WILDCAT NEWSLETTER vol. 8

News and Information for the Guest Elementary Community

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Teacher of the YEAR

Oct. 25 Deadline

Nominate a Teacher of the Year


The Walled Lake Consolidated Schools are again participating in a program to honor exemplary teachers. We hope you will join us in an effort that will result in the selection of the TEACHER/EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR for the Walled Lake Consolidated School District at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. This honor will be bestowed at our January 9, 2019 school board meeting.

Each school building will select a teacher of the year and that person’s name will be submitted to the district committee for final selection. All names will be removed from the forms and only the building principal will have knowledge of the candidate’s name. The principal will appoint a committee to help with the local selection. That person’s name will then be submitted to the district committee. We are requesting that this form be returned to your school NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019.


WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Any FULL TIME, CERTIFIED, TENURED teacher/educator who spends 50% of his/her time in a classroom. Nominees must have a minimum of five (5) full years of classroom teaching experience

WHO MAY NOMINATE?

Any person in the community may nominate any teacher/educator in the district for this honor. Please send or deliver this form to the nominee’s school.

HOW TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION FORM

Please send or deliver Nomination forms to the nominee’s school in an envelope marked clearly with “TEACHER/EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR”.

October 22 - District Open House 6:00 - 8:00pm

As we head into October, we are getting closer to our District Open House week. As we have the past couple of years, we will host an elementary open house event on Tuesday, October 22 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at each of our elementary buildings. This event is a time for future Walled Lake families to visit our schools to learn about what we have to offer our students and families. During this event, we will be welcoming potential families to the building, having them complete a brief survey, and providing student led tours of the building.

If you and your student are available to give tours, answer questions, etc., please sign up on the SIGN UP GENIUS below no later than October 20th. Dinner will be served for our volunteers.

Thank you!


Please note that current Guest families are not expected to attend this event, but encouraged to visit the Middle School event at Geisler MS on Wednesday, October 23 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and the High School event at Walled Lake Central HS on Thursday, October 24 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. to see what exciting opportunities the future holds for your child with Walled Lake Schools.

CALENDAR

OCTOBER 2019

14 - PTA Dining to Donate at Benstein Grill 3:00-8:00pm

15 - Kindergarten Learning Path 6:30 - 7:30pm

16 - Buster the Bus Assemblies

17 - 23 Vision Screening grades Preschool, 1st, 3rd, and 5th

18 - Guest Fall Color Run Event

18 - Guest Family Movie Night 6:15 - 8:15pm

21 - November 4 PTA Cookie Sales

22 - District Open House for Elementary School 6:00 - 8:00pm

24 - The Lemonade War Celebration 3:00 - 3:45

24 - Reflection Project Night 6:15 - 7:30pm

25 - 4th grade Field Trip 9:15 - 2:30 UofM Dearborn Outdoor Interpretive Center

25 - PTA First Free Family Glow Run @ Hiram Sims 6:00PM

28 - 30 5th grade camp

31 - 1/2 Day of School PL Day 2.5 hours

The Lemonade War

It has been so much fun reading a book as an entire school! We hope that you are enjoying your time reading as a family. Together we can become a Community of Readers!


A question about certain words in the book has come up. For example, one character will call another character "stupid". When this occurs, make a comment about the author's purpose and word selection. We know that, sometimes, authors will use strong language to prove a point and help the reader "feel" the emotions taking place.


These are great opportunities to discuss that even though it's a word we don't use in our lives, the author is using it for a very specific purpose. You will notice less shocked reactions from your student as they will begin to understand the author's purpose as they navigate through other books. Students will learn what your family's expectations are when they encounter more and more words in books, in public, and on television.


Keep on READING!

i-Ready

At this time our teachers are preparing your children for the first round of the i-Ready Diagnostic testing and some students have already taken this important assessment.


After your child has taken the assessment, your child's teacher will alert you to begin i-Ready math and ready instructional modules/lessons at home.


Parents can help by encouraging students to work on the iReady math and reading instructional modules at home for 45-60 minutes per week or more. These online instructional lessons will help students become more proficient in math and reading and better prepare them for the second diagnostic that will take place mid-year.


If you have questions about iReady, or the instructional lessons, please reach out to your child's teacher for information. We are ready to assist you in helping your child at home to become a better reader, writer, and mathematician.

