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  • Wayside November Newsletter               Mr. Copeland's Comments     We have experienced Walk‐a‐Thon, Red Ribbon Week, Halloween/Fall Harvest, Book Fair, and Parent‐Teacher Conferences. The cool air is blowing and soon it ...
    Posted Oct 31, 2017, 8:38 PM by Kathryn Hixon
  • Foundation raising funds to bring more STEM modules to Wayside How to DonateContact Blair Ellis, the Executive Director of the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation: EllisB@bps-ok.org (918) 336-8600 ext. 3523 You can also donate online. The ...
    Posted Oct 2, 2017, 3:18 PM by Granger Meador
  • Health department flu vaccine clinics begin 10/2/2017 From the City Beat newsletter:The Washington County Health Department's seasonal influenza vaccination clinics will begin Oct. 2, 2017. The department recommends flu vaccination each year for everyone 6 ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2017, 10:51 AM by Granger Meador
  • 10/4/2017 is Walk to School Day From the City Beat newsletter:Bartlesville Public School District students at most BPSD sites are encouraged to walk or bike to school on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. The annual Walk ...
    Posted Sep 22, 2017, 3:32 PM by Granger Meador
  • Bruin Mile for 4th & 5th Graders on 10/5/2017 2017 Bruin Milefor 4th and 5th Graders (and those below 4th Grade who can run a mile)Thursday, October 5, 2017The three-time defending state ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2017, 9:06 AM by Granger Meador
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Recent Newsletters

  • Nov Newsletter and Calendar PDF 2017.pdf   726k - Oct 31, 2017, 2:55 PM by Kathryn Hixon (v1)
  • Wayside September 2017 Newsletter.pdf   201k - Sep 11, 2017, 2:51 PM by Kathryn Hixon (v1)
  • November newsletter 2016 FINAL.pdf   0k - Nov 2, 2016, 9:01 PM by Kathryn Hixon (v1)
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Wayside November Newsletter

posted Oct 31, 2017, 2:49 PM by Kathryn Hixon   [ updated Oct 31, 2017, 8:38 PM ]

              Mr. Copeland's Comments 
    We have experienced Walk‐a‐Thon, Red Ribbon Week, Halloween/Fall Harvest, Book Fair, and Parent‐Teacher Conferences. The cool air is blowing and soon it will be Thanksgiving. What a wonderful life we have! May we all count our blessings!
    Again this school year, I am challenging our students to bring canned food items for the annual Salvation Army Canned Food Drive. I believe our giving spirit will indeed rise up and we will demonstrate love through our generosity. Our goal is to collect 7430 (just one more item than last year) canned items! The collection is from now through November 10th. So, let’s get busy! If we raise at least 7430 items, we will celebrate with a pajama day for each class. Pajama day will be on Friday, November 17th.
    Also, please donate any used eyeglasses for the Lions Club project at Mrs. Gurule’s office. These eyeglasses are recycled for those less fortunate. Thank you in advance for your considerate efforts to help those who can use our compassion.
    Gently used coats are also being collected for donaƟon for those in need. If you would like to donate a warm coat, gloves, scarf, or a stocking cap we will gladly take them. These too will be forwarded on for distribution at Mary Martha Outreach.
    Thanksgiving break is the week of November 20th through the 24th this year. Please mark your calendars accordingly and enjoy the break with your family and friends. 
    In closing, I want to express my appreciation to each parent for the support you give your child and our school. The Wayside teachers and staff know how blessed we are to have such incredible families. You make an incredible impact on our school. Thank you all very much! 
Ken Copeland
                                        Art Easel
    new nine weeks brings new seating assignments and new projects in the art room. All but 5th grade will be working on art for Veterans Day. The study of Seurat’s pointillism is on the table as well as Van Gogh’s still life studies. Other classes will begin the much anticipated and favorite, CLAY projects!! Scissor practice is scheduled for the younger grades as we work on mastery of tools and hand/eye coordination.
                                           Music Beats
5th Grade – Students are working hard in preparation for the Veterans Day performance. The Veterans Day performance will begin at 9:00 a.m.
on Friday, November 10th. 
4th Grade – Students are learning about note values and counting. Musical Math worksheets.
3rd Grade – Students are learning about note values and counting. Musical Math worksheets.
2nd Grade ‐ Students are working hard in preparation for the Christmas program.
1st grade – Students are learning about using different voices, echoing, and Music that tells stories.
Pre‐K & Kinder – Singing songs, Reinforcing Class Studies. (Super simple Songs, A B C Jamboree Story Bots, and The Learning Station)
All Classes will be getting ready for the Holiday Season; we will be singing songs that will be sung during the Sing‐a‐Long portion of the program.

