January 13, 2023
January 26- Kindergarten Showcase, 6-7pm
January 27- Popcorn Day
February 2- Kindergarten Montessori Open House, 9:15-10:15am & 10:15-11:15am
February 6- PTA Meeting, 5-6pm
February 10- Early Release - Dismissal at 11:52am
February 13- No School - Mid Winter Recess
Kindergarten Showcase for all West Ottawa Elementary schools will take place at 6PM on January 26, 2023. If you have an incoming Kindergarten student you are welcome to attend to hear about West Ottawa's educational offerings.
Waukazoo will host a subsequent Montessori Kindergarten Open House on Thursday, February 2, 2023 from 9:15-10:15am & 10:15-11:15am. Presentations will begin at 9:15 & 10:15 with Q & As and tours to follow.
On Friday, January 20, 2023 the Waukazoo Student Council will be holding our annual Super, Not Ordinary, Winter (S.N.O.W.) Day. Students will have access to a hot chocolate bar (ingredient lists are available in the office) and other winter based activities.
Sledding at Waukazoo
Panther Pathways Session 3 at Waukazoo
Upcoming Construction at Waukazoo
PBIS Pride Tickets
Waukazoo will be continuing to utilize Waukazoo Pride Tickets this year. These tickets recognize students for being Respectful, Responsible, Ready to Learn, or demonstrating Waukazoo Family Pride. Our goal this year is to reach 12,500 tickets this year. Let’s go kids!
Pride Tickets to Date = 6,796
PBIS @ Waukazoo
Reminders About 8:30am Student Drop-Off
Morning drop-off will continue to begin at 8:30am, please remember that students are not supervised prior to 8:30am. The doors will electronically unlock and there is a bell to note the 8:30am time.
As colder weather has arrived it is important to note that students will not be able to enter prior to 8:30am.
STAFF SPOTLIGHT- Kendra Hackney
My name is Kendra Hackney and I am one of the Montessori kindergarten teachers here at Waukazoo. I grew up in Grand Rapids and lived in Chicago for seven years after I married my husband Tim. We decided to raise our two children here in Holland both because of the proximity to family and to Lake Michigan. We love spending time on and near the water! I have been teaching at Waukazoo for seven years. Prior to my years here, I taught for two years in Walker, MI and seven in downtown Chicago where we took our students on countless field trips throughout the city. Here are a few fun facts about me:
I am a fourth generation graduate from Calvin College.
I attended a nature-based sixth grade program at Blandford Nature Center.
I am attempting to be an avid bird watcher.
I love traveling, especially to warmer climates.
After years of killing plants, I finally seem to have a bit of a green thumb.
The majority of my family members worked in education and several of them were art educators.
I love going to plays, musicals and concerts.
Lately, my love of reading has focused on audio books.
STAFF SPOTLIGHT- GRACE FRAZER
My name is Grace Frazer and I teach Kindergarten here at Waukazoo. I have been at Waukazoo for four years now and have had the opportunity to teach Second grade, First grade, and Kinder. I love helping kiddos learn to love school! I went to Hope College and got a degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. I am currently working on getting my Masters in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Outside of school I love to do all of the outdoorsy activities. Hiking with my dog Franklin , camping, and going to the beach are some of my favorites!
Waukazoo Library News
Welcome back to the library! Don’t forget to bring
back your books that you read over break!
Library Check-Out Days
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
Thank you for helping your student
remember to bring their
books back on or before their library day!
Music Notes from Mr. Loughrin
The Recorder…then and now!
4th and 5th recorder unit!!!
Waukazoo 4 th and 5 th graders have embarked on a recorder unit that we will
visit throughout the remainder of the year. The recorder is a terrific “first
instrument”. Starting in 4 th grade, West Ottawa students are given the
opportunity apply all they have learned about music and put it together and
learn to play a woodwind instrument. The recorder is a very old instrument,
dating back over 600 years and is the great grandparent of the modern-day
flute. It’s design dates back to the time of Henry VIII of England in the 14 th
Century. The basic design of the recorder has not changed much since
then. Recorders were first made of wood (and many still are), however now
you can find recorders made of plastic that are more durable, very
affordable, and fairly easy to play, which makes the recorder the perfect
“first instrument” to learn in an elementary school music program.
DK Book publishing has a fun video sharing the history
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break spending time with family and friends! This week in Physical Wellness we will be starting our tennis unit. Students will learn the proper way to hold a tennis racquet as well as hit the fundamental strokes of tennis (forehand, backhand, volley, serve). It's my goal that by the end of our tennis unit students can rally with a friend or against a wall as well as hit an overhand serve. Going to be a lot of fun! Have a great week!
SPANISH SPOTLIGHT WITH SEÑORA DILLON
Fifth grade students are starting a unit on Spanish adjectives. We will learn a
variety of Spanish adjectives to describe objects and people. Students will do a
fun magazine project in partners to reinforce the new vocabulary. Ask your child
how to say large in Spanish!
Technology Talk with Mrs. O'Brien
Micro:bits, Botleys, and CuteBots! Oh My! We have been building our programming knowledge with new materials at every grade level! I’m so thankful we have a district that supports Computer Science instruction! See my website to find out what we’re learning! You’ll also find links to the sites we’ve been visiting. Be sure to email me if you have any questions about our adventures in Tech!!