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Upcoming Important Events

September 2018

This Week...

  • September 3 Labor Day-No School
  • September 4 PTA Meeting (7:00-8:00 PM) Media Center
  • September 5 No School
  • September 6 Boy Scout Parent Meeting (6:30 PM) Cafeteria
  • September 6 Board of Education Meeting (7:00 PM) ESC Board Room
  • September 7 Welcome Back Picnic (5:00-7:00 PM) Dublin Playground

Next Week...

  • September 10 No School for Students or Staff (Rosh Hashanah)
  • September 12 Curriculum Night Grades K-2 (6:30-8:00 PM)
  • September 13 Curriculum Night Grades 3-5 (6:30-8:00 PM)
  • September 14 PTA Fundraiser Kick Off Assemblies (3:00-4:00 PM)

Later this Month...

  • September 18 Half Day-Staff Professional Development
  • September 19 No School for Students or Staff (Yom Kippur)
  • September 20 Middle School Curriculum Nights
  • September 24 Dublin Picture Day
  • September 24 Community Ed. Classes Begin
  • September 25 Taste of the Lakes (5:00-8:00 PM) Edgewood CC

For the Walled Lake District Calendar, please click HERE

For a Yearly List of Major Religious and Other Holidays, please click HERE

For a list of middle school delayed start dates, please click HERE

For middle school late start dates and high school PLC dates, please click HERE

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PTA Welcome Back Picnic

The Dublin PTA would like to welcome you to our PTA Welcome Back Picnic which will take place on Friday, September 7th from 5:00-7:00 PM outside on the Dublin playground. This is a great event that allows all families to reconnect with friends, families and staff from Dublin. P

The PTA will have information about PTA membership, and there will be opportunities to sign up to volunteer at PTA events throughout the school year.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner if you choose to have that evening on the playground. We look forward to an amazing event and reconnecting with families.


A Kona Mini Ice Truck will be on-hand serving up delicious shaved ice treats.

The cost ranges from $2.00-$5.00 each and Kona will donate 20% of all sales back to the PTA! Kona can accept cash, check, or credit card.

The PTA will not be serving pizza this year, so please bring your own picnic dinner if you choose.

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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 take place on two separate nights to discuss the curriculum at each grade level. Curriculum Night is designed for parents only. Parents may come from 6:30-8:00 PM on these nights to learn about the curriculum, program, and view materials for each grade level. All parents will meet in the cafeteria first at 6:30 PM followed by grade level and classroom presentations from 7:00-8:00 PM. Below is the schedule for Curriculum Nights for this school year:

Wednesday, September 12th (K-2)

Thursday, September 13th (3-5)

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Are you a member of the PTA?

Becoming a member of the PTA is easy and so important. Please click HERE to visit our PTA Membership area on our PTA web page. Here you will find details about PTA membership and a download of our PTA Membership Form to complete.

Harriet Kirshman, our PTA Membership Chairperson, is happy to answer questions if you have them. Please contact Harriet at harriet.kirshman@gmail.com with any questions.

No School and Half Days in September

Please remember that there will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 10th and NO SCHOOL on Wednesday, September 19th.

Tuesday, September 18th will be a HALF DAY of school with dismissal from 12:00-12:09 PM.

Office Hours

Our secretaries are available Monday through Friday to assist you from 8:00 AM-4:30 PM. If you have to change your child's dismissal plans, this must be done with us by 3:00 PM each day. We will notify your child of these changes in the classroom.

Thank you for your help with this.

Daily Arrival and Dismissal

Below is the school schedule for the 2018-19 school year:

Drop Off: 8:45-8:55 AM (Car Riders and Bus Students)

School Begins: 8:55 AM (Tardy Bell)

Dismissal: 3:58 PM

Departure: 4:05 PM

Half-Day Dismissal: 12:00-12:09 PM

Regular attendance is important to the success of your child. It is also important that students arrive at school on time and ready for learning. When students arrive after 8:55 AM they will be marked tardy for the day.

When students are being picked up early from school, it is the responsibility of the adult picking up the child to come in to our main office and sign the student out with our secretaries.

Families picking up students at our Shamrock Pick Up area or Car Rider area at dismissal time MUST have a Car Rider or Shamrock sign. Those who do not, will be asked to come in to the main office to sign their child out for the day. Thanks for your help with this.

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Join Dublin's Fall STRIDE Team!

We will be once again hosting a Dublin STRIDE team this fall for all boys interested in grades 3-5.

STRIDE is a running group, designed by the YMCA to develop and enhance boys social, emotional, and physical competencies to successfully navigate life experiences. Screened and trained adult volunteer coaches will teach the STRIDE curriculum focused on developing life skills through intentional conversation-based lessons and running games. At the end of the 10 weeks, boys will be physically and emotionally prepared to complete a 5K run.

