WILDCAT NEWSLETTER vol. 17

News and Information for the Guest Elementary Community

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2019 - 2020 GUEST CALENDAR

JANUARY 2020

20 - February 7 Non-Resident Schools of Choice Window

22 - 5th grade concert field trip @ WLC 9:30 - 11:00

22 - 24 Hearing Screening grades Preschool, K, 2nd, and 4th

23 - Wildcat Time 3:00 - 3:45pm

29 - 1/2 Day of School PL 2 hours

31 - Guest vs. Glengary Volleyball Game @ Geisler Middle School - doors open at 6:00pm - 8:00pm

FEBRUARY 2020

Jan 6 - Feb 7 Window 2 for iReady Diagnostic

3 - March 20 WIDA Testing

3 - PTA Meeting 6:30 - 7:30pm

5 - Global Play Day

6 - WLCSD Board Meeting 7:30

7 - PTA Family Dance Night 6:30 - 8:00pm

12 - Student Count Day

17 - 21 Mid-Winter Break

21 - Bonaventure Skate Night 5:30 - 8:30pm

27 - PTA Bingo for Books and Toys 6:30 - 7:30pm

NOTE: There was a change in location for the staff volleyball game - it will be held at GEISLER

Congratulations! PTA Reflection Participants

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the PTA Reflections program! We had an outstanding year. The following students submitted an entry. We are so PROUD of all our students!


VISUAL ARTS

Colin J

Grace D

Haijime A

Eliot T

Madalyn K

Sarah D

Isaac L

Natsumi A

Ryan J

MUSICAL COMPOSITION

Grace D

DANCE

Sophia C


School-wide winners went on to compete at the district level:

VISUAL ARTS

Natsumi A

Grace D

Sarah D

Madalyn K

Eliot T

DANCE

Sophia C

MUSICAL COMPOSITION

Grace D


District Competition winners are headed off to the state of Michigan finals:

Sophia C for dance

Grace D for musical competition

Eliot T for visual arts


We are wishing everyone the best of luck!

MLK Event

Thank you!

It was wonderful to see so many of our families last night at the annual WLCSD Martin Luther King Jr. event. Thank you to Mr. Osborne for leading Guest Elementary as our district's Diversity Representative.

Check out our Guest Readers! Special Time with Baby Champ!

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Pokemon Club

Spring Pokemon Club is coming March 10th, 2020!

We meet every Tuesday from 4pm -5:15pm in the media center.

Registration is currently open until 2/14/2020

We have 16 slots open. Please email Devon Kmet at, devon.kmet@gmail.com or text at 248-787-2707 if you would like to register your child.

2020 - 2021 KINDERGARTEN

If you have an incoming Kindergarten student for the 2020-2021 school year, please call our office and let us know (248-956-3300). We will be sending information regarding orientation and other planned activities at a later date. For more information, please visit the KINDERGARTEN WEBSITE.

STAFF VOLLEYBALL GAME

Get ready for the sporting event of the year! Join us for the Staff Volleyball Game on January 31st! We're up against Glengary Elementary - come cheer us on with your Wildcat pride! Register early for tickets and pizza!

When: January 31st

Where: Geisler Middle School

Time: Doors open at 6:00pm

Guest & Glengary Scouts will lead the Pledge of Allegiance

50/50 drawing

Food available

LOTS of entertainment for the whole family

TRANSFER REQUESTS & SCHOOLS OF CHOICE

  • In District Transfer requests application window – January 6 - January 24
  • Schools of Choice (out of district) application window – January 20 - February 7

Alpine Valley Ski/Snowboard Club (this info will be in the newsletter until the club ends)

Come have a blast on the slopes! Alpine has a great discounted after school program for skiing and snowboarding. It’s a great start for beginner kids too. Our group runs on Wednesday’s from 6pm to close, with payment due by Tuesday morning. It doesn’t have to be just kids and families from this school, all are welcome. Go any week you want or all the weeks until the snow melts. We need at least 20 people lined up each week for the club to be able to get the discounts. Break the winter blahs and spread the word! See attachments for details. Carrie Murphy carrielm123@gmail.com

WALKING TRACK

$124.00 has been added to the Walking Track fund from the never ending BOTTLE & CAN return! Thank you for all the donations and a special thank you to Ms. Perkovich for making the returns.

We are 90% in reaching our goal. More information and grand total coming soon!

CHAMP'S READING BACKPACKS

Today, all classrooms received Champ's Reading Backpack. It is filled with many leveled books that include stories about dogs. The most exciting part is all backpacks have a little Champ for students to read with. Students will take turns bringing the backpack home.


Please be sure you post your pictures to the PTA Facebook page or send to school. Our goal is to increase the amount of reading students are completing every night. Enjoy snuggling with Champ and reading!!