                                      PE Preview
    PE will soon begin another skating holiday season. We will start just before Thanksgiving break and continue to Christmas break. Students are welcome to bring their own skates and skating equipment on PE day. Inline skates, as well as rip sticks, are ok. NO skateboards. 

                                Counselor's Corner
Happy November!
    Wayside’s canned food drive ends on Friday, November 10.  Please have all canned goods to your student’s classroom on Thursday, November 9th if possible.  This will allow us to count and sort cans before they are picked up on the 10th.  Last year we collected 7,429 items for families in need in Washington County and surrounding areas.  Let’s beat last year’s record! The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has provided applications for assistance for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  If you or someone you know might benefit from this service, please take an application from the main office or Ms. Gurule’s office.  Applications for Thanksgiving are due November 8 and applications for Christmas are due December 6. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.  Have a great November!!

                                      Library Nook
    Thank you to everyone who participated in the fall book fair, either by volunteering or purchasing or both.  Final numbers aren’t in yet, but our sales were great and our donations for books for students and new teachers will be so appreciated!  Specials thanks go to Tracey Johnson and Amy Tackett, Book Fair co‐chairpersons.  They did a great job helping to prepare for the book fair and arranging all the volunteers.  Several volunteers worked multiple shifts! If you missed the book fair, the online fair will be open through November 1.  You can access the online fair at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/wayside.  Orders will be delivered to the school free of charge, and we will still get profits from online orders.    Reading Counts and Sequoyah are in full swing!  A few students are almost eligible to go bowling with us in the spring because they have read and passed the quizzes on 12 Sequoyah books, and several students are geƫng close or have met the top prize for Reading Counts!  There is still plenty of time to get going on these programs if your children haven’t participated yet.  If you have any questions about these programs or anything else, please contact me at hixonka@bps‐ok.org, or stop by the library sometime!

Foundation raising funds to bring more STEM modules to Wayside

posted Oct 2, 2017, 2:52 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 3:18 PM ]

How to Donate

Contact Blair Ellis, the Executive Director of the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation:

(918) 336-8600 ext. 3523
You can also donate online.
The Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation is again spearheading the effort to raise funds to expand the use of elementary STEM modules in the district’s elementary schools. The group has set of fundraising goal of $100,000 to help provide biomedical or engineering modules across all kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms, along with an additional cart of iPads at each elementary school. The group announced the effort at the September meeting of the Bartlesville Board of Education.

Last year the Foundation sponsored a successful Challenge Grant for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) that provided over $85,000 to pilot the use of Project Lead the Way’s Launch STEM modules in all kindergarten through fifth grade classes across the district, thanks to the generous donations of community members and partners. ConocoPhillips provided an additional $35,000 for the effort. Those funds provided a mobile cart of 30 iPads and grade-specific Computer Science modules for each of the district’s six elementary schools. The district brought in Project Lead the Way trainers to conduct several days of summer training on the modules with lead teachers from each school Those teachers in turn provided training for all participating classroom teachers in August, with follow-up training next January.

