Wrightstown Elementary

Raven's News for March

Beth A. Fox, Principal

729 Penns Park Road

Wrightstown, PA 18940

(215) 944-2306

bfox@crsd.org

A Message from the Principal!

Dear Wrightstown Families,


Spring is inching closer; at least we hope! When we think of spring, we think of Wrightstown’s annual Spring Fair! Please join us on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for a day of fun! Information is included in weekly listserv updates. This month we have a special birthday that we will recognize- Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! In honor of this special day, Wrightstown students and staff will celebrate Read Across America on March 2nd! Students are invited to wear crazy socks in honor of the book, Fox in Socks. Trivia and a variety of activities are planned as well!


I hope you will join me for a Principal’s Chat on March 15th at 10:00 a.m. in the WES Art Room. Your questions, feedback, and suggestions are important to me! This month’s PTO meeting will be held on March 8th at 7:30 p.m. in the WES Art Room.


Our 3rd and 4th grade students have been working hard to practice their lines and perfect their singing! On March 16th at 6:30 p.m. parents are invited to see “Rock! Celebrating the History of Rock n Roll.” We are looking forward to an exciting evening!


Lastly, on behalf of the Wrightstown Team, I would like to wish you and your family a safe and relaxing Spring Break! It is important to take this time to reconnect as a family and enjoy some well-deserved rest from the every day school routine. This break will need to carry us to the end of the year- so make it count!


Schools Closed: Spring Break: March 21-25.

WES Offices will be open March 21 & March 22.


Sincerely,

Beth A. Fox

March Highlights

  • March 1st - Play Rehearsal at 8:00am/ Student Council Meeting at 8:30am
  • March 2nd - Spring Pictures
  • March 3rd - EQ3 Event for 3rd & 4th Grade Girls at 3:50pm
  • March 4th - Play Rehearsal at 8:00am
  • March 8th - Play Rehearsal at 8:00am/Kindergarten & New 1st Grade Registration 6:00pm - 7:30pm/PTO Meeting at 7:30pm in the Art Room
  • March 9th - Play Rehearsal 3:30pm-5:00pm
  • March 10th - Play Rehearsal 3:30pm-5:00pm/Kindergarten & New 1st Grade Registration 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • March 11th - Play Rehearsal at 8:00am/Early Dismissal - PM Kindergarten Attends/Kindergarten & New 1st Grade Registration 1:30pm-3:30pm/Spring Fair Set-Up begins at 2:00pm
  • March 14th - Play Rehearsal 3:30pm-5:00pm
  • March 15th - Play Rehearsal at 8:00am
  • March 16th - Play Performance at 6:30pm
  • March 18th - Play Performance for Students and Staff
  • March 21st - March 25th - No School for Students
  • March 29th - March 31st - Mobile AG Science Lab

School Play

WES is excited to perform the 3rd and 4th grade production of “Rock! Celebrating the History of Rock and Roll.” Our 3rd and 4th grade students have been hard at work preparing for this musical. You will be traveling through time as we recognize milestones in history, from Elvis, to the Beatles, to Disco, to Motown, and more! Get excited for this amazing production, premiering in March!! The parent performance will be on Wednesday, March 16 at 6:30 PM. See you there!!! :)


Miss Danielle Udis & Miss Kristina Kramarev

3rd Grade Teachers

Reading for Ronald

We are collecting the donations and pledges for our Read for the House program. Please send in your donations and pledges as soon as possible! The Ronald McDonald House is very appreciative of all that our students have done for them. Along with the monetary donations and pledges, Wrightstown also donated snack bags to be used in the Philadelphia House. There is a great spirit of giving here at Wrightstown!

Dr. Seuss' Birthday in the Library

March 2nd, 2016 is the anniversary birthdate of prolific and beloved author Dr. Seuss. The week surrounding his birthday is celebrated as Read Across America nationwide. Along with the building level activities, all students will celebrate during their Library class that week with a Seuss biography and video, fun things to make and take, and time to visit Seussville online.

