The WAVA Wave

February 1, 2016

A Message from our Principal...

"If you don’t place a high value on your talents, who will? If you don’t think highly of yourself, why would anyone else?” (Edge Learning Institute, Keynote) Valued highly. This is something I want for every one of my students. To be valued highly in their own eyes and to be valued highly in the eyes of those closest to them – family and teachers. If you ask a classroom full of kindergartners if they can run marathon, almost every hand will go up, both hands. They may even say, “What’s a marathon? But I can do it!” Fast forward a few years, middle school; ask the same question, and it would be a stretch to get a quarter of the hands up. Something happens as we get older, we think we can’t or shouldn’t think highly of ourselves. The only way I see affecting this is to highly value one another, tell the kids they’re great (because they are!) Make each day meaningful… Remember, what you do and what you say matters every single day at WAVA!

Best Regards…

Bryant Mettler

The Counselor Connect

Hello WAVA Elementary Families!

Did you know that WAVA offers Friendship Clubs at the K-2 and 3-5 grade levels, to help your child make social connections with their peers?

· Grade 3-5 Friendship Club is offered two times per week, Tuesdays at 11:30am and Thursdays at 9:30am.

· Grade K-2 Friendship Club meets at 9:30am on Tuesdays. Grade K-2 Friendship Club is especially seeking new members to grow our class!

· Attendance to Friendship Club is always optional.

· If you would like your student to be invited to these classes or want more information, please send me a k-mail!

Does your child crave more time to play games, chat, and draw with classmates? Send me a k-mail and I will add your student to SOCIAL HOUR, which occurs every other Friday at 1pm.

Looking for resources in your community? WIN211 is a great resource!

The Washington Information Network ( is a state-wide database designed to help connect Washington residents with thousands of community agencies that serve a wide range of needs. Individuals can contact WIN211 through the website or by phone (2-1-1 from a land line or (877) 211-9274 (WASH) from a cell phone). These short videos explain how this resource can be helpful to your family:

As always, please feel free to contact me directly to discuss specific concerns or for additional resources.


Janelle Martin

Bremerton Bug and Reptile Museum

Friday, Feb. 26th, 12-2:30pm

1118 Charleston Beach Road West

Bremerton, WA

12:00-1:00 (20 people total)
1:15-2:15 (20 people total)

Attendees must sign up as space it limited. Click here to RSVP.

Great Wolf Lodge

Monday, Feb. 29th, 1pm

20500 Old Highway 99 Southwest

Centralia, WA

Come and celebrate the end of first semester!

$159.00 per night (includes 4 water-park entrances)

$20.00 resort fee

Please call 1-866-941-9653 by Monday, February 8th. Please use the code 1512WASH when making the reservation.

* You can get this room rate for the night of 3/1 of you want to stay for two nights.

Triple Play Family Fun Center

Monday, Feb. 29th, 10am-2pm

175 West Orchard Avenue

Hayden Lake, ID

Indoor Ultimate (waterpark) $16.00
Indoor Adventure $10.50

You will need to pay with cash and this will be collected at a central meeting point before the event.

Learning Day at the Capitol

Friday, March 4th, 10am-2pm

State Capitol Building [nb], Olympia, WA, United States

This exciting event gives our digital public school students and their families a chance to travel to the Washington State Capitol to rally and show strong support for digital public schools. We have lots of exciting events scheduled this year including capitol tours, an awards ceremony, and opportunities to interact with legislators. Please start making plans today to participate and sign up here.

Coffee Chats!

Coffee Chats!

This is a chance for WAVA Learning Coaches to connect with other WAVA Learning Coaches to talk about a specific topic for 30 minutes every week. Check your schedule on your Learning Coach account. If you don't see it on your schedule, click on the links below.

Every Thursday!


February 4th at 1:00pm: Making Learning Fun

Click here to join.

February 11th at 1:00pm: Teaching styles

Click here to join.

February 18th at 1:00pm: P.E.

Click here to join.

February 25th at 1:00pm: Success stories

Click here to join.

Brand new to WAVA?

If you're just starting this month, welcome! Be sure to check your k-mail for a welcome letter from your Family Academic Support Liaison, F.A.S.L. Your F.A.S.L. is there to help you get everything started.

Getting started:
You will receive an email from WAVA detailing the onboarding process. There will be multiple live sessions offered each day, every week, to help guide you through setting everything up.

Week of Welcome, WOW!
Your student's first week will be very busy! It is important to be sure to follow the daily and weekly schedule that week as all sessions are required. Details will also come in an email from WAVA.

Required Class Connects

If you see the word REQUIRED next to the title of the Class Connect, it is a mandatory class that you must attend. If you know you are going to miss a class please contact your teacher to see how you can make up the missed work. Sometimes, you will need to watch a recording.

To view the recording of a missed Class Connect Session, click on the “Go to Class Connect” link, search the date of your missed session, click on the link of the session, watch recording. ALWAYS send your teacher a Kmail to explain why you missed attending the LIVE session (unless previously arranged).

Time Zone
Make sure your OLS is set to PST (Pacific Standard Time) so your Class Connect times are correct. Click on -> My Account -> Time Zone Settings.


Students and Learning Coaches do not need to track attendance. Your attendance is measured by your course progress and participation in required class connect sessions.
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Advanced Learning Circles

For gifted and advanced students:

February 4th (Grades 3-8)

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

February 11th (Grades 2-8)

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

February 18th (Grades K-8)

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

February 25th (Grades K-8)

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Tips from Cheryl

Teaching Tips for Struggling Readers

By Cheryl Holbrook

Above Eye Level

If you want a student to recall something then position the information above eye level. This stimulates the visual mode of the brain for recalling information.

Audio Mix

If you combine an audio book with a printed copy it allows the student to practice fluency and decoding. This works for any age.

Say It With Pictures

To kids with reading struggles a picture is truly worth a thousand words. Encourage drawing and making connections with pictures in every possible way they learn. Even pictures in note taking for older students. Here is an example for reading using flash cards.

K12 Mobile Apps

Did you know that K12 offers FREE mobile educational learning apps? Follow this link to check them out:

We need parent volunteers!

We will have opportunities throughout the school year for parents and learning coaches to volunteer by hosting social gatherings. If you would like more information on how you can help, fill out this survey: