Warren Elementary Weekly Update
From Mrs. Wilkins
What a year this has ended up being! As I am starting to get queries, I wanted to give you all an update on our current planning, knowing you will understand that all of these plans remain tentative.
Regarding the rest of this year: Let me start by saying that I could not be more proud of the way all of you have partnered with your child(ren)’s teacher to navigate this new environment we find ourselves in. Remote learning indicates an element of choice, which is something none of us had. Thank you for your perseverance! Unfortunately (although I would be happy to be wrong), I believe we may be navigating Covid's presence for some time to come.
How will we end the school year? The District is currently developing a process for each K-5 student, parents and teacher to spend a half-hour together the first week of June via a TEAMS meeting. We have dubbed this idea the “Remote Review”. Our hope is that this meeting will provide a “face to face” opportunity for your child, you and your child’s teacher (and other school personnel if appropriate) to talk about your child’s progress and bring some closure to the school year. To accommodate the time needed to conduct these meetings, the last ELA and Math lessons will be assigned the week of May 25th – 29th. It will be important that students are all caught up by the end of this week. Our wonderful specialists will continue to provide enrichment opportunities the first week of June, and students will still be able to access their Clever and TEAMS pages to continue educational exploration. Please stay tuned for more details from your child’s classroom teacher.
When can my child come and clean out his/her desk? We are working to finalize a plan I hope to share with families no later than next week. Students, nor families will be allowed back in the building to collect items. We will have a process to collect and bag items for our students with scheduled time for families to pick up their student’s items, and return any materials (library books, keyboards) that need to come back to Warren. As soon as we have a schedule and process in place, we will get it sent out to you – but we are tentatively planning to schedule this the last week of school.
Where is my child’s medication? If you were not able to pick up your child’s medication, please contact our School Nurse, Marti Kuntz at firstname.lastname@example.org
When will I learn of my child’s class placement for next fall?
Given the uncertainty around COVID-19’s impact on our community, I will plan to send this information in August. Hopefully by then we will have a better idea of whether we will be on campus, remote, or be trying to navigate a blended model of some kind. With this in mind, we will also postpone distribution of our school supply lists. We know that budgets are tight, and we don’t know what our students will need. Again, stay tuned for more details.
Lastly, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge what we have achieved these past few weeks. We asked our teachers to build an educational bridge to each student, while asking our families to partner alongside us to educate their children. We asked our students to rethink their classroom setting, engage in virtual lessons, and become more independent learners. This has been an extraordinary time, and although each day has been challenging, we have persevered. You have affirmed you are invested in your child’s education, that you value the hard work your child’s teacher has put into providing your student on-going educational support, and that our teachers are loved and missed almost as much as our teachers love and miss their students.
Typically at this time of year we are preparing to celebrate a year of learning through awards assemblies and field trips; all punctuated by hugs and wishes for a safe summer of adventure. This year, beyond the activities each grade level team is planning to end the year on a fun note, we will share our collective achievements, one family and student at a time. And we will look forward to, with great anticipation, the time we can all safely be together again.
Take good care,
Spirit Week Photos
Library Books Can Be Returned
Starting next Monday (May 18), library books can be returned @ Entry 1 during the Grab and Go Lunch time slot.
Library books can be returned Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 11:45- 1:00.
· Library books returned do not have to be specific to Warren—all Helena School district library books will be accepted
· New books cannot be checked out
· During library returns social distancing practices will be adhered to. Students will not be able to enter the building
VIRTUAL FIELD DAY/WEEK May 18 - 22
Warren Students and Parents - Join in the fun! Look for field day activities you can do at home on Mrs. Day's and Mr. Beaver's Clever page. The activities have been created by Helena's own middle and high school students! Here is a sneak peek - Cookie Face, Egg Toss, Bouncy Pens, and Super Soaker to name just a few!
We are so proud of our Warren students!
This Week's Featured Students
Kindergarten- Mrs. Ralph
Jenny: She has been reading to her little brother and making cards to send to people. She also has planted seeds. She misses her friends.
Evelyn: She has spent many days in Wyoming visiting and caring for family. She loves her time with her papa.
Lucius: He loves being outside. He been working hard around the house with his family making homes for their animals. He even rode one of their goats!!
Addy: She lost her other front tooth. She loves to be outside and ride her bike. At night, she tucks her little brother into bed and reads him a goodnight story.
Kindergarten- Mrs. Sorensen
Niko has been enjoying outside, watching YouTube and getting to spend more time with his special cat Carrots.
