Dragon's Tale

11/9/18

Upcoming Events!

Bagel Sale Money is Due Monday, Nov. 12th - Bagels arrive on Nov. 15th

Don't forget - a Bagel Sale will be held on November 15th to support 5th grade party. Money is due on Monday, November 12th - this Monday!


Attention 5th Grade Parents: We are still looking for a few parents who are able to help with our 1st Fundraiser for the 5th Grade Party. We will be tallying orders and counting money on Monday, November 12th at 11:30 and delivering bagels on Thursday, November 15th. We greatly appreciate any and all help! Please check the signup (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a084da8ae22a4f85-november) to see when and how you can help. Questions? Contact Keith5thGradeParty2019@gmail.com.

Keith Announcements

Winter Clothing

Colder temperatures have arrived! Please remember that we go outside for lunch recess and block each day unless it is raining or the wind chill drops below 0° F. We want all children to feel comfortable and enjoy being outside so we ask that you please send your student to school with all of the winter gear they may need including warm coats, hats, gloves, boots, and snow pants. Please label everything with your child's name in the event that their items become separated from them during the school day.

Keith Spirit!!!

Friday’s are Spirit Day here at Keith.

Your child is encouraged to wear a Keith shirt or the color red each and every Friday. The upper elementary and lower elementary classroom with the highest number of participants will win a visit from “Sparky” our Keith Dragon for the week.


This week's winners are:

Upper Elementary Room: Mrs. Wendyker

Lower Elementary Room: Mrs. Powers

Second Step Announcement!

Parents, this week your children focused on the second step lesson below. Please take a moment to talk with your children about how they took time to show positive behavior at school.


Being Assertive:


Learning means doing something new every day at Keith Elementary School. Sometimes when we’re doing something new, we get stuck and don’t know what to do. If we get stuck, we can use a skill for learning - being assertive - to ask for help. Being assertive means asking for what you need or want in a calm, firm, respectful way. Face the person you are talking to, and keep your head up and shoulders back. When you can’t figure out what to do in class, remember to be assertive and ask for help.


Our focus for next week is listed below. We will review the following with your children when they return to school on Monday.


Empathy:

Getting along with others helps make Keith Elementary School a happier place. To get along with others, we need to have empathy for each other. Empathy is feeling or understanding what someone else is feeling. This week. Be a feelings detective! Try to notice how your classmates are feeling throughout the week. Watch their faces and bodies for clues.

Kids Empowered

We are happy to welcome Kids Empowered to Keith Elementary. Kids Empowered offers programs and training to empower children, parents and professionals to deal with unfriendly classmates and friends, bullying, relational aggression and to build confidence, emotional intelligence, character, leadership, self-esteem, fitness and social skills. They will be providing several workshops in the coming weeks for both kids and parents. Please see the following flyer for some basic information and feel free to email info@kidsempowered.com or visit their website https://kidsempowered.com for more information regarding these programs.


In addition, Kids Empowered is also hosting a special program called "Surviving the Social Jungle" which you can learn more about by visiting the event website https://survivingthesocialjungle.com.

LAYA Holiday Help: Adopt a Child and Shop with a Hero

Attached you will find the applications for LAYA’s Adopt a Child and Shop with a Hero programs. If you are in need of assistance, or know of a family in need, please pass these along. The application due dates are: Adopt a Child-November 15 / Shop with a Hero-November 26


Age requirements and approval process information is different for each program, and is listed on each programs application. Also, if a family has any unusual or extenuating circumstances and you (or they) are unsure as to whether or not they qualify, just give us a call or email. We are more than happy to help!


Kaity Stack, Admin. Assistant

Lakes Area Youth Assistance

850 Ladd Rd., Building D

Walled Lake, MI 48390

Phone: (248) 956-5070

Fax: (248) 956-5075

Food Allergy Research & Education

In a Matter of Minutes – The Severity of Food Allergy with Steve Carell” was produced to raise awareness about food allergy, a potentially life-threatening disease that has a profound impact on millions of families, yet is widely misunderstood.


We are extremely grateful to Steve Carell, an actor and comedian known for wide-ranging roles including NBC’s “The Office” and films such as Despicable Me and Beautiful Boy.


Food allergies are not a trend or a lifestyle choice. As our PSA states, families and adults living with this disease must be vigilant at all times, because in a matter of minutes, an allergic reaction can send someone to the emergency room with anaphylaxis.


We hope you will share this PSA with your community today. Learn more at www.foodallergy.org/farepsa.

https://youtu.be/EeZVbF9Tcto

Baby Food Available from Hospitatlity House

Hospitality House has baby food available and want to share it with those in need. If this is something that you or someone you know can use, please contact Hospitality House by either calling or emailing Donovan Neal, Hospitality House Director, at 248-960-9975 or email, donovan@hhfp.org.

