The Tiger Times
December 19, 2019
NEW PHONE SYSTEM
MSD Decatur is embarking on a new telephone system that will enhance our community and improve safety in the district. Thank you for your patience during our upgrade.
A Note from your Principal
Dear West Newton Families,
Winter Break is upon us as students and staff enjoy two weeks with their families. This brief respite gives everyone time to recharge before school reconvenes on Jan. 6. Here are some important items we are working on at West Newton:
· Student Data Pages are completed by students with their teachers, and then students will meet with a member of our Instructional Leadership Team to set goals for this winter and spring;
· Students continue to hone their Test-Taking Strategies each day with daily specific lessons on strategies to utilize on assessments;
· English/Language Arts and Math Content Vocabulary are being taught and practiced each day to build vocabulary which is one of the pillars of Reading;
· Grades 1&2 have daily practice on the first two pillars of Reading: Phonemic Awareness and Phonics.
Thank you for sharing your child with all of us each day! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
With Tiger Pride,
Principal Susan Strube
Ms. Krell's Art Segment
ART CLASSAll 4th, 5th and 6th grade students must have a sketchbook for art. Sketchbooks can be purchased in the WN Bookstore for $2.00 or at any local store.
ART TO REMEMBER
Thank you for making the Art to Remember fundraiser a success. All profits will be used to purchase art materials. All Art to Remember orders have been sent home with students. If you have questions, concerns or have not received your order, please contact me at 317-856-5237.
Art Club is accepting applications for January enrollment. Students in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade are welcome. Cost is $10 per month. Each month is a new opportunity to join!
From the gym…
Happy Holidays! Last month in the gym we learned skills for team handball and some of the older classes played a team handball game to wrap up the unit. For the month of December, we’re taking a break from skills, and playing fun holiday games. Here’s a sampling of the games we’re playing that you could ask your children about: Elf Tag, Reindeer Roundup, Snowball Fight, Snow Fort Battle, Grinch Tag, Sleigh Ride, and Black Friday Traffic Jam. That’s it from the gym this month. Wishing you and yours a very happy and blessed holiday season and a prosperous new year!
A NOTE FROM THE NURSE
The days are getting chillier as fall continues to winter! It is VERY important that your children are dressing appropriately to prevent any health issues related to the cold! Please make sure they are coming to school with a jacket/coat as they will still continue to go outdoors for recess if weather permits. As the temperature continues to drop, please also make sure your child has appropriate head gear on such as stocking caps and/or scarfs (FYI-heat is released thru your head)! Also make sure they are wearing gloves during very low temperatures to help prevent frost bite! Remember, just because it’s not snowing does not mean the cold cannot do damage to your little ones!! As always, THANK YOU for helping to keep all our tiger cubs healthy and ready to learn! J
Paige Ison, RN
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE
Decatur Fire Station
5410 S. High School Road
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
If you have any questions, please contact:
- Dee Taylor, Varsity Volleyball Coach 317-409-2976
- Tandace Joseph, 8th Grade Volleyball Coach 317-856-5274 ext. 05134
POPCORN FRIDAY ~ January 10th and 24th
Popcorn days this month will be Friday, January 10th and January 24th.
West Newton PTO ~ Events at a Glance
Tuesday, 7th @ 6pm - - - PTO Meeting
Friday, 17th / 6:00 - 8:00 - - - Movie Night
Tuesday, 4th @ 6pm - - - PTO Meeting
Friday, 7th / 6:00 - 8:00 - - - Movie Night
Friday, 21st / 6:00 - 8:00 - - - West Newton's Got Talent
Tuesday, 3rd @ 6pm - - - PTO Meeting
Friday, 6th - Friday, 13th - - -Book Fair ~ Lunch with Someone You Love
Friday 6th / 5:30 - 7:30 - - - Grandparent's Night & Book Fair Grand Opening
Practice equals mastery ~ students will gain confidence and show success in the classroom. If you need help with ideas and/or strategies, contact your child's teacher.
To complete the volunteer form now - click here
The application can also be found at www.decaturproud.org
Click on the tab 'Families', then 'Volunteer' to submit an electronic form.
Don't have a computer, not a problem. Volunteer forms are available in the school office.
For more information contact:
Bev O'Toole 317-241-0183 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Decatur Township Library Cards
Decatur Township has entered into a partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library. Through this partnership, every year we provide the library with a list of our students, and they match the list with their database of patrons. If a student does not currently have a library card, they will be issued one. This program has been very successful in our schools and in other districts in Indianapolis.
The special card students receive will give them access to all of the library’s digital materials, such as databases of magazine and journal articles, downloadable ebooks, emagazines and audio books. In addition, it will give them very limited access to physical items, such as regular books. Of course, you can change this to a full access card by visiting your library. This is an outstanding opportunity for your student. If for any reason you do not wish for your child to participate, please contact our school office for paperwork to opt out.
Any questions or concerns about the program can be directed to Lynn Hodgkin, Elementary Media Coordinator, at 317-856-2221.
BOX TOPS for EDUCATION
Clipping Box Tops for Education is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10¢ for our school! Just look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products. All you have to do is clip them and send them to school. Your child can earn personal rewards and rewards for their class or grade level when they bring in Box Tops! For more information on Box Tops, including a list of participating products, go to BTFE.com. Be sure to sign up as a member (it’s free!) so you can check out our school’s earnings details and get access to coupons and bonus offers. You can also download the Box Tops Bonus App to earn even more money for our school.
Thank you for your support!