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!
1. The weather is getting colder, so please ensure your child wears a coat, hat and gloves to school. We will go outside as the weather gets even colder, so bundle up!
2. Please do not send in candy for Halloween. We do not allow food shared at the school. We also ask that students do not wear costumes, come to school in face paint or wear masks on Monday. We would love if everyone dressed in orange and black that day!
3. Picture Day retake is on November 29th.
4. A HUGE thank you to the PTA for the Harvest Festival! It was a successful event and everyone had a great time. (see pictures below) Thank you to all of the volunteers, staff and students who helped make this event so successful!
5. Save Around Books- 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.
LINK to the letter This will be going home to all families on Tuesday
A HUGE thank you to the PTA for the Harvest Festival. It was a great event for the whole family. My family loved being there too! Please see the pictures below of all of the exciting activities that took place on Saturday. My favorite was the pumpkin walk!
It is great to see when students at different grade levels come together to learn. In the pictures below you will see Mrs. McKinney's grade 5 class working alongside the grade 2 students in Mrs. Smith's classroom. In this lesson, the students completed the Cauldron Bubble experiment. See the description below. Students were encouraged to try this experiment at home as well using sugar and then sand and notice what would happen!
Washington Oak PBIS
What is PBIS?
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an initiative of the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College. It is a proactive systems approach to school-wide discipline. Together the home and school share the responsibility for developing good citizens. Parents, teachers, and students work together to maintain a safe learning environment. The PBIS program is based upon the philosophy of recognizing positive contributions of students.
PBIS means that everyone takes responsibility to teach positive behavior expectations to students. This means that students will know exactly what is expected of them. Students who take responsibility to behave positively will be recognized and rewarded in a variety of ways. Students will also know what consequences will result when they choose not to meet the school wide expectations.
PBIS Assemblies During PBIS assemblies, the school comes together to review our expectations of being safe, responsible and respectful. We will have assemblies or pod (blue, green and red) meetings throughout the school year to revisit these expectations and give students the opportunity to practice.
Wallaby Slips Any staff member can give wallaby slips to students when they are “caught” being respectful, safe, and responsible.
We are also starting a new school store program with Wallaby Slips! One Friday a Month Students will be able to cash in their good behavior Wallaby Slips for rewards! Including but not limited to Lunch with Teacher or principal, Teachers helper, Set up PE equipment, & many more! There will be a separate area of new items for the students to “buy” with their wallaby slips. Items along with their prices are on the back of this notice. School Store Dates for the 2016-17 School Year to use Wallaby Slips are: October 28th February 17th November 18th March 24th December 16th April 28th January 20th May 19th June 2nd (Last chance to use Wallabies Slips)
Wallaby School Store Options
10 Wallaby Slips:
15 Wallaby Slips:
Creature pencil toppers
Help set up for Phys.Ed classes
20 Wallaby Slips:
Help a teacher during recess
Eyeball pencil Sharpeners
25 Wallaby slips
Respectful, Safe, Responsible and Tye-dye bracelets
One of the goals for the staff at Washington Oak is Social Emotional Learning. In education, we need to ensure that the demands of a student's character are developed just as much as their academics. Social Emotional Learning helps students learn to manage their emotions, build empathy towards others and make proper decisions. These practices are built on a culture of safe and positive learning.
One of the ways we are enhancing this learning at Washington Oak, is through a social emotional block in the school day. In grade one, Mrs. Pires' students are engaging in a morning meeting, to set the climate and culture for the day. The morning meeting has four components: 1. Greeting - The students greet each other by name, establishing a friendly tone for the day. 2. Sharing - Each student shares an interest or topic, based on a teacher chosen prompt, 3. Group Activity - This gets students involved in an activity together like singing, reading a poem, or participating in an active game. 4. Message - The teacher writes a message for the day, to encourage and kick off the learning!
Check out the pictures from the grade one morning meeting below!
Full day Kindergarten is off to a great start! I have been so impressed going into all of the classrooms seeing students reading individually and with partners. I have enjoyed participating in lessons in math and writing. I wanted to share some excerpts of the Kindergarten writing because I was so impressed with how our students are doing in October! The pictures below are from Mrs. Tyree's classroom where students started with a whole class story about picture day and then they worked to develop individual stories. Kudos for their hard work!!
This Friday is going to be Pink Day at Washington Oak to support the Gill Family. What: Wear pink to support the Gill Family When: Friday, October 21, 2016 How: Send in any donation (checks can be made payable to Washington Oak School) All donations will be collected and one check will be sent to the Gill Family Education Fund from the Washington Oak Family. Please consider donating!
On Saturday, the 29th Washington Oak will be having our first annual Harvest Festival! It is going to be very exciting for all families and students. We will have games, a bouncy slide, petting zoo, and so much more! We will also have a pumpkin trail along the track at dusk. Please come join us for this event.
Room Parents Needed!
Some classrooms in the school are still in need of room parents.