Thursday, January 26, 2023
A Message from Mrs. Johnson...
Dear Glengary Families,
We have so many exciting events and activities we are gearing up for as we approach the next few months. Please take time to read the Glengary Gazette to stay informed about important dates and happenings at Glengary. If you haven't already, feel free to also check out the brief video below where Dr. Bernia highlights his first 90 days in Walled Lake. Some video footage was captured at Glengary including the opening shot. :)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 248-956-3100.
Here's to a GREAT week ahead!
1/26: Environmental Assembly (K-5) 2:45 PM
1/27: Bagel Day
1/28: Walled Lake Wild Girls Hockey Pink Out Game (see below)
1/31: Half Day of School for Students- Dismissal @ 12:25 PM
2/2-2/5: Matilda the Musical at Northern
2/6: School of Choice Window Closes
2/7: PTA Meeting
2/7: Candy Gram Sale Ends
2/8: Student Count Day
2/9: District 5th Grade Camp Open House (see below)
2/10: 100th Day of School (pending no additional snow days)
2/11: Community Ed Family Dance (see below)
2/14: Valentine's Day
2/17: i-Ready Diagnostic 2 Window Closes
2/20-2/24: Mid Winter Break NO SCHOOL
Faces of Glengary
Photos for the Yearbook?
If any parents have photos of any special events thus far this school year, please email them to email@example.com so we can review them for the yearbook! Thank you!
Positivity Project & Zones of Regulation
Below you will find the topics of focus for the next 2 weeks. I strongly encourage families to click on the links below and use the family resources to reinforce the learning at home! Once you click on the P2 for Families, you’ll find 1 quote, 1 video, and 3 questions to help you and your children discuss The Positivity Project’s character strength of the week. Please join us!
The character strength of focus this week has been Social Intelligence. Next week, the character strength of focus will be forgiveness.
Please take a look at the links below 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.
Jan 23- Jan 30: Social Intelligence
Social Intelligence means you are aware of other people’s thoughts and feelings. You understand why they do things.
Social intelligence refers to a person’s ability to understand and manage interpersonal relationships. It is distinct from a person’s IQ or “book smarts.” It includes an individual’s ability to understand, and act on, the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors of other people. This type of intelligence can take place “in the moment” of face-to-face conversations but also appears during times of deliberate thinking. It involves emotional intelligence and self-awareness.
Jan 31-Feb 4: Forgiveness
Forgiveness is the ability to move past being injured, and allow yourself to reconcile with the person who hurt you. Forgiveness can often be seen as a selfless act, but it also carries many benefits for those who practice it. Those who demonstrate forgiveness have the ability to move forward after someone has hurt them. Forgiveness is often rooted in the idea that all people are valuable and worthy of a second chance. Many who forgive have the ability to consider things from another’s perspective.
Zones of Regulation
Tips for parents practicing the Zones of Regulation
As you practice using the Zones of Regulation at home, it is helpful to start to notice your your child's triggers. Common triggers include:
- Being hungry
- Stopping an activity that they enjoy
- Sense of injustice
It is important to empathize with your child and validate what they are feeling. Then use the zones to help your student identify how they are feeling and a strategy to help regulate their emotions.
Reminder: Half Day on 1/31
This is an important reminder that Tuesday, 1/31 is a half day of school with a 12:25 dismissal time. We will utilize a tiered dismissal process, just as we do on full days. Dismissal times are detailed below:
12:15- APU and Walkers
12:20 -Prime Time Care
12:23- Begin loading busses
Spring 5th Grade Camp Open House - February 9, 2023
There will be a Camp Open House on February 9, 2023, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Below is the Open House Flyer regarding the Camp Open House.
Parents and students are welcome to tour the Walled Lake Outdoor Education Center at 3577 Sleeth Ct., Commerce Twp., MI 48382, prior to their overnight camp experience. This is a chance for you to take an informal tour any time between 5:00 and 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 9, 2023.
