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Winterpock Weekly Update - 2/17/19

posted by Laura Prymak

Hi Winterpock Families! I hope that you are having a relaxing weekend with your family! Last week, we enjoyed celebrating and inducting our 2nd Semester Safety Patrols! Our 2nd graders also did an incredible job with their Wax Museum. Thanks to our PTA, our 4th and 5th graders enjoyed a performance by the VA Repertory Theatre! Many thanks to all of you that spread love and cheer with special valentines and treats for our staff! Our staff luncheon on Friday, hosted by our PTA and Clover Hill Church, was delicious! Thanks for sending in all of the yummy snacks for our teachers! If you follow me on Twitter (@WPESPrincipal), you will see photos highlighting our #WPESwolves throughout the week! We look forward to a fabulous week twenty-four of school with your children!

Here are a few updates and reminders:

*No School: There will be NO school on Monday, Feb. 18th for students or teachers.

*Principal Advisory Board: I am excited to let you know that I am serving a three year term on the Scholastic Book Fair Principal Advisory Board! Our school will receive 1,000 “Scholastic” dollars each June to benefit our library, and I will have the opportunity to participate in great discussions with leading reading researchers and incredible principals from across the nation. I will be at our annual board meeting in Florida from Monday-Wednesday this week. Please contact Jennifer Malcolm, AP, and/or Kim Parnell, Dean of Students, if you need anything while I am gone. I look forward to seeing our Wolfpack on Thursday when I return!

*A Message from your School Counselors: We are excited for another great Kindness Week this year! This week’s activities were planned for students, by students. Please click on the flyer for more information! Kindness Week 2019 Flyer - Schedule of Events .pdf

*Wear NEON on Friday, Feb. 22nd! As Mrs. Delaney and Ms. Cox shared above, we will wear NEON on Friday to celebrate how kindness can brighten someone’s day!

*PTA Outreach Committee & K-Kids Snack Collection for Chalkley Elementary School: This was a HUGE success! We were able to collect 13 boxes plus 2 bags of snacks! Chalkley is VERY appreciative of our support! Many thanks for your generosity and kindness!

*A Message from Mrs. Witham & Mrs. Robinson: Greetings from the Library! We are excited to let you know that students who have purchased a February Birthday Book will come to the library on Friday, February 22nd to celebrate in our Birthday Book Club. If you have not sent in a form yet and would like to participate, there is still time! Please turn in the attached form by Tuesday, February 19th if you would like for your child to participate in the February Birthday Book Celebration. Thanks for your support! WPES Birthday Book Program.pdf

*“School-Wide” STEAM Challenge Donations: Mrs. Prymak and Mrs. Simpson are working on facilitating a “School-Wide” STEAM Challenge to “kick off” Dr. Seuss Week on Monday, February 25th! All students will participate at the same time that morning! We need your help in providing supplies for all classrooms. If you would like to donate pipe cleaners, tissue paper, pom poms, or clay, for your child’s grade level, please click on the sign-up here. Please send in donations on or before Wednesday, February 20th, so that they can get them sorted for each classroom. Thanks for continuing to support our STEAM Lab!

*American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge: Our annual event will begin on February 25th and will end on March 11th. Students will bring their raised funds during the week of March 4th. Go to this link to sign up for the event. Just scroll down on the page and type in our school name. Students will “kick off” this event during their resource classes on February 21st. Our goal is to raise $20,000! We look forward to supporting the American Heart Association!

*Dr. Seuss Week is February 25th-March 1st: See the attached schedule to see how your child can participate each day! (Monday – Wear as Many Colors as You Can, Tuesday – Wear a College or Vacation Shirt, Wednesday – Dress as Your Favorite Dr. Seuss Character, Thursday – Wear a Hat, Friday – Wear Wacky Socks) Dr. Seuss Week Flyer 2019.pdf

*Winterpock Absence Excuse Form: We are now offering a convenient, new way to excuse your child's absences! A Google Form is now available for you to fill out. The link is attached here and will be added to the “Resources” tab of our school website soon. (You are welcome to continue to send in paper notes and/or call our school clinic at (804) 763-5061, but do not need to if you fill out this form.) If you have any questions regarding this form, please contact our school office at (804) 763-5051. Thank you!

