WBSD Update

A weekly update from the West Bloomfield School District

WBSD Weekly Update - March 5

Happy Friday, Team WB!

We had another great week of both in-person and remote learning in the West Bloomfield School District. Whether online or in the classroom, our students are displaying all four elements of the 4Cs and our Portrait of a Graduate each and every single day!

Have a great weekend!

Michigan Week Awards Nominations Due March 8!

Greater West Bloomfield volunteers give their time, talent, and personal resources on a daily basis without regard for recognition or promotion. We invite you to help us celebrate and recognize these individuals and organizations that serve our community year-round.

You are invited to submit nominations for awards to be presented at the 2021 VIRTUAL Michigan Week Community Awards Celebration on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

  • What stories of selfless service will help shine a bright light on the mission and vision of your organization, as expressed through the effort of volunteers?
  • All nominations must be submitted electronically and received by Monday, March 8, 2021 at 11:59 PM. No nominations can be accepted after that date.

Submit your nominations at the following link: http://michiganweek.org/nominate/

The Greater West Bloomfield Michigan Week Committee is a non-partisan, non-profit organization. West Bloomfield Youth Assistance, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the fiscal sponsor for the Breakfast.

March 2021 - West Bloomfield TODAY/WB Laker Newsletter

Coming to homes next week! Enjoy a sneak preview HERE!


The West Bloomfield School District Board of Education unanimously approved a 2.0 mill non-homestead millage restoration proposal during their Jan. 25 regular meeting. This proposal will appear on the May 4, 2021 ballot.

The ballot proposal calls for a 2.0 mill increase in the non-homestead millage rate. This will raise the current non-homestead tax rate from its current rolled back rate of 16.9544 to 18.9544 mills. While the school district can only levy 18 mills on non-homestead property, the millage above 18 mills will protect the school district from future rollbacks.

This proposal seeks restoration of the non-homestead tax rate that was approved by voters in 2014.

For more information, visit the www.wbsd.org/elections or contact the Assistant Superintendent for Business & Operations, Kyle Anderson at elections@wbsd.org or (248) 865-6434.

WBSD Headlee Restoration Webinar 2021
The NEW Lakers Online - 2021-22 webinar - March 10

Join us for a presentation on what Lakers Online will look like during the 2021-22 school year. This presentation is for any current 9th grade students transitioning to 10th grade in the fall of 2021.

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District's Read-A-Thon Mystery Reader event is a HIT!

As part of March is Reading month in the West Bloomfield School District, students and families from across the district were treated to a Read-A-Thon/Mystery Reader event on March 3. The fun started at 9 a.m. with guest readers presenting every 30 minutes. The fun concluded with a special bedtime story presentation at 7:30 p.m.

Attendance at each guest reader session was tremendous with nearly 100 attendees at several points throughout the day. Search #wbsdREADS on Twitter for a recap of the day's highlights.

We'd like to thank the district iCenter Specialists who made this wonderful event possible and of course all of the outstanding mystery readers who took time from their day to share some of their favorite stories with our students and families.

WB orchestra students recognized!

CONGRATULATIONS to the following West Bloomfield High School SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA students who earned Superior and Excellent ratings at the 2021 MSBOA Virtual Solo and Ensemble festival.

Students who earned a “Superior/ 1st Division” rating were:

  • Audrey Gunawan – Violin – Proficiency III level
  • Laura Fernandes – Violin – Solo
  • Shino Ohta and Selena Xie – Violin/Viola Duet

Students earning an “Excellent/ 2nd Division” rating were:

  • Kamala Nayan Mallubhotla - Cello
  • Emma King – Violin
  • Keigo Iwao – Violin

WB students recognized at Solo and Ensemble Festival

The district is proud to recognize the seven West Bloomfield High School band students who participated in the Virtual Solo and Ensemble Festival. All seven students earned either Division I or Division II rating! These students prepared and recorded solos and were given ratings and constructive feedback from experienced adjudicators.

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Abby Freitag - Senior, French Horn: Division I Rating

  • Jason Grose - Junior, Alto Saxophone: Division I Rating

  • Kirsten Hempelmann - Sophomore, Flute: Division II Rating

  • Adi Mizrahi - Senior, Flute: Division I Rating

  • Lauren Pratt - Freshman, Alto Saxophone: Division I Rating

  • Nolan Pratt - Freshman, Trumpet: Division I Rating

  • Rylie Schell - Freshman, Trumpet: Division I Rating

A special congratulations to seniors Abby Freitag and Adi Mizrahi, who participated in their fourth high school level Solo and Ensemble Festival. Each year that students perform in subsequent Solo and Ensemble Festivals, they have the opportunity to participate at an increasingly higher proficiency level. Since both Abby and Adi have participated in High School Solo and Ensemble since 9th grade, this year they entered at the highest Proficiency level. They performed solos with piano accompaniment as well as multiple octave major and minor scales. Congratulations to both Adi and Abby on a wonderful high school Solo and Ensemble career!

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New West Bloomfield High School Football Coach Discusses Taking Over the MHSAA State Champions

WBSD SMS Text Alerts - Sign Up TODAY!

As you may already know, our district utilizes the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages, straight to your mobile phone with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts and more. This resource is on top of the emails and phone messages you already receive from SchoolMessenger.

You can participate in this service just by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our district’s short code number, 67587.

You can also opt-out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our

messages with “Stop”.

SchoolMessenger is compliant with the Student Privacy PledgeTM, so you can rest assured that your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone.

Kindergarten Enrollment 2021

Our Kindergarten building teams hosted a successful Virtual Kindergarten Roundup on Jan. 20 via Zoom. Buildings will now be hosting their own individual Kindergarten Showcase events starting next week. For more information on those meetings as well as additional resources and timelines for kindergarten families, please visit the Kindergarten webpage.

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Community Resources

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WB Township Library Information

Reading Lists for Kids and Teens

Virtual Oliver’s Animal Adventures

Thursdays, March 11 – April 8 at 6:30 PM

This virtual puppet program mixes the silliness of puppetry with a series of live exotic animals for an educational and entertaining virtual program! This program is available via Zoom and recommended for all ages.

Register for Virtual Oliver’s Animal Adventures

New Online Learning Resources for Elementary-Age Students

ScienceFlix helps students understand science concepts and ideas. With its emphasis on the latest STEM thinking and the Next Generation Science Standards, ScienceFlix offers more than 8,000 science-related topics.

Access ScienceFlix

TumbleMath helps boost math and reading skills at the same time. Watch a short video tutorial by Ms. Carrie to learn how to use TumbleMath.

Getting Started with TumbleMath [Video Tutorial]

Access TumbleMath

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

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 to 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.

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.

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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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