The Trailside Twister

February 2022

Upcoming Events:

*Monday, February 7th: Staff In service, NO SCHOOL

*Friday, February 25th: Staff In Service, NO SCHOOL

2021-2022 District Calendar

Please click here to view the district calendar.

Upcoming Racine County Parenting Programs

Please see below for a list of parent programs that are being offered through Racine County. Visit: https://racine.extension.wisc.edu/2022/01/04/free-programs-for-parents-caregivers-winter-spring-2022/ or call for more information!
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WUHS 2022 Referendum

Last week, Waterford Union High School announced that they will be asking the community to vote on a bond question during the April 5, 2022 election. You can learn more about the proposed projects by visiting their website.

If you support this proposed referendum plan for WUHS, and you’d like to learn more about simple community outreach, please fill out this form here!

See this new publication from DPI with updated COVID guidelines

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Wing News!

Red Wing:

Mrs. Boucher's class got to go outside and enjoy the sunshine, snow, and sleds!


Mrs. Krueger's class had some fun working on their sight words with shaving cream!


Green Wing:

Mrs. Hoffman's 2nd Graders enjoyed their final project in their current unit of Project Lead the Way. They were challenged to build a cooler to keep a popsicle cold for one hour. Students worked in pairs to create a cooler based on what they learned during our Properties of Matter unit.



Mrs. Krafcheck/Mrs. Pautz's class are partner reading during WIN time to help second and third graders grow their comprehension skills!


Ms. Muench's Class is working hard practicing their reading skills!


Blue Wing:

Miss Romeis' class worked with their 1st grade buddies to help them write and edit stories!


Music:

Ethan in Ms. Muench's 3rd grade class makes a rhythm pie as students learn the math behind music note values.


Physical Education:

Hello Families,

We are getting ready to take a road trip with the Kids Heart Challenge Explorers and welcome you to jump on board!

Mark Your Calendars:

February 23rd and 24th

Kids Heart Challenge is right around the corner, however, you can get an early start.

Captain KHC will lead you through:

  • Finn’s Mission to learn – Hands-Only CPR and Signs of a Stroke
  • Family “Move More” challenges
  • Virtual reality field trips
  • And so much more…

It’s as EASY as 1… 2… 3… Click on our School link today:

http://www2.heart.org/goto/TrailsideElem

EXTRA CREDIT:

ALL who complete Finn’s Mission will receive their very own

Finn’s Lifesaver Award!

BONUS:

Get a “Mystery Prize” for every $50 raised

&

Raise $200: Receive our limited edition Captain KHC!


Thank you in advance for your support! We look forward to kicking off Kids Heart Challenge with all of you in the coming weeks!

See Below For Pictures!

Counseling Corner Updates!

February 2022


Counselor Corner Updates


This month we are focusing on social awareness and perspective taking!


Kindergarten -In early childhood, students begin to recognize that people can feel and think different things about the same situation. This skill is an important part of social perspective-taking. Without this understanding, students would not consider the existence of any perspective other than their own.

1st Grade - In early childhood, children begin to recognize that people can feel and think different things about the same situation. This skill is an important part of social perspective-taking. Not assuming everyone feels just as they do or as they would in a situation helps children build empathy.

2nd Grade - As students develop their ability to have empathy, it is important that they learn to interpret others’ feelings accurately. Students sometimes struggle to understand others’ perspectives because they assume that others feel the same as they do. Perspective taking is a critical skill for working in groups, making friends, and successfully resolving interpersonal conflicts. This lesson continues to build students’ perspective-taking ability through examining situations where people have different preferences about the same thing.

3rd Grade -Practice in finding things they have in common with other students can help children develop empathy and avoid the stereotyping that can fuel teasing and other forms of bullying. Teasing is a very common and hurtful form of bullying, and it is important for children to understand that it is wrong.

4th Grade- Perspective-taking is a critical skill for working in groups and successfully resolving interpersonal conflicts. When students fail to think about others’ perspectives, they may make faulty assumptions instead. Some students automatically assume others have hostile intentions. Those who act on this assumption may act aggressively, increasing conflicts or even violence among students. Considering others’ perspectives is an important part of empathy. Increasing students’ empathy may make them less likely to bully others because, with empathy, they can imagine how a victim feels. Increased empathy may also decrease student support of others’ bullying and make students more likely to help those who are mistreated. In general, empathic students have fewer conflicts and better relationships with peers. Home Link

5th Grade -Perspective taking is a critical skill for working in groups and successfully resolving interpersonal conflicts. When students fail to think about others’ perspectives, they may instead make faulty assumptions. Some students automatically assume others have hostile intentions. If they act on this assumption, they may act aggressively, inciting conflicts or even violence.Considering others’ perspectives is an important part of empathy. Increasing students’ empathy may make them less likely to bully others, because they can imagine how a victim feels. Increased empathy may also decrease student support of bullying by others and make them more likely to help students who are mistreated. In general, empathic students have fewer conflicts and better relationships with peers. Home Link





In addition, every month, WGSD will be highlighting a spotlight skill. Please check out each month’s newsletter to see more about the spotlight skill including keywords, definitions, and areas of focus. Our District Wide SEL Spotlight Skill this month is Social-Awareness


More about Social-Awareness


Keywords: Self-Confidence, Growth Mindset, Sense of Purpose, Identify Emotions

Definition:The ability to consider the perspectives of others individuals, groups, or communities, and apply that understanding to interactions with them.

Focus area for each grade level:

4K-5K: Learners will be able to recognize the feelings of another child and respond with basic comfort and empathy.

1st-3rd:Learners will be able to predict how someone else may feel in a variety of situations.

4th-5th: Learners will be able to use perspective-taking to predict how their own behavior affects the emotions of others.

Meet Our Staff!

CLICK here to see our staff and access their emails for contact throughout the school year!

Other Important Information

School Medication Policy & Forms: Click here to view WGSD’s medication policy. Forms are at the bottom of the page. New forms must be completed every year.

School Nurses page: Click here

Custodial/Court Placement Orders: If you have a placement or court order for your child please provide that with our school office.

Skyward Family Access Overview: Click here

Frequently Asked Questions about Free and Reduced Price School Meals for 2021 - 2022

Although meals will be provided free of charge again this year, parents can still complete an application as it may qualify them for other benefits. Click here for more information regarding the Free and Reduced Program and to learn about additional benefits that may be available for your family.

Trailside Elementary Student and Parent Handbook

Please click here to review our Student and Parent Handbook for the 2021 - 2022 school year.

Waterford Recreation Department News

Be sure to check the website regularly for programs and updates. More information will be coming soon!

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Waterford Graded School District APP

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Who to contact in the office?

Mr. Jim Dembosky, Trailside Elementary Principal, at dembosky@waterford.k12.wi.us

Mrs. Nissa Kobylinski , Trailside School Counselor, at kobylinski@waterford.k12.wi.us

Mrs. Lynn Irvine, Principal Secretary (Enrollments, Student Information/Needs, Health Room), at irvine@waterford.k12.wi.us

Mrs. Leann Danowski, Building Secretary (Attendance, Food Service Accounts, Health Room) at danowski@waterford.k12.wi.us

Mr. Chris McMahon, WGSD Nurse, at mcmahon@waterford.k12.wi.us

Mrs. Kim Rivera-Kloeppel, WGSD School Social Worker, at kloeppel@waterford.k12.wi.us