WBSD Update

A weekly update from the West Bloomfield School District

WBSD Weekly Update - October 23

Enjoy this week's Weekly Update complete with news and notes from across the West Bloomfield School District. We appreciate your support and partnership as we work to do what is best for kids.

Have a great weekend, Team WB!

No School - November 3

Just a reminder for families that there will be no school on Tuesday, November 3 for Election Day. Please use the day to exercise your right to vote in participate in our democracy. Find out more about our our local and national elections by visiting the Oakland County Election website.
West Bloomfield Schools Superintendent Talks about Return to Learn Progress & Future Innovations

OEC receives College Success Award!

We are pleased to announce that Oakland Early College has received GreatSchools.org’s 2020 College Success Award!

The College Success Award recognizes and celebrates high schools that demonstrate excellence in ensuring students are prepared to succeed in college and ultimately careers.

OEC is one of 2,158 schools in 29 states across the country to be honored with the Award, which is based on data indicating how the school prepares students to succeed after high school, including whether they enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework when they get there, and persist into their second year.

See the list of schools that won in our state and learn more about the award and the promising practices from other Award-winning schools at https://www.greatschools.org/gk/csa-winners/.

In addition, OEC received a perfect 10/10 overall rating from GreatSchools.org this year.

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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!


The West Bloomfield School District will be hosting a VIRTUAL Scholastic Book Fair running Nov. 2-15. Book fair links for each of our elementary schools are listed below:

Support our Elementary Schools: 25% of your purchase goes directly back to the school.

Lakers Online families, please consider shopping through your home school. Use the above school links to Shop Online.

ALL purchases are shipped directly to your home. *FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*

Sheiko Elementary School Principal and Teacher Talk about Establishing More Diverse Reading Program

WBSD Chromebook Accident and Loss Protection

Please click HERE for information on accident and loss protection for district issued Chromebooks. Please contact Allyson Dewar at allyson.dewar@oakland.k12.mi.us for more information or if you have questions.

10 Remote Learning Hacks for Families

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

Guidelines for attending athletic events at WBHS

As we have increased the number of spectators allowed at our sporting events, please help us keep our events going by doing your part to follow our spectator guidelines. In order to attend a WBHS event, all guests must adhere to the following regulations:

  • Masks/Face Coverings Must be Worn at ALL TIMES, even outdoors. This includes in line, or waiting at the concession area.
  • Attendees must sit with members of their household.
  • All individuals or groups within the same household must be seated at least 6 feet apart from anyone not in their household
  • Please DO NOT attend if you have had exposure to a person with COVID or COVID-symptoms.
  • Please DO NOT attend if you have had a fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste/smell, or any other symptoms of COVID in the past 72 hours even if you've received a negative test
  • Please DO NOT attend if you have tested positive for COVID and have not completed the proper quarantine procedures, even if asymptomatic

Guests who fail to adhere to these guidelines will be asked to exit the event. Please do your part to allow our student athletes to continue to participate in their activities for the duration of their season and the school year. The students deserve these opportunities and we can all make sure that they continue to be able to compete.

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.

Oakland Together COVID-Relief Microgrant Initiative

Oakland County and United Way for Southeastern Michigan are pleased to offer the Oakland Together COVID-Relief Microgrant Initiative. Eligible residents in Oakland County can apply for a $500 microgrant to cover necessary expenses or gaps in income resulting from the economic repercussions of COVID-19.

For more information and to apply, visit the link below:

Greater West Bloomfield Community Coalition Director Talks about Substance Abuse & Online Fundraiser
Rethinking Guardianship: Michigan Alliance for Families

Join Michigan Alliance for Families for Rethinking Guardianship- Facilitating Lifelong Self-Determination with Dohn Hoyle. This workshop covers guardianship from a historical perspective, strangers as guardians, and alternatives to guardianship.

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).

WBHS Senior Yearbook Photos

This information concerns senior yearbook portraits. It does not pertain to your choices of personal or family senior portraits. This only pertains to yearbook.

West Bloomfield High School, by the privilege of state law, has selected Prestige Portraits/Lifetouch Studios to be our official senior photographer. They are prepared to

complete pictures fulfilling yearbook requirements along with offering many other services and contemporary poses to seniors.

For a small sitting charge for color pictures, you will receive a full set of proofs, a retouched

photo for the yearbook, and a class composite as a gift from the studio. ONLY STUDENTS


By the same state law, students may be photographed by other studios, however, the pictures must meet the exact specifications of the yearbook or the same state law will reject them.


The most pressing challenge facing both seniors and the yearbook staff is the early color deadline required by our publishing company. This deadline is extremely early which means

it is vital that every senior be photographed before October 15 so that choices or retakes can be delivered to the staff no later than November 20.




  1. Full color, glossy prints.
  2. PLEASE, NO soft focus.
  3. PLEASE, NO busy, patterned, neon or overly bright backgrounds.
  4. PLEASE, NO friends, pets, stuffed animals or props in the picture.
  5. PLEASE wear appropriate clothing. PLEASE, NO tank tops, bathing suits, halters, muscle shirts, etc.
  6. PLEASE, NO hands under the chin.
  7. The smaller your head is in the picture, the smaller it will be in the yearbook because the pictures are reduced by 1/3. A head size of at least 1” is recommended.
  8. The finished picture size must be 2 ¼ “ by 3”.
  9. We prefer no modeling, acting or specialty pictures.


MAKE YOU LOOK YOUR BEST. (Save the casual shots for family and friends.)


Visit the Prestige Web Site at prestigeportraits/mi.com


Studios are open for appointments during pandemic*

*if this changes, we will adjust our info accordingly.

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.

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:


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Greater West Bloomfield Community Coalition's annual fundraiser!

View, Purchase and Support the Greater West Bloomfield Community Coalition at
Web: https://www.biddingforgood.com/GWBCOALITION
Mobile: https://bforg.com/GWBCOALITION
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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.

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!

Staff Shoutout - Breanne Massie, Roosevelt Elementary

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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

Fall Reading Lists

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.

October Teen Programs

  • Virtual Tinkercad (Grades 6-12)

Tinkercad is a 3D design program that is accessed via the Internet. In each session, follow along as a different object is created, which will then be printed on the Library's 3D printer. Participants must have Zoom and Tinkercad accounts, which are free. This virtual program will take place on October 24 at 10 AM on Zoom. Register to receive connection details

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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