September eNewsletter

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL

It has been an absolute wonderful start to the 2018-19 school year.  The sounds of excitement and joy to be back at school can be heard all around the halls.  Our teachers are hard at work getting all of the routines, schedules, and relationships built.  We know that it is a tough transition from summer for most kids to get back into the routine of going to bed earlier and having to get up early in the morning.   We would encourage you to continue with those expectations and schedules; research shows that students who get more sleep at night and who run on a daily schedule are more successful in school.

 

A few beginning of the year reminders are that our school doors open for students at 7:30am for those eating breakfast and 7:45am for   everyone else.  We do not have staff on duty to supervise students until 7:30am, so please do not send or drop off your students any earlier than that.  If you plan to change your students dismissal procedures please make sure you contact the office by 2:00pm.  The office gets extremely busy at the end of the day and it is important that we get those changes in early so that we can ensure our students are safe and everyone knows where they are going    at the end of the day.  Please check your child’s backpack every day after school.  Communication between home and school is critical and important to the success of our students.  Within your students Ware Bear Folder you will find notes from the school informing you of activities happening at Ware.

 

In our school we set all of our procedures and expectations around the word PRIDE.  Each letter represents a character trait that we are working to develop in all of our students and that are modeled daily by our adults.  Here are the letters and what they stand for:

 

Perseverance- Sticking with something even when it is hard

Respect- To treat others as you would like to be treated.

Integrity- Doing the right thing even when no one else is watching.

Dependability- To know I can be counted on and trusted.

Excellence- Being outstanding and doing our BEST.

 

Students can earn “PRIDE” tickets for showing something that represents one of these letters.  These tickets are given to their homeroom teacher for a PRIDE ticket drawing on Fridays.  PRIDE ticket winners get to come to the office, pick up a prize, and celebrate with the office staff.  If your student brings one of these home, it would be a great opportunity for you to celebrate their success in school and ask them what they did to earn the ticket.

 

Again, thank you all for your support of our school.  We are very proud of our building and are very thankful that we get the opportunity to work with your child each and every day.

 

 

Alicia Scofield

Principal

 

KINDERGARTEN

Kindergarten is off to a roaring start! We have been hard at work beginning to learn the routines, procedures, and behaviors that it takes to be a super student!

Our reading focus will be on letter sounds rather than letter names.  Current research shows that in order for kids to read well, the learning should focus on the phonetic sounds of letters rather than the names. Don’t be surprised if your kindergartener is beginning to read simple words and sentences by December!

As part of our reading program, your child will have nightly Read & Respond homework.  At this point, your child will complete this homework with one of the simple “concepts of print” books that they bring home. Help your child complete the homework by following the directions on the front sheet. Return the homework each day in the Ware folder.

In math, we will continue to focus on numerals and their quantities. We will spend time working with manipulatives and 10 frames. We will also be working on shapes and sorting through a variety of hands-on engaging activities.

Thank you for all your cooperation and understanding as we start off this year! Please be sure to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Kindergarten Teachers Rock!

Mr. Scruggs

Miss Willems

Mrs. Conder

Mrs. Clinesmith

Miss Bogen

ESS Teacher

Mrs. Felton

FIRST GRADE

Welcome to First  Grade!  September is a very busy month for our first graders.

In Math we have been learning to solve story problems as well as working with fact families!!  Number Identification, addition/subtraction, and decomposing numbers will also be our focus this quarter.  Any help at home will be beneficial.  Your child’s teacher will be sending home additional information about ways that you can help your child succeed in math at home.

Our Reading program began on August 23.  Your child should be reading to you each night for 20 minutes.  Don’t forget to complete their Read and Respond sheet and return it along with their book to school each day.

On September 7th we will participate in our annual Freedom Walk.  Please join us as we remember those affected by the events on September 11, 2001.

With your help, this will be an awesome school year for our first graders.

 

Your First Grade Team!

 Ms. Schoen

Mrs. Scott

Miss Francis

Miss Dreher

ESS Teacher

Mrs. Felton 

SECOND GRADE

Second grade is off to a great start!  We’ve been working hard to review the school rules and learn the Ware Bear way.

