A weekly update from the West Bloomfield School District
May 1, 2020
The West Bloomfield School District proudly supports frontline workers who are keeping our community safe day in and day out. We are especially thankful for our WBHS alumni currently leading the fight against COVID-19. We are highlighting these former students in our Lakers on the Frontline series on social media. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn more about these Laker heroes!
Cloud Learning Family Resource Night for K-5
We will demonstrate a small group guided reading lesson, lead families through a Bridges math lesson and show the numerous websites available to our families.
Parents will also have the opportunity to ask questions about Cloud Learning.
Please complete the Family Resource Event form to RSVP for the event and receive your Zoom invitation!
WBHS STEAM/SOC Window Opens - May 4
Please visit www.wbsd.org/steam starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 4 to apply.
Cloud Learning Information
As we continue to support our Cloud Learning Initiative, staff members across the district took time today to come together and develop lesson plans following our return from Spring Break. We are regularly sending updates via email and social media. The website links below are also continually updated throughout the week.
Meal Service Information
The district will be offering our Meal Service program over Spring Break as well. Preorder forms are available for May 4-10 at www.wbsd.org/mealservice.
- Monday, May 4 & Tuesday, May 5
- Wednesday, May 6 & Thursday, May 7
- Friday, May 8; Saturday, May 9; & Sunday, May 10
Remember! The district recently transitioned to Meal Service pick-ups three days per week. Families will still receive seven days worth of food per child with pick-ups on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. Pick-Ups will still take place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each pick-up day at your pick-up location (Roosevelt Elementary or OLMS).
COVID-19 Information and Resources
Wellness Resources for Families
Are you looking to make a change in 2020? Why not make a difference in the lives of children each day? Join us on Team WB and help educate our students to be their best IN and FOR the world!
Enrollment for 2020-21 open NOW!
Appointments are taking place over the phone until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Please call (248) 865-6453 or email email@example.com for more information.
Senior Spotlights - Class of 2020
To help celebrate our seniors at OEC and WBHS, we've created our Senior Spotlight social media posts. We will be posting these recognitions to our seniors throughout the spring and summer. Please find your school's Senior Spotlight Google Form and share their information including a high resolution senior photo with the PR and Marketing department today:
WB celebrates Six Senior Athletes
Congratulations to the following six members of Laker Nation who have signed their NLI to continue their athletic and academic careers at the next level:
- Jordan Abston – Saginaw Valley State University – Track and Field
- Cole Hall – Adrian College – Football
- Alexis Kill – Schoolcraft College – Softball
- Andre Moss-Patton – Bluffton University – Football
- Tyler Steffes – Olivet College – Soccer
- Isabela Tatem – Roosevelt University – Softball
Eric Pierce, WBSD athletic director, said, "Although we can’t celebrate in person, we are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Your hard work, drive, dedication, and desire have led to you having this opportunity to follow your dreams. We will be cheering for all you as you head into your next chapter."
SchoolMessenger SMS Messaging Support - Coming Soon!
Our district will soon be able to utilize 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.
Once our opt-in period has completed, we hope to utilize this community tool by early-April 2020.
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.
WB Community Education Update
West Bloomfield School District Community Education continues to provide online enrichment and fun educational opportunities in this virtual environment.
FREE RESOURCE: Michigan Virtual – Michigan Cares
Free digital lessons designed to help students in grades K-12 develop the skills required for social, emotional, and mental well-being. Click here
MAY & JUNE
ONLINE ENRICHMENT, RECREATION & EDUCATION
NEW CLASS Challenge Island
You’re invited on a virtual trip around the world with Challenge Island! Weekly 1-hour STEAM challenges from your home every Wednesday at 6 p.m. All materials can be found in your home.
$10 per challenge, price covers entire household.
Click here to register, World Tour Island Challenges begin May 6
Challenge Island Flyer
Musical Theatre Class
Back by popular demand, Sunset Theatre Company presents: 101 Dalmatians Musical Theatre Online Workshop
Learn musical theatre, acting, singing, dance and more! Excellent for both boys and girls 5-12 years and students of all levels!
Click here to register, Tuesday or Thursday classes
Musical Theatre Flyer
Online Chess Classes for Beginner, Intermediate and Strong Intermediate - Private and Group Lessons - Safe and Secure
Click here to register, online classes begin the second week in May
Chess Wizard Flyer
NEW CLASS for Young Adults, Teachers and Parents
Author Talk with Kimberly Wyman
Have you thought about publishing a children’s book? Let’s talk about the pros and cons.
