Black Cat Bulletin

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

May 2017

From Our Principal...

Dear families,


We are coming up to the home stretch of the school year! It's the time of year I begin to thank my lucky stars for the time I've had with your children. I feel especially lucky to have spent significant time with our 5th graders--even with their end-of-the-year enthusiasm, their are-we-there-yet mentality, and their beyond-their-years wisdom and wit, they are leaving an indelible mark on our school community and in our hearts here at WT. It's been such a pleasure to watch them grow and develop and stretch their wings, reach into new ways of thinking, and learn from their decisions. You can be very proud of the young people they are growing into. We certainly are, and they will be missed! Let them come visit when you can. We welcome them back here to their elementary home.


If you have had the opportunity to be in our school lately, you will have noticed the enthusiasm, confidence, and growth of our students--in every sense of the word! We are so proud of our students and their efforts, and we have lots more to teach them in the next couple of weeks. Help us keep them focused on their growth and their learning, right up to the last day of school! We'll keep it fun, but we are keeping our sights set on making every day count.


Yesterday began the week of Teacher Appreciation, and so many parents have contributed in a variety of ways to lifting our teachers up. For that, I wish to thank you on behalf of our staff. We started Monday with a great breakfast, and our refrigerators are stocked for a great week of treats! Many are sending in notes or other items to teachers, as well. You would not believe how much a heart-felt note, or a kind word means to a teacher. We keep those for our entire careers, often in a folder or box labeled "bright spots" or something similar that we can refer to when we need a pick-me-up. So if you're wondering what that PERFECT gift is? A sweet note telling your child's teachers what they mean to you, and/or to your child is often the best gift there is. I know those continue to be my favorite gifts from my 25+ years in education!


Enjoy these last weeks as your children grow and learn with their teachers and their friends!


Sincerely,


Katie White

principal

From Our Principal Intern...

Starting strong is good. Finishing strong is epic.

– Robin Sharma


The school year is beginning to wrap up and excitement is building in the halls. Students are eagerly looking forward to the start of summer and a fresh year. Our 5th graders anxiously await the beginning of middle school and a brand new class of kindergartners are ready to being their school careers. As we prepare for new beginnings, encourage your student to finish the year STRONG.


Review Learning


Take time this month to talk with your child about the learning which has taken place this year. Consider spending a short time each evening review key learning and opportunities your child has taken part in through the year. Remember, while academics are important and crucial in your child's development, many lessons have taken place throughout the year. Students have learned key leadership and life skills through interaction with others at school. Spend time celebrating the successes your child has encountered in the past 10 months and they challenges they have overcome!


Goal Setting


It's never too late to set a goal for improvement. Help your child set a goal for the remainder of the school year. This could be a goal to master a skill which has been particularly troublesome for them or to move to the next level with a skill they feel comfortable with. Create a plan for students to make steps towards meeting their goals and assist them as they monitor their progress. This is an excellent way to ensure students are working up to the end of the school year and taking ownership for their learning.


Thank you for all of your support this year. With your help, our students will end the year strong and greet the next year on a note of success! I look forward to seeing the learning we accomplish.

From Our Counselor...

Got GRIT??

by Kayla Marston, M.Ed.


What it is, why it’s important, and how to help your child get it.

Grit is defined as having perseverance and passion for long-term goals and working hard toward challenges, even when failure and adversity presents itself.

Grit is a “non-cognitive” skill, similar to self-control, resiliency, and curiosity.


Researchers now realize that grit is as important, if not more, than academic skills!

We know that teaching literacy and math skills are important for a student’s long- term success. But what happens when the math gets a little tricky? Or when the reading is “boring”? What keeps a student from giving up? G R I T! That’s what!


And, grit can be taught.


Here’s how to help your child develop grit:


1. Praise the effort, not the grade. When you praise the “stick-to-it-ness” of your child’s efforts, they will be more determined to continue working hard. Praising your child’s hard work will encourage them not to give up.


2. Let them struggle. As hard as it is to see your child struggle, they need to learn how to work through frustration and failure. If you swoop in and save them before they fail, they will never learn how to deal with failure, which is a part of life. While they’re struggling, praise their effort!


3. Create and talk about your own goals. If your goal is to clean the basement, repaint the bedroom, or run that half-marathon, talk about it as a family. Share what small steps you are taking along the way to meet your goal, and talk about your own struggles and how you plan to get past them.


4. Keep and model an open mindset. An open mindset is believing that things can change, that we can improve our skills and knowledge, and that we can get past challenges. Instead of saying, “I can’t do this!” you can say, “I can’t do this....yet.”


5. Find ways to challenge your child. Encourage your child to try new things, even if they aren’t sure they’re any good at it. Trying new things is how we learn from our mistakes. Give them age-appropriate chores at home. Find new hobbies and involve your child. Praise their effort along the way!


