WBSD Update

A weekly update from the West Bloomfield School District

WBSD Weekly Update - October 9

We had a stupendous seventh week of the 2020-21 school year. We'd like to thank you all of your support on Count Day this week and helping us receive funding from the State of Michigan.

Have a great weekend, Team WB!

Roosevelt School 100th Anniversary Open House

Sunday, October 11, 1pm Built in 1920, this facility is thought to be the oldest operating Michigan public school in an original building! Roosevelt School is in Keego Harbor and is now included in West Bloomfield School District. This virtual presentation shares some of the school’s 100 year history through video and museum artifacts.

Follow the Zoom link at gwbhs.org/events.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83610712047 Meeting ID: 836 1071 2047

10 Remote Learning Hacks for Families

Resources and related content from the Oct. 7 webinar. Please find the presentation linked below.

10 Remote Learning Hacks - West Bloomfield School District

Health Screenings - Attention Families!

In order to protect everyone within our buildings and continue to provide outstanding in-person instruction for our K-8 students, we need our families to partner with us.

We need families to be honest with us when monitoring their own student's health each day. If your student is feeling under the weather for any reason, please do the responsible thing and keep your student home from school that day. When keeping students home, please continue to monitor their symptoms throughout the day and reevaluate the next day.

We will work with families to ensure any students remaining at home due to health precautions have the necessary time and resources to stay up to do in their classes without falling behind. We'd rather families take the necessary precautions instead of worrying about class assignments or grades when dealing with potentially ill students.

As we head into cold, flu and allergy season, this honest accounting of our students' symptoms each day will help us keep all who learn, work and play within our buildings safe.

Please reach out to your building principal if you have any questions or concerns.

Student Wellness and Social Emotional Resources

Visit this link for important resources for students, staff and families.

WBSD/Durham Transportation Bus Tracker

Durham Bus Tracker is an application (app) developed to help improve communication with families. This app will securely allow parents/guardians to view the location of their child(ren)’s bus in relation to their assigned bus stop as well as provide information about their routes, in near real-time, including the scheduled arrival time of each stop. The application is user friendly and available at no additional charge (mobile carrier data charges may still apply).

COVID-19 Testing for Students

Canvas Login Information

The district's instructional team recently shared a Student Login document for families accessing Canvas for the first time. That document is linked below:

Additional Canvas resources can be found at www.wbsd.org/canvas.

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Food Service Update - 2020-21 School Year

Food service will be available to all West Bloomfield School District students during the 2020-21 school year. Please see the letter linked below with options for each student learning model.

Please contact Anne Stevens with Nutrition Services questions at anne.stevens@wbsd.org or (248) 865-6733.

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Vote Donovan Edwards - 2020 Michigan High School Mr. Football

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL? Voting for the 2020 Michigan High School Mr. Football contest - sponsored by Hungry Howies – is On!

To vote, select our very own Donovan Edwards from the list at the link below and cast your vote!!

Voting is limited to once every 3 minutes, so please refresh your browser after the allotted timeframe to cast another vote! Vote early and often!

Watch Live Lakers Athletics Through the NFHS Network

Please see the attached flyer below for information on how to watch live action of Lakers Athletics for events in our Gymnasium and Stadium. Here is the link for our school page for the NFHS Network:


Blessings in a Backpack - Oct. 7 Update

The first Blessings in a Backpack food bags were passed out this week. If your children are going to school Face to Face, they will get their bags at their home schools by Friday.

If your children are doing on-line school in Lakers On Line or remotely for West Bloomfield High School students, their bags were passed out on Wednesday in the School District’s Food Service Curb Side Pick Up Line at West Bloomfield School High from 11:30 am-12:30 pm and from 3:30-4:30 pm.

If you registered for Blessings in a Backpack and did not receive or pick up your bags, or if you are interested in signing up for Blessings in a Backpack, please email katherinesheiko@hotmail.com or call 248 521 0074. Go to www.blessingsinabackpackmi.org

for more information on this program.


