Dublin Times

February 5, 2021

Our Walled Lake and Dublin Purpose

Every Child, Every Day is our intentional commitment to creating a safe and inclusive culture and community where we:

  • Prioritize instruction
  • Foster meaningful relationships
  • Value and empower each learner
  • Create growth opportunities for all


The purpose of Dublin Elementary School is to develop academic and social LEADERS who are lifelong LEARNERS.

Upcoming Important Dates...

February 8 Virtual Kindergarten Orientation Opens (Incoming 2021-22)

February 10 Count Day

February 12 Valentine Celebrations (teachers will communicate plans to you)

February 15-19 Mid-Winter Break

February 22 - School Resumes/Ms. Bigi begins at Dublin!

IMPORTANT: School Bell Times

Dublin will remain on the following bell schedule for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year:

Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


1/2 Day Dismissal Time: 12:25 pm


Students arriving after our car rider drop-off line has ended must be signed in by a parent/adult and will be marked tardy.

If you need to pick up your child from school for any reason at the end of the day and need to do this from the office, this must be done before 3:30 PM or after our car rider line is finished at 4PM.

Important Information About Learning Paths

Please complete the Third Semester Learning Path Selection Form for the final semester which starts March 15. The form is due at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. Letter about this process.


Prior to completing the form, please note:

  • Making a change of pathway may be disruptive to your child’s education.
  • Pacing from teacher to teacher may be different.
  • Class sizes in all pathways will probably increase.
  • The more families that choose a new pathway, the more teacher changes there will be, (although we will try to keep the changing of teachers at a minimum).
  • This is the last time elementary parents will have a chance to make a pathway change this year.
  • All parents must complete the learning path selection form.

Cold Temperatures Ahead

We are expecting some very cold temperatures next week. A reminder that children go outside for recess unless the wind chill temperature is below zero. Please make sure your child brings all of their winter gear so they can stay warm outside. If we have a day where the wind chill temperature is below 0 during recess time, students will stay inside for an indoor recess.

Picture Day

We will be offering a picture retake day on Monday, March 8. More information regarding this day will be available as it draws closer.

A Message Regarding The COVID Vaccine

Dear Dublin Families,

Recently it was determined that educators along with others would be provided the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. As you can imagine, many people throughout Michigan scheduled a vaccine appointment as soon as possible in an effort to continue to combat the COVID-19 virus. While this opportunity is welcomed by many staff, the process was not without its faults and some staff will be traveling longer distances to receive their vaccine while others were only able to get a vaccine during the school day.


As a district, we want to ensure that everyone is able to do their part to stop this virus, should they choose to receive the vaccine. This means that we needed to find a way to support staff members that were only able to get an appointment during the school day while continuing to manage the difficulties that we have in filling sub positions.


To achieve this goal, district level administration determined that we will provide an Asynchronous Instruction Day (i.e. learning at home through Google Classroom) if a teacher needs to be absent to receive the vaccine. This means that individual classrooms may receive communication from their teacher or me that indicates that her class will learn from home through the Google Classroom one or two days, depending on the appointments that the teacher was able to get. We know that this change may present a challenge for families. We have asked that your teacher provide advanced notice to families of their absence should their scheduled vaccine appointment fall during school hours.


What does this mean for your learner IF your child's teacher needs to be absent for the vaccine?


  • My Path students should not see any disruption to their instruction.

  • Our Path students will experience a shift from the Zoom classroom to the Google Classroom for their instruction. Teachers will also prepare students the day before their absence when in the Zoom classroom.

  • In-Person students will learn from home (i.e., not report to school for the day), receiving their instruction through Google Classroom. Teachers will also prepare students the day before their absence when the students are at school. Advance notice will be provided so families can plan accordingly.



Please reach out to me, should you have any questions about this decision from our District. I know this adds another layer of challenge for some families, but it also provides some hope that the end of this pandemic is near as we continue to work together to combat COVID-19.


Sincerely,

Martha Rogers

Dublin Interim Principal

Rewarding Employment Opportunities

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools is looking for community members interested in working as support staff personnel. Have you thought about the rewards of working with students and making additional income at the same time? If yes, we may have the right employment opportunity for you. Across all K-12 levels, positions are available starting at $12.74 per hour up to $13.33 to start, and range from two hours per day up to six hours per day. These roles include lunchroom paraeducators, classroom paraeducators, and food servers. If you are interested in learning more about the specific jobs available in Walled Lake, along with the perks included, please contact Brad Paddock at bradleypaddock@wlcsd.org, tele: 248 956 2192, or visit our Human Resources employment opportunities page on the District website. Assistance with filling out a job application on-line can be made available. Click here to access existing, available positions and sort by Walled Lake Consolidated Schools.


