In the LOOP

No. 1

Guest Shout Outs

Once again, let's take a moment to welcome our new staff members Cassie Boyd; Music, Kelly Abraham; TC, and Carolyn Hudson; 4th grade. We are happy to have all of you join the Guest Family. Don't hesitate in reaching out to anyone if you have questions.

Kayla Craft will be our permanent building substitute beginning September 15th. Welcome to Guest Elementary.

Quick Reminders


· No first day assembly

o We will have a kick-off assembly on Friday

o We will have some team building activities for all grade levels – I am working on the schedule with Stuart Riley – IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN

· Wildcat Pick-up has changed – see iGuest iNfo

· Get your Fidgets from my office

· Please have your Friends and Family board completed by Tuesday, the 15th

· I am adding items to our suggested snack list – let families know to send in a healthy snack


o Social Committee changes

o Snack List

o CD posters

o New daily announcements that include CD language, etc.

o Word of the week to connect with character traits, etc.





Daring Greatly

Please read this document carefully. Many items have been updated. Collect your thoughts, questions and/or comments for discussion ☺


  • Michigan Law-Public Act 187 requires:

  • 2 Epinephrine Auto Injectors

  • 2 Employees Trained under certified nurses

  • Authorizes trained employees to administer (EAI) diagnosed and undiagnosed

  • Parents must be contacted if injected


  • Check expiration dates of EAI at least 2 times per year

  • Policy Development

  • Reporting & Documentation

  • Need to develop a crisis plan


  • First two weeks of school. All support/non-classroom teachers report for morning arrivals and dismissals – Alpha lists will be available. I will put together a schedule after the first week of school.

  • Wildcat Pick-Up - Changes to Process

    • Students will report to room 9

    • Adult will radio to person in room 9 the car numbers

    • Adult in room 9 will call out the number and then the student is dismissed

    • We will need an extra adult helping in room 9 until expectations are set (this may be something that is permanent)

    • Safety patrol students, Mrs. F-L, House, and Klein will be outside every day

    • Klein or House will help at crosswalk at the end of the day

  • Classroom teachers Please walk your children to their buses. I would like you at the front of the line.

  • Dismissal line-up will be the same. Remember we will start early the first few days of school

  • Bus duty schedule will be updated. Please be on time when reporting for morning and afternoon bus duty, and find a replacement if you cannot fulfill your duty.


  • Heather has a more systematic way to communicate excessive absences and/or tardiness with our families.

  • Tardiness - No one will receive a tardy slip from the office until after 9:15 Do not communicate this time to our students or families because they may think their child can come in late. Rationale: students will be spending more time waiting for a tardy slip and could already be in class learning. If you notice students coming in late, but before 9:15, please mark tardy in Skyward. If you have already taken attendance, Sherry usually catches this and changes it in the system - please double check.

  • Excessive tardiness and/or absences - Anyone showing a pattern (5-7 tardies and/or absences), please contact the parents and document. That is the first step according to Board Policy. If nothing improves, send me the documentation and I will call the parents. That is the second step along with a letter.

  • Complete your attendance before 9:30am. Sherry or Heather will go in and change a student’s attendance if they come in after 9:30am.

  • Morning Rituals & Greeting prove to decrease tardiness… be ready to share your engaging activities with staff


  • The district has a usage agreement for all students to sign

  • NO longer use as a fundraiser

  • PD will be made available to help teachers launch


  • Classroom doors - you may NOT tape anything to the inside or outside of your classroom doors

  • No tape on carpet for any reason because it leaves a residue

  • New hooks for snow gear will be ordered and installed before the winter weather

  • NEW Tables for hallways - we are in the process of looking for new tables that all match to put in the hallway. In the meantime, if you have any extra tables, please put in the hallway.

  • Extra furniture, materials, and supplies will be stored in room 9. We will be using the lockers and an area opposite the new technology. Some of the items are things I that need to be hung, moved to another building, cleaned out, etc.


  • Grades 3 – 5 please pick students up at their table. Students will be dismissed to clean their area and then asked to sit back down until teachers arrive. Please be on time so the process is efficient.


  • One person per grade level should keep the original

  • If there is an incident, read over the definition to determine if documentation is warranted and then discuss with Michelle

  • Collected at the end of the school year


  • Always check the school-wide event calendar before you plan an event and then email Michelle so all dates are added to The LOOP & Newsletter

  • Any classroom events, please provide the office with all details so we are able to answer any question. for our file


  • Carts must be stored in your classrooms

  • We are getting an extra 20 Chromebooks to share

  • Do not put any tape on the Chromebook cords or carts per the district


  • Only incoming kindergarten students and new students to Guest have to sign this form. All others are on file from last school year.

