Glengary Gazette

November 22, 2021

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A Message from Mrs. Johnson

Dear Glengary Families,

The Glengary staff is so thankful we are able to work with our amazing community each and every day. Thank you for trusting us with your children and supporting us along the way. We appreciate our Gator families and we are so grateful to partner with you each year!

I wanted to take a moment to wish all families a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving. For those of you who head out of town for the holiday, I wish you safe travels. For those of you hosting the holiday, I hope you are able to take a step back from the rush of preparing a Thanksgiving feast and enjoy the time spent with your loved ones.

As always, the Glengary Staff is here to support you. Should you have questions or if concerns arise, please reach out to your child's teacher or myself and we will work together to find a solution. I can be reached at or at 248-956-3100.

Here's to a GREAT (short) week ahead!

RosaLeigh Johnson, Principal

Important Dates


11/17: Parent/Teacher Conference Sign Up Opens to Families

11/25 & 11/26: Thanksgiving Break

11/29: i-Ready School-Wide December Challenge Kicks Off (Info Below)


12/1: Half Day of School (Staff PD) 12:25 PM Dismissal

12/6: Parent/Teacher Sign Up Closes to Families

12/7: PTA Meeting

12/9: Parent/Teacher Conferences (early dismissal)

12/15: Friend of Diversity Award Nominations Due (See Below)

12/19: Final Day of i-Ready School-Wide December Challenge (Info Below)

12/21: Final Day for Students (Winter break begins at close of school day)

Positivity Project

Positivity Project

The character strength of focus continues this week with Gratitude (Nov 12-27th). The following week (Nov 28-Dec 4), the character strength of focus will be Kindness .

Please take a look at the links below for each strength as they will provide you with the knowledge and tools needed to partner in this important work. The resources in the links below were created to help parents reinforce this important learning at home. Thank you!

21-22 P2 Calendar

Consider printing the calendar to help keep track of the character strengths we will learn each week!

Gratitude Parent Links Below


New Information

COVID Reporting

This is a friendly reminder that positive COVID cases of students and household members should be reported to office staff as soon as possible so we can complete our necessary protocols.

To report positive COVID cases parents should email the following office staff:

RosaLeigh Johnson:

Cheryl Maten:

Melissa Roth:

Don't forget to sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences!

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, December 9th.


If you haven't signed up, please take a moment to do so now. Click on the link below for step-by-step directions for how to sign up using Skyward Family Access.

Sign-Up Closes for Parents

Monday, December 6 at 7:00 a.m.

As you begin to think about the conference schedule that may work best for you, please note the following considerations:

-If you have multiple children, I suggest you do not have your conferences back to back, as we all know that sometimes conferences run behind. Try to build in a time slot buffer between conference times for your children.

*Please note that the conference day is slated for one conference per child. I kindly ask that two family homes do their best to collaborate and attend a joint conference.

Elementary Conferences Parent

Conferences with Special Education Service Providers

If your child is serviced by any of the following individuals, please click on the teacher's link below to sign up for a conference time.

Chelsea Goddard: Resource Room

Kristin Perusse: Resource Room

Natalie Bunzeluk: Speech and Language

Kristen Abbo-Social Work

Important Report Card Information

Dear Elementary Families,

We are looking forward to sharing student progress in the coming weeks with you through our elementary report cards as well as conferences with our teachers. Last year, due to many logistical barriers involving reporting progress on students in virtual/remote settings as well as those transitioning back to in-person learning, we made some modifications to report cards and the reporting format. This year, however, with our students and staff back to in-person learning, we will once again return to our typical report card format. One exception that you may notice, though, is for our fourth and fifth grade students. At this point, we are asking teachers to continue to pause on assigning letter grades for science, social studies and mathematics. This is due in part to new curricular changes as well as the ongoing work with our elementary report card committee which is studying making recommendations in those areas this year. Thank you for your partnership in education! Please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher or the building principal for any additional questions regarding report cards this year.


Catherine Kochanski

Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services

Glengary Giving Tree

Each year, the Glengary Community shows an overwhelming desire to support families that may need a little extra support during the holiday season. Below you will find links to 13 families that we planning to support this Holiday Season.

  • Gift Drop off will take place on Monday, December 13th from 9:15 am- 10:00 am. We also have an evening drop off on Tuesday, December 14th from 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm.
  • Drop off will be in the front bus loop. You will pull up in front of the main door and a volunteer will be there to take your donation.
  • It is very important that you attach a note to your gift that tells the Family Number, Gender and Age.
  • Please do not wrap the gifts.

