Wildcat Newsletter Vol. 14

News and Information for the Guest Elementary Community

Mission Statement

The mission of Mary Helen Guest Elementary School, in cooperation with the community, is to educate all children in a caring environment so that every student is a knowledgeable, resourceful and self-reliant individual able to adapt and contribute productively to our changing society.


Dear Guest Families -

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for helping to make our 2015 Adopt a Family program such an incredible success!! Because of your generosity, we were able to present gifts to over 25 of our own MHG families this year! We wish you all could be there when we have had the pleasure of distributing these wonderful gifts to the parents----there are many tears of gratitude and expressions of what a huge relief they feel, knowing that their children have been taken care of, when times are especially tough.

During such a busy time of year, we truly thank you all for giving of your time and your hearts to support this program.

Please know that you all have made such an impact on the lives of our MHG families. Your thoughtfulness and giving spirit will never be forgotten.


Adina Kanner, School Social Worker-MHG

Michelle Fiebke-Lang, Principal &

Guest Staff

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On behalf of the entire staff of Guest Elementary, we wish you joy and fulfillment during the holiday season. We are ever grateful for the honor and privilege of working with your children every day as we cherish the rewards of watching them learn and grow. We are inspired by your caring spirit, your tremendous generosity, and the time and talent you devote to making Guest Elementary a better place. Enjoy your family and friends and don't forget to set new goals for 2016.

Anthony Masters Represents Guest on the WLCSD 5th Grade Panel

Congratulations to Anthony Masters who represented Guest at the 2015-2016 Elementary Discussion Panel which took place during a district leadership meeting. Anthony was part of a fifth grade panel who responded to questions from Mr. Gutman and other administrators about being a fifth grader in Walled Lake Schools. The questions included topics about middle school, feeling safe, changes, challenges, technology/social media, favorite subject, accomplishments, leadership, and many more items. One comment Anthony shared was how much he really enjoyed team building activities because it makes the school feel as "one". Thank you for your insights, Anthony, you did an amazing job.

Spelling Bee & Geography Bee Contestants will be announced soon! We wish you all the best of luck.


We are looking for the following items to be donated to our school. We thank you in advance for your contribution.

  • boys and girls sweatpants
  • Classical music, Kid Bop, & relaxing sounds CD's


  • 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

Reminder: With five additional student instruction days added to the 2015-16 school calendar, Walled Lake Schools’ winter break begins at the end of the day on Tuesday, Dec. 22.


  • 1st New Year’s Day - HAPPY NEW YEAR

  • 4th Welcome Back!

  • 4th MHG PTA Meeting 7:00 - 8:00 PM

  • 4th Pizza Kit Fundraising Begins

  • 5th 4th grade Team Building in Gym & Cafeteria 2:00 - 3:15

  • 7th Board Meeting - 7:30 PM

17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration & Pizza Me Project

Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at Walled Lake Northern High School (6000 Bogie Lake Road, Commerce) starting at 5 p.m.

Guest Elementary will be displaying our family "Pizza Me' projects at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Prior to the event, all classrooms will have students share their family project focusing on the this year's theme "Seeing the World Through Different Eyes"

Click HERE for project details - If you need another pizza board, please contact your child's teacher - remember, it is ONE project per family.


The evening's events will include at a Multicultural Dinner complete with ethnic food from around the world prepared by different local restaurants from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and an exhibition of student work from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The program will feature keynote speaker Reverend Faith Fowler, Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services in Detroit. Reverend Fowler will speak on the evening’s theme, “Seeing the World Through Different Eyes: A New Vision for Action.” The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will also include performances by student choirs, presentations by several students about their “Seeing the World Through Different Eyes” projects and recognition of this year’s Friend of Diversity Award recipients.

This event is free and open to the entire community to attend; however, we encourage everyone to bring donations of canned and boxed food for the Cass Community Social Services Food Pantry.

Tuition Expedition

11th Annual 50/50 Scholarship Raffle sponsored by Foundation for Excellence: Purchase tickets online click HERE for chance to win up to $25,000 for post-secondary education & support WLCSD.


To all families who joined PTA, the school directories have been sent home with your oldest/only Guest child. We have a few directories available for purchase for $5. Send money to school in an envelope indicating that it is for a directory. Thanks to our generous sponsors and to Mega Printing for copying the directories.


  • Please make sure your child’s name appears on any of their outdoor apparel, so we can reunite any lost items with their owners. Our students will have outdoor recess unless the actual temperature or the wind chill (“feels like”) temperature dips below 0 degrees or it is raining out. Here are the WLCSD Recess Wear Guidelines as a reference:
    • Coats/Jackets
      • 50+ degrees*: Child/parent discretion
      • 40-49 degrees*: Recommended
      • 39 degrees and below*: Required
    • Hats/Gloves/Mittens
      • 45+ degrees*: Child/parent discretion
      • 35-44 degrees*: Recommended
      • 32 degrees and below*: Required
    • Boots and Snow Pants
      • Required when off of the blacktop if there is slush or snow

*Please note: These guidelines are based on the wind chill (“feels like”) temperature.

SKI and SNOWBOARDING CLUB - ALL forms are attached in the body of the email

Alpine Valley Ski Area

Alpine Valley, 6775 Highland Rd, White Lake, MI 48383 (248) 887-6010

Begins January 6, 2016

Questions please contact: Celeste Fulcher call/text 248-224-6052 or at


The club will meet every Wednesday starting Jan 6, 2015 and will run until the

snow melts! (Weather Permitting)

All PAYMENTS must be into the office no later then the Tuesday before each

Wednesday and all checks must be made out to Alpine Valley (cash is fine too).

We are required to have 20 kids each week in order to participate; they DO NOT

have to be MHG kids so bring all your friends! We meet at Alpine Valley at



$29.00 per student per week (includes lift ticket and Lesson in the Patch Program

– Please see Patch Program Description in the Office)

Ski/Snowboard rentals are an additional $17.00 when purchased with lift ticket

and lesson. Helmet rental is an additional $9.00

(Once you have completed the EXPERT level your lift ticket with patch is only


All Area Lift Tickets and Rentals are available for Adults and Students not in the

Patch Program

Lift Tickets $28.00! Rentals $21.00

If Interested Please return page 3 of this packet to your teacher/office

Attn: Celeste Fulcher –Ski Club ASAP!


To participate in the Patch Program you must be 6 years old

(5 and younger are free at Alpine)

* NOTE: At the beginning of each season, returning students are

required to re-take the lesson for the last level they have achieved. This

review is to insure the student has retained the skills required for that

level. If you want to have your child evaluated you can make

arrangements on Jan 6th prior to 5:30pm (arrive early) at Alpine Valley

Instruction Center.

Each student must purchase the current year (2016) patch ($2.00).

Once you have achieved a skill level in the program bring your grading

card to the Instruction Center and purchase that level’s patch. All

patches must be worn on your person either sewn on to your jacket or in

an armband ($3.00) that can be purchased at the Instruction Center. All

level patches are $1.00ea

After the class is over all students are welcome to stay and ski/

snowboard until Alpine Valley closes for the night however, your access

to the runs will be based on the patch you have achieved (or class you

have passed)!


NO outside Pizza, Fast Food, Crock Pots

or Coolers of any kind will be allowed in

the Main Lodge. You may bring in a bag

lunch/dinner prepared at home.


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Breakfast Menu:

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Lunch Menu:

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Sherry Ikegami

Principal Secretary sherryikegami@wlcsd.org


Heather Pengelly heatherpengelly@wlcsd.org

Building Secretary


FAX: 248-956-3305

Safe Line for Absences: 248-956-3390

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