WCS News 10.30.20

WOOLWICH CENTRAL SCHOOL

www.woolwich.rsu1.org

October 30, 2020

The Woolwich Way

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IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS

11/1 - Daylight Savings Ends, Fall back 1 hour

11/3 - Election Day - Professional Development Day

11/5 & 11/6 - School Picture Day 

11/11 - Veteran’s Day - No School

11/23 & 11/24 - ½ Days for Parent/Teacher Conferences

11/23 & 11/24 - No PreK

11/25 - 11/27 - Thanksgiving Break

CELEBRATIONS!

Great things are happening at WCS!

  • Mrs. Babcock’s class reached 100 “fish” on a chart of accomplishments when they work hard, receive compliments from other adults, follow the Woolwich Way, and are particularly kind or helpful! They chose to celebrate with PJ day this week! Nice job 3rd graders!

  • Kindergarten is finishing up the Go2Science mission to the Bighorn Basin in Wyoming. They watched science videos, live-streamed with scientists,  and did experiments looking for evidence to support the hypothesis that Deinonychus dinosaurs once lived there. How exciting!

  • Ms. Gibbs students have done an amazing job watering our plants in the office and in the atrium. Thank you so much!

SCHOOL PICTURES

For all students, school picture day will be Thursday, November 5th and Friday, November 6th on your respective in person day. This year we will be utilizing the electronic check-in system. This eliminates the need for any student data paperwork to be exchanged at the camera on picture day, and is another step we will take to make sure we keep all our students and staff safe! Even though paper orders forms have been sent home, we encourage you to utilize the online ordering system for your photos! Our school code to access your child’s photos is: EVTT4GPMQ. 

 

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH AT NO CHARGE EXTENSION

As you know, RSU1 has opted to participate in the funding for all breakfasts and lunches to be offered to students at no charge through December. We are happy to announce that this program has been extended through the end of the 2020/2021 school year! We encourage all families to still fill out the Free and Reduced Meal Application as this form impacts other areas of school funding. Please reach out to Tim Harkins, Director of Food Services, at 443-6601 if you have any questions. 

PE NEWS from MR. HUTCHINGS

Hello WCS Families!  In PE class we are continuing our fitness routines with plenty of cardiovascular endurance and muscular endurance!  We are focusing on core strength which is represented by our gorilla charms you are seeing on the students necklaces.  I have come up with a safe way to play a fan favorite "Capture the Flag" and that is what we will be doing after our exercises for the next couple of weeks!  Students are excited to see a game they love back, even if it is modified.  Please note that I continue to teach outside and will push it as close to winter as possible.  Please send students with winter hats and thin gloves for the chillier days!  Also, a spare pair of socks wouldn't hurt as the grass can be wet at times!  If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to ask.  Thank you all!  Sincerely, Mr. Hutchings

PTA NEWS

The WCS PTA wants to hear from you! Please take a moment to fill out our survey, and let us know how we can help you this year!  Woolwich Central School 2020 PTA Survey

HEALTHY HIGHLIGHTS

When is it all too much?  What do I mean by that?  Hearing about Covid reports, negative campaigning, changing school plans, prices increasing, job loss, the loss of being able to socialize with family and friends and oh the list goes on and on… at some point it all becomes TOO MUCH TO BEAR!  We all have a different set point for saying, “this is just too much.”  What we DO have in common, is that when someone reaches the point that they are overwhelmed, we need support.  Be conscious of those days.  Most likely we are able to see the signs of being overwhelmed in our children, spouses, or friends but it is important to remember that we all have to take care of ourselves so we can help care for others (just like the oxygen mask in an airplane).  If you find you are overwhelmed, reach out to someone, perhaps a trusted friend, a family member, or a counselor.  You can also dial 211 on the phone to talk to someone about resources to help in your situation.  Please just do something.  I am always here to listen and will help direct you toward a resource that can help.  The holidays are approaching and things are surely different this year.  Do not sit in silence.  I care!  - Roberta Sherwood, R.N., BSM, M.Ed

 

LINES FROM THE LIBRARY

Because I am not seeing all students every week, I am trying something new for Global Read Aloud. We are doing a virtual version! Every week I will post a read aloud video and some extra activities to this website. If time allows, this can be done as a Library extension activity on students' home days. Please visit the link below. Happy reading!

WCS Virtual Global Read Aloud

 

In accordance with School Board policy, the following promotional announcements have been included at the request of the sponsoring organization because they may be of interest to students and their families. These activities are not sponsored by the school, and inclusion of these announcements does not constitute endorsement of the organizations or activities by the school.

BATH AREA FOOD BANK FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION

The Bath Area Food Bank will be hosting a FREE non-perishable food distribution on November 14th. You do not have to be a Bath resident to participate.  Please see the attached flyer for more information. 

SALVATION ARMY CHRISTMAS SUPPORT

The Salvation Army is currently taking applications for support with Christmas until November 5th. You will need to call and set up an appointment and see if you qualify at (207)443-3611. You’ll need to bring a photo ID, proof of income and proof of expenses. If you qualify you’ll receive an outfit for your children as well as some toys for Christmas. Please see the attached flyer. 

WINTER HOLIDAY RESOURCES

Please see the attached list of Winter Holiday resources. And see below for more information. 

  • A number of organizations are already accepting applications.

  • All of the programs that have provided sit down meals for Thanksgiving or Christmas in the past, have moved to a take-out model in order to ensure everyone’s safety. They look forward to having everyone together again next year.

For information on other resources, CALL 211, Maine’s free and confidential information and referral service. You can also TEXT your zip code to 898-211 or go online to 211Maine.org. A trained call specialist is there to help. Available 24/7.