WILDCAT NEWSLETTER vol. 6

News and Information for the Guest Elementary Community

BEGINNING TOGETHER

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.


-Henry Ford-

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NEWS FROM MRS. FIEBKE-LANG

Dear Guest Families,


Thank you for purchasing raffle tickets for our annual fundraiser titled; Growing Wildcat Champs Raffle Color Splash & Dash. A separate newsletter was sent out with many details. If you missed it, CLICK HERE.


I have included information regarding Walled Lake Central's Homecoming ideas that Guest Elementary will be involved in Oct 4th-7th. Details listed below.


Please register for REMIND. The directions are at the bottom of the newsletter. It is another tool we use to communicate.


Michelle Fiebke-Lang

Principal

NEW DATES HAVE BEEN ADDED - MARK YOUR CALENDAR

SEPTEMBER

28th - Spirit Wear orders are due

29th - PICTURE DAY


OCTOBER

3rd - No School for Students or Staff - Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah

4th - 7th Future Viking Spirit Week to coordinate with WLC Homecoming

4th - Future Viking Spirit day: Wear your Tie Dyed attire

5th - Future Viking Spirit day: Pajama Day - NO one piece Pajamas are allowed

5th - Names of student interested in being in the WLC Homecoming parade due

5th - Student Count Day

6th - Future Viking Spirit day: Wear your favorite color or sports jersey

6th - WLC Vikings will parade through Guest Elementary

6th - Board Meeting, 7:30 pm

7th - Future Viking Spirit day: Wear blue & gold, or any Guest spirit wear

7th - Homecoming parade - first 20 students to RSVP will have an opportunity to march in the WLC Homecoming parade. Call the main office to leave your student's name. If this changes, and more students can attend, I will alert our families right away.

10th - PTA Meeting 6:30-7:30*

11th Bus Safety Assembly for Kindergarten - 2nd grade

  • Kindergarten 9:30 - 10:15

  • 1st & 2nd 10:15 - 11:00

11th - Hungry Howie’s Night

12th - No School for Students or Staff - Yom Kippur

13th - Fall Clean-up - getting our school ready for the Dash 4:00-7:00ish - pizza sales*

14th - Team Guest Raffle & Color Splash and Dash 5:30-7:00 pm*

18th - Kindergarten Learning Path (Open House & Curriculum Night) - students invited with their families 6:30 -7:30 pm*

21st - Bonaventure Skate Night 5:30 - 7:30*

23rd - District Open House

24th - PTSA Council Meeting @ Banks

31st - *1/2 Day for Students - Halloween Party details coming SOON!

2016-2017 GROWING WILDCAT CHAMPS RAFFLE - OUR LARGEST FUNDRAISER

Follow both links to view a personalized video & information on our PTA Website

CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE

NEWS FROM MRS BOYD - USE THIS BLOG LINK INSTEAD OF THE ONE IN vol. 5

Find out what’s happening in the music room each month by visiting Mrs. Boyd’s classroom blog: MusicWithMrsBoyd.blogspot.com Don’t forget to enter your email on the right side of the page to get the updates via email. Once you’ve subscribed, you no longer have to visit the website to check for updates. They get sent right to your email!

GET YOUR PINK OUT SHIRTS

Guest Families & students can order shirts directly through Melanie McFadden. $15 & a size is all she needs. Please place your order and money in an envelope and send to the main office.

CLICK HERE

FUTURE VIKINGS YOU ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN WLC HOMECOMING SPIRIT DAYS & PARADE


OCTOBER 4th - 7th Future Viking Spirit Week to coordinate with WLC Homecoming

TUESDAY 4th - Future Viking Spirit day: Wear your Tie Dyed attire

WEDNESDAY 5th - Future Viking Spirit day: Pajama Day - NO one piece Pajamas are allowed

THURSDAY 6th - Future Viking Spirit day: Wear your favorite color or sports jersey & WLC Vikings will parade through Guest Elementary

FRIDAY 7th - Future Viking Spirit day: Wear blue & gold, or any Guest spirit wear

Homecoming parade - due to the number of students from the elementary schools invited, at this time WLC is asking to limit 20 students per school to participate in the parade. If this changes, I will get information to you ASAP. As of right now, if you are interested in having your student(s) march in the parade, call our main office to RSVP. We will take all names until Wednesday the 5th, and then do a lottery. All families will be notified.


I am waiting on all PARADE details. We were we would meet at 5:00 & the parade begins at 5:30.

FAMILY NIGHT WITH THE RED WINGS - TICKET SALES ARE GOING TO BE OPEN TO THE ENTIRE DISTRICT

MARY HELEN GUEST ELEMENTARY INVITES YOU TO A FAMILY NIGHT AND FUNDRAISER WITH THE DETROIT RED WINGS

Game Date: Saturday, Oct 29th

Detroit Red Wings vs. Boston Bruins

Game Time: 7:00 PM

Price Options:

$35 Upper level end/corners rows 13-21 (face value price is $50)

$50 Upper Level rows 7-12 (face value price is $72)

Tickets are VERY limited. Order deadline September 22. Please order early! To place your order, go to: www.DetroitRedWings.com/GuestElementary When prompted enter promo code MHG. You will be given a choice of seat location. Once you select your seats, follow the instructions to create an account and check out. A $1.50 per ticket charge will be added at check out. Your tickets will be available to print from home. Please direct questions to: Tabby Eldredge tabby447@hotmail.com

DISTRICT-WIDE OPEN HOUSE-SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD, 2016

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 | 1-3 P.M.

Families with children seeking premier preschool through high school educational opportunities are cordially invited to visit any of the 19 Walled Lake Schools from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, October 23.

Bring your family to visit Walled Lake Schools so you can meet our world-class teachers, speak with members of our administrative team, meet our students and parents, get an up-close look at our facilities, and most importantly, experience our every child, every day philosophy personally.

For more information on the District Wide Open House, view the promotional flyer!

Why Walled Lake Schools?

Because we serve every child, every day!

Walled Lake Parent Testimonials

TOYS, SPORTS EQUIPMENT & CARDS AT SCHOOL

Please ensure your student does not bring any of their personal toys, stuffed animals, Poke'mon cards, sports equipment, etc. to school unless asked by their teacher, or if a school-wide event is planned. We have had some tears because toys get lost and/or broken. Poke'mon cards are a distraction, and students are tempted to trade. This, too, causes our students to become upset. Thank you in advance for your support.

THANK YOU FROM THE OFFICE & WAYS TO HELP SUPPORT THE MAIN OFFICE

It has been wonderful getting to know our new families and reconnecting with others. We appreciate you providing your ID when picking up your child. Thank you for not entering, and waiting in, the building during arrival & dismissal. Our fifth grade safeties are doing an amazing job at their safety posts making sure everyone is being safe.

Here are a few ways to support the office:

CHANGES IN YOUR STUDENT(S) SCHEDULE

If there is any change in your student(s) arrival and/or dismissal schedule, please send a note to your student's teacher and the main office. If you use Prime Time, please call and leave a message. Emailing your student's teacher may not be the best way to communicate changes in your schedule, especially if it is on short notice. Last minute changes are acceptable, however, we need you to call the office no later than 3:00 pm. If there is an emergency, or a very late change, you can still call the office after 3:00 pm however, we ask that this does not happen often due to the nature of the office being very busy at that time. We do not want to miss your call.

PHONE MESSAGES

If you notice a missed call from the school, please listen to the message. Sometimes calls are made from classrooms and the office does not have any knowledge of this call. Our office staff will leave a detailed message and indicate whether or not we would like you to call back.

BE ON TIME

When students are tardy, they miss out on the morning greeting and they begin their day in a rush. We are aware that situations do occasionally occur that cause families to be delayed.

If this is an ongoing struggle in your home, WE can help. If you would like us to talk with your child about the importance of getting to school on time, we would be happy to do so. The second bell rings at 8:55. Students should already be in the building at this time.

DROPPING OFF FORGOTTEN ITEMS

There are times when we all forget things. Please be the judge of whether or not you should bring the item(s) to school, or let your student have a natural consequence. Once again, WE can help if you are noticing a pattern of forgotten items.

If you do drop something off, a staff member will deliver it to the classroom. In an effort to limit classroom interruptions, we will only call students down to the office in emergency situations.

