Wildcat Newsletter vol. 27

News and Information for the Guest Elementary Community

Mission Statement

The mission of Mary Helen Guest Elementary School, in cooperation with the community, is to educate all children in a caring environment so that every student is a knowledgeable, resourceful and self-reliant individual able to adapt and contribute productively to our changing society.

AMAZING PEOPLE, AMAZING FUN! THANK YOU!

Field Day 2016 was an amazing success! I want to thank Ms. Perkovich for her dedication to making this day fun for all! Ms. Perkovich spent weeks preparing the games, organizing our parent volunteers, and creating the schedule so that the day would run seamlessly. Ms. Perkovich, Your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed! I would also like to thank the parent volunteers who ran the events and made sure that every child was having fun in the sun!


A huge shout out to our fantastic PTA! You truly outdid yourselves with this year’s Spring Carnival! From the photo booth to the Kona Truck, you didn’t miss a detail! Our current Wildcats loved seeing former Wildcats running the events! Inviting our former students back to volunteer is a wonderful way to build community and keep our Wildcat Family connected! Thank you to our families and staff for donating to, and coordinating, the raffle baskets; they were a huge success! I would also like to thank everyone who was involved in our first Silent Auction! Whether you donate an item, or bid on an item, you made this a spectacular fundraiser! It was delightful to see all of our families enjoying a glorious spring evening together and looking back through my pictures, it is clear from the smiles on their faces, that everyone had a fabulous time!

JUNE 2016 - KEEP LOOKING OVER FOR ANY CHANGES THAT MAY BE NECESSARY

June

  • 13th 5th Grade to Outdoor Center 10:00 - 1:30

  • 13th 5th Grade Celebration 6:30-8:30

  • 14th 5th grade celebration picnic 10:00-3:30 Hiram Sims park

  • 15th Final Day for Students ½ Day 9:00 -12:15 PM

  • 15th End of 4th Marking Period/End of 2nd Semester

  • 20th Report Cards Posted and Available Online by the end of the day

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL JUNE 15th 1/2 Day

Below are plans for the last day of school - Please note that it is a half day; dismissal at 12:18pm.

o June 15th - Please do not park in the bus loop

o 9:30 – 10:15 school-wide yearbook signing.

o 10:15 – 10:30 popsicles

o 11:40 – Closing ceremony – students and staff will meet in the front by the flag lining up by grade level beginning with kindergarten.

Front of the building by the FLAG


Kindergarten will be in the first row(s)

First grade behind kindergarten and so on…

HAPPY RETIREMENT & 5TH GRADE CLAP OUT

BEGINNING AT 12:05

If you would like to join the students and staff to clap out 5th grade and Mrs. Manning, we will begin at 12:05. Please line up around the perimeter of the gym, cafeteria, and black top by the play structures. Depending on how many join us, we will also have families line up along the sidewalks. No matter where you stand, we will lead our VIPs to you so you can give them a great big cheer.

Note: our students will be lining the hallways, so please avoid standing by classrooms.

MORE TO COME AFTER SCHOOL ENDS...

The Guest Library will be open this summer - information regarding days and times will be shared by the end of June


The Wildcat Little Lending Library will make its debut this summer - information will be sent home by the end of June

NET PROMOTER SURVEY

District encourages parents, staff to complete the NP survey

Walled Lake Schools is interested in your feedback, rating, and input regarding your experience during the 2015-16 school year.

Please take a moment to complete the three question Click HERE

Thank you!

YOUTH HABITAT RESTORATION PROJECT A HUGE SUCCESS - Partnership with Oakland County

Guest Elementary welcomed Oakland County Chapter of Pheasants Forever.

We are excited to be in the first phase of a habitat restoration project. We will be working with an organization called Pheasants Forever to create native habitats. From their point of view, the habitat will, over time, serve as pheasant habitat. In the short term, and more importantly for us, it will be a waystation for monarch butterflies. Monarchs only lay their eggs, and feed, on milkweed. For many reasons, milkweed has become scarce and as a result, the monarch is now being considered for the endangered species list. While this is a heartbreaking situation, it is also a fantastic opportunity for our students. This partnership gives us the opportunity to work with our students to affect change here on our school grounds! It is our hope that this will be an ongoing project that will grow from year to year.


Thank you to Karrie Martin for organizing this event and to all our staff who continue to support real-life learning and provide our students with so many opportunities.

Oakland University Theatrical Performance In-school Field Trip made possible by Guest PTA

Oakland University theatrical performance was outstanding.

Thank you PTA for supporting our students and staff for an incredible in-school field trip. Our students were completely mesmerized as they watched the musical performance of Pinocchio. Thank you Holly Hicks for organizing the event and our amazing staff and students for attending.