Hickory Woods Elementary (on Novi Road between 13 Mile and 14 Mile Roads) is in need of 2 Playground Paraeducators (10:30-2:30 daily). If you are interested in a part-time position at one of our great WL schools, please click on this link which will lead you to the application process. You will need to set up an account for yourself and include three references. To view the job description, please visit this link, select "Search by District,” and select Walled Lake from the list of districts in Oakland County. To see the paraprofessional postings, type in the "filter results" box at the top right of the screen "Hickory Woods.” Please feel free to contact the principal, Patricia Chinn, and to share this opportunity with others that you think may be interested as well.

Kindergarten 20-21 Information

If you have a child entering Kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year, please contact our main office at (248) 956-3800 so that we may include you in future information regarding this important transition for your child.
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Incoming Kindergarten 21-22 Dates

Monday, Feb. 8, 2021-Virtual Enrollment for 2021-22 opens (Video will be made public on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, families will be able to view on-demand.)


Tuesday, March 2, 2021-Kindergarten Orientation on at 6 p.m. via Zoom.

Walled Lake Schools Kindergarten Information

All information regarding 2021-22 Kindergarten

Free Vision Screening Available for Incoming Kindergartners

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Food Service Update--Free Breakfast and Lunch For All Students

After Monday 1/18/2021, there will be a new Monday pick up time starting on 1/25/2021. The new Food Distribution time will change to 1:45-3 p.m.


School breakfast and school lunch will be served FREE to all students that are attending in person learning in their classrooms daily. You may pick up breakfast & lunch for Saturday, Sunday and all closed school days every Monday afternoon at Walled Lake Central High School.


On Monday January 25, the Food Distribution time will change to 1:45-3 p.m. (from the prior time of 12:00-1:30 p.m. through 1/18)


For our virtual learners and children under the age of 18 who are not being served daily in our buildings, we will continue to provide 7 days of meals, through pickup at Walled Lake Central High School every Monday from 1:45-3 p.m.

No Kid Hungry Michigan Video
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Update from Prime Time Care

Prime Time Care will be open as long as school is in session at your school and we have at least 5 students registered per day.


If you have not already registered please visit the website at https://wlcsd.org/programs/prime-time-care/.


Full instructions will be available.


For questions, please email kathybirdseye@wlcsd.org.

School-Wide Morning Meeting

Now that we are back IN PERSON, every Monday morning, our entire school meets on ZOOM for our Monday Morning Meeting. This Monday, Mrs. Weckstein will be taking the lead during this short 10-15 meeting. During this meeting, we take time to connect with students, teach important social-emotional skills and characters traits. We utilize the Second Step Program in our classrooms too. Our classroom teachers also do a Morning Meeting each day in their classrooms.


During our school-wide Monday Morning Meeting we recognize students that have been exhibiting positive actions or words while being leaders in our school. We also celebrate birthdays for the week, review important announcements for everyone, say the Pledge and Dublin Promise together as a school community.


We are currently focusing on the following important Social Emotional Learning Skills...


  • Being Welcoming
  • Being Safe
  • Being Responsible
  • Being Respectful


Please talk with your child about our morning meeting time. Talk with them about the skills for learning.


If you have questions about Dublin's Morning Meeting, please ask your child's teacher. They will be happy to talk to you about it, or better yet....talk with your child about it. Students are excited and learning a lot in this short time at the beginning of every week at school.


We look forward to this each and every week!


Please see our monthly themes and skills below..

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Communicate Assertively

Reporting COVID Exposures and Quarantine

Dublin Families,

Please remember that is VERY IMPORTANT for all families and staff members to REPORT TO OUR MAIN OFFICE any COVID exposures, positive cases, and quarantine details to keep everyone safe at school. We keep important track of cases for the safety of all at school.


Please also remember to WEAR A MASK, SOCIAL DISTANCE, and WASH HANDS. This must be done to help stop the spread of COVID at home, in public, and at school.


Please see the important DEFINITIONS below.


"Quarantine" is the practice of keeping someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. People in quarantine must stay home (usually 14 days), separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.


"Isolation" is the practice of separating people infected with the virus from those who are not infected. People in isolation (usually 10 days) must stay home until it's safe to be around others.


