November 25, 2014
Nov. 26 – 28th: No School Tomorrow Wed. Thurs. and Fri. Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 1st: Half Day next Monday … School’s out at 1:15
Dec. 5th: 2:00 p.m. Community Council
Dec. 22nd – Jan. 2nd: Christmas Break … NO SCHOOL
Jan. 5th: School is back in session
Note from the Principal
I hope parent conferences were helpful to you all. The teachers really enjoy this
time to look at progress with you and plan for the rest of the year. Your child’s
learning and success is what we’re all about and this conference time is the perfect
opportunity for all to gather round and set a plan that will best meet the needs of
each individual student. If you did not get a chance to meet with your child’s teacher, I
encourage you to make arrangements as soon as possible to see him/her.
Thank you all for being patient with one another during the morning drop off and the
afternoon pick up. Please remember that we have parking reserved for you in our north
parking lot if you need to talk or come into the office. If you could pull as far forward as you
can before dropping off your child in the morning; that would really help the flow of traffic as
most are in a hurry. You’re welcome to drop off or pick up next to the field south of the
school, just please don’t ask your child to walk through the parking lot without you walking by
him/her. It’s sometimes hard to see a child when backing out of a parking place, so for their
safety we ask that they be dropped off or picked up next to the sidewalk.
Remember: No School the rest of this week (Wednesday,
Thursday, and Friday) and Monday will be a short day, with school
dismissing at 1:15.
Wednesday, Nov. 5th: Story Telling Festival. At 6:30 p.m. the students will be in different classrooms at the school telling their stories. Of course parents are encouraged to come listen along with any others wishing to give support. All story tellers will receive a picture drawn by our art teacher, Mrs. McDonald. Wow!
Friday, Nov. 7th: Dean’s List Assembly. There will be more seating now for parents as we are going to hold 2 separate assemblies. At 9:15 a.m. for Kindergarten – 2nd grades, and 10:00 a.m. for 3rd – 5th. If your child is selected on the Dean’s List and will walk through the “W”, you will be notified.
Tuesday, Nov. 11th: Veteran’s Day Parade. This is the county parade honoring veterans and our school will be participating! The upper grades (3rd – 5th) will be walking in the parade and the lower grades will be watching. The 5th graders will be singing at the program immediately following the parade (in the Veteran’s Park). After the program the veterans are invited to a luncheon where our choir will be their entertainment. J
Nov. 17th – 21st : Parent Conferences. School dismisses early at 1:15 each day during this week. Please watch for the blue note sent home today explaining how to get on line and schedule your appointment with your child’s teacher. Please call the office if you don’t have access to a computer and we’ll schedule the appointment over the phone.
Nov. 26 – 28th: No School: Thanksgiving Break
Note from the Principal
Our Community Council met last Friday and elected a chairperson and vice chair. Lennette Alldredge is this year’s chair with Steve Kroff (our school counselor) as the vice-chair. The names and emails of the parents on our Community Council are: Lennette Alldredge: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Miller: email@example.com
Ben Warburton: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Whitney: email@example.com
Also, a summary of last year’s school final report will soon be on our website: wes.washk12.com. We usually meet on the final Friday of every month in the afternoon at 2:00p.m. You can find an agenda on our website. Our next meeting however, is on Dec. 5th as the last Friday is a school holiday. Anyone can come to these meetings as they are always open to the public.
The Dixie Direct books will be in our office for sale this week. This is a big fund-raiser for our school and we appreciate all of you for holding off and buying your books through us. J The 3rd – 5th graders will be bringing home a book for you to buy (the cost is $35). If you don’t want the coupon book/card, please return it still wrapped up so we can sell it from here. If you would like to see what the book has to offer, please open it up and check out the coupons. Many are for out-right free food items at different restaurants/fast food places in the St. George area. If the book comes back without the card, that means you bought it. J
The results of last year’s end of the year test (SAGE) are in and we’ll be either mailing them home to you or giving them out at Parent Conferences during the week of Nov. 17 – 21st. If you get the report in the mail, it will be accompanied by an explanation of how to interpret the scores. This test was more challenging than those of recent years and was scaled differently (meaning what is considered Proficient is a little different than in the past). The expectations were higher and the questions more rigorous. We’re ok with rigor and know it will prepare our students to be on an equal “playing field” with others from our district/state and globally. We will be prepared to explain further at parent conferences.
October 14, 2014
Thursday and Friday, Oct. 16th & 17th: NO SCHOOL Fall Break
Monday – Thursday, Oct. 27th – 30th: Red Ribbon Week Watch for notes coming home explaining more about the activities of Red Ribbon Week.
