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Dear Ware Parents and Families,

We appreciate your attendance during March Parent/Teacher Conferences. Those opportunities allow us to share valuable infor-mation specific to how your child learn and interact with the class-mates. This month brings our an-nual Kansas State Assessments. Our teachers have prepared stu-dents and are ready to see the progress made in each of these areas. In grades 3rd, 4th and 5th we are taking our Kansas State Assessments in English Language Arts, April 2-3-4 and in Mathe-matics during April 9-10-11. In grade 5th, students will take the Science test April 16-17.

Our Kansas assessments are one measure of how third, fourth and fifth grade students have mas-tered the curriculum. Our kinder-garten through second grade stu-dents will complete their grade level assessments and check-ups within the next several weeks of school. Our teachers provide ex-emplary instruction and are al-ways working towards proficiency and mastery of grade level con-cepts.

Ware Elementary teachers have experienced a history of success in the classroom. We believe in our students as readers, writers, mathematicians, and scientists. Teachers have seen growth in your child as we compare where he/she is now in contrast to the beginning of this school year. We look forward to our assessment results and are excited to see evi-dence of their learning!

As parents, you can assist your child by providing proper rest, healthy breakfasts, and schedul-ing all appointments outside of the school day. We believe in our students and appreciate your continued support as we begin our comprehensive testing throughout the month of April.

Please do not hesitate to call the school (717-4600) with any questions or concerns.

Dana Williamson

Assistant Principal


21st Century After School Pro-gram Musical at 6:00 pm


Spirit Day—Wear Red,

White & Blue


Freddy’s Fundraising

5:00-8:00 pm


Spirit Day—Wear Camo


First Grade Music Program

at 6:00pm


Papa John’s Pizza Night


Wear Baseball themed clothing


No School –Good Friday


No School –Professional Dev.


KDG Round Up 3:30-4:30


Open Enrollment Starts


Spirit Day –”Purple It Up”


Alicia Scofield

Assistant Principals

Dana Williamson


Olga Delgado

Christine Regan

Norma Cornejo

Brittany Johnson


Karen Roles

Student Support

Troy Geike

Hense Williams

Terha Trevino

April 2019

Special Points of Interest:

 Check out school website/calendar for frequent updates.

 Like Us on Facebook

 Make sure you have your Skyward login for re-enrollment.


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Kansas Parent Information Resources

Center (KPIRC) https://ksdetasn.org/kpirc

The Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC), federally funded, is the official Parent Information Technical Assistance Center for the state of Kansas. KPIRC promotes meaningful parent involvement at all levels of edu-cation and provides information and resources to help parents, schools, dis-tricts and other organizations promote the educational success of every Kan-sas child.

Geary County USD #475


Geary County USD #475 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and/or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

For questions or complaints based on race, color, national origin, sex or age, please contact: Director of Human Resources at 123 N. Eisenhower, Junction City, KS 66441. Telephone 785-717-4000.

For questions or complaints based on disability, please contact: Director of the Student Services Division at 123 N. Eisenhower, Junction City, KS 66441. Telephone: 785 717-4000

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 sub-ject 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 Services

Mary E. Devin Center for Educational Support

123 N. Eisenhower, Junction City, KS 66441 (785) 717-4000

For information regarding State & Ware Elementary Report Cards

Title I services, please contact: If you would like to view our USD 475 Geary County School

Luan Sparks, Director of Student Services District or Ware State Report Cards visit

Geary County USD 475 http://www.usd475.org or ask in the office for a copy.

123 N. Eisenhower Direct link for Ware and USD 475 report cards are found:

Junction City, KS 66441 http://www.datacentral.ksde.org

(785) 717-4000

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“Where All Reach Excellence”

Established in 1983

Named in Memoriam of

Major General Keith L. Ware Commander of 1st Infantry Division


6795 Thomas Ave.

Fort Riley, KS 66442

Telephones Contact


785-717-4601 (Fax)

School Hours

8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

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Teachers Rock!

Mr. Scruggs

Miss Willems

Mrs. Conder

Mrs. Clinesmith

Miss Bogen

SPED Teacher

Mrs. Felton

Your First

Grade Team!

Ms. Schoen

Mrs. Scott

Miss Francis

Miss Dreher

SPED Teacher

Mrs. Felton

It is hard to believe that April is already among us! Time is flying in our kindergarten rooms. We will be start-ing 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. An-other unit we will be ex-ploring is Water Wonders; discussing fish, water ani-mals, and the im-portance 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 al-ready 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 & Re-sponds daily.

