Dublin Times

December 7-11, 2020

Upcoming Important Dates...

December 2020

December 9 Return to In-Person Learning

December 10 Full Day of School (Conferences Rescheduled)

December 22-Final Day of School before Winter Break

Growing Up COVID

The WLCSD K-5 and Middle and High School Basic Special Services programs will return to in-person learning beginning Wednesday, Dec. 9. This includes in-person Preschool and Prime Time Care programs.

We will continue to follow Oakland County and CDC safety protocols and expectations for our children, parents, and staff. We are committed to informing parents, and instituting safety precautions, including quarantine periods and possible interval closures, when situations arise.

**Updated District Calendar**

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Reporting COVID Exposures and Quarantine

Dublin Families,

Please remember that is VERY IMPORTANT for all families and staff members to REPORT TO OUR MAIN OFFICE any COVID exposures, positive cases, and quarantine details to keep everyone safe at school. We keep important track of cases for the safety of all at school.

With the return to IN PERSON learning on Wednesday, December 9th, it is even more important that we keep track of these important details.

Please also remember to WEAR A MASK, SOCIAL DISTANCE, and WASH HANDS. This must be done to help stop the spread of COVID at home, in public, and at school.

Please see the important DEFINITIONS below.

"Quarantine" is the practice of keeping someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. People in quarantine must stay home (usually 14 days), separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

"Isolation" is the practice of separating people infected with the virus from those who are not infected. People in isolation (usually 10 days) must stay home until it's safe to be around others.

"Close Contact" indicates someone who has been within six (6) feet for a time greater than fifteen (15) minutes of someone who has COVID-19 symptoms with or without a mask within a 24 hour period.

"Positive" includes only those individuals with a lab-confirmed positive test.

Thank you for reporting important COVID information to our school office in a timely way for the safety of all.

Infectious Disease - Coronavirus - Pediatrics - What to Do When You're Sick
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Welcome to New Dublin Staff

On behalf of the Dublin staff, I'd like to welcome Mrs. Mary Austin-Harris to our Dublin staff and family. Mrs. Austin-Harris will be our new Building Secretary at Dublin. She is excited and eager to meet and greet all of our Dublin families very soon! Welcome Mrs. Austin Harris!

I would also like to welcome Mr. Zachary Carter to Dublin! Mr. Carter will be our new travelling PE teacher. He will be at Dublin on Tuesday afternoons to work with our first graders and two of our kindergarten classes. We are excited to get to know Mr. Carter, and I know that he is so excited to begin his teaching journey in Walled Lake Schools. Welcome Mr. Carter!

Elementary Student Progress Profiles

Student Progress Profiles have been created by teachers instead of the traditional report card for the first trimester.

Please click on the link below to view a letter describing the profiles and to see an example.

The Student Progress Profiles

These Student Progress Profiles will be available to parents to view on Skyward Family Access by the end of the day on Thursday, Dec. 10th.

We are rescheduling the Dec. 10 Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences to Jan. 28, 2021.

As always, parents can contact and check in with teachers at any time via email using the District Staff Directory.

This is the updated District Calendar with this change added.

Handwashing - Learn How To Wash Your Hands - 10 Steps to Washing Your Hands
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December Breakfast Menu

Click here for a PDF Breakfast Menu to Print at Home



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December Lunch Menu

Click here for a PDF Lunch Menu to Print at Home

No Kid Hungry Michigan Video

School Breakfast and Lunch Information

School breakfast and school lunch will be served FREE to all students that are attending in person learning starting November 10th.

Parents may pick up breakfast & lunch for Saturday, Sunday and all closed school days every Monday from 12:00PM – 1:30PM at each of our high schools.

For our virtual learners and children under the age of 18 who are not being served daily in our buildings, we will continue to provide 7 days of meals, through pickup at our high schools every Monday from 12:00PM – 1:30PM until further notice.

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Main Office Protocols-Visitors and Volunteers

Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap states that schools must restrict visitors, volunteers, and family members in order to reduce risk. Therefore, no visitors/volunteers will be permitted in schools at this time.

