Western Intermediate School News

October 2021

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Happy Fall!

It’s hard to believe we have been in school for eight weeks! Our students and staff are doing an amazing job and our school days are running smoothly and efficiently! After a few challenges and many accomplishments, we are off to an amazing school year! As I walk through classrooms, I am so excited to see our students engaged and eager to learn. We appreciate your support and encouragement in helping to make the school day a successful experience for your child.


Please refer to the "Upcoming Dates" section of the newsletter for answers to many questions we have been seeing. If you have other specific questions or concerns regarding your child, it is appropriate to start with your child's teacher. If after speaking with the teacher, your questions and concerns remain, please call the office. We are here to help you.


Parent-Teacher Conferences will be scheduled by your student’s teacher for October 13, 2021. Your child’s teacher will contact you to schedule a conference time. Even though this day is set aside for conferences, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher and set up a time to talk anytime you have questions or concerns.


We appreciate your help in keeping the students and staff safe at school by screening your child each day for symptoms of illness. If you are unsure if you should send your child to school, please call the school nurse to discuss your situation. Also, if you are awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test for a family member living in your home, please keep your child home as well.


Even though we are still treading through unknown waters, we know parents, students and staff working together will make the 2021-22 school year a successful experience for our students. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding. Thank you for making WIS a great place to learn!


Proud Principal,

Mrs. Eckstein

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What's Happening in Class?

First of all, the entire third grade team would like to thank the parents for their support during the first nine weeks of school! Because of your support and encouragement at home, students are adjusting well to the procedures. For this month, your child will be focusing on using reading strategies to enhance reading comprehension such as text features, literary elements, and sequencing. We will also be digging deeper into vocabulary using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words. The main focus in math throughout the month of October will be making sense of one-step and two-step number stories. Knowing basic addition and subtraction facts is important. Any extra practice at home would be helpful.

We cannot believe that we are approaching the end of the first nine weeks of school! Teachers are going to send home information regarding parent/teacher conferences, so be on the lookout for that in the coming days. It is very important that your child goes over the papers in the conference folder prior to the conference you have with their teacher. The papers in the folder may contain grade cards, self-evaluations, and samples of their work. Conferences will be held via zoom or on the phone, and is an opportunity to ask questions, or express concerns that you may have about your child at this time. We look forward to meeting with you!
In Math students are working on fractions in the next chapter. There is a Math test approaching at the end of this week, please be sure to go over Math facts with students. Students should be able to do 100 facts in five minutes of less. Make it a game and practice together! In ELA students are analyzing characterization and theme within a story. To reinforce this at home we challenge you to take your child on a nature walk and encourage them to create a story based on the setting! Masks are starting to break down so we would like to ask you to send a new mask with your student. Please be sure to send a water bottle with your student each day.
Music with Miss Cleary:

This month in music, 3rd grade will be finishing the Carnival of the Animals. 4th grade has been doing an amazing job at developing their sight-singing skills, especially since we weren't able to do much singing last year! 5th grade is very excited about their upcoming performance, Karaoke Christmas. Mark your calendars for December 9 - it is sure to be a jingle bell rockin' good time!


Physical Education with Mrs. Trent:

We are working on fitness this month. Flexibility and muscular endurance will be our fitness challenge (Presidential Youth Fitness test). We will also be working on soccer skills. The kids did an awesome job running the high school track last week! I’m so proud of them!


Art with Mrs. Sundheimer:

Last Tuesday 60 some students stayed after school for "Cookie and Canvas". We painted small pictures of pumpkins to start the fall season. What fun it was! This month we are studying Vincent VanGogh. Of course the students are most interested in how he cut off his ear. We will be studying more than if he can hear or not. We will be looking at his magnificent paintings and doing our own renditions of "Starry Night" and "Vase with Sunflowers."


Library with Mrs. Soutar:

We had a spectacular September in the Media Center. We had a terrific College Go Week and Constitution Day. Right now we are in the middle of Hispanic Heritage Month which runs from September 15th through October 15th. As we look ahead, we’re going to try our best to make certain everyone has enough recreational reading materials to keep them reading through Fall Break.

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Historical Fun Facts: Hispanic Heritage Month is 30 days in which we celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.


Also, the countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Chile all celebrate their Independence Days during the 30 days we call Hispanic Heritage Month.


How can you and your family help celebrate around our Western Community!

"Alma and How She Got Her Name" by Juana Martinez Neal (read by Sen. Laura Sturgeon, 4th District)
Interactive Read Aloud: Kitchen Dance by Maurie J. Manning
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Click for more info!