Mustang Express

August 23 Back-to-School Edition

An Important Message Regarding Transportation from Mrs. VanWagnen

August 23, 2022

Dear Meadowbrook Mustangs families:

We are eagerly anticipating the start of another exciting year at Meadowbrook Elementary! On behalf of the entire MBE Mustang community, we can’t wait to see your child’s smiling faces on Monday, Aug. 29 for our first day of school. As a reminder we will be hosting a Back to School Meet and Greet event on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 3-4 p.m. We hope to see you there!

As we put the finishing touches on our back to school preparations for the 2022-23 school year, I wanted to take a moment and inform you of some changes to our arrival and dismissal procedures in response to significant construction impacting the roadways around Meadowbrook Elementary.

Recently, members of the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) met with myself and members of our District administration to inform us of the timeline and closures associated with the ongoing water main project. They informed us of the following:

  • A one-mile portion of this new water main will be installed along Meadowbrook Road from 11 Mile Road to 12 Mile. The work to install the one-mile segment of transmission main will require Meadowbrook Road to be closed at 12 Mile to 11 Mile Road to southbound traffic from Late July through early October due to the excavations involved and our commitment to ensure the public’s safety. Northbound traffic will not be impacted. Residential and Business access will be maintained within the work zone:
    • The detour route for southbound traffic is as follows: west on 12 Mile Road, south on Novi Road, east on Grand River Avenue, and north on Meadowbrook Road;
  • As the installation of the new water transmission main sections continue along Meadowbrook Road, full lane road closures north of 12 Mile Road will be required due to excavation activity from late July through Spring 2023.

In response to this construction related road closure, we will be making some adjustments to our arrival and dismissal procedures for the upcoming school year.

To allow for the safe arrival and dismissal of all Meadowbrook Elementary students, we will be limiting the number of cars in our carline each day. All students and families designated as bus riders will be asked to utilize our transportation services both in the morning and afternoon. Saddle Up pick-up is limited to 75 families and only available for walkers (students that live in the MBE attendance area that do not have an assigned bus) and not registered for daily Prime Time Care. We request that students and families designated as walkers please fill out our Saddle Up form for the upcoming school year. Saddle Up will be available on a first come, first serve basis and will be limited to the total number of participants.

We recognize that this is an inconvenience for some of our families but we deemed it necessary to ensure the safe arrival and dismissal of all of our students.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on Aug. 25 for our Meet and Greet event and on Aug. 29 for the start of an amazing school year!


Jennifer VanWagnen, Principal

Transportation Department Information

Please review the following information from our transportation department:

  • If your child is eligible for bus transportation, it is highly recommended that they start this routine on the first day of school.

  • Bus Stops/Routes: Bus stops/routes will be posted on the district website and Skyward Family Access the week of August 15, 2022.

  • Bus Drivers - Bus drivers will be contacting all kindergarten families to introduce themselves. You can expect a phone call from your child’s driver in the coming days. Our drivers take care to ensure our kindergartners get on/off the bus safely each day.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Click on the link below to learn about the arrival and dismissal procedures for Meadowbrook. It is important that we all adhere to the structures put in place to help ensure the safety and security of our students, staff, and the greater community. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

**Important note: If you plan to drive your Kindergarten student to school each day, you should have your child begin practicing getting in and out of a booster seat, unassisted from the back, passenger side of the vehicle. Thank you!

Dismissal Plan for 2022-2023

Part of the back-to-school packet requires each family to complete a Dismissal Form to let us know your child's dismissal routine. This is a very important form that must be completed for each student. Please be sure you have either completed the form via the back-to-school online registration packet or by using the link below.

Thank you for your help with this task!

Please Review the Meadowbrook Family Handbook

It is very important that you take time to review the Meadowbrook Handbook which is filled with important information, policies and procedures. Reviewing the Meadowbrook Handbook is also part of the Back-to-School Packet.

Meadowbrook PTA Information

A Message from our PTA President

Hello and welcome to another exciting school year at Meadowbrook Elementary! My name is Sarah Mizen-Reese and I am your PTA President this year. (Not only am I a member of the PTA, but I am also entering my 2nd year as a building substitute teacher at MBE). I have a 4th grade daughter and 1st grade son at Meadowbrook and my oldest son is a sophomore at Walled Lake Western this year. I am lucky to have the opportunity to be fully engaged with the Meadowbrook community as both an employee and parent. I think this gives me the unique opportunity to bring both sides to the table as we plan for an AMAZING year of fun, community building activities that support our students, families and staff.

