Dublin Times

November 19-23, 2018

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Upcoming Important Events

This Week...

Monday, November 19, 2018

  • Vision Screening
  • STRIDE (4:00-5:15 PM) Gym
  • Community Ed. Youth Basketball (6:15-8:45 PM)PM) Gym
  • Scouts (6:15-8:15 PM) Cafeteria

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

  • Vision Screening
  • Kindergarten Field Trip-Outdoor Center
  • Scouts (6:15-8:15 PM) Cafeteria
  • Legends Baseball (6:15-8:15 PM)

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

  • Student Council Pajama Day
  • Vision Screening
  • Fifth Grade TEAM
  • STRIDE (4:00-5:15 PM) Gym/Playground
  • Community Ed. Youth Basketball (6:15-8:45 PM) Gym
  • Tiger Scouts (6:30-7:30 PM) Cafeteria

Thursday, November 22, 2018

  • NO SCHOOL-Thanksgiving Day

Friday, November 23, 2018


Next Week...

Monday, November 26, 2018

  • Community Ed. Youth Basketball (6:15-8:45 PM)PM) Gym
  • Scouts (6:15-8:15 PM) Cafeteria

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

  • Brownies (4:00-5:00 PM) Media Center
  • Scouts (6:15-8:15 PM) Cafeteria
  • Legends Baseball (6:15-8:15 PM)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

  • Fifth Grade TEAM
  • Fifth Grade Introduction to Music (12:25-1:25 PM) Media Center
  • Community Ed. Youth Basketball (6:15-8:45 PM) Gym
  • Tiger Scouts (6:30-7:30 PM) Cafeteria

Thursday, November 29, 2018

  • Junior Girl Scouts (4:00-5:00 PM) Media Center
  • Community Ed. Youth Basketball (6:15-8:45 PM) Gym

Friday, November 30, 2018

  • Book Fair Delivery and Set Up
  • End of First Trimester
  • Fifth Grade Field Trip-Detroit Opera House
  • Girls Scouts (4:00-5:00 PM) Media Center
  • Community Ed. Youth Basketball (6:15-8:45 PM) Gym

For the Walled Lake District Calendar, please click HERE

For a Yearly List of Major Religious and Other Holidays, please click HERE

For a list of middle school delayed start dates, please click HERE

For middle school late start dates and high school PLC dates, please click HERE

10 Tips for Raising Grateful Kids


Saying thank you is one of the first social rules many parents teach their children, and for good reason. We want our kids to be appreciative and not take things for granted, and learning to be grateful can improve kids’ relationships, ability to empathize, and overall happiness. If you are looking for ways to reinforce the importance of gratitude or would like to find other meaningful ways your kids can show appreciation, here are some tips:

1. Set an example. Kids learn a lot from watching their parents. Show them what it means to be grateful by offering a genuine “thank you!” to a waitress who serves your food, a helpful neighbor, someone who holds the door open for you. But don’t stop there — include your kids, too. Thanking children for doing things that are helpful, even when they are chores like putting away toys, reinforces the behavior and lets them know they’re appreciated.

2. Point out generosity. Call attention to it when people (including your kids!) do things that go beyond what’s expected — helping without being asked, being especially thoughtful, or taking extra time to do something because it’s important to someone else. Send the message that you will notice if they knock themselves out for you, or for someone else.

3. Have a talk. For some kids, especially young children or those who have trouble understanding emotions, it can help to have a talk about how showing appreciation makes other people feel. Try asking your child how he feels when people say thank you to him for doing something nice, and then how he feels when they don’t. Going over his own feelings will help him understand how his behavior affects others and make it easier for him to understand the emotional benefits of being grateful.

4. Find fun ways to say thanks. There are lots of ways to show gratitude. If your child isn’t comfortable talking to strangers or has a hard time expressing herself in writing, work together to come up with a different way for her to show her appreciation. She could try giving a smile or a thumbs up if someone holds the door, or show grandma how much she loves her new coat by drawing a thank you picture (or taking a smiling selfie!) instead of writing a card.

5. Share the love. Encourage kids to think of people who help them, from coaches to neighbors to the local firemen, and say thanks with cookies or cupcakes. Making them and giving them are fun, and they help kids see how connected we all are.

6. Put things in perspective. Talk to your kids about those who are less fortunate. Don’t scare them, but don’t keep them in the dark either. Understanding that not everyone has the same advantages will help them develop compassion for others and gratitude for their own privileges.

