WILDCAT NEWSLETTER vol. 12

News and Information for the Guest Elementary Community

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CALENDAR

DECEMBER 2018

12 Guest PTA Bonaventure skate night 6:00 - 8:30pm

13 Elementary Parent - Teacher Conferences 1/2 day 11:30am - 8:00pm

22 - January 2 Holiday Break - No school

27 10:00am - 9:00pm Airtime in Novi


JANUARY 2019

7 School Mall Fundraiser begins

7 Guest PTA Meeting 6:30 - 7:30pm

10 WLCSD Board Meeting 7:00pm Teacher of the Year

14 Spelling Bee for 5th grade 9:30 - 10:30am

14 Panera Dining to Donate 4:00 - 8:00pm

14 Music Informance 6:30-7:30 2nd & 4th grades

17 Wildcat Hat Day

17 Wildcat Time 3:00-3:40pm - 5th grade will have BLOCK in the morning 10:20-11:20am

21 MLK Day - No school

CHECK LOST & FOUND ON DECEMBER 13th

Lost and Found is overflowing! Please take a moment at P-T Conferences to retrieve any missing items. Thank you!.

HOSPITALITY HOUSE

Hospitality House is seeking donations and volunteers. Please visit Hospitality House for more information.

WALLED LAKE SCHOOLS IS HIRING PARAPROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

Paraprofessional Positions: Walled Lake Schools has several para positions throughout the district that we are seeking to fill with qualified candidates. Please CLICK HERE for specific para job postings.


Para positions are a great way to work part-time (or full-time) and support students in our district. Please consider applying (see link) and/or passing along this information to anyone who may be interested. Feel to contact the Main Office or me with any questions. (Note: JobID: 31980 is a general para posting that includes full and part-time positions at various schools).

REMINDER OF LIFETOUCH SPECIAL OFFER FOR GUEST FAMILIES

Lifetouch has partnered with Shutterfly to bring a special offer to GUEST families. If you order your photos online, you can receive a free Shutterfly photo book! Please see the attached flyer for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Lifetouch at the number listed on the flyer.

WILDCAT RUNNING CLUB IS BEGINNING SOON!

Come run/walk with us after school on Thursdays.

We will run every Thursday starting January 17 through April 11th. We will NOT meet on February 7th-half day, February 21st-Mid Winter Break, and April 4th-Spring Break.

There is no cost to participate, however, if we order Guest Run Club t-shirts, that would be the only cost.

PLEASE SIGN UP

We will meet after school in the gym. All students will need to be picked up at 4:45 PM at the south-side entrance. The door will be locked until 4:45 pm. PLEASE do not go to the main entrance. Any students in Prime-Time, can participate too. At dismissal, Prime Time students should report to Prime Time and check in BEFORE they head to the gym. At the end of Run Club, Prime Time students will be returned to Prime Time.

We are also putting together a team for the Kids Martian Run in Dearborn on April 13th. The Martian Run has a fee. Students will get the marathon medal and t-shirt. You will have to provide transportation to the run. The kids will keep track of their laps at Run Club with a goal of running/walking 25 miles. In Dearborn, they finish their marathon of 1.2 miles. All details for the race will be shared at a later date along with the sign up.

If you have any questions, please email Brandi Brendtke at brandibrendtke@gmail.com

Thank you!

SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD WITH IREADY - Research has shown students that complete 60 minutes of lessons a week per subject have the greatest gains.

Speak with your child about how using i-Ready will help him or her grow in school.

i-Ready shows where your child is doing well and where your child needs some more review. It helps teachers understand how to give your child the best support, and it lets your child see the gains they will make throughout the school year.


  • Help your child prepare for the Diagnostic by explaining that some questions on the Diagnostic test will be hard and that it’s okay not to know the answer to every question. Questions on the Diagnostic get a little harder each time a question is answered correctly, and a little easier when answered incorrectly. The goal is to figure out the math or reading level that is “just right” for your child, so your child should expect to see some questions that are too hard—and that’s okay! It means the test is working correctly.
  • Encourage your child to take each lesson and test question seriously.Emphasize “thinking before clicking,” because just clicking through answers will not give teachers an accurate picture of what is understood and what requires further instruction.
  • Help your child identify and become familiar with the different parts of the student dashboard.Log in to your child’s account with them and ask them to give you a “tour” of what they see.
  • Encourage your child to use the tools that will appear at the bottom of the screen in some lessons. Your child will sometimes see tools, like a calculator or dictionary, that will be helpful for completing an activity or answering a question on a quiz.
  • Discuss your child’s results by looking at “My Progress” together. First, look at the number of lessons shown as completed in i-Ready and celebrate that number with your child, who should feel good about this achievement alone. Then, take a look at the percentage of questions your child answered correctly in the quiz at the end of each lesson. In discussing these results, you might say
  • “Let’s look at how well you’ve been doing on your i-Ready lessons!”

