Dragon's Tale

10/19/18

Upcoming Events!

Keith Announcements

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Unity Day at Keith - October 24th

On Wednesday, October 24th Keith Elementary will be celebrating Unity Day. Unity Day will be celebrated across the country and here at Keith we will be celebrating kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and standing together against bullying.


What we will do:

  • Encourage students to wear Orange
  • You can also have students make posters to put up around the school- that use the phrases “kindness, acceptance, and inclusion”.

More Information:

https://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp

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October 31st - Half Day of School for Students - Dismissal at 12:09pm


Halloween Parade

10:30am - Halloween Parade Begins outside on walking track!


All parents are invited to watch the Keith Halloween Parade outside on the playground. The students will walk around the blacktop of the playground doors and then enter into the school for their special classroom party. We will have a staff member signing parents in at the gate on the field beginning at 10:10am. Following the parade, only parents with visitor stickers who have signed in will be allowed into the building. All others will need to sign in at the main office, but certainly all are welcome!

Teacher of the Year Nominations - Currently Being Accepted!

The Walled Lake Consolidated Schools is again participating in a program to honor exemplary teachers/educators. We hope you will join us in an effort that will result in the selection of the TEACHER/EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR for the Walled Lake Consolidated School District at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. This honor will be bestowed at our January 10, 2019 school board meeting.


Candidates will be submitted through his or her school. Names will be removed from the forms and only the building principal will have knowledge of the candidate’s name. The principal will appoint a committee to assist with the building selection process. Each building will select a Teacher/Educator of the Year and that nominee will be submitted to the District committee for final selection. We are requesting that this form be returned to your school NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2018.


WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Any FULL TIME, CERTIFIED, TENURED teacher/educator who spends 50% of his/her time in a classroom. Nominees must have a minimum of five (5) full years of classroom teaching experience.


WHO MAY NOMINATE?

Any person in the school community may nominate any teacher/educator in the District for this honor. Please send or deliver this form to the nominee’s school.


HOW TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION FORM

Please send or deliver Nomination Form to the nominee’s school in an envelope marked clearly with TEACHER/EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR”.


PLEASE USE THE ATTACHED FORM TO SUBMIT ALL NOMINATIONS. THE NOMINATION FORM MAY BE RETURNED TO THE KEITH OFFICE OR EMAILED TO MarciAugenstein@wlcsd.org.

Keith Spirit!!!

Friday’s are Spirit Day here at Keith.

Your child is encouraged to wear a Keith shirt or the color red each and every Friday. The upper elementary and lower elementary classroom with the highest number of participants will win a visit from “Sparky” our Keith Dragon for the week.


This week's winners are:

Upper Elementary Room: Mrs. Wendyker

Lower Elementary Room: Mrs. Pawlak and Mrs. Dickinson

Change for Autism

Got any spare change? Send it to school this month! In an effort to raise autism awareness among the student body, our students and staff will be encouraged to deposit spare change in a large collection jug throughout the month to raise funds for Autism Alliance of Michigan (@autismallianceofmichigan). This organization has touched the lives of over 36,000 Michigan people affected by autism. Teachers have also been given classroom activities, autism facts and information to create an important discussion about compassion, understanding and inclusion among the student body.


The Prizes for Fundraising...

As a thank you to your school for the hard work, we want to reward you with prizes for the accomplished goal amount you raised:

  • If you raise over $1,000 you will receive a pizza party and an AAoM Swag Bag for the top earning classroom along with a certified AAoM Autism Presentation for the school hosted by our staff.
  • If you raise over $500 you will receive an AAoM Swag Bag and an AAoM Autism Presentation for the top earning classroom.
  • If you raise over $250 you will receive an an AAoM Swag Bag for the top earning classroom.


About AAoM:

The Autism Alliance of Michigan lends help to thousands of families throughout Michigan that face the never-ending physical, psychological, emotional and financial challenges that come with an autism diagnosis. We offer hope for the future and answers today. Navigating these challenges is at the heart of why AAoM was founded ten years ago.

Autism Alliance of Michigan is dedicated to transforming the state of Michigan for the autism community-creating opportunities that truly impact quality of life for individuals, their families and our community.


Kelly Powers

Keith Elementary School

Teacher of Students with Autism

Second Step Announcement!

Parents, this week your children focused on the second step lesson below. Please take a moment to talk with your children about how they took time to show positive behavior at school.


Focusing Attention:

Learning happens every day at Keith Elementary school. An important skill for learning is focusing attention. When we focus our attention we use our ears, our eyes, and our brain! This week, put on your attent-o-scopes and notice how they help you listen and learn.


