Black Cat Bulletin

Keeping it R.E.A.L! Respect + Effort + Attitude= Leadership

January 2018

From Our Principal...

Happy New Year! I would like to extend a warm welcome back and Happy New Year to each of you! May this year bring you, and your family, great joy, peace and harmony, good health, and prosperity. We thank you for your caring support and partnership in working together with your children.

The New Year is a wonderful time for families to discuss their own family values and how to make a difference in the lives of others. These discussions can set a foundation of great communication throughout the New Year. Families are encouraged to seize this opportunity to celebrate personal achievements throughout the New Year. Please see the article below from one of our own 5th grade students who is working to make a difference through her Wax Museum project along with the help of her family and her teachers.

We cherish our relationship with you and your children. This foundation will support your child in building the success needed to excel in future schooling and career activities. We invite you to reach out to your child's teacher if you have concerns or support in assisting your child build positive relationships and academic success at school.


Katie White

“Make each day your masterpiece! Live the story you want to tell the world.”
~ John Wooden

From Our Principal Intern and Counselor...

Winter Break

Somehow it is that time again and we are nearly at our halfway mark for the year! I hope you were able to take time over the break to enjoy your family as you celebrated the season.

As we continue to learn about Social Emotional Learning, look at the article below to see how we can help our students learn to cope with feelings.

Helping Children Cope with "Big Feelings"

Children can have the same big feelings that we do. The difference for adults, though, is that we have more life experience to know how to deal with difficult emotions. When our children feel fear, anxiety, or anger, they need our help to learn how to cope. Here are some tips:

Name the Feeling(s)

Help your child figure out which feeling they are/were having. Putting a name to it can help validate their experience. Having a feelings poster or reading children's books about feelings can be helpful to identify their own feeling.

Normalize the Feeling(s)

It can be confusing for a child who's feelings take over and lead to behaviors they may not usually have. Explain that all people have these feelings sometimes, and we all have to learn how to manage them.

Talk About the Brain

Our brains and bodies are connected and our brains send out signals when we experience certain "big feelings". Explain that we have a part of our brain (thinking brain) that's in charge of making decisions, thinking things through, and managing our emotions. Explain that another part of our brain (emotional brain) is in charge of important things like breathing, digesting food, and holds onto big feelings like anger and anxiety; this part of our brain also reacts to any threats, and can make us feel like we need to run (flight), fight back, or freeze. Sometimes this part of our brain overreacts, and we need to try strategies to calm it down.

Practice Self-Regulation Skills

When children are calm, their thinking brain is on, and this is the best time to come up with a plan for when their emotional brain tries to take over. Encourage taking a break (not a timeout), deep breathing, releasing angry energy by exercising, and relaxation strategies such as progressive muscle relaxation, coloring, calm down jars, music, etc. Practice these repeatedly when they are calm. Helping your child begin to recognize their body's early signs of a big feeling (heart racing, clenched jaw, etc.) can help them learn when to employ their self-regulation skills.

by Kayla Marston, M.Ed.

Substitutes Needed!!!

We are in need of substitute teachers and assistants for our classrooms, and substitute nurses. We would LOVE for you to register downtown as a sub and to join our WT family. I know other west side schools would welcome your help, as well!

Click here for more information!

Teacher Subs:

Non-teach Subs:

Come join us!!

News You Can Use

Madalynn's Alex's Lemonade Stand

You are invited to the 5th Grade Wax Museum, next Tuesday, Jan. 9th, from 5:30-7:00.

We have some VERY EXCITING NEWS! One of our students, Madalynn Acker, has a special role this year. She chose Alex Scott as her legendary leader, and we are teaming with Alex's Lemonade Stand to give back to their organization (and honor Madalynn's mother who passed away last year).

Click here to see, and share, the fundraising page:

Madalynn has been so excited about this idea, and she and her family have already raised funds using the link above. She hopes our community can come together and help her, too. Madalynn is most excited to be able to do something for others who are struggling with cancer! Please help us support her. She will host a lemonade stand at our Wax Museum to raise additional funds.

A link to the slideshow that is shared with families before our event is included. We thought you might want to see what our students are up to this year! At the end of the slideshow, there is a short tribute to Madalynn's mom, and the organization we are supporting. We are excited to use our museum as a way to give back, just like the legendary leaders we researched. Click here to see the slideshow!

Thank you in advance for any support--donating, sharing, volunteering, or visiting our Legendary Leaders event! This is such a special part of the students' 5th grade year, and shows how much they have grown since they have been at West Terrace.

