WHEELOCK SCHOOL - NOVEMBER NEWS

Holiday Food Drive
It is a tradition to sponsor a holiday food drive at Wheelock. With assistance from the PTA, several baskets are arranged for families. Please see the calendar for a list of items being collected through Thursday, November 17.  All donations are gratefully accepted.  If you are in need of a food basket for the holidays, please contact Linda Galanes at 352-2244.

Fundraising
We just began the Yankee Candle Fundraiser last week.  The orders and payment are due Thursday, November 9th for delivery before the winter holidays. Orders may be placed all year long from Yankee Candle Fundraising using Group #999965436.

Poinsettias from Five Acre Farm are available to order through Monday, November, 13.  Choose from 4-6-8 or 10" pots in red, white or pink  These beautiful plants will be delivered on Wednesday, December 6, and make great gifts and holiday decorations. Please include payment when ordering.

Veteran’s Day
There will be no school on Friday. November 10th in observance of Veteran’s Day.

Thanksgiving Break
We have school on Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21. Thanksgiving Recess will be from Wednesday, November 22 through Friday, November 24. School is back in session on Monday, November 27 

Parent Teacher Conferences
There will be no school on Friday, December 1stParent-teacher conferences will take place.  Please contact your child’s teacher to make an appointment if you have not already done so.  Communicating about your student’s progress is very important to us.  Other days may be available if this date is not convenient.  Report cards/progress reports and information about your child’s progress will be distributed during the conference.

Winter Weather
As winter weather arrives, please make sure students have the appropriate clothing.  Each class has recess at least once a day and we do go outside whenever weather permits.  When snow arrives, in order to play in the snow a student will need:  a hat or ear covering, a jacket, snow pants, mittens or gloves, and snow boots.  Please note that students will go outside if they do not have the above-mentioned items, but their play will be restricted to the blacktop area.  Thank you for your help with this. If you have any questions or need some assistance getting these items, please give us a call.

PETS
Please be aware that pets are NOT ALLOWED on school property.  There has been an increasing number of parents bringing pets to school at drop off and pick up.  Safety of our students is our priority.  In order to ensure that all students, staff, and parents are safe, please do not bring your pets to school.  Thank you.

BUS
Please be aware that on any given day the buses may arrive home in the afternoons at different times due to the time of departure, number of kids riding, traffic/construction, etc.  Please remember that adults MUST be visible to the bus driver in order for students to be dropped off (grade K- 1). If parents are not present, students will be brought back to school.

PARKING AND STUDENT SAFETY
One of our challenges at Wheelock is parent parking.  At morning and afternoon drop off, parents have been parking in “No Parking” areas and in crosswalks.  This can certainly lead to a ticket from the police department, but also is causing some safety concerns as student visibility can be impacted.  In an effort to avoid an accident or injury, please park in marked spaces only on the appropriate side of the street.  Parents and children should cross in crosswalks.  Parents should not make U-turns in the middle of Adams Street.  Please help us to ensure everyone is safe and that there are no accidents! 

REMINDERS
It is extremely important that you notify us when your contact phone numbers change.  If a child is sick or absent and we cannot reach you, we will try all of the numbers you have given us in an effort to make contact.  Thank you for your help with this.