Glengary Gazette

January 18, 2022

A Message from Mrs. Johnson

Dear Glengary Families,

We have had a great couple of weeks back together and it is hard to believe we are already half way through January. Our Gators continue to amaze us with their perseverance, flexibility, and commitment to excellence in all that they do!

Last week, students engaged in classroom discussions about how we are Better Together! Each classroom made a banner and students were photographed together and pictures compiled for a video segment which will be featured in tonight's virtual MLK Celebration. I have linked the video below for your reference as well! Thank you for continued partnership. Truly...We're Better Together!

As always, the Glengary Staff is here to support you. Should you have questions or if concerns arise, please reach out to your child's teacher or myself and we will work together to find a solution. I can be reached at or at 248-956-3100.

Here's to a GREAT week ahead!


Important Dates


1/10-2/11: i-Ready Diagnostic Window 2 Open

1/17: No School Students and Staff

1/17: Last Day For In-District Transfer Requests

1/17: 23rd Annual MLK Day Virtual Celebration 6 p.m.

1/17: School of Choice Window Opens

1/19: 5th Grade Field Trip to Northern (Intro to Instruments Program) @ 10:00 AM

1/25: Half Day of School for Students (Staff Professional Development)

1/31-2/11:Glengary Read-a-Thon


2/1: PTA Meeting

2/6: School of Choice Window closes

2/9: Student Count Day

2/21-2/25: Mid-Winter Break

Positivity Project

Positivity Project

This week (Jan 16-22) the character strength of focus will be Perseverance. The following week (Jan 23-29) the character strength of focus will be the Other People Matter Mindset of Supporting Others When They Struggle.

Please take a look at the links below for each strength as they will provide you with the knowledge and tools needed to partner in this important work. The resources in the links below were created to help parents reinforce this important learning at home. Thank you!

21-22 P2 Calendar

Consider printing the calendar to help keep track of the character strengths we will learn each week!

Perseverance Parent Links Below

OPPM-Support Others When They Struggle

Next week students will learn about the other people matter mindset of supporting others when they struggle. This means that when you see someone struggling with something, you step in and see how you can help them. It might be something small such as teaching a younger sibling to tie their shoes. Or it could be something as big as volunteering to help a friend move to a new house.

Individuals with this mindset might think, feel, or act as the following:

  • What can I do to help my parents?

  • What can I do to help my teacher and my friends?

  • They may volunteer at a soup kitchen or shelter.

  • Maybe I can help make my friend feel better.

Some ways families can help foster the supporting others who struggle mindset in children:

  • Volunteer to help a neighbor or family member who is in need.

  • Create a drawing for a friend who is struggling in reading or math that says “I Believe in You!”

  • Write a letter to someone who you know that is feeling sad

  • Teach a friend or sibling how to tie their shoe if they don’t know how.

  • Help a friend at school if you understand a concept and they don’t

New Information

23rd Annual MLK Day Virtual Celebration 6 p.m.

The Walled Lake Consolidated School District invites the community to the 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration today, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. This year's event will be held virtually with the program streamed live on the District website and social media channels starting at 6 p.m. The community can access the event HERE.

The event will feature keynote speaker Rabbi Yarden Blumstein, teen Mentor and mental health expert. Blumstein will speak about this year’s theme “Together We’re Better”.

The program will also include performances by student choirs, presentations by several students about their “Express Yourself” projects, and recognition of this year’s Alec Bender Friend of Diversity Award recipients. Student art work will also be featured throughout the presentation.

This year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration is made possible thanks to generous donations from the PTA/PTSA groups from across our district, including the Walled Lake School Administrators Association.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. life and legacy, please consider donating to support the Hospitality House Food Bank

Kindergarten 2022-23 School Year

It's that time of year where Glengary begins gathering the names of our incoming Kindergarten students. If you have a student that will begin Kindergarten during the 22/23 school year, please call Glengary Elementary at 248-956-3100 to share the name of your child with our office staff. More information can be found here:

Mark your calendars-Kindergarten Orientation will occur on March 14, 2022

No Bus Changes This Week @ Glengary: January 18-21

Please note that NO bus will be cancelled at GLE this week, Jan 18-21.

