Hawks Happenings

January 2, 2019

A new year and a time to reflect!

I hope you all had a wonderful break and a Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that we just completed Day 72 of this school year! It is going by very quickly! Time off from school always gives me time to stop and reflect on what we have accomplished. If you are like me, you can think of a long laundry list of things your child has learned and been excited about thus far this year. I hope to continue to add to that list! It certainly is exciting to hear students talk about their WIGS (Wildly Important Goals), practice their cursive writing (they are getting SO good), synergize to solve problem in STEM lab, bang on the drums in a Drum Circle in Music class and work on individualized reading and math skills using their devices and the Imagine Learning/Imagine Math programs. We have given out rewards, recognized students for their hard work and readjusted our plans when we didn't make a school-wide behavior goal. I can't wait until our next Student Club day (January 18th) to get back in small student-selected interest groups. There is so much going on! Thank you for your continued support of our school and our goals!
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I would like to thank our sponsors for the KidsFirst folders this year! We appreciate your support!

Jonathan's Auto Repair

Blue Ridge Funeral Service

Discount Monument Center

General Equipment Rental

Sun Soo Martial Arts

Barkley's Mill

Bullman Heating & Air

Weaverville Reality - Stacy Brown

Baa'd Sheep Burritos

Allstate Tarrants Agency - Brian Davis

Box Tops Collection Page

Soon your child will bring home a Box Tops Blizzard Collection Page. On this form there is space for 25 Box Tops. Once you have cut out 25 Box Tops and taped them to the form, please have your child turn in the form at the front office. We will give your child a Free Homework Pass! Thank you for your support of our school by collecting your Box Tops. Remember that Box Tops are on a variety of items. Here is a list of participating items: https://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products.

Don't forget to check the date to make sure your Box Tops are not expired!

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These students enjoyed the new Homestyle Chicken Drumstick in the cafeteria today. This is a new menu option from the Buncombe County School Nutrition Department.

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WvES Title 1 Program and Free or Reduced Lunch Forms

I want to take a moment to explain a process that will greatly impact our children and make a plea for your participation. The Federal government sponsors a Free and Reduced Meal Program that enables many of our students to have breakfast and lunch free or at a reduced rate. We all know that our brains and bodies need fuel to function efficiently, and this terrific program helps many families to ensure that their children receive nutritious meals each day. What many people do not know is that this federal program is directly linked to funding for our Title 1 reading program and, therefore, benefits every child in our school.

The Title 1 reading program is a federally funded program established to teach reading and literacy skills to children, and schools receive funds based on the number of children who qualify for free and reduced meals. When 40% of a school’s student population qualifies for free and reduced lunch, the school is considered to be a “School-wide” Title 1 school. This means that every child in the building is eligible to benefit from the funds. At present, Weaverville Elementary has approximately 40.23% of the children on free and reduced meals. If we our percentage drops below 40% on a consistent basis, then we are at risk of losing our Title 1 funding.

How can you help? The answer is simple. Complete an application form to apply for free/reduced meals! This process is CONFIDENTIAL and no one at the school will see your application. Consider doing this even if you do not think that you will qualify; the income window may surprise you. The Child Nutrition Department will review the application and notify you by private letter as to whether or not you qualify. Here is the link to apply online - buncombeschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=92531&pageId=253029. Paper forms are also available.

Keep in mind, we are talking about funding based on the number of students who qualify for free/reduced meals. If you qualify and do not wish for your child to participate in the free/reduced meals program, our school will still receive this essential funding. You are under no obligation to accept financial assistance if you qualify. Even if we pick up a few more children in this process, it will be worth it. This is money that will support the instruction of all Weaverville Elementary students.

If you have applied in the past and been denied, please consider reapplying! If you need help completing the online form, please stop by the school and we will be happy to assist you!

