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Welcome Back To School Edition-August 7, 2018

Together We Learn, Together We Lead!

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Welcome Back to School

The Pleasant Lake Elementary Staff and I want to welcome you to the 2018-19 School Year!

I hope you had a fun and relaxing summer with your family and had the opportunity to Sharpen the Saw with your loved ones. I had a wonderful summer enjoying our new home!

I would also like to welcome our new families to the PLE School Community. I look forward to meeting you and your children over the next few weeks. This is my 8th year as Pleasant Lake Elementary Principal and my 14th year as a school administrator.

My family and I live in White Lake and my children are all enrolled in the Walled Lake School District. They are entering 10th grade, 7th grade, 5th grade and 1st grade this upcoming school year.

Thank you in advance for ensuring your children are well rested, prepared, and ready to learn. We look forward to working with you and your children in having an academically and socially successful school year.

Together We Learn, Together We Lead!


Nayal Maktari


2018-2019 PLE Calendar of Events

Click on the 2018-2019 Calendar of Events to start planning for the great things taking place this upcoming school year!
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2018-2019 Back to School Family Access Packet

Dear Pleasant Lake Elementary Parents,

Similar to previous years each family is required to complete the Back to School Family Access Packet. You can complete the packet through your Skyward Family Access Account.

Please click on the link below to access helpful documents and informational videos on how to complete the Back to School Family Access Packet. All parents must complete the Online Back to School Information Packet prior to the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

Back-to-School Family Access Packet

If you need to acquire a new or lost Skyward Family Access Account code please send your name, student’s name, and daytime contact phone number to or you can call (248) 956-2190.

Your child’s classroom placement will be available to view through Family Skyward Access after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 17th. Please note that you will only be able to view your child’s classroom placement if you have completed the Back to School Family Access Packet.

2018-2019 Classroom Assignments

Similar to past years, all classroom assignments for this school year are final. No changes will be made.

Please note that our entire teaching staff's top priority is to develop appropriate classroom groupings and assignments that will provide all of our children with the best opportunity for academic and social success this upcoming school year. Any changes to our classroom assignments creates a ripple effect across all classrooms and as a result jeopardizes the integrity of the entire class grouping system and will adversely affect our children in reaching their academic and social goals. Rest assured that our entire teaching staff is highly qualified, experienced and care about your child’s well-being and education. We are committed to providing each child an exceptional education and overall great school experience.

Remember to consistently communicate any questions, concerns, or praise to your child’s teacher. Proactive and open communication along with a trusting and positive relationship plays an important role in your child having an academically and socially successful school year.

Authorization to Administer Medicaton Form

Remember that you must update your child's Authorization to Administer Medication Form each year. Please Be Proactive and complete the form now.

Important Upcoming Dates

Kindergarten Meet and Greet on on Thursday, August 23rd from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Incoming Kindergartners and their parents are invited to attend our Kindergarten Meet and Greet.

Students with a last name beginning with the letters A-L are invited to attend from 5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. and M-Z from 5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Come meet your child's teacher and participate in a fun Pleasant Lake Elementary Scavenger Hunt so that you and your child become familiar with our school and their classroom. You can also drop off your child's classroom supplies and any forms during the Kindergarten Meet and Greet.

Teacher Meet & Greet on Monday, August 27th from 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (1st-5th Grade)

You and your child are welcomed to meet their teacher in the classroom. You may also drop off your child’s classroom supplies at that time. Please be sure to have the classroom supplies labeled with your child’s name. The Meet and Greet is a wonderful opportunity for you to briefly meet your child’s teacher, drop off classroom supplies, any forms and note the location of the classroom.

Please contact your child’s classroom teacher if you need to share any important information regarding your child. Questions regarding our curriculum, classroom procedures and expectations will be answered at Curriculum Night.

First Day of School is on Tuesday, August 28th

It is a full day of school for students in 1st-12th grade. Incoming Kindergartners will have a staggered start. Students with last name beginning with the letters A-L will attend school in the a.m. and M-Z in the p.m. You can find additional information regarding the staggered start schedule below.

Kindergarten Parent “Boo Hoo” Breakfast on Wednesday, August 29th

To welcome our incoming Kindergarten Parents, our PLE PTA has scheduled a special "Boo Hoo" Breakfast for all Kindergarten Parents in the Media Center on the first full day of school on Wednesday, August 29th. This will take place from approximately 9:10 a.m.-10:00 a.m. after students have settled in their classrooms.

Kindergarten Parents are encouraged to stop by the Media Center before they leave for the day for light refreshments and to meet and greet PTA Board Members. Parents will receive important school information, sign up for the PTA and get the chance to network and meet other Kindergarten Parents at Pleasant Lake Elementary.

PTA Outdoor Movie Night on Friday, September 7th. Seating will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Curriculum Nights

We respectfully ask that only parents and guardians attend Curriculum Night and that children remain at home.

