Wildcat Newsletter vol. 21

News and Information for the Guest Elementary Community

Mission Statement

The mission of Mary Helen Guest Elementary School, in cooperation with the community, is to educate all children in a caring environment so that every student is a knowledgeable, resourceful and self-reliant individual able to adapt and contribute productively to our changing society.

MARCH 2016

  • 28th Hearing Screening grades K, 2, & 4

  • 28th Reflections Celebration @ Walnut Creek 6:30 - 8:00 PM


  • 31st Middle School Counselors visit 5th grade 9:15 - 11:30

APRIL 2016

  • 1st Bus Evacuation - some buses running approximately 15 minutes late

  • 1st Spring Break - Final Day for Students and Staff


  • 2nd thru 10th Spring Break - No School for students and staff


  • 11th School resumes from Spring Break

  • 11th T.E.A.M. w/ 5th grade 9:15-10:00 AM in Cafeteria

  • 11th - 25th 5th grade M-STEP

  • 11th MHG PTA Meeting 7:00 -8:00 PM in media center


  • 12th Hungry Howie’s Night

  • 12th Parenting Series CD @ Geisler 6:30 -8:30pm


  • 13th Variety Show Rehearsal 4:00 -6:00 PM

  • 13th Report Cards Posted and Available Online by the end of the day


  • 14th Board Meeting 7:30 PM


  • 18th T.E.A.M. w/ 5th grade 9:15-10:00 AM in Cafeteria


  • 20th Variety Show Dress Rehearsal 4:00 - 6:00 PM


  • 21st Variety Show - All school performance 9:20 - 11:20 AM

  • 21st Math Grade Skipping Test 4:15 - at Guest MUST BE REGISTERED

  • 21st Variety Show Evening Performance 6:30 -8:30 PM


  • 22nd Jewish holiday of Passover (evening only)

  • 23rd Jewish holiday of Passover (day and evening)

  • 24th Jewish holiday of Passover (day only)


  • 25th T.E.A.M. w/ 5th grade 9:15-10:00 AM in Cafeteria

  • 25th - May 9th 3rd grade M-STEP

MATH PENTATHLON DIVISION II RESULTS

We are very proud of all of our Division II Pentathlete's that represented Guest at the National Math Pentathlon Tournament!


Our students worked hard this school year preparing for the big day and they did great! They woke up early, gave it their best, used good sportsmanship, and most importantly had fun playing each of the 5 games they learned this season.


This would not be possible without the support of all the coaches and parent volunteers! This year we opened 3 division II classrooms due to the high demand, which means we also needed extra parent coaches to make this possible. Special thanks to Matt Van Benschoten, Kristy Boone, Juan Castro, Yoko Nakajima, Katherine Hutchinson and Russ Beck!


Here are the results for our school:

Hall of Fame:

Joseph Thweny (Back to Back HOF award - very rare to achieve a HOF 2 years in a row yet the 2nd time this happened in MHG! :))

Silver Medal:

Owen Weglarz

Bronze Medal:

Keita Nakajima

Satsuki Nakajima

Zachary Shamoun

Honorable Mention:

Preston Duff

Brendan Grimes

Thomas Hutchinson

Molly Van Benschoten

Pentathlete Award:

Spencer Beck

Casey Beitler

Leo Boone

Andy Borden

Marianne Castro

Sebastian Castro

Aden Dyer

Shaun Grimes

Matthew Hrobsky

William Hutchinson

Jacob Mechnikov

Jack Shaw

Please recognize these students for being risk-takers, having a great attitude and for their time and commitment to math pentathlon. I am very proud of them all!

SPRING PHOTOS

Your portraits came home with your student last week.

Please select your favorite and pay online.

  1. Go to mylifetouch.com
  2. Log in with your Portrait ID and Access Code, located on your portrait package insert.
  3. Select which sheets you want to purchase and pay online,
  4. Please return unpurchased portraits to your school

VARIETY SHOW AUDITIONS THIS WEEK

Kindergarten

March 28th

10:30 - 11:30

First

March 31st

1:50 - 2:50

Second

April 1st

1:50 - 2:50

Third

March 30th

1:50 -2:50

Fourth

April 1st

10:30 - 11:30

Fifth

March 28th

9:30 - 10:30

END OF THE THIRD MARKING PERIOD AND REPORT CARDS

It is hard to believe but the end of the third marking period was Thursday, March 24th. Report cards will be available for parents on Skyward Family Access starting on Wednesday, April 13th. Please be sure to log on and view your child's report card. If you have questions about your child's report card, please contact your child's teacher for feedback. Thank you for your partnership in learning!