In writing, we are be-coming authors and illus-trators, creating How to Books and Opinion piec-es! 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.

On April 25th we will host our Kindergarten Round-up here at Ware. We invite our future kin-dergartners and their parents to come to the orientation about our curriculum and require-ments to enroll. If you have a child who will attend kindergarten next year, please join us. Also, look for additional infor-mation 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!

April showers bring May flowers! On Thurs-day, April 18th the first graders are shining bright as they perform for their music program. There will be a rehearsal for the school at 2pm then they will perform again at 6:00 pm in the Ware Auditorium. 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 cur-riculum and have start-ed “Wings.” Thank you for reading with your child each night. Your efforts are greatly ap-preciated. 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.



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April 25th

3:30 pm

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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 renew our license for the Reading Counts program. 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 stu-dents for the summer! This exclusive Book Fair will be open during Field Day on May 16. Be on the lookout for additional information including the exact dates and times it will be open.

This month Kindergarten classes will explore an app called Scratch Jr. According to their websie, “Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own in-teractive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve prob-lems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the com-puter.”

First Graders will also be creating an amazing project with our Expanding Technology in the Classroom teachers. We invited a tech-nology 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 in-corporates a variety of useful skills for students to share their creative work.

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 im-portant conversations at www.commonsensemedia.org.

Veronica Wait Mrs. Kidwell & Mrs. Lopez Library Media Specialist Library Clerks


Spring has sprung and the Ware Elementary music department is busy preparing for several perfor-mances. We hope that you will be able to attend and support our mu-sical bears. Performances will be in the Auditorium at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

“James and the Giant Peach,” based on the book of the same title, will be presented by fourth and fifth grade students in the 21st Century after school program. This musical is about James, an orphan who is sent to live with his aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Travel with him as he has many adventures involving the “giant peach.”

Thursday, April 18, 2019

First grade students will present their program all about baseball.

Thursday, May 9, 2018

Kindergarten students music pro-gram and awards assembly.

Second through fifth grade stu-dents are working on a variety of music skills this month. They will be playing instruments, singing, mov-ing, composing and improvising their own pieces. Students are start-ing 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.

We would also like to welcome Ms. Vanessa Diazdeleon, a student intern from Kansas State University who will be with Mrs. Gillespie until May 10. We are glad to have her join us in the music department as she learns from our Ware Bears young and old. She will also have many opportunities to teach music to our students.

Susan Gillespie


Julie Swartz


21st Century After School Program

Musical Performance

Thursday, March 4th

at 6:00p.m.

April 11th, is the last day of our program.

We will celebrate with a field trip to the

Spare Time Interactive Entertainment center

from 3:30—5:00p.m.

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Your Second

Grade Team

Mrs. Larson

Miss Buchanan

Miss Kern

Mrs. Schmidt

Miss Heigert

SPED Teacher

Mrs. Parker

Spring is upon us and the year is just flying by!

In math, we just finished exploring graphs by col-lecting data in tables and using it in picto-graphs 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 have been going for a couple weeks now 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 con-tinue to learn about sol-ids and liquids. In writing, we are writing narratives again! We will explore different ways to tell our stories with details and expression!

Let’s keep pushing ahead! Next thing you know and it is going to be May!

April showers will bring May flowers! We are looking forward to April in 3rd grade.

We will complete state testing the first two weeks of April. April 2nd and 3rd students will complete the reading assessment. April 9th and 10th students will com-plete the math assess-ment. It is very im-portant 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 suc-cessful as possible.

We like to provide the third graders with a bot-tle of water and pre-packaged 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 pro-vide enough for 20 stu-dents.

We will attend Kansas Kids’ Fitness Day on April 26th. We are looking forward to joining third graders from the entire school district to learn about fitness.

We have really enjoyed science in third grade this year. In April we will begin taking care of crayfish and exploring the adaptations and be-haviors of crayfish.

In math we will con-tinue to explore geome-try. In writing students will be writing narrative stories.

Please let your child’s teacher know if you have any questions or concerns. Communica-tion between school and home is such an im-portant part of your child’s education.



Third Grade


Mrs. Kelly

Mrs. Adams

Mrs. Oleen

Miss Hansen

SPED Teacher

Mrs. Parker

KSU Intern

Matalyn Mahan

Megan Muller

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Ware Bear News


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 pro-mote strong bones throughout their lives.

How much physical activity should children get?

