Words from Walsh April, 2018

Staying connected with Walsh School

Greetings from Principal Martin

Dear Parents and Guardians: WELCOME SPRING! Our children are excited to be back outside for recess and are enjoying the fresh air. Please remember to dress them appropriately, as we may still have a few cool days ahead. Take extra precautions when driving in and out of our parking lots, and remind your child not to dart across the lot when dismissing. Fresh air sometimes brings excitability and children move quickly. Keeping our children safe is our first goal, and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation.

Registration papers were due back to your teacher on March 28th. If you haven’t done so already, please return the registration forms as soon as possible. There is a $10 savings if you pay by May 18th, but we would appreciate the registration form back quickly to be able to update records in a timely fashion. If you have moved and need to change your address, you will need to prove residency again. Please contact the school office to get the necessary documents on file. If you are leaving the district, please call the office in order to fill out the proper transfer documents. Thank you.


Keep checking our school calendar to keep updated on what is happening, or not happening in your child's school. Due to lack of popularity, there will be no formal spring pictures this year. Make sure you mark your calendars, as our kindergarten students will perform in a musical on the 27th. There may be a few field trips in the planning stages, too.


Take a look at the St. Baldricks' article below...Walsh families were very generous this year, helping our students become aware that even the smallest amounts, and the smallest people, can help others in BIG ways. Thank you for your continued support. As always, should you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

~ Mrs. Martin

Important Dates in April

Dates to Remember

April

2-6 - Spring Break

9 - School Resumes

10– PFA Meeting

13 - Spirit Day - Superhero!

16-20 - Volunteer Appreciation Week

16-20 - Earth Week (see schedule coming home)

17 - BOE Meeting

17 - 6:00 pm Rainforest Family Event

20 - 9:30 am - Super's Coffee at OP

20 - Spirit Day - Blue/Green Earth Day

20 - Go Green Assembly

27 - Kindergarten Musical (9:30 and 1:30 - see article for details)

May

May 2 - Step-Up-Day for 1st Grade

May 3 - Family Fun Reading Night

May 7-11 - Teacher Appreciation Week


Drop off times: no earlier than 8:40 a.m.

Please be prompt for pick-up at 3:30 p.m.

Remember to call the office by 9:00 a.m. if your child will be absent.

Office hours are 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. ~ 815-838-7858 www.d92.org

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Registration is now underway for students who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018. To register, please stop by the school office during regular school hours.

Please bring with you:

A. Original county-issued birth certificate

B. Current real estate tax bill, copy of your lease, or if shared housing, fill out and notorize the 3rd Party Affidavit found in the registration packet.

C. Two forms of identification (i.e. driver’s license, utility bill, bank statement, etc.)

You will also be asked to pay a registration fee of $130.00. If you pay at the time of registration, or before May 18th, you can deduct $10 from the fee.


Registration for all current students was sent home in March. If you did not receive a packet, please call the school office. If you are moving out of the district, please send your packet back, indicating your intentions. Remember, you have all summer to return medical forms. Packets should have been returned by March 28th, so prompt return at this point is appreciated. Thank you.

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ST. BALDRICK'S FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER

Thank you for being a Superhero!!! The annual district-wide fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation ended on March 29th. Through your generosity, we were able to surpass our school goal of $4,000.00 by collecting a total of $5,137.54. We were proud to send our school representatives Olivia and Lilly P. to present our total to the Oak Prairie assembly, which topped off the District's collection, making a grand total of $20,056.74 at the time of this posting!!


Our students were not ‘playing games' when they collected money for kids with cancer. So, to celebrate our success, students earned some time to play some real superhero games with staff and members of the Lockport Police Department. (Look for pictures on our website soon.)


Thank you again for participating and helping our children help other children!

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Family Event ~ April 17, 2018 ~ 6:00 pm

Understanding Wildlife will present "Rainforest Live" to all students at Walsh, Reed and Ludwig schools during the day. Walsh school will host an evening event starting at

6:00 pm, which will give our students the opportunity to share this unique stage event with their families. Professional flyers will be sent home with students to further explain what this not-for-profit organization will be doing. Rest assured, Rainforest Live is an informative and entertaining show with a focus on the amazing animals that live in the rainforest. You will want to reserve this date for sure!

P.E. News by Mr. Wallace

April will be filled with fitness! Hopefully, a lot of it will be outside. We plan on playing some soccer and kickball, along with all the other fitness we will be doing. If we can get a few nice days at the end of the month, we might even plant some seeds in the garden. While we begin the planting in the garden, we will be talking more about healthy eating and about the environment, especially as we celebrate earth week.

Kindergarten News

This month, we will be busy learning and exploring our math skills. We will compare weights, add tens and ones, and solve addition and subtraction story problems.

