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In The News... March 24, 2017

Happy Friday! We had a great week at WSES. We wrapped up student-led conferences, worked on written comprehension, and began fairy tales. Can you believe the 3rd quarter is over??? This year is flying by.

The kids are so excited to begin working on fairy tales. We discussed elements of a fairy tale and the kids chose Beauty and the Beast as our first one to read aloud. Our Daily 5 rotations centered around fairy tales too. I was really excited to share with them the fairy tale my class wrote last year (it's amazing); they loved it. We also began working on our very own class fairy tale this week too. This is one of my most favorite activities. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

Many thanks to all of you for coming to your child's student-led conference. The kids were super excited to share their progress with you; I hope that y'all enjoyed participating in this type of conference with your child.

We've been having fun in math as we work to build fluency with addition. The kids have loved seeing how fast they can solve problems and learning new strategies to help increase their speed. Next week we will start working on fluency with subtraction.

Science was super cool this week. We learned how to classify rocks by their size. The kids sifted rocks and categorized them into three groups: pebbles, gravel, and sand. They learned that sand is a tiny rock. We also explored 3 types of sandpaper: fine, medium and coarse. Ask your child which type was rougher than the others and what they discovered through their experiments.

To finish our unit on maps, the kids had to apply what they learned and create a classroom map with their table teams. They had a great time collaborating and creating. You can check out our video of this activity under this section of the newsletter.

Report cards went home today. Please make sure to look inside your child's Friday Folder for this. Review his/her grades and then sign the envelope and return it on Monday. Also, inside your child's folder is spring pictures/class photo information. We have these taken on Apr. 4th.

We've got a lot of things coming up in the next 3 weeks so make sure to take a look at the Reminders section and the Notes section of the newsletter so you don't miss out on anything!

I hope you have a terrific weekend. The weather is supposed to be beautiful.

Take Care,

Ms. Gower

Ss collaborate and apply what they've learned to create a classroom map.

WSES Families, the WSES PTA has a few notes for you regarding our annual festival, the Baby Bengal Bash:

Flyers went home to Tracks 3 and 4 on March 10th and Tracks 1 and 2 will receive theirs on March 31st. Please carefully review all of the material. We are offering the option to purchase admission bands in advance at a reduced rate. There is also a contest to name a custom sno-ball flavor, as well as information about our basket raffle and the type of donations that are needed. Lots of good info that you won't want to miss!


Everyone's favorite festival game, the Cake Walk, needs donations! We would love to have around 100 donations. If you can commit to donating a baked good, please complete this Sign Up Genius form:

We are so excited for the Baby Bengal Bash! It is a LOT of fun and we hope you will be joining us! If you have any questions, feel free to email the PTA!


  • Easter Egg Hunt- We will have an Easter Egg hunt on Monday, April 17th at 1:30. PLEASE send in 12 or more eggs filled with candy! We will need parent volunteers to come at 1:00 and hide our eggs! Let me know if you can come!

  • Report Card Envelopes- Don't forget to sign and return these on Monday.

  • Saturday School- We have Saturday school this Saturday (wish I could say April Fools, lol). It's a half day of school. Remember, there is no breakfast or lunch served on this day, but your child can bring a snack to have.

  • Website- I will be updating the website with the Math Stumper and Read & Respond Blog this weekend. Have your child check it out.

  • Spelling Test- I am super proud of the kids this week on their test we had several 3's and 4's! Awesome job kids!

WSES- Embracing the needs of every child!

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