Jason W. has been a maniac about reading. Each time I check in with him he seems like he has a new book in his hand. Keep it up Jason.
Finley celebrated her 6th birthday! as well as keeping up on her sight words and math, she is learning how to build and grow a garden and make a fairy house from recycled items.
Xzavier is new to our classroom. He is so excited to learn. He enjoys the jeep rides and is learning to mow the lawn with a riding lawn mower.
Dante is enjoying the challenges of math and doing sight word games. He has a new fish tank in his room and has water frogs in it. He is learning guitar, and his cat Charlie is keeping him company. He can ride a two-wheeled bike!
Julius has found a great confidence in his education. He tries his best to learn and it is always fun to get excited with him when he accomplishes something. (We like to give a lot of “thumbs ups”) Julius has a great sense of humor and loves to laugh!
Emma is such a kind girl. She always makes sure to use her manners, with many “pleases” and “thank yous”. Emma has opened up a great deal in first grade and she is so fun to just chat with.
Tucker has an amazing ability to tell a great story! Monday morning is a wonderful day because I get to hear about all the fun he had at his cabin. Tucker is also a kind friend and a very hardworking student.
Bentlee Luba- Bentlee has worked so hard throughout this school year and especially into online learning. He enjoys jumping on the trampoline, playing with cousins, and riding horses with his family. Bentlee is also preparing to become a big brother as a new baby sister is on the way soon! Bentlee’s proud smile can light up a room!
Etney Murphy- Etney is full of personality and quite the clever little girl! She has been working hard with online learning, being a big sister to her younger sister and new baby brother, house projects, and playing with new toys! It is a joy seeing her on weekly Team meetings with the class!
Lane Petre- Lane has been working hard like his classmates, both during the school year and now in online learning. He’s a busy boy. When he isn’t doing schoolwork, Lane is helping with brandings, calving, and playing with his 3 older brothers! His positive attitude and helpful personality have always been appreciated.
Jackson Ratley – Jackson is dedicated to online learning and does a wonderful job keeping up with meetings and classwork. Hearing Jackson talk is a joy, as his little body emits one powerful voice that has many tales to tell! Jackson is quite the video game expert and always has an interesting fact to share about his latest gaming adventures!
Leah Kocker-Leah has worked hard all year and always has a smile on her face! She continues to work hard even in remote learning! Keep up the good work Leah!
Brandon Brien-Brandon has a lot of perseverance and now is no exception. He works hard and always tries his best! Good Job Brandon!
Laila Salveson-Laila always works hard and continues to now. She always has a smile and loves to joke with the teachers. I am proud of all of the hard work she and her family have done while we have been remote learning! Keep it up Laila!
Kaydia is always a team player and works well with everyone in class. She tries her hardest and only gives 110%!
Weston loves to be a helper in the classroom. When you get to know him, he has such a silly personality. He keeps things fun and lighthearted!
Dekker has quite the sense of humor and likes to make others laugh. He has continued to work hard this year to reach his classroom goals!
Jade is a goofball at heart and is kind and helpful to others in the classroom. She loves learning!
Mrs. Merritt - Second
Ava- Ava is such a sweet individual. She is always kind and considerate of others. She goes above and beyond what is expected of her. She is a hard worker and has done a great job completing her work remotely at this time. Keep up the great work Ava!! Continue to be that sweet individual you are.
Aiden- Aiden has risen above so many challenges. He continues to push through even things may be tough. I love getting to see Aiden’s smile when he grasps a concept and when he doesn’t give up. Keep up the great work Aiden and for being such a wonderful friend to others.
Wayland- Wayland always brings a positive energy to the room even in a remote setting. Wayland I so appreciate your humor and your zest for learning. Wayland has done a great job having a positive attitude and working hard during this time. Keep up the great work!!
Maddox- Maddox has contagious energy that you can’t help but receive. I love how Maddox gets excited about learning even from home. He is so excited to share all of the information/knowledge he acquires. I also love how Maddox is so supportive of others. Keep being you Maddox!!
Wyatt- Life has been busy for the Cloward family. They have a new family member and I don’t mean another human. The Cloward Family recently welcomed a new colt to the family. The family has been busy taking care of the animals in the family along with doing their schoolwork. I wanted to give a shout out to Wyatt for taking on his work independently at times and doing a fabulous job! Way to be a learner Wyatt!! Keep up the great work and being responsible.
