Hello West Parents,
With the onset of winter, and the variations in weather it brings, I would like to take a moment to remind you all about how we approach outdoor recess. We use the Child Care Weather Watch Chart (http://www.c-uphd.org/documents/wellness/weatherwatch.pdf) to determine whether we will go out or stay in. Mrs. Hannigan, our school nurse, and I, check the outside temperature and wind using a weather app, then together we check the chart and make a decision. When we do go out, our challenge has always been trying to determine if children are dressed appropriately for the weather, while at the same time respecting your decision as a parent regarding what your child wears to school. Adding to the situation, many garments now are of technologically advanced materials that in fact are much warmer than they look. Therefore, from this point forward, we will make the assumption that the outer garments a child wears to school are also approved by you for outdoor recess. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact me. Thanks.
Students have been taking their math assessments (pre- and post-topic) online. They have visited the computer lab or have taken the tests right in class on the Chromebooks. This adjustment to an online format will be helpful in preparation for our Spring MCAS testing. Students in Grade 4 and in Grade 5 will be completing their MCAS in ELA, Mathematics and Science and Technology/Engineering (Grade 5 only) on a computer-based format. Please note that the testing window is longer this spring in order for us to coordinate the use of our testing devices. The MCAS 2017 testing window is April 3rd through May 26th. A more detailed calendar for specific grades will be available later this term.
The Wilmington Memorial Library has shared a special literacy event coming up this month for a Fairy tale and Writing Workshop with guest author Marcy Kate Connolly. This event will take place at the WML on Saturday, January 21st—1pm-3pm.
· Grade 5 Winter Concert: Friday, January 13, 9:15 AM at WMS auditorium
· NO SCHOOL: Monday, January 16th ---- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
· Early Release: Friday, January 27 at NOON (CIT for staff)
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