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 Setting aside outdated educational practices of the past, at Way Elementary we nurture a culture of thinking and compassion by embracing the Visible Thinking framework.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!


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade


K-8 Robotics Registration Due June 2

Are you interested in joining a Robotics Team?

Please follow the steps below:
1. Visit
2. Click on the green button the sign up, login / register an account if needed
3. Click "browse" and "continue" to register for Robotics

All students grades K-8 must register by June 2. If you have questions, please contact the Recreation Department at 248.433.0885 or

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Lady Bionic Black Hawks - FREE S.T.E.A.M. Camp

Students will embark on a journey to investigate the imaginative world of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) within a fun and supportive learning environment. We will be doing hands on learning activities including using a computer software program to design their very own figure and print it on our 3D printers and broadcasting the students on our cable TV show to reward the winning popsicle bridge design. They will also be exploring a light switch power circuit and learn Math through fun group games. Lastly, students will be exposed to FIRST Robotics through a demonstration from a FIRST Team within their age group. Students should being their own peanut free lunch, snack and refillable water bottle. Camp is for BH students only. Girls only; free to join! Grades 3-5, August 8-9; Grades 6-8, August 10. Register online at

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Way Earns Highest Green School Award

Way has once again earned the highest Green School award of Evergreen for the 2016-2017 school year. Special thanks to Susan Costakes for coordinating this project. It takes extra time, effort, planning, and drive to implement the initiatives outlined in the Green Schools Program. We also appreciate the efforts of the students, staff, parents, volunteers and school community. A special award ceremony was held at Oakland Schools on April 26.


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WAY Community Service Project

Thousands of Metro Area kids rely on eating meals at school. Many have little or no food at home.

provides a small, nutritious snack packed with plenty of love. In order to provide this service, we need YOUR help!

Please consider donating any of the items listed below in bins located at the front entrance of the school:

Protein/breakfast bar

Individual boxes of raisins

Paper lunch bags

Non-refrigerated fruit cups

Juice box/milk

On June 2nd, we plan on having tables set up at Family Fun Night so that Way students can fill and decorate the bags. This will give our children an opportunity to see that they can make a difference in the lives of other kids in our community!

If you would like to learn more about the services that Song and Spirit provide to our community, please click on the link below:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

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Morning Drop Off

Way's doors open up at 8:50 a.m. each day. 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. Instruction begins at 9:05 a.m. As a reminder, the front circle is for our buses only. Parents driving their child to school must use the car drop off line. If you would like to walk your child into the building, please park in the side lot. The safety of our families is a top priority.

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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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BHS Foundation

Dear Way Families,

I hope you are aware of our BHS Foundation's Annual Giving Campaign--We're All In.

The Foundation raises private dollars to fund initiatives that enrich educational experiences for our students.

Way has received many grants from the BHSF. These grants have allowed us to offer innovative and inspirational programs for our students.

Way grant highlights include:

  • Smart Music (Computerized MusicProgram)
  • Hey! That Looks Like Me! (Multi-cultural Literature)
  • S'Cool Moves (Physical Movement Program Supporting Academic Achievement)
  • Easy Sharing (Green Screen and 4 iPad Holders)
  • Geometry Program using Magna-Tiles
  • Artful Literacy (A Library Featuring Books on Art)
  • Inspiration, Investigation, Innovation (Work space for Science, Robotics, Camp Google and more)

The Foundation has also funded district-wide initiatives that impact Way such as staff development speakers, diversity initiatives, robotics equipment and more. For a complete list of grants, visit

Please consider a donation during this annual giving campaign. If 50% of our families give, we can win a $350 unrestricted grant. We might even win a $1000 grant!

Contributions can be made at

I'm In. I hope you are too.

Adam Scher


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  • Weird Science - Room 26 (May 1 - June 12)


  • Floor Hockey - Gym (May 2-June 6)


  • Basketball - Gym (May 3 - June 7)


  • No classes


  • Lego Challenge - Room 31 (Apr. 21 - June 9) No class May 26 or June 2


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

Elaine Bosin, Secretary

Jennifer 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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