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August 31, 2020

Together We Learn, Together We Lead!

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Welcome Back to School!

Whether you are a My Path Student or an Our Path student, we are excited for a great year!

For our students who chose My Path, please know that your Walled Lake Mentor Teacher will soon be reaching out to you with information about the start of the school year. Expectations and online learning information will also be shared with you soon if they have not already.

The students who chose Our Path will receive a Google Classroom invitation from your classroom teacher. If you haven’t already done so, please check Skyward for your classroom teacher assignment. If you do not see a classroom teacher assignment in Skyward, please reach out to our main office.

The expectation for you is that you will begin your first day of school on Zoom call with your teacher and classmates. Your teacher will share that link with you prior to the start of school. Remember, your school day begins at 9:00 a.m. each day. Attendance counts, so please be there on time.

Whether you are a My Path Student or an Our Path Student, you are a Pleasant Lake Elementary Shark! You will receive weekly newsletters from me, as well as other important information.

We are here to support you throughout our time away from each other. Should you have questions or concerns, please reach out to me and we can work together to find a solution. I can be reached at or at 248-956-2800. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Here’s to a GREAT start to the school year!

Nayal Maktari

Proud Principal of Pleasant Lake Elementary

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Upcoming Important Events

August 2020

September 2020

  • September 4 No School Students or Staff
  • September 7 No School-Labor Day
  • September 10 Virtual Board of Education Meeting (7:00 PM)
  • September 14th Kindergarten 5:30 p.m. and 1st Grade Virtual Curriculum Night 6:30 p.m.

  • September 15th 2nd Grade 5:30 p.m. and 3rd Grade Virtual Curriculum Night at 6:30 p.m.
  • September 16th 4th Grade 5:30 p.m. and 5th Grade Virtual Curriculum Night at 6:30 p.m.
  • September 17 Virtual Middle School Curriculum Night (6:30-8:00 PM)
  • September 21 Virtual High School Curriculum Night (6:30-8:00 PM)
  • September 25 Half Day-Staff Professional Development
  • September 28 No School for Students and Staff (Yom Kippur)

Daily Learning Schedule

The week of August 31st, teachers will be spending time getting to know their students and families. They are preparing team building activities and connectors. This is also a time when we will trouble-shoot technical issues and students can start to get on a good schedule that is conducive to learning.

The week of September 7th, teachers will begin to follow a much more specific learning schedule that will include FAPES, all curricular areas, and more. Of course there will be adjustments along the way. This schedule of learning will be shared with families as well.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Lunch: 12:00 p.m. - 12:40 p.m.

Half Day Dismissal: 12:25 p.m.

Our Path Attendance Information

Despite the fact that we are starting the 2020 - 2021 school year remotely, attendance must continue to be a priority. It is extremely important for students to log in on time, be present in the remote setting, and remain engaged throughout the entirety of the school day.

Please be reminded that our teachers will take AM and PM attendance as well as record tardies. If your child will be absent or late, or will need to end the remote day early due to illness or a scheduled appointment, you must call the attendance phone line and leave us a message to tell us.

Every teaching and learning moment is crucial and we appreciate your partnership to ensure good attendance and participation.

We recognize that there will be a learning curve during these first few weeks and we promise to be flexible and understanding as we all become comfortable with the digital platforms of Google and Zoom.

Attendance Line: 248-956-2800

Thank You Pleasant Lake School Community!

Thank you to all of our teachers, students, families, and staff members who made our Meet 'N Beep event so wonderful!

It was so amazing to see your children! We enjoyed the decorated cars and special signs. It brought everyone so many smiles, and yes, some tears.

We have missed everyone so much! A very special thank you to our PTA for their help in setting up our Meet N Beep!

