Dragon's Tale

11/16/18

Upcoming Events!

Keith Announcements

2018 Keith Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs. Kelly Powers who is the 2018 Keith Teacher of the Year! We are so very proud of all that Mrs. Powers has contributed to our students at Keith, especially with her autism awareness efforts, her SNAPs program, and her daily commitment to her students. Thank you Mrs. Powers for sharing your your dedication, passion, and love with all at Keith! We are so thankful to have you be a part of the Keith community.

Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduling

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


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 and/or an interpreter for your conference time, please contact your child’s teacher. If you need support accessing the internet, please contact our main office (248.956.2000).


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 see below for a schedule of our FAPES Teachers' availability.

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Thank you Keith PTA!

Our students really enjoyed our Taiko Drum Assembly this Monday as a kick off for our Diversity Week! Throughout the week, our students had the opportunity to share more about their diverse backgrounds and celebrate the wonderful languages they speak - including, French, Greek, Polish, Hungarian, and Albanian just to name a few! Thank you!

Keith Caring Community Club

ATTENTION ALL 3RD-5TH GRADERS, The Keith Caring Community Club needs you!


KC3 is a community outreach club that provides opportunities for 3rd-5th graders to help others in our area and beyond. Students and families will be invited to a variety of events, which could include visiting residents of a local nursing home, making care packages for the homeless, stocking shelves at a food pantry, volunteering at an animal shelter, just to name a few. Our mission is to teach students about generosity, compassion, and tolerance through acts of kindness. Students can register for KC3 and sign up for events through signupgenius.com as they become available. There is no cost to join the club. We are looking for respectful, responsible students that will represent Keith Elementary and KC3 in a positive way.


To join KC3, please visit our sign up genius link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44ADAF2AABF94-kc3opportunities


A follow up email will be sent out shortly after with information about the first event.

Winter Clothing

Colder temperatures have arrived! Please remember that we go outside for lunch recess and block each day unless it is raining or the wind chill drops below 0° F. We want all children to feel comfortable and enjoy being outside so we ask that you please send your student to school with all of the winter gear they may need including warm coats, hats, gloves, boots, and snow pants. Please label everything with your child's name in the event that their items become separated from them during the school day.

Keith Spirit!!!

Friday’s are Spirit Day here at Keith.

Your child is encouraged to wear a Keith shirt or the color red each and every Friday. The upper elementary and lower elementary classroom with the highest number of participants will win a visit from “Sparky” our Keith Dragon for the week.


This week's winners are:

Upper Elementary Room: Mrs. Colasanti

Lower Elementary Room: Mrs. Zarek

Second Step Announcement!

Parents, this week your children focused on the second step lesson below. Please take a moment to talk with your children about how they took time to show positive behavior at school.


Empathy:


Getting along with others helps make Keith Elementary School a happier place. To get along with others, we need to have empathy for each other. Empathy is feeling or understanding what someone else is feeling. This week. Be a feelings detective! Try to notice how your classmates are feeling throughout the week. Watch their faces and bodies for clues.


Our focus for next week is listed below. We will review the following with your children when they return to school on Monday.


Identifying Feelings:

We’re all learning to identify our own and others’ feelings. We can focus our attention on someone’s face or body and on the situation for clues about how the person is feeling. Sometimes people’s voices and the words they say also give us clues. If someone is yelling, it might be3 that this person is angry. If a person is using a very quiet voice, it might be that the person is scared or worried. This week, listen to people’s voices for clues to figure out how they might be feeling!

Kids Empowered

We are happy to welcome Kids Empowered to Keith Elementary. Kids Empowered offers programs and training to empower children, parents and professionals to deal with unfriendly classmates and friends, bullying, relational aggression and to build confidence, emotional intelligence, character, leadership, self-esteem, fitness and social skills. They will be providing several workshops in the coming weeks for both kids and parents. Please see the following flyer for some basic information and feel free to email info@kidsempowered.com or visit their website https://kidsempowered.com for more information regarding these programs.


In addition, Kids Empowered is also hosting a special program called "Surviving the Social Jungle" which you can learn more about by visiting the event website https://survivingthesocialjungle.com.

