WBMS Friday Notes
August 25th- Sept 1
Reflections from Ms. Perkins
Parents and Guardians,
Even with the setback of schedule changes this week, our students came in with positive attitudes ready to learn. Thank you for helping them understand that change is not always bad. Their maturity and resilience was astounding.
I am proud of the learning our teachers and students are undertaking each day – hands on, thoughtful, relevant, challenging, and fun are the descriptors that come to mind. Getting into classes and watching students’ eyes light up when “the lightbulb goes off” is my favorite part of the day. Their excitement is contagious! Many photos of the week’s instructional activities are included in the visual recap above so you can enjoy some of that happiness too.
Remember that Friday, September 1 is a Webb Bridge Professional Learning day; our students will be home while our staff dives into this year’s professional development.
A special thank you to our 6th grade parents who joined us for Parent University this week to learn more about Surfaces.
Have a restful and joyful long weekend!
Rebecca Williams Perkins
Principal, Webb Bridge Middle School
Dates To Remember
Sept 1- Release Day- No school for students
Sept 4- Labor Day Holiday - No school
Sept 5- South Georgia Trip Information Meeting @ 6:00pm (8th Grade Parents)
Sept 6- Soccer at Elkins Pointe @ 5:30
Sept 7- Last day of 4.5 weeks
Sept 7- 6th Grade Dance 4:15-6:15pm
Sept 8- 6th Grade Chorus Camp
Sept 13- 1st South Ga Trip payment due (8th grade)
Sept 13- New Student Breakfast @ 9:00
Sept 14- Interium Progress Reports go home
Sept 15- 8th Grade Band Night at AHS @ 5:00
Sept 15- Soccer at Sandy Spring @ 5:30
WBMS Spirit Night @ Bezoria on September 7!
Enjoy delicious Mediterranean food from 4:30pm -8:30pm on Thursday September 7th and give back to WBMS. Bezoria is generously donating 15% of their sales to WBMS on Spirit night. Make sure you mention that you are from WBMS when you are ordering! Enjoy and thank you for supporting Webb Bridge Middle School!
6th Grade Welcome Back Dance- Sept 7th 4:15pm-6:15pm
6th Grade Parents!
While your 6th grader is at the WBMS Welcome Back Dance enjoy delicious Mediterranean food from Bezoria and give back to WBMS! Bezoria is generously donating 15% of their sales to WBMS from 4:30pm-8:30pm on September 7th. Make sure you mention that you are from WBMS when you are ordering! Enjoy and thank you for supporting Webb Bridge Middle School!
SOS- Signs of Suicide Prevention
We will be presenting the Signs of Suicide Prevention Program again this year to all 6th grade students and 7th and 8th grade students new to WBMS. A parent information/opt-out letter will go home with the 4 1/2 week Interim Progress Report.
If you do not want your child to participate, please complete the opt out letter and turn it in to a teacher.
Tina Mathewson, 6th Grade Counselor
Leslie Nuckolls, 7th Grade Counselor
Anne Ramsey, 8th Grade Counselor
Helping Children/Youth After A Loss
If you have a child who has experienced the loss of a parent, sibling, or other close loved one, there is a FREE weekend retreat for kids 7 years old to a high school senior. Camp MAGIK—Mainly About Grief In Kids (www.campmagik.org) --is a having their weekend retreat October 13-15, 2017 (deadline is October 4th). There is also a retreat available for adults who want to process their own grief with other adults who are grieving. It is held on the same campus and led by professional bereavement counselors. Transportation to/from the camp is available. Please contact Rene Searles McClatchey, PhD, at email@example.com, 404.790.0140, for more information.
Lost and Found
All lunch boxes and water bottles need to be put near the cafeteria on the left side entering the café, and will be donated or thrown away the last day every week.
All items in the lost and found next to the clinic will be donated or thrown away on the 15th of every month.
All Items of value: glasses, electronics, jewelry etc. should be given to the front office.
Decatur Book Festival Sept 1-3
If you love reading and want to hear (and perhaps meet) well-known as well as new authors, consider visiting the Decatur Book Festival with your family this weekend in Decatur. From authors of Star Wars: Jedi Academy series to GreenGlass House to False Prince and Mark of the Thief trilogies, as well as YA authors of As Brave As You and Six of Crows, you’ll see lots of interesting new books and people. (Special treat: you might meet Miss Goldstein’s sister, Becky Albertalli, an award-winning author!)
Jr Raider Basketball Tryouts
Come tryout for the Jr Raider competitive basketball teams. Tryouts will be held on Sept. 10, 17 and 24. Visit our websites to learn more and register online prior to the first tryout. Players must live in the Alpharetta High School attendance zone.
Boys (5th - 8th grade teams): www.jrraiderbasketball.com
Girls (6th - 8th grade teams): www.ahsjrladyraiders.org
Jr. Raider Baseball- 13u
Are you interested in being a Jr. Raider Football Trainer?
ATTENTION 6th, 7th or 8th grade girls who would like to be an important part of the football team and is not cheering. You will get to help out at all football games by providing the players with water and helping coaches with anything they need. It is a great opportunity to get involved with your Jr. Raider Team! We especially need 6th Grade Girls!!
Sign up now: https://goo.gl/forms/pwYB7vXei7Hq77xX2
Caroline Kelly firstname.lastname@example.org or
Lora Bunarek email@example.com
Click HERE for all Intramural Forms
Intramurals will be offered in the mornings from 7:45 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The schedule will be posted outside the gym by the PE white board as dates and activities can vary based on coach availability, gym availability, student interest and student behavior.
Students who come for intramurals must have a current Intramural Registration Form and a physical on file with Coach Sell and must dress out.
ALL STUDENT WHO COME FOR INTRAMURALS MUST BE DRESSED OUT AND IN THE GYM BY 7:55.
Check the PE board for specific Weekly Activities. These can change due to weather and participation. Intramural Activities include:
- Indoor Basketball
- Team Handballl
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Pinguard, etc
Jr. Beta Meeting- Sept 6th
Join Academic Team
Do you enjoy Jeopardy? Do you do well at remembering facts and information? Academic Team might be for you! Academic Team allows students to answer questions on a variety of topics. Anyone is welcome to join. Club dues are $20. Last year members will meet on Wednesday, August 30th in room 823 starting at 7:40 am. Never been to Academic Team before?
The first meeting for new members will be on Wednesday, September 6th in room 823 starting at 7:40 am. After the initial meetings, Academic Team will meet on Wednesdays and Fridays this year in room 823 from 7:40 – 8:40 am. We hope that you are able to come! If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Brooke Wood.
Join the WBMS Tech Squad
The WBMS Tech Squad is open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders. You will help assist students with surface issues at the Help Desk in the Media Center. If you are in Jr. Beta, you will also receive Service Hours for this.
APPLY HERE: bit.ly/wbmstechsquad17
Join Chinese Club
Do you want to learn traditional Chinese culture through fun activities, such as tasting Chinese Moon Cakes, cooking dumplings, folding origami, practicing chopsticks, writing
cal-lig-raphy, playing Chinese Yoyo, Chinese Checkers, practicing Chinese martial art, practicing math on an ab-a-cus and lots of more? Come to Ms. He’s classroom 105 to get a registration form and a meeting schedule. Our monthly meeting is scheduled on the first Friday after 8th period each month.
The first meeting will be on September 8 from 4:05 – 5:30.
Students are welcome to join FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), a new chapter for the middle school. The Mission of FBLA is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Our next meeting is Friday, September 8 at 7:40 a.m. in the Media Center. To join, please submit a check for $25 made payable to “WBMS” for national and state dues as well as a WBMS FBLA t-shirt, and give the check to Dr. Oravetz in Room 120. We look forward to having students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 join soon!
Join Math Club
Do you enjoy math? Does the chance to participate in math competitions sound exciting? If so, you should join the WBMS math club, which will meet on Monday mornings beginning September 11th at 8 a.m. in the media center. Dues are $10, which covers the cost of 9 before-school competitions throughout the year.
Join Bridge Club
Do you like to play cards? Would you like to learn a card game that will improve your memory and critical thinking skills while you have fun with friends? Our Contract Bridge Club will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, September 7th, after school in the media center. See Mrs. Brown if you have questions.
Alpharetta high school invites students from grades 6, 7 and 8 to participate in a one-time performance on a special color guard night. This event will take place on Friday, September 15. Watch the following video for details.
Webb Bridge Process to Performance After School Acting Classes
Thursdays 4:15-5:45 This session will work on improvisation, scene study, physicality, character development, and audition techniques. Students will also work on one-act plays. This is a phenomenal class to work skills as well as gain stage experience!
