Glengary Gazette

January 3, 2022

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A Message from Mrs. Johnson

Dear Glengary Families,

I hope that you had a wonderful holiday break surrounded by people you love. I want to welcome our Glengary Family to the new year and express my gratitude for your continued partnership in 2022. Here's to an AWESOME new year together!

As always, the Glengary Staff is here to support you. Should you have questions or if concerns arise, please reach out to your child's teacher or myself and we will work together to find a solution. I can be reached at or at 248-956-3100.

Here's to a GREAT week ahead!


Important Dates


1/3: School Resumes

1/4: PTA Meeting 6:30 PM (Media Center)

1/6: Board Meeting

1/10: i-Ready Diagnostic 2 Window Opens (Closes 2/11/22)

1/17: No School (MLK Celebration)

1/19: 5th Grade Field Trip to Northern (Intro to Instruments Program) @ 10:00 AM

1/25: Half Day of School for Students (Staff Professional Development)

Positivity Project

Positivity Project

This week (Jan 2-8) the character strength of focus will be Optimism. The following week (Jan 9-15)the character strength of focus will be Prudence.

Please take a look at the links below for each strength as they will provide you with the knowledge and tools needed to partner in this important work. The resources in the links below were created to help parents reinforce this important learning at home. Thank you!

21-22 P2 Calendar

Consider printing the calendar to help keep track of the character strengths we will learn each week!

Optimism Parent Links Below

Prudence Parent Links Below

New Information

COVID Reporting

This is a friendly reminder that positive COVID cases of students and household members should be reported to office staff as soon as possible so we can complete our necessary protocols.

To report positive COVID cases parents should email the following office staff:

RosaLeigh Johnson:

Cheryl Maten:

Melissa Roth:

In the email, please include the following information:

Your child's name

Your child's grade

Your child's teacher

Your name

Your contact phone number

The date of symptom onset

The date of exposure (if known)

The date your child was tested

In-District Transfer Accepted NOW-Jan 17

The Walled Lake Consolidated School district is not an open enrollment district. Resident students are expected to attend the school that is assigned to their address. If you would like your child to attend a school other than the one assigned to your address for the 2022-2023 school year, you must submit a Student Transfer Request Application (linked below).

The Student Transfer Request Application period for the 2022-2023 school year is January 3, 2022 – January 17, 2022. Any application received after January, 17 2022, will be noted as late.

If you have any questions, please contact the Walled Lake Schools’ Student Services Department at 248.956.2085.

2022-23 Information Coming Soon!

The 2022-23 window for Schools of Choice will run from January 17, 2022, to February 6, 2022.

Please check this page during the application period listed above for more information and to complete your application. If you have any questions please contact our Enrollment Department.

Welcome to Walled Lake Schools

No Bus Changes Next Week @ Glengary: January 3-7

Per the district communication that went out this week, Glengary does NOT have any cancelled busses this week, January 3-7.

Teacher of the Year Celebration Date Change

Mrs. Emily McBryar has been named Glengary's Teacher of the Year for the 21-22 school year!

Originally, Mrs. McBryar, along with all other teachers who have been named Teacher of the Year, were going to be honored at this week's board meeting on Thursday, January 6th. Please note that in an effort to keep our staff and their families as safe and healthy as possible, the annual Teacher of the Year Ceremony has been moved from the January board meeting to the March 3rd board meeting. We will be sure to honor Emily McBryar at that time!

Glengary Giving Tree-THANK YOU!

A HUGE thank you to all of our families and community members who made a donation to the Glengary Giving Tree. Due to your generosity and kindness, we were able to make this holiday season a bit brighter for 15 local families! Thank you again for your support! I continue to be incredibly proud and grateful for our Glengary community!

Fine Motor Kits for Kindergarten

We are making Fine Motor Skills Kits for our Kindergarten students and need your help with collecting supplies! As you know, mastering fine motor skills at a young age is critical as they allow us to complete basic functions like getting dressed, tying shoelaces, eating, brushing their teeth, and many more . They help kids learn to use tools such as pencils and scissors, improve hand-eye coordination, boost confidence, and support cognitive development. Please help our young Gators learn and increase finger dexterity through these Fine Motor Kits.

