The Tiger Times
August 21, 2020
A Note from your Principal
Dear Tiger Families,
Our goal at West Newton is to make each day count! As we finish out day 12 this school year, I am Decatur Proud of our students and staff for responding to new safety procedures and routines with discipline and focus.
We are jumping into academics as well with continued emphasis on academic and content vocabulary, and our new English Language Arts curriculum, “Into Reading” for grades 1-5 and “Into Literature” for 6th grade (HMH). All students, including remote and on-site, are learning and practicing how to access technology resources such as Canvas, Webex, Savvas (formerly Pearson Math), and HMH. Thank you for your continued support with charging iPads nightly and reminding your child to bring the iPad back to school each day. For our remote learning families, we appreciate your support and communication to ensure active participation through Webex and Canvas.
We are “stronger together” as the West Newton Family of students, parents/guardians, and staff, all working toward increased student achievement. Thank you for sharing your children with us!
With Tiger Pride,
Mrs. LeMay, Principal
Social Emotional Learning
Here at West Newton, we want students to be successful in all aspects of school. In addition to teaching core academic subjects, teachers and staff teach Social Emotional Learning skills or SEL.
What is SEL? Teaching SEL skills your child the tools to understand their emotions, communicate effectively, engage appropriately with other students, and cope with hardships and disappointments.
How do we teach SEL? We teach using the Second Step program. It is taught in all grade levels and in all schools throughout Decatur Township. It teaches skills in the following areas:
Skills for Learning: Students learn to help themselves, listen attentively, stay on task, and be assertive when needing help.
Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their emotions and recognize the emotions of others.
Emotion Management: Students learn skills to help them calm down or reset when dealing with unexpected emotions.
Problem Solving: Students learn the process of solving problems in a positive way.
How can you support SEL at home? In addition to the lessons taught in class, your child will be bringing home Home Links that accompany the lessons. These Home Links have fun activities and conversation starters that you can do with your child.
I am honored to be the Social Emotional Learning Coach at West Newton. Please keep your eyes open for more Second Step updates!
West Newton Needs a Motto!
Please share with your student - student suggested entries only, please!!
What’s a motto? A motto is a short phrase or sentence that shows values and beliefs.
The PBIS Committee is having a contest to find a motto for West Newton. Think about TIGER Pride, your favorite parts of school, or what West Newton means to you. The motto should be meaningful and inspiring. The grand prize winner will have their motto displayed in the front office on a plaque! First and second runners up will receive prizes as well.
All entries are promptly due on Monday, August 31st. Judging will be blind. Please complete the Google Form West Newton Needs a Motto! to enter. Good Luck!
2019/2020 YEARBOOK ~ $15
Yearbooks are $15 each. Cash and Checks are accepted. Checks should be made payable to West Newton Elementary. Limited supplies, first come - first serve, while supplies last! Students will be given the purchased yearbook to bring home on the same day cash/check is brought to school.
Picture Day ~ Wednesday, 9/2/2020
We will not be sending paper Order Flyers home with students this year. Be sure to preorder your pictures. This year ALL orders must be submitted online using the link below.
Order online at inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/51922VF
It generally takes approximately 3-4 weeks to process the orders and get them shipped back to our school. Portrait packages will be sent home with students when they arrive.
PTO TRASH BAG SALE
Thank you for your support!!
Decatur Middle School Sports
6th graders are ENCOURAGED to participate in limited athletics at the middle school level. They are still required to have a physical and all electronic forms on file. All of these forms can be found at dchawks.com under the MORE tab.
6th graders may participate in GOLF, CROSS COUNTRY, TENNIS AND BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER.
Please have interested families contact Mrs. Harvey, DMS Athletic Director, at 317-856-5274.
Students are doing an amazing job wearing their masks and following safety procedures. Thank you for continuing to send your child to school wearing a mask.
No School Visitors
No visitors will be allowed inside buildings for any reason other than to pick up or drop off their child beginning on the first day of school. This includes walking your child to class, eating lunch with your child, class parties, events and convocations. Masks must be worn at all times by parents or anyone that is able to enter the building.
- All Parent meetings will be held via phone or virtually. This includes parent/teacher conferences, or IEP/504 meetings.