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Transportation Changes that Impact Routes 1, 6, 12

posted by Laura Prymak

Hi Winterpock Families! We are so sorry to send this email to everyone, but want to ensure that the correct families get the information. Please disregard if it does not pertain to your child's bus route.

Some of your students may be coming home with notes from transportation today. In an effort to relieve some of the overcrowding on the buses, some stops have been moved to other buses. Please take note if this affects your child.

Effective TODAY, Thursday, September 21, 2017:

Two stops from Bus Route 1 moved to Bus Route 2. (Harpers Mill Parkway at Herton Cross Road & Harpers Mill Parkway at Glen Royal Drive/Highmaker Court) The pick-up time is approximately 8:05 a.m.

Effective TOMORROW, Friday, September 22, 2017:

One stop from Bus Route 12 will move to Bus Route 6. (Woolridge Road at Weeping Cherry Lane) The pick-up time is approximately 8:00 a.m.

Two stops from Bus Route 6 will move to Bus Route 13. (Hampton Park Boulevard at Hampton Park Circle & Hampton Summit Drive at Hampton Summit Lane) The pick-up time is approximately 8:05 a.m.

Please contact our school office at (804) 763-5051 if you have any questions. Thank you so much!

Have a great evening!

Fondly, Karen Dubiel, Principal

Correction to Field Day Dates!

posted Sep 18, 2017, 6:11 AM by Laura Prymak

Hi Winterpock Families! The dates for Field Day changed prior to my Weekly Update email...and now they have changed back! Here are the correct dates:
October 17th K-1 (9:15-11:00 AM)
October 18th 4-5 (9:15-11:15 AM)
October 18th 2-3 (12:15-2:15 PM)

More information will be coming soon! I just didn't want you to plan on the wrong dates! Have a good evening! Karen D.

Winterpock Weekly Update - 9/17/17

posted Sep 18, 2017, 2:30 AM by Laura Prymak

Hi Winterpock Families! We had a wonderful week two of school! If you follow me on Twitter (@WPESPrincipal), you can see that I had a blast visiting all 2nd & 3rd grade classrooms for family meetings, helping students at lunch, and taking a “wiggle break” with Mrs. Houchens’ kindergartners! You can also view the Grades 2 & 3 Back to School Night video on Twitter! Our teachers are such good sports!

Here is the weekly update:

*Information about Arrival & Dismissal: Wow! We made a lot of progress this past week with the parent car loop! Thanks for helping us to keep things moving! Several parents have voiced concerns about overcrowding on buses. The CCPS Transportation Department has been on site to monitor student numbers and hopefully will have a solution before the end of this week. Please feel free to call Transportation for Area 3 at (804) 739-6260 with any questions or concerns.

Here are a few things that you can do to help us continue to have an efficient and safe arrival and dismissal:
  • In the morning, please continue to pull all the way around the car loop. We will unload approximately ten cars at one time, and then wave you around. Thank you again for pulling all the way around and helping us keep the line moving. If you do not pull all the way around, buses cannot access the bus loop! If you are parking in the lot and walking your children to the front door, please walk around the sidewalk instead of cutting across the crosswalk. This will also help us to safely keep the car loop moving.
  • If there is a change in your child’s afternoon transportation, please send a written note to his/her teacher. Notes will be sent to the office in our daily classroom folders. If an emergency arises during the day and you need to make a change to afternoon transportation, please call the office at (804) 763-5051. Thank you for helping us to get every student to the correct place!

*Winterpock Reading Challenge: During Week One, we read 61,633 minutes as a school! (I think we need to start buying duct tape!) If your child did not join the Wolfpack Reading Challenge last week, it is not too late! Students that reach 1,000 minutes in 100 days will receive a “Reading Spirit Stick” from the PTA. Top readers in each classroom will actually get to duct tape Mrs. Dubiel to the wall if we reach one million minutes in 100 days! Recording Sheets are due each Monday. Please write the total number of minutes read in the “total minutes” column and initial. Teachers will log total minutes into our school spreadsheet on Mondays. Way to go Wolfpack!

*Café Sign-up: Thanks to those of you who already signed up! Beginning tomorrow, September 18th, we would love to have parent volunteers assist during lunchtime. Please go here to sign up. (Click on “sign up” to access the “SignUpGenius” link.) We still have slots available for Monday-Thursday of this week. (I had a great time assisting during lunch duty last week! Your children are so delightful!) If you would like to assist during lunchtime, please fill out a volunteer form and return it to the office.

