Friday, October 16, 2015

October Updates from Wawaloam

Dear Wawaloam Community,

Sometimes it feels as though every time we turn on the news or read the paper there is a story about violence and hatred. The reality is that it is more important than ever to teach our young learners about acceptance and diversity.  Young students are so eager to learn and soak in most of what is presented to them.

We have the power to give them opportunities time and time again to celebrate and discuss differences and how these make us special and unique.  Our art teachers are amazing and I told you about what they were working on a couple of weeks ago and I thought it would only be fair to share the finished product. What is important to think about when you look at this is that it is all of these projects on display together that really add to the beauty and purpose.

We are also given the chance every day to make our students exercise the Growth Mindset and instill in them a belief that if they put their minds to it they can improve and learn more about anything! This week in many Grade 2 classrooms students are building towers as part of the SOLIDS and LIQUIDS science kit! What I noticed in one of the classrooms is that the teacher continually referred to the students as "Engineers" while they were working to build the tallest tower possible using the materials they were provided with. There is no doubt that if we continue to call students Readers and Writers and Artists and Engineers and Mathematicians we will help to develop these qualities and provide them with the confidence building they need to not be afraid to try when tasks are challenging! 

Science Learning
Look at this tower! 

Book Fair and Halloween Spooktacular

The Scholastic Book Fair for all grades runs
Monday, October 19th- Friday, October 23rd
during your child’s Library special.

Your child will be able to shop for books with their class.
Most books range from $5 to $8.  Please send your child
with cash or check payable to EWG-PTA.

Family Night is Friday, October 23rd
In the Metcalf Cafeteria from 6:00-8:00pm.

Information about event at High School right before Spooktacular! 

EWG's chapter of National Art Honor Society presents the school's 10th annual Spooktacular!October 23rd from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, come on down to the Senior High for a fun night including a Fortune Teller, Musical Chairs, and Face Painting! There will be a large exhibit showing wonderful artwork done by high school students so bring quarters to vote for your favorite one. Other competitions will include a pumpkin pie bake off, a sculpture contest, and a costume contest! Show up in your favorite costume and get the chance to win best Sci-Fi costume, funniest costume, best kid costume, and so many more! We hope to see you there enjoying the live music, food, and drinks! 

Paint Night

Be on the lookout for Proud Painter Night coming up on November 6! You could paint this:

Read Program Kick-Off (Grades 1 and 2) 

Grade 1 and Grade 2 Families: Today you will find information about the READ program which is our way of motivating our students to read as much as possible. I would like to extend a big thank you to Mrs. Blake for a great Grade 1 and 2 assembly today. We talked about cozy reading spots, how students could earn "links" and took a readers oath! Most important is the question we will be trying to find an answer to this year: How many books will we need to read to earn enough links to go around our entire school?? Students will be earning 1 link for every 10 books they read! We are so excited!! 

Helping your child with Concepts About Print (Kindergarten)
Kindergarten families, look for a special bookmark in your child's folder that will be a great resource at home to supporting your early reader. If you could use this as a guide over and over again, it will make a big difference in the progress you will see! 

Pumpkin Parade!
Look for information about this event coming home soon!

Reminder : Parent Conferences October 30th

Have a wonderful weekend, sounds like we will need to pull out the fleece jackets! 
Melissa Marino

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