Dublin Times

BACK TO SCHOOL EDITION-August 17-21, 2020

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Welcome Back to School!

Dear Dublin Families,

On behalf of the staff of Dublin Elementary School, welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year. Although this summer has been a very different one, I hope that everyone remains healthy and had time to relax with family and friends. I’ve missed seeing all of our students, staff, and families!

As you have learned, we will begin our year remotely and will reevaluate later in October. Please know, that we want our remote return to school this fall to be a fun, exciting time for our children. We want our children to feel our happiness, excitement, and reassurance that this will be a fun year of learning! Our Dublin staff will do everything we can to help make this a smooth start to school for everyone.

I would like to welcome all of our new families to Dublin and Walled Lake Schools. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you. We will be unable to do an all-school Meet and Greet event as we have done in years past, but plans for a possible virtual Meet & Greet will be shared at a later date.

Classroom placements as well as staffing will be fluid in the coming days and weeks, and as soon as we are able, we will be announcing classroom placements to families near the end of August. Classroom placement decisions will be made with a return to face-to-face instruction in mind for sometime in the 2020-2021 school year. Our partnership is imperative to make the best decisions we can for all children and adjustments will be made along the way.

The most helpful thing at this point is to complete the online Back-To-School registration packet which will help with placement decisions, and making decisions regarding WLCSD “Our Way”, or “My Way” online learning plans. I would encourage you all to participate in parent meetings regarding our remote learning to learn more about how we will be meeting the needs of our children, academically, socially, and emotionally. Details are here in our Dublin Times.

Please continue to read district updates regarding our remote return to school.

Walled Lake teachers are preparing for a wonderful return for all children. Thank you for your understanding, patience, and grace as we work to ensure an excellent start to the 2020-2021 school year.

Best Regards,

Jeff Drewno-Principal

Walled Lake Strong - Elementary
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Upcoming Important Events

August 2020

  • August 27 Dublin PTA's School Supply Kit Curbside Pick Up (4:00-6:00 PM)
  • August 31 First Day of School

September 2020

  • September 2 Dublin Virtual PTA Meeting (7:00-8:00 PM)
  • September 4 No School Students or Staff
  • September 7 No School-Labor Day
  • September 10 Virtual Board of Education Meeting (7:00 PM)
  • September 14 Virtual Curriculum Night Grades K-2 (6:30-8:00 PM)
  • September 15 Virtual Curriculum Night Grades 3-5 (6:30-8:00 PM)
  • September 17 Virtual Middle School Curriculum Night (6:30-8:00 PM)
  • September 21 Virtual High School Curriculum Night (6:30-8:00 PM)
  • September 23 Half Day-Staff Professional Development
  • September 28 No School for Students and Staff (Yom Kippur)

A Message from WLCSD

Dear Walled Lake Families,

Thank you for your ongoing feedback regarding Walled Lake Schools’ Return to Learn Plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Communication is important during this evolving and rapidly changing time leading up to the start of school.

The decision made at the August 4, 2020 School Board meeting to delay an in-person start and begin online has created a challenge for many of our families. We know that the Remote Learning option outlined in our Return to Learn Plan is rooted in best-practice and allows our Walled Lake teachers to do what they do best: teach our highly effective curriculum as they would in-person. We have been planning for a successful transition of our curriculum to be delivered in the Remote Learning (school at home) design and we believe that this will be a highly successful and beneficial option for students. With that said, some families have reached out requesting greater flexibility in daily schedules. This is completely understandable. We want our families to know that we will be offering a second online option for families that desire that.

We will be able to share more next week but please know that this alternate option allows for:

A completely virtual online K-12 curriculum through Edgenuity

· Lessons and assessments formatted and designed specifically for virtual delivery

· Students can work at their own pace and on their own schedule

· A Walled Lake teacher will be assigned as the mentor teacher

We wanted to share this timely and important information as we understand that families may be considering home-schooling curriculum for their child(ren). We assure you that we can support that need!

More detailed information will be shared at the upcoming parent information sessions. Parents will have the opportunity to view the informative sessions live (please follow the links below.) Administrators will answer as many questions as time allows. The Parent Info Sessions for the Virtual Return to Learn Plan will be recorded and available for parents to view at their convenience.

Parents are asked to submit questions pertaining to the Virtual Return to Learn Plan prior to the start of the meeting (See the parent question forms below). Administration will review and answer as many questions as possible during these live virtual meetings.

Virtual Meetings

Monday, Aug. 17, Elementary Parent Info-Session – 5-6:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 17, Middle School Parent Info-Session – 7 -8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 18, High School Parent Info-Session – 5-6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 18, Special Services Parent Info-Session – 7-8:30 p.m.

