WILDCAT NEWSLETTER vol. 7

News and Information for the Guest Elementary Community

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NEWS FROM MRS. FIEBKE-LANG

Dear Guest Families,


You may have heard about the upcoming district Open House on Sunday, October 23. This event is an opportunity for Walled Lake schools to share with potential families all the wonderful experiences and opportunities we see happening throughout the district.


With that said, we are looking for Guest families who would like to join us as ambassadors at this event. We are developing a plan to showcase our school, and if you and your children would like to be a part of this on Sunday, October 23, please send me an email. It will be held 1:00-3:00. We will ask you to arrive at 12:30 so we can explain where we can best use your expertise. There will be pizza and salad lunch provided for all volunteers.


Further, if you have friends with children living in our community who are currently attending schools outside of the Walled Lake District, we ask you to encourage them to attend our Walled Lake Open House. We sincerely hope that after they visit, they will consider enrolling their children in Walled Lake Schools.

We are also inviting ALL of you to go see your student's future middle and high school - Geisler and Walled Lake Central during the Open House. There are amazing things happening that we know you will want to see. Your children will be in good hands as they move on to middle and high school. Take this opportunity to go see what they have to offer. Below, you will find additional information regarding our first District-wide Open House.


I look forward to hearing from you as we create a partnership for the good of our amazing Walled Lake community.


Michelle Fiebke-Lang

Principal

OCTOBER DATES

OCTOBER

4th - 7th Future Viking Spirit Week to coordinate with WLC Homecoming

4th - Future Viking Spirit day: Wear your Tie Dyed attire

5th - Future Viking Spirit day: Pajama Day - NO one piece Pajamas are allowed

5th - Names of student interested in being in the WLC Homecoming parade due

5th - Student Count Day

6th - Future Viking Spirit day: Wear your favorite color or sports jersey

6th - WLC Vikings will parade through Guest Elementary

6th - Board Meeting, 7:30 pm

7th - Future Viking Spirit day: Wear blue & gold, or any Guest spirit wear

7th - Homecoming parade - Please RSVP your student so they can march in the WLC Homecoming parade. Call the main office to leave your student's name.

10th - PTA Meeting 6:30-7:30*

11th Bus Safety Assembly for Kindergarten - 2nd grade

  • Kindergarten 9:30 - 10:15

  • 1st & 2nd 10:15 - 11:00

11th - Hungry Howie’s Night

12th - No School for Students or Staff - Yom Kippur

13th - Fall Clean-up - getting our school ready for the Dash 4:00-7:00ish - pizza sales*

14th - Team Guest Raffle & Color Splash and Dash 5:30-7:00 pm*

18th - Kindergarten Learning Path (Open House & Curriculum Night) - students invited with their families 6:30 -7:30 pm*

21st - Bonaventure Skate Night 5:30 - 7:30*

23rd - District Open House

24th - PTSA Council Meeting @ Banks

31st - *1/2 Day for Students - Halloween Party details below

GUEST PTA INFORMATION & GUEST OCTOBER EVENTS

FUTURE VIKINGS YOU ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN WLC HOMECOMING SPIRIT DAYS & PARADE

OCTOBER 4th - 7th Future Viking Spirit Week to coordinate with WLC Homecoming


TUESDAY 4th - Future Viking Spirit day: Wear your Tie Dyed attire


WEDNESDAY 5th - Future Viking Spirit day: Pajama Day - NO one piece Pajamas are allowed


THURSDAY 6th - Future Viking Spirit day: Wear your favorite color or sports jersey & WLC Vikings will parade through Guest Elementary


FRIDAY 7th - Future Viking Spirit day: Wear blue & gold, or any Guest spirit wear

Homecoming parade - due to the number of students from the elementary schools invited, at this time WLC is asking to limit 20 students per school to participate in the parade. Please email Mrs. Fiebke-Lang, or contact the main office if your student(s) would like to participate. At this time we have eight students. Lots of room for MORE students.


5:00 - Students meet in front of Walled Lake Central High School.

5:30 - Parade begins

2016-2017 GROWING WILDCAT CHAMPS RAFFLE - OUR LARGEST FUNDRAISER

Follow both links to view a personalized video & information on our PTA Website. Continue selling your raffle tickets. The drawing and our Splash & Dash is October 14th 5:30 -7:00.


Click HERE for Growing Wildcats Splash & Dash Newsletter

Click HERE for all details

Click HERE to watch the 2015 video

DISTRICT-WIDE OPEN HOUSE-SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD, 2016

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 | 1-3 P.M.

