Friday, January 29, 2016

Week Ending January 29th


Dear Wawaloam Community,

I wanted to take the opportunity to update all families on our READ program this year. Students in Grades 1 and 2 are thoroughly enjoying the challenge of being added to the Hall of Fame for reading the most books in their class or in their grade. For every 10 books students read they will earn a colorful link, we are hanging all of these above student lockers and these links are starting to be a popular topic of conversation in the hallway among students!
Here are the hallway links! 

The student in each class who reads the highest number of books has the honor of having their picture hanging in the front foyer of the school! Please help us by encouraging your child to set a goal of reading more books each month than they did the month before. Classes as a whole are also recognized when we announce the winners over the intercom, you can hear the cheering from the classrooms all the way in the office!
Reading Hall of Fame

Our ultimate challenge goes back to answering the question we posed at the beginning of this school year:

How many books do we need to read at Wawaloam School to connect all of our links to make a "chain" around 
our entire school?

100th Day of School Wednesday February 3
We are loving the 100th day of school projects! Keep them coming until next Wednesday. The creativity and pride in these projects is what makes this SO MUCH FUN for our whole school. Classes have the chance to visit the "Hundredth Day of School Museum"  (cafeteria) at some point before the end of the week. We kindly ask that students bring their projects home before the February vacation if they plan to keep their project. Thank you for your participation! 

Our district just received notification we were chosen to represent excellence in Visual Arts learning through the "Gift of Art to the State of Rhode Island." Each year, the RI Alliance for Arts Education selects one District that best exemplifies the required criteria. More information is available on the Superintendent's Blog this week:


Family Bingo is this Sunday from 1-3 in the Metcalf cafeteria. Room is still available, so please feel free to sign up or just walk-in and pay at the door (only $5 for the whole family) and remember that your donations to the RI Guard Food Pantry and Exeter Animal Shelter will earn you free tickets for our raffle! Here is the list of needed items:
RI National Guard Food Pantry (please, no expired items):
Pasta and pasta sauce
Peanut butter
Tuna and canned meat (ham, chicken, salmon, etc.)
Canned beans
Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup)
Canned fruits and dried fruits like raisins
Canned vegetables
Low-sugar breakfast cereals and instant oatmeal
Graham crackers
Powdered or evaporated milk
Snack items for kids: juice boxes, single-serve applesauce, granola bars
Toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels
Stop & Shop gift cards (can be used for food, gas and RIPTA passes)
Exeter Animal Shelter:
Dry cat food (Purina Cat Show)
Wet cat food (any brand of cans)
Dry dog food (Purina One, Rachel Ray or Pure Balance)
Canned dog food (Purina One)
Cat litter (Non-scoopable Special Kitty)
Dog treats
Laundry soap for HE washers
Paper towels

The EWG-PTA annual fundraiser with BJ’s Wholesale Club ends Feb. 5th. More information about the special membership offer and application can be found on the EWG-PTA website. 

Consider attending the next PTA meeting, next Thursday, February 3, in the Metcalf library.  This amazing team will be talking about Family Bowling, Sweetheart Dance, and more!

Another note from PTA is that as a policy, they don't send home tickets for events as a way to cut expenses. Anyone who sends in their sign-up and money is all set to attend unless they get a phone call from PTA saying otherwise. We recognize that  there can be  confusion if new parents don't receive tickets, so we wanted to make sure you're all aware. 

See you all when we say goodbye to January and hello to February 1st! 
Melissa Marino

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