org/aboutus/employment.php
MLK Day Events
Monday, January 16
Friends Statue Unveiling - 10 a.m. at the Main Library Casual Study Room
MLK Storytelling with Larry Castleberry - 11 a.m. at the Main Library Youth Activity Center
Friends Statue Unveiling – Noon at the Westacres Branch Activity Center
I Have a Dream Storytime – 1 p.m. at the Westacres Branch Youth Area
BOOKED for the Evening – 7 p.m. at the Main Library Meeting Room
Talkin’ Broadway: Oliver!
Wednesday, January 18
6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Main Library Meeting Room
Watch local actors perform an excerpt from Oliver! Followed by a discussion with visiting Broadway veterans! Read the score, watch the movie, or just come to listen! Generously organized and sponsored by the Friends of the West Bloomfield Library and Michigan Stage. No registration required.
Do you have a newsworthy story to share? We want to share your wonderful stories with the rest of the community! Please share with us what is happening with your child(ren) and our staff. We would love to hear about your events and activities including awards, honors, good deeds, and accomplishments. Help us share your success stories in art, music, scholastics, athletics, drama, debate, and more. We look forward to sharing your news! Submit a story here.