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March 1 - March is Reading Month Kick Off Assembly

Our school will be participating in Buzz’s Book Busters Reading Program, which is an incentive driven reading program of the United Shore Professional Baseball League. The USPBL is entering its fourth baseball season at Jimmy John’s Field in Downtown Utica this summer. The USPBL features four teams – the Eastside Diamond Hoppers, the Utica Unicorns, the Westside Woolly Mammoths, and the team representing your area – the Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers. The Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers and their mascot, Buzz, are gearing up for another fun year of Buzz’s Book Busters, which is designed to encourage students to read more. Your child will have the opportunity to improve his or her reading skills while earning a ticket to a baseball game at Jimmy John’s Field! More information about March is Reading Month programs will be sent home from your child's teacher.

Keith Announcements

For the Walled Lake 18-19 District Calendar, click HERE

For the Walled Lake 19-20 District Calendar, click HERE

For the 18-19 List of Major Religious and Other Holidays, click HERE

Winter Clothing Reminders

Colder temperatures have arrived! 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.

See guidelines below and be sure to discuss your expectations with your student(s):

  • We go outside unless it is below zero degrees (windchill)
  • Boots & Snow pants are required for students to play off the blacktop. We don't call home for dry clothes. This is their best protection.
  • Anytime it is 32 degrees and below, students are expected to wear hats/gloves/mittens. Above 32 degrees, we leave it up to your discretion, but do give reminders and encouragement.
  • If a student wears a coat to school, they will need to wear it to recess unless the temperature rises to over 50 degrees.

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: Ms. Tyrrell

Lower Elementary Room: Mrs. Snavely

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.

Managing Learning Challenges:

Using our Calming-Down Steps at Keith Elementary helps us be better learners! There are many opportunities to practice your calming-down skills at school. You may have a strong feeling when you have to wait, or when you make a mistake, or when you have trouble finishing a difficult task. These are perfect moments to practice using your stop signal, naming your feeling, and calming down. When staff and students at Keith Elementary calm down our emotions, it helps us all learn.

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

Say the Problem:

We all have problems here at Keith Elementary School that can be hard to solve. Using Second Step Problem-Solving Steps can help us solve our own problems! The first step is S: Say the problem. When you have a problem, it’s very important to say what the problem is respectfully and without blame. Knowing exactly what the problem is will help you find the best solution! This week, remember to use your words and say the problem respectfully.

Math Skipping Test

Our current math standards are more rigorous and demanding than ever. Students are expected to develop a deep understanding of concepts leading to fluency with facts and procedures, and the ability to clearly communicate their mathematical thinking. Further, students must pass a demanding sequence of high school math courses in order to meet graduation requirements. In response to the increased expectations for all students, we have adjusted the content focus and instructional approaches in all of our math courses. Because of the higher standards and to ensure student success at all points of their mathematical education, we are using the procedures described below to accelerate students.

In order to skip a course in the math sequence, students must demonstrate proficiency in the

content and skills of the course they are attempting to skip. Applications are accepted online March 1-March 28. Testing will take place after school at Keith on April 16.

The process and procedures described on the document attached below apply to all students

currently in grades 2 through 7. Students attempting to test-out of high school courses will

use the existing process described on the district website. Parents of students in kindergarten or first grade who have indications their child is possibly ready to skip a year of Math should contact their building principal.

If you have questions after reviewing the process, please contact your building principal or me.

Thank you for your partnership in education.


John M. Gregg

Math/Science Coordinator



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.

Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship Raffle

Tickets may be purchased at Keith in the main office!

Chance to win BIG! Raffle benefits Walled Lake Schools!

Purchase Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship Raffle tickets today!

· $50 each | 3 tickets for $100

· 1,000 tickets available

  • Drawings sponsored by WL School Emp. Fed. Credit Union will be held for FREE TE raffle ticket
  • The Foundation for Excellence Grant Program channels raffle's proceeds into Walled Lake Schools' classrooms!

