Dublin Times

March 21-25, 2016

Upcoming Important Events

March 21 Girls on the Run (4:00-5:15 PM) Gym/Playground

March 21 Community Ed. Theater Class (4:00-5:00) Stage-Cafeteria

March 21 Community Ed. Youth Basketball (6:30-8:30 PM) Gym

March 21 CHS Fifth Grade Parent Information Night (6:30-7:30 PM) CHS Middle School

March 21 PTSA Council Meeting (7:00-8:00 PM) Pleasant Lake Elementary

March 22 Glee Club Rehearsal (8:00 AM) Music Room

March 22 Tornado Drill Practice Drill

March 22 STRIDE (4:00-5:15 PM) Gym/Playground

March 22 Community Ed. Science Class (4:00-5:00 PM) Art Room

March 22 Community Ed. Youth Basketball (6:30-8:30 PM) Gym

March 22 Cub Scouts (6:30-8:30 PM) Cafeteria

March 23 Girls on the Run (4:00-5:15 PM) Gym/Playground

March 23 Community Ed. Youth Basketball (6:30-8:30 PM) Gym

March 24 End of the Third Marking Period-Family Access Closed for Parents

March 24 STRIDE (4:00-5:15 PM) Gym/Playground

March 24 Community Ed. Youth Basketball (6:30-8:30 PM) Gym

March 24 PTA Skate Night (6:30-8:30 PM) Rolladium

March 25 No School

March 28 Representative Jim Runestad Reads to Classes

March 28 Girls on the Run (4:00-5:15 PM) Gym/Playground

March 28 Community Ed. Theater Class (4:00-5:00 PM) Cafeteria Stage

March 28 PTA Reflections Celebration (6:30 PM) Walnut Creek Middle School

March 29 Glee Club Rehearsal (8:00 AM) Music Room

March 29 First Grade Field Trip-Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

March 29 STRIDE (4:00-5:15 PM) Gym/Playground

March 29 Cub Scouts (6:30-8:30 PM) Cafeteria

March 30 PTA Dairy Queen Fundraiser (4:00-8:00 PM) DQ on Union Lake Road

March 31 Fourth Grade Ecosystems Presentations

March 31 Pennies for Pasta Kick Off Assembly (3:00-3:45 PM) Cafeteria

March 31 STRIDE (4:00-5:15 PM) Gym/Cafeteria

April 1 Bus Evacuation Drills

April 1 Student Council Crazy Clothes Day

April 4-8 No School-Spring Vacation

No School Dates

There will be no school for staff and students on Friday, March 25th for the Easter holiday. School will resume on Monday, March 28th.

There will be no school April 4-8 for the Spring break. School will resume on Monday, April 11th after Spring break.

Fifth Grade Parent Middle School Information Night

Please join us at CHS Middle School for a Fifth Grade Parent Middle School Information Night at 6:30 PM, Monday, March 21st. This information meeting is for parents only.

PTA Dairy Queen Night

Once again our Dublin PTA will sponsor a Dublin Dairy Queen Night! This event will take place on Wednesday, March 30th from 4:00-8:00 PM. Stop by the DQ on Union Lake Road and a portion of the profits from your order will be donated to our Dublin PTA. Save the date, and we look forward to seeing you there. Mr. Drewno and teachers will be there to help serve up ice cream!

The Dublin PTA Board Needs You!

It's time to nominate the 2016/2017 PTA Executive Board!

Here is the list of current nominees:


Nominees: Jessica Allio

Vice President

Nominees: Sandra Agrest


Nominees: Stacy Moore


Nominees: Penny Davis

Volunteer Coordinator

Nominees: OPEN

Membership Coordinator

Nominees: Dana Simons-Wenz

Fundraising/Community Liaison

Nominees: Leslie Szalk

If you are interested in adding your name to the list of nominees, please email Jessica Allio at jallio23@gmail.com.

Voting will take place on April 12th at 7:00 PM at the PTA meeting. All current PTA members are eligible to vote in this election.

PTA Reflections Celebration

Please join us at 6:30 PM on Monday, March 28th for our annual PTA Reflections Celebration located at Walnut Creek Middle School. This a great event in which our Dublin students will be honored for their PTA Reflections entries and hard work. Thank you to Mrs. Donohue for her help with Reflections again this year.

M-Step Information

Spring is in the air! As we head into the Spring season, schools all over Michigan will once again begin the process of completing our state assessments for students in grades 3-8 and 11. M-STEP is the acronym for Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress.

