WDMS NOVEMBER News
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
11/2-No afterschool late buses; all students must leave the building at 2:27 pm11/3-No school for students- Teacher In-service Day
11/4-School Closed-NJEA convention
11/5-School Closed-NJEA convention
11/9-WDMS HSO meeting, 6:30 in the WDMS library
11/10-Internet Safety and Awareness Assemblies
11/12-Report cards distributed via email
11/12-Winter athletic physical forms due to the health office
11/18-Music Dept. Pats Pizza fundraiser- All day @ National Park Location
11/22-Girls basketball tryout begin
11/24-Early dismissal @12:09 pm-Thanksgiving break
11/25-School Closed-Thanksgiving break
11/26-School Closed-Thanksgiving break
11/29-Boys basketball tryouts begin
11/29-Wrestling practice begins at Riverwinds
11/29-12/3-Scholastic Book Fair
THANKSGIVING MEAL BASKETS
The holiday season is fast approaching and many families will need some assistance. This year's "Operation Blessing" will take place on Saturday, December 11, in the WDHS Cafeteria. This event is a collaboration of all five West Deptford Schools, West Deptford Township organizations, RiverWinds Community Center, local businesses, and the West Deptford Police Department. For years, this program has been helping West Deptford families celebrate the holidays. This year, Operation Blessing will provide holiday assistance to more than 100 West Deptford families.
WDMS will be holding several "collection drives" over the next few weeks. More information about individual collection drives will be emailed out in the coming weeks. In the meantime we have two ways you can help immediately:
- Please see this WISH LIST for a complete list of requested items needed for Operation Blessing.
- If you, your family, or your business would like to adopt a family for the holidays, please complete THIS FORM by Friday, November 12th. A school representative will provide you with details regarding your adopted family.
UNWRAPPED donations should be returned to the WDMS Main Office by Friday, December 3rd. Please contact Jodi Thayres at firstname.lastname@example.org /856-848-1200 ext. 3235 or Christine Trampe at email@example.com /856-384-2626 with any questions. Thank you for your continued support!
WDMS YEARBOOKS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER
Yearbook orders will be accepted now through January 28th. You can place your order in school or online. To order online go to the “For Students” tab on the WDMS website or click HERE. Orders will be accepted in school every Friday during homeroom in Mrs. Ward's room E12. In school orders must be placed in person, not in staff mailboxes. Yearbooks cost $42 and can be purchased with cash or check. Please make checks payable to WDMS.
MUSIC DEPARTMENT- FUN PASTA FUNDRAISER AND MORE!
Our Music Department is constantly looking for ways to help fund exciting Broadway/Philadelphia Orchestra trips, Festivals, Clinicians, and commissioned pieces of music to sing and play. We currently have two amazing fundraising opportunities to assist them in reaching these goals!
Our novelty Pasta Fundraiser is back and is a great way to help you with all of your Holiday, Birthday, Wedding, New Home, and other gifting needs! Visit https://funpastafundraising.com/shop/wdms-2021
Orders must be submitted online by 11/29/21.
The Music Department also hosts Pat's Pizza fundraisers each month. Our next scheduled "Pat's Pizza Day" will take place on Thursday, November 18th! You can order online, pick up, delivery, or eat there! Please join us by ordering from Pat's Pizza in National Park. Make sure to mention the WDMS Music Department as they donate a portion of your bill back to us for our programs.
Pat's National Park
702 Hessian Ave.
National Park, NJ 08063
ORDER ONLINE HERE:
DON'T FORGET TO MENTION THE WDMS MUSIC DEPARTMENT WHEN ORDERING!
WDMS STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS
The WDMS Student Council gives students an opportunity to participate in community service-based activities with benefits that extend well past the walls of WDMS. Under the enthusiastic guidance of advisors and 7th grade, Literacy teachers Kelly Schwering and Melissa Thurston, students are given opportunities to demonstrate leadership, team building, and community service but most importantly, they have fun!
