The Pez Press

Week of April 19th

A Note from Mr. Pez

West Maple Families,

I hope this email finds you well and having enjoyed a lovely weekend. Our calendar begins to get very busy this week and for the next month as we prepare to have Wacky Waldo's Raffle, Secretary's Day, Teacher Appreciation Week, M-Step, and the Fun Run. Keep a lookout for important updates on these and more events through your teachers communications and my Smore.

West Maple has two outstanding Secretaries who provide a lot for our school. They help make sure kids are safe to enter school by monitoring the “Clear to Go” (and calling families who may have forgotten). They help students with Band-Aids (and magic ice packs) on boo-boos and cheer them up before they send them back to class. They help our staff complete necessary protocols set forth by the district such as attendance and purchasing items for their classroom. Most importantly they keep me on track by helping me to meet deadlines and doing a lot of the thankless jobs that need to get done to run a school. West Maple is incredibly blessed to have Mrs. Virginia Roberts and Mrs. Maria Reilly as the heart and soul of West Maple Elementary. This week on Wednesday our staff will be celebrating them on Administrative Assistance Day! Thank you Mrs. Roberts and Mrs. Reilly for all that you do!

Wacky Waldo's Raffle is this week. More information about this event is below. In-person students will be participating during their lunches each day. For BVA families a sign-up genius will be sent to you so that you may schedule when you would like to come in. Please be on the lookout for an email from your classroom teacher.

Below you will find more sponsorship opportunities for the Fun Run, a sign-up for Teacher Appreciation Week, a BEF Grant received by West Maple, along with a host of other information.

Have a wonderful week,

Jason Pesamoska

Proud Principal
West Maple Elementary

Wacky Waldo's Raffle

It’s that time of year again!! West Maple’s Annual Wacky Waldo Week is happening this week.

Once again, all children in Preschool to 5th grade are invited to participate! During lunchtime, kids have the opportunity to purchase tickets for 25 cents. On display, in the lobby, will be bags with pictures of prizes on them. Prizes range from toys, to craft kits, a teacher does your homework, Legos or even, Principal for the day!!! Kids can put their tickets into any of the bags they are hoping to win. The winning tickets will be drawn on Friday and prizes will be distributed to the winners.

All kids will be given 4 free tickets to jump start their chances of winning!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us,

Danielle Gadharf and Jillian Hake

Wacky Waldo Organizers

West Maple receives BEF Grant!

West Maple Families,

Our first and second grade classrooms have been awarded a grant from the BEF for rich, deep literature in the amount of $2,200 dollars. Each first and second grade classroom will be receiving a set of about 50 new books to add to our library on various topics and at varying levels. This will allow us to get more books into the hands of kids and further their love of reading. We want to thank the BEF for granting us this opportunity. Happy reading first and second grade students!


Mrs. Parthum and Mrs. Ladd

Grant Authors

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Chartwell's Food Coming Home

Beginning last week breakfasts will be sent home on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. On Tuesday and Thursday you will receive two that covers the following day as well.

Half Days Remaining

Please see the BPS calendar half days for the remainder of the year.

Additionally, general calendar reminders include:

  • April 30 - Districtwide Half Day, students attend in the a.m. - 12:05 P.M. Dismissal
  • May 12 - Districtwide Half Day, students attend in the p.m. – 1:20 P.M. Arrival

Important Dates

April 19-23- Wacky Waldo's Raffle

April 21- Secretaries Day

April 20-22- 5th Grade M-Step Testing

April 21-23 Oakland County Hearing Testing

April 22- Earth Day- Wear Green

April 27-28- 3rd Grade M-Step testing

April 30 – All Schools half day (AM only)- Dismissal @ 12:05 PM

May 3-7 Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3-4- 3rd Grade M-Step testing

May 6-7- 4th Grade M-Step testing

May 10-11- 4th Grade M-Step testing

M-Step Testing

Dear West Maple Families,

This spring, all Michigan third, fourth and fifth grade students will be taking our state assessment called the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP). The M-STEP measures a high set of academic standards and uses question types that reflect real world skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving. M-STEP tests are designed around the current Michigan State Standards, including the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, as well as the grade level content expectations for Science and Social Studies. Third and fourth grades will take the ELA and mathematics assessments. Fifth grade will take the ELA, mathematics, social studies and science assessments. Depending on the grade of your child, he or she will participate on the following assessment dates:

5th Grade: 4/21, 4/22

4th Grade: 5/6, 5/7, 5/10, 5/11

3rd Grade: 4/27, 4/28, 5/3, 5/4

We are asking that you try to have your child in attendance during these dates. If you have to take your child out during the testing time, please let your child’s teacher know as soon as possible so alternative testing arrangements can be made. Another important piece of information to have is that once the testing session has begun, we cannot allow late students to enter the classroom. We are asking that your child arrive at school on time, particularly on testing days.

Due to potential COVID related absences, adjustments will likely need to be made to the schedule. We will communicate those changes as soon as possible. We thank you for your continued patience during this unprecedented year.

These tests are important for multiple reasons. The district does receive data that helps us determine how well our students are progressing in comparison to state averages and to other districts. The assessment program is designed to provide an opportunity for all students to take national college entrance exams and the series of assessments that lead up to the college entrance exam, SAT. In order to allow students to take these assessments, and to help the district remain in compliance with state laws, each building will be arranging for students to take make-up assessments as necessary when a scheduled test date conflicts with religious holiday observance.

These testing windows apply to all schools across the State of Michigan. All assessments that are administered through the Michigan State Test of Educational Progress can be found on the State of Michigan Department of Education website:


Jason Pesamoska

West Maple Principal

BPS Saturday School

We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

April: 24
May: 1, 8, 15, 22

The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials.

Zoom Link:

Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting!

BPS Summer Bridge Program

BPS is excited to announce summer learning opportunities, including the district’s Summer Bridge Program for students currently enrolled in Grades K-8. For more information on the Summer Bridge Program and other resources and opportunities for summer learning, please be sure to visit the BPS Summer Learning Opportunities 2021 website or click here to see the parent invitation.