The WAVA Wave

May 1, 2016

A Message from our Principal...

Planning is bring the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. (Alan Lakein). Planning and preparing for what’s next. That’s what a school’s outcome is, “what’s next.” Whether it is high school graduation or readiness for the next grade level, there is always something that comes next. Therefore, we take actions today to begin the journey of tomorrow. This is what you have been seeing and discussing with your teachers, what we need to do now to be ready for the future at WAVA. This is in direct alignment with one of our core values: Make Each Day Meaningful. Remember, what you do and what you say matters every single day at WAVA!

My Best…

Bryant Mettler
Elementary School Principal

The Counselor Connect

Got GRIT??

Grit is defined as having perseverance and passion for long-term goals and working hard toward challenges, even when failure and adversity presents itself. Grit is a “non-cognitive” skill, similar to self-control, resiliency, and curiosity. Researchers now realize that grit is as important, if not more, than academic skills!

We know that teaching literacy and math skills are important for a student’s long-term success. But what happens when the math gets a little tricky? Or when the reading is “boring”? What keeps a student from giving up? G R I T! That’s what!

And, grit can be taught.

Here’s how to help your child develop grit:

1. Praise the effort, not the grade.

When you praise the “stick-to-it-ness” of your child’s efforts, they will be more determined to continue working hard. Praising your child’s hard work will encourage them not to give up.

2. Let them struggle.

As hard as it is to see your child struggle, they need to learn how to work through frustration and failure. If you swoop in and save them before they fail, they will never learn how to deal with failure, which is a part of life. While they’re struggling, praise their effort!

3. Create and talk about your own goals.

If your goal is to clean the basement, repaint the bedroom, or run that half-marathon, talk about it as a family. Share what small steps you are taking along the way to meet your goal, and talk about your own struggles and how you plan to get past them.

4. Keep and model an open mindset.

An open mindset is believing that things can change, that we can improve our skills and knowledge, and that we can get past challenges. Instead of saying, “I can’t do this!” you can say, “I can’t do this....yet.”

5. Find ways to challenge your child.

Encourage your child to try new things, even if they aren’t sure they’re any good at it. Trying new things is how we learn from our mistakes. Give them age-appropriate chores at home. Find new hobbies and involve your child. Praise their effort along the way!

Interested in this topic? Find more information at this link:

(This article is borrowed with permission from Kayla Marston, M.Ed.)

Happy May!

Mrs. Martin

Elementary Guidance Counselor (K-5)

office 920-931-2686 or through K-mail

Join WAVA's Facebook Group for Elementary School Learning Coaches!

Did you know WAVA has a closed Facebook group for Elementary School Learning Coaches? As a member, you can connect with other Elementary School Learning Coaches, share ideas, and get live, up to date, school communications. You can request to join here:

May Monthly Progress Conference

Please don't forget to attend your May monthly progress conference with your teacher. This month is especially important as you will talk about course placement and re-registration for next school year.
State Testing is a WAVA Requirement

If you choose not to participate in state testing you will not be able to re-enroll with WAVA for the 2016-17 school year.

Can I opt out of State Testing?

State Testing is a WAVA requirement. All families must participate to be eligible for re-enrollment.

Can I opt out of state testing? Click here for more information.

K-3 Families - Important Information Regarding Hearing and Vision

You have received information regarding the Hearing and Vision program. It is very important for you to check your k-mail and/or LC email and fill out the survey even if you don’t plan to participate.

It is critical that all families fill out the survey so we can have the proper data we need to plan for next school year and to ensure each child is receiving these services.

Also, some families have opted in for Hearing and Vision program but have not yet completed the screening. If this is you, please complete the screening as soon as possible. Please check you LC email for the information.

The calls that families have been receiving are because they have not filled out the survey or have filled out the survey but have not completed the screening.

If you feel like you are receiving the calls in error or have any questions, please contact our Testing Logistics Coordinator, Jazmine McCoy at or KMAIL her.

Please update your email!

As you know from the Town Hall Meetings, we will no longer be using k-mail. We need to know what email address you will want to use as a learning coach for the 2016-17 school year. Students will receive their own WAVA email address. If you have an email change, please email to update.

Re-registration Office Hours

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2pm

This is an online event.

Do you have questions about enrolling for next year or do you need a little extra help? WAVA's enrollment team is here for you!

Join this class connect session at 2pm:

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Re-registration Office Hours

Tuesday, May 10th, 2pm

This is an online event.