*Classroom Snack: We will begin having classroom snack tomorrow, September 18th. Please send in a snack that is “peanut & tree nut free" and is not "manufactured in a facility with peanuts & tree nuts." Classroom snack will occur at a designated time in each classroom. As an added precaution, we would also like to have all students wipe their hands and eating surface with a "Wet Ones" wipe at the completion of snack. Please consider donating "Wet Ones" wipes to your child's classroom.

*Our Kindergartners will be celebrating “Color Week” this week in their classrooms! Let’s show them support by wearing red (Monday), orange (Tuesday), yellow (Wednesday), green (Thursday), and blue (Friday). They will love it!

*“Join Scouting Night” for Cub Scouts: This event will be on Wednesday, September 20th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Leaders from the Cub Scouts will visit classrooms on Tuesday, September 19th and information will be sent home.

*#PlayDayRVA: In June, all nine of the Richmond region’s localities were awarded a Playful Cities designation making us the first “playful region” in the country! On Thursday, September 21st, we will join in with the first ever “Play Day RVA” by posting pictures to Twitter with the hashtag #PlayDayRVA.

*Military Status and Impact Aid Survey: CCPS has requested that all parents/guardians complete this survey regardless of whether they are in the military. The deadline has been extended to September 22nd. Please complete this quick survey, if you haven’t already. (Click on “survey” to access the link.) Thanks for your help!

*JRHS Field Hockey Academy-Hurricane Fundraiser: This event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21st for girls in grades 3-8. Please see the attached flyer for information on how to register. james river field hockey academy-HURRICANE RELIEF.pdf

*MSiC Enrichment Programs: See the attached flyers for information on “Little Innovators” (Grades K-3) and “Discoverers” (Grades 4-5). These are additional opportunities for your children to explore STEM! Little Innovators Brochure Fall 2017.pdf DiscoverersBrochureFall 2017.pdf

*On the horizon:
  • Every Friday is a school spirit day! We are going to make it an “extra-special” school spirit day on Friday, September 29th with Wacky Tack Day. Start planning your “wacky tacky” attire now!
  • Winterpock Field Days are Wednesday, Oct. 18th (Grades K-1) and Thursday, Oct. 19th (Grades 4-5/morning and Grades 2-3/afternoon). Look for information from Mr. Baytop soon!

*On behalf of the PTA…
  • Please visit the PTA website at http://www.winterpockpta.org/ to access the official Winterpock PTA Facebook page. 
  • If you haven’t already, please support our Winterpock Wolfpack by joining our PTA!
  • The next PTA Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
  • Please support our School Supply Drive for Chalkley Elementary! You can drop off donations from September 11th-22nd in the outreach barrels in the front lobby. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
  • Reflections: Attached is the participation form for Reflections. The theme is “Within Reach.” Participation forms are due in the main office on Friday, September 22nd. (Actual entries are due on October 20th.) “Within Reach” Participation Form (1).pdf

Thank you again for all that you do to support us! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Fondly,

Karen Dubiel, Principal

Please Donate "Wet Ones" Wipes to Classrooms

posted Sep 16, 2017, 4:49 AM by Laura Prymak

Hi Winterpock Families! Happy Friday! As you know, we will begin having classroom snack on Monday, September 18th. Please send in a snack that is "peanut & tree nut free" and is not "manufactured in a facility with peanuts & tree nuts."

Classroom snack will occur at a designated time in each classroom. As an added precaution, we would also like to have all students wipe their hands and eating surface with a "Wet Ones" wipe at the completion of snack.

We need your help! Please consider donating "Wet Ones" wipes to your child's classroom. Thank you for your continued support!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Fondly,

Karen Dubiel, Principal

Classroom Snack at Winterpock

posted Sep 13, 2017, 4:00 PM by Laura Prymak

Hi Winterpock Families! I hope you are having a great Wednesday! Thank you so much for all of your positive feedback regarding the “Winterpock Weekly Updates” that I am sending you on Sundays! I’m glad that you feel informed!

I wanted to send you a separate email today to communicate with you about classroom snack. This year, many parents have requested that their child be allowed to bring a snack to school. Several students are also voicing to teachers that they are hungry in the morning or afternoon depending on their lunch times. We take this matter very seriously and are being extremely diligent in our decision-making.

What does this mean for Winterpock? How can we try to meet the needs of all of our students?