ALICE Discussion Lunch Room This Week

Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Osentoski, the lunchroom para, will be talking about ALICE protocols with students in the lunchroom this week. Students will review how to lockdown and barricade in the cafeteria as well as how to evacuate from the cafeteria in the event that a dangerous situation was occurring in the building. Students discussed how to do this in their classrooms but this week, they will review ALICE protocols in the cafeteria.

Last Day For In-District Transfer: TODAY, January 17

The Walled Lake Consolidated School district is not an open enrollment district. Resident students are expected to attend the school that is assigned to their address. If you would like your child to attend a school other than the one assigned to your address for the 2022-2023 school year, you must submit a Student Transfer Request Application (linked below).

The Student Transfer Request Application period for the 2022-2023 school year is January 3, 2022 – January 17, 2022. Any application received after January, 17 2022, will be noted as late.

If you have any questions, please contact the Walled Lake Schools’ Student Services Department at 248.956.2085.

Apply for Schools of Choice TODAY!

The 2022-23 Schools of Choice application window is now OPEN! (January 17-February 6)

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools is a participant in Schools of Choice 105 on a limited basis – meaning that not all buildings or grade levels will have openings. Under Schools of Choice 105, we may enroll students who are not residents of our district but still reside in one of the other 27 Oakland County school districts who meet application guidelines. The application period for the 2022-2023 school year will be January 17, 2022 thru February 6, 2022. By law, applications cannot be accepted before January 17 or after February 6.

Visit for application resources and apply TODAY. We look forward to having you join our Walled Lake family!

Contact our Enrollment Office at 248-956-2086 for more information!

Twirl-M's Baton Twirling: Register Now

Attention Glengary Families...there is a wonderful afterschool enrichment program slated to begin on 1/27 called Twirl-M's Baton Twirling. Attendees will learn how to twirl the baton, work on basic baton bodywork and marching, and discover the fun of pom poms! Held each Monday for 4 weeks from 4-5 p.m., students will conclude with a parent preview show on the fourth week of class where participants will receive a certificate of completion and medal! Join Miss Rhonda (Mrs. M.), one of Glengary's regular substitute teachers for the fun! To enroll, go to

African American Read-in (Free registration & book)

Oakland Schools is proud to host author Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrator/author Brian Pinkney as our guests for this year's African American Read-In on Tuesday February 15th. These award winning authors have a vast collection of books for readers of all ages. The first 500 Oakland County students who register will receive one of the Pinkney's books.
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Now Hiring Bus Drivers: Call 248-956-3090 or visit

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Glengary PTA Information

Glengary Planning Committees: Help Needed!

Parent Planning Committees are forming to shape the Spring Events for our Glengary students! Helping with these events and programs does not mean you have to do it all – we all have different strengths to bring to our community! All parents are welcome to the planning meetings to help get ideas flowing – help the PTA plan successful events that everyone will enjoy!!!

March is Reading Month

Let’s help make reading more fun for our kids by helping to plan fun reading activities for the entire month of March! Tentative planning meeting on January 31, 2022 at 6:45. More info coming soon regarding meeting location (Media Center or virtual).


This is our culminating Spring event! This free community evening brings STEAM fun to our students and their families by promoting hands-on fun with science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Planning meeting details coming soon!

The Green Team

Glengary has had environmental efforts in the past with recycling, environmental education and gardening and we are looking to form a committee of parents interested in spearheading the planning process for the future! We would love to start programs in time for an Earth Day Celebrations! The first meeting will be on February 9, 2022 at 6:45pm. More info coming soon regarding meeting location (Media Center or virtual).

