Wolf Creek Weekly

Building Pathways To Success

From The Principal's Desk January 22, 2019

Greetings!


Please be reminded to update your calendars for semester. We have various events and school activities that we be hold during 2nd semester.


The number of completed surveys is very low. We need your help! Our Georgia Parent survey is open now. We need your support. We have only 81 surveys completed to date. Our goal is 300 up from 200 last year. Please see below for more information.


Georgia Parent Survey:

http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents


Coming soon... Bosterthon Fun Run! Boosterthon is one of two of our annual fundraisers. We are excited to host our 2nd Boosterthon Fun run. This year our run will be called a Love Run since it falls on Valentine's Day! Hosting a Fun Run means there is no selling or delivering products. Once our program begins on Tuesday, February 5th, family and friends anywhere in the world can support our school by giving pledges toward the number of laps your students will run on the day of the Fun Run: Thursday, February 14th.


Our Fun Run will be powered by the Boosterthon Fun Run, a fun organization that organizes Fun Runs all over the country. This year 2,900 schools like ours will run their fun run through Boosterthon. We’re excited for their expertise and making this EASY on everyone involved—including you!

Our Fun Run also comes with a world-class character theme. This year’s theme is MINDSPARK MYSTERY LAB, combining S.T.E.A.M skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) with character-building. While they're teaming up with the MindSpark Kids to solve mysteries, our students will learn five 21st-century character traits that will help strengthen themselves and our world.

Through this year’s Fun Run, our school goal is to raise $30,000 for literacy and math programs in addition to teacher grants. Parents, we need YOUR help! Last year your met this goal and afforded our PTA to do many great things for the school.

Students will watch this initial video tomorrow to lick off the fundraiser. https://vimeo.com/279380471/467a72b20f


We hope that you will join us at the Love Run event on February 14th!


Lets's have fun!


Please check the school website often. We update the site regularly. The school calendar, handbooks, PTA and SGC information can be found there.


We are looking forward to a great year!


Thanks for all you do! Let's Go Wolves!


In Partnership,


Principal Glass

5 STARS! Let's get it!


Parents, the 2018-17 Georgia Parent Survey is open for this school year. The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone or tablet. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, you may use computers at the school. Please visit our Parent Resource Center.


Last year we reached our goal of 200 completed surveys! This was an increase from 2016-17. Let's reach 300+ this year. So far we only have 81 surveys completed. I know we can do it! Thanks in advance for your completion.


Be reminded, that this rating is open to the public and establishes the overall climate rating for our school and our local community. These survey results often "paint the picture" of our residential areas and impact the story for prospective home owners. We want to ensure that we are supporting our school in the most positive way. As shared in our results from last year, we had an awesome 2017-18 school year and want to do even better this year! You helped make us 4 STARS, now lets hit 5 STARS!. If there are specific school concerns, we ask that you contact the school directly and allow the school to address those concerns locally. Copies of the 2017-18 results are available in our Parent Resource Center.


All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey. The data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. Results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.


Georgia Parent Survey:

http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents



Thanks for your support.

Increasing Literacy at WCES

Go to your child's Fulton County Launchpad account:


https://launchpad.classlink.com/fcs?loggedout=1



Promoting Family Literacy: Raising Ready Readers


Children raised in homes that promote family literacy grow up to be better readers and do better in school than children raised in homes where literacy is not promoted. Family literacy activities are often based in reading, there are lots of other ways families can conduct literacy activities at home through picture books, songs, poetry and storytelling. Family literacy is defined as home literacy activities that provide literacy skill-building opportunities for young children while enhancing literacy skill development in all members of the family. While researching family literacy you will often come across terms like, "literacy-rich homes," "family-focused reading" and the importance of building strong "home-school communication."

Books: Key Members of Your Family

One of the easiest ways to show your child the importance of reading is to make a special place to store your child's books. Assigning a place for your child's books shows your child that books are special and deserve an organized storage place all their own. Making room on a bottom shelf of the family bookcase or placing books in a drawer within your child's reach are great ways to create a home library. Parents and family members should model how to organize books on the shelf and teach children how to handle books as a way to promote ownership of the library.


Storytelling: Talking about Family History and Creating New Adventures

One of the best ways to help foster family literacy in the home is to encourage all family members to engage in storytelling. Not only is storytelling a great way to share family history, it is also a great way to engage all members of the family -- especially those who are building literacy skills regardless of their age. Start by having an older member of the family tell a story about a major family event (wedding, birthday, graduation). Afterward, ask a younger member of the family to re-tell the story in his or her own words. Family members should be supportive when the child misses an important element and help the child pronounce key vocabulary words like names of relatives, locations, etc. This activity helps build vocabulary, understand sequencing and recall information.