*STEAM Family Day: See an attached flyer regarding a special STEAM Family Day on Saturday, March 2nd from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia. It will be fun!

*Celebrating Black History Month: During the month of February, we will honor the achievements and contributions made by African Americans on the morning announcements. Please ask your child to share with you what they learn! Attached is a flyer shared by CCPS regarding events happening around the county. CCPS Black History Month Events Flyer.pdf ​​​​​​​

*Lost & Found: If you haven’t already, stop by the “Lost & Found” in the cafeteria! There are several coats and sweatshirt that have been found!

*On the Horizon:
  • The 1st Grade Musical will be on Friday, March 1st at 10:00 a.m.
  • See below for additional important dates… 

*On behalf of the PTA…
  • The next PTA Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
  • Save the Date! The PTA will host a Family Fun Night & Silent Auction on Friday, April 12th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. More details will be coming soon! 
  • If you would like to order Winterpock Spirit Wear, please go here. There is a link to the order form. Thanks for showing your school spirit!
  • WPES Yearbook: You can purchase a Yearbook at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/. Enter code 21141. The price has increased to $28 (personalization $7). The last day to place an order is March 31, 2019. Please submit pictures to yearbook@winterpockpta.org.
  • Box Tops for Education: Thank you for continuing to send in Box Tops! The Box Top Contest will end on April 30th. Top 3 classes will earn a snow cone party! Remember to label the bag of Box Tops that you send in with the name of your child’s teacher to ensure that your child’s classroom gets credit! General information about Box Tops can be found in the February PTA Newsletter. 
  • If you haven’t already, please support our Winterpock Wolfpack by joining our PTA!

Thank you again for your continued partnership and support! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Fondly,

​​​​​​​Karen Dubiel, Principal

Winterpock Health Update - 2/12/19

posted Feb 12, 2019, 10:48 AM by Laura Prymak

Hi Winterpock Families! As stated in my previous Sunday emails, the safety and well-being of our students and staff members remains a top priority for us! Attached is a letter form CCPS Student Health Services that provides a few additional guidelines. Our custodial team will continue to ramp up their work as a result of confirmed cases of the flu that have been reported to our school. As they are currently doing, they will continue to wipe down desk and cafeteria areas, and have been reminded to use disinfectant on door knobs, light switches, water fountain handles, etc.

Mrs. Link, our school nurse is reviewing daily clinic data to look for any trends of illness. We will keep custodians and classroom teachers informed if extra attention is needed in any area. Your child is more than welcome to bring in their own hand wipes and/or sanitizer to use in class. Our goal is also to keep our students and staff members safe and healthy! WPES Health Update 2-12-19.pdf

*Winterpock Absence Excuse Form: We began offering a convenient, new way to excuse your child's absences with my last Sunday email! A Google Form is now available for you to fill out. The link is attached here and has been added to the “Resources” tab of our school website. (You are welcome to continue to send in paper notes and/or call our school clinic at (804) 763-5061, but do not need to if you fill out this form.) We are revising the form to add a "Type of Illness" section. This will also help us identify any trends of illness. Please know that you may still receive an "attendance call" from CCPS if your child is absent as it takes at least 24 hours for office staff to enter this information into our database system. Please also allow at least 24 hours for ParentVue to show the accurate "excused" absence. Feel free to contact our school office at (804) 763-5051 if you have any questions!

Thank you for your continued support as we strive to keep everyone happy and healthy!

Fondly,

Karen L. Dubiel, Principal

Winterpock Weekly Update - 2/10/19

posted Feb 10, 2019, 4:02 PM by Laura Prymak   [ updated Feb 10, 2019, 4:03 PM ]

Hi Winterpock Families! I hope you are having a fun weekend! There is a lot of information this week, so I’ll do my best to keep each section brief! Ms. Parnell had a great time celebrating our CCPS Reflections participants yesterday while I was at a swim meet across town. Mrs. Malcolm and I got to attend a CharacterWorks Show today. We love seeing our Wolfpack students excel outside of the classroom! If you follow me on Twitter (@WPESPrincipal), you will see photos highlighting our #WPESwolves throughout the week! We look forward to a thrilling week twenty-three of school with your children!

Here are a few updates and reminders:

*PTA Spirit Night: There is a WPES Spirit Night at Buffalo Wild Wings this Wednesday, February 13th, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Thanks for your support!

*Early Release Day: Friday, February 15th, is an Early Release Day. Dismissal will begin at 12:45 p.m. Please send in a “paper” note to your child’s classroom teacher in your child’s daily folder if your child will have a transportation change on Friday afternoon. Thank you! Just a reminder…if you need to access the office on Friday afternoon for parent pick-up, you can drive around the car line until 12:50 p.m. After, 12:50 p.m., please wait in the car line until you can access the parking lot safely. Many thanks for your help with this!

*PTA Outreach Committee & K-Kids Snack Collection for Chalkley Elementary School: Our Winterpock PTA Outreach Committee is teaming up with our K-Kids to hold a Snack Donation Drive this week, February 11th-15th, for Chalkley Elementary. Please see the attached flyer. Many thanks for all that you do throughout the school year to assist our “adopted” sister schools! Chalkley is VERY appreciative of our support! K-Kids_Outreach Snack Drive Flyer.pdf

*Reminder about Morning Arrival/Information for New Safety Patrols: Please continue to wait in the car line until we get traffic moving at 9:05 a.m. Cars needing to access the parking lot before 9:05 a.m. should use the left turn lane to go around those of you waiting and safely access the right lane to enter one of our parking lots. Remember, we do not want anyone driving into oncoming traffic to access either parking lot! If it is past 9:05 a.m., you will need to wait in the line. Staff will always be available to direct traffic once it is moving to assist with keeping everyone safe!

For Parents of Safety Patrols: You can drive around the car line until 9:05 a.m. If you plan to drive your safety patrol to school, please arrive by 9:05 a.m., park in the parking lot, and wait with your student in your vehicle until 9:05 a.m. Your safety patrol can also ride the bus. Staff will release them from the bus prior to 9:10 a.m., so they can get to their post in time. Thanks for your patience as we try to keep everyone safe!

*Health Update: The safety and well-being of our students and staff members remains a top priority for us. We are aware of the national reports about an increase in reported flu cases. Our custodial team is ramping up their work as a result. As they are currently doing, they will continue to wipe down desk and cafeteria areas, and have been reminded to use disinfectant on door knobs, light switches, water fountain handles, etc. CCPS has asked that they do this on a regular basis throughout the day. (Many teachers also wipe down their desks often! I know I did this daily when I taught!) Mrs. Link, our school nurse is reviewing daily clinic data to look for any trends of illness. We will keep custodians and classroom teachers informed if extra attention is needed in any area. Your child is more than welcome to bring in their own hand wipes and/or sanitizer to use in class. Our goal is also to keep our students and staff members safe and healthy! See the attached CCPS “Sick-Day Guidelines” for additional information. Thanks for your support! Sick Day Guidelines Brochure.pdf

*Winterpock Absence Excuse Form: We are now offering a convenient, new way to excuse your child's absences! A Google Form is now available for you to fill out. The link is attached here and will be added to the “Resources” tab of our school website soon. (You are welcome to continue to send in paper notes and/or call our school clinic at (804) 763-5061, but hope that this is a more convenient option for you.) If you have any questions regarding this form, please contact our school office at (804) 763-5051. Thank you!

*“School-Wide” STEAM Challenge Donations: Mrs. Prymak and Mrs. Simpson are working on facilitating a “School-Wide” STEAM Challenge to “kick off” Dr. Seuss Week on Monday, February 25th! All students will participate at the same time that morning! We need your help in providing supplies for all classrooms. If you would like to donate pipe cleaners, tissue paper, pom poms, or clay, for your child’s grade level, please click on the sign-up here. Thanks for continuing to support our STEAM Lab!

*STEAM Family Day: See an attached flyer regarding a special STEAM Family Day on Saturday, March 2nd from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia. It will be fun! Spring into STEAM Flyer.pdf

*Counselor’s Corner: Mrs. Delaney and Ms. Cox want to ensure that you are aware of these opportunities. The CyberSmart Program is being hosted by TCMS on February 21st from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The Active Parenting of Tweens and Teens is being hosted by Prevention Services and will be held on Wednesdays from February 27th-March 27th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. See the attached flyers for additional information. CyberSmart Flyer.pdf Active Parenting_Tweens and Teens_FEB2019.pdf

*American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge: Our annual event will begin on February 25th and will end on March 11th. Students will bring their raised funds during the week of March 4th. Go to this link to sign up for the event. Just scroll down on the page and type in our school name. Students will “kick off” this event during their resource classes on February 21st. Our goal is to raise $20,000! We look forward to supporting the American Heart Association!

