Wolfsville Elementary News

May 2019

Principal's Message- What does 21st Century Learning Look Like at Wolfsville?

As I have shared frequently with the Wolfsville community our staff is committed to providing students with a 21st century learning platform built on a strong foundation of relationships, anchored in relevance and focused on rigor. We believe each and every student can learn and with this vision in mind we will achieve it!


Last school year we examined and tailored our blended learning programs and grouping structures to make progress toward this mission. This year in our primary grade's Language Arts we have worked to create new structures that are more progressive to ensure all students utilize high quality reading and writing instruction everyday. This progressive style of system utilizes flexible grouping structures, across classrooms and sometimes even grade levels, for reading support based on academic growth. As students move through reading levels and display deep comprehension they progress to the next level. This approach to education is sometimes referred to as Competency Based Education or CBE and is often defined as “A system of instruction where students advance to higher levels of learning when they demonstrate mastery of a concept and skills regardless of time, pace or place.” In short, in a CBE system Learning = Constant & Time = Variable. Whereas “In a traditional system, time is the constant and learning is the variable, meaning students spend a set amount of time on certain subjects and advance at predetermined intervals (course units and grade levels) regardless of whether they have mastered the materials.” Our primary children currently work with their grade level teacher for some aspects of reading and writing, but they also work with a variety of other teachers and specialists to target specific skills in a small guided reading group so every child is challenged and continues to grow at an accelerated pace.



Overall, our primary reading data has progressed at record levels and we are able to challenge our students and ensure learning every day more than ever. In the coming school year, we look forward to growing this system in our intermediate grades so that we can continue to focus on your child and each of our students individually. This will support our mission of empowering students to ‘experience the pride of achievement through the power of learning’.



For more information regarding concepts of Competency based learning you can watch this brief video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhXy-P1oYME


Yours in Education,

Megan

End of Year Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 2: Kindergarten Orientation, 6PM

Tuesday, May 7: Grade 1 Fieldtrip to MHS (AG Day), 9:20-12

Thursday, May 9: STEM Day

Friday, May 10: All Pro Family Breakfast, 7:30 AM

Friday, May 10: 2 HR Early Dismissal, Teacher Work Session (Mid Term 4)

Friday, May 10: PTA Mtg, and PTA Play 6 PM

Wednesday, May 15: School Spirit "Patriotic Day"

Thursday, May 16: Band Fieldtrip to MHS, 9-11:30 AM

Thursday, May 16: Band Concert at MHS, 7 PM

Tuesday, May 21: Hugh B Nolan Track Meet, Frederick High School

Monday, May 27: Schools Closed, Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 28: Peer Mentor Fieldtrip to FCC

Wednesday, May 29: End of Term 4

Friday, May 31: Grade 5 Fieldtrip to Middletown MS and Middletown Park/Move-up Day

Monday, June 3: Grade 1 Fieldtrip to ESSL, 9-12 AM

Tuesday, June 4: Grade 3 Fieldtrip to ESSL, 12-2:30 PM

Wednesday, June 5: School Spirit "Summer Shade Day" PM

Thursday, June 6: Grade 2 Fieldtrip to Renfrew Park, 9-2

Friday, June 7: Field Day (Rain Date June 10)

Wednesday, June 12: 40 Book Challenge Celebration

Thursday, June 13: Dollar Day Raffle

Monday, June 17: Grade 5 Celebration (Rain or Shine)

Wednesday, June 19: Awards Program

Wednesday, June 19: Term 4 Report Card Distribution

Wednesday, June 19: 2 HR Early Dismissal/Last Day for Students

Join The HUB@Wolfsville

Do you have young children ages 1-5 at home? Do you know a neighbor or friend who might? Spread the word about our grant funded program The Hub@Wolfsville! We invite you to join our teachers each week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays from 9:30-10:30 AM for interactive play, sensory, fine motor, and literacy activities. Parent and caregivers stay with their children during this time and everyone leave the sessions with snacks and books! This is a FREE time to support your child's growth and development. You can read more about the importance of reading with and to your child in the article below.

PARCC Testing

We are officially complete with consensus testing for PARCC in the areas of Language Arts and Math for grades 3-5. Our students worked very hard and gave forth a strong effort. It was also very helpful for families who let us know in advance if students would miss school on testing days so we could work around their schedules- THANK YOU! Throughout the week the students received many well wishes and encouragement from staff, each other and their families. We had a caring community member even bring in treat bags for all of our students congratulating them on their accomplishment!

Kindergarten Registration


Kindergarten

Registration for

Fall 2019

continues!


Kindergarten is full day and is

for all children who will be 5

on or before Sept 1, 2019.

To register a kindergartner, bring the child's:

*immunization record

*proof of birth date

*proof of residency



See the full news release:

https://www.fcps.org/about/news/1652369/kindergarten-and-prek-registration-begin-monday-march-18

Visitor Management System

REMINDER: FCPS has implemented a Visitor Management System in all schools. This system allows schools to better track visitors, contractors, and volunteers and provide a safer environment for all students. It also allows school administrators to know who is in the building at any given time.


When you come to our school, you will be asked for your driver's license or another form of government issued ID. If you do not have a formal ID, you will be asked your name and birth date. Your information will be entered into the visitor management system (VMS) every time you visit the school. Out of respect to the privacy of our visitors and guests, the system is not connected to any other database such as the Department of Motor Vehicles, and information is not shared with any outside agencies. Once the ID scan is done and entry is approved, the system will issue a visitor's sticker that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of the visit.


Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation with this new VMS (Visitor Management System).

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Reflections Gala

We are proud of our Wolfsville students who were honored in the Heroes Around Me Gala for the PTA reflections program in April. The Gala showcased and celebrated our Wolfsville students who participated in this program. All students entries will be showcased in the office hallway during the month of May for our community to enjoy.