WBSD Update

A weekly update from the West Bloomfield School District

April 17, 2020

As a result of COVID-19 and the closing of school buildings for the 2019-2020 School Year, school districts must submit a Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan (“Plan”) in order to continue to receive state aid for operations. Although schools are closed and not providing in-person instruction, teaching and learning must continue. Michigan educators have been called to provide our students with continued learning.


Please find our district's plan, application, approval letter and resources linked below:


Cloud Learning Information

As we continue to support our Cloud Learning Initiative, staff members across the district took time today to come together and develop lesson plans following our return from Spring Break. We are regularly sending updates via email and social media. The website links below are also continually updated throughout the week.


Meal Service Information

The district will be offering our Meal Service program over Spring Break as well. Preorder forms will soon be available for April 20-26 at www.wbsd.org/mealservice.



Remember! The district recently transitioned to Meal Service pick-ups three days per week. Families will still receive seven days worth of food per child with pick-ups on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. Pick-Ups will still take place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each pick-up day at your pick-up location (Roosevelt Elementary or OLMS).

Meditation Sessions

The GWB Community Coalition has prepared meditation videos to continue the live meditation classes taking place at the high school this spring. The videos are available at the link below and the password is meditate.


COVID-19 Information and Resources

The West Bloomfield School District the safety and well-being of all who work, play and learn within our buildings. We regularly consult with officials from the Oakland County Health Department on matter related to public health. We also partner with Oakland Schools to ensure consistency in outreach and communication related to public health.


WBSD Job Postings

Are you looking to make a change in 2020? Why not make a difference in the lives of children each day? Join us on Team WB and help educate our students to be their best IN and FOR the world!

Enrollment for 2020-21 open NOW!

Our Central Enrollment Office is open and currently enrolling students for the 2020-21 school year. This includes kindergarten students starting in the fall of 2020. Please complete the registration gateway found at www.wbsd.org/enrollment.


Appointments are taking place over the phone until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak.


Please call (248) 865-6453 or email marcia.eden@wbsd.org for more information.

Upcoming SOC/STEAM Opportunity for WBHS!

The West Bloomfield School District will be accepting applications for STEAM/Schools of Choice starting on May 4 through Aug. 3 for incoming 9th-12th-graders only.


Please visit www.wbsd.org/steam during the application period and apply.

Senior Spotlights - Class of 2020

To help celebrate our seniors at OEC and WBHS, we've created our Senior Spotlight social media posts. We will be posting these recognitions to our seniors throughout the spring and summer. Please find your school's Senior Spotlight Google Form and share their information including a high resolution senior photo with the PR and Marketing department today:


WBHS Senior Parent Webinar - April 15

The WBHS admin team hosted a special webinar on April 15 for the parents of seniors to discuss important updates and answer questions for the class of 2020. Please find the link to the recording linked below:


WB celebrates Senior Athletes

The WB Athletics Department has found a way to celebrate the successes of WBHS senior athletes as they conclude their interscholastic athletic careers. Find a complete list of student videos with more videos being posted daily on the WBSD Athletics website.

Census 2020: It's not too late!

It's not too late to take the Census!

Oakland County's response rate is 59.9% - we can do better! Take 10 minutes to answer the Census today: https://2020census.gov/

The Census is important for local funding for cities, schools, hospitals and more. Your response matters.

SchoolMessenger SMS Messaging Support - Coming Soon!

Our district will soon be able to utilize 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.


Once our opt-in period has completed, we hope to utilize this community tool by early-April 2020.


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.

Shoutouts!

OEC students recognized by Detroit News/Catch!

Abigail Collins-Carey and Tressa Parker, 13th-grade students at OEC were selected as a Detroit News/CATCH Outstanding High School Graduate for 2020! Abigail was selected for her achievements in World Studies Education and Tressa was selected for her achievements in Health Education.


There is a ceremony planned to honor the recipients on Thursday, May 21 and they will be featured in a section of the paper prior to the ceremony. Congratulations!

Staff Videos

Preschool 2019-20
Kids Klub 2019-20
The Abbott staff misses you!

Community Resources

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English: Video Guide to Completing the 2020 Census Online

WB Township Library Information

The West Bloomfield Township Main Library and the Westacres Branch remain closed until further notice. We will not be accepting returns until we reopen. All overdue fines will be waived. For updates, please check our website. We will post our reopening date as soon as it is known.


Use the eLibrary from home 24/7.


Watch TV shows and movies

NEW! Watch Acorn TV with the Library’s 7-day all-access pass for an unlimited streaming video experience. Enjoy mysteries, dramas, comedies, documentaries and more from the United Kingdom, as well as Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Spain. Browse what’s available.


