Wilkshire Weekly

Friday, August 26, 2022

Great Job Students and Families

Great job students and families for getting through the first few days of school! Whether you are navigating school for the first time or returning to school after the summer break, we understand this time can be overwhelming. This newsletter is intended to help you. We provide useful information to ease your experience and help you understand what's going and and what's coming up during the school year. We encourage you to take a few minutes to read the Wilkshire Weekly newsletter.

School Hours

Curbside Drop Off Begins

8:00 a.m.

School Starts

8:26 a.m.

School Dismissal

3:20 a.m.

Office Hours

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wilkshire Website

Your source for school information.

A note from the School Counselor

Hello parents and Wilkshire community! My name is Ms. Church, the school counselor at Wilkshire Early Education Center. I am excited to be working with you and your student this year. I am a native to Lansing and received my undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University in Elementary Education. My master's degree in school counseling is from South Dakota State University. I lived and taught in Michigan, out of state, and overseas. In total, I have worked in education for 20 years, 10 of those years as a classroom teacher. I have two children of my own, Jayden and Jaxon. They will both be attending Haslett Schools this fall.

As the school year begins, I want you to know that I am here to support you and your child. I will be working with students in large and small groups to develop their social, emotional, and academic skills. I am happy to be here as a resource for you and your child. If you have information that you would like to share with me or if you have questions, you can contact me by email or by phone.

Things to Consider for the First Days of School

  • Structured sleep routine - establishing a regular bedtime routine will ensure that students are well rested for school.
  • Discuss drop off and pick up - talking with your child about how they will get to school and home from school will aid in their transition.
  • Prepare first day items and clothing in advance - the first day of school is an exciting time. Preparing in advance helps students feel more comfortable and less rushed on day one.

Elementary Bus Schedules

Detailed bus schedules.

Curbside Drop Off and Pick Up

Our curbside service is for safety and convenience. If you are dropping your Wilkshire student off in the morning, drop off begins at 8:00 a.m. Please do not block resident driveways or the bus loop parking area on Academic Way .Please stay in your car at all times. Do not park your car and walk your child in. Our security protocols do not allow parents to walk their children into the building in the morning. We also ask that you move your child's car seat so they can safely exit curbside. Reminder: Quick good-byes make for dry eyes.

For curbside pick up, please place your personalized car tag on your rearview mirror or in the right-hand front passenger window. Car tags are required for curbside pick up. Your safety and the safety of others is paramount! Please remember to stay in your car when picking your child up after school. If your child can not buckle themselves in their car seat, we ask that you pull forward beyond the cones to help them buckle up. Practicing with your child at home will help them understand how to do this.

If you did not receive a personalized car tag for your child, please call the office (517) 339-8208.

Kids Connection

Click on the banner above to view information on Kids Connection.

Extra Clothes, Please

Accidents happen, especially when student's are in kindergarten and 1st grade. We like to be prepared for wet clothes no matter how it happens. For these occurrences, we are asking parents to pack an extra set of clothes in your child's backpack, including underwear and socks.

Our procedure for wet clothes is to have dry clothes available for student's to change into. We pack up their wet clothes in a plastic bag and send them home. If the clothes are borrowed from Wilkshire, we staple a note to the bag and ask that the items are laundered and returned to Wilkshire.

We do have extra clothes in the office, but we can always use more. If you have children’s clothing you are willing to donate, we will certainly put them to good use!

How to Report an Absence

If your child is going to be absent, late for school or picked up early, you can submit an online notification, which our office staff receives via email. The information is also shared with the classroom teacher, the bus transportation garage, and Kids Connection.

Go to the Wilkshire webpage at https://www.haslett.k12.mi.us/wilkshire and click “Report and Absence” (located on the lower right side of the homepage). Enter your information.

You are always welcome to call the office to report an absence or early pick up as well.

Wilkshire office phone number: (517) 339-8208.

School Security Protocols/Procedures

The safety and security of our students and staff is our first priority.

Student Medications

If your child needs to take prescription or over-the-counter medication(s) during school hours, please complete a medication form for each medication a student is taking.

  1. Click on the appropriate banner(s) below to access the form(s) you need. Please note, prescription medication forms require a physician's signature. You can also pick up medication forms in the school office.
  2. Drop off medication forms to the school office, along with the medication in its original container(s).

Prescription Medication Form

Prescription Medication Form

Non Prescription Medication Form

Non Prescription Medication Form

National School Lunch Program (2022-23)

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost, or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry S. Truman in 1946.

School lunch is served every day in all five of our school buildings. Last year, school lunch was free for all students. This year, your student will be charged for lunch unless your family qualifies for a free or reduced-price lunch. In order to qualify for a free or reduced price lunch, families must fill out the application found on the link below. Our Food Service Department will let you know if your children qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.

Eligibility Requirements...Children may be determined “categorically eligible” for free meals through participation in certain Federal Assistance Programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or based on their status as a homeless, migrant, or foster child. Children can also qualify for free or reduced-price school meals based on household income and family size.

For reduced-price lunches, schools may not charge children more than 40 cents for a reduced-price lunch. To see the current Income Eligibility Guidelines, you may visit: https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/incomeeligibility-guidelines.

How to Apply

Please follow the instructions listed on the application to help you fill out the free or reduced-price meal form. You only need to submit one application per household, even if your children attend more than one school in the Haslett School District. The application must be filled out completely to certify your children for free or reduced price meals.

When filling out the application, be sure to answer all questions. Completed forms should be emailed or returned to any school building main office.

Lunch Meal Account Information

To create an account you will need your child's student ID number (referenced as "Other ID" in Skyward). For Wilkshire students, it is six digits beginning with the number 6.

Important Parent/Guardian Letters

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