Thank you for your consideration in our efforts to make this a wonderful holiday season for every family. Questions can be emailed to

Family 1:

Family 2:

Family 3:

Family 5:

Family 6:

Family 7:

Family 8:

Family 9:

Family 11:

Family 12:

Family 13:

Family 14:

Family 15:

*Note: We have partnered with the local Eagles Club who is supporting Family 4 and Family 10.

A Note of Appreciation for the Glengary Staff

The Glengary staff really hit the ground running this year! They continue to impress me each and every day with their level of commitment and willingness to go above and beyond to serve our kids, despite the obstacles that the year has brought. I want to bring them some joy this holiday season in a couple of ways. Please consider writing a letter of appreciation to a Glengary staff member by clicking on the form below! It will only take a few minutes, but the impact the note of appreciation will have on the staff member will certainly be impactful.

Please complete the form by Tuesday, December 14th. I will share the uplifting words with staff before the holiday break. Thank you for your consideration!

A Note of Appreciation Form

Please complete the form by Tuesday, December 14th

i-Ready School-Wide Challenge

We are ready to build some excitement around i-Ready at Glengary! i-Ready is a district-wide program that Walled Lake Schools uses to not only assess students’ academic levels, but to enrich and supplement instruction so that we can close academic gaps and differentiate appropriately. As a building, we have an i-Ready committee that has been brainstorming ideas to help our Glengary team build a positive culture around i-Ready and ignite excitement among our Gators!

To do this, we are going to kick off a friendly grade-level competition. At the front of the building, we have put together a large bulliten board entitled, Chillin with i-Ready. Each grade-level has a polar bear labeled with their grade and they will earn 1 fish for every 10 i-Ready lessons passed in their class. Lessons will be tallied each week and a bar graph of fish displayed to show grade-level progress.

December Theme: Winter Theme (Chillin with i-Ready!)

December Competition Dates: Monday, November 29-Sunday, December 19

Week 1: November 29-December 5 (Report totals on Monday, December 6)

Week 2: December 6-December 12 (Report totals on Monday, December 13)

Week 3: December 13-December 19 (Report totals on Monday, December 20)

Purpose: To increase student engagement with the i-Ready instructional lessons which target specific focus areas for each student based on their individualized fall diagnostic. i-Ready is research based and while it does not replace the core, quality instruction happening in the classroom, it certainly serves as a great way to close gaps and enrich our learners that are ready for the next challenge.

Competition Focus: Each grade will earn 1 fish for every 10 lessons passed.

Prize: i-Ready Character Trophy and other prize TBD (There will be a prize for both reading and math, as they will be tracked separately).

How Can you Help?

Encourage students take their i-Ready lessons seriously. Teachers will do their best to ensure students have the appropriate number of minutes built into their weekly schedule to complete the recommended number of minutes per week at school (30 minutes for K and 45 minutes for grades 1-5). If students have not been able to complete the recommended amount of time on their i-Ready lessons at school, please encourage them to complete them at home if possible. Unfortunately, at this time, we do not have Chromebooks available to send home with students.

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Stride Boys Completed 5K Race

On Sunday November 14th, our Stride Boys team raced in a 5K on Belle Isle in Detroit. Glengary students were honored to sing the National Anthem before the race. Congratulations to the following students who ran in this race: Cooper Batchelder, Noah Davio, George Kusku, Brady MacKool, Zaine O'Donnell, Landon Peterson, Victor Rangel-Guzman, Cameron Yessian, and Zachary Zotkovich.

We also want to Congratulate the following boys for being in the top 10:

1st Place-Cameron Yessian

2nd Place- Bracy MacKool

5th Place- Cooper Batchelder

Thank you to Maria Batchelder and Stacie Zotkovich for leading our boys in Stride this fall.

2021 - 2022 REFLECTIONS!!

We are SO proud of our 31 students who participated in the National PTA's Reflections Program and submitted a project that supported the theme, "I Will Change the World By...,"

Many participants joined us at Glengary for Creativity Night where they used their character strength of Creativity to develop some inspiring ideas.

