WBMS Friday Notes
Reflections from Ms. Perkins
WBMS Parents and Guardians –
While it was a short week, as always, it was full. Our volleyball teams participated in their first games, our 7th grade band and 7th and 8th grade orchestra students hosted a fall concert, and many students tried out for the musical and tennis. In addition, tons of clubs and organizations gathered to collaborate on academic, social, and philanthropic projects. Participating in extracurricular activities improves students’ social, emotional, and academic skills. Specifically, research supports that these additional opportunities expand students’ interests, offer productive breaks, increase confidence and collaboration, and decrease absences and disciplinary issues. If your student is not currently taking advantage of one of the many activities we offer, please speak with him or her this weekend about finding an opportunity that sparks his or her interests. Inside the school day we are also working on building smaller communities within our school through our Compass classes. During this time students work on academic goal-setting and conference with an adult, engage in team-building, social/emotional lessons, and altruistic projects. For example, today their goal was “Showing Gratitude to Others.” Our students took part in “Bert’s Big Thank You,” which is an initiative to ensure all soldiers deployed overseas receive a handwritten letter on Thanksgiving Day. WBMS will send over one thousand letters of gratitude to our service personnel! I am proud to be part of a school that values students’ passions inside and outside of the classroom and works to build an attitude of gratitude.
Enjoy the cooler weather this weekend with your families and friends!
Rebecca Williams Perkins
Principal, Webb Bridge Middle School
Dates To Remember
Oct 12- Volleyball vs. Sandy Springs @ 5:30 in the WBMS gym
Oct 12- Aladdin Callbacks
Oct 15- Aladdin Rehearsals start
Oct 17- Volleyball @ Ridgeview at 5:30
Oct 18- International Night Dress Rehearsal
Oct 19- Volleyball at Taylor Road @ 5:30pm
Oct 22-25- IOWA testing for 8th grade
Oct 26-Nov 2- WBMS Book Fair
National School Lunch Week, October 15th-19th!
Tuesday, 10/9/17 – Friday, 10/12/17: Mark your calendar for National School Lunch Week, October 15th-19th!
This year’s theme, “School Lunch: Lots 2 Love,” reminds us that a healthy school lunch helps students power through the day! Be sure to join the cafe next week at lunch to get the nutrition your body needs, exciting activities, and a chance to win fun prizes!
Attention 7th Grade Parents and Students:
We are going on a field trip to see the Alliance Theater’s production of “A Christmas Carol” on December 12th. Please see the letter for additional details, including the link to register and pay electronically.
8th Grade Trip - Medication Notice
We are getting so excited for our annual 8th grade trip!
If your child needs medication, please complete the appropriate Medication Authorization Form. The SHS1 form is to be used if you would like school personnel to carry/store and administer medication to your child- this form can be used for any medication- including rescue, over the counter and prescription medication - any controlled medications – example ADD, psychogenic medications must use this form (students are not allow to carry this type of medication). The SHS2 form is to be used for students who wish to carry either rescue medications (inhaler and/or Epi Pen) or Acetaminophen, Antacids, Aspirin, Cough or throat lozenges, ibuprofen, Midol or Oral Antihistamine. ALL medication must be in the original container with label and not expired accompanied by proper Medication Authorization Form (either SHS1 or SHS2) – signed by physician if prescription -prescription label on the box/bottle MUST match the Medication Authorization Form EXACTLY or we will not be able to accept it.
If your child is prone to motion sickness, please have your child take mediation to counteract this condition prior to departure and tell the chaperone. If they will need this medication for the return trip, you will need to complete a SHS1 Medication Authorization form as stated above.
Please put all medication (in their original container) in a Ziploc bag, along with the proper Medication Authorization Form and turn into Ms. Buxbaum, our clinic assistant by Wednesday October 31st.
If you have any questions, please call Ms. Buxbaum at 470-254-8752 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to join the Grant Committee?
Our SGC is having great success applying for and being awarded grants, and we want to write more. If you are interested in joining the grant committee to help us dream big, locate, write, and edit grants for school-level projects, please click here.
Our next Parent University is on October 16th at 6:00 p.m and will focus on our device, the Surface and the common tools teachers use in the classroom.
On this evening, you will have a choice of 2 topics to focus on. Topics include; Surface troubleshooting/Windows 10 and common issues students encounter when using their Surface, how to access and work with Edmodo, how to access and work with OneNote, and how to access and save work with One Drive.