Welcome New Staff Members

ASD Teacher Mrs. Keyva Bridges

ASD Teacher Ms. Sarah Przybylo

ESL Teacher Mrs. Janine Baur

ASD Paraeducator Mr. Doug Goodwin

ASD Paraeducator Mrs. Anita Jumaah

ASD Paraeducator Mrs. Jennifer Buechel

ASD Paraeducator Mr. Dan Monkman

Speech Pathologist Mrs. Joey Kerby

School Social Worker Eileen Derengowski

Check out our ESL Department Welcome Video

Check out Mr. A's Welcome Video

Check out Mr. Bowyer's Welcome Video

PLE Grade Level Staffing


Mrs. Lori Carter, Mr. River Eubanks and Mrs. Marcia Spontelli

1st Grade

Mrs.Sandra Brasza, Mrs. Tracie Goebl, and Mrs. Brenda Raymond

2nd Grade

Mrs. April Homer, Mrs. Angie Smith and Mrs. Jen Zang

3rd Grade

Mrs. Mandy Gordon, Mrs. Ashley Thomas, and Mrs. Karen Wilson

4th Grade

Mrs. Jeanie Brown, Mrs. Sue Henderlong, and Mrs. Jana Kaatz

5th Grade

Mrs. Kim Granger, Ms. Kara Helgemo, and Mr. Ryan Thomas


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Pleasant Lake Elementary Elementary School Supply List

Please click on the button below to view a Pleasant Lake Elementary Suggested School Supply List for at-home learning.

Remember this is a SUGGESTED supply list for parents for students in grades K-2 and 3-5 while we are learning from home.

Teachers have other suggested school supply lists on our website, but those lists are primarily for face-to-face instruction.

PLE Supply Pick Up Date

We are currently working on a supply pick up date where we will be handing our math journals, last year's yearbook and some other supplies to assist families. The date of the pick up will be shared shortly.


Donation boxes will be placed outside our main doors. Thank you in advance for your support!
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MY Path Information for Parents

Hello MY PATH Parents:

Welcome to My Path – one of Walled Lake’s options for education this new school year! I am Dr. Lora Stout and I will be the administrator overseeing the K-12 My Path program. I’ve been in Walled Lake since the fall of 1994. Over the years I have directed the staff development program, overseen the AdvancEd accreditation process, and most recently been in charge of our State and Federal Grants program, Community Education and Adult Education. I also have been the main contact in Walled Lake for Edgenuity for the last 12 years. I have worked directly with the teachers implementing Edgenuity courseware at the secondary level and during summer school.

My Path is new territory for all of us, but we want to assure you that your students will have excellent opportunities to learn, to develop their skills and knowledge, and to create meaningful relationships with a group of wonderful Walled Lake teachers. Our teachers selected to teach in this program have been working this week on necessary training with Edgenuity and the features of the online courseware. Each of our teachers has been assigned in My Path to grade levels and courses in which they are highly qualified to teach. They will also continue to receive support from our curriculum coordinators within the District. Many of our staff have years of experience in their content areas and will be a wonderful support and guide to your child(ren) as they work within the Edgenuity curriculum. The Edgenuity curriculum is aligned to state standards and, in some cases, courses have been customized to match more specifically the content of the companion courses that are offered in our traditional program.

All of us are eager to support both you and your child(ren) to build a successful experience.

Many of you are wondering about what the first week will look like. No matter whether students are in Our Path (our school schedule) or in My Path, the teachers are working this first week on the following skills with ALL of our students:

  • Making contact with each of the families on their caseload
  • Setting up time to get to know the students
  • Working on goal-setting for the coursework
  • Setting up schedules with families for individual contact time and coaching (at the elementary level)
  • Answering your questions and providing support as we launch learning online

With that said, our students are being scheduled for all their classes and course work in Edgenuity. We will be easing into the curriculum and familiarizing students with how this platform works. It’s very important to start off this way to build into a successful virtual experience.

We have two parent ZOOM meetings scheduled for Monday evening so that we can provide a fuller explanation of My Path and have an opportunity to cover frequently asked questions and share materials and resources. The parent ZOOMs will be live-streamed on Vimeo. The links are included below.

a. My Path Info Session (Elementary) (Aug. 31, 5 p.m.)

b. My Path Info Session (Secondary) (Aug. 31, 7 p.m.)

You can expect to hear from your child(ren)’s teacher(s) on Monday to get started!

Again, we are excited to get going with our families next week!


