Dublin Times

October 12-16, 2020

Upcoming Important Events

October 2020

  • October 12 Columbus Day
  • October 13 K-5 Return to Learn Parent Information Meeting (7:00 PM)
  • October 16 Final Day to Complete iReady Diagnostic
  • October 16 Parent Deadline to Choose Path for Learning
  • October 21 PTA Fundraiser Order Deadline
  • October 30 PTA Membership Classroom Contest Deadline
  • October 30 Half Day of School-Professional Development
  • October 31 Halloween


November 2020

  • November 3 No School-Election Day
  • November 26 No School-Thanksgiving
  • November 27 No School

A Message From Mr. Gutman

Dear WLCSD Parents:

As you know, the WLCSD Board of Education approved an Extended Continuity of Learning plan that includes the option for K-5 students to return in-person, all day, five days per week, beginning to transition back the first week of November. The original health and safety plans and protocols created by the Return to Learn subcommittee will be implemented, including students and staff wearing masks. Elementary parents will choose from in-person, Our Path, and My Path.

Further, Pre-K to 26 students with IEPs in self-contained classrooms will have the option to return in person. These programs include ECSE, EI, CI, ASD, SXI, Cross Categorical, and Adult Transitions. Additionally, students with IEPs, but not in one of these programs, can be referred to in-person drop-in services by the IEP team; these drop-in services will be housed at Geisler Middle School.

A K-5 Return to Learn Parent Information Meeting is set for Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 7-8 p.m. via Zoom and it will be live streamed so as many parents who are able to can participate. Parents may also submit questions in advance. To participate and submit questions, review the information in this link: K-5 Return to Learn Parent Info Session. This meeting will be recorded so parents who cannot view it live may watch it at their convenience. Many parents already know what selection they will make. For parents who want to make their selection now, you may complete the surveys below, by Friday, Oct. 16.


Thank you for the many questions we have received regarding the K-5 and P-12 Special Services Return to Learn option. We are currently compiling and responding to the many, many questions we have received. A Frequently Asked Questions document will be available soon. After the parent surveys are completed, we will send parents who select the in-person option an In-Person Safety Etiquette form to sign.

I assure you that your concerns are our concerns as well, and we will work with you to make this safe and educationally beneficial for all. While additional communication will be forthcoming, please review this PPE Return to Learn Video as well as the original Return to Learn plan. We will be sharing the Oakland County Health Department guidance that we plan to implement when COVID-19 cases arise. As always, all information will be on our website in the Return to Learn link. To view the Board of Education meeting click on the following link.

We appreciate your continued support.

Respectfully,

Kenneth Gutman

Superintendent of Schools

K-5 Return to Learn Parent Survey

All parents need to complete this form for each child by Friday, October 16th.

ESL Parent Sessions for Return to Learn

The ESL Department will be hosting K-5 Return to Learn Parent Information sessions in our three major languages. The English session will take place on Tuesday, October 13th from 7:00-8:00.



The dates/times and links for the ESL parent sessions are:


ARABIC: Wednesday, October 14th 7:00-8:30 pm

https://wlcsd.org/parents/return-to-learn-2020-parent-info-sessions/k-5-return-to-in-person-parent-session-arabic/


JAPANESE: Thursday, October 15th 5:30-7:00 pm
https://wlcsd.org/parents/return-to-learn-2020-parent-info-sessions/k-5-return-to-in-person-parent-session-japanese/


SPANISH: Thursday, Oct. 15th 7:30-9:00 pm

https://wlcsd.org/parents/return-to-learn-2020-parent-info-sessions/k-5-return-to-in-person-parent-session-spanish/

PPE Return to Learn Update

Yearbook Pick Up!

Our 2019-2020 yearbooks are HERE!

If you have not picked up your child's yearbook yet, please do so as soon as possible. You may pick them up at our school's main office from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Thank you!

School Breakfast and Lunch Information

School breakfast and school lunch will be served FREE to all students that are attending in person learning starting in November.


Parents may pick up breakfast & lunch for Saturday, Sunday and all closed school days every Monday from 12:00PM – 1:30PM at each of our high schools.


For our virtual learners and children under the age of 18 who are not being served daily in our buildings, we will continue to provide 7 days of meals, through pickup at our high schools every Monday from 12:00PM – 1:30PM until further notice.

WLCSD 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year

The Walled Lake Consolidated Schools is again participating in a program to honor exemplary teachers/educators. We hope you will join us in an effort that will result in the selection of the TEACHER/EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR for the Walled Lake Consolidated School District at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. This honor will be bestowed at our January 7, 2021 school board meeting.


Candidates will be submitted through his or her school. Names will be removed from the forms and only the building principal will have knowledge of the candidate’s name. The principal will appoint a committee to assist with the building selection process.