For more information: www.buildingcharacter.org
Low Cost Internet
Get assistance with low-cost internet providers for your student’s Surface by clicking this link:
This link has a listing of various programs in our area offering low cost internet connectivity for qualifying families.
As always, please exercise caution when reviewing options and choose what will work best for your income and family’s need.
Have any extra sports equipment?
WBMS's International Night
It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the International Festival - Webb Bridge Welcomes the World - on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. We will gather together to experience the diverse cultures that make up our Webb Bridge family!
We look forward to having colorful displays which teach us about your cultural heritage. Displays could include ethnic foods, dress, artifacts, pictures, music, games, activities, etc. In addition to the displays, we welcome performances which represent various countries.
Please fill out the form below to indicate your interest in volunteering for the Festival. We will collect the forms, coordinate and schedule the activities. We will provide tables for the displays, as well as TVs, DVD players and other AV equipment as needed. For any individual questions, please contact:
James Barket (Barket@fultonschools.org),
Beena Shah (firstname.lastname@example.org), or
Michelle Garner (email@example.com)
We look forward to this exciting and educational event and hope to see many of you here!
“Kicking Off” with Staff Lunch!
“Kicking Off” with Staff Lunch!
Dear WBMS Families – School is off to an amazing start and we are “Kicking Off” this year with our first staff luncheon on Friday, 9/15. The PTA is providing a Burger Bar with all the fixins’ for our wonderful teachers and staff and we are asking you to provide sides dishes, salads, fruit, and all sorts of yummy desserts. Please check out the link below to sign-up:
Thanks in advance for your continued support of our staff and the WBMS PTA!!!
Jen Osborne and Kimberly Wolf
Co-VP’s of Administrative Support
Please Support PTA
Please Support Your PTA!
It’s not too late to support your PTA!! Without your help, the WBMS PTA will not be able to fund the many worthwhile school-wide programs and events that are planned for this year. In previous years, your donations have enabled the PTA to fulfill many direct teacher and classroom needs, but we need your help to reach this goal. We can't do it without you!
Donating online is easy at www.WBMSPTA.org. If you prefer a paper form, those are available in the front office.
Thank You for supporting YOUR WBMS PTA!
My Charger Is Not Charging
*Don't forget to install your updates!
My Touchscreen Isn't Responding
- Start by looking for physical problems with your Surface screen. Look for any hard-to-notice cracks or any sign of damage or displacement. This is a sign that you need screen repair. If there’s no damage, then get a clean, soft cloth and clean the screen. Sometimes a layer of grime or grease will prevent the touchscreen from working correctly, and it’s best to rule out the obvious causes first.
- If software is the problem, you may be able to fix it by restarting your Surface. You can quickly restart by visit the Start Menu, selecting Power, and choosing Restart.
- Windows allows you to adjust touchscreen calibration as well – if calibration has suddenly gone wonky, this could be causing your problems. Press the Windows Logo key and enter calibrate mode with the arrow keys – select “Calibrate the screen for pen or touch.” Using the arrow keys and the tab key, select Reset to restore to factory settings or Yes to re-calibrate. Try both if possible to see if they can solve your problem.
Please Support Our Business Partners!!
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2017-2018 School Year
August 1 – 4 ........................................... Preplanning for teachers
August 7......................................................... First Day of School
September 4........................................Labor Day (schools closed)
October 6 ......................................Teacher Workday (students off)
October 9 ......................................Columbus Day (schools closed)
November 20 – 24.............. Thanksgiving Holidays (schools closed)
December 21 ....................................... Last Day of First Semester
December 22 – 29 ...........................Winter Break (schools closed)
January 1 – 3...................................Winter Break (schools closed)
January 4.......................................Teacher Workday (students off)
January 5....................Professional Development Day (students off)
January 8.........................................First Day of Second Semester
January 15..............Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (schools closed)
February 16*................... Student/Teacher Holiday (schools closed)
February 19 ......................President’s Day Holiday (schools closed)
March 9*.......................................Teacher Workday (students off)
March 12....................Professional Development Day (students off)
April 2 – 6 .......................................Spring Break (schools closed)
May 24........................................................... Last Day of School
May 25.................................................................. Post Planning
May 28...............................Memorial Day Holiday (schools closed)
* Designated as inclement weather make-up days (if needed).
Our School Release Days
These are the dates approved through the RFF process as part of School Governance. WBMS students will NOT attend school on the following dates:
September 1, 2017
October 5, 2017
January 16, 2018
March 8, 2018