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News from WCS I November 2, 2018

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents and Guardians:


The month of November is here and that always signifies the time for our most passionate assembly at WCS. The Veterans Day assembly is on Friday, November 9, at 12:30 p.m., and our third grade students have been preparing to honor our service men and women from the armed forces. This event is open to the community and we are humbled to honor all veterans under the leadership of our wonderful music teacher, Mrs. Nancy Fothergill.


We have truly amazing students here at WCS with limitless artistic talent. Something that we have been eyeing over the last couple of years has been the development of a professional green screen setup. As we work to transition the Media Center into a Learning Commons, we will be exploring the use of new green screen equipment to support student learning. It is our hope that we can even develop student broadcasts to share some of the positive news and events happening at WCS. Stay tuned!


We would like to thank our PTA for being a continued source of support to our school community. Not only have our volunteers worked to create another amazing Book Fair experience for students, but our teachers have also been treated with a tremendous dinner during Parent/Teacher conferences. You are so appreciated!


As a general update, I presented some initial plans for next year at a recent WSB Budget Workshop on October 25. Of note, we will be gaining back substantial space at WCS and will have the opportunity to restore several of our programs to be delivered inside dedicated classrooms. Band instruction, for example, will no longer be delivered on the stage in the cafeteria. Music, art, Spanish, and Digital Literacy classes will also have classroom space as it stands right now. As we transition to a Grade 5 & 6 school next year, we also are planning to install lockers for all students to access in order to embrace an upper elementary philosophy and to reinvent the climate of the school. You may also remember that we have discussed our traffic situation over the last several years and I am still interested in continuing that dialogue. Although we will reduce our student population next year, I believe that our daily traffic scenarios and physical proximity to Route 111 go above and beyond the metrics of student enrollment. We thank you for your continued patience and support and as always, please feel free to reach out to our main office if you have any questions or concerns.


Have a great weekend!


Sincerely,

Rory O'Connor

Welcome Back, Mrs. Torrisi

Beginning today, Mrs. Paula Torrisi will be filling in as our long-term substitute art teacher for Miss Lapadula. Mrs. Torrisi has an impeccable history with WCS, serving several years a top-notch fifth grade teacher and also recently as a tutor. We are fortunate to have her rejoin the team and are thrilled to have her back in the halls of Center School. Welcome back, Mrs. Torrisi!
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Multicultural Night - Thursday, November 29, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (WHS in Room #G318)

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NH Partners In Education Blue Ribbon Award

Our fantastic Windham PTA was honored at the NH Partners in Education Blue Ribbon Volunteer Breakfast in Concord on October 26. During the 2017-18 school year, 225 volunteers clocked over 3,000 volunteer hours supporting WCS! Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers for supporting our school!
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Building the Band

Did you know that our band program has grown to include 307 students, or 47% of our student population? Ms. Buonpane is proud of her students and they are off to a great start this year!
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Important Dates

October 29-November 9 | WCS Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday, November 6 | NO SCHOOL (Teacher Workshop Day)

Thursday, November 8, 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Parent Conferences

Friday, November 9, 12:30 p.m. | Veteran's Day Assembly

Monday, November 12 | NO SCHOOL (Veteran's Day)

Wednesday, November 21 | Early Release (Students Dismissed at 12:00 p.m.)

Thursday, November 22 & Friday, November 23 | NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Recess)

Monday, December 3 | End of Trimester 1