WILDCAT NEWSLETTER vol. 9

News and Information for the Guest Elementary Community

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PTA Family Glow Run was a HUGE Success! Thank you PTA & Families

CALENDAR

OCTOBER 2019

28 - 30 5th grade camp

31 - Halloween Celebrations

31 - 1/2 Day of School

NOVEMBER 2019

2 - Parent Fair @ Walled Lake Northern

4 - Smile Safe Dental program

4 - Cookie Dough Sales end

5 - Election Day - No School for students

7 - Picture Retake Day

7 - Wildcat Time 3:00 - 3:45pm

7 - WLCSD Board Meeting 7:30

8 - 2nd grade FT to Mattaei Botanical Gardens 9:15 - 2:30

11 - Guest PTA Meeting 6:30 - 7:30pm

18 - Parent - Teacher Conference opens for sign up

19 - Informance for grade Kindergarten and 5th grade 6:30 - 7:30pm

21 - Mr Peace School Assembly 9:15 - 11:15

22 - 1/2 Day of School PL Day 2 hours

22 - PTA Bonaventure Skating night 5:00 - 7:00pm

23 - Guest PTA Holiday Shopping Event 10:00am - 3:00pm

28 & 29 - Thanksgiving Break

29 - End of 1st Trimester-Elementary - Family Access Closes

Ensuring a safe physical environment in our schools is paramount. With your support through bond approvals, over the last six years we have significantly upgraded our safety and security measures at all District schools and facilities. From swipe card entry technology to entry buzzer systems, secure vestibules, and thousands of surveillance cameras, we do everything we can to keep our students, staff, and visitors safe.


In addition to physical upgrades, our staff members train students, annually, on a variety of safety drills, including fire, tornado, lock-down, shelter-in-place, and evacuations. New for the 2019-2020 school year will be the introduction of ALICE safety protocols, which prepare for a violent-intruder event. ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. This nationally endorsed law enforcement best practice is a proactive, options-based strategy for encountering a violent intruder.


We are proud to have strong partnerships with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department as well as the following Police Departments: Novi, Walled Lake, West Bloomfield, White Lake, Wixom, Wolverine Lake, Orchard Lake, and Farmington. All nine of these law enforcement agencies have ALICE trained officers who will be assisting individual schools with educational sessions, staff and student training, and safety drill implementation.


We will be offering two parent sessions to learn more about ALICE:


  • Elementary Schools -- Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ Oakley Park Elementary – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.


  • Middle & High Schools – Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ Clifford Smart Middle School – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.


We encourage you to ask questions and share your thoughts by either attending one of our upcoming Parent Information Sessions or by providing feedback at our designated email: alice@wlcsd.org.


We recognize the sensitivity and deep emotions associated with this topic. Therefore, throughout the school year, both the District and individual schools will continue to communicate with the entire school community as we move forward together on this journey toward maximizing safety and preparedness at every facility in the District.


Sincerely,

Kenneth Gutman Chris Delgado
Superintendent of Schools Deputy Superintendent of Schools

November 7 - Picture Retake Day

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Pokemon Volunteers Needed

PTA Pokemon Club needs Volunteers! Please consider volunteering - Thank you!

Teacher of the YEAR

Oct. 31 Deadline

Nominate a Teacher of the Year


The Walled Lake Consolidated Schools are again participating in a program to honor exemplary teachers. We hope you will join us in an effort that will result in the selection of the TEACHER/EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR for the Walled Lake Consolidated School District at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. This honor will be bestowed at our January 9, 2019 school board meeting.

Each school building will select a teacher of the year and that person’s name will be submitted to the district committee for final selection. All names will be removed from the forms and only the building principal will have knowledge of the candidate’s name. The principal will appoint a committee to help with the local selection. That person’s name will then be submitted to the district committee. We are requesting that this form be returned to your school NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2019.


WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Any FULL TIME, CERTIFIED, TENURED teacher/educator who spends 50% of his/her time in a classroom. Nominees must have a minimum of five (5) full years of classroom teaching experience

WHO MAY NOMINATE?

Any person in the community may nominate any teacher/educator in the district for this honor. Please send or deliver this form to the nominee’s school.

