WHEELOCK SCHOOL APRIL NEWS

Kindergarten Registration Last Call for Kindergarteners!   If you or anyone you know has a child ready for Kindergarten in 2018-2019, please tell them to come in and register.   

Lost and Found Please check lost and found for items.   We have many sweatshirts, coats and MORE!

Spring Clothing Expectations Please remember that it can still be chilly in the morning and at morning recess, so please dress accordingly for the weather. We have two general expectations about warm weather attire.  The first is safety. We go outside for recess daily, if not twice a day.  Footwear needs to be secure on your feet- no flip flops, no high heeled sandals.  Sneakers are always a good choice.

The second expectation about clothing is that it needs to cover undergarments and body parts.  Dressing appropriately minimizes distraction to other students and reinforces our social skills curriculum regarding keeping private parts private.  Spaghetti straps, tank tops, bathing suits, belly shirts, shirts that are too short and show midriff are examples of clothing that are considered to be inappropriate for school and should not be worn.
Shorts may be worn after April vacation if the temperature is appropriate.   
Here is a quick way to tell if your child’s shorts are long enough (appropriate) for school. Have your child stand up straight. Then have the student drop his/her hands to their side. If the shorts reach the student’s fingertips - the shorts are long enough for school.   If not please keep them for wearing at home.

As always, students who come to school with inappropriate clothing will be asked to go to the office to change their clothing.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call Mrs. Yoerger.

Reading with Ribby Ribby, the Swamp Bats mascot, came to visit us on March 21st to kick off Ribby’s reading program.  Students are challenged to read (or be read to) for 20 minutes a night, 18 times by April 13th. Students have a bookmark and for every night they read, they should fill in the circle and have a parent initial it.  When Swampbat players return, they will bring t-shirts and family game passes for all students who have read 18 times, have a signed and dated bookmark, and turned it in.



 EMERGENCY INFORMATION

Oftentimes parents find that they need to change their phone numbers.  Please remember to include the school in notifying us of your change of phone number.  When your child is absent, we will call your number as well as any other numbers we have on your emergency contact list, to verify that your child is safe and ok.   A few weeks ago we also sent home a mid-year enrollment verification form for you to verify your contact information.  Thank you for your help with this. If you need another copy, please contact the school office.

 


REMINDERS:

SCHOOL DELAYS AND CLOSINGS
Please be aware that the Keene School District is part of SAU 29 which includes the towns of Harrisville, Marlborough, Nelson, Westmoreland, Chesterfield, and Marlow.  When a school delay or cancellation is determined, it is based on the weather of the entire SAU.  These decisions are based on road conditions and all decisions are made in the best interest of the safety of our students.  For school delays and cancellations please check your voicemail/email/text from the Keene School District and/or listen to the radio at 103.7 WKNE or on television on Channel 9 WMUR. For more information see the Family Letter from Superintendent Malay.

ATTENDANCE
Just a reminder- school begins at 8:20 am.  When students arrive late, they may miss morning meeting, instruction, and the overview of the day.  Please do your best to support students arriving at school on time.

In November, we have partnered with the Cheshire County’s Sherriff’s office in hiring a truant officer.  State law defines truant as “5 days of unexcused absences.”  We will be closely monitoring student attendance and making referrals to the truant officer as warranted.  Students need to be in school every day unless they are too ill to do so.  When students miss large amounts of instruction, it is hard for them to catch up.  Please do your best to ensure your child is present in school every day.

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!