April 15, 2021
April 23 - Character Awards "Fairness"
April 28 - Early Release at 1:30
May 3 - 7th TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
May 12 DPC Meeting (final meeting of school year)
May 19 Early Release 1:30 Dismissal
June 4 Half Day/Last day of School (Dismissal at 12:00)
4th Grade Farewell Celebration
2:00 Jackson's Class
2:20 Large's Class
2:40 Tabbert's Class
*More detailed information will be provided to 4th grade families regarding this special event.
PWSSD 2021-22 School Year Calendar At-A-Glance
Yearbook orders due tomorrow
Order a yearbook online at https://shop.hrimaging.com/pws/orghome.aspx?oid=5629
Orders must be placed by April 16th.
The site is currently having issues so if you are not able to order online you can stop in the office for an order form.
Teacher Appreciation Week May 3 - 7
Mark you calendars! Let these community heroes know how much they are appreciated.
School Supply Drive
We are excited to announce the Port Washington Key Club’s 2021 School Supply Drive! Port Washington High School, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Lincoln Elementary School, Saukville Elementary School, Dunwiddie Elementary School, and St. John XXIII Catholic School will all be competing to gain the most items in the drive, and all proceeds will benefit the Port Washington Food Pantry and Saukville Food Pantry. Starting on April 6th, each school will have decorated boxes available to drop items off in, and the food pantries are specifically requesting:
- Red, yellow, blue, and green wide-lined notebooks, pronged folders, and plastic folders
- Crayola wide and thin markers (it has to be Crayola)
- Crayola colored pencils (It has to be Crayola)
- Red, blue, and black permanent pens
- Pink Pearl erasers (It has to be Pink Pearl)
- 1” and 1.5” 3-ring binders
- Wide-lined loose-leaf paper (150-200 count each)
- Pointed scissors (ONLY at TJMS grades 7 and 8 and PWHS)
- Clorox wipes
- Paper towels
- 12 oz. bottles of hand sanitizer
Once the drive concludes on April 30th, the winner - whichever school gains the most items - will win a rotating engraved plaque to commemorate their efforts towards providing for those in need!
Your children have been learning all about managing emotions. We have been practicing identifying emotions and discussing which “zone” they belong in. When we have a Green Zone feeling (e.g. happy) we are in control and thinking clearly. When we are in Yellow Zone we lose a little control and when we are in Red Zone we are out of control. In Blue Zone, we lose some energy and cannot think clearly. The older students have had discussions about how the feelings part of your brain can take over and the thinking part of the brain stops being in control (ask them to show you the “hand-brain” model and how you flip your lid).
We also learned our minds and bodies are connected. When we feel an emotion, it can make our bodies react by making our heart beat fast, having headaches, extra energy, have butterflies in our stomach, or feel hot or sweaty, etc.
We also discussed and defined “triggers”, the things that happen to us that make us feel an emotion outside of Green Zone. It is important to know your own triggers so you can try to solve it before it becomes a problem or you can prepare yourself by having some tools ready to stay regulated. It is important to know other people’s triggers so you do not upset them and can help them if something is bothering them. For example, if your friend is afraid of dogs, you would put the dog outside when they come over to play.
We need to calm down/regulate to re-activate the thinking part of our brain and have it start doing its job again. We get back to Green Zone by following these steps: Stop, Name Your Feeling, Calm Down (Use Your Tools: belly breathe, count, or use positive self-talk).
Next up, we are learning about problem-solving, open-mindedness, and fairness. Thanks for all you do to help our students develop the social, emotional, and behavior skills they need to be successful!
The Math Corner
The Math Corner
“Smart is something you become, not something you are!”
One of the most important parts of my job as a math teacher is to help students understand that it is ok if they don't understand something right away. We frequently talk about how making mistakes and learning from them is absolutely ok! Scientists have actually done research on the brain to show us that this is crucial in the learning process. I hear comments like “I’m not smart at math” or “I’m just not good at math.” and I work hard to show students that they CAN get better with a little patience with themselves and practice. I’ll even point out when I make mistakes so they can see that this makes sense for everyone, not just kids. A good mindset and hard work is an almost unbeatable combination for learning.
Below you will find a few fun activities for younger students to practice addition and subtraction skills. It’s so much more important for students to understand how they are solving a task than just memorizing the answer. Try to celebrate their mistakes and when they can correct them! Let them show you how they solved it and give them time, the speed will come the more they practice.
Dunwiddie Elementary School
Kindergarteners have made so much progress at this point in the school year! They are already looking at numbers 5 and 10 and finding out how they can break them apart and build them using different numbers. Give your Kindergartener 10 blocks and see how many different ways they can group those blocks to make 10. ( for example: a group of 9 blocks and a one more, or two groups of 5 blocks.) If they are excited about it, let them show you what they can do with 5 blocks, or 6 or 7!
Many first graders are practicing counting on and counting back to solve for addition and subtraction. In my groups we actually pretend to “grab” that bigger number and count on or back from there. Here are a some fun games you can print out and play to help with practice:
Doubles-key facts for first graders to practice!
Second grade is such a great time for kids to learn more strategies and make important connections. They use doubles facts and make a ten to help solve addition and subtraction facts within 20. Below is a fun game to use for practicing facts.
Here is a great game to help them practice making a ten to solve addition facts within 20.
And here is a virtual spinner you can use with it!
Please reach out anytime with questions or if you need additional resources, I am always happy to share!
2021-2022 Kindergarten Pre-Registration
Kindergarten Pre-registration is now open for the 2021-2022 school year! Please contact the school office at 262-268-5705 or email email@example.com for more information.
If you child is currently enrolled in the PWSSD 4-Year-Old Preschool you do not need to
Summer School 2021
2021 Summer School will run in-person Tuesday, July 6th - Friday, July 30th.
- Registration is only online through PowerSchool on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Registration opens at 9:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 5.
- We will send out directions on how to register through PowerSchool closer to sign up.
- Sign up is based on the grade level a student will be going into for the 2021-2022 academic year.
- Prior to registration, we would encourage you to build a few different schedule options.
- Catalog and general information are also available on our website (https://www.pwssd.k12.wi.us/Page/4260)
For more information regarding our incoming Grades 1-8 Summer School program, contact Zac Moeller (PWSSD Summer School Administrative Assistant) at 262-268-6221 or Zachary.Moeller@pwssd.k12.wi.us.