Wrightstown Ravens' News

April 2016

Beth A. Fox, Principal

729 Penns Park Road

Wrightstown, PA 18940

(215) 944-2306

bfox@crsd.org

A Message from the Principal!

Dear Wrightstown Families,


It is hard to believe we will close the third marking period on April 6, 2016! Report cards will be open for viewing in the Home Access Center (HAC) starting at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. While it seems we are quickly winding down the school year things will surely pick up this month. Students in grades 3 and 4 will take the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) for English Language Arts and Mathematics. In addition, students in grade 4 will complete a Science component of the PSSA test. Attendance is especially important during these testing windows. Please avoid scheduling vacations during this time and help ensure the following:


  • Be sure your child is well rested

  • Students should arrive on time (Testing will begin at 9:30 a.m.)

  • Children should eat a nutritious breakfast


Students have worked very hard all year to show what they know on this test. We wish them the best of luck!


Wrightstown Elementary is excited to host our first ever Grandparents’ Day on Friday, April 8, 2016! We have over approximately 53 families attending! The photo booth will capture wonderful memories!


Please note that Tuesday, April 26, 2016 is an early dismissal day for students at 12:15 p.m. AM Kindergarten attends.


Sincerely,


Beth A. Fox

Principal

April Happenings!

  • April 4th - Open House at Newtown Elementary for Wrightstown 4th Graders at 7:00pm
  • April 5th - Author Visit with Marc Tyler Nobleman
  • April 6th - End of the 3rd Marking Period
  • April 7th - EQ3 Event for 3rd & 4th Grade Girls at 3:50pm
  • April 7th - Bucks County Reading Olympics Competition at New Hope Solebury Elementary School at 5:30pm
  • April 8th - Grandparents' Day Event at 7:30am in the APR
  • April 8th - NES 5th Grade Teachers Visit with WES 4th Graders
  • April 11th - WES/NES Transition Transportation Meeting at 7:00pm at NES
  • April 12th - April 15th - English Language Arts PSSA Testing for 3rd & 4th Grade
  • April 12th - PTO Meeting at 7:30pm in the Art Room
  • April 13th - Creative Kids Club at 8:00am in the Art Room
  • April 14th - 4th Grade State Fair at 7:00pm in APR
  • April 15th - Father Daughter Event at Transcend Fitness at 6:00pm
  • April 18th - Running Club at 8:30am
  • April 19th - April 21st - Math PSSA Testing for 3rd & 4th Grade
  • April 21st - Running Club at 8:30am
  • April 25th - Running Clubs at 8:30am
  • April 26th - April 27th - Math PSSA Testing for Grade 4 ONLY
  • April 26th - Early Dismissal at 12:15pm - AM Kindergarten Attends
  • April 28th - Running Club at 8:30am
  • April 28th - 3rd Grade Field Trip to Lost River Caverns
  • April 29th - Family Game Night at 6:00pm

PSSA Testing Dates:

  • RELA: Tuesday (4/12), Wednesday (4/13), Thursday (4/14), Friday (4/15) - 3rd & 4th Grade
  • MATH: Tuesday (4/19), Wednesday (4/20), Thursday (4/21) - 3rd & 4th Grade
  • SCIENCE: Tuesday (4/26) & Wednesday (4/27) - 4th Grade Only

Art Show Information

The District Art Show for 2016 will be held at Council Rock South on the following dates:


  • Thursday, May 12th (Opening Night) - 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Friday, May 13th - 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Saturday, May 14th - 10:00am-3:00pm


Students representing Wrightstown at the District Art Show will be given special notices this month.


Additionally, if your child placed a request for a District Art Show t-shirt, the orders will be filled at the end of the month.

News from the Art Department

Council Rock celebrated Youth Art Month at a special school board meeting in March. Jacob Dumack, Grade 4, represented Wrightstown with a beautiful painting. It is on display at the Chancellor Center Boardroom. Congratulations, Jacob!


~Mrs. Marian Heffren

School Play "ROCK!"

On March 16th, our families were treated to a wonderful performance of ROCK! under the direction of Miss Udis & Miss Kramarev.


Our 3rd & 4th graders definitely "rocked" the stage that night!

State Fair

On Thursday, April 14th, at 7:00 PM the fourth grade will be celebrating the culmination of all of their hard work in the form of a State Fair!


We have been working on parts of this project for many months in our homerooms, computer labs, and library, as well as art and music classes. Each student is in the process of completing in-depth research into his/her state that they will display on tri-fold boards. They will also dress up as something that represents their state for the fair.


We are all looking forward to this fun event.


~Mrs. Bowman, Mrs. Fortunato & Mrs. McGovern

News from Student Council

Our Spring Craft Fundraiser flyers will be coming home soon for Grades 1-4. Save the date of May 11th, 3:45 - 4:30 for planning purposes.


All proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated to Alex's Lemonade!

Literacy Corner

SPRING IS HERE! Please continue to make time for reading each day. If you simply read aloud to your child, it increases their vocabulary and creates a positive feeling about reading. This intrinsic feeling will resonate throughout all subject areas, and hopefully, you eventually will not have to remind your child to read, because he/she will do it automatically!


