Waterford News

September 2015

From the Desk of Mrs. Overton

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Welcome to Waterford Elementary School. We are proud of our dedicated, experienced staff and enthusiastic learners!

As demands and complexities of teaching children increase, it becomes more evident that we all need to work together to ensure that our children reach their potential. We believe that all of us - the school and the community - must work together in an extended family environment to ensure success for all our students. We believe it is everyone's responsibility to empower children with the creative, intellectual, and decision-making skills necessary for them to become academically, socially, physically, and emotionally successful and responsible.

With that in mind, you are invited to be an active participant at Waterford Elementary School. Whether you are a classroom volunteer, a member of the PTO, or special event participant, you are encouraged to be involved! Research on schools clearly demonstrates that parent participation in their child's school coincides with a greater likelihood of academic success for their child.

It is our desire to keep you informed of all that is taking place at school. Up-to-date and additional information will be sent to you through the weekly "Monday Folder" and will appear on our school web page. If you have questions or concerns that arise at any time, please do not hesitate to give your child's teacher or me a call. I look forward to having a long and rewarding relationship with you and your family.


Katrina Overton, Principal

(574-533-6811) koverton@goshenschools.org

Open House on September 10th 6PM-7PM

*Our Fall Open house this fall will be held on Thursday, September 10th from 6:00 – 7:00. Each grade level will give three 15 minute presentations from 6:00 – 7:00 so parents have the opportunity to attend multiple grade level presentations. There will be an English and Spanish speaking room for each time slot. Translators will be provided for each grade.

The evening’s schedule:

Session 1 6:00 – 6:15

Session 2 6:20 – 6:35

Session 3 6:40 – 6:55

In addition, the PTO will have a table set up in the front hallway to try and gain some new members. As an added bonus, Kona Ice will be here selling treats to anyone who would like to purchase them. Our PTO will receive 25% of the proceeds.

Waterford Elementary is a Title I School

Title I is the oldest education entitlement grant. It was established in 1965 to provide enriched experiences for at-risk students. Today, it has grown into a grant to support the learning of all students in our schools so that they have the richest educational experiences and are able to achieve at higher levels. This is done by supporting classroom instruction with people and resources.

At Waterford, the Title I Program provides reading interventionists who work with students on the skills necessary to become strong readers as well as supporting Parent Involvement activities.

Title I requires that each school have a Parent Compact and Parent Involvement Policy. The Parent Compact will be distributed during our Open House. This is a 3-way compact that indicates the responsibilities of the school, home, and student. We ask that you sign the compact, along with your child, to indicate your willingness to work together for the success of your child. The Parent Involvement Policy will be available on the website and in our office. It is our hope that you will become an involved parent at Waterford and an active partner in your child's education.


  • If your student received free/reduced lunch last year, they will continue to receive free/reduced lunch until September 18th. A NEW application will need to be completed before that date to avoid charges.
  • New Free/Reduced Lunch applications are available in the office and can be sent home with your student. Please allow 1-2 weeks for processing once the application is returned.
  • If the new application is not completed by September 18th, the student will be charged $1.90 a day. Please be aware that charges cannot exceed $6.00.
  • Once account charges reach $6.00, students will receive peanut butter & jelly sandwiches with milk until the account is paid.
  • Money can be sent with students. Please put the money in an envelope with both the student's name and teacher's name. (Money can also be dropped off in the office.)
  • Online services are also available. Please call for information.

For any other questions or comments please call at 574-533-6811 ext. 3305. Thank you!

Drop Off and Pick Up

The tardy bell will ring at 7:50 on normal days, and 8:30 on late start days. Children need to be in their classrooms by this bell. If you arrive at or after the tardy bell, please pull into a parking space and bring your child to the office. You will need to sign your child in as well as provide the reason for the late arrival.

Also, please make all end of day changes by either sending a note into your child's teacher or calling the office PRIOR to 2:00.

September Events

7...Labor Day- No Classes

8...Delay Start- Classes start at 8:30am

9…4th Grade Field Trip to Merry Lea- All Day

10… Open House- 6-7pm

14…Delay Start-Classes Start at 8:30am

21… PTO Meeting 6:00-7:00pm

28…Delay Start- Classes start at 8:30am

Nurse News

Illness Guidelines

Do not send your child to school if any of the following are present:

    • -Temperature above 99.6 degrees
    • -Vomiting
    • -Diarrhea
    • -A rash that is oozing
    • -Red eyes with drainage not associated with allergies

Children with fever, vomiting, or diarrhea should not return to school until 24 hours after the last episode. Children who return to school before that time may be sent home immediately. If your child is being treated with an antibiotic by mouth, eye drops, or ointment, please wait until he/she has been on the medication for at least 24 hours before sending him/her back to school.

Please contact the school, email your child’s teacher or send a note every time that your child is absent. We keep careful track of attendance and will mark your child as unexcused if we do not hear from you.