WBSD Update

A weekly update from the West Bloomfield School District

WBSD Weekly Update - October 2

We had a sensational sixth week of the 2020-21 school year.

Important Calendar Reminder! Count Day is Wednesday, Oct. 7. Stay tuned to your email for instructions on how students will be counted on Oct. 7 which is a Remote Learning Day in West Bloomfield.

Have a great weekend, Team WB!

WBSD Congratulates National Merit Semifinalists!

The West Bloomfield School District is proud to announce that four West Bloomfield High School students have been named semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. The district’s 2021 semifinalists are Audrey Gunawan, Mahmood Khattab, Shayl Pokle, and Amulya Setlur.

Audrey Gunawan is the daughter of Madeleine and Sukiwi Gunawan. She is interested in studying biochemistry at the University of Michigan after high school. Audrey is Student Government President, Model United Nations Head Delegate, and Orchestra Concertmaster. She is also the founder and president of the GIDAS Research Club.

Mahmood Khattab is the son of Razan Bitar and Nidal Khattab. He is interested in studying biomedical engineering and going to medical school after high school. He is applying to University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Mahmood is President of MSA, Activities Chair of Chem Club and Student Representative of HOSA.

Shayl Pokle is the son of Surekha and Sachin Pokle. He is interested in studying engineering or medicine after high school at the University of Michigan or Michigan State University. Shayl is a member of HOSA, Chem club, Stocks club, and the National Honor Society.

Amulya Setlur is the daughter of Shamala Narasimhan and Raghavan Setlur. She is interested in studying medicine after high school and becoming a neurologist. Currently, she is considering University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Johns Hopkins University, and Dartmouth College as she continues her education. Amulya is involved with the Chemistry Club, Biology Club, and HOSA at WBHS.

The district is also proud to recognize the three WBHS students who were announced as Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Those students are Kylie Roth, Aayush Shah, and Raksha Sridharan.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)–a test which serves as an initial screen of more than 1.5 million entrants each year–and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.

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.

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).

WBSD Transportation Procedures - 2020-21

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 - Fall Update

Students eligible for the Free and Reduced Meal Program are also able to receive six non- perishable meals each weekend from the Blessings in a Backpack program at NO cost.

These bags of food will be passed out on Fridays in each child’s classroom for Preschool to grade 5 students, and in the School Office at West Bloomfield Middle School for grades 6 through 8 beginning October 9th.

Lakers Online and West Bloomfield High School students can pick up their bags of food on Wednesdays at West Bloomfield Schools Nutrition Food Service’s Curb Side Pick Up Line at West Bloomfield High School from 6:30-7:30 am, from 11:30 am-12:30 pm and from 5:00-6:00 pm every Wednesday starting October 7th .

Contact katherinesheiko@hotmail.com to sign up for 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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WBSD Classroom Cleaning Process - 2020-21


DM Burr Facilities Management is hiring Custodians to work within the West Bloomfield School District.

Full-Time and Part-Time Positions Available - Starting Wage is $13.00 per Hour

**Plus up to an additional $1.00 per hour - Attendance bonus for all hours worked**

Benefits Offered (for full-time positions):

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Short/Long Term Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid Holiday
  • Profit Sharing
  • Consistent Work Schedules

Custodial Position Requirements:

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Ability to follow basic verbal and written instructions
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check

To apply visit www.dmburr.com and click the employment tab on the top right of the page or call 1-888-285-2236 for more information.

WBHS seeking Medical Mentorship participants

West Bloomfield High School Medical Mentorship is seeking members of the local community to serve as mentors for students enrolled in West Bloomfield High School’s Medical Mentorship Program. Students will shadow/work a minimum of 30 hours per semester without pay in exchange for the opportunity to gain further knowledge in their future career area of interest.

If you currently hold a position in any area of health care, biomedical, research or non-profit and would be interested in serving as a mentor for our 12th grade students contact Christen.sturgill@wbsd.org

Apple Island as an Educational Resource

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 2


Services available in Phase 2 include Grab & Go, Curbside, and Virtual. Please see the

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

Grab & Go Service:

  • Come into the buildings and browse circulating collections.
  • Select materials to enjoy at home and pick up materials you’ve placed on hold.
  • Ask for reader’s advisory or reference assistance.
  • Use self-check stations to check out materials.
  • Leave the building after about 45 minutes inside.
  • Building occupancy is limited to 25% capacity.
  • Masks are required in the buildings.

Curbside Service:

  • Parking Lot Pick-Up curbside service is available at both the Main Library and Westacres Branch.
  • The Main Library Drive-Up window is also open.

Virtual Service:

  • Enjoy the latest eBook and eAudiobook titles
  • Watch movies and TV shows
  • Listen to albums and singles
  • Read more than 3,600 magazines
  • Keep up with news from national and international newspapers
  • Use the Learning Resource Center to match what you want to learn with resources for preschool to high school students, as well as adults No other use of building spaces will be available during Phase 2.
  • Study spaces and computers 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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