Wolf Creek Weekly
Building Pathways To Success
From The Principal's Desk October 20, 2019
Make up Fall picture Day is October 29th !
Thanks for supporting Screen on The Green! It was a great success! This is a special event "Thank You" annual event sponsored by PTA! We appreciate your support.
***3rd and 4th grade students, be sure to get plenty of rest each night. The IOWA testing window begins this week. See parent letters included in this newsletter.
Coming soon... Annual Trunk or Treat Community Event
October 25th, 5:00 PM following the school wide costume dance. Be reminded no gory and horror costumes, face masks or accessories (swords, knives, etc.) allowed. Favorite book character costumes strongly encouraged. There is a fee for the dance and students must have permission to attend the dance. Cost is $10.00 and includes dance and meal. Parents, must accompany students for entry to the Trunk or treat event. Unaccompanied students can not attend. Parents of students attending the APEC after school program, must make arrangements through APEC for adult coverage.
***Thanks so much to those that have donated! We appreciate you. Please consider donating bags of candy to the school to help us have a successful event. Bags of candy can be dropped off at the front desk.
Reminder - The final date is near! Thanks so much for continuing to submit applications for the district's School Nutrition Program. Last year lunch status’ changed on the 31st day of school. Our number of completed lunch forms is down. Preliminary data shows that our free and reduced status has decreased from 58% to 52%. Students that qualify can receive free or reduced lunch. Our charge fees are growing. We want every student to have access to a healthy breakfast and lunch. Online applications can be completed through our nutrition department. Please complete before October 31st. This is the deadline for our annual determination of the school’s Title 1 status
We are a uniform school. Students looked great in their uniforms last week. Let's keep it up! We are encouraging our 4th and 5th graders to LEAD the way. Our 5th graders are the "seniors" in the building and we want them to be positive role models for the student body.
We are a Leader In Me school! Staff, students and stakeholders will be engaging in the principles of the 7 Habits of successful people this year. The first habit is Be Proactive! See the 7 Habits Tree picture below. For more information see: http://www.theleaderinme.org/ . We are excited about teaching 21st century leadership and life skills to students, staff and stakeholders and creating a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. Stay tuned!
As you know, we also support our PBIS initiative with our PACK principles! They tie in seamlessly with the 7 Habits. Every day students will recite the Wolf PACK Creed. See the parent and student handbook online and in the front of your child's agenda. Help us by supporting them in learning the Wolf Pack Creed by hard! We are looking for the 1st class at each grade that learns the creed and can recite by hard.
Check out our new school website! https://www.fultonschools.org/wolfcreekes
Please check the school website often. We update the site regularly. The school calendar, handbooks, PTA and SGC information can be found there.
Reminder: New Date - Students will not report to school on
We are looking forward to a great year!
Thanks for all you do! Let's Go Wolves!
WOLF CREEK ELEMENTARY CELEBRATES RED RIBBON WEEK & BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH
October 23-November 1, 2019
The purpose of Red Ribbon Week is to take a visible stand against drugs. Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and promotes healthy and drug-free lifestyles. “Red Ribbon Week & Bullying Awareness” will be celebrated the week of October 21st -31st. Red Ribbon Week is the nationally recognized anti-drug effort that delivers one of the most important messages students will ever receive: “That boys and girls have a choice to live a drug-free life.” October is also Bullying Awareness Month, so we are incorporating anti-bullying into our Red Ribbon Week. This year’s celebration will kick off Wednesday, October 23rd. Our theme this year is: “Let’s SYNERGIZE together and stump out against Drugs and Bullying.”
WEDNESDAY (23rd) “Unity Day” Orange you glad to be drug free!
Wear orange to show we are united in our stand against drugs and bullying. Students will complete Unity Footsteps and post outside their classroom doors.
PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST and unite against Drugs and Bullying!!!
THURSDAY (24th): JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS/BULLYING
(Wear your army fatigue inspired clothing to help us win the war against drugs and bullying).
Let’s be PROACTIVE and make a plan to stay DRUG-FREE and BULLY-FREE!!!
FRIDAY (25th): “KIDS WITH CHARACTER DON’T DO DRUGS/BULLYING” (Wear your favorite Book Character Costume- Same costumes can be worn to the Trunk or Treat event at 5:00 PM)
MONDAY (28th): Team Up Against Drugs: Your Future is Bright!
Wear your favorite college t-shirt, jersey, or school shirt and jeans.
Let’s BEGIN WITH the END in MIND and create a plan for our future!!!
TUESDAY (29th): Drugs and I Don’t Mix!
Wear your favorite mix matched socks or crazy socks and footwear to school.
Work together and SYNERGIZE against Drugs and Bullying!!!
WEDNESDAY (30th) Think “PINK” Day!!! …
Wear your favorite PINK shirt,dress, pants, tie, bow, or scarf
Let’s SHARPEN THE SAW with our mind, body, and heart!!!
THURSDAY (31st) Throwback Day….Saying no to drugs since way back.
Wear your favorite 70’s, 80’s or 90’s clothing.
Let’s SEEK FIRST to UNDERSTAND, then to be UNDERSTOOD in our fight against Drugs and Bullying!!!
FRIDAY (1st): PUT A CAP ON DRUGS/BULLYING
Wear your favorite cap/hat.
FIND YOUR VOICE and speak out against Drugs and Bullying!!!
