Wolf Creek Weekly

Building Pathways To Success

From The Principal's Desk January 29, 2019

Greetings!


Enjoy Superbowl Sunday fun! Our city is RISING! It looks great in ATL! I hope everyone enjoyed that surprise "snow day"!


The number of completed surveys is very low. We need your help! Our Georgia Parent survey is open now. We need your support. We have only 90 surveys completed to date. Our goal is 300 up from 200 last year. Please see below for more information.


Georgia Parent Survey:

http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents


1 more week until our exciting event! The Bosterthon Fun Run! Boosterthon is one of two of our annual fundraisers. We are excited to host our 2nd Boosterthon Fun run. This year our run will be called a Love Run since it falls on Valentine's Day! Hosting a Fun Run means there is no selling or delivering products. Once our program begins on Tuesday, February 5th, family and friends anywhere in the world can support our school by giving pledges toward the number of laps your students will run on the day of the Fun Run: Thursday, February 14th.


We are excited to celebrate our 1st semester honorees this week. Our 1st semester Awards Days will be held:


Thursday January 31st

Kindergarten at 9:15-9:45

First Grade at 8:45-9:15

Second Grade at 8:15-8:45

*All kindergarten-second grade ceremonies will be in the classroom.


Friday, February 1st

Fifth Grade at 8:15-9:00

Fourth Grade at 9:15-10:00

Third Grade at 10:15-11:00

*All third-fifth grade ceremonies will be in the cafeteria.


Recognition will be presented as follows:




Principal’s Honor Roll

K-1: Students that have earned all S’s in all content areas for Semester 1

2nd- 5th: Students that have earned all A’s in all content areas for Semester 1
**This does not include conduct



Honor Roll

K-1: Students that earned S’s and one N for Semester 1

2nd- 5th: Students that have earned A’s and B’s for Semester 1
**This does not include conduct.




Perfect Attendance

Students that have 0 absences for Semester 1




Outstanding Citizenship

Students that consistently display our Wolf PACK Principles and is a class model. He/She does excellent work, has great working habits, and a good attitude towards his/her school and classmates. (1 Girl; 1 Boy)

Additionally:

  • 1 student for having a Positive Attitude
  • 1 student for being Accountable for your choices
  • 1 student for modeling Good Character
  • 1 student for showing Kindness towards everyone



Most Improved

Students that have made considerable gains in the area of academics and/or behavior (1 Girl; 1 Boy)



We are looking forward to an exciting 2 days of celebration.


Please check the school website often. We update the site regularly. The school calendar, handbooks, PTA and SGC information can be found there.


Thanks for all you do! Let's Go Wolves!




In Partnership,


Principal Glass

5 STARS! Let's get it!


Parents, the 2018-17 Georgia Parent Survey is open for this school year. The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone or tablet. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, you may use computers at the school. Please visit our Parent Resource Center.


Last year we reached our goal of 90 completed surveys! This was an increase from 2017-18. Let's reach 300+ this year. So far we only have 90 surveys completed. I know we can do it! Thanks in advance for your completion.


Be reminded, that this rating is open to the public and establishes the overall climate rating for our school and our local community. These survey results often "paint the picture" of our residential areas and impact the story for prospective home owners. We want to ensure that we are supporting our school in the most positive way. As shared in our results from last year, we had an awesome 2017-18 school year and want to do even better this year! You helped make us 4 STARS, now lets hit 5 STARS!. If there are specific school concerns, we ask that you contact the school directly and allow the school to address those concerns locally. Copies of the 2017-18 results are available in our Parent Resource Center.


All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey. The data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. Results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.


Georgia Parent Survey:

http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents



Thanks for your support.

Increasing Literacy at WCES

Go to your child's Fulton County Launchpad account:


https://launchpad.classlink.com/fcs?loggedout=1




Inference—the art of reading between the lines


Good readers know that there is a great deal that is communicated in a text outside of the actual words on the page. They know that authors don’t spell out everything that they need the reader to know. Oftentimes, it is up to the reader to put the pieces together and come to conclusions on their own.


Inference, the act of arriving at a conclusion based on evidence, is a sophisticated skill that requires that the reader comprehend the text they are reading and think about it deeply.


Students should use strategies that encourage them to draw appropriate inferences using text-based evidence, their own background knowledge, and common sense. The It Says, I Say strategy can be a great way to explicitly help students understand how inferences are developed and how they help us as readers.


It Says, I Say strategy supports inferential reading


The It Says, I Say strategy is a great during- and after-reading tool to help students get beyond just “finding” information in a text.

You will have to be familiar with the text before implementing the strategy at home, but what better way to get the whole family involved! A family that reads together, succeeds together. Come up with three or four questions that will require your child to draw inferences.


Before reading, have your child use a piece of notebook paper to draw a graphic organizer with three labeled columns (“It Says,” “I Say,” and “And So”).


