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News from WCS | November 30, 2018

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians:


Several clubs are now in full swing and many more will take shape later this year. Bowling Club has officially returned under the leadership of one of fifth grade teachers, Ms. Lavoie, and this presents a great social opportunity for students to interact with one another after school. Additionally, Mrs. Krish will be advising the Yearbook Club this year. We are excited to see the photography work of our student participants as the memories begin to take shape. Information will be forthcoming. Our Robotics Club will be returning in January under the leadership of our Digital Literacy teacher, Mrs. Cronin. It has been a very busy start to the school year as we introduced the brand new Digital Literacy offering, but remain steadfast in continuing the work with Lego robotics once again.


With the winter season just around the corner, we have begun our Winter Ready, Set, Go! schedule for students. This rotation changes on a weekly basis and places students in three sections of the campus: the upper playground, "Peaceful" playground (to the left of the rear driveway), and inside the school. We take this proactive measure knowing that our playground space will likely reduce greatly with the addition of snow, making it unsafe to fit all 653 of our students on the playground at once. Our schedule is well underway and we are ready for the winter!


In closing, some of you may have noticed that I have been taking video footage of the traffic signals just outside our driveway at the intersection of Route 111 and Lowell Road. No one is in trouble, I swear! I am only studying traffic patterns and trying to advocate for a change in the traffic signals that cross Route 111 up to Hardwood Road. Specifically, I believe that a green arrow/delayed green turning left down Route 111 will greatly improve traffic flow, especially during peak hours of our arrival and dismissal in the morning and afternoon, respectively. As always, thank you for continued patience and cooperation and know that we are working hard to bring forth a positive change and alleviate traffic congestion.


Have a great weekend!


Sincerely,

Rory O'Connor

GRADE 4 "EGG DROP" FINALS!

On Thursday afternoon, we conducted the final round of our STEM egg drop challenge. Students were issued a problem of practice where they had to engineer a system that would safely support an egg that was dropped from various heights. It was a cold, blustery afternoon, which made conditions perfect to put the systems to the ultimate test: a drop from the WCS roof! Congratulations to our two engineers with the winning design, Skyla Jo and Allison from Mrs. Satkwich's class! A special thank you to Ms. Ross for organizing this event for the second year in a row.

Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast

On Thursday, December 6, (December 7 snow date), our Student Council is planning on acknowledging the efforts of our school bus drivers with a breakfast at 9:00 a.m. We are coordinating with the bus company to make personalized cards for drivers and have handed them out to each driver. Thank you to Mrs. Stephanie Serian and her Student Council members for helping to lead this charge!
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Polar Express at WHS

Excited to embrace the holiday spirit?! Come join us Saturday, December 8, at 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. for a viewing of the Polar Express! A special thank you is in order to Windham PTA for making this opportunity possible. Orders and payments are due by Wednesday, December 5. Please refer to the form below for more details.
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Principal Coffee Hour

Thank you to all of our parents and guardians who are able to join us for coffee at the end of each month. Conversations are always engaging and the focus remains on seeking ways to improve teaching and learning. See you next month!
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Important Dates

Monday, December 3 | End of Trimester 1

Friday, December 7 | T1 Report Cards/NWEA Reports Sent Home

Friday, December 14 | Grade 3 Ellis Island Simulation/Holiday Party

Thursday, December 20 | Grade 4 Holiday Party (10:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

Thursday, December 20 | Grade 5 Gingerbread Houses (1:30 - 2:30 p.m.)

Friday, December 21 | Principal Coffee Hour (9:00 a.m.)

Monday, December 24 - January 2 | NO SCHOOL (Winter Recess)

WCS SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN 2019-2020