"Specials" Edition

What's going on at WPE in our Specials classes...

Specials Schedule

  • 8:10 - 8:55 Fourth Grade
  • 8:55 - 9:40 Fifth Grade
  • 9:50 - 10:35 Third Grade
  • 10:35 - 11:50 Lunch/Conference Period
  • 11:50 - 12:35 Kindergarten
  • 12:35 - 1:20 First Grade
  • 1:20 - 2:05 Second Grade
  • 2:10 - 3:05 Enrichment Coverage

Coach Castle and Coach Wheelers' P.E. Corner

K-2 Students continue to learn to move safely throughout the PE space. Body control and running safely are emphasized. This is done through games such as Builders and Bulldozers, Zombie Tag, and Poison Hula Hoops.

3rd-5th continue to work on sports specific skills. In the upcoming month, tennis and flag football will be the sports of focus.

All students focus daily on Integrity, Perseverance, Kindness and Sportsmanship.

Don't forget!!! Turkey Trot T-Shirt Orders Due by October 30th! Students or Visitors with the t-shirt on will earn extra laps for their class! Please join us on Nov. 19th to help your child's class win!!

Mrs. Kratzner-Gunal's Tech Spot

We just wrapped up our nine week long focus on Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship. Coming up next will continue to practice those skills while we focus on different objectives for each grade level:

  • Kindergarten and 1st grade will be learning about the parts of the computer and practicing using a mouse, plus completing beginner keyboarding activities.
  • 2nd grade will get creative while learning to copy and paste, plus reviewing their mouse skills with a Pixel Art activity in Google Slides.
  • 3rd grade will create an "All About Me" digital project using Adobe Spark.
  • 4th grade will create a presentation over a given topic to learn research skills, validity of what is on a website, and siting their sources
  • 5th grade will dive into Google Earth/Maps and virtually visit remote locations around the world as they try to use a set of clues to figure out a mystery location.

Mrs. Fort’s Art Studio

Ask your students about the transformation that occurred in our art studio! Thank you WPE for our new tables and stools that allow for more space and flexibility that allows us to explore art more personally! Continue reading to learn about what our young artists are busy creating.

  • Kindergarten is learning all about cactus! It’s their first experience of guided drawings where all students learn to draw by following a specific guideline! It’s a great skill that they will use over and over again as they explore more and more in art. Throughout December we will add colorful lines, paint, and of course, those spiny leaves!
  • 1st grade completed their Native American Sky Art and are finishing up their “neighborhood” houses as they perfect their cutting and gluing skills. Next up they will begin their snowman portraits inspired by the book If Picasso Painted A Snowman, as we get deeper into the winter season.
  • 2nd grade is a few weeks into their landscape art using torn tissue paper, construction paper, and paint. We’re learning about perspective, near and far, and how to incorporate horizon lines in our art. Take some time to ask your student about the colorful messes we’re making with this project!

  • Our 3rd graders continue to create their cowboy/cowgirl self portraits establishing emphasis by creating a textured neckerchief. Ask your student if they chose beads, buttons, or yarn for there project.

  • 4th and 5th grade are into the final stages of their Rodeo Art. Each student brainstormed, planned, and sketched out their designs in their sketchbook before creating their final masterpiece. Ask your child what aspect of the Rodeo theme they chose and how their idea is coming along! We have lots of unique boots, cacti, cowboys, cowgirls, and animals coming to life!

Art Club

Our Art Club for the 2nd nine weeks began on Oct. 14th. These students helped out by creating our Veteran’s Day banners that were on display during the 3rd grade Veteran’s Day Program. They are currently in the middle of creating their paper sewing art as part of our Rodeo Art unit. We meet every Thursday this month! In January, a new Art Club group will start. We will explore 3D art with some tabletop paper mache creates and clay pots.

Bedgood's Book Buzz

Bluebonnet Book Club is in effect! Students can read these 20 amazing books and earn prizes. All they have to do is read the books and talk to me about them. Students can read the book on their own or as a family. We have many copies available in the library or they can read them on Sora (through myhumble). This is a great way to reinforce their skills and grow a love of reading.

The prizes for reading the books are:

5 books-Bluebonnet breakfast and voting plus gumballs

10 books-$10 panda bucks and a poster

15 books-Movie night with popcorn and candy

20 books-Fieldtrip to Sheldon Lakes

Battle of the Books-Elementary Style

This year for the first time ever elementary students will have their own Battle of the Books. Students will read the books and work together as a team of 3-6 kids to answer questions about the books. We will meet weekly to discuss the books and work on team building. One team will progress to the Battle of the Books competition to compete against other schools for the Battle of the Books winner!

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Mr. McClellan Musical Moments

Our Third Grade Veterans Day program is coming up fast on November 11th! These kids are very excited to have the opportunity to honor those who have served in our country's armed forces. They are putting the final touches on "America the Beautiful," "God Bless America," and "Thank You, Soldiers" and are sounding absolutely wonderful. They will be performing during school on November 11th during the Veterans Day luncheon as well as in the evening after school at 5:30. Stay tuned for more details!

  • Kindergarten is doing a fantastic job expanding their repertoire of fun songs, identifying different voice types, and acting out plays and movements to different songs!
  • 1st grade started playing Orff xylophones, glockenspiels, and metallophones this year. They are providing accompaniment to songs we are learning that focus on steady beat.
  • 2nd grade is exploring new songs that use the pentatonic scale through playing many, many musical games. In the first nine weeks, we reviewed songs with three-note melodies and playing with a steady beat on instruments. They are also working on music literacy by reading quarter notes, eighth notes, and rests in 8-beat phrases!
  • 4th grade is learning and performing music that has two- and three-part harmony as well as ostinato and they are also playing major and minor scales on our Orff instruments!
  • 5th grade is learning songs with three-part harmony and extended form. In the last few weeks, we've been playing a song called "Pomme de Reinette" that is sung in French and has a five-part form and uses the major scale! That's a lot of music to remember, and they are all learning it by ear!

Mr. M's music club will be seeking members as we get closer to the holidays! A lot of students have expressed interest, and I cannot wait to get started. More info coming soon!

We are Safe. We are Kind. We are respectful. We are PANDAS!