A camp meeting will also be held at your school before your camping experience. This will be your chance to ask specific questions and get all of the necessary paperwork.
Candy Gram Sale
Starting January 24th, you will have the opportunity to purchase a Heart Sucker Candy Gram.
*Candy Grams are $1 each (cash)
*Parents can send them to their child
*Students can send them to their friends or siblings
*Candy Grams will be delivered to classrooms on February 14th.
*Forms will come home with your student on Monday, 1/23- please do not duplicate forms- if you need additional forms, please see Mrs. Cebulski in room 2.
Sale ends February 7th.
There has been an influx of students wearing Apple Watches to school. Apple watches should not be worn during the school day. Just like cell phones, if it is absolutely necessary for a student to have an Apple Watch at school, please note that students will be asked to keep it in their backpack until the end of the school day. Watches can cause major distractions during the school day and are not a necessary resource for our K-5 students in the school setting. Thank you for your help and understanding.
Dumpster Doug Visited Glengary
As previously shared, Glengary is taking steps this year to become a green certified school. On Thursday, January 26, students K-5 participated in an engaging assembly with Dumpster Doug. The focus was on reducing, reusing and recycling. Post this assembly, we will kick off some initial recycling programs in the cafeteria! Thanks to the Glengary PTA for organizing this great opportunity for our Gators!
Tell your friends, neighbors, and family members; Glengary is ready to gather the names of the 2023-2024 kindergarten students!
Any child that will be five years old before September 1, 2023, is eligible to enroll/register for Kindergarten. Call our office as soon as possible and say that you want to place your child’s name and other contact information on our enrollment list. Glengary’s office number is (248) 956 - 3100. More information about Kindergarten can be found in the link below.
*Note: Children with a birthdate between June 1, 2018 and December 1, 2018 are eligible for 2023-2024 Junior Kindergarten program in Walled Lake. More information about Junior Kindergarten can be found in the link below.
Congrats to Gail Ellis: Recipient of the Alec Bender Friend of Diversity Award
A HUGE shout-out to Mrs. Gail Ellis who received the Alec Bender Friend of Diversity Award at the 24th annual MLK Celebration on Monday, January 16. This award honors individuals who are true friends of multicultural diversity in our school district and community.
Mrs. Ellis is a deserving individual who ALWAYS goes above and beyond to support our students and families! Mrs. Ellis has worked in education for the past 30 years, 26 of those in Walled Lake in various roles. We have been blessed to have Mrs. Ellis at Glengary for the past 6 years as an ELD para. Mrs. Ellis is positive, flexible, kind, caring, professional and just an amazing human being. Her character shines in all that she does and she truly embodies the Other People Matter Mindset, serving our students, families and staff! Mrs. Ellis is always doing extra things behind the scenes like zooming with our families while they travel abroad, connecting families to local resources, buying and delivering food to families in need, tutoring on her own time, advocating fiercely to meet the needs of students and families and SO much more! Thank you Mrs. Ellis for being such an asset to our Glengary community. You are one of a kind!
● Mid-Year Review - January 17: Last Tuesday, staff across the district met to engage in a day of learning. Our superintendent, Dr. Bernia, reviewed district strengths and areas of improvement. Our keynote speaker, Doc Brown, inspired staff and left us with many important messages to carry with us in our work with our students. We also attended breakout sessions focused on staff and student wellness.
● Staff Meeting - January 24: On Tuesday, our staff at Glengary spent time reflecting on our learning during the Mid-Year Review and engaged in meaningful discussion for how to continue moving forward as a school community and as a district.
● Half Day - January 31: On our next half day, elementary teachers throughout the district will gather together for PD. Teachers will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of sessions that focus on improving teaching and learning for all. Session topics include literacy and math instruction, meeting the needs of diverse learners, effective small groups, i-Ready data analysis, and much more!
At Glengary and in WLCSD, our staff is always learning and committed to continuous growth. We are grateful for our community’s support of these professional development opportunities.
