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Keith Announcements

Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduling

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on 12/13/18 from 12:00-8:00pm.

This time is an important opportunity to talk with your learner’s teacher to discuss the progress that your child has made thus far this school year and to share your perspective with us for the year. Conferences are a two-way conversation and your insights with regard to your child’s strengths and needs, learning style, and other non-school learning opportunities can help us to shape our instruction.

Conferences are scheduled through Family Access. If you do not have a Family Access account, please contact FamilyAccess@wlcsd.org or contact the Family Access hotline at 248-956-2190. Be sure to include your name, the name of each child in the district, your email address and a daytime phone number.

Online scheduling through Family Access will open Monday, 11/19 and stay open until Friday, 12/7. Watch the video of how to schedule your conference time or use the written directions. If you need any assistance with this process and/or an interpreter for your conference time, please contact your child’s teacher. If you need support accessing the internet, please contact our main office (248.956.2000).

As many of our fine arts, physical education, and media staff are in multiple buildings throughout the week and/or see hundreds of students, they will need to have modified schedules for this day. Please see below for a schedule of our FAPES Teachers' availability.

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Keith Student Council - Operation Snowpile

Keith Student Council will be collecting monetary donations for Operation Snowpile for Children's Hospital in Detroit. The collection dates will begin on Nov. 28th and end on Dec. 7th. To celebrate the end of this important fundraiser, we will have a school-wide PJ Day on Friday, Dec. 7th. Please consider having your child bring in monetary donations so our student council is able to purchase items for this worthwhile cause.

Keith Caring Community Club

ATTENTION ALL 3RD-5TH GRADERS, The Keith Caring Community Club needs you!

KC3 is a community outreach club that provides opportunities for 3rd-5th graders to help others in our area and beyond. Students and families will be invited to a variety of events, which could include visiting residents of a local nursing home, making care packages for the homeless, stocking shelves at a food pantry, volunteering at an animal shelter, just to name a few. Our mission is to teach students about generosity, compassion, and tolerance through acts of kindness. Students can register for KC3 and sign up for events through signupgenius.com as they become available. There is no cost to join the club. We are looking for respectful, responsible students that will represent Keith Elementary and KC3 in a positive way.

To join KC3, please visit our sign up genius link:


A follow up email will be sent out shortly after with information about the first event.

Keith Cares! Blessing Bags for the Homeless

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, let us reach out and help those that do not have a place to call home. We will be creating Blessing Bags filled with necessary items for homeless people in Michigan. Travel sized items and individually wrapped snacks are perfect. We will be collecting the following items through December 19th.

There are three labeled bins located inside the doors of the main entrance. Please feel free to drop off any of the recommended items prior to December 19th. Students and staff will then assemble the bags. These will be dropped off at local shelters and also to those on the streets. Thank you for your support with this charitable endeavor.

List of items:

Boxes of Gallon-sized freezer or storage zip-lock bags

Mini hand sanitizer bottles

Mini tissue packs

Case of small bottled waters



Chap Stick

Deodorant (travel size)


Non-perishable snacks, such as:

Raisins, granola bars, protein bars, jerky, crackers, pretzels, cookies, chips etc…

Winter Clothing

Colder temperatures have arrived! Please remember that we go outside for lunch recess and block each day unless it is raining or the wind chill drops below 0° F. 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.

Keith Spirit!!!

Friday’s are Spirit Day here at Keith.

Your child is encouraged to wear a Keith shirt or the color red each and every Friday. The upper elementary and lower elementary classroom with the highest number of participants will win a visit from “Sparky” our Keith Dragon for the week.

This week's winners are:

Upper Elementary Room: Ms. Tyrrell

Lower Elementary Room: Mrs. Chappell

Second Step Announcement!

Parents, this week your children focused on the second step lesson below. Please take a moment to talk with your children about how they took time to show positive behavior at school.

Identifying Feelings:

We’re all learning to identify our own and others’ feelings. We can focus our attention on someone’s face or body and on the situation for clues about how the person is feeling. Sometimes people’s voices and the words they say also give us clues. If someone is yelling, it might be that this person is angry. If a person is using a very quiet voice, it might be that the person is scared or worried. This week, listen to people’s voices for clues to figure out how they might be feeling!

