The Wallace Wildcat

Hoboken, NJ

Dear Wallace School Parents and Guardians,

This week our teachers and students continued on a path towards academic success. I once again relish the opportunity to give you a glimpse inside of 1100 Willow Ave for a look at a truly vibrant and wonderful educational community. Academically, a stroll through our school reveals tons of great work posted on our hallway bulletin boards. In the Kindergarten hallway you can see our students are learning about different “Wonder Women” in celebration of Women’s History Month. Their list includes Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, and Condoleeza Rice (just to name a few). As March rolls on, we will continue to feature our grade levels as we celebrate Women’s History Month through some fantastic lessons around our school.

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Wallace University

This week in Wallace University’s common planning, our teachers began with five minutes of mindfulness to ensure they were able to be fully present and engaged in their work. Once clarity of mind and focus were achieved, teachers took a deep dive into their individual classroom data. Teachers were able to identify many reasons for celebration while using data to drive instructional practices to increase the rigor of their individual classrooms. Through collaboration, reflection, and insight, teachers developed robust action plans to meet the needs of the students they serve.

Ted Talks

On Thursday, Fifth Grade held a grade-level TED Talk event to showcase their collaborative work focusing on concepts of sustainability and activism. One group of scholars from each homeroom was selected to present their student-created TED Talks. At this event, four of the United Nations Sustainable Development goals were highlighted; Life Below Water, Climate Action, Reducing Inequalities, and Quality Education. All fifth grade scholars were engaged and their awareness for these concepts grew.

Wallace’s Music Corner

Wallace Band students are challenging themselves to practice more advanced rhythms in “The Eye of the Tiger” this week. They are working in sectionals during after school band to perfect difficult sections. When playing as an ensemble, they are focusing on developing their musicality. Both band and string students are taking weekly lessons and receiving individualized instruction during school. 3rd grade students will be receiving information on instrument choices for next year soon. They can start learning an instrument over the summer or begin in September. For more information, feel free to contact us in the music department.

B-Great Assembly

In this interactive, 45-minute elementary school assembly, Brian Richards used magic, comedy, story-telling, audience participation, and more to help our students learn about Anti-Bullying, Trustworthiness, Fairness, Respect, Responsibility, Caring, and Citizenship. The message to students is: "Do you want to be great? It begins with you taking the first step!" Using the perfect blend of entertainment and educational content, this assembly was loved by students and staff alike. A big thank you to all of the families that donated to the "All for Books" coin drive as your donations helped make this assembly possible for all of our children. #WallaceRocks

Be sure you ask your child about how to B-Great!

Read Across America

This week marks our celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the hallmark of “Read Across America Week.” Our students and staff joined in the fun getting into the spirit of Dr. Seuss through the following activities: They wore some pretty crazy socks! They came dressed in mismatched and inside out costumes and a great number of readers joined us to participate in the culminating activities from Read Across America Week. I would like to send a huge shout out to all of those who contributed to this annual celebration.

Wallace STEAM Tank Survey

If you have a second, please scroll down and assist us in taking the following survey to support our third grade STEAM Tank team. You are appreciated.

Save the Date

Regarding upcoming events, be sure to come to our annual Staff vs. Parents Basketball game, scheduled to take place on March 27th at 6:00 PM. Join us as the Staff defends their championship against a team of Parents determined to not allow our winning streak to continue at their expense! The event is always one of the most well attended PTO fundraisers of the year. We hope to see you there.

As always, please be sure to find some time to relax and enjoy the weekend. Until next time… Martin Shannon, Principal