We ask that interested parents bring their student’s Surface device charged and with the login information (this will be your child’s student number and password), so the evening’s learning is hands on.
An overview of the night:
- You will choose 2 topics to attend once you arrive
- Surface Troubleshooting
- Google Classroom
*Please note, if a room is full, we ask that you have a back-up topic in mind to attend.
- Session 1- 6:00- 6:25
- 5 minute transition
- Session 2- 6:25-7:00
(This is just so we can get a rough estimate of attendance)
Scholastic Book Fair is here!
The online option for the book fair is live NOW, so you are welcome to shop online for students or their teachers’ classrooms (or share the information with family members who might be interested in ordering gifts).
Our on-site book fair will kick off at our International Festival on Thursday, October 25th, so families are encouraged to come shop when they visit the festival that evening. Students will also visit with their Language Arts classes and we have a new option this year for parents to direct their child’s spending at book fair. The eWallet option allows parents to designate an upper limit amount for spending, and deducts only the amount the student spends during the fair.
To access the online fair, learn more about the eWallet option, and see the interactive book flyer, please visit http://www.scholastic.com/bf/webbbridgems
Webb Bridge Middle School Chorus Sings at the Atlanta Gladiators Game!
Come join Webb Bridge Middle School, Lake Windward Elementary School, and New Prospect Elementary School as the schools' choruses sings at the Gwinnett Gladiators game on October 19th. The game is at 7:35 pm at the Infinite Energy Arena. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here: https://tinyurl.com/WBMSHockey2018. Thank you to the Gladiators who are donating portion of the ticket proceeds back to our choral program!
WBMS October Book Drive-Literacy Focus
If you would like to help by purchasing a book or book gift card, please click on the Sign Up Genius link and bring any books or gift cards to the front office by November 16th .
Sign Up Genius Link
Is your child on a Travel Sports Team? Check this first.
If you are planning to travel during the school year, please review your child’s attendance record first. Students who miss 10 or more total days of school this year will be asked to provide medical notes for additional absences to be considered excused. Fulton County Schools’ attendance policy can be found online at http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/fcss/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=9EHLDB554789. If you anticipate that your child will have a planned absence (as in a tournament out of state), submit a letter to the principal PRIOR to the planned absence for pre-approval consideration. Whenever possible, please schedule your family travel/vacation time to coincide with school breaks and avoid missed class time. Thank you for your assistance in keeping your student present for class instruction.
Can my 13 and 16 year old stay home alone overnight? Guidelines about supervision
Each year, the school is informed about minors staying home alone overnight. Below are the guidelines provided by Child Protective Services for the amount of time and ages children may be left unsupervised or supervised by a child under 18 years old.
1. Children eight (8) years and under should never be left alone.
2. Children between the ages of nine (9) and twelve (12) may be left alone for brief periods of time (less than two (2) hours) when the child is determined to be mature by the caretaker. Children between 9 and 12 years old may not supervise other children or younger siblings.
3. Children ages thirteen (13) and older may be left alone and may perform the role of baby-sitter as authorized by the parent/caretaker. It is advisable to limit this time to twelve (12) hours or less and only when the child is determined to be mature by the caretaker. Minor children may not be left alone overnight. It is also suggested that those children over the age of thirteen (13) caring for others should have participated in a course on baby-sitting.
4. Older children with special conditions or disabilities should not be left home alone.
All children should know:
1. The family emergency plan. (Fire escapes, 911, etc.)
2. How to demonstrate the emergency plan.
3. Where the parent’s phone numbers are for work and home, their home address, and how to give directions to emergency personnel.
4. Support systems in place, in case a parent cannot be reached. (Relatives or neighbors available.)
5. Whom to contact if there are language or cultural factors affecting the situation.
As much as they may complain about it, minor children—even youth—must have an adult monitoring their care while their parents are away. If you have any further questions, please contact Stephanie Schuette, the School Social Worker at this school.
Assistance with low-cost internet providers for your student Surface
http://www.cheapinternet.com/low-income-internet This link has a listing of various programs in our area offering low cost internet connectivity for qualifying families.
As always, please exercise caution when reviewing options and choose what will work best for your income and family’s need.
Attention 8th Grade Parent
This is the first time at Webb Bridge to have an ad in the yearbook celebrating your students’ accomplishments. Click the link in order to yours today: Order your yearbook Ad here
Deadline EXTENDED! Register for Convention! Nov 28-30th in Savannah, Georgia.