7. Let kids choose. Encourage kids to turn their interests into action. Whether it’s a fundraising drive at school, a bake sale, or a run for charity, expressing her interests and using her skills for a good cause is a great way to boost her confidence and give her a chance to give back at the same time.

8. Get involved. If kids are too young to go alone or aren’t comfortable dealing with strangers solo, make giving back a family affair. Find places where you can volunteer together or let your child choose a charity to donate to. Giving and gratitude go hand in hand, and doing it as a family will bring everyone closer and help you make some great memories.

9. Make gratitude part of bedtime. When you tuck him in at night, ask your child to tell you three things he’s grateful for. Even if he’s had a bad day it will help him—and you—end each day on a positive note.

10. Give kids credit. Be mindful of the fact that your child may have her own way of expressing gratitude, even if it doesn’t fit your expectations. Different kids communicate in different ways. For example, your child may be more comfortable giving a hug than a verbal thank you, or might show her appreciation by helping out around the house or drawing you a picture. Tuning in to your child’s unique way of being thankful will let her know that even as she’s learning new ways to give back, you see and appreciate the thoughtful person she already is.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Please remember there will be NO SCHOOL on Thursday, November 22nd. or Friday, November 23rd. for the Thanksgiving weekend. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving! The building will be closed both days.

Dublin Spirit Wear

The Dublin PTA is selling Dublin Spirit Wear. Please click HERE to order your Dublin Spirit Wear online.


Please remember to add a student name and teacher in the notes section when the order is placed.

There is also a field to complete if you want your Dublin Spirit Wear to be personalized for an additional $5.

If you have any questions about spirit wear, please contact Sandra Agrest at:


Congratulations Ms. Hamann!

Our Dublin Teacher of the Year this year is our own Ms. Julie Hamann. Ms. Hamann is one of our first grade teachers at Dublin and has been teaching in Walled Lake for over 16 years.

Ms. Hamann is a dedicated teacher leader who works hard every day to promote success for her students. Ms. Hamann will be honored at our January 10th, 2019 Board of Education Meeting.

Congratulations Ms. Hamann! We are very proud of you and lucky you are part of our Dublin Family.

Updating Skyward Information

In an effort to make sure we have the most current and up-to-date information, we ask that all parents keep important information in Skyward updated.

This is very important as we enter the winter season. When there are snow days and other school cancellations, we need to make sure we are in contact with all families.

Please call our office to have our secretaries update your information if needed. Parents are unable to do this on their own in Skyward.

Thank you for your help and support with this important matter.

Facility Needs and Assessment Meeting

Thank you to those parents that attended our most recent Facility Needs and Assessment Meeting that took place this past week at Dublin.

There will be one more informational meeting for parents at Walnut Creek Middle School. Please consider attending this important meeting to hear about the comprehensive facility assessment that has been compiled with information about all 19 schools and Walled Lake Schools buildings.

This meeting will give community members an opportunity to learn about both upgrades and needs and also to give input on expectations for our school learning environments.

The meeting at Walnut Creek will begin at 6:30 PM on Monday, November 19th.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on 12/13/18 from 12:00-8:00pm.

This is also a HALF DAY of school for elementary students. School will be dismissed an hour earlier on this day at 11:00 AM.

This time is an important opportunity to talk with your learner’s teacher to discuss the progress that your child has made thus far this school year and to share your perspective with us for the year. Conferences are a two-way conversation and your insights with regard to your child’s strengths and needs, learning style, and other non-school learning opportunities can help us to shape our instruction.

Conferences are scheduled through Family Access. If you do not have a Family Access account, please contact FamilyAccess@wlcsd.org or contact the Family Access hotline at 248-956-2190. Be sure to include your name, the name of each child in the district, your email address and a daytime phone number.

Online scheduling through Family Access will open Tuesday, November 20th. and stay open until Monday, December 10th.

Watch the video of how to schedule your conference time or use the written directions.

If you need any assistance with this process, please contact your child’s teacher. If you need support accessing the internet, please contact our main office (248.956-3800).

As many of our fine arts, physical education, and media staff are in multiple buildings throughout the week and/or see hundreds of students, they will need to have modified schedules for this day. Please remember to visit your child's Art, Music, PE, and Media Teacher at conferences as well. See their individual sign ups for times available. Our Special Services teachers will be joining your child's conferences, and are also available for additional time if needed.