A HUGE congrats to the following students who have art work that has been selected to move forward to the district level competition:

Everett Metcalf-Kindergarten

Patrick Maher-2nd Grade

Ella Werner-3rd Grade

Decklyn Cygan-4th Grade

Gator Race

Last week our top 10 Fundraisers from our Fun Run participated in a Gator Race. Congratulations to our winner, Miles Gardynik, who won a Hover Board. Thanks again to all of our gators who made generous donations to Glengary Elementary!

Student Council Food Drive

A HUGE thank you to all families who partnered with the Glengary Student Council and made a donation for our Food Drive. Collectively, we donated 767pounds of food worth $1,334.58 and $150.00 cash to provide 6 families with a full Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you!

Attention Bus #126- Week of Nov 22-24

On Wednesday, 11/17, we learned of the temporary postponement of several bus routes within the Walled Lake School District for the week of November 22-24. If you have not read the district notification, please visit for all the information.

For Glengary, Bus #126 is impacted.

Please note the following:

-During this week, we will not mark students tardy who ride bus 126. We understand parents will be adjusting schedules, making carpool arrangements, and we recognize a cancellation of a bus route is problematic for many families.

-Apple Pick-Up Signs were sent home with students last week as a proactive measure. Please place this sign in front window so that it is visible to staff. If for some reason you did not get a sign, please simply write your last name on a piece of paper and place in the passenger window for pick-up. Having last names posted in the passenger window will make pick-up much smoother. Please also email Melissa Roth ( ) and we will make you an official sign.

-We know that there will be increased traffic but please do not block driveways. These must remain unblocked so residents can access their homes.

-Please be conscious of your activity in the line and do your best to remain distraction free to ensure a consistent flow of traffic.

-Please remember to remain in your vehicle and pull forward to the cone. For drop-off, a student safety will open your passenger door. For Pick-Up, an adult will release your student to your vehicle and a student safety will open the passenger door. If you need to assist your student with buckling, please pull into a parking space. We cannot have adults exit their vehicles while in the line or a traffic back-up will ensue.

-Friendly reminder that drop-off begins at 8:50 AM. We will have staff positioned outside for drop-off until 9:10 AM as we know there will be increased traffic. Pick-up begins at 3:45 PM and we will plan to have all cars cleared out by 4:05 PM.

***If your child is going home with someone who is not the parent, please send an email to the classroom teacher and CC Melissa Roth ( and Cheryl Maten ( If there is any way to give this person your Apple Pick-Up Sign on the day that they are picking up, this would be extremely helpful to our team.

Linked HERE you will find the Arrival/Dismissal Procedures from the start of the year.

I understand how problematic and frustrating this is for our families. Thank you for your flexibility, patience and grace. We will continue to work together to keep things running as smoothly as possible.

23rd Annual Dr. MLK, Jr. Day Express Yourself Contest

Who? You! The students of Walled Lake Schools. What? Speech, essay, picture, poem, drawing, video, or any other way you choose to express yourself.

  • Express the theme, “Together We’re Better!” in your own unique way. There are lots of possibilities for creating a project. It can be a piece of writing, music, art, or other visual that shows how you want to make a positive change and/or impact in the world.
  • Fill out an entry form (see back) and attach your entry to the form.

Why? We are looking for entries for our annual Walled Lake Schools MLK Day Celebration on Monday, January 17, 2022.

When? Turn in your entry to your school’s office by Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

The event's keynote speaker at the MLK Celebration will be Rabbi Yarden Blumstein. He will share his experience with bringing people together within our local community.

Please complete the entry form available by clicking the button below.

Express Yourself Contest Information

Entries are due to the Glengary office by December 15th.

Friend of Diversity Award: Nominations Due December 15

The Walled Lake Schools is currently seeking nominations for the “Alec Bender Friend of Diversity Award.” This award will honor individuals who are true friends of multicultural diversity in our school district and community. The honor will be bestowed upon the recipient(s) at the district-wide virtual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on January 17, 2022.


Any staff member, student, parent, or community member.


Any person in the community may submit a nomination.

Nomination forms for the “Alec Bender Friend of Diversity Award” are available in each school office. Please submit your nomination to your school office, attention Principal, by the deadline of Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

Romeo Update!

Romeo is continuing to transition to Glengary Elementary, spending several half days per week with our Gators. He is learning how to support students, follow school rules, and have stamina in the classroom. As shared previously, Mrs. Locke and Mrs. Johnson will continue to monitor Romeo's response to his transition and determine when he is ready to begin attending full days at Glengary. This may occur in December or January.

