September 15th, 2023
An Important Message from Mrs. VanWagnen
As parents, you play an important role in ensuring strong attendance in school. Research has shown that excessive absences, tardies and early dismissals can negatively impact academic and social progress in school. Extended vacations when school is in-session are discouraged. The district attendance policy is as follows:
5 or more absences: 1st parent contact
7-10 absences: 2nd parent contact including meeting with principal
11-24 absences: Legal “Notice to Parents or Guardians with Non-Attendance of Children in School” sent to parent/guardian and referral to local agency
25 or more absences: School district takes legal action through the Juvenile Court system to return child to school
The goal of this policy is to support families, provide support services as needed, and ensure consistent attendance in school. We sincerely appreciate your support in this matter.
If your child is going to be absent, the following procedure should be followed:
A parent must call the school absence line: 248-956-2790.
Please leave a message with the following information: your name, your child’s name, teacher, date and reason for absence.
The absence hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call and leave a message as early as possible.
If a child is absent and no message was left on the absence line, our secretaries will contact parents using the phone numbers entered in Skyward Family Access.
It is an expectation that our students arrive at school on time and are in their classrooms prepared to learn at 8:55 a.m. every day that school is in session. Students that are not in their classroom at 9:00 a.m. will be marked tardy and must be signed in at the main office by an adult.
The school day ends at 4:00 p.m. It is an expectation that students attend for the entirety of the school day. Children picked up early will be given an early dismissal, which is equivalent to a tardy on their attendance.
We do ask that students are free from fever (without medication) and free from vomiting for 24-hours prior to returning to school to prevent the spread of potentially contagious illness.
Additionally, please be sure to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and keep your child home should they experience any of the following symptoms:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath, rapid or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body ache
New loss of taste or smell
Nausea or vomiting
Jennifer VanWagnen, Principal
Extremely Important Procedures for Saddle-Up Drop Off and Pick Up
Children must exit their car on the driver's side unassisted. They must be able to unbuckle their seat belt/car booster and open and close the passenger door independently. This may mean that you need to disable child safety locks and/or practice learning these skills at home.
Staff will monitor the drop-off line each morning and there will be staff to help your child (both outside the building and in the halls as they find their classroom).
Your Saddle Up Pick-Up name sign must be clearly visible in the driver's side window to the staff member on duty. The staff member will alert the classroom that you have arrived for pick-up at the end of the day.
Your student will then be dismissed and will exit the doors through the gymnasium. Under the direction of a staff member, your child will be permitted to enter your vehicle on the driver's side. Please do not get out of your vehicle to assist. We will have staff members on site who are able to assist if needed.
Please arrive promptly to pick up your child. Students that are not picked up at dismissal (by 4:05 p.m.) will go to Prime Time Care and you will be billed accordingly
In an effort to keep the students safe and keep traffic moving, we ask that if you are driving your child to school, you utilize the drop-off loop rather than walking your child to the front door.
Failure to follow the established guidelines may warrant a special meeting with Principal VanWagnen.
9/19: LAYA Taste of the Lakes @ 5:00 PM
9/21: Half Day of School w/ Dismissal @ 12:35 PM, Staff Professional Development
9/22: Walled Western Homecoming, Meadowbrook students invited
9/25: No School- Yom Kippur
10/4:PTA Meeting @ 6 PM
10/4: Student Count Day
10/5: Regular Board of Education Meeting @ 7 PM
10/13: PTA Sponsored Mustang Mile
10/13: Walled Western Annual Pink Out Game, Meadowbrook students invited
10/20: PTA Sponsored Halloween Fun Fest
10/31: Half Day of School (Staff Professional Development)
Important Information: School Procedures
Half Day on Thursday, September 21st
This is an important reminder that Thursday, September 21st is a half day of school with a dismissal at 12:35 PM.
Please refer to our tiered dismissal times below:
12:20- Saddle Up Pick-Up and Walkers
12:25- Prime Time Care
12:30- Begin loading busses
12:37-12:40 – Departure
Also, Door Dash is not permitted for students. Students may bring a lunch from home or purchase school lunch from the cafeteria. We simply do not have staffing available to deliver Door Dash items to students during their lunch time. Please refrain from ordering. Thank you.