"Close Contact" indicates someone who has been within six (6) feet for a time greater than fifteen (15) minutes of someone who has COVID-19 symptoms with or without a mask within a 24 hour period.


"Positive" includes only those individuals with a lab-confirmed positive test.


Thank you for reporting important COVID information to our school office in a timely way for the safety of all.

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Dublin PTA's Giveback Program

Introducing a great new fundraiser called Givebacks! You get to save on things you can actually use or need - and our PTA gets up to 20% back!

Help us reach our goals to raise money for the PTA, which in turn is used to support our teachers and students.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Go to our eStore https://dublinelementary.new.memberhub.store/store?category=Sponsors to shop, save, and support.
2. Our PTA automatically gets up to 20% donated back!
3. We’ll be adding new Givebacks about every week from brands you know and love, plus some new finds to discover.

This is the perfect way to jump start your holiday shopping or if you need a few last-minute gifts!

It’s that Simple - CLICK - SAVE - SUPPORT

Don’t forget to share your purchases on social media! The more you share, the more funds we raise.

Thank you for your support!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season!

-The Dublin Elementary PTA


P.S. If YOU own a business and you're interested in doing a Givebacks to benefit our school, please let us know! We want to include your business.

Helping Your Child with Reading, Writing, and Phonics

We recognize that in these unprecedented times parents are working hard to support their child’s literacy learning at home as best they can. We want to help.

To that end, we have created free offerings for families. We hope these will bring more joy into home literacy learning.


Family Videos

In these family videos—each less than ten minutes— we draw on a combination of research, classroom experience, and educator knowledge to help parents and caregivers support young people, pre-k to grade 9, with their reading and writing. Some of these videos show you games that to play at home while others help you support phonics, avid reading, creative writing, study skills, research, vocabulary, or abstract thinking.


View all on our YouTube Channel

K-2 Family Videos

3-5 Family Videos

6-8 Family Videos


Book Collections

Want help finding some books your child will love to read? We’ve curated book collections of all-time and brand-new favorites, designed to hook readers young and old. We have lists for fantasy novels and graphic novels, for high interest series, and even a collection of courses of study for your teen readers. We update these lists regularly, so check back for more.

Free Office Hours for Parents and Caregivers: Ask a Literacy Expert

Have questions about your child’s reading or writing? Talk over zoom with Lucy Calkins and experienced Reading and Writing Project faculty. You might…


  • Check in about your child’s literacy development.

  • Ask what you can do (and should not do) to support your child at home with particular issues, or in general.

  • Inquire about what to expect across developmental stages in reading, writing or language acquisition, early to later years.


Schedule for office hours:

K-2 Families: Wednesdays 8-9 PM Eastern

Dates: December 16, January 6, January 13, January 20 (with more to come!)

3-8 Families: Thursdays 8-9 PM Eastern

Dates: December 17, January 7, January 14, January 21 (with more to come!)


REGISTER HERE!


Free Parent and Caregiver Workshops

If you’d like to learn more about ways to support your child’s literacy education at home, or learn more about what or how they are learning in school, or how to best engage in home literacy projects, consider attending part or all of our virtual workshop days for parents.

These days are typically 3 hours long, composed of a series of 15-minute small-group presentations. Parents and caregivers can choose the workshops that match their needs and are free to come for one workshop or many. These sessions are not recorded; the days are live.


Next Workshop: Thursday, January 28, 1-3 PM Eastern Time

REGISTRATION COMING SOON!

Main Office Protocols-Visitors and Volunteers

Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap states that schools must restrict visitors, volunteers, and family members in order to reduce risk. Therefore, no visitors/volunteers will be permitted in schools at this time.


Student Drop Off:

  • Ring the buzzer outside of our main entrance. Give your name, child's name, and purpose.
  • Sign your child in using our binder on the small table inside the vestibule.
  • Have your child enter the office by themselves.
  • We will make sure they get to their classroom safely!


Student Pick Up:

  • Ring the buzzer and give your name, child's name, and purpose.
  • Picture ID is required.
  • Sign your child out using our binder on the small table inside the vestibule.
  • Wait in the vestibule or outside until your child arrives in the Main Office.
  • When your child arrives, we'll buzz your child out to you.


Dropping Off Items:

Ring the buzzer and give your name and purpose.

Leave any items on the small table in the vestibule.

Label items with your child's name and teacher's name.

We will deliver all items throughout the day and soon as we are able.

