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March 16th, 2022

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Message from Mrs. VanWagnen

Dear Meadowbrook Families,

It is hard to believe it is already mid-March and that we are two weeks away from Spring Break. We sure do feel LUCKY to partner with such an amazing community! Thank you for your continued partnership.

As always, the Meadowbrook 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 or at 248-956-2700.

Here's to a GREAT week ahead!



3/16: Wellness Wednesday Event 7:00 PM

3/17-3/20: WLC presents "Grease: The Musical"

3/17: St. Patrick's Day-Wear Green!

3/21-3/25: Meadowbrook Spirit Week (see below)

3/21: PTSA Reflections Celebration 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM @ Smart Middle School

3/21: FFE 50/50 Raffle Drawing @ Reflections Celebration (purchase tickets below)

3/23: Report Cards posted and available to parents in Skyward by end of day

3/25: Deadline to Complete Math Course-Skipping Application (see below)

3/26-4/3: Spring Break


4/6: PTA Meeting

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Spirit Wear Orders Due

Spirit Wear: Meadowbrook Spirit Wear store is open now! Visit Purchases will be delivered to Meadowbrook in early April. Show your spirit, Mustangs!

Reflections Celebration: Congratulations to this year's Reflections Art Recipients

Staff and students are invited to the Reflections Celebration on March 21st! We hope to see you there!

The PTA would like to congratulate the winners in this year’s Reflections art program.

In the Lower elementary age group:

Daniel Kuriakose for Visual Arts and Photography

Koneta Braithwaite for Photography

In Upper Elementary:

Dana Kuriakose for Visual Arts and Photography

David Kuriakose for Visual Arts and Photography

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PTA Sponsored Book Fair Next Week

We are excited to share that Meadowbrook will host a Spring Book Fair the week of March 21st! We welcome the opportunity for volunteers to make this the best fair yet! Please click on the link to sign up:

New: Junior Kindergarten offered for the 2022-23 school year

The Walled Lake Consolidated School District is excited to announce Junior Kindergarten as a program for families starting in the 2022-23 school year. Junior Kindergarten will support kindergarten readiness through a play-based curriculum. Our program will cultivate academic and social-emotional learning along with opportunities for play, creativity, and social skill development.

More information including information sign up forms, program at-a-glance breakdowns, eligibility and more can be found using the link below.

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March is Reading Month

Our Reading Month theme is "Pop-In to a Good Book", and Media Specialist, Mrs. Kearney, has been working tirelessly to create a calendar and promote fun activities to instill a love for reading. The PTA will also be helping to build a strong community of readers. Look for more information to come home next week!
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In response to the increased expectations for all students, we have adjusted the content focus and instructional approaches in all of our math courses.

Because of the higher standards and to ensure student success at all points of their mathematical education, we are using the procedures described in the letter below to accelerate students. In order to skip a course in the math sequence, students must demonstrate proficiency in the content and skills of the course they are attempting to skip. Teachers are invited to review the letter that will be sent to all families and reach out with any questions or concerns.

AER Report Available

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2021-22 educational progress for Meadowbrook Elementary School. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and state laws. The school’s report contains information about student assessment, accountability, and teacher quality. If you have any questions about the AER, please contact Principal Jennifer VanWagnen for assistance. Please click on the link below to view this report.

Student Illness

This is an important reminder that while COVID numbers continue to decline, we still MUST take all symptoms seriously, especially those that are suggestive of COVID. If your child has ONE or more of the symptoms under section 1 and/or TWO or more of the symptoms under section 2, they are Suggestive of COVID and therefore, have 3 options BEFORE returning to school.

Section 1:


-Shortness of breath

-Difficulty breathing

-New loss of taste or smell

Section 2

-Fever (100.4 degrees +)


-Diarrhea (2x in 24 hours)


-Congestion/runny nose


-Muscle Aches

-Sore Throat

-Nausea/Vomiting (2X in 24 hours)


If your child has ONE or more symptom from section 1 and/or TWO or more symptoms from section 2, the options for returning to school include the following:

  1. Get tested for COVID-19 and return to school with proof of a negative PRC test result. Rapid tests are not acceptable. Documentation must be provided to the office.

  1. Stay home from school and isolate at home for a minimum of 5 calendar days since symptom onset.

  1. Provide a note from your physician indicating a clear alternate diagnosis (e.g. positive strep throat, bronchitis, etc.). Student must be fever free for over 24 hours without fever reducing medicine with an improvement in symptoms before returning.


Standard Practice Reminders:

  • If a student has had a fever, he/she must stay home from school until he/she has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • If a student has vomited, he/she must stay home from school for 24 hours.
  • Students with a rash may not attend school without a doctor's note clearing them to return to school.


Drinking Fountains

The district plans to have all drinking fountains open for use when we return from mid-winter break on February 28. All fountains will be flushed next week and filters changed where necessary. It should be noted that our water systems, including bottle filling stations, have been in use since we returned to school nearly a year ago, resulting in natural flushing of water lines through daily use. It’s only the taps to the unused drinking fountains and spouts that need to be completely flushed at this time.

Should parents have any concerns, this link to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has more information related to water flushing recommendations:,9429,7-135-3313_3675_3691-474608--,00.html.

Updated COVID Guidelines

Dear WLCSD Families:

As you know, last week the Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) announced they will be rescinding their Emergency Order for Pandemic Control (2021-1) from August 2021 which required schools to implement universal masking. This change will take effect on Monday, February 28, 2022. As the OCHD has determined that universal mask wearing is no longer necessary in schools, effective Monday, February 28, the Walled Lake Consolidated School District (WLCSD) will no longer require universal mask wearing in our school buildings and offices.

Please review the following information related to this update:

· Isolation/Quarantine - At this time, OCHD’s isolation guidelines will still be in effect despite the change in masking requirements. COVID-19 positive students and staff will still need to isolate themselves for the minimum five days.

o Asymptomatic students and staff and those that are exhibiting an improvement in symptoms will have the ability to return to school on days six through 10 of the isolation period provided the individual wears a mask during that time period. If mask wearing is not an option, that individual must isolate for the full 10 days before returning to school.

o Symptomatic students and staff who are not showing an improvement in symptoms will be required to continue isolating until that criteria is met, possibly up to and including day 10.

· Transportation - masks are no longer required while on school buses until further notice.

· Head Start and GRSP classrooms - In accordance with federal law, students and staff in our District’s Head Start and GSRP classrooms must continue to wear a mask. These programs are federally funded and thus subject to federal masking requirements.

· Performing Arts/Athletics - As part of the lifted mask requirements, students involved in performing arts and athletics are no longer subject to the previous mask requirements associated with these activities.

· Rentals/Community Education - Outside groups and programs are no longer subject to the masking requirements formerly associated with utilizing our school buildings and facilities following this lifted requirement.

The OCHD strongly recommends wearing a mask while in public, indoor settings. Individual decisions related to continued masking in WLCSD will be left to the discretion of students, families, and staff members.

It should be noted that any bullying, harassment, or discrimination related to a student’s masking choices will not be tolerated. Any individuals engaging in such acts will be subject to the Code of Conduct.

Should we receive any further guidance from the OCHD between now and Feb. 28, we will be sure to share that information with you in a timely manner. For more information, please visit the OCHD website:


Kenneth Gutman
Superintendent of Schools
Walled Lake Schools

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Walled Lake

Walled Lake Central proudly presents the musical Grease, March 17-20. Tickets are available at Come see local live theatre for the first time in three years!

Note: This production contains some mature content.

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Tune into Wellness Wednesday @ 7:00 PM for this months session!
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