HOW TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION FORM

Please send or deliver Nomination forms to the nominee’s school in an envelope marked clearly with “TEACHER/EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR”.

Western Oakland County Parenting Fair - SAVE THE DATE

The Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair is back! This excellent parenting opportunity will be taking place on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Walled Lake Northern High School. Registration links will be coming soon!


Walled Lake Schools values our partnership with our families and believes a home-school connection is key to a child’s success. We are continuing our partnership with our neighboring parent/teacher groups and staff from Farmington Public Schools, Novi Community Schools, Oakland Schools, Oakland County Youth Assistance, and West Bloomfield Schools. Together we are hosting the Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Walled Lake Northern High School. We are very excited to have Brooks Gibbs joining us this year as our keynote speaker! Learn more about Brooks Gibbs by watching: The Resilient Parenting Style


The Parenting Fair’s purpose is to educate, inform, and provide resources for parents and caregivers. Topics include managing social media with your child, reducing stress and anxiety, strategies to help you with a child with ADHD, nutrition, character building, planning for college, and more. Child care is available for a reasonable cost ($3 for one child, $5 per family) and includes entertainment and lunch. Lunch for conference participants will be available for purchase from local food trucks during the event.


Below are helpful links regarding the Parenting Fair.

· Website

· Be A Sponsor


Registration is coming soon and I hope to see you at the Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair Walled Lake Northern High School on Saturday November 2, 2019. Spread the word and bring a friend!

COLOR RUN WINNERS

On behalf of the Guest PTA & Guest Staff, we thank everyone for contributing to this year's Color Run Fundraiser. We raised $6,500.00

Congratulations to the following:

Top Seller of the School - Brooklyn from Mrs. Stire's classroom!

Classroom Top Sales: Mrs. Dodds

Most Participants: Mrs. Dodds & Mrs. Murray


Grade level top sellers:

Hicks - Olivia

Lane/Culley - Aidan

Ozminkowski - Shun

Murray - Ori

Moore - Layla & Kingston

Payton - Owen

Dodds - Mitchell

Stire - Robert

Granberry - Yoav

Avery-Franz - Josh

Bruckman - Ethan

McFadden - Nick

Waltz - Charleigh

Martin - Lola

Hudson - Madyson

Osborne - Nick

Wildcats R Us School Store is NOW Open for Business

Hours of operation: Every Wednesday during all lunch periods

Cost: $1.00

Grades 1st - 5th

Enjoy shopping!

The Lemonade War

We did it! Guest Elementary completed their first school-wide book club.

If you did not read the book or follow along with staff, there is still time before we begin the next book in the series.

i-Ready

At this time our teachers are preparing your children for the first round of the i-Ready Diagnostic testing and some students have already taken this important assessment.


After your child has taken the assessment, your child's teacher will alert you to begin i-Ready math and ready instructional modules/lessons at home.


Parents can help by encouraging students to work on the iReady math and reading instructional modules at home for 45-60 minutes per week or more. These online instructional lessons will help students become more proficient in math and reading and better prepare them for the second diagnostic that will take place mid-year.


If you have questions about iReady, or the instructional lessons, please reach out to your child's teacher for information. We are ready to assist you in helping your child at home to become a better reader, writer, and mathematician.

Halloween Plans for Guest Elementary

Please be sure to read over the Halloween Newsletter carefully. Make sure costumes are "wholesome" in nature.

All you can eat PANCAKES for $2.00. Please send in cash.

If this is not possible, please contact Mrs. Fiebke-Lang for assistance. michellefiebke-lang@wlcsd.org . We are looking forward to having a SPOOKTACULAR Time!

