Pleasant Lake Pleasantries

October 17, 2016

Together We Learn, Together We Lead!

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Calendar of Events

Shark’s Den School Store Tuesday-Thursday 8:40 -8:55 a.m. Girl Scouts every Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. Division II Math Pentathlon every Thursday from 7:45-8:45 a.m.

  • October 14th through October 29th-Annual Shoe Drive.
  • October 23rd-District Wide Open House.
  • October 25th-Middle School Late Start Date.
  • October 28th-Teacher of the Year Nomination Deadline.
  • October 28th-Halloween Family Fun Night and Trunk or Treat from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • October 28th-Picture Retake Day.
  • October 31st-1/2 Day of School for Students only. Dismissal is at 12:09 p.m.

Pleasant Lake Elementary

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Prime Time Care Hours

Monday - Friday

6:30 AM-6:00 PM

Main Office:


Fax Number:


Attendance Hotline:


School Times:

Drop off: 8:50 AM
Late Bell: 8:55 AM
Dismissal: 3:58 PM
Departure: 4:05 PM

Fun Run Donations and Prizes End on Friday, October 21st

FUN RUN is the PTA’s primary source of funds and is a fun and memorable event for all students, teachers and staff. This year we have teamed up again with The Get Movin’ Crew to utilize social media to gain more exposure for our fundraiser. We hope this will help us achieve our 2016-2017 goal of $20,000. We are hoping that each student will be able to cumulatively raise $50.

Please review the following information:

  • All students are asked to collect pledges and run or walk for 15 minutes (10 minutes for Kindergarten/1st grade) to raise money for our school.

  • Please do not allow your child to solicit alone door-to-door.

  • All donations are tax deductible; checks should be made payable to PLEASANT LAKE PTA. Online registration is now available to pay by Credit Card. Receipts will be given for any donation of $250 or more.

  • If your family prefers not to solicit pledges, please consider making a donation on behalf of your child/children. The FUN RUN is the PTA’s primary fundraiser and the only time that we will ask for a donation. Please consider this when deciding how much to contribute.

Why Should I Contribute?

100% of the money earned from FUN RUN stays at our school and is used to fund important programs that will enhance your child’s education. The PTA gives a significant percentage of the funds raised to the following programs:

5th Grade Musical

5th Grade Graduation & Celebration

Back to School party

Field Day Lunch

Assist with Field Trip Costs

Playground Equipment

Staff Appreciation week

Classroom and School Supplies

Classroom Technology

School Assemblies

Books for students, classrooms and our Media Center

Scholarships/Financial Aid for students

Math Pentathlon

Reflections Program

Author Visit

School Celebrations

and much, much more!

The classroom in each grade raising the most money will win:

A special spirit day or extra recess

Any class with 100% donation participation wins:

A pizza party sponsored by PTA

1 student per grade level that brings in the largest donations gets a chance to throw a pie in Mr. Maktari’s face!

If we reach our goal of $20,000, Mr. Maktari will spend a day on Pleasant Lake’s roof!




A FREE pair of glow-in-the-dark glasses


Entry into the FUN RUN Prize Raffle with over 100 prizes

How does the prize raffle work?

  • For every $50 a student raises, they will be entered into the prize raffle! (i.e. $50 = 1 raffle ticket, $100 = 2 raffle tickets, $150 = 3 raffle tickets, etc.)

  • Students who raise $200 or more will be considered Pledge Superstars and will have a special lunch with Mr. Maktari.

  • Students can turn in donations through Friday, October 21st for entries into the raffle. This money can be turned in to school or submitted online through Several prizes will be drawn at random each day (so the sooner you bring in your money, the more chances / more days you have to win). The last prizes will be drawn on Friday, October 21st.

  • Local businesses have donated awesome items to our prize raffle including both small and large items worth hundreds of dollars. These include but are not limited to passes to local places as well as big ticket items! Students can also win prizes donated from teachers and staff such as lunch with a teacher and Principal for a day. We have many amazing prizes that will sure to be a hit for all of our students that win!


  1. Register your child for our FUN RUN by visiting

  2. Find the tab for friends and parents and click on register your child. Follow the steps to get your child(ren)s site up and running.

  3. Use the student fundraising page to promote online pledge donations using the email and social media tools right on their page. It’s super easy!

  4. Watch your child’s pledge meter blast to the top fast! Most credit/debit are accepted from anywhere in the world. Check your child’s web page often to see all pledges they received in real time.

  5. Reach pledge Superstar Star status by raising $200 and fireworks will ignite on your page plus you will have a special lunch with Mr. Maktari!

  6. If you would prefer to send cash/check into school you still may do that. We will record that money for your child and they will still get the same exact reward possibilities. If you choose to pledge traditionally, instead of online, please submit it in an envelope and include your child's name, donation amount and the classroom teacher's name.

Good Luck fundraising!

Lisa Fenberg, Katarina Gasevski and Lana Perica

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Once again it is time to select a Teacher of the Year from Pleasant Lake Elementary for the 2016-17 school year.