Did you know that Mrs. VanWagnen provides each student with a birthday book, sticker and pencil on their birthday? We are so grateful for our generous PTA in supporting the Birthday Book program at MBE.
If you choose to celebrate your child’s birthday at school, arrangements must be made with your child’s teacher in advance. Students will have an opportunity to choose a special class activity during their classroom celebration.
Please adhere to the following guidelines regarding birthdays :
Food items are not permitted.
Flowers, balloons or other personal items may not be delivered to school.
Pencils, stickers, a game or book are each suitable options that may be donated to the class to honor your child.
Children should not distribute party invitations at school out of respect for the feelings of others who are not included.
i-Ready Diagnostic: Sep 7-Oct 6
i-Ready is an online program utilized by Walled Lake Schools that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform instruction.
All students will complete the i-Ready Diagnostic during the window of September 7-October 6. The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student receives is based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier ones. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning.
The classroom teacher will communicate with families regarding when their class will complete this important assessment. In the meantime, take a look at the recommendations from iReady below:
What can I do to help? To help prepare your child for the i-Ready Diagnostic, encourage them to:
· Get a good night’s sleep and eat a full breakfast the day of the assessment.
· Try their best on each question and try not to rush.
· Try not to worry about questions they do not know—remind them that it is expected they will only get about half of the questions correct.
· Be respectful of other students who take longer to finish.
*If your teacher is requesting headphones to complete the diagnostic, please be sure to send them in. Thank you!
Thank you for your partnership! More information will be shared soon regarding how you can support your child complete online instruction at home.
Road Construction Update
GLWA is aware of the traffic congestion on 13 Mile Road and is working to complete this portion of the project as quickly as possible while ensuring safety and quality. GLWA provided the following statement regarding the current project on 13 Mile Road:
"The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) understands the traffic impacts on 13-mile due to the one-way (East Bound Only) at this time due to the installation of the new water transmission main and road re-construction. The water transmission main is installed and now working on the road re-construction on 13-mile.
Our contractor is working diligently to get this work area complete by early October 2023. Currently, the crew is working on the East Bound Lane with installing the sub-base material and then will move into asphalt pavement.
Once the one-way traffic shifts onto the East Bound Lane, it should provide additional lanes at 13-mile and M-5 and this should help with the traffic flow. After the East Bound Lane is complete, the crew will move directly over to completing the West Bound Lane, which is a full road re-construction. While there is a short-term inconvenience in this area, there will be a significant long-term benefit with to the region from the improvements to the water distribution system and road re-construction."
Support Lakes Area Youth Assistance- Taste of the Lakes
What is Youth Assistance?
Youth Assistance is a non-profit organization that offers professional counseling services and conducts programs for youth and their families who live within the Walled Lake School District. Our mission is to strengthen youth and families through volunteer involvement. LAYA is one of 26 programs of the Oakland County Circuit Court-Family Division.
If I need Youth Assistance services, how much will it cost me?
LAYA services are free to residents of Walled Lake School District. Non-residents will be referred to the appropriate Youth Assistance office.
What are Youth Assistance services?
- Referral services
- Youth and Family Counseling
- Family Education programs
- Summer Camp
- Skill Building Scholarships
- Youth/Adult Mentors PLUS program
- Youth Recognition
LAYA has a been a great resource for WLE families and continues to provide a variety of supports for our students. Please consider supporting them by attending the Taste of the Lakes fundraiser at Edgewood Country Club!
WLCSD Staff Nomination Form
A sample of what these shout outs will look like on social media and in our District newsletters can be found below.
Set Up Your Communication Preferences in Skyward
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If you are not receiving emails from Mrs. VanWagnen, including the Mustang Express, District Weekly Updates, please use the link below to double-check your preferences are correct.
Signing Up for SMS Messages via Skylert
In addition to receiving phone calls and email notifications from the school district in the event of a school closing or emergency, parents can also sign up to receive SMS Text messages.
Please find the helpful step-by-step instructions linked below as well as the video tutorial on signing up for SMS messages.