Pleasant Lake Pleasantries
Welcome Back to School Edition-Week of August 19, 2019
Together We Learn, Together We Lead!
I hope you had a fun and relaxing summer with your family and had the opportunity to Sharpen the Saw!
I would also like to welcome our new families to the PLE School Community. I look forward to meeting you and your children over the next few weeks. This is my 9th year as Pleasant Lake Elementary Principal, my 15th year as a school administrator and over 20 years as a proud educator.
My family and I live in White Lake and my children are all enrolled in the Walled Lake School District. They are entering 11th grade, 8th grade, 6th grade and 2nd grade this upcoming school year.
Thank you in advance for ensuring your children are well rested, prepared, and ready to learn. We look forward to working with you and your children in having an academically and socially successful school year.
Together We Learn, Together We Lead!
Pleasant Lake Class Placement Procedures
Dear Pleasant Lake Elementary Parents,
This is a friendly reminder you can view your child’s classroom assignment through Skyward Family Access. You may also click HERE if you need help in locating your child’s classroom placement for the upcoming school year in Skyward Family Access.
Remember you must complete the Online Back to School Packet to view your child’s classroom assignment through your Skyward Family Access account. It must be completed prior to the first day of school on Tuesday, August 27th.
Similar to past years, all classroom assignments for this school year are final. No changes will be made. Please note that our entire teaching staff's top priority is to develop appropriate classroom groupings and assignments that will provide all of our children with the best opportunity for academic and social success this upcoming school year. Any changes to our classroom assignments creates a ripple effect across all classrooms and as a result jeopardizes the integrity of the entire class grouping system and will adversely affect our children in reaching their academic and social goals. One of the integral reasons for the academic success that our school and students have experienced is our commitment and adherence to our class grouping process.
Our entire teaching staff is highly qualified, experienced and care about your child’s well-being and education. We are committed to providing each child an exceptional education and overall great school experience.
Remember to consistently communicate any questions, concerns, or praise to your child’s teacher. Proactive and open communication along with a trusting and positive relationship plays an important role in your child having an academically and socially successful school year.
All of the staff at Pleasant Lake Elementary look forward to seeing you and your family soon. Thank you for your support!
Please click here: 2019-20 calendar to view next year’s school calendar. Please Note:
We will start the school year prior to Labor Day again.
Late starts (middle school) and early release (high schools) have been eliminated.
There are several half-days throughout the school year. As we have in the past, we will offer a reduced rate Prime Time Care service on each of these half days.
You might be wondering...Why are there so many half days?
Throughout the school year, there are eight half days that will be used for staff professional development. We recognize that half days can be inconvenient for families. That said, research has shown that when teachers receive ongoing, job-embedded professional development, they can increase student achievement by as much as 21 percentile points (Source).
As a school and district, we are committed to continuous improvement and these eight half days are an essential part of that commitment. Although they may seem inconvenient, staff development opportunities are crucial to ensure we provide an exemplary education for our children.
Pleasant Lake Elementary Building Calendar
2019-2020 Back to School Family Access Packet
Walled Lake Schools has streamlined the annual registration/first-day packet process for ALL K-12 families. The District will be using the Family Access/Skyward system to automate the process for updating and completing documents such as the emergency card, Food Service application, FERPA form, fee payments, Code of Conduct, and other important annual school forms that require parent approval.
A Skyward Family Access parent account is required in order to complete the Online Back-to-School Packet process for all schools. (A parent account username is alphanumeric - SMITHMAD000; a student account username is the student's ID number - 1234567.)
To obtain a Family Access account, email email@example.com from your email account on file with the district or call 248-956-2190. Please include ALL of the following information in the body of your message. You will be contacted within 3 business days.
- Guardian Name
- Daytime phone number
- Guardian's email address currently on file with the district
- Your student name(s) and name of schools they attend in Walled Lake Schools
Click here for a video tutorial on how-to obtain a login.
Skyward Family Access is how parents access the Online Back-to-School Packet.
Student Classroom Placements will be available after 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 16th on Skyward Family Access.
**In order to view your child's classroom placement, you must have completed the Online Back-to-School Packet process.
Online Back-to-School Packet Tutorials
- Elementary PDF Tutorial
- Elementary Video Tutorial
- Middle School PDF Tutorial
- Middle School Video Tutorial
- High School PDF Tutorial
- High School Video Tutorial
Thank you for completing this important task as soon as possible.
Classroom Supply Lists
You can access our 2019-2020 Grade Level Classroom Supply Lists by visiting the Pleasant Lake Elementary website and clicking on the For Parent Tab.