Outdoor Recess unless it is below 32 degrees

Please be sure to send your child in appropriate outer wear (coats, gloves, hats, etc...) so that they can enjoy outdoor recess when the weather permits. We will send students outside on days the temperature (with wind chill consideration) is above 32. Also, please label your children's items in case they are misplaced.


Please click on the link and enter code 23118y to order your child's yearbook The homeroom in each grade level that purchases the most yearbooks will win a pizza party.

DATES to Remember

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Recycling News

Please remember that you can recycle aluminum cans here at West Terrace!! The aluminum recycle cage is parked in the east parking lot right next to the recycle dumpster. We ask that you put only cans in the cage. Every penny we earn from the cans comes right back to our school!


The lower grades are adding up the miles and having a fun time. The Seconders are ahead of the game and close to meeting their goals. I wish everyone a wonderful winter break.

As of December 15th our top 5 walkers are…

Kensleigh Jackson 25 miles 5 laps in Mrs. Nau's 2nd grade class

Lleyton King 21 miles 0 laps in Mrs. Kavanaugh's 2nd grade class

Lillian Govert 15 miles 4 laps in Mrs Nau’s 2nd grade class

Cheston Anderson 13 miles 1 lap in Mrs. Kavanaugh’s 2nd grade class

Clayton Spradley 12 miles 6 laps in Mrs. Bass’ 3rd grade class

Total miles of all students per grade walking...

1st graders 146.3 miles

2nd graders 219.1 miles

3rd graders 75.3 miles

4th graders 42.9 miles

5th graders 00.1 miles

Tammy Jewell

POP Coordinator

Calendar Link--click below for calendar

Please remember to date your checks 2018.
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President: Co Chairs Jenny Fuquay and Sandi Davis

Vice-President of Events: Stephanie Yellig

Vice-President of Fundraising: Open

Secretary: Tera Babb

Treasurer: Co Chairs April Coughlin and April Weyer


Wednesday, November 29 @ 5:30pm

Wednesday, December 20 @ 5:30pm

Wednesday, January 24 @ 5:30pm

Wednesday, February 28 @ 5:30 pm

Wednesday, March 21 @ 5:30 pm

Wednesday, April 25 @ 5:30pm

Extended Care

Welcome Back Staff and Students! We in Extended Care hope you all had a wonderful

Winter Break filled with relaxation and family fun. We will be busy starting a new

calendar year and getting your Yearly Payment Reports to assist you while filling out

your 2017 tax return. This report is by request only. That being said, we will be

handing out the request forms with a sign up/tear off at the bottom to be returned

to school. Our Tax ID # 35-1071682.

We are continuing to have a 30 minute homework time slot built in to our daily schedule

and hope this procedure has helped to lighten your nightly load. Please encourage

your kids to complete their work and/or reading time here at school by keeping a

book of their choice in their backpacks. We also have a selection at school if needed.

If you have any questions pertaining to our program, please don’t hesitate to call

my office phone 812-435-8735.

Barbara Grant

Extended Care Coordinator

Community Outreach

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Jenna Hancock-Wargel Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (Click here for more information)


Please help us welcome the following staff members to our teams.

Here are the specific grade level assignments:


Wendy Brunson, rm 30

Lisa Gooch, rm 33

Angela Hayes, rm 34

Tara Kolb, rm 32

Christine Mattingly, rm 21

First Grade

Brooke Corressell, rm 3

Cindy Evans, rm 5

Kitten McClain, rm 6

Amanda Woods, rm 1

Second Grade

Vera Emmons, rm 9

Nicholas Iaccarino, rm 23

Trisha Kavanaugh, rm 15

Carie Kingery, rm 10

Amy Nau, rm 12

Third Grade

Robin Bass, rm 19/ Denise Strawn, rm 18

Courtney Rueger, rm 16/ Stephanie Scheu, rm 11

Fourth Grade

Shelly DeWeese, rm 22/ Nikki Paul, rm 17

Megan Murphy, rm 24/Lindsey Stine, rm 29

Fifth Grade

Renee Schefer, rm 27/Simone Nance, rm 25

Trish Toelle, rm 26/Cassie Curl, rm 28

Special Ed


Jennifer Bennett, rm 4

Sarah Walls, rm 2


Renae Jackson, rm 14

Shelley Patton, rm 21

Elizabeth Ray, media center


Peggy Davis, Gym

Susan Kemper, Art, rm 8

Nadine Risley, Technology

Anne Woodruff, Music, rm 7


Katie White, Principal

Bethany Lynch, Principal Intern

April Coughlin, Counselor

Sheri Moore, Principal's Secretary

Nicole Smith, Secretary/Receptionist

Christine Hamilton, Nurse

Kim Sitzman, Media Aide