PARCC & NECAP Schedule Spring testing is quickly approaching! Please see the schedule below for students in grades 3-5.
Preschool at Washington Oak!
Preschool students are exploring the properties of ice. Ocean animals were frozen in a block of ice and students were figuring out how to get them out! What a great winter activity.
Washington Oak TOKENS!
At Washington Oak, we are using a token system to encourage classes to follow our expectations of being respectful, responsible and safe. Any staff member can give tokens to classes in the hallway, cafeteria, recess yard or in their classroom. When a classroom reaches their set goal for tokens, they choose a prize together! In the picture below, Mrs. Kiernan's class chose reading in the dark with flashlights as their reward! They had a blast! Ask your child how many tokens they have and when they will receive their next reward.
Grade 2 Math Workshop Model
The Workshop Model is a structure used in all content areas to give students independence and differentiation within their learning. Using the workshop model allows teachers to be actively engaged with students individually or with small groups, facilitating and assisting in that understanding. Students who are engaged in the workshop model are actively learning the material and concepts they need to master throughout the school year. Here is the framework for the model that many classrooms use here at Washington Oak: Minilesson - 15 minutes of explicit instruction in the area of math, reading or writing Independent & Group Work- 40 minutes Wrap Up- 10 minutes reviewing goals from the lesson
What's Happening in Grade 3
The pictures below are from all four classrooms in grade 3.
In Science, students are learning about balanced and unbalanced forces. In the video, students are watching how bowling is a clear example of this learning!
In Math, students in Mrs. Estrella's classroom are working on the concept of division. Students were drawing how to break up items into groups on their whiteboards. After they drew the problem, they shared with their table and teacher what the drawing demonstrated in math language.
In ELA, Mrs. Keirnan's classroom was using Plickers has a formative assessment tool to show their understanding of vocabulary.
Mrs. Bacon's classroom was working on history by studying Martin Luther King Jr and the struggles and victories throughout his life.
Kindergarten At Washington Oak!
Mrs. Printer had parents come in to help their students make snowflakes!
Barnes and Noble Event
Thank you to Sonia Ives for organizing a fantastic event! I enjoyed reading to all the children. Your support has helped us earn books for our Washington Oak library! Thank you!
Here are some important updates happening at Washington Oak.
We only dismiss students to adults on the pink card. Please ensure you have all possible names on the card. Come into the office at anytime to add or remove names.
Please drive slowly and with caution in our parking lot at drop off and pick up. Please do not double park against the curb so other cars can go by without any problems.
All students need to wear winter coats, hats and gloves on these cold days. Thank you!
Please see video below to view our lost and found. If you notice your child's coat, hat or gloves, please remind them to check the pile during lunch this week. Thank you!
If your child is going to be absent, please call into the office and let us know. Please let the office know the reason your child will be absent.
A BIG welcome back to Mrs. Ingham! She is back on Tuesday teaching our preschool students. Thank you to Mrs. Lezette for all of her hard work since September.
We have many enrichment programs at Washington Oak this school year! Having before and after school enrichment allows our students to spend additional time focused on their interests.
K-2 Movement Club
The movement club is every Tuesday morning for students in grades K-2 with Mr. Lanctot. Mr. Lanctot is new to Washington Oak and is our Adaptive Physical Education Teacher. During the movement club, he has students exercising in a fun and active way! Students will have a chance to use some PE equipment and play cooperative exercise games.
Mrs. Jacquard and Ms, Alverez are running the drama club this school year. The club is offered to students in grades 3-5, after school, two days per week. This year, students will be performing Seussical the Musical! Get ready for dancing and singing in this play. Performance dates will be released soon, but expect the show towards the end of the school year. Students have been extremely enthusiastic about the play!
STEAM Club Students are able to gain an awareness of ways to use biodegradable, organic waste through composting and recycling. Furthermore, using scientific and mathematical tools students will be able to measure the amount to biodegradable, organic waste that is collected, composted, and recycled instead of going into the landfill. Students will also observe how the compost can be used to contribute to the growth of food in a local community garden. An Energy Fair will need to be scheduled in March for students and families to attend. Mrs. Estrella and Mrs. Gallagher are the leaders of this club.
Students in grades 4 & 5 meet after school on Friday to learn how to play chess with Mr. Colomb. Students engage in learning strategies and practice with different players in the club.
1. Please be sure to let the office know if your child is going to be absent or will be picked up early.
2. Please provide the office with a reason why your student will be absent, when you call.
3. It is very challenging to dismiss students between 3:15-3:30. If you are picking up students for an appointment, please come before 3:15, or pick up students as a walker outside the gym doors.
4. We go outside when it is below 32 degrees, so please dress students in a winter coat, hat and gloves. (see below for outside recess information)
5. We have many items in Lost and Found. Please ask your child to check the lost and found area at lunch to see if any of their items are there.
Washington Oak Art Teacher
Ms. Chauvin will be ending her time at Washington Oak this week. Mrs. Smith will be back on Tuesday and working alongside Ms. Chauvin until Friday. Thank you Ms. Chauvin for all you have done for our students at Washington Oak!!
Winter Recess Guidelines
As we enter into the winter season, we believe outdoor recess is an important and valuable part of the student’s day. Fresh air, exercise and time spent outside, provide students time to release energy and socialize with peers. Teachers agree that students perform better at school when they have an opportunity for vigorous outdoor play, so we try to get them out whenever possible. However, because there are times when it is not safe for children to be outdoors, we will be following the guidelines listed below to determine whether we will have inside or outside recess. If the chart is in yellow, we will spend time outside, but it might not be the entire 30 minutes.
