Glengary Gazette

Tuesday, September 27

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A Message from Mrs. Johnson...

Dear Glengary Families,


Thank you for your partnership as we kick off the 22-23 school year! Our Gators have been accomplishing great things already! As we get ready to close out the first full month of the school year, please know that we are grateful for your partnership and excited for what is to come! Autumn will bring some great events for our students and families along with some exceptional learning experiences.


Here's to a GREAT week!

-RosaLeigh Johnson, Principal

Faces of Glengary

Important Dates

September

9/26: No School- Rosh Hashanah

9/29: No School for Students; GLE Staff in Safety Training

9/30: Bagel Day (pre-pay only)


October

10/5: No School-Yom Kippur

10/6: Student Count Day

10/11: PTA Meeting @ 6:30 (Glengary Media Center)

10/14: Fun Run

10/27: Trunk or Treat @ 6:00 PM

10/28: Bagel Day

10/31: Half Day of School (Staff Professional Development)

Positivity Project Begins at Glengary!

Below you will find the topics of focus for the next 2 weeks (Teamwork, Sep 24-30 and Openmindedness, October 1-7). I strongly encourage families to click on the links below and use the family resources to reinforce the learning at home! Once you click on the P2 for Families, you’ll find 1 quote, 1 video, and 3 questions to help you and your children discuss The Positivity Project’s character strength of the week. Please join us!

September 24-30: Teamwork

The character strength of Teamwork means that you work well as a group or team member and work hard to help your team achieve its goals.

October 1-7: Open-Mindedness

The character strength of Open-Mindedness means that you are willing to try new things. You are open to new ideas and other points of view.

New Information

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ALICE Safety Training

This is an important reminder that there is NO school for Glengary Students on Thursday, 9/29.


This year, the Walled Lake Consolidated School District is committed to implementing ALICE® training for all of our staff and students. Our implementation plan for this year includes the following steps:


● All staff completed the online ALICE® training module.

● All staff will complete in-person ALICE training. On these training dates, the school building will be CLOSED to students. At Glengary, our staff training date is Thursday, September 29, 2022. There will be NO SCHOOL for Glengary students on this date.

● All buildings must continue to practice ALICE safety drills throughout the school year with students. (Additional information will be communicated with families regarding upcoming safety drills soon)


The topic of school safety is sensitive and critically important; and so we are grateful for our partnership with law enforcement and for the support of our community.

COVID Guidance

The Walled Lake Consolidated School District, following the guidance of the Oakland County Health Division, requires individuals that are positive for COVID-19 AND individuals that exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, (one symptom from the top section or two symptoms from the second section), to follow certain steps before they can return to school. The link below contains a symptom screener as well as the options a family can take for their student to be eligible to return to school when a student is suggestive of COVID.


Many symptoms of COVID overlap with symptoms of other common illnesses and seasonal allergies. Current guidance requires us to follow COVID protocols for individuals that cannot pass the health screener until COVID is medically ruled out or a certain period of time has passed.


At this time, communication to families regarding COVID-19 cases at school is the same as it was at the end of the 2021-22 school year. When I learn of a positive case, I will send a letter to the classroom of the positive individual, as well as a letter to the entire grade level, to notify families of a possible exposure. For privacy reasons, names and identifying information will not be disclosed.


If you have any questions or need additional guidance regarding a sick child and school attendance, please contact our GLE Main Office. We recognize the added layer of responsibility on parents and school staff when an individual presents with symptoms during the pandemic and appreciate your partnership.

Notes From the Social Worker

Check out the resources below from our school social worker, Ms. Abbo! It contains a lot of resources to support families in need. It also has ideas to support our students at home. This week's edition includes ideas for what questions to ask to get your child talking about his/her school day.

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Resource for Families in Need

The Student Pantry is a local resource we have available for any families in need. If your family has a need for basic school supplies, clothing, or food, please email RosaLeigh Johnson, Principal, Kristen Abbo, Social Worker, or Laura Locke, Teacher Liason. We will work in partnership with the Student Pantry to get you resources and supplies at no cost while respecting your privacy.


rosaleighjohnson@wlcsd.org

kristenabbo@wlcsd.org

lauralocke@wlcsd.org


Those who are interested in volunteering or making a donation should visit the Student Pantry website, www.thestudentpantry.weebly.com.

School Directory: Info Due Monday, 10/3

The PTA is working to create a School Directory which can be used as a resource to reach out to other families, invite classmates to parties, and become more involved in the school community. You may share as much or as little information as you are comfortable with providing. If you don't want any of your information shared, you can still purchase a directory for $5 (payable by cash or check to Glengary PTA).


