WBSD Update

A weekly update from the West Bloomfield School District

WBSD Weekly Update - Jan. 22

Happy Friday, Team WB! It was wonderful to welcome back our hybrid K-8 and WBTC leaners to in-person instruction this week. We look forward to doing the same at WBHS and OEC next week. Please continue to review communications sent to your email as well as notifications posted to our district website and social media channels.


Be sure to sign up for WBSD SMS text alerts as well! Information related to that process can be found later in this newsletter.


Important Reminders:


  • Thursday, Jan. 28 - Return of In-Person Instruction at WBHS and OEC

Congratulations and Good Luck Lakers!

Congratulations to Ron Bellamy and the entire Lakers football program for advancing in the MHSAA Football State Playoffs over the weekend. The team advanced through the semi-finals in an overtime thriller against rival, Belleville HS on Jan. 16.


The Lakers will now take on Davison HS in the MHSAA Football State Finals on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 1pm. Attendance at the game will be limited but the action will be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports Detroit and online on the Fox Sports Detroit website.


The bet is SET! Davison Superintendent, Kevin Brown and West Bloomfield Superintendent, Dr. Gerald Hill have placed a friendly wager on this Saturday's State Finals Matchup between the two schools. Terms of the bet will be revealed following the matchup. Good luck to both teams! This is sure to be an entertaining game.

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BELLAMY NOMINATED FOR DETROIT LIONS COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD

Our very own, Ron Bellamy has been nominated as a candidate for the Detroit Lions Coach of the Year award. The coach with the most votes from the general public vote will receive one vote to go along with the five media panelist votes to determine a winner. In the case of a tie, the Detroit Lions' Director of Football Education will be the deciding vote.

The winning coach receives a $3,000 donation to his school's football program and will be recognized as the Detroit Lions nomination for the Don Shula High School Football Coach of the Year.


Vote for Ron at this link ---> YOU CAN VOTE UNTIL 11:59 PM ON SATURDAY 1/23!


Help us spread the word to ensure the best coach in the state (Ron), wins this award!

West Bloomfield Lakers Football Coach Talks State Finals at Ford Field & the Season During COVID

Updated PowerSchool Reminder

We’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of our UPDATED PowerSchool link following the platform’s transition to the Cloud. Please use the following link to access PowerSchool moving forward: https://westbloomfield.powerschool.com/. Your account information will NOT change due to this upgrade. Please be sure to update any local bookmarks/favorites in your browser settings on your device(s).


For assistance, please contact Sylvia McCoy at sylvia.mcoy@wbsd.org.


Our move to the PowerSchool Cloud will ensure our system is up to date with the standards required to run the system seamlessly for our staff, students and families.

UPDATED PowerSchool Cloud Link

Please be sure to update any local bookmarks/favorites in your browser settings on your device(s)

Doherty Elementary Principal Talks Return to In Person Learning & Post COVID Education
Apply for Schools of Choice/STEAM TODAY!

Applications are due Feb. 2

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Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night - WBMS/LOMS 2021
Michigan Week Awards Nominations 2021

Nominations are due March 8, 2021

27th Annual United We Walk - Virtual Showcase

Return to Learn Transportation Reminders

Transportation will begin on Tuesday, January 19 for K-8 students who have opted-in for transportation. Here are some reminders regarding our transportation procedures from the fall:


  • Pickup times, drop off times and stop locations have not changed since school was in-session.
  • Students are to be at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to pick up time.
  • To keep all students safe while on the bus, students are required to wear their masks and to use the hand sanitizer when entering the bus.
  • Parents of kindergarten and 1st grade students are to be at the bus stop when students are dropped off.
WBSD Classroom Cleaning Process - 2020-21

Kindergarten Enrollment 2021

Our Kindergarten building teams hosted a successful Virtual Kindergarten Roundup on Jan. 20 via Zoom. Buildings will now be hosting their own individual Kindergarten Showcase events starting next week. For more information on those meetings as well as additional resources and timelines for kindergarten families, please visit the Kindergarten webpage.


WBSD Virtual Kindergarten Roundup 2021

Blessings in a Backpack UPDATE

As we return to face to face instruction in our schools , Preschool -5th grade students and Transition Center students registered for Blessings in a Backpack will receive their bags of food for the weekend each Friday in their classrooms.

Middle school students can pick up their bags in the School Office .

All Lakers On Line and West Bloomfield High School Students / Parents can pick up their bags in the front circle drive of West Bloomfield High School every Wednesday from 11:30 am -12:30 pm and from 3:30-4:30 pm.

