Dublin Times

November 12, 2018

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Upcoming Important Events

This Week...

Monday, November 12, 2018

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

  • Brownies (4:00-5:00 PM) Art Room
  • PTA Meeting (4:15-5:15 PM) Media Center
  • Community Ed. Youth Basketball (6:15-8:45 PM) Gym
  • Legends Baseball (6:15-8:15 PM)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

  • Vision Screening
  • Fifth Grade TEAM
  • STRIDE (4:00-5:15 PM) Gym/Playground
  • Community Ed. Youth Basketball (6:15-8:45 PM) Gym
  • Facility Needs and Assessment Community Meeting (6:30-7:30 PM) Media Center
  • Tiger Scouts (6:30-7:30 PM) Cafeteria

Thursday, November 15, 2018

  • Vision Screening
  • Brownies (4:00-5:00 PM) Media Center
  • Community Ed. Youth Basketball (6:15-8:45 PM) Gym

Friday, November 16, 2018

  • Vision Screening
  • PTA Board Game Night (6:30-8:00 PM) Cafeteria/Gym

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


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

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Updating Skyward Information

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

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.

Parents can update, add, delete, and make changes to their contact information. If you are unable to update your information or need assistance, please give our office a call and our secretaries will assist you.

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

November PTA Meeting

Our next PTA meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 13th at 4:15 PM. We are trying a new time for this meeting right after school to help parents to be able to attend. Child care is provided, so please join us on November 13th at 4:15 PM in our Dublin Media Center.

PTA Family Game Night

Join us for a night of family fun!

We will have a variety of GameWright board games set up around the school for you to play. If you like the game, we will have brand new games available for purchase. As an added bonus, GameWright will donate 50% of all sales to the PTA! We will also have teacher Wish Lists available at the event, if you would like to purchase a game for your child's classroom.

You are also welcome to bring your favorite game from home to play with your friends and family.

Click here to browse GameWright's available games: www.gamewright.com/

RSVP Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c44aaa728a64-family9

Volunteer Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c44aaa728a64-family7

Price of Admission: FREE !

Questions? Please contact Jessica Allio at jallio23@gmail.com

Facility Needs and Assessment Meetings

Parents, Staff, and community members are invited to attend any of the four meetings listed below to hear about the comprehensive facility assessment that has been compiled with information about all 19 schools and Walled Lake Schools buildings. These meetings 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.

Thank you for considering attending one of these meetings:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Commerce Public Library
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. WL Western High School Media Center
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Dublin Elementary School Media Center
  • Monday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Walnut Creek Middle School

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 Monday, 11/19 and stay open until Friday, 12/7. 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 November 21st 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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Good Luck STRIDE Team

Our Dublin STRIDE Team will be running in their celebratory 5k Run this coming Sunday, November 18th. on Belle Isle in Detroit. Thank you to our super STRIDE coaches for all of their hard work and dedication to this season's team. The boys also participated as water station helpers at this past weekend's Outrun Hunger Run. Good luck boys!
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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.

Registration will not begin until December. 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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PTA Reflections 18-19

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!

Dublin Contact Information

Jeff Drewno

Principal jeffreydrewno@wlcsd.org


Wanda Weaver

Principal's Secretary wandaweaver@wlcsd.org


Sarah Garcia

Building Secretary sarahgarcia@wlcsd.org