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Scotch Elementary Newsletter: Week of February 22, 2021

Below are a few updates/reminders for our upcoming week.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22

  • Hybrid Instruction
  • Cohort A / 9:25 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
  • Cohort B / 1:37 a.m. - 4:17 p.m.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23

  • Hybrid Instruction
  • Cohort A / 9:25 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
  • Cohort B / 1:37 a.m. - 4:17 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24

  • Asynchronous Learning Day/Building will be closed for deep cleaning
  • Specials Rotation - Music

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25

  • Hybrid Instruction
  • Cohort A / 9:25 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
  • Cohort B / 1:37 a.m. - 4:17 p.m.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26

  • Hybrid Instruction
  • Cohort A / 9:25 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
  • Cohort B / 1:37 a.m. - 4:17 p.m.
  • Wear your Scotch gear and show your school spirit!


Planning ahead...

TUESDAY, MARCH 9TH

  • Lifetouch Picture Day...Bring your smile!

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31

  • Pine Tree Reading Program Ends

A NOTE FROM PRINCIPAL SCRIVO

Scotch Elementary School Nominated for a

Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase SchoolsTM Award


Scotch Elementary School has been nominated for a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools award for the 2020-2021 school year by the Flippen Group. Six years ago, our school began an initiative to transform the campus into an emotionally safe and relationally connected place for students, staff, and parents to come together with a love for learning.


As a result of researching programs used by many of the nation’s most successful schools, Scotch School chose to join hands with the Flippen Group to bring Capturing Kids’ Hearts to it’s campus. Teachers and staff have continued to learn the processes needed to connect students with their peers and adults on campus and to create classrooms where students are excited to learn every day. Capturing Kids’ Hearts has brought about a transformation at Scotch School. An upsurge of kindness, caring, and respect has lead to a new and wonderful environment filled with positivity.


Over the next several months, a Flippen Group team will virtually visit Scotch School to observe the progress taking place and decide whether the campus qualifies to become a recipient of this year’s Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards.


Since 1990, campuses across the country have experienced amazing outcomes with Capturing Kids’ Hearts tools and processes, creating the socio-emotional safety conducive to learning. Flippen Group provides educators the skills they need to change the trajectory of students’ lives. Openness replaces defensiveness. Judging and feelings of being judged are replaced with acceptance and real connectedness to the school. “Discipline problems nearly non-existent,” and “Academic achievement constantly improving,” are common feedback following Capturing Kids’ Hearts implementation.


Through the National Showcase Schools awards, Flippen Group seeks to recognize and celebrate schools that go the extra mile each day, building an environment where students and staff feel safe and connected. Flippen Group believes the unsung heroes who produce exemplary outcomes in schools and pave the way for other schools to follow need and deserve recognition for a job well done.


Capturing Kids’ Hearts campuses across the country are considered for this award based on the following criteria: 1) nomination based on observation, 2) level of implementation of Capturing Kids’ Hearts processes by all staff as measured by online surveys, and 3) data demonstrating that Capturing Kids’ Hearts has made a significant improvement in attendance, discipline, climate/culture, or academics.


The Flippen Group is proud to recognize the outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the lives of our children. As they identify these outstanding schools, campus leaders, and teachers each year, please join in celebrating some of the most skilled and effective educators in the country!

SCOTCH HAS BEEN NOMINATED!

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WBSD C2C RETURN TO LEARN FAMILY WEBINAR

WBSD C2C Return to Learn Family Webinar - Feb 18

*IMPORTANT - PLEASE KEEP US POSTED*

Please monitor your student's health each day. If your student is feeling under the weather for any reason, please do the responsible thing and keep your student home from school that day. When keeping students home, please continue to monitor their symptoms throughout the day and reevaluate the next day.


If your child is sick, has been exposed to a confirmed or probable case of COVID or anyone in your family is awaiting test results, PLEASE do not allow them to attend school, or school programs.


Please keep us informed if there is a case of COVID-19 in your family. We need to document this information in order to help with our safe return to brick and mortar learning. You may contact the Scotch front office at 248-865-3280 or email elizabeth.bain@wbsd.org or james.scrivo@wbsd.org with any pertinent information regarding positive test results and or quarantine cases in your household.

ATTENDANCE - EXCUSE AN ABSENCE

Please call the Scotch Safeline at 248-865-3282 by 9:30AM if you know that your child will be late or absent from school. Your student's absence will be unexcused unless we receive a phone call within 24 hours. Failure to contact the school by calling the attendance line will result in an UNEXCUSED absence.