In math we’ll be exploring measurement by using different tools and units.  We’ll also estimate and compare measurements.  An important skill that we’ll work on throughout the entire year is improving our student’s addition and subtraction fact fluency.

In reading, students will continue to become more independent readers.  All students are expected to read for 20 minutes each night and complete their Read and Respond form, which they turn in to their reading teacher.

In social studies we’ll learn about rules and responsibilities, safety, and communities.  We’re very excited for year two with our new science curriculum.  It will provide great learning opportunities for our students.  Our first unit is call Pebbles, Sand, and Silt.

All second graders can earn Behavior Bucks in their classroom for good behavior.  Behavior Bucks can be used to buy privileges in their classroom.  Ask your child about this positive reinforcement system to learn more!

Please make sure you check your child’s Ware Bear folder each night for homework and important notes.  Also, your child has a planner where they will write down their homework for each day.  This is a great way to encourage communication between the parents and teacher as well.

Thanks in advance for your support and encouragement during this school year.  Let’s have a great Ware Bear year!

 

Your Second Grade Team

Mrs. Larson

Miss Buchanan

Miss Kern

Mrs. Schmidt

Miss Heigert

ESSD Teacher

Mrs. Parker

THIRD GRADE

Welcome back to school! We are so excited to have your student in third grade this school year. We are already off to a great start. In math class we have been multiplying and dividing. We have started our first science unit studying weather and water. In social studies we have started learning all about different types of maps and how to use them. We have been practicing our handwriting and will  start cursive soon.

Reading class has officially started as well. Be sure to ask your student what stories they are reading each week and what strategies they are working on. Each night your student will bring home a purple read and respond sheet. This is their reading homework. Your child will read for 20 minutes each night and write a summary about what they read. Then, we ask that you sign the read and respond sheet. Reading each evening is a great way to help students work on their reading comprehension and encourage their love of reading.

The third graders  have started using their computers and are really enjoying them. We are very impressed with how responsible the students have been with charging their computers each night. We appreciate your help in this matter as we do not have enough outlets in the classroom to charge multiple computers each day.

We are looking forward to a great year in third grade! Please let your child’s teacher know if you ever have any questions or concerns.

 

Third Grade Rules!

Mrs. Kelly

Mrs. Adams

Mrs. Oleen

Miss Hansen

ESS Teacher

Mrs. Parker 

FOURTH GRADE

The Ware Bear fourth graders are busy and active learners.  In math we are starting to learn about Multi-Digit Whole Numbers.  We will really be focusing on place value, rounding, comparing, addition, and subtraction. Students really need to be able to reason about their answers and think critically when solving word problems.  We will also begin working on learning our multiplication facts.  Knowing their facts really helps keep us moving during our math time and we appreciate the time you are able to spend working on this with your student.

As Reading really gets going this year we would like to encourage you to read with or listen to your child read for 20 minutes every night. After they read they will need to write a response of a few sentences about what they read and get your signature. This is their required, nightly homework and having them read aloud really helps with their fluency.

In Social Studies we will be working on learning about the states in the Northeastern part of the United States.  The students should have fun getting to learn the cultures of other places in the United States.  In Science we are learning about environments and we are starting by observing mealworms! We are very excited about our new science curriculum that is going to allow us to have a much more hands on approach to science!

We are looking forward to celebrating our Freedom Walk on September 7th and what that event really means.  We would love to see you!

We hope all families have a safe and happy Labor Day.  Our good wishes go out to those families who have a loved one deployed.

Thank You for helping us have a great start to our school year and we look forward to working with you to make this year the best it can be for all of our students.

 

Fourth Grade Rocks!

Mrs. Hilton

Miss Maley

Mrs. Kaus

Mrs. Williams

ESSD Teacher

Miss William 

FIFTH GRADE

We’ve had a great start to the year!  Fifth grade is off and running and the students have been working very hard in class.   Please keep signing planners every night.  This keeps you informed of what we are doing at school.  It also serves as great way to keep communication open between home and school.

