WILDCAT NEWSLETTER vol. 13

News and Information for the Guest Elementary Community

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GUEST COMMUNITY - THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

FAMILIES, thank you for joining us for our parent/teacher conferences. We value our partnership with you in helping our children learn and grow.


Please give a huge shout out to our Guest PTA for providing lunch and dinner during parent/teacher conferences. It was delicious, and we appreciate your kindness! A special thank you to Hillary Glaser for organizing the food and running the bake sale!

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Beautiful Story about Inclusion! Worth watching as a family and discussing - Enjoy!

BEANIE BOO SUCCESS THANK YOU FROM ABIGAIL! WAY TO GO GUEST ELEMENTARY!

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CALENDAR

DECEMBER 2018

22 - January 2 Holiday Break - No school

27 10:00am - 9:00pm Airtime in Novi


JANUARY 2019

3 - 18 In District Transfer Window

7 School Mall Fundraiser begins

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

10 WLCSD Board Meeting 7:00pm Teacher of the Year

14 Spelling Bee for 5th grade 9:30 - 10:30am

14 Panera Dining to Donate 4:00 - 8:00pm

14 Music Informance 6:30-7:30 2nd & 4th grades

17 Wildcat Hat Day

17 Wildcat Time 3:00-3:40pm - 5th grade will have BLOCK in the morning 10:20-11:20am

21 MLK Day - No school

CLASSROOM HOLIDAY PARTIES

Most classroom holiday parties will be held on Friday, Dec. 21st. Your child’s teacher will share party details. If you plan to take your child home with you after the party, please be sure to use the sign out sheets located in individual classrooms. We are looking forward to celebrating with you all at Guest Elementary School!

IN-DISTRICT TRANSFER REQUEST WINDOW

JANUARY 3rd - 18th If you would like your child to attend a school other than the one that is assigned to your address for the 2019-2020 school year, you must submit a Student Transfer Request application. The Student Transfer Request Application period is Thursday, January 3, 2019, to Friday, January 18, 2019. Requests must be submitted during the application period. Requests will be processed and notification of approval or denial will be sent via email, or U.S. Mail, approximately the first week of March 2019. If you have any questions, please contact the Walled Lake Schools’ Student Services Department at (248) 956-2085. http://wlcsd.org/parents/enrollment/student-transfer/

SKI and SNOWBOARDING CLUB

ALPINE VALLEY SKI AREA

Alpine Valley, 6775 Highland Rd,

White Lake, MI 48383

(248) 887-6010


Beginning Wednesday, January 9, 2019, our club will meet every Wednesday at Alpine Valley at 5:30pm and will run until the snow melts! (Weather Permitting)


All PAYMENTS must be turned into the office no later than the Tuesday before each Wednesday. All checks must be made out to Alpine Valley (cash is fine too).

We are required to have 20 kids each week in order to participate.


COST:

$25.00 per student per week (includes lift ticket and lesson)

Ski/Snowboard rentals are an additional $20.00 when purchased with lift ticket and lesson. Helmet rental is an additional $10.00

All Area Lift Tickets and Rentals are available for Adults and Students not interested in lessons


TAKING A LESSON:

Lift Tickets $29.00 Rentals $20.00

If Interested Please contact me so I can get you registered!


Celeste Fulcher Cell/Text 248-224-6052 or at signingresources@ameritech.net

FIRST COOKIE DOUGH SALES IS A SUCCESS

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough fundraiser! We hope you enjoy your cookies and treats! With your help, we sold over $8,000 in products and earned $3,392 for the PTA! These funds will help us continue to provide classroom supplies, assemblies, fun family evenings, etc. for the MHG community. Thanks for your support!

AIRTIME IN NOVI - DECEMBER 27th

Thursday, December 27th, come join the fun at Airtime AND raise money for Guest.

Students can go anytime from 10am-9pm and purchase 2 hours of jumping for $14.

$5 of the entry will be donated to the walking track fund. At our last "jump to donate" we had 64 participants- let's see if we can beat that number!

FLYER IS BELOW!