Learn more about STRIDE by clicking HERE.

Our Dublin STRIDE Team will meet every Monday and Wednesday after school in our gym and on our playground.

The course runs from 4:00 PM-5:15 PM on these days. Students will be dismissed from their classrooms to go directly to this group.

Classes and practices will begin on September 17th and run through November 21st.

There will be NO PRACTICE on Wednesday, September 19th. There is NO SCHOOL on September 19th.

Online registration is now available. To register your son online, please click HERE.

The culminating 5k is scheduled for Sunday, November 18th at Belle Isle State Park.

At this time we have two awesome parent coaches and have only 12 openings for boys to register. We are looking for 1-2 more parent coaches to involve more boys.

If you're interested in coaching, please contact Mr. Drewno as soon as possible for information.

Media Center Help Needed

Mrs. Entwistle in the Media Center needs help.

We need help on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 to 10:00 AM.

Help is needed to check in books and put them back on shelves.

No experience necessary!

Please email Mrs. Entwistle at tinaentwistle@wlcsd.org if you can help.

PTA Fall Fundraiser

Once again our PTA will be selling cookie dough for our major fundraiser. At 3:00 PM on Friday, September 14th, we will have a short Fundraiser Kickoff Assembly to help students and teachers understand how they can help with this important fundraiser.

Look for many details coming home about this important fundraiser on Friday, September 14th!

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Dublin Picture Day

Our Dublin Lifetouch Picture Day is scheduled for Monday, September 24th in the Dublin Media Center. A sign up for time slots will be sent to you via email.

Dublin's Picture Day ID # is: LM728059YO

Picture Retake Day will take place on November 9th.

Parents may visit https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/

to order pictures.


Please call Mrs. Weaver or Mrs. Garcia, our fabulous secretaries if you can help any time on Monday, September 24th.

Ordering online is fast and easy. An order sheet will also be coming home with your child.

Let our secretaries know if you have any questions about picture day!

Voluntary School Accident Insurance

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. Information can be found on the district website or by clicking HERE.


In an effort to have great communication from school to home, we also offer Remind 101 to all Dublin parents.

How does it work?

If you would like to receive a quick text message on your cell phone or device, just sign up with us and you receive a quick text to remind you of important school events, deadlines, time frames, etc. at Dublin.

You can unsubscribe at any time, and we promise not to over use this communication tool either!


If you signed up last year, you will need to sign up again.

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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.


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!

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Absences and Notes to School

If you intend to keep your child home on a school day for any reason, please use our attendance hotline at 248-956-3890. You may leave a voicemail message 24 hours a day. IF we do not receive a call from you, we will call you to make sure that your child is indeed absent.

If your child is in the fourth or fifth grade, and a "walker" student, and would like to ride a bike to school, parents must give their permission by writing a note to the principal.

The Transportation Department will not issue bus passes for after school study, play dates etc. Bus passes will be issued for shared custody, day care, babysitting, or other emergencies. The Transportation Department will also issue year-long passes for in-district transfer and school of choice students when there is room on the bus.

If your child's transportation/dismissal for the end of the day changes in any way, please send in a note at the beginning of the day to your child's teacher or the office. If this changes during the school day, please call our secretaries BEFORE 3:00 PM. We will always make sure your child gets to the correct place at the end of the day, but we ask for your help with this by notifying us EARLY in the day or with a note. Thank you!

Peanut Free Practices, Birthdays, and Snacks

Peanut Free Classrooms

Please be aware that we have students at Dublin Elementary that may have a life-threatening allergy to peanuts and/or tree nuts. Some students may not eat, touch, or even inhale the aroma of peanuts or tree nuts without having life-threatening consequences. As a result, it is imperative that we all keep this in mind when planning for any food brought into school. This year, your child’s classroom may be designated as a nut free classroom. If your child's classroom is designated as a nut free classroom, please do not send in food items that contain peanuts, tree nuts, or nutmeg. ANY non-labeled foods (home baked items included) for class parties cannot be ingested, either. This also includes food that is manufactured in facilities that process peanuts/tree nuts. Many food items are safe for consumption, but may require a different brand if the product is manufactured in a facility that processes tree nuts. Your child's teacher will notify you if your child's classroom is a peanut free classroom, and will give you a suggested snack and party list of foods to help guide you with food choices. There are also peanut free tables designated in our cafeteria.

Birthday Treats

Parent may not send food items in for birthday treats. Other items such as pencils, erasers, stickers, a book for the class, etc. are other choices for birthdays. At the beginning of each month, Mr. Drewno will meet with all students that celebrate their birthday that month, and have a "Popsicles with the Principal" treat.

