Wacousta Weekly Newsletter

Wacousta Elementary Weekly Newsletter

June 14, 2024

9325 Herbison Rd, Eagle, MI 48822 | glcomets.net | Phone: 925-5940 | Fax: 925-5970 | Attendance: 925-5971

Wacousta Families and Friends,

I cannot believe another school year has passed! As I communicate
this final message for the 2023-2024 school year I can’t help but feel a little
bitter sweet. This ends an era of many memories in a building that has
served us for over 5 decades.

In addition, we have some very special people that have served our
children in so many ways; Laure Rademacher our main food service
supervisor, Cathy Fox music teacher, Karen Bedard 1 st grade teacher, Ann
Pohl BK teacher, Cindy Zerbe Main office secretary, and Christina LaCasse
who is relocating with her future husband. It has been an absolute
pleasure to work with these individuals and we at Wacousta will miss them

We look forward to a new chapter in Wacousta Elementary history
with a brand-new building in the fall thanks to this generous community.
We have hired outstanding new individuals to fill our personal vacancies.
As I mentioned at 4th grade recognition our elementary is more than just
brick and mortar it is a community of loving and caring people. Together I
look forward to all of us carrying on the many traditions and perhaps starting
new ones as we start the next chapter in Wacousta Elementary History.

I hope that all of you have a safe and healthy summer. Take time to
enjoy some special moments with family and friends as those memories
are the key to true happiness. As always, I am humbled to be your
principal and look forward to seeing every one of you in the fall, even if just
for a visit to our new home!

I leave all of you with one of my favorite Walt Disney quotes

“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.”

Have a wonderful summer!

Chris Groves, Principal

A farewell parade

Field Day & Hot Dogs with Mr. Groves!

Field Day and our annual hot dog cookout was a huge success! Thank you to all of our volunteers that made it possible!

Upcoming Dates


2024/2025 School Year
August 22- Open house for grades 1-4

August 26- Open house for Kindergarten

August 27- First day of school (full day)

September 2- Labor Day- no school

September 10- Picture day

Wacousta families!
If you are planning to move and not return to Wacousta for the 2024-25 school year, please contact the school office to let us know.  Also, if you know of any families new to our area or families with incoming kindergarten students, please encourage them to enroll their students at their earliest convenience.  Thank you!

Notes From the Office

Year Book

If you did not order a yearbook on Picture Day, you may use this link to order:  https://store.geskusphoto.com/search/YB718  

  • Officers:
  • Jessica Ladd, President
  • Liz Bliesener, Vice President
  • Melissa Graeser, Treasurer
  • Tracy Johnson, Secretary

Box Tops for Education

Please continue to collect Box Tops for Education! This program is completely online now. To get the app please go to www.Boxtops4education.com

You can follow the Wacousta Elementary School PTIA on Facebook and email us at ptiawacousta@gmail.com

Absences & Health Reporting

It is imperative that you call the school to identify your student's absence whether it is for illness, vacation, or personal reasons.  Please identify the student by name and teacher. Identify the reason for the absence and if the student is ill include the symptoms, i.e. fever, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, cough, congestion, pink eye, etc.  Student's must be 24 hours fever, vomiting or diarrhea free before returning to school.  If they have been diagnosed with a contagious illness such as pink eye they must be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

We are asking that you include both Mrs. Nichols (nicholsd@glcomets.net) and Mrs. Johnson (johnsont@glcomets.net) on all email communications.  It is very helpful in case one of them are out of the office.  Thank you for helping us keep the lines of communication open!

Arrival and Dismissal

When calling in for any of the following reasons please identify your student by first and last name, grade, and teacher.

School Arrival:  Students may not be dropped off prior to 8:35 a.m. since we do not have supervision available. If your student will be getting breakfast it is important that they arrive at the drop off time and go directly to the cafeteria.  Arriving late, makes them late for class start time at 9:00.

Late Arrivals:  If you know your child is going to be arriving late, please call or email the school office to let us know.  It is also helpful to let us know if they need a school lunch and which option they'd prefer.  We'll make sure to get that ordered for them.

