Thursday, September 2, 2021




Welcome To A Cooler September!

I have had the pleasure of reading to each classroom and have enjoyed getting to know so many new faces, along with friendly waves and warm hugs from familiar faces. Together we read Mae's First Day of School. Feel free to read this to your child, or listen together if your child is feeling worried or nervous about coming to school or going somewhere new.

We have a few very exciting WEPA events coming up!

  • WEPA Meet and Greet on Tuesday, September 14 at the Wayland Park - more details below
  • Please look for Walk-A-Thon notes and an envelope in your student's backpack. This event will take place on Friday, September 24.

You can expect our Baker Bits newsletters to begin coming to you every other week.

Enjoy your long weekend!

Rachel Cimek

Principal - Baker Elementary

Wayland Union Schools

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Upcoming Dates

Fri, Sept 3 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day Weekend

Mon, Sept 6 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day Weekend

Tues, Sept 14 - Coffee Talk with WEPA

Wed, Sept 15 - School Wide Picture Day

Thurs, Sept 16 - Alternative Day Pictures for Preschool

Thurs, Sept 16 - 6:30pm - WEPA Parent Meeting at Steeby Elementary Media Center

Fri, Sept 17 - Dot Day

Fri, Sept 24 - WEPA Walk-A-Thon

Fri, Sept 24 - Homecoming Football Game

Fri, Oct 1 - Progress Reports Publish to the Parent Portal

Mon, Oct 4- Parent/Teacher Conferences

Wed, Oct 6 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Mon, Oct 11 - NO SCHOOL - No Staff or Students

Mon, Nov 1 - NO SCHOOL - No Students - PD Day for Staff

Tues, Nov 2 - Picture Retake Day

Nov 24th - Nov 26th - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Need Extra Clothing

The Baker office is in desperate need of extra clothing in the office. We need boy and girl clothing. Pants and Undies (No shirts please). We have zero bigger size pants or leggings for girls; size 8, 10 & 12.

School Times 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Office Hours - 8:10 AM to 4:10 PM

Drop Off Lane - Begins at 8:55 AM

Pick Up - Gates open at 3:55 PM - There should be an adult waiting outside the gates by 3:55. All students should be picked up no later than 4:00 PM.

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Baker Office Hours

Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:10 AM to 4:10 PM.

The school office is also CLOSED during student drop off and pickup times. Office staff is assisting with kids coming off the bus between 8:55 and 9:05, as well as, assisting with student pick up between 3:50 - 4:05.

Appropriate Footwear

Just a reminder - flip flops on the playground and in gym class are very dangerous. We have had scraped knees, broken toe nails, twisted ankles and slivers from woodchips this week due to students wearing sandals and flip flops on the playground. Ouch! Please consider sending your child with closed toed shoes. Thank you.

Spare Clothing & Spare Mask

It is also a really good idea to send a spare change of clothing in the backpack. Having an extra set of clothes on hand is very helpful. Learning new routines will take time. If a child is on the playground and needs to use the bathroom, it takes time to assist a child back to their classroom bathroom. Please help us by reminding your child to use the bathroom before school and also to remind them to try to use the classroom bathrooms before their class goes to recess each day.

We have had a few mask malfunctions this week. (Learning curve!) If you are able, please send an extra mask in your child's backpack.

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WEPA Meet & Greet

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Picture Day - School Wide - Wednesday, September 15

Direct link to Inter-State Picture Studio
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Dot Day - Friday, September 17

What is Dot Day??? Dot Day was created based on the book "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds. It celebrates creativity and the arts. Students will be doing some dot day activities in media class! This is a fun dress up day for students. Wear your dots, stripes & patterns!

WEPA Walk-A-Thon - Friday, September 24

- Parents are invited to join us outside.

- Classes will walk for 30 minutes.

  • Preschool 9:15 - 9:35
  • Young Fives + Kindergarten 9:45 - 10:15
  • First Grade 10:30 - 11:00

- Walking will happen around the staff parking lot.

- Envelopes will go home Thursday, Sept 2 with all students.

Kelso's Choice

This year Baker Elementary students will be taught conflict resolution skills in the Young 5’s, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade classrooms. Conflicts and disagreements are normal when people get together. However, hurtful words, gestures, or physically aggressive behaviors are unacceptable ways to deal with conflict and disagreements at school or at home.

School social worker and counselor at Baker Elementary, Alexis Prins, wants to help all students learn how to peacefully and appropriately handle conflict. With the help of Kelso and his Choice Wheel, the students at Baker Elementary will be taught several positive ways to deal with conflicts. At school the students will be taught the difference between big problems and little problems. Students will be reminded they need an adult's help to solve big problems but they can try to solve little problems on their own or with the help of Kelso and Lilly, our friendly frogs!

This school year we want to give students the opportunity to learn how to use their conflict resolution skills at home. We have all experienced difficulties during this time and using Kelso’s Wheel might be a great way to help students manage their emotions, resolve conflicts, be kind, patient, and inclusive to their peers and siblings.

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Great news! ALL students will again be eligible to receive FREE breakfast and FREE lunch from the school cafeteria during the school day! Participation is optional and there is no registration required. This is great news for so many of our families and a great way to come back to school!

Please note that milk-only purchases are NOT included in the FREE meal benefit available to all students. Student lunch accounts will be charged $.60 when milk is purchased individually. Parents are responsible for all purchases their students make to their lunch accounts. Money can be added to student lunch accounts through the Parent Portal using a credit or debit card.

Remember to fill out a Free & Reduced Price Meal Program application! The percentage of students in the WUS District that qualify for the Free & Reduced Price Meal Program is an important reporting tool used by the District to qualify for additional funding from various sources. Due to less households having filled out applications this year, our numbers do not accurately reflect the need in our community. Please help improve the accuracy of our numbers by completing a Free & Reduced Price Meal Program application if you have not already done so this school year.

Electronic application forms can be completed through the Parent Portal (found under the MORE option of the main menu) or paper copies can be obtained through the office. Please contact WUS Food Services if you have any questions or concerns.


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or call 269-792-3150

WEPA - Wayland Elementary Parent Association

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Who To Contact???

If you have a question or issue with busing, you must contact the Transportation Department at 269-792-2262. Baker can not answer busing questions. Also - if there is a conflict or concern that happens on the bus, you MUST contact Transportation first to resolve any issues.

If you have questions about your parent portal or need help with you log-in and password - you will need to contact the technology department. They are the only office that can help parents with confidential information. 269-792-6611.

Equipping Parents Workshops 2021-2022

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