Bates News

Weeks of November 21st and November 28th, 2022

Brrrrr...........It is COAT Season- Please wear a coat!!! Outside Recess if 20 degrees or Above

This Week at Bates

We are grateful for all the parent support shown at Parent Teacher Conferences. Together we can help support our students so everyone can meet their goals! It was great to see so many new families and familiar families.

We were thrilled to celebrate our fall fundraiser participants with an ice cream social! With your support, our PTO was able to raise over $15,000 to go towards all of our extra-curricular planning!

We hope that you have a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends. We return Monday, November 28th.

Reminder: students buying or receiving Free breakfast should enter the building and go immediately to the same line where they get lunch. Breakfast is available every day.

Message from Supt. Mark Greathead

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EMU Theater for the Young

Will be performing here at Bates on Friday, December 2nd for our students. We are excited to bring this theater troupe to our students so that they can experience literature brought to life with a live version of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
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Family Night Opportunity

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Outdoor Recess Policy

We go outdoors every day that it is above 20 degrees. Please be sure that your little Eagles have the appropriate gear for outdoor play.
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Toys for Tots

If you or someone you know needs assistance for Christmas, please reach out to this organization.
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Spirit Wear

Use the link to order your Bates Gear for our monthly spirit days!!

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Application for Free and Reduced Lunch

  • Free breakfast/lunch WILL NOT be provided for all students this school year. In order to qualify for Free/Reduced meals, you must fill out an application to apply for approval.

  • Even if you submitted an application for meals last school year, you still need to complete and submit a form for the 2022-23 school year.

School Safety

For the safety of staff and students, entry doors will remain locked during the school day. Parents and visitors will need to notify the office (734) 692-2217 upon arrival and an office staff member will let you in.

Drop off of Student Items

Parents wishing to drop off student items, such as a forgotten lunch, backpack, etc. will come to the main entrance and call (734)692-2217. An office member will come to collect the item(s).

Early Pick Up

Parents wishing to pick up their student early should come to the main entrance and call (734)692-2217. Students are called out of class upon the arrival of parents. No early release after 3pm.

1:1 Technology District

The WBSD is a 1:1 technology district. To learn about our district technology and student's responsibilities with that technology please go to the following link.
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School Hours

  • Full Day - 8:45am to 3:30pm

  • Half Day - 8:45am to 11:45am

  • 11:45am dismissal on all half days

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Arrival Procedures

Student Drop Off:

  • Begins at 8:30am. No early drop offs will be permitted.
  • Parents are encouraged to "kiss and go" along the sidewalk lane of the drop off.
  • Parents wishing to escort their child to the building must park in a legal parking space and walk their child to the main entrance.
  • All students will enter the building and be guided to their morning line up locations inside the building. These locations will be monitored by building staff and Safety Squad.
  • Students getting breakfast will go directly to the cafeteria, get their breakfast and eat in the cafe prior to joining their classroom line up.
  • Student drop offs along the sidewalk at the front of the building only.

Dismissal Procedures

Student Pick Up:

  • Begins at 3:30pm
  • Students in Young Fives and Kindergarten: parents will pick up their child from the classroom teacher at the Kindergarten Door (next to the Bates Garden).
  • Students in 1st and 2nd Grade: parents will pick up their child from the classroom teacher at the main entrance.
  • Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade: students will be walked to their designated exit by a teacher and go directly to their parent's vehicle waiting in the pick up lane.

Parking Lot Safety Rules

No parent parking in the bus loop/staff lot.

Must park in a legal parking space.

No drop off in handicapped parking spaces

Adults must accompany children to go to a vehicle parked in the parking lot.

Never wave or call your child across to your vehicle.

Slow speed in the parking lot.

Smoking is not permitted on any WB property.

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Parent Visitors

I-CHAT approved Visitors/Volunteers are welcome to Bates Elementary. Parent volunteers schedule arrangements with the classroom teacher. Additionally, we are happy to facilitate ongoing communication with you via phone, email, video conference, or various other means of communication. Please call or email if you need to reach anyone at Bates Elementary.

Packed Lunch Update

There are no microwaves available for student use in the cafeteria. Please do not pack food that requires heating.

We kindly request that no fast food or DoorDash lunches be dropped off for students as it creates disruption.

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Lunch Menu

The program providing Free lunches for all students has ended. Be sure that you complete an application for the 2022/2023 school year. Hungry Howie's Pizza Days are Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Please use link below to see full menu.

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Parking Lot Procedures

In the morning as you drop off your student, the drop-off lane is open. The drop off lane is the first lane directly next to the school. This is our KISS & GO ZONE. Please pull up next to the sidewalk to let your student out of your vehicle from the passenger side ONLY. Please do not drop off your students in the second lane of traffic. If your student needs assistance exiting the car, you must park your car and walk your student to the front of the school to ensure a safe crossing from the parking lot. Students should not be permitted to walk past parked or moving cars unescorted.

At dismissal, students in grades K-2 will be walked to the main entrance by their teacher. An adult should park in a designated parking space and meet the child at the door and walk them to the parking lot. Students in grades 3-5 will be allowed to exit the building where they will wait at the front of the building, and walk along the sidewalk to your car entering on the passenger side only. No students will be allowed to leave the sidewalk unescorted or go around the back/side of the building to vehicles. Do not call your student to your car if you are parked in the main lot. Parking is NOT PERMITTED in the Bus Loop or along Gudith Rd. south of the parking lot exit.

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Attendance Policy

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Birthday Treats

We are happy to acknowledge your child's special day. Please be mindful that we do not facilitate birthday parties. Contact your child's teacher to determine an appropriate treat and date.
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Bates Elementary School

Bates Elementary is a neighborhood school located in the heart of Woodhaven. We currently serve nearly 500 students both in person and via remote instruction.