LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Ware Families and Friends,
I would like to share about teaching and working here at Ware Elementary. I had the pleasure of beginning my teaching career in second grade during 1983, the first year Ware was open. I was fresh out of Kansas State University, a graduate of elementary education, 25+ years younger and ready to take on those responsibilities of educating our youth.
I was responsible for teaching severely struggling readers, students who were in jeopardy of failing all classroom subjects. The urgency to make a difference and the tremendous responsibility that I felt towards those students was the same as it is today. We know that being able to read is the first tool a student has in being successful in school and in their life. Reading is the first to change everything!
While teaching reading, I used the Peer Tutoring method, round robin, and direct instructional approaches. I taught for 20 minutes from a basal textbook reader, used phonics workbooks, and flashcards for vocabulary instruction. I remember begging businesses for wallpaper scraps to be used for those flashcards. They were durable; students were excited about using magic markers to write vocabulary words. Does this approach sound “old school” to you? It’s what I knew, it’s what worked at the time.
I wish I had today’s research, tools and opportunities that our teachers have in teaching your child. Our entire staff understands that students’ acquisition of literacy is a priority. We regularly measure their achievement and adjust our instructional practices to meet the needs of each student. We use the Success for All reading model, 90 uninterrupted minutes every day to acquire the necessary skills to become a fluent reader and successful student. Teachers and students use SMART Panels, wireless notebooks, and ELMOS to enhance teaching and learning.
We are consistently a high achieving school because we have the most qualified teachers committed to using innovative researched based strategies with your child! Please assist us in continuing to excel with our teaching and your child’s learning. Be supportive to our school’s literacy journey by having your child attend school every day and by completing reading homework. This team approach has us working together to meet the needs of our students.
Please plan to attend Parent Teacher Conferences this month. Scheduled appointment times are sent home closer to the time frame. We are looking forward in sharing the progress and successful achievements that your student have mastered as well as areas still needing additional support.
Another successful month has come and gone in Kindergarten! As we see the season change from summer to fall, we are also seeing many changes in our Kindergarteners.
Please take the time to sit down with your child and read the concepts of print books with him/her. Then sign the front of the Read & Respond and help them complete one activity from the back and return to school daily. As we continue to move through our letter sounds, your kindergartener is working hard and doing a great job with the letter writing homework and getting it returned to school! Keep it up! We will continue to work on letter sounds and finish up at the end of this month.
While we are having lots of fun in KinderCorner reading, Math has been moving along smoothly as well. We have been working on decomposing and composing numbers, writing numbers zero to 10, and writing number sentences to express our composition and decomposition of numbers.
As your student continues to grow and learn this year, please continue to work with him/her at home by completing weekly math homework, and tying shoes and zipping jackets/coats. Students are doing an outstanding job, but continuing to practice these skills will only make them more efficient..
Our students are looking forward to our Fall Festival celebration. Students are allowed to wear an appropriate costume to school. More information will be sent home.
Please mark your calendar for Parent Teacher Conferences on October 23-25. We will provide you with a schedule time frame.
Kindergarten Teachers Rock!
Fall is officially here and all the pieces are starting to fall into place for our first graders! It is very important that your child is reading each night for 20 minutes and completing the Read and Respond slips as the stories continue to become more difficult. They will be formally tested at the beginning of October to determine their new reading level. Depending on their mastery, they may either stay with their current reading teacher, or move to a different group. Your child’s homeroom teacher will share this information at conferences.
Our first graders are making progress toward fluency with addition of numbers to 10. Students are going from counting all to counting on and will begin to use strategies for working with groups of 10 as a basic unit, either taking away ten or making ten to solve problems. Here are some ways to help at home:
- Practice “counting on” as a strategy for addition, e.g. If you have 7 LEGO pieces, and you get 3 more, encourage your student to start with the number 7 and count “8…9…10” to find the total.
- Discuss ways to take apart a given number, e.g. 6 is made of 1 and 5, 2 and 4, 3 and 3, etc.