Interested in joining any of these awesome committees? Click on the link below to show your interest. We will send follow-up information to each committee soon!

Glengary Read-a-Thon: Jan 31-Feb 11

Kiddo it's cold outside!!! Cuddle up, build a pillow fort and pull together your stack of books - The Read-a-Thon is coming! Watch the Gazette and your child's backpack for more information - Mark your calendar, collect pledges and count the reading minutes between Janurary 31st thru February 11th!!!

Picture Call!

Have you or a family member taken pictures at Glengary events this year? Do you have first day of school pictures or snapshots from our first Trunk of Treat that just need to be shared? If so, the Yearbook Committee is working to collect pictures to include in the Glengary 2021-22 yearbook!

We are looking for pictures from the first day of school, The Homecoming Parade, Fun Run, Trunk or Treat, STRIDE, Girl Scouts, Reflections, Student Council, reading for the upcoming Read-a-thon, and class parties. If you want to share, please send your best/favorite pictures to Please put the event the pictures are from in the subject line for easier sorting!

PTA Meeting

The next PTA meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 1 in the Media Center at 6:30 PM. Please enter the doors by the Media Center. Free child care is available.

COVID Updates

Updated COVID Procedures

This week, the district updated our protocols based on recent guidance from the CDC, MDHHS, and OCHD. These changes are described below:

● IF ASYMPTOMATIC, the isolation period for students who test positive for COVID-19 is 5 days provided your child remains symptom-free. Day 0 is the test date if asymptomatic.

● IF SYMPTOMATIC, the isolation period for students who test positive for COVID-19 is 5 days IF after 5 days your child is symptom-free or symptoms are improving. Day 0 is the symptom onset date if symptomatic.

*Example provided below

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● In order to return to school, the following criteria must be met:

○ The 5 day isolation period is completed.

○ The individual is symptom-free or symptoms are improving.

● Note: If your child’s symptoms are not improving or they need more time, then parents should have their child stay home from school.

As a reminder to families, if your child is sick, has been exposed to a confirmed, or probable, case of COVID or anyone in your family is awaiting test results, please do not allow them to attend school activities, programs, or athletics.

COVID Reporting

This is a friendly reminder that positive COVID cases of students and household members should be reported to office staff as soon as possible so we can complete our necessary protocols.

To report positive COVID cases parents should email the following office staff:

RosaLeigh Johnson:

Cheryl Maten:

Melissa Roth:

In the email, please include the following information:

Your child's name

Your child's grade

Your child's teacher

Your name

Your contact phone number

The date of symptom onset

The date of exposure (if known)

The date your child was tested

Type of testing (Rapid at Home, Rapid in Facility, or PCR in Facility)

Name and location of the testing facility

COVID-19 Dashboard

Our district maintains a COVID-19 Dashboard which is updated throughout the week. The dashboard is currently linked on our district website and has also been included in recent district updates. Per district protocols, we continue to report all COVID-19 positive cases to the Oakland County Health Division (OCHD). Our district will continue to monitor both building and classroom numbers. Parents can also refer to the district’s FAQ document.

Walled Lake District Update

Please click on the button below for the Walled Lake District Update.

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Community Education Classes offered through WLCSD

Check out the link below for a variety of Community Ed classes that are offered through WLCSD.

Previously Shared Information

Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship Raffle

Small Investment, BIG Reward!

The Foundation for Excellence is kicking off 2022 with our 17th annual Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship Raffle and also marking 30 years of supporting reading, growing and learning! Your ticket purchases will help sustain the Foundation’s teacher grant program so WLCSD’s educators may bolster student literacy by placing more books in the hands of students, increase critical resources for social/emotional learning, and more!

