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GUEST SHOUT-OUTS!

Please join me in congratulating Vanessa Precious on her new role at Guest. She will be working one-on-one as a para-educator supporting a student with health needs.

Welcome to an exciting new journey!


Thank you ANA ROBLES & ETSUKO ROY for assisting so many families to complete their online registration. All of our families will now have a Family Access ID due to this process.


Big Shout-out to SHARON BECKER, MARY BETH MANNING, & SANDIE KERH for volunteering to watch children during K-5 Curriculum nights so parents could attend. This is over-the-top customer service!


Thank you to KATHY MURRAY & SHELLIE AVERY-FRANZ for creating a wonderful Power Point highlighting their visit to Roosevelt Elementary School. Their observations will be helpful as we continue to implement our PBS Plan.


The staff & student birthday boards look awesome - Shout-out to VANESSA PRECIOUS & HEATHER PENGELLY for their creative work.


Many more shout-outs coming next week!

Who would you like to recognize? Send me your Shout-outs to share!

SHARE WITH FAMILIES

PTA 2ND ANNUAL SPLASH AND DASH COLOR RUN

Mary Helen Guest PTA is excited to host our second annual Splash and Dash Color Run. The run will take place on Friday, October 9th 5:30-7:00am. As we all know, it takes a village to run a successful event and we need your help! We have created an online sign-up for any and all who would like to assist. Click on the link below to view the slots and sign up. If you plan to run with your children, please see if you can find a friend to cover for you while you run. We really appreciate our volunteers! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b45afab2ea75-splash


School Store - Every Monday


Salad Bar - Every Tuesday - takes the place of choice #2


Parent - Teacher Conferences will be scheduled online - more information coming soon


No birthday invitations allowed at school or on the bus for the consideration of all students


PTA and School Website is packed with information to stay connected and will be changing October 1st to a new platform that is easy to navigate


Attendance – alert your families that after 5 absences and/or tardiness, they will be receiving a letter as a way for us to communicate. Discuss the importance of being on time for school. By 8:55 a.m. students will be marked tardy. Additionally, if students leave before 3:59 pm, they are marked early dismissal.


Support PTA - attend the meetings, join PTA, & visit the websites and contact anyone on the PTA Board to volunteer


Math Pentathlon - Below is what I am including the Wildcat Newsletter. We really need coaches and upper el students to get involved :) Guest students have done very well in the tournaments and lead in placement in the district.


Math Pentathlon games provide a highly motivational format for developing and practicing important math concepts. By using the format of games, students develop "active" problem solving skills resolving problems which are continually undergoing change. Students strengthen their strategic thinking and critical reasoning abilities while playing games in cooperative division age groups. For more information on the program, please visit our website: https://sites.google.com/site/mhguestpta/math-pentathlon

Mary Helen Guest is preparing for it's 4th consecutive year of Math club! We are successful because of our wonderful parent volunteers! Math club will take place every Friday morning before school and will end in an optional tournament in the spring. Registration is required and will begin once we have identified coaches for each grade level. If you are interested in seeing this program at MHG and would like to coach or team coach for any grade level, please contact the math club coordinator. Coaches should be identified as soon as possible to ensure adequate time for training. Critical need is in K, 1st, 4th & 5th grades.

Math club coordinator contact info:

Tara Thweny

tara_thweny@yahoo.com

248-514-9661 (call or text)


Safe Snack List - See information below

Growth Mindset

Reminder to PRAISE Effort!

Conscious Discipline

Snack Schedule:

September 30th

Grades K – 3

Snacks, beverages and dessert

December 8th

Office, FAPES & Prime Time Staff

Snacks, beverages and dessert

February 23rd

Grades 4, 5 & Special Service Staff

Snacks, beverages and dessert


Don't forget to take a look at the attached Power Point created by Shellie and Kathy from their visit at Roosevelt Elementary School. Please be sure to review the PP by September 30th. Thank you!

TASK TEAMS

OUTDOOR CENTER FIELD TRIPS

From Stuart -


1st, 2nd , 3rd, and 4th grade all have 4-45 minute classes. The cost is $6/student and parent chaperone (teachers are free). 3rd and 4th grade also have a $1/student material fee charge ($7/student). You book the busses to pick you up at your school at 9:30 am and you leave the Outdoor Center between 1:15 and 1:30.