November Lunch Menu

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Ski Swap Information

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5th Grade Party Announcements

Bagel Sale Fundraiser

The 1st fundraiser for the 5th grade party is underway! A Bagel Sale will held be on Thursday, November 15th. Orders and money are due on Monday, November 12th, so we'll need help tallying orders and counting cash. On both of these days, we invite any 5th grade parents who are available to come in and help out. Please visit the signup (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a084da8ae22a4f85-november) to see how you can help. If you have any questions, please email us at Keith5thGradeParty2019@gmail.com.


5th Grade Party Parent Meeting

Mark your calendars for the 5th Grade Party Parent Meeting which will be held on January 24, 2019 at 7:30 pm in the Keith Media Center. Volunteer opportunities, the budget and best practices will be discussed. Committees will also be formed that evening. Committees will be meeting at subsequently agreed upon times to plan decorations, activities, food, etc. for the party.


We look forward to working with all the parents to make this a wonderful experience for our 5th grade students! If you have any questions, please email us at Keith5thGradeParty2019@gmail.com.

Announcements From our Keith PTA:

Keith PTA Meeting - Tuesday, December 11 at 7pm in the Keith Media Center

Book Fair Announcement

Our amazing Enchanted Forest Book Fair has come to end! We appreciate all the support that made it so wonderful and fun for our students!


Was there a book that you missed buying or are still thinking about? Good news! You can still shop our school book fair online until NOVEMBER 15TH! Books ordered online will be delivered directly to your students classroom.


Click on the link below to shop!

http://onlinebookfairs.scholastic.com/entrance.aspx?FID=3891991&direct=Y


Your Book Fair Committee

Diversity Week - Nov. 12-16! Welcome Japanese Taiko to Keith!

The PTA is excited to announce a special event coming to all Keith students and staff members this November to help celebrate Diversity week, November 12-16!


Professional Japanese Taiko drumming ensemble, Raion Taiko from the Great Lakes Taiko Center, will kick off our Diversity Week with a bang and all students will have the opportunity to see this group perform on Monday, November 12th!


Our students will experience the excitement and artistry of traditional and contemporary Japanese Taiko music. Taiko is an ancient Japanese method of drumming where the instruments range in size from roughly a snare drum ("shime"), to drums as large as a car (the "o-daiko")! In addition to an exciting performance, students will have the opportunity to learn about the different type of drums; how they are made and their different uses, all while soaking in the essence of Japanese culture and history.



The Great Lakes Taiko center is located in Novi, MI and is owned an operated by WLCSD alum, Brian Sole! He is very excited to be sharing his talents in his home town with the Keith community.


For more information regarding Taiko drumming, or the Great Lakes Taiko Center please visit: http://www.michigantaiko.net

Green Team Announcement

Attention Green Team Members: We are meeting next THURSDAY, November 15th, at 8:00 am in Mrs. Matyus's classroom. We'll be working on our skits for the Bag Buddies and Water Bottle recycling. We'll also be organizing our next group of announcements. If your student has a Green Team shirt, please plan to wear it next Thursday.

Invisible Dad Lunch Program

INVISIBLE DAD LUNCH PROGRAM

Hunger has many faces. In the United States, 2 out of 10 children suffer from a form of hunger that is not readily portrayed in the media but it is also a kind of hunger that we can put an end to right here in our own communities. This kind of hunger is called Food Insecurity and it takes the form of children being forced to skip meals, eating cheap unhealthy snacks to fill their stomachs between “meals”.


In Walled Lake Schools, the 12 WL elementary schools have adopted the Invisible Dad program which entitles all children to a school lunch, even if a student’s lunch account does not have money in it. Invisible Dad accounts have been set up at our schools to cover lunch for children whose parents have forgotten, are unable, or for whatever reason have not kept their account up-to-date. Parents receive a confidential notification that their child has accessed the Invisible Dad account and they are given an opportunity to update the account, complete a Free and Reduced Lunch form or to talk to a school administrator.


For more information on the Invisible Dad Program, visit the program's webpage.

TO DONATE: Please make a check out to your Walled Lake School with Invisible Dad in the “memo” line. This money will keep the account for your school able to continue this important program.


In the News:

Metro Detroit "Invisible Dad" ensures all elementary students get lunch - WXYZ Ch. 7
Commerce dad stands invisibly in school lunch lines - Spinal Column​
Invisible Dad Campaign helping children who can’t pay for lunch​ - Oakland Press

PTA Facebook Page

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https://www.facebook.com/KeithElemPTA/

Keith Elementary School

The purpose of Keith Elementary is to advance the learning of all students.


Andrea McFarland - Principal's Secretary

AndreaMcFarland@wlcsd.org


Diana Tyrrell - Building Secretary

DianaTyrrel@wlcsd.org


Julie Palermo - Interventionist

JuliePalermo@wlcsd.org


Marci Augenstein, Ph.D. - Principal, Keith Elementary

MarciAugenstein@wlcsd.org