March 2021

Newsletter

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A Note From the Principal

Hello Wabash Community!


Here comes March! Spring is right around the corner! Warmer weather and sunshine will be here soon enough. In the meantime, please remember to send your child with coats, gloves and hats for outside recess. We do continue to go outside for recess during the colder months. If you need assistance with acquiring a winter coat, please contact Mrs. Pousson at extension 50241.


Our 3rd quarter report cards will be emailed out on March 20.

Please be aware that students may not be dropped off for school before 8:20 am in the morning, unless they are in a club or the Chautauqua Program. Staff are not on duty prior to 8:20 am in the morning. Thank you for your help with this!


I wanted to also remind you that Wabash continues to pilot the Choose Love Program to support the development of our students' social and emotional developmental needs. The Choose Love Program places added focus on four key life lessons/skills: Courage, Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Compassion in Action.

This link below will take you to the Choose Love Home Program, which has a free parent tool kit. You have to create an account to access the Home Program Resources and Parent Toolkit. On my end, I have an account. I have found that I get a monthly newsletter emailed my way, but beyond that I am not bombarded with spam or junk mail as a result of having a Choose Love account.

https://www.jesselewischooselove.org/choose-love-home/


Every Student Matters, Every Moment Counts!

Mr. Schulte

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PENNIES FOR PATIENTS

Wabash counselors are excited to kick off our Pennies for Patients program in March! The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Hero Squad Program is a service learning program that helps raise critical funds for blood cancer patients. Now more than ever, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is critical to promoting a healthy foundation for learning, both in school and life. That is why the Hero Squad Program is designed around the core competencies of SEL, to teach students prosocial skills like kindness, sharing and empathy at a young age, and help them nurture those skills throughout their academic careers. This year, we will be accepting donations through our on-line giving classroom pages only. We cannot accept coins at school. We know Wabash students and families will make us proud!
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George Anagnos - School Support Interventionist (SSI)

Attention and Connection


Kids love attention of all kinds. In an ideal world, this attention is gained in a healthy manner through time with family and friends, recognition through sports or academics, and through various other ways. However, we don’t live in an ideal world. When a child feels like they are lacking the attention they desire, they often resort to a “by any means necessary” approach to get the attention they want.

Why might kids want this attention? Kids very much seek to form and find relationships and connections with others. A recent study performed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) found that almost all behavior boils down to a child’s need to belong. When a child doesn’t find that belonging through “traditional” or healthy routes, they can resort to misbehaving.

If you are experiencing misbehavior from your child which seems to be driven by the need for attention, try asking yourself a few simple questions:


  1. How do you, yourself feel when the child exhibits the behavior(s)? If you find yourself feeling, let’s say, “annoyed”, it’s a good indicator that your child is seeking an unfulfilled connection with you in particular through constant demands. You can try to set aside some extra time with your child to read with them, assemble a puzzle or prepare a meal together.

  2. As presented in a recent report on NBC News, when you catch yourself describing a child’s behavior as, “...just looking for attention”, try replacing the word “attention” with “relationship” or “connection”. This might give you a softer, more open insight as to what they are seeking and help you address the behavior more effectively. For example, “Erica is yelling to me from the living room non-stop while I’m making dinner. That’s her just looking for attention connection.”

  3. Realize that, even though it is sometimes frustrating or challenging, the child has chosen you to seek out for attention/connection. Ask yourself honestly,“Why me...?”. You might discover yourself to be a preferred adult or the safest person with whom the child might explore a connection. Perhaps siblings or other adults, etc. aren’t offering quite the relationship they’re looking for at that moment.


Identifying the motivation of a behavior--- in this case, attention/ connection behavior--- plays a major role in creating a positive response that can eventually eliminate the undesired behaviors and contribute to the overall health of your child.


Contact Information:

636-887-3884 ext 50245

georgeanagnos@wsdr4.org

ART TO REMEMBER

Each year Wabash participates in a fundraiser celebrating and sharing our artist's work with friends and family at home. Every student has an opportunity to participate and upload their artwork even from home! Please contact Rachel Pape (rachelpape@wsdr4.org) if you have any questions or concerns.
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Check out eBooks & Audiobooks in Destiny

Go to the WSD home page. Under schools, click Wabash Elementary.


Click Library (under the duck’s feet)


Click: Wabash Elementary


Click: Login (upper right)


Click: Sign in with Google

Login in with your WSD Google account: first/last name/graduation year + wsdr4.org

PW: wsd + 5 digit lunch pin

Scroll down to eBooks or Audiobooks. Click See All. Browse all or use the filters on the left to find a book.


Click Open or click on the title of a book. If interested, click Open Now or Check Out.


Note: if an ebook is already checked out, it may not be available for you.

Happy Online Reading!

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REMINDER: Remember to check your child's temperature each morning prior to coming to school.

New Fax number for the Nurse is 636-445-5341


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
-difficulty breathing
-headache
-loss of taste or smell
-sore throat
-diarrhea
-nausea/vomiting
-fatigue
-runny nose/congestion


If any of these scenarios occur during a weekend, you can email the nurse at: sherrynutt@wsdr4.org


Covid-19

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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Below you will find links to the Reading Connections Newsletter


BEGINNING EDITION


INTERMEDIATE EDITION

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KINDERGARTEN BUS PARENTS

Please note that all persons receiving children off the bus in the afternoon need to carry identification with them. Substitute drivers are generally not familiar with the authorized persons, however, they are required to confirm the identity of those receiving our youngest passengers.

Cell Phone Rules at Wabash

We understand that students bring cell phones and other electronic devices to school.


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.