WILDCAT NEWSLETTER vol. 5

News and Information for the Guest Elementary Community

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATION! We are getting closer to reaching our goal to fully fund and provide services for CHAMP!

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What is WILDCAT TIME?

We are excited to begin our second year of 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: There is a HERO in all of us.

We are very excited to continue strengthening our school community through this program. 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.

THANK YOU WALLED LAKE LIBRARY & CONGRATULATIONS GUEST ELEMENTARY

PTA MEETING - OCTOBER 1st

Please join us on October 1st 6:30-7:30pm for our second PTA Meeting. Your leadership is appreciated.

CALENDAR

SEPTEMBER 2018

24 Community Ed classes begin

24 5th grade Outdoor Center Open House - information below 5:00-7:00pm

25 Taste of the Lakes 5:00 - 8:00 @ Edgewood Country Club

26 - 28 5th grade camp


OCTOBER 2018

1 Kick-off to Color Splash Fundraiser

1 Guest PTA Meeting 6:30 - 7:30pm

3 Count Day

5 Guest PTA Bonaventure skate night 5:00 - 7:00pm

9 Elementary District-Wide Open House 5:00 - 8:00pm

10 Walk & Bike to School Day

16 Kindergarten Learning Path (Curriculum Night) 6:30 - 7:30pm

17 Buster the Bus Assembly- kindergarten 9:30am grades 1 & 2 10:30am

18 Wildcat Time 3:00 - 3:40pm

19 Guest Color Run - daytime event (details at a later time)

25 PTA Reflections Art Night 6:00 - 7:30pm

26 Cookie Dough Fundraiser begins

31 Halloween parade & King Pancake 9:30 - 12:00pm

31 1/2 day for students - District Based Professional Development 1:10-4:10

DISTRICT WIDE OPEN HOUSES ARE SCHEDULED

District Open House Dates

Families with children seeking premier preschool through high school educational opportunities are cordially invited to visit any of the 19 Walled Lake Schools.

Bring your family to visit Walled Lake Schools so you can meet our world-class
teachers, speak with members of our administrative team, meet our students and parents, get an up-close look at our facilities, and most importantly, experience our ‘every child, every day’ philosophy. Children believe anything is possible; they’re right! In Walled Lake Schools the possibilities are endless!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9 | 6-8 p.m.

Families with children preschool age through grade five are invited to visit any of the 12 Walled Lake Elementary Schools from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 | 6-8 p.m.

Families with children grade six through grade eight are invited to visit any of the four Walled Lake Middle Schools from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 11.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 | 1-3 P.M.

Families with children grade nine through grade 12 are invited to visit any of the three Walled Lake High Schools from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, October 14.

WALK & BIKE TO SCHOOL is OCTOBER 10

Walk & Bike to School Day, Wednesday, October 10, 2018! The Michigan Fitness Foundation’s Safe Routes to School Program and Michigan Department of Transportation is excited to welcome you back for this year’s Walk to School Day 2018.

LUNCH SCHEDULE FOR 2018-2019

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FAMILY RESOURCES

HOSPITALITY HOUSE - FOOD PANTRY

075 E. West Maple Rd, Ste B204
Commerce Twp, MI 48390
(248) 960-9975


FREE FRESH FOOD PANTRY

PAC - Parent Advisory Committee

Please take a moment to read the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) flyer and consider being more involved with the PAC efforts at WLCSD! PAC is a committee of parents whose children receive Special Education services. It's made up of parent volunteers from every school and program in the district. The PAC meets once a month with the Director of Special Services.


The first event is September 27th 6:00 - 8:30pm.

ESC Board Room

6:00-6:30 Coffee & Dessert

6:30-7:00 Intro to PAC

7:00-8:30 Parent Input on Hopes and Dreams for the PAC and PAC Collaborators

A MESSAGE FROM MS. PERKOVICH - READ ABOUT HOW GUEST CAN RAISE $5,000.00 FOR THE WALKING TRACK

I am so excited to share a wonderful opportunity for Guest to raise money for the walking track! The opportunity presented to me is as follows:

For every two dollars raised by our school community, an anonymous donor will match it with one dollar, up to $5,000.00.


That would be a total amount max of 15,000 (10,000 by the school community and a match of 5,000 = 15,000)


We need your ideas. So far, Dining to Donate, Student Council, once a month hat day (dates coming soon), bottle drives, shoe drive, technology recycling, alumni donations, and Y-ties are things we have tried and/or are currently in place.

What ideas do you have?


Let's GO Wildcats! We have $10,000.00 to raise!

MATH PENTATHLON - DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!

Math Pentathlon problem solving games provide a highly motivational format for developing and practicing important math concepts. While playing games in cooperative division age groups, students strengthen their strategic thinking and critical reasoning abilities. For more information on the program, please visit www.mathpentath.org.


We need YOU! The Math Pentathlon Club at MHG is successful because of our wonderful parent volunteers! Classes will be formed based on the number of parent volunteer coaches (or team coaches if you prefer to share coaching duties with another parent). If you are interested in becoming a coach or team coach for any grade, please contact MHG Math Pentathlon Club Coordinator. More information included on the flier below.


Holly Kammer

holly.kammer16@gmail.com

248-231-2164 (call or text)

mhguestpta.com/events/math-pentathalon

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GET YOUR SPIRIT WEAR

Hi M.H. Guest Families!

