Ravens' News for February
A Messsage from Mrs. Fox
Dear Wrightstown Families,
It is hard to imagine that February has arrived! This is going to be an exciting month. February is Random Acts of Kindness Month. At Wrightstown, we have set a goal for students to demonstrate at least 100 acts of kindness. For every act, a paper heart will be posted to a bulletin board in the APR. February is also when we will mark the 100th Day of School! On February 9, 2016 all of WES students will participate in a variety of planned activities to recognize this day. Don’t forget, students are invited to dress as though they are 100 years old!
We are looking forward to the Ronald McDonald kick off assembly on February 2, 2016. Students will bring home a packet of information on how to get started. This service-learning project will benefit families of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. Proceeds given back to the school will be used to make breakfast bags for families of the Ronald McDonald House.
This month students will read habit 4 of The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. The message in Habit 4 is to Think Win-Win! Students will engage in discussions about solution finding to conflicts. Students have the opportunity to be recognized for practicing any of the habits. The WES Staff will continue to implement Caught Soaring Above and Beyond post cards weekly!
Council Rock Kindergarten Registration for children entering kindergarten September 2016 will be held at each Council Rock elementary school on the following dates/times: Tuesday, March 8th and Thursday, March 10th (6:00 to 7:30 PM); and Friday, March 11th (1:30 to 3:30 PM). Children must be five years of age on or before September 1, 2016 to be eligible for kindergarten enrollment. If you have friends and neighbors who have kids who might be eligible for Kindergarten for the next school year, please share this information. For more information, visit this LINK.
School will not be in session for students on February 12 and 15.
Offices will be open February 12 only!
Beth A. Fox
- February 2nd - Play Rehearsal at 8:00am/Ronald McDonald Read-a-Thon Kick-off Assembly
- February 4th - EQ3 Event for 3rd & 4th Grade Girls at 3:50pm
- February 5th - Play Rehearsal at 8:00am
- February 8th - Report Cards released in the Home Access Center (HAC)
- February 9th - Play Rehearsal at 8:00am/PTO Meeting at 7:30pm in the Art Room
- February 11th - Valentine's Parties
- February 12th - No School for Students/Staff In-Service Day
- February 15th - No School/Office Closed
- February 16th - Play Rehearsal at 8:00am/Science Fair Set-Up in the APR 4:00pm - 8:00pm
- February 17th - Science Fair in the APR 5:30pm - 7:00pm
- February 19th - Play Rehearsal at 8:00am
- February 24th - Math Night for Grades 1-4 6:00pm
- February 26th - Family Reading Camp In Night in the APR at 7:00pm
Save the Dates
Kindergarten & New First Grade Registration for 2016-2017 School Year
- Tuesday, March 8th - 6:00pm-8:00pm
- Thursday, March 10th - 6:00pm-8:00pm
- Friday, March 11th - 1:30pm-3:30pm
Information can be found on our homepage or on the district's website: LINK
4th Annual Science Fair
An exciting event happening in February is The Fourth Annual Science Fair on February 17, 2016 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Students have been working hard to prepare their scientific collections, experiments, and demonstrations. This event is for all grade levels and permission slips are needed. If you have not yet picked up your tri-fold boards please do so in the office.
PSSA Testing Window 2015-2016
English Language Arts: April 11-15, 2016 for Grades 3-8
Math: April 18-22, 2016 for Grades 3-8
Science: April 25-29, 2016 for Grade 4 and 8
Make-Up: May 2-6, 2016
News from the Art Department
Artmobile has visited Wrightstown Art classes with a new and wonderful exhibit on book arts. Not only did this include colorful and fun illustrations, but this show about books was most exciting for its focus on the variety of forms that books can take. Our students learned about the accordion-fold book, the scroll, the map fold, zines, and many more exotic and sculptural book forms. All told, this small museum packed a truck-load of book arts into our world and we’re inspired to make them ourselves. Many thanks to our PTO for funding the Artmobile!
