We Are... Wildcats

April 14th, 2021

A Message from the Principal

Hello Wildcat Families,


In the month of April, our students are learning a LOT about empathy. Being empathetic helps us to deeply understand each other better which leads to more compassion, kindness, love, and understanding As we are celebrating Autism Acceptance Month in April, we are using empathy to celebrate the differences that make each of us unique and great!


Take a moment to check out this 2-minute video about empathy and feel free to discuss as a family some times when you have felt empathy: https://youtu.be/9_1Rt1R4xbM


Also, if you have another moment, the Google Form below is a quick way to share a shout-out about a Weiss staff member. A single sentence or two can really make a great impact. https://forms.gle/Rx4AvhThzRxZHc3r6


Regards,

Mr. Bezeau

Principal

Downriver STEM at Weiss

Please Be Aware: Potential Art Mess Thursday and Friday This Week (April 15th and April 16th)

As part of our focus this month on Autism Acceptance, students will be participating in an outdoor sensory art activity focusing on process art. Students will be exploring their 5 senses with hands-on art experiences. Students may get messy during this process. Please send your child to school on their scheduled art class day (Thursday, April 15th or Friday, April 16th) dressed for possible mess or feel free to send in their own smock or art shirt.

GREEN ACTIVITY: Schools for Clean Water Contest

As we approach warmer weather, we begin to spend a lot more time outside. This has got our Wildcat brains thinking about how we can keep our environment safe and healthy. Weiss is entering the "Schools for Clean Water" contest put on by the Alliance of Downriver Watersheds! From April 12-April 30, our community can pledge to "adopt" neighborhood storm drains to keep clean from leaves and trash through this link www.SchoolsForCleanWater.org. This contest will inspire our community to keep an eye on our environment and clean it up when necessary! The school with the most pledges will receive a cash prize to be used for school projects and materials. We are asking if you could take some time by visiting the link and making the pledge. We greatly appreciate it!

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Blowing Bubbles for Autism- Friday, April 16th

Our Wildcats will be blowing bubbles for autism this Friday, April 16th. This is a great event that we are celebrating for Autism Acceptance Month (more information about this event below). As part of this event on Friday, we are hoping our students will wear a shirt that corresponds to their grade level. It is completely ok if your child doesn't have a shirt at home that matches their grade level color. If that's the case, they can wear a shirt that they would normally wear to school on a typical day.


Here are the grade-level colors:


K-Red

1st-Orange

2nd-Yellow

3rd-Green

4th-Blue

5th-Purple



What is Blowing Bubbles for Autism?

Blowing Bubbles for Autism started 15 years ago in NJ with Kyle Mosca and his preschool class. Kyle, like many children both with and without autism, loved bubbles. Isabelle Mosca, Kyle's mother and founder of “FACES Autism Support Group”, (a Family Support Network for families with children with autism) had the insightful idea to have Kyle blow bubbles with his preschool class so that they could participate in an enjoyable shared experience. It went over so well that others began to do the same and "Blowing Bubbles 4 Autism" was born. Blowing Bubbles for Autism has grown exponentially every year with tens of thousands of people all over the world now participating! It is held every year in April, Autism Awareness month, fostering acceptance, a sense of community, and an awareness of the importance of celebrating diversity.

Autism Acceptance Spirit Week Flyer: April 26th-April 30th

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Just a small glimpse of some of the great things happening at Weiss Recently

Important Dates

April 15th: Report Cards Come Home


April 26th- April 30th: Autism Acceptance Month Spirit Week


May 31st: Memorial Day


June 11th: Last Day of School

Interested in Being a Lunch Monitor?

We are looking for a couple of caring adults that would love to help our Wildcat students during lunchtime. Our lunch monitors typically work Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:45-1:45 (but the schedule can be adjusted based on availability) and get paid by the hour. If you would be interested or know someone else that might be interested in becoming a Lunch Monitor, please contact our office at 734-379-7060

Please take a moment to check out these two flyers from the Guidance Center

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HELP THE PTO SUPPORT OUR WILDCATS

The PTO has two school year-long fundraisers available, both of which benefit the programs, events, and materials sponsored by the PTO. Every purchase helps the PTO work with teachers and staff to give our Wildcats what they need to for fun and successful year.


Our Weiss spirit wear is available with 10 different designs available. Want a little bling? Choose your design in a blue or silver glitter design. Looking to sport our Wildcat mascot? Select on of three Frankie the Wildcat designs. Want to show a little kindness? We have Kind Human, Wildcat designs. Purchase your spirit wear at weisselementaryspiritwear.com. March Coupon (can be combined with Free Ship) is 10% off moisture-wicking t-shirts with code: MAR21P


What a Crock Fundraiser – Catchy name, great food. What a Crock offers busy families the opportunities to purchase crock-pot ready meals that make dinner time easy and delicious. As tried and true users of What a Crock, the PTO is proud to partner with this company. Everything we’ve tried has been generously portioned, filling, and tastes homemade. Place your home delivery order at: https://whatacrockfundraisers.com/pages/weiss. This fundraiser will last through the summer, with 10-30% of the cost of each item purchased going back to the PTO.

UPDATED WCHD HEALTH SCREENER

The Wayne County Health Department (WCHD) has recently updated their COVID-19 screening tool (CLICK HERE TO VIEW) for students. Although the symptoms to look for have not changed and our process at the district will remain the same when students are exhibiting symptoms, the WCHD has added restrictions for those who travel internationally. Specifically, WCHD is requiring that any student who travels internationally quarantine for 7 days from their date of return to the U.S. and on the 7th day, that student would need to get a COVID - PCR test. Once a student receives a negative PCR test result, they are allowed to return to schools. We know that some families and students are planning international travel over spring break and that this change will impact the return from this travel. If you have questions about this change, please contact Wayne County Health Department.

Kindergarten Round Up

Do you have a child at home who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2021? Do you know someone who does, perhaps a friend or a neighbor? If so, Gibraltar School District has a spot waiting just for them in our kindergarten classrooms next year! Gibraltar School District offers both a traditional Kindergarten program as well as a Young Fives Kindergarten program. Both of these programs have a strong focus on the math and literacy skills needed for a solid foundation through the course of the formative elementary years. Registration is now OPEN online!


To begin the enrollment process, please visit the link below and follow the link to the Online Pre-Enrollment! Once completed, you will schedule an appointment to complete the enrollment process.


http://www.gibdist.net/about/register-students/kindergarten-young-5s-registration


We will be running small-group informational sessions for parents and prospective students, on April 21 and April 28 at each elementary building. Once your enrollment process is complete, you can schedule your appointment for a small-group session!