Woodland Park Academy

Back To School Newsletter 2022

Welcome Back! A Message from Mrs. Martin, Principal

Hello Woodand Park Academy Families!

Welcome to the 22-23 school year! We are so excited to have students back! At Woodland Park Academy we are partnering with families and providing diverse educational opportunities to inspire our children to change the world! As a community it is vital that we are all working together; parents, students, and staff, to accomplish this mission.

Woodland Park is happy to welcome you back to some new and exciting things! First, enjoy a ride down our freshly paved parking lot! Next, we are so lucky to welcome a few new staff members to our amazing team! Check out their profiles below!

This year, all parents will need to update their student's information through ParentVue in Synergy electronically. After updates, this app will allow you to access your child's attendance, grades, and schedule, and will also keep the most important information about your child updated.

We look forward to seeing you at the Pop In for Popsicles event on August 24 between 5-7 pm. Plan to "pop in" to see your child's classroom and meet the teacher. Then head to the gym for a popsicle, dress code swap, and visit some tables to learn more about WPA and our community partners. There will be time to learn about our curriculum and the teacher's expectations at Curriculum Night, September 14, from 5-7 pm.

Once you finish reading this, please do 1 important thing; Register your child in ParentVUE! Registrations must be complete before the first day of school.

I look forward to partnering with you to provide high-quality education and environment for your child. We are going to have an amazing year!

Mrs. Martin

Upcoming Dates to Remember

August 24 Pop in for Popsicles 5-7 pm

August 29 1st Day of School (8:00 am-3:15 pm)

September 2 No School

September 5 No School

September 7 Late Start Wednesday (School begins at 9:30 am)

September 14 Curriculum Night 5-7 pm

October 3 Picture Day

Pop In for Popsicles

Wednesday, Aug. 24th, 5-7pm

2083 East Grand Blanc Road

Grand Blanc, MI

Pop into your child's class to say "Hi" and meet the teacher. Pop into the gym to get a popsicle, visit the "Dress Code Swap Table", and get your bus tags or vehicle sign for pick up/drop off.

Student Registration for 2022-2023

**IMPORTANT** All students must have updated information for 22-23 school year and must be completed before the first day of school (8-29-22).

ALL families are required to update their student's information for the 22-23 school year using our new ParentVue platform. This is taking the place of the Student Information Form that we have used in the past.

ParentVue Homepage: https://parentvue.geneseeisd.org/wpa/PXP2_Login.aspx

If you already have a ParentVue account, log in and go to Online Registration in the upper right corner.

If you have not yet activated your ParentVue account, click Activate Account, and enter your information and Activation Key. Your activation key can be found on your ParentVue Activation letter that was previously mailed to you and sent home with your student last year. If you cannot find your activation key, please contact the office at (810) 695-4710 or email mgauvreau@wp-academy.org and we will be happy to assist you.

School Hours: 8:00-3:15 pm. Doors open at 7:45 am.

Late Start Wednesday Hours: 9:30 am-3:15 pm. Doors open at 9:15 am. Drop off for morning care @ 7:45 am-9:00 am. No drop-offs between 9:00-9:15 am.

2022-2023 Calendar

Click HERE for the 2022-2023 School Calendar

Late Start Wednesdays

School Starts: 9:30 am-3:15 pm

Doors Open at 9:15 am

On Late Start Wednesdays, busses will run 1 1/2 hours later than normal pick-up times.

If your child will require morning care on Late Start Wednesdays, please register your child by completing the form. Free care will be provided in the morning. Drop off @ 7:45 am.

Late Start Wednesdays Morning Care Registration Form HERE or https://forms.gle/BTpNzFFmRqZ1E2Fm8

Late Start Dates for 2022 are;

9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28

10/12, 10/19, 10/26

11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30

12/7, 12/14

***NOTE--October 5, 2022 is COUNT DAY. This is a full day of school. All students must attend school this day or provide a note from a doctor.

All 2022-23 Dates for Late Start are listed on the school calendar.

