Wolf Creek Weekly

Building Pathways To Success

From The Principal's Desk February 4, 2019

Greetings!


I hope everyone had a wonderful Super Bowl weekend! Our city ROSE!


The next few months will get busy! Stay connected. If you have not had the opportunity to conference with your child's teacher, please request a conference to find out how your child is performing this year. Check your child's progress often.

Does your child:


  • know all required sight words for his/her grade level?
  • know math facts (Addition/subtraction/multiplication)?
  • is your child reading nightly for 20 minutes at minimum?
  • know your child's Lexile score?
  • Are you asking the right questions to check for understanding when your child reads?
  • Are you on iRead/iReady nightly?
  • Is your child practicing on ReadWorks a few times per week?



Please partner with us to help all students succeed at WCES! We got this!



The number of completed surveys is coming up! We need your help! Our Georgia Parent survey is open now. We need your support. We have only 124 surveys completed to date. Our goal is 300 up from 200 last year. Please see below for more information.


Georgia Parent Survey:

http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents


10 Days to our exciting event! The Boosterthon Fun Run! Boosterthon is one of two of our annual fundraisers. We are excited to host our 2nd Boosterthon Fun run. This year our run will be called a Love Run since it falls on Valentine's Day! Hosting a Fun Run means there is no selling or delivering products. Once our program begins on Tuesday, February 5th, family and friends anywhere in the world can support our school by giving pledges toward the number of laps your students will run on the day of the Fun Run: Thursday, February 14th.



Here's the Boosterthon Leader Board after 5 days of registration being open:


Thanks so much for your support !


-38 students are registered


-18 teachers are registered


-We have 18 pledges


-Mrs. Ellison's class currently has the most students registered


-Door competition is still on full STEAM ahead. (If anyone participates the winner will be announced tomorrow)


Student Leaders today:

1 Jahleel Lilly-Ward $580.00


2 Christina Keith- Glynn $240.00


T-3 Abigail Boyce Pre-K - Owens $195.00


T-3 Evan Boyce 2nd - Price $195.00


Way to go!!!! Let's do it!



We hope to see you tomorrow for our GMAS Parent workshop. You have 2 opportunities:

8:30 AM in the School Cafeteria

6:00 PM In the School Media Center

Come out and get important information regarding your child and the upcoming Georgia Milestones in April!.


Please check the school website often. We update the site regularly. The school calendar, handbooks, PTA and SGC information can be found there.


Thanks for all you do! Let's Go Wolves!




In Partnership,


Principal Glass

School Governance Council Elections - Happening NOW!

It’s that time of year! SGC Elections. Our current team has done an outstanding job with getting our first SGC up and fully functional over the past 2 ½ years. A huge thanks to them for their dedication and commitment! They rock!


Our current SGC is listed here. Highlighted names and positions are up for re-election as outlined. We will be electing 1 teacher and 2 parent positions during this election window. Please see the noted criteria below as well.


What is a School Governance Council?

The purpose of a School Governance Council is to provide parents, school staff, and community members with a leadership role through monitoring and implementation of the strategic plan.


What is the commitment?

All School Governance Council members serve two-year terms. Time commitment

varies from school-to-school but expect 4-5 hours per month which includes meetings, trainings, and school and community events.


When are elections?

Candidate Declaration: 2/4-2/20

Elections will be held from 3/11-3/18


Where to declare candidacy?

Visit the SGC website and click on Elections for a candidate guide and/or declaration.

www.fultonschools.org/sgc


As we kick off 2019, I’m excited to support your SGC in our upcoming elections process. Our first step in building excitement around shared governance will be to ensure that you have candidates excited and ready to serve on your council. Let's focus on having competitive elections for your parent and teacher openings this year!



The candidate declaration phase will begin on Monday, February 4th and will end Friday, February 20th at 5pm. Candidates who wish to run for re-election should visit our charter system website on February 4th.


Below is a list of your current council members.





