Wilson Wildcat Newsletter – December
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
December 4 – December 15 Holiday Dinner and Backpack Program Food Drive
Monday, December 4 Jump Rope for Heart Assembly @ 8:25 am
Friday, December 8 All School Assembly @ 8:25 am
Friday, December 8 2 Hr. EARLY RELEASE @ 12:40
Monday, December 12 Jump Rope for Heart packets are due
Tuesday, December 12 Monthly PTA Meeting @ 6:30 pm, Wilson Library
Wednesday, December 13 2nd – 5th Grade Field Trip, OSU Women’s Basketball
Wednesday, December 13 Wilson PTA Craft Fair @ 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 14 Tasting Table During Student Lunch – Cranberries
Thursday, December 14 PTA Sponsored Assembly @ 1:30 pm
(Chinese Acrobat Assembly)
Thursday, December 14 Choir/Recorder Performance @ 6:30 pm
Tuesday, December 19 Wilson GEO Challenge Check Day #4
Tuesday, December 19 Dine Out for Wilson @ Papa’s Pizza (11am – Midnight)
Thursday, December 21 All School Assembly, Winter Celebration @ 1:30 pm
Friday, December 22 Possible Weather Make up Day
(Only if we need to take a weather day prior to or on December 8th we will have school this day)
December 22, 2017-January 5, 2018 NO SCHOOL, WINTER BREAK
From the Principal
Dear Wilson Wildcat Families,
Happy December! It was a pleasure to hear our Wildcat choir sing downtown at the Toy Factory this past week. The chilly weather and families together was a reminder that the winter season is officially here! While this month goes fast, I do hope you enjoy special time with your family reading together, playing a board game, cooking together, and other simple pleasures that nurture a positive relationship with your child.
For the Wildcat Geo challenge this month, we added a special itinerary project giving students and families an opportunity to dig deeper into a country of your child’s choice. Students who participate will earn a special stamp for their travel log and be entered to win a squishy globe. We are still seeking volunteers for our monthly check days. We provide all the supplies and training along with the answer key ☺.
We are in the heart of our gratitude campaign called “Looking for the Good.” I have loved seeing students stop on the special gratitude spots in the hallway, passing out “you matter cards,” and posting notes on our gratitude wall. A big THANK YOU to our school counselor Nichole and our leadership students for organizing this awesome campaign at Wilson.
One example of “good” that I’m excited to announce is that our “Loving Wilson” direct donation campaign has been launched and we are moving towards our goal of $5,000. We are working hard to expand our physical fitness program and nutrition education. This campaign will directly support several wellness programs for our Wildcats. Please consider giving a tax-deductible gift this season to all our fantastic children at Wilson.
A HUGE thank you to Lynda Lovretta, Book Fair Chair, Pam Shortridge, and all the volunteers who worked so hard to make our book fair successful. Scholastic dollars earned from the sale of books go toward purchasing much-needed books and resources for our school library. Christy Koegler,
Wilson Elementary Library 541-757-5989
December 4-15, 2017
Canned food will be collected from December 4th through December 15th, 2017 and your donations can be dropped off in the school entry. Your generosity will directly benefit Wilson families in need. This year we will also be supporting the Backpack Program with our food drive. The backpack program supports kids in need with snacks/easy meals that they can prepare for themselves over the weekend.
For the “Holiday Dinner” you could send things like: Instant mashed potatoes, Stuffing, Green beans, canned yams, Cranberry sauce, Dessert makings, Juice, Olives, Cornbread mix, etc.
For the “Backpack Program” Think of items that kids can prepare for themselves like:
Granola Bars, Fruit cups, Top Ramen, Popcorn, Mac n Cheese singles, Ravioli, Fruit snacks, Spaghetti O’s, Individual cereal servings, Peanut butter and jelly, or Little individually wrapped snacks like cheese it’s etc.
Jump Rope for Heart:
Jump Rope for Heart is right around the corner! If you would like to participate in raising money for kids who need healthy hearts, start today! Collection packets will be sent out on November 29th or you can register online to see what prizes you can earn by raising money. The collection packets need to be returned by Monday, December 11th, and we will be having a Jump Party in PE to celebrate your hard work. Thanks!
