Welcome to Willow Grove
Line-up Bell sounds at 8:55 am
School Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 9:00 am - 3:20 pm Thurs 9:00 am - 1:40 pm
Office Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Thurs 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dear Willow Grove Students and Parents,
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!! I am really looking forward to seeing all of our new and returning Grizzlies. Willow Grove is a very special place to learn! Willow Grove continues to be a school built on 5 Roots that are aligned with the PUSD Strategic Vision and goals. They are:
- Rigor, Relevance and Relationships
- Cultural Proficiency
- College Readiness
- Professional Learning Community, and
- State of the Art Technology
We are working very hard to ensure your child will enjoy a successful, exciting experience at our school. Our goal, as always, is to create a positive school climate that maximizes instructional time for student learning, while developing strong physical, social, and emotional characteristics in a safe environment.
Our office and custodial staff have been very busy getting ready for a great year, while welcoming some new staff to our school. Teachers have been in and out all summer, creating a warm learning environment to greet your child on opening day! We are very excited about the upcoming school year!
To ensure a smooth start to the year, it is important to clarify rules and expectations for student safety and maximized learning. Please review the important information presented in this letter so the school year begins smoothly.
Dates to Remember:
School closed for Veteran's Day
Parent-Teacher Conferences for 1st Trimester Progress Reports
November 24 - 28
District Recess - No School
December 22, 2014 - January 2, 2015
District Recess - No School
January 16, 2015
Professional Growth Day - No School for Students
January 19, 2015
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - District Recess - No School
February 9, 2015
Minimum Day - School Dismisses at 12:30
Registration: Please contact Kelley Magill at email@example.com.
Transitional Kindergarten- 9:00 AM – 12:20 PM
Kindergarten- 9:00 AM - 1:40 PM through September 26th (Kindergarten Introduction Days);
First full day of Kindergarten will be September 29, 2014, with dismissal at 3:20 PM
Grades 1 – 5- M, T, W, F – 9:00 AM – 3:20 PM, Th 9:00 AM – 1:40 PM Classroom Assignments: Classroom assignments will be posted on Tuesday, August 19th at 4 PM for Grades 1 - 5 by the front gates of the school, and Jamba Juice will be available for purchase. The PTA will be there for membership sign ups and event information. Willow Grove staff will not be present at the posting.
Arrival: Students will report to the playground and line up with their teacher by 8:55 at their designated classroom number spot. Playground supervision will begin at 8:40, twenty minutes before school begins. Students in grades 1-5 should walk to the playground, and Kindergarten students should walk to the Kindergarten playground. Please do not have your child arrive before 8:40, as there will be no adult supervision on either playground until that time. Students will line up in their assigned area on the playground at 8:55. The tardy bell rings and school begins promptly at 9:00. Students are expected to be in their seats ready to learn by that time. After the 9:00 bell, students will need to come to the front office for a late slip before going to class. Parents are invited to join representatives from our PTA and Educational Foundation and the Principal at 9:15 AM on the first day of school in the MPR for a “Meet and Greet” where we will enjoy refreshments together and celebrate the beginning of the school year.
Dismissal: At dismissal time, teachers will walk their students to the front of the school, where parents will meet their children. We ask parents to wait by the large cement area away from the gates, as there is greater space and visibility there. Please do not meet your children inside the school or by the classroom, as it is a distraction to the learning environment and causes great congestion. Our goal is to maximize instructional time for student learning and decrease congestion in the hallways.
Traffic Flow: Parents driving students to and from school should follow the procedures of state law. Enter the parking lot to drop off your child by making a right hand turn off of Via Azul in the turn lane only, and exit left or right onto Via Inez. Please drive all of the way forward in the drop off/pick up zone. Do not let your child out of the car until you are stopped at the edge of the curb. Please abide by the directions of our wonderful volunteers and staff. They are working hard to ensure safety of our children. Cars in the traffic circle should never be left unattended at any time. Do not enter the bus drop off circle. If you need to enter the school campus for any reason, please park your car in a designated space in the lot or on the street. Pedestrians should cooperate with our Student Safety Patrol, located by the crosswalk of Via Inez and Via Fiesta, and demonstrate good citizenship and safety practices for our students.
Visitors and volunteers: PUSD Board Policy 4.415 prohibits volunteers on campus unless they have completed a background check and had a TB Skin Test. All visitors and cleared volunteers must report to the office, sign-in, and wear a visitor's pass. The PTA keeps track of volunteer hours and reports them to the Palomar Council.
Gates and School Safety: The gates to the school are closed to ensure that visitors and volunteers sign in at the front office and wear an appropriate name tag. We cannot take chances with student safety. Please remind your child that NO student may leave the school grounds during the school day without being checked out of the front office.
School Lunch: Hot lunches are available for $2.75 including milk. Children who bring their own lunch may purchase milk ($0.75), juice (4 oz - $0.50/8 oz - $0.75), or bottled water ($0.50) from the cafeteria. You may pay your child's lunch in advance by sending cash or check payable to PUSD Food Services to the front office. For credit card payments, go to www.MySchoolBucks.com . Please note there is a $1.95 fee for each $100.00 transaction. Lunch envelopes are available there. If your child receives free or reduced lunch, you must submit a 2014-2015 application to Food Services. Applications are available on-line at www.powayusd.com under the Food and Nutrition Department link, or you may request one in the front office of the school. WGES schedules students to play first, then eat. This practice reduces food waste as students do not rush through lunch to eat. It also reduces playground problems entering the classroom, as students relax while enjoying their lunch. Students have twenty minutes to play and twenty minutes to eat. If your child is a slow eater, you might consider having them bring lunch so that they can take the full twenty minutes to eat.
