Glengary Gazette

Monday, September 12

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A Message from Mrs. Johnson...

Dear Glengary Families,

We had such a great start to the school year! It was wonderful to meet new students and reconnect with our returning Gators! Throughout these first few weeks of school, we worked on establishing classroom communities, getting to know one another, and reviewing important behavior expectations and classroom routines. Our gators are doing a great job!

This upcoming week bring forth many opportunities for building a positive home-school partnership! At Glengary, we believe in the power of working as a team to ensure success for all students! This partnership depends on fostering positive relationships, open and respectful communication, and meaningful involvement from all stakeholders. Listed below are ways you can help foster a positive home-school partnership in the upcoming week. :)

* Attend Curriculum Night which will be held in-person at Glengary on 9/13 & 9/14 (details below)

*Use the Family Positivity Project Resources below to reinforce this important learning at home

* Review important school procedures listed below

* Join the Glengary PTA

Here's to a GREAT week!

-RosaLeigh Johnson, Principal

Happy First Day!

Important Dates


9/12: Bagel Pre-Pay Forms Due

9/12: WLN Homecoming RSVP Due

9/12: Positivity Project Begins: Intro Week- Other People Matter (see below for resources)

9/13: Curriculum Night 4:45 Resource Program | 5:30 p.m., grade 1 | 6:15 p.m., Grade 3 (Level 4 McBryar) | 7 p.m., grade 5

9/14: Curriculum Night 5:30 p.m., Kindergarten (Level 4 Krass) | 6:15 p.m., Grade 2 | 7 p.m., grade 4

9/16: Walled Lake Northern Homecoming Parade and Game (Glengary students invited)

9/17: Cub Scouts Open House

9/19: Fall Flower Sale Ends

9/19: Positivity Project: Curiosity (see below for resources)

9/20: Half Day of School (Staff Professional Development)

9/20: LAYA Taste of the Lakes @ 5:00 PM (More Info Coming Soon)

9/20: Dining to Donate @ Beyond Juice (Milford)

9/23: Fall Picture Day

9/26: No School- Rosh Hashanah

9/29: No School for Students (Staff ALICE Training)

9/30: Bagel Day


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!

Glengary is in year 6 of our partnership with the Positivity Project! The Positivity Project is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping America’s youth build stronger relationships by recognizing the character strengths in themselves and others. The premise is simple, but the results will be profound. Together, we will help create stronger students, citizens and leaders who will enhance our communities and country by internalizing the belief that “Other People Matter.” Throughout the school year, we will use positive psychology to teach 24 character strengths. We are excited to kick off this learning this week!

Below you will find the topics of focus for the next 2 weeks (Into Week to Other People Matter, Sep 12-18 and Curiosity, September 19-23). 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 12-18: Other People Matter-Intro Week

September 19-23: Curiosity

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School and District Updates

Welcome Dr. Bernia!

The Board of Education has chosen John Bernia, Ed.D. as Walled Lake Consolidated Schools’ new superintendent. Dr. Bernia and the Board will now begin contract negotiations.

Half Day of School: 9/20/22

This is an important reminder that Tuesday, 9/20 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

Important: Curriculum Nights 9/13 & 9/14 (In-Person)

Each year we encourage our families to attend Curriculum Night, as this is an important opportunity to learn about what your child's educational journey will look like this year. Please see the dates and times below as well as some important reminders:

-Curriculum Night will be in-person at Glengary Elementary

-Overflow parking will be available on the playground (gate will be open). Please do not park on the road.

-This event is designed for parents and guardians. Thank you for understanding!

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*Resource Program Teachers will hold their session on 9/13 4:45-5:30 PM.

*FAPE Teachers Mr. Vogt (PE), Mr. Burr (Music), Ms. Brucker (Media) will hold on 9/14 5:00-5:30 in the Media Center.

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 -

Melissa Roth -

Cheryl Maten-

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.

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 helping students that may be struggling getting back into a school routine.

Volunteers Needed

Glengary is seeking a handful of volunteers to assist with Glengary Picture Day on 9/23 and to assist with the organization of the Glengary Literacy Library.

If you are interested in assisting on Picture Day on 9/23, please email and she will work to coordinate a volunteer schedule.

If you are interested in assisting with the organization of the Literacy Library, please email and she will contact you. Your help is greatly appreciated!


Fall MUM-kins sales are underway! Continue to assist your friends, neighbors and family decorate their porches and patios for fall with these humongous mums and festive decorative pots!!! They are going fast!!!

Monday September 19th: Mum Flower Sale ends and online store closes.

Monday October 3rd: Pick Up Mums, Drive through apple pick up! Times TBD

Walled Lake Northern Parade: Friday, September 16

Our Glengary Gators are invited to the Walled Lake Northern Homecoming Parade on Friday, September 16th at 5pm (lineup starts). The parade will officially start at 5:30 PM. This is a family event so please do not simply drop off your child. Families are invited to all walk in the parade together! Students who attend will receive a Future Knight t-shirt, courtesy of Student Congress!


STRIDE is back and begins soon! STRIDE is a fun fitness and running program for boys in grades 3 through 5. Boys have the chance to share their thoughts and opinions about various life topics in a safe, encouraging environment that helps them develop character, while building running endurance to compete in a 5K. Screened and trained adult volunteer coaches will teach the STRIDE curriculum focused on developing life skills through intentional conversation-based lessons and running games. At the end of the 8 weeks, boys will be physically and emotionally prepared to complete a 5K run (11/13).