LOST AND FOUND….
Please check Lost and Found before Mid-Winter Break for any items your child might have left here.
All Lost and Found items will be cleared out after school on Dec. 21st and will be donated to a local charity.
Immunization letters will be going home to parents whose students are not up-to-date on their immunizations. If your student is not current on his/her shots, please make an appointment ASAP with your family physician or contact the Benton County Health Department for an appointment at 541-766-6812.
School Report Cards Available
Corvallis school and district report cards include academic performance and achievement highlights for the 2016-17 school year. They are posted on the district website at: https://www.csd509j.net/about-us/district-information/facts-and-figures/district-report-cards/
2017-18 Smarter Balanced Opt-out Notice
House Bill 2655 permits parents of students in grade 3-8 and 11 to annually opt-out of Oregon’s statewide summative tests in English Language Arts and Math. To opt-out of one or both of these tests, you must complete the official 2017-18 Opt-out form and submit it to your child’s school. Any student exempted from a state test will be provided with supervised study time while other students are testing. More information including the opt-out forms are located on the Corvallis School District website. https://www.csd509j.net/departments/teaching-and-learning/assessments-and-common-core-standards/opt-out-parental-notification/ You can also contact the school principal if you have questions about participation in state tests.
Your child’s participation is important to ensure schools and districts receive the targeted resources they need to help all students succeed. Not having information on our students’ academic progress limits our ability to accurately identify where students are struggling, where they are excelling, and whether we are fulfilling our goal of narrowing achievement gaps.
Dress for the Weather
As we move into winter, remember that students go outside almost every day during recesses for much needed fresh air and exercise. Please make sure your child has a coat, hat, and gloves. This makes their time outside much more enjoyable. It is a GREAT idea to write your child’s name inside their coats and hats.
Message from the PTA Board
Hello Wilson Families,
Hard to believe that the end of the year is rapidly approaching! We hope that all our Wilson families and staff have a wonderful and safe holiday season.
As we end 2017, and enter 2018, there will be plenty of exciting events, and opportunities to volunteer. Did you know that Wilson Elementary has tremendous volunteer support and parent participation? It’s because of your volunteerism, that we can ensure greater success with all of our student events and enrichment opportunities hosted throughout the year.
For volunteer opportunities, check out SignUp.com on the school’s website for upcoming PTA activities and events.
Go to https://wilson.csd509j.net/ and click on the PTA tab> “Volunteering at Wilson”!
The next PTA meeting will be Tuesday, December 12th at 6:30pm at the Wilson Library. We’d love to hear your ideas and input. Please join us!
Considering becoming a member of the PTA? As a reminder, if you are a current member, annual memberships expire after November. To renew or get more information on joining PTA, the following link provides helpful details: http://oregonpta.org/
Aubrey, Josh, Chris & Kendra~
Shop with Scrip Gift Cards
While shopping to fill your family’s stockings this Christmas, give a little to Wilson…at the same time. Remember to purchase Scrip Gift Cards to pay for your shopping for all of your Holiday needs—from the meal to your farthest relative to your co-workers and child’s teacher, there is a Scrip gift card to cover it all. Contact Aubrey at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Scrip is also available anytime in the front office. Look for a scrip flyer next week in your student’s folder for all of your scrip options! The Wilson Staff Scrip Wish list will be posted in the front window at the end of the week.
Interested in Volunteering?
Check out SignUp.com on the school’s website to sign up for various opportunities to volunteer with PTA activities, including CardioKids, Tasting Tables, and any other upcoming events. Go to https://wilson.csd509j.net/ and click on the PTA tab> “Volunteering at Wilson”!
The Corvallis School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, citizenship, color, disability, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, parental or marital status, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation in its programs and activities, and provides equal access to designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding discrimination: Jennifer Duvall, Human Resources Director, email@example.com 541-757-5840 | 1555 SW 35th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333