Woods Lake Elementary: A Magnet School for the Arts


Hello Woods Lake Families,

Please read the following updates:

1. Please see the information at the bottom of the newsletter regarding the temporary Woods Lake Move for the 2023-2024 school year. All programs will continue during the temporary move and that includes the following: Dance, Communities In Schools, Kids In Tune, and Gilmore Piano Labs.

Also, please click on the link to access the PowerPoint Presentation that was shared at the meeting on January 30th: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/17_DmrPq38agc3jHayqYL8Kg7-We__k_LkKTHbHPE1As/edit#slide=id.g2024345c99f_0_43

2. Monday, February 6, 2023-Kids In Tune Family Event from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. This is the first rehearsal and all participating families are invited to attend.

3. Wednesday, February 8, 2023 is Count Day! It is very important that your child is in school and on time. Count Day is important because this is how schools receive state funding.

4. WIDA Practice Testing will be held this week for our English Language Learners.

5. Please check the KPS website daily for bus cancellation information.

6. 5th grade Elementary Orchestra Concert will be held on Wednesday, February 15th at 6:30 pm at 714 S. Westnedge.

7. Premier Basketball Game on Saturday, February 11th at Mt. Zion (Girls play @ 10:00 am).

8. Please read the Building Healthy Communities Newsletter for February at the bottom of the newsletter.

9. The deadline to RSVP for the Valentine Pancake Breakfast was Friday, February 3, 2022. Students must be accompanied by an adult to attend this event.

9. Please access the Loaves and Fishes free food distribution dates and locations at the bottom of the newsletter.

10. If your child is in need of a coat or boots please contact the Communities In Schools Site Coordinator, Dana Flynn at 269-337-0790. Sizes are limited and it is on a first come first serve basis.

11.Transfer window for families to apply to move students in k-8 to other KPS schools is due on March 3rd for the 2022-2023 school year. The transfer document and explanation can be located on the KPS website or you can access the documents at the bottom of the newsletter.

12. All students who are car riders will be provided a sign to be placed on your dashboard when you arrive to pick up your student(s). Students will receive 2 signs, in the event there is more than one person designated to pick up your student(s). Having the signs in the window will allow staff to call the names without having you roll your window down. You should receive your car sign(s) by the end of this week.

13. Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Kids In Tune Program is in session for students in grades 3-5. After school meal and bus transportation is available. Please see the document at the bottom of the newsletter for more information.

14. Gilmore Piano Lab classes started for students in grades 2-5. Classes are held Monday through Friday. Please contact the Main Office for a registration form.

15. Communities in Schools After school Program is in session.

16. Please see the flyer at the bottom of the newsletter if your interested in becoming a substitute teacher.

17. KPS has installed a new visitor management system named "Raptor" that will strengthen safety. Please read the information at the bottom of the newsletter about the system.

8:44 am-Morning Entry

8:50 am-Tardy Bell

12:00 pm- Half Day Dismissal

3:50 pm-Regular Day Dismissal

Thank you!

Main Office

Office Hours are from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Please contact the Main Office at 269-337-0790 to schedule an appointment if you need to register new students or to conduct any school related business.

Linda Mitchell, Principal

Glenda Jones, Assistant Principal

Pilar Short, Lead Secretary

Meghan Lloyd, Assistant Secretary

Susana Morales-Reyes, Part-Time Secretary

Natalie Orbe, Home Support Specialist

Irving Smith, Achievement and Behavior Support Specialist

Building Healthy Communities

Woods Lake received the Building Healthy Communities Grant. Building Healthy Communities (BHC) - is a school-based program focused on addressing the social determinants of health that have contributed to wide disparities in many communities across Michigan. This program encourages children and families to be active and eat healthy!

Here is a quick link for the February newsletter: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/17_DmrPq38agc3jHayqYL8Kg7-We__k_LkKTHbHPE1As/edit#slide=id.g2024345c99f_0_43

Woods Lake Temporary Move for the 2023-2024 School Year

Goal/Objective: To relocate Woods Lake students and staff for the 2023-24 school year while the building at 3215 Oakland Drive undergoes major mechanical updates from June 2023 through August 2024.

  • The building must be vacated in order to do the extensive amount of work required.

  • It is not possible to have students remain in the building during construction due to replacing HVAC and fire suppressions system.

  • There is not one vacant building in KPS to accommodate all WL students

  • Next year’s K-3 students will relocate to S. Westnedge.

  • Next year’s 4-5 students will relocate to Oakwood.

  • Students will return to 3215 Oakland Drive for the 2024-25 school year with an enlarged south parking lot and drop-off area, relocated playground, new windows, classroom casework, new lockers and air conditioning.

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