Our focus for next week is listed below. We will review the following with your children when they return to school on Monday.

Same and Different Feelings:

We all want to have friends here at Keith Elementary School. But people can have similar or different feeling about the same situation. For example, I might feel scared to climb up high, and my friend might feel excited. Learning to respect other people’s feeling can help us make and keep friends! This week, listen to people’s voices for clues to figure out how they might be feeling!

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 Keith 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.

Keith Mileage Club 2018 Fall Totals: 1,360 Miles!!!

35 Miles – Dominic Bellanca

30 Miles – Liam Riethmeier, Jackson Smith, David Heintz

25 Miles – Jeffrey Bahrou

20 Miles – Carson Link, Dean Cummings, Jace Trotter, Logan Cooper, Everett Borders, Caleb Riethmeier

15 Miles – James Pagac, Danica Harmsworth, Natalia Pascaris, Alaina Faraj, Sadie Goldman, Finleigh O’Neil, Mack Battershell, Erik Cooper, Max Campbell, Eli Zeldes, Isabelle Rivera, Samantha Grundy

10 Miles – Daria Izmailova, Caine Thompson, Gabriella Francis, Tristan Zimmerman, Brady Ye, Adam Carrier, Peyton Anson, Brayden Muir, Jensen Hueter, Scarlett Bishop, Luke Zetuna, Katie Yeager, Gracyn Veliu, Shaylee King, Alexa Bien, Bradley Rossow, Margaret Halberstadt, Ellie Wilson, Emma Heintz, Mason Evans, Breckin Corso, Logan Anderson, Mats Vock, Veronica Tata, Blake Souva, Aiden Shenberger, Tilman Schkoor, George Peti-Bota, Arianna Kline, Kyle Kallen, Grace Collins, Mariam Aman, Everett Stockton, Bryella Price, Joshua Kramer, Hana Kramer, Quinn Burnett, Emelia Woods, Briella Muir, Ryder Hardy, Emma Grimes

Grade Level Total Miles: K=595, 1=405, 2=145, 3=75, 4=100, 5=40

Top Classes: Chappell-200, Estes-150, Baibak-130, Snavely-115, Gerber-110, Mazer-105

Congratulations to the 97 students with 5 miles!

*Many thanks to all our parent volunteers who made this healthy activity possible! A special thanks goes out to Alice Johnson for keeping track of all our mileage club participants. Students may save and use their incomplete mileage cards when we open again next spring!

Bob Marijanovich

Keith Physical Education Teacher

President SHAPE Michigan

Musical Informances

Dear Keith Elementary Families,

As we look forward to 2019, I want to make you aware of the music events that we have coming up in March. As opposed to grade-level PERformances where students stand and sing on a stage without much audience interaction, the tradition at Keith is to host grade-level INformances. These informances will be presented like a normal music class and parents will be invited! The goal is to show family and friends what we learn in music class and how we learn it. Family members and friends are welcome to watch and participate according to their comfort level! We are very excited for this format and are looking forward to your attendance with your child on the following dates.

Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade informances will be held in the morning at regular music time in the media center. 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade informances will be held in the evening in the gym.

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019. Kindergarten. Snavely 9:20-9:50 AM. Baibak 9:50-10:20 AM. Estes 10:20-10:50 AM. Chappell 10:50-10:20 AM.

Monday, April 15th, 2019. 1st Grade. Mazer 9:15-9:45 AM. Gerber 9:45-10:15 AM. Faber 10:15-10:45 AM. Zarek 10:45-11:15 AM.

Thursday, April 11th, 2019. 2nd Grade. Pawlak/Dickinson 9:05-9:35 AM. Jahn 9:35-10:05 AM. Hawkins 10:05-10:35 AM. Withers 10:35-11:05 AM.

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019. 3rd Grade. Colasanti and Reuter 6:00-6:30 PM. Matyus and Spencer 6:30-7:00 PM.

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019. 4th Grade. Dayton and Wendyker 6:00-6:30 PM. Gorman and Gasparotto 6:30-7:00 PM.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019. 5th Grade. Harmsworth and Brewer 6:00-6:30 PM. Hewitt and Tyrrell 6:30-7:00 PM.

Thank you for supporting our Keith music program!

