A Note From the Principal
Hello Wabash Community!
It is hard to believe that April is already coming to an end. Time flies when you are having fun! May is right around the corner and with it comes the excitement of the final quarter of school. As a school community, we are working to finish the school year strong! We remain focused on our goals and continue to focus on growth for all!
We will be taking part in the State of Missouri Assessment Program this May. This test is called the MAP test. The MAP test will be as follows:
- 3rd graders will test May 3rd-May 7th
- 5th and 6th graders will test May 10th-May 14th
- 4th grade will test the week of May 17-21. This is a change for 4th grade, so please make note of the date change from our April newsletter.
Every Student Matters, Every Moment Counts!
George Anagnos - School Support Interventionist (SSI)
Helping Kids Cope with Change
Change is a constant in our lives, especially for our kids. They are physically growing nonstop; they are advancing through grade levels and they almost always have a holiday or birthday on the horizon to break up their schedule. You might even begin to think that they are somehow experts on change. However, we know that unexpected and even undesirable changes can come up. These changes are difficult for adults and can also be very scary or confusing for kids. The resulting feelings can really impact their outlook and behavior.
Whatever change you might be facing, there are some strategies that you can try to hopefully ease some of the impact of change on your children. The following are a few suggestions to employ when facing change:
If possible, give advanced warning to your kids that the change will be occurring. Being able to predict change can help your child cope better. You might bring up the change to your child in an age-appropriate statement, and then open it up for a discussion.
When living through a change, try to keep things the same as much as possible. Perhaps your change could be a new sibling being born or something sad such as a grandparent passing away. These would not be the times to also change other things in your child’s life such as trying to have them give up a favorite comfort item that they might be outgrowing.
Answer your child’s questions about changes as honestly as possible. It’s often tempting to describe a challenging change in an overly wonderful light, for example. Or, in some cases we might try to say as little as possible about an impending change. But, if we avoid conversation about a change, what they imagine the change to be could be much different than the actual reality.
Be patient with your child. Remember that even exciting new changes may still bring a lot of uncertainty for them.
Be open to helping them through their new feelings. Be patient if your kids ask repetitive questions or require extra attention from you. Keep in mind that your kids just want to process and understand changes and feel safe and comfortable, just like an adult might desire.
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BOGO Book Fair
We are having an In-Person end of the year BOGO Book Fair! Your student will have the chance to shop at our Buy One, Get One Free book fair May 3rd-7th!
Students may only shop during the book fair during their scheduled class time (the time they normally come to library.) See chart below for your student's shopping day. NO parents or family members are allowed to shop with their students this school year!
Please make sure your child is prepared with a form of payment on their shopping day if you want them to buy from the In - Person fair. Acceptable payments include checks made payable to Wabash Elementary, cash, and the Scholastic eWallet account. Students may also shop online from April 24th- May 7th. However, Buy One, Get One Free pricing is NOT available online.
Visit our Book Fair homepage to set up an eWallet account, shop online, or view the interactive book fair flyer! Please note that unused funds in the Scholastic eWallet account will only be available to use at Schoastic.com or at the next book fair scheduled for next school year.
Library at the End of the Year - Please make sure your child returns all of their Wabash Library books the week of May 17th. Thank you for supporting our library!
Summer Check-Out - Look for a permission slip that will be coming home soon for your student to check out up to 5 Wabash Library books for the summer. If the permission slip is signed and turned in, your student will check out these summer books the week of May 24th.
Please contact Mrs. Meghan Collins with any questions - firstname.lastname@example.org.
REMINDER: Remember to check your child's temperature each morning prior to coming to school.
Please monitor your children at home, before coming to school. If your child has any one or more of the following symptoms, please keep your child at home.
-Fever 100.0 or above
-new onset cough
-loss of taste or smell
If any of these scenarios occur during a weekend, you can email the nurse at: email@example.com
If any person in the household is getting tested or has covid-19 please stay home and alert your school nurse.
If you have been in contact with anyone that has tested positive for covid-19, please stay home and alert your school nurse.
If your child is exhibiting any symptoms of covid-19 please keep them home until symptom free.
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Cell Phone Rules at Wabash
Our school rules around cell phones and electronic devices are as follows:
1. Phones/devices stay turned off during school day.
2. Phones/devices remain in backpack during school.
3. Students may not carry phones/devices on them.
4. Teacher may give permission for it to be out, but all other rules apply when permission is not granted.
Students who fail to follow these guidelines will be sent to the office. Phones/devices will be kept in one of our Administrators' offices for the remainder of the school day.
Please review these guidelines with your child/children.
DISMISSAL PROCEDURES UPDATES
As a school of 900 students, managing the dismissal of students is a detailed process. At the end of each day, our staff is responsible to make sure our students get to the correct assigned locations, including: buses, walkers/bike riders, car riders, daycare van riders, and Chautauqua. Last minute changes create situations where students are not where they need to be. This results in lost time and added stress for students, parents, and staff.
Please keep the following in mind:
1.) We need to know in advance, by 3:00 pm, if your child’s transportation is changing. This will provide adequate time to notify your child’s teacher and to make sure everyone is on the same page prior to the beginning of the dismissal process.
2.) Students will not be dismissed between 3:15 pm and 3:35 pm in order to maintain a secure and orderly environment for the dismissal of our 900 students. We understand doctor appointments and emergencies come up from time to time. Please try and limit early dismissals for these reasons if possible.
BIRTHDAY TREAT UPDATE
For the upcoming school year, Wabash will be using the following guidelines for student birthday treats.
We are no longer allowing students to bring in any food items or non-food items. This includes goodie bags with non-food items such as candy/gum, trinkets, pencils, stickers etc. Please know that any food, drink, goodie bags, etc. not from our café will not be served or delivered to the classroom.
Our café does provide food and non-food items as an alternative. Click here for the WSD approved Healthy Birthday Treat form for ordering birthday goodies. Birthday items are for your child’s classroom only and sharing around the school (classrooms, friends, teachers, staff, etc.) is not permitted. Orders need to be submitted at least five days prior to the date needed. Payments are check only. Please keep in mind when making purchases that you get enough items for all the students in your child’s classroom.
Our goal is to continue to provide a safe, healthy, and supportive environment for all.