Social Work Corner

DEALING WITH GRIEF DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON:

10 Things to help get you through this difficult time:


1. Only do what feels right.

2. Accept your feelings

3. Call on your family and friends

4. Focus on the kids

5. Plan ahead

6. Scale back

7. Give

8. Acknowledge those who have passed on

9. Do something different

10. Skip it


To read the entire article visit: https://www.aarp.org/home-family/friends-family/info-12-2012/death-loss-christmas-holidays-goyer.html


Ele’s Place Virtual Grief Groups for

Children and Adults

Call: 517-482-1315

See Below For A Message From Lasagna Love--A Community Initiative To Deliver Lasagnas To Families

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Food Resources

Hospitality House

2075 E. West Maple

Suite B204

Walled Lake, MI 48390

Call: 248-960-9975


Walled Lake Missionary

1795 North Pontiac Trail

Walled Lake, MI 48390

Call: 248-624-2595


Open Door Outreach

7170 Cooley Lake Road

Waterford, MI 48327

Call: 248-360-2930


Oakland Hope

373 Summit Drive

Waterford, MI 48328

Call: 248-309-3658


Our Daily Bread

1360 N Hickory Ridge Trail

Milford, MI 48380

Call: 248-685-3520

Mental Health Resources

Easter Seals Telehealth Platform Services for Students and/or Families

Call: 248- 475-2150


Michigan Stay Well Counseling via COVID-19 Hotline

Call: 1-888-535-6136

Press “8” to talk to a Counselor. Counselors are available 24-7 Confidential and free


National Disaster Distress Helpline
Call: 1-800-985-5950 / Available 24-7

If you want help from the nearest Community Mental Health Services Program

Call: 211


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call: 1-800-273-8255

Text: TALK to 741741

Available 24-7

Student Drop-Off and Arrival Reminders

  • Please remember that our doors do not open for students to enter the building until 8:50 AM each morning.



  • Please pull all the way forward and do not stop in the middle or end of our drop off lane. Students should use our sidewalk to walk to their doorway.


  • Students must exit their cars from the passenger side along the sidewalk for safety purposes.



  • Students must enter at their designated entry points each morning when being dropped off by car. (See map below)


  • Students must walk directly to their classroom wearing their mask.


  • Parents must stay in their cars.



  • If you are dropping off your child late, you must park your car and walk your child up to the office to sign him or her in. Please do not send your child in unattended. Thank you!

Student Drop-Off Arrival Map

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For efficiency and safety, please enter the car rider line with the flow of traffic. Please do not make a left turn into the car rider line during arrival and dismissal as this disrupts the flow of traffic and often causes a back-up on Farnsworth. Thank you for your cooperation.

Shamrock Pick Up and Dismissal Reminders

As we have always had, Dublin will have a TIERED dismissal for the safety of all of our students at the end of the day. Our dismissal process is comprised of four tiers.


  • Shamrock Pick Up
  • Walkers
  • Prime Time Care
  • Buses


We discourage any parent pick ups in our office at the end of the day unless there is an emergency or early release needed for an appointment.


If you need to pick up your child from school for any reason at the end of the day, this must be done before 3:30 PM.


After 3:30 PM, students MUST use one of the tiers of dismissal above.


We cannot have parents congregating in our main office at the end of the day.

  • Parents who pick up their children before 3:30 PM must buzz in at our main office.
  • Our secretaries will let the parent come in to our secure vestibule where there is a sign out book.
  • Parents must sign out their child there.
  • Secretaries will check ID.
  • Your child will be called down to meet you there.


Students will not be called out of class after 3:30 PM. This is a disruption to our dismissal process.

  • Parents must wear masks to pick up their children and must social distance in the vestibule or outside of our main office doors.


1. Our Shamrock Pick Up Students will be dismissed from their classrooms starting at 3:30 PM. We use a special application called BEELINE to notify students in their classrooms. Students will walk down to the gym and will be dismissed from there.


**PARENTS MUST HAVE A DUBLIN CAR RIDER SIGN IN THEIR CAR in order for your child to be dismissed to you. If you do not have one, you will be asked to park and go to our main office to get one. This is imperative for the safety of your child.


2. Our Walker Students will be dismissed at approximately 3:45 PM. Our Crossing Guards will be instructed to meet students at the West and East Walker door entrances to assist students walking home. The West Walker Door Entrance is at our playground doors in the back of the building. Our East Walker Door Entrance is the Media Center doors in the front of the building. Parents may not gather at either of these entrances to walk with students. Parents should wait until our students have crossed Farnsworth or Union Lake Road to meet their children. Our crossing guards will assist our walking students.