*A Message from Mrs. Witham & Mrs. Robinson: Greetings from the Library! We are excited to let you know that students who have purchased a February Birthday Book will come to the library on Friday, February 22nd to celebrate in our Birthday Book Club. If you have not sent in a form yet and would like to participate, there is still time! Please turn in the attached form by Tuesday, February 19th if you would like for your child to participate in the February Birthday Book Celebration. Thanks for your support! WPES Birthday Book Program.pdf

*Celebrating Black History Month: During the month of February, we will honor the achievements and contributions made by African Americans on the morning announcements. Please ask your child to share with you what they learn! Attached is a flyer shared by CCPS regarding events happening around the county. CCPS Black History Month Events Flyer.pdf

*Baseball & Softball Registration: See the attached CCPS approved flyers that were recently shared with me regarding the 2019 Spring Run Baseball & Softball Registration and 2019 Clover Hill Baseball & Softball Registration. Spring Training will be here before we know it! Spring Run Baseball.pdf SRAA_Softball_Flyer_2019.pdf Clover Hill Baseball Softball.pdf

*MSiC Enrichment Program: See the attached flyer for information on “Discoverers” (Grades 4-5). This is an additional opportunity for your children to explore STEM! Registrations will be continuously accepted until classes are filled. “Discoverers” classes will be held on February 23rd, March 2nd, and March 9th. DiscoverersBrochureSpring_2019.pdf

*Lost & Found: If you haven’t already, stop by the “Lost & Found” in the cafeteria! There are several coats and sweatshirt that have been found!

*On the Horizon:
  • No School – Monday, February 18th
  • Kindness Week – February 19th-22nd
  • Dr. Seuss Week – February 25th-March 1st (If you like to plan ahead…Monday – Wear as Many Colors as You Can, Tuesday – Wear a College or Vacation Shirt, Wednesday – Dress as Your Favorite Dr. Seuss Character, Thursday – Wear a Hat, Friday – Wear Wacky Socks)
  • See below for additional important dates… 

*On behalf of the PTA…
  • The next PTA Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
  • Teacher Appreciation Snack Sign-Up for February 15th: Help us fuel our teachers during their half day of professional development this Friday! If you would like to help provide snacks, please access the sign-up here. Many thanks!
  • Save the Date! The PTA will host a Family Fun Night & Silent Auction on Friday, April 12th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (This is a CHANGE of date!) More details will be coming soon! 
  • If you would like to order Winterpock Spirit Wear, please go here. There is a link to the order form. Thanks for showing your school spirit!
  • WPES Yearbook: You can purchase a Yearbook at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/. Enter code 21141. The price has increased to $28 (personalization $7). The last day to place an order is March 31, 2019. Please submit pictures to yearbook@winterpockpta.org.
  • Box Tops for Education: Thank you for continuing to send in Box Tops! The Box Top Contest will end on April 30th. Top 3 classes will earn a snow cone party! Remember to label the bag of Box Tops that you send in with the name of your child’s teacher to ensure that your child’s classroom gets credit! General information about Box Tops can be found in the February PTA Newsletter. 
  • If you haven’t already, please support our Winterpock Wolfpack by joining our PTA!

Thank you again for your continued partnership and support! Sorry that this is a tad late this evening...lots of information to compile this week! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Fondly,

Karen Dubiel, Principal

Winterpock Weekly Update - 2/3/19

posted Feb 3, 2019, 3:43 PM by Laura Prymak

Hi Winterpock Families! It is hard to believe that it is February and that we are in the 3rd quarter of this school year! Last week, our students enjoyed shopping at our Book Fair! Many thanks to all of our volunteers that helped make this event a success! If you follow me on Twitter (@WPESPrincipal), you will see photos highlighting our #WPESwolves throughout the week! We look forward to a terrific week twenty-two of school with your children!

Here are a few updates and reminders:

*School Counselor Appreciation Week: This week, February 4th-8th, is School Counselor Appreciation Week! Help us celebrate Ms. Cox (Grades K, 1, 2) and Mrs. Delaney (Grades 3, 4, 5)!