Job Opportunity with Walled Lake Schools
Walled Lake Consolidated Schools is looking for a motivated person to fill our Substitute Caller vacancy. This position offers a remote work environment, benefits, and a work day that concludes in the early afternoon. Click on the link below for more information!
Matilda the Musical at Northern, Feb. 2-5
Support our former Gators and go see Matilda the Musical at Walled Lake Northern!
Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!
**Thursday Night Only Student Rush Tickets $10.00 at the door**
Thursday February 2, 2023 @ 7:00pm
Friday February 3, 2023 @ 7:00pm ** ASL Signed Performance
Saturday February 4, 2023 @ 7:30pm **20 Year Gala 5:00pm
Sunday February 5, 2023 @ 2:00pm
i-Ready Diagnostic Window 2 Continues: 1/9-2/17
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.
School Portraits and Yearbooks go hand and hand, order your Glengary Elementary YB today! This special collection of school year memories can be treasured by your student for a lifetime! Friendly Reminder: New this year, yearbooks are no longer provided through the school picture program. Yearbooks must be purchased separately to receive one. Be sure to place your yearbook order!
In years past, yearbooks have been given to all students at no cost to families. These books were provided by Lifetouch, the company contracted to provide school pictures. Unfortunately, due to a significant decline in families purchasing individual student pictures, Lifetouch can no longer offer yearbooks at no charge.
In an effort to offset the cost of the yearbook for families who may not have the means to purchase one, the Glengary PTA is selling advertisement space in this year’s
yearbook. Each ad will be in color and consist of ⅛ (or the size of a business card) of a page at the conclusion of the book. The cost per ad is $50.
If you would like to purchase advertisement space, please do the following:
1.Complete the form linked below
2. Provide Andrea Halimi with the ad (exactly as you would like to be printed in the yearbook)
3. Submit payment, either cash or a check made out to Glengary Elementary PTA. All items can be sent to Glengary Elementary School PTA, 3070 Woodbury St, Commerce, MI
48390 (℅ Andrea Halimi).
Glengary PTA Information
This year, the PTA is excited to use their own communication platform to help organize important information all in one place. The Glengary Gazette is often loaded with info and sometimes the PTA updates can become buried. The link to the first edition of the PTA Post is linked below and will be regularly blasted out via Skyward and linked in the Glengary Gazette! Be sure to check it out!
WLCSD Staff Shout-Out Nomination Form
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions you may have.
Adult Ed Registration for ESL and GED
The attachments below are ESL and GED registration information for families interested. The first attached item is a flyer, the second a brochure, just to inform a bit about each class.
At the January 17 registration, there will be interpreters on hand for Arabic and Japanese speakers.
On January 19, there will be Spanish and Russian/Ukrainian interpreters.
Many family goals are to help their children with homework and/or to increase their citizenship knowledge. Win-win!
The Walled Lake Consolidated School District, following the guidance of the Oakland County Health Division, requires individuals that are positive for COVID-19 AND individuals that exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, (one symptom from the top section or two symptoms from the second section), to follow certain steps before they can return to school. The link below contains a symptom screener as well as the options a family can take for their student to be eligible to return to school when a student is suggestive of COVID.
Many symptoms of COVID overlap with symptoms of other common illnesses and seasonal allergies. Current guidance requires us to follow COVID protocols for individuals that cannot pass the health screener until COVID is medically ruled out or a certain period of time has passed.
At this time, communication to families regarding COVID-19 cases at school is the same as it was at the end of the 2021-22 school year. When I learn of a positive case, I will send a letter to the classroom of the positive individual, as well as a letter to the entire grade level, to notify families of a possible exposure. For privacy reasons, names and identifying information will not be disclosed.
If you have any questions or need additional guidance regarding a sick child and school attendance, please contact our GLE Main Office. We recognize the added layer of responsibility on parents and school staff when an individual presents with symptoms during the pandemic and appreciate your partnership.