Thank you always for your support!

For any questions, please call/text parent Yoko Metcalf, at 734-837-3984

All donated items can be sent to the main office during the month of January!

i-Ready Diagnostic 2: Jan 10-Feb 11

It’s hard to believe that we’re already preparing for the second i-Ready® Diagnostic. The second Diagnostic is an important benchmark for understanding your student’s growth, which is why it’s so important they try their best. These results allow us to better support them in achieving their growth goals for the year. Your teacher will communicate with you directly regarding when they plan to administer the 2nd Diagnostic.

The most important thing we can do is prepare students and motivate them to put forth their best effort.

Here are a few things you can do to help support your student:

1. Make sure they get a good night’s rest before taking the Diagnostic!

2. Talk to your student about why the second Diagnostic is important. You can say things like:

-The second Diagnostic helps you find out how much progress you’ve made since the beginning of the year.

-It allows your teacher and I to celebrate your accomplishments!

-Try your best, and do not rush—but don’t spend too much time on a question either.

-Remember, questions on the Diagnostic change based on your answers to earlier questions. You will see some questions you don’t know. That is okay! Just try your best.

3. Let them know you’re excited to celebrate their progress.

Thank you for your continued partnership in your student’s learning!

*IMPORTANT: Please note that while your child takes the diagnostic, they will NOT be able to complete the instructional modules.

i-Ready School-Wide December Challenge Results

Thank you for your support during the December i-Ready Challenge! As a reminder, Glengary is working to build some excitement around i-Ready and increase student engagement with this research based program which helps enrich and close academic gaps!

At the front of the building, we have put together a large bulletin board entitled, Chillin with i-Ready. Each grade-level has a polar bear labeled with their grade and they earned 1 fish for every 10 i-Ready lessons passed in their class. Lessons were tallied each week and a bar graph of fish displayed to show grade-level progress.

The grade levels are in rank order below, based on the number of lessons passed for the month of December:


1st place- Kindergarten (458 lessons passed)

2nd place-2nd grade (396 lessons passed)

3rd place-1st grade (292 lessons passed)

4th place- 3rd (285 lessons passed)

5th place-4th Grade (271 lessons passed)

6th place- 5th Grade (108 lessons passed)


1st place- 4th Grade (353 lessons passed)

2nd place-2nd grade (277 lessons passed)

3rd place-Kindergarten (262 lessons passed)

4th place- 1st (231lessons passed)

5th place-5th Grade (156 lessons passed)

6th place- 3rd Grade (133 lessons passed)

Thank you families for encouraging your learners to complete the lessons! Congrats to Kindergarten who took 1st place in Reading and 4th grade who took 1st place in Math! These grade-levels will receive a prize when we return in January!

January/February i-Ready Challenge Dash

Beginning January 3, 2022, grade levels will have a two-week sprint staying with the theme of Chillin’ with i-Ready. The current fish will be removed and grades will compete the week before and after the Diagnostic 2 window. We want students to be encouraged to engage in lessons as much as possible before administering the diagnostic! A new theme will begin in March.

Competition weeks:

1/3/2022 - 1/9/2022 - completed lessons entered Monday 1/10/2022

2/14/2022 - 2/20/2022 - completed lessons entered Monday 2/21/2022

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

The Walled Lake Consolidated School District will hold the 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. In an effort to keep our families and staff as safe and healthy as possible, this event will now be held virtually. More details coming soon!

MLK Jr. Celebration Promo 2021-22

Update Contact Info

If you are not receiving district emails or phone calls, please make sure your contact information is accurate in Skyward. Typically, parents have (accidentally) blocked us OR their contact information is incorrect. PLEASE make sure your information is accurate in Skyward so you receive communication from us regarding closings and emergencies. Email for help.

District Text Messages

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.

Winter Weather is Here!

Please make sure your child has an appropriate coatfor the weather. It is ESSENTIAL that students have boots and snow pants when there is snow on the ground.

If you need help providing winter wear for your child, please reach out to me and we will help you! We want all of our Gators to have the items that they need!

