Black Cat Bulletin

Keeping it R.E.A.L! Respect + Effort + Attitude= Leadership

FEBRUARY 2016

From Our Principal...

Dear West Terrace Families,

February is a great time of year, full of lots of celebration, as well as preparation for the first round of our ISTEP+ and IREAD testing. With these celebrations, lots of Candy Grams to benefit the American Heart Association will be delivered, our Gents and Lil Ladies dance was a great success, and Dads and Donuts will be a sweet success tomorrow morning!! Several grades are having Valentine’s parties as their second party of the year. I know the children and teachers will have a great day celebrating this special season.


In the third through fifth grade classrooms, teachers have really looked closely at student performance on classroom items, Acuity, and on past ISTEP+ test and have developed a 20-day plan for the first round of ISTEP, and a 30-day plan for the second round of ISTEP+. We are working as a team to be sure that students are learning that which they need to learn in order to be successful adults, and to show what they know on these assessments. For more specific information about ISTEP+ or IREAD, please see the article, below.


Another way that we get great feedback on how we are doing is the My School Survey that is sent out from EVSC to all families and staff, and students in certain grades. Please complete the "My School Survey" sent to you via email or sent home with your child. We are giving the student surveys here at school, but we are asking you to PLEASE complete your form and submit or return it.


We’ve received 88 online surveys, and 94 hard copies have been returned out of 550 families. In order to get good feedback, we need to be sure to hear from as many families as we can.


We would love to know the things you love so we keep doing them; and, we really want and need to know what we can do better so we can make a plan of improvement. We have a team of teachers and staff ready to go to work once we get them back and to make improvements--your voice REALLY DOES COUNT!! This year, we will be having the PBIS team look at the results and plan responses to the items that rank highest on requests, suggestions, or positive feedback. We want our school to be open to you, and for you to feel welcome. If you have a suggestion to help us with that, please be sure to write in the comments. We read each one and take it to heart.


Our success depends on our collaboration with you: students, parents, teachers, staff, leaders, and our surrounding community to share viewpoints in order to celebrate our strengths and improve our challenges.


Sincerely,


Katie White

Principal

From Our Principal Intern

Dear Families,

This month our child development focus is on our 11-year olds. It’s been a joy and an honor to watch them grow from kindergarten to 5th grade. What a change!

11 Year-Olds:

· Restless and energetic

· Need lots of food, physical activity, and sleep

· Experience more colds, flu, ear infections, etc.

· Mood, self-absorbed, and sensitive

· Like to challenge rules, argue, and test limits; may be cruel; sometimes physically aggressive

· Worry more about who’s “in” and who’s “out” than when they were younger

· Need lots of time to talk with peers; heavy users of the cell phone, instant messaging, and email

· Impulsive—often talk before thinking

· Often behave best when away from home

· Have trouble making decisions

· Need adult empathy, humor, and sensitivity to help them cope with their rapidly changing minds and bodies.

· Enjoy arguing and debating

· Appreciate humor

· Imitate adult language

· Would rather learn new skills than review or improve previous work

· Becoming more adept at abstract thinking—for example, they can understand ideas such as “justice”

· With improving reasoning skills, they can establish and modify rules and develop hypotheses

· Increasingly able to see the world from various perspectives

Chip Wood, Yardsticks, 2007

I can truly appreciate how much patience, understanding, and love my mother had for me as a 5th grader. I’m sure (I know) it wasn’t always easy for her. I have a true appreciation for you as parents and what you experience on a daily basis. To my mother, I say thanks.

Mr. White

From Our Counselor

2016 ISTEP+ Part 1 Paper and Pencil Test Administration Schedules

Grades 3 and 5 will complete ISTEP+ Part 1

Monday, February 29 Tuesday, March 1 Wednesday, March 2

Grade 4 will complete ISTEP+ Part 1

Monday, February 29 Tuesday, March 1 Wednesday, March 2 Thursday, March 3


ALL testing will begin promptly at 8:40 am to ensure testing is completed before specials/lunch periods. Please avoid appointments and absences on testing days.


2016 IREAD-3 Test Administration Schedule

Grade 3 will complete IREAD-3 online

Monday, March 14 Tuesday, March 15 Wednesday, March 16

Please avoid appointments and absences on testing days.


Thank you,

April Coughlin

School Counselor

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From Our Nurse

Did you know that handwashing, when done correctly, is one of the best ways to prevent infections like the flu, common cold and pink eye? Most people have no problem grasping this simple "task at hand," but many are unaware that the key to washing your hands properly to ward off potential infection is all in the technique. Learn how to wash your hands the right way by following these simple "rules of thumb":

Time Required: 1 Minute

Here's How:

1. Wet your hands using warm, running water. Add soap.

2. During the handwashing process, rub your hands vigorously for a minimum of 20 seconds, paying special attention to the backs of your hands, wrists, in between your fingers and underneath your fingernails.