For more information about grit, check out the UPenn website, with work by Psychologist Angela Duckworth: https://sites.sas.upenn.edu/duckworth

INFORMATION

Notes From The Nurse

Hello summer!

We are fast approaching the end of the school year! I would like to remind you if your child has medicine here at the school it will need to be picked up by the last day of school May 19th. If you have filled out the medication release form allowing me to send the medication home with your child it will done so the last week of school, so please check your child’s backpack. If you have any questions please call 812-435-8736. Have a great summer!

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!

HOSPITALITY ROOM/VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION on Field Day in the Media Center

To honor all the hard work that our volunteers for the year (and for Field Day) do for us, we will be providing snacks and drinks in the Media Center all day on May 12. Please stop by and grab a snack, a sandwich, a drink, and know how much you are appreciated! We couldn't do these wonderful things without YOU!!

STAFF CHANGES

Staff Leaving West Terrace

We do have some staff members who will be leaving West Terrace and we wish them well and thank them for their years of service to our community. Mrs. Gower, Mrs. Ritzert, Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Uloth, and Mrs. Peggy Jewell will all be taking new positions elsewhere, and Mrs. Georgette will be retiring. We have been blessed to have them each here to make our school more special because of the gifts each of them have brought. We will miss each of you!

New Staff

Next year we'll have Ms. Megan Murphy joining our 4th grade team, teaching English Language Arts. She student taught here at West Terrace this year and finished the year teaching in a third grade class. We are thrilled to welcome her to our staff permanently!


Mr. Nicholas Iaccarino will be returning to Evansville from Nashville, TN to join our 2nd grade team. We are excited to have him share his talents and experiences with us next year!


Other new staff members will be announced as they are hired if it is this school year, or closer to the fall if it is over the summer.

Gems From the Gym

As our school year is rapidly concluding, I find myself reflecting on the lessons I’ve taught my students and hoping they will remember them over the summer months. The focus this year has emphasized a “Go Challenge” for ourselves to eat foods that are rich in proteins, grains, and vitamins while maintaining a plan of physical activity every day for at least one hour a day. Our students know the “GO, SLOW, and WHOA” rules of healthy eating, they can name numerous ways to get physical activity that are fun and exciting, and hopefully the mental seeds are sewn and now growing into a desire for strong and healthy bodies that will last them their entire lifetime. I am so proud of these lessons that were taught and learned in gym class this year, as these are the lessons used forever.

During the summer months, I hope that our kids will continue to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, play outside, and have loads of fun in all of their physical activities!!

Keep it Real fun, Real safe, and Real active,

Mrs. Davis

Supply Lists

Online Ordering Option for Supply Lists

Once again, we will be offering the online ordering for school supplies. The process to order online gets easier every year! Just click on the link below and you can order your kits to be delivered right to school. THE SALE STARTS NOW AND FREE SHIPPING ENDS JUNE 5.


We will also provide the lists of items with your child's report card in case you prefer to purchase the items locally.


Easy Ordering Instructions

✓ Visit www.write-stuff.com/storefront/school/westterrace

✓ Select kit needed for the 2017-18 school year

✓ Enter student information

✓ Follow prompts to check out!

Orders placed by 6/5 ship to school for FREE.

After 6/5 will ship to home or office; standard shipping rates apply.

Last date to order before school starts July 7th.

Questions? Please contact your school coordinator: April Weyer - weyer1025@yahoo.com Phone orders accepted M-F 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CST

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Volunteer Applications for 17-18 School Year

Volunteer applications must be submitted each school year. To help alleviate the influx of applications in the beginning of the school year, you may want submit your application for the 17-18 school year after June 1, 2017 so that downtown can begin processing them quicker. We hope that this earlier submission time will help reduce the wait time when we return in the fall.

EVSC STEM Summer Camp

PAWS ON PARADE

1st Cooper Johnson 3rd grade Mrs. Bass

Tied 2nd Jayden Folz 3rd grd Mrs. Allen

Tied 2nd Nolan Hanmore 3rd grd Mrs. Bass

3rd Isaac Kisner 3rd grd Mrs. Allen

4th Nolan Bigham 2nd grd Mrs. Kavanaugh

5th Rowyn Weiss 1st grd Mrs. Corressell

Recycling News

Please remember to recycle your aluminum cans here at West Terrace! We have a recycle cage in the east side parking lot right next to the blue recycle dumpsters. All proceeds go to help our school!

As a reminder, we no longer collect plastic caps for recycling at West Terrace.

Thank you to everyone for helping our school!