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SPECIALS TEACHER - CONTACT INFORMATION

If parents or students are having any trouble signing in to their Specials, please contact your specials teacher by email.


Physical Education Class - Emily Hubbard - emily.hubbard@wbsd.org

iCenter - Jennifer Alvis - jennifer.alves@wbsd.org

Music Class - Carl Battishill - carl.battishill@wbsd.org

Art Class - Susan Action - susan.acton@wbsd.org

HUBBARD'S HEALTHY HINTS

Kids in Charge Update

We have decided to postpone the first Kids in Charge asynchronous lesson until March. Further information will be sent out in regards to the first lesson as time comes closer.


Until then, it is always important to have open and honest communication with your children about making safe choices, not accepting candy or other items from strangers, and having a safe/trusted adult's phone number memorized in case of emergency. I encourage you all to practice having your student memorize a safe/trusted adults phone number. Make a song or a game out of it!


If you have any questions regarding Kids in Charge, please feel contact me at emily.hubbard@wbsd.org

SHARE PICTURES OF YOUR HYBRID LEARNER

If you would like to share a picture of your WB learner, please email elizabeth.bain@wbsd.org

GABE AND ELIAS REAMER RETURN HOME FROM A WONDERFUL DAY AT SCHOOL

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SOPHIA SANCHEZ & HER CRAZY CONTRAPTIONS PINE TREE BOOK EXPERIMENT

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EXPLORING SCIENCE WITH MS. FANTICH - 5TH GRADE

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PINE CONE AND PINE TREE

Please use this link to read more information regarding our Pine Cone and Pine Tree Reading Program for the 2021 School Year!

PINE TREE UPDATES FROM MRS. ALVIS

A few reminders:

  • Complete the badge module after reading the books. To figure out which badge/books to get, check out the Badge Cheat Sheet to help you plan what to read next!
  • Bring in your receipt from the West Bloomfield Township Public Library when you check out Pine Tree books to pick a prize!

    • Moving forward, I will only count THREE books towards your class Leaderboard position.
  • Pine Tree is to celebrate the love of reading! We have fabulous book choices that are fun for the whole family!

Watch this video to learn more about one of our Pine Tree books. This one is so silly!

This is the perfect weekend to cuddle up with a book!

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Alves

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*SCOTCH UPDATES / REMINDERS*

2021 FEBRUARY MANTRAS CALENDAR

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YOU MUST HAVE A CAR LINE TAG TO PICK UP YOUR STUDENT

CAR LINE DROP OFF

CARLINE PROCEDURES

Our Cohort A school day begins promptly at 9:25AM. Carline drop off times are between 9:10AM-9:25AM. When our 9:22AM bell rings, parents are asked to park their cars and escort their students to the front door as their students will not have enough time to walk to their class and sit down before the 9:25AM bell rings.


Our Cohort B school day begins promptly at 1:37PM. Carline drop off times are between 1:25PM-1:37PM. When our 1:34PM bell rings, parents are asked to park their cars and escort their students to the front door as their students will not have enough time to walk to their class and sit down before the 1:37PM bell rings.


Please follow the steps below to improve our carline procedures:

  • Please use your vehicle turn signal as you enter the school property from Hiller Road to allow other vehicles the opportunity to pass safely.

  • Please form 2 lanes of traffic, and then merge into 1 lane of traffic on an alternating basis.

  • Pull your vehicle all the way up to Principal Scrivo before stopping the car to release your student/s.

  • Please do not park and leave your car in this area.

  • Parents should stay INSIDE their vehicles at all times. Exiting cars not only delays the carline process, but also poses a hazard to those on the roadside of the car.

  • Students should exit vehicles on the CURBSIDE of the car and not the roadside.

  • Make sure that your student has all their belongings (i.e. backpacks, coats, etc.) ready in hand when you pull around to the end of the carline.

  • Please be considerate to the Scotch employees that facilitate the carline process. Their role is to ensure student safety and to keep the carline process efficient.

  • Our Commerce Road entrance will exclusively be used as a “BUS-ONLY” entrance.

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CAR LINE PICK UP

CAR LINE DISMISSAL

Our Cohort A car line dismissal begins at 12:02PM.

Our Cohort B car line dismissal begins at 4:22PM.


