Willowbrook Elementary

October Parent Newsletter

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We will have two remote learning days in October: October 15 and October 16. Should you or your student need assistance or have questions during the remote learning days, please contact your student's teacher via email during his or her office hours. For your convenience, we have listed each grade level's office hours for our remote learning days below:



  • Kindergarten Teachers: 8:00-9:30 am
  • First Grade Teachers: 9:00-10:30 am
  • Second Grade Teachers: 7:50-9:20 am
  • Third Grade Teachers: 8:00-9:30 am
  • Fourth Grade Teachers: 9:00-10:30 am
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Each October we observe the last week of the month for Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is a week to promote drug and alcohol prevention across American. At WES, we focus on making healthy and safe choices. Each day students are encouraged to dress up for different themes. Our days this year are:


    • Monday, October 26--”Real heroes say no to drugs.” Wear a hero shirt or red, white and blue.

    • Tuesday, October 27--”Making good choices is no sweat.” Wear your sweats or comfy clothes.

    • Wednesday, October 28--Make great choices from head to toe.” Wear your crazy hair AND socks.

    • Thursday, October 29--”I am a JEAN-ius at making healthy choices!” Wear your jeans and/or any other denim that you have. Add a Willowbrook shirt if you have one.

    • Friday, October 30--”I will BOOK it away from drugs!” Dress up as a book character.

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Virtual Learning Expectations

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Herd Hurrahs!

Have you recently seen a member of our herd go the extra mile for WES? Sensational things are taking place at Willowbrook! Let's take time to recognize the hard work, passion, and dedication put forth each day to make Willowbrook the wonderful school that it is.


Using this Google form is an excellent way to acknowledge a member of our herd, such as a WES staff member, a student, a PTO member, a parent, or a community member, who has gone above and beyond. All submissions will be collected and announced anonymously over the course of the school year in our staff updates, monthly newsletters, or through our social media websites.


Link to Google Form: https://forms.gle/3xXPJaVHUtkwBo5A9

Willowbrook Mindfulness

Updates and Reminders from Nurse Brittney

  • Just a reminder that if your child has symptoms such as severe headache, cough, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, etc that they are to remain home until symptom-free for 24 hours. If your child suffers from seasonal allergies, please make sure they are taking their medications to help alleviate symptoms.
  • Our school FLU CLINIC is set for October 26th. Paperwork will be sent out and you only need to complete it should you want your child to receive the flu vaccine here at school.
  • Please make sure you have completed a health history form for your child in order for me to provide care. If you need one, please feel free to contact me. I can be reached by email at bclupny@bentonvillek12.org or by phone at 479-418-7306.

College and Career Readiness

We enjoyed focusing on college and career readiness with our students this week. It is clear they all have bright futures ahead of them! Thank you to all of the families who contributed to our fun-filled week by sharing videos, posting comments and photos on social media, and allowing the students to dress up for the various college and career days.

Thank you to our Willowbrook Families

Parents and guardians, we want to say thank you! You all have done a fantastic job of calling the office by 9:00 am to alert the staff of any transportation changes your student might have for the school day. We appreciate you all communicating this information with us, so we can ensure our students get home safely each day. If you need it, our office phone number is 479-418-7300.

Fall Parties

All fall parties will take place on Friday, October 30th. Due to the current restrictions and safety protocols in place, we must adhere to the following guidelines for our fall parties:


Party Items: Food, Crafts, Games

  • Must be sent to school with your student no later than October 23
  • Teachers will store these items in the classroom until the party on October 30
  • Must be individually wrapped or packaged
  • Food items may not contain nuts
  • Consider healthy party food options (fruit cups, water bottles, pretzels)
  • Students may not share supplies. Please plan accordingly with any games or crafts.


Volunteers:

  • No parents, guardians, or volunteers will be allowed to attend the fall parties
  • If you wish to help with the party by sending in supplies, please watch for an email from your student's teacher in the coming weeks

Virtual Students:

  • Virtual class parties will take place on October 30th too
  • Classroom teachers will reach out soon with a specific time and to share more information regarding their class' virtual party

House System at Willowbrook

We strive to be our best selves and stay united at Willowbrook Elementary. One way we do this is by implementing a “house system” within our school. The goal of this letter is to inform Willowbrook families of our “Eight Houses, One Herd” initiative.


All students and staff members belong to one of eight Houses. The Houses are tied to character traits we discuss in our classrooms and in House Meetings each month. The name of each House celebrates the languages that are spoken in the homes of some of our very own Willowbrook Elephants. In addition to a name, each House is also represented by a color to reinforce the idea of being part of a team.


Students are first randomly sorted into their House at the beginning of the school year. It is a high energy time! Then students receive a T-shirt in the color of their House, which creates a sense of unity within the House. Houses are made up of staff members and students in kindergarten through fourth grade.


Each month, House Meetings and Pep Rallies are held to discuss ways we can cultivate and display the character traits from which our Houses are named. It is the hope that students show these dispositions inside and outside the walls of our school. During the school day, students earn House Points for displaying positive behavior which are tallied each

quarter.


