Friday, September 12, 2014

The Buzz at Wawaloam School This Week

Wawaloam School Celebrates 200th Birthday of our National Anthem

Friday Greetings! 

Hoping you all had another great week of learning and fun at Wawaloam School. I was absolutely thrilled to see so many of you at our Open House for Grades 1 and 2 Parents.  It is not possible for me to feel more pride in regard to the amazing teachers and students we have here!

Thank you for all of the compliments on your way out last evening, I passed along all of your obvious enthusiasm to the Grade 1 and 2 faculty and Specialists and let them know how impressed you all were.

We are looking forward to a great turn out next Thursday night as well on September 18 for our Kindergarten Open House at 6:00 PM.

Did you see your PTA Board last night? They were all here pitching in to help get background checks completed and also signing up many new PTA Members.  I think they are bonding because I even watched them take a group photo for the PTA Facebook Page and they were all smiles!

In order to be added to that group, you simply have to send a Friend Request to Exeter West Greenwich PTA on Facebook. This is a great way to stay informed, they pass along many helpful reminders etc. Have you sent in your membership application yet? Don't worry, we have plenty of those available right in the office.

Grades 1 and 2 Families, you heard from a lot of people last night and I thought it would be helpful to give you a little "cheat sheet" for how to reach the Specialists that presented. I also think this information will be helpful to Kindergarten families :)

Mrs. Larkin, our school nurse can be reached at

Our Reading Specialist, who sees all of the students once per week, Mrs. Gagner can be reached at  She is actively seeking parent volunteers and should be commended for her read-a-loud of the passage from Charlotte's Web!

Mrs. Curry, our school psychologist, has kept our PBIS program buzzing for over 5 years! She mentioned that she is available to talk with you at any time.

Our PE teachers, Mrs. Breene and Mrs. Guglielmo shared a nice reminder about safe shoes for PE and knowing which days your child has class with them to ensure children can participate. They can be reached at or

Our Art teachers can be reached at for Grade 2 and for Grades 1 and Kindergarten
Kristen shared the address for her weebly page which is SO adorable! Check it out!!!

Mrs. Kilday, our Math Coach shared some helpful information about the Common Core State Standards and Math Instruction at Wawaloam School. She will be sending home helpful family letters after each Unit and stay tuned for information about upcoming Parent Workshops!! She can be reached at

Mrs. Blake can be reached at  She shared information about the READ program and the outreach we are doing to sign as many families up for the Stop and Shop A+ Rewards program as possible (this does not interfere with gas points). She will also be looking for parents and family members interested in the training and becoming a READ Volunteer.
*A special thank you to Alicia Cranston for helping Mrs. Blake with this throughout the night :)
It is not too late to share your Card # with us, we can do it for you or you can even ask one of the lovely girls in the office to photo copy your Stop and Shop Card...... Thanks!!

Mrs. Scheff, our Music teacher reminded us all how important it is to sing, dance and laugh together. She even sang out loud for all of us~! She can be reached at

She also helped us prepare for recognizing Star Spangled Banner day today, September 12, 2014. Today marks the 200th Birthday of the National Anthem! This morning, we heard some facts about this song and Mrs. Millard's class came and sang it out loud over the intercom- it was pretty special!! She even encouraged us to wear Red, White and Blue to celebrate. We are so lucky to have her!
I am not a great videographer, but I tried to record this so I could share our awesome students with you!

In other news, we started our weekly Grade level meetings this week and our first PBIS Raffles were held K-2. If your child tells you they won the raffle, congratulate them for being RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE AND SAFE...... ask them about this. If they were not "chosen" remind them to congratulate their friends and to keep up the good work and great choices. I was so proud to see the students applauding and giving "high fives" to their peers :) This makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside..........

I hope you all have a super weekend and that you enjoy your time together as a family! I have a little sign over my kitchen sink that says, "Cherish each day".....that is my plan!

O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave .............


Melissa Marino

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