PSSA Testing

It has been determined that all elementary schools will test on the same days. For planning purposes, please find the testing dates below:


  • RELA: Tuesday (4/12), Wednesday (4/13), Thursday (4/14), Friday (4/15) - 3rd & 4th Grade
  • MATH: Tuesday (4/19), Wednesday (4/20), Thursday (4/21) - 3rd & 4th Grade
  • SCIENCE: Tuesday (4/26) & Wednesday (4/27) - 4th Grade Only

Kindergarten & New First Grade Registration for 2016-2017 School Year

  • Tuesday, March 8th - 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thursday, March 10th - 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Friday, March 11th - 1:30pm-3:30pm


Information can be found on our homepage or on the district's website: LINK

News from the Art Department

Last month we had an outstanding experience in the BCCC Artmobile. The Artmobile will be back at the Community College 3-D Arts Building on Wednesday, April 27 to Friday, April 29, 10am-2pm and again on Sunday, May 1, 1-4pm. The same Structures and Stories exhibit we saw in school will be on display free and open to the public.


~Mrs. Marian Heffren

Math News from Mrs. Prozzillo

Our annual Family Math Night was held on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 24th. Despite the threat of torrential downpours, it turned out to be a success. Former WES students, who currently attend NES, volunteered to run a variety of math games for grades 1-4. It was fantastic to see parents and grandparents helping children apply their math skills through the use of enjoyable games. The activities are designed to generate a fun struggle, without creating any level of frustration. The games are also set up to promote interactive math talk among children and adults.


St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Have some fun with your child creating an Origami shamrock. The link below includes step-by-step directions.


Origami Shamrocks

http://www.artplatter.com/2012/02/st-patricks-day-origami-four-leaf-clover/

Literacy Corner with Mrs. Etgen

March is a busy month for reading at Wrightstown.


This is the last month for our Pizza Hut Book It program - so please encourage your children to continue reading and logging their minutes each night. This is their last chance to get their personal pan pizza coupon from Pizza Hut!


Our First Camp Read In was a great success! Thank you to all who came out to support the importance of reading. I hope you all enjoyed it! Check out the website for pictures of the event!

News from the Library!

Our school library has over 13,000 books!


During our March Book Madness, we’ll find the most treasured book of 2016 voted on by the students at WES. The bracket begins with the top 32 books that have been checked out the from the school library so far this year. They may be picture books, chapter books, biographies, or non-fiction books. Each week the books will be paired and a schoolwide vote will determine that round’s winner. We will celebrate the Sweet Sixteen, the Elite Eight, and the Final Four. Our champion will be decided near the same time as the NCAA Basketball Finals. The School Library Website will have the current bracket information.


~Mrs. Laura Follmer, Librarian

Coming Soon to Your Library!

Author Visit: Tuesday, April 5, 2016Marc Tyler NoblemanBoys of Steel: The Creators of Superman and Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman -- All Grades – Students may wear superhero costumes to the assembly!

Spring Fair

Well we are gearing up for our annual SPRING FAIR on March 12th from 10am - 2pm. With so much going on I wanted to share with you Spring Fair 411. This is one of the PTO's biggest fundraisers. The money raised on March 12th will help fund activities like: Science Fair, Dad's Breakfast, Family Fun Bingo Night, Assemblies, Running Club and Field Trips.


Below is an explanation of a few things we will need your help on.


TICKET SALES


Discounted Fair Tickets (to play games)are on sale now. Purchase your tickets early and save money. You will pick these up at the fair.


Pre-sale tickets are 4 tickets for $1.00 or 125 for $25.00.


Tickets purchased day of are 3 tickets for $1.00 or 25 tickets for $25.00.


RAFFLE BASKETS


Your Home Room Parent has been in contact with you regarding the class raffle basket. These baskets are raffled off the day of the fair. Raffle tickets will be sold starting Feb 29th. While the fair tickets will be picked up the day of the fair, raffle tickets will be sent home via backpack. Be sure to put your child's name and homeroom on the back of each ticket and they can use them towards the item they want to win during lunch time and do not need to be present for the drawing to win.


DECORATED JARS AND CAKE WALK


Two hugely popular booths at the Fair!! But we can't do it without your help!