Willow Grove PTA and Educational Foundation: Our PTA and Educational Foundation are two very important organizations in our school. They support many activities and programs that directly impact student learning and our positive school environment. I urge you to join me in becoming a member. Your participation in these two organizations will help families find the most appropriate way to lend their support to our school that fits their lifestyle. Many parents want to help in classrooms. Many want to help with special events. Others want to contribute financially to enhance programs for our children. Look for additional information from our PTA and Educational Foundation on our website or in the first day packet of information that your child will bring home. Thank you in advance to those of you who become a part of these outstanding organizations. Your support is truly appreciated!
Extended Student Services (ESS): Willow Grove offers an Extended Student Services Program located on campus. ESS is a before and after school child care program that extends the learning day for students. It is available for all students from 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM. For information, contact Marcy Golden at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Preschool: For preschool information, please contact Susan Campion (full day program) at email@example.com or Heather Smith (part day program for 4 year old only 8:45-1:45) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendance: It is important you keep us informed about your child when they are not in school. When your child is absent, please call or e-mail the school to inform us of the reason for the absence each day they are not in attendance. In addition, if they will be tardy more than 30 minutes, please call also. If your child will be absent from school due to anything other than illness for 5 days or more, please contact the school for a study contract. Our attendance hotline number is 858-674-6300. Press option #2 to report a student’s absence.
Medication: Students who are required to take medication during school hours must be assisted by school personnel. No medication may be given at school without a Medication Authorization form completed by the physician detailing instructions for administration. This form may be picked up from the school office. For safety reasons, an adult must bring the medication to the school office in the original container that the medication is dispensed. Children may never have medication in their possession at school. This includes aspirin, inhalers, cough drops, etc.
Good Evening Grizzlies, this is Mrs. Huff with the Willow Grove weekly
FALL FESTIVAL HOEDOWN
The PTA would like to thank all who volunteered to make this year's Fall Festival Hoedown one to remember! Thank you to all the families who came out to enjoy this fun event! A fun time was had by all!
FALL HARVEST PARADE -FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31
Our Fall Harvest parade will take place on Friday, October 31st beginning at approximately 9:15 on the playground. Get ready to see some great costumes and have some fun. Students have the option to wear their costumes to school if they wish. Each grade will have the opportunity to parade around the playground and share their costumes with the entire school. Parents are invited to attend. Make sure to bring your cameras as this will be an occasion you don't want to miss. There will be no Running Club on this day.
Does your child enjoy the spotlight? Well, we have the opportunity for your child to showcase those talents! Applications for Willow Grove's 2015 Variety Show are now available in front of the office as well as an application is attached to this Connect Ed! This annual event will take place February 4-6, 2015.
Detailed information was sent via Yopack last week. Applications are due Friday, October 31st and can be submitted in the Variety Show Applications bin located in the front office. Questions may be directed to Variety Show Chairs, Nancy Canty (email@example.com) and Trixie Rowe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
DON'T FORGET TO ORDER YOUR PAW TILES!
Be a part of this unique opportunity to leave a legacy at Willow Grove! If you have already purchased a Paw Tile, you will be receiving a receipt and further information about how your item(s) will be personalized in the coming weeks.
HOLIDAY TREE AND GREENERY SALE
Willow Grove's 5th Grade Promotion Committee has started to take orders for holiday trees, wreaths and greenery! Place your order today and have holiday decorations checked off your to do list! These trees and greenery are fresh, top quality products! Don't miss this opportunity to purchase your holiday decorations and support Willow Grove's 5th Grade Class too! To place your order, please click the link: http://www.southwesternfgorders.com/?groupcode=grizzlies Thank you for your support!
HALLOWEEN CANDY - TURN YOUR CANDY INTO CASH WITH MOSER ORTHODONTICS
Dr. Noel Moser of Moser Orthodontics, Willow Grove's business partner, is once again offering a great way to recycle all of that candy that your Grizzlies will collect on Halloween. Dr. Moser will donate a $1 for every pound of candy we collect. (Last year we collected over 400lbs of candy!) So, after Halloween let your child take out a week's worth of treats, prevent some cavities, and donate the rest of the candy as a fundraiser. The candy collection box will be located in the front office until November 5th, so stop by and drop some candy off. Dr. Moser will be donating the candy to our troops overseas and the San Diego Rescue Mission. Thanks Moser Orthodontics for this creative solution on how to handle all the candy our kiddos accumulate on Halloween.
SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL PARENT REPRESENTATIVES
Ashley McClenaghan, Vicky Ingle, and Deborah Teresso are our parent representatives for our 2014-2015 School Site Council. Thank you for being on the council to support Willow Grove's instructional goals.
CONFERENCE DAYS ARE COMING SOON!
Please note that progress reports and conference days are fast approaching. For the purpose of holding parent/teacher conferences there will be no school for students on November 18th and on November 19th, 20th, and 21st school will dismiss at 12:30. If you have not already made arrangements for a conference, your child's teacher will be contacting you soon with the options for holding a conference.
The GATE testing window is open and is on the PUSD website now through Friday, November 21, 2014. The GATE test will be administered the week of January 12-15, 2015.
It's going to be a Grrrrrrrrreat Grizzly week..See everyone tomorrow!