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February 8, 2021

Together We Learn, Together We Lead!

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Dear WLCSD Parents:

There is no shortage of news and important information we want to share with you. With the announcement that high school sports will continue, to the important form for elementary parents to select their child’s Learning Path for the third trimester, to the amazing accomplishments of our students and staff –we have a lot to celebrate and offer to our children. Walled Lake Schools’ staff continues to serve our children in several learning models, and the support our community gives us is appreciated.


Gov. Whitmer announced Michigan youth contact sports will be allowed to resume practices and games starting on Monday, Feb. 8 with certain safety procedures in place. Please contact your athlete’s coach for more specific information. WLCSD Athletic Department is also launching ESports for middle and high school students. Please see this important communication and complete this form. Lastly, this video is a glimpse of the Return to Limited In-Person learning at our middle and high schools.


Please complete the Third Semester Learning Path Selection Form for the final semester which starts March 15. The form is due at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. Letter about this process.

Prior to completing the form, please note:

  • Making a change of pathway may be disruptive to your child’s education.
  • Pacing from teacher to teacher may be different.
  • Class sizes in all pathways will probably increase.
  • The more families that choose a new pathway, the more teacher changes there will be, (although we will try to keep the changing of teachers at a minimum).
  • This is the last time elementary parents will have a chance to make a pathway change this year.
  • All parents must complete the learning path selection form.


  • Danielle Bigi, current Hickory Woods Elementary kindergarten teacher, who will be the next principal at Dublin Elementary.
  • Sydney Urbaniak, WL Central 12 grade student and founder of The Student Pantry on receiving the Golden Apple award at the Board of Education meeting on Feb. 4.
  • Sarah Stockton, WL Western, was recently chosen as both MSVMA's (Michigan Schools Vocal Music Association) Teacher of the Year and President elect
  • The Walled Lake SBX (WLSBX - Boardercross/Snowboard Cross) for advancing to States next Friday Feb 12th at Alpine Valley
  • Angela Lentz and Jennifer Burdgick, Walnut Creek counselors, for presenting the first Wellness Wednesday webinar.


  • Chromebook Distribution: At the WLCSD District Office, 850 Ladd Road, Bldg. D, Room 900, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Thank you for your continued support and attention to the many things happening in WLCSD. Our continued goal is to serve Every Child, Every Day!


Kenneth Gutman

Superintendent of Schools


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Picture Day Safety | Lifetouch


We are so thankful to be able to invite our Pleasant Lake Elementary My Path and Our Path students to the building on February 11th for Picture Day.

Parents and students will be required to wear masks and stay socially distanced. Below are the two options that families can select from:

  • Thursday, February 11th from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Pictures will be taken in the Main Gym area. Please park in the main parking lot and enter through the main doors. A staff member will be at the main door to accompany your child to get their picture taken and return them to the main doors once they are done.

  • Thursday, February 11th 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Pictures will be taken in the Main Gym area. Please park in the back of our building, near our portable classrooms, and enter through the building doors across from the portable classrooms.

Parents and family members must remain outside of the building. You can remain outside the doors your child entered, socially distant from others and wearing a mask. Your child must have a mask on but will be allowed to take their mask off for their photo, unless you state otherwise.

Students and photographers will be socially distanced and all photographers will keep masks on at all times. If you have questions about procedures, please contact the main office at 248.956.2800and the secretaries can assist you.

Please click on the link below to sign up for picture time slot for your child. It is recommended that you preorder your child's pictures from Lifetouch at


Thank you,

Nayal Maktari


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If you have a child entering Kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year, please contact our main office at (248) 956-2800 so that we may include you in future information regarding this important transition for your child.

Please Save the Date for our Kindergarten Orientation on Tuesday, March 2nd at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. The Zoom link will be shared in the next few weeks.

Please visit our district page for further information regarding Kindergarten Enrollment and please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions on visitors and volunteers, we cannot offer building tours at this time.

Enrollment Information Hotline: 248-956-5250.

Kindergarten students need to be age 5 by September 1 of the school year in which you are enrolling. If your child will not be 5 by Sept 1 (but will be 5 by December 1), you will need to contact the district to complete a waiver to enroll your child in Kindergarten. If you are unsure about your child's readiness, please review this chart of Kindergarten readiness skills and be sure to view the district website for orientation information.