All info and links can be found here: bit.ly/betatrip18
Each year Junior Beta members have an opportunity to attend the Georgia Junior Beta Convention in Savannah, Georgia. This is a two-day convention that gives our members a chance to meet hundreds of other Junior Beta members from schools throughout Georgia and participate in activities ranging from academic contests to quiz bowls to talent competitions. The State Convention provides the opportunity for members to interact, share project ideas, and showcase their academic and leadership abilities. The State Convention is a fun-filled two days that our members look forward to each year.
FBLA held another fantastic general meeting on Friday, which included our guest speakers from the Alpharetta High School FBLA chapter. These students, demonstrate great leadership and communication skills, answering questions on our regional competition process as well as general FBLA questions. Our middle school leadership team shared information on the LEAD program as well as a community service opportunity (carrying flags for the upcoming International Night here at Webb Bridge). During the meeting we demonstrated to the students how to access our FBLA website at http://wbms-fbla.weebly.com/ and how to locate information for competitions and the LEAD program. More information will be made available for the Regional Leadership Conference in the coming weeks. We ended with a picture of our members in their new royal blue FBLA t-shirts!
There is still time to join the WBMS 2018-2019 Spanish club!!
The next meeting will be Friday Oct 26 at 8am in room 104.
Learn about Hispanic culture through music, food, dancing,
and arts and crafts throughout the year.
Dues are: $25 (includes membership fee, Club T-shirt, and snacks)
Pick up a membership form in room 104 , a Spanish teacher, or the front office.
Meetings are held the last Friday of every month.
Hasta pronto! See you soon!
Please Support Our Business Partners!!
Joyce Krinsky, VALIC
Cell: 470-445-2823 JOYCE.KRINSKY@valic.com
Fun Halloween Event for Kids of All Ages
Join your friends, neighbors, and the community on Saturday, October 20, for the second annual Emily's Trick or Treat for a Cure, a family-friendly Halloween party at Pernoshal Park in Dunwoody! Come dressed in costume and enjoy a massive trick-or-treating area, food, raffles, silent auction, games, sports, balloon animals, arts & crafts, music and much more! Tickets are $10/child or $25/family, and proceeds will benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. For more information and pre-event tickets, please visit http://emilyshalloweenparty.com/.
Northeast Atlanta Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc.
The Northeast Atlanta Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) is currently conducting its annual membership drive for the 2019 school year. NCL’s mission is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. Members include mothers and daughters in grades 7 through 12 (a 6 year experience). Our chapter will be accepting new members in the rising 7th and rising 9th grade for 2019- 2020.
Please visit the NCL website:https://northeastatlanta.nationalcharityleague.org/community-service/ for additional information or contact our local chapter Northeast Atlanta VP of Membership, Michele Colturi at email@example.com. Thank you for your interest.
Building Character Acting Classes
Webb Bridge Process to Performance After School Acting Classes - Thursdays 4:15-5:45. Class starts Aug 27th and runs through December.
This exciting session will work on improvisation, scene study, physicality, character development, and audition techniques. Students will also rehearse for the one-act play performances. This is a phenomenal class to work skills as well as gain stage experience! For more information and registration: www.buildingcharacter.org
Webb Bridge Middle School PTA
Thank you to all the families who have supported the PTA with your generous donations. We cannot provide all the wonderful support to our students without it.
For those families who have not joined yet, join by October 15th at the Gold or Platinum level for your student to be entered into a drawing for “Principal For A Day”.
You can also upgrade your level with an additional donation to reach the Gold or Platinum Level.
Every donation makes a difference.
Your donation is tax deductible. Save time and donate online, click here wbmspta.org
Thank you, WBMS PTA
Meetings and Public Comment
Webb Bridge’s School Governance Council meets in the morning one Friday each month in @ 7:30 in the PLR room. Our next meeting is November 9th. If you cannot come to issue public comments, please fill out the form below.
Strategic Plan is linked below so you can see the plan and what the Council is working on. Please submit any questions through the form below (Virtual Public Comment-SGC).
2018-2019 Community Balance
We want to create a community filled with more balanced lives. On these nights there will not be any homework assigned, and no assessments will occur the next day.
August – 15th
October – 25th
November – 7th
December – 5th
January – 16th
February – 13th
March – 6th
April – 18th
May – 8th