December 7-11, 2020
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**
Reporting COVID Exposures and Quarantine
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.
Welcome to New Dublin Staff
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.
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.
This is the updated District Calendar with this change added.
PLEASE REMEMBER-SEND LUNCHES IN A PAPER BAG.
NO LUNCH BOXES PLEASE!
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.
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
DEALING WITH GRIEF DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON:
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
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
2075 E. West Maple
Walled Lake, MI 48390
Walled Lake Missionary
1795 North Pontiac Trail
Walled Lake, MI 48390
Open Door Outreach
7170 Cooley Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48327
373 Summit Drive
Waterford, MI 48328
Our Daily Bread
1360 N Hickory Ridge Trail
Milford, MI 48380Call: 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
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
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Text: TALK to 741741
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
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
- Prime Time Care
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
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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!
Support our School!
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!
Communication is Key at Dublin!
SKYWARD FAMILY ACCESS
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.
DUBLIN TIMES AND SCHOOL WEB PAGE
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!
OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE
Please LIKE US on our OFFICIAL Dublin Elementary Facebook page! See the button below!
Dublin Contact Information
Principal's Secretary: DianeYanalunas@wlcsd.org
Building Secretary: MaryAustin-Harris@wlcsd.org