LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL
It is so hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the 2018-2019 school year. We have had a truly remarkable school year and we are thankful for you sharing your student with us. We appreciate all the sup-port and involvement you have pro-vided throughout the year.
With the end of school in sight, the longer daylight hours, and the warm-er evening temperatures it is easy to lose sight of those normal schedules and routines. It is more important than ever to keep those routines and schedules consistent for your student. Even though kids may not enjoy hav-ing those routines still in place, it is what is needed to allow them to be as successful as they possible can dur-ing the school day.
There often becomes an increase in uncertainty and anxiety in students as the summer break approaches. They are used to the consistent daily schedule that school brings and the long break of summer tends to lend itself to less structure. I would urge you to keep some schedules and rou-tines the same within your household that mirror the school year. It helps with exhaustion, behavior, and over-all attitude of students. Keeping
those structures in place also lend to a smoother transition in August.
If you will not be returning to Ware after the summer we wish you the best as you transition to the next ad-venture life brings you. We thank you for your support through your time here at Ware. For those of you who will be joining us again in Au-gust, please make sure your student is enrolled before break. There is infor-mation in this newsletter on how to re-enroll. You may enroll for the 2019-2020 school year now as “Open En-rollment” is active and ready for your use. It really helps us out having re-turning students enrolled before we leave for summer so we have an idea on enrolment numbers in August, and can prepare teachers and class-rooms.
Whatever your summer plans are, we hope you have a safe and happy summer break.
Family Fun & Fitness Night 4:30-5:30
Spirit Day—Nerd Day
No School—Professional Development
KDG Music Program & Awards Assembly
Book Fair 3:30-4:30
Book Fair 8:00-2:00
No School—Elementary Plan Day
Fifth Gr. Celebration & Awards 1:30-2:30
Gr. 1-2-3-4 9:00 am
Last Full Day of School
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Online Enrollment is now open for the 2019-20 School Year.
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Kansas Parent Information Resources
Center (KPIRC) http://www.kpirc.org
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 education and provides information and resources to help parents, schools, districts and other organizations promote the educational success of every Kansas child.
Geary County USD #475
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
Geary County USD #475 does not discriminate on the basis of race, col-or, 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
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
“Where All Reach Excellence”
Established in 1983
Named in Memoriam of
Major General Keith L. Ware Commander of 1st Infantry Division.
6795 Thomas Ave.
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Ware Bear News
Our year in Kindergar-ten is coming to an end and we could not be more proud of the pro-gress all of our students have made this year. We started with learning let-ter sounds, drawing pic-tures and learning about numbers from 0-5. Now we are reading books independently, sounding out words, recognizing common sight words, and doing daily reading homework just like what will be required at every other grade.
Students have learned to identify, count, and decompose and compose numbers to 20 and be-yond. They are adding and subtracting as well as manipulating numbers in a variety of ways to bet-ter understand their meaning. All of these newly acquired skills will guide our students through first grade and all the grades to fol-low. The love of learning that they have estab-lished will only make school easier and a hap-pier place to be.
As we approach sum-mer, we encourage par-ents to continue having school related routines to help students prepare for the next grade. Reading every night is very im-portant as it will help students retain the sight words they already know. There are some great community library programs available that promote summer read-ing. We also suggest hav-ing your child write dai-ly. This could be as sim-ple as providing a pencil, some crayons, and a plain piece of paper and have them write you a story and read it to you. Students have learned to add and subtract by drawing pictures, listening to story problems and using objects around them, practice doing this at home as well.
Of course, along with maintaining some school routines during the up-coming summer, we hope that you and your family have a relaxing, safe, and fun-filled summer. It has been a privilege to teach and get to know every single student this year.
We cannot believe how fast this year has gone! End of the year testing is taking place the first week in May. Please make sure your child is getting a good night rest and eating a healthy breakfast.
Thursday, May 16th is our whole school Field Day. This is a fun filled day full of many different activities. Some of the activities take place out-side so please make sure your child comes to school wearing sunscreen and has a water bottle. They also need to wear their class tie-dyed t-shirt, ten-nis shoes, and comfy pants/shorts.
On Wednesday, May 22rd, the first graders are headed to Salina to hang out with the animals at Rolling Hills Zoo. Look in your child’s Ware Bear folder for detailed infor-mation and permission slips.
The last day of school is on Thursday, May 23. This will be a full day of school. Our end of the year awards assembly is at 9:00 that morning.