DISTRICT NEWS

District computer network system to be down for 3-4 days over spring break

Phase III of the Safety, Security and Technology bond is underway and this includes an overall and update of the “head end” room at the Educational Services Center. This will be done beginning at 5 p.m. on April 3 through April 6, over the District’s spring break.

What does this mean? This means the District email service, Skyward/Family Access, the District’s complete phone system/service and District computer network systems will not be functioning. The District website will be operational as it is web-based and not housed in our computer system.

If you have an urgent need to communicate over these dates, please use this temporary District email: WalledLkSchools@gmail.com

For updates, please visit www.wlcsd.org.

MARTIAN MARATHON - GALACTIC WILDCATS

APRIL 9TH

The BIG race is right around the corner! On behalf of all the Guest staff and community, we wish our MARTIAN MARATHON participants the best of luck. Do your best... We are so proud of your effort and commitment.

Congratulations to our first Martian Marathon participants:

Ty Anderson

Emy Boone

Leo Boone

Austin Brendtke

Josh Brendtke

Duff idle

Preston Duff

Anaiah Granberry

Mason Granberry

Thomas Hutchinson

William Hutchinson

Kevin Limits

Sophia Murchie

Satsuki Nakajima

Moises Perez

Amelia Price

Lucas Price

Antonio Proulx

Ileana Roosenberg

Jack Shaw

Parker Stasak

Griffin White

Keita Nakajima

Wyatt Shelvey

THANK YOU PTA! OUR STUDENTS ENJOYED THE STORY TELLER

Story Be Told

Jenifer Strauss used storytelling to capture an interest in reading, motivate learning, and inspire writing. She taught our students that people think, learn, and imagine in story or narrative and helped all of us make powerful connections between imaging, speaking, and writing. We can write about anything from our own personal experiences.


Grades 3-5, she asked all of you to begin a Memory Box to capture memories that you can tell a story about by speaking, writing and reading.

MARCH IS READING MONTH - KEEP ON READING

  • Reading Calendar - follow the directions on the back of your Minion Reading Calendar and complete the daily reading activities
  • Ask you students if they have started a memory box! Last week, Ms. Stauss, the Storyteller connected reading and writing. She discussed the best way to begin is to write about your own experiences. GET that memory box started!
  • Sky Zone challenge Here’s how it works:

1. Student read 5 books (you can read them to your child too, for our younger readers) during the month of March

2. Record the book titles on the bookmark

3. Parent signs the bottom of the bookmark to validate their child’s achievement and sends it back to school

4. Teacher signs the bottom of the returned bookmark.

5. Once the bookmark is complete, simply take it to the BRIGHTON Sky Zone and receive one FREE 30 minute jump.


Thank you for helping your child enjoy reading!


Minions of Books... So Little Time

DETROIT TIGERS vs RAYS

Come join families from Mary Helen Guest Elementary School for a fun-filled afternoon!

What: Detroit Tigers vs Rays

When: Sunday May 22, 2016 @ 1:10PM

Where: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI

Who: All MHGuest students & staff, their families & friends

Cost: $19 per ticket, Section 343 (under 2 years old on lap do not need a ticket). Parking is extra.

Ø kids 12 and under can run the bases after the game

Ø kids can ride the carousel & ferris wheel for free (with a paying adult)

To purchase tickets complete the form attached in the email & return to the school with payment (checks made out to MHGuest PTA) by April 13th. Please direct questions to Tabby Eldredge (734)837-4437


Click HERE to get your tickets

TIME IS RUNNING OUT - LOST AND FOUND IS OVERFLOWING

Families, please stop by and go through the lost and found bin if your student is missing any items. The school will also have our playground para-professionals help students look for missing items. By the end of March, all items will be donated.

