Wiggin Street Parent Update

May 13, 2022

Better Together

Dear Wiggin Street Families,

This update is full of pictures and videos from all of the exciting events that happened this week! We had a beautiful day for the End of the Year Picnic today. Thanks to all the volunteers that came out to help! We even had a hummus cart served by MVCSD Food Service Director, Mark Kime. I saw kids going for seconds and even thirds of celery, peppers, pita bread, hummus, and spicy feta dip.

We look forward to camp at Heartland for our 5th graders next Monday, Field Day on Wednesday, 3rd Grade History Field Trip on Friday, and our Senior Breakfast for graduating high school seniors that are Wiggin Street alumni.

Lastly, we are so thankful that Gambier's Strategic Plan Steering Committee approved $35,000 in funding for Wiggin Street Elementary to improve our playground! Small's Asphalt will resurface our playground and pave the strip gravel path. This will allow are staff to paint sensory paths and kinesthetic lab activities including 4 square, hopscotch, etc.

Great things are happening on Wiggin Street, and we love to share! Have a great weekend!


Christy Grandstaff

End of the Year Picnic

Ryan's Case for Smiles

Our 5th grade students had the opportunity to make pillow cases for kids with cancer that will be taken to hospitals. Thank you to Terri Lewis and her mother for bringing in fabric, sewing machines, and sergers for students to use. They even learned to iron! Please watch the video to learn more about the organization, Ryan's Case for Smiles.

Kenyon Computer Science Students Collaborate with Wiggin Street 5th Grade Students

Special thank you to Professor Skon and his Kenyon Computer Science students that collaborated with our 5th grade students in Mrs. Stetler's Technology classes. They presented their learning games created for the classes based on their feedback. Students learned about coding and game design in a real-world situation.

Staff vs. 5th Grade Hockey Game

2022 WS Hockey Game
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5th Grade Field Trip to Kenyon College Farm

An American Studies class at Kenyon College, Theory and Practice of Urban Education, learned this semester about nontraditional teaching and experiential learning. For their class project, they wanted to make use of the Kenyon Farm to combine what they learned about experiential learning. They designed a field trip for elementary school students at the Kenyon Farm and invited our 5th grade students to test it out!

Through four categories–sustainability, indigenous practices, livestock, and agriculture, they crafted experimental lessons students could explore. Students learned about soil testing and soil health, sustainability, and indigenous attitudes and practices surrounding agriculture. They also practiced some math skills as they figured out how much space needs to be allocated for animals and other things on a farm, and they had an opportunity to read & write poetry or draw art inspired by nature. As you can see by the pictures, our students had a great time!

Thank you 3rd Grade Recyclers!

2nd and 4th grade students sharing Cinderella stories

Kindergarten Getting the Wiggles Out after the Hockey Game

Gummy Bears

Senior Breakfast at Wiggin Street

We are excited to see Wiggin Street Alumni that are graduating high school this year at the Senior Breakfast!
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Middle School Music Opportunities

5th Grade Families:

Choir, Band, and Orchestra are offered as classes beginning in 6th grade. On April 29th, the 5th grade students traveled to the high school to learn about these music opportunities. Students also tried instruments during their music class this week!

Please add the below date to your calendar for more information and to sign up to BE PART OF THE MUSIC!

Parent Information/ Sign Up Meetings : Thursday, May 19 @ MVMS
6pm: Pleasant Street & Twin Oak
7pm: Dan Emmett & Wiggin Street
8pm: Columbia & East

Fun Summer Learning Opportunity

Wonderopolis.org is a free online summer-learning destination with fun, interactive STEM and literacy-building topics boosted by Maker Experiments. I plan to share this in tomorrow's parent update.
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Last Day of School

May 26th, last day for students, will be a two-hour early release as in past school years.

Upcoming Important Dates


16 5th Grade to Heartland Camp for the day with Pleasant Street

18 Field Day

19 Field Day Rain Date

20 NWEA MAP Window closes


20 3rd Grade History Field Trip 9:15-2:00

22 High School Graduation

23 4th Grade Hygiene Talk w/Knox Public Health, 1:55-2:35

23 5th Grade Puberty Talk w/Knox Public Health, 2:40-3:30

24 Talent Show, 2:00

26 End of 4th 9 weeks/Last Day of School

26 KDG Graduation, 9:30 am

26 5th Grade Graduation, 10:30 am

26 5th Grade Clap-out, 11:45 am

26 Final Report Cards go home

26 2-hour early dismissal, 1:30

27 Teacher Work Day

30 Memorial Day

Idle-free Zone

For pick up, please do not arrive until 3:30. There is no stopping, standing, or parking on E. Brooklyn St. allowed. Also, please reminder that our school is an Idle-free Zone. Protect our children and the community by turning off your engine.