Please click HERE to nominate a teacher from PLE. We ask that you complete the nomination form by Friday, October 28th.

We hope you will join us in an effort that will result in the selection of the Teacher/Educator for the Walled Lake Consolidated School District at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.

This honor will be bestowed at our January 12, 2017 school board meeting.

Each school building will select a teacher of the year and that person’s name will be submitted to the district committee for final selection. All 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 help with the local selection. That person’s name will then be submitted to the district committee.

We are requesting that this form be completed NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2016. We have hard copy forms in the main office if you would like to pick one up any time.


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


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


Please submit the google form. You may also send or deliver Nomination forms to the PLE in an envelope marked clearly with “TEACHER/EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR”.

Please call Diane Kochis at 248.956.2192 if you have any questions.

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Pleasant Lake Box Top Collection and Contest

Please help us raise money for our school by saving and clipping box tops. Parents we have officially started our Box Top Contest. Please turn in your box tops to your child's teacher. Everything will be tallied and a classroom winner will be announced the first week of November.

Each student in the top 3 classrooms will receive a small bag of items from our Shark's Den School Store in addition to a treat. Good luck!

Earn even more cash to help your school get what it needs through the Box Tops for Education® Bonus App.

Walled Lake Open House - Oct. 23, 2016

District Wide Open House


Families with children seeking premier preschool through high school educational opportunities are cordially invited to visit any of the 19 Walled Lake Schools from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, October 23.

Bring your family to visit Walled Lake Schools so you can meet our world-class teachers, speak with members of our administrative team, meet our students and parents, get an up-close look at our facilities, and most importantly, experience our every child, every day philosophy personally.

For more information on the District Wide Open House, view the promotional flyer!

Student Led Portfolio Conferences on Tuesday, November 8th

Similar to last school year, sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place using Skyward Family Access. The date for conferences this year is Tuesday, November 8th from 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

You may begin to sign up for a conference on Tuesday, October 18th using Skyward Family Access. Below are some helpful resources to assist with signing up for a conference:

Click HERE for a quick video tutorial on how to sign up online for a conference.

Click HERE if you need more information about Skyward Family Access.

Click HERE for a helpful document in how to sign up for a conference through your Skyward Family Access Account.

You will be able to sign up for a conference and also change your conference time if you need to on your own. Parents can sign up for conferences beginning Tuesday, October 18th through Thursday, November 3rd.

Your child is asked to attend Student Led Portfolio Conferences with you so they can show you their Leadership Notebook. The process will be similar to past years except that Kindergartners will not be participating in Student Led Portfolio Conferences. On November 8th our Kindergarten classrooms will be holding a Parent Teacher Conference. Your child’s Kindergarten teacher will provide you with a separate date for your Student Led Portfolio Conference. Please contact your child’s Kindergarten teacher if you have any questions.

Our wonderful Music, Media Center, Physical Education and Art Teachers are also available to meet with you but are not listed on your Skyward Family Access Account. Please contact them directly to schedule a time. Below you’ll find their contact information and available times.

Mr. Horn

Music Teacher for 1st Grade through 5th Grade

Mrs. Christine Moore

Music Teacher for Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Mrs. Stromback

Physical Education Teacher for Kindergarten through 5th Grade

Mr. Kanowski

Physical Education Teacher for Kindergarten through 3rd Grade

Mrs. Hinterman

Media Center Specialist for Kindergarten through 5th Grade

Ms. Nichole Kanny

Art Teacher for Kindergarten through 5th Grade

Mrs. Jennifer Todd

Art Teacher for Mrs. Goebel’s Classroom

Your child will have a Leadership Notebook to show you during your conference with their classroom teacher only. Please call our main office at 248.956.2800 if you have any questions.

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Join the PLE PTA!

Don't forget to join the Pleasant Lake PTA! Membership forms can be found in our Main Office and on our PTA website.

Click HERE for a PTA Membership Form to complete. Print it, fill it out, and send it in to school with your child!

Click HERE to sign up to volunteer for a PTA event!

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Kroger Community Rewards Program

The PTA needs your help in providing our students and staff with as many resources as possible. One way the PTA helps is by contributing the funds earned through the Kroger Community Rewards program. If you shop at Kroger, we ask you to enroll your card to earn money for the PTA. This program does not take away your rewards earned toward gas or any other benefits. It is an additional way that Kroger gives back to the community. If you were enrolled in the past, please make sure to re-enroll and select Pleasant Lake Elementary PTA to earn the community rewards. You can follow the link provided here

Also, if you have other family members (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) that shop at Kroger or Kroger affiliated stores encourage them to enroll their rewards card and select your student’s PTA for community rewards. Every little bit helps our students and staff.

Thank you,

Katarina Gasevski

PTA Co-V.P. and Scrips Coordinator

Pleasant Lake Elementary Directory Ads Still Available!

We are excited once again to bring to you our Pleasant Lake Elementary Directory for the 2016-2017 school year. This Fun2Raise Directory is a highly successful endeavor for us. Besides the standard Pleasant Lake Elementary school information, the directory will also contain offers and messages from local advertisers, as well as advertisers from our own school community.

