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Wildcat news September 2018

Important Dates to Remember:

· WBE Uncle Bill’s Night:  Tuesday, September 11th from 6:00 to 8:00

· WBE Student Showcase Night:  Thursday, September 13th 5:00 to 7:00

· PTO Dairy Queen Night:  Monday, September 17th from 6:00 to 8:00

Importance of Attendance

What can you do to help your child experience academic success at school?  Quite simply, send your child to school every day!  Research has shown that your child’s attendance record may be the single greatest influence on how well he or she succeeds academically. 

Since attendance is so important, we have decided to reward students for having perfect attendance each month.  At the end of the month, your child will receive special recognition just for being here each day!  Additionally, for each month your child has perfect attendance he or she will earn a ticket for a “big prize” in December and again in May!  To have perfect attendance, students must have no absences, tardies, or early outs for the month.

Please help us help your child and our school community by having him or her at school on time each and every day so he or she may experience academic success.  Trust me when I tell you that your child will thank you for it in the not too distant future.

McKinney Vinto Act

McKinney Vento Program

If your family lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and is forced to live in any of the following situations:

· Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (example: evicted from home, etc.). 

· In a motel.

· In an emergency or transitional shelter.

      · Have a primary nighttime residence that is not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for humans ( car, park, or          campsite)

Then your children may have the right to:

      *       Enroll in school without proof of residency, immunization, school records, or other documents.

*       Choose between their school of origin or the school zoned for where you are currently living, when feasible.

*       Receive transportation to school.

*       Attend school and participate in school programs with children who are not homeless. Children cannot be separated from the regular school       
        program because they are homeless.

*       Receive all the school services available to other students.

For more information you may contact Tia Williams at 229-248-2842.


Mentoring Opportunities

Would you like to make a difference in the life of a child?  Here at West Bainbridge Elementary, we offer mentoring to several of our students.  If you are ready to make a positive impact on a child’s life, please contact Jamie Ard at 248-2821 or at jard@dcboe.com


News From Nurse Emmons

No over the counter medications are in our clinic for student usage.  If you know your child is prone to headaches, sinus problems, skin conditions, and stomach aches, please bring medications to Nurse Emmons to administer as needed.  Also, please provide a signed note stating that Nurse Emmons has permission to administer. 

Tele Health is NOT a FREE service.  It bills your health insurance provider and requires a co-pay (if you normally have one) just as a trip to the doctor’s office does.  If you would like to enroll in the program, please contact Nurse Emmons for an enrollment packet.

If you have not signed and returned a clinic consent form, please complete the form and return it to school as soon as possible.


Change in Transportation Notification

Please remember to send notification of change in transportation in the form of a note or a DOJO message. We are unable to take phone calls regarding change of transportation.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Healthy Drinks, Snacks, and lunches

We want to encourage our students to be healthy.  In order to accomplish this goal we do not allow students to have tea, soft drinks, or sports drinks here at school during the day.  On very special occasions such as parties or field day, we will allow some flexibility to this policy, but this will not occur often.

You are more than welcome to send a bottle of water with your child, but please do not send any other type of drink (soft drinks, sports drinks, tea, etc.) unless your child has a documented reason to have such.

Also, we discourage sending junk food for snacks.  Please do your best to send healthy snack selections in order to help promote healthy eating habits.

We welcome you to join your child for a healthy school lunch, or please provide a healthy lunch from home.  Fast food, however, is not allowed at lunch as we work to promote healthy eating habits for our students.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Jamie Ard

P. E. Reminder

Please remember:  No dresses or skirts, sandals, boots, or anything with a heel on P.E. days.  Please wear tennis shoes on P.E. days!  Please check your child’s weekly enrichment schedule in the assignment folder, or you may check the WBE website to know when P.E. is scheduled.



WBE PTO will host Dairy Queen Night on Monday, September 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.  Come out and enjoy some great food and fellowship as you support West Bainbridge Elementary!

Thank you for supporting WBE Skate Town Night!

Bearcat Tattoos:  On sale on Fridays.

Student Showcase Day& Early Release Day

West Bainbridge Elementary will Thursday, September 13th from 5:00 to 7:00.  Please look for more information to come. 

Friday, September 14th will be an early dismissal day.  Students will be dismissed at 1:00.  Please send a note if your child will have a change in transportation on this day.

Grade Level News Tidbits

Pre K:  Our second theme for the year will be Our Family!  So, the Big Idea for this theme is “I am an important part of my family.” Children develop knowledge about and explore the idea by identifying the members of their families, understanding what families do, and appreciating the uniqueness of each family and the love that is shared.



- iStation/iLearnMath– Look for at-home practice information to come home soon.

- Help your child practice logging-in with user name and password.

-Please check folders/notebooks DAILY.

-Review papers sent home.

-Study Sight Words daily.

-Practice Letter Sounds and long/short vowel sounds.

-Practice writing first and last name.

-Practice recognizing upper and lowercase letters.

-Practice recognizing numbers 0-10.

-Please do not send toys, purses, etc... to school- as it is very distracting.

-Please check DoJo daily.

-Please label your child’s items- jackets, book bags, lunch boxes, etc.

-Please review the WBE discipline plan.


