Wynford Elementary Newsletter


From the Desk of Mrs. Ratliff

Just when we thought that it was going to be a mild winter, we were proven wrong in many ways--snow, frigid temperatures, freezing rain and tundra-like winds.

This year's school calendar does not have make-up days, unless we fall below the Ohio Department of Education's minimum hour requirements. Elementary buildings are required to have 910 hours with students in attendance, at this point we are not in jeopardy of falling below those requirements. Any make-up days are scheduled at the end of the year. There has been conversation about extending the day instead of adding days if needed, however, any changes being made will be communicated with all of you as soon as it becomes apparent that we need to make an adjustment.

More importantly, missed school means missed instruction. Since we have missed so much time, teachers are working hard to make sure to thoroughly cover as much content as possible prior to the upcoming Ohio State Tests, and of course to prepare students for the next grade level. With conferences coming up, that is a perfect time to ask how you can support your learner at home.

Conference information was sent home with students and posted on the Elementary Facebook page. We are utilizing the online scheduler again, so please sign up! If you have difficulty using PTCFast.com, please call the office, the secretaries will be happy to help you.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us! Communication between home and school is an imperative piece of student success.

Educationally yours,

Nelle Ratliff

419.562.4619, ext 302


Upcoming Dates

Thursday, Feb. 7th--Clubs

Friday, Feb. 8th--Second Quarter Academic Awards--Please park in the back parking lot, doors open at 2:00, assembly starts at 2:15

Thursday, Feb. 14th--Third Quarter Mid-term

Valentine's Parties--Please park in the back lot, doors open at 2:00, parties start at 2:15

Parent-Teacher Conferences--5:00-8:30

Friday, Feb. 15th--No School for Students--Staff Inservice

Monday, Feb. 18th--No School--Presidents' Day

Tuesday, Feb. 19th--PTO Meeting--4:00--4th Grade Leaders Featured

Wednesday, Feb. 20th--Mid-terms sent home with students

Mobile Dentist at school--please make sure you turned in the forms!

Parent-Teacher Conferences--4:00-7:30

Thursday, Feb. 21st--Board of Education Meeting--held at the Elementary Building--5:30

Friday, March 1st--First Friday--Clubs

Friday, March 8th--Community Brunch

Monday, March 11th--Spring Pictures--Prepaid only

Book Fair opens in the Library-- breakfast schedule will be sent home with students later

Tuesday, March 12th--6th Grade Parent Meeting for Mohican--6:30 in MPR

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12th and 13th--Preschool Round Up--call the office to schedule an appointment

Friday, March 22nd--End of Third Quarter

Friday, March 29th--Third Quarter Awards Assembly--2:15

WES Spelling Bee

Our students in grades 4th through 6th grades participated in the WES Spelling Bee on December 17th.

First place--Drew Johnson, 6th grade

Second place--Emily Schuster, 5th Grade

Third place--Weston Prenger, 6th grade--who gave his place in the Crawford Spelling Bee to 4th place winner, Lauren Ferguson, 5th Grade

The three spellers then moved on to compete in the Crawford County Spelling Bee on January 10th.

All three of our spellers advanced to the Tri-County Spelling Bee, that will take place on February 14th! Best of luck to you all!

From the Desk of Mrs. Taylor-Sheldon

The Good News Club, sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship of Morrow-Ashland-Richland-Crawford-Knox counties, is being conducted by our art teacher Doug Lillo and our reading intervention teacher Lynne Fisher after school every Monday! A yellow permission slip came home for you to grant permission for your child to attend from after school until 4:45, when they are picked up at the flagpole.

Good News Club includes: Bible lessons, singing, verse memorization and other activities. A snack will be provided after school.

If you have questions, please contact Amy Taylor-Sheldon or Doug Lillo at school.

We hope to see you next Monday!

7 Habits Review--Habit 4--Think Win-Win

Most of us learn to base our self-worth on comparisons and competition. We think about succeeding in terms of someone else failing--that is, if I win, you lose; or if you win, I lose. Life becomes a zero-sum game. There is only so much pie to go around, and if you get a big piece, there is less for me; it's not fair, and I'm going to make sure you don't get anymore. We all play the game, but how much fun is it really.

Win-win sees life as a cooperative arena, not a competitive one. Win-win is a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions. Win-win means agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying. We both get to eat the pie, and it tastes pretty darn good!

A person or organization that approaches conflicts with a win-win attitude possesses three vital character traits:

  1. Integrity: sticking with your true feelings, values, and commitments
  2. Maturity: expressing your ideas and feelings with courage and consideration for the ideas and feelings of others
  3. Abundance Mentality: believing there is plenty for everyone

Wynford Elementary Mission Statement

We have Royal PRIDE!

Core Values: