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Widefield School Dist. #3-Mr. Scott Campbell-Supt.

Webster Elementary - An AVID Elementary School -

Mrs. Jennifer Bonds-Principal

 October 2019

 

Message from the Principal

September has been a busy month at Webster Elementary, and there are so many people to thank for their time and support!  

We would like to thank all of the families who came to walk with us in the Widefield Community Parade. Our float won third place!  I would like to especially thank Ms. Heinsman, Mrs. Hergenreder, Mrs. Cooper and Mrs. Troutman for their work in building the float and Mrs. Kolka for pulling the float with her vehicle.  

Our Fund Run on Friday was also a huge success. Thank you to the many volunteers who spent their day with us to support the event. The students and staff had a wonderful time running to support our school. I would also like to thank all of our father figures who have served as Watch Dogs already this year.  Your presence in our building makes a difference for the students. Please do not hesitate to contact the main office or your child’s teacher if you are interested in volunteering at any time. We can always use additional help, especially during the lunch hour.  

We would also like to recognize Pikes Peak Harley Davidson for supporting our school this fall. They held a school supply drive at the beginning of the year and donated supplies for our students in need. In addition to the school supplies, they also donated $325.00 to the school which was used toward the purchase of additional computers that will be used in our music department.  

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on October 17 and 18. We utilize an online sign up for scheduling.  Please look for more information to come in the next week. We look forward to partnering with you to support your child(ren).  

 

AVID:

Our fifth-grade students have been busy learning about animal adaptations in science. During a recent visit to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, they had an opportunity to observe the animals and engage in AVID note taking strategies as they conducted their research. Students completed three-column notes while there and also created one-pagers to summarize their learning in class. 

Students taking notes at the zoo
My Zoo Trip report

 

Upcoming Events

Oct. 4 – Student Leadership 2:40-3:45 pm in room #15

Oct. 7 – NO SCHOOL; Fall Day

Oct. 8 – PTO Meeting @ 6:30pm

Oct. 10 – 1st Quarter Ends

Oct. 11 – NO SCHOOL; Professional Development Day

Oct. 14 – Book Fair 8-4 pm

Oct. 15 – Box Tops Due; Book Fair 8-4 pm

Oct. 16 – Book Fair 8-4 pm; Spirit Day – Crazy Hair Day

Oct. 18 – NO SCHOOL; Parent/Teacher Conferences; Book Fair 7:30 am-8 pm

 Oct. 19 - NO SCHOOL; Parent/Teacher Conferences; Book Fair 7:30 am-2 pm

Oct. 24 – School Store; 2nd Grade Program @ Webster 5:30pm

Oct. 25 – Renaissance Assembly: Grades 1-3 @ 1pm; Grades 4-5 @ 1:45;

                FUNd Run Finale; Fall Dance 6-8 pm

Oct. 29 – Skate City 3:30 – 5:30 pm

 

PTO

A BIG thank you to everyone who volunteered and helped with FUNd Run. The day was a great success and the kids had a blast! Make sure to check out PTO’s Facebook page to get information about upcoming events. You can find us by searching groups in Colorado Springs, CO and then Webster Elementary PTO WSD3.

Lost and Found

Parents, please have your student check the lost and found for any items they may have lost so far this year.

 

Military Minute

In September, Students in military groups connected through introductions and team-building activities. They engaged in weekly check-ins while learning more ways to describe their emotions.  Students learned about common interests and described living in different locations. Some groups created their own country while others played a game to practice working together. Students are supporting each other during deployments and upcoming relocations.   

MFLC Program

Support is available to Military families and students. We have a Military Family Life Counselor available Monday-Friday on site. The MFLC helps with communication,

self-esteem/confidence issues, resolving conflicts, behavioral management techniques, bullying, helping children with angry feelings, sibling and parental relationships and deployment and reintegration issues. A permission slip is required for the military counselor to meet with children in individual and group settings. Please contact the MFLC at 719-367-1291 for more information. 

 

Counselor’s Corner

Hello Webster families!

 

Thank you to all those who came to the Watch Dogs kick-off event! We still have many dates available to volunteer so make sure to visit our website to sign up.      

https://webster.wsd3.org/counseling/watch-dog-dad

October is bullying prevention month! Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 23- 31st.  Webster will announce different attire that students can wear during the week to show they are committed to not doing drugs and to prevent bullying! Look for information to come home on that.  Please email me if you have any questions! ciarlettam@wsd3.org

 

Lunchroom News

National School Lunch Week is October 14th – 18th. The kitchen staff will have coloring pages available that week for students to take home and color. Students can bring finished coloring pages and kitchen staff will hang them in the lunchroom.

 

Attendance matters!!

Students can’t be successful in school if they don’t show up!!

Missing just two days of school per month can lead to academic trouble – even for kids in the early grades. Children who are chronically absent during kindergarten show lower levels of achievement in math and reading by the time they reach first grade.

If absences continue throughout your child’s school career, his/her chances of success are decreasing every year that passes. Consequences can include:

  • Failing grades
  • Low standardized test scores
  • Dropping out of school
  • Difficulty finding a good job, getting into college and maintaining a steady income
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Incarceration

The effects of missing school can impact all kids, no matter who they are or where they live. It can even affect students who attend school regularly because it slows down the progress of an entire class.

Here’s the good news: Students who are frequently absent but improve their attendance early on can reverse many of the long-term effects. Parents, caregivers, schools and communities can all play a role in helping kids who miss school get back on track.

 What can parents do to help?

  • Be prepared.
  • Set a regular bedtime every night of the week-even weekends-and wake up with an alarm clock.
  • Layout clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless he or she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make him/her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop backup plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
  • Reward your child for good attendance so that it becomes a habit.
  • Familiarize yourself with the legal consequences of multiple unexcused absences, including the Widefield School District 3 attendance policy.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s attendance, please contact Webster’s front office.  We are here to help! 

http://www.showupstandout.org/get-the-facts/why-attendance-matters/