This Fun2Raise Directory presents local businesses with great opportunities all year long and for many years to come. Here is where you as a Pleasant Lake Elementary parent come in. We are giving our parents priority ad placement in the Directory. If you have a business or work for a company that would like to advertise directly to Pleasant Lake families, teachers and staff, then this is the place for your advertising message.

If you or anyone you know would like to place an ad in the Pleasant Lake Elementary Student and Teacher Directory that will be handed out FREE to EVERY family and teacher in our school, please email Jodi Rankin at or you may reach her directly at 952-641-7100 x101. She will walk you through the process and help you choose a message that will generate business for you and money for our school.

The Directories will be released to every family in November! Don’t miss the opportunity to advertise right here in your own backyard. Remember spaces and sizes are limited!

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Has your child accessed ConnectED at Home?

Our Everyday Math Curriculum has a wonderful online tool called ConnectED. If you're not sure if your child has their username and password to access this online tool at home please contact your child's teacher.

In addition to ConnectED many of our classrooms have additional math and literacy online resources your child and you and can access at home. If you're not sure what resources are available ask your child and/or their teacher.

Do You Know About PLE's New Homework Policy?

PLE Homework Policy
Please click HERE for our Homework Policy Pamphlet that was discussed and distributed at Curriculum Night. You can also click on the links below to access some additional resources. These are just two examples of the significant amount of research and/or articles that educators and researchers have published that is making schools rethink their homework policies. Rest assured that at Pleasant Lake Elementary we consistently review our policies to ensure that it reflects current best practices and research that will assist children with their academic, social and emotional growth.

The Study of Homework and Other Examples

Can Reading Logs Ruin Reading for Kids?

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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.


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.


Our school newsletter will be sent electronically to parents every two weeks. An archive of newsletters is also 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 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 @PleasantLakeEl to be updated regularly on important events at our school and fun pictures of student events and learning!


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'.

Halloween Celebrations at PLE!

Halloween Family Fun Night and Trunk or Treat

Our Annual Halloween Family Fun Night and Trunk or Treat will be on Friday, October 28th from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

We'll have decorated trunks with candy, games, food and a photo booth! Parents and children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes but please remember the following:

  • For safety reason please make sure that your child can comfortably see wearing their mask.
  • No imitation weapons and/or blood allowed. Imitation weapons are a violation of the Code of Conduct.
  • No costumes that can be frightening to young children are permitted. Due to everything taking place in our communities regarding clown customs, please do not wear or allow your child to wear a clown costume and/or clown mask to the event.

This is one of our most popular events of the school year so make sure to stop by with your family! You can expect some additional information to be shared with you shortly.

In addition to Halloween Family Fun Night and Trunk or Treat we will have classroom celebrations on Monday, October 31st. Students are invited to wear orange, black and/or a Halloween themed shirt to school but similar to last school year children are invited to wear costumes at our Halloween Family Fun Night and Trunk or Treat but not to school on Monday, October 31st. Please note that Monday, October 31st is a 1/2 day of school with dismissal at 12:09 p.m. Classroom celebrations will conclude by 11:30 a.m. to ensure that we have a safe and efficient dismissal process.

Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions regarding the classroom celebrations. Thank you for your support and we look forward to a fun and safe day for our children.

Parenting Education Fair on Saturday, November 12th

Have you registered for the Parenting Education Fair taking place on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at West Bloomfield High School on Orchard Lake Road? If not, you can do it today by clicking HERE!

Walled Lake Schools values our partnership with our families and believes a home-school connection is key to a child’s success. We are continuing our partnership with our neighboring districts of Huron Valley, West Bloomfield, and Farmington. We are hosting the Western Oakland County Parenting Fair on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at West Bloomfield High School. We are thrilled that Jim Fay, author of Love and Logic, will be our keynote speaker.

The Parenting Fair’s purpose is to educate, inform, and provide resources for parents and caregivers. This year’s fair features two tracks: Pre K- 5 and 6-12. Topics include: emotional management, nutrition, working with ADHD, financial planning, problem solving, parent advocacy, etc.

Below are helpful links regarding the Parenting Fair!


Conference-At-A- Glance:



We hope to see you at the Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair West Bloomfield High School on Saturday November 12, 2016. Spread the word and bring a friend!

Reflections Theme 2016 - What Is Your Story

PTSA Reflections

The National PTA Reflections Theme for the 2016-2017 School Year is:
"What Is Your Story?"

WLCSD Students: Tell us your interpretation of the theme: “What Is Your Story?" Only new and original works of art will be accepted. Enter up to two pieces per the following art categories you qualify for:

  1. Dance Choreography
  2. Film Production
  3. Literature
  4. Music Composition
  5. Photography
  6. Visual Arts (2D and 3D)
  7. Special Artist (must qualify)

No experience is required to participate in Reflections! Choose the arts category you’re interested in, create an original piece of artwork based on the theme, “What Is Your Story” and be recognized as an artist in our community!

Please click HERE for more information.