The WDMS Student Council participates in several community service projects each year. This year they will become involved in projects to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness Week and the Recovery Chair Program, Teen Cancer Awareness through the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation Bandana Day Project, and Operation Blessing, which supports local West Deptford families throughout the holiday season.
Student Council will be opening the school store in the coming months. Students will have the opportunity to visit the school store during homeroom. Items such as pencils, pens, notebooks, water bottles, and seasonal items will be available for purchase. A flyer with items and prices will be forthcoming.
In addition to community service projects and the school store, Student Council hosts several activities throughout the year including spirit days during respect week, grade level dances, door decorating contests, and most recently, our first Fall Fest! Look for more info on upcoming events as their dates approach.
WDMS ANIMAL THERAPY ROOM IS OFFICIALLY OPEN!
The Animal Therapy Room will be supported solely by donations. Your support will help to jump-start the program for our students and cover the cost of feeding our community of animals who will be adopted/re-homed and cared for by our students. There are many ways to donate. Please click HERE to check out their Amazon Wish List. Gift cards to local grocery stores are also appreciated as the animals require fresh produce in their daily diet.
For questions or if you would like to make a donation, please contact Dr. Alexis Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WDMS Home and School Organization News
Your Dollars at Work
Thanks to the outpouring of support by our WDMS families, our fall mums and spirit wear sales were a huge success. The HSO used funds raised to provide gifts of recognition for the WDMS Positive Behavior Supports in Schools (PBSIS) program as well as start saving earmarked funds for field trip transportation.
This next goal is a big one, but easily achieved by our loyal middle school community. We desire to support the 5th-8th grade field trips by raising at least $10,000 to apply toward the cost of transportation. With your generous support, we will reach our target with the new seasonal fundraisers highlighted below.
11/9 - HSO Meeting 6:30 pm. We encourage collaboration and want to hear from our families! If you have any event, fundraising or grant ideas, please email email@example.com to be added to the agenda.
Otis Extravaganza Delivery 11/23.
Pisker’s Thanksgiving Pie Sale will close out on 11/7. Pies will be $14 and available for pick up on 11/23. Place your orders soon to make sure you get your favorite flavors!
Fall Book Fair- 11/29 through 12/3.
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Student Drop off/Pick up
The school day for students officially begins at 7:45 am. Students must be in homeroom by 7:45 am or they will be marked late. For your convenience, the doors will be open at 7:35 am for students that wish to arrive early. These students will report directly to their homeroom. No student should be dropped off prior to 7:35 am. Any student arriving before 7:35 am will be left unsupervised and outside (in possible inclement weather) until 7:35 am.
Although we realize emergencies do occur, if you know in advance that you will need to pick your child up early, we ask that a note be sent in with your child the morning of the day he/she will be leaving early. Your child will then be given a pass to show his/her teacher at the indicated dismissal time. Without the parent note informing us of an early pick-up, no students will be called out of class until the parent arrives in the main office and proof of identification has been given. A parent phone call requesting for the student to meet them in the main office for a pick-up is not an option.
Athletic physical forms for winter sports must be completed and returned to the health office no later than Friday, November 12. NO athlete will be able to practice or try out for a team unless their completed physical form has been received and approved by the WDMS health office and the district doctor. Athletic forms can be found in the main office and on our WDMS website under the "NURSE" tab.
Individual sports schedules and coach contact information are available on the WDMS website under the Athletic tab. Students may not stay after school without teacher supervision. If attending a sporting event as a spectator, students must leave and return at the beginning of the event. In the event an athletic event is postponed or canceled at the last minute, a “Remind” message will be sent from our Athletic Director and a message will be posted in red at the top of the WDMS website. If interested in receiving Remind texts regarding the WDMS Athletics, please text @wdmsath to 81010 to sign up for Remind Text from our Athletic Director.
WDMS BUS ROUTES CAN BE FOUND HERE
WDMS LATE BUE ROUTES CAN BE FOUND HERE
No child will be permitted to ride on other buses for any reason. Each student can only ride the bus they are assigned to ride. If you have a one-day childcare issue, the person watching your child should pick them up at the school. No students will be permitted to switch between buses.
