Mustang Express

February 6th, 2023

Mustang Minute: Spread the Love

I am so excited to spread the love and add some fun to next week! The Student Council plans to host a "Spread the Love" Spirit Week and Door Decorating Contest with prizes! Classrooms were allowed to begin working on their door at 2 PM on Friday, February 3rd. Decorations must be hung by 9:15 AM on Friday, February 10th when judging commences. Students will also have the opportunity to write Kindness Cards to friends and staff throughout the week. Finally, students can also gift a sucker to a friend or staff member during the Sucker Sale.

I hope you enjoy this opportunity to sprinkle kindness like confetti next week!

Cheers, Mustangs!

Mrs. VanWagnen

#everychildeveryday #mustangproud

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Important Dates


2/1: PTA Meeting at 9 AM in Staff Lounge

2/2: Student Council Meeting

2/2: MBE Art Recognition at Board of Education Meeting

2/3-2/10: Spread the Love Door Decorating Contest

2/4: Happiest of Birthdays to Lori Wetzel!

2/6: WIDA Testing Begins

2/8: Happiest of Birthdays to Betsy Phillips!

2/8: Count Day

2/10: Spread the Love Door Decorating Judging @ 9:15 AM

2/10: 100th Day of School

2/14: Valentine's Day

2/20-2/24: No School, Midwinter Break

2/26: Happiest of Birthdays to Kelly Parks!

2/28: Happiest of Birthdays to Kellan Watkins!

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Art Exhibit Recognition

Congratulations to the following Mustangs for being recognized at the February 2nd Board of Education Art Exhibit:

Tyler N., Lahna S., Charlotte M., Sarah A., Yuzuki N., Christian M., Barrett H., Yuno H., Victoria B., Lillian R., Hana J., Elizabeth D.

Special thanks to Mrs. Keillor for inspiring these students to greatness!


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Playground Paraeducators Needed at MBE!

We are currently looking for a volunteer to assist with Kindergarten Block Recess from 2-3 PM on Mondays. Students will spend 30-minutes outdoors followed by 30 inside. Please click on the Sign-Up Genius below if you can help!

Unfortunately, we are still short staffed on the playground. This position has been posted for quite some time, and we still do not have any applicants. Luckily, a playground substitute will be helping us until further notice. In addition, we have created a Sign-Up Genius to offer parents and community members the opportunity to help out should they be available. All volunteers will be entered into a bi-weekly random drawing to win a $25 Amazon gift card. A huge THANK YOU to those who have already served and congratulations to Janice Barringer and Heather Noocha whose names were drawn recently!

Checkout the signup to see if you are able to help in any way. Even filling one spot makes a big difference.


Yearbooks are no longer provided through the school picture program. Yearbooks will need to be purchased separately. Yearbooks costs $7.00 and must be ordered by April 10th. Information will be sent home with students soon.

Count Day

Wednesday, February. 8th is “Count Day” for schools in the state of Michigan. It is important for all students to be present to ensure proper state funding for our schools. Students who are absent due to illness must be excused by a phone call to the attendance office at 248-956-2790or email to our attendance secretary at If possible, please avoid scheduling appointments or other planned absences that take students away from school on that day. Thank you for your support!

Congratulations to our February Student of the Month Nominees!

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Important: Please Review and Follow Recess Apparel Guidelines

Outdoor play is an important of every child's day. Students will go outside when the temperature is zero degrees and above, with the wind-chill factored in. We continue to see students not prepared for outdoor recess. Please take a look at the guideline graphic below to make sure your student(s) is dressed appropriately. It's always better to send your student "overdressed" than "underdressed" for recess. Even if there's no snow on the ground, it can be wet and muddy and snow pants help keep clothes dry. Please make sure your child has the following items for recess and refer to the infographic below for further information:

Winter Coat

Snow pants

Snow boots



Please label all of these items and place them in a bag. Students will remain on the blacktop if they do not have the appropriate outdoor gear. If you need help providing winter wear for your child, please reach out to us! We want all of our Mustangs to have the items they need!

Donations will gladly be accepted and can be dropped off to the Meadowbrook office anytime between 9am-4pm. Thank you for your support!

