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Wamsley Elementary School Newsletter - February 2021

Important Dates

February 8th-11th - Spirit Week

February 11th - Classroom Valentine's Day Parties

February 15th - Presidents Day - No School

February 16th & 17th - Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences

March 2nd - Virtual PTAC Meeting at 4pm

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From the Principal

The days are getting longer, the ground is peeking out from under the snow, and baby cows are arriving in the fields around us! Fabulous February is finally here and it is bringing signs of spring with its arrival! I hope this newsletter finds you and your family safe and healthy! Your kids had a great month in January and we are looking forward to meeting with you during conferences on February 16th and 17th to share their successes! Please look for information from your teacher about these dates.

Classroom Valentine parties will replace our annual Love The One You Read With family event this year. We look forward to returning to this fun family event next year! Teachers will be contacting you about treats and Valentine cards for parties on February 11th. For safety reasons, we are asking that Valentine cards arrive at school on Monday, February 8th so have fun picking out cards and writing names this weekend!

Have your students shared about their “Why Try?” learning and adventures? Students have been learning about effort and positive talk. Then they have been putting forth their best effort on math and reading tasks to reveal codes to locked boxes. The boxes have contained treats and activities that celebrate the students’ efforts. These lessons are helping us refine our focus on Effort = Achievement! Ask your students about what they are learning! As a way to connect you with the learning, we have started sharing the links to our weekly “Why Try?” video lessons on our weekly autodialer that comes out every Sunday night. Click on the links and you can start using the learning with your children at home.

This week we have exciting news - The Wamsley Zoo is now open! As a part of our Experiential Education focus here at Wamsley, we have adopted 5 tree frogs, 2 very large hermit crabs, 3 small hermit crabs, 1 crested gecko lizard, 2 giant Texas gold millipedes, 5 hissing cockroaches, and 1 box turtle. In the coming months, classes will begin taking care of the pets. In the process, they will research and write proper care manuals and posters for the pets. The halls have been alive with excitement this week!

As we begin February and COVID continues, I want to thank you all for continuing to monitor symptoms and keeping your children home when necessary! We have had one quarantine so far since November and continue to avert others because of you and your diligence with helping us! Remember to keep your children home and call us if they have any symptoms. Also, please keep your children home if they have been exposed to COVID or to someone who was exposed or if anyone in the family is being tested! I cannot thank you enough for your efforts! We are able to stay open and keep as many kids in person as possible with your support!

This past week, we hosted our monthly PTAC meeting and had live Spanish translation! Please tell your friends about this new option at PTAC and mark your calendars for our next meeting on Tuesday, March 2nd! We have an amazing group of parents that support our efforts here and we always welcome anyone who would like to join us and help support your teachers and students. See you at 4pm on Tuesday, March 2, 2021! Call the office and we will share the meeting link with you. See you there!

Here’s to a Fabulous February! Thank you for all your support!

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