Wynford Elementary Newsletter
From the Desk of Mrs. Ratliff
Spring also means testing season. After this week, all ELA and Science Ohio State Testing will be done and K-3 iReady math and reading testing will be completed. We will start the Ohio State Math Testing on Monday, April 29th. Our students have been working very hard to meet their end of the year goals. We are so proud of them!
iReady will be available to all students throughout the summer--we will be sending home a summer information sheet for time spent on iReady. Students will earn prizes for continuing their work over the the summer.
This Wednesday (tomorrow!) we have a 2 hour early release to kick off Spring Break. No school Thursday, April 18th through Tuesday, April 23rd. Classes resume on Wednesday, April 24th. We hope you have a wonderful break spent with family.
Fourth quarter mid-terms will be sent home on Friday, April 26th. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your student's teacher. Communication between home and school is an important part of student success.
419.562.4619, ext 302
**Spring Flower Fundraiser forms and money due
Thursday, April 18th through Tuesday, April 23rd--no school
Wednesday, April 24th--classes resume
Thursday and Friday, April 25th and 26th--Kindergarten Screening
Friday, April 26th--4th Quarter Midterms go home
Monday, April 29th--Spring Flower Fundraiser Pick up in the front parking lot--2:00 to 4:30
Thursday, May 2nd--Kindergarten and First Grade Music Programs
Friday, May 3rd--First Friday--Club Day
**PTO Fun Night
Monday through Wednesday, May 6th-8th--6th Grade Trip to Mohican
Tuesday, May 14th--5th and 6th Grade Band and Choir Concerts
Wednesday, May 15th--PTO Meeting--4:00--MPR
Friday, May 17th--Field Day
Sunday, May 19th--Groundbreaking for the new building--1:00
Monday, May 20th--Preschool Graduation--2:00--MPR
Wednesday, May 22nd--Student Led Celebrations
7 Habits Review--Habit 5--Seek First to Understand, then be Understood
Communication is the most important skill in life. You spend years learning how to read and write, and years learning how to speak. But what about listening? What training have you had that enables you to listen so you really, deeply understand another human being? Probably none, right?
If you're like most people, you probably seek first to be understood; you want to get your point across. And in doing so, you may ignore the other person completely, pretend that you're listening, selectively hear only certain parts of the conversation or attentively focus on only the words being said, but miss the meaning entirely. So why does this happen? Because most people listen with the intent to reply, not to understand. You listen to yourself as you prepare in your mind what you are going to say, the questions you are going to ask, etc. You filter everything you hear through your life experiences, your frame of reference. You check what you hear against your autobiography and see how it measures up. And consequently, you decide prematurely what the other person means before he/she finishes communicating. Do any of the following sound familiar?
"Oh, I know just how you feel. I felt the same way." "I had that same thing happen to me." "Let me tell you what I did in a similar situation."
Because you so often listen autobiographically, you tend to respond in one of four ways:
Evaluating: You judge and then either agree or disagree.
Probing: You ask questions from your own frame of reference.
Advising: You give counsel, advice, and solutions to problems.
Interpreting: You analyze others' motives and behaviors based on your own experiences.
You might be saying, "Hey, now wait a minute. I'm just trying to relate to the person by drawing on my own experiences. Is that so bad?" In some situations, autobiographical responses may be appropriate, such as when another person specifically asks for help from your point of view or when there is already a very high level of trust in the relationship.
Wynford Elementary Mission Statement
We have Royal PRIDE!
I will PERSEVERE
I show RESPECT
I have INTEGRITY
I am DEPENDABLE
I believe EVERYONE MATTERS
Kindergarten Screening for the 2019-2020 School Year
Please have them call the office and speak with Mrs. Fishpaw to sign up for our screening, which is taking place on Thursday, April 25th and Friday, April 26th.
419.562.4619--ask for Mrs. Fishpaw!
Renovations to WES
**All new windows and exterior doors.
**Classrooms and hallways will be painted.
**Security cameras will be added throughout the building, both inside and out.
**Technology infrastructure will be upgraded.
WIth all that being said, please excuse our mess as we prepare the classrooms and building for these changes! Teachers have started to pack things up and take things down in order to prepare for the great changes coming.
Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new 6-12 Building
Sunday, May 19th, 1pm
3300 Holmes Center Road
There will be momentos, cake, drinks and lots of fanfare as we celebrate the start of the construction of our new building!