Important Upcoming Dates
Kindergarten Meet and Greet on Friday, August 23rd from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Teacher Meet & Greet on Monday, August 26th from 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (1st-5th Grade)
You and your child are welcomed to meet their teacher in the classroom. You may also drop off your child’s classroom supplies at that time. Please be sure to have the classroom supplies labeled with your child’s name. The Meet and Greet is a wonderful opportunity for you to briefly meet your child’s teacher, drop off classroom supplies, any forms and note the location of the classroom.
Please contact your child’s classroom teacher if you need to share any important information regarding your child. Questions regarding our curriculum, classroom procedures and expectations will be answered at Curriculum Night.
First Day of School is on Tuesday, August 27th
It is a full day of school for students in 1st-12th grade. Incoming Kindergartners will have a staggered start. Students with last name beginning with the letters A-L will attend school in the a.m. and M-Z in the p.m. You can find additional information regarding the staggered start schedule below.
PTA Outdoor Movie Night on Friday, September 6th. Seating will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Curriculum Night and Open Open House
Your children are invited to attend with you!.
- September 24th-Kindergarten-2nd Grade from 6:00-6:45 p.m.
- September 25th-3rd-5th Grade from 6:00-6:45 p.m.
This will be a different format compared to previous years. You will receive information on classroom procedures, expectations, curriculum and have an opportunity to meet all of your children's teachers.
PTA REFLECTIONS 2019-2020
This year's PTA Reflections theme is Look Within
It’s a great time to start getting inspiration for our annual PTA Reflections Program projects! Review the current standing rules at the Michigan PTA Reflections website. More information to come! Get creative!
Anchors Away Dismissal Process
The 2019-2020 Anchors Away registration forms are available by clicking HERE or by visiting the For Parent Tab on our school website. You can print out a hard copy of the form at home or get a form from the main office.
Car sign numbers can be picked up in our main office between the hours of 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday beginning Monday, August 12th.
You also have the opportunity to complete a registration form and receive your car sign number at our Kindergarten Meet and Greet on Friday, August 23rd from 5:00-6:00 p.m. and the 1st-5th Grade Meet and Greet on Monday, August 26th from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Simply note your child’s name and grade level in the appropriate section of the form if you are submitting it prior to being notified of your child’s classroom assignment on Friday, August 16th.
The Anchors Away Dismissal Process will begin on the first day of school. All students who do not ride the bus or are not enrolled in Prime Time each day must register in Anchors Away. Please remember this is not an optional program. Due to building safety and security procedures parents are not allowed into the building at dismissal time.
Last year’s registration forms and car signs will not be used this school year. Parents must again register their child(ren) for Anchors Away this upcoming school year. Please discard last year’s car sign numbers.
If you are new to the Anchors Away Dismissal Process, please click HERE for more information. Thank you for your support and please feel free to call us at (248) 956-2800 if you have any questions.
Welcome Kindergarten Students!
Kindergarten students will have a staggered start for the first day of school on Tuesday, August 27th. We ask that kindergartners wear their "Sharks in Training" t-shirts the first day of school.
Students with last names beginning with A-L will attend in the a.m. School will start at 8:55 a.m. and these students will be dismissed from 12:00-12:09 p.m.
Students with last names beginning with M-Z will attend in the p.m. School will begin for these students at 1:00 p.m. and students will be dismissed from 4:00-4:05 p.m.
Kindergartners attending school in the afternoon (M-Z) can participate in the Anchors Away Dismissal Process but those attending in morning (A-L) must be picked up from the Media Center or take the school bus home.
Kindergarten students will NOT have lunch the first day of school. They will begin a regular lunch routine at school on Wednesday, August 28th.
The Transportation Department will be contacting ALL kindergarten families with bus information and all students will be safely transported to and from school by bus drivers.
Please note the following information from our transportation department:
- Bus transportation will be provided on the first day of school for those students who are eligible for bus transportation throughout the regular school year
- If your child is eligible for bus transportation, it is recommended that they start this routine on the first day of school. Parents are welcome to follow the bus to school to see your child off to their first day of school, but it is highly recommended that they ride the bus to and from school this first day if they will be riding daily during the school year.
- Students who are not eligible for bus transportation will need to be dropped off at school.
- Bus Routes are posted on the school district website and can be found in your Skyward Family Access Account.
- Postcards will be sent noting the NORMAL pick-up/drop off times. Postcards will be mailed on August 20th
- Bus Drivers will call ALL Kindergarten student's homes August 20-21st
- Bus drivers will go through their ENTIRE morning bus route checking off Kindergarten student names as they get on the bus.
- A-L Kindergarten students will board the bus at school and the drivers will once again check in each student to ensure they are on the proper bus.
- At the noon concurrent drop off/pick-up, drivers will go through their ENTIRE route, checking off the Kindergarten students going into school for the afternoon session, and checking off the morning Kindergartners ensuring there is a PARENT to greet every student.
