Washington Learning Center News

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October 2022 Message from Principal Brown

We are off to a great start to the school year! The children (and parents) have acclimated well to the new routines. Kindergarten will have parent teacher conferences in December, so please be sure to have conversations with teachers prior to that if you have questions or concerns.

WLC will be sponsoring #LiteracyOLanterns this October. Staff will paint pumpkins to highlight a children's book and they will be placed in the media center for all to enjoy. This year we will invite families to participate and share theirs as well. Please stop in to see what our talented team can do!

The Importance of Self Help Skills for Young Children

Children have the desire and drive to become independent in their activities for daily living. As adults, we must teach and guide the children in becoming successful in their self-help skills. These are the everyday tasks that help children to be prepared to participate in everyday activities. Here are some to work on for preschool and kindergarten:

  • Settling themselves to sleep at night
  • Toileting independently
  • Know where familiar items are kept
  • Put items away independently
  • Tolerating differing clothing textures, seams, tags, etc.
  • Choosing weather appropriate clothing
  • Dressing independently
  • Tying shoes independently (kindergarten)
  • Morning routines at school
  • Feeding self without difficulty
  • Expressing emotions
  • Developing friendships
  • Taking turns
  • Playing with 4 of 5 children in a group
  • Following rules
  • Opening lunch boxes, zip lock bags, food packaging
  • Use a napkin to wipe face and hands
  • Sitting at a desk, following teacher instruction, and independently doing simple in-class assignments
  • Tolerating different clothing textures, seams, tags etc
  • Coping in busy/noisy environments
  • Settling independently for sleep
  • Packing a bag for school or other outings with assistance

As much as we want to help our children and allow them to be children, we also need to help them learn how to be independent in basic skills. This doesn't mean that you cannot help your children when they need it, but providing children with these skills will help them be confident and successful children. You will help them build their self-esteem and pride in their independence. Remember, you (and other adults) are important role models for our children. They learn a great deal for watching and listening to us.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Sunday, October 9th-Saturday, October 15th: Fire Prevention Week
  • Tuesday, October 11th: Fire Department visits WLC
  • Wednesday, October 12th: Kindergarten walking field trip to the New Ulm Fire Department (watch for a chaperone signup coming out via Campus Messenger next week)
  • Wednesday, October 12th: WLC Picture Retake Day
  • Wednesday, October 12th: Early Childhood Screening at WLC - if you need to schedule a screening please call 507-233-8300 to do so.
  • Thursday, October 20th & Friday, October 21st: NO SCHOOL - MEA BREAK
  • Saturday, October 29th - 1:00-3:00 - Jefferson School Parking Lot - ECFE Trunk or Treat
  • Saturday, November 5th - 9:00-2:00 - Jefferson School - New Ulm Women's Expo and Craft Fair
  • Monday, November 14th-Friday, October 18th - American Education Week - there will be special dress up days at WLC. Please help your child participate if able. (dress up days listed below).

We'd love to have some students bring in Literacy O' Lanterns!

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We'll take your old shoes!

Did you know that your gently worn sneakers could help Eagles Preschool?

Here’s how…Eagles Preschool is participating in a fundraiser where there is nothing to buy or sell; all we need is your support and your gently worn, used, or new sneakers!

As you clean your closets this fall, please gather as many pairs of sneakers that you no longer want; maybe you’ve out-grown them, they’re out of style, or out of season. Drop the sneakers you no longer wear in the blue bin outside the WLC entrance or bring them to conferences at Jefferson or the Middle School on one of these days:

Nov 3: New Ulm Middle School (3:30-7:30 PM)

Nov 10: New Ulm Middle School or Jefferson Elementary School (3:30-7:30 PM)

Nov 15: Jefferson Elementary School (3:30-7:30 PM)

The sneakers that we collect will raise money to support Eagles Preschool AND will help our environment by keeping sneakers out of landfills.

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Let's Celebrate American Education Week - November 14th-18th

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Don't Forget: Picture Retakes on Wednesday, October 12th

If your child has not been photographed yet please send them prepared to be on Wednesday, October 12th. They will go down to the gym with a staff member to have their picture taken. There is absolutely no obligation to buy a picture package however, we do want every child photographed so they are included in our WLC Yearbook (yearbook ordering information will come later in the year).

If your child was photographed but you would like them to be re-photographed please send your original picture envelope back with your student on picture retake day.

If you are interested in ordering a picture package online please click here and use the ordering code: EVT6SX2PP or paper order forms are available in the office.

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WLC October Breakfast Menu

Breakfast is FREE for all students from 7:30am-8:00am. Please remember if your child is needing to eat breakfast at school they need to be here early enough to make it up to their classroom by 8:00 A.M. Kindergarten does officially start at 8:00 A.M. and students will begin to be marked tardy if they are coming up late from breakfast. Thank you for your assistance and effort in helping the students be up to their classrooms to get their days started on time.

