Dragon's Tale


Upcoming Events!

Walk to School Day!

Continuing momentum from this year’s Bike to School Day, it’s time to gear up for Walk to School Day, Wednesday, October 10, 2018! The Michigan Fitness Foundation’s Safe Routes to School Program and Michigan Department of Transportation is excited to welcome you back for this year’s Walk to School Day 2018.

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Save the Date - October 12th WLN Homecoming Parade!!!

The WLN Knights have invited the Keith Dragons to once again participate in the annual homecoming parade! Please mark your calendars and save the date! I am looking forward to having a large turn out to represent the Keith Dragons! The lineup will start at 5:00 pm and the parade will officially start at 5:30 pm. We ask all students arrive at 5:00 pm. We will meet on the North side near the picnic tables - please look for the Keith Elementary sign. After we meet up, the WLN Student Council will direct us to where we will be walking in the parade (which will be behind the class councils floats).

Keith Announcements

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: Ms. Tyrell

Lower Elementary Room: Mrs. Chappell

Change for Autism

Got any spare change? Send it to school this month! In an effort to raise autism awareness among the student body, our students and staff will be encouraged to deposit spare change in a large collection jug throughout the month to raise funds for Autism Alliance of Michigan (@autismallianceofmichigan). This organization has touched the lives of over 36,000 Michigan people affected by autism. Teachers have also been given classroom activities, autism facts and information to create an important discussion about compassion, understanding and inclusion among the student body.

The Prizes for Fundraising...

As a thank you to your school for the hard work, we want to reward you with prizes for the accomplished goal amount you raised:

  • If you raise over $1,000 you will receive a pizza party and an AAoM Swag Bag for the top earning classroom along with a certified AAoM Autism Presentation for the school hosted by our staff.
  • If you raise over $500 you will receive an AAoM Swag Bag and an AAoM Autism Presentation for the top earning classroom.
  • If you raise over $250 you will receive an an AAoM Swag Bag for the top earning classroom.

About AAoM:

The Autism Alliance of Michigan lends help to thousands of families throughout Michigan that face the never-ending physical, psychological, emotional and financial challenges that come with an autism diagnosis. We offer hope for the future and answers today. Navigating these challenges is at the heart of why AAoM was founded ten years ago.

Autism Alliance of Michigan is dedicated to transforming the state of Michigan for the autism community-creating opportunities that truly impact quality of life for individuals, their families and our community.

Kelly Powers

Keith Elementary School

Teacher of Students with Autism

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 Responsible:

One rule we have here at our school is “Be Responsible.” Being responsible helps make our school a place where everyone can learn. When we’re responsible, we can be trusted to do the right thing. We help others. We clean up our messes. We admit when we make mistakes or do the wrong thing. We focus on our schoolwork. This week, think about how you can be responsible and do the right thing in class, in the lunchroom, and out at recess.

Next week, our focus will be on listening. We will review the following with your children when they return to school on Monday.


At Keith Elementary School, we all work hard to be the best learners we can be. One skill for learning is to listen with attention. When we listen with attention, our eyes are watching the speaker, our ears are listening, our voices are quiet, and we’re still. This week, practice being a great listener every day!

Medication Take Back Event - October 27

Attached is a brochure on this important event that we have listed on our website calendar.

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Walk the Walk Event

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October Lunch Menu

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Announcements From our Keith PTA:

Keith PTA Meeting - Wednesday, November 7 at 7pm in the Keith Media Center

Join the Green Team!

Do you have a 3rd, 4th or 5th grader interested in helping the environment? Join the Green Team! This year, we'll be doing several projects aimed at educating the students about environmental issues that affect them. We'll also have a couple of field trips and hopefully some guest speakers. Our first meeting is on Friday, October 19th, at 8:15 am in Room 103, Mrs. Matyus classroom. We'll hold meetings mostly on the 3rd Friday of the month at 8:00 am. If your child is interested, please complete the form below/attached (and also on the Keith website) and return to Mrs. Matyus by Wednesday, October 17th. If you have any questions, please email Elizabeth Belcher at elizakbb@gmail.com.