The CCPS Parent Handbook (p. 16) states the following:

Chesterfield County Public Schools encourage healthy snacks and limit celebrations that involve food during the school day. Many students have food sensitivities that can lead to life-threatening reactions. At home, parents can manage the foods their children are exposed to. Managing exposure at school is more of a challenge, so schools take reasonable steps to meet that challenge by asking all parents to follow four simple guidelines:
  • If you bring food to your child at school, do not bring food for anyone else’s child and do not share your food with any other child.
  • If you wish to send treats for other students, for a birthday or any other celebration, send non-food treats such as pencils, bookmarks, etc. 
  • Unless specifically asked to do so, do not send any food to school for consumption by other students.
  • Talk to your children about the problems associated with sharing food at school and discourage them from doing so. 

To help make the best decision for our school community, I have reached out to our teachers, school nurse, some parents, other elementary school principals, my director, and the communications team.

Beginning on Monday, September 18, 2017, students WILL be permitted to bring a snack to school to eat in the classroom. This snack MUST be “peanut & tree nut free” and should NOT be “manufactured in a facility with peanuts & tree nuts.” Teachers will monitor snack during a designated time in each of their classrooms.

Parents, you can help us by checking labels at home and sending in snacks that are ONLY “peanut & tree nut free.” Thank you for also talking to your children about NOT sharing food at school.

Again, “peanut & tree nut free” only applies to snacks in the classroom. We will continue to follow our current practices in the cafeteria during lunch time.

For parents of students with life-threatening food allergies, we want to help you feel comfortable with this change. If you feel that additional protocols need to be in place in the classroom or want to discuss the implementation of a classroom snack further, please contact our school nurse, Stacey Link, at (804) 763-5061 or stacey_link@ccpsnet.net.

Thank you very much for your support as we strive to find the right compromise to meet all of our students’ needs! Have a great day!

Fondly,

Karen Dubiel, Principal

On Behalf of CCPS: Military Service/Impact Aid Survey

posted Sep 13, 2017, 2:16 AM by Laura Prymak

Team Chesterfield,

To continue to support classroom teachers and students in their joint pursuit of academic excellence, Chesterfield County Public Schools continues to pursue a variety of potential funding sources support our work. You can help us by filling out this survey, which is part of an annual process to receive federal Impact Aid.

Impact Aid is a national funding program designed to help local school divisions deal with federal regulations: for example, localities that lose property tax revenue from tax-exempt federal property. Impact Aid is part of CCPS’s general operating budget and supports instruction for all students. 

All parents are asked to complete this survey. Even if you are not in the military or not employed on federal property, please check the applicable boxes and return the survey by Sept. 15. All information will be confidential.

Please note that not all federal employees work on property that is owned by the federal government (for example, post offices are not federal property). A short list of nearby federal facilities is shown on the survey. If you work at a federal site not listed or if you are not sure whether your place of employment is on federal property, please give the name and full address of your employer.

Thank you for your continuing support of Chesterfield County Public Schools.

Winterpock Weekly Update - 9/10/17

posted Sep 10, 2017, 5:36 PM by Laura Prymak   [ updated Sep 10, 2017, 5:36 PM ]

Hi Winterpock Families! 
We had an AMAZING first week of school! If you follow me on Twitter, @WPESPrincipal, you can see that I had fun reading to Mrs. Jonkers’ Kindergartners, dancing with Ms. Todd’s first graders during a brain break, participating in a “Get to Know You” activity with Mrs. Starling’s third graders, and engaging with Mrs.Iwanski’s fourth graders during problem solving in math. Mrs. Bare, Mrs. Malcolm, and I briefly visited every classroom throughout the first week and look forward to leading 30-minute “Family Meetings” in each classroom over the next three weeks. We are excited about week two with your children!

Here is the weekly update:

*Information about Arrival & Dismissal: Thanks to all of you for your patience as we figured out how to meet the needs of all students during this past week! We dismissed at 3:27 p.m. on the first day of school…and 3:04 p.m. on the fourth day of school…a huge improvement! Here are a few things that you can do to help us continue to have an efficient and safe arrival and dismissal:
  • In the morning, please pull all the way around the car loop. (You will most likely see me standing and waving at a sign!) We will unload approximately ten cars at one time, and then wave you around. Thank you again for pulling all the way around and helping us keep the line moving. If you do not pull all the way around, buses cannot access the bus loop! If you are parking in the lot and walking your children to the front door, please walk around the sidewalk instead of cutting across the crosswalk. This will also help us to safely keep the car loop moving.
  • If there is a change in your child’s afternoon transportation, please send a written note to his/her teacher. Notes will be sent to the office in our daily classroom folders. If an emergency arises during the day and you need to make a change to afternoon transportation, please call the office at (804) 763-5051. I worry that a teacher may not receive an email prior to dismissal and want to ensure that all children arrive home safely!