Students will NOT be given permission by the WDMS administration to walk to any other location except home. (i.e. ice cream stand, pizza place, or to a friend's house).
For additional transportation information, please visit our district website at:http://www.wdeptford.k12.nj.us/district_info/transportation
WDMS LATE BUSES
Late buses are every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday beginning Tuesday, September 14th. Late buses depart between 3:15 - 3:25 pm. Late bus runs are typically longer as there are only five late buses covering a larger area. Students may not stay after school unless they are supervised by a teacher. If attending a sporting event as a spectator, students must leave and return at the beginning of the event.
REMINDERS FROM OUR HEALTH OFFICE
Below are some helpful tips for keeping your child healthy during the school year.
- Frequent handwashing is one of the simplest most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. The Mayo Clinic suggests soaping up for as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday “song twice.
- Use hand sanitizer
- Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough
- Keep hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay current on all childhood vaccines including the flu shot
Students should stay home from school for at least 24 hours if they have:
- A fever of 100 degrees or more
- Sore throat or cough
- Diarrhea or vomiting
Please contact our nurse, Kim Lee with any health-related questions pertaining to your child. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lost and Found
The Lost and Found items are located in the cafeteria to allow students to check for their missing items daily. Any found eyeglasses, purses/wallets, cell phones, or other electronics are kept in the main office until they are claimed. Once a month we notify students and parents that the lost and found is full and all unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity. The donation to a local charity will typically take place on the last Wednesday of each month. All scheduled donation days are listed on the WDMS calendar.
CELL PHONE & CHROMEBOOK USAGE DURING SCHOOL
Though students are permitted to bring cell phones and other electronic equipment to school, their use during school hours is prohibited. All electronics, with the exception of school-issued Chromebooks, must be away and/or in student lockers and turned off during school hours. A student in possession of a cellular phone or other electronic devices will be disciplined. Such equipment may be confiscated from a student. In emergency situations, students may use the main office phones to contact parents or guardians. This rule may be revised with prior classroom teacher’s approval.
Students should keep in mind that Chromebooks are provided by the school and loaned to him/her for the length of time that he/she attends West Deptford Middle School. While an insurance fee may cover the cost of a lost or stolen Chromebook, gross negligence and/or multiple damages incurred will result in a fine commensurate to the replacement item (examples: cracked screen/charger). Students are required to use their school-issued Chromebook case, be mindful of their Chromebook in their book bags and come to school each day with the device fully charged. More information can be found in our 1:1 Chromebook Guidelines found HERE
WDMS will continue to offer “Breakfast-on-a-Cart” stocked with our traditional nut-free breakfast items and stationed in each wing during Homeroom. Please note: students are not permitted to bring breakfast in from home. WDMS offers hot and cold lunch options each day. You can view the November hot lunch menu HERE.
In an effort to minimize contacts and assist with possible contact tracing, students will have assigned seats in cafeteria during lunch. There may be no more than 3 students on a bench and students will seated on one side of the table facing the stage.
Item Drop Off for Students
Please understand that the WDMS Main Office is a busy location as it is the hub of our school. In the event your child left an item at home and a parent brings it to school, you will be asked to sign the item in on the drop-off log and leave the item on the cart located in the front of the building. One of our staff will bring the items into the building. We will do our best to notify your student that the item has been dropped off.
STAYING CONNECTED AT WDMS
The majority of WDMS correspondence will be done through the School Messenger Notification System. Please make every effort to alert our main office immediately with any email or phone number changes OR if you are not receiving our School Messenger text and email notifications as incorrect information will delay you receiving important information from the WDMS staff.
If you have not already done so, please register for a Power Parent account. Power Parent is a great tool for parents to stay on top of their child's grades, assignments, attendance, daily school bulletin, and much more. Contact our main office should you have questions regarding Power Parent access.
Any student who is having an issue with their school-issued Chromebook should click the link below to complete a technology help request form.