Glengary Gazette

Monday, February 27, 2023

A Message from Mrs. Johnson...

Dear Glengary Families,

I hope that everyone had a safe, restful, and happy mid-winter break! We are excited to be back and ready to embrace the month of March with enthusiasm and positivity! There are only 4 weeks in March before spring break but let me tell you, we have a busy and engaging month planned for our Gators! Be sure to check out all of the details below!

As always, the Glengary Staff is here to support you. Should you have questions or if concerns arise, please reach out to your child's teacher or myself and we will work together to find a solution. I can be reached at or at 248-956-3100.

Here's to a GREAT week ahead!


Important Dates


2/27: Math Course Skipping Registration Opens (see below)

2/27: PTSA Council Meeting at Dublin Elementary - 7pm

2/28: March is Reading Month Kick-Off Assembly 3:00 pm

2/28: WLCSD Community Engagement Session at WL Western - 6:30pm (media center)


3/1: Waste Free Lunch Challenge (details below)

3/1: Dr. Bernia Community Conversation at the Walled Lake Library - 6pm

3/1: Variety Show Dress Rehearsal (post dismissal)

3/2: Variety Show (day time show for students and evening performance at 6:30)

3/2: 5th Grade Parent Night @ Clifford Smart Middle School @ 6:30 p.m.

3/2-3/5-WLW Presents "Into The Woods"

3/6-3/10: National School Breakfast Week

3/7: PTA Meeting @ 6:30 PM

3/8: 5th Grade Camp Informational Meeting (RM 3 @ 6:00 PM)

3/9: Board of Education Meeting at 7pm

3/10: Family Access Closed/End of Trimester 2

3/13: Kindergarten Orientation, 6pm, Glengary Elementary

3/13: 5th Grade Instrument Fitting AM

3/14: Half Day of School 12:25 Dismissal-Staff PD PM

3/15: 5th Grade Parent Night @ Walnut Creek Middle School (info below)

3/15: 5th Grade Parent Night @ Sarah Banks Middle School @ 6:30 PM

3/16: 5th Grade Scheduling Visit with Creek Principal and Counselors

3/16: Staff Volleyball Game @ 6:30 PM Creek

3/20: PTSA Reflections Celebration

3/23: Report Cards posted at end of day

3/24: Registration for Math Course Skipping Closes

3/27-3/31: Spring Break

Looking Ahead...

4/10-4/14: Spring Book Fair

4/20: Spring Pictures

Positivity Project & Zones of Regulation

Below you will find the topics of focus for the next 2 weeks. I strongly encourage families to click on the links below and use the family resources to reinforce the learning at home! Once you click on the P2 for Families, you’ll find 1 quote, 1 video, and 3 questions to help you and your children discuss The Positivity Project’s character strength of the week. Please join us!

Feb 27-March 3: Love of Learning

Love of Learning means you master new topics on your own or in school.

Those with a love of learning are intrinsically motivated and engaged in a topic regardless of achieving an external standard. They enjoy learning simply for the sake of learning. They don’t need a prize of a high grade as a reward. Their reward is the process of doing the work and improving.

Developing a love of learning is highly beneficial for an individual. It means that they are intrinsically motivated to deepen their existing skills and abilities, or learn something completely new. Since intrinsically motivated action is correlated with positive emotions, those who act on their love of learning may also have enhanced mental and physical health. Additionally, individuals who love learning have the desire and ability to overcome challenges, due to a sense of autonomy and control over their environment.

March 6-March 10: Humility

Humility means you do not seek the spotlight. You let your actions speak for themselves.

Humble people have an accurate (not underestimated) sense of their abilities and achievements. They hold the capacity to acknowledge their mistakes and limitations, and are open to advice and new ideas. They do not show off their possessions or accomplishments.

Developing humility is associated with positive developmental outcomes in individuals. It allows a person to honestly reflect on their abilities and acknowledge how and where they can improve. Humility opens them up to new ideas, advice, and (consequently) abilities that pride, arrogance, or pretentiousness often block. Therefore, humility makes them desired members of a team.

