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February

Inside This Issue:
Grade Level Tidbits 2
PK Registration 2
21st Century After School News 2
Student Council News 2
Important Dates 2
Special Points of Interest:
 Book Fair: February 22nd to March 1st
 PK Registration: February 11th @ the Decatur County Support Center 8:30 to 2:30; 4:30 to 6:00
Westt Bainbridge Elementary
WILDCAT NEWS
FEBRUARY 6, 2017

HELPFUL TIPS TO PARENTS

Do you want to help your child be successful in school? If so, here are some helpful tips to ensure academic success:
 Put your child FIRST. Consider the best interest of your child over what is best for you. The well-being of your child should be your priority.
 Model appropriate behavior. Abide by rules and set a positive example in the way you behave. If you do not choose to behave appropriately, how can you expect your child to do so?
 Send your child to school. Your child cannot learn if he or she is not here to be taught. School attendance is a MUST!
 Be positive and respectful. Model a positive and respectful attitude. If you model a negative and disrespectful attitude towards others, you can expect your child to do the same.
 Update contact information (phone numbers, addresses). We need to communicate with you, so this is a must. Additionally, it is not safe for us to have no way to contact you in an emergency situation.
 Attend workshops and parent meetings in order to build a trustful relationship with staff members. Get involved! Get to know the people that work with your child each day. Build relationships with them!

READ ACROSS AMERICA FESTIVITIES
Monday: “Cat in the Hat”
Day - Wear your favorite hat.
Tuesday: “Fox in Socks”
Day - Wear crazy socks.
Wednesday: “Wacky Wednesday” - Wear mismatched/wacky clothes and/or hair.
Thursday: Celebrate Dr. Seuss! Dress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss character.
Friday: Wear Red for Reading! Celebrate reading by wearing red.

The Book Fair Is Coming
The WBE Scholastic Book Fair will run February 22nd to March 1st. Students will be able to shop during their enrichment time.
We need your help to make this happen. Please contact Nikki Martin to see how you can help!


PK: In February, Pre K will be finishing up our Imagination Theme with a week concentrating on Art All Around Us. We will then move onto Theme 6, Growing Up Healthy. We will be learn-ing about our five senses, taking care of ourselves, and eating well. We will finish off the month with our annual Dr. Seuss week.

Kindergarten:
Please practice: Reading SRA stories fluently and with ease
Blending SRA words
Letter sounds
Long and short vowel sounds
Writing first and last name
Writing all upper and lowercase letters neatly and on the line
Speaking in complete sentences
Retelling the characters and events in a story
Writing numbers 0-20
Counting 0-100 by 1's and 10's
Adding and subtracting through sums of 10
More than/Less than/Equal to
*Please label all jackets, coats, hats, gloves, etc.
*Please put all money in an envelope and LABEL the envelope with the students' name and what the money is for.

1st Grade: There is only one happiness in life, to love and to be loved. We would like to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day.
Please send in the following supplies for your child's classroom.
Kleenex (well needed)
Headphones
Soap
Mrs. Akins sells earbuds (new) for $2 here at the school, so know that you do have options. We ask that you read with your child every night and study math facts. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by email, phone, or Dojo.

2nd Grade: 2nd graders are very excited about being half way to 3rd grade!!! We are challenging our-selves with AR and can see what a huge difference it is making in our Lexile scores. Please encourage your child to bring home their AR book and read aloud with someone for 10-15 minutes every night. Two- digit and 3- digit addition and subtraction continues to be quite difficult for some. Please check your child's folder every day and practice math skills whether it is addition/subtraction facts or regrouping in addition and subtraction. You should begin to hear your students talk about solids, liquids, and gas-es. See if you can find examples of each in your home and encourage your child to share what they find with the class. It is cold and flu season, so please keep your children at home if they are running a fe-ver. A student must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Thank you for every little and big thing you do for our chil-dren. Please contact us through DOJO if you have questions or concerns.

3rd Grade: Again, we would like to remind you that the Georgia Mile-stones (GMAS) are quickly ap-proaching us. As we move forward, look for more information on this
topic. In order to help prepare your child at home, you may visit the follow-ing websites at home in order to help prepare your student:
iStation
iLearn
MobyMax
Please continue to review multiplication and division facts at home with your child, as well as fractions. We are seeing the benefits from AR work in our class-rooms. Please encourage your child to read their books with you each night so that they are ready to take a test the next day. Remember the goal is 5 tests per week with an average of 80 or better! Parents, we encourage you to ask your child what they are learning on a daily basis. This will help students hold them-selves accountable. You may also review their reading test scores on the ThinkCentral website. Please let us know if you have any questions!

4th Grade: It is a Fabulous February!! We are getting closer to testing time. We will be sending home more information about the Georgia Mile-stones at a later date, but please be sure you are checking your child’s homework folder for homework or other review items. Please read AR books each night as well. The weather is chilly so your child should be wearing the appropriate clothes to school. Remember to write your child’s name in any jackets so if they get misplaced your child will be able to identify the jacket or coat. Re-member that attendance is im-portant. Late at 8:00 A.M.

IMPORTANT DATES

Wednesday, February 20th: Mentor Meeting @ 2:30
Thursday, February 21st: BOE Meeting @ 7:00; School Coun-cil Meeting @ 8:15
Friday, February 22nd:
Barineau Awards @ 2:15
Friday, February 1st: PTO Valentine Dance in the WBE gym from 6:30 to 8:30
Thursday, February 14th:
Progress Reports
Friday, February 15th: Winter Break (No School)
Monday, February 18th: Presi-dent’s Day (No School)
Tuesday, February 19th: Uncle Bill’s Night from 6:00 to 8:00
PK Registration
Feb. 11th from 8:30 - 2:30 and 4:30 - 6:00 @ the Decatur County Support Center
Please bring the following documents to register:
Child’s Birth Certificate
Child’s Social Security Card
Immunization Record
Proof of Address: Power Bill, Gas or Water Bill, Mortgage or Lease Agreement
GRADE LEVEL NEWS TIDBITS

Kindness Week
Random Acts of Kindness Day is Feb. 17. WBE will participate in Kindness Week from Feb. 11 - 15.
This year's Theme is: "Color Your World With Kindness." Students will be asked to wear various colored clothing on each day.
 

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