    “What do you notice when you look at this data?”

    “Can you identify strengths from this report?”

    “What is something you feel like you are doing well?”

    “What areas are challenging to you?”

    “Let’s look at your data to see where and how we can work together to improve in those more challenging areas.”

  • If you are unsure about the expectations your child’s teacher has for the use of i-Ready at home, and which lessons your child should be completing, contact the teacher to clarify them.

SPELLING & GEOGRAPHY BEE INFORMATION FROM MS. GANTZ & MR. OSBORNE

The top students for the spelling bee will be chosen from an activity in Media class next week. Students may practice the words sent to them in early November or by playing the games on my Spelling Bee page of my website here. Once the finalists are chosen, they will all be given tools to study with before our 5th Grade Spelling Bee on January 14th. I will also call each parent of our finalists and verbally congratulate them for their accomplishment. Parents are welcome to watch our finals in January.

The top students for the geography bee are chosen through a classroom bee. A practice test was sent in their google classroom and there is a website with further study options found here. The Geography Bee will be held on January 7th. Both 4th and 5th grade students who are invited to this academic challenge. Parents are welcome to watch our finals in January.

From each bee only one Champion may be chosen. The Geography Bee champion will take an online placement test to see if they earn a spot at another bee. The Spelling Bee champion will be invited to represent our school at the Oakland County Spelling Bee on February 23rd.

FROZEN FOODS/MEATS, BABY FOOD, & SOME FRESH FOODS AVAILABLE FROM HOSPITALITY HOUSE

Hospitality House has baby food, frozen foods, and some fresh foods available to share it with those in need. If this is something that you or someone you know can use, please contact Hospitality House by either calling or emailing Donovan Neal, Hospitality House Director, at 248-960-9975 or email, donovan@hhfp.org.

NATIONAL DIVERSITY WEEK

Mary Helen Guest students have been learning about “Heroes”. Last month, students learned about the qualities that heroes have during our “Wildcat Time”. Check out this 4-year old hero: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJFlO9-poJ8

As part of the Walled Lake Schools Diversity Week, each classroom will research the diversity of female heroes making a difference! Each class will then complete a pennant that will be displayed at the MLKJ Celebration as part of our school display. The theme for this year's MLKJ Celebration is "Heroes in The Community; Women Making a Difference".

Students will also have the option to write about his/her personal female hero in his/her life. We are planning on entering the student “Express Yourself” contest with a video of students sharing their personal female hero pennants. If chosen, this video will be played at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on January 21, 2019.


Thank You!

Mrs. Murray, Guest Elementary Diversity Chair

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJFlO9-poJ8

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE SIGNED UP FOR CONFERENCES!

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on 12/13/18 from 12:00-8:00pm.

This is also a HALF DAY of school for elementary students. School will be dismissed an hour earlier on this day at 11:00 AM.

This time is an important opportunity to talk with your learner’s teacher to discuss the progress that your child has made thus far this school year and to share your perspective with us for the year. Conferences are a two-way conversation and your insights with regard to your child’s strengths and needs, learning style, and other non-school learning opportunities can help us to shape our instruction.

Conferences are scheduled through Family Access. If you do not have a Family Access account, please contact FamilyAccess@wlcsd.org or contact the Family Access hotline at 248-956-2190. Be sure to include your name, the name of each child in the district, your email address and a daytime phone number.

Online scheduling through Family Access will open Monday, 11/26 and stay open until Tuesday 12/11. Watch the video of how to schedule your conference time or use the written directions.

If you need any assistance with this process, please contact your child’s teacher. If you need support accessing the internet, please contact our main office at 248-956-3300.

As many of our fine arts, physical education, and media staff are in multiple buildings throughout the week and/or see hundreds of students, they will need to have modified schedules for this day.

Our Special Services teachers will be joining your child's conferences, and are also available for additional time if needed.

READ ABIGAIL'S STORY!

ABIGAIL SUMMERS GUEST ELEMENTARY STUDENT PAYS IT FORWARD!

Our very own Abigail Summers has decided to collect and donate Beanie Boos to children’s Mott’s Hospital. She started this grass roots initiative with family, friends and social media to collect Beanie Boos, or raise money to purchase. Her goal is to donate 348 Beanie Boos which is the number of pediatric beds at children’s Mott's hospital. So far, Abigail has secured monetary donations and physical donations for approximately 150 Beanie Boo’s. She is well on her way to making her goal to secure by December 14th. Any additional Beanie Boo collected will go to children that come through their emergency room over the holidays.