Zones of Regulation

Zoom in on the Yellow Zone

In this edition of the Gazette, we will focus on the Yellow Zone. The Yellow Zone – used to describe a heightened state of alertness; elevated emotions; has some control; feels frustrated, worried, silly/wiggly, excited, loss of some control.

There are multiple tools and strategies that our students can use to self-regulate – and they will be individual to each child. However, it may be useful to think about the types of activities that will help our children to regulate in each zone.

Yellow Zone Tools: 

  • Engage in a calming activity such as puzzles, listening to music, drawing, painting, Play-Doh/clay, reading, stacking rocks, etc.
  • Practice counting. Examples include: counting forward and backward, counting objects, counting colors, counting breaths, counting pulse
  • Practice breathing such as Lazy Eight Breathing, Square Breathing, etc.
  • Use sensory strategies and/or tools
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School Information

2023-2024 Kindergarten

Attention Future Glengary Gators! Any child that will be five years old before September 1, 2023, is eligible to enroll/register for Kindergarten. If you have an incoming kindergartner, please contact our main office so we can add you to our email list. We will send out important information about our 2023-2024 incoming kindergarten events throughout the Spring. Call 248-956-3100 or email and

Save the Date! Incoming Kindergarten Orientation will be held on March 13, 2023.

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Kindergarten Orientation: Monday, March 13 @ 6:00 PM

The Walled Lake Consolidated School District is hosting Kindergarten Orientation for the 2023-24 school year on Monday, March 13 at 6:00 PM at all twelve elementary schools. This event is an adult only informational evening for incoming Kindergarten Parents. You are invited to join us for this important informational evening at Glengary Elementary.

A step-by-step communication has been prepared for all families and includes an important informational video that should be viewed before March 13. Please click on the link below and reach out to with any questions!

2023-2024 Junior Kindergarten

Children with a birthdate between June 1, 2018 and December 1, 2018 are eligible for 2023-2024 Junior Kindergarten program in Walled Lake. More information about Junior Kindergarten can be found in the link below. Interest forms should be completed by February 27.

● Parents/guardians must complete the JK Interest form in order for their child to be considered for placement in Junior Kindergarten.

Interest forms submitted after February 27, 2023 will be placed on a waitlist.

● Completing the form does not guarantee your child will be placed in Junior Kindergarten. Placement decisions are based on birthdates and space availability. Parents/guardians will be notified via email in early March.

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WLCSD Preschool Program

If you are interested in having your child attend a Walled Lake Preschool Program for the 2023-2024 school year, please complete the form linked below.

Contact Sarah Davey, Director of Early Childhood Education at with questions. You can also visit our preschool program website for more information.

Math Course-Skipping Information

Walled Lake Schools offers an opportunity for Math Course-Skipping. Click on the link below to learn about the Math Course-Skipping process and procedure and feel free to reach out to Mrs. Johnson and/or Ellen McDonald, WL Math/Science Coordinator ( with any questions.

Registration window: February 27th – March 24th

March i-Ready School-Wide Challenge

We are ready to march into our next i-Ready Challenge at Glengary and continue to build excitement around this district-wide program that is used to assess students’ academic levels and enrich and supplement instruction. At the front of the building, we have put together a large bulliten board entitled, Gnomies and I Are Ready to MARCH Into Our Lessons. Each grade-level will have a gnome labeled with their grade and they will earn 1 coin for every 10 i-Ready lessons passed in their class. Lessons will be tallied each week and a bar graph of coins displayed to show grade-level progress.

March Theme: Gnomies and I Are Ready to MARCH Into Our Lessons

March Competition Dates: Monday, February 27-Sunday, March 26

Week 1: 2/27 - 3/5 - Report totals on 3/6

Week 2: 3/6 - 3/12 - Report totals on 3/13

Week 3: 3/13 - 3/19 - Report totals on 3/20

Week 4: 3/20 - 3/26 - Report totals on 4/3

Purpose: To increase student engagement with the i-Ready instructional lessons which target specific focus areas for each student based on their individualized fall diagnostic. i-Ready is research based and while it does not replace the core, quality instruction happening in the classroom, it certainly serves as a great way to close gaps and enrich our learners that are ready for the next challenge.

