November 2022

Newsletter

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A Note From the Principal

It is hard to believe that our 1st quarter is already complete. Our faculty, staff, and students continue to focus on growth, grit, and kindness! With the coming of the 2nd quarter we now collectively move into our second unit of the Choose Love program. Unit 2 is focused on gratitude. Gratitude fits nicely during this time of the year as we approach Thanksgiving. Please take time at home to discuss the meaning of gratitude and how we can all share our gratitude with each other. For more information about Choose Love, please click here. Here is a Choose Love November Family Activity Calendar to use as you desire.


For me, I am grateful for my family, friends, the Wabash Community, and all the beautiful sights and sounds of fall. With fall and the coming winter, I always find joy and happiness in the changes all around us. The colder weather leads us to jean and jacket weather, hot chocolate, and warm fires. I hope that you too can find joy and gratitude all around you.


Now that the weather is getting colder, please make sure your students bring their coats, hats and gloves every day, because we do still go outside for recess.


Please remember there is no school for students November 23, 24 and 25.


Every Student Matters, Every Moment Counts!

Mr. Schulte

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Food Drive

The SPARK club (Strengthening Positivity and Reinforcing Kindness) will be running a Food drive for Helping Hands through the month of November.


Helping Hands is a non-profit organization housed at Heritage Elementary in Wentzville to provide basic needs to Wentzville families. The food items we donate will go directly to families who are in need in our own community. Every single donation helps and together we hope our combined donations will make a real difference for those in need.


Here are some suggested donation items:

Canned vegetables

Fruit canned in its own juices

Applesauce

Canned soups

Canned tuna

Canned chicken

Pasta

Rice

Condiments like ketchup and salad dressing

Nuts

Peanut butter

Multigrain and low-sugar cereals

Granola bars

Box dinners (hamburger helper, etc)


Donations will be collected outside room C4/C6 in the morning. Please label your bag with your child’s teacher name, as classes will be competing for an extra recess! I will be accepting donations through November 30.


Your Donations are greatly appreciated

The SPARK club

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Congratulations to all the Turkey Trot runners! Wabash took 2nd place and we have a lot of runners place in the top 10.

Safety Reminders for Arrival and Dismissal

For our Car Riders:


  1. Please have your child seated on the right side of the car so they do not have to exit the car on the driver side. It is best that they exit and enter the car via the passenger side along our front sidewalk. There are cars that pull through the front lane via the left lane, thus it is best for our children to enter and exit their car on the passenger side of the car.

  2. All parents should stay in the cars as students are exiting the car. We have staff out there to help open doors for your students if needed.

  3. Please work with your younger children to help them learn how to buckle and unbuckle themselves. Building independence is good practice.

  4. Please have your child have all their belongings ready to go when the car stops (book bag, lunch box, water bottle, etc).


For our Walkers and Bike Riders:


  1. Please ensure that students are not arriving at the main crosswalk until after 8:20 am. There are no staff on duty outside prior to 8:20 am. For most students, the walk or bike ride is pretty short. I suggest that they do not leave the house until 8:20 am. Most will be here by 8:25 am and will not be late as the final bell rings at 8:35 am. You can adjust this timing as needed for where you live.

  2. Please talk to the children about crossing streets only when necessary and only at appropriate corners. It would be good to walk the route with your child at some point to make sure they know the safest route to school.

  3. Please do not drop off or pick up children on Golden Gate. We are always on stranger danger alert and cars picking up kids in the street is concerning. This also causes issues with students going into the street and not being safe.

  4. If your child is not a walker or bike rider, they should be using the bus service or being dropped off via our front car rider line. Please do not drop off on Golden Gate or in the parking lot across the street, as they should be dropped off via the Car Rider Line.


Thank you for your attention to all of these reminders. Our goal is to keep our kids safe!


SAFETY FIRST!

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Ala Carte in the Cafe

The cafe will begin offering ala carte items for 5th grade starting Wednesday, November 2. We will gradually let in other grade levels and we will let you know when that is available.


Thanks for your understanding.

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St. Charles City-County Library Partnership

Did you know that your student has a virtual library card through the Student Accounts Partnership with the public library? The Student Accounts partnership is an agreement between the Library and all of the public school districts based in St. Charles County. This partnership creates automatic Library accounts for every student based on their Student ID.

Your student's username is their first and last name and 2-digit graduation year (no spaces). Ex: meghancollins33 Their password/Pin is their birthday (MM/DD). Students may change their pin.


All electronic resources can be accessed online at https://www.stchlibrary.org/. Log in and access ebooks, audiobooks, databases, and more! Your student can also check out up to 5 physical items from any St. Charles public library branch.


Happy reading! Please let Mrs. Collins - meghancollins@wsdr4org - know if you have any questions.

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As Summer transitions into Fall we are reminded of the many transitions that we face in life. Children, however, don’t look at transitions in the same way as adults. In fact, many children consider transitions to be comparable to roadblocks to what they have become comfortable with. The question then becomes how can we support children when they are faced with change or transition. Read on for several strategies that may prove helpful.


  • Give your child pre-warnings prior to transitioning

    • Don’t give pre-warnings too early or this might introduce unnecessary anxiety.

  • Speak positively about upcoming changes.

  • Allow your child to be a part of planning for changes.

  • Turn transition time into a fun time for your child.

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Job Fair Set for November 1

Wentzville School District critically need support staff and are offering up to a $1,000 sign-on incentive for some positions. Join us at a districtwide Job Fair from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at North Point High School. Come explore our bus driver and aide, instructional assistant, custodian, child nutrition, and before and after-care (Chautauqua) openings.


WABASH Needs your Help

Substitutes

We critically need substitute teachers to help support our Wabash staff, and we're asking for your help! Step into our classrooms as your schedule allows as a Wabash sub. Subbing gives you the opportunity to get involved at Wabash at your convenience! As an added bonus, you can see what your child is up to each day! We're not looking for a long-term or daily commitment, but rather help as you are available. Learn more and apply today.

NURSE'S CORNER

We’ve heard some rumblings (and even seen some students participating) in the trending social media One Chip Challenge. It’s a challenge where students eat a potentially dangerously spicy chip. There have been allergic reactions and other negative side effects resulting from the challenge including difficulty breathing and headaches. Please talk to your child about the dangers of participating in social media trends. Thank you for your support in keeping our children healthy and safe!


LATE START SUPERVISION

The WSD will once again be providing supervision for K-5 students who need to be dropped off at the regular start time on scheduled Late Start Days in the 2022-2023 school year. This is separate from our Before Care Program through Chautauqua, so if you are registered for Chautauqua, please DO NOT register for Late Start Supervision.


The fee is $10 per child for each late start day you would like to register for. Please fill out the REGISTRATION FORM first prior to paying. If you choose to use PayPal, there is a sliding scale charge assessed to cover processing costs. You also have the option to send a check in to your child's school. In order to arrange for adequate staffing, you must register and pay before the deadline for each late start day (deadline is one week prior to each late start). You may also register for all late start dates one time by choosing the dates you need in the registration form.


Future Late Start Dates:

November 14, 2022

December 12, 2022

January 2, 2023

February 6, 2023

March 6, 2023

April 10, 2023

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