Pleasant Lake Pleasantries

May 3, 2021

Together We Learn, Together We Lead!

Big picture

Dear WLCSD Families:


We are entering May, a month of celebrations of our amazing students and staff. We started the celebrations this week with the Dublin Elementary Groundbreaking Ceremony. We also celebrated a host of WL Central High School students at a special Athletic Signing event. We are excited to announce our 2021 Commencement plans, and the creation of the WLCSD Competitive Marching Band (below). On Monday, May 3, at 7 p.m., please be sure to watch the Legacy Scholarship event.


Current Building Closures:

  • Keith Elementary will return on Monday, May 3
  • Oakley Park Elementary will return on Tuesday, May 4
  • Walnut Creek Middle School will return on Tuesday, May 4
  • Walled Lake Elementary will return on Wednesday, May 5
  • Dublin Elementary will return on Tuesday, May 11


HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS:


ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARENTS:

· Summer Care is available and registration can be done at the Summer Care website.

· Our EZ-Registration is now available for incoming kindergarten parents to register for the 2021-2022 school year.

· Prime Time Care – Space is available at each of the Prime Time Care programs for before and after care. All of the same safety protocols have been instituted and our children are thriving.


PRESCHOOL FOR 2021-22
If you would like information about preschool registration for 2021-22, please complete this survey. We plan to save a spot for your child. Registration will happen later in the spring. Here is the brochure for the next school year, with tentative sites, times, and costs. All are subject to Board approval and enrollment.


CALENDAR FOR THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR:
We are working on the 2021-22 school year calendar; this is a negotiated item, and we do not anticipate having a final calendar until late spring


CONGRATULATIONS & THANK YOU TO:

  • Honorees of the Greater West Bloomfield Michigan Week: Sydney Urbaniak, WL Central High School senior, Youth Volunteer Leadership Award and Cameron Zaid, Pleasant Lake Elementary student, Natalia Blouin, Walnut Creek Middle School student, and Lorelai Hoppe, Keith Elementary student, all Hidden Treasures Honor Roll honorees.
  • William Chatfield, director of Operations, on completing his year as president of the MSBO (Michigan School Business Officials).
  • The 23 students from WL Central who signed their letter of intent to play a sport in college. Here’s the video.
  • The staff and students at Dublin Elementary on the groundbreaking of the new school Groundbreaking program, Groundbreaking Ceremony video
  • Meijer for donating $1500 in gift cards for use in the classroom and to the 20 staff members who received a gift card.
  • Mary Hulliberger, WL Northern band director, who was nominated for a Channel 4 Frenzy Fan Choice award. Vote here by May 3
  • All students who participated in the Wonders of Walled Lake virtual talent showcase. Showcase #1 is available to view until May 1 at 6 p.m. Showcase 2 will be available May 1. Donations will help us continue to provide virtual events.


IMPORTANT DISTRICT LINKS:


IMPORTANT COMMUNITY LINKS:

SPORTS LINKS:


Have a wonderful weekend!


Kenneth Gutman

Superintendent of Schools

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

Thank you for your generosity in recognizing our staff during Staff Appreciation Week (May 3rd-May 7th).


I am beyond thankful for our special school community!


Nayal Maktari

5TH GRADE GRADUATION AND CELEBRATION

We count on 5th grade parent donations and PTA support to make our annual graduation and celebration a reality for our children. If we do not get enough financial support then we cannot provide the type of celebration and graduation we would like to have for our 5th graders. While we kindly ask for $30, we will accept ANY donation amount.


Please send your donation to school in an envelope labeled 5th Grade Graduation, your child’s name and teacher’s name. Checks can be made out to Pleasant Lake Elementary.


Thank you for your support!

Big picture
Big picture

JOB OPENING A PLEASANT LAKE ELEMENTARY

WE NEED YOUR HELP. We are looking for a Playground Paraeducator to join our wonderful staff and work with our great children.


Below you’ll find the job posting along with the link to apply for the position. Please consider applying and sharing the posting with others.


Application Link

Spring Cleaning – Book Give Back Week

The support of our families is always appreciated, especially as we work to collect books that belong to our school. Beginning last March and throughout the pandemic, we have sent many books home with our students. We are noticing that many books have not found their way back to our school. If you might be doing some spring cleaning in the coming days and weeks, please take a moment to look for any books that belong to the school. We appreciate your help as we want to ensure these resources are available to all children.

Summer Care Registration

We have opened up our Summer Care registrations. Parents need to visit our website to obtain the registration materials. https://wlcsd.org/programs/prime-time-care/summer-care/

ANCHORS AWAY UPDATE

Anchors Away Pickup ends by 4:07 p.m. on most days. We DO NOT have a Prime Care Program at our school so please be sure to pick up your child by 4:07 p.m. Monday-Thursday and by 3:10 p.m. on Fridays.