Do you have questions about enrolling for next year or do you need a little extra help? WAVA's enrollment team is here for you!

Join this class connect session at 2pm:

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Re-Registration Office Hours

Tuesday, May 17th, 2pm

This is an online event.

Do you have questions about enrolling for next year or do you need a little extra help? WAVA's enrollment team is here for you!

Join this class connect session at 2pm:

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Dancing Brush Studio in Poulsbo

Friday, May 20th, 10am-12pm

18846 Front Street Northeast

Poulsbo, WA

There is a $10 per person studio fee. Objects for painting range $8-$25.

Plan on returning to pick up your fired and finished pottery 1 week later.

Please RSVP by following this link:

More info:

Re-Registration Office Hours

Tuesday, May 24th, 2pm

This is an online event.

Do you have questions about enrolling for next year or do you need a little extra help? WAVA's enrollment team is here for you!

Join this class connect session at 2pm:

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

End of Year WAVA Bash - Picnic in the Park

Thursday, June 9th, 11am-2pm

7031 148th Avenue Northeast

Redmond, WA

End of Year Potluck

Please join us in celebrating the end of the 2015 - 2016 school year with a potluck lunch! Feel free to bring a salad/dish to share.

WAVA teachers will provide plates, napkins, utensils. Families can bring their own beverages.

Where: Grasslawn Pavilion – Redmond, WA

Please RSVP to: Jennifer Wilson, Natalie Dobson, Michelle Lind, or Dena Voth

Fun and games included!!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Using Texting/SMS for Communication

Good news for the 2016-17 school year, WAVA will be communicating with families via text messaging! We want to be sure you are receiving the most current school communications. Please be sure to check that your primary phone number is up-to-date in the OLS. Starting in August, we will begin sending 1-2 text communications per month to our enrollment approved families. If you do not wish to be contact via text, you will need to reply with STOP when you receive our first text message – this will permanently opt you out. If you change your mind and would like to begin receiving text message, you can contact Denise Roberts at to reverse the decision.

Coffee Chats!

Coffee Chats!

This is a chance for WAVA Learning Coaches to connect with other WAVA Learning Coaches to talk about a specific topic for 30 minutes every week. Check your schedule on your Learning Coach account. If you don't see it on your schedule, click on the links below.

Every Thursday!


May 5th at 1:00pm: Making Learning Fun

Click here to join.

May 12th at 1:00pm: Teaching Styles

Click here to join.

May 19th at 1:00pm: Dealing with and Preventing Interruptions

Click here to join.

May 26th at 1:00pm: Enrichment and Extra-Curricular Activities

Click here to join.

Required Class Connects

If you see the word REQUIRED next to the title of the Class Connect, it is a mandatory class that you must attend. If you know you are going to miss a class please contact your teacher to see how you can make up the missed work. Sometimes, you will need to watch a recording.

To view the recording of a missed Class Connect Session, click on the “Go to Class Connect” link, search the date of your missed session, click on the link of the session, watch recording. ALWAYS send your teacher a Kmail to explain why you missed attending the LIVE session (unless previously arranged).

Time Zone
Make sure your OLS is set to PST (Pacific Standard Time) so your Class Connect times are correct. Click on -> My Account -> Time Zone Settings.


Students and Learning Coaches do not need to track attendance. Your attendance is measured by your course progress and participation in required class connect sessions.
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Advanced Learning Circles

For gifted and advanced students:

May 12 (Grades K-8)

Topic: End of year Learning Circle

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Tips from Cheryl

Lost in the Puddle of Perfection

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life.

- Dr. David M. Burns

Teach Problem Solving Skills and the Power of Good Enough

Learning is not linear, it’s messy. Kids are often left with the impression that a “good” student produces a perfect product the first time they try. In reality learning is not linear. It is rough drafts, stopping and starting, getting stuck on something and finally moving beyond it, and at some point declaring the finished product good enough.

By Cheryl Holbrook

K12 Mobile Apps

Did you know that K12 offers FREE mobile educational learning apps? Follow this link to check them out:

We need parent volunteers!

We will have opportunities throughout the school year for parents and learning coaches to volunteer by hosting social gatherings. If you would like more information on how you can help, fill out this survey:

Washington Virtual Academies

You know that your kids have something special inside them. We know it too. Washington Virtual Academies (WAVA) and K12 ignite the minds of children like yours to bring learning and innate possibility alive. Together, we are helping Washington students in grades K-12 reach their true, personal potential.