In this class, Amazon’s #1 best selling children’s author, Kimberly Wyman, will take you through some of the main elements that go into creating a children’s book. We’ll talk about some of the reasons to create a book, the benefits of being a published author, and the work it takes to get there.
Click here to register, ONLINE on Saturday, May 9, 2020 from 1-2 p.m.
An online program to help incoming 4th - 8th grade students master a range of Mathematical concepts.
More info and to register, click here.
Greater Retention & Achievement through Summer Practice
GRASP is a home-based program consisting of 9 weekly modules to help students maintain or improve their math and reading skills over the summer. Workbooks provided, this is not an online class.
More info and to register, click here.
For registration information please contact:
OLMS students learn from a master
OLMS band students are in the first week of a three week music composition project.
WB Township Library Information
News from the West Bloomfield Township Public Library
The West Bloomfield Township Main Library and the Westacres Branch remain closed until further notice. We will not be accepting returns until we reopen. All overdue fines will be waived. For updates, please check our website. We will post our reopening date as soon as it is known.
Learn from Home with Resources from the eLibrary
The Library’s Learning Resource Center helps match learners of all ages with ways to learn, practice and improve skills. Find subject-specific resources for grade levels from kindergarten through high school. Explore hundreds of topics with independent, self-paced courses for teens and adults from Gale Courses and Lynda. Explore all that’s available.
Use BookFLIX to helps early readers in grades Pre K – 3 develop and practice essential reading skills while building real-world knowledge. This online resource pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to teach comprehension, vocabulary and other important skills. Educational activities and games reinforce skills and extend the learning experience.
TumbleBooks are online fiction and nonfiction eBooks with animation, music and narration for students in kindergarten through 5th grade. This online resource comes with lesson plans that parents can use.
TumbleMath is an online collection of math picture books with animation, narration and sound for students in kindergarten through 6th grade.
TumbleMath comes with lesson plans, instructional videos, educational games, plus quizzes to test and track progress. Categories include counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, word problems, geometry, fractions, place value, measurement, probability, division, graphing and finance.
TeenBookCloud is a collection of eBooks and other resources for middle school and high school students and teachers. Enjoy graphic novels, classic literature, nonfiction, AP English selections, National Geographic videos, audiobooks and more.
Parents of kindergartners: Haven’t finished reading all the books on the list of “100 Picture Books to Read in Kindergarten”? No worries. Just keep reading to your child and place a sticker on your poster for each book you read, even if it’s not on the list. Need to reread a book? That’s okay too. Just keep reading!
Join us for a Virtual Storytimes for kids.
Enjoy singing, dancing and learning during these Facebook Live storytimes.
Tuesday, May 5 at 10:30 AM with Miss Emily
Wednesday, May 6 at 5 PM with Miss Julie
Thursday, May 7 at 10:30 AM with Miss Jen
Friday, May 8 at 10:30 AM with Miss Julie
Saturday, May 9 at 10:30 AM with Emily
Watch, learn and have fun with videos created by our staff.
Our staff wants to stay in touch with you. Join us online.
Use the eLibrary from home 24/7 for books, movies, music and more.
Read or listen to books, and read magazines and newspapers
Find Great Reads for Teens with links to popular eBooks and eAudiobooks teens will want to read.
Browse eBooks for children with lists of lists of recommended reading from our youth librarians.
NEW! Read current issues of more than 3,600 magazines now available from RBdigital. Read online or download to read later.
Keep up with national and international news with same-day, full-content digital editions of newspapers and magazines from PressReader. Choose from hundreds of publications in more than two dozen categories.
Watch TV shows and movies
NEW! Watch Acorn TV with the Library’s 7-day all-access pass for an unlimited streaming video experience. Enjoy mysteries, dramas, comedies, documentaries and more from the United Kingdom, as well as Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Spain.
Listen to music
Stream albums or singles from a variety of categories, including award-winners, Broadway musicals, classical, gospel, jazz, Latin, rock, music for kids and families, and more. Temporarily download selections to tablets and cell phones. Browse music on hoopla.
Learn the Latest from the Library
Subscribe to text messaging lists for general Library announcements or tips for busy parents who want to help their children Grow Up Reading™. This is an opt-in service. Message and data rates apply.
Text 797979 to sign up and use these keywords:
- wbinfo (General Library Information)
- wbparents (Parenting Tips)
Or signup at the eLibrary.
Sign up for an eNewsletter with the latest information about the Library.
Need to renew your West Bloomfield Township Library card?
Do it online here.
Check out our district and building calendars in order to stay up to date on all events going on in our district!