WILDCAT NEWSLETTER vol. 14

News and Information for the Guest Elementary Community

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“Happy Holidays. Best wishes for a season of love, peace and joy!”

2019 - 2020 GUEST CALENDAR

DECEMBER 2019

20 - Last Day of School before Winter Break

20 - PTA Bonaventure Skating night 5:30 - 8:30pm

21 - January 5 is Winter Break

JANUARY 2020

Jan 6 - Feb 7 Window 2 for iReady Diagnostics

Jan 6 - 24 In-District Resident Transfer Window

6 - School Resumes

6 - PTA Meeting 6:30 - 7:30pm

7 - 5th grade Spelling Bee 9:30am

9 - WLCSD Board Meeting 7:00 Teacher of the Year Celebration

16 - Informance for grades 3rd & 4th 6:30 - 7:30pm

20 - February 7 Non-Resident Schools of Choice Window

20 - MLK Day No School for students

22 - 5th grade concert field trip @ WLC 9:30 - 11:00

22 - 24 Hearing Screening grades Preschool, K, 2nd, and 4th

23 - Wildcat Time 3:00 - 3:45pm

29 - 1/2 Day of School PL 2 hours

31 - Guest vs. Glengary Volleyball Game @ Walnut Creek 6:00 - 8:00pm

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Thank you to all of our families that made it a priority to be at Parent-Teacher Conferences. It says a lot to your child that you prioritize these times to partner with their teacher and the school.


Thank you to our PTA & all the volunteers for organizing and supplying all the yummy food and baked goods. We truly appreciate all your support.

BIG CHANGES

Big Changes are coming to Guest! Please join us in wishing our secretary Sherry Ikegami, and our Prime Time Care Supervisor Sharon Becker, well in their upcoming retirements! Ms. Ikegami is looking forward to relaxing, traveling, and volunteering at Guest! Mrs. Becker is looking forward to building a new home in North Carolina, and spending more time with her grandkids. We are excited to announce that Ms. Pengelly will be our new Principal’s Secretary. Mrs. Becker’s position will be filled by our very own Mrs. Beal and Ms. Attard. We are excited about this joyful transition.


Classroom Holiday Parties

Holiday parties will be planned by your child's teacher. Look for details to be shared by individual teachers or grade levels.

5th Grade Spelling Bee January 7th beginning at 9:30am

Wishing you the BEST of Luck!

5th Grade Spelling Bee Finalists:


Avery S

Ava E

Ryan S

Mason G

Mac M

Sabrina S

Mibella D

Evan G

Chase M

Shea G

Aidan E

Ian S

Carolyn D

Carson J

Justin J

Hayden H

Max M

Molly P

Saya F

Tyler M

Gavin D

Lola C

Congratulations to our new Student Council Officers

First of all, we would like to say congratulations to all of the following students for having the courage to run for a position and letting their voices be heard to make a positive difference for Guest Elementary School.

Wayne W.

Molly P.

Mac M.

Leah R.

Ethan D.

Madalyn K.

Harper W.

Jacob K.

D'Anthony S.

Annabel C.


CONGRATULATIONS - The following students won the election for Student Council Officers:

Secretary - Lilly H.

Treasurer - Madyson C.

Vice-President - Amelia P.

President - Hayden H.

TRANSFER REQUESTS & SCHOOLS OF CHOICE

  • In District Transfer requests application window – January 6 - January 24
  • Schools of Choice (out of district) application window – January 20 - February 7

ORIENTATION DATES

High School Orientation - Monday, March 2nd
Middle School Orientation – Monday, March 9th
Kindergarten Orientation – Monday, March 16th
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What is Wildcat Time?

We are so excited to tell you about Wildcat Time. During Wildcat Time, cross-grade level (K-5) groups of students move to another teacher’s classroom to spend time participating in team building activities, engaging lessons about the 4-Rs (RESPECT - RESOURCEFUL - RESILIENT - RESOURCEFUL), working on strategies from our PBIS, Conscious Discipline, and around our school's theme: Peace (Be the Change You Wish To See In the World)

Through this program, we are certain we will continue strengthening our school community. We will have approximately six Wildcat Times this school year.


At Guest Elementary, we are committed to developing and sustaining a positive building culture. We hold all students to high expectations. We know how important it is that students see the home-school connection as a united front and we appreciate your continued support.

i-Ready

Beginning January 6th, teachers will begin the second round of the i-Ready Diagnostic testing..


After your child has taken the assessment, the reading and math instructional lessons will reset depending on your child's diagnostic results.


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.

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Chance to Win BIG & Support Walled Lake Classrooms!

15th Annual Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship Raffle: Purchase your Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship Raffle ticket today! Raffle's proceeds are channeled into Walled Lake Schools' classrooms through Foundation’s annual mini-grant program (see list of grant awards per school).


Tickets are $50 each or 3 for $100 (plus $2 convenience fee per $50). Only a 1,000 tickets are available for sale. Great Odds! Grand prize winner will receive scholarship funds for postsecondary education (40% lump sum option available). Plus, ticket purchasers have the chance to win a FREE raffle ticket courtesy of the WL School Emp. Fed. Credit Union and opportunity to win secondary prize; HP Sprocket 200 Bundle Media printer donated by the FFE.


Grand Prize drawing is March 30, 2020 at District’s Reflections Celebration; need not be present to win. Visit the FFE’s TE raffle website for details or contact the Foundation for more info. and to purchase tickets with check or credit card: phone ext. 62116 or email michellebianco@wlcsd.org. MI Raffle License# R55190

Affordable Internet for your home

We Need Your Support

The end of the day is very busy in the main office. Please understand that when your child is picked up early, they are marked with an Early Dismissal - which is like a tardy.


If there is a change in your child's dismissal plan, please do your very best to call the main office by 2:45 to help ensure your child's teacher gets the message. Reserve calls to the office for last minute emergency plans.


To ensure the safety and security of all students, and to help manage our dismissal procedures, please do not go into the hallway during dismissal. We ask that you sign your child out at the office and wait outside under the awning and blue bench.


We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we safely dismiss 400 children every day. Together we can make sure our procedures are safe and run efficiently.

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TOGETHER, WE CAN INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF READING OUR STUDENTS ARE COMPLETING BY...

VISITING The Wildcat Little Lending Library

PARTICIPATING in events at local libraries

COMPLETING iReady Reading lessons

READING no less than 20 minutes per night

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Walled Lake Shining Star Award

Walled Lake Shining Star Award


We are once again seeking nominations for ANY outstanding individual who has supported the special needs community within Walled Lake Schools for Walled Lake's SHINING STAR AWARD.

Electronic submissions are due by March 1, 2020. Fill out your nomination form by following this link. Thank you.

LOST AND FOUND IS OVERFLOWING

Winter is upon us and already our LOST & FOUND is overflowing. Please stop by school to claim your missing items.

To help combat this problem, please label all your student's clothing, lunch containers, water bottles, and more. Staff will do their best to reunite all items with their owners.

Wildcats R Us School Store is NOW Open for Business

Hours of operation: Every Wednesday during all lunch periods

Cost: $1.00

Grades 1st - 5th

Enjoy shopping!

2019 - 2020 Lunch Schedule

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2019 - 2020 Grade Level Music Informances

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

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

WALKING TRACK FUND

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 .

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

Vision Screening 2019 - 2020

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

Hearing Screening 2019 - 2020

Grades Preschool, K, 2nd, and 4th

MSTEP Resources

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.

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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.

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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