Wrightstown Elementary School
Ravens' December News
A Note from Mrs. Fox
Season's Greetings, Wrightstown Families,
On behalf of the entire Wrightstown Staff, allow me to wish you a holiday season filled with joy, happiness, and time with family and friends. It won’t be long before we break for winter recess on December 24th. While students are dreaming of this time, the staff at Wrightstown will be working hard to keep with routines and academic studies. As we look back and forward into the New Year, we do so with reflection and hopes for tomorrow. The New Year is a time for consideration. It’s a time to celebrate our successes and plan for the future. We will continue to set goals for our children and work to provide meaningful learning opportunities for them. We value your partnership and look forward to working with you in 2016. Best wishes for a happy holiday season and our sincere thanks for your loyalty and goodwill throughout the year. Thank you to all of our families who donated food items to the Wrightstown Food Pantry. Your kind contributions make a difference for many families. Thank you!
Winter Recess will begin on Thursday, December 24, 2015. School will resume on Monday, January 4, 2016.
- December 1st - Picture Re-Take Day
- December 2nd - 4th Grade Gifted Support Trip to RMS
- December 8th - School Wide Trip to Newtown Elementary for Winter Holiday Concert (Buses depart at 9:15am and will return by 11:15am)
- December 9th - PTO Meeting at 9:30am-11:00am/Sweet Pea, Newtown
- December 11th - Robotics Demonstration Assembly
- December 15th - Gingerbread Man Competition for Grades 1 & 2 from 3:45pm - 4:45pm in the APR
- December 17th - Gingerbread House Competition for Grades 3 & 4 from 3:45pm - 4:45 pm in the APR
- December 21st - Dress Rehearsal for Talent Show at 7:45am in the APR
- December 22nd - Talent Show Family Performance at 6:30pm in the APR
- December 23rd - Talent Show Performance for School at 9:30am in the APR
- December 24th thru January 2nd - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
- January 4th - School Resumes
Instrumental Music News
The Instrumental students are starting to work on holiday music. Hopefully, parents will recognize The Dreidel Song and Jingle Bells. The second year students are preparing three songs to play for the Talent Show on December 22nd. All students will be caroling with their instruments around the school during the last week before Winter Break. Their winter break homework is to play their holiday songs for family and friends.
~Mrs. Betty Hintenlang
WES Got Talent!
Get excited for our WES GOT TALENT show coming up at the end of December! We have 13 performances that include dancing, singing, playing instruments, telling jokes, and more! Our night performance for families will be held on Tuesday, December 22nd at 6:30 PM in the APR. Students will be performing for our school the following day, Wednesday, December 23rd.
A Message from the Nurse's Office
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As in previous years, at the onset of cold and flu season, this is a good time for a few reminders. According to the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, one of the single most important measures in preventing the spread of illness, and in staying well, is hand hygiene. This simple measure is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of bacteria and viruses that are known to cause a wide variety of illnesses.
And, for other wellness measures known to support the immune system, we hope you'll be aware of the importance of a yearly flu shot, adequate sleep, good nutrition, good hydration, and not over-scheduling.
If your child is absent due to illness, please allow adequate recovery time, to prevent illness from being re-introduced to the school population. Would you kindly note the district policy noted here?
Council Rock School District reserves the right to exclude children from school with the following conditions:
Fever of 100 F or higher. Students should return when free of fever for 24 hours, and NO Tylenol or Ibuprofen during that 24 hours.
Diarrhea or vomiting during the previous 24 hours. Students should return when appetite has returned to normal.
Rash with a fever.
Illness that prevents a child from participating in activities.
Other conditions identified through assessment by the certified nurse or staff nurse.
Mrs. Fox, Principal & Mrs. Daniels, Certified School Nurse
Literacy Corner Holiday Edition
With the holidays around the corner, I am hoping that everyone takes the time to relax and have some reading time with their children.
WES students are doing a great job with our Book-It program AND many students have enjoyed their personal pan pizzas since they met their reading goal!! Please continue to encourage reading over the next couple weeks, especially during the holiday break.
I would like to share just one fun idea to help with the countdown of the holidays . . . search the house for all your children’s favorite holiday/winter books. Wrap them with gift wrap or old newspaper. Have your children unwrap one a night and read them together as a family. When they are all unwrapped, it is time to celebrate the holiday! It is amazing how an old favorite book can seem new again when it is unwrapped.
Take time to enjoy your reading time with your children!
~Mrs. Paula Etgen, Literacy Specialist
News from Student Council
The November Food Drive was a huge success! We were able to donate over 200 pounds of food to the local food pantry. Many thanks, WES!
Again this year, we will have a friendly competition to see which team of 4 students can closely recreate a gingerbread man or a gingerbread house. Grades 1-2 will participate on December 15th from 3:45-4:45 pm, and grades 3-4 will participate on December 17th from 3:45-4:45 pm Look for a flier with more information to come.
Our next meeting will be on January 5th at 8:30 am.
Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Jachimski
School Wide Anti-Bullying Pledge
To conclude our first annual Be a Friend, Not a Bully Week, each student signed and decorated a handprint as part of our anti-bullying pledge:
I make a COMMITMENT to take a stand against bullying.
I will treat others with RESPECT and KINDNESS.
I will have the COMPASSION to not be a bully and the COURAGE to not be a bystander.
It is my RESPONSIBILITY to help others from being bullied and to report bullying.
This pledge and colorful student handprints will be displayed in the cafeteria as a reminder to our students throughout the school year!
Through classroom lessons, I help students develop peer relationships, effective social skills, conflict resolution and coping strategies.
Kindergarten recently learned about emotions and personal space. Ask your child how we practiced appropriate personal space with hula hoops! We pretended the hula hoops were our “ personal spaceships” after learning about the skills in Personal Space Camp by Julia Cook.
Whole Body Listening Larry
1st grade also discussed emotions and practiced whole body listening. We read the book Whole Body Listening Larry at School by Kristen Wilson and Elizabeth Sautter. If you want to work on these skills with your child outside of school, be sure to check out Whole Body Listening Larry at Home!
I look forward to visiting the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classrooms next to talk about bullying, conflict resolution, and friendship.
~Mrs. Nancy Jachimski, Counselor