Baker Bits

Friday, May 7, 2021

Upcoming Dates

Mon, May 10 - Dentist R Us will be at Baker & Steeby

Mon, May 10 - Fri, May 21 - NWEA Testing @ Baker

Fri, June 4 - Last Day of School - HALF DAY - Baker dismisses at noon

Progress Reports

Were available via your parent portal last Friday, April 30

Important Note - NWEA Testing at Baker

Our students will be taking the NWEA assessments on their iPads during the next 2 weeks and we need your help.

  • Please make sure iPads are fully charged at home prior to coming to school each day.
  • Update the ios in settings. If there is not enough memory for an update please delete excess photos on the iPad
  • Close all unnecessary apps. (Double tap the home button to view all open apps then swipe them away)

Butterflies Emerging

At Baker Elementary, we love Spring for many reasons! Watching caterpillars transform into butterflies is at the top of our list.

Ladybug Parties Too

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Dentist R Us - May 10

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Learning to understand and care about the feelings of others is one of the most important steps in a child’s development—and it’s never too early to help little ones build those skills. This beautifully illustrated storybook teaches young kids how to recognize and practice empathy through simple real-life scenarios that are easy for them to understand. It’s written with clear language for adults to read aloud and features discussion questions and activities that encourage kids to talk about what they learned and use it in their lives.

Empathy Is Your Superpower features:

  • Empathy heroes—Little superheroes Emmanuel and Emma model easy, age-appropriate ways for kids to practice empathy every day.
  • Ways to set a good example—Kids will learn to put themselves in someone else’s shoes, lend a helping hand, and inspire others to do the same.
  • Using empathy for life—Tips, reflections, and games will help adults foster empathy in children for their whole lives.

Teach kids to be kind and considerate, with a fun and friendly book about the importance of empathy.

We have books available for parents. Please send a request to to request a book be sent home with your child.

Summer Programming For Grades K-8

NEW! Wayland Union Schools has expanded its traditional Summer Learning Program!

Our previously planned programming has been expanded to June 21st-August 13th.

Programming will be held Mondays-Friday (no programming will be held on July 2nd or 5th) from 8 am -Noon at Steeby Elementary School. To Enroll click here:

Students will be provided with transportation and meals. Students who were already enrolled in summer programming have been automatically enrolled in this new programming. There are still spots available, on a first-come, first-serve basis for K-5 families to sign up. Communication will be sent to families later this week. Sign-ups for Middle School students will happen through a separate process.

In addition to traditional classroom instruction on Language Arts and Math, students will attend assemblies and programming on science and social studies and potentially participate in field trips. Details are still in the works.

I am still looking for a few teachers and aides to fully staff our summer learning program. Please watch for official postings from Human Resources with directions for applying

There are many opportunities available to all students at WUS. Click the following link to see all opportunities available through Wayland Union Schools.

May Lunch Menu

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Pandemic Extra Food Assistance

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Flip Flops & Sandals

These types of footwear can be very cute for warmer weather, however, they can cause serious injuries on the playground and in gym. If possible, please send your child to school in tennis shoes. Flip-flops are easily caught on the playground equipment causing falls, broken toes and hurt ankles. Sandals leave toenails exposed to be accidently stepped on, jammed or ripped back by other students.


If your family has moved or will be moving over the summer and not attending Baker or Steeby Elementary next fall, please let us know as soon as possible. You can email Sally Hoffmaster at As we begin to plan for the 2021/2022 school year, we need to know student counts so we can meet student needs for the upcoming year. We will also need time to process their records and get their files ready to send to the new school.

Kids Read Now Virtual Live Family Reading Event

Kids Read Now, 2021 Program

We are thrilled to announce the Kids Read Now summer reading program to maintain reading skills over the summer. Kids Read Now is a non-profit organization who designed a program to include best practices for reading engagement and growth. We are delighted to partner with this group to provide a high-quality reading program throughout the summer. Kids Read Now will be mailing you a postcard and Parent Guide (or distributed at school). These materials will give you everything you need to know about the program!

Register to attend the live Family Reading Event using the links below. Each event will have the same content presented (the events are not mandatory). Students who follow the instructions inside each book, and report reading eight books will receive a prize and certificate in the fall.

Follow @kidsreadnow on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to keep up with information about the summer program!

Registration Links

May 17th , 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EST

May 18th , 2021 at 6:00 p.m. EST

May 19th , 2021 at 7:00 p.m. EST

May 20th , 2021 at 8:00 p.m. EST

May 21st , 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EST

Tips, Tricks and Nuggets of Information

Over the next four weeks we will share with you tips, tricks and nuggets of information in regards to reading and math. This has been provided by Michigan Department of Education and although wordy, very helpful.

With each post, you'll find the document and the link. The document is a great visual for a quick glance. If you are looking for more information, the link will be your best resource.

Below you will find Week #3 for Literacy and Math.

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2021-2022 School Year Calendar

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