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Wildcat news October 2018


Special Points of Interest:

· Blood Mobile visit on 10/3 8:30 to 1:00

· Community Conversation:  10/4 @ 8:15 with Mr. Cochran

· Report Cards Issued:  10/10

· Fall Break:  10/11 and 10/12

iStation and Ilearn Home Access

Did you know that your child has access to iStation, Journeys (for third and fourth graders), and iLearn at home?  Your child uses each of these programs on a regular basis here at school, and your child may also use these programs at home as long as you have a computer and access to the Internet!

If you are looking for ways to help your child become a better reader, you are strongly encouraged to use iStation at home.  If your child is in third or fourth grade, then you will probably want to take time to check out the Journeys "at home" component. 

If you want to help your child become a better mathematician, using iLearn at home is strongly encouraged. 

You can go to our website (http://www.boe.dcboe.com/8/home; “Student Resources” tab) and find the links to these programs.  If you need additional information on how to gain access to these programs at home, please contact your child’s teacher as he or she will be glad to help!

What is My Child Learning At School

Do you ever feel as if you have no idea what your child is learning while at school?  If so, we have something that we think is going to help!  Just follow these simple steps to find out exactly what your child is learning at school:

      1. Log on to the Decatur County BOE web site (http://www.boe.dcboe.com/).

2. Click on the “For Parents” tab.

3. Click on “What is my student learning?”.

Choose the appropriate grade level to find out what your child is learning.

Follow these simple steps and you will never have to guess about what your child is learning at school again!


OTC Medications

Please be reminded that you may bring OTC (over-the-counter) medications to Nurse Emmons for your child when he or she has a headache, stomachache, or similar conditions.  West Bainbridge Elementary does not have and cannot provide such medication for students. 


The PTO would like to thank everyone who came out and supported DQ night. It was a great success and lots of fun. We will continue to sell Bearcat Paw tattoos throughout football season and thank you for your support so far.   We are planning a Halloween Masquerade for October 26th.  More details to come.  We will also be planning the fall festival in November. If any parents would like to volunteer please contact Beth Pillar at (229) 220-7782.

Math Rocks








Red Ribbon Week/Bullying Prevention Month

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.

Our Weekly Theme for this year is “Bully and Drug Free is Healthy For Me!” Information will be sent home and posted in DoJo the week before Red Ribbon Week begins.

Grade Level News Tidbits

Pre K:  Your children are settling into the routines of school and are ready to explore their place in the larger community. We become more aware of all that’s right around us as we introduce our children to the simple wonders of the people and places close by. And children will come to appreciate that people all over the world live in communities that share traits with theirs. When studying about the community, children find out that the people represent many cultures, and they learn how diverse people can live, work, and play together. They will also learn that we can all be good citizens. Demonstrating good citizenship in the classroom and in the community means being responsible, the social-emotional focus of this theme.


Kindergarten:   Kindergarten 2nd 9 weeks:

-Practice sight words DAILY

-Review letter sounds/vowel sounds DAILY

-Practice blending SRA words DAILY

-Please check your child's folder DAILY

-Please check ClassDoJo DAILY

-Please DO NOT allow your child to bring toys, purses, play jewelry, etc... to school

-Long and short vowel sounds

-Rhyming words (word families)

-Writing all upper and lowercase letters

-Writing numbers

-Syllables in words

-Distinguish between the first, middle, and last sound in a word

-Replacing a sound to make a new word (ex: turn ram into ham)

-Counting 20 pennies

-Greater than, less than, equal

-Positional words (front, behind, beside, above, below, inside, outside)


1st Grade:   Science: We are investigating weather, weather patterns, and how to chart weather using graphs. 

Social Studies: We are focusing on our Nation, the symbols of our country, and where we live.

Reading: Please continue to read with you child every night and ask them questions about their book.

Language: We are working on forming complete sentences when we write, and we are identifying different types of sentences.


2nd Grade:  Second grade will continue working with math facts and place value. We will also continue learning more about life cycles as well as the Creek and Cherokee Indians of Georgia. Please read and practice math facts with your child every night. Also make sure your child has a set of headphones. 

3rd Grade:    We are FALLING into the month of October! We ask that you please continue to read AR books at home with students and encourage them to test at school. The AR program is intended to build reading fluency, comprehension skills, and also increase Lexile levels. As the year moves forward, please continue to review multiplication facts. We are quickly approaching our first STEM project and we ask that you donate the following items to your child's classroom if you are able: shoe boxes, aluminum foil, clear/plastic wrap, tape, Hershey bars, graham crackers, and jumbo marshmallows. As always, thank you for your support! 

4th Grade:   Welcome to an Outstanding October!!

Each night your child may be bringing home a repeated reading folder. If you will take a moment to let your child read to you each night that would be awesome!! This folder reading only takes 1 minute. Also, we have begun Accelerated Reader. Your child needs to read their AR book each night. You can help with their fluency and comprehension by asking them questions or having them retell what they read to you. Continue studying multiplication facts each night. We will be starting division soon.

Cold season is here...please consider donations of tissues for the classrooms. Thank you for helping us to get off to a great start to this year.

Important Dates

10/3:  Blood Mobile Visit to WBE between 8:30 and 1:00

10/4:  Community Conversation @ 8:15

10/10:  Report Cards issued

10/11 and 10/12:  Fall Break

10/15:  Professional Learning Day (No School)

10/16:  WBE Uncle Bill’s Night 6:00 to 8:00

10/17:  Mentor Meeting @ 2:30

10/18:  BOE Meeting @ 7:00

10/19:  Lights on After School @ 4:30

10/26:  Barineau Awards @ 2:15


Community Conversation

I would like to invite you to our first Community Conversation of the year on Thursday, October 4th at 8:15 A.M. in the West Bainbridge Elementary media center.  Mr. Cochran will be here to discuss current events regarding our school system.  Please make plans to join us.


Homework Help Workshop:
October 23rd from 5:00 to 6:00

Tentative Topics: Reading comprehension, rounding, long division, quotations/punctuation, multiplication, adding/subtracting

Can we count on you to be here? Please comment on Dojo or e-mail me at jard@dcboe.com and let me know.








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