The Spiritwear Sale is right around the corner! This year you have two ways to order;

1. Fill out and send in the paper order form that will be sent home with your child on Friday, September 14th, or

2. Order your Spiritwear online at https://meguest18.itemorder.com .

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5th GRADE CAMP OPEN HOUSE on SEPTEMBER 24th 5:00-7:00pm

Parents and students are welcome to tour the Walled Lake Outdoor Education Center at 3577 Sleeth Ct., Commerce Twp., MI 48382, prior to their overnight camp experience. This is a chance for you to take an informal tour any time between 5:00 and 7:00 pm on Monday, September 24, 2018.

A camp meeting will also be held at your school before your camping experience. This will be your chance to ask specific questions and get all of the necessary paperwork.

Please call Stuart Riley @ 248-956-5120 for any questions regarding 5th grade camp. Our

COUNT DAY IS OCTOBER 3rd

Please make every effort to have your student present at school on October 3, 2018. We thank you in advance.

Y-Ties Elastic Shoe Laces are on sale!

Ms. Perkovich is selling Y-Ties! Y-Ties are elastic shoe laces! All proceeds go toward our walking track!


Your child will be bringing home a yellow envelope this week to share with you.

If you would like to purchase a pair of elastic lace please put five or six dollars per pair of laces and check off the pair of laces you’d like to order. 52” Y-Ties are on sale for $5.00/pair and 72” long laces for boots are on sale for $6.00 per pair. If you would like to pay by check, please make checks payable to M H GUEST PTA and write in the memo line: Y-Ties, walking track.


With the purchase of Y-Ties your child will receive a set of stickers and a copy of My First Y-Ties commix. Thank you for your support!


www.y-ties.com

LAKES AREA YOUTH ASSISTANCE (LAYA) ANNUAL TASTE OF THE LAKES EVENT

If you would like to purchase tickets for Taste of the Lakes, the office will have them for sale. The cost is $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Cash or check made payable to LAYA

Lakes Area Youth Assistance

“Taste of the Lakes”

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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WALLED LAKE CENTRAL POMS

Hey future Vikings! You are invited to be dancer for the day!

Friday, October 5th

Time: 4:30-6:30pm

Location: Walled Lake Central Main Gym

Flyer is below

PTA Dining to Donate

Blaze Pizza on Thursday, October 18th from 4:30-7:30 pm.

See Flyer below and look for information to come home from school.

Please read over the ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL practices at Guest Elementary. It is important we all adhere to the structures put in place to help ensure the safety and security of our students, staff, and the greater community. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

ABSENCES, CHANGES IN SCHEDULE, & NOTES TO SCHOOL

If you intend to keep your child home on a school day for any reason, please use our attendance hotline at 248-956-3390. You may leave a voicemail message 24 hours a day. IF we do not receive a call from you, we will call you to make sure that your child is indeed absent.


The Transportation Department will not issue bus passes for after school study, play dates etc. Bus passes will be issued for shared custody and sometimes day care, babysitting, or other emergencies. The Transportation Department will also issue year-long passes for in-district transfer and school of choice students when there is room on the bus.


If your child's transportation/dismissal for the end of the day changes in any way, please send in a note at the beginning of the day to your child's teacher AND the office. If this changes during the school day, please call our secretaries BEFORE 3:00 PM. We will do our best to ensure your child gets to the correct place at the end of the day, but we ask for your help with this by notifying us EARLY in the day or with a note. Thank you!

VOLUNTARY SCHOOL ACCIDENT INSURANCE

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. The District offers this program because of trends in rising family health and dental insurance costs, increased deductibles, co-payments or lack of health or dental insurance coverage. Information can be found on the district website

AUTHORIZATION TO ADMINISTER MEDICATION FORM

AUTHORIZATION TO ADMINISTER MEDICATION FORM

Remember that you must update your child's Authorization to Administer Medication Form each year. Please Be Proactive and complete the form now.

PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST 2018-2019

Please be sure to take some time to get creative this summer! If you have any questions, please reach out to Guest Elementary PTA Reflections Chair:


Sarah Dodds

sarahdodds@wlcsd.org


Now that summer vacation is about to start, it’s a great time to start looking for inspiration for your projects! Start thinking about the people in your world who are heroes. Are they someone whose job is to help people? Are they someone who volunteers in the community? Are they kids helping grown-ups? Or grown-ups helping kids? Are they people helping animals? Or animals helping people?


We can’t wait to see how those heroes inspire you through the arts! Review the current standing rules at the Michigan PTA Reflections website

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FAMILY RESOURCES

MSTEP INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

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REMINDER: All Dining to Donate funds go to the Walking Track. Our donor will be matching $1.00 for every $2.00 raised!

FOOD SERVICE

FREE & REDUCED MEALS

Children need healthy meals to learn. Walled Lake Consolidated Schools offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.25 at the elementary and $1.50 at the middle and high school; lunch costs $2.75 at the elementary and starts at $3.00 at the middle and high school.


Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch.


Free & Reduced Application can be filled out through Family Access. Login to Family Access, Click on Food Service, and click the Application that is at the top of the screen.

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HOME - SCHOOL CONNECTION

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THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT

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