Congratulations to Reygan! Art Exhibition Winner!

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Halloween Plans for Guest Elementary

Please be sure to read over the Halloween Newsletter carefully. Make sure costumes are "wholesome" in nature.

All you can eat PANCAKES for $2.00. Please send in cash.

If this is not possible, please contact Mrs. Fiebke-Lang for assistance. michellefiebke-lang@wlcsd.org . We are looking forward to having a SPOOKTACULAR Time!

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Guest Elementary Math Pentathlon Club

Information will be shared at Curriculum Nights and in the Wildcat Newsletters.

School Finance Research Collaborative

Please familiarize yourself with the School Finance Research Collaborative, a study that talks about the actual cost of educating a student in Michigan, given our current educational standards. If you have wondered about the costs associated with educating a child and why we regularly hear about deficits in educational funding, I would encourage you to read the report. Though it is quite lengthy, it provides details of the base costs of educating a child in our schools and the additional costs associated with differences in district and students characteristics. For a quick read, you could skip to Chapter 9, which provides the results and recommendations of the study. Currently, we receive about $8,400 per student in comparison to the $9,500-$10,100 per student base cost (not including additional costs) recommendation from the study (not including the cost of transportation or food services). This study is so important as we continue to see cuts being made to education and districts having to make some very tough decisions about programming and services. We hope to see an increase in our funding from the state this year, but it will certainly not make up the difference between our current state and the findings of this report. It is important that we as a community make ourselves aware and consider the implications that these findings have on our children.

October 14th - Dining to Donate

Enjoy a dinner out at Benstein Grille on Monday, October 14th from 3pm-9pm and 10% of sales will be donated to our walking track fund. Don't have time to dine in? Carry out orders are included as well! Bring the flyer, show it on your phone or just tell your server that you are with Mary Helen Guest.

October 15 - Kindergarten Learning Path (Curriculum Night) 6:30 - 7:30pm

Please join us on October 15th for Kindergarten Curriculum Night

6:30 - 7:30pm

Kindergarten students are invited!

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October 15 - 18 is National School Lunch Week!

October 16 - Buster the Bus

Buster the Bus is Coming October 16: The Michigan Department of Education recommends that: “every school bus driver conduct an emergency evacuation of pupils from the school bus at least three (3) times per year (front, rear, and front/rear combination).”

In compliance with this recommendation, keeping SAFETY as a top priority, the Walled Lake/Dean Transportation bus drivers and BUSTER THE BUS will be doing a skit about safe bus riding practices. Your child’s bus driver will explain and lead the children through a practice bus evacuation. This evacuation will be done on school property. They will also watch several short videos on bus and bus stop safety.

This program is for students in kindergarten through 2nd grade. We will do a program for the 3rd – 5th graders later in the school year.

If you have any questions, you may email Jill Segal: jillsegal@wlcsd.org

October 18th Guest Color Run

We are so excited to have launched this year's Color Run! Please access both links below for our staff's Crowdrise pages and information about the Color Run. Our students are gearing up for another successful run.

Be sure to check out all the prizes!

Thank you for your support!

October 18th - PTA Family Movie Night

PTA Family Movie Night!

Friday, October 18

Guest Cafeteria

6:30pm – Doors Open

7:00pm-8:45pm – Movie

Free admission!


Featuring Coco - Rated PG

Concessions for sale – popcorn, chips,

chocolate bars, water

Bring chairs, blankets, pillows

**All children must be accompanied by an adult**

District Open House for Elementary Schools is October 22, 2019 between 6:00-8:00pm

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PTA Reflections Project Work Night

October 24

6:15 - 7:30pm

Pizza supplied

Contact Sarah Dodds or Devon Kmet if you have any questions.

sarahdodds@wlcsd.or devon.kmet@gmail.com

October 25 - Save the Date - Announcing our First Free Family Glow Run

We will celebrate our Fall Run Club participants and volunteers. Save the date: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25th @ Hiram Sims Park

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

More details coming soon.