~Mrs. Marian Heffren
Instrumental Music News
The Instrumental Music Students have been working hard learning new notes and songs to earn their Karate Belts. The initial 4.5 month beginner rental period has past and the children continuing with music lessons in the second half of the year will start learning music for the Spring Concert in May!
~Mrs. Betty Hintenlang
News from the PE Department
We have just finished up our team handball unit in Physical education class. Our next two units will be volleyball/newcombe and our cooperative activities. We will be using the rock wall, the ropes and the cargo net. The students love this unit and we look forward to lots of fun. We continue to do our warm up running before each gym class. The students are up to three minutes and we will be going to four minutes in a few weeks. We try to stay in shape over the winter months!!!
Physical Education Teacher
Read for Ronald
WES is participating in the Ronald McDonald read-a-thon this February! We hope to make this a truly meaningful experience for the students. Mrs. Keen and Mrs. Etgen went to each classroom the day after MLK day and explained what the Ronald McDonald House is and how it helps others. It is an awesome opportunity for the children to do a form of community service – reading to raise money for the House. The children are also going to generate welcome snack bags for the families that are staying at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.
The following link was shared in the classroom in the hopes of giving the children a better understanding of what exactly happens at the Ronald McDonald House.
We will be having a special visit from Ronald McDonald on February 2nd at 2:00 p.m.! On that day, children will bring home pledge packets and reading logs for the month of February. Wrightstown also has an online fundraising page for this event. If you would like to sponsor us via the webpage, here is the link:
Feel free to donate on line OR join our team!
Let’s get ready to Read for the House!!
Reading Camp in Night! by Mrs. Paula Etgen
We are having a first Reading Camp in! The date for this momentous event is a February 26th from 7 - 9 p.m.
Children will be coming back to the “Wrightstown Campsite” (otherwise known as the APR room). They are encouraged to come in their pajamas and bring sleeping bags and stuffed animals! There will be stations set up where the kids will be able to snuggle down and read with friends and family. Wrightstown teachers will be there too, sharing their favorite books. If anyone is able to donate and/or set up a tent for this event that would be greatly appreciated! This promises to be a great night of reading, family, and friends! Hope you can make it!
Counselor's Corner by Mrs. Nancy Jachimski
Our third grade students learned about the important character traits of honesty and integrity through the story, The Empty Pot by Demi.
When Ping admits that he is the only child in China who is unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the Emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty by being crowned the next Emperor. The students loved the surprise ending to this old Chinese folktale. Don’t forget to ask your child about the real secret of the Emperor’s challenge!
During CR Education Week, I presented a parent workshop on building resilience in children. A significant component of resilience is that children feel empowered by helping others through something as simple as a small act of kindness or a bigger commitment like volunteer work. To celebrate Random Act of Kindness Month and the 100th Day of School, we are setting up a Random Act of Kindness Challenge for our students. The goal is for our students to perform at least 100 acts of kindness by the end of February. We hope to exceed that number throughout the month of February and the remainder of the school year!
"A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." -Amelia Earhart
"Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind." -Henry James
A Note from the Nurse
As cold and flu season begins, please accept this gentle reminder about the school district policy and the Department of Health guidelines on return to school after illness. To prevent re-introduction of illness into the classroom and school setting, you are kindly asked to note the following guidelines.
- Fever of 100 F or higher. Students should return when free of fever for 24 hours, without any fever reducing medication.
- Diarrhea or vomiting during the previous 24 hours. Students should return when free of these symptoms for 24 hours, AND when appetite and energy level have returned to normal.
- Rash with a fever.
- Illness that prevents a child from participating in activities.
Vocal Music News
Things are moving right along in the General Music Classroom! Here is what we’ve been up to:
Kindergarten students are playing, singing and moving to ‘sounds that go up and sounds that go down’ – melodic direction for those of us older than six! We all are able to play “I Have a Little Snowman” on the step bells.
In First Grade we singing and moving to lots of songs about snow. Our favorite is “Snowflakes”. We are also beginning to read rhythms using the Kodaly method. Do you recognize ta-ta-titi-ta?
