Whitehall Elementary School

May/June 2019 Edition

SC Ready and SC PASS State Assessment

Students in grades 3-5 will be taking the state assessments this month. Please help our school by ensuring students get a good night's sleep, be at school on time each day, and encourage your child to do their very best on the state assessments. Students and teachers work hard all year and we want the world to see their dedication, perseverance, and hard work.

The schedule for testing is below:

May 9 and 10-ELA for 3rd grade students

May 20-21-ELA for 4th-5th grade students

May 22-Math for 3rd-5th grade students

May 23-Science for 4th grade students

May 23-Social Studies for 5th grade students

*State assessment testing is required for all students in 3rd-5th grades. Please help Whitehall by having students at school on time and avoiding early dismissals on the scheduled testing days. We have several events scheduled throughout May. Our goal is for all students to be here on scheduled test days so they will not miss any events due to taking a make-up test.

Teacher Appreciation Week-May 6-10

Let's celebrate our hard working, committed, and passionate World Changing Eduheroes next week. If you have a chance, send an email or write a note of appreciation to the teachers who have helped your child be successful during their time at school.

Interesting Teacher Facts:

  • A teacher’s contract day does not include time spent at home planning lessons or grading student work. Working at home can take hours in the evening and can consist of planning the next day’s lesson, collaborating with their peers ( text, Facetime, phone call) attending classes, and/or using the weekend to plan individualized and differentiated lessons.

  • Clara Barton (1831–1912) is best known for founding the American Red Cross, but she was also a respected teacher. She even opened a free public school in New Jersey at a time when there were almost none in the area.

Educators in Action

Awards Celebrations for K4-5th Grades

June 3

K5 Awards-8:15

1st Awards-9:00

2nd Awards-9:45

3rd Awards-10:30

4th Awards-11:15

June 4

5th Grade Celebration-9:00

June 5

K4 Awards-9:15

May/June Dates

May 2-Skate Night 6-8PM (all students must be accompanied by an adult)

May 2-Ice Cream Day

May 3-Tape the Principal to the Wall PTO fundraiser ends

May 3-K5 Field Trip

May 6-10-Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6-4th Grade Field Trip

May 7-5th Grade Field Trip

May 8-Progress Reports

May 8-Writer's Guild-9:45

May 9-10-SC Ready ELA days for 3rd Grade Students

May 10-All Student Library Books Are Due

May 14-Ice Cream Day

May 15-Last day for 4th and 5th Grade After School Program

May 16- Kona Ice Day

May 20-21-SC Ready ELA days for 4th and 5th Grade Students

May 22-SC Ready Math days for 3rd-5th Grade Students

May 23-SC PASS Science for 4th Grade Students

May 23- SC PASS Social Studies for 5th Grade Students

May 24-K5 Water Day

May 27-No School

May 28-Writer's Guild-9:45

May 29-Tape the Principal to the Wall Day

May 30-K-2 Field Day

May 30-Ice Cream Day

May 31-3rd-5th Field Day

May 31-Kona Ice Day

June 3-K5-4th Award's Day






June 4-5th Grade Celebration-9:00/Classroom Parties

June 5-K4 Awards-9:15

June 6-Students Dismissed at 11:15

June 6-Last Day for Students

June 6-Report Cards

June 7-Last Day for Teachers

June 10-First Day of 3rd Grade Summer Reading Camp at Whitehall (by invitation only)

June 10-EPIC Summer Camp at New Prospect (by invitation only)

Summer Fun

Summer vacation starts for students at the end of the school day on June 6! Students will be dismissed at 11:15 on June 6. Please make arrangements for students to be picked up or ensure someone is at the bus stop to receive your child. Students are required to attend school through June 6. Attendance will be taken through the last day of school.

Summer Reading Book Packs

Wholeheartedly Helping Everyone Succeed

Our goal is for students to read at least 20 minutes a day during the summer to prevent a "summer slide". According to Education Week, the average student loses one to three months of learning over summer.

So, students will be allowed to pick out 4-5 free brand new books to add to their home libraries. We are so excited that our district has afforded us the opportunity to be able to give our students books! Thank you Anderson District Five!

Students will be asked to turn in a log of their reading time when they return to school in August. For the students that meet the minimum required summer reading, the WHES faculty and staff will have an exciting fun-filled surprise planned.

More information about Summer Reading will come home soon from our Reading Coach, Mrs. Amy Sanderson.