Writing Notes: Connecting Family and Friends

Learning to read and learning to write go hand in hand. It is important to practice and encourage emerging writing skills with young children and those new to learning a language. One way to encourage writing practice is to have family members leave notes for one another on a regular basis. Leaving a note in a lunch box, taping a note to the mirror in the hallway or slipping a note under a pillow are great ways to reinforce the importance of writing to communicate information. Children should be encouraged to send notes at every stage of their development -- from scribbles to sentences.


Using the Library with the Whole Family

Visiting the library together is a great way to foster family literacy activities. Not only do libraries often offer access to books on a wide range of literacy levels and subjects, libraries often have books in several languages as well. Adults and children can improve their literacy skills by reading books in the family's first language and then reading the same book in English. By doing this, family members will build vocabulary, the ability to use context clues to learn new words, and enable adults to ask the child questions about the illustrations and predict what will happen next. Families should also visit the library to connect with community literacy projects, storytelling, tutoring and reading clubs.

Learning to love to read starts at an early age and often starts at home. If families make the effort to encourage, support and engage all aspects of literacy in their homes, children and family members will enjoy reading and writing together for the rest of their lives.




Reading is FUN!


Six Flags Reading Challenge is happening now. Encourage your child to read each night. Help them to record their minutes on the reading log. Students have to earn 360 minutes to earn a FREE Six Flags ticket for Summer 2019. All forms should be completed and submitted to your child's teacher by March 1, 2018.

Seek First to Understand Before Being Understood #5

I listen to others without interrupting.

I am confident in voicing
my ideas.


I look people in the eyes when talking.


I try to see things from their viewpoints.

Reminders...

Please note your calendars:

Awards Day Ceremonies


Please join us for our first semester honors programs as we celebrate the accomplishments of our students. We will honor students for academic achievement, exceptional character, attendance and more! ​ Invitations to honorees will be sent to individual parents.



Tuesday, January 29th



Kindergarten at 9:15-9:45​
First Grade at 8:45-9:15​

Second Grade at 8:15-8:45​

*All kindergarten-second grade ceremonies will be in the classroom. ​



Wednesday, January 30th


Fifth Grade at 8:15-9:00​

Fourth Grade at 9:15-10:00​

Third Grade at 10:15-11:00​
*All third-fifth grade ceremonies will be in the cafeteria


Honoree Criteria:

Principal’s Honor Roll - students who have earned all S’s (K-1) or A’s (2-5) in every subject for First Semester


Honor Roll - students earning a combination of S’ and one N in grades K- and 1st or A’s and B’s in grades 2nd – 5th on his/her report card for first semester


Perfect Attendance– students who have zero absences for the first Semester


Outstanding Citizenship - students who have demonstrated excellent work habits and a good attitude toward school and their classmates (PACK Principles exhibited/model for others, one student for P, one student for A, one student for C and one student for K will be recognized per class)


Most Improved - students who have made considerable gains in the area of academics

and/or behavior



College and Career Readiness! College SPIRIT Days! – One Tuesday a month, teachers and students will be able to sport their college gear to get the students PUMPED UP about going to college. Let's celebrate these days as an opportunity to educate our students about the college or university experiences.

Dates:

November 13th

December 12th

January 22nd

February 19th

March 19th

April 23rd

May 14th


A revision to this year’s school calendar was made. Here is a link to the Board item.

  • Change Friday, March 8, 2019 to a regular school day. This is currently a Teacher Work Day. This will be a regular school day for students. This revision will not change the total number of instruction days for students.


Staff members will be involved in Professional Development throughout the South Learning Community throughout the school year. Be sure to mark your calendars for future days when students are out of school. We have a few this year.


Wolf Creek ES will be closed on the following days.

September 13, 2018
October 29, 2018
February 19, 2018
March 13, 2018

Tilte 1 News

Please don't forget to visit our Parent Resource Room. Open Daily!


Our Parent Involvement Plan and School Home Compact has been sent home. Please read, sign and send the compacts back to school. Currently, we are at 50% signed and submitted. Our goal is 100% compacts signed.


Let's do it again! Last year we had 100% of parent compacts turned in! You rock!


***Sign up for Three For Me Volunteer program with our Parent Liaison, Ms. Sims!


Thanks for your support.

South Learning Community Meeting Schedule for Board Member/President Linda Bryant

Parents, please join us for our Community Meetings with our Board Member, President Linda Bryant.


