We hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving this year. I don’t know about you, but I enjoyed having the whole week to get ready for the big turkey day! With that being said, Thanksgiving leads off this month of anticipations and celebrations.
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go…”
You can feel the magic in the air this time of the year~especially in an elementary school! The kids have an extra sparkle in their eye knowing that Santa will soon be here, as well as anticipating Christmas vacation of time spent with family, friends and looking for their names on gifts under the tree! Even though my boys are young men, I still catch them eyeballing the gifts under the tree, trying to guess their gifts (my husband does too). At school, I especially enjoy walking through the hallways seeing all the Christmas artwork happily hanging in the hallways. Memories of my own two boys proudly bringing home their homemade Christmas ornaments still fill my heart.
Christmas parties will look differently this year. Your child’s teacher will let you know of the plans for their class. Christmas vacation will be December 21st-January 5. Teachers will be participating in a required Staff Development on Monday, January 4th, so no school on that day! See you back on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021!
My wish for you is a joyous holiday season and a happy and peaceful new year.
Mrs. Sharon Ard
“For children, Christmas is anticipation~for adults Christmas is a memory.” -Eric Sevareid
Students of the Month
Donnie Woods in Ms. Allen
Wyatt Bruce in Ms. Archibeque
Liam Kluver in Ms. Bell
Jace Clayton in Ms. Cabaniss
Alijah Martin in Ms. Hardin
Wyatt Lindamood in Ms. Richert
Leo Hollan in Ms. Smith
Rylee Adams in Ms. Sossamon
Bo Burdick in Ms. Bass
Bria Jarvis in Ms. Briggs
Areli Rodriguez in Ms. Cummins
Aracelli Espinoza in Ms. Farris
Ryan Brown in Ms. Price
Steel Paden in Ms. Roof
Castin Percy in Ms. Spoon
Taten Tippens in Ms. Whitefield
Jada Edwards in Ms. Anders
Skylar Caulkins in Ms. Barger
Addie Denton in Ms. Bozarth
Isaiah Saunders in Ms. McPherson
Kevin Juarez in Ms. Metscher
D'allas Sorto in Ms. Potter
Paisley Henley in Ms. Ridgeway
Sophia Saume in Ms. Schmitz
Makayla Dixon in Ms. Stark
Andrew Bates in Ms. Gossen
Addison Blackwell in Ms. Harris
Rachel Doyals in Ms. Howl
Jace Ebisch in Ms. Klassen
Maddie Childress in Ms. Lewis
Ellie Jett in Ms. Spradlin
Gracie Martinez in Ms Forbes
Karsyn Klaassen in Ms. Wilhite
We are doing everything we can to keep the WPS open for in-person instruction. We are still cleaning and sanitizing, hand washing, and encouraging masks. Please speak to your children and encourage them as well.
With COVID-19 cases being elevated in the state, we are having numerous students quarantining. Thank you for keeping us informed if your child has been exposed, and thank you for following the the recommendations of the Health Department and CDC guidelines before sending students back to school. It is okay to keep students home if someone in your house is displaying symptoms and you are waiting on test results. Please call the office and keep us informed, and we will help in any way we can.
When a student is quarantined, please remember all assignments will be on Schoology and completing the work will be the way we track attendance. If you need help, please reach out to your child's teacher. Click for a tutorial video on using Schoology.
Crosspointe Church - Thank you for all of the goodies you provide for the teachers. The pumpkin rolls were delicious and the teachers are loving the warm drink basket.
Parents- Thank you for helping your children with Schoology. Quarantines can get tricky, but we appreciate you keeping everyone safe.
East and West Honor Veterans
2. We want to celebrate our teachers on December 16th. If you would like to bring drinks, desserts, etc., please contact Mrs. Ard at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Project AWARE December Highlights
In the holiday hustle and bustle, let us take a moment to practice being mindful. To be present in the moment. Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.
Here is one mindfulness exercise we would like for our students, parents, and teachers to try. It is called "Observe Your Thoughts".
*Notice your thought as if it's floating by like clouds
*Notice your thoughts without judgement
*Notice your thoughts without holding on to them or pushing them away
*Do not react to your thoughts, just let them pass
*It is easier to recognize things that stress us out if we notice details about what we are thinking and feeling
*Just because we have a thought doesn't make it fact or true
*If we pay attention to what we are thinking and what is bothering us, we can deal with it more effectively
*Ask yourself, is the emotion worth the reaction
We hope everyone has a great holiday season! If you have any questions regarding Project AWARE, please contact Kelly Lackey MA LPC or Stephanie Perkins MS LPC-C.