WBSD Update

A weekly update from the West Bloomfield School District

July 3, 2020

Lakers Online - Information Sessions on July 7!

As a reminder, we will be holding two separate Lakers Online information sessions today (July 7) for students and families. The first takes place at 10 a.m. this morning via Zoom Webinar with the second opportunity taking place at 7 p.m. this evening via Zoom Webinar. Zoom Meeting links are listed below:

Lakers Online is open to all current West Bloomfield School District students and to students across Oakland County through the district’s Schools of Choice program. Lakers Online was developed in an effort to provide additional opportunities for families as they decide what type of instruction is best for their students moving forward.

All Lakers Online courses are taught by West Bloomfield School District teachers, experienced in providing online and traditional education. Each course is designed specifically for online learning and meets the highest quality curricular expectations of the West Bloomfield School District. Lakers Online courses provide a highly-personalized learning path that aims at empowering students to manage their time while providing a structure to keep them motivated and on-track to complete the coursework.

Students and families can learn more about Lakers Online by visiting www.wbsd.org/lakersonline or by contacting the district’s Teaching and Learning department at LakersOnline@wbsd.org or (248) 865-6479.

Drive-In for Justice

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WBSD Return to Learn - Letter to Families

As you are all aware, Governor Whitmer shared her “MI Safe Schools: Return to School Roadmap" earlier in the week. This plan was developed in partnership with educators, legislators and public health officials to ensure the safety of students, staff and families as we eagerly look forward to the start of the 2020-21 school year and the return of in-person instruction.

In May, we unveiled our Classroom to Cloud Framework for Learning to the community consisting of three potential roadmaps for what school could look like in West Bloomfield in August. After reviewing the Governor’s plan, we feel we are right in line with what the expectations and requirements will be for school districts moving forward. To review our Classroom to Cloud Framework, visit www.wbsd.org/c2c.

Our Return to Learn Task Force consisting of instructional and operational leaders within the district will continue to review best practice models and adjust our plans accordingly to ensure the safest learning environment possible for those within our buildings.

Our final plan will be consistent with the State’s recommendations and we will work closely with public health officials at the county and state level.

We know that for many of you, returning to in-person instruction is not something you are comfortable with and we respect that. That is why our school leaders have worked around the clock to create Lakers Online, our 100% remote learning opportunity for families starting in the 2020-21 school year serving students in Kindergarten through 12th-Grade. Lakers Online is open to all current West Bloomfield School District students and to students across Oakland County through the district’s Schools of Choice program. To learn more about Lakers Online, visit www.wbsd.org/lakersonline.

Concurrently, we also understand that remote learning may not be an option for many students and families. Rest assured, we will do everything in our power to ensure a safe return to in-person instruction for students and staff in our buildings for the 2020-21 school year by following the State’s recommendations and guidelines.

So much of what school will look like in the fall depends directly on what stage of our State’s recovery we are in (Phase 1-6). In order to help our local area and state progress through the six recovery stages, we encourage everyone to follow the state guidelines of wearing face masks, regularly washing hands and observing social distancing. Following these simple steps will help our community, state and country mitigate the effects of COVID-19 as we move forward in an effort to return to normal.

A key planning consideration will be the health and safety of students and staff. With that as our guiding principle, we will continue to work, adjust and monitor developments moving forward.

We will keep you informed every step of the way and share our insights and plans with our school community throughout the summer.

Have a safe and restful Fourth of July holiday, Team WB. We appreciate your patience, cooperation and support as we face these unprecedented challenges together.

The complete resolution can be found at www.wbsd.org/boe.

Meal Service Information UPDATE!

The district will be offering our Meal Service program through the summer. Preorder forms are available at www.wbsd.org/mealservice.

The district recently transitioned to Meal Service pick-ups two days per week. Families will still receive seven days worth of food per child with pick-ups on Monday and Thursday each week. Pick-Ups will still take place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each pick-up day at your pick-up location (Roosevelt Elementary or OLMS).

OLMS student, teacher featured in professional theatre production

Julianne Garcia, a 7th grader at OLMS, and Kristine Stephens, OLMS staff member, were recently a part of a new professional theatre in the West Bloomfield community, Nicely Theatre Group. This theatre group has produced a one act festival solely through Zoom and video recording in order to showcase diverse new plays and playwrights, mainly local, during this pandemic. Their work is extraordinary and awe-inspiring!

