Mustang Express

December 5th, 2022

An Important Message from Mrs. VanWagnen

Outdoor play is an important of every child's day. Students will go outside when the temperature is zero degrees and above, with the wind-chill factored in. Please make sure your child has the following items for recess and refer to the infographic below for further information:

Winter Coat

Snow pants

Snow boots



Please label all of these items and place them in a bag. Students will remain on the blacktop if they do not have the appropriate outdoor gear. If you need help providing winter wear for your child, please reach out to us! We want all of our Mustangs to have the items they need!

Donations will gladly be accepted and can be dropped off to the Meadowbrook office anytime between 9am-4pm. Thank you for your support!


In Partnership,

Jennifer VanWagnen, Principal

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Conference Sign-Up Ends Today, December 5th

Don't Forget! This year, parent/teacher conferences will be held virtually via Zoom on Thursday, December 8. On this date, students will be dismissed at 11:25am.

Parents and guardians can sign-up for parent/teacher conferences using Skyward Family Access. Online sign-up for conferences closes on December 5.

Below are directions to help you sign-up:

Please Note:

  • In addition to your child’s classroom teacher, you may also choose to sign-up for virtual conferences with our FAPES teachers: PE, Music, Art, and Media. These conferences are OPTIONAL but we encourage you to sign-up if you have concerns, would like more information, or want to connect with our wonderful FAPES staff:
    • Mr. Hojnicki, Mrs. Keillor, Mrs. Kearney and Mr. Swisher
  • If your child receives support from our resource program, social work, reading recovery or interventions, etc. You should sign up for a conference with those teachers. This is an important opportunity for you to partner with all of your child’s teachers. Conference sign-up for these teachers is also done in Skyward Family Access (see directions above).
    • Mrs. Behan, Mrs. Fox, Mrs. Kuzmich, Mrs. Halicki, Mrs. Mouawad, Mrs. Phillips
  • If you need help logging in to Skyward Family Access, please e-mail for tech support.

Half Day Reminder: December 8th

This is an important reminder that Thursday, December 8th is a half day of school with a dismissal at 11:25 PM.

Please refer to our tiered dismissal times below:

11:10- Saddle Up Pick-Up Begins

11:18: Prime Time Care Dismissed

11:20 13 Mile Walkers

11:21- Begin loading busses

11:23- Meadowbrook Walkers

11:25-Official Dismissal

11:30-11:32 – Departure

Important Dates


12/4: Happiest of birthdays to Jennifer Schloegl!

12/5-12/9: PTA Book Fair

12/7: Report Cards Available in Skyward

12/7: PTA Meeting @ 9 AM

12/8: Parent-Teacher Virtual Conferences, Dismissal at 11:25 AM

12/9: Breakfast with a Buddy, 8-9 AM

12/11: Happiest of birthdays to Jennifer Shaw!

12/12: Happiest of birthdays to Carrie Stauss!

12/12: 5th Grade Introduction to Instruments: 8th Grade Performance

12/13: Happiest of birthdays to Kelly Thompson!

12/14-12/16: The Holiday Gift Shop

12/23-1/3: No School for Winter Break


1/4: PTA Meeting @ 6 PM in Media Center

1/6: Dr. Bernia Visits Meadowbrook

1/12: Board of Education Meeting: Teacher of the Year Recognition

1/13: Student Council Meeting in AM

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PTA Updates: Book Fair from December 5th-9th

Meadowbrook Families,

Book fair is here! We highly recommend setting up an eWallet account for your student. This allows your child to shop without bringing in cash. Set up an eWallet here:

Some of our teachers have also set up their own eWallet. If you would like to contribute to a teacher’s classroom library you can donate through their link. If you don’t see your student’s teacher listed below, check with them directly to see if they have an account set up.

There are still volunteer opportunities as well, volunteer here:

December Book Fair

Teacher eWallets:







Congratulations to our December Student of the Month Nominees!