*Health Update: The safety and well-being of our students and staff members remains a top priority for us. We are aware of the national reports about an increase in reported flu cases. Our custodial team is ramping up their work as a result. As they are currently doing, they will continue to wipe down desk and cafeteria areas, and have been reminded to use disinfectant on door knobs, light switches, water fountain handles, etc. CCPS has asked that they do this on a regular basis throughout the day. (Many teachers also wipe down their desks often! I know I did this daily when I taught!) Mrs. Link, our school nurse is reviewing daily clinic data to look for any trends of illness. We will keep custodians and classroom teachers informed if extra attention is needed in any area. Your child is more than welcome to bring in their own hand wipes and/or sanitizer to use in class. Our goal is also to keep our students and staff members safe and healthy! Thanks for your support!

*STEAM Update: Attached you will find a newsletter from Mrs. Prymak and Mrs. Simpson. See what our students learned in January! Thanks for continuing to support our STEAM Lab! Winterpock_January STEAM Newsletter_2019.pdf

*American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge: Our annual event begins soon! Go to this link to sign up for the event. Just scroll down on the page and type in our school name. Stay tuned for more information from Mr. Baytop and Mr. Jones! Students will “kick off” this event during their resource classes on February 21st. Our goal is to raise $20,000! We look forward to supporting the American Heart Association!

*A Message from Mrs. Witham & Mrs. Robinson: Greetings from the Library! We are excited to let you know that students who have purchased a February Birthday Book will come to the library on Friday, February 22nd to celebrate in our Birthday Book Club. If you have not sent in a form yet and would like to participate, there is still time! Please turn in the attached form by Tuesday, February 19th if you would like for your child to participate in the February Birthday Book Celebration. Thanks for your support! WPES Birthday Book Program.pdf

*Celebrating Black History Month: During the month of February, we will honor the achievements and contributions made by African Americans on the morning announcements. Please ask your child to share with you what they learn! Attached is a flyer shared by CCPS regarding events happening around the county. CCPS Black History Month Events Flyer.pdf

*A Message from our K-Kids: K-Kids are continuing to collect aluminum can tabs in the huge bin in the front of the school near the cafeteria to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Richmond. Thanks for sending them in throughout the school year! Look for information regarding a snack collection in my next Sunday email!

*Baseball & Softball Registration: See the attached CCPS approved flyers that were recently shared with me regarding the 2019 Spring Run Baseball & Softball Registration and 2019 Clover Hill Baseball & Softball Registration. Spring Training will be here before we know it! Spring Run Baseball.pdf SRAA_Softball_Flyer_2019.pdf Clover Hill Baseball Softball.pdf

*MSiC Enrichment Program: See the attached flyer for information on “Discoverers” (Grades 4-5). This is an additional opportunity for your children to explore STEM! Registrations will be continuously accepted until classes are filled. “Discoverers” classes will be held on February 23rd, March 2nd, and March 9th. DiscoverersBrochureSpring_2019.pdf

*Lost & Found: If you haven’t already, stop by the “Lost & Found” in the cafeteria! There are several coats and sweatshirt that have been found!

*On the Horizon:
  • Report Cards will be sent home on Friday, February 8th.
  • Early Release Day – Friday, February 15th at 12:45 p.m.
  • No School – Monday, February 18th
  • Kindness Week – February 19th-22nd
  • Dr. Seuss Week – February 25th-March 1st (If you like to plan ahead…Monday – Wear as Many Colors as You Can, Tuesday – Wear a College or Vacation Shirt, Wednesday – Dress as Your Favorite Dr. Seuss Character, Thursday – Wear a Hat, Friday – Wear Wacky Socks)
  • See below for additional important dates… 

*On behalf of the PTA…
  • The next PTA Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
  • Upcoming PTA Spirit Night: There is a WPES Spirit Night at Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesday, February 13thfrom 5:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Save the Date! The PTA will host a Family Fun Night & Silent Auction on Friday, March 15th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. More details will be coming soon! 
  • If you would like to order Winterpock Spirit Wear, please go here. There is a link to the order form. Thanks for showing your school spirit!
  • WPES Yearbook: You can purchase a Yearbook at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/. Enter code 21141. The price has increased to $28 (personalization $7). The last day to place an order is March 31, 2019. Please submit pictures to yearbook@winterpockpta.org.
  • Box Tops for Education: Thank you for continuing to send in Box Tops! The Box Top Contest will end on April 30th. Top 3 classes will earn a snow cone party! Remember to label the bag of Box Tops that you send in with the name of your child’s teacher to ensure that your child’s classroom gets credit! General information about Box Tops can be found in the February PTA Newsletter. 
  • If you haven’t already, please support our Winterpock Wolfpack by joining our PTA!

