Wade King Elementary

NOVEMBER 2022

A Note From the Principal

Dear Wade King Families,


The 'central idea' guiding our staff professional development this year is:


Inclusive practices cultivate belonging, engagement, and learner agency.


We aim to keep 'inclusive practices' at the forefront of our professional learning as we explore current and new ways of engaging with students. Our teachers and staff understand that students learn best when they feel socially connected, when they feel a sense belonging at school. Cultivating a sense of belonging is therefore a significant part of our work in the first weeks/months of school through such activities as morning meetings, small group work and regular activities like learning how to eat lunch together in the cafeteria.


Feeling a sense of belonging is something we hope everyone in our Wade King community experiences. Events such as the 'meet ups' during the summer months, the family BBQ on the day before school, and the recent Fall Carnival are excellent ways to bring us together. Thank you to the PTA for organizing and hosting these events! Another way is participating in the upcoming parent/student/teacher conferences. Students will share what they've learned so far in school, and parents/guardians will have the chance to meet with teachers. Please look for details about fall conferences below.


Wishing you all well during these colorful, crisp, yet increasingly dark autumn days!


Yours,

Dr. Joseph Doucette

Principal

Important Dates for November and December

11/3 Evening Student/Parent/Teacher/Conferences

11/4 NO SCHOOL due to Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences

11/7 Veteran's Day Assembly 8:15 am

11/10 Cup of Joe with Dr. Doucette

11/11 NO SCHOOL - Veteran's Day

11/23 Early Release at 12:45

11/24 & 25 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday

11/28-12/02 Scholastic Book Fair IN PERSON in the Library!

12/6 Mobile Dental Clinic

12/8 Cup of Joe with Dr. Doucette


The 2022-23 Bellingham Schools Calendar can be found on the district web site.

Fall Conferences Are Here!

Our Student/Parent/Teacher conferences will be held in the late afternoon - evening on November 3rd, and all day on November 4th (no classes for students 11/4 due to conferences). Remember to sign up using the Sign-Up Genius sent to you by your child's classroom teacher. If you need to change your time, please call the school office at 360-674-6840.

Cup of Joe


Parents/guardians, you are invited to join our WK principal, Joseph Doucette, for informal conversation and a cup of coffee (or tea) on Thursday, Nov 10th from 8:15 – 9:00 AM in Dr. Doucette's office. Come and ask any questions or share concerns you may have about our Wade King school community in general. It's quite possible the conversation will drift toward other meaningful topics such as parenting, education, technology, childhood, etc.

Contact Information

If you have a question or need support... we are here to help! Our new principal Dr. Joseph Doucette, Building Administrator Stephanie Korn, and counselor Jaymie Wakefield are all ready to help. .


Joseph Doucette (Principal)

Joseph.Doucette@bellinghamschools.org

(360) 961-9947


Stephanie Korn (Building Administrator)

Stephanie.Korn@bellinghamschools.org

(360) 961-1452


Jaymie Wakefield (Counselor)

Jaymie.Wakefield@bellinghamschools.org

(360) 746-5319

Thank You For Your Donations To Our Snack Drive

Our PTA provides snacks for students who need food assistance or for those who have forgotten to bring a snack. To protect our students with allergies and food sensitivities, we accept three particular name-brand snacks. Please use this link to order: WK SNACKS We have been receiving snack donations (see the picture below for snacks and brands).


You can drop off your donations at the school office or have them sent directly to Wade King Elementary at 2155 Yew Street Rd (98229). Thank you for continuing to help our students.

PTA Meeting is at WK this month

This month our PTA meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 2nd in the Wade King cafeteria. Come join us for lively conversation, parent networking, and exciting planning about upcoming events. The PTA is an enthusiastic group of parents and staff who care deeply about our school and everyone is welcome to attend. Consider joining! I's only $8 for the entire year and allows you to vote in our annual elections. Come support your kids and have make a new friend. Hope to see you there!

The Scholastic Book Fair is back IN PERSON! With Bedtime with Books!

Come to the Library and enjoy our first in person Book Fair in two years!

November 28- December 2. Want a preview? See the books!

Bedtime with Books on November 29 at 6:00-7:30 pm! Wear your pajamas!

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After-school dinner program begins for all kids in Bellingham

After-school dinner program begins for all kids in Bellingham; onsite at Shuksan Monday through Thursday


Bellingham Public Schools serves hot dinner at no cost to all children 18 and under and to those served in the Community Transitions program. These meals are offered from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Monday to Thursday now through June 15, 2023. Dinner is served in the Shuksan Middle School cafeteria, located at 2717 Alderwood Avenue (at the corner of Northwest and Alderwood). It does not matter what school you attend in the district.


Accompanying adults are charged $4.75 per meal — please bring cash or check. Please plan to eat onsite in the Shuksan cafeteria.


The daily Monday through Thursday dinner menu is listed on the school menu webpage by day after the lunch listing.


Please note: Dinner will not be served on school holidays or on the following all school early dismissal days: Nov. 3, Nov. 25, Dec. 8, Feb. 9, March 9 and April 27.

Lower Gate Safety Is Important!

Please help us keep our students safe by locking our lower gate whenever you go in or out of the gate. Thank you.
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Lost and Found

Our Lost and Found is getting full. Please stop by the front lobby to locate your child's missing belongings. Remember to write their name in all clothing, backpacks, and on lunch boxes and water bottles. We will return all items to the correct classroom if labeled. Any unclaimed, unlabled items will be donated to a local charity the first part of November.

