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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!

Kathryn Hixon,
Oct 31, 2017, 2:49 PM