All directory information is due back to school by Monday, October 3rd. Hard copies of the form were sent home previously. A printable version is attached below.

Volunteers Needed to Distribute Mums!

The PTA is proud to announce that we sold 797 Mums through our Fall Mumkin Sales! Thank you for your support!


With such a large volume of plants coming to Glengary, we are looking for many volunteers to help with our Fall Mumkin Delivery Day on Monday, 10/3! Volunteers will help sort Mumkin orders in the morning or help in the apple pick up loop where families will drive through and place mums into trunks. Please use this link to sign up and assist! Thank you!!


Mum Pick-up will occur on Monday, 10/3. Families may pick-up their order from 1:00-3:00 pm or 4:10-6:00 pm (post dismissal).

Volunteers Needed

Parent Volunteer’s needed in the Media Center at Glengary on Mondays and Wednesdays.


- Shelf books

- Check in books

- Help student find books


If you are interested, please email me at pamelabrucker@wlcsd.com . Thank you!

Extracurricular Opportunity: Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination (DI) is an international program that allows young people of all ages--kindergarten through university level--to be involved in creative problem-solving in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), fine arts, and service learning.


Previous Glengary teacher and current Design Tech Teacher at Clifford Smart MS, Jennifer Bond, will be leading this extracurricular opportunity at Glengary during the 22-23 school year! Check out the informational letter below and sign up via the link below if you are interested in your child participating by Monday, October 3rd.

Contact Information

If you are not receiving district emails or phone calls, please make sure your contact information is accurate in Skyward. Typically, parents have (accidentally) blocked us OR their contact information is incorrect. PLEASE make sure your information is accurate in Skyward so you receive communication from us regarding closings and emergencies. Email familyaccess@wlcsd.org for help.

Fun Run & Coin Challenge Continues

The PTA wants to remind families that fundraising for Fun Run and Coin Challenge has begun! As a reminder, each of the 4 weeks of the Fun Run Fundraiser, we will feature a theme for students to “vote” for their favorite with coin donations. The top 3 classrooms with the most coins raised, will win a classroom prize! On Friday, we collected all of the coins for the boy/girl challenge for week 1 and will have results to share this week! As we prepare to begin week 2 with the theme Action Figures v. Stuffed Animals, be sure to bring in your coins and add them to the canister that you support!


After one week of fundraising on Fun Hub, we have $2,875 of our $18,000 goal! Thank you!


The Coin Challenge Overview:

Week 1: Girls v Boys

Week 2: Action Figures or Stuffed Animals

Week 3: Video games or board games

Week 4: Swings or Slides

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Reminder: Half Day on 10/31

This is an important reminder that Monday, 10/31 is a half day of school with a 12:25 dismissal time. We will utilize a tiered dismissal process, just as we do on full days. Dismissal times are detailed below:


12:15- APU and Walkers

12:20 -Prime Time Care

12:23- Begin loading busses

12:30-12:32- Departure


**Note: This half day is also Halloween. Plans for Halloween will be shared in the next edition of the Glengary Gazette.

Previously Shared School and District Updates

i-Ready Diagnostic: Sep 12-Oct 14

i-Ready is an online program utilized by Walled Lake Schools that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform instruction.


All students will complete the i-Ready Diagnostic during the window of September 12-October 14. The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student receives is based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier ones. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning.


The classroom teacher will communicate with families regarding when their class will complete this important assessment. In the meantime, take a look at the recommendations from iReady below:


What can I do to help? To help prepare your child for the i-Ready Diagnostic, encourage them to:

· Get a good night’s sleep and eat a full breakfast the day of the assessment.

· Try their best on each question and try not to rush.

· Try not to worry about questions they do not know—remind them that it is expected they will only get about half of the questions correct.

· Be respectful of other students who take longer to finish.


*If your teacher is requesting headphones to complete the diagnostic, please be sure to send them in. Thank you!


Thank you for your partnership! More information will be shared soon regarding how you can support your child complete online instruction at home.

Reporting COVID 19 Cases to Glengary

If your child tests positive for COVID-19, it is critical that the office staff and classroom teacher are quickly informed.


Please send an email to:


RosaLeigh Johnson - rosaleighjohnson@wlcsd.org

Melissa Roth - melissaroth@wlcsd.org

Cheryl Maten- cherylmaten@wlcsd.org

Your child's teacher


In the email, please include ALL of the following information:


Your child's name

Your child's grade

Your child's teacher

Your name

Your contact phone number

The date of symptom onset

The date your child was tested

The last date your child was in school

Type of test that was given (Home test, Rapid test at a testing site, PCR test at a testing site)

Name of testing site, if tested in a facility


*Note: Once staff are informed, the following action items occur.


