Wolfsville Elementary News

December 2017

Message from the Principal

As we near the end of 2017, I find myself reflecting on the events of the year so far. Joining this wonderful community and serving as principal has been one of the best experiences of my career in education! This community has welcomed me with open arms and I am grateful for the opportunity to build meaningful relationships and share in the rich traditions that makes Wolfsville so special. When we return in the new year, we will continue our mission supporting students in 'the pride of achievement through the power of learning'!


I wish each of you a joyous holiday season!


Megan Stein

Principal

The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Field Trip

On December 6th our students in grades 3-5 had a unique opportunity to see the musical Me....Jane about the early life of Jane Goodall at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. The tickets for this trip were entirely funded by the Price family and the Wolfsville Ruritan Club funded the transportation. This unique experience would not have been possible without this generous support and we are extremely grateful!

January Calendar of Events

Monday, December 25 - Monday, January 1: Schools closed for Winter Break

Thursday, January 4- Cub Time 10:00 AM Carson Reading Room

Friday, January 5- All-Pro Families Breakfast 7:30 AM

Monday, January 8- PTA Board of Directors Meeting 6:30 PM

Friday, January 12- Grades Pre K-1 Vision and Hearing Screening

Monday, January 15- Schools Closed, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Thursday, January 18th- Cub Time 10:00 AM Carson Reading Room

Thursday, January 25- Dollar Days

Friday, January 25- 2 Hour Early Dismissal for Students; Pre K- 10:30, K-5 1:30

Winter Weather Information

As snowy weather approaches, this is an important reminder about FCPS emergency communication:


See our Weather Delays and Closings video: http://www.fcps.org/weather.


See How FCPS Decides Whether to Close or Delay Schools:
https://fcps.ezcommunicator.net/edu/Frederick/GetFile.aspx?DocId=5582

After making the decision to close for snow or other emergencies, FCPS uses MANY ways to communicate! Here are places to check:

  1. www.fcps.org We post alerts to appear at the very top of each webpage, with details in the home page News and Info section. You can access the FCPS website from many devices.
  2. Comcast cable channel 18 on TV or online http://www.fcps.org/centraloffice/fcps-television
  3. FCPS Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FCPSMaryland
  4. FCPS Twitter https://twitter.com/fcpsmaryland
  5. FCPS FindOutFirst (FOF) www.fcps.org/fof or
    http://fcps.ezcommunicator.net/edu/frederick/login_form.aspx?app=0
    WITHOUT logging in, you may view published notices using the Archive icon on the upper black bar to the left of the Select Language option. From either of the above FOF links, SIGN UP for FindOutFirst EMAIL notices and TEXT messages. Delivery speed depends on your Internet Service Provider (for email) and your phone-service provider (for text messages), message length and other factors. FOF text messages are typically faster than email, which is slower but has room for details. Most subscribers sign up for both.
  6. We notify about 30 local and regional radio and TV stations but cannot guarantee the accuracy of their messages. There is a Frederick County Public Schools system in Virginia; make sure you're hearing information about FCPS Maryland!


Afterschool and Weekend Activities: Generally, when schools are closed due to inclement weather, school-sponsored afterschool and evening activities are canceled or postponed.


Parents are advised to review your FCPS Calendar Handbook, page 5, especially for information about pre-k and Career and Technology Center delays.

Here are links to a flier and to FCPS Regulations with additional information:
How to Check School Status:
English: https://fcps.ezcommunicator.net/edu/Frederick/GetFile.aspx?DocId=5581
Spanish: https://fcps.ezcommunicator.net/edu/Frederick/GetFile.aspx?DocId=7817

Reg. 400-2 Closing Schools Due to Weather, Maintenance, etc:
https://apps.fcps.org/legal/doc.php?number=400-02

Reg. 400-42 Weather Guidelines for Outside Activities:
https://apps.fcps.org/legal/doc.php?number=400-42

Emergency Lunches During Inclement Weather Events:
http://fcpsnutrition.com/?sid=1496937421390&page=784


Here's a link to the Superintendent's blog about snow:
http://superintendent.fcps.org


A final note: Emergency closing notices are sent from the FCPS Central Office only, not from schools.

Magnet Information

The magnet program is designed for academically gifted students in grades 3 – 5 with superior performance in both language arts and mathematics. Nomination booklets, which will be available beginning January 31, 2018, may be obtained from the school office, the FCPS Office of Advanced Academics or online at http://www.fcps.org/advacademics. After January 31, 2018, the Office of Advanced Academics will be accepting nominations of present second through fourth grade students for possible placement in the magnet program for the 2018 - 2019 school year.

Students may be nominated for the magnet program by school staff, parents or jointly. Parents and teachers are encouraged to review information, including some characteristics of gifted students that is posted at http://www.fcps.org/advacademics. Teacher nominations, parent nominations and a completed Parent/Guardian Rating Form are due in the school office by March 1, 2018, so that tests can be administered and information required to complete the nomination packet may be gathered by school staff.


A Magnet Program Overview for parents interested in nominating their child will be held on February 1, 2018, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Central Office (191 South East Street). Parking is available in the East All Saints Street parking deck or in the parking lot located next to the Central Office off of East All Saints Street. Accessible parking is located in the Commerce Street lot located behind the Central Office. Enter the Board Room at the front of the building. The overview will include components of the magnet program and the processes leading to placement. Please note that this meeting is designed for parents, not students. The snow date for this meeting is February 8, 2018 at the same time and location. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Advanced Academics at 301-696-6891.