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Attendance Meetings with Principal VanWagnen

Thank you to those families who ensure their child is on time and in school each day. As a reminder, the school day begins promptly at 8:55 AM and ends at 4:00 PM. As parents, you play an important role in ensuring strong attendance in school. Research has shown that excessive absences, tardies and early dismissals can negatively impact academic and social progress in school. As a reminder, the district attendance policy is as follows:

  • 5 or more absences: 1st parent contact

  • 7-10 absences: 2nd parent contact including meeting with principal

  • 11-24 absences: Legal “Notice to Parents or Guardians with Non-Attendance of Children in School” sent to parent/guardian and referral to local agency

  • 25 or more absences: School district takes legal action through the Juvenile Court system to return child to school

Our Principal's Secretary, Kellan Watkins, has begun reaching out to families with 7-10 or more absences or excessive tardies/early dismissals to schedule a meeting with Principal VanWagnen. The purpose of this meeting is to support families, provide support services as needed, and ensure consistent attendance in school. We sincerely appreciate your support and partnership in this matter.

Important Information: Curriculum & Instruction

Accessing iReady at home

New for the 2022-2023, families can only access iReady lessons at home through the Classlink website. If connecting with iReady has been a challenge, please check out the one minute video tutorial below.

i-Ready is an online program for reading and mathematics that diagnoses the just right next steps for students. It is one tool that your student’s teacher will use to guide class and small group instruction. iReady lessons support classroom instruction and are designed to meet your student’s specific needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. It is a great tool to fill gaps and support classroom learning.

Your child's teacher can provide his/her login information if your child chooses to practice iReady at home.

Click Here for a Video Clip Explaining at Home Access

Accessing Classlink and iReady at Home

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District Information

Junior Kindergarten Interest Forms available NOW! - Click this text to fill out form TODAY!

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Junior Kindergarten Interest Form Must Be Completed

  • The JK Interest form is now open! Use the QR code above to access the form.
  • Completing the interest form does not guarantee a spot in JK. Families will be notified regarding placement decisions in March. All interested families MUST complete the form.
  • Questions?
NEW: Winter Community Education Offerings

Financial Assistance is Available for those that Qualify

Gladiators Lacrosse League Information

Practice will start mid-March and run through the first week of June. Expect 8-10 games starting in late April.

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WLCSD Staff Nomination Form: Please Consider Spreading Joy and Nominating a Mustang!

In an effort to find additional ways to celebrate our staff, the WLCSD Community Relations department requests that families fill out the information below for staff who are rock stars in their classrooms and school communities. Please complete the form below and contact Dan Durkin ( with any questions you may have.

A sample of what these shout outs will look like on social media and in our District newsletters can be found below.

Spread the Word: The 2023-24 Schools of Choice Window Opened on January 16!

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2023-2024 School of Choice

The 2023-24 window for Schools of Choice opened on January 16, 2023 and applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on February 6, 2023. For more information and the application, please visit the website:

Preschool Planning and Interest Survey for Families

The district is currently surveying families in preparation for next school year to better guide our planning. If you have children that are of preschool age, please complete the survey to better help us serve you. Any extra input we can gather would be very helpful.

Look for registration information in late February/early March on our website,

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Set Up Your Communication Preferences in Skyward

Not receiving district and/or building communications?

If you are not receiving emails from Mrs. VanWagnen, including the Mustang Express, District Weekly Updates, please use the link below to double-check your preferences are correct.

Signing Up for SMS Messages via Skylert

In addition to receiving phone calls and email notifications from the school district in the event of a school closing or emergency, parents can also sign up to receive SMS Text messages.

Please find the helpful step-by-step instructions linked below as well as the video tutorial on signing up for SMS messages.

Connect With Us


Kellan Watkins

Principal's Secretary:

Jennifer Schloegl

Building Secretary:

Important Phone Numbers:

Main Line: 248-956-2700

Attendance: 248-956-2790

Please Review the Meadowbrook Handbook

It is very important that you take time to review the Meadowbrook Handbook which is filled with important information, policies and procedures.