3. Rinse well while leaving the water running.

4. With the water continuing to run, use a single-use towel and pat your hands dry.

5. Turn off the water faucet using the paper towel covering your clean hands to prevent recontamination.

Tips:

1. Hand sanitizers should not be used in place of handwashing.

2. Use hand sanitizers that contain 60-90% ethyl alcohol or isopropanol as an addition to proper handwashing only.

3. Use your paper towel that you dry your hands with to open the restroom door when you leave the bathroom as to not recontaminate your hands.

4. When you are washing your hands, count slowly from 1 to 20 in order to gain the maximum benefit from handwashing.

Very Special Events

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:


Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 15 - Kindergarten


Programs:

February 17 - Digital Citizenship & Internet Safety Gr 4 10:20 and Gr 5 11:00

March 3 - Grade 1 Dr. Seuss - 9:00 a.m. Grandparents & VIP; 6:00 p.m. Family & Friends

April 7 - Grade 5 & Invention Convention

April 28 - Grade 4

May 5 - Kindergarten - 9:00 a.m. Grandparents & VIP; 6:30 p.m. Family & Friends


Field Trips/Study Trips:

Grades 3-5 Evansville Philharmonic Young People's Concert - Friday, March 18

Grade 5 Perry Heights Visit - Wednesday, May 11


Classroom Parties

February 12 - Valentines - Grades 1 and 5 (1:00-2:00), 2 and 4 (1:30-2:30)

Battle of the West Side Basketball Tourney

Congratulations to our 2015-16 basketball teams - The Boys Team and Girls Team won the Battle of the West Side Tournament!!! Both teams represented the West Terrace Black Cats well working hard throughout their season and always demonstrating good conduct and sportsmanship. We are so proud of you! Members of the teams were:

Grade 5 Boys

Reilly Briles

Nate Carlton

Luke Diekman

Isaac Higgs

Will Kirkland

Elijah Ringo

Joseph Springer

Nate York

Grade 4 Boys

Drew Bateman

Luke Lawrence

Keifer Sanderson

Hayden Summers

Harlen Summers

Grade 5 Girls

Lauren Bigham

Ashley Danks

Emma Easley

Brooklyn Fenwick

Taylor Fonte

Brooklyn Goedde

Diana May

Lauren Thomas

Grade 4 Girls

Taylor Georgette

Lexi Perigo

Lynne Thissen

West Terrace School Spirit Shines!

Fans at the Battle of the West Side were led by our outstanding cheerleaders as they cheered our teams to victory! The Cheerleaders practiced regularly, cheered at all the boys and girls games this season and tournament, and danced at half-time at a USI game. This year's cheerleaders are:

Grade 5

Zoie Bateman

Breanna Brooks

Megan Bruce

Gabi Frey

Kimber Fuquay

Katelyn Gehring

Cadence Hagan

Jaidyn Hart

Kayla Kemper

Riley Lawrence

Qui’ree Mimms

Makayla Peterson

Karlye Schippert

Avery Vogel

Taylor Willett


Grade 4

Molly Bell

Emma Devoy

Kendra Hauke

Kylie Keller

Whitlee Marshall

Grace Masterson

Akaia Mimms

Evi Parson

Brilynn Pickard

Elizabeth Ritzert

Aubrey Whitmore

Student Leadership Council Has HEART

The month of February our Student Leadership Council has several activities to support Healthy Heart Awareness and the American Heart Association:

Candy Grams: Anyone can buy a heart-shaped sucker with a special message attached. February 8-12 during morning meeting only suckers may be purchased on the stage for 75 cents for 1 or 2/$1.00. Student Council is also taking donations for the American Heart Association.

Music Solo & Ensemble Winners

Congratulations to the following students for their participation and success in the Solo and Ensemble Festival February 3 at North High School. All of the students represented West Terrace very well, both in their musical achievement and character.

Kyle Blandford - trombone solo

Isabel Werkmeister - alto saxophone solo

Tessa Fleenor - alto saxophone solo

Emma Easley - flute solo

Jordan Brown - Trumpet solo

Brass Quartet - Breanna Brooks, Lauren Bigham, Jackson Dean & Connor Strawn

Saxophone Duet - Max Wigand

Woodwind Trio - Emma Easley, Nora Romana

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Important Policies, News, and Information

2016 EVSC Continuous Improvement Process School Survey

Starting February 1, My School Survey will be administered to students grades 3-8, all of their families, and instructional staff. West Terrace students received a blue survey form to take home on Monday, February 1.


Our West Terrace survey window is Monday, February 8 to Friday, February 12. A collection box is located in the office for your blue hard copies. Please complete the survey and return to the confidential return box.

Kindergarten Enrollment Round-Up - April 5 - 6:00 p.m.