Competition Focus: Each grade will earn 1 coin for every 10 lessons passed.

How Can you Help?

Encourage students to take their i-Ready lessons seriously. Teachers will do their best to ensure students have the appropriate number of minutes built into their weekly schedule to complete the recommended number of minutes per week at school (30 minutes for K and 45 minutes for grades 1-5). If students have not been able to complete the recommended amount of time on their i-Ready lessons at school, please encourage them to complete them at home if possible. Unfortunately, at this time, we do not have Chromebooks available to send home with students.

March is Reading Month Kicks-Off March 1st!

We have a super exciting March is Reading Month planned for our Gators! Click on the link below to check out the March is Reading Month Smore with some exciting information about the plans for the month. Additionally, feel free to check out the second link which includes a copy of the letter that will go home with students on 2/28. This letter will be attached to the March is Reading Month calendar. Happy Reading!

A big thank you to all of the staff and volunteers who helped donate items and transform Glengary into Will Wonka's Factory!

Spring Flower Sale Starts March 1st!

The Spring Plant Sale is officially kicking off on March 1st! I know it is hard to think of Spring when we are in the midst of a snowy, rainy winter but it will be here before we know it! The sale will close on March 15th. Catalogs will be sent home with your student on Wednesday, March 1st.

We have chosen once again to partner with Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse to help us raise funds for Glengary while offering high quality and value rich plants and pots that are grown without any toxic chemicals. Here is a great video that provides more information about the flowers the PTA is selling:

You can also view the resources below for additional information.

Important Dates:

Wednesday, March 1st Spring Flower Sale Begins!

Wednesday March 15th Orders Due, Online Store Closes at midnight.

Monday, May 1st Flower Pick-Up Date, Time TBD

Make sure to read through the attached document for instructions on placing orders as well as the amazing prizes offered by the PTA as well as Foertmeyer!

Please read out to Cara Richards with any questions (

Please note, our last two sales have sold out of many items quickly so don’t delay on ordering! Take a minute and check out the catalog below.

Waste Free Lunch Challenge: Wednesday, March 1

Our Glengary community has been hard at work making changes to help the environment. Students have been taking action to recycle in the cafeteria, conserve water, and turn off lights when leaving a room. As we strive to become a Green Certified School, it is important to teach our kids that even the smallest acts make a difference.

In an effort to promote the green initiative, Glengary students are challenged to bring waste free lunches to school. This means packing sandwiches in reusable bags or sandwich containers, bringing drinks in a reusable cup, utilizing tupperware for snacks (fruits, vegetables, chips, etc.) and packaging everything in a cloth bag or plastic box. The goal is to have empty garbage bins at the end of the day!

March 1st will be our first official waste free lunch challenge. We are hoping that students will take ownership of packing their lunches and use their character strengths of purpose, creativity, and enthusiasm to help eliminate waste in our community. Please help your child prepare for this change; ideas for waste free lunch products are linked below.

Thank you in advance for your help in promoting this project by working with your child to “go green” with our waste free lunch challenge.

Gorilla Grip Reusable Storage Bags:

Reusable Lunch Pack:

Reusable Lunch Box Food Container:

Reusable Lunch Box Food Container:

Dr. Bernia to host Community Conversations: Wednesday, March 1

Since joining the District in October 2022, Dr. Bernia has been hard at work connecting with stakeholders in our school buildings including staff and students. The next step in his process is to get out into the community and connect with families and community members. Dates, times and locations for the upcoming Community Conversations are listed below:

  • March 1 at the Walled Lake City Library from 6-7pm

We hope everyone in the community will be able to attend and meet Dr. Bernia, share thoughts about the District, and learn more about his vision for the District moving forward. We hope to see you there!

Variety Show: Thursday, March 2

Dress rehearsal for all participants will take place Wednesday, March 1 after school until 5:30 pick up.

All students will get to enjoy a daytime performance on Thursday, March 2 at 2:30 pm at GLE.

The evening show will take place at Glengary Elementary in the cafeteria at 6:30 pm. There will be a reception in the gym following the performance.