Rachel Maye
Teacher
End of Term 6/30/2019


Luvenia Ramsey
Teacher
End of Term 6/30/2020


Brooklyn Sherman
School Employee
End of Term 6/30/2019


Novella Bridges
School Employee
End of Term 6/30/2020


William Breazeale
Parent
End of Term 6/30/2020


Ericka Thompson
Parent
6/30/2019


Vacant
Parent Position
6/30/2019


Angie Dutch
Community Member
End of Term 6/30/2019


Janay Pulliam
Community Member
End of Term 6/30/2020



Eligibility Requirements for All Council Members

· May only serve on 1 School Governance Council at a time

· May NOT be an elected official of a government entity

· Must be the ONLY member of their family serving on the Council

· Must be 18 years of age or older (with the exception of high school student members)



Parents

· Must have a child enrolled at the school for the duration of the term they declare candidacy for

· May NOT be an employee of the school

Teachers

· May NOT be the parent of a child enrolled at the school

· Must be a school-based employee with a “home school”

· Must be paid from teacher salary schedule

School Employees

· MAY be the parent of a child enrolled at the school

· Must be a school-based employee with a “home school”

Community Members

· MAY be the parent of a child enrolled at the school

· May NOT be an employee of the school



Elections now open for 2 parent positions:


Parent Position
End of Term 6/30/2019



Parent Position
End of Term 6/30/2019


We would love for you to join us!

Student Leaders! They ROCK!

Spelling Bee Winner:

Arielle Ingram 5th Grade Mrs. Hammonds. Arielle placed 1st place for WCES!

She represented WCES in the District Spelling Bee this weekend! Way to Go Arielle!


Technology Fair Participants:

3rd Place at District Fair

Taylor Lyles Mrs. Hammonds 5th Grade

Partner Amiaya Green Mrs. Hammonds 5th Grade

Big picture

5 STARS! Let's get it!


Parents, the 2018-17 Georgia Parent Survey is open for this school year. The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone or tablet. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, you may use computers at the school. Please visit our Parent Resource Center.


Last year we reached our goal of approximately 200 completed surveys! This was an increase from 2017-18. Let's reach 300+ this year. So far we only have 124 surveys completed. I know we can do it! Thanks in advance for your completion.


Be reminded, that this rating is open to the public and establishes the overall climate rating for our school and our local community. These survey results often "paint the picture" of our residential areas and impact the story for prospective home owners. We want to ensure that we are supporting our school in the most positive way. As shared in our results from last year, we had an awesome 2017-18 school year and want to do even better this year! You helped make us 4 STARS, now lets hit 5 STARS!. If there are specific school concerns, we ask that you contact the school directly and allow the school to address those concerns locally. Copies of the 2017-18 results are available in our Parent Resource Center.


All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey. The data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. Results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.


Georgia Parent Survey:

http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents



Thanks for your support.

Increasing Literacy at WCES

Go to your child's Fulton County Launchpad account:


https://launchpad.classlink.com/fcs?loggedout=1




Family Fun- Reading Connection

Read Between the Lines

If your child reads “The snowman looked smaller than it did yesterday,” can she figure out the snowman is melting? Making inferences, or understanding what’s happening when the author doesn’t come right out and say it, is an important comprehension skill. Try these strategies.



Make up riddles

Take turns thinking of a person, place, or thing and giving each other clues to guess it. Example: “Sometimes I am round, and sometimes I’m a crescent shape. You see me at night. What am I?” (The moon.) Then, pose “riddles” from stories you read together: “In the story, the girl frowned and stomped off. How do you think she feels?” Your youngster may answer, “I think she is angry.”



Solve mysteries

Read a mystery, and let your child pretend to be a detective. She might get a small notepad and a pencil to jot down or dictate clues. (“Jack was not at work the day the vase was stolen.”) Her mission is to use the clues to solve the mystery before the book characters do.



Infer in real life

Get your youngster in the habit of making everyday inferences. If you put a skillet, a loaf of bread, and cheese slices on the kitchen counter, invite her to infer what you’re cooking (grilled cheese). Or if you place the cat carrier by the front door, ask her what inference the cat could make—he’s probably going to the vet!♥



It’s poetry night!

For a cozy family evening filled with reading and fun, try holding a poetry night. Check out children’s poetry books from the library, and enjoy these activities.



