I want to wish a Happy New Year to all of our Chinese Families! Monday marked the first day of the New Year festivities which will end on February 6. 2012 marks the 4710th Chinese New Year. According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, this is the Year Of The Dragon, which symbolizes power, strength, success, happiness and good luck.
Despite being called the Chinese New Year, the annual holiday is also celebrated by many other Asian cultures including Koreans, Malaysians, Vietnamese, Thai and Singaporean, so I would like to wish all those in our community who are celebrating, a very happy New Year and one that is blessed with much success, happiness and good luck!
Learn to Love Your Middle Schooler Again!In honor of Valentines Day, our middle school counselors Felicia Neumann, Lauren Field, Nanci Gelsey and JoAnne Wegrzynowicz are presenting Learn to Love Your Middle Schooler Again! Based on the book How to Hug a Porcupine: Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years by Julie Ross, M.A. Don’t miss this great presentation on February 7 from 9:00-10:00am in the OLMS Media Center. At a time when you may be frustrated with your child, you’ll learn new ways to reconnect with your 6-8th grader again at this Counselor Coffee Talk!
CONGRATULATIONS!!Our pride and joy on the track, Erin Finn, has been named 2011-12 Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year!
Also Cheers go to our Cheerleaders as the Varsity Cheer finished FIRST PLACE at the Oxford Cheer Invitational.
You all make us so proud!!
IN-DISTRICT TRANSFER OF SCHOOLParents requesting an In-District Transfer of School should do so by submitting their request by email to email@example.com by February 29, 2012. Please include address and phone number, student’s name, school of attendance, school requested, and reason for the request. For more information you may call 248-865-6453.
Board Meeting January 30We are listening to our community and trying diligently to respond to the needs of our users.
There will be a meeting of the Board of Education on Monday, January 30 at 7:00 pm, in the West Bloomfield High School Media Center. Agendas for board meetings will be available on our website on the Friday before the Monday board meeting after 5:00 pm. You may go to this link,
and also to our home page at www.wbsd.org, click on District, then Board Of Education. Agendas and meeting minutes will all be listed there.
MIFA – DAVID’S MOTHERWBHS MIFA presents David’s Mother as part of its dinner theater on Thursday, February 9, 2012. This is a terrific opportunity to witness the talents of the award-winning MIFA students and the only chance to see them perform locally, at WBHS, this season. The full line-up of the evening begins with a buffet dinner and silent auction, followed by the performance, and concludes with a dessert reception.
6:30 " 7:30 pm Buffet Dinner and Silent Auction/Raffle WBHS Cafeteria7:30 " 8:30 pm Performance of Davids Mother WBHS Auditorium
8:30 pm Dessert Reception WBHS Cafeteria
All students, parents, teachers and the community-at-large are invited to attend. All inclusive tickets can be purchased for the dinner, performance and dessert reception OR for the performance and reception only.
Adult Dinner & Show $20
Child Dinner & Show $10
Adult Show & Dessert Reception Only $10
Student/Child Show & Reception Only $ 5
Tickets must be purchased in advance by February 5 and will not be available at the door.
To purchase tickets make a check payable to WBHS MIFA for the correct amount and indicate ticket level and quantity. Mail the check to Ronni Kadian, 5720 Middlebelt Rd., West Bloomfield, MI 48322. For more information call 248/910-5794.
KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUPThis is a reminder that West Bloomfield School District is looking for children to enter kindergarten for the 2012-2013 school year. Eligible children must be five years old by December 1, 2012 to register.
Please note the Roundup dates and times listed below. Please call the school numbers listed for more information.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012:Doherty Elementary
Molly Funk, Principal
9:30 am -10:30 am,
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
(Parents and children are scheduled)
Wednesday, January 25, 2012:Gretchko Elementary
Sally Drummond, Principal
(Parents should bring their kindergarten students)Monday, January 30, 2012:
Roderick MacNeal, Jr., Principal
Monday, January 30, 2012:
Beth Feiten, Principal
Friday, February 3, 2012:
Robin Kocher, Principal
9:00 am, 10:30 am,
12:30 pm, 1:45 pm
(Parents and children are scheduled)
The Battle for Orchard Lake Road RESULTSAlthough OLMS won the much contested Basketball game on Friday, January 13,
BOTH Abbott and OLMS were winners just by participating! This was a great evening as the Abbott Eagles took on the OLMS Vikings at West Bloomfield High School. Parents brought their entire families and enjoyed games and fun with all elementary and middle school students, including t-shirt giveaways, and more! The Cheerleaders were phenomenal, and the Community was the true winner as the event brought everyone together for a fun, spirited evening!
18th Annual UNITED WE WALKSunday, January 15 was yet another great United We Walk celebration in honor of the birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 2012 theme was "United We Build the Dream", and the entire event consisted of a brisk walk followed by a great presentation and candlelight vigil all held in the auditorium at West Bloomfield High School. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Silas P. Norman, Jr. held the audience’s attention with his deep, timbered voice as he related the time he spent in the 1960’s in the south as a Freedom Rider.
Co-Chairs Brian Flaggs, Kathy Sheiko and David Flaisher as well as Student Co-Chairs Alyxis Flaggs and Olivia Peace worked hard to create a spectacular event and they were successful.
The Viking Voices from OLMS under the direction of April Tini, and accompanied by Marge Haber were incredible. Our own Laker Express opened the show with the singing of the Star Spangled Banner under the direction of Shari Hauk, while our strings orchestra entertained in the atrium led by Linda Trotter. And the dramatic presentation of the Madrigal Chorale led by Dr. Robert Martin, was beautiful and inspiring!
Kudos to all! I have nothing but praise for our Chairs and Co-chairs and the countless other volunteers and committee members for bringing this important event to our district!
THANK YOU -
I want to thank all of you for your kind comments that I have been receiving since the announcement of my retirement over the weekend. I admire all of you so much, and I look forward to the rest of the school year and working with you - and we have MUCH work to do!
Have a great week!