Tickets have been distributed to families of participating students only but if others are interested in attending, please reach out directly to PTA president, Alison Burke, and tickets can be distributed in the event that we have unused tickets (

Girl Scout Cookies for Sale @ Variety Show 3/2

It is cookie season! Glengary's Girl Scout troop will be hosting a cookie booth before and after the Glengary Variety Show this Thursday March 2nd. The cookie booth will be open before the show beginning at 5:45 p.m. and remain open thirty minutes after the show as well. Most varieties are $4.00 a box with a few specialty flavors selling for $6.00 a box. Cash or credit card payments are accepted. Be sure to stop by and support Troop #79798!

Half Day of School: Thursday, March 14

This is an important reminder that Tuesday, March 14 is a half day of school with a dismissal at 12:25 PM.

Please refer to our tiered dismissal times below:

12:15- APU and Walkers

12:20 -Prime Time Care

12:23- Begin loading busses

12:30-12:32- Departure

5th Grade Parent Night @ Walnut Creek: 3/15

Greetings Class of 2030!

All parents/guardians of current 5th grade students are invited to the 5th Grade Information Night at Walnut Creek Middle School on Wednesday, March 15th, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be held in-person. The information session will be held in the Walnut Creek cafeteria from 6:30-7:30 p.m. We look forward to welcoming all families to Walnut Creek!

Please park in the East side lot (second entrance if coming from Haggerty Rd).

We are so excited to welcome your children to Walnut Creek in the fall! To help prepare our parents for the middle school transition, we are looking forward to our 5th Grade Parent Information Night on March 15th.

Our event will begin promptly at 6:30 PM on March 15th. Doors will be open at 6 PM.

During the month of March, our Creek counselors and administration will visit your child's 5th grade class to discuss course choices for next year!

Pleasant Lake: 3/16

Oakley Park: 3/17

Glengary: 3/16

If you have any questions, please feel free to browse our Walnut Creek Website, or reach out to the Creek Administration or Counseling staff:

Seth Taboh, Principal:

Kyle Pipkin, Assistant Principal:

Amanda Berman, Counselor:

Heather Thomas, Counselor:

PTSA Reflections Celebration: March 20

Save the Date! More information coming soon!

What: PTSA Reflections Celebration

Date: March 20

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Walled Lake Western High School

Last Call for Yearbook Photos: Due March 20

We have a team that is working diligently on the 22-23 Glengary Yearbook but we need your help! We are asking for families and staff to email pictures that could possibly be used in the yearbook to and label them in the subject line! (i.e.-Fun Run, Trunk or Treat, Read-A-Thon, etc.) if possible. The deadline is quickly approaching and we do not want to miss out on any great shots! All photos MUST be submitted by Monday, March 20th

Thank you for sharing the memories you have captured!

Shining Star Nominations: Due April 6

The Shining Star Award recognizes an outstanding individual who has supported the special needs community within Walled Lake Schools. Some of the qualities of the nominee might include: a positive attitude, dedication, dependability, self-motivation, helpfulness, etc. Nominees can be anyone associated with the special needs community: teacher, para, bus driver, aide, parent, volunteer, etc.. Nominations accepted via this google form only.

All nominations must be received on or before April 6, 2023. Questions? Contact:

Glengary STEAM Night: Friday, May 5th 6-8 PM

Please save the date! We are super excited to once again host Glengary STEAM Night and we will host a TON of engaging stations! More info coming soon!

District to host Community Engagement Sessions with Plante Moran CRESA

During the January Board of Education, the Board approved District administration to embark on a facility utilization study in 2023. The District has partnered with Plante Moran CRESA (PMC) to facilitate the study. As part of their process, PMC will be hosting three community engagement sessions with stakeholders from across the District during the month of February.

The final Community Engagement Session will be held at WL Western High School on February 28 at 6:30pm in the media center.

The District encourages families, students, staff and community members to attend these session and share their feedback.

