September – Wilson Wildcat Newsletter

Welcome Back to School Wildcats!


Calendar of Events

Wednesday      September 6                 1st Day of School K-5

Principal Coffee @ 8:10 am

Tuesday           September 12               Monthly PTA Meeting @ 6:30 pm in the Library

Thursday          September 14               Back to School BBQ @ 5 pm

Curriculum Night 6:30 pm

Friday              September 15               All School Assembly @ 8:30 am

Wednesday      September 27               Elementary Strings Kick-Off @ 7:00 pm @ CVHS

Thursday          September 28               Picture Day (Pictures are taken from 8-10 am)


Kindergarten Wildcat Release Schedule for September 6-15, 2017

Please let the office know how your student will get home on these early release days.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017 @ 8:05 am – 12:30 pm

Thursday, September 7, 2017 @ 8:05 am – 12:30 pm

Friday, September 8, 2017 @ 8:05 am – 1:40 pm (this is the regular Friday release time)

Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 8:05 am – 12:30 pm

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 8:05 am – 12:30 pm

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 8:05 am – 12:30 pm

Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 8:05 am – 12:30 pm

Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 8:05 am – 1:40 pm (this is the regular Friday release time)

Monday, September 18, 2017 @ regular release time for the remainder of the school year.


From the Principal        


Dear Wilson Wildcat Community,

Welcome back to an exciting 2017-18 school year at Wilson Elementary School! We look forward to meeting all our new Wildcats this September!


At Wilson, our mission is “Together, W.E. (Wilson Elementary) Celebrate Abilities and Believe in Possibilities.” Our priority is to engage our students in a rigorous and relevant curriculum. To learn more about partnering together to support our children, we invite all Wildcat families to join us on Thursday, September 14th for a community-wide school BBQ followed by curriculum night in each classroom. Dinner will be provided for all families (turkey dogs, chips, and watermelon) as well as childcare for children preschool age to 5th grade in the gym while the parents/guardians attend the curriculum information sharing in the classrooms. We hope to see you there!


Our teachers and support staff are hard at work preparing for school year ahead. Due to enrollment growth and mobility, we added a 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Cathleen Oefelein! We are also welcoming Mrs. Maria Adams, who most recently taught Kindergarten at Lincoln Elementary. We have a few current teachers changing grade assignments. For our full listing of specialists and support staff, please see our website at for more information.

In partnership with our dedicated Parent Teacher Association (PTA), our school is proud to support family/school connectedness, wellness, enriching learning, and fine arts programs throughout the year. Both new beginnings and rich traditions would not be possible without our talented and hardworking parents, staff, and tremendous support of our Corvallis community. Our Wilson PTA is open to any parent/guardian of a Wildcat student! The PTA meets at 6:30pm in the library on the second Tuesday of each month and childcare is provided for preschool to 5th grade children. It’s a great way to connect and learn about what is happening each month at Wilson!


Coming this year is a school-wide geography challenge! Stay tuned for more info about how our students will be learning about different places around the world and how you can support your child/children at home!


A big thanks to the Wilson families and neighbors who participated in our campus beautification day. Our school building and surrounding grounds are a source of pride and are looking awesome! We added a few photos of our hard working Wildcats on our website!


Thank you for your support as we partner together and strive to provide a high quality educational experience for all children at Wilson. Here’s to a fantastic 2017-18 school year!


Eric Beasley, Principal



Message from the Superintendent’s Office


Our district includes seven K-5 elementary schools, two 6-8 middle schools, two comprehensive 9-12 high schools, one K-8 school, and alternative education programs at the Harding Center.  With all but two schools constructed before 1971, the average age of our elementary school buildings is 59 years.


We are now beginning to gather public input on the draft long-range facility plan. Targeting the May 2018 special election for a continuation of our facilities bond, there will be opportunities for parents, staff, and the community to provide input for the draft plan before the school board finalizes a plan to put before voters.


Focus areas in the draft plan are:

  • Address critical safety needs and complete capital improvements in all schools.
  • Improve inclusivity of school buildings by eliminating all modular classrooms.
  • Address growing deferred maintenance costs.
  • Enlarge and develop project based learning areas in secondary schools.


