WILDCAT NEWSLETTER vol. 7

News and Information for the Guest Elementary Community

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NED - Kindness Adventure Assembly!

Walled Lake Central Homecoming Parade!

ONE SCHOOL, ONE BOOK

On Friday, your student will be bringing home a special package (one per family) to share with you. We are starting a school-wide reading program that will help us improve our reading achievement. We look forward to becoming a School Community of Readers.

Be sure you look for this package and enjoy every minute.

SAVE the Date October 18th

Color Run 2019 coming October 18th!

More information will be shared soon!

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GUEST ELEMENTARY PTA WELCOMES EVERYONE BACK TO SCHOOL

Please click on this link for information on how you can support the PTA! -Box Tops -Amazon Smile -Kroger

CALENDAR

OCTOBER 2019

1 - Taste of the Lakes @ Edgewood Country Club 5:00 - 8:00pm

2 - Student Count Day

2 - Walk to School Day

3 - WLCSD Board Meeting 7:30

4 - PTA Bonaventure Skating night 5:00 - 7:00pm

7 - Kickoff to Fall Color Run

7 - Guest PTA Meeting 6:30 - 7:30pm

9 - NO school for students and staff - Jewish Holiday

14 - PTA Dining to Donate at Benstein Grill 6:15 - 9:00pm

15 - Kindergarten Learning Path 6:30 - 7:30pm

17 - 23 Vision Screening grades Preschool, 1st, 3rd, and 5th

18 - Guest Fall Color Run Event

18 - Guest Family Movie Night 6:15 - 8:15pm

21 - November 4 PTA Cookie Sales

22 - District Open House for Elementary School 6:00 - 8:00pm

24 - PTA Reflection Project Night 6:15 - 7:30pm

25 - PTA First Free Family Glow Run @ Hiram Sims 6:30

28 - 30 5th grade camp

31 - 1/2 Day of School for students - staff will be attending Professional Development

SAVE the Date - Dining to Donate October 14th

Enjoy a dinner out at Benstein Grille on Monday, October 14th from 3pm-9pm and 10% of sales will be donated to our walking track fund. Don't have time to dine in? Carry out orders are included as well! Bring the flyer, show it on your phone or just tell your server that you are with Mary Helen Guest.

Save the DATE - PTA Family Movie Night October 18th

PTA Family Movie Night!

Friday, October 18

Guest Cafeteria

6:30pm – Doors Open

7:00pm-8:45pm – Movie

Free admission!


Featuring Coco - Rated PG

Concessions for sale – popcorn, chips,

chocolate bars, water

Bring chairs, blankets, pillows

**All children must be accompanied by an adult**

PTA Reflections Project Work Night

October 24

6:15 - 7:30pm

Pizza supplied

Contact Sarah Dodds or Devon Kmet if you have any questions.

sarahdodds@wlcsd.or devon.kmet@gmail.com

i-Ready

At this time our teachers are preparing your children for the first round of the i-Ready Diagnostic testing and some students have already taken this important assessment.


After your child has taken the assessment, your child's teacher will alert you to begin i-Ready math and ready instructional modules/lessons at home.


Parents can help by encouraging students to work on the iReady math and reading instructional modules at home for 45-60 minutes per week or more. These online instructional lessons will help students become more proficient in math and reading and better prepare them for the second diagnostic that will take place mid-year.


If you have questions about iReady, or the instructional lessons, please reach out to your child's teacher for information. We are ready to assist you in helping your child at home to become a better reader, writer, and mathematician.

MESSAGE FROM Mrs. Boyd

Mrs. Boyd’s music room blog has LOTS of helpful information for parents and students. Check out musicwithmrsboyd.blogspot.com/ to keep up-to-date on music room happenings, recorder club, informance dates, choir and more!

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Guest Elementary Math Pentathlon Club

Information will be shared at Curriculum Nights and in the Wildcat Newsletters.

School Finance Research Collaborative

Please familiarize yourself with the School Finance Research Collaborative, a study that talks about the actual cost of educating a student in Michigan, given our current educational standards. If you have wondered about the costs associated with educating a child and why we regularly hear about deficits in educational funding, I would encourage you to read the report. Though it is quite lengthy, it provides details of the base costs of educating a child in our schools and the additional costs associated with differences in district and students characteristics. For a quick read, you could skip to Chapter 9, which provides the results and recommendations of the study. Currently, we receive about $8,400 per student in comparison to the $9,500-$10,100 per student base cost (not including additional costs) recommendation from the study (not including the cost of transportation or food services). This study is so important as we continue to see cuts being made to education and districts having to make some very tough decisions about programming and services. We hope to see an increase in our funding from the state this year, but it will certainly not make up the difference between our current state and the findings of this report. It is important that we as a community make ourselves aware and consider the implications that these findings have on our children.

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October 1 - LAYA TASTE OF THE LAKES beginning at 5:00pm - See details below

Our main office has tickets for sale $25.00 each. Please stop in to purchase or follow this LINK


What is LAYA: Youth Assistance is a non-profit organization that offers professional counseling services and conducts programs for youth and their families who live within the Walled Lake School District. Our mission is to strengthen youth and families through volunteer involvement. LAYA is one of 26 programs of the Oakland County Circuit Court-Family Division.