At the end of each quarter, a House Party will be held for the House with the most points. Because Houses are made up of students from all grade levels, this encourages positive behavior and accountability school-wide. We love to celebrate each other at Willowbrook Elementary! Ask your child to perform their House Chant for you at home and discuss the character traits they are learning about in their House Meetings. We want you to be

united with us! We are Eight Houses, but together we make up One Herd!

Counselors' Corner

Happy October! This month our focus in classroom lessons will be integrity and bullying. We will talk about the importance of being true in our actions and to ourselves, standing up for others and not being “mean behind the screen.” Please see the attached parent newsletter for some tips with helping your children with integrity.





  • Sharing and Caring Applications-- Applications are now being accepted online. If you are needing holiday assistance, Sharing and Caring is the best opportunity to ensure needs are met. WES does not provide holiday assistance, so be sure to apply early. Dates, locations and application information are available at the link below. The last day for Bentonville applications is October 28th. For more information regarding how to apply or to receive a copy of the 2020 application please visit the following website: https://sharingandcaringkids.com/apply-for-assistance/

Coaches' Corner

Math Coach: Mrs. Howard-- Counting is not just for Kindergarten!


Counting with your child is a great way to build your child's number sense no matter what age they are. It's something quick you can do while you're in the car or standing in line. Here are a few suggestions for counting:

  • count objects you have at home

  • count forward (this will help with addition)

  • count backward (this will help with subtraction)

  • start counting from a random number like 42 or 187 or 1,095

  • count from a number that will lead to crossing 100 or 1000--for example start at 97 or 990 (kids need practice with this!)

  • count by 2's, 5's, or 10's or any number (this helps with multiplication)

  • count forward and backward by 10's starting at a number that is not a "ten number" like 13 or 28

  • count with your child or take turns saying a number

  • notice patterns in your counting


Happy counting!!



Literacy Coach: Mrs. Bowen-- Have you Read a Good Book Lately?

Reading with your child is a wonderful way to develop vocabulary and comprehension. When children hear books read aloud, they come to understand why reading is important. They learn that people read for different reasons-books that tell a story can be read for pleasure; books full of facts and information can be read in order to learn new things. Children learn a great deal when they listen to books read aloud-they hear new words, learn new ways of saying things, and are introduced to new ideas, different people, and faraway places.


When reading a fiction book, ask your child questions to help develop a conversation and increase their comprehension skills. Remember fiction includes literature, such as short stories, and chapter books that describe imaginary events and people.


Check out the attached link for questions you can ask while reading to enhance your conversation.


Have fun reading a good book!

Online Book Fair

Hello parents! This fall, we are holding an Online Book Fair from October 19-October 30! Starting on October 19, use the link below to shop our eFair. Proceeds directly benefit the library and allow us to purchase great new books and host fun programs for students! All purchases will ship to Willowbrook after the end date of the fair (October 31). Blended students will have their purchases delivered to their classroom. A curbside pick-up will be coordinated for our virtual students - specific information on pick-up will be sent out once a confirmed arrival date of items is provided. You can also find an online book fair flyer and a video tutorial on how to access and shop the fair in the links below!


Fair Link: https://efairs.follettbookfairs.com/guest/home?classCode=MLWLP

Online Book Fair Flyer: https://cdn.brandfolder.io/9PA1UQVX/as/qal6oa-e5mu40-erbvp2/K-6_Flyer.pdf

Video on how to shop the eFair:

https://players.brightcove.net/1464976798001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6183300179001


Ms. Tavernaro

Library Media Specialist

Student Belongings

As a reminder, the only items that can be dropped off during the school day are essential items, such as a Chromebook, eyeglasses, medication, and clothing for accidents. We cannot accept drop offs for student lunch boxes or water bottles. If your student forgets his or her lunch box or water bottle, please call the school at 479-418-7300. We will ensure that your student has water for the school day and receives a school lunch.


It is always helpful to write your student's name on his or her belongings. This way if an item turns up we can return it to the proper owner. We strongly recommend your student's name be listed on items, such as water bottles, lunch boxes, jackets, and in the clear pouch of the Chromebook case.

Yearbooks

If you received an email from Lifetouch recently stating that families "can pre-order their school’s 2020-2021 yearbook from Lifetouch," then please disregard it. Lifetouch sent this email out to an incorrect distribution list by mistake. Willowbrook will not be using Lifetouch for our yearbooks this school year, so please do not try to pre-order a yearbook through Lifetouch.


The company we will use this year is TreeRing. Please take a look at the attached flyer for information on how to order and get a 5% discount during the month of October.

Car Line

Overall, car line is going very smoothly in the mornings and afternoons. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked to establish new routines at the start of the school year. Below are just a few friendly reminders to ensure the safety of our students:


  • Cell phone use is prohibited during car line
  • Please pull all the way up to the staff member holding the "stop" or "slow" sign
  • Please only let your students out of the car in the morning once the sign in front says "stop" and/or a staff member motions that it is okay for the student to get out of the car

Wi-Fi Support

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