WES Weekly Update

All the news to know at W.E.S. - 5/21/2021

Principal's Message

Dear WES Families,

It has been our pleasure to have the opportunity to serve you and your children this year at Worthington Estates. In this final update of the year unlike any other, I want to express my deepest gratitude to our families and staff members. It truly has been a team effort to navigate this year and provide in the best ways possible for our students here at Worthington Estates.

We have been through remote learning, hybrid learning, and all-in with many transitions in between. At the end of the year we are proud of our students, their gains, and their perseverance.

While we all look forward to a summer respite, the teachers and I will also be looking forward and planning for next year.

Over the summer I will periodically communicate with important information. You can expect to receive back to school information at the beginning of August with details about our start of the year activities and procedures. We are tentatively planning on the following back to school events:

Kindergarten Curriculum Night: Thursday, August 12th, 6:30 p.m.

Meet the Teacher/Ice Cream Social: Monday, August 16th,

Meet the Teacher 5:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m.

Ice Cream Social 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

First Days of School

Wednesday, August 18: Grade 1-5 students, K students last name A-L

Thursday, August 19: K students last name M-Z

Friday, August 20: All K students

Curriculum Night: Thursday, August 26th

Grades 1-3: 6:30 p.m. - 7:20 p.m.

Grades 5-6: 7:45 p.m. - 8:35 p.m.

School Pictures: Thursday, September 9th

Please be reminded that Fun Day is scheduled for next Wednesday, May 26th. The notes and reminders included below will help your child be prepared to have a great last day of school.

Until next year!

Rob Messenheimer

Worthington Estates, Principal

Follow us on Twitter @WESOwls @RobMessenheimer

Dates to Know

May 22-23: Fun Day 5K

May 25: 5th and 6th Grade Picnic

May 26: Fantastic Fun Day / 5th and 6th Grade Clap Out / Last Day of Classes

Fantastic FUN Day!

The WES tradition of closing the school year out with Fantastic Fun Day will continue this year! Fantastic Fun Day will be held on the last day of school, May 26th.

Please be reminded of the following:

  • Wear closed toed shoes - no sandals or Crocs!
  • Students should wear their tie dyed shirts they created here at school
  • Students are encouraged to wear sunscreen, have a towel, and bring a water bottle

Our event will look slightly different this year, but it will still be plenty of fun! In order to allow for social distancing, grades 3-6 will participate in outdoor-only activities from 8:30-11am and grades K-2 will participate in activities from 11:30-2pm.

Masks are still required at school and during our Fun Day. We will provide plenty of opportunity for distanced mask breaks and hydration.

More shifts added for Fantastic Fun Day! If you haven't had the opportunity to sign up for a shift yet, we recently made space for more people to volunteer at the link below! Note: If you already signed up for a shift, we are still trying to stay limited to one shift per adult at this time. This fun-filled, end-of-the-year event is set for Wednesday, May 26th, but we need lots of help to make it happen! Each year, we ask for both volunteers and donations to make this day a success. You can find opportunities to volunteer and donate items at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f44acae2aa4f49-wesfantastic

Clap Out - 5th/6th Grade Parents

We are excited to celebrate our 5th and 6th grade students concluding their time in elementary school and here at Worthington Estates. On May 26th, we will be holding a clap out of the building beginning promptly at 2:15.

Families are welcome to attend the event to celebrate with their child. Included in the link below you will find a map and additional information regarding the clap out. Please pay special attention to locations for parents to line up for each grade level. Students will be clapped out inside of the building by younger students and staff and will exit through the main front doors to attending parents.

5th/6th Clap Out Map and Procedures

All attendees MUST wear a mask and observe 6 feet of distancing between themselves and other groups.

Students may leave the event with a parent or guardian if they filled out permission in advance or take their usual mode of transportation home. Please be sure to submit the form shared by your child's teacher indicating how your child will get home.

Should we have inclement weather, we will provide advanced notice of cancellation.

5th and 6th Grade Picnic

On May 25th 5th and 6th grade students will participate in a cook-out style picnic with classmates. The full menu is included below and there is no charge courtesy of the PTA. Water will also be available.