October 2 - Walk to School Day

International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – participate every October.

October 4 Bonaventure Skate Night

Lace up your skates and head to Bonaventure

5:00-7:00pm

See the flyer below for more details!

October 15 - Kindergarten Learning Path (Curriculum Night) 6:30 - 7:30pm

Please join us on October 15th for Kindergarten Curriculum Night

6:30 - 7:30pm

Kindergarten students are invited!

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October 15 - 18 is National School Lunch Week!

October 16 - Buster the Bus

Buster the Bus is Coming October 16: The Michigan Department of Education recommends that: “every school bus driver conduct an emergency evacuation of pupils from the school bus at least three (3) times per year (front, rear, and front/rear combination).”

In compliance with this recommendation, keeping SAFETY as a top priority, the Walled Lake/Dean Transportation bus drivers and BUSTER THE BUS will be doing a skit about safe bus riding practices. Your child’s bus driver will explain and lead the children through a practice bus evacuation. This evacuation will be done on school property. They will also watch several short videos on bus and bus stop safety.

This program is for students in kindergarten through 2nd grade. We will do a program for the 3rd – 5th graders later in the school year.

If you have any questions, you may email Jill Segal: jillsegal@wlcsd.org

District Open House for Elementary Schools is October 22, 2019 between 6:00-8:00pm

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October 25 - Save the Date - Announcing our First Free Family Glow Run

We will celebrate our Fall Run Club participants and volunteers. Save the date: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25th @ Hiram Sims Park

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

More details coming soon.

October 28 - 30 is 5th Grade Camp

Guest Elementary Camp Information:

  • Camp Date: October 28th - 30th
  • Camp Costs: 2019-2020 school year are $155/student & Sibling in the same grade is $125. (this price includes the climbing tower)

parent-friendly starting smarter website - now available

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is excited to announce the availability of a new online resource designed to give families a better understanding of their child’s strengths and areas of improvement in mathematics and English language arts (ELA). The Starting Smarter website (mi.startingsmarter.org) provides Michigan’s families with information in parent-friendly language that will help them:

• understand their child’s M-STEP score report

• locate resources to support learning at home and school

• prepare for an effective Parent Teacher Conference

• see and practice with online M-STEP practice questions and tools

• learn about the Read by Grade 3 law

• understand what academic standards students are expected to master

• learn about the accessibility tools and supports available to students during testing


Parents are critical partners in their child's success. Please visit The Starting Smarter website

(mi.startingsmarter.org).

2019 - 2020 Lunch Schedule

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2019 - 2020 Grade Level Music Informances

November 19 - Kindergarten & 5th grade 6:30 - 7:30

January 16 - 3rd & 4th grade 6:30 - 7:30

March 12 - 1st & 2nd grade 6:30 - 7:30

Health & Wellness from PTA

WALKING TRACK FUND

SAFETY IS A PRIORITY

Please review some safety practices at Guest Elementary:

  • If your child needs to be picked up during the school day, he/she will only be released to a parent, custodial parent, person listed on the school emergency form or a person identified in a permission note from the parent. We will require a photo ID.
  • Any legal documents containing custodial restrictions or court orders MUST be on file in our office.
  • If you are visiting our school or dropping off a student, please park in our main parking lot and come through the main entrance doors to our office area to sign in. All doors are locked.
  • Students who are tardy to school, you must park and walk them into the school. Do not drop off students in the parking lot or circle drive. Parents must come into the office to sign tardy students in. When using the main entrance, please buzz in and the secretaries will open the door for you.
  • To maintain a safe and secure learning environment, parents and visitors may not go to any classroom unless they have made prior arrangements with the classroom teacher. Parent volunteers are welcome at Guest Elementary, but must sign in each time they volunteer in a classroom or in the building. Please remember to sign out when you are finished. Parents may not visit classrooms unexpectedly when volunteering or visiting the school. Students walk to their classrooms on their own each day and will be called down to the office if leaving early. We will deliver to classrooms or call students down at a convenient time for any forgotten items brought in to the office.

Guest Elementary Safe & Healthy Food Practices

Peanut Free Classrooms

Please be aware that we have students at Guest Elementary that may have a life-threatening allergy to peanuts and/or tree nuts. Some students may not eat, touch, or even inhale the aroma of peanuts or tree nuts without having life-threatening consequences. As a result, it is imperative that we all keep this in mind when planning for any food brought into school. This year, your child’s classroom may be designated as a nut free classroom. If your child's classroom is designated as a nut free classroom, please do not send in food items that contain peanuts, tree nuts, or nutmeg. ANY non-labeled foods (home baked items included) for class parties cannot be ingested, either. This also includes food that is manufactured in facilities that process peanuts/tree nuts. Many food items are safe for consumption, but may require a different brand if the product is manufactured in a facility that processes tree nuts. Your child's teacher will notify you if your child's classroom is a nut free classroom, and will give you a suggested snack and party list of foods to help guide you with food choices. There are also nut free areas designated in our cafeteria.