Director of Kitchen Services - Teri Jesperson

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ECFE - Betty Uehling

ECFE classes have been learning about Community Helpers this session...Doctor, Dentist, and Mail Carriers. Our second session of 6-week evening classes begin in November...there is still time to register! Set time aside to make memories with your child

Don't miss our upcoming events...

Community Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 29 from 1:00-3:00 at the Jefferson School Parking Lot

New Ulm Women's Expo and Craft Fair, Saturday, November 5 from 9:00-2:00 at Jefferson School

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Eagles Preschool - Ms. Eileen Bierk

Eagle’s 3 and 4 year old classes are quickly getting into the daily routines of preschool at Washington Learning Center. They are learning important self help skills and getting more familiar with their environment. We are enjoying our Outdoor Learning Areas and exploring the changes of seasons in our class gardens. Friendships are building and problem solving ideas are getting introduced as we learn the importance of kindness and using helping hands! Smiles fill the halls and excitement is felt throughout the building as the students begin to build

the important foundation of their lifelong learning journey!


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Kindergarten - Mrs. Holly Syverson

One Two, The Year Is New! We are off to an amazing start to Kindergarten! We spent the month of September creating new friendships, learning routines, and finding out what kindergarten is all about!

Three Four, Adventures Galore! In September we had the amazing opportunity to visit an A-Peeling Acres to learn all about apples and bees. We also had the opportunity to spend a whole day at Flandrau State Park observing the Fall season and interacting with nature!

Five Six, PIck Up Sticks! We have a wonderful outdoor area that we get to explore on a regular basis. This exploration helps us grow and learn in so many ways. We have used the area to learn about our five senses, to practice counting, to learn how to use magnifying glasses and tape measures, and to connect to our natural world.

Seven Eight, Kindergarten Sure Is Great! Our Superkids Cass and Oswald have taught us all about the letters C and O! We have also been learning all about numbers 0-10, shapes, patterns and counting!

Nine Ten, We Can Not Wait For Kindergarten Fun Again and Again!

Library & Technology

SeeSaw in Technology Class

The students have been learning how to use SeeSaw during technology class to complete activities. They have learned how to use the Camera feature of SeeSaw for a Library Scavenger Hunt. The students had to take, resize, and move the 3 photos they took of a book, an animal, and an eagle. In their second SeeSaw activity, the student learned how to use the hand, pencil, pen, highlighter, and eraser tools. This activity used a “Fire Station” theme in preparation for their visit to the fire station next week. You can view these activities with your Family SeeSaw account. Please contact me if you have issues logging into your family account.

Physical Education - Ms. Mikayla Lindell

Off to the races!! Kindergarten phy ed is having a blast getting to know different ways to move their bodies, balance, and get exercise. In September the students learned the different locomotor skills of skipping, hopping, jumping, galloping, and side sliding. They also learned their non-locomotor skills which include; twisting, bending, curling, swaying, balancing, and stretching. Students learned the importance of teamwork through relay races. Next, they learned different tricks with hula hoops, bean bags, and scarves. They then created their own tricks or challenges for other students to try! Some exercises we have been practicing in phy ed include; squats, superhero, shoulder touches, elbow to the opposite knee, and straight arm planks. In October students will learn and practice how to underhand throw, overhand throw, and continue to practice jumping/hopping skills. Don’t forget to get outside this fall!

REMINDER: Students need their tennis shoes every day for physical education! It is important to have tennis shoes that fit properly for running and moving to avoid injuries and to be as successful as possible while learning new skills.

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Special Education - Mrs. Sarah Steinbach

What is “subitizing” and why is it important?

If you roll a pair of dice, and you can tell the number without counting each individual dot, you are using the skill of subitizing.

Students start counting objects by counting them individually. But soon, they can see an arrangement of three or four objects and say “3” or “4” without counting.

With stronger subitizing skills, many math skills become easier. Subitizing helps students rearrange items mentally into groups and patterns. This will eventually help with place value, multiplication and division, addition and subtraction, estimation, fractions, and other tasks.

Once students can count objects accurately one by one, they can build their skills by practicing “seeing” the number without “counting” the number.

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News from the Nurse - Tara Fausch, Licensed School Nurse

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Before heading out, make sure your child has had a well balanced meal to help keep them from filling up on candy as they go.