COPYING & PRINTING - With our new technology, we should see a vast decrease in the amount of paper used

  • Paper continues to eat up MOST of our budget and we continue to have a lot of wasted paper. Below is a list of ideas to help conserve. Thank you in advance for making the necessary changes.

  • Expectations:

    • Do not make multiple copies on the printers. Sometimes it does not print out the way you would like and then paper is wasted…print one and then make copies.

    • When applicable, tests/pre-tests should be taken on the computer

    • Consider what can be made into half sheet instead of using an entire page

    • The first two newsletters will be printed for all students. The office plans to have families let them know who needs a hard copy. Others can access the newsletter on the website and I will send via Skylert.

    • When possible, make one copy and use classroom technology to share on white board. Students can use a response journals, white boards, etc.

    • Please try to avoid copying paper with lines for students to write on. It is cheaper to use spiral notebooks and/or filler paper

    • Always double side when possible

    • Do not copy emails – read and put in a file – if you have to copy, set it so the last page or signature pages are not printed

    • Colored copies must be limited – small photos/icons only

    • Find other uses for scrap paper

    • Let’s discuss other ideas together

  • No construction paper in the copiers

  • New Technology will help


  • Personnel will accept completed forms 10 days prior to an event. If parents volunteer at the school, then send those forms in right away. Otherwise, hold on to the rest until 10 days before the event.

  • We only need to process a background check when a volunteer solely supervise (potential to be alone) with students during activities, trips, or programs. When a parent volunteers in a classroom party or special event where the teacher is present at all time, we DO NOT need to process of background check.

CURRICULUM NIGHT (more to come)

We are in desperate need of volunteers – please have a sign-up out asking for volunteers to help with PTA events (name, number, email, interests) FYI: Our most helpful volunteers have left the school. We need new folks to take over. As of right now we do not have a chair for the spring picnic. Ask parents to consider helping with one event. Leslie Kirk will contact them and they can shadow this year… thanks for any help you can provide recruiting new families.

  • Non-edible birthday treats – for all grade levels

  • Quickly review the brochure from the Transportation Department

  • No birthday invitations allowed at school or on the bus for the consideration of all students.

  • Suggested snack list - Ask parents to send in a healthy, peanut free snack until we update our suggested snack list.

  • Communication: website, skylerts either voice or email, newsletters, teacher specific

    • Ask parents if they are not receiving my emails they should check to see if they have WLCSD Blocked and/or check in Family Access making sure their email address is correct.

  • PTA and School Website is packed with information to stay connected and will be changing October 1st to a new platform that is easy to navigate

  • Please ask if anyone works for DTE – there is a wonderful program we would like to get involved with using DTE volunteers while earning money for our school

  • Attendance – alert your families that after 5 absences and/or tardiness, they will be receiving a letter as a way for us to communicate. Discuss the importance of being on time for school. By 8:55am students will be marked tardy. Additionally, if students leave before 3:59 pm, they are marked early dismissal.

  • Parent - Teacher Conferences - we will be using Skyward’s online sign-up feature. I will invite Kelly and Davida to train us.

  • Title I

  • Join PTA

  • Information about LICE – our way to be proactive


  • Fill out and give to Sherry ASAP


  • Read over the document Diversity Sensitive School Calendar


  • All drills have to scheduled in advance. Heather is our key person working with the county.

  • I was told we would have emergency personnel working with us due to the new systems in place.


  • Walled Lake Missionary Church


  • Details & Questions will be addressed as needed

  • See resources shared by John Gregg


  • The first week we will follow a ‘mock’ schedule

  • Mary Jo is working on the schedule on the 9th… we have additional staff that volunteered to help. I am hopeful you will have your final schedule by Friday, the 11th. We will run through it and make adjustments as needed and then finalize and make copies.


  • “Count on Me” Program is giving a BUCK a pay – please consider giving $1.00/pay to the FFE. If you are already in the program, thank you!!

  • Details are all on the website.


  • iReady Diagnostic in Math and Reading will be administered 3x year (actual dates may vary by building/grade level/class). Grades 3 -5 may only administer 2x due to M-STEP; that is to be determined

    • late Sept./early Oct.

