Dear Washington Oak Families,
Spring has finally sprung at Washington Oak! We are into the last two months of school and it is very busy! Please take a closer look at our calendar to see enrichment opportunities, field day and PTA events that are quickly approaching.
This is the time of year that the faculty, staff and the PTA start to plan for next year. Your voice in this process is important. I'm looking for some parents interested in helping out at our Family Fun Day and at our Book Fair. If you are interested, please send Amanda Aldana an email or use the link below to sign up to volunteer at the Book Fair. We appreciate your commitment to the students at Washington Oak.
Book Fair Link www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090A4DADA823A5FC1-scholastic1
Amanda Aldana Email- Amanda.m.k.aldana@GMAIL.com
As we plan for new classes next year, I want to make sure everyone is aware of all the time and effort that the faculty collaboratively puts into this process. The specialists, teachers and I work carefully to make the best choices for classroom placements for all of our students. There are many factors involved when putting together a class list. If you have any information that you believe is important for me to know and haven’t done so already, please send me an email, set up a meeting or give me a call, so that I can be made aware of your thoughts. Specific teacher requests are not allowed per district policy. Students will find out their new teachers before school starts in August. Thank you again for your cooperation in this process.
Our PTA is always looking for your input! Now is the time to get your thoughts and ideas heard as we plan for future events and projects. Please consider attending our PTA meeting on June 6th. Thank you for your continued support. I promise to work hard every day to ensure the best for all of our students at Washington Oak!
PARCC is going well in grades three through five. Students have been working so hard and making all of us extremely proud.
The latest kid craze appears to be ball bearing/ceramic bearing spinners. These are designed to entertain and can be very helpful as anti-anxiety, anti-stress fidgets.
For many students the spinners are becoming a distraction, pulling students off task in the classroom and at times these spinners are being used inappropriately. We have many fidget toys at school for students who need assistance with anxiety and stress. Teachers have access to these and will provide them as needed. We would appreciate if you could please keep spinners at home. Thank you.
Last week we will start our new PlayWorks program! The supervisory assistants and I attended a two day training on how to implement games and structured play in a healthy, fun environment. Using our Stop and Shop funds, we purchased $1,000 worth of new equipment for students to use at recess. We have created signs, a map and directions for different games! Each week we will have a new group game that one of the supervisory assistants will run for students.
The week has been very successful! Ask your child how they are enjoying the new problem.
Playworks’ vision is that one day every child in America will get to play—every day. We are changing school culture by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school every day. We create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills. We offer an essential opportunity for children to explore their imaginations, to connect with other kids, and to stretch and grow physically, emotionally and socially.
We all want our kids to have the best possible time at school. Often recess is the time of day that children either look forward to or dread.