It is not too late to sign up for Blessings in a Backpack!! If you are interested in receiving six non perishable meals each weekend of the school year, please email
katherinesheiko@hotmail.com.

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WBHS Student Leadership Application - 2021-22

Please complete this application on/before Friday, January 22 at 3:00 PM. This application must be filled out if you are interested in signing up to take the Student Leadership during the next school year.

WBHS Thanks Mentors

Thank you to all the 2020 Mentors. We so appreciate you guiding our 11th and 12th grade Professional Apprenticeship students. This program continues to be a wonderful opportunity for students to engage with professionals in a field they are passionate about pursuing in the future. Due to the pandemic, the creativity of our mentors and interns found a way forward to continue making this course viable. Your dedication and willingness to ensure our students engaged in meaningful experiences will help them make informed career choices.


Thank you,


Jenifer Rosenwasser

West Bloomfield High School Social Studies Teacher


  • Jeffrey Adler - D.D.S. Dentist, Adler Dental
  • Katherine Banerian - Teacher, A.G.B.U. Alex & Marie Manoogian School
  • Claudia Cheairs - Membership Chair, Detroit Resurrection United Methodist Church
  • Harry Cohn - President, Cohn Commercial Properties
  • Cassara Cutler - Human Resources, Woodbridge Corporation
  • Stephanie Donnay - 4th Grade Teacher - Lakers Online
  • Loren Fantich - 5th Grade Teacher - Scotch Elementary
  • Julie Feldman - MPH RDN Registered Dietician, President,Thrive Nutrition and Wellness LLC
  • Kristina Gibbons - Regional Finance Manager, Woodbridge Corporation
  • Jennifer Graham - 1st Grade Teacher - Lakers Online
  • Elizabeth Groth - 4th Grade Teacher - Lakers Online
  • Paige Hernreich - High School Art Teacher - Walled Lake Schools
  • Dr. Anne M. Hooghart - Educational Research Coordinator and Director, Hinoki Foundation, Inc.
  • Rev. Carolyn Jones - Reverend, Detroit Resurrection United Methodist Church
  • Adrienne Jones Crockett - Music Director, Detroit Resurrection United Methodist Church
  • Nicole Kutsick - K-2 Teacher - Doherty Elementary
  • Ben Larson-Wolbrink - Reverend, Northbrook Presbyterian Church
  • Kasia Lynch - Founder, Ikigai Connections LLC
  • Miriam MacLean Babbitt - Chief of Operations, Kirsch Daskas Law Firm
  • Abby May - Field Director M11 Michigan Democratic Party
  • Skip Mcadams - Fire Commissioner of Warren Fire Dept.
  • Ellen K. Michaels - Criminal Defense Attorney, Ellen K. Michaels and Associates PLLC
  • Lee Michaels - Business Manager, Avers Investments LLC
  • Tracey Michalak - Music Teacher - West Bloomfield Schools
  • Ryan Moore - Teacher - West Bloomfield Schools
  • Dr. Eranda Nikolla - Professor - Wayne State University
  • Norma Okonski - Founder and Executive Director Oakland HOPE
  • Michelle L. Richards - Associate Professor of Law - University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • Kevin Reed - Social Studies Teacher - West Bloomfield High School
  • Craig Remmers - Teacher, Oakside Scholars
  • Renee Samuels - Special Education Teacher - West Bloomfield High School
  • Anthony Sesi - Senior Associate, CMP Real Estate Group
  • Debbie Shafran - Special Education Teacher - West Bloomfield High School
  • Jennifer Sinkovich - Dog Trainer, Union Lake Veterinary Hospital & Pet Services
  • Sydney Stern - Assistant Trainer and Barn Manager, Ascend Equestrian
  • Elif Tezel - Graduate Research Assistant, Wayne State University
  • Shaura Thomas-Pearsall (Robinson) - 4th Grade Teacher - Sheiko Elementary
  • Carissa Vadella - Community Manager, Freelance
  • Andria Watha - Art Director, American Institute for Preventive Medicine
  • Matt Webb - Associate Vice-President, HNTB Michigan Inc.
  • Ber-Henda Williams - Founder/Executive Director, The Power of Girlhood
  • Zeke the Barber - Barber/Stylist, Sharp Kuts

WB Optimist Essay Contest - Submissions due Jan. 31

  • Eligibility: Open to all students under the age of 19 as of Oct 1, 2020 (and not enrolled as a degree-seeking student of a post-secondary institution)
  • Residence: Student must reside in the State of Michigan, Lower Peninsula
  • Language: The essay must be written in English only
  • How to enter: Students write and submit an essay on their interpretation of this year’s official topic, “Reaching your Dreams by Choosing Optimism”.


