Glegary Gazette

October 26, 2021

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A Message from Mrs. Johnson

Dear Glengary Families,

It's hard to believe this is the last week of October! The past two months of school have gone by quickly but our Gators have already had many wonderful experiences and meaningful learning.

I encourage you to take 1 minute to watch the video below. This incredible moment from 5th grade camp shows our Glengary Gators (and teachers) working as a team to help another 5th grader climb the rock wall. There are SO many character strengths visible in this short little clip including perseverance, teamwork, zest, bravery, and appreciation of beauty and excellence. This short clip is also a powerful reminder of the important work we do together to develop our Gators. Our kids are paying attention, and they are growing into little humans who DO believe that Other People Matter. They are learning how to be inclusive and how to use their words and actions to impact someone else’s day for the better. They are learning how to persevere, face challenges and overcome obstacles. YOU are a big part of all of this. Thank you for your partnership!

As always, the Glengary Staff is here to support you. Should you have questions or if concerns arise, please reach out to your child's teacher or myself and we will work together to find a solution. I can be reached at or at 248-956-3100.

Here's to a GREAT week ahead!

RosaLeigh Johnson, Principal

Jackson - Climbs WLOEC Rockwall

Important Dates


10/28:Truck or Treats- PTA Event (6:00-7:30 pm)

10/29: 1/2 Day- Dismissal at 12:25 pm

10/29: Halloween Spirit Day


11/2: No School for Students

11/4: Board Meeting (Therapy Dogs including Romeo present)

11/9: PTA Meeting @ 6:30 pm

11/10: Panera Fundraising Event (4:00-8:00 pm)

11/15: Picture Re-take Day

11/25 & 11/26: Thanksgiving Break

Positivity Project

Positivity Project

The character strength of focus last week was Forgiveness (Oct 17-23). For this week (Oct 24-30), the character strength of focus is Creativity. Next week (Oct 31-Nov 6), the character strength of focus will be Perspective.

Please take a look at the links below for each strength as they will provide you with the knowledge and tools needed to partner in this important work. The resources in the links below were created to help parents reinforce this important learning at home. Thank you!

21-22 P2 Calendar

Consider printing the calendar to help keep track of the character strengths we will learn each week!


Creativity Parent Links Below

Perspective Parent Links Below

New Information

Trunk or Treat AT NORTHERN HIGH SCHOOL, Oct. 28th

We are super excited about our first ever, Trunk or Treat event this Thursday, October 28th from 6:00-7:30 pm. Please note that our location has changed to NORTHERN High School to allow for ample space and lighting during the evening hours. See map below!

Join us for a SPOOKTACULAR night! Costumes are encouraged!

Walled Lake Northern High, 6000 Bogie Lake Rd, Commerce Charter Twp, MI 48382

Trunk or Treat Map-Northern High School

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Friday, October 29th - Halloween Spirit Day

Friday, October 29th is a Halloween Spirit Day! Students are encouraged to wear Halloween colors, themed shirts, themed pajamas, etc.

Originally, I stated that NO costumes were permitted. Please see the following adjustment to the policy below:

Costumes are allowable under the following conditions-

1. Costumes must be worn to school. Students will be unable to change at school, as we do not have volunteers on site to assist with changing. Additionally, we do not want to have large groups of students gathering in the bathrooms to change into costumes. Please note that for costumes to be worn to school, they cannot inhibit the child’s ability to ride in the car or the bus (i.e.-no blow up costumes) and further, should not inhibit the child's ability to fully participate in classroom or FAPES classes.

2. Please leave the accessories at home. Often, accessories get left behind and students are upset when they do not have them for their own trick or treating fun. Also note that no fake weapons are permitted.

3. If you choose to have your child to wear their costume, please note that they must still be able to wear their face mask properly.

Romeo Update!

Romeo is Ready!! Teacher and handler, Laura Locke, will be picking up Romeo, Glengary's Therapy dog this Thursday. Romeo will attend the board meeting on 11/4 along with all of the other therapy dogs in the district. Romeo will take some time to become acquainted with his handler and new home before joining our Gators. More communication coming soon regarding our transition plan and a timeline for when Romeo will officially join us at Glengary.

Student Council Food Drive

Our Student Council would like your help. Please see the flyer below with information how our Glengary Community can help benefit those less fortunate during this holiday season.
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This Friday, Oct. 29th is a half day of school. Dimissal times are listed below:

12:10- APU and Walkers

12:15- PTC

12:20- Begin loading busses

12:25-Official Dismissal

12:30-12:32 - Departure

Picture Retakes will be on November 15th

If your child was absent on Picture Day or you were unhappy with how the pictures turned out, we will be having a picture retake day on November 15th.

More info coming soon on the retake process. (We have to hear back from Lifetouch.)

Girl Scout Troop Interest?

We have a Glengary parent that is interested in starting a Girl Scout troop at Glengary and would like to gauge interest. If you are interested, please contact Sarah Vanderpool at via phone or email which is listed below. Or 336-541-5822

Zones of Regulation

At Glengary this year, we are teaching all students about the Zones of Regulation.