1. Office reports to WL Human Resources Department

2. Families receive quarantine timeline via email from WL Human Resource Department

2. Office alerts custodians who deep clean the impacted classroom

3. Office sends a letter to the classroom of the positive individual & a letter to the entire grade level, to notify families of a possible exposure. Individual's names and identifying information is NOT shared.

The Process of Concerns at Glengary

A strong home/school partnership is one of our core values at Glengary Elementary. As parents or guardians, we welcome your engagement and collaboration. When concerns arise, we ask that you assume positive intent and seek information first, before drawing conclusions.


When you have a concern specific to your child:


  1. Contact the teacher or staff member involved first.

  2. Ask for information, express a concern, suggest a solution through a respectful conversation or meeting.

  3. Collaborate to generate a plan and agree to a timeline for resolving the issue.

  4. Monitor and evaluate the success of your plan and make adjustments as needed.


After genuine collaboration and open communication with your child’s teacher, if resolution cannot be reached, it is then appropriate to contact the principal. Working with the teacher and principal, generate a plan that meets the situation’s needs and agree to a timeline for trying the solution. If you are unable to agree to a solution at the building level, the principal will invite the next most appropriate administrator to join the process.

Set Up Your Communication Preferences

Not receiving district and/or building communications?


If you are not receiving emails from Mrs. Johnson like The Glengary Gazette, or District Weekly Updates, please use the link below to double-check your preferences are correct.


Signing Up for SMS Messages via Skylert

In addition to receiving phone calls and email notifications from the school district in the event of a school closing or emergency, parents can also sign up to receive SMS Text messages.


Please find the helpful step-by-step instructions linked below as well as the video tutorial on signing up for SMS messages.


WLCSD Staff Shout-Out Nomination Form

In an effort to find additional ways to celebrate our staff, the WLCSD Community Relations department requests that families fill out the information below for staff who are rock stars in their classrooms and school communities. Please complete the form below and contact Dan Durkin (danieldurkin@wlcsd.org) with any questions you may have.

IMPORTANT SCHOOL PROCEDURES - PLEASE REVIEW

Arrival & Dismissal

Click on the link below to learn about the arrival and dismissal procedures for Glengary. It is important that we all adhere to the structures put in place to help ensure the safety and security of our students, staff, and the greater community. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Snack and Water Bottle Policy

Please click on the below link for information on the Glengary Healthy Snack and Water Bottle policy.

Birthday Treats - PLEASE READ!

We have a number of students with allergies at Glengary.


We are NOT allowing any food birthday treats. Please do not send in candy, cupcakes, cookies, etc.


If you would like to send something in, feel free to send in things like pencils, erasers, etc. Another idea is to purchase a book and donate it to the class in honor of your child.


Please DO NOT put together goodie bags with food treats. We are not able to send them home with the students.


We don't want any upset birthday students, so please don't put us in the position where we need to return birthday treats to you.

The Glengary Handbook

It is very important that you take time to review the Loon Lake Handbook which is filled with important information, policies and procedures.

Glengary Handbook

Birthday Policy on Page 10

Glengary PTA Information

PTA Communication

This year, the PTA is excited to use their own communication platform to help organize important information all in one place. The Glengary Gazette is often loaded with info and sometimes the PTA updates can become buried. The link to the first edition of the PTA Post is linked below and will be regularly blasted out via Skyward and linked in the Glengary Gazette! Be sure to check it out!

PTA Membership

We are encouraging all families to join the Glengary PTA! To join, simply click the link below. The fee is $10.00 and can now easily be done electronically below. Joining the PTA does not commit you to anything but it does ensure you have a voice and partnership with the Parent/Teacher Association at Glengary Elementary!

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Community Education

Click on the links below to see the great offerings currently available!

Food Service Update - Breakfast & Lunch for 2022-23

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Food Service Update - Breakfast & Lunch for 2022-23

During the 2022-2023 school year, breakfast and lunch will NO LONGER BE FREE for ALL students. It will only be free (or reduced) for those who qualify.

Congress voted not to extend the waiver which provided free breakfast and free lunch for all students. The waiver ended June 30, 2022.

Your family may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. You can complete a free and reduced lunch application during registration in August.


If you do not qualify for free or reduced meals, you may begin depositing money into student accounts at any time to prepare for the cost of school lunches next year. Information on meal prices for the 2022-2023 school year are listed below


Breakfast costs

  • $1.50 for Elementary
  • $1.75 for Middle/High School


Lunch costs

  • $3.00 for Elementary
  • $3.25 for Middle/High School


If your student has a negative lunch account balance, we encourage you to pay it off as soon as possible and then begin depositing money into the account to prepare for the 2022-2023 school year.