This scholarship contest is comprised of 2 levels: A preliminary round, which is conducted by local Optimist clubs across the state (entry deadline is Jan 31, 2021, for West Bloomfield). The winner from each local club advances to the District level, where the overall winner receives a $2,500 scholarship in the spring.


The application, official rules, and entry details can be found on our website: https://michiganoptimists.org/essay


The Optimist Club of West Bloomfield will be awarding $150 to 1st place, $100 to 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place.


All submissions must meet the rules outlined at https://michiganoptimists.org/essay and the author must attend a school in the West Bloomfield School District area.


Local essays should be submitted to gflynn@wbtownship.org. Please include “OPTIMIST ESSAY ENTRY” in the subject line. Also, include your school name in the body of the email. Entries will be accepted until Jan 31, 2021, at 12 PM.

WBSD MEAL SERVICE PICK UP INFORMATION

No cost meals are available for curbside pick up to all children in the community.

Each child will receive:

  • 7 breakfast and lunch meals.
  • Please pre-order meals on the West Bloomfield School District Food Service page or at the linked order form.


Pick up sites:

  • West Bloomfield HS main entrance (4925 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield)
    • Pick-up day: Wednesday or by special arrangement
    • Times: 11:30am-12:30pm or 3:30pm-4:30pm or by special arrangement
  • Roosevelt Elementary main entrance (2065 Cass Lake Road, Keego Harbor)
    • Pick-up day: Wednesday
    • Time: 11:00am-1:00pm

WBSD SMS Text Alerts - Sign Up TODAY!

As you may already know, our district utilizes the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages, straight to your mobile phone with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts and more. This resource is on top of the emails and phone messages you already receive from SchoolMessenger.


You can participate in this service just by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our district’s short code number, 67587.


You can also opt-out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our

messages with “Stop”.


SchoolMessenger is compliant with the Student Privacy PledgeTM, so you can rest assured that your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone.

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WBSD COVID-19 Dashboard and Health Updates

All updates and information regarding the ongoing COVID-19 crisis will be posted to this page as needed.

Staff Shoutout - Linda Trotter, WBHS

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Community Resources

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WB Township Library Information

Reading Lists for Kids


Virtual Book Discussion (Grades 6-12)

January 25 @ 7 PM on Zoom

Join us for teen book discussions. January's title is "The Beast Player" by Nahoko Uehashi

Register to receive connection details


Virtual Dungeons & Dragons (Grades 6-12)

February 1 @ 4 PM on Zoom

Whether you are a seasoned gamer or new to D&D, join us for some fantasy adventure and roleplaying.

Register to receive connection details


Virtual Oliver’s Animal Adventures (All ages)

Thursdays @ 6:30 PM on Zoom

Join us for an educational and entertaining mix of puppetry and live exotic animals.

Register to receive connection details


Virtual Rock 'N Read (Ages birth-5 years)

Fridays @ 10:30 AM on Zoom

Rock the morning away with books, fingerplays and music from your own home! This interactive storytime imparts early literacy skills, music and movement, and cognitive growth.

Register to receive connection details


NEW! Winter Reading for Grades K-5 through Sunday, February 14

Elementary students can read for fun 30 minutes each week and earn rewards for reaching reading milestones. Choose to read books, eBooks, graphic novels or magazines. Registration is open to K-5 students who live in the Library’s service area and K-5 students enrolled in the West Bloomfield School District with a WBTPL student card. To register, library cards must be in good standing.


Register for the Winter Reading program online or in-person. A packet of information with a reading log will be available after registration.


The West Bloomfield Township Main Library and Westacres Branch are open for Phase 3 services.

In Phase 3, our priorities continue to be the health and safety of staff, users and the community at large and providing convenient access to collections of materials in all formats. An additional goal of Phase 3 is providing access the Library’s public computers, scanners and printers, equipment that we recognize not everyone in our community may have at home. Please see the Library’s website for the latest updates and temporary hours.


Renew or request a library card

Ask at the Main Library Reception desk or the Westacres Branch Circulation desk. You can also continue to renew or request a library card on the Library’s website.

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WBSD Calendar

Check out our district and building calendars in order to stay up to date on all events going on in our district!

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