Families with children seeking premier preschool through high school educational opportunities are cordially invited to visit any of the 19 Walled Lake Schools from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, October 23.

Bring your family to visit Walled Lake Schools so you can meet our world-class teachers, speak with members of our administrative team, meet our students and parents, get an up-close look at our facilities, and most importantly, experience our every child, every day philosophy personally.

For more information on the District Wide Open House, view the promotional flyer!

Why Walled Lake Schools?

Because we serve every child, every day!

Walled Lake Parent Testimonials

HALLOWEEN PLANS FOR 2016-2017

Click HERE for the Halloween Newsletter

PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST - Encourage your child to get involved

PTA Reflections Contest: The theme for this year’s PTA Reflections contest is “What Is your story?” The Reflections program provides an opportunity for students to express themselves creatively in six different areas: Film Production, Dance Choreography, Photography, Visual Arts, Musical Composition, and Literature. The due date for entries is: Wednesday, November 16th. Let’s get creative! Enter this year's contest! If you have any questions, please contact Hollie Huehn at holliehobbie4@comcast.net. Registration forms are available at school.

GUEST ELEMENTARY

MATH PENTATHLON - DON'T MISS OUT! The games begin November 4th - May 12th

Math Pentathlon problem solving games provide a highly motivational format for developing and practicing important math concepts. While playing games in cooperative division age groups, students strengthen their strategic thinking and critical reasoning abilities. For more information on the program, please visit www.mathpentath.org

Click HERE for more information regarding Guest Wildcat Math Pentathlon and to register. You don't want to miss this opportunity!


We need YOU! The Math Pentathlon Club at MHG is successful because of our wonderful parent volunteers! Classes will be formed based on the number of parent volunteer coaches (or team coaches if you prefer to share coaching duties with another parent). If you are interested in becoming a coach or team coach for any grade, please contact MHG Math Pentathlon Club Coordinator.


Guest Elementary Math Pentathlon Coordinator:

Tara Thweny E-mail tara_thweny@yahoo.com Phone 248-514-9661

FLIPPED CURRICULUM NIGHT SURVEY

Please take a few minutes and complete the survey regarding 2016-2017 Curriculum Night. Your input is invaluable.

Thank you!

SURVEY

KEEP ON CLIPPING BOX TOPS

BOX TOP CONTEST DEADLINE is October 21st. The winning classroom will receive a $20.00 gift card to the Fall Book Fair & an extra recess!

CLICK HERE for more information.

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MARY HELEN GUEST ELEMENTARY PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION

PTA!

CLICK HERE TO BECOME A MEMBER

WE NEED YOU! Thank you.

CONGRATULATIONS WILDCAT CHAMPS!

Thank you for reading over the summer. Our school was presented with a bag of new library books. We won the reading challenge against Walled Lake Elementary!

DISTRICT

WL BOARD of EDUCATION CANDIDATES FORUM

Wednesday, Oct. 5 at Geisler Middle School

The League of Woman Voters and the WL PTSA Council is sponsoring a Walled Lake Schools Board of Education Candidates Forum Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m., at Geisler Middle School (46720 West Pontiac Trail, WL).
There are six candidates running for three, six-year positions on the Board.
The six candidates will be on the Nov. 8 ballot, on the back page, at the end of the ballot.

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PARENTING FAIR RESOURCES

Click on each link for information/details about the Parenting Fair.

We hope to see you at the Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair West Bloomfield High School on Saturday November 12, 2016. Spread the word and bring a friend!

SCHOOL BELL TIMES - ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL - CHANGES IN SCHEDULE

CLICK HERE for 2016-2017 school hours.


Below, you will find information regarding Guest Elementary procedures with regards to arrival, dismissal, or a change in schedule. Any updates and/or additional information will be shared at a later date.


8:50 am is the first arrival bell. Students will be let into the building at this time. Due to safety & security expectations, all students will remain outside until the first bell rings. Students getting breakfast will enter approximately two minutes earlier. Thank you for planning accordingly.

8:55 am is the second arrival bell. This indicates school is now in session. Students arriving after this time are considered Tardy for school and marked accordingly on their attendance record.

3:58 pm is the first dismissal bell. We will begin our dismissal process a couple minutes earlier. We are asking that families of those students being picked up, or walking home with their student(s) remain outside. When we have too many parents standing in the hallways while we are dismissing, it becomes overcrowded. Your child will meet you at the designated area outside. If you are volunteering first thing in the morning and/or until the very end of the day, please report to the office to receive your volunteer/visitors badge. This will help us know that you are authorized to be helping. As a volunteer at the end of the day, if you are taking your child home with you, be sure the office and your student’(s’) teachers are aware. Sign each student out at the office and wait by the glass case just beyond the office door. You can also have your child meet you at the designated area outside if you prefer.

