Pleasant Lake Pleasantries

May 24, 2021

Together We Learn, Together We Lead!

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ARE YOU RETURNING TO PLEASANT LAKE PLANNING FORM

PLEASE ONLY FILL OUT IF YOU ARE NOT RETURNING TO PLEASANT LAKE ELEMENTARY NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

Walled Lake Student Chromebook Return on Monday, June 7th

At the end of the school year, ALL district-provided Chromebooks must be returned. They will be inventoried, cleaned, and returned so we have our classroom carts again in the fall. If you are in need of a Chromebook for a district-sponsored summer program, opportunities will be made to check out a different machine prior to the program’s start.


To help simplify the return process, we will do a Pleasant Lake Elementary Chromebook Collection Day on Monday, June 7th. All in-person students are asked to bring in their Chromebook and charging cord to school. A representative of the district's IT department will move classroom-to-classroom inventorying and collecting Chromebooks.


After this date, opportunities will be made for you to return your borrowed Chromebook to the Educational Services Center. This later return will be made available to our My Path and Our Path students, as we understand they will need their Chromebooks until the end of the year. As I receive information about this return, I will be sure to share that information with all families.


Please note, Chromebooks not returned will be assessed a $250 fee in Skyward.

GIRLS ON THE RUN AT PLEASANT LAKE ELEMENTARY-THANK YOU COACHES!

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PLE Arrival & Dismissal Safety Reminders

While most of the time our families do a wonderful job of being patient and safe at arrival and dismissal, there are times when we do have drivers that make poor decisions that make the process unpleasant and possibly even dangerous for others.


If you need to be somewhere early in the morning than I recommend you consider having someone you trust drive your child to school, leave your home sooner or come up with another plan that doesn’t involve engaging in unsafe and unkind practices at your child’s elementary school.


I have asked the West Bloomfield Police Department to visit our school to ticket any vehicles engaged in any of the before mentioned behaviors. Also please note that I will also provide them with the names, contact information and even license plate numbers of any cars engaging in unsafe practices at arrival and dismissal time.


My number one goal is to ensure our children arrive to and leave school safely in a positive environment, free of rude and reckless behavior and will do everything within my power to ensure this happens on a daily basis.


Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions and/or concerns regarding the information I’ve shared.



Thank you,


Nayal Maktari

FIELD DAY IS BACK ON FRIDAY, JUNE 4!

Grades 3-5 will participate in the morning and K-2 in the afternoon. Lunch and special schedules will not change and the outdoor activities will mimic the activities currently taking place in Physical Education class.


A reminder that students will be outdoors in the sun for a couple of hours.


Important Reminders:

  • Provide hats and sunglasses if needed
  • Apply sunscreen before your child leaves to school
  • Make sure your child wears gym shoes
  • Children are asked to bring their own water bottle
  • Some stations will involve the use of water so please bring have your child place an extra t-shirt in their backpacks.


5th Grade Graduation

Dear Pleasant Lake Elementary 5th Grade Parents,


Please read the important information below regarding our end of the school year 5th grade activities.


Thursday, June 10th-Graduation and Celebration

5th Grade Graduation beginning at 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

All in person students and only our virtual students that contacted the main office and/or completed the Google Form by the deadline are invited to participate in our informal graduation ceremony and celebration. EVERY child will receive their Certificate of Completion, graduation t-shirt and other souvenirs, regardless if they attend school on June 10th or not.


The informal graduation ceremony is for students only but will be recorded and shared with parents.


5th Grade Celebration from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Following their lunch, 5th graders will engage in fun outdoor activities on school grounds.


5th Grade Slideshow

As part of the 5th grade graduation we are collecting baby pictures from each student. Please send a photo of your child as a baby or toddler (ages 1-3) to Jennifer Essak at jkiminaia@gmail.com. We want to make sure everyone is included. Please send the pictures by Monday, May 24.


Friday, June 11th at 11:00 a.m. - 5th Grade Outdoor Clap Out

ALL of our in person and virtual 5th graders are invited to participate in our 5th Grade Clap Out on the last day of school beginning at 11:00 a.m. Only parents and guardians will be invited attend the outdoor clap out. Our Kindergarten-4th Grade students will remain in the building. The clap out will conclude at roughly 11:10 a.m. and I respectfully ask that you leave once you have spoken with your child and taken a picture if you wish to ensure our dismissal process is not impacted.


Parents will be asked to wear masks and remain socially distant from other parents and lined up on both sides of our bus loop at the front of our school building. Our 5th graders will line up in the parking lot at the end of the 100 hallway (where 3rd-5th grade classrooms are located). 5th graders will walk through the bus loop and end the clap out at the start of the bus loop (near our mailbox).


Please park in the front of the building and along the side of the building. Please note that parking may be an issue so find a safe area that doesn’t block anyone in nor blocks any driveway. It’s a special last day for our kids but I need everyone to be flexible and patient.


