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There will be NO morning or after school Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Early Release

Due to the threat of severe weather, we will be dismissing today at 1:45. There will be no After School Program. Also, there will be no Friendship House today. Students that usually attend After School will be sent home the way that they go home on Friday unless we are otherwise notified.

Dress up day

Parents, last week was supposed to be Red Ribbon Week. The purpose of Red Ribbon Week is to encourage students to live a drug-free life. Special events were planned. However, Hurricane Michael disrupted our plans. We did not want to add an extra burden to you, but we also did not want to deny students the opportunity to participate in Red Ribbon Week to some degree. So, the decision was made to have a Red Ribbon Day on October 31st. Our theme will be "Don't let drugs mess you up - dress up!".Students will be allowed to dress as their favorite storybook character. We ask that your child NOT wear any costume that is scary or gruesome.

Kindergarten meeting

Reminder:

Kindergarten Parents: We will hold an important and informative GKIDS meeting on Tuesday, October 30th at 5:30 here at West Bainbridge. This meeting is designed to help parents better understand the Kindergarten report card and how students are assessed. Please make plans to attend if at all possible.

Community Wide Pep Rally Community Wide Pep Rally

Join Us for a Community Wide Pep Rally 

November 1st

Centennial Field 

6:45 p.m. 

REACH Scholarship REACH Scholarship

Three Decatur County students were awarded REACH scholarships at a signing ceremony held at Bainbridge High School on Friday, September 26.  The scholars for 2018-2019 are (L-R) Skylar Jones, Thomas Spooner and LaQuirsten Williams.  During the signing ceremony, the students, parents and guardians, community members and Decatur County School officials pledged to support the students until graduation.  The ceremony consisted of a video message from Governor Deal, congratulations from Representative Darlene Taylor, and inspiration from John Wooden, Assistant Superintendent,  and Tim Cochran, Superintendent.   

Kindergarten Parents

Kindergarten Parents: We will hold an important and informative GKIDS meeting on Tuesday, October 30th at 5:30 here at West Bainbridge. This meeting is designed to help parents better understand the Kindergarten report card and how students are assessed. Please make plans to attend if at all possible.

Bearcats Have HEART Bearcats have HEART

"Bearcats Have Heart" is a great way for individuals to request assistance in a process that is respectful of individual needs and circumstances. Thank you to so many who have provided needed donations and support!

 

Please click on the link: 

https://goo.gl/forms/IMDaRupDoRHMYfUw1

Homework Help

Homework Help Workshop: I have confirmed Thursday, November1st from 5:30 to 6:30 for our Homework Help Workshop. Please let me (Mr. Ard) know of any topics that you would like assistance with, and we will provide accordingly. To do so, simply reply to the Dojo post. Also, if you plan to attend, please respond and let me know what session so that we can be prepared.

Topics to date: Arrays, adding and subtracting, subtracting withregrouping, and solving word problems.

Teachers & Students Return

Teachers & Paras will return on 10/23

All students will return on 10/24

Red Ribbon Week

 

RED RIBBON WEEK 2018       OCTOBER 22nd – 26th

Dear Parents,

Red Ribbon Week will be observed at WBE this year during the week of October 22nd  – 26th .  During Red Ribbon Week, students will participate in a variety of fun activities to help reinforce the importance of leading a drug-free life. October is also Bullying Prevention Month, so we will tie this in with our Red Ribbon Week Celebrations. Click on Read More for the list of days. 

 

 

 

 

Belk Charity

WBE will participate in the Belk Fall Charity Sale on Saturday, November 3rd between the hours of 6 am and 10 am. This special four-hour sale will give us the opportunity to raise money for our school by selling event tickets prior to sale day at $5 each and keeping 100% of the ticket proceeds.  We will receive a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales at the store on sale day.  Ticket holders will receive $5 off of your first purchase during the sale hours so it's a win-win opportunity! Please see Mrs. Ingram if you would like to purchase your ticket prior to the sale day or send the money in an envelope with your child's name and "Belk Ticket" and it will be sent home. They will be available at the school beginning Monday, Oct. 8 - Friday, Nov. 2.   
     