1st Grade:   We have started the school year with a BANG! First grade teachers would like to give a special thanks to parents and guardians for sending in school supplies for your child(ren) and sending in paperwork diligently. We ask that you please stay connected with us on ClassDojo, study math facts, read AR books, and sign and initial AR logs daily. Information about Grandparents’ Day will be sent home soon. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Mrs. Godby agodby@dcboe.com

Mrs. Jordan njordan@dcboe.com

Mrs. Maxwell ttmaxwell@dcboe.com

Ms. Swicord dswicord@dcboe.com

Mrs. Williams ccwilliams@dcboe.com

Mrs. Godby agodby@dcboe.com

Mrs. Jordan njordan@dcboe.com

Mrs. Maxwell ttmaxwell@dcboe.com

Ms. Swicord dswicord@dcboe.com

Mrs. Williams ccwilliams@dcboe.com

2nd Grade:   Second Grade Curriculum Night was a huge success and we thank all of our parents, grandparents, and family members who came.  We truly believe your child's success in school and in life is a team effort between family and school.  Second graders are busy practicing addition and subtraction math facts.  Please continue going over these at home.  We also would like to encourage all of our families to read aloud every day for 5 - 10 minutes with your child.  Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns about their day at WBE.  If you are having trouble with Class Dojo, please let your child's teacher know so we can help you get connected.  This is an awesome tool we use for parent communication and student behavior rewards.  Thank you again and have a great year.

3rd Grade:  We have a busy month of learning planned for September. Please continue to practice multiplication facts with students so that fact fluency is mastered! This will be helpful when we begin division in the upcoming lessons. Also, please continue to practice reading with your students at home. The more they read, the better readers they become! We will be completing our STEM challenge at the end of the month. With that being said if you have any old shoe boxes, aluminum foil, clear plastic wrap, or tape that you are willing to donate please do so! We are grateful for any supplies that we get! We are also digging deep into the Native Americans and their dwellings in Social Studies! Please remember that students may work on iStation and iLearn at home! West Bainbridge Elementary is having our first Showcase Night on September 13th and please be mindful of early release on the 14th. Please contact your child's teacher with any questions or concerns that you may have! Thanks for your support. 

4th Grade:   Welcome to a Super September! We have been in school for about a month and everyone seems to be right on track. We would like to ask that if you have NOT sent in school supplies to please do so as soon as possible. 

Parent Communicator/Homework folders come home each day with a behavior log that lists the skills being worked on as well as upcoming events and reminders. Please check this folder each night. 

Another reminder is that we eat lunch at 1:15pm each day, so remember to send a snack with your child. We will have snack mid-morning. We also need to have students mastering their multiplication facts. These should be practiced each night. 

Thank you for your support!

Parent Resource Room

If you are unable to check Parent Portal due to lack of Internet access at home, please feel free to request to use a computer here at West Bainbridge Elementary.  We are currently providing computer access in our newly renovated Parent Resource Room (Room 207) for this very purpose.  Additional parent resources are also located in the Parent Resource room for your convenience.

Important Dates

Tuesday, September 4th:  School Council Nominations begin

Thursday, September 6th:  4 1/2 week progress reports

Friday, September 7th:  PK Grandparents’ Breakfast @ 8:15

Tuesday, September 11th:  Uncle Bill’s Night 6 to 8

Wednesday, September 12th: Mentor Meeting @ 2:30

Thursday, September 13th:  Student Showcase Night 5-7

Friday, September 14th: 1st Grade Grandparents Day @ 8:15 (Reservations required); Early Dismissal

Thursday, September 20th:  BOE meeting @ 7

Friday, September 21st:  School Council Nominations due

Tuesday, September 25th:  Flu Shots

Thursday, September 27th:  Rivers Apartments Meeting @ 5:30; School Council Election

Friday, September 28th:  Barineau Awards @ 2:15


Dear Parent(s) / Guardian(s):

As mandated by the A+ Education Reform Act 2000, West Bainbridge Elementary School will continue its school council during the 2018-2019 school year.  The council will consist of at least seven members.  This will include the school principal, parents of students at the school, classroom teachers, and two business people.  The purpose of the council is only to provide advice and recommendations to the school principal and where appropriate, the Decatur County Board of Education.

To qualify for school council membership, nominees must:

· Abide by the Code of Ethics for Educators and School Council Members;

· Complete training programs in the performance of school council duties;

· Be prepared to serve on the council for two years;

· Regularly participate in council meetings 4 times per year.

· Maintain a school-wide perspective on issues;

· Work to improve student achievement and performance;

· Act as a link between the school council and the community;

· Always consider the school as a part of a larger educational effort and recommend policies and practices that serve all children’s interest;

·  Commit to a parent involvement process that provides for an open, friendly parent involvement; increase parental participation; develop parental outreach programs; and improve two-way communication between school and home.

If you would like to be considered or nominate a person for the parent representative to the council, please mail all nominations to:

West Bainbridge Elementary School

C/O:  Jamie Ard

915 Zorn Road

Bainbridge, GA  39817 

All written nominations must be received by Friday, September 21, 2018.  Letters of nominations must include both the nominator’s and the nominee’s name, address, phone number, and their child’s name.  We will elect our council members on Thursday, September 27th between the hours of  8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.  in the main office at West Bainbridge Elementary.

Yours in Education, 

Jamie Ard




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