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News from WCS I October 19, 2018

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We hope that you are enjoying the format of our newsletters this year. With the second newsletter of each month, we will be providing grade-level updates relative to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. We have several updates we are excited to share with you this month! We would also like to extend our sincere appreciation to all of the parents and guardians that were able to help us out by chaperoning on the recent Grade 4 field trips to the State House and Grade 5 field trips to Saugus Iron Works. We are also looking forward to seeing you at Parent/Teacher conferences that are scheduled on November 1 and November 8.

It feels a bit soon to talk about next year, but we have a lot to look forward to and are busy planning for some big changes. I wanted to provide some general updates to ensure we are all on the same page. As you know, WCS will transition into a Grade 5 and 6 school next year and that will produce several changes. A parent recently asked me about start/end times of the school day and I wanted to officially share this plan with the school community. Our bell schedule will sync with Windham Middle School: 7:40 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. We will share buses for arrival/dismissal with WMS while GBS will have its own independent bus schedule separate from other schools in the District. On Thursday evening, October 25, I will be presenting the WCS School Improvement Plan and proposed budget for next year to the Windham School Board. I will continue to provide planning updates as we progress through the year.

Halloween Party Guidelines

Students should bring their costumes to school on the day of the party. Please do not send your child to school dressed in a costume. Students will be dressing themselves prior to the start of classroom parties.

· Please refrain from sending in food items containing peanuts, peanut butter or nuts.

· Costumes with any violent items like knives, swords, guns, etc. or anything promoting violence are not permitted at school.

· Masks me not be worn during the school day.

· Students may apply makeup to their faces that is appropriate for a school setting.

If you are taking your child home at the conclusion of the party, you must sign your child out of school. Sign-out sheets will be in each classroom.

PARKING NOTE: Cars that are illegally parked may be ticketed.


Rory O'Connor

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Monday, October 22 | Good Character, Good Choice! (Wear Red)

Tuesday, October 23 | Hats Off to Healthy Living (Wear a Hat)

Wednesday, October 24 | Team Up for Healthy Living (Wear Your Favorite Team's Shirt or Hat)

Thursday, October 25 | Jam Out for a Healthy Life (Wear PJs)

Friday, October 26 | PAWSitively Healthy! (Wear Your WCS Shirts)

Parent Conferences - PTC Wizard

Parent conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 1 and Thursday, November 8, from 3:30 - 7:00 p.m.

We will open the PTC Wizard Sign-Up portal on Monday, October 22, at 12:00 p.m. Please use the link below to access the sign-up portal. Thank you!

"Choose to be Nice" Respect Recipients

Congratulations to our students who received recognition for demonstrating respect during the month of September! This month in October, our monthly theme is "Kindness." We are excited to see our students embrace each them throughout the course of the year and thank our families for their support.
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Amazing Hero Art with Rob Surette

Thank you to the Windham PTA for sponsoring one of the BEST assemblies we have ever had at WCS! Rob Surette not only displayed amazing artistic creativity, but he also brought with him a positive message of kindness, hard work, and belief in oneself. Below are some examples of what he created.
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Important Dates

October 22-26 | Red Ribbon Week

Wednesday, October 31, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. | Grade 3 Halloween Party

Wednesday, October 31, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. | Grade 4 Halloween Party

Wednesday, October 31, 11:30 - 12:30 p.m. | Grade 5 Halloween Party

Thursday, November 1, 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Parent Conferences

Tuesday, November 6 | NO SCHOOL (Teacher Workshop Day)

Thursday, November 8, 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Parent Conferences

Friday, November 9, 12:30 p.m. | Veteran's Day Assembly

A reminder to please send a note to school with your child if he/she will be following a different dismissal procedure such as car dismissal or riding a different bus. Please click the link above to access our Change of Dismissal Form.