Senator Burke visits Pre-K

WBE Pre-K had a special visitor! Senator Burke took time out of his day to stop by and read for Georgia Pre-K week. Thank you Dr. Burke! #GaPreKWeek

Vote for our picture on the Georgia Pre-K website! 
https://woobox.com/8ednms/gallery?web=1

PK reader PK and Burke    

 

Community Conversations

Community Conversation Notice: On Thursday, October 4th, Mr. Tim Cochran (Superintendent of Decatur County Schools) will be at West Bainbridge Elementary at 8:15 A.M. for a Community Conversation. He will provide system-wide updates for those present. A question and answer session will follow his presentation. The event should last approximately an hour. Light refreshments will be provided. Please let us know if you will be able to attend. Thank you!

Upcoming Events

Upcoming WBE Events:

10/3: Blood Mobile 8:30 - 1:00

10/4: Community Conversation 8:15

10/9: GKIDS Parent Meeting 11:00 and 5:30

10/10: Report Cards

10/11-10/12: Fall Break

10/15: Professional Learning Day for Staff only

10/16: Uncle Bill's Night 6 - 8

10/17: WBE Mentor Meeting

10/18: BOE Meeting

10/23: Homework Help Workshop 5 - 6

10/25: Lights On After-School 4:30 - 5:30

10/26: Barineau Awards 2:15

Fundraiser Pick-up

Reminder: Great American Fundraiser Order Pick-Up

The Great American fundraising items will arrive on Tuesday, September 25th. Pick-up time for the items will be from 1:00 to 2:00 and 4:00 to 5:00 that day. You should use the bus driveway when you come to pick up your orders. Please drive around to the back doors of the school where our bus students enter the building in the morning to pick up your items. Thank you for your participation in this fundraiser for our school!

ALSO: If you are able to help us unload the truck between 11:00and 1:00, or if you are able to help load orders between 1:00 and 2:00 and/or 4:00 and 5:00, then please let us know.Thank you.

Homework Help

We are working to organize a Homework Help Workshop on October 23rd from 5:00 to 6:00. We need to know how to plan for this workshop. If you are in need of homework assistance, then please let us know. Please be as specific as possible about the type of help that you need. (For instance, if you need help with three-digit subtraction with regrouping, then please be just that specific.) The more specific that you can be, the better that we will be able to help you.

World Milk Day

 

September 26th is World Milk Day! All students are invited to dress up for the occasion as we did last year. Students may dress up as cows or farmers to celebrate this event. We are planning to serve cookies for the students to enjoy with their milk.

¡26 de septiembre es el Día Mundial de la Leche! Todos los estudiantes están invitados a vestirse para la ocasión como lo hicimos el año pasado. Los estudiantes pueden disfrazarse de vacas o granjeros para celebrar este evento. Estamos planeando servir galletas para que los estudiantes disfruten con su leche.

Kiwanis

The Kiwanis Club provided WBE 3rd graders dictionaries.

Thank you Kiwanis!

Dictionaries Dictionaries

Spirit Chains

What: Spirit Chain Fundraiser

When: September 17th – October 5th

Students will be allowed to purchase links for $0.25. All proceeds will go toward our contribution to support the local Alzheimer’s Walk. The homeroom who sells the most spirit links with be rewarded with a special prize!

Fundraiser Pick-up

Dear Parents:

The Great American fundraising items will arrive on Tuesday, September 25th.  Pick-up time for the items will be from 1:00 to 2:00 and 4:00 to 5:00 that day.  You should use the bus driveway when you come to pick up your orders.  Please drive around to the back doors of the school where our bus students enter the building in the morning to pick up your items.  Thank you for your participation in this fundraiser for our school!

Sincerely,

Jamie Ard

Queridos padres:

Los artículos Great American Fundraising llegarán el martes, 25 de septiembre. El tiempo de recogida de los artículos será de 1:00 a 2:00 y de 4:00 a 5:00 ese día. Debes usar el camino de entrada al autobús cuando vengas a recoger tus pedidos. Por favor conduzca hasta las puertas traseras de la escuela donde nuestros estudiantes de autobús ingresan al edificio por la mañana para recoger sus artículos. ¡Gracias por su participación en esta recaudación de fondos para nuestra escuela!

