WBSD Update

A weekly update from the West Bloomfield School District

WBSD Weekly Update - September 3

Happy Friday, Team WB!


We hope you'll review this week's Weekly Update filled with news and notes from across the West Bloomfield School District. Stay up to date with District updates by visiting www.wbsd.org and connecting with the District on social media - Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Have a great holiday weekend! See you on Wednesday, Sept. 8 when classes resume.

Welcome Back, Team WB!

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REED EARNS STAR CERTIFICATE

The West Bloomfield Board of Education recently recognized Karen Reed from the district's transportation department during their Aug. 23 regular meeting.


Karen began working for the West Bloomfield School District back in 1997 as a school bus driver, eventually becoming one of the district's “new driver” trainers. Since assuming this role in the transportation department, every one of Karen’s students have passed the rigorous Commercial Drivers License test with flying colors.


Karen's work ethic and pride for our school district is evident as she works each summer caring for district grounds including the landscaping and flower beds around many of our school buildings. She is also a huge supporter of West Bloomfield Athletics and attends many events throughout the year, especially events involving the students on her bus.


Karen is well known throughout the district because of her positive attitude, willingness to help whenever needed, and her rapport with our students. She will often recognize her students' birthdays and special events by dressing in costumes on her bus route.


Lynne Robertson, WBSD Transportation Director, said, “Parents and students absolutely love Karen and we are truly lucky to have her in our district. She truly is a one-of-a-kind employee.”

Bus Tracker App Reminder

As a reminder, Durham Transportation, our district’s transportation partner, offers a helpful bus tracking app for West Bloomfield families. The Bus Tracker app is available for iOS, Android and web and allows families to track their student(s) bus along its route, to and from school.


Families will need to have their student(s) ID number(s) which are available in PowerSchool in order to log into the app and create an account. As a safety protocol, the Bus Tracker app will only allow families to see their student(s) bus route(s) only.


If you have any questions, please consult the Bus Tracker instructions and visit the Bus Tracker webpage on the Durham Transportation website for more information and to download the app.


We hope the use of the Durham Transportation Bus Tracker app will help better inform our families of slow downs and delays in the bus pick up and drop off times. We appreciate your patience, understanding, and flexibility as we navigate the first days of this new school year. We value the importance of consistency and safety in our transportation offering to families.

If you have any questions or would like more information, call our Transportation Offices at (248) 865-3680.

Help Wanted - Lunchroom & Playground Monitors

The district is currently hiring lunchroom & playground monitors across our schools.


  • $15/hour
  • 3 hours/day (working hours during the school day only)
  • School Days Only


Apply by visiting www.EDUStaff.org and fill out an application today!

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WBHS FIELD HOCKEY MUMS SALE

The WBHS Girls Field Hockey Team and coaches are reaching out to you to inform you of the WBHS Annual Fall Mums Sale. The mums are big and beautiful this year! We are taking pre-orders until September 17, 2021. The mums arrive Friday, September 24, 2021 and can be picked up from 2:00pm - 7:00pm. We will have a limited supply of cash and carry that we will sell on Saturday, September 25 from 9am - 1pm or while supplies last.


The order forms can be returned to Maggie in the Athletic Office by September 17, 2021. For questions please contact Emily Roland at wbfieldhockey@gmail.com; Cindy Chen at 248-470-6650; or text Katrina Crane at 248-255-1130.


The WBHS Girls Field Hockey Team and coaches would like to Thank You for your support!

Welcome to our newest Team WB members!

Blessings in a Backpack Application - 2021-22

If your child qualified for the Free and Reduced Meal Program last year or this year, s/he can also participate in the Blessings in a Backpack program. This program sends six non-perishable meals home each Friday of the school year. Its goal is to make sure that no child goes hungry on the weekend. Run by volunteers, there is NO cost to you.


