Friday, October 2, 2015

Lots of Information About Next Week at Wawaloam School

Greetings Wawaloam School Community,

This weekend will be good for planning ahead for all of the events scheduled for the upcoming week, given that the predication for wind and rain will most likely keep us close to home.

The first event next week is Picture Day! This is scheduled to take place in the morning on Wednesday, October 7th. The flyers for Picture Day came home this week and students should have these with them on Wednesday. It appears that on these envelopes there is a method for doing this online as well if you are interested in checking that out.

We are excited about our upcoming PTA Walkathon this THURSDAY, October 8th! The letters have been sent out and the schedule has been distributed. We are fortunate to have the support of maintenance who will be helping us to design a track on our upper field. We are hopeful that the weather will cooperate with us but certain that we will have a great time!

On Thursday, please consider wearing yellow and black or any school shirt that you might have for the Walk-a-thon! We want to see your school spirit on this day! 

A reminder that there is NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY, October 9th. This is a Professional Development Day for Elementary Teachers. 

This week I read the book, The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubenstein. The children loved this book and the message was an important one: Learn from your mistakes, let go, laugh and enjoy the ride! We sure laughed together when the main character's hamster turned her perfect juggling act into a disaster, in the end teaching a valuable lesson that it is acceptable to make mistakes.

Recently at a table with a group of Wawaloam teachers, I was listening intently to a conversation that hit home for me. The focus was on the learning that can take place in the car, more specifically that the car is a GREAT place to learn! Often, this is a place where children are provided with distractions to help them pass the time. These distractions can take away from some of the key learning and creativity that could be taking place. We were in agreement in regard to our own children that we try to come up with multiple ways to make sure our children "are not bored".

When children have to wait or will be required to be patient, we have become a society that will simply provide them with a hand-held device,  an I-Pads and even our own phones. I am not offering suggestions or even an opinion here, just providing you with a chance to take some time to reflect on this new norm. We agreed that it is not only important, but it is also a life skill to learn how to encounter and manage unstructured time.
Thank you so much to the teachers who joined me last night at the PTA meeting, I know that our families appreciated having you all there!

Have a great weekend!
Melissa Marino

Please take a moment to read the Superintendent's Blog for this week :)

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