If you are interested in seeing their work and a WBSD student in her professional acting debut, register for free tickets here for the July 7 production at 7PM.


The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is an income based state-funded preschool program for children four years old by September 1st. The West Bloomfield Preschool Academy has served 90 families within five programs this year. All applicants must meet income guidelines.

Contact Laura Poxon at laura.poxon@wbsd.org or Kathi Luthe at kathi.luthe@wbsd.org to see if you qualify or call Collette Goestenkors at (248) 865-6466.

Summer Facilities Update

Our West Bloomfield School District school playgrounds are now open to the general community following the Oakland County Health Division’s announcement this week. Visitors are still required to practice social distancing (six feet apart), wear a face covering, and frequently wash hands/use hand sanitizer.

The WBSD does NOT plan to regularly disinfect the playgrounds, so the playgrounds and equipment will be used at the individual’s own discretion and risk.

Due to restrictions/protocols in place to keep our student-athletes safe during their summer workouts, we are closing the track and stadium to the general public between 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 4-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. There will be a number of student-athletes on the field at that time with students following a specific check-in procedure for each work out. Restricting public use during these specific times will help keep our student-athletes and community members safe.

The usual summer outdoor athletic field procedures are now reinstated and outdoor facilities are open. Please practice social distancing (six feet apart), wear a face covering, and frequently wash hands/use hand sanitizer.

Kindergarten Enrollment for 2020-21 open NOW!

Our Central Enrollment Office is open and currently enrolling students for the 2020-21 school year. This includes kindergarten students starting in the fall of 2020. Please complete the registration gateway found at www.wbsd.org/enrollment.

Appointments are taking place over the phone until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Please call (248) 865-6453 or email marcia.eden@wbsd.org for more information.

Support the WBEF Today!

Now, more than ever, West Bloomfield School District needs YOUR support! In honor of our graduating class of 2020, we are humbly requesting donations to our 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation in order to support our community’s school district.

Please help us honor this year’s senior class and those who will be continuing their education next fall by visiting www.WBEF.org and clicking on MAKE A DONATION.

All donations are used to fund grants for enhanced learning and providing district staff with a source of funding. These funds are used to assist them in planning, developing and implementing innovative technology, academic tools, and art programs for which funds are not available through WBSD.

Visit https://www.wbef.org/educator-grant-program/ for details on the $200,000 WBEF has raised and donated to the district and how those funds were used.

Thank you to all the WBSD families for your continues support. We look forward to spearheading the effort to keep our children learning at a high level despite these challenging times.

WB Community Education Update

West Bloomfield School District Community Education continues to provide online enrichment and fun educational opportunities in this virtual environment.

Tumble Bunnies

Gymnastics, Zumba, Karate, Hip Hop, Yoga, Ballet and Cheer! Register for one or a few. Note a class time is listed, however, YOU decide when you want to select play and have your child participate in the 1/2 hour video.

Grades: K-3
Click here to view all 10 classes

Young Rembrandts The Power of Drawing

Draw on Demand, no set time or dates! Courses range from anime, fashion and more!
Ages: 6-12

Click here

Kids Empowered Classes
Slime Time
Girls Empowered Inspired by Frozen 2
Virtual LEGO FUN
Virtual Self-Esteem
View All Kids Empowered Classes Here

Abrakadoodle Remarkable Art Education
Offering 10 different online camps for 10 weeks for 1st - 6th graders
Tour the Museum of Modern Art Collection, create cityscapes, comics and more!
Click here

For up to date Community Education Program Summer Offerings, click here. For registration questions contact, andrea.foglietta@wbsd.org

Community Resources

WB Township Library Information

News from the West Bloomfield Township Public Library Update

The Library will resume service in phases, beginning Monday, June 8, 2020. Finally!

Since some restrictions on public libraries have been eased, here’s how you can check out and return materials during the first phase of the Library's gradual reopening. Welcome back!

Phase 1 begins Monday, June 8. Exterior book drops will reopen, the online hold service will be available and the new Parking Lot Pick-Up service begins. For complete details about Phase 1, check the Library’s website.

Find out more at the link to info our the district website.

WBSD Calendar

Check out our district and building calendars in order to stay up to date on all events going on in our district!

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