Bussing for 22-23

  • $10 per student per month
  • Woodland Park will utilize "satellite stops". Please see the current Bus Stop Map HERE.
  • Register your child for a bus stop in the Student Information Form

Bus Payments

Bus payments can be made using our WPA Square or send payments to the office (check or cash). Payments are due by the 1st of the month.

Square payment portal for bussing:


*If you are interested in sponsoring a student for bus fees @ $10/month, please contact our main office. (810) 695-4710

2022-2023 Bus Routes

View the Bus Routes for 22-23. Click the tabs at the bottom to see 4 different routes/stops. Late Start Wednesday pick-up times are listed too.

Bus Parent Pro Tip

There are times when the bus is running behind or ahead of schedule. While they do their very best to run the route on schedule, things happen. Safety is the number one priority.

If your child is riding the MTA bus, download "LIFE360" to their phone so you know where they are and how close they are to their stop.

Please add MTA's dispatch number to your phone 810-695-8917. This number is helpful to have if your child's bus is running behind. The operator will need to know your student's bus route and stop name to assist you.

Dress Code Swap August 24

WPA families are welcome to "shop" dress code clothing during our Pop in for Popsicles Event on August 24th, 5-7 pm. If your family has gently worn, clean clothing to donate, bring it during the event or drop it off beforehand. Free!
Dress Code

Click here to see the Dress Code handout.

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Pick Up and Drop off Information

Pick up and Drop Off: Drop off begins at 7:45 am. Dismissal begins at 3:15. Buses are loaded and dismissed first. Car dismissal begins immediately afterward. Two lines will be formed around the parking lot. Staff will escort students out of and into vehicles. You will receive a car sign to keep in your vehicle with your child(ren)’s names. A staff member will use this sign to dismiss students from their classrooms. Please remain in your vehicle throughout the dismissal process.

Important Dismissal Safety: The office and your child’s teacher need to know how your child will be going home each day. If your child changes his or her normal dismissal plan, please inform the office and his/her teacher IN ADVANCE via phone call, signed note, and/or email. Your child’s safety is VERY important to us.

Student Life

2022-2023 Student Handbook

The student handbook includes Student Rights and Responsibilities, Policies & Procedures, Attendance, Grading, and Behavior Expectations.

No Cell Phone Policy

Phones have become an integral part of everyday life. Some of us may be considered "addicted" to our phones! Social media issues can impact the mental and social well-being and order of the school day. At Woodland Park, our teachers will be offering in-person, excellent instruction and it is important that all students are engaged during the time they are in school.

Students may bring their phones to school however, they must be powered down throughout the school day (7:45-3:15 pm). Please support this policy by calling the office if you need to communicate with your child or get a message to them. Students not following this policy will be required to turn phones into the office daily among other consequences.

Middle School Backpacks

This year, students will not be carrying backpacks from one class to another. Students that travel between classes will leave their backpacks in their locker and take their class material from one class to another. Teachers will ensure they have their belongings when leaving class.
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WPA Spirit Wear Store

T-shirts and hoodies are now available for purchase on our square! Taking orders until September 2nd!

WPA Spirit Wear

We will have various sizes of WPA Swag available for purchase at Pop-in for Popsicles on August 24th!

Spirit Wear Orders will be placed;

Now-September 2nd

September 3rd-November 15th

January 3-March 10

March 11-April 10

*Orders will come to the office approximately 2 weeks after the ordering window closes.

First Week of School

  • Bring your class school supplies.
  • Wear dress code.
  • Bring your positive attitude! Come to class prepared and ready to learn!
  • Make sure you know how you are getting home.

Are you riding a bus? Which bus? Which stop?

Are you getting picked up in a car? Who is picking me up?

First Day of School Jitters...

For the safety of our students, parents will be allowed to walk their children to the front door. A kind and loving staff member will be happy to escort your child to class during their first days of class.

Food Service

We are pleased to inform you that Woodland Park Academy will be participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for the School Year 2021-2022.

The GREAT NEWS is that ALL students enrolled at our school can receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at NO CHARGE to your household each day.

