Dear Heritage Intermediate Families,
Many of us recently committed to a new set of new year resolutions. These resolutions are meant to be a firm decision to do something with determination or purpose. If you are like me, you have great intentions of following through with your resolutions! But...only two weeks into the new year, and I have already broken my resolution to exercise at least three times a week. Even though I didn’t meet my resolution to exercise three times during the week, I’m not going to give up! It’s a new week, and I plan on meeting my goal this week.
At Heritage, we want our students to develop the mindset to never give up! Regardless of the obstacles, disappointments or failures that come our way, we will not give up. It’s a great feeling when we overcome an obstacle or a failure and go on to experience success. At Heritage, we will work with every student to set goals, overcome obstacles, and experience success in 2016!
December Attendance Champions!
Congratulations to our Attendance Champions for the month of December! We would like to recognize the following classrooms for demonstrating excellent attendance rates during the month of December:
Report cards go home
Spelling Bee at 1:30pm in the Academy Gym
PTA meeting at 4:30pm in library
Jan 18 & 19
Martin Luther King Jr holiday and Professional Development Day
Caps for Camp ($1 donation to camp fund)
Board of Education meeting 7pm at Central Office
Possible 100th day of school
Jan 25 - 29
Jump Rope For Heart Spirit Week
Congratulations to our classroom spelling bee winners!
The winners of our classroom spelling bees will advance to Heritage Intermediate's school-wide spelling bee, scheduled for January 12th. In the event the classroom winner cannot participate, the class alternate will represent their class! Way to go students - we are so proud of you!!!
Science Fair Information
This year Heritage Elementary will sponsor a Science Fair on March 29 - 30, 2016, for all students. We are encouraging students to participate in the fair and are asking parents to support this valuable learning experience. Please click here for a copy of the science fair information packet or you can request a copy from your child's teacher. Science fair boards are available for purchase in the school office for $5.
Projects are to be dropped off in the Heritage Library from 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on March 29, 2016. The community is welcome to view the projects on March 30th from 5:00-6:00pm. Projects should be taken home at this time as well. If you are not able to make it to Science Fair Community night then the project can be picked up on Thursday, March 31st or the student can take it home with them after school.
What's Happening in PE
In PE we have started our hockey unit! We will be teaching proper terminology, parts of the stick, positions, and skills such as stick-handling, passing, shooting, and game strategy. We will also talk a little bit about the history of hockey.
SAVE THE DATE!!!!
In January Heritage Intermediate will partner with the American Heart Association to help kids with special hearts! Mark your calendars now for our upcoming Jump Rope for Heart event taking place January 15-February 8, 2016. You can support the American Heart Association by helping your child create a fundraising webpage. It is safe, effective, and saves YOU time for raising life-saving donations. Visit www.heart.org/jump and click on "Students Sign Up" to get started.
This year we are going to celebrate our JRFH spirit week January 25-29.
Monday: Wear Red Day! Heart disease awareness day!
Tuesday: Represent your favorite sports team!
Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday! (Wear your wackiest attire)
Thursday: Dress like a PE Teacher day! Come to school EXERCISE ready!
Friday: Let’s put heart disease to rest! Wear your PJ’s (don’t forget your PE shoes)
If any student collects $50, they will have the chance to “make over” Coach Gregory and Coach Nicholson in a special assembly on Friday, February 5 (multiples of $50 will give students extra turns with the make-up items).
Along with the make-up incentive, your students will also receive any puppies and prizes they earn through the program!!
Thank you for helping us save lives!! This is a great program AND all the money we collect stays right here in Missouri with the American Heart Association!
DON'T FORGET TENNIS SHOES
With the weather getting colder, more students are coming to PE with boots. Although they are fashionable, they are not practical for the PE setting. Please help your student remember to wear tennis shoes with laces on their PE days. This is a safety concern and we appreciate your help in keeping our students safe and healthy while participating in PE.