Student Council Pajama Drive and Pajama Day

The Student Council will be holding a new, flame-resistant pajama drive NOW through December 7th.

Please purchase and donate new, flame-resistant pajamas for elementary boys and girls in need. Please send the pajamas in to school. We will have several collection bins inside our office and school.

To kick off this pajama drive, the Student Council is sponsoring PAJAMA DAY on Wednesday, November 21st. Students may wear their pajamas to school that day. Please keep in mind, students will still attend recess outdoors that day-weather permitting.

Thank you for helping others by donating pajamas thru December 7th, and for participating in our Dublin Pajama Day on November 21st.

Former Dublin Student to Compete on American Ninja Warrior Junior

Former Dublin student, Claire Vachon will be competing on the American Ninja Warrior Junior show. The episode will air on the Universal Kid's Channel on Sunday November 25th at 7 PM. Please join me in congratulating Claire and her family on this accomplishment, and of course, please watch if you can! To see more information about American Ninja Warrior please click HERE.
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Two-Hour Delay Procedures

On rare occasions, morning conditions occur that temporarily prevent the District from safely transporting students or requiring students to wait at a bus stop or walk to school. These conditions typically involve thick fog, winter weather or utility problems and historically required cancellation of school for the entire day.

Beginning this year, Walled Lake Schools has developed a two-hour delay procedure that could be used if conditions are expected to improve within two hours. This procedure, which will be used sparingly, will permit students to get to school safely and allow the District to conduct a credited day of school.

Parents are encouraged to develop a plan so their children can safely stay home for an additional two hours in the morning and have them go to a trusted alternate location to await the delayed start of school.

In the rare event that a two-hour delay is activated, the following procedures will be followed:

  1. The District’s phone system will be used to notify all school families and staff members of the delay (by approximately 5 a.m. when possible)
  2. Local news and radio stations will be contacted to report the delayed start.
  3. If conditions do not improve within two hours, classes may be cancelled for the entire day and the same methods of notification will be made.
  4. All bus stop pick-ups will be delayed by exactly two hours (i.e. if your bus stop is normally 8:36 a.m., it will be at 10:36 a.m. on delayed start days).
  5. All schools will start exactly two hours later than normal (i.e. if your school normally starts at 8:57 a.m., it will start at 10:57 a.m. on delayed start days).
  6. Prime Time Care will open at its normal time (must be pre-registered to use Prime Time Care).
  7. Essential service staff (custodians, food service, maintenance, mechanics and warehouse) will report at their normal starting time.
  8. Professional, administrative and support staff shall report as soon as possible and no less than 30 minutes prior to the delayed start time of their school or worksite.
  9. Students shall report to the class they would normally be in at the time they arrive for a two-hour delay.
  10. Breakfast will be available for the duration of the delay and lunch will be served at the normal time.
  11. Schools will be dismissed at their normal times at the end of the school day.
  12. Staff will be released at their normal times at the end of the school day.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. The program and its coaches teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

We are now in the planning stages for our Dublin Spring Girls on the Run team. The team will be available to all girls in grades 3-5. The Girls on the Run team will meet on Mondays from 4:00-5:15 PM and on Wednesdays from 7:50 AM-8:55 AM. Practices will not begin until March.


We will be accepting registrations for 20 girls. More information is to come.

If you have any questions about Girls on the Run at Dublin, please contact parent Liz Vachon at 517-256-1814 or email lizvachon@comcast.net

Need Baby Food?

Do you use/need baby food??? Hospitality House has baby food and wants to give it to those in need.

Please contact the Hospitality House and or email Donovan, HH director, at 248-960-9975 or email, donovan@hhfp.org if interested or in need.

Dublin Book Fair Help Needed

Our Dublin Book Fair is coming soon! We need help!

Please click HERE to sign up to help! Thank you.

The Dublin Book Fair will take place in our Dublin Media Center.

  • Teachers will preview the Book Fair with students on December 3rd during the school day.
  • Students may purchase items on December 4th during their media classes.
  • First grade students may purchase items on December 5th during their media classes.
  • On December 6th, students may purchase items during their media class and the Book Fair will be open AFTER SCHOOL from 4:00-6:00 PM for parents to visit.
  • The Book Fair will be taken down on Friday, December 7th.