Arrival and Dismissal Traffic Flow Is Working - Thank You!

Thank you for pulling your car all the way up through the loading zone in the pick-up loop. Our dismissal has been moving very quickly, and we have been able to safely load students and clear cars from Yew Street Rd. in about under 5 minutes.


Here is a refresher about last month's directions for our loading zone:

If you are picking up or dropping off students, please pull up as far as you can in the pick-up loop. To promote safety, we are asking students to load and unload into cars in the loop in front of the school and by the lawn rather than along the sidewalk where the buses park. This should help keep the line moving and still maintain safety. Remember to stay in your car; this is a loading zone.


If you need to get out of your car, please park in the parking lot and walk to the front of the school. For those wishing to arrive early for pick-up, please park at the end of the loop by the limited mobility access parking. We ask that you not leave your car idling for long periods of time as our direct access air intake can bring in your exhaust fumes.


Thank you for keeping our students safe!

Learning About the IB PYP's Transdisciplinary Themes

As an IB school running the Primary Years Programme, much of our learning is organized into units of inquiry that fall under what are called "transdisciplinary themes." The IB PYP identifies six transdisciplinary themes, and each year students engage in a unit of inquiry for each of the six themes. The exception to this is Kindergarten (and Promise K), who engage in just four units of inquiry throughout the year. Our program of inquiry is designed so that students at Wade King will explore all the aspects of each of the themes through their units of inquiry from Kindergarten to 5th grade. The transdisciplinary themes are: Who We Are, How We Express Ourselves, Where We Are in Place & Time, How We Organize Ourselves, How the World Works and Sharing the Planet.


Please visit this link to see an overview of the transdisciplinary themes, along with their definitions. If you would also like to see the Wade King units of inquiry within each theme, please have a look at our Wade King Program of Inquiry for 2022-23. Our Program of Inquiry (or POI, as it is frequently referred to) lays out all of the units of inquiry taught across the school, and is categorized by the transdisciplinary themes. Learning through the transdisciplinary themes helps us build conceptual understandings that transcend the disciplines and integrate the content across the traditional subject areas.


Sincerely,

Hana

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Meal Prices For This Year

As you know, we will no longer be offering free meals for all students at Wade King. Now that Federal Covid funds are not available for meals, families will need to fill out an application for Free and Reduced Meals to apply for assistance with breakfast and lunch. Please fill out the online application if you think you might qualify for free meals.
  • Online Application for Free and Reduced Meals (please use Google Chrome web browser to access)
  • Full pay rates for students are $1.50 for breakfast and $3.00 for lunch.
  • Those qualifying for assistance will have free breakfast and lunch.

    Students bringing their lunch from home may purchase milk for $.50.

Mrs. Wakefield, School Counselor


Rain! Rain! Rain! Hooray! Our rainy season came late this year and colder winter weather will likely be close behind! Our PTA is having a warm winter wear drive! We are collecting new or nearly new coats. We would also happily accept hats and mittens / gloves and winter boots. If your student needs winter wear, please reach out to me.



And with wintery weather comes our holidays and holiday gift card drive! As the counselor for Wade King Elementary over the previous four years I have been amazed at the generosity of our Wade King community. Collectively we have been successful at fulfilling the needs of our families during the holidays. Yes, in our own Wade King Elementary community we have families in need, and as we know, holidays are a particularly difficult time of year. Our collective financial support has fulfilled gift wish lists and provided family meals for an average of 30 families every year — an average of 68 children that received gifts due to your generosity! What often catches my breath when connecting with a family around gift wishes, is to hear them request winter boots, new tennis shoes, or a new sweatshirt. I am hopeful to keep our tradition of support going strong and vibrant this year. This year again, the PTA and I invite you to participate in our Gift Card Drive. I will continue to connect with our families, hear their need, and with your contribution, I will be able to offer a gift card to fulfill that need. Gift cards from Fred Meyer and Target offer the most variety; clothing, gifts and food, and any amount is appreciated. Gift cards in $25 increments work best. We will be accepting gift card donations up until December 2nd. This allows us time to gift our families in need prior to the winter break. As always, we are thankful for each and every one of you who make up this incredible Wade King Community!




In Gratitude, Jaymie Wakefield, Counselor, and the Wade King PTA Team!



If you are a family in need of winter wear / holiday support, please connect with me, Jaymie.Wakefield@Bellignhamschools.org or text my district cell phone at 360-746-5319

Ways to Help Our PTA Earn Money.

Link to Amazon Smile


If you are an Amazon user, you can set up Amazon Smile to link to our Wade King PTA. A percentage of what you spend will come right back to our PTA to support school events.
Did you know Box Tops for Education has an ap? No longer do you need to clip Box Tops to turn in. Join for free... and simply scan your receipts to earn money for our PTA. It's that easy!
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Another way to help our PTA earn money is by linking your Fred Meyers Reward card to Wade King PTA 8.3.37. A percentage of your spending goes right back to our PTA and it does not impact your other rewards.

Safe Schools Reporting and Tip Line

Students, parents or community members who have information, tips, or concerns regarding a safety issue in our schools are encouraged to text or call 844-310-9560 or visit bellinghamschools.org/safe for confidential, anonymous, two-way communication with our safety staff.

Multi-Language Message Line

Families whose first language is not English can leave a message on our multi-language message line at 360-647-6816. Families dial 2 for Russian, dial 3 for Vietnamese, dial 4 for Punjabi or dial 5 for any other language (say name of language at beginning of message). Please call 360-676-6456 for Spanish.

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