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Safety Update

Since the 2019-2020 school year, we have shared information about district-wide efforts to improve our emergency responses. Walled Lake Consolidated Schools has adopted ALICE, a research-based training program to ensure schools are prepared to respond to potential intruder events. ALICE is about empowering individuals and providing options or strategies beyond the traditional lockdown methods. This past fall, District staff partnered with local law enforcement agencies to train in ALICE protocols. Shortly thereafter, students participated in ALICE based safety lessons and drills. We will continue with this work in the coming months as listed below:
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The book, “I’m not scared, I’m prepared,” by Julia Cook, read in classrooms this fall, comparisons to stranger danger, and additional resources linked below may be helpful for families that discuss the drills at home with their children.

Lesson teaching points that may assist families with at-home discussions include:

  • We practice so we know what to do in an emergency. We’re not scared, we’re prepared!

  • Our job is to keep you safe. Your job is to listen and follow the adults’ directions.

  • Evacuation means to leave the building. Your teacher or a trusted adult may tell you to leave the building and go to a safe place.

  • If an adult tells you to leave the building. Listen, quickly go to a safe place, and then wait for helpers (police officers, firefighters, trusted adults, etc.)

Student safety continues to be our first priority. We will continue to collaborate with local law enforcement and families to ensure a safe learning environment for our children.

Helpful Links:

Talking to your Child about Safety - K-2

Talking to your Child about Safety - 3-5

Talking to Children about Violence - Tips for Parents and Teachers

Is My School Safe: How to Ease Your Child’s Anxiety

Kindergarten Dexterity Kits: Seeking Donations

We are seeking donations to create Kindergarten Dexterity kits for our incoming Kindergarten students. These kits help our youngest learners develop their fine motor skills in a creative way! Please click on the Sign Up Genius link below and consider donating supplies for next year's incoming kindergartners!

All items back to the school by March 3rd, please! Thank you!

Girls of the Run Coming this Spring

Spring is around the corner and Girls on the Run is back for and will be offered to grades 3-5. This will begin on March 13th. If interested click on the link below for all details and information!

*Note: There will be no spring offering of STRIDE.

Attention 5th Grade Families

There will be a 5th Grade Informational Meeting regarding 5th Grade Camp on Wednesday, March 8 from 6:00-6:30 p.m. in room 3 at Glengary.

Save the Date - Glengary vs. Loon Lake Staff Volleyball Game - March 16th

Save the date for a fun event coming up in March! The Glengary staff will be taking on the Loon Lake staff in Volleyball.

Location: Walnut Creek Middle School

Time: Games begin at 6:30

More details coming soon!

Earth Day Poster Contest

The Walled Lake School District is holding its 12th annual EARTH DAY POSTER CONTEST! Please submit entries FEBRUARY 20th through MARCH 13th to the main office at Glengary.

Poster Rules:

  • Paper no larger than 11x17 (ask teacher or office)
  • Must be an original concept and design
  • All Posters must highlight how we can change our resources (water, gas, electricity)
  • A completed entry form must be attached (available in the office)


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50/50 Scholarship Raffle

Who wants a chance to win BIG money through our Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship Raffle?

50% for you and 50% to support our classroom grant program.... it's win-win! $50 per ticket or 3 tickets for $100.

Grand Prize: 50% of proceeds when electing the Scholarship funds option. In 2022, the scholarship amount was $10,321.

Secondary Prize: $1000 Purchase tickets: All tickets are being sold through in-person sales (no online orders). Tickets are available at the Walled Lake Schools Federal Credit Union at 3095 S. Commerce Rd. OR at Glengary Elementary! You may also fill out the contact form below to have someone contact you to arrange your ticket purchase.

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WLCSD Staff Shout-Out Nomination Form

In an effort to find additional ways to celebrate our staff, the WLCSD Community Relations department requests that families fill out the information below for staff who are rock stars in their classrooms and school communities. Please complete the form below and contact Dan Durkin ( with any questions you may have.

Notes From the Social Worker

Check out the resources below from our school social worker, Ms. Abbo! It contains a lot of resources to support families in need.

22-23 Yearbooks!

Yearbook Orders

School Portraits and Yearbooks go hand and hand, order your Glengary Elementary YB today! This special collection of school year memories can be treasured by your student for a lifetime! Friendly Reminder: New this year, yearbooks are no longer provided through the school picture program. Yearbooks must be purchased separately to receive one. Be sure to place your yearbook order!