Should you want your child to bring an alternative food option, they are welcomed to do so.

The burgers will be part of a "Local Sourcing" pilot that will happen in conjunction with the 5th/6th grade cookout at Estates on May 25th. We are pleased to be able to provide a locally sourced beef patty for this event from TS farms located in New Vienna Ohio .

This is the 1st of what will be several "Local" promotions occurring in the district as we are forming partnerships with Local Food Connection and What Chefs Want.

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Fun Day Dairy Queen

In following our food advanced notice protocols, we would like to know that on May 26th students will receive a Dilly Bar treat courtesy of Dairy Queen. We will have alternative popsicle treats available for students with documented dairy allergies.

Should you not want your child to receive ice cream on Fun Day, please let your child's homeroom teacher know.

Fun Day 5K

Fantastic Fun Day Virtual 5k and 1 mile run this weekend!

Please join us for a fun, safe event to kick off the last week of school! We are inviting families to time the race on their own and celebrate the end of another great year at WES. We will have the courses marked and ready starting at 7am on Saturday, May 22 and concluding at 7pm on Sunday, May 23. Both courses will be marked with directional arrows and chalk on the streets and course maps can be found below and near the starting line. Please note, this is a virtual race, so it can be completed with your family safely at any time throughout the weekend!

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Counselor's Connection

Check out this year's final addition of the Counselor's Connection - The Summer Edition!

Counselor's Connection

Library Books Due

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2021-22 School Supply List

The 2020-21 Estates Supply List can be found at the following link: WES School Supplies 21-22

Once again, school supplies for next year can be ordered online. Supplies will ship directly to the school and you can pick them up at the start of the 20-21 school year. You can pre-order at www.1stDaySchoolSupplies.com by the deadline of July 1st. (See more information below).

2021-22 School Supply List

Immunization Updates from your School Nurse:

We have just received information that Columbus Public Health Immunization Clinic will be reopening as of Monday May 10, 2021 for routine childhood immunizations. Please visit https://www.columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/immunization-program/ for information on hours of operation. Many current students remain behind on their shots. Please use this summer to update your student's important and state-required immunizations. Worthington Schools will be reimplementing exclusion in the 2021-2022 school year for students who are not up to date. Please contact our School Nurse, Joyce Casey ( jcasey@wscloud.org or 614-450-4315) or Mindy Lobacz (mlobacz@wscloud.org or 614-450-4615), if you have any questions regarding your student's immunizations.

PTA Updates

Worthington Parent Committees

If you have a limited amount of time and to know what is happening in Worthington at the District level, please consider joining one of these committees for next school year. Contact Ayanna Backs at vicepresident@wesowlspta.org to sign up!

CLC Liason (Curriculum Liason Committee):

  • Provide representative input to identify key issues and/or topics impacting the quality of education provided to Worthington students.

  • Serve as a key communicator in conveying information from their building to the Council as well as information from the Council to their building.

  • Provide input in developing parent and community engagement opportunities.

  • Be familiar with the district website, key contacts, and other sources of information regarding curriculum, programs, funding, and buildings.

  • Attend all meetings. (4 meetings)

WABFE Representative

* Parent of a black student in the Worthington School district

* Key communicator between the Alliance and their building

* Attend all meetings

* Provide input for parent and student engagement opportunities

Supply Sale for 21-22 School Year

Worthington Estates Families,

Ever wonder if driving all around town to get the most affordable school supplies for your middle school student is worth the time, energy, and gas? Well wonder no more! Worthington Estates PTA has partnered with 1st Day School Supplies to make purchasing your students school supplies affordable and convenient. This is not a fundraiser. The PTA has opted for the lowest purchase price to pass on the savings to the families.

To order your supply box that will be delivered to your student’s homeroom, click the link: https://1stday.sale/84410

The order deadline is July 1, 2021. Feel free to share this information with other families with children who will be attending Worthington Estates Elementary next school year.”

TWHS Soccer Camp

The Thomas Worthington High School Soccer programs will be hosting a summer soccer camp. The flyer below contains more information.

TWHS Youth Camp Flier

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year is open in Worthington Schools.

Families may learn more and register their child for kindergarten HERE.