Wolf Creek Weekly

Building Pathways To Success

From The Principal's Desk March 4, 2019

Greetings!


We are looking forward to an exciting week! Thanks for your support of a great few weeks of celebrating Black History Month! A special thanks to our Grandparents who came out to celebrate our Living Legends Reading event. What a great to end Black History Month and celebrate National Read Across America Day!


Each year schools, bookstores, libraries, hospitals and organizations pair to host Read Across America events and activities for communities across the country. In addition to celebrating reading the day encouraged kids to read more and develop habits that carry them through life. The NEA reports that children who read or who are read to have advantages over their classmates and learn earlier on.


March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday—what better way to celebrate than to read? Did you know Dr. Seuss would be 115 this year? While he is no longer with us, his legacy lives on in the pages of his books. He forever changed the way children’s books were written and continues to inspire generations. So this month, why not host a fun, whimsical party? Read Dr. Seuss books, use your imagination, and be silly!

In Katroo, every year, on the day you were born
They start the day right in the bright early morn
When the Birthday Honk-Honker hikes high up Mt. Zorn
and lets loose a big blast on the big Birthday Horn.
And the voice of the horn calls out loud as it plays:
"Wake up! For today is your Day of all Days!"

Happy Birthday to You!


Check out the school calendar. Students are out of school Monday, March 11th and Wednesday, March 13th.Students will report to school on Tuesday, March 12th.



Way to go WCES!!! We ended our Climate Survey window with 244 parent surveys completed. You ROCK parents. Thanks so much for your support and participation. Your participation helps us as we strive for FIVE! 5 stars here we come. We know we can do it. Your voice matters. Thanks !


Please check the school website often. We update the site regularly. The school calendar, handbooks, PTA and SGC information can be found there.


Thanks for all you do! Let's Go Wolves!




In Partnership,


Principal Glass

GMAS - Georgia Milestones Grades 3rd - 5th

Georgia Milestones is coming soon! We look forward to seeing you at our 2nd GMAS Parent Workshop tomorrow at 6:00 PM.


Our March Madness window has begun, Teachers in grades 3rd - 5th will embed a testing preparation and study session into their day each day. Their may be minor schedule changes to ensure all students get the necessary extra support and practice. Check with your child's teacher for more information.


Assessment Guides

EOG: http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Assessment/Pages/Georgia-Milestones-End-of-Grade-Assessment-Guides.aspx

Elementary Schools – Grade 3 : Grade 4 : Grade 5

Middle Schools – Grade 6 : Grade 7 : Grade 8


Study Resources

EOG: http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Assessment/Pages/EOG-Study-Resource-Guides.aspx

Elementary Schools – Grade 3 : Grade 4 : Grade 5

Middle Schools – Grade 6 : Grade 7 : Grade 8


School Governance Council Elections - Happening NOW!

It’s that time of year! SGC Elections. Thanks to all of our candidates for SGC! We appreciate your commitment. We are looking forward to a great election window.


Your VOTE, Your VOICE!

#jointhejourney


TIME TO ELECT YOUR NEXT SGC MEMBERS


What is a School Governance Council?

The purpose of a School Governance Council (SGC) is to provide parents, school staff, and community members with a leadership role through monitoring and implementation of the strategic plan.


When are elections?

Elections will be held from 3/11-3/18



Where can I view candidates?

Visit your school’s SGC web page located on your school website



Where do I vote?

You will receive a personalized link for your school elections via email. The communication to parents will be based on their email filed with the school for the parent portal. Teachers will get the voting link sent to their Fulton County email.



Want to know more about School Governance Council (SGC)?

Visit our website for more details via the link or QR Code.


www.fultonschools.org/sgc





Let Your Community Know You Voted:

@fultonschoolgov #sharedgovernance #jointhejourney


Wolf Creek Elementary School Candidate Statements (Spring 2019)


Parents


1. Josie Brown:


I wish to serve on Wolf Creek’s School Governance Council, because ensuring our students have a safe and welcoming learning environment means the most to me. I am no stranger to service, and can be seen frequently throughout the school volunteering in some form. Please consider me for your next parent SGC candidate.


2. Erica Taylor:



My name is Erica Taylor and I am a mother of 3. My oldest is 5 years old and I want to give my child, along with every other child, in our school the best educational experience possible. I’m not sure how to do this but I feel like being present and taking part in things such as SGC is a step in the right direction. Before my son started school I was completely unaware how in depth and how involved parents must be to ensure our children are receiving a quality education. Well I want to ensure that all of our children receive a quality educational foundation.


