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Letter from the Principal
Dear Parents and Families,
We hope that you were able to attend your child’s parent teacher conference.  Conferences are a great time for you to initiate that effective working relationship with your child’s teacher.  It is within these opportunities that we can model an ongoing working relationship between parents and teachers which is crucial to student school success.  When students know that we are all working toward a common goal they are more likely    to perform at their highest level on a daily basis.      The week of Oct. 29-Nov. 2 Ware participated in a district implemented drill week.  We completed a fire, severe weather, secure in place and an ALICE drill.  We had multiple Fort Riley as well as USD 475 district officials observe during the drills.   We know that these can be stressful times for our students and these drills are never intended to scare them.  Unfortunately, in society today we do have to practice these drills to make sure we are prepared to react if we would ever need to do so.  If you would like more information on the district drills you can visit the link on our USD 475 website    We know that right now many of you are facing upcoming deployments, which change the dynamics in your homes.  Even though this may be something that you have dealt with before we know that no matter how many times a deployment happens it is never easy.  Having such a change in your home structure impacts all things that go on in your daily lives.  The stress level increases with all the daily demands being left for one parent to handle.  At times, this will transfer into the school with students struggling in various ways.  Please know that we are here to help your student during this trying time.  An open line of communication is crucial in supporting our students.  If your child’s teacher knows that changes at home are happening then they are better prepared to help your student at school.  Your students are our priority so we want to be able to provide them any support that they may need.    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!  I hope that you will be able to spend some time with family or friends.
Alicia Scofield Principal

Parents Right-To-Know Annual Notification to Parents of Children Attending Title I Schools
Parents may request information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers, including, at a minimum,  whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;the baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
Information regarding teacher qualifications can be obtained by contacting:Geary County USD 475 Human Resource ServicesMary E. Devin Center for Educational Support123 N. EisenhowerJunction City, KS 66441  (785) 717-4000



KINDERGARTEN    November brings on many new challenges and adventures for our first graders.  In math, we will continue working with Module 2.  The students are working on making ten, word problems, associative and commutative properties, and place value.  Decomposing teen numbers to a set of ten and some ones can be tricky for students.  Any extra support you can give at home will greatly help students in the classroom.    Continue to read with your child for 20 minutes a night.  Read & Respond homework slips should be completed, signed, and returned daily.  Practice with sight words is also very beneficial and can have a great impact your child’s success with reading.       Be on the lookout for information regarding first grade Thanksgiving celebrations.  We invite parents and families to come join in the festivities.  Information on class activities will come home in the Ware Bear Folder during the first two weeks of November.     Please make sure your child is at school and on time each and every day.  Each day of instruction is crucial to student success.  Please contact your child’s teacher if you need any additional resources to help support learning at home.