Our Scotch carline procedure is in place to ensure the safety of our students, to improve traffic flow, and to decrease driver frustrations. Every student at Scotch that uses car line for dismissal (excluding all students that have been assigned a bus number) will be using the following carline procedure:

  • Every student at Scotch that uses carline for dismissal will be assigned a student/family number (i.e. 1, 2, 3, and 4). A Carline Number Request Form must be completed for number assignment.
  • Every student/family that is assigned a number will receive 2 laminated number signs to use in their vehicle(s) for pick-up. You will only need 1 sign per vehicle. Students will also receive a smaller version of the same number that will be attached to their backpack/school bag.

  • Please place the laminated number sign on your passenger side dashboard with the number facing outward, making it easy for the Scotch staff member to read.

  • As you arrive, please form 2 lanes of traffic, and then merge into 1 lane of traffic on an alternating basis.

  • Please pull your vehicle all the way to the end of the sidewalk before stopping your car. Continue to pull your vehicle toward the end of the sidewalk as students are picked up and as the line moves forward.

  • The Scotch staff will read the number from your dashboard and call the appropriate student(s) to the car for dismissal.

  • Please be considerate to the Scotch employees that facilitate the carline process. Their role is to ensure student safety and to keep the carline process efficient.


If you have a student that typically rides the bus, but will be picked up in carline, please send a written note to the teacher each day of carline pick-up. The note will be given to the teacher, sent to the front office, and then given to the student to use for carline pick-up. Student(s) who consistently take the bus home on a daily basis will not be assigned a number; therefore, the driver will not have a number sign in their car.


Any vehicle that does not have a number on their dashboard AND does not have a written note held by the student will be asked to park and sign their student out in the front office window. Students will not be released to any vehicle that does not have a number/student note.

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NO GUESTS IN THE BUILDING

Unfortunately due to COVID regulations our guest policy will be significantly different this year. Unlike normal years, we will not be allowing parent guests in the building throughout the day.

NO GUEST BUS RIDERS AT THIS TIME!

Due to contact tracing and social distancing, guest bus riders will not be allowed at this time.

WBSD/DURHAM TRANSPORTATION BUS TRACKER

Durham Bus Tracker is an application (app) developed to help improve communication with families. This app will securely allow parents/guardians to view the location of their child(ren)’s bus in relation to their assigned bus stop as well as provide information about their routes, in near real-time, including the scheduled arrival time of each stop. The application is user friendly and available at no additional charge (mobile carrier data charges may still apply).

UPDATED POWERSCHOOL REMINDER

We’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of our UPDATEDPowerSchool link following the platform’s transition to the Cloud. Please use the following link to access PowerSchool moving forward: https://westbloomfield.powerschool.com/. Your account information will NOT change due to this upgrade. Please be sure to update any local bookmarks/favorites in your browser settings on your device(s).


For assistance, please contact Sylvia McCoy at sylvia.mcoy@wbsd.org.


Our move to the PowerSchool Cloud will ensure our system is up to date with the standards required to run the system seamlessly for our staff, students and families.

COMPUTER DEVICES/TECHNOLOGY

Phone: (248) 209-2060/ Email: oshelpdesk@oakland.k12.mi.us/ Online Ticket Submission: servicedesk.oakland.k12.mi.us

WBSD CHROMEBOOK ACCIDENT AND LOSS PROTECTION

Please click HERE for information on accident and loss protection for district issued Chromebooks. Please contact Allyson Dewar at allyson.dewar@oakland.k12.mi.us for more information or if you have questions.

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EASY WAYS TO EARN MONEY FOR THE SCOTCH PTO

Kroger Community Rewards®

Kroger Community Rewards® makes fund-raising easy...all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! Up to 5% of purchases made at Kroger will be given back to Scotch if you are enrolled in the program. If you have already enrolled, please be sure your enrollment has not expired. This program requires an annual re-enrollment every April. You can enroll your Kroger Plus Card by going to:

Go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com Click Michigan

MARCO'S PTO PIZZA WEDNESDAY - SAVE THE DATE!

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MEET YOUR 2020 - 2021 PTO BOARD

Keep in touch with our Scotch PTO by joining the Scotch Facebook page.


President - Kim Randall

V. President - Kate Palazzolo

Treasurer - Kelly Robrahn

Secretary - Kori Saxe

Board Advisor - Jaime Cherfoli
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EMBRACE RACE

These tips are designed to help parents of all backgrounds talk to and guide their children about race early and often by lifting up age-appropriate activities that can be incorporated easily into your daily life.