*Winterpock Reading Challenge: Join the Wolfpack Reading Challenge! We challenge each student to read for 10 minutes per day during the first 100 days of school! Students that reach 1,000 minutes in 100 days will receive a “Reading Spirit Stick” from the PTA. Top readers in each classroom will actually get to duct tape Mrs. Dubiel to the wall if we reach one million minutes in 100 days! (Of course, we will video tape this for all of you to view!) How many minutes do you think we can read in 100 days? You should have received the “recording sheet” in your child’s folder on the first day of school. UPDATE: Recording Sheets are due each Monday…not Friday. Please write the total number of minutes read in the “total minutes” column and initial. Teachers will log total minutes into our school spreadsheet on Mondays. I’ll update you next Sunday on the total number of minutes read during week one!

*A Summer Reading Reminder from Mrs. Witham & Mrs. Trimble: Deadline EXTENDED: Summer Reading Sheets are now due Friday, September 15th! You can access the forms by clicking on this link: Summer Reading Information Announcement.

*Back to School Night for 2nd Grade & 3rd Grade: We look forward to seeing our second and third grade parents on Thursday, September 14th. When you arrive, please go directly to your child’s classroom. We will not even attempt to fit the parents of almost 350 students into the cafeteria! At 6:15 p.m., we will show a fun video to introduce our staff. Session One will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. and Session Two will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. Back to School Night will end at 7:30 p.m. We know that parking will be a challenge. If you miss the video, do not worry! We will be posting it to our website after all Back to School Nights are complete. (Back to School Night for Grades 4 & 5 will be on September 27th and Grades K & 1 on September 28th.)

*Café Sign-up: We are excited to see that we already have parents signed up! Beginning our third week of school, we would love to have parent volunteers assist during lunchtime. Please go here to sign up. (Click on “sign up” to access the “SignUpGenius” link.) If you would like to assist during lunchtime, please pick up a volunteer form from the office.

*Military Status and Impact Aid Survey: CCPS sent out an email on August 22nd followed by a reminder on August 31st requesting for parents to submit a quick survey. (Click on “survey” to access the link.) Thanks for your help!

*A future event: “Join Scouting Night” for Cub Scouts will be on Wednesday, September 20th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Leaders from the Cub Scouts will visit classrooms on Tuesday, September 19th and information will be sent home.

*On behalf of the PTA…
  • Please visit the PTA website at http://www.winterpockpta.org/ to access the official Winterpock PTA Facebook page. 
  • If you haven’t already, please support our Winterpock Wolfpack by joining our PTA!
  • The next PTA Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
  • Please support our School Supply Drive for Chalkley Elementary! You can drop off donations from September 11th-22nd in the outreach barrels in the front lobby. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
  • Reflections: Attached is the participation form for Reflections. The theme is “Within Reach.” Participation forms are due in the main office on Friday, September 22nd. (Actual entries are due on October 20th.) “Within Reach” Participation Form.pdf
Thank you again for all that you do to support us! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Fondly,

Karen Dubiel, Principal

Reading Challenge Update - Oops! Due on Mondays!

posted Sep 8, 2017, 2:19 AM by Laura Prymak

Hi Winterpock Families! Sorry for the late email! Reading Challenge Sheets are due on Mondays...not Fridays! This will allow you to total the number of minutes for Monday-Friday each week. Teachers will record total minutes into the official spreadsheet on Mondays. (Weekends are not included as we are following the 100 days of school instead of 100 calendar days.) Look for updates in my Sunday emails regarding the number of minutes that we are reading as a school! Also, the top students in each classroom will get to participate in duct taping me to the wall!

I must say that I enjoy it thoroughly when a student tells me how many minutes they have read and that they can't wait to duct tape me! So much fun!

Have a great evening!

Fondly,

Karen Dubiel, Principal

We had a GREAT day at Winterpock! A few updates...

posted Sep 6, 2017, 2:12 AM by Laura Prymak

Hi Winterpock Families! We had a GREAT day today and absolutely loved having your children back at school! Mrs. Bare, Mrs. Malcolm, and I pretty much logged our 10,000 steps prior to dismissal! We really enjoyed visiting each classroom! During my classroom visits today, you could see me doing the "Cat Party Dance" during a brain break with Ms. Todd's first graders or participating in a "Get to Know You" activity with a few third graders in Mrs. Starling's classroom. We had so much fun!