We are starting to see leaves change colors and fall from the trees, and kindergarten is excited to take in the autumn atmosphere.  In kindergarten we are learning about the changes outside, the autumn harvest, and how that relates to the food on our plates.      It is exciting to see that we have learned almost all of our letter sounds and we practice them daily.  Even more exciting is the fact that we are blending the letter sounds we have learned into words.   We are becoming wonderful readers, as we are sure you’ve recognized when helping your child complete their R&R homework.  Please encourage your kindergartner to sound out simple words when they encounter them in their reading as continued practice is the most important measure in creating a fluent reader.    We are also watching our kindergartners progress from sounding out words in reading, to transferring this skill to writing.  Students are adding details to their pictures and are able to tell a long story about what they have drawn on their papers.  Our focus right now is that they are sounding out the words  and developing clear ideas that tell a story.    In Math, we are doing lots of fun things like exploring shapes and numbers.  Recently, kindergarten implemented math work stations into our daily schedule.  The work stations consist of games and activities that allow students to explore various math concepts with their partners.      Thanksgiving Break is November 19-23. We will celebrate Thanksgiving with a fun activity near the end of November.  Look for more information going home soon.       We hope that you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Break!  ##PAGE -#-PAGE -#-PAGE -#-#PAGE -#-#THIRD GRADESECOND GRADE     The first quarter of school has flown by! November will be a busy month in third grade. There will be no school on November 12th due to Veteran’s Day. Thanksgiving break will be from November 19th- 23rd.      As we continue in our Reading classes, students will be asked to read for 20 minutes each night and write a brief summary of what they have read as part of their homework. We ask that you sign the Read and Respond sheet. Reading is a great way to help students work on their comprehension skills and encourage their love for reading. Also, make sure your student is charging their computer at home every night!     This quarter in Social Studies we will focus on Economics. In math, we will continue to practice our Multiplication and Division skills. Please practice with your student at home. In Science, we will continue to learn about Water and Climate. For writing we will move into Informational writing.     As always, please let your child’s teacher know if you have any questions or concerns!     Second grade is falling into some great learning!  We’ve been working hard and continuing to become the great Ware Bear that we can be! With the weather getting cooler please be sure your child is coming to school with the appropriate clothing and jackets to stay warm! In math we’ll be exploring different strategies for adding and subtracting. An important skill that we’ll work on throughout the entire year in math is 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 into their reading teacher.      In science we will be continuing to learn about pebbles, sand, and silt. Students engage in science and engineering practices to collect and interpret data to answer science questions, develop models to communicate interactions and processes, and define problems in order to compare solutions. We will also be jumping into learning about liquids and solids! Students explore how wind and water change the shape of the land and compare ways to slow the process of erosion. Students learn about the important role that earth materials have as natural resources.     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 that 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 Ware Bear year!PAGE -#-PAGE -#-#FIFTH GRADE
FOURTH GRADE     Here we are in our fourth month of school and fifth graders are doing a fantastic job!  We finished up a successful first quarter and are rolling right into the second.  In math this month, 5th graders will learn to apply varied strategies to multi-digit multiplication and division. Students will also continue to use strategies taught for problem solving. To help strengthen those skills, provide real and meaningful examples of how and when your student will use multiplication and division. At home, you could involve your child in measuring the length and width of a room and challenge them to find the area! Your child could also help you estimate the cost of groceries at the store by rounding amounts and finding their totals or help you decide how to split a special dessert among the family members.       In reading, we continue to focus on strategies that include Questioning, Clarifying, Predicting and Summarizing.  Keep encouraging your child to READ! READ! READ!  They should be reading for at least 20 minutes every evening and filling out a response form for their reading class.      Social Studies will take a turn this quarter as students learn about early world exploration and the beginnings of American exploration. They will be using strategies learned in our informational writing unit to help them research an explorer!     In Science, we will continue investigations into Earth systems and their interactions and the structure and properties of matter. We will use these investigations to measure, graph, and model our findings. Students will develop models and write explanations for their observations.     We look forward to your continued support in your child’s education.
The Ware Bear fourth graders are continuing to be busy and active learners. In math we are continuing to learn about multi-digit multiplication.  Then, we will be moving into division with remainders. Students really need to be able to reason about their answers and think critically when solving word problems.  The more “how” and “why” questions you can ask them about their math, the better they will become at reasoning and explaining.  We are also still working on learning our multiplication facts.  All students need to continue working on learning their multiplication facts at home.  Spending just 5-10 minutes each night reviewing those facts can really help.  We are at the point where we expect the students to know their facts.  If they don’t, it really slows down the math process.     For reading, please continue to work with your student to read for at least twenty minutes each night and then have them summarize what they read in about three sentences.      In Social Studies we are working on learning about the regions of the United States. We will begin focusing on the Southeastern region. The students are having a lot of fun.  In Science, we will be wrapping up our Environments unit with our Brine Shrimp. After that we will be moving into energy and circuits. 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 the 4th grade Music Program. We hope you will be able to come on November 15th as the students have really been working hard on their parts.    We hope all families have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Our good wishes go out to those families who have loved ones deployed.
KindergartenTeachers Rock!
Mr. ScruggsMiss WillemsMrs. ConderMrs. ClinesmithMiss Bogen
ESS TeacherMrs. Felton


Your First Grade Team!
Ms. SchoenMrs. ScottMiss FrancisMiss Dreher
ESS TeacherMrs. Felton


Your Second Grade  Team
Mrs. LarsonMiss BuchananMiss KernMrs. SchmidtMiss Heigert
ESSD TeacherMrs. Parker


Third Grade Rules!
Mrs. KellyMrs. AdamsMrs. OleenMiss Hansen
ESS TeacherMrs. Parker
KSU InternJohnna Shoemaker
Your Fourth Grade Team!
Mrs. HiltonMiss MaleyMrs. KausMrs. Williams
ESSD TeacherMiss William
KSU InternKristen Howser