Thank you for your continued support! Our school runs efficiently thanks to all of you!

MESSAGES FROM YOUR GUEST PTA

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS

Please register your Kroger Plus card today and our school will earn free money from Kroger every time you shop there. Go to KROGER REWARDS

If you have not created an account before, follow the steps to create an account (you will need your Plus card number), or sign in if you have an account.

Once logged in, simply find Organization Name: MARY HELEN GUEST ELEMENTARY PTA Organization Number: 90923 and enroll!

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GUEST SPIRIT WEAR - ORDERS DUE SEPTEMBER 28th

CLICK HERE for an order form.

PICTURE DAY IS SEPTEMBER 29th

Important PICTURE DAY Information
    • Picture Day: Thursday, September 29
    • Picture Day ID: LM726082Y0
    • Simplify PICTURE DAY by ordering online. There is no need to send cash or the flyer back to school when you order online. You can see more options that are available online, and you can use your credit card or PayPal on the Lifetouch secure site CLICK HERE
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MARY HELEN GUEST ELEMENTARY PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION

PTA!

CLICK HERE TO BECOME A MEMBER

WE NEED YOU! Thank you.

SCHOOL BELL TIMES - ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL - CHANGES IN SCHEDULE

CLICK HERE for 2016-2017 school hours.


Below, you will find information regarding Guest Elementary procedures with regards to arrival, dismissal, or a change in schedule. Any updates and/or additional information will be shared at a later date.


8:50 am is the first arrival bell. Students will be let into the building at this time. Due to safety & security expectations, all students will remain outside until the first bell rings. Students getting breakfast will enter approximately two minutes earlier. Thank you for planning accordingly.

8:55 am is the second arrival bell. This indicates school is now in session. Students arriving after this time are considered Tardy for school and marked accordingly on their attendance record.

3:58 pm is the first dismissal bell. We will begin our dismissal process a couple minutes earlier. We are asking that families of those students being picked up, or walking home with their student(s) remain outside. When we have too many parents standing in the hallways while we are dismissing, it becomes overcrowded. Your child will meet you at the designated area outside. If you are volunteering first thing in the morning and/or until the very end of the day, please report to the office to receive your volunteer/visitors badge. This will help us know that you are authorized to be helping. As a volunteer at the end of the day, if you are taking your child home with you, be sure the office and your student’(s’) teachers are aware. Sign each student out at the office and wait by the glass case just beyond the office door. You can also have your child meet you at the designated area outside if you prefer.

4:05 pm is the final dismissal bell. Students leaving before this time are considered Early Dismissal and are also marked accordingly on their attendance record.

Please note that 12:09 pm is the time for 1/2-day dismissal. We will begin the dismissal process at approximately 12:05 pm. Last school year the time was 12:16 pm.

COUNT DAYS - MARK YOUR CALENDAR

School funding is based on your child’s attendance on two days of the school year. Please make every effort to ensure your child’s attendance on these two important official student count dates:
    • Wednesday, October 5
    • Wednesday, February 8

FOOD SERVICE INFORMATION & SEPTEMBER BREAKFAST AND LUNCH MENUS

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools is committed to creating a healthy school environment that enhances the development of lifelong wellness practices to promote healthy eating and physical activities that support student achievement.


FREE & REDUCED LUNCH

Children need healthy meals to learn. Walled Lake Consolidated Schools offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.25 at the elementary and $1.50 at the middle and high school; lunch costs $2.50 at the elementary and starts at $2.75 at the middle and high school. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch. This packet includes an application for free or reduced price meal benefits, and a set of detailed instructions. Below are some common questions and answers to help you with the application process.

CLICK HERE for application

CLICK HERE for frequently asked questions

CLICK HERE to learn about Walled Lake's Breakfast Outreach


MENUS

Breakfast CLICK HERE

Lunch CLICK HERE

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GUEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION - OFFICE HOURS 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Sherry Ikegami

Principal Secretary sherryikegami@wlcsd.org

248-956-3300


Heather Pengelly heatherpengelly@wlcsd.org

Building Secretary

248-956-3302


Safe-line for Absences: 248-956-3390

FAX: 248-956-3305


Sharon Becker sharonbecker@wlcsd.org

Prime Time Supervisor

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