We Are Wildcats...

February 8th, 2021

A Message from the Principal

Dear Wildcat Families,

The month of February has been great at Downriver STEM at Weiss! We welcomed our returning LVS students this month and the transition has been seamless! It is always great having new/returning friends in the school. I want to thank all of our families for your patience in the parking lot as everyone who came back from Lakeshore got acquainted with the many new processes. Thanks as always for your partnership with Weiss and I look forward to a great 2nd half of the school year with you all!


Mr. Bezeau


Downriver STEM at Weiss

Picture Retake

Just a reminder that our school picture retake day is tomorrow. If you plan to have your child retake their school picture, please let their teacher know. All of our returning/new students will get their pictures taken tomorrow to ensure they are in our school yearbook.

Pictures can be ordered at mylifetouch.com and our Picture Day ID is EVT8ZX6W4. This will allow you to see pictures before you even order them.

Welcome Mrs. Hunter (Secretary)

Mrs. Hunter has been leading our office as our school secretary for a few weeks now and has done a fabulous job! We are so excited to have her on our Wildcat team. If you ever have anything you need to share with the office, please don't hesitate to reach out to her at hunterl@gibdist.net

Also, Mrs. Hunter created this Welcome Letter to help our Wildcat Families get to know her a bit better. Be sure to check it out!

Welcome to our New Wildcat Staff!

We have been fortunate to add some amazing staff to our Wildcat team throughout these past few weeks.

Mrs. Martin has joined our intervention team and will be providing extra academic support to our teachers and some students.

Mrs. Slade and Mrs. Lozon will be supporting a couple of our classrooms around the school as an aide.

Mrs. Jablonski has joined Mrs.Thorington and Mrs. Hackney as a teacher on our 4th-grade team.

We are very grateful for our new staff members all the great attributes they bring to our Wildcat community!

COVID-19 Screening Tool For Families

All families should reference the checklist attached below EVERYDAY before sending their child(ren) to school. If you answer "YES" to any of the screening questions your child must stay home from school. PLEASE always call our school office and report if your child is ill. Our secretary may ask you about specific symptoms that your child is displaying.

Another important note is that the school must be notified and students should NOT be sent to school if:

  • Anyone in your household is waiting on a COVID test due to a possible close contact or has tested positive for COVID.
  • If your child has been in close contact with a person waiting on a COVID test or who has tested positive for COVID.
  • If your child is awaiting COVID test results or has tested positive for COVID.

Throughout this entire school year, our ability to maintain safe and effective in-person instruction has been reliant on our dedicated instructional staff, strong mitigation practices, and open and consistent communications between home and school. We must stress it is imperative that positive cases, close contact quarantines, and students awaiting test results are reported to the main office immediately. If you need to notify the school that your child is a close contact, potential close contact, awaiting a test result or received a positive test result, please email Mrs. Hunter in our office at hunterl@gibdist.net and your child's classroom teacher.

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School Safety

Downriver STEM @ Weiss is always enhancing the way we respond to school emergencies. Before last year, we would practice lockdown as a way of keeping students safe in the case of an emergency - such as an intruder entering the building. Over time we have determined that there are better ways to keep children safe if these types of situations arise. Through collaboration and guidance with our school liason officer, district crisis coordinator, and the Woodhaven Police Department we will continue working on a protocol called A.L.I.C.E. ALICE is an acronym which means Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. The ALICE protocol is designed to provide additional opportunities to increase the safety of those in a building.

Free Breakfast and Lunch

Every student is eligible for Free Lucnh and Free Breakfast, the remainder of the school year. All they have to do is order each morning.

Interested in Being a Lunch Monitor?

We are looking for a couple of caring adults that would love to help our Wildcat students during lunchtime. Our lunch monitors typically work Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:45-1:45 (but the schedule can be adjusted based on availability) and get paid by the hour. If you would be interested or know someone else that might be interested in becoming a Lunch Monitor, please contact our office at 734-379-7060.

No School Reminder

Just a reminder, there is No School, on Monday February 15th, 2021.

Spirit Week

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