Worthington Park Shark Sentinel
Parent Newsletter-January 6th, 2023
Dear Worthington Park Families,
Happy Friday Park Sharks! It has been such a wonderful experience welcoming back our 400+ Worthington Park students back to school to kick off 2023. We look forward to a full week of school next week and a successful January.
Below are a few quick messages and reminders for the coming week. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to our main office or me directly. Have a great weekend, and GO SHARKS!
3rd Grade Parents- Ohio State Test Reports
This October, Ohio’s English Language Arts state test was administered to third-grade students throughout Ohio. This is a state requirement, not a district option. Individual score reports are being emailed to you this afternoon. Please take a minute to check your email for those reports. Please make sure to reach out to your child's teacher or myself should you have any questions about the report or State Testing Requirements.
3rd Grade Students will be taking the OST again in April once we return from Spring Break.
Middle School Music Introduction
Traditionally, Worthington elementary students have had the opportunity to preview music program electives prior to middle school scheduling in the spring. Introductions to our 6th grade music offerings of band, orchestra, and choir allow students to make informed choices about these electives when they engage in the middle school scheduling process. We are excited to continue to allow our 5th grade students the opportunity to learn more about options available to them in middle school.
On the morning of Wednesday, January 25th, unless you have previously indicated that your child should not participate in field trips, 5th grade students will travel to Thomas Worthington High School to watch a short performance highlighting our music options in advance of middle school scheduling. Students will be transported by bus to the TWHS auditorium at approximately 9:15 a.m. and will return prior to lunch periods beginning. Should you have questions, concerns, or not want your child to participate, please reach out to your child’s teacher.
More in depth information about middle school scheduling will be shared in the coming months. Parents/guardians will be informed of the scheduling process and students are not making decisions regarding electives at this time.
We look forward to this opportunity for our students.
Winter Weather Reminder
We know that cold temperatures are headed our way. We encourage all parents to start sending students with coats, hats, and gloves in their bookbags daily. As a school- we always try to utilize our beautiful grounds and playground as much as possible. Even in winter months, our students will be going outside as long as the temperature at or above 20 degrees. Below is more information from our District Elementary Handbook. Thank you for helping keep our Park Sharks warm!
Weather and health permitting, we expect all children to go outside for recess. In our schools, when the weather is dry/dry enough, and the temperature is 20 degrees or higher, real temperature, or wind-chill, we plan to take students outside for recess. It is critically important that parents/guardians send students appropriately dressed for the weather conditions and seasons.
Check out our 5th Grade Student Podcast
Our 5th grade Park Sharks, under the direction of their ELA teacher Ms. Brinich, has started their very own podcast. During this episodes, students conduct interviews, talk about school topics, and showcase all of the hard work our students are doing at Worthington Park.
Each episode is planned, written, and produced by our students! If you're interested, check out the links below:
Important Dates to Save
January 11th- PTA Meeting 7:00 pm in the Library
January 16th- NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day )
January 27th- PTA Glow Party (see flyer below)
February 6th-9th- Worthington Park Parent Teacher Conference Week
February 20th- No School (President's Day)
PTA Meeting & Glow Party this Month!
Please join us for our upcoming PTA meeting, next Wednesday, January 11th at 7 p.m. in the library. We will be planning for our upcoming Winter Glow Dance! As always, children are welcome to attend!
Mark your calendars for Friday, January 27th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.! Worthington Park PTA will be hosting our first Winter Glow Dance! We hope to see all our amazing Worthington Park families there! Snacks and water will be provided. Kona Ice will also be available for purchase. All students must be accompanied by an adult. Siblings are welcome to attend!
Mr. Patrick Garrity
Location: 500 Park Road, Westerville, OH, USA
Phone: (614) 450-5500