Birthday Treats

With concerns for food allergies, parents may not send in food items for birthday treats. Other items such as pencils, erasers, stickers, a book for the class, etc. are excellent choices for honoring birthdays.


Snacks and Water

Time will be allotted in your child's classroom for a snack each day. We encourage students to eat healthy snacks-preferably fruit, vegetables or a source of protein if possible. Parents and students should read labels carefully to avoid snacks that may have been manufactured in non-nut free environment or contain products that some students may be allergic to. To help with recycling, it would be best to have a reusable water bottle for your child to use for water if needed. A suggested snack list is linked below and will be shared at Curriculum Nights.


As always, the health, safety and well-being of each and every child at our school is of the utmost importance to all of us. Thank you for your continued support .

LAKES AREA COMMUNITY COALITION - PREVENTION SUMMIT - OCTOBER 19, 2019

About the Event

Because it “takes a village”to help our young people thrive and avoid substance abuse, our target is to have 100 youth and adult leaders attend the October Prevention Summit from all sectors and stakeholder groups including:the business community, schools/education, government, law enforcement, the judicial system, faith groups, non-profits, civic organizations, mental health, media, parents and youth.

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Western Oakland County Parenting Fair - SAVE THE DATE

The Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair is back! This excellent parenting opportunity will be taking place on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Walled Lake Northern High School. Registration links will be coming soon!


Walled Lake Schools values our partnership with our families and believes a home-school connection is key to a child’s success. We are continuing our partnership with our neighboring parent/teacher groups and staff from Farmington Public Schools, Novi Community Schools, Oakland Schools, Oakland County Youth Assistance, and West Bloomfield Schools. Together we are hosting the Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Walled Lake Northern High School. We are very excited to have Brooks Gibbs joining us this year as our keynote speaker! Learn more about Brooks Gibbs by watching: The Resilient Parenting Style


The Parenting Fair’s purpose is to educate, inform, and provide resources for parents and caregivers. Topics include managing social media with your child, reducing stress and anxiety, strategies to help you with a child with ADHD, nutrition, character building, planning for college, and more. Child care is available for a reasonable cost ($3 for one child, $5 per family) and includes entertainment and lunch. Lunch for conference participants will be available for purchase from local food trucks during the event.


Below are helpful links regarding the Parenting Fair.

· Website

· Be A Sponsor


Registration is coming soon and I hope to see you at the Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair Walled Lake Northern High School on Saturday November 2, 2019. Spread the word and bring a friend!

FOOD SERVICE

BELL TIMES

MORNING ARRIVAL:

  • Students should not arrive any earlier than 8:45
  • First Bell rings at 8:50
  • Tardy Bell rings at 8:55
  • If you arrive after the TARDY SIGN is placed outside, please park and walk your student to the main office to sign in

DISMISSAL:

  • 4:00 Students will be dismissed in groups (Prime Time, Wildcat Pickup, Walkers, & Kindergarten, and then buses by grade level 1st & 3rd, 2nd & 4th, and 5th grade)
  • 4:07 Buses leave
  • 4:08 All students in Wildcat Pickup must be picked up

HALF DAY OF SCHOOL:

  • 12:25 Dismissal procedures listed above will be followed
  • 12:30 Buses leave
  • 12:35 All students in Wildcat Pickup must be picked up

In-District Resident Transfer Window

January 6 - 24

Non-Resident Schools of Choice Window

January 20 - February 7

Vision Screening 2019 - 2020

Grades Preschool, 1st, 3rd, and 5th

Hearing Screening 2019 - 2020

Grades Preschool, K, 2nd, and 4th

2019 - 2020 INFORMATION & RESOURCES

Free & Reduced Food Program WLCSD 2019 - 2020

This document can help answer questions you may have about free & reduced price school meals.

LAYA 2019 -2020

Non-profit organization serving WLCSD youth and families. The mission is to strengthen youth and families by addressing family conflict problems, school or home truancy/incorrigibility, shoplifting and substance abuse issues.

Voluntary School Accident Insurance WLCSD 2019 - 2020

As a service to students and their families, our District is making available a student accident insurance plan for your child at a very nominal cost.

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Due to changes with the remind service contract, it is necessary for me to set up several separate classes rather than one class for the entire school. It will be necessary for you to sign up again for remind to receive information. If you have students in more than one grade level, feel free to sign up for multiple classes, but keep in mind you will receive multiple text messages with the same information. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the main office @ 248.956.3300. Thank you.

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GUEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION

Sherry Ikegami

Principal Secretary sherryikegami@wlcsd.org

248-956-3300


Heather Pengelly heatherpengelly@wlcsd.org

Building Secretary

248-956-3302


FAX: 248-956-3305


Safe-line for Absences: 248-956-3390


Sharon Becker sharonbecker@wlcsd.org

Prime Time Supervisor

248-956-3399


Direct Link to Guest Elementary PTA page

Principal Contact Information

Michelle Fiebke-Lang

Mary Helen Guest Elementary, Principal

Walled Lake Consolidated School District

Main Office: 248.956.3300

Office: 248.956.3332

Cell or text: 248.766.5771