Student Drop Off:

  • Ring the buzzer outside of our main entrance. Give your name, child's name, and purpose.
  • Sign your child in using our binder on the small table inside the vestibule.
  • Have your child enter the office by themselves.
  • We will make sure they get to their classroom safely!

Student Pick Up:

  • Ring the buzzer and give your name, child's name, and purpose.
  • Picture ID is required.
  • Sign your child out using our binder on the small table inside the vestibule.
  • Wait in the vestibule or outside until your child arrives in the Main Office.
  • When your child arrives, we'll buzz your child out to you.

Dropping Off Items:

Ring the buzzer and give your name and purpose.

Leave any items on the small table in the vestibule.

Label items with your child's name and teacher's name.

We will deliver all items throughout the day and soon as we are able.

Social Work Corner


10 Things to help get you through this difficult time:

1. Only do what feels right.

2. Accept your feelings

3. Call on your family and friends

4. Focus on the kids

5. Plan ahead

6. Scale back

7. Give

8. Acknowledge those who have passed on

9. Do something different

10. Skip it

To read the entire article visit: https://www.aarp.org/home-family/friends-family/info-12-2012/death-loss-christmas-holidays-goyer.html

Ele’s Place Virtual Grief Groups for

Children and Adults

Call: 517-482-1315

Food Resources

Hospitality House

2075 E. West Maple

Suite B204

Walled Lake, MI 48390

Call: 248-960-9975

Walled Lake Missionary

1795 North Pontiac Trail

Walled Lake, MI 48390

Call: 248-624-2595

Open Door Outreach

7170 Cooley Lake Road

Waterford, MI 48327

Call: 248-360-2930

Oakland Hope

373 Summit Drive

Waterford, MI 48328

Call: 248-309-3658

Our Daily Bread

1360 N Hickory Ridge Trail

Milford, MI 48380

Call: 248-685-3520

Mental Health Resources

Easter Seals Telehealth Platform Services for Students and/or Families

Call: 248- 475-2150

Michigan Stay Well Counseling via COVID-19 Hotline

Call: 1-888-535-6136

Press “8” to talk to a Counselor. Counselors are available 24-7 Confidential and free

National Disaster Distress Helpline
Call: 1-800-985-5950 / Available 24-7

If you want help from the nearest Community Mental Health Services Program

Call: 211

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call: 1-800-273-8255

Text: TALK to 741741

Available 24-7

Superintendent Gutman Megacast

Superintendent Gutman, will appear on the Oakland County Megacast on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 11:20 a.m.

The public can watch live or on-demand on the District’s Facebook page.

LAST CALL- PTA Reflections Entries!

It is not too late to share your talents with us!

PTA Reflections entries are still needed!

Just fill out this form and upload your submission by Tuesday 12/8 at 5 pm to join in on the fun.

We look forward to seeing more amazing talents at Dublin.

Student Drop-Off and Arrival Reminders

  • Please remember that our doors do not open for students to enter the building until 8:50 AM each morning.

  • Please pull all the way forward and do not stop in the middle or end of our drop off lane. Students should use our sidewalk to walk to their doorway.

  • Students must exit their cars from the passenger side along the sidewalk for safety purposes.

  • Students must enter at their designated entry points each morning when being dropped off by car. (See map below)

  • Students must walk directly to their classroom wearing their mask.

  • Parents must stay in their cars.

Student Drop-Off Arrival Map

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Shamrock Pick Up and Dismissal Reminders

As we have always had, Dublin will have a TIERED dismissal for the safety of all of our students at the end of the day. Our dismissal process is comprised of four tiers.

  • Shamrock Pick Up
  • Walkers
  • Prime Time Care
  • Buses

We discourage any parent pick ups in our office at the end of the day unless there is an emergency or early release needed for an appointment.

If you need to pick up your child from school for any reason at the end of the day, this must be done before 3:30 PM.

After 3:30 PM, students MUST use one of the tiers of dismissal above.