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Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship Raffle

It's that time of year again...the Foundation for Excellence Proudly supports the 50/50 Scholarship Raffle!

$35 per *ticket | Only 1,000 tickets available *Online Processing fee included

Grand Prize: Elect scholarship funds for postsecondary education or 40% lump sum payment option. Grand Prize Drawing March 21, 2022 at District Reflections Celebration at Clifford Smart Middle School. Need not be present to win.

Questions? Email or contact Foundation's office: 248.956.2116

Adult Education Program

Did you know that Walled Lake has an Adult Education Program? Take a look below at the flyer and click on the links to learn more about upcoming winter registration and evening classes held at Geisler.

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Girls on the Run: 3rd-5th Grade

Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Meeting twice a week in small teams, we teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.

The Girls on the Run coaches will be 2 staff members: Ms. Lessa and Ms. Krass. They are super excited to bring this opportunity to our 3rd-5th grade girls at Glengary.

Please click on the link below for more detailed information including practice dates, times, and how to register.

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Walled Lake District Update

Please click on the button below for the Walled Lake District Update.

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Community Education Classes offered through WLCSD

Check out the link below for a variety of Community Ed classes that are offered through WLCSD.

Glengary PTA Information

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PTA Meeting

Join us for the first PTA meeting of the new year on Tuesday, January 4 in the Media Center at 6:30 PM. Please enter the doors by the Media Center. Free child care is available.

Photos from Fun Run?

If any parents that volunteered took pictures and would like to share, please email them to so we can review them for the yearbook!


Are you someone who is interested in helping with this year's yearbook?! Being back in school and having events like the Fun Run and Trunk or Treat make putting the memories together, fun and totally worthwhile.

If any parents are interested in starting to work on the yearbook, please reach out to or come to our meeting in November!

The future of the Glengary Yearbook lies with you! If you would like to volunteer to help put

together the yearbook, the committee is forming now - please sign up at the meeting or reach

out to Alison Burke at!!! If you were able to take pictures at the Fun Run and have not yet done so, please email them for yearbook


Previously Shared Information

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Zones of Regulation

At Glengary this year, we are teaching all students about the Zones of Regulation.

Here are some skills taught during The Zones of Regulation:

  • Identifying your emotions by categorizing feelings into four zones (more on this below)
  • Self-regulation: Achieving the preferred state of alertness (zone) for a situation. This is all about regulating your body and emotional regulation.
  • Identifying triggers: Learning what makes you “tick” and why
  • Coping strategies: Various techniques and strategies that help achieve emotional regulation and manage strong emotions
  • Size of the problem: Introduces the idea that the size of your reaction should match the size of your problem, how to identify the size of your problem, and strategies for problem-solving.
  • Expected behavior vs unexpected behavior: This also covers perspective taking and how your behavior affects the thoughts and feelings of the people around you.

Click on the link to learn more! This is a GREAT tool and language to use at home as well!

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Volunteers at Glengary

In the fall, WLCSD Parent Update shared that volunteers would be permitted on a limited basis and to look for a communication plan from the building principal. While we are very excited to see volunteers back in our school, we still need to have a thoughtful plan that does not jeopardize our efforts to keep our community healthy and our students in school. Please note the following details regarding volunteering during the school day:
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IMPORTANT: Each teacher utilizes volunteers in a different way. Some teachers do not have frequent volunteers. Other teachers use volunteers on a weekly basis. Please respect each teacher’s approach to volunteering and wait for them to share information with parents about volunteer opportunities. Even if your child’s teacher does not request classroom volunteers, there will be many other opportunities. Note: Volunteering in our school is different from visitors/spectators at events during the school day. Visitors or spectators at events during the school day are not permitted at this time.

Thank you for your partnership and understanding as we work thoughtfully to ensure the safety of all.

*Note: Please look for an upcoming communication regarding how Room Parents will be handled during the 21-22 school year.

What Does it mean to be Suggestive of Covid?

Please take note of the symptoms below. Based on guidance from the Oakland County Health Department, if a student presents the following symptoms, they may be suggestive of COVID-19.