Dr. Lora Stout

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Dear Kindergarten Families

Welcome to Pleasant Lake Elementary!! The beginning of Kindergarten is a very exciting time in your child’s life and we look forward to a great school year. Regardless of the path your family chose, your child is in kind, capable hands with our kindergarten teachers and our entire staff.


To help our youngest learners transition into kindergarten, WLCSD will be utilizing a staggered start on the first day of school, Monday, August 31st. Please note the following information:

  • Students with Last Name starting with A-L attend Kindergarten in the Morning - 9:00am - 12:00pm.

  • Students with Last Name starting with M-Z attend Kindergarten in the Afternoon - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Please Note: The staggered start is for the first day of school (August 31) only. After the first day of school, all kindergartners will attend school for the full day (9:00-4:00 on Monday,/Tuesday/Thursday and 9:00-3:00 Wednesday/Friday).

More information will be shared by your child's teacher at a later date. We wanted to be sure you had the staggered start information to plan accordingly. Continue to enjoy your summer!

If you have questions regarding the staggered start, please call the main office at 248-956-2800.

We wish everyone a successful start to the school year!


Parent Tech Support Submission Form

The Tech Support Submission Form for parents as been added to the For Parents Tab on our school website. You can also access it at

Google Login Information

Families - You can now access your child’s Google login information via Skyward Family Access. It can be found on the Report Cards tab as the very top report. If you still do not see it, please use the emails below to contact our school. If you are a parent of a new Kindergarten student and don’t see your student login, please check back on Skyward in a day as we are continuing to process enrollments. Thank you!

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Logging in: Chrome/Google Classroom

Curriculum Nights

Please be sure to mark your calendars and join us for our annual Pleasant Lake Elementary Curriculum Nights. Teachers have been working hard preparing for the new school year. There are many new and exciting curricular programs and materials being implemented in the coming school year, and we are excited to share these with you. We are focused and ready to increase student achievement at our school.

Our Curriculum Nights will be VIRTUAL and online this year, and will take place on three separate nights to discuss the curriculum at each grade level.

Curriculum Night is designed for parents only. Parents will learn about the curriculum, program, meet classroom teachers and other staff members, and view materials for each grade level.


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We are pleased to inform you that meals will be available to all Walled Lake Consolidated School District Students for the upcoming school year.

Please pre-order breakfasts and lunches by completing this Food Service Order Form. Forms must be submitted prior to midnight on Thursday, September 3rd for the week of September 8th.

This is available for all scheduled school days for registered Walled Lake Consolidated School District Students only. Anyone may pick up meals for your student(s).

Pick up locations will be at the three high schools on Monday August 31st between the hours of 12 P.M. and 1:30 P.M.

Breakfast Pricing

$1.25 Full Pay

$0.30 Reduced

$0.00 Free

Lunch Pricing

$2.85 Full Pay

$0.40 Reduced

$0.00 Free

  • Breakfast is free for students who received a free meal approval letter, $0.30 per day for those who received a reduced meal approval letter and $1.25 per day for those who are full pay.
  • Lunch is free for students who received a free meal approval letter, $0.40 per day for those who received a reduced meal approval letter, and $2.85 per day for those who are full pay.

We would like to limit cash transactions. It is preferred that you place money on your students account via family access through e-funds. We are unable to make change for cash transactions but we will apply change to your student's account.

We will continue serving meals to Walled Lake Consolidated School District Students every week while school is in session. Please watch your email for your weekly order form (to be completed each week that school is in session).

Please direct questions you may have to our Food Services Department.

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Walled Lake Schools has streamlined the annual registration/first-day packet process for ALL K-12 families. The District will be using the Family Access/Skyward system to automate the process for updating and completing documents such as the emergency card, Food Service application, FERPA form, fee payments, Code of Conduct, and other important annual school forms that require parent approval.

Skyward Family Access is how parents access the back-to-school packet.

A Skyward Family Access parent account is required in order to complete the Online Back-to-School Packet process for all schools. (A parent account username is alphanumeric - SMITHMAD000; a student account username is the student's ID number - 1234567.) To obtain a Family Access account, email from your email account on file with the district or call 248-956-2190 (email is best). Please include ALL of the following information in the body of your message. You will be contacted within 3 business days.