Lifetouch Special Offer for Keith Families

Lifetouch has partnered with Shutterfly to bring a special offer to Keith families. If you order your photos online, you can receive a free Shutterfly photo book! Please see the attached flyer for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Lifetouch at the number listed on the flyer.

Kroger Rewards

The Keith number for Kroger Rewards has changed. The new account is NK938. We appreciate you taking the time to link your rewards card to Keith Elementary School. Thank you so much for your support of Keith Elementary School by shopping at Kroger.


Please remember to register or re-register your Kroger Plus card to Keith Elementary. Last year we made just over $2,000! It’s easy! Just go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com and go to the community rewards section. You must re-register your card annually. Anyone having an issue with their email address or password can call 1-800-KROGERS for customer service.

November Lunch Menu

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Announcements From our Keith PTA:

Keith PTA Meeting - Tuesday, December 11 at 7pm in the Keith Media Center

Ski Club Information

Dear Keith Staff & Parents,


Temperatures are dropping snow is falling and Alpine Valley has opened for the season!!

First & foremost I would like to acknowledge Dan Gilbert’s wonderful leadership of the Ski club for the past several years. I’m sure everyone joins me in thanking him for his dedication and hard work in making the club the success that it has been.


I am planning to maintain the club activity for Friday nights, but I am open to possibly adding a second night if there is enough interest if I get enough request for a specific day I will absolutely try and work out a second day of the week.


I have started a Facebook page to hopefully get out information quickly you can find it on Facebook by searching “Keith Elementary Ski Club”.


The only other big change I am making this year is I am implementing an electronic payment platform. I am planning on using Venmo. But if people are interested in Square Cash please let me know and I can set that up as well- I would rather try and stick with one but we can see how it goes.


I am still happy to accept checks either dropped off at my house or at the school. I just think the electronic payment platform will make it easier for people to decide at the last minute and it will be easier for me to issue refunds if someone has to cancel at the last minute.

Anyone can call me or text me on my cell at anytime 248-981-9267.


My email is: MsJoyce5870@gmail.com


My address is:

2778 Orenda St

Commerce Twp, Mi 48382


As soon as I have a start date I will make an announcement on the Facebook page and at the school I am looking forward to the clubs getting started!


Thank you!


Mary Joyce

Invisible Dad Lunch Program

INVISIBLE DAD LUNCH PROGRAM

Hunger has many faces. In the United States, 2 out of 10 children suffer from a form of hunger that is not readily portrayed in the media but it is also a kind of hunger that we can put an end to right here in our own communities. This kind of hunger is called Food Insecurity and it takes the form of children being forced to skip meals, eating cheap unhealthy snacks to fill their stomachs between “meals”.


In Walled Lake Schools, the 12 WL elementary schools have adopted the Invisible Dad program which entitles all children to a school lunch, even if a student’s lunch account does not have money in it. Invisible Dad accounts have been set up at our schools to cover lunch for children whose parents have forgotten, are unable, or for whatever reason have not kept their account up-to-date. Parents receive a confidential notification that their child has accessed the Invisible Dad account and they are given an opportunity to update the account, complete a Free and Reduced Lunch form or to talk to a school administrator.


For more information on the Invisible Dad Program, visit the program's webpage.

TO DONATE: Please make a check out to your Walled Lake School with Invisible Dad in the “memo” line. This money will keep the account for your school able to continue this important program.


In the News:

Metro Detroit "Invisible Dad" ensures all elementary students get lunch - WXYZ Ch. 7
Commerce dad stands invisibly in school lunch lines - Spinal Column​
Invisible Dad Campaign helping children who can’t pay for lunch​ - Oakland Press

PTA Facebook Page

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https://www.facebook.com/KeithElemPTA/

Keith Elementary School

The purpose of Keith Elementary is to advance the learning of all students.


Andrea McFarland - Principal's Secretary

AndreaMcFarland@wlcsd.org


Diana Tyrrell - Building Secretary

DianaTyrrel@wlcsd.org


Julie Palermo - Interventionist

JuliePalermo@wlcsd.org


Marci Augenstein, Ph.D. - Principal, Keith Elementary

MarciAugenstein@wlcsd.org