Mrs. Kimball- Second
Ava is one smart cookie. She knows what she wants and is willing to tell you why. I also love that I share a passion for reading with Ava!
Levi is someone who can be asked to do any task and his answer is always yes. I appreciate Levi’s willingness to help out and be a team player!
Keigan is a funny guy! He loves to tell jokes 😊 He knows a lot about hockey and I have learned a lot from him on the topic! Keigan also has a sweet side and can be very caring.
Derrick is very thoughtful and often asks others about themselves. He is always looking to share and be kind and is willing to take on odd jobs for me.
Mrs. Ford- Third
Duke Demmons – Duke is charismatic and has great energy. He always has great stories to tell and you will often find him with a smile on his face. He is also a big Bobcat fan!
Skyler Taylor – Skyler is kind and has a gentle personality. I am so proud of the effort he has made with online learning and it has been fun to learn more about Skyler through our video chats each week.
Aliyah Lucas – Aliyah has a great personality. She is funny, witty, and very athletic. When Aliyah puts her mind to something, the possibilities are endless! In addition to learning from home, Aliyah has stayed busy taking care of her pets and playing outdoors!
Dereyen McEwen – Dereyen is a neat kid. He’s creative, has a great personality, and he really enjoys science! Dereyen has made great growth this year as a result of his hard work and dedication to learning.
Josey Tiensvold has had a great energy in our class chats. She is always excited to see her fellow classmates and gives everyone a laugh. She also has been working hard and figuring out technology like a pro!!
Jessie Stovall is a joy to have and to get to see almost every day. I enjoy her desire to work hard and to give everything her best effort!
Letty Vaca has done such a wonderful job when getting online and completing assignments. She also has gotten very creative with crafting and being a part of our virtual crochet club!
Hailie O’Leary has done an excellent job especially after a slight change in their family routine. I can always depend on her to work hard and I love how I get to see her often in video chats!
Oscar Ping is definitely a smile that I miss! He has stayed very cool and confident during this crazy time. I also do appreciate his wonderful sense of humor and wittiness!
Carley Watson-Kleeman – Carley is incredibly kind and respectful to everyone - a true leader! She is sensitive and very thoughtful of others’ feelings. She is also attentive and responsible way beyond her years. She takes school seriously and I have no doubt that she is headed for great things!
Gavin Kynett – Gavin is just one of those kids that everyone should have as a friend! He is kind, loyal, and has a great sense of humor. He has really applied himself this year to trying his best, and as a result, he has accomplished a ton!
Phillip Lamere – Phillip is a gentle, kindhearted kid! I love his willingness and excitement to share the gems he enjoys collecting with the class and me. He has worked extremely hard during this time at home to keep up with his schoolwork! Way to go Phillip!
Athena Harris – Athena has such a great spark to her energetic personality! She can brighten a room with just her smile and her kindness. She has a lot of knowledge and experience to share, and I love that I’ve learned so much more about her since remote learning has started!
Alivia Agee- Alvia has been someone who always has loved to participate in class. She enjoys drawing and coloring. Although Alivia’s taste in music (Shawn Mendez) isn’t great, she is a joy to have in class.
Chance Johnson- I have had such a great time with Chance this year. Chance loves hands on activities and will build things whenever you give him a “chance” too. Chance also enjoys the Abba song, “Take a Chance on Me.” I am proud of you!
Elijah Rundle- Elijah is a very caring kid. He loves spending time with everyone. Elijah is open and genuine. I really enjoyed getting to play games with him during recess. I miss you buddy!
Sharlise Hill- I have loved getting to see Shar’s personality come out after school with the “SACC Crew.” During school, Shar is quiet and works very hard. I have loved getting to watch some movies with her during our class’s weekend Netflix Parties. Shar loves thinking outside the box and challenges. I loved getting to play Lumino City with Shar and beating the game! Keep working hard Sharmander!
Caden B.- Caden continues to work very hard and continues to take his assignments seriously. He has tried to stay involved with our class chats the best he can. He is never afraid to ask questions which I love about him! He is ready for the next step and I am very proud of him!
Chase- Chase continues to work hard even remotely. He is super responsible and kind to those around him. I love how he likes to follow the rules. Excited to see his transition to middle school.
Corey- Corey has been getting his work done while also getting to spend time with his family (see his cool camping picture below)! He continues to strive for excellence and has done an amazing job! I really miss seeing his smile!