Purchase your Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship Raffle tickets today! Tickets are only $35 each (service fee included) and only 1,000 will be sold. The grand prize winner will receive funds for postsecondary education with the option, if so desired, to elect a 40% lump sum, cash payment (less income taxes) instead of the scholarship. For details regarding secondary prize, chance to win FREE ticket courtesy of the Walled Lake Schools Federal Credit Union (raffle’s sponsor) and more raffle information, view Tuition Expedition 50/50 Raffle newsletter or email with questions. Grand and secondary prize drawings are set for March 21, 2022 at the WL District’s Reflections Celebration at Clifford Smart Middle School. You need not be present to win. (MI License # R62313).

Girls on the Run: 3rd-5th Grade

Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Meeting twice a week in small teams, we teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.

The Girls on the Run coaches will be 2 staff members: Ms. Lessa and Ms. Krass. They are super excited to bring this opportunity to our 3rd-5th grade girls at Glengary.

Please click on the link below for more detailed information including practice dates, times, and how to register.

Update Contact Info

If you are not receiving district emails or phone calls, please make sure your contact information is accurate in Skyward. Typically, parents have (accidentally) blocked us OR their contact information is incorrect. PLEASE make sure your information is accurate in Skyward so you receive communication from us regarding closings and emergencies. Email for help.

District Text Messages

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.

Winter Weather is Here!

Please make sure your child has an appropriate coatfor the weather. It is ESSENTIAL that students have boots and snow pants when there is snow on the ground.

If you need help providing winter wear for your child, please reach out to me and we will help you! We want all of our Gators to have the items that they need!

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i-Ready Diagnostic 2: Jan 10-Feb 11

It’s hard to believe that we’re already preparing for the second i-Ready® Diagnostic. The second Diagnostic is an important benchmark for understanding your student’s growth, which is why it’s so important they try their best. These results allow us to better support them in achieving their growth goals for the year. Your teacher will communicate with you directly regarding when they plan to administer the 2nd Diagnostic.

The most important thing we can do is prepare students and motivate them to put forth their best effort.

Here are a few things you can do to help support your student:

1. Make sure they get a good night’s rest before taking the Diagnostic!

2. Talk to your student about why the second Diagnostic is important. You can say things like:

-The second Diagnostic helps you find out how much progress you’ve made since the beginning of the year.

-It allows your teacher and I to celebrate your accomplishments!

-Try your best, and do not rush—but don’t spend too much time on a question either.

-Remember, questions on the Diagnostic change based on your answers to earlier questions. You will see some questions you don’t know. That is okay! Just try your best.

3. Let them know you’re excited to celebrate their progress.

Thank you for your continued partnership in your student’s learning!

*IMPORTANT: Please note that while your child takes the diagnostic, they will NOT be able to complete the instructional modules.

January/February i-Ready Challenge Dash

Beginning January 3, 2022, grade levels will have a two-week sprint staying with the theme of Chillin’ with i-Ready. The current fish will be removed and grades will compete the week before and after the Diagnostic 2 window. We want students to be encouraged to engage in lessons as much as possible before administering the diagnostic! A new theme will begin in March.

Competition weeks:

1/3/2022 - 1/9/2022 - completed lessons entered Monday 1/10/2022

2/14/2022 - 2/20/2022 - completed lessons entered Monday 2/21/2022

Volunteers at Glengary

In the fall, WLCSD Parent Update shared that volunteers would be permitted on a limited basis and to look for a communication plan from the building principal. While we are very excited to see volunteers back in our school, we still need to have a thoughtful plan that does not jeopardize our efforts to keep our community healthy and our students in school. Please note the following details regarding volunteering during the school day:
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IMPORTANT: Each teacher utilizes volunteers in a different way. Some teachers do not have frequent volunteers. Other teachers use volunteers on a weekly basis. Please respect each teacher’s approach to volunteering and wait for them to share information with parents about volunteer opportunities. Even if your child’s teacher does not request classroom volunteers, there will be many other opportunities. Note: Volunteering in our school is different from visitors/spectators at events during the school day. Visitors or spectators at events during the school day are not permitted at this time.