STRIDE practices will be on Tuesday and Friday 7:30am to 8:55 am in the Glengary Media Center (and then track) beginning 9/20. Register for STRIDE now! Early registration ends Monday, September 12.


Mileage Club!

Mileage Club is back again this Fall! For those of you who don't know, Mileage Club is a running/walking program that encourages kids to exercise during their lunch recess. We had so much fun in the Spring with our Glengary students that we are bringing it back twice a week this Fall!!

Our hope is to run Mileage Club on Tuesdays & Fridays. (Exception: First Mileage Club will occur on Wednesday, 9/21, due to the half day on Tuesday, 9/20).

This program cannot run without volunteers! Please click on the link below if you are able to volunteer! Feel free to reach out to Alaina Finkel at 734-718-2455 with questions.

Fall Picture Day: September 23

Lifetouch School Picture Day will take place Friday, September 23, at Glengary Elementary. Picture Day forms will be sent home on Monday, September 12.

*Note: Even if you do not personally order school pictures, Lifetouch will still photograph your child as this is what is used in the school yearbook.

Lifetouch Picture Day

Picture Day ID: EVTRKSP7R

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 ( with any questions you may have.

ViewFest 22-23, September 17

We invite all Glengary Families to participate in ViewFest on Saturday, September 17!

This is A FUN / FREE one day community event planned by Viewpoint Psychology and Wellness that combines everything you love about festival culture with everything you need to reinvent the way you care for your mental health! Premier activities include Fidget Buffet, Hyper Color Shirts, Sugar Smile Candy Bar an array of Food Trucks and SO MUCH MORE! Click on the link below to learn more! Information can be found at .

Please consider attending this awesome event put on by a fantastic community partner!

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Cub Scout Fall Open House Info

Below is information on the Cub Scouts. There will be an Open House on Saturday 9/17/22.
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Support Lakes Area Youth Assistance- Taste of the Lakes

What is Youth Assistance?

Youth Assistance is a non-profit organization that offers professional counseling services and conducts programs for youth and their families who live within the Walled Lake School District. Our mission is to strengthen youth and families through volunteer involvement. LAYA is one of 26 programs of the Oakland County Circuit Court-Family Division.

If I need Youth Assistance services, how much will it cost me?

LAYA services are free to residents of Walled Lake School District. Non-residents will be referred to the appropriate Youth Assistance office.

What are Youth Assistance services?

  • Referral services
  • Youth and Family Counseling
  • Family Education programs
  • Summer Camp
  • Skill Building Scholarships
  • Youth/Adult Mentors PLUS program
  • Youth Recognition

LAYA has a been a great resource for GLE families and continues to provide a variety of supports for our students. Please consider supporting them by attending the Taste of the Lakes fundraiser at Edgewood Country Club!

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ALICE Update

Our commitment to the safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority. With that in mind, we are continuing with our ALICE® training for all of our staff and students.

To complete our important training, Glengary staff will complete an in-person training on Thursday, 9/29/22. While staff complete this important training, the building will be considered closed, and there will be no school for students on that day.

Thank you again for your understanding and all of your support so that we can ensure our students and staff are as safe as possible. Staff In-Person ALICE® Training lead by local law enforcement and supported by Building Administration.


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

COVID Policy Update - August 2022


Following guidance from the Oakland County Health Division, individuals that test positive for COVID-19 are required to stay home and isolate a minimum of 5 full days, with symptom onset date or test date, if asymptomatic, being Day 0. If, after 5 full days have passed, the individual has been fever free for over 24 hours and any other symptoms they have had are improving, the individual can resume normal activities provided a mask is worn through Day 10.

Personal or household contacts are not required to quarantine, however it is recommended and encouraged, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask and monitor for symptoms for 10 days. Test 3-7 days after exposure or if symptoms develop, and avoid unmasked activities or activities with higher risk of exposing vulnerable individuals.

All other contacts are not required to quarantine, however it is recommended and encouraged to monitor for symptoms for 10 days, test if symptoms develop, and consider wearing a mask around others for 10 days after exposure. At a minimum, wear a mask in settings with higher risk of exposing vulnerable individuals.

Symptomatic students/staff will continue to be required to meet one of the following prior to returning to school/work:

  • Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test.
  • Provide documentation from a physician indicating a clear alternative diagnosis.
  • Exclude from school for minimum of 5 days, mask for 10 days – must be fever free for over 24 hours, with other symptoms improving, prior to returning.

Students and staff members who tested positive for COVID-19 and return on Days 6-10, are required to wear a mask around others in accordance with Oakland County Health Division Guideance.

When in doubt, please contact our Glengary Elementary Main Office team for additional guidance.


We continue to urge all families to check your child's health daily and make decisions that will help ensure we keep our students, staff and community healthy and safe.

Daily Health Checks: Please check your child(ren) daily for ANY signs of illness before attending school. Check for the following symptoms:

  • Fever/Chills
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Muscle of Body Aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion
  • Runny Nose
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If your child has any of these symptoms, please err on the side of caution and keep them home until they are feeling better! If they have had a fever, he/she must stay home from school until he/she has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. If they have vomited, he/she must stay home from school for 24 hours from when vomiting has stopped, If they have a rash, they may not attend school without a doctor's note clearing them to return to school.

We appreciate your partnership as we continue to work together to keep our community healthy and safe!

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 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 or

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 -

Melissa Roth-

Voluntary Student Accident Insurance


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.


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 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.


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


Cheryl Maten

Principal's Secretary:

Melissa Roth

Building Secretary:

Important Phone Numbers:

Main Line: 248-956-3100

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