Given the online nature of this assessment, your child will need to become familiar with the digital tools that the assessment system offers. To prepare your child, we are working with classroom teacher and our media specialist to offer exposure to these practice items that model the use of the digital tools. If you would like see the practice items or help your child practice with the online tools, you may do so through the Michigan Department of Education site: https://wbte.drcedirect.com/MI/portals/mi/ott1. Please note that this site must be viewed using Google Chrome as your browser.

A schedule of the state assessment windows is included below so that you can plan for any absences due to appointments or other things that may not be able to be done outside of the school day. A more formal schedule of the dates of testing at Dublin will be shared at a later date. Please note that there is a window of assessment for each grade; students will not be testing every day within this window.

Third Grade Testing Dates:

(Language Arts and Math)

April 25-May 13

Fourth Grade Testing Dates:

(Language Arts, Math, Science)

May 9-May 27

Fifth Grade Testing Dates:

(Language Arts, Math, Social Studies)

April 11-April 29

Please share with your child the importance of these assessments as they are an indicator of your child’s progress within the Michigan Standards and assist us in knowing the progress of our student body at Dublin Elementary. If you would like to know more about the M-STEP, please visit the Michigan Department of Education M-STEP website: http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-22709_70117---,00.html.

It is extremely important that children get an adequate amount of sleep and eat a nutritional breakfast. These two factors will help students be better prepared to take the test. We are also suggesting that third, fourth and fifth grade students bring a water bottle as well as a nutritional snack to school on the days of the M-STEP test.

Students need to stay in school all day on the dates listed. Please make

every effort to have your child arrive to school on time during the M-STEP test.

Additional information will be shared as it becomes available from the state. Thank you for taking the time to explore the resources and discuss the nature of this assessment with your student.

March Elementary Lunch Menu

Please click HERE to access our Walled Lake Elementary Lunch Menu for the month of March.

End of the Third Marking Period and Report Cards

It is hard to believe but the end of the third marking period is Thursday, March 24th. Report cards will be available for parents on Skyward Family Access starting on Wednesday, April 13th. Please be sure to log on and view your child's report card. If you have questions about your child's report card, please contact your child's teacher for feedback. Thank you for your partnership in learning!

PTA Skate Night

Our next PTA Skate Night takes place on Thursday, March 24th from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Rolladium in Waterford. Hope to see you there!

Community Ed. Summer Camp Discount Information

Click HERE to view discounts for summer camps provided by Community Education

Sky Zone and March is Reading Month

March is National Reading Month and at Dublin we like to do several things to help celebrate being readers! This year we have some very exciting news. Sky Zone Canton is offering a special promotion to help celebrate our young readers. Sky Zone is offering a Book Zone Reading Program, FREE, where your child can earn free jump time!

Here’s how it works:

1. Each student receives a form


2. Student reads 5 books (you can read them to your child too, for our younger readers) during the month of March

3. Parent signs the bottom of this form to validate their child’s achievement

4. Bring this form back to school and receive a signed bookmark from your teacher, to receive a free 30 minute jump!

5. Take the bookmark to Sky Zone Canton location and have fun!

Thank you for helping your child enjoy reading! We are excited to participate in this neat Book Zone Reading Program.

District News

District computer network system to be down for 3-4 days over spring break

Phase III of the Safety, Security and Technology bond is underway and this includes an overall and update of the “head end” room at the Educational Services Center. This will be done beginning at 5 p.m. on April 3 through April 6, over the District’s spring break.

What does this mean? This means the District email service, Skyward/Family Access, the District’s complete phone system/service and District computer network systems will not be functioning. The District website will be operational as it is web-based and not housed in our computer system.

If you have an urgent need to communicate over these dates, please use this temporary District email: WalledLkSchools@gmail.com

For updates, please visit www.wlcsd.org.

Meet Up and Eat Up!

Walled Lake's Food Service Department presents its Meet Up to Eat Up Program this summer! The program starts on June 20th. We will be serving Breakfast at 8:15AM and Lunch from 11:00AM – 1:15PM. We will be operating Monday through Friday. We aren’t open on July 4th and our last day of the program is August 19th.

This program is available to all kids from the age of 1-18 years of age regardless of income (the do not have to be one of our students). Adult meal price will be $2.00.

This program will run at the Community Education Building in the lunchroom.