- The afternoon drop off will also have 1st-5th grade students. Drivers will again check off their Kindergarten students ensuring there is a PARENT to greet every Kindergarten student.
If you have questions regarding the staggered start, please call the main office at 248.956.2800. Any questions regarding busing can be answered by calling our Transportation Department between 5:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at 248.956.3090.
Peanut Free Practices, Snacks and Birthday Treats
Peanut Free Classrooms
Please be aware that we have students at Pleasant Lake Elementary that may have a life-threatening allergy to peanuts, tree nuts and other items. 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 peanut free classroom, and will give you a suggested snack and party list of foods to help guide you with food choices. There are also peanut free tables designated in our cafeteria.
We strongly encourage parents to not send food items in for birthday treats. Other items such as pencils, erasers, stickers, a book for the class, etc. are other choices for birthdays. Treats are gone in a few minutes while the before mentioned items will be around to enjoy for a much longer time period. We are trying to stress the importance of healthy eating habits to our students and need your help.
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.
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 .
1st Day of School-Tuesday, August 27th
Parents may walk their child to class on the first two days of school. Following that we respectfully ask that you allow students to walk to their classroom on their own. Our staff and safeties are available to help all students during this time every day. Thank you for your help with this.
Pleasant Lake Elementary
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Prime Time Care Hours
Monday - Friday
6:30 AM-6:00 PM
Drop off: 8:50 AM
Late Bell: 8:55 AM
Dismissal: 3:58 PM
Departure: 4:05 PM
PLE PTA Membership Forms
We need your support! Please click HERE and join our PTA. It's our goal to have each parent a member of our PTA. Your support is needed to continue the great things we provide our children.
Membership Forms can also be found in our main office and you'll have an opportunity to join our PTA at our upcoming Meet and Greet, Movie Night and Open House/Curriculum Nights. Membership forms and payments can be dropped off to the main office. Membership forms will also be sent home at the start of the school year.
Thank you again for supporting our children, families and staff!
Kroger Community Rewards Program
The PTA needs your help in providing our students and staff with as many resources as possible. One way the PTA helps is by contributing the funds earned through the Kroger Community Rewards program. If you shop at Kroger, we ask you to enroll your card to earn money for the PTA. This program does not take away your rewards earned toward gas or any other benefits. It is an additional way that Kroger gives back to the community. If you were enrolled in the past, please make sure to re-enroll and select Pleasant Lake Elementary PTA to earn the community rewards. You can follow the link provided here https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow
Also, if you have other family members (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) that shop at Kroger or Kroger affiliated stores encourage them to enroll their rewards card and select your student’s PTA for community rewards. Every little bit helps our students and staff.
PTA Co-V.P. and Scrips Coordinator
Box Tops Just Got Easier
Busch's Cash for Education
Don’t forget to re-enroll by January 1st to participate in the 2020 Cash for Education program. All participants must re-enroll annually. Once registered, simply shop, provide your Busch’s MyWay phone number or key tag at the register and receive credit for your schools. It’s that easy! Just be sure to follow the below steps to participate for the New Year.
Steps to Take:
- Sign into your MyWay account and select “Cash for Education” from the dropdown menu underneath your name to reselect your schools and/or organizations.
- If you haven’t done so already, you must include a valid email and opt-in to receive emails to participate in this program. You can check this under My Account > Account Holder when logged into MyWay. Busch’s will use this email to communicate any updates or changes to the Cash for Education Program. Email is also a great way to receive information regarding weekly specials, offers and Busch’s coupons, which are sent exclusively to MyWay members.
- Select up to four organizations that you would like to support for each quarter using the drop down menu. Purchases will be allocated equally between your chosen organizations.
- You may now also include the student you’re supporting.
- You may change your organizations and student at any time, but only those selected at the end of each quarter will receive credit.
Participants will be required to re-enroll on an annual basis.
Voluntary School Accident Insurance
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. The District offers this program because of trends in rising family health and dental insurance costs, increased deductibles, co-payments or lack of health or dental insurance coverage. Information can be found on the district website or by clicking HERE.
Absences and Notes to School
If you intend to keep your child home on a school day for any reason, please use our attendance hotline at 248-956-2890. You may leave a voicemail message 24 hours a day. If we do not receive a call from you, we will call you to make sure that your child is indeed absent.
The Transportation Department will not issue bus passes for after school study, play dates etc. Bus passes will be issued for shared custody, day care, babysitting, or other emergencies. The Transportation Department will also issue year-long passes for in-district transfer and school of choice students when there is room on the bus.
If your child's transportation/dismissal for the end of the day changes in any way, please send in a note at the beginning of the day to your child's teacher or the office. If this changes during the school day, please call our secretaries before 3:00 p.m. We will always make sure your child gets to the correct place at the end of the day, but we ask for your help with this by notifying us early in the day or with a note. Thank you!