Your Fifth Grade Team
Mrs. DevilleMiss JimersonMiss Huneycutt
ESSD TeacherMiss William
KSU InternAshley WegengPAGE -#-#PTO General MeetingTuesday, November 13th  at 3:30p.m.Interested in joining PTO? Come to the  November meeting to find out more. This meeting will be held in the Ware Library.PAGE -#-#www.wareelementary.usd475.org9Veteran’s Day Assembly12No SchoolVeteran’s Day13Kindness Assembly2:00 pm13PTO Mtg. at 3:30 pm14Picture Re-Takefrom 8:00-10:00 am 15Fourth Gr. Music Program6:00 pm 15Papa John’s Pizza night19-23No SchoolThanksgiving Break29Behavior 101—Interactive Session at 2:00 pm29Christmas Decoration
PrincipalAlicia Scofield
Assistant PrincipalDana Williamson
SecretariesOlga Delgado Christine ReganNorma CornejoTami Bretz
NurseKaren Roles
Student SupportTroy GeikeHense WilliamsJodi Porter
“Where All Reach Excellence”
Established in 1983Named in Memoriam of Major General Keith L. Ware Commander of 1st Infantry Division.
Address6795 Thomas Ave.Fort Riley, KS  66442
Telephone Contact785-717-4600785-717-4601 (Fax)
School Hours8:00 a.m.  –  3:15 p.m.


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Ware Bears are amazing!  During the first two months of school, Ware Bears have passed 1,531 Reading Counts tests!  Encourage your student(s) in grades 1-5 to read a “dot book” and take a Reading Counts test.  A “dot book” illustrates the Lexile Level of the book.  It also indicates that there is a Reading Counts test available for them to take on the computer at school.  If you would like to see if a book has a Reading Counts test, visit     Kindergarten classes are continuing their weekly lessons in the library.  Throughout the month of October, Kindergarten students learned how to turn the computers on, log on using their own username and password.  This technology skill is helping them with letter sounds and recognition.  We have been practicing finding letters on the keyboard by playing Keyboarding Zoo on the website  There are many educational games on that website students may play at home!  They also have the opportunity to check out one new book each week when they return their previous one.  Check with their homeroom teacher to find out their library day.  You can help remind them to bring their books back so they are able to checkout a new book.     First Grade has also been practicing computer and literacy skills in the library.  They have passed 207 Reading Counts tests the first two and a half months of school.  Most first graders will read a “black dot book.”  This is a Lexile in the 0-99 range.  They have been doing a great job!       All students have been learning about Digital Citizenship and how to be responsible, ethical citizens online.  Encourage your students in grades three through five to practice responsible use of their laptops and all technology at home!   For more information about digital citizenship visit This website has a wealth of information for parents and teachers to help kids thrive in a world of media and technology.    Thank you so much for making our book fair a success!  It was fun having the opportunity to chat with many of you and we appreciate your support for our school!!!  The Book Fair helps to provide our library, classrooms and students with more books and technology.
Veronica Wait                  Mrs. Kidwell & Mrs. Lopez         Library Media Specialist                       Library ClerksFor PTO to fund all of the special activities for students, we have to raise funds. 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.
For the month of October, we learned about bullying. Classes focused on what bullying is and what bullying is not. Grades Kindergarten through second focused on understanding the definition of bullying and how it differs from a peer conflict. For the older grades we compared and discussed the definitions of bullying, conflict, and someone being mean or rude. We also discussed how to handle situations of bullying in a safe and appropriate way.      In November classes will focus on self-control. We will discuss how choices are made constantly throughout the day, sometimes we think clearly to make choices and sometimes our choices are impulsive. We will learn what self-control means and how acting impulsively can lead to negative consequences. We will learn some strategies for improving self-control and the importance of how practicing can help improve our skills. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Kathrynwilliams@usd475.org785-717-4600 Ext. 4706PTO & Papa John’s Pizza NightPTO is excited to partner with Papa John’s once a month to raise money.  It is easy to participate, it solves the “what to have for dinner” crisis,  makes it easy for Ware families to raise money for our PTO.  Coupons are sent home to be used each month for this fundraiser.Mark your calendar for the next Papa John’s Night on Thursday, Nov. 15.                         NURSE NOTE         I have many things to be thankful for and at the top of my list is having the opportunity to care for your Childs school health needs. They are truly a bright spot in my life.As the flu season approaches please stress the importance of good hand washing to your Ware Bears.
Hand Washing TipsWash before eating and cookingWash after touching animalsWash after using the restroomWash after blowing nose, coughing or sneezingUse warm waterUse soap and lather for 10-15 seconds, make it fun by singing the ABC’sUse colorful soaps made for kids, some even come in fun shapes and scentsMake sure to get in between your fingers, under your nails and around your wristRinse and dry with clean towel.


