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Attendance Meetings with Principal VanWagnen

Thank you to those families who ensure their child is on time and in school each day. As a reminder, the school day begins promptly at 8:55 AM and ends at 4:00 PM. As parents, you play an important role in ensuring strong attendance in school. Research has shown that excessive absences, tardies and early dismissals can negatively impact academic and social progress in school. As a reminder, the district attendance policy is as follows:

  • 5 or more absences: 1st parent contact

  • 7-10 absences: 2nd parent contact including meeting with principal

  • 11-24 absences: Legal “Notice to Parents or Guardians with Non-Attendance of Children in School” sent to parent/guardian and referral to local agency

  • 25 or more absences: School district takes legal action through the Juvenile Court system to return child to school

Our Principal's Secretary, Kellan Watkins, has begun reaching out to families with 7-10 or more absences or excessive tardies/early dismissals to schedule a meeting with Principal VanWagnen. The purpose of this meeting is to support families, provide support services as needed, and ensure consistent attendance in school. We sincerely appreciate your support and partnership in this matter.

Important Information: Curriculum & Instruction

Accessing iReady at home

New for the 2022-2023, families can only access iReady lessons at home through the Classlink website. If connecting with iReady has been a challenge, please check out the one minute video tutorial below.

i-Ready is an online program for reading and mathematics that diagnoses the just right next steps for students. It is one tool that your student’s teacher will use to guide class and small group instruction. iReady lessons support classroom instruction and are designed to meet your student’s specific needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. It is a great tool to fill gaps and support classroom learning.

Your child's teacher can provide his/her login information if your child chooses to practice iReady at home.

Click Here for a Video Clip Explaining at Home Access

Accessing Classlink and iReady at Home

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Holiday Gift Shop: December 14th-16th

Dear School Families,

We are inviting you and your child to participate in the upcoming "Holiday Gift Shop" program at our school. This program makes it possible for children to experience the joy of choosing their own special holiday gifts for family and friends. To better prepare for this shopping experience, please take the time to fill out the envelope that will be sent home with your children. Additional information will be sent home this week, but please contact Ann Kearney at with any further questions. Cheers!

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University of Michigan's Basketball Education Day

On Saturday, December 17 at 4 PM the Michigan Men's Basketball team will be hosting their fifth annual Education Day when they take on Lipscomb. Students at Meadowbrook Elementary School can participate in person at the game or virtually! They have created a pair of age-specific STEM workbooks that will be available at the game or can be downloaded for free along with a certificate of completion that can be filled out! To download the workbooks, go to the webpage HERE. They would love to have HWE students take advantage of the day by attending the game here in Ann Arbor or visiting the website. Staff and students can purchase tickets at a discount to our Education Day by visiting HERE and using the promo STEM.

Join the Meadowbrook Community Book Club

Join Meadowbrook principal, staff and parents as they come together in a judgement free and collaborative safe zone to explore the book titled

Raising Good Humans: A Mindful Guide to Breaking the Cycle of Reactive Parenting and Raising Kind, Confident Kids.

"With this book, you’ll find powerful mindfulness skills for calming your own stress response when difficult emotions arise. You’ll also discover strategies for cultivating respectful communication, effective conflict resolution, and reflective listening."

For more information and to request a copy of the book, please email or Our next conversation and club meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 21st at 9:30 AM and we welcome new attendees! We will be discussing Part I: Breaking the Cycle of Reactivity. Refreshments will be served and a Zoom option will be available for those who cannot make our in-person meeting. See you soon!

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District Information

WLCSD Staff Nomination Form

In an effort to find additional ways to celebrate our staff, the WLCSD Community Relations department requests that families fill out the information below for staff who are rock stars in their classrooms and school communities. Please complete the form below and contact Dan Durkin ( with any questions you may have.

A sample of what these shout outs will look like on social media and in our District newsletters can be found below.
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Set Up Your Communication Preferences in Skyward

Not receiving district and/or building communications?

If you are not receiving emails from Mrs. VanWagnen, including the Mustang Express, District Weekly Updates, please use the link below to double-check your preferences are correct.

Signing Up for SMS Messages via Skylert

In addition to receiving phone calls and email notifications from the school district in the event of a school closing or emergency, parents can also sign up to receive SMS Text messages.

Please find the helpful step-by-step instructions linked below as well as the video tutorial on signing up for SMS messages.

Connect With Us


Kellan Watkins

Principal's Secretary:

Jennifer Schloegl

Building Secretary:

Important Phone Numbers:

Main Line: 248-956-2700

Attendance: 248-956-2790

Please Review the Meadowbrook Handbook

It is very important that you take time to review the Meadowbrook Handbook which is filled with important information, policies and procedures.