PANERA BREAD

January 14 - Panera Bread from 4:00-8:00pm located @ 39450 W 14 Mile Road, Commerce Township, MI 48390

WILDCAT SINGERS WANTED!

The Wildcat Singers Choir is open to any 4th or 5th grader who loves to sing! Choir will meet Thursday mornings at 8am in the music room starting on January 10th. Look for the pink flyer that was sent home with 4th and 5th grade students last week. Return the parent/student contract to Mrs. Boyd by the morning of January 10th if your child would like to join. There is a $10 t-shirt cost for students who do not already own the Wildcat Singers shirt. Please consider signing your child up to sing with other music-loving students in a friendly, collaborative environment that combines teamwork and making beautiful music!

2ND & 4TH GRADE INFORMANCE ON JANUARY 14th

All 4th and 2nd grade students are performing in an evening concert on Monday, January 14th in the Guest cafeteria! Students will be showing off songs, dances, and instrument parts they have learned so far this school year. Families are invited to attend the performance that runs from 6:30-7:30pm. 4th and 2nd grade students wear their color run wildcat tshirts – blue for 4th and yellow for 2nd Why call it an informance? The students teach you, the audience, about the musical concepts behind the fun songs they perform. Inform + perform = Informance!

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You Are Invited to the Walled Lake Schools Community-Wide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, Monday, January 21, 2019

The 20th annual Walled Lake Schools community-wide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration is planned for Monday, January 21, 2019, from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m., at Walled Lake Northern High School. The celebration will begin with a multicultural dinner from 5:00-6:00 p.m. with food from a wide variety of ethnic restaurants. During the dinner, participants will visit student displays from each of our 19 schools, focusing on our theme, “Heroes in the Community: Women Making a Difference.” WLCSD’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration is made possible thanks to generous donations from the PTA/PTSA groups from across our district, the Walled Lake Education Association, the Walled Lake School Administrators Association, the Walled Lake Schools Federal Credit Union, and the Meemic Insurance Company.

From 6:15 - 7:30 p.m. there will be a program in the auditorium, featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Sylvia Hollifield, an MSU program Coordinator for elementary and secondary student teachers in the Detroit area. Dr. Hollifield will speak about this year’s theme, “Heroes in the Community: Women Making a Difference.” Several student choirs will perform, students will present their “Express Yourself” projects, and the Walled Lake Schools Alec Bender Friend of Diversity Awards will be presented.

Everyone in the community is invited to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. This program, including dinner, is free.

For more information, please contact Nayal Maktari, 248-956-2800, Dr. Patrick Cavanaugh, 248-956-2400, or Julie Amann, 248-956-4848, co-chairs of the Walled Lake Schools Diversity Committee.

HOSPITALITY HOUSE

Hospitality House is seeking donations and volunteers. Please visit Hospitality House for more information.

WALLED LAKE SCHOOLS IS HIRING PARAPROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

Paraprofessional Positions: Walled Lake Schools has several para positions throughout the district that we are seeking to fill with qualified candidates. Please CLICK HERE for specific para job postings.


Para positions are a great way to work part-time (or full-time) and support students in our district. Please consider applying (see link) and/or passing along this information to anyone who may be interested. Feel to contact the Main Office or me with any questions. (Note: JobID: 31980 is a general para posting that includes full and part-time positions at various schools).

REMINDER OF LIFETOUCH SPECIAL OFFER FOR GUEST FAMILIES

Lifetouch has partnered with Shutterfly to bring a special offer to GUEST families. If you order your photos online, you can receive a free Shutterfly photo book! Please see the attached flyer for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Lifetouch at the number listed on the flyer.

WILDCAT RUNNING CLUB IS BEGINNING SOON!


Come run/walk with us!!! We will run every Thursday starting January 17 through April 11th. We will NOT meet on February 7th-half day, February 21st-Midwinter Break, and April 4th-Spring Break.

There is no cost to participate, but we will sell Guest Run Club t-shirts, for anyone interested.


PLEASE SIGN UP

We will meet after school in the gym. Runners must be picked up at 4:45 PM at the south-side entrance. The door will be locked until 4:45 pm and we ask that you PLEASE do not go to the main entrance. Prime Time students can participate too, but need to check in BEFORE they head to the gym and will be returned to Prime Time afterward.