If your child is going to school Face to Face, s/he will get his/her bag of food at his/her local school. If your child is enrolled in Lakers on Line, please indicate that on the form and we will contact you on food pickup arrangements.


To enroll in this program, please fill out the form below and return it to your school office or email it to katherinesheiko@hotmail.com. The first section gives the West Bloomfield School District's Nutrition Department permission to release your name to Blessings in a Backpack, so that they can add your child/ren to their roster. The second section registers your child/ren in the Blessings program and alerts them to any allergies they might have. The first backpack of food will be distributed the first week of October.

WBSD STAR CERTIFICATE NOMINATION FORM

The purpose of the West Bloomfield School District Board of Education Star Certificate award is to recognize outstanding achievements by the students, staff and community members of the West Bloomfield School District. Honorees are also recognized for service to the district above and beyond the call of duty.



In order to be recognized, nominees must be a member of the district as a student, staff member or community member in West Bloomfield. Student groups and teams are also eligible for nomination.

Join Cub Scouts!

Start your adventure with Pack 101! We'll be having a short hike and scavenger hunt to learn about what Cub Scouting has to offer. Cub Scouts is open to both boys and girls in grade K though 5. If your home school is Doherty or Sheiko, then Pack 101 is for you!

When: Wednesday, September 15th.

Time: Stop by anytime between 5:30pm and 7:30pm.

Where: Woodland Hills Nature Park, Farmington Hills

Questions?: Contact us at wbpack101@gmail.com

Attention Bowlers!

Please send us your information if you're interested in WB Bowling this winter! We need your email address so we can get you all upcoming information. Please send you interest to Coach Craig at craigwoodham@sbcglobal.net

WBHS Mentors WANTED!

West Bloomfield High School Professional Apprenticeship is seeking members of the local community to serve as mentors for students enrolled in West Bloomfield High School’s Professional Apprenticeship Course. Students will work a minimum of three hours per week without pay in exchange for the opportunity to gain further knowledge in their future career area of interest.


If you currently hold a position in the area of law, government, politics, education, business or non-profit and would be interested in serving as a mentor for our 11th and 12th grade students, please email jenifer.rosenwasser@wbsd.org.

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Community Resources

Open Hands Food Pantry

Mobile "drive through" pantry distribution

Saturdays from 9:00am - 11:00am at St. John's Episcopal Church, 26998 WoodwardAve. (Royal Oak, corner of 11 Mile and Woodward - enter at 11 Mile)


For the safety of the mobile pantry guests and our volunteers, food will be placed in the trunk / back hatch of a vehicle.


Visit openhandspantry.org for more information

State of Michigan’s COVID Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The State of Michigan’s COVID Emergency Rental Assistance Program designed to keep Michigan residents who fell behind on their rent and utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic in their homes. The program utilizes a collaborative community process to expedite rental and utility assistance to COVID-19 affected tenants and landlords.

WB Township Library Information

Book Lists


The West Bloomfield Township Main Library and Westacres Branch will be closed from Saturday, September 4 through Monday, September 6 for Labor Day Weekend. The Library will reopen on Tuesday, September 7 at 9 am.


The Library’s study rooms will reopen on Tuesday, September 7. All seating will return to the Main Library and Westacres Branch, along with select youth spaces and toys. The Friends of the Library will accept donations again, and the Library’s hours will expand.


Registration is open for the West Bloomfield Library on the Go: Back to School DIY Magnetic Bookmarks. Click here to register by Monday, September 6. These kits will come with all the materials necessary to complete the project at home, along with a how-to guide and link to a video. Kits are limited to residents of West Bloomfield and contract communities. Limit of 5 projects per kit per library card. Funded by the Friends of the Library. For PreK-5th grade students.


Renew or request a library card.

Ask at the Main Library Reception desk or the Westacres Branch Circulation desk. You can also continue to renew or request a library card on the Library’s website.

WBSD Calendar

Check out our district and building calendars in order to stay up to date on all events going on in our district!

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