Swinging into September

Wadsworth News...September 2015, Edition 2

A Note from Mrs. McClure

Thank you to all the students, staff, and families during the first few weeks of school as we tweaked our dismissal procedures to be the safest possible for our students. Here are a few reminders:

  • Car Riders-if you are picking your child up in the car line, please have your child’s brightly colored tag visible to help speed up the process. We are getting cars through the line in five minutes now! If you do not have your car sign in your vehicle, you will have to park and come into the school to pick up your child. If you need another car sign, please contact our office, and we will print another one for you.
  • Walkers-If you are walking your child home, please remain on the grassy area by the Wadsworth sign and wait for your child to walk out to you. This was changed to help increase safety and security in case of an emergency situation. We are still encouraging parents that are parking on the side streets to get into the car line because this is the safest way to pick up your child after school.
  • KGN Parents-Please park in the south parking lot in front of the school and walk over to the south doors to pick up your child. Please do not park behind the school hear the playground. This lot is for buses only! Once again, we want to make sure that all students are safe!


Thank you again for your support and understanding during this transition period!


~Mrs. McClure

Upcoming Events...Mark Your Calendars!

PTC Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 3rd, 3:30pm

600 North Jay Avenue

Griffith, IN

This will be our first PTC meeting! Please come out to learn about the PTC and the amazing activities, events, and fundraisers that they do for our students!

Labor Day! No School!

Monday, Sep. 7th, 12am

600 North Jay Avenue

Griffith, IN

Enjoy your holiday weekend and the beautiful weather!

Fall Fest

Friday, Sep. 18th, 2:30pm

KGN Entrance to Wadsworth Elementary School

Wadsworth’s Famous Fall Fest will take place on Friday, September 18th right after school outside the Kindergarten doors. Mums, pumpkins, and other fall items will be sold. Bring on fall!!!

Raffle Ticket Sale during Lunch Hours for PTC Basket Fundraiser

Monday, Sep. 14th, 11am to Friday, Sep. 18th, 1pm

600 North Jay Avenue

Griffith, IN

Information about the PTC’s first fundraiser was sent home on Friday, August 27th. Each grade level will collect donated items for themed-baskets. Raffle tickets will go on sale for students during the week of September 14-18 at 50 cents/ticket and will be sold during lunch. The baskets will be raffled off on Monday, September 21!

College Go Week!

Monday, Sep. 21st, 8:30am to Friday, Sep. 25th, 2:30pm

600 North Jay Avenue

Griffith, IN

College Go Week!

Join Wadsworth School as we celebrate College Go Week Sept. 21-25! Students and staff can join the campaign by participating in several school activities.


  • Monday-Teachers and staff will share their college experiences with their students.
  • Tuesday-Wadsworth Spirit Day: Show your school spirit by wearing green or Wadsworth spirit wear!
  • Wednesday-Career Day: Dress to show what career you are interested in for your future.
  • Thursday-Dress for Success Day: Wear your personal best today!
  • Friday-University Day: Show your future school spirit by wearing your favorite college shirt or favorite college colors.


College Go Week! Indiana Contest-Students of all ages can win $100 toward a college savings plan. For more information, visit CashForCOLLEGEINDIANA.org.

Little Obie Visit

Wednesday, Sep. 23rd, 8:30am-2:30pm

600 North Jay Avenue

Griffith, IN

Griffith Homecoming

Friday, Sep. 25th, 7pm

600 North Wiggs Street

Griffith, IN

Come out and support the Griffith Panthers' Football team during their homecoming game! Fun for all ages!

First Grade Field Trip to County Line Orchard

Friday, Sep. 25th, 10am-1:30pm

200 S County Line Rd

Hobart, IN

More information will be coming soon!

Classroom News

KGN Fun with Mrs. Bassick

My class has been working hard! We have already learned a lot about letters A and B and learned 6 out of our 100 Word Wall words. The students enjoy doing bins to work on our literacy as well. I am excited to see these Kindergartners become readers!

Exploring 2nd Grade with Mrs. Zahorsky

South Shore Arts will be visiting the second graders on September 4th. We will be reading the book, The Skin You Live In and completing a fun art activity. Make sure you check out our second grade art in the hallway.