All students enrolling in Kindergarten must have a vision screening completed between the ages of 3-5, prior to entering Kindergarten. Free vision screening, by appointment, is available to Oakland County residents at two Health Division offices and at the Walled Lake Community Education Center. Please call 248-424-7070 to set an appointment for your child.

Here are the links from the website documents in case they do not transfer:

· District Page:

· Vision Screening:

· Kindergarten Readiness:

Possible Changes at Pleasant Lake Elementary

Shortly parents will be given the opportunity to change their current educational pathway (My Path, Our Path, In Person). The change will take effect in mid-March.

We can expect to see classroom and staffing changes take place in our Walled Lake Elementary Schools but I will not know how or if the changes will impact Pleasant Lake Elementary until those interested in a change have completed their survey.

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions and/or concerns.

Nayal Maktari

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Monday, January 18th through Friday, February 5th – Schools of Choice (Non-District residents)

Please visit the our district website following Winter Break to complete an application.

I strongly recommend that you complete an application if there is any possibility you may move but want to remain at Pleasant Lake Elementary. There is no penalty in completing a School of Choice Application and not needing it in the future.

Rewarding Employment Opportunities

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools is looking for community members interested in working as support staff personnel. Have you thought about the rewards of working with students and making additional income at the same time? If yes, we may have the right employment opportunity for you. Across all K-12 levels, positions are available starting at $12.74 per hour up to $13.33 to start, and range from two hours per day up to six hours per day. These roles include lunchroom paraeducators, classroom paraeducators, and food servers.

If you are interested in learning more about the specific jobs available in Walled Lake, along with the perks included, please contact Brad Paddock at, tele: 248 956 2192, or visit our Human Resources employment opportunities page on the District website. Assistance with filling out a job application on-line can be made available.

Click here to access existing, available positions and sort by Walled Lake Consolidated Schools.

Opportunities at Hickory Woods Elementary

Hickory Woods Elementary (on Novi Road between 13 Mile and 14 Mile Roads) is in need of 2 Playground Paraeducators (10:30-2:30 daily). If you are interested in a part-time position at one of our great WL schools, please click on this link which will lead you to the application process. You will need to set up an account for yourself and include three references. To view the job description, please visit this link, select "Search by District,” and select Walled Lake from the list of districts in Oakland County. To see the paraprofessional postings, type in the "filter results" box at the top right of the screen "Hickory Woods.” Please feel free to contact the principal, Patricia Chinn, and to share this opportunity with others that you think may be interested as well.

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Dear Pleasant Lake Elementary Parents,

Your PTA needs you now more than ever! Your membership will help with so many great opportunities for our children. Below are a list of just a few amazing things your membership dues will provide our children:

  • Literacy supplies and books
  • Student supplies that are sent home with children during remote learning
  • Technology and online instructional resources
  • Virtual events
  • Grants & scholarships to assist students and teachers with field trips, including virtual field trips
  • Authors and presenters visit, including virtual visits
  • The Leader in Me Program

In addition to all that we provide for our children, this year we will have the opportunity to host virtual events for our community. Your PTA Board has been brainstorming some fantastic ideas for fundraising and activities we would normally do in person. The 1st 50 people to sign up for a membership will get an exclusive offer for our 1st virtual event.

Lastly, you may think with school being held remotely that we not need your support but it is the exact opposite. So many in our school community need support more than ever during this pandemic. Please become a PTA Member and sign up for the programs below. It’s an easy process that will take minutes but go a long way in supporting our children, parents and staff.

Please click on the link below to join. Remember that your membership does not require you to volunteer at any events and/or fundraisers. Only one parent/member per household needs to register with the PLE PTA.


We all shop on Amazon, why not give back to Pleasant Lake while we shop?

Pleasant Lake is set up on the Amazon Smile program, which
donates 0.5% of eligible purchases straight to our school!

Here's what to do:
1) Log on to
2) Select Pleasant Lake Elementary PTA as the organization you are supporting.
3) Shop away!


It's simple. Login to your account online and look for Pleasant Lake.


Sign up to be a member of the PTA online HERE!


