Wolfsville Elementary News

October 2018


Your child's daily attendance plays a vital role in their success at school! Every day a student is absent is a lost opportunity for academic growth. For school year 2018, Wolfsville's daily average attendance was 94.7% which was once again the 5th lowest as compared to all other elementary schools in FCPS. Under ESSA (Every Child Succeeds Act) school attendance makes up 15% of our overall school accountability rating. For many reasons, your child's attendance MATTERS!

While we understand cold and flu season is upon us, please take every measure to make it a priority for your child to attend school as much as possible. You can be proactive by scheduling appointments before and after school and reinforcing healthy hygiene habits at home to ward off germs. Our school goal is to keep a daily average attendance above 96%, which is considered excellent, for the year. We are currently at 96.5% since the start of the school year.

Thank you, in advance, for your partnership to ensure every student in our school has an opportunity to learn and grow each and every day here at Wolfsville!

Yours in Education,

Megan Stein, Principal

Important Dates

Friday, October 5: 2 Hour Early Release

Friday, October 12: All Pro Families Breakfast 7:30 AM, Cafeteria

Wednesday, October 16: Fall Book Fair Family Night, 4-7 PM, Music Room

Friday, October 26: Fall Festival 6:30-8:00 PM

Wednesday, October 31: Make-Up Fall Picture Day

Friday, November 2: End of Term 1

Monday, November 5: School's Closed

Tuesday, November 6: School's Closed

Wednesday, November 7: School's open 4 hours late, Evening Conferences

Thursday, November 8: School's open 4 hours late, Evening Conferences

Friday, November 9: School's close 3.5 hours early, Afternoon Conferences

Fall Festival

Mark your calendars for the Wolfsville PTA Fall Festival on Friday, October 26 from 6:30-8:00 PM. Students may wear school appropriate costumes and enjoy in some fall family fun including:

Photo booth - students can take pictures with their friends in costumes to take home.

DJ - dancing in the gym with a costume contest.

Games - in the cafeteria for those who may not want to dance but want to socialize with friends.

Bake sale - in the cafeteria when we get hungry from dancing!

To volunteer or ask questions, contact Adina Imes at prbyadina@gmail.com or Patricia Staples at rstaples17@comcast.net.

Character Counts Week

During the week of October 22-26, we will celebrate Character Counts Week. We will be doing a few activities related to these themes. We are inviting students and staff to join us in Character Counts Color Days. Each day of the week we will encourage students and staff to wear certain colors to represent our pillars of Character. Here is our schedule:

Mon., Oct. 22nd is Caring Day - Wear red to represent the heart and caring for others.

Tue., Oct. 23rd is Fairness Day – wear orange to represent how an orange can be divided evenly into equal sections.

Wed., Oct. 24th is Respect Day –Wear yellow to represent the “golden rule” – Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Thurs., Oct. 25th is Responsibility Day– Wear green to symbolize our perseverance and accountability for our actions.

Fri., Oct. 26th Trustworthiness Day and Citizenship Day –Wear blue to show you are a true friend to others and/or purple to show our deep commitment to being a great citizen.

We will be talking about these pillars each day on the morning announcements. Talk to your children about characters in their stories and how their actions represent the pillars of character. Talk to them about real-life heroes and people they know that reach out to help others and make a difference in their world. Thanks for your support of this special week.

Safe Schools Act

Governor Hogan signed into effect the Safe Schools Act of 2018. The law, among other things, encourages close cooperation between school systems and law enforcement. In Frederick County, our law enforcement partners have dedicated resources to schools by requiring officers to make checks at schools during their shifts. They will stop into schools and walk through them after notifying staff in the front office. Their intent is to be a proactive/positive presence. We appreciate this partnership in keeping all students and staff safe.

Do you want to be a substitute teacher?

The school system needs substitute teachers. And we find that parents make the best subs!

You will love substitute teaching for these reasons:

  • Flexibility: teach when, where, and how often you want.
  • Money: you earn a fair hourly salary doing something you love.
  • Recognition: you get honored for a job well done.
  • Professionalism: you work with the FCPS teaching pros.
  • Students: you change lives and make a daily difference.
  • Great hours: an ideal job while your kids are in school.

You must love working with kids and have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED. Visit https://www.applitrack.com/fcps/OnlineApp/default.aspx?Category=Substitute to see all of the requirements and to apply online.

If you have additional questions, you can call the Sub Help Desk at 301-644-5120.

The Book Fair is coming!

The book fair will be at our school October 16th-19th for students to explore and purchase new and popular books and literacy items. The theme this year is Enchanted Forrest and we will be hosting families for an evening night to purchase books from 4-7 PM on Wednesday, October 17th! At 5 PM on the 17th we will be welcoming a duo of Mystery Readers you will not want to miss! (Hint: they are beloved formed Wolfsville staff members!!). Grade level classes will have time to visit and preview items on Tuesday, October 16th and then revisit and purchase items Thursday, October 18th. You will not want to miss out on the enchanted fun that also benefits our school!

PTA Fall Fundraiser

Our PTA is selling the super valuable KidStuff Coupon Book, which includes a 12 month membership to the New KidStuff App! The app has local and national coupons for savings on the go…even across the country! It's a win-win! You save money and time AND you are helping us raise money for our school! Books are $25 and we earn 50% profit!

You will enjoy fabulous savings from: Dicks, Barnes and Noble, Buffalo Wild Wings, Disney Store, Family Recreation, H and M, Harbor Freight, Hobby Lobby, Justice, Weis Markets. The list goes on and on!

Take KidStuff to work, games and family events...KidStuff also makes the BEST gift EVER!

Have family and friends out of town? Check out all 20 valuable editions listed on the inside front cover of your book or visit http://www.kidstuffcb.com/kidstuff-coupon-book-editions! Please make checks payable to Wolfsville Elementary PTA.

Your family earns 1 FREE book worth $25 for every 5 books you sell! More information will be sent home soon with your child(ren).