You are invited to take your 5th grade child home with you at the conclusion of the clap out and can also take home any younger sibling(s).


Please be sure to fill out the form below if you are planning to participate. Also please note in the form below if you are signing out another child out early form school. We want to make sure they are ready for pickup from the main office at11:10 a.m.. We will also staff outdoors with student sign out forms.


https://forms.gle/Syp1uYdo6mCbeSU1A (DEADINE IS TUESDAY, JUNE 1ST)


Lastly, a reminder that yearbooks will not arrive till later this summer, but similar to last school year, each 5th grader will receive one.



Thank you,


Nayal Maktari

WLCSD District art show 20-21

CONGRATULATIONS ARTISTS!

We'd like to congratulate the following PLE artists whose work will be featured in the district art show. The K-12 Virtual Art Show will be promoted through the district website and can be watched directly at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRdbPURcktw


Meiray Khami

Arbor Zellweger

Noelle McFarlin

Kanon Okada

Janelle Safry

Darya Tsytser

Jaden Salmo

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Summer Care Registration

We have opened up our Summer Care registrations. Parents need to visit our website to obtain the registration materials. https://wlcsd.org/programs/prime-time-care/summer-care/

THIRD GRADE READING LAW

Dear Third Grade Families,


Please read the letter below from Mrs. Cathy Kochanski, our Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services.


This letter details important information about the State of Michigan's Read by Grade Three Law, including information about students who may be recommended for retention based on their Language Arts M-STEP score this year.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or your child's teacher.

INCOMING KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

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KINDERGARTEN 2021-2022

Thank you to everyone that was able to join our Kindergarten Orientation last Tuesday evening. You will find a recording of the orientation in the Kindergarten Newsletter below. Remember to be proactive and please register your child beginning March 15th and to not wait till the summer months.


Incoming Kindergarten Newsletter


A recording of Kindergarten Orientation can also be found on our school website under the News heading on the main page and under the For Parents tab.


It is important that all parents that will have children enrolled in kindergarten next school year complete the kindergarten questionnaire located in the above newsletter.


Please take a moment to complete this important parent survey to help us understand how we can make this process even better for our families. As a reminder, our EZ-Enrollment process will be available starting March 15. Visit our District website and watch your email for more information about the Fall as we get closer to the start of the new school year.

Thank you and feel free to contact our main office staff at 248.956.2800 or at TerriSzymanski@wlcsd.org and JulieSmith@wlcsd.org if you have any questions.

WLSCD MAY SOCIAL WORK RESOURCES

SUPPORT

Hello Pleasant Lake Families,


As we approach the holiday season and continue to experience the hardships that go along with this pandemic, it is important that we take care of our mental health now more than ever! At this time, Michigan is offering free confidential counseling through the Stay Well COVID 19 hotline. Counselors are available 24/7 and the service is completely free! If you are experiencing stress and anxiety and are more comfortable texting with someone, a texting option is also available. As parents, many may feel the pressure of balancing family, jobs, finances, running a home, and now virtual schooling. Please know that there are resources available to help ease some of that stress. Additionally, if you feel like your little one is struggling with the uncertainty of the times, stress with school, or the loneliness of staying at home, Easter Seals is resource that provides therapy for your children. For more information and resources please visit https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_99557---,00.html. I have included the free counseling hotline, texting line, and Eastr Seals information below.


Michigan Stay Well Counseling via the COVID-19 Hotline
Call 1-888-535-6136
Press "8" to talk to a Michigan Stay Well counselor.
Counselors available 24/7 - confidential and free


If you are experiencing emotional stress and anxiety but are more comfortable texting than talking, get help from:

Michigan Crisis Text Line
Text the keyword RESTORE to 741741
Open 24/7


Be well,


Erika Emke LLMSW

Erikaemke@wlcsd.org

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WALLED LAKE TRANSPORTATION QUESTIONS

Please contact our Transportation Department directly with any questions and/or concerns regarding anything involving our school buses.


Walled Lake Schools Transportation Department Website


OFFICE HOURS: 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
46740 W. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake - 48390
Phone: 248-956-3090
Hotline: 248-956-5199

Parent Tech Support Submission Form

The Tech Support Submission Form for parents as been added to the For Parents Tab on our school website. You can also access it at www.wlcsd.org/techsupport.

Upcoming Important Events

MAY/JUNE 2021

  • MAY 28-1/2 DAY OF SCHOOL WITH DISMISSAL AT 12:30 P.M.
  • MAY 28-1ST GRADE BUG SHOW
  • MAY 31-NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF
  • JUNE 4-FIELD DAY
  • JUNE 10-5TH GRADE GRADUATION AND CELEBRATION
  • JUNE 11-LAST DAY OF SCHOOL AND A 1/2 DAY FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF

EVERYTHING GOOGLE!