Snacks and Water

Time will be allotted in your child's classroom for a snack each day. We encourage students to eat healthy snacks-preferably fruit, vegetables or a source of protein if possible. Parents and students should read labels carefully to avoid snacks that may have been manufactured in non-nut free environment or contain products that some students may be allergic to. To help with recycling, it would be best to have a reusable water bottle for your child to use for water if needed.

As always, the health, safety and well-being of each and every child at our school is of the utmost importance to all of us. Thank you for your continued support .

Safety Practices at Dublin

  • If your child needs to be picked up during the school day, he/she will only be released to a parent, custodial parent, person listed on the school emergency form or a person identified in a permission note from the parent. We will require a photo ID.

  • Any legal documents containing custodial restrictions or court orders MUST be on file in our office.

  • If you are visiting our school or dropping off a student, please park in our main parking and come through our new main entrance doors to our office area to sign in. All Dublin doors are locked and will not be opened by staff members or students. This includes students who are tardy to school. Do not drop off students in the parking lot if they are tardy for school. Parents must come into the office to sign tardy students in. When using the main entrance, please buzz in and the secretaries will open the door for you.

  • To maintain a safe and secure learning environment, parents and visitors may not go to any classroom unless they have made prior arrangements with the classroom teacher. Parent volunteers are welcome at Dublin, but must sign in each time they volunteer in a classroom or in the building. Please remember to sign out when you are finished. Parents may not visit classrooms unexpectedly when volunteering or visiting the school. Students walk to their classrooms on their own each day and will be called down to the office if leaving early. Students will be called down to the office for any forgotten items brought in to the office.

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PTA Reflections 18-19

This year's PTA Reflections theme is Heroes Around Me.

it’s a great time to start getting inspiration for our annual PTA Reflections Program projects! Start thinking about the people in your world who are heroes. Are they someone whose job is to help people? Are they someone who volunteers in the community? Are they kids helping grown-ups? Or grown-ups helping kids? Are they people helping animals? Or animals helping people?

We can’t wait to see how those heroes inspire you through the arts! Review the current standing rules at the Michigan PTA Reflections website. More information to come! Get creative!

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures


  • If you are dropping off your child at the beginning of the day, they must be dropped off in our Car Rider loop area in the front of the school along Farnsworth Street. Parents may drop students off by car starting at 8:45 AM each morning. Mr. Drewno and our fifth grade safeties will be there to assist students if needed.

  • Parents should stay in their cars in the Car Rider line and students should exit their cars on their own on the sidewalk side. Students will enter the building and report to the gym each morning and sit by grade levels. Mr. Drewno, staff members, and safeties will be on duty each morning in this area.

  • Students may not be dropped off before 8:45 AM. Parents and children should remain in their cars until the Car Rider door is opened at 8:45 AM each morning. Students may not be dropped off in the bus area at the south end of the building or in our parking lot.
  • The doors at the Car Rider entry will be opened at 8:45 AM and closed and locked at 8:55 AM each morning. If students arrive after 8:55 AM they are tardy for school and will need to be checked in by an adult in our main office.


  • If you will be picking up your child at the end of the day, you must use our Car Rider system or Shamrock Pick Up system. Parents picking up their child with their car must have a Car Rider sign displayed in their car every day on their visor. Parents may pick up these signs in our main office. Parents that are picking up their child by car should be in our car rider line by 3:50 PM. Parents should stay in their cars and students will be called out to you. A parent volunteer will come along to you in your car and take your name down and Mr. Hohlbein will be calling your child out to meet you. Please have your Car Rider sign on your visor and in full view for us. This makes the line go much faster! Thank you!

  • For the safety of everyone and efficiency, parents may not walk up to the ar rider door to pick up their child. We want to keep as much foot traffic in one are, and car riding traffic in another. All parents that do not wish to wait in the car rider line must park in our main parking lot. Parents that park should walk up to the north entrance door to the gym to pick up their child there. This is our Shamrock Pick Up area. Parents should bring their Shamrock Pick Up Sign with them to the pick up area. Signs will be collected by a staff member. When your child arrives to the Shamrock Pick Up area, they will be given your Shamrock Pick Up Sign and students will be dismissed to their parents. Parents should wait outside on the sidewalk area for students to be dismissed. Parents and students will then walk to their parked cars.

  • Thank you for helping us maintain a safe, secure and efficient arrival and dismissal at Dublin. Parents have been awesome about this and are very helpful for new parents. Thank you for helping!

Dublin Contact Information

Jeff Drewno

Principal jeffreydrewno@wlcsd.org


Wanda Weaver

Principal's Secretary wandaweaver@wlcsd.org


Sarah Garcia

Building Secretary sarahgarcia@wlcsd.org