A Note From the Principal
Hello Wabash Community!
April is here! Some of the trees and bulbs are blooming and the warmer sunshine is coming our way! Coming out of the winter season and seeing new life around us is quite refreshing and rejuvenating! Please remember to send your child with a jacket or long sleeve top for outside recess on those cooler spring days.
3rd Quarter Report Cards have been sent home and we are moving forward into the 4th Quarter. We look forward to supporting and challenging our students as we prepare them for the next grade level that is right around the corner next year.
We will be taking part in the State of Missouri Assessment Program this May. This test is called the MAP test. The MAP test will be as follows: 3rd and 4th graders will test May 3rd-May 7th, 5th and 6th graders will test May 10th-May 14th. While we know it has been a challenging year getting our students caught up on academics during the pandemic, we are still excited to have our students show all that they know and to give their best! We do not expect our kids to be perfect, we just expect them to give their best.
Please be aware that students may not be dropped off for school before 8:20 am in the morning, unless they are in the Chautauqua Program. Staff are not on duty prior to 8:20 am in the morning. Thank you for your help with this!
Regarding COVID, please keep sending your children to school wearing their masks each day. We have opened up our library and art room for classes to attend in those designated spaces again. So far, this has gone very smoothly. The kids have really enjoyed these small steps back to normal. It is great to see the library and art room back in action!
I wanted to also remind you that Wabash continues to implement the Choose Love Program to support the development of our students' social and emotional developmental needs. The Choose Love Program places added focus on four key life lessons/skills: Courage, Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Compassion in Action. With the arrival of the 4th Quarter, we are moving into our lessons and activities to support Compassion in Action.
This link below will take you to the Choose Love Home Program, which has a free parent tool kit. You have to create an account to access the Home Program Resources and Parent Toolkit. On my end, I have an account. I have found that I get a monthly newsletter emailed my way, but beyond that I am not bombarded with spam or junk mail as a result of having a Choose Love account.
Every Student Matters, Every Moment Counts!
George Anagnos - School Support Interventionist (SSI)
Feeling like things are hectic in the mornings can be an understatement. I often feel like it’s harder to find a person who has a really smooth morning plan than it is to find people who agree that mornings can be difficult.
However, a smooth morning routine can be as important as a good night’s sleep in terms of setting up a good day. Kids have expectations placed on them as soon as they arrive at school, and a good transition into school can be the difference between a productive or not-so-productive morning... or even a not-so-productive entire day. I won’t pretend that it’s easy, but little extra planning can go a long way. Here’s a few tips:
Be thoughtful of your upcoming day in advance. Is there rain or snow in the forecast which could delay your morning drive? Are there any significant events occurring for which your student needs to be prepared for such as a test, a party or themed day?
Prepare your immediate morning needs in advance as well. So, lay out that outfit for the next day, pack a lunch or perhaps have handy that vitamin or medication your student might need, etc.
Simply start everything in the morning 10 minutes earlier...just 10. So, set the alarm clocks for 10 minutes earlier and/or hit ‘snooze’ one less time. Each of the above tips, if somehow missed, could be accomplished within that extra 10 minute time frame that you would be allowing yourself.
If there is a time crunch in the morning, try to convey that urgency to your child in the healthiest way possible. Make an effort to try to send your child off to school knowing they are loved and will be missed when you do part ways for the day. It certainly won’t be perfect, but taking control of your mornings will reduce your stress and that of your child, making for a much more relaxed and productive day!
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Check out eBooks & Audiobooks in Destiny
Go to the WSD home page. Under schools, click Wabash Elementary.
Click Library (under the duck’s feet)
Click: Wabash Elementary
Click: Login (upper right)
Click: Sign in with Google
Login in with your WSD Google account: first/last name/graduation year + wsdr4.org
PW: wsd + 5 digit lunch pin
Scroll down to eBooks or Audiobooks. Click See All. Browse all or use the filters on the left to find a book.
Click Open or click on the title of a book. If interested, click Open Now or Check Out.
Note: if an ebook is already checked out, it may not be available for you.
Happy Online Reading!
REMINDER: Remember to check your child's temperature each morning prior to coming to school.
Please monitor your children at home, before coming to school. If your child has any one or more of the following symptoms, please keep your child at home.
-Fever 100.0 or above
-new onset cough
-loss of taste or smell
If any of these scenarios occur during a weekend, you can email the nurse at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If any person in the household is getting tested or has covid-19 please stay home and alert your school nurse.
If you have been in contact with anyone that has tested positive for covid-19, please stay home and alert your school nurse.
If your child is exhibiting any symptoms of covid-19 please keep them home until symptom free.
KINDERGARTEN BUS PARENTS
Cell Phone Rules at Wabash
Our school rules around cell phones and electronic devices are as follows:
1. Phones/devices stay turned off during school day.
2. Phones/devices remain in backpack during school.
3. Students may not carry phones/devices on them.
4. Teacher may give permission for it to be out, but all other rules apply when permission is not granted.
Students who fail to follow these guidelines will be sent to the office. Phones/devices will be kept in one of our Administrators' offices for the remainder of the school day.
Please review these guidelines with your child/children.
DISMISSAL PROCEDURES UPDATES
As a school of 900 students, managing the dismissal of students is a detailed process. At the end of each day, our staff is responsible to make sure our students get to the correct assigned locations, including: buses, walkers/bike riders, car riders, daycare van riders, and Chautauqua. Last minute changes create situations where students are not where they need to be. This results in lost time and added stress for students, parents, and staff.
Please keep the following in mind:
1.) We need to know in advance, by 3:00 pm, if your child’s transportation is changing. This will provide adequate time to notify your child’s teacher and to make sure everyone is on the same page prior to the beginning of the dismissal process.
2.) Students will not be dismissed between 3:15 pm and 3:35 pm in order to maintain a secure and orderly environment for the dismissal of our 900 students. We understand doctor appointments and emergencies come up from time to time. Please try and limit early dismissals for these reasons if possible.
BIRTHDAY TREAT UPDATE
For the upcoming school year, Wabash will be using the following guidelines for student birthday treats.
We are no longer allowing students to bring in any food items or non-food items. This includes goodie bags with non-food items such as candy/gum, trinkets, pencils, stickers etc. Please know that any food, drink, goodie bags, etc. not from our café will not be served or delivered to the classroom.
Our café does provide food and non-food items as an alternative. Click here for the WSD approved Healthy Birthday Treat form for ordering birthday goodies. Birthday items are for your child’s classroom only and sharing around the school (classrooms, friends, teachers, staff, etc.) is not permitted. Orders need to be submitted at least five days prior to the date needed. Payments are check only. Please keep in mind when making purchases that you get enough items for all the students in your child’s classroom.
Our goal is to continue to provide a safe, healthy, and supportive environment for all.