1. Is this student currently experiencing ONE or more of the following symptoms unrelated to a known pre-existing condition (e.g. asthma, allergies)?

* New Cough

*Shortness of breath

*Difficulty breathing

*New loss of taste or smell

2. Is this student currently experiencing any TWO or more of the following symptoms unrelated to a known pre-existing condition (e.g. asthma, allergies)?

*Fever (100.4 degrees +)


*Diarrhea (2x in 24 hours)

* Fatigue

*Congestion/runny nose


*Muscle aches

*Sore throat

*Nausea/Vomiting (2x in 24 hours)

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 testing is strongly recommended. Contact your medical provider and get tested for COVID-19.

For the student to return back to school, there are three options:

1. Receive COVID-19 testing, and return to school with proof of a negative PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test result, provided symptoms have improved and fever resolved for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine. Rapid test results are not acceptable.

2. Exclude from school until 10 calendar days have passed since symptom onset and at least 24 hours fever free without fever reducing medicine.

3. Provide a note from your physician indicating a clear alternative diagnosis (e.g. positive strep throat, urinary infection, etc.). Must be fever free for over 24 hours without fever reducing medicine with improvement in symptoms.


We continue to urge all families to check your child's health daily and make decisions that will help ensure we keep our students, staff and community healthy and safe.

Daily Health Checks: Please check your child(ren) daily for ANY signs of illness before attending school. Check for the following symptoms:

  • Fever/Chills
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Muscle of Body Aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion
  • Runny Nose
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If your child has any of these symptoms, please err on the side of caution and keep them home until they are feeling better! We appreciate your partnership as we continue to work together to keep our community healthy and safe!

COVID-19 Dashboard

Our district maintains a COVID-19 Dashboard which is updated throughout the week. The dashboard is currently linked on our district website and has also been included in recent district updates. Per district protocols, we continue to report all COVID-19 positive cases to the Oakland County Health Division (OCHD). Our district will continue to monitor both building and classroom numbers. Parents can also refer to the district’s FAQ document.
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Supply Chain Issues & School Meals - What Parents Need to Know

Food Service Information

For the 2021-22 school year, breakfast and lunch is free for all students. If you would normally fill out a form to receive free or reduced lunch, we ask that you do so for accounting purposes. Forms are available on the district food service web page.

Below you will find the breakfast and lunch menus for October. You will also find the contact information for our Food Service Department.

Walled Lake Community Education is committed to providing quality programs for youth and adults. The link below you will also find our Youth Recreation, Youth Enrichment and Adult Recreation/Enrichment offerings
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Communication is Key at Glengary Elementary!

Communication is important to us at Glengary. Parents will be notified and updated in a variety of ways throughout the school year. The majority of information for parents will be available on our school and District website and through email.


It is critical that parents keep an updated email address and let us know if it changes as soon as possible. Parents may update this information for us on Skyward Family Access. All teachers at Glengary utilize Skyward Family Access to communicate with parents.Report cards, lunch account information, progress reports, attendance, and other important information will always be posted on Skyward Family Access. If you are a new family to Walled Lake Schools or have misplaced or lost your Family Access ID and password, please click HERE to get connected.

Glengary Gazette AND School Web Page

Our Glengary Gazette newsletter will be sent electronically to families. This is typically a bi-weekly communication filled with all important school and PTA updates. As we begin the year, the communication may be sent on a weekly basis if needed. An archive of newsletters will be posted to our school website. Please visit this page often for information about our school. You will find links to important documents, websites and blogs from your child's classroom, PTA forms and information, and important updates and forms that you will need to access.

PTA Website and Updates

Our PTA has an excellent website with upcoming events, fundraiser information, PTA membership links, and other pertinent information and forms. PTA information and updates are also shared with the Tuesday Tidbits.

Social Media

Glengary Elementary also has a Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter which are linked below!

Glengary Contact Information

RosaLeigh Johnson


Cheryl Maten

Principal's Secretary:

Melissa Roth

Building Secretary:

Important Phone Numbers:

Main Line: 248-956-3100

Fax Line: 248-956-3105
Attendance: 248-956-3190