We cannot have parents congregating in our main office at the end of the day.

  • Parents who pick up their children before 3:30 PM must buzz in at our main office.
  • Our secretaries will let the parent come in to our secure vestibule where there is a sign out book.
  • Parents must sign out their child there.
  • Secretaries will check ID.
  • Your child will be called down to meet you there.

Students will not be called out of class after 3:30 PM. This is a disruption to our dismissal process.

  • Parents must wear masks to pick up their children and must social distance in the vestibule or outside of our main office doors.

1. Our Shamrock Pick Up Students will be dismissed from their classrooms starting at 3:30 PM. We use a special application called BEELINE to notify students in their classrooms. Students will walk down to the gym and will be dismissed from there.

**PARENTS MUST HAVE A DUBLIN CAR RIDER SIGN IN THEIR CAR in order for your child to be dismissed to you. If you do not have one, you will be asked to park and go to our main office to get one. This is imperative for the safety of your child.

2. Our Walker Students will be dismissed at approximately 3:45 PM. Our Crossing Guards will be instructed to meet students at the West and East Walker door entrances to assist students walking home. The West Walker Door Entrance is at our playground doors in the back of the building. Our East Walker Door Entrance is the Media Center doors in the front of the building. Parents may not gather at either of these entrances to walk with students. Parents should wait until our students have crossed Farnsworth or Union Lake Road to meet their children. Our crossing guards will assist our walking students.

3. Prime Time Care Students will be dismissed at 3:50 PM. These students will go directly to the cafeteria from their classrooms.

4. We will begin to dismiss our Bus Rider students at approximately 3:55 PM. We will call buses one at a time. Students will remain in classrooms until their bus is called. Teachers will supervise students in classrooms.

Shamrock Pick Up Dismissal Map

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Dublin Spirit Wear

It is time to order your Dublin Spirit Wear! Our Dublin PTA has set up spirit wear for purchase with a new company this year.

You can order with the order form below OR online all year long!!

Please see the flyer below for ordering and details, and also visit the Dublin Spirit Wear Store below.

FREE SHIPPING goes into effect NOW through December 14th. If you would like items in time for Christmas, your order must be placed by December 7th.

Face masks are also available.

The spirit wear flyer and web store will always be on our Dublin web page for future orders under the FOR PARENTS tab and placed in our Dublin Times newsletter. Please watch for monthly coupons too!

Here is the information flyer:


Here is the direct link to our Dublin Store.


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Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences

Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences Changed to Jan. 28, 2021

After much consultation with staff and to ensure parents receive accurate and complete information about children’s progress, we are rescheduling the Dec. 10 Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences to Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021.

With the change in staffing and classes that just took place with our in-person transition, we believe Dec. 10 is too soon to give substantive feedback to parents. As always, parents can contact and check in with teachers at any time via email using the District Staff Directory.

December 10th will now be a full day of school and January 28th will be a half-day for Elementary Schools ONLY.

FFE Testimonial Jen Weckstein

WLCSD Foundation for Excellence-Be Inspired!

Choose K-12 Walled Lake Students for Year-End Giving

The Foundation for Excellence’s support for Walled Lake Schools’ 13,000 students is needed now more than ever for such critical areas of education as literacy and social and emotional learning.

Don’t miss out on making your one-time tax, deductible donation of $300 to the Foundation, as provided by the CARES Act. Vital diversification for an entire classroom’s literacy library can happen with $300. You make the difference for our children-future employees, business owners and leaders.

Be inspired to continue or begin your Foundation support and hear from our community leaders why they prioritize support for our District and from Jen Phillips-Weckstein; Dublin teacher, WLCSD parent and longstanding FFE trustee, regarding how FFE changed the trajectory of her teaching.

QUESTIONS? Email Foundation Executive Director MichelleBianco@wlcsd.org or phone 248.956.2116.

Checks can be made payable to Foundation for Excellence-Walled Lake Schools, 850 Ladd Rd., Bldg. D, Walled Lake, MI 48390.


