January 11, 2019

Upcoming Dates

Fri, Jan 18 - Progress Reports Post to the Parent Portal

Fri, Jan 18 - WEPA Family Movie Night - 6:00 PM - Pine Street Gym - Free

Wed, Jan 30 - Half Day of School - Dismissal begins at 11:55

Mid Winter Break - NO SCHOOL - Friday, Feb 15

Mid Winter Break - NO SCHOOL - Monday, Feb 18

Tues, Feb 19 - Friday, March 8 - Baker & Dorr Elementary - REGISTRATION BEGINS

All Preschool Programs / Young 5's / Kindergarten Registration for the 2019/2020 School Year

Wed, Feb 20 - Early Childhood Night at Baker - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Sat, Feb 23 - Daddy/Daughter Dance - 6-8 PM - Wayland Middle School

Spring Break - NO SCHOOL - Fri, March 29 - Fri, April 5, 2019. School resumes Monday, April 8.

End of Day Pick Up Reminders

So far we have had many positive comments on our end of the day pick up procedure. Here are a few things to remember as we move forward.

1. All students should be picked up and signed out by 4:05.

2. Phone calls MUST be made by 3:15 if you have an end of the day change.

3. Student being picked up earlier than 3:55, MUST be picked up by 3:40 or else they will need to be placed in the 3:55 PM Pick Up group.

4. The office is closed during pick up time.

5. Bathrooms for younger siblings are not accessible during pick up.

6. Parent should not linger in the hallway. Pick up should be a quick walk, grab the child, sign them out and leave the building. We are not able to see what students are still left for pick up if parents and students are lingering and chatting in the hallway.

7. At this time of the year, students should be responsible for all their items. Many students are forgetting boots, mittens, folders, etc in the classroom. Students who forget items in the classroom will not be allowed to go back and get them until 4:05. Also - Most teachers lock their room while they are taking other kids to the bus. A lot of staff leave right away since their day is over. Rooms are not always accessible after school dismisses. Please encourage children to remember all their things as they leave the class. This is teaching them responsibility.

Flashback to Mrs Pressey's Grinch Party

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Health Reminders

1) If a child is sick and sent home from school, they should be fever free and puke free for 24 hours before they return to school. 2) A parent should always report a student’s absence to the school office to excuse them for the day. Any absence not reported will be documented as NC (No Contact) and recorded as an Unexcused Absence. 3) Emergency contact numbers should be kept up-to-date. If a child becomes ill at school, they must go home. 4) If a child is too sick to go out for recess, they are too sick to be in school. Children are expected to go out for recess everyday. 5) If your child is out of school for an appointment, please bring proof of that appointment to the office to keep on file. We can then fill the absence/tardy as Excused for the day.

Mrs Neely's Dramatic Play Space Station



When: Wednesday February 20 - From 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Where: Baker Elementary

Who Should Come: Parents and potential students

*** Tell neighbors and parents of younger siblings that we will be hosting a community night where parents get a chance to check out all of our wonderful early childhood programs here at Baker Elementary and get a chance to tour classrooms and meet with teachers!

Dorr Elementary will host their Early Childhood Night on Tuesday, February 19, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Learning Through Play

Preschool Program Options for 2019/2020

Did you know that Baker Elementary houses several different preschool programs in our building? Community Preschool has 3 classes of Extended Day Preschool, 1 class of M/W/F half day Preschool and 2 classes for three-year-old preschoolers. There are 2 classrooms that house GSRP (Great Start Readiness Program). And lastly, we have 2 classrooms of Early Childhood Special Education classes, ECSE. There are approximately 150 preschoolers in our building throughout the week. Our Preschool Speech Pathologist, Kailey Lewis, sees students in all these classrooms as well as walk-in speech services for preschool aged children throughout our district.

Preschool signups for all these programs will begin Tuesday, Feb 19 through Friday, March 8. Early registration is the key to guarantee a spot in one of these preschool programs. Join us on Wednesday, February 20, for our EARLY CHILDHOOD NIGHT AT BAKER ELEMENTARY 6:00 - 7:30 PM. Come see the classrooms, learn about the programs and meet the amazing preschool staff we have!!!

Think you can't afford Preschool? YES - You Can!!!

Did you know that Wayland Union Schools use casino funds to off-set the cost of tuition for preschool, making our community preschools at Baker Elementary and Dorr Elementary affordable for all families. If your family does not qualify for one of the free preschool programs offered at Baker Elementary, check out the chart below to see how affordable our quality preschools can be!
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Does Preschool Make A Difference? YES - It Does!!!

Thinking about preschool for your 3 or 4-year-old? Here are a few great reasons to sign up now!

Children learn by listening and talking. In preschool students will hear lots of stories and have many chances to talk with others which develops their communication skills.

Children learn by being around other children. The preschool classroom gives your child the chance to play, share, take turns and sit with a group.

Children learn by playing and pretending. While in preschool, students build, dress up, draw, and pretend with animals, cars, blocks, tools and toys.

Children learn problem solving skills. Preschool is the best place for children to learn how to be independent. Children will have the chance to help with tasks like setting up for snack and getting their own coats on, to making decisions about what they want to play during free time.

Children will learn beginning literacy skills. Through play and instruction, children will begin to learn about language -- things such as rhyming, vocabulary, letters and words.


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School Closings & Delays

School Closing & Delays - You will want to make sure your Parent Portal information is up-to-date with all current phone numbers and email addresses. All Baker families will be notified of a school delay or closing using the information you provided via your campus portal during online registration. Now would be a great time to log into your parent portal and verify names, phone numbers and the boxes you checked to be notified of any emergency and general information. At this time all families should be receiving several emails a week from the Baker school or the WUS district. FYI...Please be careful when checking the notification boxes on your portal. We receive many phone calls from work places (hospitals, factories, other schools, etc) asking us to remove their phone numbers from our records because these work places receive every message sent from WUS.


Older Baker students working with younger Baker students