If you would like to reserve your 2022-23 Glengary Elementary Yearbook you may order on the link below. The Order ID is 2098923. Orders due April 10.
Order Your Yearbook Here

Yearbook ID Code: 2098923

Yearbook Ad

In years past, yearbooks have been given to all students at no cost to families. These books were provided by Lifetouch, the company contracted to provide school pictures. Unfortunately, due to a significant decline in families purchasing individual student pictures, Lifetouch can no longer offer yearbooks at no charge.

In an effort to offset the cost of the yearbook for families who may not have the means to purchase one, the Glengary PTA is selling advertisement space in this year’s

yearbook. Each ad will be in color and consist of ⅛ (or the size of a business card) of a page at the conclusion of the book. The cost per ad is $50.

If you would like to purchase advertisement space, please do the following:

1.Complete the form linked below

2. Provide Andrea Halimi with the ad (exactly as you would like to be printed in the yearbook)

3. Submit payment, either cash or a check made out to Glengary Elementary PTA. All items can be sent to Glengary Elementary School PTA, 3070 Woodbury St, Commerce, MI

48390 (℅ Andrea Halimi).

Glengary PTA Information

PTA Communication

This year, the PTA is excited to use their own communication platform to help organize important information all in one place. The Glengary Gazette is often loaded with info and sometimes the PTA updates can become buried. The link to the first edition of the PTA Post is linked below and will be regularly blasted out via Skyward and linked in the Glengary Gazette! Be sure to check it out!

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Community Education

Community Education

Please check out some awesome activities below being offered through Walled Lake's Community Education Program.

Spring Leagues

  • Gladiators Lacrosse - Available Now!
  • WLCE Basketball Mini League - Registration Begins March 1st
  • Spikers Girls Volleyball - Registration Begins March 1st
  • After School Soccer - Pilot Program
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COVID Guidance

COVID Guidance

The Walled Lake Consolidated School District, following the guidance of the Oakland County Health Division, requires individuals that are positive for COVID-19 AND individuals that exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, (one symptom from the top section or two symptoms from the second section), to follow certain steps before they can return to school. The link below contains a symptom screener as well as the options a family can take for their student to be eligible to return to school when a student is suggestive of COVID.

Many symptoms of COVID overlap with symptoms of other common illnesses and seasonal allergies. Current guidance requires us to follow COVID protocols for individuals that cannot pass the health screener until COVID is medically ruled out or a certain period of time has passed.

At this time, communication to families regarding COVID-19 cases at school is the same as it was at the end of the 2021-22 school year. When I learn of a positive case, I will send a letter to the classroom of the positive individual, as well as a letter to the entire grade level, to notify families of a possible exposure. For privacy reasons, names and identifying information will not be disclosed.

If you have any questions or need additional guidance regarding a sick child and school attendance, please contact our GLE Main Office. We recognize the added layer of responsibility on parents and school staff when an individual presents with symptoms during the pandemic and appreciate your partnership.

Reporting COVID 19 Cases to Glengary

If your child tests positive for COVID-19, it is critical that the office staff and classroom teacher are quickly informed.

Please send an email to:

RosaLeigh Johnson -

Melissa Roth -

Cheryl Maten-

Your child's teacher

In the email, please include ALL of the following information:

Your child's name

Your child's grade

Your child's teacher

Your name

Your contact phone number

The date of symptom onset

The date your child was tested

The last date your child was in school

Type of test that was given (Home test, Rapid test at a testing site, PCR test at a testing site)

Name of testing site, if tested in a facility

*Note: Once staff are informed, the following action items occur.

1. Office reports to WL Human Resources Department

2. Families receive quarantine timeline via email from WL Human Resource Department

2. Office alerts custodians who deep clean the impacted classroom

3. Office sends a letter to the classroom of the positive individual & a letter to the entire grade level, to notify families of a possible exposure. Individual's names and identifying information is NOT shared.

