WILDCAT NEWSLETTER vol. 12

News and Information for the Guest Elementary Community

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2019 - 2020 GUEST CALENDAR

NOVEMBER 2019

28 & 29 - Thanksgiving Break

29 - End of 1st Trimester-Elementary - Family Access Closes

DECEMBER 2019

4 - 1/2 Day of School

4 - PTA Jumping to Donate 3:00 - 8:00pm

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

5 - WLCSD Board Meeting 7:30

6 - Parent - Teacher Conference closes for sign up

11 - Report Cards posted and available at the end of the day via Family Access

12 - 1/2 Day of School for Elementary Conferences - Dismissal is at 11:00am

20 - Last Day of School before Winter Break

20 - PTA Bonaventure Skating night 5:00 - 7:00pm

21 - January 5 is Winter Break

Mr. Peace

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Kicking off Diversity Week With Kindness!

Mr. Peace Visits Guest Elementary School in Walled Lake, Michigan

Spreading Kindness ONE School at a Time! Check out the links below!

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November 22 Professional Learning

On November 22, our staffed talked about supporting students through MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support) with a lens on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and worked on planning through our next units of study in Literacy as grade level teams. One of the things we did as a group was to begin discussing the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on the development of young children. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines ACEs as:

“…potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years) such as experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect; witnessing violence in the home; and having a family member attempt or die by suicide. Also included are aspects of the child’s environment that can undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding such as growing up in a household with substance misuse, mental health problems, or instability due to parental separation or incarceration of a parent, sibling, or other member of the household.”

These events or experiences have been linked to reduced life potential, chronic health issues, risky health behaviors, and even early death. These are concerning prospects when you think of what our children are experiencing and what they carry in their emotional back-packs each day.

The good news is that there are methods of support or prevention to reduce the impacts of ACEs, one of which is developing resiliency skills and building a strong social emotional base for our children. We continue to do this through the study of the MTSS process and implementation on Positive Behavior Intervention Supports at Guest Elementary. Our goal is to provide social emotional scaffolding for our learners to build their resilience to these ACEs and to other challenges that they will face throughout their lives. If you feel that you need resources to support your child with the ACEs that s/he has in his/her life, please do not hesitate to connect with us here at school.

For more information on ACEs, please see the Ted Talk from our session.

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.

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Parent - Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences are approaching on December 12, 2019 from 12:15 to 8:15 p.m. This time is an important opportunity to talk with your student's teacher to discuss the progress that your child has made thus far this school year and to share your perspective with us for the year. Conferences are a two-way conversation and your insights with regard to your child’s strengths and needs, learning style, and other non-school learning opportunities can help us to shape our instruction. Should you have an extenuating circumstance that prevents you from attending conferences on December 12, please connect with your child's teacher to discuss their progress thus far at an alternate time. These conversations are such an important part of being an involved parent.


We will be scheduling conferences online again this year through Family Access. Online scheduling will open Monday, 11/18/19 @ approximately 11:00am and stay open through Friday, 12/6/19. If you do not have a Family Access account, please contact the Family Access hotline at 248-956-2190 or email FamilyAccess@wlcsd.org.


Please access the PARENT - TEACHER CONFERENCE Newsletter below for more information!

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

VISITING The Wildcat Little Lending Library

PARTICIPATING in events at local libraries

COMPLETING iReady Reading lessons

READING no less than 20 minutes per night

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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.

LOST AND FOUND IS OVERFLOWING

Winter is upon us and already our LOST & FOUND is overflowing. Please stop by school to claim your missing items.

To help combat this problem, please label all your student's clothing, lunch containers, water bottles, and more. Staff will do their best to reunite all items with their owners.

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!

i-Ready

At this time our teachers are preparing your children for the first round of the i-Ready Diagnostic testing and some students have already taken this important assessment.


After your child has taken the assessment, your child's teacher will alert you to begin i-Ready math and ready instructional modules/lessons at home.


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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2019 - 2020 Lunch Schedule

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2019 - 2020 Grade Level Music Informances

November 19 - Kindergarten & 5th grade 6:30 - 7:30

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

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

In-District Resident Transfer Window

January 6 - 24

Non-Resident Schools of Choice Window

January 20 - February 7

Vision Screening 2019 - 2020

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

Hearing Screening 2019 - 2020

Grades Preschool, K, 2nd, and 4th

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.

"remind" CHANGES - PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY

remind

remind is a communication platform that helps educators quickly share information, attachments, and other files.

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.

DIRECTIONS TO SIGN UP FOR remind:


GUEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION

Sherry Ikegami

Principal Secretary sherryikegami@wlcsd.org

248-956-3300


Heather Pengelly heatherpengelly@wlcsd.org

Building Secretary

248-956-3302


FAX: 248-956-3305


Safe-line for Absences: 248-956-3390


Sharon Becker sharonbecker@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