Please click HERE to find out more about Walled Lake Food Service Department's Meet Up and Eat Up! summer meal program.
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Remind 101

In an effort to have great communication from school to home, we are offering Remind 101 to all Dublin parents. How does it work? If you would like to receive a quick text message on your cell phone or device, just sign up with us and you receive a quick text to remind you of important school events, deadlines, time frames, etc. at Dublin. You can unsubscribe at any time, and we promise not to over use this communication tool either!

At this time, 71 parents have signed up! THANK YOU!

To receive messages via text, text @dublinp to 81010.

You can opt-out of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @dublinp'.

Trouble using 81010? Try texting @dublinp to (248) 809-4032


New Kindergarten Information 16-17

Incoming kindergartners must be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2016.
Exception: According to Michigan Law, a child may be enrolled in kindergarten
if he/she is not five years of age on September 1, 2016 but will be five years of
age not later than December 1, 2016 and parent or legal guardian notifies the school
district in writing (Kindergarten Waiver Form) that he or she intends to enroll the
child in kindergarten.

Incoming kindergarten parents for the 2016-2017 school year are cordially invited to attend the Kindergarten Orientation on Wednesday, March, 16, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at each of our elementary schools.

Research indicates that developmentally appropriate full-day schedules benefit kindergarten children academically, socially and emotionally. Our principals and teachers understand this and are well equipped to meet the needs of our kindergarten students.

Our kindergarten students begin to learn a whole host of reading, writing and mathematics concepts and learning strategies that give them the foundation for a successful elementary school career in Walled Lake Schools.

Kindergarten Vision Screen Available

Please call the Oakland County Health Department at 248-424-7070 to schedule an appointment.

Enrollment Information Hotline: 248-956-5250

Hungry Howie's Pizza

Help support our school by buying pizza at Hungry Howies on Union Lake Road. Dublin will receive 10% of all sales on the following Tuesday dates:

April 12th

May 10th

Call to order at 248-363-2050 or pick up.

Tuition Expedition Tickets on Sale NOW!

11th Annual 50/50 Scholarship Raffle

Only 500 tickets will be sold! Investment and opportunity long lasting!

Click HERE to purchase raffle tickets online now!

You may also contact the Foundation for Excellence for assistance or remit check.

The Odds are great!

  • Win up to $25,000.00 for postsecondary education
  • Winner may elect 40% lump sum option instead of scholarship funds
  • Tickets are $100 each
  • Ticket(s) will be emailed to purchaser

Additional opportunities to win!

  • FREE raffle ticket courtesy of Walled Lake School Employees Federal Credit Union- 10 tickets to be given away! Must purchase ticket by March 18 to be entered into '2 for 1' drawing
  • ACT/SAT *SylvanPrep Package donated by Sylvan Learning of West Bloomfield
  • $25 restaurant gift cards commemorating the Foundation for Excellence 25th anniversary! Drawing on January 25 and February 25.

*SylvanPrep Package is transferrable and may be redeemed for equivalent value of services; Math Essentials, Academic Reading, Academic Writing, Study Skills, Homework Support, or SAT Prep

Tuition Expedition Grand Prize Drawing:

  • March 28, 2016 @ WL District Reflections Celebration; Walnut Creek Middle School
  • Raffle hosted by Foundation for Excellence for 11th consecutive year!

Rules and Regulations:

  • Raffle open to residents within and outside the Walled Lake School District
  • Winner has up to 20 years to assign funds & may be split among (4) students
  • Purchaser must be at least 18 years of age or older
  • Funds raised by raffle will funnel back into the WL School District and its classrooms to support: programs, activities, and procurement of innovative, educational tools.
  • Official Rules and Details

Need not be present to win - Michigan Raffle License # R33130

Watch Dogs Update


Please click HERE if you are a Dublin Dad and would like to volunteer.

If you are interested in helping sometime this year at Dublin or would like more information, please contact Diana O'Keefe at 248-982-2675 or di_okeefe@yahoo.com. You can also contact Daniel Hunter at 248-342-2163 or dhunter@lakeorion.k12.mi.us. You can also contact Mr. Drewno at school any time to talk about this exciting opportunity to become involved at school. WE NEED YOU!

Join Dublin on Twitter!

Please check us out on Twitter! Find us a @DublinWL for information and updates.

Dublin Contact Information

Jeff Drewno

Principal jeffreydrewno@wlcsd.org


Wanda Weaver

Principal's Secretary wandaweaver@wlcsd.org


Patti Harthun

Building Secretary patriciaharthun@wlcsd.org