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:
*Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten Class Posting at 1:00 PM by front gates
First Day of School, 9:00 AM – 3:20 PM
Back To School Night
Labor Day - Holiday, No School
Professional Growth Day- Early Dismissal 12:30 (WGES & DSE Teachers- Love & Logic 12:45 – 3:45
Professional Growth Day, No School for Students
Parent-Teacher Conferences for 1st Trimester Progress Reports
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
STUDENT COUNCIL APPLICATIONS
Is your child a natural-born leader who aims to make a difference at Willow Grove? If so, they might be interested in running for Student Council this year! Student Council applications will be available for 3rd through 5th graders starting tomorrow, September 15th, in front of Mrs. Choe's classroom, Room B-9. If your child needs help filling out the application or has questions, they may attend an optional meeting on Tuesday, September 16th, at 8:30 a.m. in Room B-9. Applications will be available until Friday, September 19th. Be sure to pick one up if you are interested!
MAP TESTING UNDER WAY!!
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing is under way. All of our 1st -5th grade classes participate in MAPS testing each trimester. MAPS testing is a formative assessment that provides an immediate feedback mechanism to the teacher and the learner about how they are moving towards meeting proficiency on the state standards. MAP results are one of the many formative assessments each grade level uses to drive instruction and help differentiate teaching in the classroom. Compass Learning is also aligned to students' MAPS results. Once students complete their MAPS assessment, Compass Learning assignments will be ready for Grizzlies.
PARENTING WITH LOVE & LOGIC
Thank you to the parents who joined us last Thursday evening for Parenting with Love and Logic with Dr. Charles Fay. What an incredible time of learning and fun! We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful PTA who supported this event!!!
The GATE testing window is open and is on the PUSD website now through Friday, November 21, 2014. The GATE test will be the week of January 12-15, 2015. Attached is a newsletter with detailed information regarding testing.
FAMILY DINNER NIGHT
Please save the date for our first Family Dinner Night at Rubios on Wednesday, September 24th, from 2:00 - closing. All proceeds support our Willow Grove Educational Foundation.
PICTURE DAY IS THIS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY!
Picture Days are Thursday, September 18th, and Friday, September 19th. Your teacher will let you know which day your child's class will be taking pictures. Please have your child bring your package purchase envelope on their picture day. For more information, please see the attached handout.
FIRST FAMILY MOIVE NIGHT ON SEPT. 19TH FROM 6:00 - 8:30 PM!!
The PTA is excited to offer our Grizzly families FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT! Please come join us for Monsters University on the grass field. Bring a blanket and a lawn chair and enjoy some music, popcorn, and Italian Ice. Music begins at 6:00 and movie is from 6:45-8:30.
GGF CONNECT ED
Our 6th Annual Grizzly Growth Fund Campaign has officially kicked off! By now you should have received a brochure in the mail and we thank those families who have already donated. The Grizzly Growth Fund helps support vital programs at Willow Grove including Impact teachers and classroom aides; music, PE and engineering programs; and technology such as laptops and iPads. This year, the Foundation is also funding Apple TV installation in every classroom, a new resource scientist and hands-on science lab!
Every donation counts towards continuing these important programs for our Grizzlies. You can find extra donation cards in the office or donate online atwww.willowgrovefoundation.org
MIXED BAG FUNDRAISER
Thank you to those who supported our PTA with the new Mixed Bag Fundraiser. There a lot of useful items to choose from such as reusable shopping bags, duffle bags, and car organizational bags. We were able to extend the deadline to Sept. 16th for those of you who still wish to turn in your order forms. As always the PTA appreciates your support!!
It's going to be a grrrrreat Grizzly Week! See everyone tomorrow!