  • Guardian Name
  • Your student name(s) and name of schools they attend in Walled Lake Schools
  • Guardian's email address currently on file with the district
  • Daytime phone number

Questions and Support

If you are having trouble with Back-to-School packet, please visit the Troubleshooting & FAQ page. If you are still having issues, please contact Be sure to include your name, the student's name, and the specific question you may have.

Skyward Login Request
WLCSD Back-to-School Packet - Elementary


In addition, Lifetouch School Picture Day has been postponed until we return to face-to-face instruction. As we receive information about the reschedule date, we will be sure to share this information

Yearbook Update

Yearbooks have been mailed out to all of our 5th graders from last school year. Remaining students will have their yearbooks provided on our supply pick up day. Stay tuned for more information.

Support our School!

We all shop on Amazon, why not give back to Pleasant Lake while we shop?!

Pleasant Lake is set up on the Amazon Smile program, which
donates 0.5% of eligible purchases straight to our school!

Here's what to do:
1) Log on to
2) Select Pleasant Lake Elementary PTA as the organization you are supporting.
3) Shop away!

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Kroger Rewards

It's simple. Login to your account online and look for Pleasant Lake.


Big Changes to Box Tops are Coming!
See below for important steps to follow:

#1: Reminder to clip and use the digital app.

Please continue to send clipped box tops into school as usual.
Additionally, Box Tops for Education is moving towards digital submissions.
How can you help?

1. Download the free app.
2. Create an account (choose Pleasant Lake Elementary as your school).
3. Scan receipts as you make purchases (and within 14 days).

** Back by popular demand... Want to designate a classroom for box top counts to help your child's classroom win contests? Start by scanning your receipt. Once the photo is taken, new options will show up across the bottom. Choose the star "Credit" button and enter the last name of your child's teacher. Hit done, then submit. **

#2: Do you shop for groceries online?
You can submit your email receipts from select retailers to earn Box Tops for your school too. Here's how...

Option A
1. Make sure you have a Box Tops for Education account
(create one via the Box Tops app or website).

2. Forward your email receipt to using the same email that’s associated with your BTFE account. Box Tops will be credited within 10 business days – view your earnings detail in the MY EARNINGS section of the app or website

The following email receipts are currently eligible (as of July 17, 2019):
Instacart,,, Shipt,, Target Pick-Up/Drive-Up,
Walmart Grocery,

Option B

For purchases from online retailers not listed above, please follow the process below.

1. Take a screen shot (or multiple) of your entire receipt from your online purchase, including retailer name, all items, transaction total, and date of purchase

2. Open the Box Tops Contact Us form

3. In the Comments field, please include: Your email address, name, school's name, the amount of Box Tops earned with the purchases from that receipt.

4. Use the “Upload Image Files” feature (at the bottom of the form to add the screen shot(s) of your receipt. Your receipt will be processed within 2 weeks.

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Teach The Leader in Me Habits At Home!

Click HERE on how you can teach the Leader in Me at home. Learn about the Habits and different activities you can do at home to reinforce what we are teaching your child at school.





Nayal Maktari


Missy Mergner

Principal's Secretary

Julie Smith

Building Secretary

Know What's Going On At Pleasant Lake Elementary!

Communication is very important to us at Pleasant Lake Elementary. Parents will be notified and updated in a variety of ways throughout the school year.


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 Pleasant Lake 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.


Our school newsletter will be sent electronically to parents once a week. An archive of newsletters is also posted to our school website under the For Parents tab. Our school website can be found HERE. Please visit this page often for information about our school. You will find links to important documents, websites from your child's classroom, PTA forms and information, and important updates and forms that you will need to access.


Please follow us on Twitter @PleasantLakeEl to be updated regularly on important events at our school and fun pictures of student events and learning!


We also offer Remind 101 to all PLE parents. How does it work? If you would like to receive a quick text message on your cell phone or device, just sign up with us and you receive a quick text to remind you of important school events, deadlines, time frames, etc. at PLE. You can unsubscribe at any time.

To join, send a text to (586) 649-3482 and enter the message @mrmakt

You can opt-out of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @mrmakt'.