For each question, students engage in the following process:

1. Students find sections in the reading that relate to the question.

2. Students summarize the related information in the “It Says” column.

3. Students write out their own thinking that builds on the portion that they summarized. This goes in the “I Say” column.

4. Students draw a conclusion that proposes to answer the question using both the related information and their own thinking and write their conclusions is the “And So” column.


Once your child has completed their chart, engaging them in discussion about what they’ve written can help their thinking to expand.




Reading is FUN!


Six Flags Reading Challenge is happening now. Encourage your child to read each night. Help them to record their minutes on the reading log. Students have to earn 360 minutes to earn a FREE Six Flags ticket for Summer 2019. All forms should be completed and submitted to your child's teacher by March 1, 2018.

Seek First to Understand Before Being Understood #5

Habit 5- Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood Wouldn’t it be great if they “just listened?”


Habit 5 is Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood- “Listen first. Talk second.” Too often instead of really listening, we are busy forming our response in our mind. This Habit is about not just hearing with our ears, but looking at body language with our eyes, and using our hearts as well. We listen to understand who that person is, how they feel about something, and how they view the world.


Ways to apply at home:


Pretend listening: Have your child try to tell you something while you are doing something else. “Pretend listen.” (Uh-huh. That’s nice.) Talk to them about how that felt. Have them tell you again while you give your child your full attention.


Now switch. Have them play or draw while you talk. Then have them really listen. Talk about how it felt for you and them. Remind your child this kind of listening is an example of Think Win-Win.


What feeling? Take turns acting out feelings (happy, sad, bored, hurt, angry, hungry, etc.) without words. Try using appropriate actions rather than exaggerations. Repeat. Try saying the phrase “I didn’t say you did it” varying the tone of voice and emphasizing a different word each time and discuss the way it alters the meaning.


Echo. For older kids and adults. Do you have an issue with your spouse or teen. Go to them and say, “Help me understand your point of view on this.” Then really listen without interrupting. When they finish, repeat in your own words what you heard. Ask, “Is that right? Is there more?” When they feel heard then ask, “May I share how I feel about this?” Make sure to voice your concerns in a way that acknowledges the other person’s value using “I” statements.


Words to use:

“So if I understand, you are saying _____”

“Help me understand your point of view.”

“It seems like you are distracted. Is there a better time for me to share this with you?”

“Is now a good time for me to share a concern I have?”

“Excuse me, (young child.) Are you listening or pretend listening?”

“What does your heart think she meant when she said that?”

“I am concerned when I see (you yell at your sister/unfinished homework/etc.) because I know that you are a good kid. Last week you put away the dishes without even being asked. You are usually so thoughtful. Help me understand what is going on here.”


Seeking to understand may not be fast, but it pays huge dividends in building relationships

Reminders...

Please note your calendars:

Awards Day Ceremonies


Please join us for our first semester honors programs as we celebrate the accomplishments of our students. We will honor students for academic achievement, exceptional character, attendance and more! ​ Invitations to honorees will be sent to individual parents.



Thursday January 31st

Kindergarten at 9:15-9:45

First Grade at 8:45-9:15

Second Grade at 8:15-8:45

*All kindergarten-second grade ceremonies will be in the classroom.


Friday, February 1st

Fifth Grade at 8:15-9:00

Fourth Grade at 9:15-10:00

Third Grade at 10:15-11:00

*All third-fifth grade ceremonies will be in the cafeteria.


College and Career Readiness! College SPIRIT Days! – One Tuesday a month, teachers and students will be able to sport their college gear to get the students PUMPED UP about going to college. Let's celebrate these days as an opportunity to educate our students about the college or university experiences.

Dates:

November 13th

December 12th

January 22nd

February 19th

March 19th

April 23rd

May 14th


A revision to this year’s school calendar was made. Here is a link to the Board item.

  • Change Friday, March 8, 2019 to a regular school day. This is currently a Teacher Work Day. This will be a regular school day for students. This revision will not change the total number of instruction days for students.


Staff members will be involved in Professional Development throughout the South Learning Community throughout the school year. Be sure to mark your calendars for future days when students are out of school. We have a few this year.


Wolf Creek ES will be closed on the following days.

September 13, 2018
October 29, 2018
February 19, 2018
March 13, 2018

Tilte 1 News

Please don't forget to visit our Parent Resource Room. Open Daily!


Our Parent Involvement Plan and School Home Compact has been sent home. Please read, sign and send the compacts back to school. Currently, we are at 50% signed and submitted. Our goal is 100% compacts signed.


Let's do it again! Last year we had 100% of parent compacts turned in! You rock!


***Sign up for Three For Me Volunteer program with our Parent Liaison, Ms. Sims!


Thanks for your support.

South Learning Community Meeting Schedule for Board Member/President Linda Bryant

Parents, please join us for our Community Meetings with our Board Member, President Linda Bryant.


