Welcome New Kindergarten Families
INFORMATION FOR NEW KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS & FAMILIES 2022
IS IT TIME TO ENROLL MY CHILD FOR KINDERGARTEN?
The Walled Lake Consolidated School District hosts the adult-only Kindergarten Orientation for the 2022-23 school year on Monday, March 14 at 6:00 PM.
Families are eligible to enroll kindergartners who will be five-years-old, on or before Sept. 1, 2022.
Note: According to Michigan Law, a child may be enrolled in kindergarten using a waiver
if they are not five years of age on September 1, 2022, but will be five years of
age not later than December 1, 2022.
If your child does not meet the age requirement and you are considering enrolling your student using a Waiver Form, please email principal, RosaLeigh Johnson, and she will reach out to discuss your child's readiness.
JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION
Important Information to know:
Eligible students must turn 5 years old between June 1 - Dec. 1.
*If your child's birth date falls outside this range and you are interested in JK, please contact the principal of your home school.
- Commerce Elementary
- Meadowbrook Elementary
- Pleasant Lake Elementary
*More locations possible if needed due to demand.
- Full day, five days a week
- NO COST to families of eligible students
- Typical Grade Progression - Year 1: Junior Kindergarten, Year 2: Kindergarten
- Same start/end times as our elementary schools
- Follows the WLCSD 2022-2023 school year calendar
- Prime Time Care available to students (before/after school care)
- Bus transportation available if your child's home school is Commerce, Meadowbrook, or Pleasant Lake
- Families would need to coordinate transportation to/from school if your child's home school is not one of those schools
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT JR. KINDERGARTEN, PLEASE FILL OUT THE INTEREST FORM BELOW.
JOIN US FOR A KINDERGARTEN PARENT ORIENTATION EVENING AT YOUR CHILD'S ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
THE STEPS BELOW WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE NEW KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION PROCESS
STEP 1: KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION VIDEO
WATCH: Be sure to watch this video prior to attending Kindergarten Orientation on March 14th. This is a comprehensive video that features a welcome from several Elementary Principals and the Superintendent, mini presentations from Kindergarten teachers, Transportation, Food Service, Student Services, and more. The video is below and the link for the presentation can also be found on the Walled Lake Schools website at www.wlcsd.org.
*Reminder: Please watch the video prior to Kindergarten Orientation on Monday, March 14.
STEP 2: DISTRICT GOOGLE FORM
*Complete the form after watching the video above, prior to Kindergarten Orientation on Monday, March 14.
Click here to submit questions you would like answered at K Orientation on March 14th
STEP 3: REGISTER ONLINE BEGINNING MARCH 15th
REGISTER ONLINE: See below for information about the virtual enrollment process. You must gather all of the required documents BEFORE beginning the online registration process. Families will scan or take photo images of the necessary documents and email them to Walled Lake Schools Student Services Office. When you have the required documentation, click on the Begin Registration button to complete the online enrollment process, available on March 15th.
*Please note that the online registration process will be available starting on Tuesday, March 15th.
STEP 4: GLENGARY KINDERGARTEN QUESTIONNAIRE
COMPLETE & SUBMIT: Please take a moment to fill out the Glengary Elementary Kindergarten Questionnaire, if you have not already done so. This information is extremely important as we create our new classrooms and prepare for your child to attend Glengary Elementary School in the fall. Complete the form by simply pressing the button below labeled Glengary Kindergarten Questionnaire.
STEP 5: Attend Kindergarten Orientation
ATTEND: We invite the incoming Kindergarten adult family members to join Mrs. Johnson, Glengary Principal, and the Kindergarten teachers for Kindergarten Orientation at Glengary Elementary on Monday, March 14 @ 6:00 PM in the cafeteria.
Note: This is an adult only event. We do not have child care available.
Glengary Elementary Address:
3070 Woodbury St.
Commerce Twp. MI 48390
Meet the Glengary Kindergarten Team
Mrs. Creech: Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Ami Creech has been teaching in Walled Lake since 2017. Prior to being at Walled Lake, she became a tenured teacher in Plainwell Community Schools located in South West Michigan.
Mrs. Creech has over 20 years of teaching experience and her knowledge of all elementary grades began in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her journey has carried her to teach in Ft. Worth, TX, Tucson, AZ, and now Michigan. Mrs. Creech has also had the experience of being a second language learner, when her family lived in Lisbon, Portugal. These experiences have helped her develop a love of learning about new places and people.
Mrs. Creech considers it a joy to teach in the Walled Lake School District and feels she learns more every day by being here.
Mrs. Dryden: Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Lara Dryden graduated from Eastern Michigan University with an Early Childhood Degree and then from Oakland University with a Masters in Reading. Before moving to Grand Haven with her husband Lee, she was the Lead Teacher for the Joburg/Lewiston Head Start program for ½ a year. They moved back to Oakland County and taught for what is now the GSRP program for two years before she graduated to kindergarten. She has been teaching kindergarten at Glengary for over 20 years. Mrs. Dryden was honored to be Glengary's Teacher of the Year in the 2016-2017 school year.
She believes every child can, if given time, grow their character and achieve their dreams. Every child needs to develop their whole self to provide themselves with the foundation for intellectual, physical, social, and emotional growth. With this strong foundation, every student will progress and reach their full potential.
In 1837, Freidrich Wilhelm Froebel saw kindergarten as a place to have freedom of self-expression, creativity, social participation, and motor expression. These areas are still essential in developing a learner who aims to conquer the challenge of education.
Creating a solid foundation for growth is her lifelong dream. You cannot focus on just one aspect of a kindergarten student. Being part of the changes kindergarten has adopted over the years emphasizes the need to work together with families to develop the whole child. She looks forward each year to building relationships with each family so together so they can help every student that enters her room reach their full potential.
Mrs. Steele: Kindergarten Teacher
Welcome to Mrs. Michelle Steele's kindergarten class at Glengary Elementary School! Mrs. Steele has been teaching for twenty-seven years, twenty-four years in the Walled Lake School District. She has taught many grade levels in many different buildings here in Walled Lake, and feels very fortunate to have found her true passion as a kindergarten teacher!
Mrs. Steele attended college at Eastern Michigan University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and her Master's degree in Learning Disabilities. Although she is certified to teach students from kindergarten through high school level, kindergartners truly have her heart!
Mrs. Steele also enjoys learning, growing, and collaborating with her colleagues at Glengary and throughout the district and has served on many committees including Glengary's leadership team, as well as the district's iCouncil leadership team. She was honored to be Glengary's Teacher of the Year in 2011-12, and again in the 2019-20 school year. She is grateful to be part of this wonderful school district and shares in the commitment of serving every child, every day.
Along with her love of teaching kindergarten, her favorite pastimes include reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She and her husband have two wonderful, adult children who are currently attending college.
Mrs. Steele strongly believes in having open lines of communication and building partnerships with the families of the students she serves and is always available to help however she can!
Mrs. Johnson: Principal
Mrs. RosaLeigh Johnson has served the Glengary community as principal since 2016. Mrs. Johnson has been trained in Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop, Restorative Practices, and PBIS. Prior to that time, she was a 1st grade teacher and 2nd grade teacher in Charlotte, NC, Clio Area School District and Linden Community Schools.
She earned her bachelor’s in Human Development and Social Relations from Kalamazoo College, bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte; and a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Educational Administration, from the University of Michigan-Flint.
Mrs. Johnson is committed to serving every child, every day! She believes in the power of meaningful relationships, celebrating individual character strengths, and instilling a love of learning so that all students achieve their maxim potential.
She and her husband reside in White Lake with their son, Grayson.