Grand Prize: Scholarship funds for postsecondary education (40% lump sum option available)

Secondary Prize: Amazon Echo Show

Raffle details & purchase info: Visit https://tinyurl.com/TE2K19

Grand Prize Drawing: March 25, 2019 @ Walled Lake Schools' PTA Reflections Celebration (Need not be present to win)

Questions: Contact Foundation for Excellence-Walled Lake Schools: Phone 248.956.2116 or email MichelleBianco@wlcsd.org

MI Raffle License# R49794

Tuition Expedition Video

Keith alum, Aaron Rudman, President of the WLN Film Club, helped to create this amazing video for the Foundation for Excellence! Thank you Aaron!

Girls on the Run

The Keith Girls on the Run Spring 2019 season is quickly approaching. The goal of the program is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running. Please see the flyer for important registration information. To register, you may use the Keith Elementary link provided. Questions? Contact the Keith Elementary Coaches…Juliann Snavely: juliannsnavely@wlcsd.org or Barb Kneal: bbkneal@comcast.net

Please register for Girls on the Run Spring 2019 Here: Keith Elementary

Girls On The Run Is So Much Fun!

5th Grade Party Update

5th Grade Party Help

We had a great meeting and are on our way, planning a wonderful celebration for our 5th graders. We still need many hands, both to help out during the school day once in a while (e.g. bagel sale, etc.) as well as with tasks that can be done from home whenever you have time. If you are interested, please contact us at Keith5thGradeParty2019@gmail.com. Please consider working together with us to make this celebration one to remember!

8th Annual Earth Day Poster Contest

The Walled Lake School District is holding its 8th annual Earth Day Poster contest! Earth Day is almost here and we would like you to design this year’s poster to be placed in all the schools throughout the district.


1. The date. Earth Day is APRIL 22nd, 2019.

2. All posters must highlight how we can change our everyday actions to help conserve our resources (water, gas, electricity).

3. Must be an original concept and design.

4. A completed entry form must be attached to the backside of your poster. (available on request in the office)

5. All entries must be turned into your schools office no later than March 27th.

6. Entries must be made on 11”x 17” paper (available on request in the office).


K – 5th Grade

6th – 8th Grade

9th- 12th Grade

The three winning posters will be the districts voice as we celebrate: EARTH DAY 2019!

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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.

February Lunch Menu

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Announcements From our Keith PTA:

Next Keith PTA Meeting - Tuesday, March 5 at 7pm -Keith Media Center

Keith PTA Membership Drive!

The Keith PTA is having a mid-year membership drive!

There are so many wonderful reasons to join the PTA, listed here are a few of the top:

· Your child and teacher benefit greatly from them.

· Your membership gives you priority to signing up for activities and events going on at the school because you will be the first to receive emails.

· You get to be in the know. Going to the meetings allows you to not only stay up-to-date, but know ahead of time, things going on in each child's grade, at the school, and in the district.

Every meeting has a Teacher and Principal report.

Please also see the attached letter from our current PTA President!

What are the incentives of the drive?

· If you are a PTA member, you will be entered into a drawing for a free Foundation for Excellence Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship raffle ticket.

· If your child's classroom has the most memberships at the end of the drive, they will enjoy a pizza party some time in March.

This drive will go through February 28th, after which we will announce the winning classroom. The winner of the PTA FFE raffle ticket will be notified after the March 5th PTA meeting.

If you would like to join but have questions, we will be having a PTA Q&A session before our February meeting on February 6th, from 6-7pm.

The membership form is attached and all you have to do is turn it in to the office, with your $10. We looked forward to having you a part of the Keith PTA!

Thank you!

Andrea Tribbey

Keith PTA Membership Chair

Dragon Dance - Friday, March 1

Please join us for a Family Dance Party! DJ Brad Kallen will be spinning tunes, there will be pizza and concession snacks for purchase and a fun time for all! We look forward to seeing you!

Admission to the dance is $5 per family.

We are pre-selling whole cheese pizza for $10. We will have individual slices available for purchase at the dance. The link for payment for the event is included in the registration form below:

When: Friday, March 1st - 6-8pm

Where: Walnut Creek Middle School cafeteria

Registration: Dance Party Registration Form

Volunteers Needed: Please help us make this event a great success for our kids! Register to help on our Sign Up Genius Form.