Katelynn- Katelynn has been doing a great job of keeping up with her schoolwork during remote learning. She is silly, sassy, and hardworking! Keep up the good work!
Brook- Brook is such a sweetheart! She is a delight to have in my class! She is very kind and loving toward those around her. She has stayed engaged during this time and we have loved seeing her during out class chats!
Bode: Bode is a dedicated hardworking student! He has been engaged from day 1 with remote learning and attends most of the class chats. During this time Bode has been riding his horse and helping around the house. I truly enjoy having him in my class!
Lane: Lane has recently kicked it into high gear when it comes to remote learning. He has been working hard on each assignment and it shows. During this time Lane has been spending his time camping, fishing and most recently setting up a pool. Lane has a kind heart and his willing to help his classmates whenever possible.
Thaidyn: Thaidyn is a kind girl with a great love for animals and her fellow classmates! She has a lot of energy and spunk that makes you super fun to be around. During this time, she has been helping with her new baby sister and younger siblings. Thaidyn thank you for being such a great part of our class!
Xavier: I can’t think of Xavier without a smile on my face! He is a wonderful addition to Warren this year. Xavier has been responsible and has been working super hard on his schoolwork. When he is not doing his schoolwork, Xavier can be found on wheels from his bike to dirt bike to skateboard he is always rolling somewhere.
Clayton: Clayton is a kindhearted kiddo who just wants the best for everyone. During remote learning he has worked so hard to complete all his assignments and playing lots of games like YU-GI-OH. Clayton has an amazing imagination and can tell great stories. I truly love having Clayton in my class!
Urijah: Urijah always brings a positive, calming energy to every room he enters. Urijah, I so appreciate your smile, positivity, and your enthusiasm for learning! Urijah has done a great job having a positive attitude and working hard during this time. Thank you for being a positive part of our class!
The Read to Ride Program is awarding 6 bikes per school (one for each grade). Children earn an entry for each 30 minutes they read (or are read to). The bikes are beautiful bikes from Big Sky Cycling.
Full details and forms can be found on the link below. The deadline for the Read to Ride Program has been extended to May 22 for each elementary student.
School Lunch Grab & Go
Deliveries will take place 3 days per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
- Monday will include Monday and Tuesday’s breakfast and lunch meals.
- Wednesday will include Wednesday and Thursday’s breakfast and lunch meals.
- Friday will include Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s breakfast and lunch meals.
- Bryant 11:45 - 1:00
- Broadwater 10:00 - 11:15
- Central 1:15 - 2:00
- 4 Georgians 10:00 - 11:15
- Warren 11:45 - 1:00
- Dollar Tree 10:00 - 11:15
- CVS (603 N Montana) 11:45-1:00
- Bob’s Valley Market 10:15-11:30
- Rossiter Elementary 12:00-1:00
- Smith 1:30-2:00
- Kessler 1:30-2:00
Parents do not need to have their children with them to receive these meals.
These sites are still free to any child 1-18 years of age no matter where they are from or if they are school age.
Warren Netiquette Expectations
- Class meetings are only allowed when a teacher or staff member is present!
- Be KIND
- Only provide appropriate responses to questions, limit the emojis during class discussions
- Include everyone
- Limit distractions during TEAMS meetings and focus on the teachers questions or class discussion.
Look for the K-5 remote learning framework from your child's/ children's teacher Monday morning. Each week your child’s/children’s teacher(s) will send you the weekly work by 8:30. The framework was designed to be accessible and manageable for families. Your child/children will be assigned two English arts assignments, two math assignments, specialist assignments (music, PE, library, counseling), and supplementary science/social studies assignments. Weekly assignments will be due to your child’s/children’s teachers by noon on Friday. Therefore, students can work on the weekly assignments whenever it fits into your family’s schedule. Teachers will be reaching out if they have not heard from a student in a couple of days. We want to stay connected.
Keep us updated on how learning is going. We recognize that we all are navigating different challenges during this unprecedented time. If you are struggling to get work completed, reach out. If you need more work for your child/children, reach out. If your child is feeling sad, reach out. If you are feeling overwhelmed or confused, reach out. We want to know how we can support your family.
Mrs. Wilkins will be reaching out to families on Monday’s ) if students work from the prior week has not been submitted. The goal of the phone call will not be a “gotchya”; the phone call will be an inquiry on how Mrs. Wilkins can help support your child’s/children’s education. We may no longer be in our building, but we have already shown that our community is strong and will work hard to best support the needs of all our students.