Thank you for all your support this year. It has been a wonderful year! We look forward to see-ing our bears next year in second grade and best wishes to those moving toward a new adventure.
Ware Bear News
“ …we encourage parents to continue having school related routines to help students prepare for the next grade.”
Is it May already? The tempo of this school year has been so fast we cannot believe it’s almost over. We could not be happier with the students’ efforts dur-ing preparation and actual programs. In our final program for this year, Kin-dergarten students will be performing “Birthday Bash!” as they sing songs about birthdays, following their Awards Assembly that evening. Students have been working hard in preparing to entertain all who are able to attend. You won’t want to miss May 9th at 6 p.m. Kindergarten students performance!
The music classes are working on composing and improvising music in many different styles. It is great to see our students be so creative. As we begin to close out another wonderful year of music, we want to thank all of you who have made an effort to attend the music programs and support your student’s hard work. We could not do it without you.
We would also like to thank all parents, staff and students who were in-volved with the musical “James and the Giant Peach.” This performance would not have happened without the support and participation of all in-volved. We hope to carry on and give future Ware Bears the opportunity to perform in a Ware musical.
As summer approaches, opportunities are around for students to be involved in music. Summer theater is once again available at the C.L. Hoover Opera House in Junction City. The youth group (3rd grade through 5th grade) meets in the afternoons from 1:00-4:00 from May 24-June 15 with performances on June 13 & 14. This year the show will be “101 Dalmatians Kids.” There is a mandatory parent informational meeting on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 3:00 pm in the C.L. Hoover Opera House Rehearsal Hall. Go to jclittletheater.org or the JCLT Office for registration forms.
Susan Gillespie Julie Swartz
Ware Bear News
On Thursday, May 16th, we will be having fun in the sun at the Ware Elementary Field Day! It will take place at Ware and will run the entire school day with a two hour break for our regular lunch schedule. Students will spend the day participating in a variety of exciting activ-ities such as bowling, yoga, limbo, yard games, and a few surprises! All station activities are appropriate and enjoyable for all grade levels. We will begin with a short assembly in the new gym to get everybody pumped up before heading out to our morning stations. After lunch break, we will finish with afternoon sta-tions. Feel free to come and enjoy the day with us as we celebrate a fantastic year of exploring the world through movement!
Please plan to keep the children safe from the sun with a hat and/or sunscreen and make certain that they are wearing appropriate and comfortable attire such as athletic shorts, a t-shirt, and tennis shoes. Please do not send students to school in dresses or sandals as we want everyone to be at their best and participating safely for the entire day! In the event of inclement weather we will switch to our “plan B” which will move all stations indoors, so the show will go on, rain or shine. More de-tails to follow!
Mr. Derek Scott
Miss Mariah Wheaton
LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
This has been one busy year in the library!!! Our Ware Bears have checked out over 23,000 books and passed over 4300 Reading Counts tests. Needless to say, our Bears ROCK!!! Let’s help them continue this outstanding progress through the summer. There is a summer reading program at Dorothy Bram-lage Public Library in Junction City. Check it out! Another way to support reading over the summer is to stock up on affordable books! We will have a “BOGO” Scholastic Book Fair. You read that right! Everything at the Book Fair will be Buy One Get One Free! The book fair will run May 13 – May 15 from 3:30 – 4:30 and during Field Day, May 16 (8:00-2:00). Hope to see you then!
Kindergarten will continue their weekly library lessons. Thank you for help-ing them learn to be responsible with their library books this year! We hope that by visiting the library at least once each week, we have helped your stu-dents foster a love of books and learning. This month Kindergarten classes will learn how to code little robots called spheros. These are an excellent teaching tool that show students the basics of coding.
All grades will continue to learn about digital citizenship. We encourage you to check out the website commonsensemedia.org. Common Sense is dedi-cated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Their goal is to empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased infor-mation, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.
Veronica Wait Ms. Kidwell & Mrs. Lopez
Library Media Specialist Library Clerks
Our year in third grade has flown by and is com-ing to an end! We are so proud of all of the third graders for their hard work and perseverance during State Testing. It has been a great year of learning and we have a lot of fun activities coming up!
On May 3rd we have Ag Day. Ag Day is an event only for third graders and will take place at the 4-H Center. The students learn all about animals, crops, and other agriculture con-cepts. On May 16th we have Field Day at Ware. On May 21st we are going to Milford Nature Center. As these dates get closer we will send home more information.