August No Meeting

September - Monday, September 17 6:30 pm Camp Creek MS

October - Monday, October 15 6:00 pm Oakley ES

November - Monday, November 12 6:00 pm A Philip Randolph ES

December No Meeting

January - Tuesday, January 15 Joint w/ Kim Dove 6:00 pm Sandtown MS

February - Tuesday, February 19 6:00 pm Sandtown MS

March - Monday, March 18 6:00 pm Bear Creek MS

April - Monday, April 15 Joint w/Kim Dove 6:00pm Creekside HS

May - Monday, May 13 6:00 pm Westlake HS June No Meeting


June No Meeting

Wolf Creek Elementary PTA News



Good Morning,

Here are your weekly PTA announcements:

Fun Run coming soon!

Wolf Creek Elementary PTA has a goal to raise $30,000 for Math &Literacy Initiatives and to fund teacher grants.

By partnering with Boosterthon, our students will participate in a two-week, fitness-based fundraiser where they’ll learn essential character traits through this year’s theme: MINDSPARK MYSTERYLAB, preview the theme video athttps://vimeo.com/250955350/5e6cb39580

Last year, our school profited $31,000 to fund the Leader In Me Program and purchase new gym equipment. Help us reach our goal this year by connecting with sponsors (family, friends,businesses) to raise funds!

Important Dates:

Pledging Opens - 2/2 - Log on to FUNRUN.COM
Pep Rally - 2/5
Fun Run - 2/14 - SAVE THE DATE! You’re Invited!


Other news:

  • If you have a business and would like to advertise for the Fun Run, please send us an email. Spaces are limited.
  • We will begin an online uniform consignment sale. Please like us on Facebook to participate.
  • Please sign up for Kroger (School ID: IQ238) and Publix Partners (under Wolf Creek Elementary) Community Rewards program. A percentage of your shopping comes directly to Wolf Creek. A hassle free option to generate funds to support our school.


Thanks and have a great week.


Our mailing address is:
Wolf Creek Elementary PTA
4440 Derrick Road
Atlanta, GA 30349

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Safety First!

Thanks for working with us to ensure safety for the students.


We still need your patience and support as we execute the morning drop off process. The cafeteria doors close at 7:35 AM each morning. Breakfast ends at that time. Students are tardy at 7:41 AM. Parents are asked to sign their children in and get a tardy pass prior to reporting to class. Parents who wish to walk their child to class must also sign in at the front desk.


Please help us by using the car rider loop in the front of the building for all student drop-offs in the mornings. The car rider loop moves fast but it does require some wait time and patience. This is the safest area for student drop offs. We have assigned staff to support students as they get out of cars. The bus ramp in the back is reserved for buses only. If parents are using the parking lot near the bus ramp area for parking, they are asked to park their vehicles and escort their child into the building. Students should not be dropped off and allowed to run across the bus ramp to enter the building. We want students to be safe. We had a few cars moving fairly fast in this area. This is a safety concern. Remember, the doors open at 7:10 AM for student arrival. Thanks in advance for your support. If we have parents that can volunteer in the bus ramp area, please let us know. We could use the extra hands and eyes to ensure safety for the students.


Identification Required: Please remember to bring your identification in with you when you visit the school. Parents that wish to move pass the front lobby/atrium area will need to sign in and receive a visitor's badge. Any persons checking out a student must also have an ID and be listed on the child's records for check out. Beginning August 13th, parents will be asked to return to the front office to sign in if they do not have a visible visitor's badge. All parents must have their liscenses scanned for the 2018-19 School year by the front office staff before being able to use the kiosk for signing in.


Volunteer Registration: To begin the volunteer process, please visit www.fultonschools.org and complete the child abuse reporting training and the online registration process. When registering, one must use their legal name as it appears on your government identification. The process is self-paced. On your first visit to the school, your government identification will be required.

http://www.fultonschools.org/en/community/Pages/volunteerfaq.aspx


Be reminded to complete the volunteer registration in advance if you are planning to attend field trips with your child's class as a chaperone.


Thanks for your support!

Our School Day Start/End Times

Thanks in advance for your support in ensuring that our students get to school each day on time and ready for instruction. Breakfast begins at 7:10 a.m. and ends at 7:35 a.m. daily so that we can ensure that students are in class on time to begin their instructional day. School instructional hours are from 7:40 a.m. —2:20 p.m. each day. Parents are asked to escort their children inside and sign them in if they are tardy. Help us protect the instructional day. Please limit early dismissal/check-outs. If needed, please do so before 2:00 PM. Remember keep your child’s pick up and emergency contacts updated and to sign in during each visit. ID is required for anyone visiting or checking your child our of school.

Wolf Creek Elementary School

Check out our school website for our school calendar and school updates.


Dionne C, Glass, Principal

glassdc@fultonschools.org


A. Nicole Canty, Assistant Principal

CantyA@fultonschools.org