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TOGETHER WE CAN INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF READING STUDENTS ARE COMPLETING BY...

  • VISITING The Wildcat Little Lending Library
  • PARTICIPATING in events at local libraries
  • READING no less than 20 minutes per night
  • COMPLETING iReady Reading lessons

ORIENTATION DATES

High School Orientation - Monday, March 2nd
Middle School Orientation – Monday, March 9th
Kindergarten Orientation – Monday, March 16th
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What is Wildcat Time?

We are so excited to tell you about Wildcat Time. During Wildcat Time, cross-grade level (K-5) groups of students move to another teacher’s classroom to spend time participating in team building activities, engaging lessons about the 4-Rs (RESPECT - RESOURCEFUL - RESILIENT - RESOURCEFUL), working on strategies from our PBIS, Conscious Discipline, and around our school's theme: Peace (Be the Change You Wish To See In the World)

Through this program, we are certain we will continue strengthening our school community. We will have approximately six Wildcat Times this school year.


At Guest Elementary, we are committed to developing and sustaining a positive building culture. We hold all students to high expectations. We know how important it is that students see the home-school connection as a united front and we appreciate your continued support.

i-Ready

Beginning January 6th, teachers will begin the second round of the i-Ready Diagnostic testing..


After your child has taken the assessment, the reading and math instructional lessons will reset depending on your child's diagnostic results.


Parents can help by encouraging students to work on the iReady math and reading instructional modules at home for 45-60 minutes per week or more. These online instructional lessons will help students become more proficient in math and reading and better prepare them for the second diagnostic that will take place mid-year.


If you have questions about iReady, or the instructional lessons, please reach out to your child's teacher for information. We are ready to assist you in helping your child at home to become a better reader, writer, and mathematician.

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Chance to Win BIG & Support Walled Lake Classrooms!

15th Annual Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship Raffle: Purchase your Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship Raffle ticket today! Raffle's proceeds are channeled into Walled Lake Schools' classrooms through Foundation’s annual mini-grant program (see list of grant awards per school).


Tickets are $50 each or 3 for $100 (plus $2 convenience fee per $50). Only a 1,000 tickets are available for sale. Great Odds! Grand prize winner will receive scholarship funds for postsecondary education (40% lump sum option available). Plus, ticket purchasers have the chance to win a FREE raffle ticket courtesy of the WL School Emp. Fed. Credit Union and opportunity to win secondary prize; HP Sprocket 200 Bundle Media printer donated by the FFE.


Grand Prize drawing is March 30, 2020 at District’s Reflections Celebration; need not be present to win. Visit the FFE’s TE raffle website for details or contact the Foundation for more info. and to purchase tickets with check or credit card: phone ext. 62116 or email michellebianco@wlcsd.org. MI Raffle License# R55190

Affordable Internet for your home

We Need Your Support

The end of the day is very busy in the main office. Please understand that when your child is picked up early, they are marked with an Early Dismissal - which is like a tardy.


If there is a change in your child's dismissal plan, please do your very best to call the main office by 2:45 to help ensure your child's teacher gets the message. Reserve calls to the office for last minute emergency plans.


To ensure the safety and security of all students, and to help manage our dismissal procedures, please do not go into the hallway during dismissal. We ask that you sign your child out at the office and wait outside under the awning and blue bench.


We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we safely dismiss 400 children every day. Together we can make sure our procedures are safe and run efficiently.

Walled Lake Shining Star Award

Walled Lake Shining Star Award


We are once again seeking nominations for ANY outstanding individual who has supported the special needs community within Walled Lake Schools for Walled Lake's SHINING STAR AWARD.

Electronic submissions are due by March 1, 2020. Fill out your nomination form by following this link. Thank you.

Wildcats R Us School Store is NOW Open for Business

Hours of operation: Every Wednesday during all lunch periods

Cost: $1.00

Grades 1st - 5th

Enjoy shopping!

2019 - 2020 Lunch Schedule

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2019 - 2020 Grade Level Music Informances

January 16 - 3rd & 4th grade 6:30 - 7:30

March 12 - 1st & 2nd grade 6:30 - 7:30

WALKING TRACK FUND

Guest Elementary Safe & Healthy Food Practices

Peanut Free Classrooms

Please be aware that we have students at Guest Elementary that may have a life-threatening allergy to peanuts and/or tree nuts. Some students may not eat, touch, or even inhale the aroma of peanuts or tree nuts without having life-threatening consequences. As a result, it is imperative that we all keep this in mind when planning for any food brought into school. This year, your child’s classroom may be designated as a nut free classroom. If your child's classroom is designated as a nut free classroom, please do not send in food items that contain peanuts, tree nuts, or nutmeg. ANY non-labeled foods (home baked items included) for class parties cannot be ingested, either. This also includes food that is manufactured in facilities that process peanuts/tree nuts. Many food items are safe for consumption, but may require a different brand if the product is manufactured in a facility that processes tree nuts. Your child's teacher will notify you if your child's classroom is a nut free classroom, and will give you a suggested snack and party list of foods to help guide you with food choices. There are also nut free areas designated in our cafeteria.