Public outreach activities, telephone surveys, and school information meetings will take place this fall. Our school community will have an opportunity to review the school concept plan for Wilson Elementary School on October 09, 2017 at 6:30 pm.  We encourage all families to get involved in this stage of the planning process. More information about the long range plan is available on the web at



Back to School BBQ (5:00-6:00 pm) & Curriculum Night (6:30-7:30 pm)

Thursday, September 14, 2017 

5:00-6:00 Back to School BBQ-  Hot dogs, chips, watermelon and a drink will be provided free of charge to all Wilson Wildcat students and their families.  Please come and enjoy time with friends and staff

6:15 pm – Introduction by Principal Eric Beasley near the covered play shed.  Classroom teachers are presenting 2 sessions to accommodate families who have more than one student at Wilson.  You may choose which teacher session you would like to attend each session will cover the same material.

6:30 – 6:55 pm – Classroom teacher presentation, Session 1

7:05 – 7:30 pm – Classroom teacher presentation, Session 2

6:30-7:30 pm – Childcare will be provided in the Gymnasium for grades K-5. Sign-in/Sign-out will be required.

(sorry, but we are not prepared for infants or toddlers)


REMINDER:  Curriculum night is not designed to discuss specific student concerns with your child’s teacher.  If you have private student issues to discuss please schedule a parent/teacher conference.


From the PTA

A warm welcome Wilson families!  Our first gathering of the year will be on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm in the library.  Child care is provided so please come, meet new friends, ask questions, and find out how you can be involved at Wilson.


Wilson Wildcats are on Facebook!  Like and follow us at



School Meal Prices

The cost of elementary school meals are as follows: $1.50 for breakfast, $2.50 for lunches (includes milk); $0.50 for milk.  Adults are welcome to join us for lunch.  Price of an adult lunch is $3.50.


Early Dismissal on Fridays

Elementary school students K-5 will be dismissed at 1:40 on Fridays, one hour early.  Early dismissal allows teachers time to plan to meet the learning needs of students.  Regular dismissal Monday through Thursday is at 2:40.



If your child needs to take medication at school, there are important rules you will need to know.  It is a state law that all medication must be sent to school in the original container.  In addition, the school must have written permission from the parent and physician before we can administer prescription medication.  Prescription containers with a current date serve as the doctor’s written permission and only need to be accompanied by parent written permission.  Over-the-counter medication can only be administered if we have written permission from the parent.  Medication may not be self-administered by students without additional requirements.  Any medication found in the possession of a student will be confiscated and sent home at the end of the day.


The school will not administer medications that can be given at home before or after school.  Only medications that must be taken mid-day during school hours will be given.  The school office has limited locked storage space, so we cannot store medications such as those for coughs and colds on an “as needed” basis.  We are happy to accept medications and help your child take them when they have symptoms of such illnesses, but medications will be sent home when they are no longer needed.




Volunteers are an important part of the school program.  We welcome those who are able to give their time, either on a regular schedule or for specific projects and events.  Classroom volunteering will begin in early October.


The district requires all volunteers to complete a criminal history background check every other year.  Volunteers must have their background check cleared before volunteering in schools.  Confidential Criminal Background Check forms must be completed online from the school district’s website.  Go to  Click on the Parents tab, then click Volunteer Opportunities from the dropdown list.  On the left of the screen, you will see FORMS.  Under Confidential Criminal Background Check Forms, click either English or Spanish to access the form.  If you need help or don’t have access to a computer, come in to the school office and we will be happy to help you.



Elementary School Strings Program

The annual Elementary Strings Kick-Off will be held Wednesday September 27, 2017 at the Crescent Valley High School Auditorium (4444 NW Highland Dr..) from 7 to 8:30pm. Third, fourth, and fifth graders (public, private, and homeschool) and their parents are invited to register for beginning violin, viola and cello lessons at 509J schools. Meet the teachers, register for classes, and rent an instrument —all on September 27th!  Classes will be held at Wilson Elementary on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00-6:40 pm.

For further information please visit or phone our office at 541-766-4903.
Classes begin the week of October 2, 2017and will continue through May 2018.

Elementary Strings (ES), the Willamette Valley Junior Honors Symphony (JHS), and the Corvallis Youth Symphony (CYS) are programs of the Corvallis Youth Symphony Association (CYSA) which is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization.


Please call with questions or concerns; 541-766-4903 (office).

Annissa Olsen, CYSA Orchestra Manager