Wes-Del Elementary News

February 1, 2016

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to all of our Spelling Bee participants last week! Maddie West, fifth grader, was the winner and Radley Richman, third grader, was the runner up. Every classroom from second to fifth grade had two participants in the bee. Thanks to Miss Farren and other staff members who organized this event. Maddie will have a chance to compete at the regional Spelling Bee in Muncie. Good luck, Maddie!

Coaches vs. Cancer

On January 22nd, the Coaches vs. Cancer event was held at Wes-Del High School. The elementary offered a meal and raffles at the game. There was a shoot off held between coaches and players from Delta and Wes-Del and t shirts were sold. The profits will go to the Wes-Del Elementary Relay for Life team. Photos of the event are in the latest Voice newspaper. Many thanks to Wes-Del High School for hosting the event in partnership with the elementary.

NWEA Testing

All students in grades K-5 took the NWEA test for the second time this year. We are using the NWEA scores for information on placing students into the correct instructional groups. Reports are being examined, and as a staff we are looking for growth in student learning from the first test to the second test. We are using the information to instruct your child during Success time each afternoon. Success time is used for test prep for all students. We will be sending home parent reports soon.

ISTEP+

Students in third, fourth, and fifth grades will be taking the first portion of the ISTEP+ test beginning on February 29th. It will take a few days to complete. Students will be taking this





portion in testing booklets. The test this year will cover standards that were adopted by the state last year. Teachers and staff have been working diligently to make sure these identified standards are covered before the test is given. The test will be presented by a new testing company. The test may look quite different from the test in the past. During this testing period, your child will benefit from getting proper rest, eating a healthy breakfast at home or at school, and we would appreciate you not scheduling appointments during this time, so that your child will not have to take makeup tests.


The IREAD test will be given to third grade students the week before Spring Break beginning on Monday. Students need to make sure they are at school, as we will need to be complete and have all make-ups taken by Thursday as Friday begins our Spring Break. The IREAD test measures students' abilities to identify beginning sounds, ending sounds, median vowel sounds, reading ability and comprehension. It is a measure of the students' skills they have learned in Kindergarten through third grade. Any time you can help your child with homework, read to them, and have them read to you, it is so helpful. Talking about books is a great way to help with comprehension.

Two Hour Delay for Staff Development

This Thursday, February 4th, we will have a two hour delay for staff development. When there is a two hour delay for weather or staff development, times for arrival would be two hours after the normal drop off or beginning time. Walking club will begin at 9:50. Students should not be brought to school before this time. Staff members will be in meetings until 9:50 AM.

President's Day

President's Day will be a snow make-up day, if we miss any snow days between now and then. If we do not miss a snow day, we will be out of school for that day.

Preschool Library

There will be another preschool library event on Thursday, Feb. 3rd. All preschoolers are welcome. Mrs. Johnson, our media specialist, and Mrs. Ailes, our library aide, will have a story, activities, and will assist students checking out books. We hope to continue to see our numbers increase.

School Bus Safety

It is so important for our students to remember and use safe school bus rules. Students should stay seated while riding the bus at all times especially when the bus is moving. They should use quiet voices so they do not distract the driver and keep their hands, feet, and objects to themselves. Bus drivers are in charge of their bus and should be respected. If students can remember to respect others, they will keep everyone safe. We have had some issues with some students causing unsafe conditions. Thank you for speaking with your child if they ride the school bus.

Math Bowl



Our Math Bowl team competed at Royerton Elementary last week. Tomorrow, we will host the Math Bowl at our school. The meet begins at 5:00 and will conclude close to 6:00 PM. Good luck to our team and coaches, Ms. Anderson and Mr. Shaffer.

Math Night

One of the areas that we have identified as an area to improve in is math. We will be hosting a Math Night on Tuesday, February 16th , 2016. There will be a meal served at 5:45 and activities stations to chose from that will teach your child math skills. You will have a list of activities to chose from. We encourage all families to attend. Ball State Student Teachers and staff members will lead the sessions. There will be door prizes. A flyer will come home today, and we would appreciate your reservations so we can plan our activities and plan our meal. We thank Mrs. Teagle and our student teachers for organizing this event.

Don't Forget!

Our computer lab is open each Tuesday and Thursday evening when school is in session from 6:00-8:00 for anyone in the community! Also, the mobile health van comes to our school each Friday from 8:30-11:30 AM. This is available for anyone in the community to use.

PTO

The PTO will meet the second Tuesday in February in the cafeteria. Please plan to attend. They will be planning the carnival.

Yearbook Order Forms

Mrs. Hunt and our student yearbook staff have announced that the order forms for the yearbook are now available. Please return those order forms with $12.00 by the 12th, if you wish to purchase a school yearbook. We appreciate Mrs. Hunt and our student editors for putting our yearbook together!

Fifth Grade Family Dance

The fifth grade will hold their family dance on Friday, February 12th to support their fifth grade field trip. The dance will held from 6:00-7:30. The cost is $3.00 per person at the door and food will be available for purchase. This is a family dance, so children must be attend with their parent or responsible adult.