Woodrow Wilson Elementary Principal Tammie Krause remarked, “Our fifth graders LOVE the new Launch program.  The teachers have said that kids are very excited about learning and love the use of technology to do so. The classes all cheer when the teachers say it’s Launch time!” The fifth graders are learning about modeling and simulating infections, while lower grades are learning about animals and algorithms, animated storytelling, grids and games, programming patterns, and computer system inputs and outputs. The district now offers a continuous Computer Science pathway from kindergarten through high school, thanks to the elementary Launch modules and middle and high school computer science courses.

The Foundation’s new fundraising effort seeks to provide a nearly continuous Biomedical pathway across the schools, adding new Launch modules on the human body, animal adaptations, variation of traits, the human brain, and infection detection. After the elementary programs, students could go on to existing courses like Medical Detectives in middle school, and then could pursue life science courses at the high school as well as Medicine and Biosciences or Pre-Nursing programs at Tri County Tech.

Superintendent Chuck McCauley expressed his gratitude for the Foundation’s efforts, saying, “We must rely on community support and fund-raising to expand our STEM offerings in our elementary schools. The Launch modules reach students at a critical age to engage their interest and support their later pursuit of STEM courses in middle school and high school. The long-term pathways we are building will prepare Bartlesville students for in-demand, high wage, high skills jobs and careers.”

Community members are urged to contact Blair Ellis, the Executive Director of the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation, for more information on how they can support the program. Her email is EllisB@bps-ok.org and her phone is (918) 336-8600 ext. 3523. Supporters can also directly donate at the Foundation’s website, bpsfoundation.org, by clicking on Donate and then the “Elementary STEM initiative” link.
Fifth grade STEM module
Fifth graders in Barbara Larkin’s class at Woodrow Wilson Elementary work with an infectious disease simulation to see how changing parameters affect the spread of an infection.

BPSF Announcement
Justin Krebbs, Blair Ellis, and Sara Freemen of the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation announced the latest STEM fundraising goal at the September member meeting of the Bartlesville Board of Education

Grant goal
The Foundation seeks to raise $100,000 from community donors and partners to fund a second wave of STEM modules and iPad carts for the district's kindergarten through fifth grade classes.

iPad cart
A cart of iPads for the STEM modules was provided to each elementary school by last year's Foundation Challenge Grant and a donation from ConocoPhillips

Health department flu vaccine clinics begin 10/2/2017

posted Sep 21, 2017, 10:51 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 21, 2017, 10:51 AM ]

The Washington County Health Department's seasonal influenza vaccination clinics will begin Oct. 2, 2017. The department recommends flu vaccination each year for everyone 6 months of age and older.

Vaccinations will be scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays — by appointment only — at the health department offices at 5121 S.E. Jacquelyn Lane in Bartlesville. Their phone number is 918-335-3005.

Flu season usually starts in September or October and runs through April or May. 

“It takes about two weeks after vaccination to become fully protected so it is important for everyone in your family to be vaccinated as soon as possible,” said Larry Bergner, administrative director for the Washington County Health Department. “Protection from the flu vaccine lasts about six months, so people vaccinated in October should be protected through April of next year.”

The county health department will provide flu vaccine using the following fee schedule:
  • All individuals with health insurance should bring their card. Their insurance company will be billed for the vaccine and an administration fee.
  • Individuals who have no health insurance, whose health insurance does not cover flu vaccine, who are eligible for SoonerCare, or children 18 years of age and younger who are Native American or Alaskan natives may receive their vaccine at no charge.
  • All others will be charged a fee of $25 to cover the cost of the flu vaccine and the cost of administering the vaccine.
SoonerCare, Medicare, all private health insurance, cash, checks, or credit cards as payment for flu vaccine will be accepted.

For more information, call 918-335-3005.
Fight the flu

Flu Vaccines for BPSD Staff

School district staff members should get their shots too! The district is partnering with Jane Phillips MedCare Pharmacy to provide flu shots to all district employees.


10/4/2017 is Walk to School Day

posted Sep 21, 2017, 10:00 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 22, 2017, 3:32 PM ]

Walk to School
Bartlesville Public School District students at most BPSD sites are encouraged to walk or bike to school on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. The annual Walk to School Day involves all six elementary schools and both Central and Madison middle schools. 