Previously Shared Information

Apple Watches

There has been an influx of students wearing Apple Watches to school. Apple watches should not be worn during the school day. Just like cell phones, if it is absolutely necessary for a student to have an Apple Watch at school, please note that students will be asked to keep it in their backpack until the end of the school day. Watches can cause major distractions during the school day and are not a necessary resource for our K-5 students in the school setting. Thank you for your help and understanding.

Office Hours & Building Entry

Please note that our office is open from 8:30-4:30 daily. At times, we have families come to the building to retrieve missing snow gear, homework, etc. This is permissible if it is before 4:30. Please simply ring the doorbell and an office staff member will assist you. If it is after 4:30, you are welcome to call the office at 248-956-3100 and if an office staff member is still present, they may be able to assist you.

Important: Although our Prime Time Care staff is at school prior to 8:30 AM and after 4:30 PM, they are unable to allow entry into the building to anyone other than families picking up for Prime Time Care. Thank you for understanding as we work in partnership to keep our students safe and building secure.

School Attendance

Consistent, on-time attendance is a key component to school success. Over the past few years, it has been a challenge to prioritize school attendance while also following COVID protocols. This letter is to inform families of the District’s attendance procedures and COVID protocols. Please click on the link below to read the full letter.

Electronic Devices & Toys At School

We have had an increase in the number of Gators bringing electronic devices and toys to school. Students should refrain from bringing toys, Pokémon cards, etc. to school. These items can get lost, broken, and cause arguments amongst students.

Additionally, students who bring electronic devices to school should leave them in their backpacks until they leave for the day. Smart watches have been a distraction for some students as well. Students should not be using cell phones, smart watches, or other electronic devices during the day to make phones calls, access the internet, apps, pictures, etc. If a student needs to communicate with their parent/guardian or vice versa, that communication MUST be done by calling the office. Thank you for your support with this.

Winter Weather

Winter weather is here and we are asking families to please take a moment to review the recess wear guidelines.

Please make sure your child has an appropriate coat or jacket for the weather. Many classes have an early morning block recess and we are looking ahead at some chilly mornings.

Hopefully we are still a ways away from snow, put please note that IT IS ESSENTIAL that students have boots and snow pants when there is snow on the ground.

If you need help providing winter wear for your child, please reach out to me and we will help you! We want all of our Gators to have the items that they need!

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Accessing i-Ready at Home

New for the 2022-2023, families can only access iReady lessons at home through the Classlink website. If connecting with iReady has been a challenge, please check out the one minute video tutorial below.

i-Ready is an online program for reading and mathematics that diagnoses the just right next steps for students. It is one tool that your student’s teacher will use to guide class and small group instruction. iReady lessons support classroom instruction and are designed to meet your student’s specific needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. It is a great tool to fill gaps and support classroom learning.

Your child's teacher can provide his/her login information if your child chooses to practice iReady at home.

Recycling Ink Cartridges

Attention families! We are now offering a free ink cartridge recycling drop off at Glengary! There will be a bin where cartridges are collected inside the main vestibule; Glengary will return these recyclables to Empties4Cash. Empties4Cash will send a check to Glengary's PTA once they receive our donation. Thanks for supporting Glengary, and "going green"!

The Process of Concerns at Glengary

A strong home/school partnership is one of our core values at Glengary Elementary. As parents or guardians, we welcome your engagement and collaboration. When concerns arise, we ask that you assume positive intent and seek information first, before drawing conclusions.

When you have a concern specific to your child:

  1. Contact the teacher or staff member involved first.

  2. Ask for information, express a concern, suggest a solution through a respectful conversation or meeting.

  3. Collaborate to generate a plan and agree to a timeline for resolving the issue.

  4. Monitor and evaluate the success of your plan and make adjustments as needed.

After genuine collaboration and open communication with your child’s teacher, if resolution cannot be reached, it is then appropriate to contact the principal. Working with the teacher and principal, generate a plan that meets the situation’s needs and agree to a timeline for trying the solution. If you are unable to agree to a solution at the building level, the principal will invite the next most appropriate administrator to join the process.