Thank you again for your continued partnership and support! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Fondly,

Karen Dubiel, Principal

Winterpock Weekly Update - 1/27/19

posted Jan 27, 2019, 4:36 PM by Laura Prymak

Hi Winterpock Families! I hope that your weekend has been fun! Many thanks to all of you that donated snacks for our teachers last Friday! They were delicious! It was great seeing so many of you at our Book Fair Family Night on Friday evening! We are looking forward to a full week of school this week! If you follow me on Twitter (@WPESPrincipal), you will see photos highlighting our #WPESwolves throughout the week! We look forward to a wonderful week twenty-one of school with your children!

Here are a few updates and reminders:

*School Spirit Day: Wear your Favorite Sports Team Jersey Day! On this Friday, February 1st, wear your favorite football or other sports team jersey! (Yes, I will be looking for my fellow New England Patriots fans! Oh my!)

*CCPS Transportation Communication: When buses are delayed in the morning or afternoon, you should receive and email and/or voice call from CCPS Transportation with this information. Feel free to contact CCPS Transportation, Area 3, at (804) 739-6262 if you have any questions or concerns regarding bus routes and/or bus stop times. (It is our understanding that Bus Route 6 should improve this week as road construction crews will not “hold” buses for longer than five minutes in the work zone.) Again, please reach out to CCPS Transportation for specific information. Thank you!

*Winterpock Scholastic Book Fair: Mrs. Witham and Mrs. Robinson are beginning to organize our School Book Fair that will take place in the gym from January 28th-February 1st. If you would like to volunteer to assist with this event, please go here to sign up!

*Celebrating Black History Month: During the month of February, we will honor the achievements and contributions made by African Americans on the morning announcements. Please ask your child to share with you what they learn! Also, teachers will be provided with resources for their classrooms from the Virginia Department of Education.

*Spring Run Baseball & Softball: See the attached CCPS approved flyer that was recently shared with me regarding the 2019 Spring Run Baseball & Softball Registration. Spring Training will be here before we know it! Spring Run Baseball.pdf SRAA_Softball_Flyer_2019.pdf

*News from the CCPS Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE):
  • FACE will be hosting a series of documentary films over the next two months. The documentaries selected are in alignment with the FACE mission and CCPS dedication to connect our community to information through explorations of cultural competency, social-emotional, special education, and adolescent supports. Parents, community members, and staff are encouraged to attend. To find out more about these films visit http://bit.ly/FACEFWDFILM.
  • FACE, and the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC), is offering on-going, monthly engagement opportunities designed to not only maximize a parent's understanding of the IEP process but provide opportunities to explore other topics related to parenting an exceptional child. The classes are offered at CTC @ Hull on the first Thursday (a.m.) and the third Thursday (p.m.) of each month. For more information and to register please visit: bit.ly/IEPsAtoZ. Here is a video on the “IEPs A to Z” classes being offered to you! 

*MSiC Enrichment Program: See the attached flyer for information on “Discoverers” (Grades 4-5). This is an additional opportunity for your children to explore STEM! Registrations will be continuously accepted until classes are filled. “Discoverers” classes will be held on February 23rd, March 2nd, and March 9th. DiscoverersBrochureSpring_2019.pdf

*A Message from our K-Kids: K-Kids are continuing to collect aluminum can tabs in the huge bin in the front of the school near the cafeteria to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Richmond. Thanks for sending them in throughout the school year!

*Dress for the Weather: Thank you for ensuring that your children are dressed appropriately for the extreme temperatures! (Please remember to write your child’s name in coats, hats, gloves, etc.) Here are the Outdoor Recess Guidelines that are published in the CCPS Parent Handbook: If the outside temperature is 32-35°F, elementary schools are encouraged to limit outdoor recess. The judgment of the school staff members is, however, the ultimate guide. They should be sensitive to weather conditions such as wind, overcast skies, relative humidity and precipitation and their effect on how cold it feels to be outside. As important as the other conditions, students must be dressed for the weather.