Halloween Friday, Oct. 31st: Parade is first thing in the morning. Your children can come to school in costume ready to parade by 9:10 a.m. The individual classes may have activities after that depending on the teacher or grade level team. Students may change into regular school clothes following the parade.
Note from the Principal
This is a short week, the last day being Wednesday, Oct. 15th.
No school on Thursday and Friday!
Our “Freedom Wall” has been installed and looks great. If you haven’t had a chance to see it, please come in and take a look. It’s in the main entry way by the front desk. We are now in the process of taking tax deductible donations if you are interested. A plaque with donors’ names will be a permanent fixture and part of the wall for years and years to come. For $35 you can get your child’s name or your family name on the plaque. Just think, years from now your child could return to Washington Elementary with their children and point out their name on the plaque. What a great opportunity! If you would like to donate to our new wall, please come in to our office. J
We will be sending home soon your access information to PowerSchool, the online “permanent record” for your child. You will be able to see attendance daily, grades from the teacher, and other information about your child’s records. You need a username and password and the website information. Watch for that note coming home in the near future.
Also, many students like our IXL on-line web based math program. It can be accessed at home, but it has to be done through our school website: wes.washk12.org. Click on “Parent & Students” icon at the top of the page, then select “Student Page” on the right. Click on that and it will bring you to a page full of safe websites, including IXL. It requires a username and password which your child knows. If you try going through the IXL website, we’ve heard it doesn’t work as well.
Our Community Council is now up and running. We will hold meetings on the last Friday of every month (except November and December). We will be posting an agenda on the door of the school a day or two before each meeting. A copy of the agenda and minutes from the past meeting will also be posted on our website. Our council members are: Amanda Whitney, Ben Warburton, Sarah Miller, Lennette Alldredge, and from the school: Mr. Kroff and myself. We will also post on the website contact information for each member and a summary of last year’s final report.
September 26, 2014
Saturday, Sept. 27th: Adventure Challenge All day Saturday until 7:00 p.m. Some proceeds go to our school J. Our whole playground turns into an adventure land, come see.
Tuesday, Sept. 30th: Book Fair begins and runs for a week (last day will be Oct. 8th)
Wednesday, Oct. 1st: Family Night at the Book Fair. Hot dogs will be served with the fixings along with games, etc. Naturally, there will be plenty of books for sale. Students can bring you and their Golden Tickets that night or any time for a free book (under $5.00). The key is YOU must be with them for the free book. J
Friday, Oct 3rd: Dean’s List Assembly. There will be more seating now for parents as we are going to hold 2 separate assemblies. At 9:20 a.m. for Kindergarten – 2nd grades, and 10:00 a.m. for 3rd – 5th. If your child is selected on the Dean’s List and will walk through the “W”, you will be notified.
Oct. 7th: Picture Day
Oct. 10th: Donuts for Dads
Oct. 16th & 17th: NO SCHOOL
Note from the Principal
The elections were held for Community Council and the votes were recently counted by current Community Council members. The new council is:
* Sarah Miller
* Ben Warburton
* Amanda Whitney
We will have our first Community Council meeting today at 2:00 p.m. here at the school. The public is always invited to these committee meetings and normally we’ll let you know with an agenda posted on the school front doors a week before the meeting.
It was great to have so many who voted; thank you for your interest and support. Also, a big thank you to Gene Rolfe and Jeni Trainor who also ran but didn’t quite get enough votes. Your willingness to devote time to the school is greatly appreciated. I’m pretty sure there will be classroom teachers who would love your volunteer minutes/hours this school year, as they would for any interested parent volunteer. Thanks again.
If any would like to review the counting process or see the results, please notify me and I will be glad to sit down with you for a few minutes to go over that.
On a very serious note, we are still on the lookout for the man who has approached some of our students asking them to get in his car. He is an older kind of heavy set man with a goatee and glasses, white or silver hair, driving a darker gray Toyota or a minivan with wood paneling (the minivan has California plates). I would just caution you all to make arrangements with your children who normally walk to school so they will be safe. Also please be aware of this during the weekend activity here at our school (Adventure Challenge) as well. Maybe accompany them or check with someone who will as this sounds like a very fun Saturday and shouldn’t be spoiled by a guy like this.
On a personal note, I’d like to thank you for your support and feedback. We’ve had a terrific start of the year with Muffins for Moms and Back to School Night/Parent Conferences and soon the Book Fair Family Night (“hot dog” night). I’m glad to get feedback from you, keep it coming. I know it’s helping me improve and the school as well. It’s a real pleasure working with you all. Thank you!