Here are some skills taught during The Zones of Regulation:

  • Identifying your emotions by categorizing feelings into four zones (more on this below)
  • Self-regulation: Achieving the preferred state of alertness (zone) for a situation. This is all about regulating your body and emotional regulation.
  • Identifying triggers: Learning what makes you “tick” and why
  • Coping strategies: Various techniques and strategies that help achieve emotional regulation and manage strong emotions
  • Size of the problem: Introduces the idea that the size of your reaction should match the size of your problem, how to identify the size of your problem, and strategies for problem-solving.
  • Expected behavior vs unexpected behavior: This also covers perspective taking and how your behavior affects the thoughts and feelings of the people around you.

Click on the link to learn more! This is a GREAT tool and language to use at home as well!

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LAYA Adopt a Child

If you are looking for Holiday support for your child(ren), consider applying for the Lakes Area Youth Assistance Adopt A Child program. Click on the link below for more informaiton.

Lakes Area Youth Assistance (LAYA) is proud to let you know that we will again be sponsoring the Holiday Shop With a Hero event in December! The deadline to apply is Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. One application per family and one parental consent form per child is required to be filled out and returned to the LAYA office along with a copy of the family’s 2020 Income Tax return, by Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 in order to qualify. Click on the second link below.

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Walled Lake District Update

Please click on the button below for the Walled Lake District Update.

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Community Education Classes offered through WLCSD

Check out the link below for a variety of Community Ed classes that are offered through WLCSD.

Glengary PTA Information

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The Fall is well underway and so are our awesome events! We are so proud of our school, kids and parents for embracing everything that this year is and working so hard to make our kids feel special! Please read on to learn all about the great things our PTA is doing to support our Gators!

Fun Run Was a Success!

Firstly, THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of your contributions, donations, volunteering and support for the PTA and our school with the Fun Run on Friday. We exceeded our goal by $5,000, raising a grand total of $21,554.74 . On top of that, the kids had so much fun – especially on the dance floor. The Fun Run was a HUGE success and we are truly grateful to our generous community!

Photos from Fun Run?

If any parents that volunteered took pictures and would like to share, please email them to so we can review them for the yearbook!

Panera-Dining to Donate November 10th

Our next dining to donate is coming up November 10th at Panera on Haggerty. These nights not only give us a break preparing food but also contribute funds to our school at no additional cost to us! Our last night out at Chipotle gave $137 back to our school!

Order online at and enter code PRFUND at checkout. You can also bring the flyer below or show a digital version to the cashier when ordering at the cafe to ensure Glengary gets a portion of the proceeds.

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Reflections 2021

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2021 - 2022 REFLECTIONS!!

Does your child enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? If so, have them join us and have fun unleashing their inner artist with PTA reflections!

National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. In response to this theme, students create works of art in one or all the available arts categories:

1. Dance Choreography

2. Film Production

3. Literature

4. Music Composition

5. Photography

6. Visual Arts (2D and 3D)

7. Special Artist (must qualify)

This year's theme, "I Will Change the World By...," calls for students own unique interpretation through the arts.

To learn more, check out the videos below.

If your student is interested in submitting an entry, complete the below form by November 15, 2021.

Please contact or call / text parent, Yoko Metcalf at (734) 837-3984.

No experience is required to participate in Reflections! Choose the arts category you’re interested in, create an original piece of artwork based on the theme, and be recognized as an artist in our community! See promo video here:
PTA Reflections 2021 Promo
WLCSD Reflections Promo Video 2020-21


The search is on for a future Reflections theme!

Help us pick the theme idea that will spark fun and creativity during the 2023-2024 Reflections program! The student who submits the winning entry will receive a $100 prize from National PTA. Past themes and duplicate submissions are not considered. This means we’re looking for the most original theme ideas.

Idea submissions are due October 22, 2021.

If you have any questions, please email Torry Yu, WLCSD PTSA Reflections Chair, at

Glengary PTA Membership Drive: ongoing through 11/5

Our membership team is working hard tallying those adults that have joined the PTA already – our classroom competition is coming to a close November 1st and currently the classroom standings are Mrs. Stout’s class, Mrs. Reed’s and then Mrs. Donahue’s classrooms. Remember the top 3 classrooms win a prize party! And have no fear, becoming a member for $10 in no way obligates you to come to meetings, volunteer at any events or participate in any other way you do not wish to – it simply helps us pay for our national, state and local dues to be part of the PTA organization. Without membership, our dues come out of our budget and take from the programs we fund.

Every adult counts! Membership dollars help us pay our dues to the district, state and national PTAs without having to take the money we raise from our fundraisers - and joining requires no obligation otherwise - you are always welcome at our meetings and we LOVE our volunteers - but simply being a member supports our school, too!!!

Sign up online via memberhub linked below!

Open Position-Yearbook

Are you someone who is interested in helping with this year's yearbook?! Being back in school and having events like the Fun Run and Trunk or Treat make putting the memories together, fun and totally worthwhile.

If any parents are interested in starting to work on the yearbook, please reach out to or come to our meeting in November!

