Big Walnut Elementary

Parent Update 11.13.15

Leaders, leaders, everywhere...

4th Graders, Carter and Brody took leadership roles today as they read to our Kinders...


  • This Week- General Update/Comments
  • Important Dates
  • Staff Brags
  • 50's Day - 2nd Grade
  • Veterans Day
  • Buddy Bench (Repeat)
  • Substitute Links/Application Process (Repeat)

This Week...

Great week!

We had an exciting week of celebration and appreciation this week. On Monday, 2nd grade celebrated our 50th day of school, can you believe it, already? They celebrated by playing 50's games, dressing like they did in the 50's, and drinking root beer floats!

Tuesday we showed appreciate to all of our veterans as we paid tribute during Veterans Day. The day was filled with heartfelt notes, decorations, speeches, and songs. Thank you to our veterans past and present.

Happy Weekend,


Important Dates:

November 17th: BW Board of Education Meeting, 6:30pm BWHS Media Center

November 19th - Board Meeting @ BWHS (6:30 pm)

November 25-27th: No School - Thanksgiving Break

November 30th: Waiver Day-No school for students

December 1st: PTO Meeting - Eagles' Nest (7:00pm)

December 3rd: AIR English Language Arts for 3rd Grade

December 14th - Winter Musical, 6:30

Resource for Parents. Topic: Reading an eBook or YouTube Author read-alouds

Keeping up with the times is hard! As you venture into e-reading (reading books online/digitally), here is an article with great pointers:

The best take-way from the reading is to remember to STAY PRESENT. Don't let the device do all the work...continue to discuss and comment on the reading with your child. Continue to foster a love of reading! ;)

Veterans Day

  • Miss Jill would like to brag about Kelly Rice because she keeps us safe and follows the rules!

  • Miss Jill would also like to brag about Kathy Blocher because she is a team player and wonderful helper!

  • Mrs. Tuel would like to brag about Mrs. Gallo because she found AWESOME time machine music!

  • Mrs. Tuel would also like to brag about Jim and John for getting the gym ready for Veteran’s day she would also like to brag about:

    • Ms. Stinette and Ms. Norris because of their hard word on decorations on the front window for the program

    • Mrs. Tarney, Miss Sliva, Miss Zak, Miss George, Mrs. Blocher and Mrs. Clark for doing a great job with the Veteran’s day festivities

  • The first grade team would like to brag about Mr. Brodhead because he works hard with first grade to make them better listeners.

  • Mrs. Swansegar would like to brag about Mrs. Kavalieros and Miss Zak for cleaning up spilled milk!

  • Miss Zak would also like to brag about Mrs, Kavalieros and Miss Swansegar for cleaning up the milk mess.

  • Mrs. Kavalieros would like to brag about Miss Swansegar and Miss Zak for cleaning out the fridge.

  • Ms. Diana would like to brag about Miss Coleman because she is always willing to help…..with a smile!

  • Ms. Diana would like to brag about Mrs. Lynn because she does a wonderful job teaching art!

  • Ms. Diana would like to brag about Mrs. Blocher because of her willingness to take 2 classes together 3 times in a row!!!

2nd Grade celebrated 50's Day! (50 days of school...50's style!)

2nd grade compared the 1950s with today. The participated in "then and now" activities. Children loved doing all the stations!

Buddy Bench

It is here, our Buddy Bench! Great thanks to our PTO for the purchase! Below is additional information about how it originated and its intention.

The bench was constructed by Mr. John (THANK YOU!) and is currently out on the blacktop.

The gist:

What Is The Buddy Bench?

The buddy bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. Let's spread the message of inclusion and kindness!

  • #1 Video: 2:29

  • #2 Video (Quick) 1 minute commercial:

Teachers and students alike will be aware of the bench and will help foster new friendships. If you feel like your child could use a kind "hand", please reach out to your classroom teacher to help facilitate this.

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We always need good substitutes! Know anyone; parents, community members, etc...? Please share.