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May 2016 Principal's Newsletter

Wrap Up

John Weldon Families,

It's the end of the year and we are wrapping up here at John Weldon. We give you back your children, the same children you confidently entrusted to our care last fall. We give them back inches taller, months wiser, more responsible, and more mature than they were before.

Although they would have attained their growth in spite of us, it has been our pleasure and privilege to watch their personality unfold day by day and marvel at this splendid miracle of development.

We give them back reluctantly, for having spent nine months together, we have grown close.

Having children who have been through John Weldon or currently attend John Weldon I certainly have grown close to the children, I am fortunate enough to see many kids outside of school at local ballgames, movies and restaurants.

For our 5th graders who will be moving on to middle school we will always retain a little of each other, ten years from now we hope to see the great things you are doing and it will certainly bring a smile to our faces. We take great pride in knowing the many accomplishments our students achieve at the middle and high schools.

We wish each and every family a relaxing and safe summer and can't wait to see those smiling faces again in August. Please take this time to enjoy each other as family and friends. I know I will be sharpening my saw by traveling with family and making my way around this great nation coaching in many baseball tournaments.

Enjoy what's left in the 2015-16 School Year and see you in August.

For Kids!

Mr. Howse

A Big Wolves Welcome to Tegan Milford!

Please welcome Mrs. Tegan Milford to our John Weldon family!

She will be our new Administrative Intern and reading specialist. She is joining us from Fairmount Elementary where she has taught third grade for the last eleven years.

Mrs. Milford received a Master’s in Elementary Education with Special Reading Certification and a Master’s in Elementary Administration from the University of Missouri- St. Louis.

She is an avid baseball fan and loves the St. Louis Cardinals. Mrs. Milford also enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, James. She is very excited to meet the John Weldon students, parents, and staff!

Celebrating our retirees

At the end of this school year. five staff members will be retiring. I had the privilege of celebrating with them last week.

Our 2016 retirees are Mala Westrich, Pam Watts, Pam Johnston, Penny Gabbard and Karen Wilhelm (not pictured). They have served our students and staff for many years and will be missed!

Stock up for summer reading!

Our buy-one-get-one book fair is next week (May 16-18)! Take advantage of this great deal to stock up on summer reading. Watch your child's backpack for their classroom schedule. Have some free time? We'd love some extra help!

Announcing our new PTO Board!

Thank you to all of our families who took the time to nominate candidates and vote in our new PTO board. Over 70 votes were cast.

  • President: Christy O'Haire
  • Vice President: Amber Reinhart
  • Secretary: Mindi Wilson
  • Treasurer: Emily Corley

I also want to take this time to thank our current board for all of their hard work. Thank you to the following ladies for their continued focus and dedication this past year.

  • Katie Lowry
  • Lisa Thompson
  • Jennifer Mannion


As a principal, I want to hear from you. We need your ideas, but we also need your support at school. We are always looking for volunteers to get involved through our PTO and by contacting your classroom teacher. Please let me know how I can better serve you.

Important Dates for the Fall

August 4th - Kindergarten Open House

August 9th - 1st day of school

August 12th - 1st Assembly

August 19th - PTO Back to School Picnic

August 23rd - John Weldon Night at the Cardinals Game, Choir performs National Anthem

August 26th - No School

August 30th - PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m.

Staffing Updates

Staffing Updates


Mrs. Pam Watts (PE)

Mrs. Penny Gabbard (Reading)

Ms. Mala Westrich (2nd grade)

Mrs. Karen Wilhelm (Paraprofessional)

Resigning to stay home

Mrs. Carrie Bradley

Switching grade levels

Mrs. Lickenbrock will be moving to 4th grade.

Mrs. Langdon will be moving to 2nd grade.


Mr. Crawford will be our new PE teacher after 8 years as an administrative intern he has made the decision to return back to his passion of teaching PE after doing an outstanding job as an administrator here at John Weldon.

Mrs. Jessalyn "Jessi" Dippold will be our new 1/2 time reading teacher and Tegan Milford will serve as our other 1/2 time reading teacher.

Ms. Brittany Roberts will be a new Paraprofessional after having worked in Vacation Station all year as well as serving as a sub para.