Your family may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. Reduced-price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch. Completing an application is the only way to be considered for free or reduced meals next school year. Please take action now. You can complete the online free and reduced meal application located in Family Access once registration is open.


This free and reduced meal application information is critical in determining the amount of money that the District receives from a variety of State and Federal supplemental programs like Title I A, At-risk (31a), Title II A, E-Rate, etc.


These supplemental programs have the potential to offer supports and services for our students including, but not limited to:


  • Instructional supports (staff, supplies & materials, etc.)
  • Non-instructional services (counseling, social work, health services, etc.)
  • Professional Learning for staff
  • Parent and Community engagement supplies and activities
  • Technology
  • Pandemic-EBT


Our food service department is asking families to complete and submit the free and reduced meal application as soon as possible to ensure that additional funding for our school is available to meet the needs of our students. All information on the application submitted is confidential.


Please contact Anne Merchant at 248-956-3081 or at annemerchant@wlcsd.org with questions.

Sponsors of Glengary's Therapy Dog Program

Glengary Elementary welcomed Romeo, our therapy dog, in the fall of 2021. We are thrilled to welcome Romeo as therapy dogs provide a host of benefits to students and staff.


Our program would not be possible with the support of many donors and sponsors. If you are interested in making a donation for Romeo's ongoing care, you can contact lauralocke@wlcsd.org or rosaleighjohnson@wlcsd.org.


Thank you to our AWESOME sponsors below!

Important Forms

Authorization to Administer Medication Form

If your child needs to have medication administered at school, parents must complete an AUTHORIZATION to ADMINISTER MEDICATION FORM.


Please click on the link to view. Print out and complete the form. Please drop it off at our main office as soon as possible. You can also email it to our secretaries Cheryl Maten or Melissa Roth.


Cheryl Maten - cherylmaten@wlcsd.org

Melissa Roth- melissaroth@wlcsd.org

Voluntary Student Accident Insurance

WALLED LAKE CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS DOES NOT PROVIDE ANY TYPE OF HEALTH OR ACCIDENT INSURANCE FOR INJURIES INCURRED BY YOUR CHILD AT SCHOOL.


If your child is injured while at school, all costs are the responsibility of the parents and/or guardians. As a service to students and their families, our District is making available a student accident insurance plan for your child at a very nominal cost. The District offers this program because of trends in rising family health and dental insurance costs, increased deductibles, co-payments or lack of health or dental insurance coverage.


REASONS TO PURCHASE THIS COVERAGE:


1. Deductible and co-pays in your health plan. Many health plans have increased the amount of out-of-pocket expenses.


2. No insurance.


This plan will provide benefits for medical expenses incurred because of an accident. If you have other insurance, benefits can be applied to your deductible or co-pay. If you have no other insurance, this will become your primary accident plan.


TO PURCHASE COVERAGE ONLINE (with Visa or MasterCard) at www.1stAgency.com and then follow directions at *Find Your School*.


All questions regarding this coverage should be directed to First Agency at (269) 381-6630 or toll free at (800) 243-6298.


We are pleased to make this student accident insurance plan available.

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Communication is Key at Glengary Elementary!

Communication is important to us at Glengary. Parents will be notified and updated in a variety of ways throughout the school year. The majority of information for parents will be available on our school and District website and through email.


SKYWARD FAMILY ACCESS

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 Glengary 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.


Glengary Gazette AND School Web Page

Our Glengary Gazette newsletter will be sent electronically to families. This is typically a bi-weekly communication filled with all important school and PTA updates. As we begin the year, the communication may be sent on a weekly basis if needed. An archive of newsletters will be posted to our school website. Please visit this page often for information about our school. You will find links to important documents, websites and blogs from your child's classroom, PTA forms and information, and important updates and forms that you will need to access.


PTA Post & Website

Our PTA will share updates via a PTA Post. Additionally, the PTA has an excellent website with upcoming events, fundraiser information, PTA membership links, and other pertinent information and forms.


Social Media

Glengary Elementary also has a Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter which are linked below!

Glengary Contact Information

RosaLeigh Johnson

Principal: rosaleighjohnson@wlcsd.org


Cheryl Maten

Principal's Secretary: cherylmaten@wlcsd.org


Melissa Roth

Building Secretary: melissaroth@wlcsd.org


Important Phone Numbers:

Main Line: 248-956-3100

Fax Line: 248-956-3105
Attendance: 248-956-3190