Check your child’s Ware Bear folders and Class Dojo for upcoming events including Parent-Teacher Conferences (October 23rd-25th) and Fall Festival (October 31st). Please make every effort to attend your conference as they are crucial to the success of your student.
We look forward to seeing you!
Your First Grade Team!
In math, we are continuing our work on place value. We have learned how to identify numbers in different forms such as unit form, word form, and expanded form. In class, we are using place value disks and we are working on recognizing when we need to change 10 ones for 1 ten, 10 tens for 1 hundred, and 10 hundreds for 1 thousand. We also are working on comparing numbers to recognize when three digit numbers are greater than, less than or equal to each other. We will finish this unit by skip-count up and skip-count down by 1s, 10s, 100s.
Reading classes for the 1st quarter are wrapping up. It has been amazing seeing all of the growth our students have made! Please keep encouraging your second grader to read 20 minutes per night. This will continue to improve their fluency and comprehension of text.
In writing, we are finishing up our first writing unit and working into our second focus area. The first theme area of focus was all about ourselves. The second unit moves into story writing about animals.
Lastly, just a few reminders for you, Picture Day will be October 4th. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for parent teacher conferences on October 23-25. And be sure to look for more information to be coming home from your child’s teacher for conference schedule time and the Fall Festival celebration on October 31.
Your Second Grade Team
The start of this school year has been fantastic so far! October will be quite a busy month in the third grade. The third grade music program is on October 11 with a rehearsal at 2:00 pm and performance at 6:00 pm for family and friends in the Ware Auditorium. More information will come home with your student soon.
We will continue learning about equal groups in multiplication and division. We have also started working with clocks and elapsed time. Please continue to practice these skills alongside addition and subtraction with your child.
Students will also learn more about water in science. See if they can tell you anything they have learned about the properties of water! Third graders will also practice organization and conventions in writing. Map skills has been the focus in social studies.
As we continue in our reading classes, students will be asked to read for 20 minutes each night and write a brief response, or summary, to what they read. They are also expected to charge their laptop at home each night. Please help them remember to do these two things! You can also ask your child about Reading Counts tests. They should be taking them at school over books checked out from the library.
Thanks for all your help in getting this year off to a great start!
Third Grade Rules!
The Ware Bear fourth graders are continuing to be busy and active learners. In math we will be starting to learn about multi-digit multiplication. We will be focusing on multiplying numbers by 10, 100, and 1,000. Then we will be moving into division with remainders. Students need to be able to reason about their answers and think critically when solving word problems. We are also still working on learning our multiplication facts. Spending just 5-10 minutes each night at home reviewing those multiplication facts can really help. We are at the point where we expect the students to know their facts. If they don’t, it will slow down the math process.
In Social Studies we are working on learning about the states of the Northeastern part of the United States. The students are having a lot of fun learning how people in other places live. In Science we continue to learn about environments and how those effect the organisms who live there. We hope to be doing many hands on lessons with the students to really get their minds thinking about science in a new way!
We are looking forward to meeting with all of you at conference time later this month. Please be on the lookout for more information regarding conference days and times. Your student will also be bringing home information about the upcoming Book Fair that also happens that week.
Fourth graders have a week of swimming where they learn water safety and self-preservation skills. Look for information and permission form regarding this activity -each class will have a different schedule.
We are very much looking forward to the Fall Festival on October 31st. We love to celebrate with our students and to see their personalities in their costumes. Teachers will be sending more information home about their classroom celebrations as the date gets closer.
Thank you in advance for all your support! Lets celebrate Fall!
Fourth Grade Rocks!
With the arrival of October, Fall is in the air. We are looking forward to the changing season and the leaves. Remember that Fall is also a time for changing weather, please have your Ware Bear dress accordingly.
