Wheeler Flash

January 2016

Message From the Principal

Dear Wheeler Families,

One of our core beliefs at Wheeler School is that if you work hard, make your best effort, you can be the best "Leader of the PACK" you can possibly be. Wheeler Students know all to well that this is reiterated every morning on the announcements by both myself and a 5th grade student.

The letter K in PACK stands for Know that I can. Research on student engagement clearly emphasizes the importance of a student's perception of the idea "Can I do this?". If the student answers yes, I can do this, the student is more likely to be engaged in the learning process.

At Wheeler School, we work to provide our students' feedback that will foster this "Know that I can" belief or what psychologist Carol Dweck refers to as a "growth mindset". Her book, Mindset, describes and defines "growth mindset" as the belief that one's capacity for learning is not fixed, but can be developed over time through effort. Dweck's research shows that a "growth mindset" is a key factor in helping students and adults thrive not only in their daily lives, but also in achieving goals when faced with difficult problems, setbacks, and just plain hard work.

Below is a link that will take you to 5 strategies parents can do at home to promote a growth mindset in their children.


Providing growth oriented feedback to our children is paramount! Together, teachers, parents and administrators are guides in promoting a "growth mindset" and strengthening the message for all students that working hard and making your best effort will result in achievement.

Thanks and sincerely,

Mr. B.


Frank T. Wheeler Elementary School

Leaders of the PACK January 2016

Leaders of the PACK January 2016 continued...


Participating in PACK activities!

Students earn blue tickets throughout the day for demonstrating positive behaviors at Wheeler School. In turn, they have opportunities to exchange these tickets to participate in fun activities! Below are some examples.

Math Regrouping on IPADS with Mrs. Mahtaney

video student council


  • 2/9/16- Winter Concert- 5th grade Band and Chorus. 7 to 8 PM at Wheeler School
  • 2/11/16- PTO Family Bingo Night 6:30 to 7:30 PM
  • 2/12 - 2/16/16 NO SCHOOL Winter Break.
  • 2/23/16- 1:30 DISMISSAL- AM PREK will attend in the AM, NO PM PREK.
  • 2/24/16- PTO meeting 6-7 pm in Wheeler Library
  • 2/25/16-Walk to School Day at 8:30 AM (weather permitting)
  • 3/2/16- STEM Night at Wheeler 6 to 7:30
  • 3/3/16- STEM Night at Wheeler 6 to 7:30
  • 3/7/16 to 3/10/16 Music in Our Schools Week
  • 3/18/16 No School- Teacher Professional Development
  • 3/21, 3/22, and 3/23 1:30 dismissal Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 3/21/16 Scholastic Book Fair 5 to 8 PM
  • 3/22/16 Scholastic Book Fair 2 to 5 PM
  • 3/23/16 Scholastic Book Fair 5 to 8 PM
  • 3/31/16 1:30 dismissal AM PREK will attend in the AM, NO PM PREK.

IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR PREK: Beginning in February of 2016 until June of 2016, on all 1:30 dismissal days AM PreK will attend school during the AM session and PM PreK will not attend school.

Below are important links to Wheeler’s Website where you kind find links to individual teacher websites. Also there is a link to Wheeler’s public calendar with important dates to remember!

Link to Wheeler Website


Link to Wheeler Public Calendar