Sinceramente,

Jamie Ard

No 21st CCLC Thursday

We will NOT have Before nor After School tomorrow Thursday, September 13th!!! 

Listed below are the dates we will NOT have before nor after school due to Early Release the next day:

Thursday, November 15th

Thursday, March 14th 

Thursday, April 25th 

21st CCLC Parent KickOff

21st Century Parent KickOff

Thursday, September 6th

3:30-5:30 at WBE

No 21st CCLC Thursday

There will be no before or after school Thursday, August 30, 2018.

Attapulgus Meeting

Attapulgus Meeting

Checkmate system

 

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Our top priority is your child's safety. One way we are trying to keep your child safe is with our new Checkmate system.This system allows us to print passes for classroom visitors so that we can monitor who is on our campus. We need forvisitors to please bring a photo ID (Driver's License) to check in at the front desk. We also need for for you to bring aphoto ID (Driver's License) when signing students out early. Although this may seem inconvenient, it does make ourschool safer. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Parent Family Engagement "On the Road"

If you would like for us to partner with your school, business or community event, please contact Cheryl Guy or Chip Davis at 229-248-2835. We would love to bring Parent Family Engagement to you!

Calendar 

Upcoming Meetings

Monday, August 6th:

PK and K Curriculum Meeting @ 6:00

 

Thursday, August 9th: WBE Curriculum Meetings:

EIP @ 5:00; Title I @ 5:30;

Curriculum Meetings from 6 to 7;

Portal and website training @ 6:30

Class Dojo

Parents,

Please sign up for Class Dojo!  Class Dojo is our primary way to communicate with parents regarding what is going on here at West Bainbridge Elementary, so it is very important that we have all of our parents and guardians signed up to receive messages.  In fact, it is so important that I am offering a pizza party for classes that have 100% of parents/guardians signed up!  For more details for how to sign up to receive messages, please contact your child’s teacher.

Thank you,

Jamie Ard

 

Regístrese para Dojo!

Padres,

¡Regístrate en Class Dojo! Class Dojo es nuestra forma principal de comunicarnos con los padres sobre lo que está sucediendo aquí en West Bainbridge Elementary, por lo que es muy importante que todos nuestros padres y tutores se registren para recibir mensajes. De hecho, ¡es tan importante que ofrezca una fiesta de pizza para las clases que tienen el 100% de los padres / tutores inscritos! Para obtener más detalles sobre cómo registrarse para recibir mensajes, comuníquese con el maestro de su hijo.

Gracias,

Jamie Ard

Open House and 1st Day of School

Open House 

Thursday, July 26th

5:00 - 7:00 PM

 

1st Day of School

Monday, July 30th

Decatur County Schools School Supply List
Supply List
College & Career Academy Concept

To learn more about Bainbridge High School's College & Career Academy Concept, click here! 

Registration

Registration

Invitation to Participate

Decatur County Schools annually conducts a Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA), reviews and revises our CLIP (Consolidated LEA Implementation Plan) and our Title I Parent and Family Engagement Plan.  The annual review process is discussed at our annual Title I Stakeholder Meetings. Opportunities to attend these meetings will be held on Monday, June 11, 2018, at the Decatur County Schools Support Center located at 507 Martin Street in West Bainbridge. There will be two repeated sessions:  11:00 am until 1:00 pm OR 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  All parents and stakeholders are encouraged to attend one of these informational meetings and offer feedback and suggestions.

For more information, please contact:

 Kathy Varner at 229-248-2836 or by email at kvarner@dcboe.com.

Summer iStation & iLearn! Stay Engaged this Summer
Slide Shows 2017-2018

End of the Year Slide Shows 2017-2018

4th Grade Graduation Awards

Congratulations to Brianna Edwards and 4th Grade Teacher Kerri Gardner for being the WBE Kiwanis Club's Outstanding Student and Outstanding Teacher. She also received the Woodman of the World award.

Kerri Gardner, Brianna Edwards. and Amy Eakin Debra Freeman and Brianna Edwards

Attendance Winner

Attendance reward winner: Paul Howard!

Thank you to James Robinson's Taekwondo for donating the bicycle.