Box Tops for Keith!

The Box Tops program has earned Keith over $3,000 per year, and we are getting ready to beat that goal this year. We will do a collection about once every 6 weeks - with prizes going to the top earning classes! The collection dates are as follows:

October 15

November 26

January 7

February 25

April 8

May 13

Spelling Bee Club at Keith!

Hi 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Keith Families. Keith is starting a Spelling Bee club with the National Scripps Spelling Words.

3rd grade Spelling Bee Club will take place on Tuesday’s from 1:20-1:50 pm during the beginning part of block recess. It will start on Tuesday, Nov. 6th and end with a Spelling Bee during block recess on Tuesday, December 11th at 1:20 pm.

4th grade Spelling Bee Club will take place on Thursday’s from 3:05-3:25, immediately following the 4th Grade Yoga class. It will start on Thursday, Nov. 8th and end with a Spelling Bee during block recess on Thursday, December 13th at 2:25 pm.

5th grade Spelling Bee Club will take place on Friday’s from 2:30-3:00 pm during the beginning part of block recess. It will start on Friday, Nov. 9th and end with a Spelling Bee during block recess on Friday, December 14th at 2:30 pm.

Please print the attached permission slip and turn into your child’s teacher by Nov. 1st and the word list will be provided to your child.

**Seeking one or two parents to help run the club. Please email Julie Steffes minsab@att.net Thank you!

Pizza Kit Fundraiser Pick Up Date Correction!

The Little Caesar's Pizza Kits will be at Keith for pick up on Thursday, October 18th from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. This date is incorrect on the flyer sent home, but an updated flyer is attached for you below.
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Skate Night at Rolladium!

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Math Club

Math Club Registration Open! Are you looking for STEM activities for your child? Would you like your child to have a more positive attitude towards Math? How about developing critical thinking? Math Club is the answer! Math Club takes place on Wednesday mornings from 8:00AM to 8:50AM, beginning October 24th and runs through March. This program is open to all K-5 students and introduces them to interactive, problem-solving and critical thinking GAMES through the Mathematics Pentathlon program (MathPentath.org). The students are placed into three groups by grade: K/1st, 2nd/3rd and 4th/5th. Please fill out and return the attached form to register your child, spaces are limited! Stop by the Math Club table at the Popsicles on the Playground Event to learn more.

Math Club Parent Volunteers Needed! In order to run Math Club, parent help is needed to teach and oversee the games in class (training will be provided). This is a great opportunity to become more involved in the school and to inspire the next generation of problem solvers! Your time and dedication will make a huge impact on the success of this program! Please contact Mary Beth Johnson at mbjohnson@ymail.com for more information.

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PTA Reflections Contest 2018-2019

Please be sure to take some time to get creative! If you have any questions, please reach out to Keith Elementary PTA Reflections Chair:

Kate Tomasik



We can’t wait to see how those heroes inspire you through the arts! Review the current standing rules at the Michigan PTA Reflections website: https://www.michiganpta.org/page/Reflections201718

We’ll have finalized rules provided later for the 2018-19 school year. For more info, please contact Keith PTSA Reflections Chair, Kate Tomasik, at keithelementaryptareflections@gmail.com

Important Message from Keith PTA President

It is Election season upon us and to get more information on our Walled Lake School board candidates that are running for the election this November and for our State Representative Candidates that are also running, there will be a candidate forum on Wednesday, October 17th. The topics covered will only be education related.

Please see flyer for more information. The Keith PTA would like to apologize to the candidate who attended our PTA Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 2 because information that was copied, and distributed was not in accord with the “neutral” stance the PTA must take. This informational handout was not information from PTA.

The Keith PTA DOES NOT endorse ANY political candidate or political party.

Thank you!

Leigh Shemenski

Keith PTA President

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Keith Elementary School

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

Andrea McFarland - Principal's Secretary


Diana Tyrrell - Building Secretary


Julie Palermo - Interventionist


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