In place of the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application, we still need your household to fill out and sign the Household Information Report. This report is critical in determining the amount of money that our school receives from a variety of State and Federal supplemental programs.

August 2022 Breakfast & Lunch Menu

Click the button to view the menu.

September 2022 Breakfast & Lunch Menu

Click the button to view the menu.

Welcome to Woodland Park Academy!

We are so excited to welcome our new staff to our amazing WPA team!

Teachers for 2022-2023 School Year!

Kindergarten: Mrs. Mayberry & Ms. Perrin

1st Grade: Ms. Wallace & Mrs. Phillips

2nd Grade: Mrs. Leathers & Ms. Russell

3rd Grade: Mrs. Larson & Mrs. Rosneck

4th Grade: Mrs. Jones

5th Grade: Mrs. DeGasperis & Ms. Jauss

6th Grade: Ms. Zemina & Mrs. Gardner (Math)

7th Grade: Ms. McArthur (ELA) & Mrs. Dyer (Science)

8th Grade: Mrs. Bishop (SS)

Specials: Mrs. Lichtenberg (Performing Arts), Mrs. Mulholland (Art), Ms. LaFreniere (PE)

Behavior Support: Mr. Fields

Intervention Support: Mrs. Debano, Mrs. Shemes, Mrs. Brobst, Ms. Cox

Learning Support Services: Mrs. Doak, Mrs. Yerkes, Mrs. Peterson, Ms. Beil, Mr. Cronk

Administration: Mrs. Martin & Mrs. Baker

Class Assignments

As you can see, some changes have been made to our teaching staff and positions. You will be able to access your child's class by registering your child in ParentVUE. Classes will be updated by Friday, August 19 at 5 pm.

*No class assignments will be provided over the phone.

Eagles Club (After School Program)

A new registration form for Eagles Club will need to be submitted monthly. Register for Eagles Club by sending in this FORM to the office. First come, first served.

Eagles Club is an after-school program designed to help working parents with pick-up time flexibility. Eagles Club students engage in crafts and play.

Pick Up: You may pick your child up at any time during Club Hours. All students must be picked up no later than 5:30 pm. Parents may enter the Events Entrance to retrieve their child(ren). Excessive late pick-ups (2 times) will result in dismissal from the program.

Donations: We are happy to offer Eagle’s Club to our families at no cost. Snacks, monetary donations, and school/craft supplies are greatly appreciated.

Capacity: 20 students. If you change your student’s schedule and do not need Eagle’s Club services, you must call the office so that we may inform other families in need of the service. Drop-ins cannot be accommodated at this time.

Health & Safety

Medication Updates

In accordance with the State of Michigan laws, and in the best interest of our families, we have implemented the following updates to our Medication Administration Policy. Please note that ALL medication (Prescription and Non-Prescription) taken during school hours requires the school receive written authorization from BOTH the parent and the doctor, as well as instructions for administering the medication and dosage.

HERE is a copy of the required form for all school-administered medication.

Medication Drop Off

If your student is currently taking medication, under a physician's direction, please fill out the form and turn it into the office with the medication. A parent or guardian must drop off the medication. Medication cannot be sent in a backpack.

CDC Updates COVID Guidance for Schools

The current guidance removes many of the restrictions put in place to reduce the spread of infection. Woodland Park will follow these guidelines;

  • Notification of exposure in the classroom
  • Stay home when sick
  • Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Cleaning (desks, frequently touched surface areas)
  • Masks optional
  • Symptomatic persons must mask and get tested. Isolate for 5 days and wear a mask through Day 10.
Read more about the CDC recommendations HERE.

Accepting Enrollment for 2022-2023

Limited seats are available. Please share the application with your family and friends!


Woodland Park Academy is Hiring!

Flag Football Coach

WPA's Athletic Department is looking for a 4th-6th Grade Flag Football coach for Fall! See the posting HERE.

Substitute Teachers

We are looking to build a pool of substitute teachers. If you are interested in being a substitute at WPA, please follow the directions on the link below. 60+ college credit hours are required for a substitute permit.


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