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2019 - 2020 Lunch Schedule

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2019 - 2020 Grade Level Music Informances

November 19 - Kindergarten & 5th grade 6:30 - 7:30

January 16 - 3rd & 4th grade 6:30 - 7:30

March 12 - 1st & 2nd grade 6:30 - 7:30

WALKING TRACK FUND

Guest Elementary Safe & Healthy Food Practices

Peanut Free Classrooms

Please be aware that we have students at Guest Elementary that may have a life-threatening allergy to peanuts and/or tree nuts. Some students may not eat, touch, or even inhale the aroma of peanuts or tree nuts without having life-threatening consequences. As a result, it is imperative that we all keep this in mind when planning for any food brought into school. This year, your child’s classroom may be designated as a nut free classroom. If your child's classroom is designated as a nut free classroom, please do not send in food items that contain peanuts, tree nuts, or nutmeg. ANY non-labeled foods (home baked items included) for class parties cannot be ingested, either. This also includes food that is manufactured in facilities that process peanuts/tree nuts. Many food items are safe for consumption, but may require a different brand if the product is manufactured in a facility that processes tree nuts. Your child's teacher will notify you if your child's classroom is a nut free classroom, and will give you a suggested snack and party list of foods to help guide you with food choices. There are also nut free areas designated in our cafeteria.


Birthday Treats

With concerns for food allergies, parents may not send in food items for birthday treats. Other items such as pencils, erasers, stickers, a book for the class, etc. are excellent choices for honoring birthdays.


Snacks and Water

Time will be allotted in your child's classroom for a snack each day. We encourage students to eat healthy snacks-preferably fruit, vegetables or a source of protein if possible. Parents and students should read labels carefully to avoid snacks that may have been manufactured in non-nut free environment or contain products that some students may be allergic to. To help with recycling, it would be best to have a reusable water bottle for your child to use for water if needed. A suggested snack list is linked below and will be shared at Curriculum Nights.


As always, the health, safety and well-being of each and every child at our school is of the utmost importance to all of us. Thank you for your continued support .

FOOD SERVICE

BELL TIMES

MORNING ARRIVAL:

  • Students should not arrive any earlier than 8:45
  • First Bell rings at 8:50
  • Tardy Bell rings at 8:55
  • If you arrive after the TARDY SIGN is placed outside, please park and walk your student to the main office to sign in

DISMISSAL:

  • 4:00 Students will be dismissed in groups (Prime Time, Wildcat Pickup, Walkers, & Kindergarten, and then buses by grade level 1st & 3rd, 2nd & 4th, and 5th grade)
  • 4:07 Buses leave
  • 4:08 All students in Wildcat Pickup must be picked up

HALF DAY OF SCHOOL:

  • 12:25 Dismissal procedures listed above will be followed
  • 12:30 Buses leave
  • 12:35 All students in Wildcat Pickup must be picked up

In-District Resident Transfer Window

January 6 - 24

Non-Resident Schools of Choice Window

January 20 - February 7

Vision Screening 2019 - 2020

Grades Preschool, 1st, 3rd, and 5th

Hearing Screening 2019 - 2020

Grades Preschool, K, 2nd, and 4th

2019 - 2020 INFORMATION & RESOURCES

Free & Reduced Food Program WLCSD 2019 - 2020

This document can help answer questions you may have about free & reduced price school meals.

LAYA 2019 -2020

Non-profit organization serving WLCSD youth and families. The mission is to strengthen youth and families by addressing family conflict problems, school or home truancy/incorrigibility, shoplifting and substance abuse issues.

Voluntary School Accident Insurance WLCSD 2019 - 2020

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.

"remind" CHANGES - PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY

remind

remind is a communication platform that helps educators quickly share information, attachments, and other files.

Due to changes with the remind service contract, it is necessary for me to set up several separate classes rather than one class for the entire school. It will be necessary for you to sign up again for remind to receive information. If you have students in more than one grade level, feel free to sign up for multiple classes, but keep in mind you will receive multiple text messages with the same information. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the main office @ 248.956.3300. Thank you.

DIRECTIONS TO SIGN UP FOR remind:


GUEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION

Sherry Ikegami

Principal Secretary sherryikegami@wlcsd.org

248-956-3300


Heather Pengelly heatherpengelly@wlcsd.org

Building Secretary

248-956-3302


FAX: 248-956-3305


Safe-line for Absences: 248-956-3390


Sharon Becker sharonbecker@wlcsd.org

Prime Time Supervisor

248-956-3399


Direct Link to PTA page click HERE

Principal Contact Information

Michelle Fiebke-Lang

Mary Helen Guest Elementary, Principal

Walled Lake Consolidated School District

Main Office: 248.956.3300

Office: 248.956.3332

Cell or text: 248.766.5771