Calendar Link--click below for calendar

Important Dates

May 1 Principal’s Day

May 1-5 Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3 6:00pm – 7:00pm Dress Rehearsal Spark Spring Concert - AIS Diamond

May 4 6:30pm – 7:30pm Spark Spring Concert - AIS Diamond

May 6-12 Nurse Appreciation Week

May 9 5th Grade Perry Heights Visit

May 9 6:30pm – 8:00pm 5th Grade Honors Banquet - Gym

May 12 Field Day

May 15 Field Day Rain Date

May 16 6:00pm – 8:00pm Talent Show Evening Performance – Gym

May 17 9:00am – 1:30pm 5th Grade Blackcat Bash

May 18 8:30-1:30 4th Grade Field Trip – Lincoln National

May 18 9:00am – 11:00am Recognition Day 5th Grade - Gym

May 19 Last Day of School

August 6 Back to School Movie Night

August 7 2nd Grade Meet the Teacher 6:00 pm

August 8 Meet the Teachers Night 1st-5:30 pm, 3rd-6:00, 4th-6:30 pm, 5th-7:00 pm

August 9 1st day of 2017-'18 School Year

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Important policy reminders

Drop Off/Pick Up

Morning Drop Off

This is a reminder that morning drop off may not occur before 7:45. While we ARE opening the gate to allow cars to leave West Terrace Drive, we ask that you keep children in your car until 7:45. Teachers are not on duty for supervision before 7:45. Thank you for your understanding.

No Passing Zone

Please remember the back parking lot is a NO Passing Zone unless you are directed to pass by an adult on duty. We will do everything we can to be sure we have a safe environment for all moving vehicles, and for our precious children and staff!

Lunch Box Bringers

If you send your child to school with a lunch box, please be sure to send a spoon or fork, napkins, etcetera. These items are not provided to the school to give to students who do not purchase a tray. Thank you for your understanding!

Change of Plans--DISMISSAL CHANGES

All changes in transportation should be made in writing to the teacher. If there is an emergency and you need to change the way your child goes home, please call the office.


Emailing teachers, texting, or other means of communication are not reliable, and we request that no transportation changes be given to the teachers during the day. Too many times teachers are called out of the building, go home ill, have a substitute, are in meetings, etcetera and the changes aren't received. We also want teachers to be teaching, not worrying that they missed an important email or text during the day. Finally, we keep record of last minute changes in the office so that we can be sure the communications are given and children are delivered safely, so please, please call the office.


Changes cannot be guaranteed after 2:00 p.m. PLEASE call before 2:00.

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Lunch Accounts

With the end of the school year quickly approaching; it is necessary to have your child's lunch accounts paid in full. Please contact Gail Lashley if you have any questions. 812-435-8737

MAY

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JOIN THE WEST TERRACE PTA!

President: Jenny Fuquay

Vice-President: Sandi Davis

Secretary: Tera Babb

Treasurer: April Coughlin

Extended Care

As the school year is winding down and Spring Sports are starting, it is hard to believe this

school year is coming to an end. I can feel the excitement our kids are exuding getting ready for

the summer. Many of our kids are moving on to Perry Heights and we wish them the best

of luck in their new school and experiences forthcoming. For the rest of you, we hope you

have a fun/safe summer and we’ll see you back in August.

Reminder: Fees through the last day of school (May 19th) are due by the 8th to ensure our

books are closed in a timely manner and payments are properly posted. Thank you for your

support this school year. I can’t wait to see you in August and hear all about your summer

activities.

Barbara Grant

Extended Care Coordinator

Community Outreach

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Jenna Hancock-Wargel Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (Click here for more information)

THIS YEAR'S STAFF

Please help us welcome the following staff members to our teams.


Here are the specific grade level assignments:


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

Cindy Hamon, rm 5


Second Grade

Vera Emmons, rm 9

Carie Kingery, rm 10

Trisha Kavanaugh, rm 15

Amy Nau, rm 12



Third Grade

Janette Allen, rm 16/ Stephanie Scheu, rm 16

Robin Bass, rm 19/ Denise Strawn, rm 18

Megan Murphy, rm 23


Fourth Grade

Shelly DeWeese, rm 22/ Lindsey Stine, rm 29

Audrey Gower, rm 24/Sarah Stoltz, rm 17


Fifth Grade

Trish Toelle, rm 26/Renee Schefer, rm 27

Cassie Curl, rm 28/Simone Nance, rm 25


Special Ed

LIfeskills:

Jennifer Bennett, rm 4

Sarah Walls, rm 2

Resource:

Renae 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

Bethany Lynch, Principal Intern

April Coughlin, Counselor

Sheri Moore, Principal's Secretary

Nicole Smith, Secretary/Receptionist

Christine Hamilton, Nurse

Peggy Jewell, Media Aide