Each building will select a Teacher/Educator of the Year and that nominee will be submitted to the District committee for final selection. We are requesting that this form be returned to your school NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2020.


WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Any FULL TIME, CERTIFIED, TENURED teacher/educator who spends 50% of his/her time in a classroom. Nominees must have a minimum of five (5) full years of classroom teaching experience


WHO MAY NOMINATE?

Any person in the school community may nominate any teacher/educator in the District for this honor. Please send or deliver this form to the nominee’s school.


HOW TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION FORM

Please send or deliver Nomination Form to the nominee’s school in an envelope marked clearly with “TEACHER/EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR”.


PLEASE USE THE FORM LINKED BELOW TO SUBMIT ALL NOMINATIONS.

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PTA Membership Classroom Contest

We need parents to join our Dublin PTA! From now until October 30th. the Dublin PTA is holding a PTA Membership Classroom Contest to boost our PTA membership.


Become a member of the PTA by signing up on MEMBER HUB or by completing the PTA Membership Form. Please click on the buttons below to join now!


The class that has the most membership by October 30th. will receive a classroom book for the class/teacher, and every student will earn a new book too!


Thank you for joining our PTA now!

2020-2021 PTA MEMBERSHIP FORM

Please complete this form to join our Dublin PTA!

PTA Member Hub

Sign up to be a member of the PTA online HERE!

Curbside Pickup Guidelines

During our online learning time teachers may decide to have a Curbside Pickup of materials for your children. Classroom teachers will notify you WHEN and WHAT TIME these pickup events will take place. Teachers will be following social distancing and mask guidelines at school. They will distribute items in the front of the school along our Car Rider loop area.


As always, we ask that parents follow these guidelines during any curbside pick up.

1. Stay in your car. Wear a mask.

2. Pull up behind the car in front of you.

3. Open your passenger side front window.

4. Exchange the materials with our staff member.

5. Pull away and move forward safely.


Thank you for following these guidelines every time.

Attendance Hotline-248-956-3890

Please be reminded that our teachers will take AM and PM attendance as well as record tardies.


If your child will be absent or late, or will need to end the remote day early due to illness or a scheduled appointment, you must call the attendance phone line and leave us a message to tell us.


Every teaching and learning moment is crucial and we appreciate your partnership to ensure good attendance and participation.


We recognize that there will be a learning curve during these first few weeks and we promise to be flexible and understanding as we all become comfortable with the digital platforms of Google and Zoom.


Attendance Line: 248-956-3890

In an effort to help with technical issues that you may have at home while learning online, WLCSD has developed a STUDENT TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT REQUEST FORM. To help with technical issues, this should be the first step in letting us know the issue you are experiencing with technology at home. We can then help you as quickly as we can.


This form is always located on our Dublin web page under the FOR PARENTS tab.

There is a button below too!

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What is a Pizza Kit?

Dublin PTA Fall Fundraiser


Our Dublin PTA will be selling Little Caesar's Pizza Kits and other food items for our annual Dublin PTA Fall Fundraiser. Money raised will help support all students and all classrooms.


If you do not have a brochure, please stop by our main office to pick one up.


Please see the details, links, and videos below for full details. All orders and payments are due to our main office by October 21st. Pick up of orders will take place in early November.


Check Out the Pizza Kits Video Series!

Our video library is your source for practical suggestions, helpful information, handy tips, and creative ideas! Watch one now and look for more titles coming soon!

What is a Pizza Kit?

Learn about deliciousness and convenience.


How Much Are Pizza Kits?
Learn about great value and selection.


Can I Buy Pizza Kits at any Little Caesars® Location?
Learn about exclusive distribution for this entirely different experience.

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Art, Music, PE, and Media Weekly Classroom Links

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iReady Diagnostic

At this time your child should be finishing up the iReady Diagnostic Assessment at home. During a normal school year, this would be done at school. But this year, since we are learning virtually, we will be testing virtually.


All students should complete the reading and math diagnostic by Friday, October 16th.


The information is used to guide teacher instruction and helps your child's teacher identify areas of strength and weakness. This is why we need you to let your child do the work on their own.


We know how difficult it is to stand by and watch your child struggle when they don't know the answer to something.


When your child takes the iReady Diagnostic, he/she will not know all of the answers. THIS IS OK!


We need you to let your child take this assessment completely on his/her own....Even if it means watching every question be answered incorrectly.


Please take some time to explore the information below. It's extremely important and we need you to be aware of what the iReady Diagnostic really is, what it will look like as it is administered at home, and how you can support us.


Your child's teacher will follow up with you and provide reports and information after October 16th.

At-Home Assessment Agreement

Teachers will be sending this to you via a Google Form. This is just for you to view.