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Keith Green Team - Junior Gardener Class

Junior Gardener Class

Do you have a child who loves helping out in the Keith Giving Garden and would like to learn more about gardening? Tollgate Farms is hosting a class for 7-11 year olds April 23 - June 11, Tuesday evenings from 5:00-6:30. The class is taught by certified Master Gardeners. Please see the flier for more information or contact Samantha Stokes at stokess4@msu.edu.

Keith Green Team

Green Team Meeting

Just a reminder: our next Green Team meeting is February 15th at 8am in Mrs. Matyus' classroom. Don't forget to wear your t-shirts! This is our Old Fashioned School Day so we will discuss things that you can share with your classes as well as our "Reduce Emissions" campaign.

Garden Planning Meeting

You are invited to join us for a garden planning meeting on February 26th at 10:00am at the Commerce Library in the Youth section. Please feel free to bring young children. We will be discussing what to grow as well as projects that we'd like to do in the garden this spring. Whether you have a green thumb, are artistic/crafty or good at organization, we can use your skills. If you would like to be involved but are unable to attend the meeting, please contact Elizabeth Belcher at elizakbb@gmail.com.

Box Top Winners!

Below are the results for the January 2019 Box Tops Competition. Keith students collected 1,817 box tops which is over $180 dollars!!! The 3rd graders won the extra outdoor recess!! The top collecting class that is in bold under each grade have won a fun hat day. Extra shout out to Mrs. Reuter’s class that brought in the most box tops for any class in the entire school.

Box Tops Competition January 2019 Final Numbers:

K – (279 total)

Snavely – 103

Chappell – 78

Baibak – 76

Estes – 22

1st Grade – (397 total)

Gerber – 116

Faber – 109

Zarek – 91

Mazer – 81

2nd Grade – (146 total)

Jahn – 59

Pawlak/Dickinson – 47

Withers – 23

Hawkins – 17

3rd Grade – (542 total)

Reuter – 367

Spencer – 98

Matyus – 43

Colasanti - 34

4th Grade – (251 total)

Gasparatto - 137
Dayton - 85
Wendyker - 19
Gorman – 10

5th Grade – (204 total)

Hewitt – 154

Tyrrell – 30

Brewer – 20

Harmsworth - 0

Upcoming Educational Assemblies - Thank you PTA for making this possible for all of our students!

Michigan Science Center - Rescheduled to March 4th

9:15 - 10 am - K-2

Science Rocks!

What is sound? Why do things make different sounds? Or why you beat a drum but pluck a guitar? This booming show is sure to be a roaring racket of a good time!

10:15 - 11 am Grades 3-5


Why do things explode? Learn about the relationships between pressure, temperature, and fuel to explain why things go KA-BOOM! Physics and chemistry will be mixed to get some loud, flashy effects!

Anthony Ianni - April 8

9:15 - 10 am Grades 3-5

Relentless Tour

The Relentless Tour with former Michigan State University basketball player, Anthony Ianni is a first of its kind grass roots initiative designed to help eradicate bullying across the state of Michigan and beyond.

2019 Earth Day Poster Contest for the MDEQ, MDNR, and MDARD

On behalf of Mr. Tom Occhipinti, I would like to cordially invite all Keith Dragon students to participate in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD)’s 2019 Earth Day Poster Contest. For the past 13 years, we have received many wonderful submissions from students statewide for judging. Our 2018 Earth Day Poster Contest received an astonishing 3,200 entries!

We welcome submissions from students in Kindergarten through the 5th grade. Posters must fit into a 16” x 20” frame to be eligible for entry. We encourage each student to embrace their creativity and submit a poster to represent what Earth Day means to them.

Submissions are due February 15, 2019 to the following address (included on the flyer with submission slip):

Tom Occhipinti
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Constitution Hall
525 West Allegan Street
Lansing, MI, 48933

Teachers will be notified if their student’s poster won by March 22, 2019. Awards will be presented to students on April 24, 2019 at Constitution Hall in Lansing (map enclosed) during the Earth Day celebration event.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by email (masboobh@michigan.gov) or phone (517-284-6887). You may also contact Mr. Tom Occhipinti, DEQ Environmental Educational Coordinator, by email (occhipintit@michigan.gov) or phone (517-284-6867).

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Keith Elementary School

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

Andrea McFarland - Principal's Secretary


Diana Tyrrell - Building Secretary


Julie Palermo - Interventionist


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