**Please note that during these transition days, Romeo will be visiting different classrooms and areas of the building (i.e.-PE, Media, recess). This will be a very flexible and fluid schedule initially, as we work to build Romeo's stamina, comfort and confidence. A more concrete schedule will be developed in the new year.

Colder Weather Coming

As we prepare for the colder fall/winter weather to hit, please take a moment to review the recess wear guidelines.

Please make sure your child has an appropriate coat or jacket for the weather. Many classes have an early morning block recess and we are looking ahead at some chilly mornings.

Hopefully we are still a ways away from snow, put please note that IT IS ESSENTIAL that students have boots and snow pants when there is snow on the ground.

If you need help providing winter wear for your child, please reach out to me and we will help you! We want all of our Gators to have the items that they need!

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Walled Lake District Update

Please click on the button below for the Walled Lake District Update.

WL Update: November 22, 2021

Good afternoon WLCSD families,

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our District has received additional funding from both the state and federal levels to assist in providing necessary programs and support for our students, staff and families.

In order to meet our goals of transparency and being good financial stewards of our community’s resources, we humbly request feedback from all stakeholders on our District’s latest round of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding.

Before completing the survey linked below, please watch this short video webinar in which Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Gutman, and Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Teri Les provide the necessary background information for the survey including what the ESSER funds are used for and why stakeholder feedback is so important.

· ESSER Community Feedback Webinar

After reviewing this short video webinar, please be sure to fill out the short survey linked below. Responses must be submitted by Wednesday, December 8.

· ESSER Community Feedback Survey

The Walled Lake Consolidated School District is fortunate to have such a supportive and collaborative community and we once again call on that spirit of community with our latest survey feedback opportunity. Thank you for your time and your continued partnership as we serve Every Child, Every Day.

Your Partners in Education,

The Walled Lake Consolidated School District

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Community Education Classes offered through WLCSD

Check out the link below for a variety of Community Ed classes that are offered through WLCSD.

Glengary PTA Information

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Glengary Room Parents

Thanks to everyone who completed the Room Parent Survey. PTA Volunteer Coordinator, Wendi Oliver, will be in touch over the next few weeks regarding the room parent groupings and some ideas for how to facilitate with the classroom teacher. Thank you!

Room Parent Survey

Due Monday, November 15th

Photos from Fun Run?

If any parents that volunteered took pictures and would like to share, please email them to so we can review them for the yearbook!


Are you someone who is interested in helping with this year's yearbook?! Being back in school and having events like the Fun Run and Trunk or Treat make putting the memories together, fun and totally worthwhile.

If any parents are interested in starting to work on the yearbook, please reach out to or come to our meeting in November!

The future of the Glengary Yearbook lies with you! If you would like to volunteer to help put

together the yearbook, the committee is forming now - please sign up at the meeting or reach

out to Alison Burke at!!! If you were able to take pictures at the Fun Run and have not yet done so, please email them for yearbook


Previously Shared Information

Zones of Regulation

At Glengary this year, we are teaching all students about the Zones of Regulation.

Here are some skills taught during The Zones of Regulation:

  • Identifying your emotions by categorizing feelings into four zones (more on this below)
  • Self-regulation: Achieving the preferred state of alertness (zone) for a situation. This is all about regulating your body and emotional regulation.
  • Identifying triggers: Learning what makes you “tick” and why
  • Coping strategies: Various techniques and strategies that help achieve emotional regulation and manage strong emotions
  • Size of the problem: Introduces the idea that the size of your reaction should match the size of your problem, how to identify the size of your problem, and strategies for problem-solving.
  • Expected behavior vs unexpected behavior: This also covers perspective taking and how your behavior affects the thoughts and feelings of the people around you.

Click on the link to learn more! This is a GREAT tool and language to use at home as well!

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Volunteers at Glengary

Earlier this month, the WLCSD Parent Update shared that volunteers would be permitted on a limited basis and to look for a communication plan from the building principal. While we are very excited to see volunteers back in our school, we still need to have a thoughtful plan that does not jeopardize our efforts to keep our community healthy and our students in school. Please note the following details regarding volunteering during the school day:
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IMPORTANT: Each teacher utilizes volunteers in a different way. Some teachers do not have frequent volunteers. Other teachers use volunteers on a weekly basis. Please respect each teacher’s approach to volunteering and wait for them to share information with parents about volunteer opportunities. Even if your child’s teacher does not request classroom volunteers, there will be many other opportunities. Note: Volunteering in our school is different from visitors/spectators at events during the school day. Visitors or spectators at events during the school day are not permitted at this time.