It will be imperative that your child is dressed appropriately (winter coats, gloves, and hats) for the cold weather and prepared to play outdoors. Every child will need to wear a coat in order to go outside for recess.
We had a lot of exciting activities that took place at Washington Oak over the last few weeks. Check out the pictures of the events and lots of students having fun at Washington Oak. See below.
Mr. Z and all of the students did an incredible job showcasing their talents at the holiday concert. A HUGE thanks to Mr. Z for putting on an unforgetable show.
School Committee Meeting
On Monday December 8th, the Kindergarten teachers and students presented their learning to the school committee and members of the community. Each classrom highlighted thier knowledge in math, science, reading and social emotional goals.
Let it snow! Let is snow! Let is snow!..........or if there's no snow, you can make your own with your science buddies.
2nd and 5th grade science buddies combined states of matter, baking soda (solid) and white hair conditioner (liquid) to make a new solid substance that resembles snow. Students explored with this new substance, making miniature snowmen, snow forts, etc.
Learning and fun go together with science buddies.
A BIG thank you to the PTA for sponsoring this winter wonderland laser event. Students were mesmerised by the light show and energizing music!!
Winter Holiday Summary
Welcome the season of peace and joy with the Winter Holiday Celebration, a bright, colorful laser sing-along.
Get whisked away by non-denominational Holiday songs such as Let it Snow, Jingle Bell Rock, and Sleigh Ride, as well as a handful of appropriately-themed current pop songs. Along the way, follow the adventures of the world's only laser penguin, Squeaky, as he tries to figure out how best to return home to Antarctica for the Holidays - a big challenge for a small, flightless bird.
Penny Wars in Grade 5
Students in grade 5, raised slightly over $1,000 to buy holiday gifts for needy families with the fun and exciting Penny Wars!
Students cannot eat candy containing peanuts in the classroom. Please be aware of this when you are packing your child's lunch and snack.
Grade 5 Parents- Don't forget about the Thanksgiving Thankful Turkey Project
We have received questions on RTI and how it runs at Washington Oak. Below I will outline what RTI is, how it works at the school and how to get more information. If you have any follow up questions or need more information, please reach out and let me know.
What is RTI? Response to intervention (RTI) is a process used by educators to help students who are struggling with a skill or lesson; every teacher will use interventions with any student to help them succeed in the classroom—it's not just for children with special needs or a learning disability.
Three Tiers of Academic and Behavior Support Tier 1- Universal Level for all learners CORE instruction by classroom teacher to all students. Administrators and teachers embrace the goal of improving student achievement. This includes small group instruction on targeted and differentiated skills. Tier 2- Targeted Level Students not making adequate academic or behavioral growth, with universal supports in place who have mild or moderate difficulty, will receive targeted specific supports for struggling skills. Tier 3- Intensive Level Within this tier, students receive the most intense and consistent interventions by specialists.
Screening All students at Washington Oak are screened three times per year in math and reading. The teachers and I review this data and determine the level of support students will need. Students that fall into a significantly below average range in math and/or reading will then be placed within an intervention group with a highly qualified teacher.
Intervention The intervention for students is determined by analyzing student data and using research based programs/strategies. The team then determines how the intervention will be progress monitored to ensure it is effective.
The RTI team reviews data on students in the RTI process every 6-8 weeks to determine if the intervention should continue, be changed or if the student can continue in the CORE Tier 1 instruction.
Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions are always in addition to CORE instruction by the classroom teacher.
Your child's' classroom teacher will contact you if your child is part of the RTI process or is receiving a tier 1 or tier 2 intervention. Please reach out to your child's teacher or myself if you have any additional questions or concerns.
Google Community Calendar
Please don't forget to sync your calendar to the Google Community Calendar for Washington Oak. We will have all the school events right there for you to reference.
Scholastic Book Fair The countdown is on! Our Scholastic Book Fair is just 1 week away! November 17th-November 23rd *Open during student library times and parent/teacher conferences on 11/21 & 11/22. *Please make checks payable to Washington Oak PTA Like US on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonOakElementarySchool/?ref=bookmarks
Save Around Coupon Books!
Dear Parents and Friends: Washington Oak PTA is sponsoring the SaveAround sale to raise funds for student activities. SaveAround is a local coupon book that offers hundreds of Buy-One Get-One Free discounts, along with many other valuable coupon offers to local and national merchants. The coupon books are just $25.00 and you will find that the book pays for itself after just 1 or 2 uses. Each coupon book offers more than $7,500 in total savings! Also included with each book purchase is a FREE Save Around app. It’s like getting 2 books!!! Perfect for Holiday gift giving!!! Below is our Fundraising Sale Information: Start Date – 11/1/16 End Date – 11/28/16 Please Make All Checks Payable to: Washington Oak PTA
Fundraising Tips! 1. Parents/Legal Guardians, we suggest selling the books to family, relatives, neighbors and co-workers. Ask them to support your student and his/her school! 2. This fundraiser is not intended to be sold door-to-door by students. The safety of your student is our first concern. Prize Program: For every 5 books you sell, you get 1 FREE! Help our group raise money and in return you get a FREE book for every 5 you sell.
Finished Selling: 1. Please return all money collected inside the Envelope Order Form and return to school with your child. If you choose to purchase the book on hand, please mark that on your order form and return the $25 for that book. 2. Make sure all contact information is written legibly on the Envelope Order Form. 3. Tally the orders so that we know how many books are sold when looking at the Envelope Order Form. We appreciate your time and help in raising money to help support our school activities!