  • September 12th-4th Grade at 5:45 p.m., 2nd Grade at 6:30 p.m. & Kindergarten at 7:15 p.m.
  • September 13th-5th Grade at 5:45 p.m., 3rd Grade at 6:30 p.m. & 1st Grade at 7:15 p.m.

PLE PTA Volunteer Sign Up

Please click HERE to sign up for volunteer opportunities. Help others and have an opportunity to spend time with your child at fun PTA Events, it's a Win Win!

Thank you again for supporting our children, families and staff!


This year's PTA Reflections theme is Heroes Around Me.

it’s a great time to start getting inspiration for our annual PTA Reflections Program projects! Start thinking about the people in your world who are heroes. Are they someone whose job is to help people? Are they someone who volunteers in the community? Are they kids helping grown-ups? Or grown-ups helping kids? Are they people helping animals? Or animals helping people?

We can’t wait to see how those heroes inspire you through the arts! Review the current standing rules at the Michigan PTA Reflections website. More information to come! Get creative!

Anchors Away Dismissal Process

2018-2019 Anchors Away registration forms are available by clicking HERE or by visiting the For Parent Tab on our school website. Please note that this year we will not have an online registration form to complete. You can print out a hard copy of the form at home or get a form from the main office. Car sign numbers can be picked up in our main office between the hours of 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday beginning this Friday, August 10th.

You also have the opportunity to complete a registration form and receive your car sign number at our Kindergarten Meet and Greet on Thursday, August 23rd and the 1st-5th Grade Meet and Greet on Monday, August 27th. Simply note your child’s name and grade level in the appropriate section of the form if you are submitting it prior to being notified of your child’s classroom assignment on Friday, August 17th.

The Anchors Away Dismissal Process will begin on the first day of school. All students who do not ride the bus or are not enrolled in Prime Time each day must register in Anchors Away. Please remember this is not an optional program. Due to building safety and security procedures parents are not allowed into the building at dismissal time.

Last year’s registration forms and car signs will not be used this school year. Parents must again register their child(ren) for Anchors Away this upcoming school year. Please discard last year’s car sign numbers.

If you are new to the Anchors Away Dismissal Process please click HERE for more information. Thank you for your support and please feel free to call us at (248) 956-2800 if you have any questions.

2018-2019 Grade Level Classroom Supply Lists

You can access our 2018-19 Grade Level Classroom Supply Lists by clicking HERE. The classroom supply lists can also be found on the Pleasant Lake Elementary website by clicking on the For Parent Tab.

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Pleasant Lake Elementary 2018-2019 Directory

Dear Pleasant Lake Elementary School Community,

We are excited to once again bring to you our very own Pleasant Lake Elementary 2018-2019! Our directory is an important part of our school year, connecting each of our families, kids and staff to each other.Our exclusive directory once again will give local businesses visibility to our entire school population.

Here is where you as a Pleasant Lake Elementary family come in…we ALWAYS give our families priority ad placement in the directory. If you have a business or work for a company that would like to be a part of helping our school fund many of our current and future programs throughout the year, then this is the place for your advertising message. Placement is on a first come first serve basis and spaces go fast!

In an era of digital, the important information gets lost in the clutter of your inbox. By providing a full color printed FREE directory, we know you will be extremely engaged and informed throughout the year!

If you or anyone you know would like to place an ad in the Pleasant Lake Elementary School 2018-19 Directory that will be distributed for free to every family and teacher in our school, please email Jodi Rankin at or you may reach her directly at 952-641-7100 x 101. She will walk you through the process and help you choose a message or an offer that will generate business for you and money for our school.

We look forward to providing our school with the highest level of tools and communication.

School Bell Schedule

Drop Off: 8:45 AM

School Begins: 8:55 AM (Tardy Bell)

Dismissal: 3:58 PM

Departure: 4:05 PM

Half-Day Dismissal: 12:00-12:09 PM

Welcome Kindergarten Students!

Kindergarten students will have a staggered start for the first day of school on Tuesday, August 28th. We ask that kindergartners wear their "Sharks in Training" t-shirts the first day of school.

Students with last names beginning with A-L will attend in the a.m. School will start at 8:55 a.m. and these students will be dismissed from 12:00-12:09 p.m.

Students with last names beginning with M-Z will attend in the pm.. School will begin for these students at 1:00 p.m. and students will be dismissed from 4:00-4:05 p.m.

Kindergartners attending school in the afternoon (M-Z) can participate in the Anchors Away Dismissal Process but those attending in morning (A-L) must be picked up from the main office or take the school bus home.

Kindergarten students will NOT have lunch the first day of school. They will begin a regular lunch routine at school on Wednesday, August 29th.

The Transportation Department will be contacting ALL kindergarten families with bus information by August 23rd, and all students will be safely transported to and from school by bus drivers.

Please note the following information from our transportation department:

  • Bus transportation will be provided on the first day of school for those students who are eligible for bus transportation throughout the regular school year
  • If your child is eligible for bus transportation, it is recommended that they start this routine on the first day of school. Parents are welcome to follow the bus to school to see your child off to their first day of school, but it is highly recommended that they ride the bus to and from school this first day if they will be riding daily during the school year.
  • Students who are not eligible for bus transportation will need to be dropped off at school.
  • Bus Routes will be posted on the school district website and can be found in your Skyward Family Access Account on August 15th.