 Children should aim for 60 minutes a day

What counts as activity?

Walking the dog, playing on a sport team, walking as a family, riding bikes, playing tag, hiking, swimming, jumping rope, or any-thing that causes your heart rate to go up!

What benefits will children gain from being active?

Being active for 60 minutes per day has been shown to improve concentration and focus, increase classroom attendance and be-havior, and boost academic performance.

How can you help children be more active?

 Give children toys that encourage physical activity like balls, kites, and jump ropes.

 Encourage children to join sports team or try a new physical activi-ty

 Limit electronics and keep the TV out of a child’s bedroom

 Facilitate a safe walk to and from school a few times a week

 Take the stairs instead of the elevator

 Walk around the block after a meal

 Make a new house rule: no sitting still during television commer-cials—do push-ups, crunches, or jumping jacks instead

 Find time to spend together doing fun activity: family park day, swim day or bike day

How should you get started increasing your family’s activi-ty?

 Start small: be physically active for just 10 minutes per day and in-crease by 10 minutes per week until you are at 60 per day

 Set goals as a family: Commit to specific goals, such as “go for a 30 minute walk 3 times this week as a family”

 Make it a part of your daily routine: get in habit of being active by scheduling it at the same time every day, such as right after school or after dinner.

Physical fitness helps build strong muscles and healthy bones. It also helps reduce the risk of obesity and depression as well as chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart dis-ease.

Karen Roles, School Nurse



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We have been waiting patiently for Spring weather and now it is finally here. Our students have been learning frisbee throwing and catch-ing games, and elements and skills of both golf and bowling. We also have a special event coming up soon. To promote and celebrate healthy and active lifestyles, we have a district-wide event called Kansas Kids’ Fitness Day and we will also have a school event called Family Fun & Fitness Night!

Kansas Kids’ Fitness Day is an event for third graders in the district, 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 annual-ly at several locations across Kansas. Fort Riley third graders will go through fitness and game stations from roughly 9:00-11:30. All stu-dents will eat a healthy sack lunch while listening to some amazing motivational fitness speakers. 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!

Family Fun & Fitness Night will be a family-oriented evening of playing with your loved ones in a variety of ways. Stay tuned for more info through our school Face-book page and other school infor-mation sources.

If you have any questions about either Kansas Kids’ Fitness Day or Family Fun & Fitness Night then please feel free to call or email us at the school.

Mr. Derek Scott


Ms. Mariah Wheaton


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Fourth Grade


Mrs. Hilton

Miss Maley

Mrs. Kaus

Mrs. Williams

SPED Teacher

Miss William

KSU Intern

Ryan Emmit

The Ware Bear fourth graders are excited that Spring is here!

In Math we are work-ing on preparing for the state assessment the sec-ond week of April. We will then be concentrat-ing on geometry and measurement. Students really need to be able to reason about their an-swers and think critically when solving word prob-lems. The more “how” and “why” questions you can ask them about their math, the better they will become at rea-soning and explaining. Please continue to have students practice their multiplication facts. Spending just 5-10 minutes each night re-viewing those facts can really help. Xtra Math and Freckle are two great resources for stu-dents to practice their fact fluency.

Our reading state as-sessment will be the first week of April. Be on the lookout for a note with all of the days and times for testing. Please let us know if your student will not be here during any of those days.

In science we will be focusing on rocks, earth, and landforms. Students will be conducting hands on experiments to help them understand how weather can affect our environment. With our new FOSS lessons, we hope to be doing many hands on lessons with the students to really get their minds thinking about science in a new way!

Please let us know if you will be gone for block leave or if you are moving before the end of the year. Our good wishes go out to those families who have a loved one deployed.



Your Fifth

Grade Team

Mrs. Deville

Miss Jimerson

Miss Huneycutt

SPED Teacher

Miss William

KSU Intern

Addyson Howard

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April is here and many exciting things are head-ed our way in fifth grade! This month we will be continuing to cel-ebrate the students who are demonstrating Ware PRIDE as well as taking the State Assessments. This month students will be taking the Math, Reading, and Science State Assessments. Please watch for more infor-mation coming home about these and other exciting events happen-ing this month!

We would like to thank everyone for at-tending Parent Teacher Conferences! We would especially like to thank those that have volun-teered to send either water bottles or a healthy snack for stu-dents during testing. It is very beneficial for them to have snack during long days of testing. If you would still like to volunteer to send some-thing 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 2nd and 3rd. Math State Testing will be the fol-lowing week on April 9th and 10th. Science State Testing will take place during the morning of April 15th and 16th. Please help us to ensure that your student is well rest-ed and present on these days. Thank you!