The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is an income based state-funded (free) preschool program for children four years old by September 1st. GSRP is held at at Scotch and Sheiko Elementary on MT THF. All applicants must meet income guidelines. Contact Laura Poxon at laura.poxon@wbsd.org or Kathi Luthe at kathi.luthe@wbsd.org to see if you qualify or call Collette Goestenkors at 248-865-6466.

Openings are still available for all full-day and half-day preschool programs at ACS and Sheiko Elementary! All West Bloomfield preschool programs utilize the HighScope curriculum.

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Little Lakers Virtual Preschool

Little Lakers Virtual Preschool is going Live! West Bloomfield Preschool Academy is offering a virtual option for preschool students. Families may register for 3, 4, or all days if the week. Little Lakers will be taught by a district preschool teacher and use the HighScope curriculum.

Contact Laura at 248-865-6457 for more information to register for virtual preschool!

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Community Resources

Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society - School Memories

Part of their mission at the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society is to collect and preserve the history of our four communities. This history is made by you: your stories; your challenges; and your experiences. These things connect and bind us together as a community.

This month they'd like to collect your School Memories! Follow the link below to submit your stories!

Submission link: https://forms.gle/hg3JckxQ6mnBaU6B8

Contact Cory Taylor, Office and Activities Coordinator with any questions or comments.
(313) 549-3545, cory@gwbhs.org

WB Township Library Information

September 15 – October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. Celebrate with a good book.

October Youth Programs

Rock & N Read (Ages birth-5 years)

Rock the morning away with books, fingerplays and music from your own home! This

interactive storytime encourages participation from the child and caregiver while

imparting early literacy skills, music and movement, and cognitive growth. This virtual

program will take place on Wednesdays in October at 10:30 AM on Zoom. Register to

receive connection details.

Virtual Halloween Spooktacular (All ages are welcome)

Be prepared for science tricks & treats as Mad Science presents their Halloween

Spooktacular. Watch and see how a Mad Scientist prepares cauldrons of frothing brews,

potions and elixirs. This educational and entertaining program promotes science with a

Halloween theme. This virtual program will take place on October 29 at 10 AM on

Zoom. Register to receive connection details.

Live Online Tutoring

  • Brainfuse is a valuable resource for K-12 students with a West Bloomfield Library card. It connects students to live online tutors for homework help from 2-11 PM (except holidays).
  • Interested in learning more? Watch this video tutorial from one of our information experts, Ms. Megan. Ms. Megan is a librarian in the youth department at the Main Library.
  • Ready to get started with Brainfuse? Visit the eLibrary. A West Bloomfield Library card is required.

The West Bloomfield Township Main Library and Westacres Branch are open for Phase 3


In Phase 3, our priorities continue to be the health and safety of staff, users and the community

at large and providing convenient access to collections of materials in all formats. An additional

goal of Phase 3 is providing access the Library’s public computers, scanners and printers,

equipment that we recognize not everyone in our community may have at home. Please see the

Library’s website for the latest updates and temporary hours.

NEW in Phase 3:

  • Computer usage by appointment
  • Print and scan documents as part of a computer appointment
  • Print from home and pick-up at Library
  • Use of photocopy machines
  • Fax service
  • Notary service (please contact library to check for the availability of a notary before you come in)
  • Payment of fines and fees at self-checkout stations and Circulation or Reception
  • Desks by credit/debit card, Apply Pay, Google Play or Tap to Pay

Phase 3 services also include:

  • Digital Materials
  • Grab & Go Service
  • Parking Lot Pick-Up
  • Services from the Main Library Drive-Up Window
  • Virtual Programs

Safety precautions continue in Phase 3

While in our buildings, Library staff and Library users age two and older are required to wear

face masks and follow strict social distancing guidelines to stay 6 feet apart from anyone

not living with you. Library visits are limited to 45 minutes per day.

No other use of building spaces will be available during Phase 3

Study spaces are not available at either building. Frequently touched surfaces such as toys

and play equipment, vending machines and water fountains are not be available.

Renew or request a library card

Ask at the Main Library Reception desk or the Westacres Branch Circulation desk. You can

also continue to renew or request a library card on the Library’s website.

WBSD Calendar

Check out our district and building calendars in order to stay up to date on all events going on in our district!

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