Wildcat News

February 2020


Our newsletter can be translated to any language in three easy steps:

1. When you receive the school newsletter in your email inbox, open the email and click on the title in the newsletter to open it in Smore.

2. Once in Smore, scroll to the very bottom of the newsletter. Above the red word ‘Report’ you will see the word ‘Translate’. Click ‘Translate’.

3. Next, select your preferred language in the drop-down menu and the newsletter will automatically translate to the language you chose.


Nuestro boletín se puede traducir a cualquier idioma en tres sencillos pasos:

1. Cuando reciba el boletín de la escuela en su bandeja de entrada de correo electrónico, abra el correo electrónico y haga clic en el título del boletín para abrirlo en Smore.

2. Una vez en Smore, desplácese hasta el final del boletín. Sobre la palabra roja "Informe" verá la palabra "Traducir". Haga clic en "Traducir".

3. A continuación, seleccione su idioma preferido en el menú desplegable y el boletín se traducirá automáticamente al idioma que elija.

Message From the Principal

What an interesting January we had! Between the snow, holidays and semester break, it felt a little like an extended winter vacation. It felt good to finally have a five day week this week.

A new year is a time when many of us look ahead and set goals and resolutions. At Frank Wagner, we established goals for our students in the fall and are doing the important work of measuring and assessing the progress toward those goals as we hit the mid year point in our teaching. Our teachers spend time analyzing each student's writing and choose individual goal areas which will make the biggest impact on the child's writing. Teachers measure progress in that goal area throughout the year.

As a staff, some of the actions we are taking to reach these goals are:

  • All teachers explicitly teach writing at least four days per week.

  • Teachers give regular common assessments in writing and collaborate to analyze student performance and set goals for instruction.

  • Teachers regularly confer (meet one-on-one) with writers to give feedback and teach next steps.

  • Teachers frequently provide targeted small-group instruction for students not at standard in writing.

  • Teachers participate in professional development about working with writers one-on-one and in small groups to give them specific feedback and target their next steps for improvement.

  • Teachers use tools such as checklists, rubrics, and progressions to analyze student work, set goals for instruction, and teach students how to assess their own writing.

How can families help us with our goals? Here are some ways to help your child in writing:

  • Build a climate of words at home. When you go places, and see things with your child, talk about what has been seen, heard, smelled, tasted, touched. The basis of good writing is good talk, and younger children especially grow into stronger control of language when loving adults — particularly parents — share experiences and rich talk about those experiences.

  • Let children see you write often. You can be both a model and a teacher. If children never see adults write, they gain the impression that writing occurs only at school. Have children see you writing notes to friends, letters to businesses, perhaps even stories! From time to time, read aloud what you have written and ask your children their opinion of what you’ve written. If it’s not perfect, so much the better! Making changes in what you write confirms for the child that revision is a natural part of writing.

  • Share letters and emails from friends and relatives. Treat such letters as special events. Urge relatives and friends to write notes and letters to the child, no matter how brief, and encourage your child to respond. Writing is especially rewarding when the child gets a response!

  • Share pieces of writing that, as a reader, you find powerful or interesting, and explain why the piece was important to you. Sometimes we read things that sound beautiful, create a vivid image, cause us to think in different ways, teach us something new, or just make us laugh! Sharing little excerpts of powerful writing will help your child develop appreciation for the craft and purpose of great writing.

  • Stay in close contact with your child’s classroom teacher about how your child is doing in writing, especially if he or she is not yet on standard. Your child’s teacher probably shared some specific details about this at the parent/teacher conference in the fall, including how your child is doing compared to writing rubrics and/or checklists. If you have not seen the tools most of our teachers are using to assess student writing and set goals, ask your child’s teacher for a copy.

I have great confidence that we can reach our writing goals because of our committed staff, our dedicated parents, and motivated student learners. I look forward celebrating many learning successes with you in the months to come.


Kristin Cortes

Building Principal

Join Us!

Join us on February 4th for our Frozen Yogurt Fundraising Night 5:00PM-8:00PM.

If you arrive before 5:00 PM or after 8:00 PM just mention Frank Wagner.

AMPED Special Event

Our AMPED running program at Frank Wagner Elementary will be featured on Q13 News this Wednesday, February 5th in the morning before school! The students have been putting in great effort before school and during class with the program and the news team along with Phit America – the company that offers the AMPED program to schools - would like to recognize that. The school doors will open at 8am on February 5th for any student that would like to come and participate in the running program for this special event.

● When: Wednesday, February 5th @ 8am

● Where: Frank Wagner Elementary Playground

● Who: Frank Wagner Elementary Students, Phit America and Q13 News

For more information feel free to contact the following PE Teachers:

Judy Holt – holtj@monroe.wednet.edu

John Greer – greerj@monroe.wednet.edu

Evento especial AMPED

¡Nuestro programa de carreras AMPED en la escuela primaria Frank Wagner se mostrará en las Noticias Q13 este miércoles 5 de febrero por la mañana antes de la escuela! Los estudiantes han estado haciendo un gran esfuerzo antes de la escuela y durante la clase con el programa y el equipo de noticias junto con Phit America, la compañía que ofrece el programa AMPED a las escuelas, quisiera reconocer eso. Las puertas de la escuela se abrirán a las 8 am el 5 de febrero para cualquier estudiante que quiera venir y participar en el programa de carreras para este evento especial.

● Cuándo: miércoles 5 de febrero a las 8 a.m.