*Lost & Found: If you haven’t already, stop by the “Lost & Found” in the cafeteria! There are several coats and sweatshirt that have been found!

*On the Horizon:
  • School Counselor Appreciation Week – February 4th-8th
  • Early Release Day – Friday, February 15th at 12:45 p.m.
  • No School – Monday, February 18th
  • Kindness Week – February 19th-22nd
  • See below for additional important dates… 

*On behalf of the PTA…
  • The next PTA Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
  • Save the Date! The PTA will host a Family Fun Night & Silent Auction on Friday, March 15th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. More details will be coming soon! 
  • If you would like to order Winterpock Spirit Wear, please go here. There is a link to the order form. Thanks for showing your school spirit!
  • WPES Yearbook: You can purchase a Yearbook at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/. Enter code 21141. The price has increased to $28 (personalization $7). The last day to place an order is March 31, 2019. Please submit pictures to yearbook@winterpockpta.org.
  • Box Tops for Education: Thank you for continuing to send in Box Tops! The Box Top Contest will end on April 30th. Top 3 classes will earn a snow cone party! Remember to label the bag of Box Tops that you send in with the name of your child’s teacher to ensure that your child’s classroom gets credit! General information about Box Tops can be found in the January PTA Newsletter. 
  • If you haven’t already, please support our Winterpock Wolfpack by joining our PTA!

Thank you again for your continued support! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Fondly,

Karen Dubiel, Principal

WPES Book Fair Family Night TONIGHT!

posted Jan 25, 2019, 12:18 PM by Laura Prymak

Good Afternoon Winterpock Families! This is Mrs. Witham calling to remind you that Family Night for the Book Fair is tonight from 5:00-7:30 p.m. in the Winterpock Elementary Gym! This is a great opportunity to shop with your children and support our library. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards during Family Night. If you can’t make it tonight, the Book Fair will be open during your child’s regularly scheduled library time next week. Please feel free to join your child during their library time. If you would like to volunteer, we still have many open slots. There is a link to the sign-up genius on the PTA website and in Mrs. Dubiel’s weekly update. I hope to see tonight!

Winterpock Weekly Update - 1/20/19

posted Jan 20, 2019, 3:43 PM by Laura Prymak

Hi Winterpock Families! I hope that you are enjoying a wonderful weekend! Last week, our 2nd graders interviewed a panel of “Weather Experts” and all of our 5th graders enjoyed learning about their music options in middle school with a visit from the TCMS Band/Choral Departments! Mr. Rob Thompson, School Board Chair, joined in the fun on Friday by being a substitute for a 5th grade class! It was a great week! If you follow me on Twitter (@WPESPrincipal), you will see photos highlighting our #WPESwolves throughout the week! Week nineteen was engaging! We look forward to a terrific week twenty of school with your children!

Here are a few updates and reminders:

*No School/Early Release Day: There will be NO school on Monday, Jan. 21st for students or teachers. The end of the 2nd Nine Weeks is Friday, January 25th, and this is an Early Release Day. Dismissal will begin at 12:45 p.m. Please send in a “paper” note to your child’s classroom teacher in your child’s daily folder if your child will have a transportation change on Friday afternoon. Thank you! Just a reminder…if you need to access the office on Friday afternoon for parent pick-up, you can drive around the car line until 12:50 p.m. After, 12:50 p.m., please wait in the car line until you can access the parking lot safely. Many thanks for your help with this!

*CCPS Transportation Communication: When buses are delayed in the morning or afternoon, you should receive and email and/or voice call from CCPS Transportation with this information. Feel free to contact CCPS Transportation, Area 3, at (804) 739-6260 if you have any questions or concerns regarding bus routes and/or bus stop times.

*Dress for the Weather: Thank you for ensuring that your children are dressed appropriately for the extreme temperatures! (Please remember to write your child’s name in coats, hats, gloves, etc.) Here are the Outdoor Recess Guidelines that are published in the CCPS Parent Handbook: If the outside temperature is 32-35°F, elementary schools are encouraged to limit outdoor recess. The judgment of the school staff members is, however, the ultimate guide. They should be sensitive to weather conditions such as wind, overcast skies, relative humidity and precipitation and their effect on how cold it feels to be outside. As important as the other conditions, students must be dressed for the weather.