COIN CHALLENGE RESULTS

6th place: 1st grade -757 points

5th place: 5th grade -58 points

4th place: 2nd grade + 1,044 points

3rd place: 3rd grade + 1,239 points

2nd place: 4th grade + 1,983 points

1ST PLACE GOES TO 3RD GRADE WITH + 7,255 points!


Great job! This was a very healthy competition that will benefit all students. Thank you to our families, students, and staff for making it possible!

WALLED LAKE CITY LIBRARY SUMMER READING

GET READY, GET SET. . . READ

June 1 through August 1

RACE TO READ COMPETITION


The Walled Lake City Library challenges Walled Lake Elementary and Mary Helen Guest Elementary to a summer reading program registration contest. The school with the most students registered for the Walled Lake City Library Summer Reading Program by August 1st. wins!


There is a reading program for all ages and all students are eligible.

Students who attend other public libraries may sign up at Walled Lake as well.

Their reading may count for both libraries.

To get started, students must come to the library to sign up and receive a reading packet. The GOAL is to read 500 minutes by August 15th. The Wrap-Up Party is the same day at 7 pm. Everyone is invited. Please R.S.V.P. at the Library.


 Registration begins June 1 and ends August 1.

 First and Second Place Prizes will be awarded.

 Announcements and awards will be presented to each school in September.

 Everyone can watch the race as each school moves along the track on the Official Score Board displayed at the Library.


As educators, you know the academic value of students reading during the summer. With your help, it is my hope that your students will take up the challenge. Reading over the summer is invaluable. Please encourage your students to “race to read” this summer! Guest Elementary has school spirit to lead us to victory.


Please contact Darlene Williams if you have any questions. Thank you for your support.


Darlene Williams, Youth Services

1499 E. West Maple

Walled Lake, MI 48390

248-624-3772

darlene@walledlakelibrary.org

www.walledlakelibrary.org

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CALLING ALL 2016-2017 KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS

INFORMATION:

Research indicates that developmentally appropriate full-day schedules benefit kindergarten children academically, socially and emotionally. Our principals and teachers understand this and are well equipped to meet the needs of our kindergarten students.

Our kindergarten students begin to learn a whole host of reading, writing and mathematics concepts and learning strategies that give them the foundation for a successful elementary school career in Walled Lake Schools.

Kindergarten Vision Screen Available

Please call the Oakland County Health Department at 248-424-7070 to schedule an appointment.

Enrollment Information Hotline: 248-956-5250

ONLINE BACK-TO-SCHOOL PACKETS

Online Back-to-School Packets - Guest families you will use FAMILY ACCESS to complete this necessary process. If you need a parent ID, you can request via email by sending your name, student’s names, and daytime contact phone to familyaccess@wlcsd.org.

There will be open labs in August to assist with this process if needed. The tentative dates are below. Families from any school and any level can attend any of these open lab sessions.

  • Thursday, August 4th, 2 pm - 5 pm at Geisler Middle School
    • Albanian, Arabic and Spanish translators will be available at these sessions.
  • Tuesday, August 9th, 3 pm - 6 pm at Smart Middle School
    • Arabic and Spanish translators will be available at these sessions.
  • Monday, August 22nd, 4 pm - 7 pm at Central High School
    • Arabic and Spanish translators will be available at these sessions.

MORE OPPORTUNITIES - WALLED LAKE COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Click HERE to view Community Eds Summer Violin Program

Click HERE to view discounts for summer camps provided by Community Education

SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM INFORMATION FROM FOOD SERVICE

This summer, the district's Food Service Department will be offering the Summer Feeding Program at the Community Education Building in the lunchroom. The program starts on June 20th. Monday through Friday, they will be serving Breakfast at 8:15AM and Lunch from 11:00AM – 1:15PM. Please note the service will be closed July 4th and the last day of the program is August 19th.

This program is available to all kids from the age of 1-18 years of age regardless of income. Adult meal price will be $2.00.

Click HERE to see the flyer.

PARENT EDUCATION FAIR - JIM FAY WILL BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Please mark your calendars for the 2016 Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair. This year’s fair is being held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at West Bloomfield High School. The day will start with nationally renowned parenting guru, Dr. Jim Fay, author of Love and Logic. His keynote presentation will be followed by a variety of breakout sessions that parents/caregivers can choose to attend. 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. Registration is now open! Please click HERE to register!

JUNE CAFETERIA MENU

Please visit the sites listed below for school menus. They are easier to read and the most current.

Note: the bright colored tri-fold menu sent home last week is subject to change.

Breakfast Menu:

Click HERE

Lunch Menu:

Click HERE

GET CONNECTED WITH REMIND

REMIND offers educators a free, safe and simple way to instantly text students & parents. It is a quick and efficient way to send quick, one-way Announcements. Please sign up so you are connected. REMIND is used consistently to keep you updated. Follow the directions in the photograph. All phone numbers are kept private.
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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

Prime Time: 248-956-3399

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