If you have questions regarding the staggered start, please call the main office at 248.956.2800. Any questions regarding busing can be answered by calling our Transportation Department between 5:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at 248.956.3090.

1st Day of School-Tuesday, August 28th

School begins for all students on Tuesday, August 28th.This will be a FULL DAY of school for all grades 1-5.

Parents may walk their child to class on the first day of school. After the first day of school, we respectfully ask that you allow students to walk to their classroom on their own. Our staff and safeties are available to help all students during this time every day. Thank you for your help with this.

Pleasant Lake Elementary

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Prime Time Care Hours

Monday - Friday

6:30 AM-6:00 PM

Main Office:


Fax Number:


Attendance Hotline:


School Times:

Drop off: 8:50 AM
Late Bell: 8:55 AM
Dismissal: 3:58 PM
Departure: 4:05 PM

PTA Facebook Page

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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.

Absences and Notes to School

If you intend to keep your child home on a school day for any reason, please use our attendance hotline at 248-956-2890. You may leave a voicemail message 24 hours a day. If we do not receive a call from you, we will call you to make sure that your child is indeed absent.

The Transportation Department will not issue bus passes for after school study, play dates etc. Bus passes will be issued for shared custody, day care, babysitting, or other emergencies. The Transportation Department will also issue year-long passes for in-district transfer and school of choice students when there is room on the bus.

If your child's transportation/dismissal for the end of the day changes in any way, please send in a note at the beginning of the day to your child's teacher or the office. If this changes during the school day, please call our secretaries before 3:00 p.m. We will always make sure your child gets to the correct place at the end of the day, but we ask for your help with this by notifying us early in the day or with a note. Thank you!

Safety First at Pleasant Lake 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 and come through our main entrance doors to our office area to sign your child in. All doors are locked and will not be opened by staff members or students. This includes students who are tardy to school. Do not drop off students in the parking lot if they are tardy for school. Parents must come into the office to sign tardy students in. When using the main entrance, please buzz in and the main office staff 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 Pleasant Lake, 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. Students will be called down to the office for any forgotten items brought in to the office.
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Lunch and Food Service Information

Our hot lunch program begins on Tuesday, August 28th for students in grades 1-5.

The cost for a hot lunch will be $2.75 this year. The cost for a reduced lunch will be $.40.

Breakfast will be available every day and will also begin the first day of school. The cost for breakfast will be $1.25. Breakfast is $.30 for eligible free and reduced lunch students. .

Please click HERE for the August Elementary Lunch Menu.

You can always visit Walled Lake's Food Service Website for information by clicking HERE.

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Teach The Leader in Me Habits At Home!

Click HERE on how you can teach the Leader in Me at home. Learn about the Habits and different activities you can do at home to reinforce what we are teaching your child at school.


Kroger Community Rewards Program

The PTA needs your help in providing our students and staff with as many resources as possible. One way the PTA helps is by contributing the funds earned through the Kroger Community Rewards program. If you shop at Kroger, we ask you to enroll your card to earn money for the PTA. This program does not take away your rewards earned toward gas or any other benefits. It is an additional way that Kroger gives back to the community. If you were enrolled in the past, please make sure to re-enroll and select Pleasant Lake Elementary PTA to earn the community rewards. You can follow the link provided here

Also, if you have other family members (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) that shop at Kroger or Kroger affiliated stores encourage them to enroll their rewards card and select your student’s PTA for community rewards. Every little bit helps our students and staff.

Thank you,

Katarina Gasevski

PTA Co-V.P. and Scrips Coordinator


Know What's Going On At Pleasant Lake Elementary!

Communication is very important to us at Pleasant Lake Elementary. Parents will be notified and updated in a variety of ways throughout the school year.


It is critical that parents keep an updated email address and let us know if it changes as soon as possible. Parents may update this information for us on Skyward Family Access. All teachers at Pleasant Lake utilize Skyward Family Access to communicate with parents. Report cards, lunch account information, progress reports, attendance and other important information will always be posted on Skyward Family Access. If you are a new family to Walled Lake Schools or have misplaced or lost your Family Access ID and password, please click HERE to get connected.


Our school newsletter will be sent electronically to parents once a month. An archive of newsletters is also posted to our school website under the For Parents tab. Our school website can be found HERE. Please visit this page often for information about our school. You will find links to important documents, websites from your child's classroom, PTA forms and information, and important updates and forms that you will need to access.


Please follow us on Twitter @PleasantLakeEl to be updated regularly on important events at our school and fun pictures of student events and learning!


We also offer Remind 101 to all PLE 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 PLE. You can unsubscribe at any time.

To join, send a text to (586) 649-3482 and enter the message @mrmakt

You can opt-out of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @mrmakt'.