Second Graders are learning to identify space notes (our ‘pitch language’) and half notes and rests (out ‘rhythm language’). We are using our Orff instruments to play an ostinato (rhythmic pattern) to a poem called “Donkey, Donkey”. Orff instruments are like variously sized xylophones and so much fun!
In Third Grade, we have been playing the keyboards. On keyboard, even taking a quiz is cool! We’ve just mastered registers (ask your third-graders) by playing “The Siamese Cat Song” from Lady and the Tramp.
Recorder Karate is an exciting program that we’ve been working with in Fourth Grade. This helps us to practice our note and rhythm reading. Each time we learn a song, we earn a colored belt for our recorder.
~Mrs. Nanette Lutz
Vocal Music Teacher
News from Your Library
The WES fourth grade Bucks County Reading Olympic teams will start meeting weekly in the Library to prepare for the April 7th countywide event.
They will be meeting during recess every Tuesday in the School Library through February and March.
Go Reading Ravens!
Reading Olympics Junior
Wrightstown is participating in Reading Olympics, Junior this year! This program is open to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders. Permission slips went out on Friday, January 29th with all the details. Reading Olympics, Junior is a great way to get children excited about reading - and maybe even prepare them for the Reading Olympics program for 5th and 6th graders! Check it out -- maybe it will be a perfect fit for your child!
Well we are gearing up for our annual SPRING FAIR on March 12th from 10am - 2pm. With so much going on I wanted to share with you Spring Fair 411. This is one of the PTO's biggest fundraisers. The money raised on March 12th will help fund activities like: Science Fair, Dad's Breakfast, Family Fun Bingo Night, Assemblies, Running Club and Field Trips.
Below is an explanation of a few things we will need your help on.
Discounted Fair Tickets (to play games) will be on sale starting Monday, February 1st, order form will go home via backpack. Purchase your tickets early and save money. You will pick these up at the fair.
Pre-sale tickets are 4 tickets for $1.00 or 125 for $25.00.
Tickets purchased day of are 3 tickets for $1.00 or 25 tickets for $25.00.
Your Home Room Parent will be contacting you next week to give $5 towards the class raffle basket. These baskets are then raffled off the day of the fair. Raffle tickets will be sold starting Feb 29th. While the fair tickets will be picked up the day of the fair, raffle tickets will be sent home via backpack. Be sure to put your child's name and homeroom on the back of each ticket and they can use them towards the item they want to win during lunch time and do not need to be present for the drawing to win.
DECORATED JARS AND CAKE WALK
Two hugely popular booths at the Fair!! But we can't do it without your help!
A Decorated Jar of treats/gift card/you name it. Anything goes with this surprise jar of goodies! It doesn't have to be an actual jar. It could be a container or in a clear bag etc. Any goodie your child likes will delight another. Check out our "Jar-ol-ogy" on PTO website www.wespto.wikispaces.com
The Cake Walk takes donations big and small; homemade or purchased; cake, cookies, cupcakes.
Whatever you bring the kids will walk for! Please remember "nut free"!
Paper for art contest will go home via backpack on February 2nd. Have your child draw a picture with this year's theme "out of this world!" Students can compete to win FREE FAIR TICKETS. All artwork will be displayed at the fair.
Masterpieces due to homeroom by Monday, February 29th.
Each class will have a booth at the fair. Your Home Room Parents will be contacting you shortly regarding volunteering for your booth. Whatever time you can give is greatly appreciated!
If you or someone you know has a business who can donate an item or service or if your family would like to donate an item for bid at our Silent Auction, please do! Send all items to the front office marked Spring Fair Silent Auction. Our Tax ID letter is on the PTO website. Also please use the letter to solicit businesses you patronize now until the fair! Every item helps us raise money and can be bundled so nothing is too small. If you have any questions please contact Beverly Funk at email@example.com.
Well, there you have it. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your Home Room Parent or our Fair Chair, Amber Mosley at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing all of our WES Families at the fair! The things that memories are made of. And I thank you in advance, for all you do in helping this be a successful Spring Fair!