  • EVSC Kindergarten enrollment will begin in mid-February. Packets will be available in the school office containing the necessary forms and important info about our school
  • Kindergarten Round-Up parents/guardians and incoming kindergarten students attend for a tour, classroom visit and activities to familiarize both the parents and children about our school and policies. Folder and completed forms along with the child's birth certificate (see below) are to be returned at that time.
  • Child must be 5 on or before August 1, 2016
  • Must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Have a copy of the child's legal birth certificate (hospital certificate cannot be considered)
  • Call 435-8453 to determine the school district in which you live
  • Questions? Contact the West Terrace Office 812-435-8733

Buffalo Wild Wings Home Team Advantage

In January West Terrace families were e-mailed a flyer about the BWW Home Team Advantage. Every time you mention West Terrace Team K at the west side Buffalo Wild Wrings restaurant, 10% of your total bill will be donated back to our "team". Pass this information along to your friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents...

Monday Morning Guest Speakers Needed!

There is no better way to spark interest in a certain career path than to have parents speak about their jobs. We welcome you to participate in this community service opportunity at West Terrace! If you are interested in the opportunity to be one of our Monday morning guest speakers, please email our school counselor, April Coughlin. She will provide you with talking points and schedule your visit for a Monday morning at 7:45 am to talk about your line of work.

West Terrace PTA News

PTA Dads and Donuts

One of the PTA's most popular annual events is the Dads and Donuts morning. Please mark your calendar for February 12, 6:45-7:45. If you can help set-up on February 11 or serve on Friday morning, it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact April Curl acurl2976@gmail.com

PTA 4K 4Kids

PTA is planning a family fun day ending with a superhero themed color run on April 2. The festivities will start at 2:00 and the color run will begin at 4:00. Join and like the event's Facebook page on facebook.com/4k4kids.

PTA Read to Succeed/Six Flags Program

February 25 is the deadline for the Read to Succeed Program. All participating students must have their reading logs turned in to earn free tickets to Six Flags. A reading log was sent home in October to document 6 hours of incremental reading between October 20 - February 25. Students are reading regularly for you at home, so here's a bonus!

West Terrace App!

West Terrace has a new app to use and it is a wonderful tool to help you stay connected to our school. You have information and events at school at your fingertips! Just search "West Terrace" on iTunes App store, or Google Play and the app pops up. It is FREE!


Report student absences, connect to RDS Parent Access, see school menus and make mealpayments via SchoolPay, all issues of Black Cat Bulletins, connect to PTA's facebook, photo gallery, and much more...

JOIN THE WEST TERRACE PTA!

Co-Presidents: April Curl and Ryan Reynolds

Co-Vice Presidents: Sandi Davis and Christine Hamilton

Secretary: Sommer Schippert

Treasurer: Kerri Schu

Remaining 2015-16 Meetings

March 1, 6:00 PM

May 3, 3:30 PM

Helpful Resources:

EVSC Spring Break

March 21 to March 25 - No School

WEST TERRACE FEBRUARY CALENDAR

Calendar on our website: evscschools/westterrace.com


This link connects you to the newest calendar (and our website). This will be updated daily throughout the year. Check back often!

WEST TERRACE STAFF

Kindergarten:

Tara Kolb, rm 32

Wendy Brunson, rm 30

Lisa Gooch, rm 33

Angela Hayes, rm 34


First Grade

Amanda Woods, rm 1

Brooke Corressell, rm 3

Mallorie Roberts, rm 6

Acacia Peak, rm 5


Second Grade

Vera Emmons, rm 9

Carie Kingery, rm 10

Trisha Kavanaugh, rm 15

Amy Nau, rm 12

Michael Goad, rm 17


Third Grade

Janette Allen, rm 11/ Emily Gogel, rm 16

Robin Bass, rm 19/ Denise Strawn, rm 18


Fourth Grade

Shelly DeWeese, rm 22/ Lindsey Stine, rm 29

Jennifer Cheski, rm 24/Amanda Southworth, rm 23


Fifth Grade

Trish Slagle, rm 26/Nicole Paul, rm 27

Renee Smigel, rm 28/Simone Nance, rm 25


Special Ed

LIfeskills:

Jennifer Bennett, rm 4

Sarah Walls, rm 2

Resource:

Renee Jackson, rm 14

Shelley Patton, rm 21

Amanda Ritzert, media center


Rotation

Susan Kemper, Art, rm 8

Anne Woodruff, Music, rm 7

Peggy Belanger, Gym

Nadine Risley, Technology


Office

Katie White, Principal

Robert White, Principal Intern

April Coughlin, Counselor

Christine Hamilton, Nurse

Peggy Jewell, Media Aide

EVSC Calendar 2015-16

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West Terrace Elementary School

Katie White, principal

8000 West Terrace Drive

Evansville, IN 47712

FAX (812) 435-8869