WILDCAT NEWSLETTER vol. 7
News and Information for the Guest Elementary Community
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.
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!
PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST - Encourage your child to get involved
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 248-514-9661
WELCOME TO OUR FAMILIES
Connecting together as one great school family. Thank you for supporting our students and staff.
Building Relationships one family at a time!
Bringing our cultures together to create a diverse school community. Thank you.
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.
PARENTING FAIR RESOURCES
SCHOOL BELL TIMES - ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL - CHANGES IN SCHEDULE
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 MENUSBreakfast CLICK HERE
Lunch CLICK HERE
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.
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.
GUEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION - OFFICE HOURS 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Principal Secretary email@example.com
Heather Pengelly firstname.lastname@example.org
Safe-line for Absences: 248-956-3390
Sharon Becker email@example.com
Prime Time Supervisor
Principal Contact Information
Mary Helen Guest Elementary, Principal
Walled Lake Consolidated School District
Main Office: 248.956.3300
Cell or text: 248.766.5771