Coach Gregory, Coach Nicholson, and Coach Buchheit
From Your Library
The library continues to be a very wonderful and busy place. As we near the end of the first semester, I want to take a moment to thank our fantastic families that do so much to support the library. Thank you to all the families that made book donations earlier in the year. I also want to say how grateful I am for the continued support for our Scholastic book fairs. We had another very successful fair in October and the proceeds that we earned will go into making our library an even more engaging learning environment for your student. Below you will find a few things we are working on in the library.
In Third grade we are wrapping up our 2015-16 Show Me Nominee books that the state has selected as some of the best current picture books. Ask your child which one they will be voting for in February. I make it difficult for them, they can only vote for one. We have also been learning about the different styles of biographies that are available in our library for your child to enjoy.
Our Fourth grade students are really working on becoming as independent in the library as possible. We have been working hard on searching Destiny, the online catalog, finding a call number and searching for that book in the shelves. If you have been to our library you know this is not an easy task. With over 20,000 materials on our shelves it can be a fun challenge for the kids. Searching for books is like a treasure hunt everyday!
Fifth graders have wrapped up their unit on Destiny Quest. Destiny Quest is an advanced component to our online catalog. 5Th grade students are allowed to login and communicate with their peers about books they have read, are currently reading or wish to read in the future. We have been reviewing and recommending books too. It is a lot of fun and can also be done at home. Please ask your student to show you how Quest works.
I am so excited about so many of our students participating in the Mark Twain Program. Time is going quickly, soon it will be time to vote. Here are my tentative dates as to when the Mark Twain Program will end. I will be having the Mark Twain Party on Thursday, March 10th. Your student must complete 4 Mark Twain Nominees by Thursday, March 3rd to be invited to this celebration. (An invitation will follow) If your student is challenging themselves to read all 12 titles they will have until Friday, May 6th. Reading all 12 titles will earn your student Mark Twain status, recognition at the year end assembly and a BOGO book fair gift card. (Amount of gift card TBD) Thank you for supporting your child’s love of literature.
We have been busy in the music department this year. Here are some of the things we have been doing:
3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have been singing folk songs, playing singing games, learning to read notation (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, do) on the music staff, composing, reading, and performing rhythms on body percussion and classroom instruments, listening to classical music, and learning about the composers who wrote these classic music pieces. We will be starting up our time playing the recorder after Christmas break with the 4th and 5th graders. 5th graders will use the recorders they received last year, and 4th grade will receive their very own new recorder – thanks to PTA for supporting us with this purchase. 3rd graders will begin their time after Christmas learning to play some simple songs on the piano.
Harmonizers (5th grade honor choir) had several opportunities to sing in our community. They have performed for our Veteran’s Day Assemblies, a Thanksgiving luncheon in O’Fallon, the Green Lantern Senior Center and Park Lane Care Home in Wentzville, the annual Christmas tree lighting/parade for the City of Wentzville, and the all school holiday sing-a-long on the last day before break (Dec. 22nd). Unfortunately our combined concert with the Holt High School choirs at Holt High School was canceled but will be rescheduled at a later date.
Andrea Lewis – Heritage intermediate Music/Harmonizers Director
Technology and computers are all around us and we use them for just about every part of our lives. Students are understanding how to use technology and a variety of media resources for directed and independent learning skills. In many cases, students will use keyboarding skills to complete many assignments. Therefore, keyboarding skills are practice during our computer lab time. Students are encouraged to continue practicing keyboarding at home to strengthen these skills. With technology being integrated more in higher grades, our students can only improve with practice.
As we move into more web-based assessments, we want our students to be prepared for each challenge. Various websites provide tracking accuracy, speed of students’ progress, and typing tests for each lesson. There are websites that offer typing games for students. Feel free to check out this website: freetypinggame.org.
Each year brings about change. This year our boys and girls started the year with Google Drive/Google Classroom. Google Classroom is a technology resource we are using to create and organize projects during computer class. To access it from home, use Google Chrome to go to drive.google.com. The "email address" that the students use is firstname.lastname@example.org
(ex. email@example.com) and the password is the student's lunch number.
