Wiggin Street Parent Update

January 21, 2022

Better Together

Dear Wiggin Street Families,

This is the time of the year, when teachers and students reflect on the growth made over the first semester and set goals for the next 9 weeks. It's important for students to develop a growth mindset, so they can better understand that they can do hard things! We all reach a time when we are challenged and it's our mindset that makes all the difference in achievement.

I wanted to include some resources this week for both parents and children to aide in the growth of all students. You are your child's first teacher, and we know that when parents are engaged in their children's school lives, students have the support they need to develop a lifelong love of learning. Thank you for all you do!

Best wishes,

Christy Grandstaff

Instilling a Growth Mindset

In this book, Carol S. Dweck, Ph. D. shows us how success can be greatly influenced by how we think about our abilities and talents. People with a fixed mindset are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset. Whether in school, work, sports, the arts, or any other area in life, a growth mindset can help us all flourish.

Check out this video about the Power of Yet!

Carol S. Dweck, Ph. D. TED Talk

15 Growth Mindset Books to Help Your Students Succeed

Encouraging Your Child to Have a Growth Mindset

Fixed Mindset-

Encourage your child to NOT say this:

  • I just can't do this.
  • It's good enough.
  • I am not good at this.
  • I made a mistake.
  • I give up.
  • This is too hard.
  • I am awesome at this.
  • This is too hard.

Growth Mindset-

Encourage your child to say this instead:

  • Is this really my best work?
  • What am I missing?
  • Mistakes help my brain grow.
  • I am going to take a deep breath and work hard.
  • This may take some time and effort.
  • I can make this more challenging.
  • I'll use a different strategy.

Sledding at Wiggin Street

It's that time of year again! Students at Wiggin Street have had a long tradition of being allowed to sled at recess during the winter months. Preparation is everything, so sending in a trash bag and appropriate winter clothing makes one happy student! Check out the sledding rules below as well as appropriate dress.

1. We only sled when there is at least a 4'' cushion of snow;

2. We only sled in a sitting position;

3. Students who want to sled must bring their own plastic trash bag, and no actual sleds are permitted.

4. Sliding down the hill is one at a time and occurs only between the retaining wall and the swings on the south side of the playground;

5. After sliding down the hill, students are to return to the top of the hill at a point outside of the sledding land;

6. Sledding occurs only under the direct supervision of a duty teacher

7. Students who wish to sled must be dressed appropriately with winter coats, boots, hats, and gloves. It is advisable that snow pants be worn or a change of pants and socks be sent in the child's book bag if they wish to sled.

Inclement Weather Calamity Days

The following link will provide you with details shared by Superintendent Seder on how the decision is made for closings and delays.

“School Closings and Delays - How is the Decision Made”

We will be using ‘Instant Connect Alerts’ as our closings and delays notification system. Please make sure you have signed up at Instant Connect portal.

2021-22 School Fees

School fees are assessed and must be paid every school year. Elementary school fees are $30 per student. You can pay by credit card or bank draft on-line using the PayForIt.net website, or you can pay by sending a check, cash or money order at Wiggin Street School or the MVCSD Board Office.

Yearbook Sale January 17th-28th

Yearbooks will be on sale next week and are $16.00. Order envelopes will be going home on Tuesday, but they can also be ordered online at this site.

Friends of Wiggin Street

Next FOW meeting is Feb. 1st @ 5:00 pm.

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Winter Weather

Please remember that students will go outside on days where the temperature with wind chill accounted for is at or above 20°f. Be sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather each day. Coats, hats, and gloves are necessary at this time of the year. Boots are required for playing in the snow. If you need assistance with winter outerwear for your child, please contact our school, and we will happily find warm clothes for them.

Thrive Kids

Thrive Kids with Coach Hannah


This week at Thrive Kids we discussed the importance of using words that build others up instead of words that tear people down. As leaders we can use our words as a power for good and as a way to help those in need which is exactly what we challenged the students to do! Build up your friend who is struggling in math, use your words to encourage someone who is sad, or stand up for someone who is being bullied. Our words have power and we want to use them as a force for change.

We also worked on the squat movement as our physical challenge for the day! Ask your kids to show you the 1, 2, 3 of the squat and see if they remember!

Thrive Kids Schedule

Jan 27th

NO CLASS Feb 3rd

Feb 10th

Feb 17th

Feb 24th

See you Thursday, January 27th at 8:15am!

-Coach Hannah

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Idle-free Zone

For pick up, please do not arrive until 3:30. There is no stopping, standing, or parking on E. Brooklyn St. allowed. Also, please reminder that our school is an Idle-free Zone. Protect our children and the community by turning off your engine.

Upcoming Important Dates


21 Pledge envelopes (with scores from Math Olympic Challenge) returned to students

21 Report Cards go home 2nd 9 wks

31 Pledge envelopes and money due


1 PTO Meeting, 5:00

1 Gifted Seminar@ Fieldhouse

2 Global School Play Day

4 Popcorn Friday

11 Valentine's Day Parties 2:30 pm

18 Teacher In-Service Day (No School)

21 Presidents' Day (No School)

25 Spring Picture Day