Chromebook Distribution

How Can I Get a Chromebook for my Child?


Chromebook Distribution Form


Chromebook DISTRIBUTION is taking place at the Educational Services Center at 850 Ladd Road, Walled Lake, (turn in at the Water Tower off of Maple Road between Pontiac Trail and Ladd Road) Saturday, Aug. 29 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, August 30.


Parents who previously ordered Chromebooks and have not heard yet, will get an email. Thank you for your patience.

LAYA - Non Taste of the Lakes

Due to COVID restrictions, this year's Taste of the Lakes will be a virtual "non-event" with special door prize drawings including a 40-inch Big Screen Smart TV, an iPad, a Social Membership to Walden Woods (a value of $1,300) and two separate Adirondack chairs (note: one chair per drawing, the winner can select either the University of Michigan or Michigan State logo to be applied) to support the work of the Lakes Area Youth Assistance.



Lakes Area Youth Assistance (LAYA) is a non-profit organization designed to help at-risk children and their families who live in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District. Oakland County, local municipalities and volunteers work together to provide services and programs, which assisted more than 600 students in 2019.



To support our kids, please consider purchasing one ticket for $25 or you can buy four tickets for $100 and receive one more free. Tickets may be purchased now through Friday, October 9, 2020, at www.wlcstickets.com.



The drawing will be held on Monday, October 12, 2020, and you will be notified via phone if you are one of the lucky winners. Thank you for your support of our children.

EVERYTHING GOOGLE!

Google Login Information

Families - You can now access your child’s Google login information via Skyward Family Access. It can be found on the Report Cards tab as the very top report. If you still do not see it, please use the emails below to contact our school. If you are a parent of a new Kindergarten student and don’t see your student login, please check back on Skyward in a day as we are continuing to process enrollments. Thank you!

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Logging in: Chrome/Google Classroom
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DUBLIN PTA BOARD MEMBERS 2020-2021

Please click here for contact information!

Dublin PTA Web Page

Please click here to visit our Dublin PTA Web Page!

Support our School!

We all shop on Amazon, why not give back to Dublin while we shop?!

Dublin Elementary is now set up on the Amazon Smile program, which
donates 0.5% of eligible purchases straight to our school!

Here's what to do:
1) Log on to http://smile.amazon.com/
2) Select Dublin Elementary PTA as the organization you are supporting.
3) Shop away!
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Communication is Key at Dublin!

Communication is important to us at Dublin. 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.


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 Dublin 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.


DUBLIN TIMES AND SCHOOL WEB PAGE

Our Dublin Times newsletter will be sent electronically to parents. An archive of newsletters will be posted to our school website. Our school website can be found HERE. 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.


TWITTER

Please follow us on Twitter @DublinWL to be updated regularly on important events at our school and fun pictures of student events and learning!


OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE

Please LIKE US on our OFFICIAL Dublin Elementary Facebook page! See the button below!

Voluntary Student Accident Insurance

WALLED LAKE CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS DOES NOT CARRY HEALTH OR ACCIDENT INSURANCE FOR STUDENTS. If your child is injured while at school, medical costs are the responsibility of the parents and/or guardians.

As a service to students and their families, our District is making available a student accident insurance plan for your child at a very nominal cost. The District offers this program because of trends in rising family health and dental insurance costs, increased deductibles, co-payments or lack of health or dental insurance coverage.


REASONS TO PURCHASE THIS COVERAGE:

  1. Deductible and co-pays in your health plan. Many health plans have increased the amount of out-of-pocket expenses.
  2. No insurance.


This plan will provide benefits for medical expenses incurred because of an accident. If you have other insurance, benefits can be applied to your deductible or co-pay. If you have no other insurance, this will become your primary accident plan.


TO PURCHASE COVERAGE ONLINE (by Credit/Debit Card) go to:

www.1stAgency.com/voluntaryaccidentcoverage.htm -- Follow directions by choosing STATE and SCHOOL DISTRICT. Visa or MasterCard is accepted.


OR


TO PAY WITH CHECK OR MONEY ORDER, PRINT BROCHURE PDF from First Agency’s website at www.1stAgency.com/voluntaryaccidentcoverage.htm -- Follow directions by choosing STATE and SCHOOL DISTRICT.


All questions regarding this coverage should be directed to First Agency, Inc., at (269) 381-6630 or toll free at (800) 243-6298.


We are pleased to make this student accident insurance plan available.

Dublin Contact Information

Jeff Drewno

Principal: JeffreyDrewno@wlcsd.org

248-956-3832


Sarah Garcia

Principal's Secretary: SarahGarcia@wlcsd.org

248-956-3829


Diane Yanalunas

Building Secretary: DianeYanalunas@wlcsd.org

248-956-3841