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  • Walled Lake Schools has streamlined the annual registration/first-day packet process for ALL K-12 families. The District will be using the Family Access/Skyward system to automate the process for updating and completing documents such as the emergency card, Food Service application, FERPA form, fee payments, Code of Conduct, and other important annual school forms that require parent approval.

    Skyward Family Access is how parents access the back-to-school packet.

  • A Skyward Family Access parent account is required in order to complete the Online Back-to-School Packet process for all schools. (A parent account username is alphanumeric - SMITHMAD000; a student account username is the student's ID number - 1234567.)

    • Guardian Name
    • Your student name(s) and name of schools they attend in Walled Lake Schools
    • Guardian's email address currently on file with the district
    • Daytime phone number

    Questions and Support

    If you are having trouble with Back-to-School packet, please visit the Troubleshooting & FAQ page.

  • If you are still having issues, please contact familyaccess@wlcsd.org. Be sure to include your name, the student's name, and the specific question you may have.

  • To obtain a Family Access account, email familyaccess@wlcsd.org from your email account on file with the district or call 248-956-2190 (email is best). Please include ALL of the following information in the body of your message. You will be contacted within 3 business days.

Skyward Login Request
WLCSD Back-to-School Packet - Elementary

Important iReady Update

Students will continue to have access to complete online iReady lessons in reading and math until Thursday, August 20th.

After August 20th, iReady lessons will be unavailable to students until at least September 14th. as we prepare new information, student rosters, etc. into iReady for the 20-21 school year.

Thank you for your understanding and continuing to help your students complete iReady reading and math lessons at home!

Chromebook Distribution

As we navigate and begin online remote learning this fall, we understand that some students may need access to a district-owned Chromebook. We are planning a distribution of Chromebooks for those families who need them again this fall.

We are tentatively looking to have a distribution during the week of August 24th.

Please watch for more information soon with important details of where, when, and how to sign out a district-owned Chromebook for your child’s use.

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Welcome New Dublin Elementary PTA Board Members

We would like to welcome our new Dublin Elementary PTA Board Members for the 2020-2021 school year!

Henry Gumbus-President

Stacy Brand-Vice-President

Kim Negoshian-Secretary

Sally-Ann Gumbus-Treasurer

Mimi Curlee-Membership Chair

Dawn Corby-Fundraising Chair


Please click here for contact information!

Dublin PTA Web Page

Please click here to visit our Dublin PTA Web Page!

PTA Member Hub

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


Please complete this form to join our Dublin PTA!

PTA Meeting

Our first PTA meeting for the school year will take place virtually using ZOOM on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 from 7:00-8:00 PM.

A link with this meeting will be sent to parents via email invitation and the link is also below.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

7:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 828 5270 6493

Passcode: 3nG28Y

We look forward to seeing you!

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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Curriculum Nights

Please be sure to mark your calendars and join us for our annual Dublin Curriculum Nights. Teachers have been working hard preparing for the new school year. There are many new and exciting curricular programs and materials being implemented in the coming school year, and we are excited to share these with you. We are focused and ready to increase student achievement at our school.

Our Curriculum Nights will be VIRTUAL and online this year, and will take place on two separate nights to discuss the curriculum at each grade level.

Curriculum Night is designed for parents only. Parents may join from 6:30-8:00 PM on these nights to learn about the curriculum, program, meet classroom teachers and other staff members, and view materials for each grade level.

Monday, September 14th (K-2)

Wednesday, September 15th (3-5)


School Supplies

Please view our 2020-2021 suggested school supply lists by grade level. These lists are always available on our school website for you. Please remember that these are suggested school supplies and not mandatory.

If you ordered school supplies from our PTA School Supplies Fundraiser, these items will be available for pick up curbside on Thursday, August 27th from 4:00-6:00 PM. Thank you for supporting our awesome PTA!

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PTA School Supplies Fundraiser Pick Up

Thank you to those families that purchased school supply kits from our Dublin PTA.

School supply kits will be delivered and ready for CURBSIDE PICK UP from 4:00-6:00 PM on Thursday, August 27th.

If you have any questions, please contact our school fundraising chairperson

Dawn Corby at Dstan12@gmail.com

Lifetouch Picture Day Update

Lifetouch School Picture Day has been postponed until we return to face-to-face instruction. As we receive information about the reschedule date, we will be sure to share this information

Yearbook Update

At this time yearbooks are not available. However, no worries, once yearbooks are delivered, we will be sure to get them distributed to every student from the 19-20 school year. Thank you for your patience with this.

All 19-20 students will receive a yearbook, including last year's fifth graders!

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.


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.


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.


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


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.


  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.


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


Sarah Garcia

Principal's Secretary: SarahGarcia@wlcsd.org


Diane Yanalunas

Building Secretary: DianeYanalunas@wlcsd.org