3 Cheri-Ann Taylor:


Parental involvement is essential to a child’s development. I have practiced this since early in my son’s and have served as the Vice-President of the Sheltering Arms PTO. I came right into Wolf Creek with the same volunteer spirit. I believe we should lend or talents to our community and I love the field of education. I wish to take my 13 years of experience as a School Psychologist with integrating student achievement data into individual learning plans and bring that to the Wolf Creek Elementary School Governance Council. The SGC serves in the capacity of monitoring the direction of goals set by the school. Currently, I serve in a District Leadership role that affords me the opportunity to set SMART goals and measure student and program progress at individual schools. I love what Wolf Creek has done for my child and would love to be a part of continuous growth.


Teachers


1. Chabrina Derrico:

I have been teaching for 5 years and have served in first, second and third grades in Fulton County. I am dedicated to serving students and all stakeholders at Wolf Creek Elementary. I have a passion to make a difference by positively impacting all students’ lives.

Increasing Literacy at WCES

Go to your child's Fulton County Launchpad account:


https://launchpad.classlink.com/fcs?loggedout=1


Family Supper Book Club

A recipe for success!


We often get so busy with the daily grind that it is hard to remember that it is quality family time, not quantity, that matters most. Family supper book club is an easy and meaningful way to connect as a family over dinner. This month’s suggested book is The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Dewalt.




Set a date once a month for a family supper book club.

  1. Prior to dinner, read the suggested book or a book that you choose as a family.
  2. Plan an easy meal that you can prepare together. (For example, if you read The Day The Crayons Quit, prepare tri-colored pasta or pizza with different colored vegetables for toppings.)
  3. During supper, focus on having a conversation with your child. You can use the dialogic questions listed as a guide.


Take turns talking and listening. Keep an eye out for a new book and meal suggestion each month!


Questions to Encourage Dialogue


A back and forth conversation between you and your child while reading aloud is called Dialogic Reading. It is important for your child to become the teller of the story, and you the listener. Children learn most from books when they are actively involved.


Here are examples of the types of questions that you can ask your child while reading aloud. Choose only one or two at a time, keeping the reading lively and fun.


  • Completion Questions give children an opportunity to practice rhyming and to notice rhyming words. Leave a blank at the end of a sentence and have your child fill it in. These are perfect for nursery rhymes and rhyming stories. You might say, "I think I'd be a glossy cat. A little plump but not too ____," letting the child fill in the blank with the word fat.
  • Recall Questions help children to understand the problem, solution and events in a story they have already read or are familiar with, like fairy tales. You might say, "Can you tell me what happened to the little blue engine in this story?"
  • Open-Ended Prompts help increase your child’s attention to detail. Look for books that have rich, detailed illustrations. While looking at a page in a book that your child is familiar with, you might say, "Tell me what's happening in this picture." or, “What’s going on in this part?”
  • “Wh”-Questions teach children new vocabulary. They usually begin with what, where, when, why, and how. Like open-ended prompts, wh- prompts focus on the pictures in books. You might say, "What's the name of this?" while pointing to an object in the book then add a bit to it. For instance: “Yes, that is a moon, a bright full moon in the sky.”
  • Distancing Questions help your child make connections between books and the real world. For example, while looking at a book with a picture of animals on a farm, you might say something like, "Remember when we went to the animal park last week. Which of these animals did we see there?"


Distancing and recall questions can be trickier for children than completion, open-ended, and “wh”- prompts. Listening and encouraging their thoughts is an important part of the interaction.


The most important thing about reading aloud with your child is the joy it brings to both of you!

Sharpen The Saw Habit #7

“Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have–you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual. Here are some examples of activities:

Physical:Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting

Social/Emotional:Making social and meaningful connections with others

Mental:Learning, reading, writing, and teaching

Spiritual:Spending time in nature, expanding spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer, or service

Reminders...

Please note your calendars:



College and Career Readiness! College SPIRIT Days! – One Tuesday a month, teachers and students will be able to sport their college gear to get the students PUMPED UP about going to college. Let's celebrate these days as an opportunity to educate our students about the college or university experiences.

Dates:

November 13th

December 12th

January 22nd

February 19th

March 19th

April 23rd

May 14th


A revision to this year’s school calendar was made. Here is a link to the Board item.

  • Change Friday, March 8, 2019 to a regular school day. This is currently a Teacher Work Day. This will be a regular school day for students. This revision will not change the total number of instruction days for students.


Staff members will be involved in Professional Development throughout the South Learning Community throughout the school year. Be sure to mark your calendars for future days when students are out of school. We have a few this year.


Wolf Creek ES will be closed on the following days.


