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Commerce Elementary PTA

Commerce Connection 11-1-2013

  • small_spotlight_BondSpotlightMonday, November 4 – Leo’s Coney Island Night 5:00PM-9:00PM
  • Tuesday, November 5 – No School – Election Day
  • Wednesday, November 6 – PTA Meeting 7:00PM Media Center
  • Thursday, November 7 – Pizza Kits delivered 4:00-6:00PM
  • Friday, November 8 – Popcorn Day &  Picture Retake Day

Team Sydney – Saturday from 10:00-3:00 at WL Central H.S.

Please remember that tomorrow is the bone marrow donor drive in honor of Sydney Balzer, Commerce Elementary 4th grader.  Please consider attending and helping find Sydney’s hero.  Commerce Elementary teachers will entertain your kids in the “Kid Zone” while you go through  a short registration process.  Just a few minutes out of your day could mean a lifetime to someone like Sydney!

WLCSD Safety, Security, and Technology Bond

Please visit the district webpage (www.wlcsd.org) for information regarding the November 5th bond proposal.  There are several resources that you may find useful (FAQs, videos, and a project list broken down by individual schools).   Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, November 5th!!!

Picture Retake Day

Pictures were sent home this week.  If you wish to have your child’s picture retaken, please return the uncut package to your child’s teacher on retake day, November 8, 2013.

Student Absences/Tardy

If your child will be absent or late to school, please call the absence hotline at 248-956-3990.  If you are bringing your child in tardy to school, you must bring them into the school and sign them in.  Thank you.

Notes from the Music room

Grades 4 & 5: Monday is Recorder Day! Every Monday will be recorder day in Music class for the remainder of the school year. Please send your child with their recorder every Monday beginning November 4th. If you need to purchase a recorder, order forms will be available in the Music room. You may consider ordering a second recorder so your child has one to leave at school, and another for practicing at home. Instruments are $5.00 each. Thank you!

Talent Show…..Save the Date! This year’s Talent Show will be held at Walled Lake Northern on March 19. Dress rehearsal will be on March 18. Audition information will be sent home in January.

Commerce Cougar Choir…..Save the Date! Choir will begin in January 2014 for all interested 4th & 5th grade students. We will rehearse after school on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 beginning on January 15th. Performances will include: the Talent Show, a collage concert in May featuring 5 Walled Lake choirs, and potentially a Music In the Parks performance in the Spring (Date & location TBD).

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Bean bethanybean@wlcsd.org

Candy Collection for Donation

Mrs. DuBay will begin her annual Candy Collection on Friday, November 1, 2013.  Halloween candy will be collected outside the gym for ONE WEEK.  Please send in any unwanted and not needed candy to the gym.  Help save your child’s health and make a difference for our Troops!  All candy will go to the Military Moms Organization.  Candy will be collected from November 1st through 8th.  Our GOAL is to collect 7 tubs this year!!!

SMENCIL sale is still going on!  Help support SMENCILS for Pedersen and our schools student council.  All SMENCILS are $1.50 each and can be purchased before school and during P.E. class.

Friend of Diversity Award Information

The Walled Lake Schools is currently seeking nominations for the “Friend of Diversity Award.”  This award will honor individuals who are true friends of multicultural diversity in our school district and community.  This honor will be bestowed upon the recipients at the district-wide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on January 20, 2014 at Walled Lake Northern High School.   Any staff member, student, parent or community member is eligible.  Any person in the community may submit a nomination.  Nomination forms for the “Friend of Diversity Award” are available in each school office or attached for your convenience.  Please submit your nomination to your school office by the deadline of Friday, November 22, 2013.

Introduction to Instruments – 5th Grade

During the next few months the Instrumental Music Department will be visiting all the 5th grade students several times to present theIntroduction to the Instruments series.  5th graders already had their first visit where they watched a video introducing them to the instruments in the band and orchestra.  Please see the attached letter for additional information.

Commerce Township Community Library News

There’s a lot to be thankful for at the library in November!  Commerce Township Community Library offers free programming and storytimes for all ages, as well as the best new books and helpful homework resources.  Don’t miss our Diary of a Wimpy Kid party on November 7, Lego Club on November 14, a visit from storyteller Karen Czarnik on November 21, and STEM Storytime onNovember 28.  For more information, or to register, visit http://www.commercelibrary.info/registration or call 248-669-8108.  The library is located at the intersection of Pontiac Trail and M-5.

PTA News


Thank you to Heather Wittman and April Nazak for Chairing our Fall Fair.  A special thank you to Sandy Charbonneau for organizing and obtaining so many items for the excellent Silent Auction.  Thank you to all volunteers who helped make that evening such a spectacular event!


We still need volunteers for our Kids in Charge program. We especially need several for 5th grade which starts next Thursday.



Mrs. Keller’s class won the Box Top contest. We collected $1,781.40 for the Fall contest. Way to go, families! Keep clipping and saving those little squares!

We’re looking for more help with Box Tops collections. It happens just twice a year and doesn’t require you to be at school at a certain day or time – can you help? Contact Tammi Landry-Gilder tlandryg412@gmail.com or Michelle Pierce mstarrsp@gmail.com


Tuesday, Nov 13th 6:30-8:30PM

Rolladium Skating Center

4475 Highland Rd in Waterford

Admission is $5.00 – includes basic skate rental


We are looking for a few more parent volunteers to add to our Track Attack Committee. If you’d like to be involved in fundraising and planning efforts for the track, please contact Stephanie McKee <stephaniedmckee@aol.com

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