Wacousta Elementary Weekly Newsletter

9135 Herbison Rd, Eagle, MI 48822 | glcomets.net | Phone: 925-5940 | Fax: 925-5970 | Attendance: 925-5971

Upcoming Dates

 

2023/2024 School Year
Nov. 17  Half-Day w/dismissal at 12:10
Nov. 20-24. Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 1  Snack Shop
Dec. 7-8  Holiday Shop
Dec. 22-Jan.5  Winter Break
Jan. 12  Snack Shop
Jan. 15  Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
Feb. 2  Snack Shop
Feb. 14  Student Count Day
Feb. 16 Half-Day w/dismissal at 12:10
Feb. 19 Presidents' Day - No School
Mar. 1  Snack Shop
Mar. 8  Snack Shop
Mar. 12 Parent Teacher Conferences 5:00 - 8:00
Mar. 13  Parent Teacher Conferences 5:00 - 8:00
Mar. 15 Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00 - 4:00

Lunch Info

Mon - Bosco Sticks w/dipping sauce

Tues - Chicken Nuggets

Wed - Cheeseburger

Thurs - Beef Hotdog

Fri - 1/2 Day No Lunch

Daily- Muffin Fun Lunch

You can find the Lunch Menus at https://www.glcomets.net/parentcommunityresources/lunchmenus/

Notes From the Office

Thanksgiving Break Reminder

November 17th, next Friday, is a half-day of school.  This is the beginning of our Thanksgiving Break, November 20-24.  The staff wishes everyone a peaceful break with reasons to give thanks in simple daily blessings. 

Thank You PTIA

A huge shout out to our Wacousta PTIA and parents who helped them provide meals during parent teacher conferences for the staff.  Your efforts were greatly appreciated.  You rock!

Lost and Found

Is your student missing their jacket/hat/gloves?  Our lost and found table and coat rack are beginning to fill up again.  Please stop in before the Thanksgiving break to reclaim items your student may have misplaced.

Extra Clothing/Clothing Closet

Future forecast? COLD and SNOW.  Please make sure your student wears a jacket, has a hat, gloves, boots, snow pants, so they are prepared for the changing weather. Please also check your students backpack for appropriate extra clothing.  Shorts and short sleeved shirt days have expired. 

Clothing Closet: Our clothing closet has gotten very low on supplies and could use a freshening up.  When our students find themselves in a mishap (falls in the mud) it's good to have some back up clothing on hand for those in need of a change.  If you would like to contribute to the restocking of the closet the following used items would be appreciated:  elastic waisted pants, long sleeve shirts/sweatshirts, socks, underwear, snow pants, jackets, hats, gloves, boots, that are in good, clean, condition with no holes, tears, stains.  Please send the cleaned items in to the office.  No jeans please.

If we send your student home with borrowed clothing, pants, shirt, jackets, from the closet, please clean and return them.  Someone else will likely be needing their use.  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 warm and dry with the changing weather.

Volunteer Lunch Staff

A big - THANK YOU! - to everyone that volunteers their time to assist in the cafeteria during lunch time.  You are very appreciated!  Please keep up the good work.  We are still in need of volunteers during the month of November. 

You can sign-up here:  /https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E084DAEA629A4F85-lunch#/

Food Pantry Final Tally

Thank you everyone for your contributions of food or monetary donations.

The total cash/check amount donated from fall spirit week 2023 was $1,356!  Simply amazing!!  Thank you again for this fundraiser for the pantry!  You are so appreciated!

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These students were chosen for their outstanding observant behaviors in the classroom and around the school building.

Charlotte Keel, Madison Fitz, Micaiah Kuykendoll, Zander Morr, Sabrina McDaniel, Abram Bliesener, Olivia Horn, Makenna Loveless, Tyler Meengs, Ridley Dothsuk, Zoe Regan, Delaney Cook, Avery Riedel, Quinn Caterino, Emersyn Bowers

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

Parent Volunteers Needed for Holiday Shop

We are in need of volunteers to help students shop and wrap their gifts. The Wacousta Holiday shop will be happening on December 7th and 8th. Volunteers are needed to help students shop and wrap the gifts they buy for their family and friends. All volunteers need to have submitted a "Volunteer Application" with the district before their shift. Use this link: https://apps.raptortech.com/Apply/NDIzNDplbi1VUw==

If you are interested please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094CAAAE2DAAF49-46030331-holiday

If you have any questions, please reach out to Megan Weber: mweber07@hotmail.com

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

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 8:40 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.

School Dismissal:  School ends at 3:55 p.m.  All students should be picked up no later than 4:05 p.m. If you are picking up your child at the end of the day and want to meet them at parent pick up, please do not get in the parent pick up line.  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.  If you remain in your vehicle, please continue to move up in line and we'll get your student(s) to you. ~Thank you very much for your cooperation!

Half-day dismissal:  Is at 12:10 p.m.

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.

Parent Pick-Up:  If 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.

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.  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.

MEDICATION 
All medication needs to be brought to school by a parent/guardian.  This includes all over the counter medication (cough drops, Tylenol, etc) as well.  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!

District and Community News

Recognitions and Acknowledgements in the Upcoming Days
  • Nov. is Nat'l Native American Heritage Month
  • Nov. is Nat'l Youth Homeless Awareness Month
  • Nov. 11 » Veterans Day
  • Nov. 12 » Diwali
  • Nov. 13-17 » American Education Week
  • Nov. 13-17 » Geography Awareness Week
  • Nov. 13 » World Kindness Day
  • Nov. 15 » America Recycles Day
  • Nov. 15 » Education Support Professionals Day 
  • Nov. 16 » National Parental Involvement Day
  • Nov. 17 » Substitute Educators Day
  • Nov. 19-25 » National Family Week
  • Nov. 20 » Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution
  • Nov. 23 » Thanksgiving Day
  • Nov. 27 » Guru Nanak Dev Sahib’s Birthday Festival
  • Nov. 28 » Giving Tuesday
  • Dec. 1 » World AIDS Day
  • Dec. 7 » Pearl Harbor Day
  • Dec. 7-15 » Hanukkah (Festival of Lights)
  • Dec. 8 » Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • Dec. 10 » Human Rights Day
  • Dec. 15 » Bill of Rights Day

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.

The Grand Ledge Shopping Tour helps needy elementary children (grades K-4) who live within the Grand Ledge Public Schools district. Children in the program will have volunteers take them shopping for school clothing. The children are also treated to a holiday party where they have dinner and a visit from Santa, with gifts and school supplies for each child.

If this would be helpful for your family, please visit GLcomets.net/ShoppingTour by Nov. 27 and give permission to participate ... the GL Shopping Tour wants to help!

If you know a family with children you think would benefit from the GL Shopping Tour, please encourage them to visit GLcomets.net/ShoppingTour and give permission to participate.

THE MUSICAL IS THIS WEEKEND!

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The Grand Ledge Emergency Assistance Program (GLEAP) is currently looking for additional donors (individuals or groups) to assist in providing a Christmas Food Basket for someone in our Grand Ledge School District community.  If you, your family, or your organization/group are interested in providing a basket to someone in need, please contact Deb at 517-927-9008 for information.

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