During the month of September, we will be busy in the classroom.  In math, we will be working on place value, number sense, and computation with whole numbers and decimals.  Practicing math facts and using money at home will help your student be more successful at school.  In social studies, the students will be learning about geography and Native American groups and lifestyles.  Science will focus on experiences to explore the properties of the atmosphere, energy transfer from the Sun to Earth, and the dynamics of weather and water cycling in Earth’s atmosphere.

Please help your child meet the expectation of reading for 20 minutes every night and filling out a Read and Respond (R&R) form.  Students that forget to bring a blank R&R home may write their summary on any piece of paper.

We are looking forward to the Freedom Walk on Friday, September 7.  Please be on the lookout for more information about special events as the dates draw closer.

Thank you so much for helping us get off to such a great start!

 

Your Fifth Grade Team

Mrs. Deville

Miss Jimerson

Miss Huneycutt

ESSD Teacher

Miss William

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

We are thrilled to see all of the new and old faces coming into the gym for Physical Education. Hopefully everyone is getting things figured out by now, and to help out a bit here are a few tips about being successful in Ware Elementary Physical Education:

  • Always bring sneakers for P.E. We want all students safely participating every day in class. Have kids set their tennis shoes right next to their bag each night before bed.
  • Younger grade levels – practice tying shoes at home a lot!
  • Talk at home about healthy decisions relating to nutrition, sleep, personal safety, and hygiene
  • Exercise and play together as a family as much as possible and establish a family fitness routine

Finally, we encourage you to take a few minutes to check out a great website called shapeamerica.org. SHAPE America sets the national standards and student learning outcomes that guide our curriculum. Explore their fantastic website to learn more about best practices in physical education and how physical education plays an essential role in a student’s academic and social development. Our goal is to help students of all backgrounds and abilities achieve what we call physical literacy, in which they possess the knowledge, tools, and beliefs to help them pursue a lifetime of health and enjoyment through physical activity.

 

Mr. Derek Scott    derekscott@usd475.org

Miss Mariah Wheaton    jessicawheaton@usd475.org

 

MUSIC

 

Welcome back to school from your music teachers! We would like to welcome Ms. Swartz who is our new music teacher this year. She joins Mrs. Gillespie who is starting her 15th year at Ware. We have a lot of fun things planned for our music classes this year which will include singing, moving, playing and creating music. Students are busy learning patriotic songs as we prepare for the Freedom Walk on September 7, 2018. All students at Ware have the opportunity to be in one performance throughout the school year. The third grade students are first and will perform on October 11, 2018. All performances throughout the year will be in Gym II on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m.

 

Mrs. Susan Gillespie                      Miss Julie Swartz

SusanGillespie@usd475.org                JulieSwartz@usd475.org

 

LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER

LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER

 

Greetings from the Library Media Center!  I am Ms. Wait, Ware Elementary’s Library Media Specialist.  I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to teaching and get to know all of our little Ware Bears!  Our year in the library is off to a great start.  We have had every class visit the library at least once thus far to learn about the library, how to take care of our books and even how to check them out at our self-checkout – all by themselves!  Students in grades one through five are learning about taking Reading Counts tests.  Please encourage your student to read daily and if they have a “dot book,” (a book on their Lexile  level) encourage them to take Reading Counts tests at school.

Here is an explanation from Scholastic about the Reading Counts program: “Scholastic Reading Counts! is an independent reading program for Grades K–12 which combines reading practice and software-based reading assessment. Instructionally flexible, mastery focused, and professionally written, SRC! is the program PROVEN to develop reading skills, help raise test scores, and motivate students to achieve reading success.”

Students are also discovering the meaning and importance of Digital Citizenship.  These lessons will continue throughout the school year to help guide our students to become responsible digital citizens. There is an abundance of helpful resources on the website Common Sense Media (www.commonsensemedia.org) to assist parents and teachers in educating students about digital citizenship.  According to their website, “Common Sense is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.”

Feel free to stop by the library between 7:40 and 3:30 to check it out!  We are looking forward to helping you and your students make it a great school year!!