I am a firm believer in the expression: “It takes a village to raise a child” and I feel deeply that involvement in the PTA is one way to achieve that goal. We are all a group of parents (most of whom work part or full time jobs) and staff that volunteer our time to plan and execute all kinds of activities (ex: book fairs, our fun run-The Mustang Mile, spelling bee, Battle of the Books, 5th grade celebration, *new this year*-STEM night, staff appreciation week, etc.) to help enrich the experiences of our students, build connections within our school community and help the staff feel appreciated as they support our children’s learning and growth. Of course, there are larger roles you can hold, but even just coming to a meeting and sharing your ideas or volunteering to complete a small task makes the year that much smoother. I do hope you will join us in our efforts this year by becoming a PTA member!

Welcome New Meadowbrook PTA Board

We would like to welcome our Meadowbrook Elementary PTA Board Members for the 2022-2023 school year!

President: Sarah Mizen-Reese

Vice-President: Vacant

Secretary: Lesley-Ann Roberts

Treasurer: Nichole Keppen

Community Liaison: Maryam Qoroish

Fundraising Chairperson: Amanda Maheu

Membership Chairperson: Andrea Sullivan

Volunteer Coordinator: Jessica Zoma

Reflections Co-Chairs: Theresa Braithwaite

Legislative Representation: Vacant

We have an incredible group for our board this year. It is a great mix of returning and new members! We still have some open positions. If you are curious AT ALL, find a current board member to discuss what the job entails. We can even have co-chairs, so grab a friend and split the work. We promise that asking questions is NOT a commitment :)

PTA Membership

We are encouraging all families to join the Meadowbrook PTA! To join, simply click the link below. The fee is $10.00 and can now easily be done electronically below. Joining the PTA does not commit you to anything but it does ensure you have a voice and partnership with the Parent/Teacher Association at Meadowbrook Elementary!
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Please Join Us for a Meet and Greet

We hope you are able to join us for our Meet and Greet on Thursday, August 25th from 3-4 p.m. Classrooms will be open and students will be able to meet the Meadowbrook staff, drop off supplies, have a photo op with our Mustang mascot and purchase Kona Ice on the playground sponsored by the PTA. The Meadowbrook PTA will also be available to assist with PTA membership questions. The Meadowbrook office will be open during this time if you need to drop off medications for your child with a completed Authorization to Administer Medication Form.

Join Us for Curriculum Night

Each year we encourage our families to attend Curriculum Night, as this is an important opportunity to learn about what your child's educational journey will look like this year. Please see the dates and times below.
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Important Dates


8/18: Regular Board Meeting @ 7 PM

8/19: Elementary Class Assignments Posted on Skyward after 4 PM (Must Complete Back-To-School Registration "Packet" to view class assignment)

8/22-8/26: Bus Routes Posted in Skyward Family Access

8/25: Meet & Greet 3-4 PM, PTA Celebration until 5 PM

8/29: First Day of School for Students (Full Day Grades 1-5, Half Day Staggered Start for Kindergarten)


9/2: No School

9/5: No School-Labor Day

9/7: PTA Meeting @ 6 PM (Meadowbrook Media Center), Childcare Provided

9/13: Curriculum Night @ 6 PM, Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten | 6:30 PM, 1st grade | 7 PM, 2nd grade

9/14: Curriculum Night @ 6 PM, 3rd grade | 6:30 PM, 4th grade | 7 PM, 5th grade

9/20: Half Day of School, Staff Professional Development

9/20: LAYA Taste of the Lakes @ 5:00 PM

9/23: Walled Western Homecoming, Meadowbrook students invited

9/26: No School- Rosh Hashanah


10/4:PTA Meeting @ 9 AM (Meadowbrook Staff Lounge)

10/5: No School-Yom Kippur

10/6: Student Count Day

10/6: Picture Day

10/14: PTA Sponsored

10/19-10/21: 5th Grade Overnight Camp

10/21: Walled Western Annual Pink Out Game, Meadowbrook students invited

10/28: Trunk or Treat

10/31: Half Day of School (Staff Professional Development)

Connect With Us


Kellan Watkins

Principal's Secretary:

Jennifer Schloegl

Building Secretary:

Important Phone Numbers:

Main Line: 248-956-2700

Attendance: 248-956-2790