Previously Shared Information

Volunteers at Glengary

Earlier this month, the WLCSD Parent Update shared that volunteers would be permitted on a limited basis and to look for a communication plan from the building principal. While we are very excited to see volunteers back in our school, we still need to have a thoughtful plan that does not jeopardize our efforts to keep our community healthy and our students in school. Please note the following details regarding volunteering during the school day:
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IMPORTANT: Each teacher utilizes volunteers in a different way. Some teachers do not have frequent volunteers. Other teachers use volunteers on a weekly basis. Please respect each teacher’s approach to volunteering and wait for them to share information with parents about volunteer opportunities. Even if your child’s teacher does not request classroom volunteers, there will be many other opportunities. Note: Volunteering in our school is different from visitors/spectators at events during the school day. Visitors or spectators at events during the school day are not permitted at this time.

Thank you for your partnership and understanding as we work thoughtfully to ensure the safety of all.

*Note: Please look for an upcoming communication regarding how Room Parents will be handled during the 21-22 school year.

What Does it mean to be Suggestive of Covid?

Please take note of the symptoms below. Based on guidance from the Oakland County Health Department, if a student presents the following symptoms, they may be suggestive of COVID-19.

1. Is this student currently experiencing ONE or more of the following symptoms unrelated to a known pre-existing condition (e.g. asthma, allergies)?

* New Cough

*Shortness of breath

*Difficulty breathing

*New loss of taste or smell

2. Is this student currently experiencing any TWO or more of the following symptoms unrelated to a known pre-existing condition (e.g. asthma, allergies)?

*Fever (100.4 degrees +)


*Diarrhea (2x in 24 hours)

* Fatigue

*Congestion/runny nose


*Muscle aches

*Sore throat

*Nausea/Vomiting (2x in 24 hours)

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 testing is strongly recommended. Contact your medical provider and get tested for COVID-19.

For the student to return back to school, there are three options:

1. Receive COVID-19 testing, and return to school with proof of a negative PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test result, provided symptoms have improved and fever resolved for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine. Rapid test results are not acceptable.

2. Exclude from school until 10 calendar days have passed since symptom onset and at least 24 hours fever free without fever reducing medicine.

3. Provide a note from your physician indicating a clear alternative diagnosis (e.g. positive strep throat, urinary infection, etc.). Must be fever free for over 24 hours without fever reducing medicine with improvement in symptoms.


We continue to urge all families to check your child's health daily and make decisions that will help ensure we keep our students, staff and community healthy and safe.

Daily Health Checks: Please check your child(ren) daily for ANY signs of illness before attending school. Check for the following symptoms:

  • Fever/Chills
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Muscle of Body Aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion
  • Runny Nose
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If your child has any of these symptoms, please err on the side of caution and keep them home until they are feeling better! We appreciate your partnership as we continue to work together to keep our community healthy and safe!

COVID-19 Dashboard

Our district maintains a COVID-19 Dashboard which is updated throughout the week. The dashboard is currently linked on our district website and has also been included in recent district updates. Per district protocols, we continue to report all COVID-19 positive cases to the Oakland County Health Division (OCHD). Our district will continue to monitor both building and classroom numbers. Parents can also refer to the district’s FAQ document.
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Food Service Information

For the 2021-22 school year, breakfast and lunch is free for all students. If you would normally fill out a form to receive free or reduced lunch, we ask that you do so for accounting purposes. Forms are available on the district food service web page.

Below you will find the breakfast and lunch menus for October. You will also find the contact information for our Food Service Department.

Walled Lake Community Education is committed to providing quality programs for youth and adults. The link below you will also find our Youth Recreation, Youth Enrichment and Adult Recreation/Enrichment offerings
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Communication is Key at Glengary Elementary!

Communication is important to us at Glengary. Parents will be notified and updated in a variety of ways throughout the school year. The majority of information for parents will be available on our school and District website and through email.


It is critical that parents keep an updated email address and let us know if it changes as soon as possible. Parents may update this information for us on Skyward Family Access. All teachers at Glengary utilize Skyward Family Access to communicate with parents.Report cards, lunch account information, progress reports, attendance, and other important information will always be posted on Skyward Family Access. If you are a new family to Walled Lake Schools or have misplaced or lost your Family Access ID and password, please click HERE to get connected.

Glengary Gazette AND School Web Page

Our Glengary Gazette newsletter will be sent electronically to families. This is typically a bi-weekly communication filled with all important school and PTA updates. As we begin the year, the communication may be sent on a weekly basis if needed. An archive of newsletters will be posted to our school website. Please visit this page often for information about our school. You will find links to important documents, websites and blogs from your child's classroom, PTA forms and information, and important updates and forms that you will need to access.

PTA Website and Updates

Our PTA has an excellent website with upcoming events, fundraiser information, PTA membership links, and other pertinent information and forms. PTA information and updates are also shared with the Tuesday Tidbits.

Social Media

Glengary Elementary also has a Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter which are linked below!

Glengary Contact Information

RosaLeigh Johnson


Cheryl Maten

Principal's Secretary:

Melissa Roth

Building Secretary:

Important Phone Numbers:

Main Line: 248-956-3100

Fax Line: 248-956-3105
Attendance: 248-956-3190