LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Wow, it is so hard to believe that April is here! We would like to welcome you back from Spring Break and hope that you were able to take some time to refresh and enjoy your time together. We want to thank everyone for your attendance at parent teacher conferences. We know that it is a busy time but positive parent to teacher connection is critical to student success. With the passing of Spring Break we now have officially made it to the final quarter of the school year and the school calendar will fill up quickly. Please make sure to check your students folder each night for communication from teachers on events happening in their classrooms as well as in the school.
The beginning of April starts our state testing season for third, fourth, and fifth grade students. The week of April 3-5 students will complete their reading assessment, April 10-12 they will complete their math assessment, and April 16-17 our fifth grade students will complete the science assessment. These assessments show us how our students have mastered the curriculum that they have been working on throughout the school year. Our teachers have been working hard to ensure that all of our students are prepared to be as successful as possible on these assessments. As we move into this testing window, it is critical that all students are here and on time every day. You can also help at home by making sure that your child is getting enough sleep at night. Research says that school aged children should be getting 9-11 hours of sleep each night. With it starting to stay lighter and get warmer outside it is critical that you ensure your child heads to bed on time. Students need that sleep to help them perform at their highest level throughout the school day.
Our building is very excited to announce that we are hosting an interactive parent session with Dr. Wendy Hampton, DSW, LCSW. The topic is on understanding the various behaviors displayed by students at home and at school. Conversation on the reasons why and strategies that can be used will all be discussed. The session is being held here at Ware Elementary on Friday, April 6th from 2:00-3:00 pm, childcare will be provided. We hope that you will be able to join us!
It is hard to believe that April is already among us! Time is flying in our kindergarten rooms. We will be starting some exciting units to go along with the arrival of the warm weather. In the Fur & Feather, unit we will learn about and compare characteristics of different animals. Another unit we will be exploring is Water Wonders; discussing fish, water animals, and the importance of water.
In reading, students will continue building on concepts that will help them to be successful readers and writers for the future. In addition to practicing the 26 letter sounds that we have already learned, we will be reviewing our letter teams, such as ee, ch, sh, th, oo, and long vowel sounds. Please continue to practice the Shared Stories that are sent home and have your child complete the back side of the Read & Responds daily.
In writing, we are becoming authors and illustrators, creating How to Books and Opinion pieces! We are continuing to work hard by using our letter sounds to write complete sentences. Please practice using proper punctuation and spacing when writing at home.
April 26th will be our Kindergarten Round-up here at Ware. We invite our future kindergartners and their parents to come to the orientation about our curriculum and requirements to enroll. If you have a child who will be attending kindergarten next year, please join us. Also, look for additional information to be sent home regarding our upcoming field trip and field day in May.
With spring among us, we will be spending a lot more time outside, so please send jackets and sweatshirts with students on those chilly mornings!
Kindergarten Teachers Rock!
April showers bring May flowers!
On Thursday, April 19th the first graders are shining bright as they explore the world of colors for their music program. There will be a rehearsal for the school at 2:00 p.m. then they will perform again at 6:00 p.m. in the new gym. We hope you can make it to watch our students sing their hearts out!
We are extremely proud of the progress our students have made in reading. We have many first grade students that have completed the “Reading Roots” portion of our Success For All reading program. This means they have tested out of the first grade curriculum and have started “Wings.” Thank you for reading with your child each night. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. In math, the students have been working hard to learn about 2-D and 3-D shapes, as well as time to the hour and half-hour.
Thank you for all your support as the end of the school year approaches! We appreciate it greatly.
In math, we just finished exploring graphs by collecting data in tables and using it in pictographs and bar graphs. Our current math focus is money using both coins and bills and applying it to real world problems. Our next math focus will be problem solving with measurements in inches. A great way to bring math into your home for this next month can be as easy as giving your second grader a handful of coins and asking them to identify and add them together!
Reading classes for the fourth quarter are just getting started and it looks like it is going to be a great end of the year! It has been amazing to see the growth our students have been making over this year! Even though the year is almost over, please keep encouraging your second grader to read 20 minutes per night. This will continue to improve their fluency and comprehension of text.
In science, we will be covering insect and plant life cycles. Students will have the opportunity to plant various seeds, observe insects in their habitats, and watch a caterpillar change into a butterfly!
Let’s keep pushing ahead! Next thing you know it will be May!
Your Second Grade Team
April showers will bring May flowers! We are looking forward to April in third grade.