Thank you,

Heidi Allison

Spring School Events and Leadership Day

Each year we participate in Read Across America Week and carry over that theme to our Leadership Day. Last year our theme was "Start with a Wish; Build a Dream". We hosted Barbara O'Connor, the author of the book Wish and then connected our wishes to our goals (build a dream) through our work with WIGs (Wildly Important Goals). Our Leadership Day Action Team feels that students embrace school events best when they are connected with one underlying theme.

This year we are excited to announce that our theme for the Spring semester is "What's Your Leadership Superpower?". Students will work to explore the power within themselves to be world changers and difference makers! We will kick off our fun by hosting the author Michael Anthony Steele on February 22nd. As an author and screenwriter, Mr. Steele will share his varied experiences and explain how writing can lead you places you never thought possible! Did you know that authors write the scripts to video games? There are so many avenues a writer can take! Since Mr. Steele often writes about Super Heroes, his visit will help us kick off our celebration of our Leadership Superpowers! (See a photo of some of his books below).

Follow this link to review Mr. Steele's resume of works: http://www.michaelanthonysteele.com/about/MA_Steele_Resume.pdf

Follow this link to review Mr. Steele's website: http://michaelanthonysteele.com/

After Mr. Steele gets us thinking about being an author and our Leadership Superpowers, we will move into Read Across America Week the week of February 25 - March 1st. In addition to celebrating our love of reading this week, students and staff will recite a poem by our very own Mr. Martin about how we can use the habits to help us discover our personal superpowers!

On March 1st, we will have our Book Character Dress Up Parade. The event this year will be a little bit different. Students are asked to select one character from a fiction book or an autobiography they have read to dress up as for the parade. Then the student will work on writing a 'superpower' report on this character/person for our Leadership Day on Friday, March 8th. Students will wear the SAME costume and will participate in a 'wax museum' on Leadership Day. More information will be coming home soon!

Parents are invited to join us for the Book Character Parade on March 1st and for our Leadership Day on March 8th. All students will share their character superpower reports during Leadership Day in their classroom or on their grade level hallway. We hope that you are able to join us for at least one of these events!

We will continue to share more information about our Spring events connected to the theme, "What's Your Leadership Superpower?' so stay tuned!

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Upcoming Dates - Mark your Calendars!

January 9 - Student Lighthouse Team Meeting at 8:20 in Media Center

January 9 - WIG Out Wednesday

January 10 - PTO Meeting at 8 AM in WvES Media Center

January 16 - WIG Out Wednesday

January 18 - Student Clubs (this is NOT an Early Release Day).

January 18 - Visitors from SEL and Compassionate Schools will tour our school.

January 21 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

January 22 - Optional Teacher Workday

January 23 - WIG Out Wednesday

January 24 - School Improvement Team Meeting at 2:45

January 25 - Monthly Schoolwide Assembly - 1:00 - 1:30 in Gym

January 30 - WIG Out Wednesday

February 5 - 4th Grade ELA Checkin - online

February 6 - WIG Out Wednesday

February 6 - 3rd and 4th Grade Math Checkin - online

February 8 - Early Release Day and Student Clubs

February 12 - NAEP Testing for selected 4th grade students. More information coming home soon!

February 13 - WIG Out Wednesday

February 14 - PTO Meeting at 8AM in WvES Media Center

February 15 - Tentative Date for Sheriff Department Deputies to come read to our students

February 20 - WIG Out Wednesday

February 21 - 3rd Grade Field Trip for classes who didn't get to go yet

February 22 - Michael Anthony Steele Author Visit!!!!

February 25 - Early Release Day and Student Clubs

February 27 - WIG Out Wednesday

March 1 - Favorite Book Character Dress Up Day and Parade

March 6 - WIG Out Wednesday

March 8 - Weaverville Elementary Leadership Day and Early Release Day

April 15 - 19 - Spring Break

May 4 - BCS Celebrate STEM Day

May 17 - Weaverville Schools PTO Spring Fling!

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