August No Meeting

September - Monday, September 17 6:30 pm Camp Creek MS

October - Monday, October 15 6:00 pm Oakley ES

November - Monday, November 12 6:00 pm A Philip Randolph ES

December No Meeting

January - Tuesday, January 15 Joint w/ Kim Dove 6:00 pm Sandtown MS

February - Tuesday, February 19 6:00 pm Sandtown MS

March - Monday, March 18 6:00 pm Bear Creek MS

April - Monday, April 15 Joint w/Kim Dove 6:00pm Creekside HS

May - Monday, May 13 6:00 pm Westlake HS June No Meeting


June No Meeting

Wolf Creek Elementary PTA News



Good Morning,

Here are your weekly PTA announcements:

Fun Run coming soon!

Wolf Creek Elementary PTA has a goal to raise $30,000 for Math &Literacy Initiatives and to fund teacher grants.

By partnering with Boosterthon, our students will participate in a two-week, fitness-based fundraiser where they’ll learn essential character traits through this year’s theme: MINDSPARK MYSTERYLAB, preview the theme video athttps://vimeo.com/250955350/5e6cb39580

Last year, our school profited $31,000 to fund the Leader In Me Program and purchase new gym equipment. Help us reach our goal this year by connecting with sponsors (family, friends,businesses) to raise funds!

Important Dates:

Pledging Opens - 2/2 - Log on to FUNRUN.COM
Pep Rally - 2/5
Fun Run - 2/14 - SAVE THE DATE! You’re Invited!


Other news:

  • Fall Spirit Gear has arrived. Date and pick up time - please contact PTA.
  • If you have a business and would like to advertise for the Fun Run, please send us an email. Spaces are limited.
  • We will begin an online uniform consignment sale. Please like us on Facebook to participate.
  • Please sign up for Kroger (School ID: IQ238) and Publix Partners (under Wolf Creek Elementary) Community Rewards program. A percentage of your shopping comes directly to Wolf Creek. A hassle free option to generate funds to support our school.




Thanks and have a great week.


Our mailing address is:
Wolf Creek Elementary PTA
4440 Derrick Road
Atlanta, GA 30349

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Safety First!

Thanks for working with us to ensure safety for the students.


We still need your patience and support as we execute the morning drop off process. The cafeteria doors close at 7:35 AM each morning. Breakfast ends at that time. Students are tardy at 7:41 AM. Parents are asked to sign their children in and get a tardy pass prior to reporting to class. Parents who wish to walk their child to class must also sign in at the front desk.


Please help us by using the car rider loop in the front of the building for all student drop-offs in the mornings. The car rider loop moves fast but it does require some wait time and patience. This is the safest area for student drop offs. We have assigned staff to support students as they get out of cars. The bus ramp in the back is reserved for buses only. If parents are using the parking lot near the bus ramp area for parking, they are asked to park their vehicles and escort their child into the building. Students should not be dropped off and allowed to run across the bus ramp to enter the building. We want students to be safe. We had a few cars moving fairly fast in this area. This is a safety concern. Remember, the doors open at 7:10 AM for student arrival. Thanks in advance for your support. If we have parents that can volunteer in the bus ramp area, please let us know. We could use the extra hands and eyes to ensure safety for the students.


Identification Required: Please remember to bring your identification in with you when you visit the school. Parents that wish to move pass the front lobby/atrium area will need to sign in and receive a visitor's badge. Any persons checking out a student must also have an ID and be listed on the child's records for check out. Beginning August 13th, parents will be asked to return to the front office to sign in if they do not have a visible visitor's badge. All parents must have their liscenses scanned for the 2018-19 School year by the front office staff before being able to use the kiosk for signing in.


Volunteer Registration: To begin the volunteer process, please visit www.fultonschools.org and complete the child abuse reporting training and the online registration process. When registering, one must use their legal name as it appears on your government identification. The process is self-paced. On your first visit to the school, your government identification will be required.

http://www.fultonschools.org/en/community/Pages/volunteerfaq.aspx


Be reminded to complete the volunteer registration in advance if you are planning to attend field trips with your child's class as a chaperone.


Thanks for your support!

Our School Day Start/End Times

Thanks in advance for your support in ensuring that our students get to school each day on time and ready for instruction. Breakfast begins at 7:10 a.m. and ends at 7:35 a.m. daily so that we can ensure that students are in class on time to begin their instructional day. School instructional hours are from 7:40 a.m. —2:20 p.m. each day. Parents are asked to escort their children inside and sign them in if they are tardy. Help us protect the instructional day. Please limit early dismissal/check-outs. If needed, please do so before 2:00 PM. Remember keep your child’s pick up and emergency contacts updated and to sign in during each visit. ID is required for anyone visiting or checking your child our of school.

Wolf Creek Elementary School

Check out our school website for our school calendar and school updates.


Dionne C, Glass, Principal

glassdc@fultonschools.org


A. Nicole Canty, Assistant Principal

CantyA@fultonschools.org