Third Grade Reading Retention Law

Being a good reader is critical for children to be successful in school. In 2017, the Michigan Legislature implemented the Third Grade Reading Law to ensure that students exit third-grade reading at or above grade level, which will impact the current 2018-19 second grade students by the time they are in third-grade.

In accordance with this law, and as a means of better informing classroom instruction, districts will be providing K-3 reading assessments to students across the state. These assessments will identify students who need intensive reading instruction and intervention, and will also provide useful information to help teachers tailor instruction to meet individual student needs.

Supporting Your Child with iReady

Speak with your child about how using i-Ready will help him or her grow in school.

i-Ready shows where your child is doing well and where your child needs some more review. It helps teachers understand how to give your child the best support, and it lets your child see the gains they will make throughout the school year.

  • Help your child prepare for the Diagnostic by explaining that some questions on the Diagnostic test will be hard and that it’s okay not to know the answer to every question. Questions on the Diagnostic get a little harder each time a question is answered correctly, and a little easier when answered incorrectly. The goal is to figure out the math or reading level that is “just right” for your child, so your child should expect to see some questions that are too hard—and that’s okay! It means the test is working correctly.

  • Encourage your child to take each lesson and test question seriously.Emphasize “thinking before clicking,” because just clicking through answers will not give teachers an accurate picture of what is understood and what requires further instruction.

  • Help your child identify and become familiar with the different parts of the student dashboard. Log in to your child’s account with them and ask them to give you a “tour” of what they see.

  • Encourage your child to use the tools that will appear at the bottom of the screen in some lessons. Your child will sometimes see tools, like a calculator or dictionary, that will be helpful for completing an activity or answering a question on a quiz.

  • Discuss your child’s results by looking at “My Progress” together. First, look at the number of lessons shown as completed in i-Ready and celebrate that number with your child, who should feel good about this achievement alone. Then, take a look at the percentage of questions your child answered correctly in the quiz at the end of each lesson. In discussing these results, you might say

  • “Let’s look at how well you’ve been doing on your i-Ready lessons!”

    “What do you notice when you look at this data?”

    “Can you identify strengths from this report?”

    “What is something you feel like you are doing well?”

    “What areas are challenging to you?”

    “Let’s look at your data to see where and how we can work together to improve in those more challenging areas.”

  • If you are unsure about the expectations your child’s teacher has for the use of i-Ready at home, and which lessons your child should be completing, contact the teacher to clarify them.

Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

Walled Lake Schools Special Services

Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

What is the PAC?

PAC is a committee of parents whose children receive Special Education services. It's made up of parent volunteers from every school and program in the district. The group meets once a month with the Director of Special Services.

What do PAC Representatives Do?

  • Attend monthly PAC meetings to help plan events and help other families in the district navigate various issues relative to our Special Education community.
  • Ensure communication between schools, families, and Special Education staff.
  • Pass along Special Education information to other families and your school's PTA.
  • Publicize upcoming Special Services PAC events.
  • Donate their time and talent to help with various PAC events throughout the school year.

When does the PAC Meet?

Meetings are held once a month, typically in the evening. Everyone interested in supporting Special Services is welcome. Come as often as you can!

Take a Small Step


If you would like to join us or if you'd like more information, contact the Walled Lake PAC representatives. We are here to help!

Cory Hensley: knackcor@yahoo.com 248-225-7922

Kathy Mack: kathygm01@sbcglobal.net 248-342-6186

Please click HERE for an informational flyer with details and dates of meetings with topics.

Voluntary School Accident Insurance

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. The District offers this program because of trends in rising family health and dental insurance costs, increased deductibles, co-payments or lack of health or dental insurance coverage. Information can be found on the district website or by clicking HERE.


In an effort to have great communication from school to home, we also offer Remind 101 to all Dublin parents.

How does it work?

If you would like to receive a quick text message on your cell phone or device, just sign up with us and you receive a quick text to remind you of important school events, deadlines, time frames, etc. at Dublin.

You can unsubscribe at any time, and we promise not to over use this communication tool either!


If you signed up last year, you will need to sign up again.

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Dublin Contact Information

Jeff Drewno

Principal jeffreydrewno@wlcsd.org


Wanda Weaver

Principal's Secretary wandaweaver@wlcsd.org


Sarah Garcia

Building Secretary sarahgarcia@wlcsd.org