“Musical” verses

Line up a row of chairs, one for each player and a few extras. Each person chooses two short poems, writes them on pieces of paper, and places each sheet under a chair. Then, play music while everyone walks around the chairs. When the music stops, sit on the closest chair, and read the poem underneath—no one is out. Keep going until everyone gets a chance to read every poem.



Poem-in-a-bag

Before poetry night, every family member picks a poem, puts related “props” into a brown bag, and writes the title on the bag. For a poem about lemonade, for example, your youngster might include a

lemon, a sugar packet, and a cup. Pull out your props as you read your poem to everyone.♥



Syllable shout-out

Who can spot something with two syllables? How about three? With this game, your child will practice listening to separate syllables—a skill that will help her sound out words.


Materials: pencil, paper, picture book or magazine

Let your youngster write each player’s name across the top of a piece of paper. Then, she flips to a random page in the book or magazine and says either “one,” “two,” or “three.” Everyone looks at the open page for an item with that number of syllables. The first person to find one points to the object and says its name slowly, pronouncing each syllable separately. (For three, someone might spot a car-ou-sel.) Help your child write the word and the number of syllables under the player’s name. That person goes next and turns to a new page. After 10 rounds, add the scores, and the player with the highest total wins.♥


Reading is FUN!


Six Flags Reading Challenge is happening now. Encourage your child to read each night. Help them to record their minutes on the reading log. Students have to earn 360 minutes to earn a FREE Six Flags ticket for Summer 2019. All forms should be completed and submitted to your child's teacher by March 1, 2018.

Synergize Habit #6

To put it simply, synergy means "two heads are better than one." Synergize is the habit of creative cooperation. It is teamwork, open-mindedness, and the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems. But it doesn't just happen on its own. It's a process, and through that process, people bring all their personal experience and expertise to the table. Together, they can produce far better results that they could individually. Synergy lets us discover jointly things we are much less likely to discover by ourselves. It is the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. One plus one equals three, or six, or sixty--you name it.

Reminders...

Please note your calendars:



College and Career Readiness! College SPIRIT Days! – One Tuesday a month, teachers and students will be able to sport their college gear to get the students PUMPED UP about going to college. Let's celebrate these days as an opportunity to educate our students about the college or university experiences.

Dates:

November 13th

December 12th

January 22nd

February 19th

March 19th

April 23rd

May 14th


A revision to this year’s school calendar was made. Here is a link to the Board item.

  • Change Friday, March 8, 2019 to a regular school day. This is currently a Teacher Work Day. This will be a regular school day for students. This revision will not change the total number of instruction days for students.


Staff members will be involved in Professional Development throughout the South Learning Community throughout the school year. Be sure to mark your calendars for future days when students are out of school. We have a few this year.


Wolf Creek ES will be closed on the following days.

September 13, 2018
October 29, 2018
February 19, 2018
March 13, 2018

Tilte 1 News

Please don't forget to visit our Parent Resource Room. Open Daily!


Hats off to 1st grade parents! Your ROCK! 100% of the parents have signed and returned the parent-school compact! Thanks!


Our Parent Involvement Plan and School Home Compact has been sent home. Please read, sign and send the compacts back to school. Currently, we are at 50% signed and submitted. Our goal is 100% compacts signed.


Let's do it again! Last year we had 100% of parent compacts turned in! You rock!




***Sign up for Three For Me Volunteer program with our Parent Liaison, Ms. Sims!


Thanks for your support.

South Learning Community Meeting Schedule for Board Member/President Linda Bryant

Parents, please join us for our Community Meetings with our Board Member, President Linda Bryant.


August No Meeting

September - Monday, September 17 6:30 pm Camp Creek MS

October - Monday, October 15 6:00 pm Oakley ES

November - Monday, November 12 6:00 pm A Philip Randolph ES

December No Meeting

January - Tuesday, January 15 Joint w/ Kim Dove 6:00 pm Sandtown MS

February - Tuesday, February 19 6:00 pm Sandtown MS

March - Monday, March 18 6:00 pm Bear Creek MS

April - Monday, April 15 Joint w/Kim Dove 6:00pm Creekside HS

May - Monday, May 13 6:00 pm Westlake HS June No Meeting


June No Meeting

Wolf Creek Elementary PTA News



Good Morning,

Here are your weekly PTA announcements:

Fun Run coming soon!