Find more to watch from hoopla and Kanopy, including family-friendly shows on hoopla Kids Mode or Kanopy Kids.

Just announced! hoopla has put together a Bonus Borrows collection of items that won’t count against the monthly checkout limit. Browse the more than 1,000 items in this special hoopla collection by searching for “more bonus borrows” in the hoopla app or use the web interface.


Read or listen to books, and read magazines and newspapers

Download or stream eBooks and eAudiobooks from cloudLibrary, OverDrive or hoopla.

NEW! Read current issues of more than 3,600 magazines now available from RBdigital. Read online or download to read later.

Keep up with national and international news with same-day, full-content digital editions of newspapers and magazines from PressReader. Choose from hundreds of publications in more than two dozen categories. See what's available here.

Find Great Reads for Teens with links to popular eBooks and eAudiobooks teens will want to read. Learn how to find personalized reading recommendations for teens.


Listen to music

Stream albums or singles from a variety of categories, including award-winners, Broadway musicals, classical, gospel, jazz, Latin, rock, music for kids and families, and more. Temporarily download selections to tablets and cell phones. Browse music on hoopla.

Enjoy arm-chair travel from A to Z.

AtoZ World Travel features 202 city travel guides from around the world with up-to-date information about attractions, culture, cuisine, health, shopping, maps, travel essentials and more.

AtoZ The World takes you on a tour of more than 175 countries with the largest and most comprehensive database of country information highlighting country culture, history, language, education and travel.

Spark your creativity. Creativebug has more than 1,000 video tutorials for artists and crafters of all levels. Learn or improve techniques with classes about knitting, sewing, quilting, crochet, art + design, jewelry, paper, holiday + party, and crafts for kids. Download patterns and templates, and view the Lookbook with previews of classes and projects. New classes are added weekly. Videos are produced by accomplished artists and creative experts who use proven teaching methods, along with their passion, to help you be creative.


Learn from home

The Library’s Learning Resource Center helps match learners of all ages with ways to learn, practice and improve skills. Find subject-specific resources for grade levels from kindergarten through high school. Explore hundreds of topics with independent, self-paced courses for teens and adults from Gale Courses and Lynda. Use The Great Courses video series of college-level lectures to learn about a variety of topics. Learn a new language with Rosetta Stone or Pronunciator. Explore all that’s available.

Use BookFLIX to helps early readers in grades Pre K – 3 develop and practice essential reading skills while building real-world knowledge. This online resource pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to teach comprehension, vocabulary and other important skills. Educational activities and games reinforce skills and extend the learning experience.


TumbleBooks are online fiction and nonfiction eBooks with animation, music and narration for students in kindergarten through 5th grade. This online resource comes with lesson plans that parents can use.


TumbleMath is an online collection of math picture books with animation, narration and sound for students in kindergarten through 6th grade.

TumbleMath comes with lesson plans, instructional videos, educational games, plus quizzes to test and track progress. Categories include counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, word problems, geometry, fractions, place value, measurement, probability, division, graphing and finance.


TeenBookCloud is a collection of eBooks and other resources for middle school and high school students and teachers. Enjoy graphic novels, classic literature, nonfiction, AP English selections, National Geographic videos, audiobooks and more.


Parents of kindergartners: Haven’t finished reading all the books on the list of “100 Picture Books to Read in Kindergarten”? No worries. Just keep reading to your child and place a sticker on your poster for each book you read, even if it’s not on the list. Need to reread a book? That’s okay too. Just keep reading!


Join us for a Virtual Storytime for kids.

Enjoy singing, dancing and learning during these Facebook Live events. Dates and times are listed below.

  • Saturday, April 18 at 10:30 AM
  • Monday, April 20 at 2 PM
  • Tuesday, April 21 at 10 AM
  • Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, April 23 at 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, April 25 at 10:30 AM



Learn the Latest from the Library


Text Alerts

Subscribe to text messaging lists for general Library announcements or tips for busy parents who want to help their children Grow Up Reading™. This is an opt-in service. Message and data rates apply.

Text 797979 to sign up and use these keywords:

  • wbinfo (General Library Information)
  • wbparents (Parenting Tips)

Or signup at the eLibrary.


eNewsletters

Sign up for an eNewsletter and learn more about resources available online from the eLibrary.

  • All About Books News about bestsellers, publishing trends, tips for book clubs, author updates, reading recommendations and more for reading enthusiasts
  • Digital Delivery Links to new and popular eBook and eAudiobook titles, reading recommendations and information for book lovers and reading enthusiasts.
  • For Your Teen Updates about online resources the Library offers to teens.
  • Grow Up Reading™ Tips for parents, grandparents and other caregivers to help children grow up reading.


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Do it online here.

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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