Reporting COVID 19 Cases to Glengary
If your child tests positive for COVID-19, it is critical that the office staff and classroom teacher are quickly informed.
Please send an email to:
RosaLeigh Johnson - email@example.com
Melissa Roth - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheryl Maten- email@example.com
Your child's teacher
In the email, please include ALL of the following information:
Your child's name
Your child's grade
Your child's teacher
Your contact phone number
The date of symptom onset
The date your child was tested
The last date your child was in school
Type of test that was given (Home test, Rapid test at a testing site, PCR test at a testing site)
Name of testing site, if tested in a facility
*Note: Once staff are informed, the following action items occur.
1. Office reports to WL Human Resources Department
2. Families receive quarantine timeline via email from WL Human Resource Department
2. Office alerts custodians who deep clean the impacted classroom
3. Office sends a letter to the classroom of the positive individual & a letter to the entire grade level, to notify families of a possible exposure. Individual's names and identifying information is NOT shared.
Previously Shared Information
Office Hours & Building Entry
Please note that our office is open from 8:30-4:30 daily. At times, we have families come to the building to retrieve missing snow gear, homework, etc. This is permissible if it is before 4:30. Please simply ring the doorbell and an office staff member will assist you. If it is after 4:30, you are welcome to call the office at 248-956-3100 and if an office staff member is still present, they may be able to assist you.
Important: Although our Prime Time Care staff is at school prior to 8:30 AM and after 4:30 PM, they are unable to allow entry into the building to anyone other than families picking up for Prime Time Care. Thank you for understanding as we work in partnership to keep our students safe and building secure.
Consistent, on-time attendance is a key component to school success. Over the past few years, it has been a challenge to prioritize school attendance while also following COVID protocols. This letter is to inform families of the District’s attendance procedures and COVID protocols. Please click on the link below to read the full letter.
Electronic Devices & Toys At School
We have had an increase in the number of Gators bringing electronic devices and toys to school. Students should refrain from bringing toys, Pokémon cards, etc. to school. These items can get lost, broken, and cause arguments amongst students.
Additionally, students who bring electronic devices to school should leave them in their backpacks until they leave for the day. Smart watches have been a distraction for some students as well. Students should not be using cell phones, smart watches, or other electronic devices during the day to make phones calls, access the internet, apps, pictures, etc. If a student needs to communicate with their parent/guardian or vice versa, that communication MUST be done by calling the office. Thank you for your support with this.
Winter weather is here and we are asking families to please take a moment to review the recess wear guidelines.
Please make sure your child has an appropriate coat or jacket for the weather. Many classes have an early morning block recess and we are looking ahead at some chilly mornings.
Hopefully we are still a ways away from snow, put please note that 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!
Accessing i-Ready 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.
Glengary's Green Initiative
As previously shared, Glengary is taking steps toward becoming a "Green School."
We will kick off our green initiative with students in January beginning with a sustainability program through a partnership with TerraCycle. Students will be able to deposit drink pouches and squeezable snack pouches into designated containers in the cafeteria. For every 5 pounds, the school can earn up to $50 while we simultaneously teach students how to recycle.
At the end of January, all students will participate in a school-wide assembly where they will learn ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Next Steps: We are looking for a cost-effective partner to recycle our paper based products. If you have a recommendation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Recycling Ink Cartridges
Walled Lake Parent Advisory Committee- Seeking Parent/Guardian Representatives
PAC MISSION STATEMENT
“Our mission is to increase awareness and current best practices in special education while working towards a larger voice, meaningful communication and more inclusive practices and parental involvement.”
Approximately 2 hours per month (Not including optional training/activity participation)
PAC Executive Board
Please contact a member of the Executive Committee for more information:
President - Cory Hensley email@example.com
Aimee Page - firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise Dunn - email@example.com
*Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in taking on this role.