1st Grade Classes include Insects, Spiders, Camouflage and Soil.

2nd Grade Classes include Severe Weather, Plants and Seeds, Hibernation, Animal Adaptations

3rd Grade Classes include Candle Making and Tin Smithing, Pioneer Life, Food Chain, Rocks and Solid Earth

4th Grade Classes include Alternative Energy, Ecosystems, Adaptations/Predator/Prey, Fossils

There are 2 Kindergarten Classes and each last 45 minutes. The classes taught are How birds survive in Michigan in the winter and Trees.

You book the busses to pick you up at your school at 9:30 am and you leave the Outdoor Center between 11:15 and 11:30. You will not eat lunch at the OEC. Cost is $4/student and parent chaperone (teachers are free).

Dates Available. PLEASE PICK YOUR TOP 3 DATES AND LIST THEM IN ORDER (1, 2, 3). EMAIL YOUR CHOICES BACK TO ME AND WE WILL FIT YOU TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY. We look forward to working with your group.

DISTRICT INFORMATION

LAYA - This Year's Taste of The Lakes, which benefits Lakes Area Youth Assistance and in turn the students of Walled Lake Consolidated Schools will be held in just 1 1/2 short weeks on Tuesday September 29 at Edgewood Country Club!!!! We will have the entire facility this year so you can enjoy the friendship and food and prizes offered. So far this year Youth Assistance has paid $7,500 in scholarship opportunities for "Pay to Play" for WLCSD students. Our Family Ed Plans for this year include: Art Adventures ( Art Therapy), Parent Cafes, Yoga at the Middle School, Anger Management, Prevention, Education and Intervention for Drug and Alcohol Abuse (PIE), and our popular "Panel Discussion on Real Life Dangers. New this year we are planning a parenting program on "Conscious Discipline." I urge you to buy your ticket and come join use for a Fun Evening... and support the Families and Students of WLCSD.



Michigan to trim M-STEP after complaints about length

http://on.freep.com/1NHwOFc

TECHNOLOGY - MESSAGE FROM CENTRAL OFFICE

Important Reminders - Monday Minute has posted the information below. It is important we follow District expectations and suggestions. See me if you have any questions. Please read below...

Although we’ve only been in session for two weeks, we have noticed a number of issues that are pause for concern, thus prompting this email.

· We understand some teachers are purchasing their own cables, adapters, and accessories to attach to the new technology. One primary rationale of the bond was to standardize the technology across the district, thus providing equitable access and functionality for all teachers and students. Furthermore, purchasing equipment and attempting to install may create a void in the warranty, and possible lead to unrepairable damage to the equipment. The entire classroom technology package was developed and designed by professionals for very specific reasons. Manipulation of this design introduces the likelihood of failure.

· Another rationale of the design was to help teachers not be ‘tethered’ to a teaching station they experienced under the old system when teachers had a table in front of the whiteboard. The table housed a laptop, doc camera, projector, and speakers. In addition, cords ran across the floor creating a hazard. Under the new design, this equipment is up and out of the way to the side of the whiteboard. The whiteboard now has barrier free accessibility, and the teacher no longer has to be the ‘sage on the stage’ instructing from the front of the classroom. For some, this is may be a pedagogical shift as they learn to integrate the technology in meaningful ways. For others, however, they have embraced the design as an opportunity to engage the students in a more authentic manner as they interact with the content. Remember, the interactive projector is not intended to just ‘display’ information in isolation, but to also allow students to interact with the content.

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Phones MUST NOT be removed and relocated from rooms. The phone needs to stay where it is in order for emergency responders to know your location. Please refer to the email sent from Mark Williams on 9/4/15, which contains detailed information on phone connections.

FOXBRIGHT - NEW WEBSITE

The new website is going live on October 1. We will take baby steps to complete what is necessary. The first step is to send me the link(s) to your updated blog, website, Twitter handle, Weebly; whatever it is you are using... You may have more than one means of communication. I will have link(s) connected to your name on the staff directory on the new website. Our next step will be to complete the teacher profile...