    • January/February

    • May/June

  • iReady Diagnostic testing is computer-based, adaptive, compatible with all devices, and can be taken in the classroom or computer lab.

    • Approx. 30 minutes for K-2

    • Approx. 40-50 minutes for 3-5

    • Approx. 50-60 minutes for 6-8

  • iReady reports are instantly available to teachers and are rich in content and skill detail, progress monitoring, and instructional steps. All reports are simplified, easy to access, print, or download.

    • reports

    • Parent reports

    • Teacher/classroom reports

    • School reports

    • District reports


  • Under Construction !


  • See Sherry for your badge: You will be asked to sign a receipt for your badge and read over the policies. You may not alter your badge in any way, however, you can use any lanyard you would like.

  • Non-working badges: before you report your badge as not working, make sure you hold the card in front of the reader for up to 3 seconds (these are “swipe” cards). Try it a few times. If the card is not working at all,, please contact Michelle and I will let Diane Kochis so it can be addressed. Cards that do not work at all, not even on the front door, should be reported to me. Cards that work on some doors, but do not provide appropriate access for an employee to carry out their duties should be reported via School Dude. Carl is working very hard to address needed access on individual cards, and operations is tracking this type of request through School Dude. Again, let Michelle know. The district has not yet confirmed appropriate access for all of our travelers or transfers. They still have shifting pieces and hope to address access for these folks, if they have not already, next week.


  • Mark Hess has mentioned numerous times he will be presenting/sharing important information via Monday Minute – please be sure to read over.

    • iReady

    • RtI (SIPP) in Skyward

    • BYOD

    • BA updates

    • Etc…


  • Office will continue to give out pencils and say names over the announcements. We need to stay united on this policy


  • Professional dress

  • Name badges

  • Up-dated websites – blogs, etc.

  • Greeting students at the door

  • Visibility

  • Be on time picking students up at FAPES, BLOCK & Lunch – if you are running late, ask a colleague to help or contact the office

  • Use notes when sending students to office

  • Try every trick known to determine if a student is truly ill before sending to the office… once they are in the office it is difficult to change their mind about going home when it is not necessary.

  • Casual for a cause stickers – Fridays only unless arranged for other days

  • Follow meeting norms

  • Custody – don’t take sides – use only objective data – written letters put you in a position of being called into court

PBS PROGRAM - READ over your planning document

  • Continue transitioning to Conscious Discipline :

  • Books have been ordered and distributed

  • According to a discussion we had at Non-violent crisis intervention, the school needs to maintain a system using referrals. We will continue with Oops slips and our yellow and red referrals

  • Wildcat Pledge will remain the same this school year…perhaps we would like to tweak it a bit for the following year; still using the terms of being SAFE – RESPECTFUL & RESPONSIBLE, but adding something about reaching daily goals???

  • New Daily announcement format

  • Posters need to be fixed and hung-up


  • Please review guidelines for specific religious/other holidays as they approach. We want to be sure we are being sensitive to all diverse needs

SKYWARD RtI/SIPP - Waiting for the a directive from the District

  • Skyward will be used for SIPP documentation, planning and monitoring

  • Training will take place this school year. The district is in the process of setting up a timeline. We will continue to follow the same process as last year and slowly implement using Skyward for documentation.

  • Tentative timeline:

    • End of September introduce to SIPP Support Team and two other staff members

    • October – SIPP Support Team attends grade level BLOCK and help grade levels begin to dabble with the process

    • November – December each staff member makes one referral (this is NOT a special education referral)


  • Under Construction


  • Create a Best Practices Google Doc

  • Respect Meeting Norms

  • Explore Adult Learning needs and begin implementing

  • iPad

  • All Professional Learning


  • Encourage all students to keep their stickers on.

  • You will have other stickers to put on students for Wildcat Pick-up, Prime Time, and Walkers


  • Extra supplies bring to the office

  • Help yourself to supplies located in the copy room. The cupboard is labeled. If you don’t see what you need, ask the office. If we don’t have the supply/ies, we will do our best to place an order

TASK TEAMS - under construction - some details below

Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success


  • Teacher Leadership: a process by which teachers influence their colleagues, principals, and other members of the school community to improve teaching and learning practices with the aim of increased student learning and achievement.