Safety First at Pleasant Lake Elementary
- If your child needs to be picked up during the school day, he/she will only be released to a parent, custodial parent, person listed on the school emergency form or a person identified in a permission note from the parent. We will require a photo ID.
- Any legal documents containing custodial restrictions or court orders must be on file in our office.
- If you are visiting our school or dropping off a student, please park in our main parking and come through our main entrance doors to our office area to sign your child in. All doors are locked and will not be opened by staff members or students. This includes students who are tardy to school. Do not drop off students in the parking lot if they are tardy for school. Parents must come into the office to sign tardy students in. When using the main entrance, please buzz in and the main office staff will open the door for you.
- To maintain a safe and secure learning environment, parents and visitors may not go to any classroom unless they have made prior arrangements with the classroom teacher. Parent volunteers are welcome at Pleasant Lake, but must sign in each time they volunteer in a classroom or in the building. Please remember to sign out when you are finished. Parents may not visit classrooms unexpectedly when volunteering or visiting the school. Students walk to their classrooms on their own each day and will be called down to the office if leaving early. Students will be called down to the office for any forgotten items brought in to the office.
Lunch and Food Service Information
Our hot lunch program begins on Tuesday, August 27th for students in grades 1-5.
Walled Lake Consolidated School District offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.25 at the elementary level and $1.50 at the middle school and high school levels; lunch costs $2.75 at the elementary level and $3.00 at the middle and high school levels. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. Reduced-price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch.
Teach The Leader in Me Habits At Home!
Reading and Math Resources
Although Summer is a time for relaxing and having fun, it also needs to be a time to stay engaged with reading, writing, and math to prevent the loss of skills during this time. A recent article in the Washington Post talks about ways in which you can help your child with the dreaded “summer slide” in reading to keep them moving forward to the Fall with momentum. There are some really great ideas in this article to make reading fun and a great family activity.
Please note that you cannot access iReady reading and math lessons at this time. From August 17th thru the first day of school, important data and rosters will be updated and lessons will not be available to students for a couple of weeks. Student Data from lessons completed, time on task, and standards passed & not passed will be used in the Fall. Please check with your child's teacher if you have questions regarding iReady Instruction at home.
Here’s a few more ideas that you can put into action to support your child’s learning throughout the summer:
- READING: All reading is good reading! Books, magazines, maps, signs, etc. Have your child read them to themselves or aloud to you and then ask them to tell you about what they read and what it means or what they think will come next.
- The International Literacy Association (ILA) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC) created a list of children’s favorite newly published children’s and young adult book. Check out the Children's Choices 2019 Reading List.
- Also, check out the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.
- WRITING: Have your child keep a journal or write letters to family members. Write stories together to share with a neighbor or family member. Be sure that they know their writing is important and that their reader wants to be able to understand their communication.
- MATH: Numbers are everywhere! Ask your child about the numbers you see. Have them add the numbers for you or ask how many they see when looking at a group of objects. Skip count together by 2, 5, or 10). Split a pizza and have them tell you what fraction of the pizza they get to have. The National Association of Elementary School Principal’s has some good suggestions to support this idea too!
- Walled Lake also offers a website with some great ideas for summer learning and some offerings for kids to participate in summer camps. Please visit our Think-a-Paloozawebsite and our Summer Programs website.
It is very easy to get caught up in the idea that summer means no school, but it certainly does not mean no learning should occur. Be sure to keep your child engaged and moving forward as the summer days pass by.
Know What's Going On At Pleasant Lake Elementary!
SKYWARD FAMILY ACCESS
It is critical that parents keep an updated email address and let us know if it changes as soon as possible. Parents may update this information for us on Skyward Family Access. All teachers at Pleasant Lake utilize Skyward Family Access to communicate with parents. Report cards, lunch account information, progress reports, attendance and other important information will always be posted on Skyward Family Access. If you are a new family to Walled Lake Schools or have misplaced or lost your Family Access ID and password, please click HERE to get connected.
PLEASANT LAKE PLEASANTRIES AND SCHOOL WEBSITE
Our school newsletter will be sent electronically to parents once a month. An archive of newsletters is also posted to our school website under the For Parents tab. Our school website can be found HERE. Please visit this page often for information about our school. You will find links to important documents, websites from your child's classroom, PTA forms and information, and important updates and forms that you will need to access.
Please follow us on Twitter @PleasantLakeEl to be updated regularly on important events at our school and fun pictures of student events and learning!
We also offer Remind 101 to all PLE 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 PLE. You can unsubscribe at any time.
To join, send a text to (586) 649-3482 and enter the message @mrmakt
You can opt-out of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @mrmakt'.