Thank you for your partnership and understanding as we work thoughtfully to ensure the safety of all.

*Note: Please look for an upcoming communication regarding how Room Parents will be handled during the 21-22 school year.

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Supply Chain Issues & School Meals - What Parents Need to Know

Food Service Information

For the 2021-22 school year, breakfast and lunch is free for all students. If you would normally fill out a form to receive free or reduced lunch, we ask that you do so for accounting purposes. Forms are available on the district food service web page.

Below you will find the breakfast and lunch menus for October. You will also find the contact information for our Food Service Department.

Walled Lake Community Education is committed to providing quality programs for youth and adults. The link below you will also find our Youth Recreation, Youth Enrichment and Adult Recreation/Enrichment offerings
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Communication is Key at Glengary Elementary!

Communication is important to us at Glengary. Parents will be notified and updated in a variety of ways throughout the school year. The majority of information for parents will be available on our school and District website and through email.


It is critical that parents keep an updated email address and let us know if it changes as soon as possible. Parents may update this information for us on Skyward Family Access. All teachers at Glengary utilize Skyward Family Access to communicate with parents.Report cards, lunch account information, progress reports, attendance, and other important information will always be posted on Skyward Family Access. If you are a new family to Walled Lake Schools or have misplaced or lost your Family Access ID and password, please click HERE to get connected.

Glengary Gazette AND School Web Page

Our Glengary Gazette newsletter will be sent electronically to families. This is typically a bi-weekly communication filled with all important school and PTA updates. As we begin the year, the communication may be sent on a weekly basis if needed. An archive of newsletters will be posted to our school website. Please visit this page often for information about our school. You will find links to important documents, websites and blogs from your child's classroom, PTA forms and information, and important updates and forms that you will need to access.

PTA Website and Updates

Our PTA has an excellent website with upcoming events, fundraiser information, PTA membership links, and other pertinent information and forms. PTA information and updates are also shared with the Tuesday Tidbits.

Social Media

Glengary Elementary also has a Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter which are linked below!

Glengary Contact Information

RosaLeigh Johnson


Cheryl Maten

Principal's Secretary:

Melissa Roth

Building Secretary:

Important Phone Numbers:

Main Line: 248-956-3100

Fax Line: 248-956-3105
Attendance: 248-956-3190

Monitoring Your Child For Symptoms

Illnesses spread quickly in schools and we appreciate your help preventing this. Please do not send your child to school if he/she is ill. If your child vomited during the night/prior to the start of the school day or if your child has a fever, please keep him/her at home. Your child must be fever-free (without the use of medicine) for 24 hours, before returning to school.

We ask that you have your child tested for Covid 19 using the following guidelines:

1. Is this student currently experiencing ONE or more of the following symptoms unrelated to a known pre-existing condition (e.g. asthma, allergies)?

* New Cough

*Shortness of breath

*Difficulty breathing

*New loss of taste or smell

2. Is this student currently experiencing any TWO or more of the following symptoms unrelated to a known pre-existing condition (e.g. asthma, allergies)?

*Fever (100.4 degrees +)


*Diarrhea (2x in 24 hours)

* Fatigue

*Congestion/runny nose


*Muscle aches

*Sore throat

*Nausea/Vomiting (2x in 24 hours)

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 testing is strongly recommended. Contact your medical provider and get tested for COVID-19.

For the student to return back to school, there are three options:

1. Receive COVID-19 testing, and return to school with proof of a negative PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test result, provided symptoms have improved and fever resolved for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine. Rapid test results are not acceptable.

2. Exclude from school until 5 calendar days have passed since symptom onset and at least 24 hours fever free without fever reducing medicine.

3. Provide a note from your physician indicating a clear alternative diagnosis (e.g. positive strep throat, urinary infection, etc.). Must be fever free for over 24 hours without fever reducing medicine with improvement in symptoms.