  • The goal: sharing the responsibility of decision making within the building

    • Move toward shared goals

    • Give voice to all participants

    • Help ensure effective communication

    • Share responsibility

    • Work collaboratively

    • Tap into individual expertise

    • Vision: Grade level, FAPE and Support Staff Representation on each team

  • Task Teams = PLC; aligned with MHG School Improvement Plan & Student Data

  • Planning will take place in October

  • Facilitators from each Task Team make up the Advisory Committee (anyone is invited)

  • Each Task Team will write a S.M.A.R.T. Goal that supports our School Improvement Plan and the Building Goal.


  • Please update your phone message


  • Please work together to update and keep current

  • Some folks have asked for PD on websites & blogging – we will set that up


  • Let the office know if you need a copy.

District Information

Michigan to trim M-STEP after complaints about length

Curriculum - Professional Learning - Resources


MDE has released new DRAFT K-12 Social Studies standards. They are seeking feedback on the draft. There are two ways to provide feedback:

1) Online survey: Public Comment online survey(use link on page)

2) Public information sessions as listed at this site: (scroll for list of sessions)

Mary Klinw posted the entire draft standards document on Google Drive for your convenience. You may access using this direct link: Click here Michigan DRAFT K-12 Social Studies Standards

Customer Service

At our Leadership Retreat, we focused on Customer Service. I plan to share ideas in The LOOP to continue leading us down the path of Greatness… true Servant Leadership embedded within our community. At the retreat, I had to set three goals as to how I will personally serve our Guest Community.

1. 3-5 positive phone calls per week

2. 1-2 Tweets per day showing best practices in action, community events, etc.

3. Communicate our PBS (Conscious Discipline) in our Newsletter for families … this goal I will be tapping on our Task Team for assistance

What can we do as a whole school, or in our individual classrooms? At the retreat, we discussed always staying in front of the situation and how important it is to build relationships with the families you already know are going to be challenging.

For example, if a student is taking home a BA with a 38%, a phone call is made letting the family know before the student arrives home… one of your students comes in from recess crying for a “legitimate” reason; call home to share with the family and what steps you might take. There are so many examples!

I would like our entire staff to commit to the following:

· Stay ahead of all situations! We can share periodically how this approach has positively impacted your classroom culture and the building as a whole

· This week - start by making 3-5 phone calls to the families of your most challenging students… You might just say:

o I’m checking in and looking forward to a successful school year

o How was the summer

o Anything new I need to know about

o Looking forward to working together for the success of…


Your Customer doesn't care how much you know

Until they know how much you care!

-Damon Richards-


September 2015

  • 8th First Day of School

  • 10th Lynne and Monica at training all day

  • 10th Board Meeting - 7:30PM

  • 11th Ice Cream Social/Meet & Greet 6:30 - 8:00PM

  • 13th Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah (evening only)

  • 14th No School for Students or Staff (Jewish holiday)

  • 14th Book Fair is Delivered

  • 15th Kayla Craft begins as our Permanent Building sub (actually on Tuesday)

  • 15th Jewish holiday continues (day only)

    • Jewish students may be absent one or both days

  • 15th Student Previews - sign up for a time in the lounge

  • Week of the 14th Guest Gets Going Information sent home

  • 15th MHG PTA Meeting 7:00 - 8:00 PM

  • 16th - 25th Fall Book Fair 9:00am - 4:30pm

  • 16th Leadership Meeting - Michelle @ ESC 7:30 - 10:30 AM

  • 16th Curriculum Night Kindergarten - 2nd grade 6:30 - 7:30 PM

    • Book Fair will be open

  • 17th National Constitution Day

  • 17th SIPP Support Team Meets 9:15 - 11:30

  • 17th Curriculum Night grades 3rd - 5th 6:30 - 7:30 PM

    • Book Fair will be open

  • 21st Community Education classes begin

  • 21st Book Fair G.R.A.N.D. Event 8:00 - 8:45 AM

  • 22nd - 23rd Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur (evening)

  • 22nd Bus Driver’s Meeting 9:30 - 10:30

  • 22nd Conscious Discipline make and take 4:15 - 7:15

  • 23rd No School for Students of Staff (Jewish holiday)

  • 23rd Islamic holiday of Eid al Adha

  • 24th SIPP AM sign-up 9:15 - 12:10

  • 26th Fall Clean-up at Guest 9:00 - 12:00

  • 28th Fall School Pictures

  • 29th LAYA Taste of the Lakes @ Edgewood 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

  • 30th CITA Meeting - Michelle @ ESC 1:00 - 3:00