*Think safety while trick or treating

-young children should always be accompanied by an adult

-cross streets at corners, crosswalks, or traffic lights

-look both ways before crossing AND while crossing

-teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing

-phones away, heads up while walking and crossing streets

-watch for cars that are turning, backing out of driveways, or entering or exiting alleys

-stick to the sidewalks

-if no sidewalk walk facing traffic and as far to the left as possible

-only go to homes that well lit

-never enter a home or vehicle to receive a treat

*Think safety with costumes

-choose the right size to prevent trips and falls-also wear shoes that fit well

-choose light colors if possible

-add reflective tape or stickers

-grab a glow stick to make your child even more visible to drivers

-avoid masks as they can obstruct a child’s vision

-avoid accessories, like long or sharp swords, sticks, etc., that could cause injury

*Think safety while driving on Halloween

-5:30pm-9:30pm are popular trick or treating hours-use extra caution while driving during these hours on Halloween

-be extra careful entering and exiting driveways and alleys

-kids are excited and may move in unpredictable ways

Once home, and in the days following Halloween, do your best to ration treats. Set realistic, consistent, and positive candy guidelines. Try to avoid sugary treats near bedtime and continue with a good teeth brushing routine twice daily.

For more Halloween safety information, visit these websites:



WLC School Social Worker

Second Step

Once a week, I will be in your student's classroom teaching Second Step lessons, which is a curriculum that teaches social-emotional lessons and concepts at an age appropriate level. The students have really been enjoying these lessons so far! In the month of September, we learned about the skills we need to be a good learner. These skills include:

  • Learning to Listen
  • Focusing Attention
  • Following Directions
  • Self-Talk for Staying on Task
  • Being Assertive

Ask your student to share their listening rules with you! (Eyes watching, ears listening, voices quiet, body still)

McKinney-Vento Act for Students Experiencing Homelessness

As the district's Homeless Liaison, I want to make you aware of the rights and services available to students experiencing homelessness. The federal education definition of homelessness includes:

  • Individuals in shelters or transitional housing
  • Individuals living in hotels/motels due to lack of adequate alternatives
  • Individuals staying with others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
  • Individuals staying in cars, parks, or other public spaces not meant for nighttime residence.

The McKinney-Vento Act provides students experiencing homelessness with rights and/or services including, but not limited to, immediate enrollment, transportation, and free school lunches. If your family is experiencing homelessnes, or you know a student that is, please reach out to me to get connected to the services available through the McKinney-Vento Act. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have!

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Community Education - Crystal Fleck

Cell Phones & Parenting Online Zoom Class

Monday, October 10th, 2022 12pm – 1pm
Online through Zoom Fee- $19.75 Instructor: Nickie Welsh
When your child has a Smartphone there are key things you should know in order to keep them safe and secure. In this class you’ll understand recommended safety settings on popular social media apps, parental apps for your child’s Smartphone, and more! We simplify this complicated technology so that you and your child can use the phone safely without worry. ***Please Note that each class recording will be sent to all registered students so that they do not have to attend at the exact designated time. Follow-up support is also included from the instructor and students are encouraged to reach out with questions at any time before or after the class has concluded.

Home Alone

Instructor: Kiersten Dean
Saturday, October 8th
Fee: $26
For 3rd Grade and older.
Washington Learning Center (door #1) Room #104
This class will cover the basics of staying home alone and coming and going from home safely. Topics include appliance safety, responsibilities , house rules, first aid and more are discussed. There will be time allowed for questions and answers from the attendees. You will feel confident and educated to stay home after attending this class. There will be take home materials for all in class. This class is for completed 3rd graders and older.

Les Miserables at The Orpheum Theatre

Thursday, December 15, 2022 1:00pm show
Registration deadline October 15, 2022 (Min 40 students to hold it) Fee: Charter bus and Ticket $90
Bus will leave at 10:30am from the Middle School Parking Lot on South Garden Street.
Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs "I Dreamed A Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More," and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, Les Miserables is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year.

Crystal Fleck

Community Education Coordinator

Washington Learning Center

910 14th North Street New Ulm, MN 56073 | (-507-233-8307 | *- cfleck@newulm.k12.mn.us

Visit our website at http://www.newulm.k12.mn.us/community-ed/

Like us on Facebook communityed.newulm

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Drop Off / Pick Up Reminders

Franklin Street

Please refrain from parking on the WEST side of Franklin Street throughout the school day.

Preschool parent cars will be lining up along Franklin, the length of the parking lot, as they wait to turn right onto 14th N Street.

Kindergarten parents will continue to line up along the WEST side of Franklin just north of the parking lot entrance.

Thank you for your efforts in following these plan to keep everyone safe.

Please review the 2 maps below for preschool and kindergarten traffic plans.

Preschool Pickup

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Kindergarten Pickup

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Parking and Entering the Building

Please use the PARKING LOT when you plan to leave your vehicle and enter the building with your child.

We want to keep Franklin Street free of parked cars during drop off and pick up so parents waiting in cars can line up there and not block the street.

Thank you for your efforts in following these plan to keep everyone safe.

Please see the maps and contact the office with any questions. (507) 233-8300

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