Wilson's Creek 5th Grade News

January 17-21

Important Dates:

January 4- iReady Testing Window Opens

January 17- MLK Day- No Classes

Principal Pride Post

Our WC sign is complete! Thank you to our SPS district, students, families, and staff for making this possible! The Best Is Yet To Come!!
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Notes From the Nurse:

As your student receives new vaccinations, please provide us with a copy. Students should be receiving a Tdap booster before going on to middle school. A few other possible vaccinations that we may not have updated information on is HPV, Menactra, Influenza and COVID. You may send in an updated copy or email to us. Thank you.

As cooler weather is upon us, please remember to send your student to school in warm clothing. Fifth graders go out to recess each morning when temperatures are often cold. Jackets, hats, and gloves are often needed. If your child is in need of any cold weather clothing or accessories, please reach out to Nurse Brenna or I and we can provide resources.

Rachel Haynes RN and Brenna Singleton RN BSN

Wilson’s Creek School Nurses

rlhaynes@spsmail.org; bssingleton@spsmail.org

Phone: 417-523-7930 Fax: 417-523-7995

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Families can use the following link to schedule no cost testing through the Springfield-Greene County Health Department or to locate other testing opportunities:


The site is super easy to use! All you have to do is point and click!

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Club Encore

Hello families!

Club Encore is starting up again on Monday, January 10. This is an opportunity for your child to receive extra support after school in the areas of math and reading. Students who qualify will be bringing home a form which includes information for registration. Note: Even if your child attended clubs in the fall, they must be registered again for second semester.

How to register:

To register your student for Club Encore, simply go to: https://www.sps.org/clubencore. Click on the link below the video in order to register. You will need to know your student’s school ID number. Please only register for the club in which they qualify to attend.

When will clubs meet?

Reading clubs will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 PM, and math clubs will meet from 3:30-5:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Clubs will meet for a total of 20 sessions.

Will clubs ever be cancelled?

In the event that school is cancelled or dismissed early due to inclement weather, all clubs will be cancelled. In addition, if a tutor will be absent, clubs will be rescheduled as a result. We will do our best to give families a 24 hour advanced notice of cancellation.

Note: If your child is new to the district or was not able to test in the fall, they may still be able to participate in clubs. In order to qualify, one of your child’s teachers would have to identify an area of need in either math or reading. A teacher recommendation form would need to be completed in order for your child to attend.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Rachel Burk

Instructional Technology Teacher

Club Encore Liaison

Wilson’s Creek Intermediate School


Office (417) 523-4357


Wilson’s Creek Art News

Students have done a great job creatively expressing ideas! We just finished up our “Day in My Shoes” line drawings and are getting ready to start our unit on three-dimensional design. Students will have the opportunity to work with clay in the near future which is always exciting! There is also an opportunity for student artwork to go into two exhibitions in March. I will provide more details on these shows in the future.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need – jkmoore@spsmail.org

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Instructional Technology

For the month of January we are learning about how to analyze the credibility of digital information. We are using critical thinking skills in order to identify useful information in an online news article. Students are also learning how to spot links meant to mislead the reader or are simply irrelevant (i.e. clickbait advertisements, opinion pieces, comments on the article by other readers, etc..).

Once again, students are using materials from Common Sense Media. Make sure to visit K–5 Family Tips: News & Media Literacy | Common Sense Education to learn some easy ways that you can help your child become more media literate.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. 😊

Rachel Burk

Instructional Technology Teacher

Wilson’s Creek Intermediate



Library Class

Students are learning about the value of persistence using books and eBooks that we won with a SPS Foundation grant.

The Public Library

Springfield Greene-County Library is doing Library Bingo! Click here to play: https://thelibrary.org/kids/library-bingo.pdf.

Mrs. Melson’s Contact Information and Links:

E-mail: amelson@spsmail.org

Twitter: @WCreekLibrary

5th Grade Library Class Canvas page

School Library Canvas page

School Library website

Teacher Wish List


We are starting recorders again! I am excited to start recorders with 5th graders again as there are so many things to teach besides just playing the instrument. We will be learning to recognize notes, read and count rhythms and learn proper playing technique to avoid all the squeaking and squawking that can sometimes come along with this.

If your student needs an instrument, I sell recorders for $5. They are fully clean and sanitized and are about half the price of the recorders you can buy at the local music stores. PLEASE DO NOT BUY A DOLLAR TREE RECORDER. Even when put together, they are not a quality instrument.

Mr. Parker



We will work to increase our aerobic endurance and muscular strength by participating in various lead-up games, skill building activities, and partner challenges.

Thank you!

Coach Neville

E-mail: lmneville@spsmail.org

Twitter: @levipsu32

Congratulations to Our Fifth-Grade Character Winners for November!

These students were selected as Most Caring by their classes


A Note from the Counselor

Jill Wilson Jrwilson@spsmail.org

5th Graders are to fill our their Course Selections for 6th grade and return to school with parent signature by Wednesday, January 19th. Parents can Contact Mrs. Wilson at 523-7960 with any questions they may have regarding this process.

The Gift of Struggle.

Are we stealing from our children? Despite our best intentions, we may be robbing them of the opportunity to struggle, leaving them vulnerable to underachievement and suicide.

Schools today face an epidemic of underachievers, yet these children believe with all their hearts that they are incapable of doing the work asked of them. They say that school is boring, irrelevant or too hard. They may seem confused, under constant stress, or incapable of doing more.

Well-meaning friends may suggest that parents be more understanding, more supportive, or more helpful with studies. Sometimes these tips are helpful, but often theyar e the worst possible advice.

Mom and Dad “To-The-Rescue”

These same children may have similar problems when it comes to doing tasks at home. THey have learned at an early age that adults will rescue them when the going gets tough. Children quickly become addicted to adult help and begin to believe the adults’ unstated message that they can succeed only with assistance.

Underachievers often have parents who had to struggle when they were children. They grew up to say, “I don’t want my kids to struggle like I did. They deserve better.” Their children live in a home where struggle is an enemy rather than an opportunity.

Today’s underachievers believe failure is too painful. Yet recent studies demonstrate children denied the opportunity to struggle during their early years are at high risk for suicide. THey are unable to see themselves solving problems.


Sylvia B. Rimm, Ph.D., author of the Underachievement Syndrome, says many learning problems at school are cured when children are given chores at home. One of her 12 tips for helping underachievers: “Children feel more tension when they are worrying about their work than when they are doing their work.”

Pearl #13

Struggle Produces S-T-R-E-T-C-H-I-N-G and GROWING

Jim Fay & Foster W. Cline

School Counselor

Wilson’s Creek Intermediate



Student Council News


We are currently sold out of water bottles and blue medium socks. However, you may still order the other items from our flyer. See the attached flyer for details.

Hat Friday

Every Friday is Hat Friday at Wilson's Creek!

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