 

Bike Winner Paul Howard

Summer School

West Bainbridge Elementary School

Where: Bainbridge Middle School

Date:  June 4th-June 29th     Time: 8:00 – 12:00

Your child can participate in a Summer Enrichment Program. The program will offer reading, math, and extracurricular activities. Breakfast and Lunch will be served to ALL students.

Transportation will be provided. For more information: Contact Mrs. Amy Barber at 229-248-2821. If you would like for your child to participate, please complete the form below and return by Tuesday, April 30th.

Child Name: ________________________________                     Grade: ________

 

_____ My child attended after-school program

_____ My child has not attended the after-school program

_____ I want my child to attend Summer Enrichment Program     

_____ My Child will need bus transportation.

                                Car Pick up_________      Walk __________

_____ I do NOT want my child to attend Summer Enrichment Program

Parent/Guardian’s Signature: ________________________________________________________

Field Day t-shirts

Field Day 2018
This year our Field Day will be on May 4th. (We have a back up, rainy day schedule for May 11th if needed.) Each grade level will be assigned a different color t-shirt. The shirt colors are listed below.

Pre-K: Safety Yellow
Kindergarten: Violet
First: Sky Blue/Teal
Second: Carolina Blue
Third: Safety Orange
Fourth: Neon Green

Shirts will be $10 for youth sizes through adult extra large and $12 for adult sizes 2XL and larger. All money orders will be due April 25th. NO EXTRA SHIRTS WILL BE ORDERED!!! Parents are welcome to order shirts as well! If you are unable to purchase a t-shirt please send your child to school in their assigned color shirt on Field Day.

Student Name: ______________________ 
Teacher: _______________________

Youth Small            Adult Small 
Youth Medium        Adult Medium 
Youth Large           Adult Large 
Youth X-Large       Adult x-Large

Adult 2XL              Adult 4 XL 
Adult 3XL              Adult 5 XL

 
Georgia Milestones Re-Test Information

Decatur County Schools is a Strategic Waiver System, which allows our system to waive specific state board rules. In our current strategic waiver, we chose to waive O.G.C.A 20-2-283 & 20-2-284. This waiver allows us as a system not to retest students for the 2017-2018 school year. The wavier also allows us to be able to use other vital information from your child’s entire school year and not only state assessment scores in the promotion and retention policy for the 2017-2018 school year.

Meeting

Parents, on Thursday, March 8th from 6:30 to 7:00, Mr. Chip Davis will be at West Bainbridge Elementary to make a presentation regarding the upcoming Georgia Milestones Assessment. This assessment is administered to all third and fourth grade students.This informative meeting is open to all parents, and we especially encourage third and fourth grade parents to attend. The purpose of the meeting will be to inform stakeholders of what students can expect when they begin testing. We hope to see you here for this very important meeting.

Year Book Sales

 

WBE Yearbooks are on sale! Click on Read More for more information.

Blood Mobile

The Blood Mobile will be here TOMORROW, February 15th from 8:30 to 1:30. Please consider donating if you are able. Thanks to Ms. Strickland for organizing.

Candy Grams

Candy Grams are $2. They will be on sale through Feb. 12th. Theywill also be sold at the Valentine Dance. They will be delivered onFebruary 14th.
Valentine Dance Pictures are $5 for a 5 x 7. They must be paid forin advance. No orders or money will be taken at the dance.
Thanks for supporting the WBE Student Council.

Click here for an order form

District Spelling Bee Participants

WBE District Spelling Bee Participants

Spelling Bee Participants

(L to R):  Aubrey Dollar, Brianna Edwards, Elizabet Gomez

Rivers Meeting

We will be making a visit to Rivers Apartments on Thursday,February 8th at 12:30 for the purpose of meeting withstakeholders about the upcoming Georgia Milestones Assessmentand how parents can help their children at home to prepare. Thismeeting will be especially important for parents with students in3rd and 4th grades. We plan to provide a light lunch for those whoare in attendance. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Rivers

Dr. Seuss's Birthday

Save the Date! (Spanish Version Click here)

Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat! Celebrate NEA's Read Across America Day

Those who are six, sixteen, sixty-four, and more have all kinds of great events in store for the National Education Association's annual observance of NEA's Read Across America. NEA is calling America's children, both young and old, to reward their learning by celebrating the joys of reading on Dr. Seuss's birthday. Readers of all ages are encouraged to celebrate.