The international event is observed in more than 40 countries. It is an effort to raise awareness of the need for safe walking and biking facilities and to encourage students to take steps toward leading a healthier lifestyle.
Each student who walks or bikes to school that day will receive a prize/treat to acknowledge their participation in the program, as long as supplies last.

During a meeting Monday, the Bartlesville City Council issued a proclamation observing Walk to School Day.
"More than 2,500 local students participate in Walk to School Day every year," said City Grants Administrator Nancy Warring. "This event gives parents a chance to teach safe walking skills to their children. Plus it's good for the environment, and it reduces traffic congestion, pollution and speed near the schools."

"Parents are encouraged to walk with their children, park and walk from a remote location, or organize a walking school bus," Warring said. "For families who live too far away to walk or bike to school, parents are encouraged to drop their students off a few blocks from their school so they can participate."
Walk to School Day was first held communitywide in Bartlesville in 2009, thanks to a grant awarded by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to the City of Bartlesville to help facilitate the event.

Volunteers and other program supporters will be posted at each participating BPSD site to greet students who walk or bike to school, including some area elected officials and local police officers and firefighters.
For more information about Walk to School Day, see www.cityofbartlesville.org. To volunteer for the local event, contact Kerry Ickleberry, BPS Safe Schools coordinator:

Kerry IckleberryMs. Kerry Ickleberry
Safe and Healthy Schools Coordinator
Bartlesville High School
918-336-3311 ext. 1196

Walk to School Day Proclamation
Bartlesville Mayor Dale Copeland presents the Walk to School Day proclamation to city grants administrator Nancy Warring, district safety coordinator Kerry Ickleberry, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School counselor Karen Salge, and Wayside Elementary School principal Ken Copeland.

Bruin Mile for 4th & 5th Graders on 10/5/2017

posted Sep 21, 2017, 9:06 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 21, 2017, 9:06 AM ]

2017 Bruin Mile

for 4th and 5th Graders 

(and those below 4th Grade who can run a mile)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The three-time defending state champion Bruin Cross Country team will be hosting the run.  It will be held behind the Madison Middle School at 5900 Baylor Drive starting at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 5, 2017.

The event is open to 4th and 5th graders who have demonstrated that they are capable of running a mile. Runners younger than 4th grade can also participate but must be able to run a mile.

Participants are asked to wear running shoes and a T-shirt; having the name of their school on the shirt is suggested.

Teachers are asked to safety-pin a label on each shirt giving the name, grade, and school written in ink. A standard 1x4 inch mailing label works fine. Labels will be available at the meet for late entrants only.


 3rd and under Girls 4:15 PM 
3rd and under Boys  4:30 PM 
4th/5th Girls  4:45 PM 
 4th/5th Boys 5:00 PM

2017 Cross Country T-shirts and concessions will be available for purchase.  Proceeds will support the Bartlesville Cross Country team.


Coach David Ayres


918.327.3028 (Cell); 918.336.3311 x1194 (School)

Bruin Mile

Wayside September Newsletter

posted Sep 11, 2017, 3:06 PM by Kathryn Hixon   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 3:09 PM ]

Mr. Copeland's Comments

Dear Wayside Families

Thank you to everyone for a wonderful start to a new school year. I am very excited about the upcoming year.

To save paper consumption and expenses, we will begin sending our monthly newsletter to you via e-mail. This will begin happening with the October edition. Our monthly newsletter will come to you from your child’s classroom teacher. So, please make sure you’ve provided your child’s teacher with your e-mail address! 

As you may know, our school day begins at 8:45. Students are to be in their seats ready to begin their day at this time. For security reasons our doors are locked by 8:50 each morning. Please know that your children may not make it to class on time and will be counted tardy if they arrive on campus after 8:40 a.m. When circumstances cause you to arrive late to school, please escort your child to the front office for check-in.