We will complete state testing the first two weeks of April. April 3-4 students will complete the reading assessment. April 10-11 students will complete the math assessment. It is very important that your child arrives to school on time and is well rested. Eating a healthy breakfast will help ensure students have energy for the day. Together we can help our students be as successful as possible.
We like to provide the third graders with a bottle of water and prepackaged snack for each day of state testing. If you would like to donate one of these items to your child’s classroom feel free to send it in with your student. Please provide enough for 20 students.
We will attend Kansas Kids’ Fitness Day on April 27th. We are looking forward to joining third graders from the entire school district to learn about fitness.
We have really enjoyed the new FOSS science curriculum in third grade this year. In April we will begin taking care of crayfish and exploring the adaptations and behaviors of crayfish.
In math we will continue to explore geometry. In writing students will be writing narrative stories.
Please let your child’s teacher know if you have any questions or concerns! Communication between school and home is a vital part of your child’s education.
Third Grade Rules!
The month of April will be extremely busy. As you already know, state testing is in April. For fourth grade this means:
April 4 & 5
April 10 & 11
Students need to be at school and on time every day.
Please remember to let us know as soon as possible if your child will not be here. Getting plenty of rest and eating a healthy breakfast each morning will help keep the kids on task and focused during testing time. Thank you for your support in this area. If you would like to send in some snacks or drinks to help provide some extra energy for our students, we would appreciate it!
We are planning on going to the Topeka Zoo for a field trip in May! We will send home field trip notices and details as it approaches.
We hope you had a restful Spring Break!
April is here and many exciting things are headed our way in 5th grade! This month we will be continuing to celebrate the students who are demonstrating Ware PRIDE as well as taking the State Assessments. Students will be taking the Math, Reading, and Science State Assessments. Please watch for more information coming home about these and other exciting events happening this month!
We would like to thank everyone for attending Parent Teacher Conferences! We would especially like to thank those that have volunteered to send either water bottles or a healthy snack for students during testing. It is very beneficial for students to have these snacks during long days of testing. If you would still like to volunteer to send something in, please send a note to your student’s teacher.
We held our State Testing Kickoff on March 29th and we are READY! Reading State Testing will take place on April 3rd and 4th. Math State Testing will be the following week on April 10th and 11th. Science State Testing will take place during the morning of April 16th and 17th. Please help us to ensure that your students are well rested and present on these days. Thank you!
In the classroom, students are continuing to work very hard in all subject areas! At home you can continue to support your child by encouraging them to complete their nightly read and respond homework. You can challenge your student by having them practice reading out loud to improve fluency or asking them to summarize what they read to work on comprehension skills.
Thank you for all of your continued support at home!
Your Fifth Grade Team
We have been waiting patiently for spring weather and now it is finally here. To promote and celebrate healthy and active lifestyles, we have Kansas Kids’ Fitness Day!
Kansas Kids’ Fitness Day is an event held for third graders in the district, held on Friday, April 27th. We devote the day to practicing healthy habits in a physically active and fun setting, while meeting new friends from other USD 475 elementary schools. This statewide event is held annually at several locations across Kansas, including the Governor’s Mansion in Topeka. The event is held at 12th Street Community Center in Junction City. Fort Riley third graders will go through fitness and game stations from roughly 9:00-11:30 a.m. Students will eat a healthy sack lunch with all district third graders while listening to some amazing motivational fitness speakers, then the remainder of USD 475 schools will do stations in the afternoon. Ware third graders will be back at school for the afternoon. It is certain to be a fun and educational day, so let’s keep our fingers crossed for sunny weather!
If you have any questions about Kansas Kids’ Fitness Day please feel free to call or email us at the school.
Mr. Derek Scott
Miss Mariah Wheaton
Spring has sprung and the Ware Elementary music department is busy preparing for several performances. We hope that you will be able to attend these performances and support our musical bears. All performances will be in the Ware Elementary Auditorium (new gym) and will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 5, 2018- “The Knight At Dawn” based on the Magic Tree House book will be presented by the fourth and fifth grade students in the 21st Century after-school program. This musical is about Jack and Annie and their adventures when they discover a Medieval castle.
Thursday, April 19, 2018 – The first grade students will present their program all about colors.
Thursday, May 10, 2018 – The kindergarten classes will have their music program and awards assembly.
Second through fifth grade students are working on a variety of music skills this month. They will be playing instruments, singing, moving, composing and improvising their own pieces. Students are starting to work on drumming, ukulele and recorder skills and continue to improve their mallet skills. We have many talented musicians at Ware and our goal is to introduce students to many different types of music as well as a variety of musical skills and experiences.
