Mustang Express

January 23rd, 2023

Mustang Minute: iReady Testing Begins This Week

Students at Meadowbrook will begin taking the 2nd iReady diagnostic this week to measure their growth in both math and reading. During this time period, you can support your student at home by ensuring adequate sleep each night, a good breakfast each morning and provide our little Mustangs with a big hug on their way out the door. This is a great opportunity for our students to shine and show the Walled Lake community how much we have grown in such a short time! Please help us to stress the importance of taking this assessment seriously. As always, do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your support and partnership.

Diagnostic window dates are as follows:

Window #1 Sept 12-Oct 14 (Completed)

Window #2 Jan 9-Feb 17

Window #3 April 24-May 26

Congratulations to our PTSA Reflections Winners!

We would like to congratulate the following Hawks who participated in the PTSA Reflections program this year AND won at the district level over the break and will be having their entries advancing to the state level competition.

  • Dance: Emerson K.
  • Film: Rosaleigh V.
  • Literature: Gaberilla A., Sanjukta T., & Aviella W.
  • Music: Tyson Z.
  • Photography: Suzu K., Koneta B., & Daniel K.

Congratulations! We look forward to celebrating all of our Reflections participants and wish them good luck as their pieces will be judged next month at the Michigan PTA level.

Playground Paraeducators Needed at MBE!

Unfortunately, we are still short staffed on the playground. This position has been posted for quite some time, and we still do not have any applicants. Luckily, a playground substitute will be helping us until further notice. In addition, we have created a Sign-Up Genius to offer parents and community members the opportunity to help out should they be available. All volunteers will be entered into a bi-weekly random drawing to win a $25 Amazon gift card. A huge THANK YOU to those who have already served and congratulations to Janice Barringer and Heather Noocha whose names were drawn recently!

Checkout the signup to see if you are able to help in any way. Even filling one spot makes a big difference.

Important Dates


1/24: Junior Kindergarten Orientation @ the ECC, 6:30 PM

1/26: Happy Birthday Michigan! Wear MI Themed Clothes to School

1/25: 5th Grade Introduction to Instruments Program @ WLW

1/30: Happiest of Birthdays to Michelle Covert!

1/31: Half Day for Students, Staff Professional Development (Special Services in Building)

PTA Updates: Indoor Recess Carts

Meadowbrook Elementary PTA is looking for gently used items to create indoor recess carts for the students.

Items needed:

  • Boards Games (Connect 4, Chutes & Ladders, Checkers, etc.)
  • Card Games (Uno, Go Fish, Spot It, Apples to Apples, etc.)
  • Building Toys (Building Blocks, Magna-Tiles, Lincoln Logs)
  • Coloring/Activity Books (Markers, Coloring Books, etc.)

If you have any you are able to donate, please drop off in the main office by January 31st.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Nichole Keppen -

We are SO grateful to our PTA for their support and generous donation! These carts will be a great addition to Meadowbrook!

Important: Please Review and Follow Recess Apparel Guidelines

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. We continue to see students not prepared for outdoor recess. Please take a look at the guideline graphic below to make sure your student(s) is dressed appropriately. It's always better to send your student "overdressed" than "underdressed" for recess. Even if there's no snow on the ground, it can be wet and muddy and snow pants help keep clothes dry. 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!

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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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Michigan's 186th Birthday: January 26th, 2023

The third grade classes are celebrating our great state of Michigan. We will be raising money for the Michigan Humane Society. Please bring in $1.00 to wear anything to do with Michigan. (Red Wings, U of M, MSU, Tigers, Lions, Pistons, vacation spots,… etc.) Feel free to wear sweatshirts, jerseys, hats, or pants. Thanks for helping us celebrate and raise funds for this great cause!

Junior Kindergarten Interest Forms available NOW! - Click this text to fill out form TODAY!

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Junior Kindergarten Interest Form Must Be Completed

  • The JK Interest form is now open! Use the QR code above to access the form.
  • Completing the interest form does not guarantee a spot in JK. Families will be notified regarding placement decisions in March. All interested families MUST complete the form.
  • Questions?
    • Visit the JK website:
    • Attend the JK Informational Meeting on January 24th at 6:30 p.m.
    • More information will be shared with families and posted on our website in January

Upcoming: Hearing Screenings

Hearing screenings will be for the following grades – Junior Kindergarten, KDG, 2nd and 4th. Hearing screenings will take place on 1/23/2023 - 1/26/2023.
Information: ESL/GED Classes Offered by WLCSD

1/17/22: Arabic and Japanese interpreters on site. 1/18/22: Spanish, Russian/Ukranian interpreters on site.

NEW: Winter Community Education Offerings

Financial Assistance is Available for those that Qualify

District Information

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WLCSD Staff Nomination Form: Please Consider Spreading Joy and Nominating a Mustang!

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.

Spread the Word: The 2023-24 Schools of Choice Window Opened on January 16!

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2023-2024 School of Choice

The 2023-24 window for Schools of Choice opened on January 16, 2023 and applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on February 6, 2023. For more information and the application, please visit the website:
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Preschool Planning and Interest Survey for Families

The district is currently surveying families in preparation for next school year to better guide our planning. If you have children that are of preschool age, please complete the survey to better help us serve you. Any extra input we can gather would be very helpful.

Look for registration information in late February/early March on our website,

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Welcome Mrs. Alee

Hello, my name is Brigette Alee and I am the new Resource Programming Teacher at Meadowbrook Elementary School. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Reading and Elementary Education, as well as over twelve years of teaching experience and experience working in special education. I am honored to be a teacher at Meadowbrook, and strive to be an asset to this amazing community.

My husband and I have been married for over 13 years, and we have four wonderful children, ages 2 to 10, as well as two dogs and a hamster named Jenny. In my spare time, I love to explore new places with my family, hike, read, sing, and play piano or bass guitar. My husband is a former active duty Navy sailor, and we have spent the last 13 years traveling the world during his military career. We are excited to be finally putting down roots in Michigan again after over a decade away.

Welcome Mrs. Plummer!

Hi, my name is Katie Plummer and I am so excited to be returning to the Walled Lake family. The last two and half years I have cherished my time as a stay at home mom to my two girls, Raegan (5) and Peyton (2.5). Prior to my childcare leave, I worked in the district as an intervention teacher for two years and then as a first grade teacher for four years. Literacy instruction is my passion and I am so grateful that this opportunity enables me to do what I love in a small-group setting. I am so looking forward to learning and growing with a new school community. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my dog, Mika, traveling, the Peleton, visiting new restaurants, and reading with my girls.

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Signing Up for SMS Messages via Skylert

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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.