WCS News 11.5.20

WOOLWICH CENTRAL SCHOOL

www.woolwich.rsu1.org

November 5, 2020

The Woolwich Way

Respect . Responsibility . Honesty . Compassion . Courtesy . Quality

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS

11/11 - Veteran’s Day Celebrated - 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!

  • It was so wonderful to see all of our students “dress their best” and wear fantastic smiles for picture day!

  • Thank you WCS PTA for the fun posters, chalk and streamers you hung for Character Day at school! What a fun way to enter school. 

 

VETERAN’S DAY

There will be no school on Wednesday 11/11 for all staff and for any students who have been attending on Wednesdays as we pause to thank and recognize our Veterans, whose service and sacrifice keep us free.

PTA NEWS

We aren't able to have a large fundraiser this year, but that doesn't mean that you can't still help the PTA raise money! We have several fundraising options that involve things that you probably already do! You can scan your grocery receipts through the Box Tops app, shop through Amazon Smile with Woolwich Central School PTA as your charity of choice, or choose some great photo gifts through our Shutterfly storefront- http://wcspta.shutterflystorefront.com/. The PTA receives a percentage of each purchase as a donation, and every little bit helps! 

LINES FROM THE LIBRARY

Exciting news! The library has purchased a subscription to Sora! Sora, a student reading app, was named one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019 and is a leading digital reading platform for K-12 schools. With Sora our students have access to a catalog of ebooks and audiobooks that they can enjoy on their chromebooks or personal devices with the Sora app. I purchased Sora in addition to Tumblebooks (which our younger students use and love) so that our middle school students have access to a robust collection of ebooks and audiobooks. Important information for middle school parents: Sora has a great collection of children’s books for the whole school to enjoy, but it also has many beloved titles in the young adult collection. I have set the reading access for all 6th-8th graders to include these young adult books. This way they can read digital copies of books I know they enjoy such as The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, The Hobbit, etc. It also means they have access to more mature young adult books. Unfortunately, there is no way for me to filter the collection by individual title - it’s all or nothing. So like all online activities, I encourage you to ask your child what they are using/reading and be involved in what they are accessing. Please contact me if you have any questions. Happy reading!

WOOLWICH WAY WOW TICKETS!

Woolwich Way Wow Tickets are BACK! Now that teachers have taught expectations and students have had ample opportunity to practice them, staff will be recognizing students who demonstrate the “Woolwich Way”.  This is one part of our Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) system at WCS. Students who show one or more of our school core values of respect, responsibility, honesty, compassion, courtesy, and quality may be chosen to receive a “Woolwich Way Wow” ticket.  A teacher will fill out the ticket and will include the exemplary behavior that the student has shown to “walk the Woolwich way”.  If your student comes home with a Woolwich Way Wow, please know that it is a special recognition that he/she should be very proud of!  We will also be counting all the Woolwich Way Wow tickets throughout the year to work towards whole-school celebrations.  More info on that will be coming soon!  Please contact Mrs. Dimbleby if you have any questions.  

GRADES K - 8 PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE SCHEDULE AND SIGN UP

ALL students, grades K-8 will have ½ days with dismissal at 11:50AM on both Monday and Tuesday 11/23 and 11/24. WCS conferences will only be held on Monday 11/23 from 12:00PM - 6:00PM. 

Once again, we will be scheduling Parent Teacher Conferences online with PTCFast.com. On this site you will be able to schedule a conference for all of your children. If you do not have internet access, you can call the office (443-9739) and we will schedule the conference(s) for you, or answer any questions. ALL CONFERENCES WILL BE VIRTUAL. Once you sign up for a conference time, your child’s teacher will contact you to set up the virtual meeting. 

Click on www.woolwich.rsu1.org, then on the “Parent Teacher Conference Schedule and Sign Up” link to schedule your children.

  • You will be directed to a screen with all the teachers listed. Click on your child(ren)’s teacher(s).

  • Middle school parents (Grade 6, 7 & 8) should meet with their student’s individual subject teachers. You will have 10 minute conferences and may choose with teachers you would like to speak with.

  • If you have more than 1 child, select “...more than one student” on the next screen.

  • Fill in your child’s first and last name on the next screen and click “done” when finished.

  • Enter your contact information and click “submit.”

  • You will receive an email within the next few minutes, with a link that will take you to the sign up screen, where you can choose what conference time is best for you.

  • We encourage you to leave time between conferences, so that the schedule will not get bogged down. (3:15 - 3:30 and then 3:45 - 4:00, e.g.)

  • Since there are limited time slots available, we are limiting conferences to one per child. Conferences are 15 minutes for K-5 and 10 minutes for 6th, 7th & 8th. Please adhere to the time limit. Feel free to email your child’s teacher throughout the school year to stay up to date. You can find email addresses of staff on the school website. Parents of students in grades 6, 7 & 8 can check their student’s grades and attendance all year, through the Infinite Campus Portal. Please contact the office if you did not receive sign in information.

Click on the link below to see a FABULOUS slideshow of our Wildcats celebrating Character Day! 

Wildcats on Character Day!

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. 

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.