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PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL AND CHILDREN

Dear Pleasant Lake Elementary Parents,


Your PTA needs you now more than ever! Your membership will help with so many great opportunities for our children. Below are a list of just a few amazing things your membership dues will provide our children:


  • Literacy supplies and books
  • Student supplies that are sent home with children during remote learning
  • Technology and online instructional resources
  • Virtual events
  • Grants & scholarships to assist students and teachers with field trips, including virtual field trips
  • Authors and presenters visit, including virtual visits
  • The Leader in Me Program


In addition to all that we provide for our children, this year we will have the opportunity to host virtual events for our community. Your PTA Board has been brainstorming some fantastic ideas for fundraising and activities we would normally do in person. The 1st 50 people to sign up for a membership will get an exclusive offer for our 1st virtual event.


Lastly, you may think with school being held remotely that we not need your support but it is the exact opposite. So many in our school community need support more than ever during this pandemic. Please become a PTA Member and sign up for the programs below. It’s an easy process that will take minutes but go a long way in supporting our children, parents and staff.


Please click on the link below to join. Remember that your membership does not require you to volunteer at any events and/or fundraisers. Only one parent/member per household needs to register with the PLE PTA.

https://ple.new.memberhub.store/store


AMAZON SMILE PROGRAM

We all shop on Amazon, why not give back to Pleasant Lake while we shop?


Pleasant Lake is 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 Pleasant Lake Elementary PTA as the organization you are supporting.
3) Shop away!


KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS

It's simple. Login to your account online and look for Pleasant Lake.

https://www.kroger.com/i/community/community-rewards

PTA MEMBER HUB

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

Support our School!

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


Pleasant Lake is 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 Pleasant Lake Elementary PTA as the organization you are supporting.
3) Shop away!

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Kroger Rewards

It's simple. Login to your account online and look for Pleasant Lake.

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

Big Changes to Box Tops are Coming!
See below for important steps to follow:

#1: Reminder to clip and use the digital app.

Please continue to send clipped box tops into school as usual.
Additionally, Box Tops for Education is moving towards digital submissions.
How can you help?

1. Download the free app.
2. Create an account (choose Pleasant Lake Elementary as your school).
3. Scan receipts as you make purchases (and within 14 days).

** Back by popular demand... Want to designate a classroom for box top counts to help your child's classroom win contests? Start by scanning your receipt. Once the photo is taken, new options will show up across the bottom. Choose the star "Credit" button and enter the last name of your child's teacher. Hit done, then submit. **

#2: Do you shop for groceries online?
You can submit your email receipts from select retailers to earn Box Tops for your school too. Here's how...

Option A
1. Make sure you have a Box Tops for Education account
(create one via the Box Tops app or website).


2. Forward your email receipt to receipts@boxtops4education.com using the same email that’s associated with your BTFE account. Box Tops will be credited within 10 business days – view your earnings detail in the MY EARNINGS section of the app or website

The following email receipts are currently eligible (as of July 17, 2019):
Instacart, jet.com, SamsClub.com, Shipt, Target.com, Target Pick-Up/Drive-Up,
Walmart Grocery, Walmart.com


Option B

For purchases from online retailers not listed above, please follow the process below.


1. Take a screen shot (or multiple) of your entire receipt from your online purchase, including retailer name, all items, transaction total, and date of purchase

2. Open the Box Tops Contact Us form

3. In the Comments field, please include: Your email address, name, school's name, the amount of Box Tops earned with the purchases from that receipt.

4. Use the “Upload Image Files” feature (at the bottom of the form to add the screen shot(s) of your receipt. Your receipt will be processed within 2 weeks.

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Teach The Leader in Me Habits At Home!

Click HERE on how you can teach the Leader in Me at home. Learn about the Habits and different activities you can do at home to reinforce what we are teaching your child at school.


Enjoy!

PLEASANT LAKE ELEMENTARY CONTACT INFORMATION

Main Office Number: 248.956.2800

Fax Line: 248.956.2805
Attendance: 248.956.2890


Nayal Maktari

Principal nayalmaktari@wlcsd.org


Terri Szymanski

Principal's Secretary terriszymanski@wlcsd.org


Julie Smith

Building Secretary juliesmith@wlcsd.org

Know What's Going On At Pleasant Lake Elementary!

Communication is very important to us at Pleasant Lake Elementary. Parents will be notified and updated in a variety of ways throughout the school year.


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 Pleasant Lake 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.


PLEASANT LAKE PLEASANTRIES AND SCHOOL WEBSITE

Our school newsletter will be sent electronically to parents once a week. An archive of newsletters is also posted to our school website under the For Parents tab. 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 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 @PleasantLakeEl to be updated regularly on important events at our school and fun pictures of student events and learning!


REMIND 101

We also offer Remind 101 to all PLE 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 PLE. You can unsubscribe at any time.


To join, send a text to (586) 649-3482 and enter the message @mrmakt

You can opt-out of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @mrmakt'.