We are also gathering a team for the Kids Martian Run in Dearborn on April 13th. The Martian Run has a fee which include receiving a super cool marathon medal and t-shirt. Runners will keep track of their laps at Run Club with a goal of running/walking 25 miles. In Dearborn, they finish their marathon of 1.2 miles. All details for the race will be shared at a later date along with the sign up.

If you have any questions, please email Brandi Brendtke at brandibrendtke@gmail.com

Thank you!

SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD WITH IREADY - Research has shown students that complete 60 minutes of lessons a week per subject have the greatest gains.

Speak with your child about how using i-Ready will help him or her grow in school.

i-Ready shows where your child is doing well and where your child needs some more review. It helps teachers understand how to give your child the best support, and it lets your child see the gains they will make throughout the school year.


  • Help your child prepare for the Diagnostic by explaining that some questions on the Diagnostic test will be hard and that it’s okay not to know the answer to every question. Questions on the Diagnostic get a little harder each time a question is answered correctly, and a little easier when answered incorrectly. The goal is to figure out the math or reading level that is “just right” for your child, so your child should expect to see some questions that are too hard—and that’s okay! It means the test is working correctly.
  • Encourage your child to take each lesson and test question seriously.Emphasize “thinking before clicking,” because just clicking through answers will not give teachers an accurate picture of what is understood and what requires further instruction.
  • Help your child identify and become familiar with the different parts of the student dashboard.Log in to your child’s account with them and ask them to give you a “tour” of what they see.
  • Encourage your child to use the tools that will appear at the bottom of the screen in some lessons. Your child will sometimes see tools, like a calculator or dictionary, that will be helpful for completing an activity or answering a question on a quiz.
  • Discuss your child’s results by looking at “My Progress” together. First, look at the number of lessons shown as completed in i-Ready and celebrate that number with your child, who should feel good about this achievement alone. Then, take a look at the percentage of questions your child answered correctly in the quiz at the end of each lesson. In discussing these results, you might say
  • “Let’s look at how well you’ve been doing on your i-Ready lessons!”

    “What do you notice when you look at this data?”

    “Can you identify strengths from this report?”

    “What is something you feel like you are doing well?”

    “What areas are challenging to you?”

    “Let’s look at your data to see where and how we can work together to improve in those more challenging areas.”

  • If you are unsure about the expectations your child’s teacher has for the use of i-Ready at home, and which lessons your child should be completing, contact the teacher to clarify them.

SPELLING & GEOGRAPHY BEE INFORMATION FROM MS. GANTZ & MR. OSBORNE

The top students for the spelling bee will be chosen from an activity in Media class next week. Students may practice the words sent to them in early November or by playing the games on my Spelling Bee page of my website here. Once the finalists are chosen, they will all be given tools to study with before our 5th Grade Spelling Bee on January 14th. I will also call each parent of our finalists and verbally congratulate them for their accomplishment. Parents are welcome to watch our finals in January.

The top students for the geography bee are chosen through a classroom bee. A practice test was sent in their google classroom and there is a website with further study options found here. The Geography Bee will be held on January 7th. Both 4th and 5th grade students who are invited to this academic challenge. Parents are welcome to watch our finals in January.

From each bee only one Champion may be chosen. The Geography Bee champion will take an online placement test to see if they earn a spot at another bee. The Spelling Bee champion will be invited to represent our school at the Oakland County Spelling Bee on February 23rd.

TUITION EXPEDITION TIME!

It’s time!

Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship Raffle tickets are on sale.

Purchase your tickets securely online or contact the FFE office: Phone 248.956.2116. Consider giving this holiday season a chance to win BIG!

LINK to Tuition Expedition 50/50 Raffle - Announcement MI Raffle license # R49794

FROZEN FOODS/MEATS, BABY FOOD, & SOME FRESH FOODS AVAILABLE FROM HOSPITALITY HOUSE

Hospitality House has baby food, frozen foods, and some fresh foods available to share it with those in need. If this is something that you or someone you know can use, please contact Hospitality House by either calling or emailing Donovan Neal, Hospitality House Director, at 248-960-9975 or email, donovan@hhfp.org.

