Wiggin Street Parent Update

October 28, 2022

Better Together


It was nice seeing families in the building during Parent/Teacher Conferences, at the Scholastic Book Fair, and there was a great turnout for Pumpkins on Parade! You may have also seen the new climbing wall mats that were installed, and you all made this possible. They were purchased with the proceeds from our Mumkin sale and can be seen here. If you would still like to purchase items from the book fair, you can do so through Oct. 31st using the link shared below.

If you are available this Sunday at 1:00, we will be painting on the playground. You can read the details below and will be keeping our fingers crossed for dry weather.

Details are also included in this update about our Fall Harvest Parade/Parties on Monday, 3rd Grade State Testing starting Wednesday, and Chess Club for Grades 3-5 on Thursdays.

Best wishes,

Christy Grandstaff

Playground Painting this Sunday at 1:00

If available, please join us on the playground this Sunday. The plan is to use leaf blowers to clean off the pavement and to use a Line Marker machine to paint the following. We will get done what we can and pick up in the Spring or Summer if we need to finish. Thanks!

1. Paint lines at Tetherball

2. Layout and paint 3-4 4 square courts

3. Layout and paint 2 2 square courts

4. Outline and paint circles for spike ball

5. Layout and paint obstacle / locomotor / race course

6. Paint arrows around perimeter for a distance specific “walking” track

7. Paint specific shooting spots at one of the half court basketball areas on far end

8. Paint perimeter and “official” line on basketball court (1 full court, 1 half court)

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Chess Club for Grades 3-5

We are excited to offer Chess Club this school year for students in grades 3-5! Kenyon students will be leading the club on Thursdays during the lunch hour with supervision by teachers. Students will be able to bring their lunch up to room 307 and learn the game of Chess. Students must be in grades 3-5 to participate.

Permission slips will be going home this Monday and can also be found here. These are due to their homeroom teacher prior to beginning the club which will begin this Thursday, November 3rd. The permission slip is for participation which takes place during the students’ lunch period.

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Fall Harvest Parade and Parties

We are excited for our parade and parties on October 31st! Children are invited to participate in our annual costume parade. The parade will begin at 2:15 with parties following. The exception is 3rd grade who has a party before the parade due to specials from 2:45-3:30.

Costumes should come to school in a bag and children should be able to get in and out of their costumes easily. (If you feel your child needs help with his/her costume, please contact the classroom teacher.) Please make sure that there are no scary costumes because of our younger students. There should be no Halloween masks. No pretend weapons of any kind are permitted at school even as a part of the costume. Please save those for trick-or-treat night.

We ask parents not to pass out treats along the route, however some of the local businesses may pass out candy to kids. Any treats brought to school for the class parties must be individually wrapped.

3rd Grade Fall ELA Ohio State Testing

On November 2nd and 3rd, 3rd grade students will take the Fall administration of the state English Language Arts Assessment. In case of absence, the make up day will be November 4th. The test will take place between 9:30-11:30 on these days. We would ask that you please not schedule any special appointments for these dates.

1st Grade Field Trip to Lehner's Pumpkin Farm

1st Grade Collecting Data- Who likes to eat pumpkin pie?

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Pumpkins on Parade

Scholastic Book Fair

If you missed the Book Fair, families can still order online through Monday, October 31st.


PTO Corner

Thank you to all those that came out for Pumpkins on Parade Tuesday night! It was great fun for all! Also, thanks to those that volunteered and/or purchased books at the Scholastic Book Fair. If you missed it, families can still order online through Monday, October 31st at this link.

The next Friends of Wiggin Street meeting is Tuesday, November 1st at 5:00 pm in the library. All are welcome!

PBIS Extra Recess Reward- What's next quarter's event?

Our PBIS reward event for this first quarter was a great success. The students received an extra recess on Thursday afternoon with the Kenyon athletes for earning at least 25 PBIS Rewards' points. The Kenyon athletes jumped right in to cheer the students on and play all the games the playground has to offer. The students even got some extra equipment to use. The huge parachute was a hit. The smiles on the students' faces says it all!

For our next PBIS reward, students will be earning points to redeem for a Popcorn and a Movie event. Students will be working on earning 50 points for this next quarter to be able to attend. We are so proud of our students for showing respect for themselves, others, and the space!

-Mrs. Carlson

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Richard Cowdrey- Visiting Author/Illustrator

We are excited to share that Richard Cowdrey, bestselling author and illustrator of the Fiona the Hippo series and Gambier resident, will be visiting all of MVCSD Elementary Schools during the month of December!

The Fiona book series is based on the beloved hippo born at the Cincinnati Zoo. Cowdrey's children's books "Bad Dog, Marley" and "A Very Marley Christmas" also made him a New York Times No. 1 Bestselling illustrator.

He will visit Wiggin Street on December 8th, and the pre-order books are planned to arrive in time for the visit. This is a great opportunity to have a book for a signed copy. These orders are due by November 1st.

Coats for Kids

The Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon, in collaboration with Gault's Plaza Cleaners, Annual "Coats for Kids" drive is going on now through the month of October. We have a drop off box outside our school office where you can donate new or gently used coats. Gault’s Plaza Cleaners will clean the coats and Interchurch Social Services and The Salvation Army will distribute them before winter arrives to children in need.
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Lost and Found

Fall has arrived! Please remind your student to get their sweatshirts and jackets from lost and found. You can also submit this form to let us know what you are looking for, and we will do our best to get it to your child.

Remember that it is helpful to label all jackets, lunchboxes, bookbags, etc.

Upcoming Events

Click here for the 2022-23 Mount Vernon City School District Yearly Calendar


30 Playground Painting 1:00

31 Fall Harvest Parade/Parties 2:15 pm


1 FOW Meeting, 5:00

2 3rd Grade Fall ELA OST Part 1

3 3rd Grade Fall ELA OST Part 2

4 3rd Grade Fall ELA OST Make-up Testing

4 Popcorn Friday

6 Daylight Savings Time Ends

8 Election Day

9 Gifted Seminar @ Fieldhouse

11 Veteran’s Day

15 Morning Flag Pole Ceremony/

Veterans Day Observance

15 Donuts with Grown Ups

14-18 Food for the Hungry- Students bring donated food to school to place in a box in their homeroom.

Idle-free Zone

For pick up, please do not arrive until 3:30. There is no stopping, standing, or parking on E. Brooklyn St. allowed. Also, please reminder that our school is an Idle-free Zone. Protect our children and the community by turning off your engine.
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