White Rock Elementary

Principal Update 3/22/16

No School this Friday (3/25)

Since we did not have to cancel classes/ school for inclement weather we get to take this Friday off. :)

I hope you all enjoy your three-day weekend!

Instructional Time

TEA has made a change in the way that the school year calendar is reported. Instead of days, this information is reported in minutes. TEA requires 75,600 minutes a year. These minutes are counted from first bell to last bell. This change in instructional time be effective Fall 2016. More information will forthcoming of how this will look at WRE.

STAAR Testing Next Week

With STAAR testing next week, here are some ideas for how parents and White Rock can partner together to create the optimum testing environment for our Seahawkers.

Goals for our students, which the school and parents share, are to ensure a secure testing environment and to give every child the opportunity to do their best work. With that in mind, we will be unable to have visitors or volunteers in the school on testing dates indicated below. At home, Get your kids in bed early, provide a healthy breakfast, and send your child to school with a sweater or light jacket in case the room is cool.

Please help us avoid classroom interruptions for student checkouts for appointments or early dismissals on testing days.

Thank you for partnering with us to provide the best testing environment possible for our students. As a reminder, here is the STAAR schedule:

March STAAR Testing Dates

3/29 - 4th Grade Writing

& 5th Grade Math

3/30 - 5th Grade Reading & 4th Grade Writing Make Ups

3/31 - STAAR Make Ups (if needed)

Lunch will be served for all STAAR testing grade levels at 11:30

May STAAR Testing Dates

5/9 - 3rd, 4th & 6th Grade Math and 5th Grade Math Retest

5/10 - 3rd, 4th & 6th Grade Reading and 5th Grade Reading Retest

5/11 - 5th Grade Science & Make Ups (if needed)

5/12 - STAAR Make Ups (if needed)

In addition, there will be no after school activities next week and no primary or intermediate gifted services 3/28-3/31.

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2nd Annual WREck the Night

WRE is opening its backyard for an overnight camp out benefiting the WRE Dads Club. Join in on the 2nd annual event for some outdoor, semi-roughing it fun and live it up with loads of awesome activities and entertainment.

When - Saturday April 2-3, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (see schedule below)

Who - WRE Dads Club Members and their Seahawks

Where - WRE School Grounds

Activities - Bounce Houses, Bungee Trampolines, Climbing Wall, Obstacle Course, Movie, D.J. and More!!! Visit wredadsclub.com/wreck-the-night for a video of the awesome time we had last year.

Safety - Police on the scene. A DPD officer and private security guards are present for the entire event.

Grub - All the grub you need is included. Dinner is being cooked up by Shady's Burger Joint (burgers and dogs). Breakfast will be some of the finest pastries that Dallas has to offer.

Registration - Sign up at wredadsclub.com/campout. The base registration fee is $75 and includes one tent plot and admission for one father and one child. Each additional attending child is $25. Both registration fees include all activities, dinner, breakfast and a souvenir shirt for the kids.

Attendance - Campers will receive a wristband at check-in that must be worn during the event. You must be a WRE Dads Club member for you and your children to attend. WRE Dads Club membership is open to any father whose child is currently attending WRE. Each child may attend only if accompanied by his or her father. Each father may only attend if accompanied by his WRE children. Families are allowed only one tent. Seahawk’s siblings enrolled at a different elementary school (K-6) may sign up and join in!

Schedule of Events

Saturday Evening, April 2nd

4:00 Check-in and Tent Set up – CHECK IT

4:30-7:30 Ongoing Activities – WREck IT

6:30 Dinner – EAT

7:30 D.J. and Dance Party – GROOVE

8:15 Move Time – WATCH

10:30 Noise Curfew and Lights Out – RESPECT

Sunday Morning, April 3rd

7:00-8:00 Breakfast and Coffee – RISE