Our reading party here at West Bainbridge Elementary will take place on March 2, 2018, from 8:30 to 10:30. Everyone is invited to read to a class, parents, grandparents, community members, one and all! Please click on Read More for more information. 

Click here for the t-shirt order form. 

 

Decatur County Canceled, Wednesday January 17th

Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our students, all schools in Decatur County will be canceled tomorrow, Wednesday January 17th, for students and staff due to the possibility for icy and unsafe road conditions during the morning hours. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but the weather conditions tomorrow are too questionable at this time to jeopardize the safety of our students or our staff. 

We will be back to our normal schedule Thursday January 18th. 

No school tomorrow

Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our students, all schools in Decatur County will be canceled tomorrow, Wednesday January 17th, for students and staff due to the possibility for icy and unsafe road conditions during the morning hours. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but the weather conditions tomorrow are too questionable at this time to jeopardize the safety of our students or our staff. 

We will be back to our normal schedule Thursday January 18th. 

Sincerely, 

Tim Cochran, Superintendent 

Decatur County Schools  

Pre-K Registration February 6th at all Elementary Schools
Christmas Program

To see the WBE Christmas Program, please click on Read More below. Enjoy!

From The Principal

As we approach the midpoint of our school year, I just wanted to send a message to let you know how much we enjoy working with your children here at West Bainbridge Elementary.  Your personal child is what motivates us to get out of bed in the morning and come to work each day.  We want to empower them to go out in the world and thrive.  It is a true blessing and gift to us to know that we can influence tomorrow with what we do today as we work with the children here at West Bainbridge Elementary.  I am thankful to have such a strong and gifted group of teachers and staff members here at West Bainbridge that are willing to go over and above to reach and teach the children in their classrooms.  I am also thankful for the support that we get from our families and from our community as it certainly takes a team working together to educate our children.  It is my sincerest desire that we all realize how blessed we are at this time of year and continue to work together as a team for our students here at West Bainbridge.  Best wishes to you and yours during this special season!

Survey

Please help us by completing the Georgia Parent Survey. We value your input.

The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions. Parents maycomplete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone ortablet. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, schooladministrators should consider scheduling dates and times toallow parents to complete the Georgia Parent Survey at school. Allparents should be encouraged to participate in the Georgia ParentSurvey because the data will be used as part of the calculation ofthe School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymousand will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department ofEducation for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also availablein Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within thesurvey. Results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not beavailable to the public and will not be posted online. The GeorgiaParent Survey link is posted below.

Georgia Parent Survey:


http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents

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Donations

Thank you to First State Bank for making a donation for our Christmas program!

FSB

Georgia Parent Survey

Georgia Parent Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey is also modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone or tablet. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, school administrators should consider scheduling dates and times to allow parents to complete the Georgia Parent Survey at school. All parents should be encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. Results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.

http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents

Collaborative Impact for Decatur County
Santa Pictures

WBE Student Council is sponsoring….
Pictures with Santa!!!

WHEN: Thursday, November 30th
WHERE: WBE (DURING SCHOOL HOURS)
WHAT TO WEAR: YOUR CUTEST CHRISTMAS ATTIRE
COST: $5.00 INCLUDES ONE 4 X 6 PRINT IN A
DECORATIVE FRAME (Due by Thursday 8AM)

YOU CAN WRITE A LETTER TO DROP INTO SANTA’S MAILBOX OR YOU CAN SIT ON HIS LAP AND TELL HIM YOUR CHRISTMAS WISHES!!!!!

Click here for an order form

(Spanish)

WBE Smoked Meat Sale

WBE Smoked Meat Sale!

Just in time for the holidays!!

Get your choice of: Smoked - Turkey breast ($25) or Boston Butt ($25)

Place your order at WBE from Nov. 27th - Dec. 15th 

Click here for an order form

Canned food drive

Congratulations everyone and thank you for supporting the Student Council Food Drive and Port City Bank. We collected 824.08 pounds all together. Mrs. Lyle's class was the winning class.  They brought in 127.4 pounds of food.

 SC  Lyle

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