MHS WES Newsletter

Thursday, November 29, 2018

News from the Principal

MHS/WES Scholastic Book Fair

Did you know? Reading just 20 minutes a day exposes your child to about 1.8 million words per year. Reading helps students develop a stronger vocabulary, and in addition, students who read for pleasure average higher grades in English, mathematics, science, and history!

Our Scholastic book fair has been open this week and will still be open on Friday from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM (in the WES Library) and on Saturday morning from 9:00 AM - 12:00 NOON on the WES stage. This is a great time to stock up on some holiday gifts. All proceeds from our book fair goes back to our students. With our scholastic funds we are able to purchase books for both libraries and our classrooms. We also are able to purchase special classroom carpets and alternative seating options for students.

Thank you for your continued support of our schools!

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  • December 1: PTO Holiday Workshop and Scholastic Book fair
  • December 12: PTO Meeting 6:30PM in WES Library
  • December 16: Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast to support Westminster Food Pantry 8:00AM-11:00AM at the VFW. Photos with Santa at 10:30 and music provided by WES School Band (See Community Flyers)
  • December 17: Holiday Concert @Monty Tech, snowdate: December 18
  • December 24-January 1: No School~December Vacation
  • January 2: Classes Resume

First Grade News!!

The cold weather has arrived!! Our school philosophy is to have the kids go outside for recess unless the temperature or windchill are below freezing. Research shows that fresh air and exercise lead to more energy, a sharper mind and an overall increase in happiness. While we are not quite ready for snow pants (we will ask you to send these in once there is more snow on the ground) please check the weather when you are dressing your kids for school. Keep in mind that we do go outside and that the temperatures in the classrooms fluctuate. Sending your children dressed in layers is the best idea. This way they can bundle up for recess and unbundle if the classroom gets too hot. Also, sending in boots to wear at recess is a great idea. The playground gets wet and muddy. This will allow your child to jump and play without getting wet feet.

First Graders have been busy becoming fluent in our math facts!! Research suggests that when children are able to automatically answer math facts their brains are free to concentrate on more complex math operations and word problems. To continue to promote fact fluency the first grade teachers will soon be sending home math facts for homework.

News from Third Grade!!

On Friday, November 30th the third graders will travel to Monty Tech to view The Nutcracker presented by Paula Meola’s Dance Studio. Thank you to the PTO for generously covering the bus transportation expense. It will be a magical way to kick off the holiday season!

Greetings from the Purple Pallette and Paintbrush!

Lots of creativity brewing in the studios!

A coupon for Artsonia will be coming home in your child’s backpack over the next week. Thanks to all who have ordered something. A percentage of the proceeds benefits the art program!

Thanks also for your donations. Keep them coming in! Paper towel tubes, thick yarn, tin foil, baby wipes.

Ms. Banning


THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ON TIME. Punctuality displays a person's respect for people and time. In a scheduled appointment, returning late to a clients home, the late-comer usually gives an impression that he/she doesn't value the other person's time or considers his/her time more important than that of the other.

Why arriving on time to school is important?

It is very important for children to develop habits of arriving on time at an early age, beginning from the time they start school. Arriving On Time for School and Class: Makes sure that your child doesn't miss out on the important learning activities that happen early in the day when they are most alert.

Why tardiness is a problem in school?

Tardiness causes students to feel disconnected with school, leading to behavior problems and dropouts. Students who are frequently tardy to school are also more apt to be fired from a job for showing up late. When students are tardy, they negatively impact their teachers and other students.

Why is punctuality important in school?

Lack of punctuality affects learning and behaviour not only of the pupil who is late, but it has an impact on all other learners as the teacher is required to recap on missing learning for those who arrive late. ... Punctuality is also a key workplace skill which must be learnt at school and adhered to.

What is school punctuality?

Punctuality. Good punctuality at school is essential for students to achieve their full educational potential. It is also vital for students to form good habits for later life.Punctuality records form part of references passed onto employers or higher educational institutes.


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