October 28 - 30 is 5th Grade Camp

Guest Elementary Camp Information:

  • Camp Date: October 28th - 30th
  • Camp Costs: 2019-2020 school year are $155/student & Sibling in the same grade is $125. (this price includes the climbing tower)

parent-friendly starting smarter website - now available

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is excited to announce the availability of a new online resource designed to give families a better understanding of their child’s strengths and areas of improvement in mathematics and English language arts (ELA). The Starting Smarter website (mi.startingsmarter.org) provides Michigan’s families with information in parent-friendly language that will help them:

• understand their child’s M-STEP score report

• locate resources to support learning at home and school

• prepare for an effective Parent Teacher Conference

• see and practice with online M-STEP practice questions and tools

• learn about the Read by Grade 3 law

• understand what academic standards students are expected to master

• learn about the accessibility tools and supports available to students during testing


Parents are critical partners in their child's success. Please visit The Starting Smarter website

(mi.startingsmarter.org).

2019 - 2020 Lunch Schedule

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2019 - 2020 Grade Level Music Informances

November 19 - Kindergarten & 5th grade 6:30 - 7:30

January 16 - 3rd & 4th grade 6:30 - 7:30

March 12 - 1st & 2nd grade 6:30 - 7:30

Health & Wellness from PTA

WALKING TRACK FUND

SAFETY IS A PRIORITY

Please review some safety practices at Guest Elementary:

  • If your child needs to be picked up during the school day, he/she will only be released to a parent, custodial parent, person listed on the school emergency form or a person identified in a permission note from the parent. We will require a photo ID.
  • Any legal documents containing custodial restrictions or court orders MUST be on file in our office.
  • If you are visiting our school or dropping off a student, please park in our main parking lot and come through the main entrance doors to our office area to sign in. All doors are locked.
  • Students who are tardy to school, you must park and walk them into the school. Do not drop off students in the parking lot or circle drive. Parents must come into the office to sign tardy students in. When using the main entrance, please buzz in and the secretaries will open the door for you.
  • To maintain a safe and secure learning environment, parents and visitors may not go to any classroom unless they have made prior arrangements with the classroom teacher. Parent volunteers are welcome at Guest Elementary, but must sign in each time they volunteer in a classroom or in the building. Please remember to sign out when you are finished. Parents may not visit classrooms unexpectedly when volunteering or visiting the school. Students walk to their classrooms on their own each day and will be called down to the office if leaving early. We will deliver to classrooms or call students down at a convenient time for any forgotten items brought in to the office.

Guest Elementary Safe & Healthy Food Practices

Peanut Free Classrooms

Please be aware that we have students at Guest Elementary that may have a life-threatening allergy to peanuts and/or tree nuts. Some students may not eat, touch, or even inhale the aroma of peanuts or tree nuts without having life-threatening consequences. As a result, it is imperative that we all keep this in mind when planning for any food brought into school. This year, your child’s classroom may be designated as a nut free classroom. If your child's classroom is designated as a nut free classroom, please do not send in food items that contain peanuts, tree nuts, or nutmeg. ANY non-labeled foods (home baked items included) for class parties cannot be ingested, either. This also includes food that is manufactured in facilities that process peanuts/tree nuts. Many food items are safe for consumption, but may require a different brand if the product is manufactured in a facility that processes tree nuts. Your child's teacher will notify you if your child's classroom is a nut free classroom, and will give you a suggested snack and party list of foods to help guide you with food choices. There are also nut free areas designated in our cafeteria.


Birthday Treats

With concerns for food allergies, parents may not send in food items for birthday treats. Other items such as pencils, erasers, stickers, a book for the class, etc. are excellent choices for honoring birthdays.


Snacks and Water

Time will be allotted in your child's classroom for a snack each day. We encourage students to eat healthy snacks-preferably fruit, vegetables or a source of protein if possible. Parents and students should read labels carefully to avoid snacks that may have been manufactured in non-nut free environment or contain products that some students may be allergic to. To help with recycling, it would be best to have a reusable water bottle for your child to use for water if needed. A suggested snack list is linked below and will be shared at Curriculum Nights.


As always, the health, safety and well-being of each and every child at our school is of the utmost importance to all of us. Thank you for your continued support .

LAKES AREA COMMUNITY COALITION - PREVENTION SUMMIT - OCTOBER 19, 2019

About the Event

Because it “takes a village”to help our young people thrive and avoid substance abuse, our target is to have 100 youth and adult leaders attend the October Prevention Summit from all sectors and stakeholder groups including:the business community, schools/education, government, law enforcement, the judicial system, faith groups, non-profits, civic organizations, mental health, media, parents and youth.

