Will Rogers Roundup
For the week of November 20, 2023
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Dear Will Rogers Learning Community Parents and Guardians,
It is a short week, with regular school days and hours Monday and Tuesday. On behalf of the Will Rogers staff, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving Break with you family, friends and loved ones. I am grateful each day for the caring and inclusive community we have built at Rogers!
BRAVO, to our students who attended and presented at the SMMUSD school board meeting last week. You make us so proud!
Thank you to those who volunteered at our fantastic RODEO dance this past Friday evening. It is a joy to watch our community come together for fun.
Principal Lila Daruty, WRLC
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
11/22-11/24 Thanksgiving Break: No School
Thurs. 11/30 ELAC meeting @8:30 a.m.
Thurs. 11/30 School Site Council Meeting @ 3:10 p.m
12/6 PTA Executive Board Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.
12/18 School Tour For Prospective new parents RSVP here @ 9:00 a.m.
12/22 Grade Level Winter Choral Concerts ( Times per grade level to follow)
12/25- 1/5 Winter Break
SMMUSD 2023-2024 Calendar
PHASE 1 construction area: In preparation for Phase 1 of construction, which is set to begin during winter break, more temporary fencing was installed around the trailers to indicate the area is off limits. Students will be directed to play away from this area.
Shade structure update: This past weekend, more work was completed to install the shade structure on the 1st grade yard. The shade shelter for outdoor student eating will be completed soon!
Portable restroom installation: TBD. Sometime between now and winter break, I will keep you updated.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Program of Inquiry Units of Study
Most grade levels are working on either their 2nd or 3rd unit. Here's what each grade level worked on this past week.
Kindergarten - The students learned about sun vs. shade.
First Grade - The students learned about light sources. They also started working on creating scenes for their final project.
Second Grade - The students were introduced to their new unit with a provocation letter about making glue for the school. The students also explored properties of materials.
Third Grade - The students created their PSA for their 'How We Organize Ourselves Unit'.
Fourth Grade - The students observed their sedimentary rock formation models and were introduced to their final project for this unit.
Fifth Grade - The students learned about producers in an ecosystem. The students came to the STEM Lab to do photosynthesis lab where they learned how leaves produce oxygen (see pictures below).
California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)
Every year, our district asks our staff and families to complete the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), an anonymous, confidential survey of school climate and safety, student wellness, and youth resiliency. Your input is very important to us. Please go to this link for more information. Use this link to complete the survey. We really appreciate your time and input on this.
Cada año, nuestro distrito les pide a nuestro personal y familias que completen la Encuesta de Niños Saludables de California (CHKS), una encuesta anónima y confidencial sobre el entorno y la seguridad escolares, el bienestar de los estudiantes y la capacidad de recuperación de los jóvenes. Su opinión es muy importante para nosotros. Por favor haga clic en este enlace para más información. Haga clic en este enlace para realizar la encuesta. Agradecemos su tiempo y aportes en esto. Por favor, háganos saber si tiene alguna pregunta. ¡Muchisimas Gracias!
LOST AND FOUND
PEACEMAKERS at Rogers!
Will Rogers Learning Community is dedicated to creating a cooperative community where students can learn the value of conflict, strategies for managing conflict, and problem solving skills for win-win solutions to conflict. Near the close of last school year students in 3rd and 4th grades, nominated peers to be trained as a Peacemaker. We encouraged students to apply based on their desire to help others and their school. Peacemakers are current 4th and 5th grade peer mediators who are trained in mediation and negotiation skills in order to assist other students in resolving conflicts peacefully.
We are very proud of our Peacemakers for their dedication and support of the community at Will Rogers. They are easy to spot on the yard proudly wearing their Peacemaker jackets ready for service!
If you have any questions about this valuable program you can reach out to our school counselor Khatija Dadabhoy firstname.lastname@example.org who helps facilitate this NEW program!
"Oops, I forgot!" table
Mornings are busy and sometimes students leave for school without their water bottle, instrument or homework. In an effort to reduce classroom interruptions and to support students with developing responsibility, please use our "Oops, I forgot" table. It is located outside the main office.
Make a plan with your child that if they leave something at home, a parent may drop it off in the office. We will place their labeled item on the "Oops, I forgot table." During their recess or on their way to lunch, they may check the table for a forgotten item.
Please communicate this plan with your child, so they know there is place for parents to drop-off items they may have left at home!
Looking for parent volunteers at LUNCHTIME!
We could use your support at recess lunchtime! If you would like to volunteer your time to support our students during recess or lunch, please complete this Google Form. We can really use your help and it can be a lot of fun! You can facilitate an organized game and just be there to support students as they play with each other. If you have already been cleared as a volunteer, you’ll meet with our assistant principal, Ms. González, to review yard expectations before starting. If you have not been cleared, you’ll need to complete the process to be a volunteer. Yard expectations will now be included as part of the volunteer training. Our volunteer training dates are listed on our school calendar.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Gabriela González, M. Ed, NBCT
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