Next week, our focus will be on Self-Talk. We will review the following with your children when they return to school on Monday.


Self-Talk:

This is another great week for learning at Keith Elementary School. An important skill for learning is using self-talk. Self-talk means talking to ourselves in a quiet voice or in our heads. Self-talk can help us stay on task and focus attention. Think about what self-talk you might use if you were trying to remember directions your teacher gave you. Remember to use self-talk today when you need to stay focused and on task.

Medication Take Back Event - October 27

Attached is a brochure on this important event that we have listed on our website calendar.

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Shoes to Share

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October Lunch Menu

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November Lunch Menu

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Announcements From our Keith PTA:

Keith PTA Meeting - Wednesday, November 7 at 7pm in the Keith Media Center

Lunch with a Loved One!

Happy Monday, Keith Families! Here is the sign-up for Lunch With A Loved One for our Fall Book Fair! Please make sure to follow the sign-up directions in the information posted on the sign-up. Thank you! Keith PTA


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d48aeab22a7fc1-enchanted

Fall Book Fair

It’s time to let your imagination grow! Our fall Enchanted Forest Scholastic Book Fair is almost here! We would love and appreciate any help to make this event the best one our students have seen!


SET UP VOLUNTEER: This sign-up is to help with anything BEFORE the fair starts!

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/5080D48AEAB22A7FC1-20182


VOLUNTEER DURING FAIR: If you have any time to help us keep the fair running & to volunteer for shifts, then this is the sign-up for you!

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/5080D48AEAB22A7FC1-fall


LUNCH WITH A LOVED ONE: We have our "Lunch with a Loved One" event on Wednesday, November 7th. There are spots available to come shop the book fair and have lunch with your children!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d48aeab22a7fc1-enchanted

Spelling Bee Club at Keith!

Hi 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Keith Families. Keith is starting a Spelling Bee club with the National Scripps Spelling Words.


3rd grade Spelling Bee Club will take place on Tuesday’s from 1:20-1:50 pm during the beginning part of block recess. It will start on Tuesday, Nov. 6th and end with a Spelling Bee during block recess on Tuesday, December 11th at 1:20 pm.


4th grade Spelling Bee Club will take place on Thursday’s from 3:05-3:25, immediately following the 4th Grade Yoga class. It will start on Thursday, Nov. 8th and end with a Spelling Bee during block recess on Thursday, December 13th at 2:25 pm.


5th grade Spelling Bee Club will take place on Friday’s from 2:30-3:00 pm during the beginning part of block recess. It will start on Friday, Nov. 9th and end with a Spelling Bee during block recess on Friday, December 14th at 2:30 pm.



Please print the attached permission slip and turn into your child’s teacher by Nov. 1st and the word list will be provided to your child.

**Seeking one or two parents to help run the club. Please email Julie Steffes minsab@att.net Thank you!

Math Club

Math Club Registration Open! Are you looking for STEM activities for your child? Would you like your child to have a more positive attitude towards Math? How about developing critical thinking? Math Club is the answer! Math Club takes place on Wednesday mornings from 8:00AM to 8:50AM, beginning October 24th and runs through March. This program is open to all K-5 students and introduces them to interactive, problem-solving and critical thinking GAMES through the Mathematics Pentathlon program (MathPentath.org). The students are placed into three groups by grade: K/1st, 2nd/3rd and 4th/5th. Please fill out and return the attached form to register your child.


Math Club Parent Volunteers Needed! In order to run Math Club, parent help is needed to teach and oversee the games in class (training will be provided). This is a great opportunity to become more involved in the school and to inspire the next generation of problem solvers! Your time and dedication will make a huge impact on the success of this program! Please contact Mary Beth Johnson at mbjohnson@ymail.com for more information.

PTA Reflections Contest 2018-2019

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


Kate Tomasik

248-724-6721

katetomasik@yahoo.com


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: https://www.michiganpta.org/page/Reflections201718


We’ll have finalized rules provided later for the 2018-19 school year. For more info, please contact Keith PTSA Reflections Chair, Kate Tomasik, at keithelementaryptareflections@gmail.com

PTA Facebook Page

Visit our PTA's Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/KeithElemPTA/

Keith Elementary School

The purpose of Keith Elementary is to advance the learning of all students.


Andrea McFarland - Principal's Secretary

AndreaMcFarland@wlcsd.org


Diana Tyrrell - Building Secretary

DianaTyrrel@wlcsd.org


Julie Palermo - Interventionist

JuliePalermo@wlcsd.org


Marci Augenstein, Ph.D. - Principal, Keith Elementary

MarciAugenstein@wlcsd.org