Please continue to have your student read 20 minutes a night and to do a Read and Respond. The last day of Reading will be May 15th. Reading every day is a great habit to continue during the summer as well. It will help your child retain learned skills from third grade.
We have enjoyed hav-ing your children this year. It has been a pleasure watching every child learn and grow throughout the year. We also greatly ap-preciate your support throughout the year.
Ware Bear News
May finds us happy that all state testing is completed. We are so proud of the effort our students gave on each and every test. They did an outstanding job.
Of course, even though testing is over, we are still learning new skills each and every day at school, so we all need to continue being at school and on time. We have some fun science projects planned for the end of the year as well as our grade level pizza party.
We will be visiting the Topeka Zoo on May 9th so if you haven’t received a permission slip yet please be on the lookout! As al-ways, we are looking for-ward to participating in the annual Ware Field Day on May 16th. Student’s last day of school and last awards assembly will be May 23rd.
As the year winds down, we would like to thank all of our parents for their support through-out the school year. We want to wish safe travels to our families that are moving and we will miss you! Thank you for shar-ing your children with us, we have enjoyed getting to know them. We hope you have a safe and hap-py summer!
It’s hard to believe that another school year has almost passed. Yet here we are at the end of an-other amazing year of second grade! There are so many exciting things to look forward to in May.
Second graders will be learning about the lifecy-cle of butterflies in science and will get to release our classroom butterflies! In writing, we’ll be finishing poetry and narratives. We are continuing to read for 20 minutes every night. We will be taking our dis-trict assessments in math to show how much we’ve grown this year, so make sure your student is at school and well rested!
There are several im-portant dates to mark on your calendars for the month of May. Field Day will be on the 16th. The second grade classes will take their field trip to the Kansas Discovery Center in Topeka on the 21st so be looking for a note with more information soon. The 4th quarter awards assembly will be on the 23rd which is also the last full day of school.
We would like to thank you for all of your support this year. We’re always amazed to look back over the year and cele-brate all the growth and accomplishments of our students. Please help your child prepare for 3rd grade by encouraging them to read and be ac-tive this summer. Have a safe and relaxing summer!
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month! Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about com-munication disorders. Here are some facts to celebrate the month of Better Hearing and Speech:
Approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population – 38 million Americans – have a significant hearing loss.
In typically developing fetuses, your developing baby can hear you in utero at 25 weeks. This means that your unborn baby has 20 weeks of auditory stimulation to mother’s voice prior to being born (if born full term).
Parents and caregivers tend to shape word meaning in children before they shape grammar.
More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder.
Approximately 26 million Americans, ages 20–69, have high frequency hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises.
The most common cause of aphasia (a communication disorder that af-fects language) is stroke. About 25%-40% of stroke survivors acquire aphasia.
1 out every 700 newborns in the USA is affected by cleft lip and/or palate.
An estimated 17.9 million U.S. adults ages 18 or older, or 7.6%, report having had a problem with their voice.
Listening to noise levels regular above 75 decibels (approximately the level of a vacuum cleaner) can cause hearing loss over time.
If a bilingual child has a speech or language problem, it will show up in both languages. However, these problems are not caused by learning two languages.
6–8 million Americans have some form of language impairment.
The 6-year-old child typically has a 2,600 word expressive vocabulary (words he or she says), and a receptive vocabulary (words he or she under-stands) of 20,000–24,000 words.
Laura Thompson, MS, CCC-SLP Roddiji Turner, SLP-A
USD 475 Speech-Language Pathologist
Ware Bear News
Spirit Day May 3rd
The last day for
This event is all about PLAY! Please join us for an evening of games and activities encouraging physical fitness and the im-portance of spending family time together.
PTO General Meeting
Tuesday, May 14
at 3:30 p.m.
We would like to congratulate the Kansas State Interns that have been with us this Spring semester. The following interns will graduate from Kansas State University on May 18th; Matalyn Mahan who has been working with Mrs. Ad-ams in 3rd grade, Megan Muller who has been working with Mrs. Oleen in 3rd grade, Ryan Emmitt who has been working with Mrs. Hilton in 4th grade, Ad-dyson Howard who has been working with Mrs. Deville in 5th grade, Madeline Smith that has been at Ware this semester with Mrs. Rosewicz teaching art, and Vanessa Diazdeleon that has worked with Mrs. Gillespie in our music classes.
