Wakefield Hills Elementary School

Weekly Update 12/7/15-12/11/15

Our holiday party was a great success! A special thank you to Jess Ouellette for all of your planning and preparation to make the party awesome. The students are sure to be filled with excitement as we get closer to the holiday break.

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Happening this week...

*Hour of Code Week in West Warwick Public Schools*


*BLC Unconference- Please be sure that you have signed up for a session to attend.

*IEP Team Meeting Day

*Yoga for Relaxation with Lisa Sherman: 2:50-4:00pm in the Gymnasium for all staff members!


*1/2 Day for Students

*Parent/Teacher Conferences


*Pay Day

*Hour of Code at WHES: 1:00-2:00pm

*WWPS School Committee Meeting: 6:30pm at Deering Middle School Media Center


*Happy Friday!!

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Important events, deadlines, etc...

*The first trimester grades must all be entered in Aspen by Sunday, December 13th at Midnight. Report cards will be distributed to students on Thursday, December 17th. (Families have been notified via email and text message that the report card distribution date is now December 17th.)

*Next BLC Unconference is tomorrow, Monday, December 7th. Please be sure that you have signed up for a session here.


*Christmas Is Toy Drive: This week! Collection boxes are located around the school building and we will also come by to collect from your classrooms each morning.

*Hour of Code: WHES will be hosting our hour of code this Thursday, December 10th from 1:00-2:00pm. Please let me know if you are planning to be doing a coding activity with your class during this time AND if you would be willing to host visitors that may come by. (ex. Mrs. Tarasevich, school committee members, teachers from other buildings, administrators from central office etc.). We will be providing any guests with a list of classrooms "open" during that time.

*Hour of code activities can be found here: https://docs.google.com/a/westwarwickpublicschools.com/document/d/189BSIweWs4bfdx5wPsawNQ2pazJ0NbCZu7ZvpCMXg_k/edit?usp=sharing

*1/2 Day and Parent Teacher Conferences will be held this Wednesday, December 9th. Parent Teacher Conferences will be held from 4:30-7:00pm.

*The 1/2 day schedule can be found here. https://docs.google.com/a/westwarwickpublicschools.com/document/d/1DJ-uwQ_TUCT29Xglz5HRoVE-S6K-peNhrW-LdsZdE2w/edit?usp=sharing

*Please let me know if you would like me to attend any conferences. I am happy to be a part of those discussions.

*Collection of Hi-FIVE dollars: Thank you for your cooperation during the collection process. We will be distributing HI-FIVE dollars to each staff member this week in a labeled bag. Classroom teachers will receive 35 each week, Teacher Assistants will receive 25 each week and Specialist will receive 75 each week. The PBIS SIT subcommittee has been working hard to refine our system and will be sharing new changes with you soon.

*ATTENDANCE: As many of you are aware student attendance is a major concern of mine. Students within the "warning" and "chronic" absence rate have been sent letters and meetings have been set up with families to discuss a solution to the attendance issues. This is a time for me to problem solve with the families and hold them accountable for their child's attendance. I also plan to review the attendance policy during these meetings. If you have concerns about a specific student please let me know. I will notify you after a meeting if it pertains to a student in your classroom.

*Serving Up Smiles: During the week of December 14th Local Firefighters will assist in serving our students lunch in the cafeteria. Sodexo is hosting this event!

*PTO Holiday Shop: The shop will run on Tuesday, December 15th and Wednesday, December 16th. Mrs. Martini-Proulx has shared the scheduled with all staff. Please see her or myself if you have any questions. The shop will be located in the conference room.

*"Lovely" Sweater Day: WWPS will host a "lovely sweater day" on Wednesday, December 16th. All proceeds will support "Christmas Is" and the suggested staff donation is $5.00.

*Dress Down Day: Friday, December 18th will support the Tomorrow Fund. WHES students will participate in a "Holiday Hat Day" to also support this cause.

*Holiday Break begins on Wednesday, December 23rd!

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