3. Prime Time Care Students will be dismissed at 3:50 PM. These students will go directly to the cafeteria from their classrooms.


4. We will begin to dismiss our Bus Rider students at approximately 3:55 PM. We will call buses one at a time. Students will remain in classrooms until their bus is called. Teachers will supervise students in classrooms.

Shamrock Pick Up Dismissal Map

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Dublin Spirit Wear

It is time to order your Dublin Spirit Wear! Our Dublin PTA has set up spirit wear for purchase with a new company this year.


You can order with the order form below OR online all year long!!


Please see the flyer below for ordering and details, and also visit the Dublin Spirit Wear Store below. Each month, the website offers a new incentive. This month you can receive 10% off all zip-ups.


Face masks are also available.


The spirit wear flyer and web store will always be on our Dublin web page for future orders under the FOR PARENTS tab and placed in our Dublin Times newsletter. Please watch for monthly coupons too!


Here is the information flyer:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d2uVRVZvlX3UD2E1tSNpfRNt-35By5Q5/view?usp=sharing


Here is the direct link to our Dublin Store.

www.dublinschoolspiritwear.com

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WLCSD Foundation for Excellence-Be Inspired!

Choose K-12 Walled Lake Students for Year-End Giving


The Foundation for Excellence’s support for Walled Lake Schools’ 13,000 students is needed now more than ever for such critical areas of education as literacy and social and emotional learning.


Don’t miss out on making your one-time tax, deductible donation of $300 to the Foundation, as provided by the CARES Act. Vital diversification for an entire classroom’s literacy library can happen with $300. You make the difference for our children-future employees, business owners and leaders.


Be inspired to continue or begin your Foundation support and hear from our community leaders why they prioritize support for our District and from Jen Phillips-Weckstein; Dublin teacher, WLCSD parent and longstanding FFE trustee, regarding how FFE changed the trajectory of her teaching.


QUESTIONS? Email Foundation Executive Director MichelleBianco@wlcsd.org or phone 248.956.2116.


Checks can be made payable to Foundation for Excellence-Walled Lake Schools, 850 Ladd Rd., Bldg. D, Walled Lake, MI 48390.


Links:

You make the Difference: FFE video

Be Inspired: Message from Jen Phillips-Weckstein: WLCSD teacher, parent & FFE trustee

Choose WLCSD K-12 Students for Year-end Giving - FFE electronic newsletter (SMORE)

Need a Chrome Book?

How Can I Get a Chromebook for my Child?


Parents can still get Chromebooks for their children every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Educational Services Center located at 850 Ladd Road, Building D, Walled Lake.

Need Tech Support?

In an effort to help with technical issues that you may have at home while learning online, WLCSD has developed a STUDENT TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT REQUEST FORM. To help with technical issues, this should be the first step in letting us know the issue you are experiencing with technology at home. We can then help you as quickly as we can.


This form is always located on our Dublin web page under the FOR PARENTS tab.

There is a button below too!

Attendance Hotline-248-956-3890

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: 248-956-3890

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
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DUBLIN PTA BOARD MEMBERS 2020-2021

Please click here for contact information!

Dublin PTA Web Page

Please click here to visit our Dublin PTA Web Page!

2020-2021 PTA MEMBERSHIP FORM

Please complete this form to join our Dublin PTA!

PTA Member Hub

Sign up to be a member of the PTA online HERE!

Support our School!

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

Dublin Elementary is now 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 http://smile.amazon.com/
2) Select Dublin Elementary PTA as the organization you are supporting.
3) Shop away!
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Communication is Key at Dublin!

Communication is important to us at Dublin. 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.


SKYWARD FAMILY ACCESS

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 Dublin 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.


DUBLIN TIMES AND SCHOOL WEB PAGE

Our Dublin Times newsletter will be sent electronically to parents. An archive of newsletters will be posted to our school website. 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 and blogs from your child's classroom, PTA forms and information, and important updates and forms that you will need to access.


TWITTER

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


OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE

Please LIKE US on our OFFICIAL Dublin Elementary Facebook page! See the button below!

Dublin Contact Information

Martha Rogers

Interim Principal: MarthaRogers@wlcsd.org

248-956-3832


Diane Yanalunas

Principal's Secretary: DianeYanalunas@wlcsd.org

248-956-3829


Mary Austin-Harris

Building Secretary: MaryAustin-Harris@wlcsd.org

248-956-3841