Here is a great free website to help your child with the comprehension of some books:

http://www.bookadventure.com/Home.aspx


Here is another link (that also has a free app!) for short stories and comprehension questions:

http://mrnussbaum.com/readingpassageindex/


Enjoy reading and spending time with your child!!

~ Mrs. Paula Etgen

From the Physical Education Department

Spring is here and the great weather is right around the corner. We are looking forward to getting back outside for our gym classes.


Spring Running Club will start back up on April 18th. We will be running each week on Monday’s and Thursday’s. We start at 8:30 and go until the first bus arrives.


Our 3rd and 4th grade will be working on the President’s physical fitness test in April and May. And our field day will be here before you know it!


This is a great time for the kids to start getting back outside and being physically active. Nothing beats a weekend family bike ride or walk in the park.


Have fun!

~Mr. Jeff Johnson

Vocal Music News

Spring has sprung in the General Music Classroom! Here is what we’ve been up to:


Kindergarten students are learning all about Saint-Sean’s iconic work, “The Carnival of the Animals”. Listening maps, games and playing instruments, as well as compiling our own “Carnival of the Animals” book have become a part of our music day.


In First Grade we are learning all about Vivaldi’s “Spring” from the Four Seasons. We’ve been engaging in movement and singing activities to celebrate the new season!


Second Graders have moved on to learning line notes on the treble clef staff. In addition to some fun games like “Chicken on the Fencepost”, we are also learning some old/new songs including “What a Wonderful World” and “Puff, the Magic Dragon”.


In Third Grade, we are re-visiting and refining our newly acquired recorder skills with a cool program called “Recorder Revolution”.


Our keyboard system, called Music In Education, features prominently in Fourth Grade. We were able to practice our note and rhythm reading through lots of individual and partnered activities.


~Mrs. Nanette Lutz

Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Jachimski

Last month, our kindergarten students learned about the art of friendship and getting along with others!


Meet Brown the least used pencil in the box. He’s tall, geeky and lonely. Brown envies Red, Purple, Blue and all the other pencils who have fun coloring and playing together. Dark Green is trustworthy, Pink listens well, Orange has fun, and everybody likes Red! Brown doesn’t smile very often because he doesn’t get used much and hardly ever needs sharpening. When Brown asks the other pencils why no one likes him, he discovers that to have friends, he needs to be a good friend. If Brown learns to use all of the friendship skills the other pencils have, he can make friends and have fun too!

Coming Soon to Kindergarten!

Stayed tuned for more information on April’s kindergarten guidance lesson! I look forward to helping your children practice attention skills during the “Ninja Focus Game!”


~Mrs. Nancy Jachimski, Guidance Counselor

Instrumental Music News

The Beginning Strings, 4th Grade String Ensemble and Beginning Band will present a Spring Concert on Tuesday May 3rd, at 7:00 in the Wrightstown Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room.


Please save the date to come and support our young musicians!


~Mrs. Betty Hintenlang

News from the Health Office

Please accept this reminder that missing Physical and Dental Exam forms are due now. Reminder notices were given to parents at registration, in June, and again in October. The forms are required for the following;


Physical Exams- Pennsylvania requires Physical Exam forms for Kindergarten or 1st grade (the year of entry into school), and for out of state transfers.


Dental Exams- Pennsylvania requires Dental Exam forms for Kindergarten or 1st grade (the year of entry into school), for 3rd grade, and for out of state transfers.


If your child had a physical or dental within the last year, it is a matter of paperwork only- you may have the physician or dentist complete the form as of the last visit. Forms are available on the district website, or you may obtain one by calling the school nurse.


Thank you,

Mrs. Daniels, School Nurse

Guest Author Marc Tyler Nobleman

We are excited to welcome author Marc Tyler Nobleman to Wrightstown Elementary School on Tuesday, April 5th. You may wear a superhero costume to the assembly! He wrote “Boys of Steel” about the creators of Superman and “Bill the Boy Wonder” about the secret co-creator of Batman. If you are a fan of Batman or Superman, you will not want to miss his presentation!

Bucks County Reading Olympics

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at New Hope Solebury Upper Elementary School, 5:30-8:30pm


Our two fourth grade teams have been practicing since January and their knowledge of the 45 books in this year’s event is so impressive! We wish them the best of luck as they answer 60 questions about these books and earn a ribbon for Wrightstown Elementary School.

News from the Library

What is the most popular book at Wrightstown Elementary School this year?


We started with the 16 most checked out books from the School Library, and voting has taken us to the Final Four. Will it be The Guinness Book of World Records, The Seven Habits of Happy Kids, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, or the graphic novel Sisters? Check the Library website and the bulletin board brackets outside the school library for the tournament champion.

Coming in May!

Yvonne Kusters presents her first book titled MOVE! to our Kindergarten, First and Second graders at Wrightstown on May 20th at 2pm. Get ready to interact with her first fitness book that is going to get everyone moving! Autographed book copies will go on sale soon. Look for a flyer from your child.