Yake Gator Bites

Week of June 5, 2023!

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Upcoming Dates of Note:

  • June 6th - 3rd grade Wax Museum from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. in our gym.

  • June 7th - 5th grade field trip to the DIA (Crane & Sayen's classes)

  • June 8th - 5th grade field trip to the DIA (Snyder's class)

  • June 9th - Field Day!

  • June 12th - Super Mile starting at 2:30 p.m.

  • June 12th - Class of 2023 Graduation Ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m. on the WHS football field!

  • June 13th - half-day of school - Record's Day!

  • June 14th - half-day of school - Last Day!

  • June 14th 5th grade Breakfast! 5th grade Graduation to begin at 10:30 a.m. in the group room!

Miss Hannah Ash, Principal!

Take a peek at a few pictures from Hannah Ash's day as our Principal!

She is doing a fantastic job!

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Field Day!

Field Day is scheduled for Friday, June 9, 2023. Our PTO is working closely with Mr. Crane & WHS volunteers to make final plans for this exciting event.

*As the students will be outside for 2 hours and 45 minutes, please make sure to dress your children in appropriate clothing and send/apply sun screen to meet the needs of your child. **Please consider sending a bag of dry clothes in with lower-el students as they may get a bit wet during some of the activities. If the Woodhaven Fire Department joins us again, our Gators in grades 3-5 will get soaked.

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Yake's class of 2030 5th grade graduation!

(Click here) or on the image below for information about our 5th Grade Graduation ceremony!

Congratulation, Harper Prus!

So proud to join Mr. Sayen, Mrs. Crane & Mr. Crane in honoring Harper Prus as Yake's 2023 Kiwanis Youth Citizenship Award Winner! She is an amazing Gator!
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Thank you, Harper!

Harper donated the book that she received from the Kiwanis Club of Woodhaven to our media center. Thank you, Harper! Gators love this book!
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Kindergarten Skills Screening 2023!

Kindergarten skills screening for the 2023.24 school year is schedule to take place on Wednesday, August 23rd & Thursday, August 24th between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. We will not have a June screening date.

Click here or on the link below to schedule a screening date and time for your entering kindergarten Gator. As noted, parents who plan to choose Young Fives for theis Gator do not need to participate in a screening session. Gators who were in Young Fives this year will automatically roll into kindergarten and do not need to be screened, either.

Yake's 2023.24 Building Calendar (Draft)!

Please (click here) or on the link below to take a peek at Yake's 2023.24 building calendar. This calendar is not set in stone and will be updated as we get closer to the new school year. Please note that changes can be made as we get into the new school year, notably in regards to field trips being added, moved, etc. I wanted to give families a first glance and ongoing access.
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Yake's Weekly Dog Pound!

Take a peek at pictures of our Watch D.O.G.S. who joined us this past week!

See Watch D.O.G.S. section further down to learn more about being a Watch D.O.G. and to see the current calendar.

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Minutes from our last PTO meeting on 5.15.23!

Take a peek at the Agenda (coming soon) and Minutes (coming soon) from our PTO meeting on May 16th.

For Mr. Podlewski's agenda click here to view.

This was our final PTO meeting of the year! We will look forward to resuming again with our new board on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. in our media center!

Thank you, Melissa Greer!

Please join me in thanking Melissa Greer as our outgoing PTO President! She has served as our President since September, 2020 and was critical in helping us navigate through the pandemic and bringing all of our events and activities back after two years of being dormant. That was no small task.

Thank you, Mrs. Greer!

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(Click here) or on the image below to see our Watch D.O.G.S. calendar.

Our Watch D.O.G.S. calendar is now full!

We will let families know if there are any openings due to cancellations.

Lunch Menu!

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Text WBSD to 888777!

If you haven't already done so, to opt-in for school district notifications, simply text WBSD to 888777. We will primarily use this system as a means of notification for school closings and safety information. First notification of school closings, especially snow days, will be issued by text message via the Nixle notification system.
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Box Tops for Education!

Box Tops for Education and still around and really help raise money for our school. Now, Box Tops are easier than ever! No more clipping, taping, gluing, etc.! Just (click here) to get started and read the steps below.