4:05 pm is the final dismissal bell. Students leaving before this time are considered Early Dismissal and are also marked accordingly on their attendance record.

Please note that 12:09 pm is the time for 1/2-day dismissal. We will begin the dismissal process at approximately 12:05 pm. Last school year the time was 12:16 pm.

FOOD SERVICE INFORMATION & SEPTEMBER BREAKFAST AND LUNCH MENUS

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools is committed to creating a healthy school environment that enhances the development of lifelong wellness practices to promote healthy eating and physical activities that support student achievement.


FREE & REDUCED LUNCH

Children need healthy meals to learn. Walled Lake Consolidated Schools offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.25 at the elementary and $1.50 at the middle and high school; lunch costs $2.50 at the elementary and starts at $2.75 at the middle and high school. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch. This packet includes an application for free or reduced price meal benefits, and a set of detailed instructions. Below are some common questions and answers to help you with the application process.

CLICK HERE for application

CLICK HERE for frequently asked questions

CLICK HERE to learn about Walled Lake's Breakfast Outreach


OCTOBER MENUS

Breakfast CLICK HERE

Lunch CLICK HERE

PARENT-SCHOOL CONNECTION

THANK YOU FROM THE OFFICE & WAYS TO HELP SUPPORT THE MAIN OFFICE

It has been wonderful getting to know our new families and reconnecting with others. We appreciate you providing your ID when picking up your child. Thank you for not entering, and waiting in, the building during arrival & dismissal. Our fifth grade safeties are doing an amazing job at their safety posts making sure everyone is being safe.

Here are a few ways to support the office:

CHANGES IN YOUR STUDENT(S) SCHEDULE

If there is any change in your student(s) arrival and/or dismissal schedule, please send a note to your student's teacher and the main office. If you use Prime Time, please call and leave a message. Emailing your student's teacher may not be the best way to communicate changes in your schedule, especially if it is on short notice. Last minute changes are acceptable, however, we need you to call the office no later than 3:00 pm. If there is an emergency, or a very late change, you can still call the office after 3:00 pm however, we ask that this does not happen often due to the nature of the office being very busy at that time. We do not want to miss your call.

PHONE MESSAGES

If you notice a missed call from the school, please listen to the message. Sometimes calls are made from classrooms and the office does not have any knowledge of this call. Our office staff will leave a detailed message and indicate whether or not we would like you to call back.

BE ON TIME

When students are tardy, they miss out on the morning greeting and they begin their day in a rush. We are aware that situations do occasionally occur that cause families to be delayed.

If this is an ongoing struggle in your home, WE can help. If you would like us to talk with your child about the importance of getting to school on time, we would be happy to do so. The second bell rings at 8:55. Students should already be in the building at this time.

DROPPING OFF FORGOTTEN ITEMS

There are times when we all forget things. Please be the judge of whether or not you should bring the item(s) to school, or let your student have a natural consequence. Once again, WE can help if you are noticing a pattern of forgotten items.

If you do drop something off, a staff member will deliver it to the classroom. In an effort to limit classroom interruptions, we will only call students down to the office in emergency situations.

Thank you for your continued support! Our school runs efficiently thanks to all of you!

TOYS, SPORTS EQUIPMENT & CARDS AT SCHOOL

Please ensure your student does not bring any of their personal toys, stuffed animals, Poke'mon cards, sports equipment, etc. to school unless asked by their teacher, or if a school-wide event is planned. We have had some tears because toys get lost and/or broken. Poke'mon cards are a distraction, and students are tempted to trade. This, too, causes our students to become upset. Thank you in advance for your support.

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GUEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION - OFFICE HOURS 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Sherry Ikegami

Principal Secretary sherryikegami@wlcsd.org

248-956-3300


Heather Pengelly heatherpengelly@wlcsd.org

Building Secretary

248-956-3302


Safe-line for Absences: 248-956-3390

FAX: 248-956-3305


Sharon Becker sharonbecker@wlcsd.org

Prime Time Supervisor

248-956-3399

Principal Contact Information

Michelle Fiebke-Lang

Mary Helen Guest Elementary, Principal

Walled Lake Consolidated School District

Main Office: 248.956.3300

Office: 248.956.3332

Cell or text: 248.766.5771