Resource for Families in Need

The Student Pantry is a local resource we have available for any families in need. If your family has a need for basic school supplies, clothing, or food, please email RosaLeigh Johnson, Principal, Kristen Abbo, Social Worker, or Laura Locke, Teacher Liason. We will work in partnership with the Student Pantry to get you resources and supplies at no cost while respecting your privacy.

Those who are interested in volunteering or making a donation should visit the Student Pantry website,

Staff Favorite Things List

The Glengary Staff is truly something special! Per the request of several parents, we are sharing an updated list of Favorite Things for each Glengary staff member. If you are ever looking for ideas for how to say thank you, please feel free to click the link below and take a look!

Food Service Update - Breakfast & Lunch for 2022-23

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Food Service Update - Breakfast & Lunch for 2022-23

During the 2022-2023 school year, breakfast and lunch will NO LONGER BE FREE for ALL students. It will only be free (or reduced) for those who qualify.

Congress voted not to extend the waiver which provided free breakfast and free lunch for all students. The waiver ended June 30, 2022.

Your family may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. You can complete a free and reduced lunch application during registration in August.

If you do not qualify for free or reduced meals, you may begin depositing money into student accounts at any time to prepare for the cost of school lunches next year. Information on meal prices for the 2022-2023 school year are listed below

Breakfast costs

  • $1.50 for Elementary
  • $1.75 for Middle/High School

Lunch costs

  • $3.00 for Elementary
  • $3.25 for Middle/High School

If your student has a negative lunch account balance, we encourage you to pay it off as soon as possible and then begin depositing money into the account to prepare for the 2022-2023 school year.

Your family may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. Reduced-price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch. Completing an application is the only way to be considered for free or reduced meals next school year. Please take action now. You can complete the online free and reduced meal application located in Family Access once registration is open.

This free and reduced meal application information is critical in determining the amount of money that the District receives from a variety of State and Federal supplemental programs like Title I A, At-risk (31a), Title II A, E-Rate, etc.

These supplemental programs have the potential to offer supports and services for our students including, but not limited to:

  • Instructional supports (staff, supplies & materials, etc.)
  • Non-instructional services (counseling, social work, health services, etc.)
  • Professional Learning for staff
  • Parent and Community engagement supplies and activities
  • Technology
  • Pandemic-EBT

Our food service department is asking families to complete and submit the free and reduced meal application as soon as possible to ensure that additional funding for our school is available to meet the needs of our students. All information on the application submitted is confidential.

Please contact Anne Merchant at 248-956-3081 or at with questions.

Sponsors of Glengary's Therapy Dog Program

Glengary Elementary welcomed Romeo, our therapy dog, in the fall of 2021. We are thrilled to welcome Romeo as therapy dogs provide a host of benefits to students and staff.

Our program would not be possible with the support of many donors and sponsors. If you are interested in making a donation for Romeo's ongoing care, you can contact or

Thank you to our AWESOME sponsors below!

Important Links

Glengary Handbook

Birthday Policy on Page 10

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Communication is Key at Glengary Elementary!

Communication is important to us at Glengary. Parents will be notified and updated in a variety of ways throughout the school year. The majority of information for parents will be available on our school and District website and through email.


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 Glengary 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.

Glengary Gazette AND School Web Page

Our Glengary Gazette newsletter will be sent electronically to families. This is typically a bi-weekly communication filled with all important school and PTA updates. As we begin the year, the communication may be sent on a weekly basis if needed. An archive of newsletters will be posted to our school website. Please visit this page often for information about our school. You will find links to important documents, websites and blogs from your child's classroom, PTA forms and information, and important updates and forms that you will need to access.

PTA Post & Website

Our PTA will share updates via a PTA Post. Additionally, the PTA has an excellent website with upcoming events, fundraiser information, PTA membership links, and other pertinent information and forms.

Social Media

Glengary Elementary also has a Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter which are linked below!

Glengary Contact Information

RosaLeigh Johnson


Cheryl Maten

Principal's Secretary:

Melissa Roth

Building Secretary:

Important Phone Numbers:

Main Line: 248-956-3100

Fax Line: 248-956-3105
Attendance: 248-956-3190