Just a note... Breakfast IS being served in the cafeteria this week!

Again, we had an AMAZING first day of school! ...and then we had dismissal! Thank you so much for your patience as we loaded 17 buses, 15+ day care vans, and many cars! We tried something new with our day care vans this afternoon...and it just did not work. Tomorrow, we will try something different!

During dismissal, day care vans will park in the main parking lot in the parking spaces down the side of the lot that face the woods. Their drivers will come to the cafeteria to account for their students and staff will assist with walking students down the sidewalk back to their vans. Again, day care vans will no longer be in the parent pick up car loop during dismissal. This will allow us to load car riders quicker in the afternoon! If you are a parent of an "Everyday Car Rider," please remember to put your number on your dashboard. We hope to make this a smoother process for everyone tomorrow! Thanks again for your patience and support as we find the right solution!

Have a wonderful evening!

Fondly,

Karen Dubiel, Principal

Weekly Update September 3, 2017

posted Sep 4, 2017, 4:07 AM by Laura Prymak

Hi Winterpock Families! Thank you so much for attending our “Meet the Teacher” sessions last Thursday! It was such a joy to meet so many of you! Everyone feels the buzz of excitement as we begin a new school year!

Here is the weekly update:

*NEW Information about Dismissal:
  • All day care vans (except for Dynamic Taekwondo) will now go through the front car loop. (The Dynamic Taekwondo “bus” will pick up in the bus loop with the regular CCPS buses.) Previously, all day care vans parked in the center of the bus loop and drivers sat in the cafeteria with students until the regular buses were dismissed. It could often take 30 minutes for day care vans to be dismissed!
  • “Everyday” Car Rider Form: If your child will be an everyday car rider for dismissal, please stop by the office and see Stacey Martin. She will help you complete paperwork and get a number tag for your car. Thank you for sending in a note if someone other than a parent/guardian will be picking up your child. They will need to park and come into the office to sign out your child.
  • If you are a parent that is driving through the car loop for pick up in the afternoon, you will always stay in the right lane. A staff member will be there to assist your child with getting into your vehicle. Day care vans will also be in the right lane with you. If they need to pull over to check on a student, they will loop around and pull over into the left lane. This will allow us to problem solve and keep the right lane of the loop moving! Cars should never go into the left lane. Thank you for your help with this!
  • Parents of Day Care Riders: Please remember to also inform your child’s day care if there is a change in afternoon transportation or if he/she is absent. This will also help us be more efficient during dismissal.
  • Administration and teachers are assigned to all areas for dismissal, and we hope to make this process as smooth as possible. We appreciate your patience as we work out the kinks during the first few weeks! 

*Café Sign-up: We are going to try something new this year in the cafeteria! Beginning our third week of school, we would love to have parent volunteers assist during lunchtime. Please go here to sign up. If you would like to assist during lunchtime, please pick up a volunteer form from the office.

*Military Status and Impact Aid Survey: CCPS sent out an email on August 22nd followed by a reminder on August 31strequesting for parents to submit a quick survey. Thanks for your help!

*A Summer Reading Reminder from Mrs. Witham & Mrs. Trimble: Don’t forget to turn in your Summer Reading Sheet by Friday, September 8th! More information is available on the Winterpock Elementary Website in the “Summer Reading Information Announcement” posted on June 16th!

*Winterpock Reading Challenge: Join the Wolfpack Reading Challenge! We challenge each student to read for 10 minutes per day during the first 100 days of school! Students that reach 1,000 minutes in 100 days will receive a “Reading Spirit Stick” from the PTA. Top readers in each classroom will actually get to duct tape Mrs. Dubiel to the wall if we reach one million minutes in 100 days! (Of course, we will video tape this for all of you to view!) How many minutes do you think we can read in 100 days? Look for the “recording sheet” in your child’s folder on the first day of school. Future weekly updates will keep you informed of how many minutes we are reading.

*On behalf of the PTA…
  • Please visit the PTA website at http://www.winterpockpta.org/ to access the official Winterpock PTA Facebook page. 
  • If you haven’t already, please support our Winterpock Wolfpack by joining our PTA!
  • The first PTA Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
  • On the horizon… Please support our School Supply Drive for Chalkley Elementary! You can drop off donations from September 11th-22nd in the outreach barrels in the front lobby. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Thank you again for all of your support and positive feedback! We look forward to a wonderful first day of school on Tuesday! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Fondly,

Karen Dubiel, Principal

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