More 2nd Grade Fun with Mrs. Guy

My students are excited about doing their first “Author Study”….one of my favorites, Robert Munsch. Their favorites include stories such as Stephanie’s Ponytail, Zoom, and Thomas’ Snowsuit just to name a few. They are learning proper letter writing skills and will be using these skills to write letters to Robert Munsch. Robert Munsch loves to receive mail, and will send an autographed picture for the classroom. In addition, he will send a rough copy of a new story that he’s working on, using some of the students’ names! They are looking forward to hearing from him in the near future! We also read a story called David's Father by Robert Munsch. At the end he leaves the reader "hanging" guessing what David's grandma looks like! The students wrote a sequel called David's Grandma.


In other news, a big shout out goes to Linh Nguyen for being our first “Round the World” winner…beating 22 students in a row with addition flashcards. Congrats Linh!!

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Study Island with Mrs. Largus

This is a friendly reminder to all students in my class about coming in before school at 8 a.m. to work on Study Island. Students were placed into groups and assigned one day/week, Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Please contact me if you or your child does not remember his/her assigned day! This is a great tool for your child to utilize to excel at third grade standards and practice skills that he/she may struggle with over the course of the year. Special incentives are offered to children who take advantage of this opportunity! Thank you!

Choir and Band Updates

Choir will be meeting with Mrs. Polise Thursday mornings from 2:35-3:30 p.m. and Friday mornings from 7-8 a.m. Please pick up your child promptly at 3:30 in the front of Wadsworth. On Friday mornings, please drop your child off at the side entrance to Wadsworth by 7 a.m.


Band will start Wednesday, September 2nd. Classes will be held in the High School Band Room starting at 7 a.m. Students are to use the doors by the Auditorium to enter the building. They will be bussed back to their buildings once practice is over. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Korak at the High School.

School Wide News

Cafeteria Fun!

Starting in September, we will have themed days in the cafeteria. Students participating in the activities will have opportunities to earn prizes! The activities will be as follows:

  • Movie Mondays with Movie Trivia
  • Trivia Tuesdays-answer trivia questions about various subjects
  • Warrior Wednesdays-Wear Wadsworth Green
  • Trivia Thursdays-answer trivia questions about various subjects
  • Fun Fridays-listen to music and enjoy hanging out with your friends!

A Scavenger Hunt Designed by Mr. Anthony

All KGN-2nd graders are welcome to participate in a letter recognition scavenger hunt. Mr. Anthony will be putting up news on the Wadsworth sign outside and will have one letter backwards. Students are to find the letter and tell Mr. Anthony to receive a prize!

School Activity Adult Participation Form (Background Check)

If you are interested in volunteering at Wadsworth, going on field trips, visiting your child’s classroom or attending Wadsworth events, you will need to fill out the “School Activity Adult Participation” form so that a background check can be completed. Please include any other person that will possibly need to come into our building: grandparents, aunts/uncles, neighbors, family friends, etc. These people will not be allowed unless background checks are completed in a timely manner. These forms will be sent home with a copy of the September Newsletter or you can pick one up in the main office. Thank you for your help and cooperation in this matter!

Immunization Updates from Mrs. Welch

Letters were sent home recently informing parents/guardians of students whose immunizations are not up-to-date. Please make sure to get your child’s immunizations as soon as possible! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Welch. Thank you!

Young Rembrandts

Young Rembrandts is an afterschool art program that will be starting in the next couple of weeks. Please be on the lookout for more information coming home soon! This is a wonderful, hands-on program where students can explore art and expand their imaginations!

Random Acts of Kindness

Mrs. McClure and the teachers and staff of Wadsworth will be keeping their eyes open for Random Acts of Kindness displayed by our students. A Random Act of Kindness can come in many shapes and sizes, but must help out another person. These students will be recognized and honored for the efforts in making Wadsworth a place where students feel safe, respected, and welcome everyday!

Special Shout Outs!

* Mrs. Evans, our cafeteria manager, would like to give a shout out to the whole school since we have the highest percentage of students purchasing breakfast and lunch in the district! The new breakfasts and lunches have been a big hit with our students and staff. Let’s keep our numbers up and set a new record for the district!

* A special shout out goes to Mrs. Konopasek’s KGN class and Mrs. Jarmula’s fifth grade class on doing an excellent job in the cafeteria! Your behavior has been superb! Keep up the good work!

* Mrs. McClure would like to thank all of the students in Ms. Bird’s sixth grade class for helping out with the pledge and reading the mission to our staff and students at the beginning of the day! You have all done a tremendous job and have set the bar high for the upcoming classes!

Our Mission

While nurturing students within a safe atmosphere, the mission of Elsie Wadsworth Elementary School is to provide for each student a positive learning opportunity with challenging educational goals and to further develop acceptable social behavior, which prepares all students to become productive members of society.

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