This month in math, our fifth graders will be working with multiplication and division strategies. In science, we will continue investigating our Solar System and Earth’s atmosphere. In social studies, we will continue to learn about early American civilizations and begin discussing world exploration. Comprehension and fluency strategies continue to be the focus in reading. Please help your child remember to read for 20 minutes each night and fill out a read and respond form. Nightly read and respond homework helps support both goals of comprehension and fluency.
October is a very busy month here at Ware. With the end of the first quarter, we are wrapping up our current units and preparing to take our end of quarter assessments. It will be very important for all students to be at school every day during this busy time. The end of the first quarter also brings the Parent/Teacher Conferences. This year conferences will be held October 23-25. We are all looking forward to this opportunity to meet with you and your child to review academic progress and goals.
Other events happening here at Ware during the October month are: Awards Assemblies on October 24, Red Ribbon Week starts Oct. 29, and our Fall Festival celebrations are on Oct. 31. Please watch for further information on these activities.
Your Fifth Grade Team
Our students have been hard at work in the gym, building relationships through team building, learning about health and skill related fitness components, enjoying dance and rhythmic warmups, and practicing their foundational motor skills. These include gross motor skills such as skipping and jumping, as well as manipulative foot and hand skills such as tossing, catching, balancing, dribbling, and kicking. By acquiring motor skill competency and mastery, students can experience more success, confidence, and joy in a variety of types of physical activity. October will be exciting as we will dive into the exciting world of sport stacking!
October 5th is National “Walk a Mile” Day, and Ware students will take an afternoon break to participate in a one mile walk around the McClellan II neighborhood. All USD 475 elementary and middle schools will be participating, as well as students at the Freshman Success Academy, Early Childhood Center, and St. Xavier Catholic School. The purpose of this event is to promote healthy and active lifestyles and to show students that it’s as easy as taking a walk around the neighborhood. The day of our event we will meet in the new gym at 2:00 for a brief assembly before beginning our one mile walk. In the event of inclement weather, we will complete our walk indoors throughout the day during each grade level’s block activity time (PE, Music, etc). Make sure to send students to school with comfortable shoes for walking.
Mr. Derek Scott firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Mariah Wheaton email@example.com
Please join us on Thursday, October 11 as the third grade students present “Island Hopping.” They will sing a variety of songs from islands in the Caribbean to the South Pacific. Special instrument parts will enhance their performance.
Students have been doing a lot of singing, playing and moving in their music classes this fall. From drumming to the barred instruments, boomwhackers to ukuleles, and learning proper playing technique as they explore rhythmic and melodic patterns. Creative movement and folk dancing have been our focus for movement this quarter.
Upcoming programs this semester include the fourth graders program on Thursday, November 15 and the fifth graders presentation of The Nutcracker on Thursday, December 13.
All music programs begin at 6:00 p.m. on the Ware Elementary auditorium. We hope to see you there!
Mrs. Susan Gillespie Miss Julie Swartz
LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
Our Ware Bears have been super busy reading this school year! So far this year, 5,794 books have been checked out from the Library Media Center. What can I say, our Ware Bears are rockin’ readers!! Students in grades one through five may have two books checked out at all times and Kindergarteners may have one book at this time.
Kindergarten classes have weekly lessons in the library. We recently finished learning how to care for our library books, how to follow directions and what is Constitution Day. This month, Kindergarteners will learn how to type their usernames and passwords to login on the computer. Check with their homeroom teacher for their regular library day. You can help remind them to bring their books back so they may checkout a new book!
Students in all grades are continuing their Digital Citizenship education in the library too. It is our goal to help students flourish in a world of media and technology. We are learning to become respectful, responsible digital citizens. These lessons cover topics such as staying safe online, searching online, powerful passwords, the power of words, how to cite a site and talking safely. I encourage you to take a look at the website, Common Sense Media (commonsensemedia.org) to explore some of the resources they offer parents to foster conscientious digital citizenship at home.
We will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair during October parent teacher conferences in the library. The book fair will be open Tuesday, October 23 and Wednesday, October 24 from 3:30-7:30 and Thursday, October 25 from 8:00-12:00. There will be additional information sent home with your student within the next couple of weeks. We look forward to seeing you there!
