Wolfsville Elementary News

April 2018

21st Learning at Wolfsville

In my opening letter last summer I shared with our community my commitment to 21st century learning at Wolfsville built on a strong foundation of relationships, anchored in relevance and with a focused on rigor. One way we are delivering on this promise of a 21st century education is through personalizing learning for each individual student with the use of technology. We utilize special web-based programs and platforms that allow students to work on skills based on their strengths and areas of need in different subjects. This is sometimes referred to as 'blended learning'. Teachers use this approach, in addition to direct instruction, for portions of student's learning day. Blended learning provides students control over the time, place, pace, or path of learning content. Based on individual understanding of concepts and skills students can review, pause, or move ahead to new learning. For more information regarding 'Blended Learning' you can read this article and/or talk with your child's teacher. https://www.schooloutfitters.com/article/what-is-blended-learning


Yours in Education,

Megan Stein

Principal

April Calendar of Events

Monday, April 2: No School- Spring Break

Wednesday, April 4: Jump Rope for Heart during PE Classes

Thursday, April 5: 10:00 AM Cub Time, Carson Reading Room

Friday, April 6: 7:30 AM All Pro Family Breakfast, Cafeteria

Monday, April 9: Race for Education 9-11 AM

6:00 PTA Executive Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 10: No School- Teacher work day

Wednesday, April 11: Term 4 Begins

4-7 PM Family Night at the Book Fair, Media Center

Thursday, April 12: Book Fair purchase for Students

Dollar Days

Monday, April 16: Grades 1-2 Field Trip to Kennedy Center

Grades Pre-K- K Field Trip to Weinberg, 9:05-11:30 AM

Friday, April 20: 9:05-1:45 5th Grade Trout Release , Doubs Park

Tuesday, April 24: 6:30 PM Avoid, Deny Defend Training, MHS Cafeteria

STEAM DAY

On Tuesday, March 27th students participated in our school-wide STEAM DAY! Our morning kicked off with an 'Under the Sea' assembly from the Glen Echo Aquarium and continued throughout the day as students rotated through a variety of STEAM-based activities. These included explorations of chemical reactions, DNA, organisms adaptation, exploration of STEAM careers (presented by FCPS CTC), computer engineering and MORE! I heard many students say it was one of the 'best days ever'! We thank all of our community partnerships and the PTA for their support in this engaging event for our students!

Reflections

We would once again like to congratulate all of our students who participated in the Reflections Program! We are excited to share that Brooke Wolbert received 2nd place, the Award of Excellence, in the Intermediate Visual Arts category at the state level! Bravo!

Special Education Parent Involvement Survey

Parents or guardians of children receiving special education and related services may have received the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey from the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services during the week of February 1, 2018 via U.S. mail. Please complete the survey and return it in the postage paid envelope by May 1, 2018. The survey may also be completed online at https://www.mdparentsurvey.com. Please look for details in your survey packet.

Avoid, Deny, Defend Training for Middletown Feeder

The office of Security and Emergency Management staff will be conducting an informational presentations for the community regarding our Avoid, Deny, Defend methods for active intruders. The presentations will be from 6–8 PM on Tuesday, April 24th at Middletown High school in the cafeteria for all of the feeder schools.

Middletown Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Attached is a flyer for the Middletown High School Empty Bowls Banquet, scheduled for Thursday, April 12th from 6-9 PM. The proceeds directly benefit the Middletown, Myersville, and Wolfsville Community through MVPHP and the Middletown Valley Food Bank. Last year we were able to raise over $9,000 for these organizations.

Important PTA Update

Please consider joining our PTA to make the 2018 – 2019 school year another successful one here at Wolfsville Elementary School! There are so many opportunities to help throughout the year and it all begins with our PTA Board Member positions. We are currently accepting nominations for the open positions listed below for next year. If you or someone that you know would be interested in volunteering or you just have questions and would like further information, please contact Anita Coffman at 301-693-9462 or coffmanfamily3@comcast.net. Thank you again for your continued support!


President: Responsible for communication between PTA and School Admin * Produces and coordinates PTSA calendar for school year * Assists Committee Chairs in facilitating programs * Communicates with County and MD state PTAs and disseminates information from these sources * Works with Treasurer to oversee the progression of the PTA budget * Oversees monthly PTA meetings (Approx 15 hours per month, including monthly meeting)

Vice-President: * Support the President’s objectives * Help with the day-to-day operations of the PTA * Participate in executive board discussions and decision making (Approx 2-4 hours a month including monthly meeting)

Committee Chairs: Stay tuned for further announcements about our committee chair and committee member volunteer opportunities!