West Elementary

October/November 2016

Book Character Day

We have some amazing imaginations at West Elementary and we loved seeing all of our favorite book characters come to life on Book Character Day! The pumpkin contest was a smash too! Congratulations to all of our school winners and to everyone who participated! We look forward to seeing what characters visit us next year! Check out pictures on our school website under the about us tab and then click on photo albums.
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Parent Survey

Dear Parents and Guardians,
We want our school to be the best it can be. Please fill out this survey and tell us what you think about what we are doing well and what you think we could do better. If you have more than one child in this school, you may pick which one you want to think about when answering the questions. This survey is anonymous. No one will know which answers came from you, and it will not be possible to connect your answers to your child in any way. We are striving hard to reach a goal of 75% participation from our families! We want to reward the whole school with a celebration party when we reach that goal. Thank you very much for your participation.

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Community Events

We have two very important events happening in our community and we would like for parents to be aware so they may share this information with families in need as the holidays and cold weather are approaching.

The first event will take place this Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Junior Auxiliary of McMinnville will be holding their annual "Coats for the Community" at the Chamber of Commerce building in our downtown square near the fountain. This is a wonderful service this organization does for our community.

The second event is the 2016 Warren County Rescue Squad Toy Drive. They are accepting names from November 1st until November 23rd. You can stop by the Rescue Squad building on Sparta Street Monday through Thursday between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. They will NOT accept names over the phone and they will NOT accept names after November 23rd. You must be the parent or legal guardian to fill out the application for toys. You will need ALL of the following items in order to fill out an application for toys: driver's license (or picture identification), proof of residency, child's birth certificate, & the child's social security number.

These are two wonderful resources our community has to help those in a time of need. Please share this information with anyone who may need this help.

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Classroom Happenings

Pre-K had a visit from the fire truck, and learned to stop, drop and roll as well as dialing 911. One day the students received pumpkins and are decorating them. Their parents came to class to help decorate the pumpkins. We have learned letters Zoophonics letters A-F and read many counting books to help learn our numbers.

Kindergarten students are very busy learning! After several weeks of ABC Boot Camp, we are now concentrating on one letter at a time. Letters and sounds are VERY important, and we are now even learning to blend words! We can't wait to learn to read! Last week, we discussed plants, and what they need to survive. Mrs. Brandy read us a story called, "Growing a Rainbow", and afterwards we all went outside to plant tulip bulbs in our Kinder "Garden"! Then, we predicted and illustrated what we thought our garden would look like in the Spring. In math, we are concentrating on our numbers, and writing them to 10. Next week, we are going to start addition and making 10! And, finally? A field trip to Motlow College to see the play, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"!

First grade has been very busy working on addition and subtraction within 10. We are very excited to see the play Snow White at Motlow in Tullahoma on November 4th. We are also excited about participating in Spirit Week!

In 2nd grade, we have been learning about jellyfish and ocean habitats. We have decorated pumpkins and dressed up for book character day. We plan to plant bulbs and some fall flowers in our STEAM gardens soon. We have been working on add facts and now subtraction facts.

Third grade is very busy! We are working on our literacy fair projects. In math, we are focused on word problems using the four operations. We will begin fractions next week. In ELA, we are looking deep into our texts to find answers to the questions.

Fourth grade has been hard at work all month. We are gearing up for our first field trip to the BEECH! On top of that, we also had a theater group come and perform The Velveteen Rabbit for us. Halloween has come and gone, and we had an awesome time! In fourth grade, each class designed their own pumpkin to put into a competition. Some of us also chose to submit our own pumpkin in the student competition. Some of us chose to dress up for book character day, and we loved our teacher's costumes. They were all of the characters from Charlotte's Web. In math class we are focused on the many ways you can solve multiplication. In reading we are learning all about the many text structures. So far we have covered chronological order and description. We are also anticipating our upcoming trip in November to the Bryan Symphony Orchestra.

The fifth grade went to Beech in October. Students were very excited to do the fossil dig and the “escape the Beech” activity. In ELA class, we have been studying about the election process and even participated in a mock election. The final results had Donald Trump in the lead by one vote. In math class, we have been learning to add, subtract, and multiply decimals. We had a great STEAM day activity last week. We had to design towers using toothpicks and candy corn. We also had Book Character Day on Halloween and really enjoyed dressing up as our favorite book characters.

West Elementary has a lot of wonderful things to be thankful for during this month of November. We are most thankful for the friendships and love between our students, their families, and our staff. We want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and may this month bring you many things to be grateful for as well.