Other upcoming events this month are our Triple E day sched-uled for April 17th. This environmental enrich-ment education pro-gram engages students in interactive lessons and games designed to sup-port our fifth grade standards. A trip to the Kansas History museum, located in Topeka, is also planned for the end of April. Look for more in-formation about these events to be shared at a later date.

In the classroom, stu-dents are continuing to work very hard in all subject areas! At home you can continue to sup-port your child by en-couraging them to com-plete 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 sum-marize what they read to work on comprehen-sion skills.

Thank you for all of your continued support at home.


The year is passing quickly and I am excited for what the rest of the school year brings! For the month of April all grade levels will be learning about careers. We will focus on vari-ous career clusters and the skills needed. Students will explore their interests and research different ca-reers that meet their interests. Learning about careers is always exciting for the students. Continue to encourage conversations at home. A great way to make school and home connections is to ask about the careers they found inter-esting and design chores or trips around the interests and skills for the career they specified. Please feel free to contact me with any ques-tions or concerns.

Kathryn Williams



This month, I wanted to take the opportunity to share some infor-mation on fluency disorders, also known as stuttering. More than 70 million people worldwide stutter, which is about 1% of all of the people who live on Earth, and about 5% of all kids go through a peri-od of stuttering sometime in childhood. No one knows for sure what causes stuttering. We do know that speaking is a very complicated skill. It involves the brain and a lot of different muscles working to-gether to plan what you want to say and get your mouth to produce those sounds and words in the right order. Scientists believe there a few things that can play a part in stuttering: genes/family history – about 60% of people who stutter also have a relative who stutters, and neurology – in some people who stutter, their brains process speech and language a little differently than people who don’t stutter. There is no “cure” or device that will get rid of stuttering. However, speech-language therapy can teach techniques and strategies to help make speaking easier for those who stutter.

Experts agree that most children who stutter benefit from taking time to speak at a rate that promotes fluency. These guidelines from the Stuttering Foundation represent a number of ways that adults around that child can help promote the child’s fluency.

1. Reduce the pace. Speak with your child in an unhurried way, pausing frequently. Wait a few seconds after your child finish-es before you begin to speak. Your own easy relaxed speech will be far more effective than any advice such as “slow down” or “try it again slowly. For some children, it is also help-ful to introduce a more relaxed pace of life for awhile.

2. Full listening. Try to increase those times that you give your child your undivided attention and are really listening. This does not mean dropping everything every time she speaks.

3. Asking questions. Asking questions is a normal part of life – but try to resist asking one after the other. Sometimes it is more helpful to comment on what your child has said and wait.

4. Turn taking. Help all members of the family take turns talk-ing and listening. Children find it much easier to talk when there are fewer interruptions.

5. Building confidence. Use descriptive praise to build confi-dence. An example would be “I like the way you picked up your toys. You’re so helpful,” instead of “that’s great.”

Laura Thompson, MS, CCC-SLP

USD 475 Speech-Language Pathologist



RoddIJI Turner, SLP-A

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Month of the Military Child Spirit Days

4/5 Wear Red, White & Blue

4/12 Wear Camo

4/18 Wear Baseball themed

clothing in support of first

grade music program

4/26 “Purple It Up”

Ware Mart will be open on Fridays before school. Stu-dent Council sells school supplies with prices ranging from $0.25 to $5.00. All profits will be used for school projects and commu-nity service by the Student Council. All Ware Bears may shop, but must eat breakfast first.

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PTO General Meeting

Tuesday, April 23 at 3:30 pm

Interested on joining PTO?

Please come to the April meeting for more information.

PTO & Papa John’s

Spirit Night

PTO is excited to partner with Papa John’s once a month to raise money for our PTO. Mark your calendars for the next Papa John’s Spirit Night on…

Thursday, April 19th

Our school is collecting donations for gift basket items that will be raffled off at our Family Fun & Fitness night in May. The items that we are seeking for these baskets are anything fun or fitness related. Some ideas are: various sports equipment, outdoor family games, pic-nic supplies, water toys/games etc. Items can be sent in with your stu-dent or left at the front office between…


April 9, 2019

5:00—8:00 pm

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Box Tops for Education

Don’t toss out the Box Tops! Send them to school on collection sheets or in baggies. Make sure your student’s name is on the sheet or zip lock bag.

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