A Decorated Jar of treats/gift card/you name it. Anything goes with this surprise jar of goodies! It doesn't have to be an actual jar. It could be a container or in a clear bag etc. Any goodie your child likes will delight another. Check out our "Jar-ol-ogy" on PTO website www.wespto.wikispaces.com Students can start bringing in their jars on March 7th!


The Cake Walk takes donations big and small; homemade or purchased; cake, cookies, cupcakes. Baked goods can be brought to school on March 11th!


Whatever you bring the kids will walk for! Please remember "nut free"!


ART CONTEST


Paper for art contest went home via backpack. Students are competing to win FREE FAIR TICKETS. All artwork will be displayed at the fair.


Masterpieces were due to homerooms by Monday, February 29th.


BOOTH VOLUNTEERS


Each class will have a booth at the fair. Your Home Room Parents will be contacting you shortly regarding volunteering for your booth. Whatever time you can give is greatly appreciated!


SILENT AUCTION


If you or someone you know has a business who can donate an item or service or if your family would like to donate an item for bid at our Silent Auction, please do! Send all items to the front office marked Spring Fair Silent Auction. Our Tax ID letter is on the PTO website. Also please use the letter to solicit businesses you patronize now until the fair! Every item helps us raise money and can be bundled so nothing is too small. If you have any questions please contact Beverly Funk at bevadorsey@aol.com.


Fair 411


Well, there you have it. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your Home Room Parent or our Fair Chair, Amber Mosley at: amberclark@hotmail.com. We look forward to seeing all of our WES Families at the fair! The things that memories are made of. And I thank you in advance, for all you do in helping this be a successful Spring Fair!

Art Show Information

The District Art Show for 2016 will be held at Council Rock South on the following dates:


  • Thursday, May 12th (Opening Night) 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Friday, May 13th - 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Saturday, May 14th - 10:00am-3:00pm


To advertise our 35th annual District Art Show, the CR Art Department has a new t-shirt for sale. White with a linear design that you color yourself, it’s available for $10. See the e-Friday folder for an order form or click on this LINK

Counselors Corner with Mrs. Jachimski

Our fourth grade students learned about the power of words through the story, Mrs. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna.


Inspired by a 300-year-old Ukrainian story, Madonna's tale is about the dangers of gossip. Mr. Peabody is a beloved elementary school teacher and baseball coach in a small town of Happville. He one day finds himself ostracized when rumors spread through the small town. Mr. Peabody silences the gossip with an unforgettable lesson about how we must choose our words carefully to avoid causing harm to others.


As a follow-up activity, our students participated in the “glitter challenge.” Be sure to ask your 4th grader how glitter is like gossip!

Random Acts of Kindness Update

To celebrate Random Act of Kindness Month and the 100th Day of School, we set up a Random Act of Kindness Challenge for our students. The goal was for our students to perform at least 100 acts of kindness by the end of February. Your children exceeded the goal with over 200 acts of kindness shared among their classmates and school staff!

PE News

We have been very busy in physical education class. During the month of February we had our cooperative activities during class. We use the rock wall, the ropes, the cargo net and our video games. The students rotate to each station and really enjoy challenging themselves at each one. In the month of March we start to get ready for our fitness tests and if the weather starts to break, get outdoors for gym. Before you know it field day will be here. We can’t wait for spring .


~Mr. Jeff Johnson

A Message from the Health Office

Please accept this reminder that missing Physical and Dental Exam forms are due now. Reminder notices were given to parents at registration, in June, and again in October. The forms are required for the following;


Physical Exams- Pennsylvania requires Physical Exam forms for Kindergarten or 1st grade (the year of entry into school), and for out of state transfers.


Dental Exams- Pennsylvania requires Dental Exam forms for Kindergarten or 1st grade (the year of entry into school), for 3rd grade, and for out of state transfers.

If your child had a physical or dental within the last year, it is a matter of paperwork only- you may have the physician or dentist complete the form as of the last visit. Forms are available on the district website, or you may obtain one by calling the school nurse.


Thank you,

Mrs. Daniels, School Nurse