Student drop-off for car riders is at the front entrance and begins at 8:20 a.m. Most drivers are very patient and keep our traffic flow to one lane through the driveway loop in the morning. Please do not use the bus loop on the south side of the building for the purpose of dropping off or picking up individual students. Avoid use of the bus loop until after 4:00 p.m. for Before/After Care.

Student attendance is very important, so we will be monitoring attendance closely and encouraging students to be here when they are well. A child must have been fever free for 24 hours without the aid of medication to return to school after an illness. Also, please help us whenever possible by scheduling appointments, vacations, etc. outside the school day.  This will assist our children with their pursuit of a stronger educational journey.

Wayside remains a nut- free school due to some students’ severe allergic conditions. This includes all nut products, not just peanuts. Thank you for your understanding of this important medical issue and for helping to keep ALL our children safe. Nurse Foreman has found Wowbutter as a peanut butter substitute for those children who love peanut butter sandwiches. This product is completely free of any nut products and therefore can be safely sent to Wayside.

Lastly, thank you for all your support. Without such caring and involved parents and citizens, Wayside would not be able to obtain the success levels we achieve. Our children have better educational experiences because of our parents’ and citizens’ involvement.


Ken Copeland

Art Easel

We are getting back into the groove here in the art room! PK-1st grades are getting refreshed on their basics of color, shape and line. 2nd grade is learning about the famous Blue Dog portraits of George Rodrique and its background in Cajun boogeyman    folklore. 3rd grade is practicing the colorful ROYGBIV method using a self-portrait. 4th grade is studying the history of dog portraits, and 5th is beginning a paper sculpture that will need some cereal boxes from home. I have asked that they ask permission to bring the cereal boxes to school so hopefully you will not find stray bags of cereal loose in your pantries, I apologize now for wandering open cereal bags. Let’s get busy!!!!!

PE Preview

This month we will be focused on Cross Fit, Volleyball, Project Fit America activities and     Wayside Ninja Warriors challenge. The Bruin Mile will be early October.


Music Beats
Welcome back to School!

Pre-K & Kinder are singing songs, Reinforcing Class Studies. These include: Super simple Songs, A B C Jamboree Story Bots and The Learning Station.

1st Grade is working and singing from our music book. We are learning about loud and soft, steady beat, and high and low sounds (Pitch).

2nd Grade is also working and singing from our music book. We are learning about steady beat/ unsteady beat, and rhythm with quarter notes and eighth Notes (one or two sounds per beat). We will also be learning about pitches (Mi-So-La) and melodic lines and shapes. Students will be identifying notes and staff.

3rd Grade is working and singing from our music book.  We are learning about various music styles and music from other cultures. We will also be learning about steady beats and rhythm. We are Identifying pitch and melodic direction.

4th Grade is working and singing from our music book.  We are learning about music from all around the world. We are also learning  about  multi-cultural music.

5th Grade is working on music for our school Veterans’ Day Program.  Students should be bringing lyric sheets home to memorize lyrics for the program.

 Counselor's Corner

Welcome back to school Wayside Warriors! 

Wayside students will get to experience a new guidance curriculum this year thanks in part to the WPSA!  We will be learning about feelings and communication through the help of              Kimochis.  If you are interested in learning more about this curriculum you can go to www.kimochis.com

A few upcoming events to put on your calendar:

Walk to School Day:  October 4

Red Ribbon Week:  October 23-27

Canned Food Drive:  October 16-November 10

I am so excited for another great year at Wayside Elementary!

 Library Nook

Welcome back!  The library is open, and students in first through fifth grade have begun checking out books!  Library orientation has been conducted for all classes where we discussed how to use the library and properly care for and return books.  Classes will be coming to the library weekly on a set schedule to check out books.  Every other week, classes will have a library lesson in the library in addition to checking out books.  Check with your child’s teacher to find out your library day.  A quick review of our library policies are:

 1. Books may be checked out for two weeks at a time and can be renewed if a student is making progress in reading the book.

2. First grade students may check out one book at a time.  Second through fifth grade students may check out two books at a time.  An additional book may be checked out if the classroom teacher requires the book for a special project.