You make the Difference: FFE video

Be Inspired: Message from Jen Phillips-Weckstein: WLCSD teacher, parent & FFE trustee

Choose WLCSD K-12 Students for Year-end Giving - FFE electronic newsletter (SMORE)

Need a Chrome Book?

How Can I Get a Chromebook for my Child?

Parents can still get Chromebooks for their children every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Educational Services Center located at 850 Ladd Road, Building D, Walled Lake.

Need Tech Support?

In an effort to help with technical issues that you may have at home while learning online, WLCSD has developed a STUDENT TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT REQUEST FORM. To help with technical issues, this should be the first step in letting us know the issue you are experiencing with technology at home. We can then help you as quickly as we can.

This form is always located on our Dublin web page under the FOR PARENTS tab.

There is a button below too!

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Express Yourself Student Project

Dublin students are encouraged to participate in the annual MLK Day student project.

Express the theme, I matter because… I belong because... in your own unique way. There are lots of possibilities for creating a project. It can be a piece of writing, music, art, or other visual that shows how you want to make a positive change and/or impact in the world.

Read all about this exciting project at


Seeking Recipes and Pictures!

Each year, the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, (DEI), committee hosts a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at Walled Lake Northern High School. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be held virtually, January 18, 2021.

One of the wonderful traditions of this event is the shared experience of a multi-cultural dinner that feeds hundreds of participants. In an effort to keep this 21-year tradition alive, we are planning to share a virtual meal, but we need your help!

The committee is seeking photos of a traditional dish enjoyed by the families within our community. Staff, students, and community members are invited to take a picture of a dish that they make and a picture of the recipe and send them to JulieAmann@wlcsd.org. We plan to create a virtual recipe book to share with those that attend the MLK Day Celebration, so that our community can continue to share in a multi-cultural meal. This is a great tradition that celebrates and honors the diversity within our community.

Attendance Hotline-248-956-3890

Please be reminded that our teachers will take AM and PM attendance as well as record tardies.

If your child will be absent or late, or will need to end the remote day early due to illness or a scheduled appointment, you must call the attendance phone line and leave us a message to tell us.

Every teaching and learning moment is crucial and we appreciate your partnership to ensure good attendance and participation.

We recognize that there will be a learning curve during these first few weeks and we promise to be flexible and understanding as we all become comfortable with the digital platforms of Google and Zoom.

Attendance Line: 248-956-3890

Google Login Information

Families - You can now access your child’s Google login information via Skyward Family Access. It can be found on the Report Cards tab as the very top report. If you still do not see it, please use the emails below to contact our school. If you are a parent of a new Kindergarten student and don’t see your student login, please check back on Skyward in a day as we are continuing to process enrollments. Thank you!

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Logging in: Chrome/Google Classroom
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Please click here for contact information!

Dublin PTA Web Page

Please click here to visit our Dublin PTA Web Page!


Please complete this form to join our Dublin PTA!

PTA Member Hub

Sign up to be a member of the PTA online HERE!

Support our School!

We all shop on Amazon, why not give back to Dublin while we shop?!

Dublin Elementary is now set up on the Amazon Smile program, which
donates 0.5% of eligible purchases straight to our school!

Here's what to do:
1) Log on to http://smile.amazon.com/
2) Select Dublin Elementary PTA as the organization you are supporting.
3) Shop away!
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Communication is Key at Dublin!

Communication is important to us at Dublin. 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 Dublin 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.


Our Dublin Times newsletter will be sent electronically to parents. An archive of newsletters will be posted to our school website. Our school website can be found HERE. 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.


Please follow us on Twitter @DublinWL to be updated regularly on important events at our school and fun pictures of student events and learning!


Please LIKE US on our OFFICIAL Dublin Elementary Facebook page! See the button below!

Dublin Contact Information

Jeff Drewno

Principal: JeffreyDrewno@wlcsd.org


Diane Yanalunas

Principal's Secretary: DianeYanalunas@wlcsd.org


Mary Austin-Harris

Building Secretary: MaryAustin-Harris@wlcsd.org