The Process of Concerns at Glengary
A strong home/school partnership is one of our core values at Glengary Elementary. As parents or guardians, we welcome your engagement and collaboration. When concerns arise, we ask that you assume positive intent and seek information first, before drawing conclusions.
When you have a concern specific to your child:
Contact the teacher or staff member involved first.
Ask for information, express a concern, suggest a solution through a respectful conversation or meeting.
Collaborate to generate a plan and agree to a timeline for resolving the issue.
Monitor and evaluate the success of your plan and make adjustments as needed.
After genuine collaboration and open communication with your child’s teacher, if resolution cannot be reached, it is then appropriate to contact the principal. Working with the teacher and principal, generate a plan that meets the situation’s needs and agree to a timeline for trying the solution. If you are unable to agree to a solution at the building level, the principal will invite the next most appropriate administrator to join the process.
Resource for Families in Need
The Student Pantry is a local resource we have available for any families in need. If your family has a need for basic school supplies, clothing, or food, please email RosaLeigh Johnson, Principal, Kristen Abbo, Social Worker, or Laura Locke, Teacher Liason. We will work in partnership with the Student Pantry to get you resources and supplies at no cost while respecting your privacy.
Those who are interested in volunteering or making a donation should visit the Student Pantry website, www.thestudentpantry.weebly.com.
Staff Favorite Things List
The Glengary Staff is truly something special! Per the request of several parents, we are sharing an updated list of Favorite Things for each Glengary staff member. If you are ever looking for ideas for how to say thank you, please feel free to click the link below and take a look!
Food Service Update - Breakfast & Lunch for 2022-23
Food Service Update - Breakfast & Lunch for 2022-23
During the 2022-2023 school year, breakfast and lunch will NO LONGER BE FREE for ALL students. It will only be free (or reduced) for those who qualify.
Congress voted not to extend the waiver which provided free breakfast and free lunch for all students. The waiver ended June 30, 2022.
Your family may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. You can complete a free and reduced lunch application during registration in August.
If you do not qualify for free or reduced meals, you may begin depositing money into student accounts at any time to prepare for the cost of school lunches next year. Information on meal prices for the 2022-2023 school year are listed below
- $1.50 for Elementary
- $1.75 for Middle/High School
- $3.00 for Elementary
- $3.25 for Middle/High School
If your student has a negative lunch account balance, we encourage you to pay it off as soon as possible and then begin depositing money into the account to prepare for the 2022-2023 school year.
Your family may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. Reduced-price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch. Completing an application is the only way to be considered for free or reduced meals next school year. Please take action now. You can complete the online free and reduced meal application located in Family Access once registration is open.
This free and reduced meal application information is critical in determining the amount of money that the District receives from a variety of State and Federal supplemental programs like Title I A, At-risk (31a), Title II A, E-Rate, etc.
These supplemental programs have the potential to offer supports and services for our students including, but not limited to:
- Instructional supports (staff, supplies & materials, etc.)
- Non-instructional services (counseling, social work, health services, etc.)
- Professional Learning for staff
- Parent and Community engagement supplies and activities
Our food service department is asking families to complete and submit the free and reduced meal application as soon as possible to ensure that additional funding for our school is available to meet the needs of our students. All information on the application submitted is confidential.
Please contact Anne Merchant at 248-956-3081 or at email@example.com with questions.
Sponsors of Glengary's Therapy Dog Program
Our program would not be possible with the support of many donors and sponsors. If you are interested in making a donation for Romeo's ongoing care, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Thank you to our AWESOME sponsors below!
Communication is Key at Glengary Elementary!
SKYWARD FAMILY ACCESS
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 Post & Website
Our PTA will share updates via a PTA Post. Additionally, the PTA has an excellent website with upcoming events, fundraiser information, PTA membership links, and other pertinent information and forms.
Glengary Elementary also has a Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter which are linked below!
Glengary Contact Information
Principal's Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
Building Secretary: email@example.com
Important Phone Numbers:
Main Line: 248-956-3100
Fax Line: 248-956-3105