Birthday Treats

With concerns for food allergies, parents may not send in food items for birthday treats. Other items such as pencils, erasers, stickers, a book for the class, etc. are excellent choices for honoring birthdays.


Snacks and Water

Time will be allotted in your child's classroom for a snack each day. We encourage students to eat healthy snacks-preferably fruit, vegetables or a source of protein if possible. Parents and students should read labels carefully to avoid snacks that may have been manufactured in non-nut free environment or contain products that some students may be allergic to. To help with recycling, it would be best to have a reusable water bottle for your child to use for water if needed. A suggested snack list is linked below and will be shared at Curriculum Nights.


As always, the health, safety and well-being of each and every child at our school is of the utmost importance to all of us. Thank you for your continued support .

FOOD SERVICE

WLCSD Nutrition Standards

The district shall ensure that reimbursable school meals meet the program requirements and nutrition standards found in federal regulations. The district shall encourage students to make nutritious food choices.


Breakfast program must offer 3 food components that consist of the 4 food items (Breakfast Fact Sheet). The 3 components that must be offered are fruit (vegetable or juice), grain and milk. Optional offering is meat/meat alternate. Students must take at least 3 items at breakfast. One of the items must be at least a ½ cup of fruit and at least 2 other items. If a grain is considered 1 oz. grain equivalent, then the student must take 2 other items (1 includes ½ cup of fruit). If the grain is considered a 2 oz. grain equivalent, then the student must take ½ cup of fruit because the 2 oz. grain equivalent counts as 2 items out of 3 needed.


Lunch program must offer at least the minimum serving sizes for all 5 food components which include a meat/meat alternative, fruit, vegetable, grain and milk (National School Lunch Program). Students must select at least 3 components. One must be at least a ½ cup of fruit or vegetable or combination of the two.

BELL TIMES

MORNING ARRIVAL:

  • Students should not arrive any earlier than 8:45
  • First Bell rings at 8:50
  • Tardy Bell rings at 8:55
  • If you arrive after the TARDY SIGN is placed outside, please park and walk your student to the main office to sign in

DISMISSAL:

  • 4:00 Students will be dismissed in groups (Prime Time, Wildcat Pickup, Walkers, & Kindergarten, and then buses by grade level 1st & 3rd, 2nd & 4th, and 5th grade)
  • 4:07 Buses leave
  • 4:08 All students in Wildcat Pickup must be picked up

HALF DAY OF SCHOOL:

  • 12:25 Dismissal procedures listed above will be followed
  • 12:30 Buses leave
  • 12:35 All students in Wildcat Pickup must be picked up

Vision Screening 2019 - 2020

Grades Preschool, 1st, 3rd, and 5th

Hearing Screening 2019 - 2020

Grades Preschool, K, 2nd, and 4th

MSTEP Resources

2019 - 2020 INFORMATION & RESOURCES

Free & Reduced Food Program WLCSD 2019 - 2020

This document can help answer questions you may have about free & reduced price school meals.

LAYA 2019 -2020

Non-profit organization serving WLCSD youth and families. The mission is to strengthen youth and families by addressing family conflict problems, school or home truancy/incorrigibility, shoplifting and substance abuse issues.

Voluntary School Accident Insurance WLCSD 2019 - 2020

As a service to students and their families, our District is making available a student accident insurance plan for your child at a very nominal cost.

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Due to changes with the remind service contract, it is necessary for me to set up several separate classes rather than one class for the entire school. It will be necessary for you to sign up again for remind to receive information. If you have students in more than one grade level, feel free to sign up for multiple classes, but keep in mind you will receive multiple text messages with the same information. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the main office @ 248.956.3300. Thank you.

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GUEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION

Heather Pengelly

Principal Secretary heatherpengelly@wlcsd.org

248-956-3300


Andrea Harris

Building Secretary Andreaharris@wlcsd.org

248-956-3302


FAX: 248-956-3305


Safe-line for Absences: 248-956-3390


Mary Beal & Dominique Attard

marybeal@wlcsd.org & domattard@wlcsd.org

Prime Time Supervisor

248-956-3399


Direct Link to PTA page click HERE

Principal Contact Information

Michelle Fiebke-Lang

Mary Helen Guest Elementary, Principal

Walled Lake Consolidated School District

Main Office: 248.956.3300

Office: 248.956.3332

Cell or text: 248.766.5771