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News from WCS | January 25, 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians:


Our school community has been quite busy over the last several weeks. We have successfully coordinated both our Spelling and Geography Bees and were incredibly proud at the level of competition, desire, and will to succeed shown by each student participant. We would like to recognize our Spelling Bee Champion, Priya Soundar, and runner-up, Anna Sun, as well as our Geography Bee Champion, Brady Jezak, and runner-up, Ryan Kaplan. The competition involved many student participants and we could not be more proud of each individual who gave it their all. Thank you to Mrs. Rattigan, Mrs. Freeman, Mr. Miloro, and Mrs. deLara for helping to facilitate these competitions!


On Tuesday evening, our Grade 5 Band/Violinists took the stage at WHS and showed incredible poise, composure and talent under the bright lights. Not to be outdone, on Wednesday, our Grade 4 Band/Violinists took the stage and performed their hearts out. We could not be happier with their commitment and love for music---especially when waking up on those cold mornings for band practice before school. Supporting the arts is incredibly important to us as it is amongst the Windham community. We appreciate your support! A special thank you is in order to Ms. Amy Buonpane for successfully conducting her first of many top-notch and methodical band performances.


You will notice below that we have included the times for our Valentine's Day parties here at WCS. February is almost upon us and we have so much to look forward to in the next couple of weeks. For students who choose to hand out valentines (and in the spirit of inclusion), we will reinforce a gentle reminder of sharing valentines with all classmates. This will also support our message of inclusion when we read the story The Invisible Boy at our next all school assembly.


Finally, this may go without saying, but next Friday is a Patriots Day!


Sincerely,
Rory O'Connor

4th and 5th Grade Band and Violin Concerts

Congratulations to the 4th and 5th grade band and violin students as well as Ms. Buonpane on their incredible performances this week! What a talented group of young musicians we have at WCS!

Ski Club Drop Off

WCS is excited for Ski Club to begin on Thursday, February 14. In an effort to alleviate some of the traffic congestion that is experienced during morning drop off, we will begin a new drop-off procedure for Ski Cub this year. From 7:45 - 8:10 a.m., ski equipment can be dropped off on the tarps near the main entrance of WCS. Ski Club students (and their siblings) may also be dropped off at this time to participate in supervised activities in the gym. If families are unable to drop off equipment during this time frame, we kindly ask that you wait to drop off equipment until after 8:45 a.m. Thank you for your cooperation.
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Tell me, what is grit?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWctLEdIgi4

The Invisible Boy

If you have a moment, please feel free to review the book called The Invisible Boy. We will read this at our next all school assembly, and it is written to support a most inclusive school environment. Even though it is a primary-level story, it is message that is applicable K-12 and we are excited to share it with our students!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNHc2XCultQ

Principal Coffee Hour

Thank you to all of our parents and guardians for attending the Principal Coffee Hour this morning. We appreciate Mrs. Sapochetti and Mrs. Phillips for leading a discussion around Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at WCS, and how we embed those skills into regular classroom instruction. This effort is coupled with our overall goal of balancing the academic growth of students and modeling ways to form friendships, handle conflict, demonstrate empathy, and manage stress, just to name a few!
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PTA Reflections Winners

Congratulations to our "PTA Reflections" winners! Did you know that WCS had 15 out of the 17 total participants AND 5 more entries than last year?! Great job to all of our student participants! A special thank you is in order to Dana Snow, Yesenia Fox, and Lynn Craig for helping to organize this great event on behalf of the Windham PTA.

Competition Winners and Categories:
Kayla Baldwin - Literature
Lucy Rekart - Dance Choreography
Diana Breton - Dance Choreography
Elena Manning - Visual Arts
Photini Wu - Music Composition
Madelyn Paolino - Photography
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Spelling Bee Champion

Congratulations to our 2019 Spelling Bee winner and runner-up! Priya and Anna represented all 28 finalists with respect, poise, and humility!
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Geography Bee Champion

After stiff competition, we have crowned our Geography Bee champion! Congratulations to Brady and runner-up Ryan for their preparation, effort and grit. A special thank you goes to Mr. Miloro and Mrs. deLara for their outstanding leadership in coordinating this special event. Most importantly, how proud were we too see the family support run deep with Brady being supported by his sister, Ellie, and Ryan by his brother Nate?!

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Powerschool Unified Classroom Update

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all day kindergarten warrant article

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Important Dates

Thursday, January 31 | Early Release Day (Students Dismissed at 12:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 8 | WSD Deliberative Session at WHS (7:00-9:00 p.m.)

Thursday, February 14 | Grade 3 Valentine's Day Party (1:30-2:30 p.m.)

Thursday, February 14 | Grade 4 Valentine's Day Party (10:30-11:30 a.m.)

Thursday, February 14 | Grade 5 Valentine's Day Party (9:15-10:15 a.m.)