SPEAK UP: NATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECT FOR DIGITAL LEARNING

WLCSD is participating in Speak Up, a national research project and free service to find out information about digital learning. At GUEST Elementary School, we hope to use the survey tools to learn what students, educators, and parents have to say about education issues. Please know how much we appreciate your help in completing the parent survey.


  • All surveys should take less than 20 min.
  • Surveys are multiple choice with a few open ended questions.
  • Elementary Student surveys are done as a group; students raise hands and teachers submit the data for the entire class.
  • Surveys can be completed any time between now and Jan 31, 2019.
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CHAMP IS WISHING EVERYONE A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY!

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WALKING TRACK FUNDRAISING

GUEST PTA

REMINDERS & RESOURCES

STUDENT COUNCIL MEETING DATES

Meetings will be held in the ART room beginning right after school until 5:00pm

January 9

February 6

March 13

April 10

May 1


June 5th 5:00-6:00 Student Council Celebration - students will go home and then return for the Student Council End-of-Year Celebration Dinner

WILDCATS R US - School Store is Open For Business

All items are $1.00

Grades 1st - 5th grade can shop on Wednesdays and Fridays

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Wednesdays 11:30 - 1:30 in the Cafeteria

Fridays 11:30 - 1:30 in the Main Office

WINTER CLOTHING

Colder temperatures have arrived! We want all children to feel comfortable and enjoy being outside so we ask that you please send your student to school with all of the winter gear they may need including warm coats, hats, gloves, boots, and snow pants. Please label everything with your child's name in the event that their items become separated from them during the school day.

See guidelines below and be sure to discuss your expectations with your student(s):

  • We go outside unless it is below zero degrees (windchill)
  • Boots & Snow pants are required for students to play off the blacktop. We don't call home for dry clothes. This is their best protection.
  • Anytime it is 32 degree and below, students are expected to wear hats/gloves/mittens. Above 32 degrees, we leave it up to your discretion, but do give reminders and encouragement.
  • If a student wears a coat to school, they will need to wear it to recess unless the temperature rises to over 50 degrees.

HUNGRY HOWIES FAMILY NIGHTS

20% of all sales will be donated back to Guest Elementary!

954 N. PONTIAC TRAIL

Walled Lake, MI 48390


Call 248.624.8006 to place your order - Be sure to mention Guest Elementary when you place your order

Order online - Mention Guest Elementary


FAMILY NIGHT DATES:

  • Monday, January 7th
  • Monday, February 4th
  • Monday, March 4th
  • Monday, April 8th
  • Monday, May 6th

GUEST OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Office Hours

Our secretaries are available Monday through Friday to assist you from 8:00 AM-4:30 PM. If you have to change your child's dismissal plans, this must be done with us by 3:00 PM each day. We will notify your child of these changes in the classroom.


Thank you for your help.

FOOD SERVICE

MSTEP INFORMATION AND BUILDING/DISTRICT RESOURCES

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ABSENCES, CHANGES IN SCHEDULE, & NOTES TO SCHOOL

If you intend to keep your child home on a school day for any reason, please use our attendance hotline at 248-956-3390. You may leave a voicemail message 24 hours a day. IF we do not receive a call from you, we will call you to make sure that your child is indeed absent.


The Transportation Department will not issue bus passes for after school study, play dates etc. Bus passes will be issued for shared custody and sometimes day care, babysitting, or other emergencies. The Transportation Department will also issue year-long passes for in-district transfer and school of choice students when there is room on the bus.


If your child's transportation/dismissal for the end of the day changes in any way, please send in a note at the beginning of the day to your child's teacher AND the office. If this changes during the school day, please call our secretaries BEFORE 3:00 PM. We will do our best to ensure your child gets to the correct place at the end of the day, but we ask for your help with this by notifying us EARLY in the day or with a note. Thank you!

LUNCH SCHEDULE FOR 2018-2019

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THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT

HOME - SCHOOL CONNECTION

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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