WMS Family Newsletter
Connecting Families to School - October 2015
Team 6-4 - the Sea Stars
They have had a great start to the 2015-2016 school year. Students have settled into their schedules and how to open their lockers! The first week of school the students were rewarded with a special treat from the teachers. Every student received a KONA icee due to their great behavior and kind manners! The good manners and wonderful effort by all continues daily!
In Math, students are finding ratios using our new Math curriculum by Engage New York. Students have been participating in groups and presenting their findings. From ratios, students will move onto finding rates during the first quarter.
In English class, students are currently learning about the Fundamentals of ELA. This includes how using proper conventions in writing help it flow better. Students are studying vocabulary words, and they are learning how knowing the meaning of those words will help them in answering questions on PARCC. This quarter students are also starting to learn how to construct a well - written response to literature with text evidence.
This year in the English as a Second Language classroom, many students are from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Thailand. The students will be working on advancing their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English.
In Social Studies class, students are beginning the year with a review of the seven continents and five oceans along with some introductory mapping skills. After this we will begin analyzing historical thinking skills and exploring our first civilization of study, Mesopotamia.
In Science class, students learned about lab safety, what is a scientist and what is an engineer. The first unit of NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) students will be learning about animal behaviors and special plant structures.
Team 7-4 - The Jaguars
The WMS Music Boosters need you! The boosters is an organization made up of parents and guardians of students in the band and chorus. They are instrumental in planning and coordinating all of the various fundraisers, concerts, field trips and other events that we have through the year.
Our first meeting is Tuesday, October 6 at 7pm in the Villanova band room. (Please enter through the main entrance of the building). Hope to see you there!
Please also like the WMS Music Department Facebook page for the most up to date information. www.facebook.com/WMSRIMusic
Our website is http://wmsmusicdepart.weebly.com. All forms and flyers that are sent home are also posted on the website. There is also an up to date calendar on the home page.
News from the WMS Hamlet Library
September has been a very busy month in the library. Every team has visited the library for an orientation and book selection. The students were excited to explore the wide variety of books available.
Celebrate Teen Read Week from October 18th – October 24th. This year’s theme is “Get Away @your library”. All students who visit the library from Oct. 19th to Oct. 23rd will be eligible to enter a raffle for some terrific prizes. Don’t miss your chance to win!
News from the Library at Villa Nova
September was a busy month in the school library!
Sixth grade students came to the library for orientation and to select books for personal reading and class projects. Popular series with sixth graders include: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, Dork Diaries, Dear Dumb Diaries, and the Maze Runner. Favorite nonfiction topics include animals, recipes, and sports.
One seventh grade team came to the library to select nonfiction books while the other team chose fiction books and learned about the Scholastic Reading Counts program. Popular nonfiction titles with seventh graders include books about forensic science, sports, and unsolved mysteries. Favorite fiction series include: The Maze Runner, Divergent, Legend, and Cinder.
Eighth grade students visited the library to select books from the horror and mystery genres. Students selected works by Heather Brewer, Joseph Bruchac, Mary Downing Hahn, April Henry, and Vivian Vande Velde. Some eighth graders selected biographies for a class assignment; popular choices included sports figures and entertainers.
All the series by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus) are popular with all grade levels!
The library will celebrate Teen Read Week (October 18th - 24th) with displays of awarding winning teen books, free bookmarks, and a free raffle. Prizes will include books, journals, posters, and locking diaries. Every student who visits the library that week will receive a free raffle ticket.
Recommended Internet links for parents:
The Common Sense Media web site features a list of age-appropriate books to help students with the transition from elementary to middle school: 34 Books to Help Your Kid Survive Middle School <<https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/34-books-to-help-your-kid-survive-middle-school#>>
For Homework Help, don’t forget to visit AskRI.org. It’s a valuable, free resource for Rhode Islanders of all ages.
From Your School Nurses
A REMINDER FROM THE NURSES:
If your child has a fever(100 or higher),diarrhea,severe coughing,vomiting:
Please keep them home. The flu and cold season is approaching. Prior to returning to school, they need to be fever free for 24 hours.
7th grade students:
It is important that your child meet the department of health immunization/physical guidelines. If the nurse does not have the mandatory documentation, your child could be excluded from school until compliant. Call today at 235-6125 or 235-6110 ext 5 to verify.
6th grade students:
When your child completes their yearly physical and immunizations, please make sure you get copy of the documents to the nurse so that your child is ready for entry into the 7th grade.
Hamlet Phone 401-235-6110 ext 5 Fax 401-235-6122
Villa Nova Phone 401-235-6125 ext 5 Fax 401-235-6139
CCF - 21st CCLC Program
The Fall Session will begin on Tuesday, October 13th and end on Friday, December 4th. Registration booklets are available in homerooms and the main offices in each building as well as the WMS and CCF websites. Please return completed registration forms and fees to the main office in each building. Programs will take place in the Villa Nova building. Students should report to the Villa Nova cafeteria at dismissal. Please contact Ms. Costa, Site Coordinator at 401-235-6125, x4253 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Villa Nova Cafeteria
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Admission: $5.00 at the door
This is an After-school Program Fundraiser. Prizes will be given to students with the best costumes. Food and drinks will be sold at this event.
Messages to Students
Box Tops for Education
WMS is once again collecting Box Tops for Education. The PTO will use the funds to help support student activities throughout the year. Collection is very simple. Just cut out Box Tops for Education from the many participating sponsors and seal them in a bag or envelope with the student's name and homeroom on it. Students hand in the bag or envelope to their homeroom teacher. The homeroom that has collected the most Box Tops will be rewarded with a pizza party from the PTO. Thank you for your support.
In the Hamlet building, it is open to students on Tuesdays and Thursdays during advisory and Tuesdays during all enrichment periods.
In the Villa Nova building, it is open to students every advisory and Mondays during enrichment periods.
Calendar of Events
- 5 pm to 8 pm Parent-Teacher Conferences
- 6:30 pm - SELAC meeting for family members of special education students in Hamlet room 124
Friday, October 2nd
- Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer walk during enrichment periods with the Kona Ice truck
- 10 am - PESLO meeting for family members of ELL students in Villa Nova room 124
- Picture Re-takes - Villa Nova in the morning and Hamlet in the afternoon
Monday, October 12th
- NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day
- PTO Glow Dance - 7 pm to 9 pm
- 5:45 pm - SIT meeting in Hamlet cafeteria
- 6:30 pm - PTO meeting in Hamlet cafeteria
- 5 pm - Student vs Faculty Dodgeball Tournament
- Team 7-4 fundraiser orders are due today
- 5 pm - 8 pm - Halloween dance sponsored by 21st CCLC After school programs
- 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Flu Clinic at both schools