Wolfsville Elementary News

September 2018

Looking Forward to the New School Year

Last school year I shared my vision as a leader and commitment to providing your child an excellent educational experience built on the foundation of Relationships, Rigor and Relevance in learning. Dedicated Wolfsville educators spent time last year examining our instructional practices and collaborating to ensure EVERY student's needs were being met and we were best utilizing our resources. We have much to celebrate as a result of our work together! Our staff members further explored and collaborated to provide innovative structures and supports to meet students needs, utilize technological resources to personalize learning tailored to skill and interest for larger portions of students school day and we celebrated academic growth in multiple subject areas across each grade level.

For this coming year we hope to continue to capitalize off of these wins and further utilize strong collaboration among staff members to support and grow your learner! You may notice we will use flexible grouping structures based on academic growth and a variety of our skilled educators will be working in classrooms. Furthermore, we will continue to examine student agency and fostering choice and pace of skills with technological resources that interest and excite our learners!

I am greatly looking forward to another exciting school year at Wolfsville and thank you in advance for serving as partners in the coming year. Together we will continue our mission of empowering students to ‘experience the pride of achievement through the power of learning’.

Yours in Education,

Megan Stein, Principal

Important Dates

Monday, September 10: Schools Closed

Friday, September 14: All Pro Family Breakfast 7:30 AM Cafeteria, Grandparents Day 11-1:30

Wednesday, September 19: Schools Closed

Monday, October 1: Picture Day

Friday, October 5: 2 Hour Early Release

Emergency Drills

At Wolfsville we are committed to ensuring every student will learn in a safe, caring and engaging environment. Therefore, we plan ahead in order to be prepared to respond immediately during unexpected emergency situations.

Throughout the course of this school year your child will engage in a variety of emergency preparation drills. These drills include Fire, Drop Cover and Hold, Lockdown, Tornado/Severe Weather, Reverse Evacuation, Shelter In Place, Evacuation and Active Assailant drills. Teachers received training during our back to school in-service regarding the use of Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) tactics in the event of an unwanted intruder in our building. Students, at a developmentally appropriate level, will also be exposed to this language. When we conduct this drill we will also practice walking to our school's off sight emergency evacuation location. The purpose of this is to give students a point of reference for a safe meeting place should they ever have to exit our facility quickly.

You will be notified via our newsletter throughout the year regarding our progress related to emergency drills so you can talk to your child about them at home. Thank you for your support and ongoing commitment in our efforts to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for your child(ren)!

Visitor Management System

FCPS has a new Visitor Managment System being implemented for security enhancement this school year. The new system will allow schools to better track school visitors, contractors, and volunteers and provide a safer environment for all students. It also allows school administrators to know who is the building at any given time.

When you come to our school, you will be asked for your driver's license or another form of government issued ID. If you do not have a formal ID, you will be asked your name and birth date. Your information will be entered into the visitor management system (VMS) every time that you visit the school. Out of respect to the privacy of our visitors and guests, the system is not connected to any other database such as the Department of Motor Vehicles, and information is not shared with any outside agencies. Once the ID scan is done and entry is approved, the system will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of the visit.

Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation with this new VMS (Visitor Management System).

Grandparents Day

We look forward to once again honoring our Grandparents to Wolfsville on Friday, September 14th! From 11-1:30 pm Grandparents are invited to join us for lunch, recess and the opportunity to capture the memories of the day with Lifetouch photographers.

Our altered grade level lunch schedule for Friday will be:

11:00 Kindergarten/1st Grade

11:45 2nd/4th Grade

12:30 3rd/5th Grade

Lunch cost is $4.25 per adult and can be paid for the day of the event. We look forward to seeing our Grandparents on Friday!

Bus Schedules

For the first 10 days of school our valued drivers are becoming acclimated with their new bus routes and students. As orderly procedures are being set during this time at the school and during the routes, you may notice a slight fluctuation in your child's pick-up and/or drop off time. This is normal and we ask that you arrive at the bus stop 10 minutes early for the first 10 days of school. After this time, you should have a shorter and more precise window in which to expect the bus to arrive at your child's stop. Thank you, in advance, for working with us to ensure your child's bus rides are safe and efficient!

Individual PARCC Scores

A complete individual score report has been sent home for all Wolfsville students who took the 2018 PARCC assessments last spring (Grades 3-5). These reports will allow parents to see their child's academic growth from one grade to the next and to monitor their child's progress toward college and career-readiness. At the individual level the reports provide a useful snapshot to identify areas of growth, strengths, and continued needs for parents and teachers. FCPS has posted resources at www.fcps.org/PARCC where you will find more information about the PARCC score report and how the results will be used. It is also important to remember that each state assessment provides just one measure of your child's performance and is not the only indicator of student progress.

*Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

Parent Handbook

You may access our 2018-2019 Parent Handbook through the link below or on our school web page. If you should have any questions about school procedures feel free to ask you child's teacher or our principal, Mrs. Stein.

Meet your 2018-2019 PTA Executive Board of Directors

We are excited to collaborate with our PTA again this school year to support our Wolfsville community. The first Board of Directors meeting is Thursday, September 20th at 6:00 PM. See below for your 2018-2019 PTA Executive Board of Directors:

President – Patricia Staples

Vice President – Holly Brewer

Treasurer – Aimee Summers

Secretary – Jennie Leatherman

Find out First Upgrade

Frederick County Public Schools is upgrading its FindOutFirst (FOF) email and texting communication service. Parents will no longer need to update their children’s grade levels each summer or change school locations in their FOF accounts.

Instead, the school system will upload this information, including the email address the parent has on file with the school. This will cut down on the volume of email parents receive as schools can rely on targeting their messages to accurate grade-level groups. Therefore, it is important that we have your correct e-mail address and phone number on your child's emergency contact form.

You can read the full release of the FOF system here: https://www.fcps.org/about/news/1642252/fcps-is-upgrading-findoutfirst

Student Weapon Possession

It is unlawful for students to possess or use any weapon on school property. Students who have or use a weapon on school property will be suspended from school, and the police will be notified of the incident. A weapon is any object designed to harm another physically or an object which is used in a way that can physically harm another. This school is committed to providing each of you with a safe environment, and we will do all we can to carry out that responsibility including, if necessary, conducting searches of student possesions.