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING & RESOURCES

SOCIAL STUDIES

MDE has released new DRAFT K-12 Social Studies standards. They are seeking feedback on the draft. There are two ways to provide feedback:


1) Online survey: Public Comment online survey(use link on page)

2) Public information sessions as listed at this site: (scroll for list of sessions)


Mary Kline posted the entire draft standards document on Google Drive for your convenience. You may access using this direct link: Click here Michigan DRAFT K-12 Social Studies Standards

MESSAGES FROM MICHELLE

Reply to All - Please be selective when you decide to REPLY to ALL when emailing.


Doors & Door Stoppers - We will be getting together to paint door stoppers. Andrea is checking out the best product for us to use. I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of our new procedures with regards to all doors:



  • Doors must always be closed when students are in your room
  • Doors can be unlocked while students are in the room, but the door must be closed
  • Door stoppers will be helpful during transitions, when you greet students in the morning, and at dismissal


Please understand that the procedures are non-negotiable. This is certainly a shift in our building culture, and I feel we all recognize it, but the purpose of the Safety, Security & Tech Bond requires us to make changes.



Greeting Students & Staff - PLEASE continue to greet your students every day - you should be establishing your greeting rituals - we will be reviewing at Conscious Discipline. Every staff member is involved in morning greetings and afternoon dismissals. We will discuss more at Conscious Discipline training


PTA - Don't forget to join PTA; it is our way of thanking them for all their support


Grades K - 2 - share Motor Moms and Dads information from Mary Jo


4th & 5th Grade Choir - Thursday Mornings - more details coming from Cassie


SIPP
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  • Please remember to check off the people you want to attend your meetings
  • Sign-up for two spaces when inviting parents


Bells - They should not be ringing inside - I will have to contact the company


PA Call Button - push it down 4 times quickly it sends a message to the office that you need help


REMIND - Please get connected - see attachment


Safe Snack List (attachment) - Please display in rooms - I repeated the same message below in the newsletter. The snack list will be on our website - Please add to your websites as well. If families would like a copy, please feel free to copy with the Wildcat Pledge on the back. I might make every family a copy - stay tuned.

This is what I sent to our families:

We continue to have students and some staff members with severe food allergies. For this reason, we will be sharing a Safe Snack List with you at Curriculum Night and it will be on our website. Even though many new items have been added, we thank you in advance for respecting any changes/restrictions that may be necessary in your child's classroom. Your child's teacher will inform you of any changes as they occur.

Our goal is to keep everyone safe.


School Store - Remember to follow the same procedure as last school year. The store opens September 21st and every Monday there after.


Casual for a Cause - If you are planning to participate two things need to happen:

1. You pay $1.00

2. Wear your sticker

Thank you in advance for adhering to this expectation

ONLINE SIGN-UP FOR CONFERENCES

Collectively, elementary principals have discussed and agreed to be as consistent as possible among all elementary schools. One item was to have parents sign-up online for conferences. Some schools opted out this year, while others were under the impression we were all moving to online conference scheduling, just as we all agreed not to post class lists, but rather have families visit family access. Regardless of the miscommunication, or my misinterpretation, this year Guest staff is having families sign-up online for their conference time. Here are a few thoughts that have been discussed to make this process more efficient. As always, I will do my best to be helpful.


  • ELL paras have already scheduled conferences with their families, so Davida will give us/me time to fill the schedule in before it goes to all families.
  • FAPES have approximately 22 slots. They have asked to personally contact families they would like to meet with, and then allow the other slots to be filled by other families. There was confusion last school year that parents thought they had to sign up to meet wiht all FAPEs teachers. Additionally, some families thought the purpose of signing up was to learn about the curriculum. So, by having FAPES contact parents of students they really want to meet with will make it more meaningful.
  • Some have asked to combine their lunch and dinner to attend their own child's conference and also have time to eat during the day. That is perfectly fine, I just ask that you leave as much of your evenings open for working parents.
  • LUNCH will be served approximately 11:30 by the PTA... they will not be providing dinner.
  • More information will be shared as I learn the new process.
  • Please see me personally if you have any questions. I hope this helps clarify and dispel any rumors. Please note that using available online tools is the way we are heading.

DISMISSAL LINE-UP - Changed KINDERGARTEN TIME!

Please be sure your students are ready to go at the dismissal times listed below. Every day please lead students down the hallway to their buses. We do not have as many safeties and need you in the front of the line. Thank you!

3:57

Wildcat Pick-up & Kindergarten Students are Dismissed

3:59

At this time Walkers and Prime Time are dismissed.