We are also learning how to write sentences. Students are using sight words and

creative spelling to create sentences. We are learning that each sentence must start

with a capital letter and end with the correct punctuation. We are also learning to

leave spaces between each word. We will continue to practice reading and retelling stories. We practice naming the characters and the setting, and include important events in sequential order, using the words first, next, then, and last.

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First Grade News

Spring has finally arrived! Let’s hope the warmer weather is on its way! We have just started the 4th quarter, and it is so hard to believe that our first graders are almost second graders! We still have many things to look forward to during the month of April. We begin the month with Spring Break. When we return from the break, we will begin our Schoolwide reading unit on poems, and will learn about the elements of poetry. In Fundations, we will be adding -s, -es, -ed and -ing suffixes to multisyllabic basewords. Additionally, students will be introduced to new trick words and words of the day. Fourth quarter sight words will be sent home shortly, if you have not received them yet. Please continue to work at home with your child to master these words. In Math, we will work on the number line, adding and subtracting two-digit numbers, place value with money, and shapes. Enjoy the spring weather that should be coming soon!
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Early Childhood News

The early childhood classes continue to work extremely hard this year. During April, we will celebrate Earth Day and learn how we can take care of our planet. Our letters will be U, V. and W. We will study all sorts of ocean life with an under the sea unit. The Read It Once Again selections will be "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" and "From Head to Toe." We are preparing several of our afternoon students for kindergarten. In addition, we warmly welcome student teacher Jessica Hamilton, who will be with us until the middle of May. Thanks for your continued help at home! Happy Springtime!

The Reading Corner by Mrs. Senders, First Grade Reading Specialist

What better way to welcome sunshine than to take your kids outside and share a good book with them? Here are three different ways to incorporate reading and early literacy into outside activities that are perfect for the start of spring.

  1. Go on a Word Scavenger Hunt. Grab a camera and accompany your kids on a fun outdoor scavenger hunt. Look for different letters embedded in nature. The more letters you find, the more words you can make.

  2. Act Out a Story. There are so many great picture books that can be easily acted out in the backyard. Gather your kids, their friends, and their favorite book and bring the story to life.

  3. Illustrate a Story. Get some sidewalk chalk and pick out a new book to read to your kids. As you read each page out loud, let them use the chalk to illustrate the story. Their imagination can run free as they bring their own version of the story to life on the sidewalk.

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Music News by Mrs. Rutkiewicz

The kindergarten classes of Walsh School are preparing a spring musical program for Friday, April 27, 2018. Our program will feature our kindergarten students showing how much fun we have in music class. The children have been working hard and we can’t wait to see you here! It should be an enjoyable time for all. There will be two performances because of the number of kindergarten classes. The performances will be as follows:


Morning performance 9:30 am - GALAVIZ, FINNEN, and WALSH

Afternoon performance 1:30 pm – BRUECKS, SADOWSKI, and TYRELL


First-grade students will continue to explore musical symbols and concepts. We will also continue our adventures of Freddie the Frog and his adventures on Treble Clef Island. Freddie helps us to learn musical terminology and read rhythms.


Keep on singing!

Mrs. Rutkiewicz

News from the Media Center

The students have been exploring the world of coding using “Ozobots”. The Ozobot is a tiny robot that fits in your hand. Children can practice coding using paper and markers, the Ozobot app, or the “Ozo Blocky” web site. We began our coding using white paper and markers. The students used washable markers to create paths and added codes along with their paths. As the robot follows along the path, students were able to add codes which told it to slow down, go fast and even spin around. After coding practice with the marker, we moved to the Ozo App, which let students free draw their paths and codes on the iPad screen. We even moved to problem-solving by adding codes to a predetermined route given in the Ozo App. Here, students were challenged to direct the Ozobot from a starting point to a finish. The students definitely enjoyed using the Ozobots these past few weeks!

Art News by Mrs. Deckinga

In April, the kindergarten students will read the book, Camille and the Sunflowers, a story about Dutch artist, Vincent van Gogh. We'll study some of his famous paintings, and then learn how to draw a sunflower still life in the style of van Gogh. We'll add color with oil pastels to imitate his colorful textured brushstrokes.


The first-grade students will read, Phillipe in Monet's Garden, a story about French Impressionist artist, Claude Monet. We'll study Monet's landscapes, in particular, his garden and waterlily paintings, then use pastel chalk to create our own waterlily landscapes.

Making Math Count by Mrs. Romeo

Students are continuing to work hard on their fluency goals. All kindergarten classes have just about completed the 100 Club challenge. Keep practicing your counting! Try counting to 200 by ones and tens. First grade is continuing to work on adding and subtracting within 20 using various strategies. They have also been challenged with story problems within 20.


Both grade levels also have the opportunity to use Dreambox. We have had a few students using the program at home but we would like to see more. Several incentives have been sent home. The next one is due April 27th. Keep working hard!