WATER BOTTLES

Please make sure that your child comes to school with a water bottle each day. We've been providing bottles of water to those that forget but cannot keep up with the number of bottles we've been providing on a daily basis.


Thank you.

INCOMING KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

Big picture
WLCSD Virtual Kindergarten Orientation Promo_1

KINDERGARTEN 2021-2022

Thank you to everyone that was able to join our Kindergarten Orientation last Tuesday evening. You will find a recording of the orientation in the Kindergarten Newsletter below. Remember to be proactive and please register your child beginning March 15th and to not wait till the summer months.


Incoming Kindergarten Newsletter


A recording of Kindergarten Orientation can also be found on our school website under the News heading on the main page and under the For Parents tab.


It is important that all parents that will have children enrolled in kindergarten next school year complete the kindergarten questionnaire located in the above newsletter.


Please take a moment to complete this important parent survey to help us understand how we can make this process even better for our families. As a reminder, our EZ-Enrollment process will be available starting March 15. Visit our District website and watch your email for more information about the Fall as we get closer to the start of the new school year.

Thank you and feel free to contact our main office staff at 248.956.2800 or at TerriSzymanski@wlcsd.org and JulieSmith@wlcsd.org if you have any questions.

WLSCD MARCH SOCIAL WORK RESOURCES

SUPPORT

Hello Pleasant Lake Families,


As we approach the holiday season and continue to experience the hardships that go along with this pandemic, it is important that we take care of our mental health now more than ever! At this time, Michigan is offering free confidential counseling through the Stay Well COVID 19 hotline. Counselors are available 24/7 and the service is completely free! If you are experiencing stress and anxiety and are more comfortable texting with someone, a texting option is also available. As parents, many may feel the pressure of balancing family, jobs, finances, running a home, and now virtual schooling. Please know that there are resources available to help ease some of that stress. Additionally, if you feel like your little one is struggling with the uncertainty of the times, stress with school, or the loneliness of staying at home, Easter Seals is resource that provides therapy for your children. For more information and resources please visit https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_99557---,00.html. I have included the free counseling hotline, texting line, and Eastr Seals information below.


Michigan Stay Well Counseling via the COVID-19 Hotline
Call 1-888-535-6136
Press "8" to talk to a Michigan Stay Well counselor.
Counselors available 24/7 - confidential and free


If you are experiencing emotional stress and anxiety but are more comfortable texting than talking, get help from:

Michigan Crisis Text Line
Text the keyword RESTORE to 741741
Open 24/7


Be well,


Erika Emke LLMSW

Erikaemke@wlcsd.org

Big picture

WALLED LAKE TRANSPORTATION QUESTIONS

Please contact our Transportation Department directly with any questions and/or concerns regarding anything involving our school buses.


Walled Lake Schools Transportation Department Website


OFFICE HOURS: 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
46740 W. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake - 48390
Phone: 248-956-3090
Hotline: 248-956-5199

Parent Tech Support Submission Form

The Tech Support Submission Form for parents as been added to the For Parents Tab on our school website. You can also access it at www.wlcsd.org/techsupport.

Upcoming Important Events

MAY 2021

  • MAY 3RD-7TH-STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK
  • MAY 4TH-WEST BLOOMFIELD ELECTIONS IN PORTABLES
  • MAY 6TH-BOARD OF EDUCAITON MEETING AT 7:00 PM
  • MAY 6TH-CREW LEADER IN ME DAY
  • MAY 17TH-1/2 DAY FOR STUDENTS, 12:25 DISMISSAL

EVERYTHING GOOGLE!

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL AND CHILDREN

Dear Pleasant Lake Elementary Parents,


Your PTA needs you now more than ever! Your membership will help with so many great opportunities for our children. Below are a list of just a few amazing things your membership dues will provide our children:


  • Literacy supplies and books
  • Student supplies that are sent home with children during remote learning
  • Technology and online instructional resources
  • Virtual events
  • Grants & scholarships to assist students and teachers with field trips, including virtual field trips
  • Authors and presenters visit, including virtual visits
  • The Leader in Me Program


In addition to all that we provide for our children, this year we will have the opportunity to host virtual events for our community. Your PTA Board has been brainstorming some fantastic ideas for fundraising and activities we would normally do in person. The 1st 50 people to sign up for a membership will get an exclusive offer for our 1st virtual event.


Lastly, you may think with school being held remotely that we not need your support but it is the exact opposite. So many in our school community need support more than ever during this pandemic. Please become a PTA Member and sign up for the programs below. It’s an easy process that will take minutes but go a long way in supporting our children, parents and staff.


Please click on the link below to join. Remember that your membership does not require you to volunteer at any events and/or fundraisers. Only one parent/member per household needs to register with the PLE PTA.

https://ple.new.memberhub.store/store


AMAZON SMILE PROGRAM

We all shop on Amazon, why not give back to Pleasant Lake while we shop?