March 11, 2018
March 13, 2018

Title 1 News - WOW! 34 More to go...

Please don't forget to visit our Parent Resource Room. Open Daily!


Our Parent Involvement Plan and School Home Compact has been sent home. Please read, sign and send the compacts back to school. Our goal is 100% compacts signed.


We are 34 compacts away from 100%! Way to go parents. We know we can do it!


Let's do it again! Last year we had 100% of parent compacts turned in! You rock!




***Sign up for Three For Me Volunteer program with our Parent Liaison, Ms. Sims!


Thanks for your support.

South Learning Community Meeting Schedule for Board Member/President Linda Bryant

Parents, please join us for our Community Meetings with our Board Member, President Linda Bryant.


August No Meeting

September - Monday, September 17 6:30 pm Camp Creek MS

October - Monday, October 15 6:00 pm Oakley ES

November - Monday, November 12 6:00 pm A Philip Randolph ES

December No Meeting

January - Tuesday, January 15 Joint w/ Kim Dove 6:00 pm Sandtown MS

February - Tuesday, February 19 6:00 pm Sandtown MS

March - Monday, March 18 6:00 pm Bear Creek MS

April - Monday, April 15 Joint w/Kim Dove 6:00pm Creekside HS

May - Monday, May 13 6:00 pm Westlake HS June No Meeting


June No Meeting

Wolf Creek Elementary PTA News



Good Morning,

Here are your weekly PTA announcements:


If you haven't submitted your Boosterthon pledges. Please do as soon as possible. Thansk for a great fundraiser.



Thanks and have a great week.


Our mailing address is:
Wolf Creek Elementary PTA
4440 Derrick Road
Atlanta, GA 30349

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Safety First!

Thanks for working with us to ensure safety for the students.


BIRTHDAY PARTIES

While we understand the importance of birthdays, we cannot have individual birthday parties during the instructional day in the classroom. All student birthdays are recognized by the school through our morning announcements, birthday ribbons and/or tokens. In order to maximize instructional time and to minimize interruptions, your child can be recognized for his/her birthday during his/her lunch period only. One small treat such as pre-wrapped, store bought cupcakes or ice cream cups is acceptable. Please refrain from bringing food, party favors, balloons, large cakes, etc. Parents may contact your child's teacher to make arrangements for a small lunch treat.


CAFETERIA

The school cafeteria offers several choices of nutritional, well-balanced meals each day. In addition to the regular hot food lines, salads are available. Breakfast is served from 7:10 a.m. until 7:35 a.m. each school day.

Student cost for breakfast is: $1.05

Student cost for lunch is: $2.45

Adult cost for breakfast is: $1.55

Adult cost for lunch is: $3.45


Weekly purchases may be prepaid on Monday mornings or purchased on a daily basis. Students are encouraged to pre-pay for the week rather than on a daily basis. Students are not permitted to charge lunches more than three times. A student may charge again when the three charges are paid in full. ALL students must complete a new application within the first 30 days of school. Failure to so will result in irreversible charges to the student account.

Parents may sign up for online lunch payments at Visit www.MyPaymentsPlus.com

More information regarding Fulton County Schools’ Nutrition program can be found at: http://www.fultonschools.org/en/divisions/ops/Nutrition/Pages/default.aspx

You are welcome to join your child for lunch in the cafeteria at his/her scheduled lunch time. A visitor’s pass from the main office is required. If you would like to purchase a school lunch, the cost is $3.45 for adults. You may bring your child a lunch of your choosing. Outside restaurant packaging is not allowed in the cafeteria but you may choose to place items in a different container or have lunch in another designated area with your child. Due to the safety of all students and to avoid any allergic reactions, parents/guests may not bring or share any snacks or food items of any kind with other students.


Thanks for your support!

Our School Day Start/End Times

Thanks in advance for your support in ensuring that our students get to school each day on time and ready for instruction. Breakfast begins at 7:10 a.m. and ends at 7:35 a.m. daily so that we can ensure that students are in class on time to begin their instructional day. School instructional hours are from 7:40 a.m. —2:20 p.m. each day. Parents are asked to escort their children inside and sign them in if they are tardy. Help us protect the instructional day. Please limit early dismissal/check-outs. If needed, please do so before 2:00 PM. Remember keep your child’s pick up and emergency contacts updated and to sign in during each visit. ID is required for anyone visiting or checking your child our of school.

Wolf Creek Elementary School

Check out our school website for our school calendar and school updates.


Dionne C, Glass, Principal

glassdc@fultonschools.org


A. Nicole Canty, Assistant Principal

CantyA@fultonschools.org