 

Veronica Wait – Library Media Specialist

Mrs. Kidwell & Mrs. Lopez – Library Clerks

NURSE

Welcome back Ware Bears! I hope you had an active fun filled summer. As we start this New School Year I have a brief to do list for you.

  • For our new and returning Ware Bears, please bring your students shot records and completed physical to the health office ASAP.
  • All medications must be brought to the health office in a pharmacy labeled container, this includes prescription and over the counter medications. You MUST complete a permission form before and medication can be administered.
  • A current Asthma or Allergy plan MUST be turned in with all inhalers, epi pens or Benadryl.
  • Please, inform the Nurse of ANY food Allergies, restrictions or intolerance.
  • If your student has potty accidents, please pack an extra set of clothes in the book pack.

Create a daily schedule for:

Þ Waking up

Þ Eating breakfast

Þ Arriving to school on time

Þ Homework

Þ Enjoying free time

Þ Dinner with family

Þ Bathing

Þ Packing up for the next school day

Þ Bedtime

 

It’s going to be an awesome year and I look forward to being a part of your Ware Bears day!

 

Karen Roles

School Nurse

785-717-4630

 

SPEECH

Welcome back to the start of a new school year! I am excited to start my 9th year as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Geary County School District. This year, I will get to work with the students and staff at Ware Elementary School and Franklin Elementary School. I am also lucky enough to welcome Roddajia Turner, who will be returning for her second year to assist with speech therapy services as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.

I am looking forward to working with you and your student’s teacher to support and improve the communication skills of the students at Ware and Franklin Elementary Schools. I know we will get to see great progress and growth from all of our students. J

Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time with questions regarding your student’s speech and language skills. I wish you and your family a happy new school year and look forward to working with your student!

 

Laura Thompson                                                Roddaija Turner

Speech—Language Pathologist       Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

laurathompson@usd475.org

 

COUNSELOR

My name is Katie Williams and I am the new School Counselor! I am excited and honored to be joining the amazing team of staff, students, and families that create the positive learning environment at Ware Elementary! I look forward to meeting you and your child(ren) and helping each student succeed to meet their own personal goals for this school year and beyond.

School counseling services are a part of your child’s school experience as a resource to help your child succeed academically, as well as to support social and emotional growth throughout the school year. Many of the activities will focus on helping students learn ways to build positive social skills, healthy ways to resolve conflicts, and how to manage emotions effectively. Counseling activities are usually presented as a whole class, but can include individual and small group lessons too.

For the month of August we focused on meeting the school counselor and the roles the counselor has within the school community. Some of the roles of the school counselor include:

– listening when someone needs to talk

– helping solve problems

– identifying feelings and understanding big emotions

– teaching skills to cope with big emotions

– working with classroom teachers to ensure success

– celebrating the positives

– ensuring safety

– advocating for all to ensure equity

For the month of September lessons will focus on relationships and friendship, to include:

– recognizing characteristics of caring and hurtful relationships

– understanding caring relationships in families, at school, and within              the community

– characteristics of being a good friend

I look forward to working with everyone to create a positive, safe environment where every student can grow!

 

Kathryn Williams,  kathrynwilliams@usd475.org

 

MFLAC

Hello Ware Elementary Families!

My name is Nora Eggers and I am the Child and Youth Behavioral Military Family Life Counselor (CYB-MFLC) at Ware Elementary. I am thrilled to be at this incredible school and have the opportunity to support Military families and students. Throughout the school year I will be providing various groups for students (with signed consent from parents) that focus on dealing with Deployments, PCS moves etc. I can also provide individual support for students and families on topics including parent/child communication, deployments and PCS, anger management, behavior management, connecting with resources at Fort Riley, and more! All services are confidential. Please feel free to call my work cell phone: (785) 307-6394 or come visit me at the school. I am available Monday through Friday during the school day and can schedule appointments for after hours.

 

Nora Eggers, LCMFT

Child and Youth Behavioral Military Family Life Counselor

Ware Elementary/Fort Riley