Wildcat Wonderings

October 7th

MISSION:

Watkins Wildcats are safe respectful, and focused on learning every day.

VISION:


Work Ethic: Work hard

Achievement: Achieve great things

Teamwork: Do your part for the good of the group

Kindness: Treat others the way you want to be treated

Innovation: Think outside the box

Noteworthy: Others recognize our excellence

Success: Accomplish our goals

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OFFICE: 523-5000

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Mrs. Clark: jclark113@spsmail.org

Reminder: School begins at 7:20 and ends at 2:20. Doors open at 7:05.

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IN THE MORNING: ANY STUDENTS DROPPED OFF, WITHOUT AN ADULT, BEFORE 7:05 MUST WAIT INSIDE THE BUILDING FOR SAFETY PURPOSES.

WE WILL NOT BE DISMISSING STUDENTS FROM THE OFFICE AFTER 2:00. IF YOU ARRIVE AFTER 2:00, PLEASE GO THROUGH THE CARLINE OR WAIT UNTIL THE CARLINE IS FINISHED.

AT DISMISSAL: IF YOU ARE PICKING UP YOUR CHILD IN A CAR, YOU MUST PARK AT A NUMBERED SIGN.

YOU MAY NOT PARK IN ONE OF THE LOTS OR ON THE STREET AND WALK UP TO THE FRONT DOOR.

IF YOU ARE PICKING UP IN A CAR, PLEASE DO NOT GET OUT OF THE CAR. OUR STAFF WILL LOAD YOUR STUDENTS INTO CARS.

IF YOU ARE WALKING HOME WITH YOUR STUDENT, YOU MAY WAIT BY THE BLUE PICNIC BENCH OR THE GRASSY AREAS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE BUILDING.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE STUDENTS AND PARENTS ARE SAFE AS WELL AS KEEP THAT AREA CLEAR FOR EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.

Weekly Schedule

Monday, October 10th

  • Club Encore Reading 2:30-4:00
Tuesday, October 11th
  • Club Encore Math 2:30-4:00

Wednesday, October 12th

  • Club Encore Reading 2:30-4:00

Thursday, October 13th

  • STEAM Club 2:30-3:30

Friday, October 14th

  • Spirit Day! (Wear those Watkins t-shirts!)



Monday, October 17th

  • Club Encore Reading 2:30-4:00
Tuesday, October 18th
  • Club Encore Math 2:30-4:00

Wednesday, October 19th

  • Club Encore Reading 2:30-4:00

Thursday, October 20th

  • STEAM Club 2:30-3:30
  • K-prep 3:00

Friday, October 21st

  • NO SCHOOL!

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Our Watkins staff is amazing!

Want to "shout out" a staff member? We want to hear about it!

I know you value all those who work at Watkins.

Please show some love to a Watkins staff member this week!

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Student Device Fees:

Starting this week, students will begin being charged student device fees. Below are the device fee items and the charges associated. Librarians should follow the Student Device Fee Process referenced in the Library Tech Support Handbook.


Case Replacement

Free/Reduced Lunch: $10

Full-Pay Lunch: $10


Charger Replacement

Free/Reduced Lunch: $10

Full-Pay Lunch: $25


Device Repair

Free/Reduced Lunch: $10

Full-Pay Lunch: $25


Device Full Replacement

Free/Reduced Lunch: $25

Full-Pay Lunch: $50

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During the month of October we will focus on the part of our mission statement that talks about “being focused on learning”.

Discuss: How can you demonstrate being “focused on learning” at school?

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TECHNOLOGY UPDATE:

  • All old SPS devices, hotspots, cases, and chargers should be returned to the school library ASAP.
  • Students will be assigned a new device, which will remain at school
  • Families may still request internet hotspots through SPS
    • An application must be submitted and approved before a hotspot can be assigned
    • Hotspots are available on a first come, first serve basis
    • Hotspots have to be renewed in the school library every 30 days to stay activated
  • The Information Technology department may assign fees for Lost, Stolen, or Damaged devices
  • Questions about assigned student devices & repairs can be directed to the Watkins Library
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The Student Flu Clinic

The Student Flu Clinic is coming to Watkins. This is a free flu vaccine clinic that will be held on Thursday, October 27th . Permission forms were sent home a few weeks ago. If you would like your child to participate, please complete the permission form and return it to school with your student by Wednesday, October 19th . Written parental consent is required for your child to participate. If the school nurse does NOT receive signed consent form from you, your child will NOT receive the flu shot by Health Services Staff. If you have any questions contact Nurse Patti.

October Health News

10 Steps to Your Healthiest School Year Ever!

1. Start off strong with a healthy breakfast. A good breakfast provides energy and will help keep you alert and attentive in class. Highly sugared foods leave you feeling tired soon after eating. Remember: Your school performance is directly related to what you eat!

2. Drink plenty of water. Water is the best fluid to stay hydrated without the added sugar found in some juice and soft drinks. Also, remember to drink the recommended amount of reduced-fat milk or milk alternative. Water and milk are served at school for breakfast and lunch every day.

3. Don’t forget to wash your hands often. Keep hands away from your face, mouth, and nose where germs can enter your body.

4. Boost your immune system. Get plenty of sleep, talk to your doctor about taking a multiple vitamin, and eat colorful fruits and vegetables every day. Think variety and rainbow colors!

5. Eat a nutritious and yummy lunch. Choose foods from all the food groups. Different food groups supply our bodies with energy to think, move, and grow. Make healthy choices from the daily menus, or pack a healthy lunch from home.

6. Cut back on sugar and salty snacks. Limit sodas, sport drinks, candy, chips, and ice cream – they add on extra calories, can harm your teeth, and leave you feeling tired and weak. Need a snack at school? Ask the nurse for a healthy snack alternative!

7. Enhance your brain performance. Exercise, play memory games, do crossword puzzles, and eat brain foods like berries, cold water fish, and nuts.

Just say “NO” to fast food and enjoy a home cooked meal together at least four nights a week.

8. Get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day – at recess and at home. Go for a daily walk with a friend, a parent , or your pet . Exercise helps our bodies to be strong, flexible, and resilient.

9. Do your homework every day after school. It’s so important to be prepared!

10. Turn off the TV and video games at least one hour prior to bedtime. Take time to relax, take a bath or shower, brush your teeth, and pack up for the morning – and still get to bed by 8:30pm!

Let’s all have a healthy school year J For more health tips, click on the school nurse Web Page

Patti Elliott, Your School Nurse at Watkins Elementary School