Hello Pleasant Lake Families,

As we approach the holiday season and continue to experience the hardships that go along with this pandemic, it is important that we take care of our mental health now more than ever! At this time, Michigan is offering free confidential counseling through the Stay Well COVID 19 hotline. Counselors are available 24/7 and the service is completely free! If you are experiencing stress and anxiety and are more comfortable texting with someone, a texting option is also available. As parents, many may feel the pressure of balancing family, jobs, finances, running a home, and now virtual schooling. Please know that there are resources available to help ease some of that stress. Additionally, if you feel like your little one is struggling with the uncertainty of the times, stress with school, or the loneliness of staying at home, Easter Seals is resource that provides therapy for your children. For more information and resources please visit,9753,7-406-98178_99557---,00.html. I have included the free counseling hotline, texting line, and Eastr Seals information below.

Michigan Stay Well Counseling via the COVID-19 Hotline
Call 1-888-535-6136
Press "8" to talk to a Michigan Stay Well counselor.
Counselors available 24/7 - confidential and free

If you are experiencing emotional stress and anxiety but are more comfortable texting than talking, get help from:

Michigan Crisis Text Line
Text the keyword RESTORE to 741741
Open 24/7

Be well,

Erika Emke LLMSW

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Please contact our Transportation Department directly with any questions and/or concerns regarding anything involving our school buses.

Walled Lake Schools Transportation Department Website

OFFICE HOURS: 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
46740 W. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake - 48390
Phone: 248-956-3090
Hotline: 248-956-5199

Parent Tech Support Submission Form

The Tech Support Submission Form for parents as been added to the For Parents Tab on our school website. You can also access it at

Upcoming Important Events


  • Friday, February 5th-PTA Sponsored Virtual Bingo Night at 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 11th-Lifetouch Picture Day for ALL Students.
  • Tuesday, February 2nd-1/2 Day of School, dismissal is at 12:30 p.m.
  • February 15-19- NO SCHOOL MID WINTER BREAK
  • Monday, February 22-School Resumes
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Support our School!

We all shop on Amazon, why not give back to Pleasant Lake while we shop?!

Pleasant Lake is set up on the Amazon Smile program, which
donates 0.5% of eligible purchases straight to our school!

Here's what to do:
1) Log on to
2) Select Pleasant Lake Elementary PTA as the organization you are supporting.
3) Shop away!

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Kroger Rewards

It's simple. Login to your account online and look for Pleasant Lake.


Big Changes to Box Tops are Coming!
See below for important steps to follow:

#1: Reminder to clip and use the digital app.

Please continue to send clipped box tops into school as usual.
Additionally, Box Tops for Education is moving towards digital submissions.
How can you help?

1. Download the free app.
2. Create an account (choose Pleasant Lake Elementary as your school).
3. Scan receipts as you make purchases (and within 14 days).

** Back by popular demand... Want to designate a classroom for box top counts to help your child's classroom win contests? Start by scanning your receipt. Once the photo is taken, new options will show up across the bottom. Choose the star "Credit" button and enter the last name of your child's teacher. Hit done, then submit. **

#2: Do you shop for groceries online?
You can submit your email receipts from select retailers to earn Box Tops for your school too. Here's how...

Option A
1. Make sure you have a Box Tops for Education account
(create one via the Box Tops app or website).

2. Forward your email receipt to using the same email that’s associated with your BTFE account. Box Tops will be credited within 10 business days – view your earnings detail in the MY EARNINGS section of the app or website

The following email receipts are currently eligible (as of July 17, 2019):
Instacart,,, Shipt,, Target Pick-Up/Drive-Up,
Walmart Grocery,

Option B

For purchases from online retailers not listed above, please follow the process below.

1. Take a screen shot (or multiple) of your entire receipt from your online purchase, including retailer name, all items, transaction total, and date of purchase

2. Open the Box Tops Contact Us form

3. In the Comments field, please include: Your email address, name, school's name, the amount of Box Tops earned with the purchases from that receipt.

4. Use the “Upload Image Files” feature (at the bottom of the form to add the screen shot(s) of your receipt. Your receipt will be processed within 2 weeks.

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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.



Main Office Number: 248.956.2800

Fax Line: 248.956.2805
Attendance: 248.956.2890

Nayal Maktari


Terri Szymanski

Principal's Secretary

Julie Smith

Building Secretary

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 week. 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'.