Thank you Abigail for making the world a better place!

AIR TIME IN NOVI - DECEMBER 27th

Thursday, December 27th, come join the fun at Airtime.

Open from 10am-9pm

Students can go anytime and purchase 2 hours of jumping for $14.

$5 of that will go to the walking track fund. Last time we had 64 jumpers attend- let's see if we can beat that number!

FLYER IS BELOW!

SPEAK UP: NATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECT FOR DIGITAL LEARNING

WLCSD is participating in Speak Up, a national research project and free service to find out information about digital learning. At GUEST Elementary School, we hope to use the survey tools to learn what students, educators, and parents have to say about education issues. Please know how much we appreciate your help in completing the parent survey.


  • All surveys should take less than 20 min.
  • Surveys are multiple choice with a few open ended questions.
  • Elementary Student surveys are done as a group; students raise hands and teachers submit the data for the entire class.
  • Surveys can be completed any time between now and Jan 31, 2019.
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CHAMP IS WISHING EVERYONE A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY!

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WALKING TRACK FUNDRAISING

GUEST PTA

REMINDERS & RESOURCES

STUDENT COUNCIL MEETING DATES

Meetings will be held in the ART room beginning right after school until 5:00pm

January 9

February 6

March 13

April 10

May 1


June 5th 5:00-6:00 Student Council Celebration - students will go home and then return for the Student Council End-of-Year Celebration Dinner

WILDCATS R US - School Store is Open For Business

All items are $1.00

Grades 1st - 5th grade can shop on Wednesdays and Fridays

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Wednesdays 11:30 - 1:30 in the Cafeteria

Fridays 11:30 - 1:30 in the Main Office

WINTER CLOTHING

Colder temperatures have arrived! We want all children to feel comfortable and enjoy being outside so we ask that you please send your student to school with all of the winter gear they may need including warm coats, hats, gloves, boots, and snow pants. Please label everything with your child's name in the event that their items become separated from them during the school day.

See guidelines below and be sure to discuss your expectations with your student(s):

  • We go outside unless it is below zero degrees (windchill)
  • Boots & Snow pants are required for students to play off the blacktop. We don't call home for dry clothes. This is their best protection.
  • Anytime it is 32 degree and below, students are expected to wear hats/gloves/mittens. Above 32 degrees, we leave it up to your discretion, but do give reminders and encouragement.
  • If a student wears a coat to school, they will need to wear it to recess unless the temperature rises to over 50 degrees.

HUNGRY HOWIES FAMILY NIGHTS

20% of all sales will be donated back to Guest Elementary!

954 N. PONTIAC TRAIL

Walled Lake, MI 48390


Call 248.624.8006 to place your order - Be sure to mention Guest Elementary when you place your order

Order online - Mention Guest Elementary


FAMILY NIGHT DATES:

  • Monday, January 7th
  • Monday, February 4th
  • Monday, March 4th
  • Monday, April 8th
  • Monday, May 6th

GUEST OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Office Hours

Our secretaries are available Monday through Friday to assist you from 8:00 AM-4:30 PM. If you have to change your child's dismissal plans, this must be done with us by 3:00 PM each day. We will notify your child of these changes in the classroom.


Thank you for your help.

FOOD SERVICE

MSTEP INFORMATION AND BUILDING/DISTRICT RESOURCES

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ABSENCES, CHANGES IN SCHEDULE, & NOTES TO SCHOOL

If you intend to keep your child home on a school day for any reason, please use our attendance hotline at 248-956-3390. You may leave a voicemail message 24 hours a day. IF we do not receive a call from you, we will call you to make sure that your child is indeed absent.


The Transportation Department will not issue bus passes for after school study, play dates etc. Bus passes will be issued for shared custody and sometimes day care, babysitting, or other emergencies. The Transportation Department will also issue year-long passes for in-district transfer and school of choice students when there is room on the bus.


If your child's transportation/dismissal for the end of the day changes in any way, please send in a note at the beginning of the day to your child's teacher AND the office. If this changes during the school day, please call our secretaries BEFORE 3:00 PM. We will do our best to ensure your child gets to the correct place at the end of the day, but we ask for your help with this by notifying us EARLY in the day or with a note. Thank you!

LUNCH SCHEDULE FOR 2018-2019

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THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT

HOME - SCHOOL CONNECTION

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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


Sharon Becker sharonbecker@wlcsd.org

Prime Time Supervisor

248-956-3399


Direct Link to PTA page click HERE

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