*WBSD EVENTS/UPDATES*

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FOOD SERVICE FOR REMOTE LEARNERS

WBSD Meal Service Pick Up Information


No cost curbside meals are available to all children 18 and under.


Each child will receive:

  • 7 breakfast and lunch meals.
  • Please pre-order meals on the West Bloomfield School District Food Service page or at the linked order form.


For those picking up meals, please remember to wear a mask as a courtesy to the volunteers who reach into the vehicles to put the food in through the windows. We want to keep everyone on Team WB healthy and safe during these interactions.


Pick up sites:

  • West Bloomfield HS main entrance (4925 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield)
    • Pick-up day: Wednesday or by special arrangement
    • Times: 11:30am-12:30pm or 3:30pm-4:30pm or by special arrangement
  • Roosevelt Elementary main entrance (2065 Cass Lake Road, Keego Harbor)
    • Pick-up day: Wednesday
    • Time: 11:00am-1:00pm


Please contact Nutrition Services for special arrangements or questions at anne.stevens@wbsd.orgor (248) 865.6733.

BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK

As we return to face to face instruction in our schools, Preschool through 5th grade students and Transition Center students registered for Blessings in a Backpack will receive their bags of food for the weekend each Friday in their classrooms.


Middle School students can pick up their bags in the School Office.


All Lakers On Line and West Bloomfield High School Students / Parents can pick up their bags in the front circle drive of West Bloomfield High School every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and from 3:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.


It is not too late to sign up for Blessings in a Backpack! If you are interested in receiving six non perishable meals each weekend of the school year, please email

katherinesheiko@hotmail.com

ATTENTION 1ST, 2ND AND 3RD GRADE PARENTS

Attention 1st, 2nd & 3rd Grade Parents:

FIRST Lego League Explore (previously FIRST Lego League Junior) is the perfect opportunity for our youngest coders to launch their experience within the WBSD FIRST Robotics Program. All skill levels welcome!



This season, we’re stepping into the world of sports, play, and fitness – moving, collaborating, competing, and celebrating. In PLAYMAKERS, FIRST LEGO League Explore students will discover a variety of activities in different kinds of play spaces and how we can ensure that our games and activities are fun and accessible for everyone involved.


FLL Explore will be a "Virtual" Learning Experience. Participants will be provided with a KIT of Lego materials to be used and then returned at the completion of the 8-week workshop. Teams are limited to 4 students per team and we will accept the first 20 applicants.


Virtual meetings will be on Monday evenings from 6-7 p.m. March 1-April 26, 2021


Coaches needed to guide small teams.

If you cannot make the meeting and are interested, email andrea.frank@wbsd.org


Portrait of a West Bloomfield Graduate as a Collaborator, Communicator, Contributor and Critical Thinker

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KIDS KLUB

Kids Klub is an option for child care before and after our official bell times. Kids Klub is available as early as 6:45 AM and as late as 6:30 PM. Please see the link below for more details.

Click Here to Register for Kids Klub

COMMUNITY EDUCATION WINTER YOUTH & ADULT ONLINE CLASSES

All OUTDOOR community meeting, rentals and gatherings are available for rental. As of today, indoor rentals are not available. We will update you as soon as this changes. Stay Well!

ONLINE ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Registration is open for Winter enrichment classes offered by Sunset Theatre Company, Chess Wizards, and Young Rembrandts!

Check out the Winter Catalog for more offerings.


Registration questions and to teach a class, please contact andrea.foglietta@wbsd.org

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www.wbcommed.org

Check out all the wonderful programs!

LITTLE LAKERS VIRTUAL PRESCHOOL

Little Lakers Virtual Preschool is going Live! West Bloomfield Preschool Academy is offering a virtual option for preschool students. Families may register for 3, 4, or all days of the week. Little Lakers will be taught by a district preschool teacher and use the HighScope curriculum.


Contact Laura Poxon at (248) 865-6457 for more information to register for virtual preschool!

FIND OUT WHAT'S GOING ON IN WB

COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

  • In order to stay up to date on all events, resources, and programs, please access the district website, www.wbsd.org. Join in the conversations by connecting with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Contact Dan Durkin, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator daniel.durkin@wbsd.org, (248) 865-6454
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Connect with James Scrivo

To get quick updates, cool pictures, and other news, please be sure to check us out on the following:

*SCOTCH EVENTS/UPDATES*