Pleasant Lake is set up on the Amazon Smile program, which
donates 0.5% of eligible purchases straight to our school!

Here's what to do:
1) Log on to http://smile.amazon.com/
2) Select Pleasant Lake Elementary PTA as the organization you are supporting.
3) Shop away!


KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS

It's simple. Login to your account online and look for Pleasant Lake.

https://www.kroger.com/i/community/community-rewards

PTA MEMBER HUB

Sign up to be a member of the PTA online HERE!

Support our School!

We all shop on Amazon, why not give back to Pleasant Lake while we shop?!


Pleasant Lake is set up on the Amazon Smile program, which
donates 0.5% of eligible purchases straight to our school!

Here's what to do:
1) Log on to http://smile.amazon.com/
2) Select Pleasant Lake Elementary PTA as the organization you are supporting.
3) Shop away!

Big picture

Kroger Rewards

It's simple. Login to your account online and look for Pleasant Lake.

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

Big Changes to Box Tops are Coming!
See below for important steps to follow:

#1: Reminder to clip and use the digital app.

Please continue to send clipped box tops into school as usual.
Additionally, Box Tops for Education is moving towards digital submissions.
How can you help?

1. Download the free app.
2. Create an account (choose Pleasant Lake Elementary as your school).
3. Scan receipts as you make purchases (and within 14 days).

** Back by popular demand... Want to designate a classroom for box top counts to help your child's classroom win contests? Start by scanning your receipt. Once the photo is taken, new options will show up across the bottom. Choose the star "Credit" button and enter the last name of your child's teacher. Hit done, then submit. **

#2: Do you shop for groceries online?
You can submit your email receipts from select retailers to earn Box Tops for your school too. Here's how...

Option A
1. Make sure you have a Box Tops for Education account
(create one via the Box Tops app or website).


2. Forward your email receipt to receipts@boxtops4education.com using the same email that’s associated with your BTFE account. Box Tops will be credited within 10 business days – view your earnings detail in the MY EARNINGS section of the app or website

The following email receipts are currently eligible (as of July 17, 2019):
Instacart, jet.com, SamsClub.com, Shipt, Target.com, Target Pick-Up/Drive-Up,
Walmart Grocery, Walmart.com


Option B

For purchases from online retailers not listed above, please follow the process below.


1. Take a screen shot (or multiple) of your entire receipt from your online purchase, including retailer name, all items, transaction total, and date of purchase

2. Open the Box Tops Contact Us form

3. In the Comments field, please include: Your email address, name, school's name, the amount of Box Tops earned with the purchases from that receipt.

4. Use the “Upload Image Files” feature (at the bottom of the form to add the screen shot(s) of your receipt. Your receipt will be processed within 2 weeks.

Big picture
Big picture

Teach The Leader in Me Habits At Home!

Click HERE on how you can teach the Leader in Me at home. Learn about the Habits and different activities you can do at home to reinforce what we are teaching your child at school.


Enjoy!

PLEASANT LAKE ELEMENTARY CONTACT INFORMATION

Main Office Number: 248.956.2800

Fax Line: 248.956.2805
Attendance: 248.956.2890


Nayal Maktari

Principal nayalmaktari@wlcsd.org


Terri Szymanski

Principal's Secretary terriszymanski@wlcsd.org


Julie Smith

Building Secretary juliesmith@wlcsd.org

Know What's Going On At Pleasant Lake Elementary!

Communication is very important to us at Pleasant Lake Elementary. Parents will be notified and updated in a variety of ways throughout the school year.


SKYWARD FAMILY ACCESS

It is critical that parents keep an updated email address and let us know if it changes as soon as possible. Parents may update this information for us on Skyward Family Access. All teachers at Pleasant Lake utilize Skyward Family Access to communicate with parents. Report cards, lunch account information, progress reports, attendance and other important information will always be posted on Skyward Family Access. If you are a new family to Walled Lake Schools or have misplaced or lost your Family Access ID and password, please click HERE to get connected.


PLEASANT LAKE PLEASANTRIES AND SCHOOL WEBSITE

Our school newsletter will be sent electronically to parents once a week. An archive of newsletters is also posted to our school website under the For Parents tab. Our school website can be found HERE. Please visit this page often for information about our school. You will find links to important documents, websites from your child's classroom, PTA forms and information, and important updates and forms that you will need to access.


TWITTER

Please follow us on Twitter @PleasantLakeEl to be updated regularly on important events at our school and fun pictures of student events and learning!


REMIND 101

We also offer Remind 101 to all PLE parents. How does it work? If you would like to receive a quick text message on your cell phone or device, just sign up with us and you receive a quick text to remind you of important school events, deadlines, time frames, etc. at PLE. You can unsubscribe at any time.


To join, send a text to (586) 649-3482 and enter the message @mrmakt

You can opt-out of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @mrmakt'.