The week of December 7-13 was Computer Science Education Week. During this week our students worked together to create interactive programs at their own pace. Our boys and girls will showcase their technology skills because we know anyone, anywhere, can learn how to code. Self-guided tutorials have been provided to allow the students to work at their own pace and skill level. Some of the features in code are Disney's Frozen, Scrat from Ice Age, Angry Bird, and Plants vs. Zombies. We will take on the challenge to create a program to solve problems and develop an interactive game. Technology will always be a big part of our future.
Timely communication with our District families is always a priority, but especially important in emergency school closing situations. If WSD schools are forced to close due to inclement weather or other factors (i.e. power outages, water main breaks) parents/guardians and students will be notified in the following ways:
District Phone Call/Text/Email
The Wentzville School District utilizes Blackboard, a mass communication broadcast system that allows school administrators to notify all households by phone, text and email within minutes of an emergency or unplanned event that causes early dismissal or school cancellation. The service may also be used occasionally by individual schools to communicate general announcements or reminders. Please be sure to notify the school office about any change in your personal contact information. You always have the option of how you would like to receive notifications (you can turn off the call and only receive texts and/or emails for example). Simply contact the Community Relations office to change your delivery preferences by calling 636/327-3800, ext. 20357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When inclement weather causes the District to cancel school or dismiss classes early, please check the following television and radio stations for school closing information.
These TV and radio stations also have web sites with the same school closing information. Look for the Wentzville R-IV School District. Please be advised that individual schools will not be listed separately, closings will always be listed as the Wentzville R-IV School District.
The District Website will be updated with any emergency school closing information. Please check on the homepage.
Facebook and Twitter
The WSD has its own Facebook page (Wentzville School District) be sure to “like” us! It's a great way to keep up to date with the latest happenings in the District, complete with pictures. You can also follow the District on Twitter, just search for WSDinfo. Both social media sites will be used not only to keep community members informed about the latest news in the District, but in the event of a school closing or emergency, this will be yet another means of communicating quickly and efficiently.
WSD App Push Notification
New this year, the WSD has an app you can download and choose to follow your child's school. The app will be an additional notification tool used in the event of a school closing or emergency to send followers a push notification directly to your phone. You can download the WSD app from iTunes or Google Play.
2016-2017 Kindergarten Registration
Dates have been set for the Wentzville School District’s registration/screening process. This event is for all children who will turn five before August 1, 2016. If your child has not been screened at our office or his/her preschool this year, appointments are required and can be made by contacting the Parents as Teachers office at 636-327-3863 ext. 22281. Screening appointments are filled on a first come, first served basis. While every effort will be made to accommodate you at your child’s school, it is a possibility that you may have to have a screening at another elementary school in the district.
Registration/Screening dates are as follows:
- Boone Trail, Tuesday, February 23, 2016
- Crossroads, Thursday, February 18, 2016
- Discovery Ridge Tuesday, February 9, 2016
- Duello, Tuesday, March 8, 2016
- Green Tree, Thursday, February 4, 2016
- Heritage, Thursday, February 25, 2016
- Lakeview, Tuesday, February 16, 2016
- Peine Ridge, Thursday, March 3, 2016
- Prairie View, Tuesday, March 1, 2016
The day of the screening/registration parents should bring:
- The child to be screened;
- Two proofs of residency:
- Signed Lease Agreement (verify dates are valid), Closing Document for new home purchase (settlement statement), or most recent Real Estate Property Tax Statement; and
- Current utility bill, cable bill, official mail from federal or state agency, or most recent personal property tax paid receipt;
- Child’s most current immunization records (doctor’s records, doctor verified form, etc.);
- Official copy of child’s birth certificate (requested but not required);
- Parent’s driver’s license or photo identification (requested but not required);
- Parenting plan or custody agreement (if applicable);
- Documentation regarding legal guardianship (must be court ordered guardianship or limited guardianship, not power of attorney) or foster care placement (required if applicable).
If you do not have a Missouri birth certificate, you may obtain one at a cost of $15 from the St. Charles County Community Health/Environment-Vital Statistics Office, 1650 Boone’s Lick, St. Charles, MO 63301-2245, or by calling (636) 949-7400 for more information.
You may also visit them on the web at http://www.sccmo.org >Residents > Health & Human Services > Vital Records > Application Process