LOCAL HERO PEACEKEEPER AWARD

One of the programs of the district-wide Multicultural Committee is the “Season for Nonviolence”. The “Season for Nonviolence” is the period of time from January 30 when Gandhi was assassinated until April 4 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. All of our schools are planning activities focusing on non-violence and peace to mark this season.


“Local Hero Peacekeeper Award”. This award is part of our “Season for Nonviolence” celebration. It will be presented at the Board of Education meeting on Thursday, May 5, 2016 to honor and recognize those individuals and organizations who empower and transform lives using non-violence. People may nominate students, staff members, parents, community members, or organizations who are working toward the peaceful resolution of problems and/or teach peace and harmony to others.


Please find attached form in the body of the newsletter.

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SEASON for NONVIOLENCE - PEACEFUL WORDS TO LIVE BY

All of the schools and students have been recognizing the Season for Nonviolence. The Season for Nonviolence celebrates the lives of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, and their goal to make the world a more peaceful place. Both were known for their focus on seeking solutions that were SAFE, RESPECTFUL, and RESPONSIBLE. They created positive change through their words and actions and inspired individuals, including students, all over the world to be peacemakers. Below are the Peaceful words we have shared over the last few weeks. Please review and reinforce at home. Thank you for helping to spread peace and kindness.


Integrity - being strong and able to do the right thing even when no one is watching. The right thing will be the choice where no one, including yourself, will get hurt or in trouble.

Appreciation - to admire or be grateful for something. Every one of us is special in our own way and has something different to contribute to making our world a better place.

Respect - kind and respectful words bring with them feelings of kindness and an atmosphere of respect.

Kindness - Plato said, "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." We should always treat people with kindness. Be kind not because you expect to get something in return, but because you want to make the world a kinder place through your actions.

Smiling - Mother Teresa said, "Peace begins with a smile". A smile doesn't cost anything but can mean everything to someone who is having a tough time. Your smile will make a difference.

Believing - when you believe you can do something, you will succeed. If we want to see a peaceful change, we need to BELIEVE that we can.

CALLING ALL 2016-2017 KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS

INFORMATION:

Research indicates that developmentally appropriate full-day schedules benefit kindergarten children academically, socially and emotionally. Our principals and teachers understand this and are well equipped to meet the needs of our kindergarten students.

Our kindergarten students begin to learn a whole host of reading, writing and mathematics concepts and learning strategies that give them the foundation for a successful elementary school career in Walled Lake Schools.

Kindergarten Vision Screen Available

Please call the Oakland County Health Department at 248-424-7070 to schedule an appointment.

Enrollment Information Hotline: 248-956-5250

WALLED LAKE COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Click HERE to view discounts for summer camps provided by Community Education

BOX TOPS - KEEP COLLECTING!

This year alone, Guest has earned almost $500.00 from Box Tops. The next class contest will be coming up in May, so keep clipping! Reminder: Box Tops, Labels for Education, Tyson, Aunt Millie's, & My coke rewards.

PARENT RESOURCES & HOME - SCHOOL CONNECTIONS

Why Students Should Read - Click HERE

WILDCATS-R-US School Store IS OPEN

The school store is open for business Mondays at lunch, and Thursdays all day in the office.

Merchandise is $1.00.

PERSONAL NEEDS CLOSET ITEMS TO DONATE

toilet paper

dish soap

laundry detergent

fabric softener

shampoo / conditioner

diapers/ wipes

bar soap

toothbrushes / toothpaste

feminine hygiene products

cleaning supplies

deodorant

light bulbs

paper products

dish soap

garbage bags

razors / shaving cream

MARCH CAFETERIA MENU - April's Menu coming soon

Please visit the sites listed below for school menus. They are easier to read and the most current.

Note: the bright colored tri-fold menu sent home last week is subject to change.

Breakfast Menu:

Click HERE

Lunch Menu:

Click HERE

GET CONNECTED WITH REMIND

REMIND offers educators a free, safe and simple way to instantly text students & parents. It is a quick and efficient way to send quick, one-way Announcements. Please sign up so you are connected. REMIND is used consistently to keep you updated. Follow the directions in the photograph. All phone numbers are kept private.
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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

Prime Time: 248-956-3399

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