Mrs. Lewin-Ziegler and Mr. Durand

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 free to contact 248-956-2000 and ask to speak with someone in HR with any questions. (Note: JobID: 31980 is a general para posting that includes full and part-time positions at various schools).

December Lunch Menu

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Keith Pizza Nights at Hungy Howies

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Announcements From our Keith PTA:

Keith PTA Meeting - Tuesday, December 11 at 7pm in the Keith Media Center

Parent-Teacher Conference Help Needed

Dear Keith Families,

Please consider helping our amazing Keith teachers with providing snacks and dinner for them on Parent-Teacher Conference day, which is coming up fast! Please visit the sign up genius link below for more information. Thank you for your help!

-Keith PTA


It's Pumpkin Smoothie Time!

It's PUMPKIN SMOOTHIE time! We had a great pumpkin crop in the garden this year and we would love your help making pumpkin smoothies for every class at Keith. Pumpkin smoothies will be made during the week of December 10th. Please sign up (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4cadae23ab9-201811) if you are able to donate items or if you can make them in the classroom. More information is on the signup. If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Belcher (elizakbb@gmail.com).


The Judges have tallied their scorecards and returned the winning results! Keith Dragons, please extend a congratulations to your PTA REFLECTIONS Contest Winners for the 2018-19 School Year! Your following classmates have qualified to the NEXT ROUND of judging at the District Level, and represent the best of our Keith Dragons' creative talent. What a great year for Keith artists.

A celebration award ceremony for ALL Keith Elementary Reflections Student Participants is scheduled for Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 2:30 pm in the Media Center.


Chance to win $100 if selected for Future Reflections Theme.

Brayden Muir—"Helping Others”

Brody Muir—"My Everyday Life”

Briella Muir—"If I Could Go to Outer Space”

Samantha Black—"Support the Troops”

Good Luck Keith Students!!!


VISUAL ARTS: Alexander Bloch, Hollis Miller

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alyssa Dayton, Brayden Muir

LITERATURE: Nolan Levu, Hollis Miller

FILM PRODUCTION: Brayden Muir, Nolan Levu

DANCE: Isabella Kanaros


VISUAL ARTS: Samantha Abbo, Mathew Bloch

PHOTOGRAPHY: Eli Ostroff, Brody Muir

LITERATURE: Frances Miller, Eli Ostroff

MUSIC COMPOSITION: Nigel Levu, Piper Tomasik


DANCE: Arbor Neal

Best of luck to all of our qualifying Keith students who move on to the District Level. CONGRATULATIONS to them and to all of our Keith Student artist entries!

Kate Tomasik

PTA Reflections Chair, 2018-19

Ketih Skate Night At the Rolladium December 18th

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Ski Club Information

Dear Keith Staff & Parents,

Temperatures are dropping snow is falling and Alpine Valley has opened for the season!!

First & foremost I would like to acknowledge Dan Gilbert’s wonderful leadership of the Ski club for the past several years. I’m sure everyone joins me in thanking him for his dedication and hard work in making the club the success that it has been.

I am planning to maintain the club activity for Friday nights, but I am open to possibly adding a second night if there is enough interest if I get enough request for a specific day I will absolutely try and work out a second day of the week.

I have started a Facebook page to hopefully get out information quickly you can find it on Facebook by searching “Keith Elementary Ski Club”.

The only other big change I am making this year is I am implementing an electronic payment platform. I am planning on using Venmo. But if people are interested in Square Cash please let me know and I can set that up as well- I would rather try and stick with one but we can see how it goes.

I am still happy to accept checks either dropped off at my house or at the school. I just think the electronic payment platform will make it easier for people to decide at the last minute and it will be easier for me to issue refunds if someone has to cancel at the last minute.

Anyone can call me or text me on my cell at anytime 248-981-9267.

My email is: MsJoyce5870@gmail.com

My address is:

2778 Orenda St

Commerce Twp, Mi 48382

As soon as I have a start date I will make an announcement on the Facebook page and at the school I am looking forward to the clubs getting started!

Thank you!

Mary Joyce

PTA Facebook Page

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Keith Elementary School

The purpose of Keith Elementary is to advance the learning of all students.

Andrea McFarland - Principal's Secretary


Diana Tyrrell - Building Secretary


Julie Palermo - Interventionist


Marci Augenstein, Ph.D. - Principal, Keith Elementary