WLES Monthly Mention
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February: Focus on the Lifeskill of Cooperation and Kindness
January can be a difficult time in schools as the weather keeps us indoors and often caused interruptions with delays or cancelation. We are excited to welcome February and our focus on the lifeskill of cooperation and kindness. Please read below to find out how you can help your child to spread kindness this month!
Over the past two years we have focused our school themes on cooperation and collaboration to achieve common goals. We are seeing such great results and thank YOU for being part of that success!
Together, we can move mountains!
Mrs. Sara Delaney
Building Access Outside of School Hours
As we have more and more after school events and groups meeting in our building, please note that children should stay in their designated area with adult supervision. The classrooms are not accessible after hours as they are not supervised. We want to ensure the safety of all and ask that you remind your children of this policy. Thank you!
Black History Month Presentation
On Friday, February 2nd, all students joined us for presentations by four community helpers to start our celebration of Black History Month. We want to thank Mrs. Donna Rayman, Vice President of the WLES Parent Council, for organizing this presentation. Students got to meet the following community members to hear about how their profession helps our community, what type of training they participated in, and what each member likes most about helping their community.
We thank our presenters and Mrs. Rayman!
- Major Tristan Brown - retired US Army and current project manager
- Miss Sara Fishkin - ROTC member at Howard University, professional dancer, and dance instructor
- Mr. Jamie Johnson - Purdue University Firefighter
- Dr. Noel Wallace - local doctor of obstetrics and genecology.
Focus on Kindness
For the first two full weeks of February we will be focusing on spreading kindness. Students will have opportunities to share how others have shown kindness each morning on the announcements and we will all be considering how our actions may positively impact others. Join us for dress up days during the week of February 12 - 16th as well! See the photo for specific dress up days.
Updates from the Parent Council
Please follow this link to hear updates from our Parent Council. Highlights include ways to help your child spread kindness, sign up for the K/1 movie night on Feb. 9th, and learn about how you can help sponsor a staff luncheon!
Be sure to connect with the Parent Council in the following ways:
Lunchroom Supervisors Needed
We are in need of lunchroom supervisors! There are current openings for the 11:00 - 1:15 shift (Kindergarten and Second Grade) and the 11:30 - 1:45 shift (First and Third Grade). We can always use substitute supervisors as well. If you would like an opportunity to be part of our school team, please email Mrs. Holmes for further details! Click the flyer for a link to the online application portal.
Boilermaker Reading Challenge
There were nine schools who participated in the challenge with a grand total of 1,363,413 pages read. Below are the winners from the Boilermaker Reading Program who will be recognized during half time of the Wednesday, February 28th Women’s Basketball Game (tip-off is at 7:00 PM). Please note that Purdue had to change the date of the recognition game.
Winning School: West Lafayette Elementary School
Highest Class Total: Mrs. Peters - 2nd Grade at West Lafayette Elementary (279,720 pages)
Highest Individual Total: Louis Taylor- 2nd Grade at West Lafayette Elementary (77,152 pages)
Overall Winners for Each Grade:
1st Grade: Vanessa Krismartanto- West Lafayette Elementary (36,405 pages)
2nd Grade: Louis Taylor- West Lafayette Elementary (77,152 pages)
3rd Grade: Aise Ercikan- West Lafayette Elementary (37,932 pages)
All Boilermaker Reading Program tickets are digital this year. Mrs. Delaney will be creating individual slips for students who participated. These slips will include discount codes for families to use when accessing this link to ensure your participant has a free ticket. The slips will come home in your child’s backpack. All other tickets will be $5.00.
VIP Dance to Support Riley Hospital for Children
Please use this link to sign up for this family event to support Riley Hospital for Children. The West Lafayette Dance Marathon group from the high school has organized this fun event!
Friday, Feb 23, 2024, 06:30 PM
Community Events and Resources
- Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce - Community Calendar
- Home of Purdue - site that is filled with helpful community information
- West Lafayette Wellness Center
- Food Finders Food Bank
- Lafayette Transitional Housing
- Just Kidding monthly newsletter
- West Lafayette Public Library calendar of events
- Purdue First Lady's Site - multiple resources for families
Volunteer Background Checks (UPDATED)
For those who are planning to volunteer within the classroom or on a trip and will remain under the supervision of the classroom teacher, a limited criminal history check will suffice. This will require you to come to the school office with your state issued ID. It takes just a few moments and is free. Please call and speak to Amy Smith before coming in as she will be able to share a good time to stop by.
- February 5 - 16th: Focus on Kindness
- February 9: Kindergarten and First Grade Movie Night
- February 12 - 21: Library Birthday Party Collections
- February 19: School is IN SESSION to make up for our weather cancellation in January
- February 23: 6:30 - 8:00 PM, VIP Dance to support Riley Hospital for Children - Sign up HERE
- February 26 - March 1: Read Across America Week
- March 4 - 8: IREAD3 assessment for all second and third graders
- March 8: End of the Third Grading Period
- March 11 - 15: Spring Break
- March 18: School resumes for the Fourth Grading Period