Veronica Wait – Library Media Specialist
Mrs. Kidwell & Mrs. Lopez – Library Clerks
With the change in weather your Ware Bears need to be prepared for unpredictable weather. You may want to send them to school with a jacket, some mornings are very cool. Layering clothing may be helpful also, if the day turns warm, they could remove the top layer to be comfortable. Just a reminder that a good breakfast is so very important for your child’s ability to concentrate and learn.
Cold and flu season is just around the corner! Remind your children about the importance of washing their hands. This is the single most important way to prevent the spread of germs. Also encourage them to cover their noses and mouths when they cough or sneeze. Please consider having your child vaccinated for the flu.
Just a friendly reminder…
¨ Please bring in physical/immunization form ASAP. Many physical are due in October.
¨ If you have a student that may require a change of clothing while at school, please put extra in their book bags. My Ware Bears have visited my closet frequently and my supplies are getting low.
¨ If your child comes home in school clothing, please return them to me after they have been washed.
¨ Again please keep your contact information and emergency contact up to date. Your correct phone numbers are essential for us when we need to contact you for an injured or ill child.
¨ The Nurse office is still in need of small pants sizes 5 & 8 and girl pants size small, 5 & 8. Any donations will be greatly appreciated.
Healthy Trick or Treating
¨ Eat a good meal before going to parties or trick or treating.
¨ Check all treats for tampering.
¨ Try to ration treats.
¨ Travel in groups.
If at all possible, walk with your children never to enter a home or car to get treats
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
School has gotten off to an amazing start! I have enjoyed getting to know each student that helps to create the positive learning environment at Ware Elementary. For the month of September we learned about healthy and unhealthy friendships. The primary classes helped to create a friendship tree outside the counseling room. The leaves of the tree are made from our handprints and have positive qualities of a friend written in the center. The intermediate classes have worked in groups to identify healthy and unhealthy friendship scenarios. Each student also created a friendship bracelet with beads that represented the positive qualities of a healthy friendship.
As we move into the month of October we will focus on bullying prevention. In classroom lessons we will focus on identifying bullying and what to do when bullying happens. At home, you can talk with your kiddo about bullying and help them to identify the difference between bullying and teasing.
Bullying is aggressive behavior that must include:
- An imbalance of power, such as physical strength, that is used to bring harm to others.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or twice.
- Deliberate: Bullying behavior is on purpose.
Teasing is a social exchange that can be friendly or negative. Some teasing is done as a form of endearment and is not intended to hurt. However, some teasing is negative and can hurt, but is usually an isolated occurrence.
How can you help?
- Help your kids understand the definition of bullying.
- Keep communication open, check in with your child.
- Model how to treat others with kindness and respect.
785-717-4600 Ext. 4706
For PTO to fund all of the special activities for students, we have to raise funds. We try to do this in ways that benefit your family and are not intrusive. We know there are lots of groups that are in need of funding so pick and choose what works for you and your family. Hopefully one of PTO’s organized fundraisers, such as Box Tops or a Papa John’s Night, will fit into your family’s budget and schedule.
MILITARY FAMILY LIFE CONSULTANT
The week of September 24th marks the start of our Fall session of Deployment and PCS groups! I am looking forward to working with all the students who are enrolled to participate. For our Military families at Ware, I am also here to provide support and get you connected with resources outside of these groups and the non-medical counseling that the Military Family Life Program offers! For example, if you are interested in information on topics including: the military life cycle, moving and housing, financial and legal, recreation and travel etc. than MilitaryOneSource.mil (website) is an EXCELLENT place to start looking!
Please feel to reach out to me anytime during the school week at (785) 307-6394 for resources or questions about the MFLC program
Nora Eggers, LCMFT
Child and Youth Behavioral Military Family Life Counselor
Ware Elementary/Fort Riley