Way Elementary School

Belief sets are at play in every school. Some refer to it as a vision, others to a mission. Setting aside outdated educational practices of the past, at Way Elementary we nurture a culture of thinking and compassion by embracing the Visible Thinking framework.

In This We Believe at Way Elementary

  • Focusing students on the learning vs. the work
  • Teaching for understanding vs. mere knowledge
  • Encouraging deep vs. surface learning strategies
  • Promoting independence vs. dependence
  • Developing a growth vs. fixed mindset

Want to learn more? Please feel free to contact us for an appointment and tour.

Our job is not to make up anybody's mind, but to open minds and to make the agony of the decision making so intense you can escape only by thinking. - Fred Friendly

A Window Into Way

Visible Thinking Program at Michigan School

Making Our Thinking Visible

It is often difficult to comprehend the extensive amount of thinking, learning, and understanding that is taking place inside your child’s classroom each and every day. A Window Into Way will provide you with snapshots of learning opportunities students are engaged in; experiences in which thinking is valued, visible and actively promoted. By making student’s thinking visible, we can better understand how our students are learning as well as their depth of understanding. Enjoy!


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Way News 11.17.17

Dear Way Families,

Each day Way's doors open at 8:50 a.m. and instruction begins at 9:05 a.m. If you are dropping off your child as opposed to the bus, please do not drop off before 8:50 a.m. as staff coverage begins at that time. Latchkey is available for students needing an earlier drop off. We want to keep our students safe and comfortable. No child should be outside waiting at the entrance for the doors to open.

I'm sure you noticed temperatures have been falling. Please be sure your child is dressed for the cold weather at recess as we will go outside when the temperature with the wind chill is above 10 degrees.  Students should have hats, gloves, boots, warm coats and snow pants.

We have two full days of school next week on Monday and Tuesday.

Enjoy your weekend,

Adam Scher

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Way Holiday Wish Program

We have joined with the Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club to make sure every child has a happy holiday!
You and your family can be the difference in a child's life this season by being part of our annual Holiday Wish program!

Your donation maybe the only gift they receive this year!
How you can help:
Choose a Child's Holiday Wish

1. Go into our school to choose a star for a child's Holiday Wish
Located on the Holiday Wish Board in front of the office, there will be 110 children's Holiday Wishes at the school to be fulfilled.

2. Choose a child's Holiday Wish online on our PTO website (Click here)
There will be 20 children's Holiday Wishes online to be fulfilled.
*** After you choose a name all you need to do is go shopping. Please spend no more than $40 per child so gifts are fair between family members. If you would like to spend more, please consider choosing a second name. Wrap your gift(s) and attach the star or clearly label the package with the child's name and number. Please return to the office no later than DECEMBER 4TH! ***

3.  Have a Volunteer do the Shopping for You!
$40 helps one child and $100 helps a family.  Send a donation to the office or make one online (click here) by December 4th. To pay by check, please make payable to "Bloomfield Optimist Club".

Whichever way you decide to be part of this program,
Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club,
Way Elementary Community Service Committee, and especially the children,
sincerely thank you for your generosity.
Kt Leung

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BHHS Presents: A Chorus Line

Bloomfield Hills High School proudly presents A Chorus Line! Musical dates are November 16, 17, and 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are on sale now ($15 students/seniors and $18 general admission) at (search Bloomfield Hills High School). Senior Gold Card members can contact Sharon Beltowski at 248.346.0190 or For ADA Accessible seating, please call 248.346.0190.

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BHS Ski and Snowboard Club

Interested in skiing and snowboarding?  The Bloomfield Hills Schools Ski and Snowboard Club will begin in January, 2018!  "It is a blast!" Jacob Saltsman, BHMS 8th Grader, exclaims.  "The instructors are really cool and everyone has a positive attitude.  At first, they teach the basics, then carving and how to look good and ski properly."

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Way Students Featured at Oakland Schools Art Show

Congratulations to the following students: Lucas Gray, Kate Gyarmati, Jasper Comello, Sam Green, Harrison Wu, Jack Skinner, Ishaan Singh, Cam Harst, and Cameron Harris. Their artwork has been selected to be showcased at this year's Oakland Schools Art Show.*  

Where: Oakland Schools                                   When: November
            2111 Pontiac Lake Road 
            Waterford, MI 48328                            

 *Artwork is spread out throughout the building, so be sure to ask for help if you can't locate a piece.

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Mrs. Molnar's Broadcast Club

Mrs. Molnar will be starting an after school Broadcasting Club for grades 2-4. Students will be creating a show by writing the script, filming, and editing various events happening around Way. The club will be divided into 2 sessions. The meetings will be on Thursdays after school from 4-5 pm. 

(FULL) Session 1:
November: 2, 9, 16, 30
December: 7, 14, 21
Janurary: 4, 11

Session 2:
Janurary: 18, 25
February: 1
May: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
June: 7

Please email Mrs. Molnar to sign up at Students will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis with a cap at 15 students. Please indicate which session your student will be attending. 

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Way News 10.20.17

Tuesday, October 31, is our Fall parade. The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. Parents are asked to wait outside for photo opportunities as students will make their way outside to the front circle. Please do not block the area near the front doors. Classroom parties will begin immediately following the parade and end at 11:00 a.m. An announcement will be made on the overhead announcing the end of the parties, and this should allow ample time for our families to exit the parking lot safely. 
Before the costuming is complete, I want to make you aware of our costume guidelines: Think in these terms:
•    Costumes should reflect elementary themes and should be in good taste.
•    Shoes worn should be safe and comfortable
•    No weapons of any kind or overly scary masks
•    Costumes shouldn't be too long as it may create a hazardous situation for tripping.
Think in terms of costumes 1 and 3 below.

Dismissal on October 31st is at 12:20 p.m.

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A Note from the Way PTO

Dear Families,

Welcome to Way Elementary! For those of you who are new to this school, we warmly welcome you into this big family.  
If you are new, we have a Way mentor to help you navigate our school and community. Please reach out to Lisa Grabowski via email at or 734.612.7880 for any help acclimating.

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Way's 50th Anniversary

For those of you who weren't able to attend our 50th Celebration, read more to view photos that captured our wonderful evening.

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Interested in a tour?

Please fill out the tour request form here or call 248.341.6328.

Each student has a unique set of interests and it is likely you will have questions you would like to ask privately. For these reasons and others, we offer personalized tours of Bloomfield Hills Schools.

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Way Elementary
765 West Long Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302


*Attendance: 248.341.7810
*(Includes early dismissals, late arrivals, absences and vacations)

Adam Scher, Principal

Cindy Antonis, Secretary

Jenny Rossi
Visible Thinking Coordinator

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Class 9:05 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.
Half Days 12:20 p.m. Dismissal

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
3:55 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Office 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Bus Hotline:248.341.6296 @BHSBuses

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