Dolphin Tales

Doherty Elementary Newsletter

Popsicles With The Principal

Date: Monday, August 28th

Time: 3:30-5:30 PM

  • A-I: 3:30-4:10 PM
  • J-R: 4:10-4:50 PM
  • S-Z: 4:50-5:30 PM


This is the moment you all have been waiting for--your chance to find out who your child will have for a teacher for the 2017-18 school year!

To keep traffic and crowds reasonable, please be sure to come at the time that matches your last name. For example, if your last name begins with anything between A and I, please come anywhere from 3:30 to 4:10 PM. If we stick to these times, you shouldn't have to wait in long lines, and everyone will be happy. If you must come at a different time, we understand.

The map below shows you how the event will be organized. Pay attention to the numbers and stars on the map, as this is the order in which we will flow through the event:

  1. Enter by the gymnasium. Your child will be greeted by some of our district's finest students, and your child will receive a little gift from the Doherty Family.
  2. Go into the gym. You will pick up a folder with important information, including a welcome letter from your child's teacher. While you are in the gym, we ask that you complete and submit any paperwork that needs to be completed before school begins. Your child will also get to submit a raffle ticket for a chance to win some cool prizes!
  3. Exit the gym through the door farthest away from where you entered. This is where you will drop off your child's school supplies so that they can be waiting for your child in the classroom on the first day of school!
  4. Proceed to the Multi-Purpose Room. You will have a chance to meet our phenomenal PTO, find out more about transportation, and learn about our great food services program.
  5. Exit the Multi-Purpose Room and head to the Playground to enjoy a popsicle!
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Lunch and Breakfast


  • Breakfast is served daily from 8:05-8:25 AM.
  • Students who wish to purchase breakfast must report immediately to the MPR upon arrival.
  • Breakfast costs $1.25, and the menu is posted online


Children are invited to bring a lunch or purchase a lunch for $2.60. Important things to know about hot lunch include:

  • Hot lunch will be available to all students beginning on the first day of school.
  • Lunches are purchased through a debit system. While your child may bring in money each day, you are encouraged to consider paying a lump sum via cash or check.
  • Deposits can also be made online using a credit card by going to, which can also be found on the WBSD website.
  • Monthly menus can be viewed on the district website at

Free and Reduced Lunch

West Bloomfield's Free and Reduced lunch applications are available online. You can apply online at You can also find a printable application and instructions on the Food Services Department tab on the WBSD web site.


Morning and Afternoon Procedures

Keeping children safe is our greatest priority. All rules and procedures have been developed with safety in mind. Please read carefully and review the procedure. School staff will be directing traffic to help you better understand the procedure.

School Hours

  • 8:25 AM - 3:17 PM
  • Doors Open: 8:05 AM

Morning Drop-Off

  • Enter using the center right lane.
  • Follow the arrows marked on the pavement; turn left at the first row of parked cars.
  • Proceed around the outer loop of the parking lot.
  • Keep your child in the car until you have pulled up to a spot at the curb and an adult is present. Adults will be present between 8:05 and 8:20 AM to help your child out of the car. Do not get out of the car.
  • Children must exit the car on the driver’s side.

Afternoon Pick-Up (Cars)

  • Enter using the center right lane.
  • Follow the arrows marked on the pavement; turn left at the first row of parked cars.
  • Proceed around the outer loop of the parking lot.
  • Place the name card (given on the first day) in your front window so that it is visible.
  • Remain in your car.
  • Staff and volunteers will be available to assist children in opening and closing car doors.
  • Children must enter the car on the driver’s side.
  • The far right lane and bus loop are reserved for busses.

Afternoon Procedures (Non Residents)

Nonresident students are transported by bus to West Bloomfield High School (WBHS) each day at dismissal. Please meet your child in the designated meeting area of the WBHS parking lot at 3:30 PM.

Bus Transportation

If your child is eligible for bus transportation, a letter will be sent via U.S. Mail. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact transportation directly at 248-865-3680.

Doherty Elementary

At Doherty, it is our mission to provide a safe place where all children laugh and grow together into lifelong learners.

The West Bloomfield School District educates students to be their best IN and FOR the world.

Attendance Line: (248)865-6002


To ensure safety, no medication (prescription or over-the-counter) can be dispensed at school without the West Bloomfield School District's medication form authorized by the doctor. Forms are available in the office.