Thank you for your partnership and understanding as we work thoughtfully to ensure the safety of all.

*Note: Please look for an upcoming communication regarding how Room Parents will be handled during the 21-22 school year.

What Does it mean to be Suggestive of Covid?

Please take note of the symptoms below. Based on guidance from the Oakland County Health Department, if a student presents the following symptoms, they may be suggestive of COVID-19.

1. Is this student currently experiencing ONE or more of the following symptoms unrelated to a known pre-existing condition (e.g. asthma, allergies)?

* New Cough

*Shortness of breath

*Difficulty breathing

*New loss of taste or smell

2. Is this student currently experiencing any TWO or more of the following symptoms unrelated to a known pre-existing condition (e.g. asthma, allergies)?

*Fever (100.4 degrees +)


*Diarrhea (2x in 24 hours)

* Fatigue

*Congestion/runny nose


*Muscle aches

*Sore throat

*Nausea/Vomiting (2x in 24 hours)

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 testing is strongly recommended. Contact your medical provider and get tested for COVID-19.

For the student to return back to school, there are three options:

1. Receive COVID-19 testing, and return to school with proof of a negative PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test result, provided symptoms have improved and fever resolved for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine. Rapid test results are not acceptable.

2. Exclude from school until 10 calendar days have passed since symptom onset and at least 24 hours fever free without fever reducing medicine.

3. Provide a note from your physician indicating a clear alternative diagnosis (e.g. positive strep throat, urinary infection, etc.). Must be fever free for over 24 hours without fever reducing medicine with improvement in symptoms.


We continue to urge all families to check your child's health daily and make decisions that will help ensure we keep our students, staff and community healthy and safe.

Daily Health Checks: Please check your child(ren) daily for ANY signs of illness before attending school. Check for the following symptoms:

  • Fever/Chills
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Muscle of Body Aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion
  • Runny Nose
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If your child has any of these symptoms, please err on the side of caution and keep them home until they are feeling better! We appreciate your partnership as we continue to work together to keep our community healthy and safe!

COVID-19 Dashboard

Our district maintains a COVID-19 Dashboard which is updated throughout the week. The dashboard is currently linked on our district website and has also been included in recent district updates. Per district protocols, we continue to report all COVID-19 positive cases to the Oakland County Health Division (OCHD). Our district will continue to monitor both building and classroom numbers. Parents can also refer to the district’s FAQ document.
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Supply Chain Issues & School Meals - What Parents Need to Know

Food Service Information

For the 2021-22 school year, breakfast and lunch is free for all students. If you would normally fill out a form to receive free or reduced lunch, we ask that you do so for accounting purposes. Forms are available on the district food service web page.

Below you will find the breakfast and lunch menus for October. You will also find the contact information for our Food Service Department.

Walled Lake Community Education is committed to providing quality programs for youth and adults. The link below you will also find our Youth Recreation, Youth Enrichment and Adult Recreation/Enrichment offerings
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Communication is Key at Glengary Elementary!

Communication is important to us at Glengary. Parents will be notified and updated in a variety of ways throughout the school year. The majority of information for parents will be available on our school and District website and through email.


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 Glengary 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.

Glengary Gazette AND School Web Page

Our Glengary Gazette newsletter will be sent electronically to families. This is typically a bi-weekly communication filled with all important school and PTA updates. As we begin the year, the communication may be sent on a weekly basis if needed. An archive of newsletters will be posted to our school website. Please visit this page often for information about our school. You will find links to important documents, websites and blogs from your child's classroom, PTA forms and information, and important updates and forms that you will need to access.

PTA Website and Updates

Our PTA has an excellent website with upcoming events, fundraiser information, PTA membership links, and other pertinent information and forms. PTA information and updates are also shared with the Tuesday Tidbits.

Social Media

Glengary Elementary also has a Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter which are linked below!

Glengary Contact Information

RosaLeigh Johnson


Cheryl Maten

Principal's Secretary:

Melissa Roth

Building Secretary:

Important Phone Numbers:

Main Line: 248-956-3100

Fax Line: 248-956-3105
Attendance: 248-956-3190