School Dismissal:  School ends at 3:55 p.m.   All students should be picked up no later than 4:05 p.m.

Half-day Dismissal:  Is at 12:10 p.m.

Bus Riders: Will be escorted to their busses. 

Parent Pick Up Drive Thru Lane: If you are using the parent pick up drive thru to pick up your student(s), please continue to move up in the drive thru line and we'll get your student(s) to you.

Pick Up: If you are picking up your child and want to walk up to the parent pick up line to get them, please do not get in the parent pick up drive thru lane.  We ask that you park in a parking spot and walk to meet your child.  ALSO, PLEASE DO NOT GO PAST THE CONES TO COLLECT YOUR CHILD.  WE HAVE ADULT SUPERVISION TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE STUDENTS.

Parent Pick-Up/Bus Changes:  If your student is an everyday bus rider and you are planning to  pick-up your child after school, or change from parent pick-up to riding the bus, please call the school office no later than 2:30 p.m.  We distribute the pick-up list to teachers and staff at this time and are unable to accommodate last minute changes.

 ~Thank you very much for your cooperation!


Absences:  If your student will be absent or becomes ill and cannot attend school, please call the office and let us know your students name, teacher, reason for absence and symptoms if ill. 

Absence Due to Dr. Visit:  If your student is absent due to a dr. visit, or illness that involved a dr. visit, please send in a copy of the dr. note indicating the dr. excused absence with included dates. Dr. excused absences do not go against the students attendance record. Thank you for your cooperation.

Illness Reminder

We ask that your child be 24 hours free of fever, vomiting or diarrhea before you send them back to school after they have been out sick.  We appreciate your cooperation with this!

COVID Reporting

To report a positive Covid case, please complete the Covid Reporting Form.


All medication needs to be brought to school by a parent/guardian.  This includes all over the counter medication (cough drops, Tylenol, etc).  Prescription and over the counter medications require a doctors order for the school to administer them, that includes creams or lotions. You will find medication documents at this link: medication and health information Click on School Health Information and Forms.

Birthday Celebrations

Due to the number of life-threatening allergies we have in our building, we respectfully request that you do not send in any type of food for birthday treats.  Mr. Groves celebrates each child by announcing their name during the morning announcements and he personally presents them with a birthday pencil.

If you so choose, you are welcome to bring in a non-edible treat for your child's classmates but they may not include any type of gum or candy.  Some parents choose to send in something small like a pencil or stickers, but that is up to each family.  It is definitely your choice and we understand that not all families are able to do something like this.

We also request that you do not send birthday invitations to school.  If you would like an address list, we will have School Directories available in the near future for $1.00.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

Lost and Found

Is your student missing their jacket, hat, gloves, water bottle, lunch box?  Our lost and found table and coat rack are beginning to fill up again.  Stop in to reclaim items your student may have misplaced.

Extra Clothing

Future forecast? It's Spring in Michigan. Please make sure your student has appropriate outerwear so they are prepared for the weather. Please also check your students backpack for appropriate extra clothing.

If you are in need of assistance with clothing and outwear please contact the office. 

Thanks for your support and cooperation in keeping our kiddos prepared for the seasons.

District and Community News

Recognitions and Acknowledgements in the Upcoming Days
  • Jun. is LGBTQI+ Pride Month
  • Jun. is National Caribbean-American Heritage Month
  • Jun. is Great Outdoors Month
  • Jun. 14 » Flag Day
  • Jun. 16 » Father’s Day
  • Jun. 16 » Holy Day of Arafah
  • Jun. 17 » Eid al-Adha
  • Jun. 19 » Juneteenth
  • Jun. 20 » First Day of Summer
  • Jun. 21 » Litha
  • Jun. 25 » Eid al-Ghadeer
  • Jun. 28 - Jul. 4 » Fireworks Safety Week

Is something missing? Please share with John Ellsworth, GLPS Director of Communications, any additional Recognitions & Acknowledgments you think we should include on this list or upcoming lists – email him at EllsworthJ@GLcomets.net.

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