Wynford Elementary Newsletter

March

From the Desk of Mrs. Nutter

Spring is upon us--even if the weather does not seem like it!

We currently do not have make up days on the calendar, nor will we require Blizzard Bags for make up work. Teachers have likely shared what can be worked on at home to keep practicing and reinforcing what we do here at school.

Don't forget--we have a 2 hour early release on Wednesday, no school on Thursday, Friday, Monday or Tuesday. Classes resume on Wednesday, April 4th.

Third Quarter report cards will go home with students on Wednesday, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your student's teacher.

We hope you have a great Spring Break with your students and family.

Once we return, the testing season will be upon us and before we know it, we will be on the verge of summer!



We are very proud of our 1st graders, who performed at the Buckeye Central Girls' Basketball Game on March 15th, in Columbus!

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Community Outreach

Thank you to all of the children and adults who helped or purchased St. Patrick's Day trinkets from third graders. As a 3rd grade, we raised $165 which will be donated to Lowe Volk Park to adopt a pet. Miss Maltsbarger's class chose a painted turtle, Mr. Brown's class chose a box turtle, Mrs.Heacock's class chose a rat snake, and Mrs. Ruth's class adopted a salamander. Our adopted pets will visit our classroom April 24th.
Hoops for Hearts donations totaled $4,400! This beat last year's total by $41.

This Wednesday, students are invited to wear their PJ's for Kindness Week for a $1 donation. They are invited to be Comfy and Kind. All proceeds will go towards supporting Kindness Initiatives throughout the building.

The Kindergartners will be selling trail mix for 50 cents on Thursday and Friday after Spring Break. They will be selling S'mores and a Sweet&Salty mix. All proceeds will go towards adopting an animal at the Columbus Zoo.

Upcoming Events--Mark Your Calendars!

March 27th--Kindness is my Super Power--students dress up at Super Heroes

--Kindergarten and 1st Grade Music Program--7:00 pm in the gym

March 28th--Comfy and Kind--for $1 student can wear PJs to school

--Report cards sent home with students

--2 hour early dismissal

March 29th-April 3rd--No School for Students

April 3rd--Classes Resume

April 4th--CoGat online testing starts for 2nd and 5th graders

April 5th--Club Day

--3rd Quarter Honor's Assembly--2:30 in the gym, back doors open at 2:15

April 9th--MAP testing starts for K-3rd graders

April 10th--6th Grade Mohican Parent Meeting--7:00 in MPR

April 12th and 13th--Kindergarten Screening--Call the office if you still need to sign up!

April 15th--Community Luncheon--11:30-1:00 at the High School

April 16th--ELA AIR testing starts--3rd through 6th graders

April 17th--PTO Meeting--4:00--Kindergarten Featured

April 20th--Math AIR testing starts--3rd through 6th graders

April 28th--Spring Flower Fundraiser Pick Up--3:00-4:30

April 29th--PTO Grand Prom--12-3:30 in MPR

May 7th--Right to Read Week

May 10th--Last day for the ROYAL Learners After School Program

May 11th--PTO Fun Night

May 12th--PTO Color Run

May 15th--PTO Meeting--6:00--6th Grade featured

May 18th--Field Day

May 21st--Preschool Graduation

May 22nd--Student Led Celebration Day

May 24th--Last day for students

--6th Grade Graduation

--2 Hour Early Dismissal

Leader in Me--Habit 5--Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood

Communication is the most important skill in life. You spend years learning how to read and write, and years learning how to speak. But what about listening? What training have you had that enables you to listen so you really, deeply understand another human being? Probably none, right?
If you're like most people, you probably seek first to be understood; you want to get your point across. And in doing so, you may ignore the other person completely, pretend that you're listening, selectively hear only certain parts of the conversation or attentively focus on only the words being said, but miss the meaning entirely. So why does this happen? Because most people listen with the intent to reply, not to understand. You listen to yourself as you prepare in your mind what you are going to say, the questions you are going to ask, etc. You filter everything you hear through your life experiences, your frame of reference. You check what you hear against your autobiography and see how it measures up. And consequently, you decide prematurely what the other person means before he/she finishes communicating. Do any of the following sound familiar?
"Oh, I know just how you feel. I felt the same way." "I had that same thing happen to me." "Let me tell you what I did in a similar situation."
Because you so often listen autobiographically, you tend to respond in one of four ways:

Evaluating: You judge and then either agree or disagree.

Probing: You ask questions from your own frame of reference.

Advising: You give counsel, advice, and solutions to problems.

Interpreting: You analyze others' motives and behaviors based on your own experiences.

You might be saying, "Hey, now wait a minute. I'm just trying to relate to the person by drawing on my own experiences. Is that so bad?" In some situations, autobiographical responses may be appropriate, such as when another person specifically asks for help from your point of view or when there is already a very high level of trust in the relationship.