Karen Roles, School Nurse                                                                       785-717-4630                                                                                          Newsletter  Ware Elementary     November 2018

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CounselorIt’s Cold & Flu Season Again! It’s not always easy to tell the difference between a cold/flu, but here are some general symptoms that may help differentiate between them:





Important note: Symptoms vary from child to child; call your child’s healthcare provider if you suspect the flu .(Source:
I still need immunization records and physicals from many of you. You should have already received a letter informing you of what I need for your child/children. If you did not receive a letter then you are good to go this round.    I am still in need of gently used pants: Boys  sizes 5-16 and Girls sizes 5-16, New boys underwear size small and New girl underwear sizes 4-6.

Karen RolesSchool Nurse785-717-4630Flu SymptomsCold SymptomsSudden OnsetHigh FeverSevere ExhaustionDry CoughHeadacheDecreased AppetiteMuscle achesChillsUsually no sore throatSlow OnsetNo (or mild) FeverMild ExhaustionSevere or Hacking CoughUsually no headacheNormal appetiteUsually no muscle achesUsually no chillsSore throatMUSIC   The music rooms have been busy as the fourth graders prepare for their program “America, We Salute You!” which they will present on Thursday, November 15, 2018. We hope you can join us in the Ware Elementary Auditorium at 6:00 pm for this musical revue featuring patriotic and all American songs.    December is just around the corner and that means “The Nutcracker” has invaded the fifth grade music classes. Students are singing and dancing their way through Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and will present the 11th annual performance of this holiday music on December 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.     Kindergarten through third grade students continue to improve their singing, dancing, instrument playing and music reading skills. Second semester the kindergarten, first and second grade students will present their music programs. More information will be sent home with the students as their programs approach and all performance dates are available on the Ware website.
Mrs. Susan GillespieMiss Julie Swartz



Physical Education         This month our students will begin a unique instructional called as “sport stacking” (also known as cup stacking) and they have been experiencing the long list of benefits this novel sport has to offer. Through various games, stations, and challenges, students will experience how stacking is very enjoyable and also great for improving hand-eye coordination, concentration, hand speed, dexterity, goal-setting, and perseverance. Research has also shown that there is a positive correlation between stacking and improved academics, as it involves “crossing the midline” or coordinating both sides of the brain which boosts cognitive function. This is a good “rainy day” activity that students can enjoy at home and a great alternative to video games or other more sedentary activities. Stacking has become a part of the culture and identity of Ware as all our classrooms use stacking for parties, indoor recess, and brain breaks.     On November 8th, Ware students will also be participating in an annual event known as World Stack Up Day in which we join students from around the world in a Guinness World Record attempt for “most people cup stacking in multiple locations in one day”. Our students will be participating in stacking fitness games, challenges, and tournaments during their physical education time. To learn more about this event, visit
Mr. Derek Scott  Miss Mariah Wheaton














If you are interested in purchasing a set of stacking cups for your child at a discounted rate then we will be sending home information about our group order that allows students to purchase their own set for stacking at home…a great gift idea around the holiday season! Watch videos and learn more about the exciting world of sport stacking at!


















SPEECHIn Speech and Language this month, we will continue talking about the fall season and the vocabulary surrounding this season and its holidays. As you take a break to spend time with your family for this holiday, be sure to encourage your child to utilize the skills they are learning in speech and language at home with you and your family. Some ways to practice language skills over the Thanksgiving break would be to discuss the vocabulary associated with the holiday, practice sequencing the events required in preparing a large family meal, and to practice following multi-step directions in preparation for family visiting or preparing the meal. You can practice social language skills by working on manners and the ways we politely interact at the dinner table. For students working on speech articulation skills, challenge them to think of five food or table items, or even words associated with fall that contain their target speech sounds. As always, if you have any questions about how to best support your student’s speech and language skills, please do not hesitate to contact me!                          Laura Thompson                          Roddaija Turner    Speech—Language Pathologist      Speech-Language Pathology Assistant


Safety Reminder:  During drop off and pick up time please have your students load and unload from your car on the sidewalk side.  Remind your students to wait along the sidewalk or near the flagpole until you have pulled up close to the front doors, please do not have them cross through the parking lot.  Most of all, please just be patient and aware of students as they are loading and unloading.Ware-Mart is our Student Council school store and will be open each  Friday morning starting at 7:30 am.  All  students are welcome to shop  after eating breakfast.  Items are priced between $0.25 and $5.00.  Proceeds from Ware-Mart are used to support school projects and community service projects.Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Representatives
Fourth Grade:  Courtney  Harrinton, David Taylor, Naomi Barboza, Maddox Jack, Briiar Lujan, Emmanuella Nwosu, Elise Andersen, Braylon PorterFifth Grade: Julianna Hodge, Aeden Gray, Makenzie Cecil, Brendan Mahoney, Jessie Brenay, Kristin Jubrey