Let’s come together and Think Win Win in our fight against Drugs/Bullying!!!
WCES Literacy Corner
Are you familiar with your child's reading level? Be sure you know your child's Lexile and BAS scores. The Accelerated Reading program is up and running. Students should check out at least one book for their AR test.
10 tips to get the most out of your reading time
1. Read every day, even if you only have a few minutes. This models that daily reading is an important part of each day. Children also love a pleasant routine. They will look forward to this special time.
2. Create a cozy place to read together. It can be a special chair, or even a pile of pillows.
3. Let your child help you choose what book to read. This will help you keep the child’s interest, and it makes him feel important. Visiting a library regularly makes choosing books easy and fun.
4. Talk about the cover. Have your child guess what the book is about. Who are the characters? What is the title? Who is the author? Have you read books by this author before? Have you seen this illustrator before?
5. Change your voice to go with the characters and the action. You don’t have to be an actor, but you can at least change your inflection for a livelier storytelling experience. Make sure you don’t read too quickly, too. You don’t want to sound like you’re rushing to finish.
6. Show the pictures as you read. Not only do the pictures help a child understand and connect to the book, the illustrations often add humor and whimsy to fiction.
7. After you read the book, talk about the story. Go back and look at the pictures again and talk about what happened. Point out any hard words to see if your child can figure out what they mean by looking at the surrounding words and pictures.
8. Try to make connections to something in the story and your life or the child’s life.
9. Be sure to prompt your child to critique the book. Ask questions such as, What did you like? What did you dislike? What made you laugh? What did you learn?
10. Vary the genres that you read. Mix fiction and nonfiction. A child’s future favorite book might be in a genre he or she has not yet experienced!
PACK Talent Showcase
You've got TALENT! Show your skills!
Do you know your child's lexile level?
Be sure to have your child check out at least 1 book on his/her lexile level.
Reading Lexile Chart
Our school uses Fountas and Pinnell (BAS), AR, and Lexiles.
Talent Show Auditions
October is Habit #2 Begin With The End In Mind
We are a LEADER In Me school!
WCES Parent University - Have you registered?
Our next school wide Parent Workshop will beheld on October 22nd at 6:00 PM in the school Media Center.
Wolf Creek Elementary PTA News
Please see more PTA information at their Facebook page and on our school website under the PTA tab. Let's make this year another great year with increased membership and support. Join us with just a minimum commitment of PTA dues of $20.00. There are also options for making monetary pledges on the PTA membership form. Dues are $20/person, or $50 at the Pack Pride level which includes 2 memberships, a donation, and a thank you gift.
Volunteers needed for all upcoming events! Please contact PTA!
- October General Body Meeting - October 22, 2019, 6PM
- November General Body Meeting (Saturday meeting) - Saturday, November 16, 2019, 10AM
- February General Body Meeting - February 11, 2020, 6PM
- 3rd Annual Wolf Pack Fun Run - February 13, 2020
- March General Body Meeting - March 24, 2020, 6PM
- Virtual April General Body Meeting – via Facebook Live - April 21, 2020, 7PM
- Teacher Appreciation Week - May 4-8, 2020
- May General Body Meeting + Elections - May 12, 2020, 6PM
We are looking for volunteers to serve in leadership positions on the Board and on Committees. If you are interested in being apart of the PTA, please contact PTA at:
Follow us: Instagram @wolfcreekpta and Facebook @wolfcreekelementarypta
and let the team know.
Mark Your Calendars!
Please see the school calendar on our school website here:
10/21 - 10/23 3rd Grade IOWA Testing Window
10/21 - 10/25 5th Grade IOWA Testing Window
10/22 Parent University Parent Workshop 6:00 PM, Media Center
10/25 Character Dance 2:45 - 5:00 and Trunk or Treat 5:00 PM
10/29 Make Up Fall Pictures
***Check with your child's teacher for more information regarding field trips. Volunteers and parents attending field trips should complete the Volunteer online process for Fulton County prior to the field trips.
Book Drive - Please consider donating a barely used or new book to the school.
Title 1 News - Compact Approved!
Our Parent Involvement Plan and School Home Compact have been sent home soon. Please read, sign and send the compacts back to school Our goal is 100% compacts signed. We have been 100% each year. Let's do it again!
We have great resources for parents to be used at home. Don't forget to visit the Parent Resource Room. See Ms. Sims for more information.
See more information regarding Title 1 at : http://www.fultonschools.org/en/divisions/acd/supportserv/TitleI/Pages/default.aspx
Thanks for your support.
Thanks for your support! It is important that everyone adhere to sign in and out procedures, volunteer procedures and procedures for receiving a visitor badge daily. When buzzing into the school, be prepared for additional safety questions regrading your visit before entering the building.
***Please note: entry through the cafeteria during dismissal still requires parents to report to the front desk for sign in.
Thanks for working with us to ensure safety for the students. Remember to bring in your state ID or license when visiting the building. All visitors will be asked to sign at the front desk. Instruction begins at 7:40 each day. Parents are asked to say their goodbyes and exit timely so that we may begin the instructional day.
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.
Dismissal procedures - All parents entering the building for pick up should check out their child through the front desk. Be sure to stop at the front desk and allow the front desk personnel to manage the check out process. Students should be called to the front desk to meet their parents for check out. Students that require extra support will be escorted to the office by school personnel.
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.
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
A. Nicole Canty, Assistant Principal