Wolf Creek Elementary PTA has a goal to raise $30,000 for Math &Literacy Initiatives and to fund teacher grants.

By partnering with Boosterthon, our students will participate in a two-week, fitness-based fundraiser where they’ll learn essential character traits through this year’s theme: MINDSPARK MYSTERYLAB, preview the theme video athttps://vimeo.com/250955350/5e6cb39580

Last year, our school profited $31,000 to fund the Leader In Me Program and purchase new gym equipment. Help us reach our goal this year by connecting with sponsors (family, friends,businesses) to raise funds!

Important Dates:

Pledging Opens - 2/2 - Log on to FUNRUN.COM
Pep Rally - 2/5
Fun Run - 2/14 - SAVE THE DATE! You’re Invited!


Other news:

  • If you have a business and would like to advertise for the Fun Run, please send us an email. Spaces are limited.
  • We will begin an online uniform consignment sale. Please like us on Facebook to participate.
  • Please sign up for Kroger (School ID: IQ238) and Publix Partners (under Wolf Creek Elementary) Community Rewards program. A percentage of your shopping comes directly to Wolf Creek. A hassle free option to generate funds to support our school.


Thanks and have a great week.


Our mailing address is:
Wolf Creek Elementary PTA
4440 Derrick Road
Atlanta, GA 30349

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Safety First!

Thanks for working with us to ensure safety for the students.


We still need your patience and support as we execute the morning drop off process. The cafeteria doors close at 7:35 AM each morning. Breakfast ends at that time. Students are tardy at 7:41 AM. Parents are asked to sign their children in and get a tardy pass prior to reporting to class. Parents who wish to walk their child to class must also sign in at the front desk.


Please help us by using the car rider loop in the front of the building for all student drop-offs in the mornings. The car rider loop moves fast but it does require some wait time and patience. This is the safest area for student drop offs. We have assigned staff to support students as they get out of cars. The bus ramp in the back is reserved for buses only. If parents are using the parking lot near the bus ramp area for parking, they are asked to park their vehicles and escort their child into the building. Students should not be dropped off and allowed to run across the bus ramp to enter the building. We want students to be safe. We had a few cars moving fairly fast in this area. This is a safety concern. Remember, the doors open at 7:10 AM for student arrival. Thanks in advance for your support. If we have parents that can volunteer in the bus ramp area, please let us know. We could use the extra hands and eyes to ensure safety for the students.


Identification Required: Please remember to bring your identification in with you when you visit the school. Parents that wish to move pass the front lobby/atrium area will need to sign in and receive a visitor's badge. Any persons checking out a student must also have an ID and be listed on the child's records for check out. Beginning August 13th, parents will be asked to return to the front office to sign in if they do not have a visible visitor's badge. All parents must have their liscenses scanned for the 2018-19 School year by the front office staff before being able to use the kiosk for signing in.


Volunteer Registration: To begin the volunteer process, please visit www.fultonschools.org and complete the child abuse reporting training and the online registration process. When registering, one must use their legal name as it appears on your government identification. The process is self-paced. On your first visit to the school, your government identification will be required.

http://www.fultonschools.org/en/community/Pages/volunteerfaq.aspx


Be reminded to complete the volunteer registration in advance if you are planning to attend field trips with your child's class as a chaperone.


Thanks for your support!

Our School Day Start/End Times

Thanks in advance for your support in ensuring that our students get to school each day on time and ready for instruction. Breakfast begins at 7:10 a.m. and ends at 7:35 a.m. daily so that we can ensure that students are in class on time to begin their instructional day. School instructional hours are from 7:40 a.m. —2:20 p.m. each day. Parents are asked to escort their children inside and sign them in if they are tardy. Help us protect the instructional day. Please limit early dismissal/check-outs. If needed, please do so before 2:00 PM. Remember keep your child’s pick up and emergency contacts updated and to sign in during each visit. ID is required for anyone visiting or checking your child our of school.

Wolf Creek Elementary School

Check out our school website for our school calendar and school updates.


Dionne C, Glass, Principal

glassdc@fultonschools.org


A. Nicole Canty, Assistant Principal

CantyA@fultonschools.org