No Parking along Carter Rd or in the Dead End!

Just as a reminder, there is no parking along Carter Rd. or in the dead end. If you arrive early for pick-up, please pull in as much as possible. You are also welcome to pull into a parking space. The loop clears quite quickly after 3:55 p.m.

Police officers have been patrolling and issuing warnings to people parked or standing along Carter Rd. or in the dead end, but they can and will begin issuing tickets.

Thank you for your patience and consideration when picking up your Gators from school at the end of the day.

Attendance Counts!

Please note our attendance policy below. Children learn best when they arrive to school on time every day. Please note that absences are only excused with doctor or dentist notes. We will also excuse days with documentation pertaining to positive COVID cases and the associated quarantine days.
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Helping Families Understand i-Ready!

By understanding the purpose and structure of the i-Ready Diagnostic and Personalized Instruction, families can be empowered to support their student’s learning.


· Family Guides: English | Spanish | Additional Language Translations

· Video: Introduction to i-Ready for Families: English | Spanish

Parking Lots!

Parents and visitors are asked to park in the Visitor's Parking lot, especially before 9:00 a.m. Staff members arriving to school are struggling to find parking spaces. They need to be able to park in order to get to their classrooms. Please assist us in keeping the spots in the staff parking lot open for staff, at least until 9:00 a.m. each morning.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Pick-Up & Drop Off!

When dropping off and picking up students, we ask you observe the following safety procedures:

Drop Off:

  • The drop-off lane is open.

  • This is our KISS & GO ZONE. Pull up next to the sidewalk to let your student out of your vehicle from the passenger side ONLY.

  • Please do not drop off your students in the parking lot or in the second lane of traffic.

  • If your student needs assistance exiting the car, you MUST park your car in the lot and walk your student to the front of the school to ensure a safe crossing from the parking lot.

  • Students should not be permitted to walk past parked or moving cars unescorted.

  • All students will line up outside at their classroom doors.

Pick Up:

  • Y5 & K car rider parents will pick up their child from their classroom’s exterior doors at 3:45pm. For Y5 -1 parents, masks are optional. However, we ask that families maintain social distancing when picking up their children from the classroom doors.

  • 1st grade car rider parents will pick up their child from their classroom’s exterior doors at 3:50pm

  • 2 - 5 grade walkers / car riders will be released from their classroom exterior doors at 3:55pm

  • You may meet your child at their classroom doors and escort them to your car.

  • Do not call your student to your car if you are parked in the main lot

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Birthday Celebrations!

Birthday Celebrations!

Birthday Celebrations!

Every child’s birthday is important. However, we must take more care when sending birthday treats to school. In addition to pandemic related precautions, we must also consider student food allergies, student diabetes, and our national push for healthy eating. If you wish to send a prepackaged birthday treat, you will need to either send the treats in with your child in the morning or pull into one of the parent parking spots and call the office to have us come out and pick up the treats from you. Please make sure that the pre-packaged treats have the ingredients listed on the packages. Please label the treats with your child’s name and classroom teacher. Parents will not be allowed to deliver treats into their child’s classroom.

2022-23 Bus Routes!

Please click here or on the image below to see this year's bus routes. They should be the same as last year.

Visitor's & Volunteers!

As a reminder, no outside visitors will be allowed in our school. Any parent or visitor wishing to drop off or pick up a child, drop off a backpack or a lunch, etc. will need to call our office at (734)692-2230 for assistance. Staff members will welcome student in, escort students out and/or pick up backpacks, lunches and/or similar items as needed.

Yes, volunteers are welcome. However, they must be i-chat approved and the application is due one week prior to volunteering. To assess an IChat form, (Click here) and then click on the IChat form.

If parents wish to pick students up prior to dismissal, our office must be called before 3:30 p.m. Children will not be walked out to parents after 3:30 p.m.

Click here to access a FAQ parent guide which will be updated throughout the year.

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Yake Elementary School

Home of the Gators!

Where our Gators "Give and Expect the Best!" everyday!

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