Bulldog Bulletin

April 3, 2016 - Wheaton Elementary

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NWEA - Testing

We will open the test window this week. The test should not take quite as long this time. We will begin with Reading on Tuesday, Math on Wednesday, and Language on Thursday. (We will adjust nutrition classes on Friday.)


1st Grade 9:00 – 10:00

2nd Grade 10:00 – 11:00

3rd Grade 12:00 – 1:00

Kindergarten 1:00 – 2:00


4th/5th Grade Writing block

6th Grade Class time

MAP Testing

Please go back through the slides that we viewed with Mrs. Sullivan. Mrs. Hayslip and I will work on a practice schedule this week. If you have any questions or concerns regarding MAP practice, please send me an email.

Basketball District Tournament

The tournament starts this week in Purdy. Our players would love to see you there.

5th Grade Girls play Tuesday at 4:30 H.S. Gym

6th Grade Girls play Tuesday at 5:30 H.S. Gym

5th Grade Boys play Tuesday at 6:30 H.S. Gym

6th Grade Boys play Tuesday at 7:30 H.S. Gym


They will all play a second game on Thursday for either 1st place or 3rd place. It would be so awesome to have a big teacher fan section.

It's a Busy Time of Year! Only 30 School Days Left.

April 4th ............Nutrition Classes Start

April 4,5,7.......... Basketball Tournament

April 4,5,6 ..........NWEA Test #2

April 6 ................Advisory Meeting

April 8 ................Mid-Quarter

April 12...............Faculty Meeting w/ Focus List

April 12 ..............Kindergarten Field Trip

April 14..............April Birthday Celebration

April 15 - 18 ......Spring Break

April 19 ..............Family Math Night

April 19 ..............Board Meeting

April 21 ..............Spring Concert

April 22.............. DARE Graduation

April 22...............1st Grade Field Trip

April 25 ..............MAP Starts

April 27..............Character Trait Nominees in

April 29..............Character Trait Assembly

Summer School Planning

We will present the Wild Wild West Theme to the board on April 19. The schedule and staff list are in progress. Thank you for all the great ideas you are sharing. Please continue to look for engaging learning opportunities as we "unschool" summer school old west style.

Grade Level Group Meetings

We will resume our K-3 and 3-6 morning meetings from 7:45 - 8:10. Please be punctual.

April 6 ............K-3

April 13 ..........3-6

April 20...........K-3

April 27...........3-6

May 4..............K-3

May 11............3-6

Technology Badges = $$$$$$$$

Several of you have submitted forms for technology badges and displayed them outside of your rooms. This is a reminder that those badges will translate to dollars $$ for your classroom. If you have not submitted your forms, please do so by April 10th to qualify for extra resource money.

Finish Strong!

As you can see, there is a lot going on in April. May is just as packed. Let's remain vigilant in our efforts to help our students succeed. A lot of growth can happen in thirty days. We will use the Focus List to zero in on those students not showing adequate growth. This may mean that we need to try some new approaches. The next month and a half, along with summer school can make a world of difference for these kiddos. Let's work together as a team to help them reach their full potential.


While we are seeing glimmers of the light at the end of the tunnel and dream of sand between our toes, let's be very conscious of the precious, little time we have with our students. Please revisit the faculty handbook, check your email each morning and afternoon, be mindful of professional expectations regarding arrival and dismissal, as well as dress code requirements. On designated days such as field trips, field day, and Fridays you are welcome to dress down in jeans. Movie clips can be used as instructional tools. However, full length movies are rarely appropriate for learning environments. Deviation from normal class schedules should be cleared with the office including extended or extra recess.


Our actions and attitudes will transfer to our students. Let's make sure they see that we we use each moment as an opportunity for learning and growth. Their success should remain our focus until the last moment of the school year.