3. Books must be returned and in good condition in order to check out another book.

4. Payment will be required for the replacement cost of lost books or books that are damaged beyond repair.  There are no late fees.

Reading Counts has begun for students in second through fifth grade to read books, take quizzes, and earn points for prizes throughout the year.  First graders will begin Reading Counts later in the year.  We will also be participating in the Oklahoma Sequoyah Children’s Book Award this year by encouraging students in third through fifth grades to read the Sequoyah book nominees and vote for their favorite.  Sequoyah books will be introduced in late September.  Quizzes can be taken now if students have already read some of the Sequoyah nominees.

Internet Safety and Etiquette lessons will begin next week.  We will be discussing appropriate online behavior, internet safety, internet privacy, and cyberbullying.  Check out our website soon for parent tips concerning internet safety. 

We have two Scholastic Book Fairs planned for this school year.  The dates are October 18-27 and April 27 – May 4.  Thank you for supporting our school by shopping at the book fair.  We will need lots of volunteers, both during the day and in the evening, so if you are interested in helping out, please let me know.

The library is open most days before school from 8:30 – 8:40 and after school until 3:55. If you have any questions or concerns about the library, please let me know.  My email address is hixonka@bps-ok.org, or I can be reached at 918-333-8000 x2730.  Feel  free to stop in sometime and look around.  Parents may check out books if desired.


Wayside Hosts Curriculum Night

posted Aug 23, 2017, 7:26 PM by Kathryn Hixon   [ updated Aug 23, 2017, 7:26 PM ]

Wayside will hold Curriculum Night for First through Fifth grades on Thursday, August 31st. Two repeat sessions will be provided. The first session will begin at 5:45 p.m. and run until 6:30 p.m. The second session, a repeat of the first session, will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run until 7:15 p.m. Parents may select which session fits their schedule or attend two different classroom meetings.


Pre-K and Kindergarten have already held their respective Curriculum Nights.

School Supplies for 2017-2018

posted Jul 5, 2017, 10:53 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jul 5, 2017, 10:54 AM ]

CLICK HERE for the school supply list for Wayside students for the 2017-2018 school year.

School supplies

Washington County School Supply Drive

Pack the Backpacks
If your family cannot afford school supplies, you can sign up for free supplies by
 filling out a form for the Washington County School Supply Drive and its Pack the Backpacks program, which will distribute supplies on August 7, 2017. Completed forms should be turned in at CONCERN, Mary Martha Outreach, or Agape by the end of the day on July 29. Visit www.packthepackpacks.org.

If you would like to volunteer your time, donate supplies, or otherwise assist with the annual Pack the Backpacks program, please visit their website at www.packthebackpacks.org.

Online education services for students this summer

posted Jun 4, 2017, 10:08 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jun 4, 2017, 10:08 AM ]

Various online education services will remain available for district elementary school students to utilize during the summer break:
  • Reading Eggs & Math Seeds for PreK-2
  • Math Facts in a Flash for 2-5*
  • Study Island for 3-5*
  • Type to Learn for K-5
*Access not guaranteed after June


Summer Reading Lists and Logs

posted May 30, 2017, 11:26 AM by Kathryn Hixon   [ updated May 30, 2017, 11:27 AM ]

Have you heard of the "summer slide?"  It’s that unwelcome occurrence where a child leaves for summer on one level and comes back after summer break at a level or two lower than they left. The area that the “summer slide” most affects is reading.

Here are a few resources to help your child continue reading over the summer and possibly avoid the "summer slide!"  Click on the desired item below to open:

Summer Reading Log - Return this completed to Mrs. Hixon at Back-to-School night in August for a prize!

Summer Reading List - First-Graders-to-be

Summer Reading List - Second-Graders-to-be

Summer Reading List - Third-Graders-to-be

Summer Reading List - Fourth-Graders-to-be

Summer Reading List - Fifth-Graders-to-be

Summer Reading List - Sixth-Graders-to-be

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