Weekly Memo from Ms. Fitz (11/4/19)
What a fun, busy week we had! Our Halloween festivities saw more family members than ever before, and the sun peaked out after the frigid days for our outdoor parade! We also had a great lock-down drill on Tuesday – the drill took less than 8 minutes total. Please remember to set your clocks back an hour on Sunday – an extra hour of light will make our mornings a bit more peppy!
*As the snow arrives, thank you for sending students with snow clothes (with their name inside) which are easy to get on and off. We build independence in our students by asking them to be able to put on, and take off, their snow clothes by themselves. Thanks for helping them practice this at home!If you are missing an item, please peruse our hooks and lost/found, as we have many clothes which are unclaimed! If you need snow clothes, please let the front office or your child’s teacher know, and we can work with the Knights of Columbus to get them some new, wonderful snow clothes for the winter ahead!
*Please send an extra change of clothes in your student’s backpack. Having an extra shirt, pants and underwear helps your child out in case they have a bathroom accident or spill on their clothes. Learning can be a messy business! The school office loans out clothes when needed, and we are running low. We appreciate you having an extra set of your own.
*We are looking forward to seeing many of you for Thanksgiving Dinner on November 19th! Kindergarten dinner runs from 10:15-11:15, first grade dinner will be 11:45-12:15, and second grade dinner will be from 12:30-1:00. We hope you can come! It’s a special time for our WPE family!
*Please plan to attend our family math night on Tuesday November 11th from 6-7 PM in the cafeteria. This is a new time to allow for election day voting activities. Please see the attached flier for more details – childcare, snacks, and interpretation provided! Math isn’t quite like we learned in school – come learn what’s new and how you can support your mathematician!
*This year the Gifted and Talented Program will be testing all students in first grade, using an assessment called the iReady. We will be using it as a screener for identification in Reading and Mathematics. Also this year the Gifted and Talented Program will be testing all students in 2nd grade, using an assessment called the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test 3 (NNAT3). We will be using it as a screener for identification in General Cognitive Ability. Giftedness is actually quite rare. We expect to see students score in the 95th percentile or greater, if they qualify. We are also looking for a minimum of 3 achievement tests to qualify someone in an academic school area (like Math, Reading, Science or Social Studies).We will be giving the test next week, November 5, 6, and 7, for West Park Elementary. I will only send test results out for students who qualify. If your child were to qualify in this range, I would be contacting you with next steps. Please notify me via email if you would like a copy of your child’s assessment report. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Wendy Scott, Gifted & Talented Coordinator, email@example.com (719) 427-0503;
*A few tips to help our kids be as ready for school as possible: please limit their screen/tv/computer time to less than two hours per day. Our youngest students should have very limited screen time and benefit greatly from conversations, playing outside, word play, telling stories and exploring the world with their families and friends. Additionally, students should be in bed by 8pm to get a good night’s rest before school the next day.
*Are you interested in educational practice or games at home? Please use these links for home support for all students (students know how to log on):
Lexia Core5 Reading – supplemental reading skill practice that 1st and 2nd grade students can use at home (parent/sibling help is only needed if the apple in the corner is red!)
Kids A-Z – fun reading games which students enjoy! Books are in English and Spanish!
Starfall – free website of different educational games, and you can pay more for full access to all games.
EL Language Arts Curriculum – learn more about our Language Arts Modules which are so engaging and comprehensive
Upcoming Important Dates:
November 11th Family Math Night 5-7 pm Childcare and snacks provided
November 19th Thanksgiving Dinner – families welcome!
November 25-29 No School – autumn break
November 22nd Community Meeting – 8:10-8:40am Responsibility Led by Kindergarten
December 5th Celebration of Learning 6:00-7:00 pm
December 20th Community Meeting – 8:10-8:40am Curiosity Lead by 2nd grade
December 23rd -January 6th Winter Break –no school
January 7th Return to School for Second Semester
Please let me know if you ever have any celebrations or concerns. If you’d like to chat, please set up an appointment with Lynette in the front office as she has access to my calendar and is the best way to guarantee that we get the time we want to talk.
I feel so fortunate to work with your kids each day – they are “geniuses in the making!” Thank you for sharing them with me!
Principal, West Park Elementary School
719-486-6890 (school office)
719-293-0720 (cell phone)