● Dónde: Frank Wagner Elementary Playground

● Quién: Frank Wagner Elementary Students, Phit America y Q13 News

Para obtener más información, no dude en comunicarse con los siguientes maestros de educación física:

Judy Holt - holtj@monroe.wednet.edu

John Greer - greerj@monroe.wednet.edu

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A message from Ms. Hickenbottom

Parents, the Makerspace is now open most lunch recesses for the students to come in a build and explore and make. There are some supplies it would be nice to make available for students to use but we don't have a budget. If you would be interested in donating any of the following I'll be happy to make them available to students:

  • Toilet paper/towel roll inserts
  • Felt
  • Yarn
  • Embroidery floss
  • foam
  • cardstock
  • pipe cleaners
  • play doh
  • Perler beads
  • Canary Cardboard cutters
  • Vinyl for the Cricut
  • Batteries (AA, AAA)
  • Craft sticks
  • Origami paper
  • Plastic cups/bowls

You can send supplies with your student or drop them by the Makerspace any time. If you have questions about something you'd like to donate you can contact me at hickenbottomk@monroe.wednet.edu or 360-804-3242.

Thanks - Karen Hickenbottom, Digital Learning Teacher

Remember to Vote!

Remember to vote in the special election by February 11, 2020!

A renewal of Monroe School District’s Technology Levy will be on the ballot. Learn more about what this critical levy funds, here: https://www.monroe.wednet.edu/community/bonds-levies/2020-technology-levy

Presidents Day Break

There will be no school February 14th & 17th.


Our Watch D.O.G.S. program is ready for sign ups!. If you have already completed the school district online volunteer form and would like to sign up for a day please visit:



We are now using a new check-in system called SafeVisitor. Please have your ID available for office staff. A personal badge will be issued to you each time you visit.

Thank you for your patience as we implement this new system.

Pets at Student Pick Up

Please No Pets at School Pick-Up.

Dismissal Reminders

-All students must exit through the front gates or the back gates by the bus entrance. Students will only be allowed to exit out the back gates if they have a parent, guardian or older sibling waiting for them.

-If you are picking up your child to walk home from the front gate, please stand to the left of the side walk. Please do not stand at the edge of the grass area where students are waiting for car pick up.

-Please keep the sidewalks clear by waiting for your child to come to you.

-If picking up a student by car, please pull up to the loading zone, do not exit your car and have your child get in on the passenger side.

Thank you for your cooperation. Working together, we can make dismissal time safe and quick for all of our students.

Principal Chats

Come hear about all that is happening at Frank Wagner during our Principal Chat with Ms. Cortes. This is a time to get questions answered, give feedback and find out ways to get involved in all that the Wildcat family is up to. Principal Chats will be held at 9:15 a.m. in the Makerspace the first Tuesday of every month starting in November.

Dates: February 4th, March 3rd, May 5th, June 2nd

Parent Partnership Lunch

Join us for our Parent Partnership Lunches. This is your chance to have lunch with your student while helping all of our Frank Wagner Wildcats learn appropriate lunch room behaviors by using R.O.A.R. language:

As a Parent Partnership Lunch Volunteer, we are counting on you to:

- sign in and put on a badge

- go directly to the lunchroom

- help us monitor students and encourage expected behaviors (Wildcats R.O.A.R.)

- follow the lead of the staff in charge of the lunchroom

- return to the office and sign out if you are ready to leave or need to go to another location

Thank you for joining us for lunch, we are thankful to have your assistance!

All volunteers must have an approved 2019-2020 Volunteer Application on file. Please allow 3 days for processing.


Our lost & found is growing! Stop by and check our lost & found BEFORE or AFTER school, sign in at the office when you arrive. Our lost & found is located behind the barn door by the stairwell in the new section on the building.


Please do not park in the designated handicap parking spaces unless:

1. You meet the disabled parking requirements and have your registered ID card with you.

2. Your placard, plates or tabs are visible.

These spaces are not for general loading/unloading. Thank you for helping keep Frank Wagner Elementary a place that is easily accessible for all.


February 4th - Principal Chat 9:15 AM -10:00 AM in the Makerspace

February 4th - Frozen Yogurt Fundraising Night 5:00PM-8:00PM

February 7th - Report Cards will go home with students.

February 11th - Special Election Day - Remember to vote!

February 13th - Superintendent's Chat 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

February 14th-17th - Presidents Day Break (NO SCHOOL)

February 20th- 5th Grade Camp Meeting - join us for our bake sale at 6:00 PM and concert after!

February 20th - 5th Grade Concert at 7:00 PM

February 24th - School Board Meeting at Fryelands Elementary at 6:00 PM


All volunteers and visitors must submit a Volunteer Application and be approved each school year prior to volunteering in the classroom, chaperoning a field trip or visiting for lunch. Thank you for helping keep Frank Wagner Elementary a safe place for all!

Are you receiving text messages from our school?

Our district utilizes the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages straight to your mobile phone with important information about events, school delays/closures, safety alerts and more. You can participate in this free service by sending a text message of "Y" or "Yes" to our district's short code number, 67587. You can also opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with "Stop". SchoolMessenger is compliant with the Student Privacy Pledge so you can rest assured that your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone.
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Contact Us

Frank Wagner Elementary

Main Line (360)804-3200

Attendance Line (360)804-3201

Office Manager: Col Wolf

Office Assistant: Karina Blanquet


The Monroe School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Title IX Coordinator

Joanne Dickinson

200 E. Fremont St, Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2539


Section 504/ADA Coordinator

David Paratore

200 E. Fremont St, Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2603


Compliance Coordinator for 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW

Joanne Dickinson

200 E. Fremont St, Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2532


The Monroe School District will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services and activities. For information regarding translation services or transitional bilingual education programs, contact:

Kimberly Whitworth

200 E. Fremont St, Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2558