The WAVA Wave

December 1, 2015

A Message from our Principal...

Last month, I was thinking about one of our Core Values at WAVA Effort Creates Ability and how important is it to always try and never give up. This month, I find myself thinking about another core value Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate. We have been celebrating this month by launching our Student of the Month Assemblies which will happen on Friday afternoons towards the end of each month – keep an eye on your Class Connect schedule to join us live. Each teacher nominates a student who embodies one of our WAVA Core Values and then we can all come together monthly to honor those kids! If you missed it, here is the link to our November Assembly: http://tinyurl.com/NovSOM . Many more students will be honored and celebrated in the coming months. I hope to see you being honored!


“Celebrate what you’ve accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.” ~ Mia Hamm, United States Olympic women's national soccer team and FIFA Women's World Cup champion


Please share your story of how you Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate at WAVA https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/wavacelebrate


Tammy Alonzo

Middle School Principal

The Counselor Connect

As the days get shorter and the weather gets cold and damp, we should be aware of how much time we spend indoors. This is especially true for students and learning coaches working in the online environment. It is easy to spend all the daylight hours in front of a computer, but we shouldn’t neglect our basic needs for sunlight, fresh air, and exercise. If you aren’t doing so already, schedule some time into your student’s day to have them get up and spend 30 minutes doing some kind of exercise, preferably outdoors: Go for a walk, play with a pet, go to a park, or practice your preferred sport. Hopefully you do this throughout the year, but it is extra important during the winter months.


For some people, “winter blues” or “winter blahs” can become a serious issue. If your student seems especially lethargic or moody, they may be dealing with some degree of Seasonal Affective Disorder. If you think that may be the case, consider scheduling an appointment to discuss the issue with a medical professional.


As always, if there is anything I can do to help support you and your student, please call or kmail.


John Bieker
Middle School Guidance Counselor (6-8)
Washington Virtual Academies
Email: jbieker@wava.org
Office: 503-912-4077

Ice Skating at Bremerton Ice Center

Friday, Dec. 4th, 1:45-3:45pm

1950 Homer Jones Road

Bremerton, WA

This event will allow students to engage in an activity where they can meet and discuss their experience with WAVA, make new friends, meet staff, and communicate in person. This outing will be exceptionally good for students who are special education or might have a disability in socializing. This allows them to meet students in the same school at a fun location and participate socially face to face not just in class connects.

What to bring: ice skates if you have them, warm clothing including gloves/mittens and hat, extra socks, snacks, your waver of liability (1 per skater.)

Cost is $6.00 per person.

Click here to RSVP.

Please include shoe sizes. Their skates do not come in half sizes, so take your best guess and pack an extra pair of socks.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Mr. McClellan and Mrs. Lee

Winterland of Gingerbread and Ice Skating!

Friday, Dec. 11th, 9am-9pm

7 locations all throughout WA State

Come out to mingle with our school community at one of these Winterland of Gingerbread (WOG) events. These events feature a gingerbread village, so bring your own gingerbread house to add to the fun. Of course, you don’t have to bring a gingerbread house. Feel free to just enjoy the activities and treats, as well as other students’ creations. Ice skating is also a fun option!

Check out our flier here and be sure to RSVP!

Planetarium Show at Western Washington University-Bellingham

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 9:45-11am

Western Washington University Campus at the Astronomy and Physics Department in Haggard Hall

This event is now full. Please k-mail April Sorensen to get on the wait-list.

(Life and Earth Science Students) Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Friday, Dec. 18th, 10am-2pm

1945 Southeast Water Avenue

Portland, OR

We will tour OMSI and our focus will be life science and earth science. Students will be able to experience interactive displays and make meaningful connections to what they're learning in the OLS. Please k-mail Mrs. Saar to RSVP.

$13.50 (adult) $9.75 (youth) This is per person. Parking is $5.00.

SAVE THE DATE! Great Wolf Lodge or Triple Play

Monday, Feb. 29th 2016 at 9am

20500 Old Highway 99 Southwest

Centralia, WA

We are planning a big end of year semester celebration.
The annual Great Wolf Lodge event will be held in February this year!
We've also added an Eastern Washington event at Triple Play Family Fun Park in Idaho!
More details to come!

Hour of Code (December 7th -11th from 12:00-1:00pm)

Hour of Code


We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.


That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.


Our Hour of Code is a statement that K12 is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students.


RSVP

Coffee Chats!

Coffee Chats!

This is a chance for WAVA Learning Coaches to connect with other WAVA Learning Coaches to talk about a specific topic for 30 minutes every week. Check your schedule on your Learning Coach account. If you don't see it on your schedule, click on the links below.


Every Thursday!


TOPICS:


December 3rd at 11:00am: Dealing with or Preventing Interruptions

Click here to join.


December 10th at 10:00am: Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities

Click here to join.


December 17th at 11:00am: P.E.

Click here to join.

Washington Virtual Academies Celebrations!

Washington Virtual Academies Celebrations!


We want to recognize the amazing members of our WAVA community!


  • Students & Parents, let us know when a member of our staff has helped you improve, overcome a challenge or gone above and beyond to help you OR share a significant accomplishment.


  • Staff Members - let us know about members of our community who have helped a student/family find success OR share a story about a student/family who has had a significant accomplishment.


Let's Celebrate our wonderful WAVA community!


Follow this link and complete the form to recognize that wonderful person.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/wavacelebrate

Brand new to WAVA?

If you're just starting this month, welcome! Be sure to check your k-mail for a welcome letter from your Family Academic Support Liaison, F.A.S.L. Your F.A.S.L. is there to help you get everything started.

K-8 Strong Start Welcome Orientations
Every Tuesday and Thursday you will see a required class with this title. It is mandatory for you to complete this orientation. You only need to attend once.

Welcome to Online Learning
This course is a series of 5 short lesson. You can login under your student account but the information is intended for both the student and the learning coach. Please complete this course before starting any new lessons.


ORN010 (8th graders only)

Please complete this course before you start your first lessons. This course will help familiarize you and your learning coach with the Learning Management System, L.M.S.


M.A.P. Testing and/or Scantron

This is a mandatory assessment. Please check in with your teacher through k-mail to confirm testing dates.

Required Class Connects

If you see the word REQUIRED next to the title of the Class Connect, it is a mandatory class that you must attend. If you know you are going to miss a class please contact your teacher to see how you can make up the missed work. Sometimes, you will need to watch a recording.


To view the recording of a missed Class Connect Session, click on the “Go to Class Connect” link, search the date of your missed session, click on the link of the session, watch recording. ALWAYS send your teacher a Kmail to explain why you missed attending the LIVE session (unless previously arranged.)


Time Zone
Make sure your OLS is set to PST (Pacific Standard Time) so your Class Connect times are correct. Click on -> My Account -> Time Zone Settings.

Attendance

Students and Learning Coaches do not need to track attendance. Your attendance is measured by your course progress and participation in required class connect sessions.

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Advanced Learning Circle

For advanced and gifted students:

December 3rd

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

http://tinyurl.com/LearningCircles

We need parent volunteers!

We have an upcoming social gathering we are putting together for WAVA students this month and need parent volunteers. If you would like more information on how you can help for this event or other events this school year, please fill out this survey.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/volunteerWAVA