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Western Oakland County Parenting Fair - SAVE THE DATE

The Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair is back! This excellent parenting opportunity will be taking place on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Walled Lake Northern High School. Registration links will be coming soon!


Walled Lake Schools values our partnership with our families and believes a home-school connection is key to a child’s success. We are continuing our partnership with our neighboring parent/teacher groups and staff from Farmington Public Schools, Novi Community Schools, Oakland Schools, Oakland County Youth Assistance, and West Bloomfield Schools. Together we are hosting the Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Walled Lake Northern High School. We are very excited to have Brooks Gibbs joining us this year as our keynote speaker! Learn more about Brooks Gibbs by watching: The Resilient Parenting Style


The Parenting Fair’s purpose is to educate, inform, and provide resources for parents and caregivers. Topics include managing social media with your child, reducing stress and anxiety, strategies to help you with a child with ADHD, nutrition, character building, planning for college, and more. Child care is available for a reasonable cost ($3 for one child, $5 per family) and includes entertainment and lunch. Lunch for conference participants will be available for purchase from local food trucks during the event.


Below are helpful links regarding the Parenting Fair.

· Website

· Be A Sponsor


Registration is coming soon and I hope to see you at the Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair Walled Lake Northern High School on Saturday November 2, 2019. Spread the word and bring a friend!

FOOD SERVICE

BELL TIMES

MORNING ARRIVAL:

  • Students should not arrive any earlier than 8:45
  • First Bell rings at 8:50
  • Tardy Bell rings at 8:55
  • If you arrive after the TARDY SIGN is placed outside, please park and walk your student to the main office to sign in

DISMISSAL:

  • 4:00 Students will be dismissed in groups (Prime Time, Wildcat Pickup, Walkers, & Kindergarten, and then buses by grade level 1st & 3rd, 2nd & 4th, and 5th grade)
  • 4:07 Buses leave
  • 4:08 All students in Wildcat Pickup must be picked up

HALF DAY OF SCHOOL:

  • 12:25 Dismissal procedures listed above will be followed
  • 12:30 Buses leave
  • 12:35 All students in Wildcat Pickup must be picked up

In-District Resident Transfer Window

January 6 - 24

Non-Resident Schools of Choice Window

January 20 - February 7

Vision Screening 2019 - 2020

Grades Preschool, 1st, 3rd, and 5th

Hearing Screening 2019 - 2020

Grades Preschool, K, 2nd, and 4th

2019 - 2020 INFORMATION & RESOURCES

Free & Reduced Food Program WLCSD 2019 - 2020

This document can help answer questions you may have about free & reduced price school meals.

LAYA 2019 -2020

Non-profit organization serving WLCSD youth and families. The mission is to strengthen youth and families by addressing family conflict problems, school or home truancy/incorrigibility, shoplifting and substance abuse issues.

Voluntary School Accident Insurance WLCSD 2019 - 2020

As a service to students and their families, our District is making available a student accident insurance plan for your child at a very nominal cost.

"remind" CHANGES - PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY

remind

remind is a communication platform that helps educators quickly share information, attachments, and other files.

Due to changes with the remind service contract, it is necessary for me to set up several separate classes rather than one class for the entire school. It will be necessary for you to sign up again for remind to receive information. If you have students in more than one grade level, feel free to sign up for multiple classes, but keep in mind you will receive multiple text messages with the same information. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the main office @ 248.956.3300. Thank you.

DIRECTIONS TO SIGN UP FOR remind:


GUEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION

Sherry Ikegami

Principal Secretary sherryikegami@wlcsd.org

248-956-3300


Heather Pengelly heatherpengelly@wlcsd.org

Building Secretary

248-956-3302


FAX: 248-956-3305


Safe-line for Absences: 248-956-3390


Sharon Becker sharonbecker@wlcsd.org

Prime Time Supervisor

248-956-3399


Direct Link to PTA page click HERE

Principal Contact Information

Michelle Fiebke-Lang

Mary Helen Guest Elementary, Principal

Walled Lake Consolidated School District

Main Office: 248.956.3300

Office: 248.956.3332

Cell or text: 248.766.5771