We wish them all of the success in the world as they enter this amazing pro-fession!
Kansas State University Instructor
Ware Bear News
It is hard to believe that our school year is already coming to a close. We are proud of all the effort from our students this year. Fifth graders worked very hard on state assess-ments. May will be an-other month full of learn-ing and activity here in fifth grade. In math we will continue to build on concepts needed for mid-dle school, including coor-dinates, and pre-algebra concepts. In reading, we will continue to practice those skills that increase reading comprehension and fluency. The skills practiced at school also need to be practiced at home with nightly read and respond homework.
Our May calendar will also include many special events. These will include our Ware Elementary Field Day, 4th Quarter Read and Respond party and our fifth grade pro-motion and awards cere-mony. We will hold our final quarterly incentive with a trip to Moon Lake, during the last week of school. Please watch for notes with more details about these and other upcoming special events.
We are excited to see what the future holds for this amazing group of fifth grade students.
Thank you for helping to make this a wonderful school year!
As the school year comes to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for ALL you have done to help me. Your generous donation of clothing, underwear and socks has been greatly appreciated! I have en-joyed working beside you to ensure your child has had a healthy and safe school experience. There is a lot of excitement as our Ware Bears look forward to Summer vacation. We have a few items we need to take care of before the fun begins.
If you have physicals due after the last day of school please get these done over the Summer and have them ready to turn in next August.
Asthma letters for our fifth graders will be mailed home soon (only for students who used an inhaler at school this year).
For ALL students who have inhalers at school, I will need a new Asthma Action plan form from your Health Care Provider in August. Please check all inhalers for expiration dates.
For students who have Epi Pens at school, I will need a new Allergy Action Plan from your Health Care Provider in August. Please check your Epi Pens for expiration dates.
The Summer is a great time to get your child’s vision and dental checks done, as well as physicals and immunizations.
All medications will need to be picked up by a parent on the last day of school. If not picked up the medication will be taken to a facility to be legally disposed of.
All inhalers will be sent home with your Child in a sealed envelope, unless you choose to pick it up. I will need to know if you are picking up inhalers. These will also be disposed of if not picked up.
Please feel free to give me a call or send me an e-mail if you have any questions. With summer comes expo-sure to sun, remember to apply sun screen about 15-30 minutes before going outside and don’t forget to apply to lips, ears and exposed scalp. Reapply sunscreen approximately every 2-3 hours.
Karen Roles, School Nurse email@example.com
If you can imagine it, you can achieve it, if you can dream it, you can become it.
By William Arthur Ward
Ware Bear News
All enrollments are done online.
Get a head start on next school year!
Register your student by May 9th to be automatical-ly entered in a raffle for a Ware Bear Starter Kit.
Winners will be announced on May 13th. Kits include school supplies, Ware Pride items, and a few surprises! Students eligible for the raffle include incoming kindergartners through current fourth graders. Students already registered have been entered.
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Click Returning Student
Click on each section to update information whether it pertains
to your student or not and
Submit when complete
If you DO NOT have your
SKYWARD User name and
Password, please visit the office with your ID to receive that in-formation.
If you have any questions please feel free to call us at
All Medication MUST be picked up by a parent on the last day of school, May 23. If not picked up the medication will be disposed of.
All Inhalers will be sent home with your student in a sealed envelope on the last day of school, May 23.
Please advise the school Nurse by Phone/Email if you plan on picking up your child’s inhaler. Inhalers will also be disposed of if NOT picked up by a parent.
May 10 – Last Student check out day
May 16 – All Student books are due
May 22/23- Student Lenovos are due
“BOGO” Scholastic Book Fair
May 13 – 15
3:30 – 4:30 pm
8:00am – 2:00 pm
Everything at the Book Fair will be Buy One Get One Free!
All school fees must be paid by May 16th.
Last Full Day of School is May 23rd.
Ask your student to check the lost and found box for any missing items.
Check with the office if your child has any missing person-al items such as glasses, tele-phone, electronics etc.
USD 475 Summer Lunch
June 3—June 28
Free to anyone aged 1 to 18
Parents are invited to attend Behavior 101 Interactive
session on Thursday, May 15
Transitioning to Summer:
Keep Your Kids
Melissa Davis, LCSW
Child care will be provided
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