As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns or questions.
Your Music Teachers,
Susan Gillespie SusanGillespie@usd475.org
Deborah Hammond DeborahHammond@usd475.org
LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
Happy Spring from your library team!!! Thank you to everyone who supported our spring book fair this year. It was a huge success and we will be using the profits to increase our selections of books for students and purchase technology grow a makerspace in our library. We are looking forward to hosting our end of the year BOGO Scholastic Book Fair!!! This special book fair promotion is buy a book and get a book free! This is a great time to stock up on books for your student for the summer! This exclusive Book Fair will be open the week of May 14. Be on the lookout for additional information including the exact dates and times it will be open.
This month Kindergarten classes will explore some nonfiction information about animals. Students will use technology to enhance their learning and understanding of nonfiction text. They will also work with the Expanding Technology in the Classroom teachers to create PowerPoints about animals. First Graders will also be creating an amazing project with our Expanding Technology in the Classroom teachers. We invited a technology expert to teach our first graders how to use the app Toontastic. On this site, students will animate their writing using a cartoon format, choosing their setting and characters. Students will also record their voice to narrate their story. This free digital tool incorporates a variety of useful skills for students to share their creative work. Second grade will work with Expanding Technology in the Classroom to create unique illustrations using a program called Microsoft Paint. This app from Microsoft office makes it easy to create and share illustrations.
Students in all grades will continue to expand their knowledge and understanding of the digital world by incorporating all the skills they have learned about digital citizenship into their everyday lives. Take time to talk to your students about being responsible digital citizens. There are helpful resources to engage your child in these important conversations at www.commonsensemedia.org.
Veronica Wait – Library Media Specialist
Mrs. Kidwell & Mrs. Gimble – Library Clerks
Whoo Hoo! It’s Spring! I know you are as anxious as I am for green grass, leaves on the trees and blooming flowers. As you think about Spring cleaning please think about donating clothing to our “Ware Bear Closet”, especially new underwear sizes small and medium for boys and size 4 & 6 for girls.
Nature shows us each Spring just how resilient she is. We can learn from her as we strive to raise healthy, resilient children. Having strong bones is something many of us often take for granted. Here are some suggestions for you to help your child establish habits that will promote strong bones throughout their lives.
Teach your children These Facts About Bones:
- Children’s bones need both calcium and physical exercise to develop.
- By age 20 children have acquired most of their bone mass which determines the strength in their bones as adults.
- Habits that promote bone health often develop in childhood.
Offer Snacks That Help Build Healthy Bones:
- Limit access to “Junk” or non nutritious foods and drinks, especially soda pop and fruit drinks that are mostly sugared water.
- Keep healthy snacks available, offer your children food and drinks that are high in calcium, the building blocks for strong bones.
Serve Calcium –Rich Foods to your Family:
- Prepare and serve food with additional calcium such as adding milk to canned soups instead of water adding okra or dried beans, or book choy and turnip greens to salads.
- Serve calcium rich foods regularly, such as oatmeal with milk, macaroni & cheese and pizza.
- Let your child help you shop for calcium rich foods.
Encourage weight—Bearing Activities!
- Plan family outings and activities that involve physical exercise. Walking, hiking, jogging, bike riding, and playing soccer and softball all involve weight bearing.
- Encourage your child to be involved in sports. Above all, teach all family members to be nice to their bones by eating well and exercising through out their entire lives.
Karen Roles – School Nurse
Big changes in Speech and Language this month! We are so excited to welcome Amanda Barriga to Ware Elementary School as our new Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. Brittany Chatmon has moved back home to Richmond, Virginia to be near her family and will definitely be missed by the students and staff at Ware.
Amanda is looking forward to getting to know the speech and language students and helping them in their communication skills as we finish off these last two months of the school year. We will be working together to help our students meet their benchmarks for the fourth quarter and are excited to reflect back on all of the growth we’ve made this year.
Laura Thompson – SLP
Brittany Chatmon – SLP-Assistant
April 6– Super Hero Day
April 13—Camo Day
April 20—Wear Green
April 27—Wear Red, White, Blue
Ware Mart will be open on Fridays before school. Student Council sells school supplies with prices ranging from $0.25 to $5.00. All profits will be used for school projects and community service by the Student Council. All Ware Bears may shop, but must eat breakfast first!
April 12 is the last day for our program. We will celebrate with a field trip to the Custer Hill Bowling Alley from 3:30—5:00 p.m.