4:00

At this time 1st grade and 4th grade are dismissed

4:01

Grades 2nd & 3rd are dismissed

4:02

Fifth graders are now dismissed

DATES - SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER

Underlined dates are newly added

September 2015

  • 29th Salad Bar begins and will be every Tuesday

  • 29th Fire Drill 2:00pm

  • 29th LAYA Taste of the Lakes @ Edgewood 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

  • 30th CITA Meeting - Michelle @ ESC 1:00 - 3:00

  • 30th Conscious Discipline make and take 4:15 - 7:15

  • 30th 5th Grade Camp Open House 5:00 - 7:00PM


October 2015

  • 1st SIPP - Appt. only 2:30 - 3:45

  • 2nd Technology Training 7:45 - 8:45 am in Lane/Culley

  • 2nd Super Summer Success 3:20 -3:50

  • 2nd Walled Lake Western Warriors for Warriors PINK OUT

  • 5th MHG PTA Meeting 7:00 - 8:00 PM

  • 6th HIV/AIDs Training @ ESC Room 900 4:45 - 7:00 PM

  • 6th Michelle out all day for conference

  • 6th Benstein Grille Family & Staff night 4:00 - 10 PM

  • 7th Student Count Day

  • 7th Principal’s Meeting - Michelle @ ESC 1:00 - 3:00

  • 8th SIPP ½ Day PM sign-up 12:30 - 3:30

  • 8th Board Meeting - 7:30 PM

  • 9th MHG Splash & Dash 5:30 - 7:00PM

  • 12th Fire Drill 3:30pm

  • 13th Hungry Howie’s Night

  • 14th CITA Meeting - Michelle @ ESC 1:00 - 3:00

  • 15th SIPP Support Team Meeting 9:15 -11:30

  • 20th Staff Meeting & 1 hour PLC 4:15 - 6:30

  • 21st Leadership Meeting - Michelle @ ESC 7:30 - 10:30 AM

  • 22nd SIPP AM sign-up 9:15 - 12:10

  • 22nd Geisler 6th - 8th grade concert at WLW HS

  • 23rd Shelter in Place/Lockdown Drill 9:15am

  • 23rd & 24th Central High School Homecoming game and dance

  • 27th - 29th 5th grade Camp OEC

  • 30th Family Access Closed

  • 30th Halloween Parties *******

  • 30th iReady testing completed



November 2015

  • 2nd MHG PTA Meeting 7:00 - 8:00 PM

  • 3rd No School for Students or Staff

  • 4th Principal’s Meeting - Michelle @ ESC 1:00 - 3:00

  • 5th Picture Day Make Up Day 9:00 - 3:00 PM

  • 6th End of 1st Marking Period

  • 8th Board Meeting - 7:30 PM

  • 9th Grades Submitted in Skyward by the start of the school day

  • 9th Benstein Grille Family & Staff night 4:00 - 10 PM

  • 10th Hungry Howie’s Night

  • 11th CITA Meeting - Michelle @ ESC 1:00 - 3:00

  • 11th Report Cards Posted and Available Online by the End of the school day

  • 12th Parent Teacher Conferences

  • 16th 20th National Diversity Week

  • 17th Geisler Solo & Ensemble Recital

  • 18th Leadership Meeting - Michelle @ ESC 7:30 - 10:30 AM

  • 18th Geisler 7/8 Band Concert w/WLCMB

  • 21st Parenting Fair - Details at a later date

  • 23rd PTSA Meeting @ Guest 7:00 - 8:00 PM

  • 26th Thanksgiving Break - No School for Students of Staff

  • 27th Thanksgiving Break - No School for Students of Staff


December 2015


  • 3rd Board Meeting - 7:30 PM

  • 6th Jewish holiday of Hanukkah

  • 7th MHG PTA Meeting 7:00 - 8:00 PM

  • 8th Hungry Howie’s Night

  • 11th & 12th Central High School Collage Concert

  • 12th Principal’s Meeting - Michelle @ ESC 1:00 - 3:00

  • 16th Leadership Team holiday celebration - Michelle out of building

  • 22nd Winter Break Final Day for Students and Staff

  • 23rd thru Jan. 3rd Winter Break

  • 24th Christmas Eve

  • 25th Christmas Day

  • 26th First day of Kwanzaa

  • 31st New Year’s Eve

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