*A Message from Mrs. Witham & Mrs. Robinson: Greetings from the Library! We are excited to let you know that students who have purchased a January Birthday Book will come to the library on Friday, January 25th to celebrate in our Birthday Book Club. If you have not sent in a form yet and would like to participate, there is still time! Please turn in the attached form by Tuesday, January 22nd if you would like for your child to participate in the January Birthday Book Celebration. Thanks for your support! WPES Birthday Book Program.pdf

*Winterpock Scholastic Book Fair: Mrs. Witham and Mrs. Robinson are beginning to organize our School Book Fair that will take place in the gym from January 28th-February 1st. If you would like to volunteer to assist with this event, please gohere to sign up! The Book Fair Family Night will be on Friday, January 25th, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. in the gym.

*Rising 6th Grade Information from TCMS, BBMS, & SCMS: We cannot believe that it is time to start talking about middle school for our current 5th graders! We will keep you informed as we receive additional information!
  • TCMS - See the attached flyer for TCMS! There is an orientation for parents of rising 6th graders that will attend Tomahawk Creek Middle School in Fall 2019 on Wednesday, January 23rd from 6:00-7:30 p.m. (This is a CHANGE in date!) You can also register your child for Camp Timberwolf (payment by check) during this event. TCMS Sixth Parent Orientation 2019.pdf
  • BBMS – See the attached flyer for BBMS! There is an orientation for parents and their rising 6th grade students that will attend Bailey Bridge Middle School in Fall 2019 on Wednesday, January 23rd from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Students and parents will learn about class and elective options, the scheduling process, Summit Learning, transition to middle school, and the BEAR 101 Summer Transition Program. BBMS - VIB Night Save the Date Flyer.pdf
  • SCMS – Dr. Frye, SCMS Principal, sent you a message last Friday! Swift Creek Middle School will host a Rising 6th Grade Orientation & Elective Fair on Thursday, January 24th from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Auditorium doors will open at 5:00, so get there early to meet the PTSA, see curriculum related displays, and find a seat down front! The presentation will begin at 5:30 and will include information about scheduling, what to expect in middle school, electives, clubs, and the Honors TEAMS Institute. 

*Spring Run Baseball: See the attached CPPS approved flyer that was just shared with me regarding the 2019 Spring Run Baseball Registration. Spring Training will be here before we know it! Spring Run Baseball.pdf

*MSiC Enrichment Program: See the attached flyer for information on “Discoverers” (Grades 4-5). This is an additional opportunity for your children to explore STEM! Registrations will be continuously accepted until classes are filled. “Discoverers” classes will be held on February 23rd, March 2nd, and March 9th. DiscoverersBrochureSpring_2019.pdf

*A Message from our K-Kids: K-Kids are continuing to collect aluminum can tabs in the huge bin in the front of the school near the cafeteria to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Richmond. Thanks for sending them in throughout the school year!

*Lost & Found: If you haven’t already, stop by the “Lost & Found” in the cafeteria! There are several coats and sweatshirt that have been found!

*On the Horizon:
  • School Spirit Day: Wear your favorite football (or other sport) team jersey on Friday, February 1st!
  • See below for additional important dates… 

*On behalf of the PTA…
  • The next PTA Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
  • Save the Date! The PTA will host a Family Fun Night & Silent Auction on Friday, March 15th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. More details will be coming soon! 
  • If you would like to order Winterpock Spirit Wear, please go here. There is a link to the order form. Thanks for showing your school spirit!
  • WPES Yearbook: You can purchase a Yearbook at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/. Enter code 21141. The price has increased to $28 (personalization $7). The last day to place an order is March 31, 2019. Please submit pictures to yearbook@winterpockpta.org.
  • Box Tops for Education: Thank you for continuing to send in Box Tops! The Box Top Contest will end on April 30th. Top 3 classes will earn a snow cone party! Remember to label the bag of Box Tops that you send in with the name of your child’s teacher to ensure that your child’s classroom gets credit! General information about Box Tops can be found in the January PTA Newsletter. 
  • If you haven’t already, please support our Winterpock Wolfpack by joining our PTA!
Thank you again for your continued support! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! See you Tuesday!

Fondly,

Karen Dubiel, Principal

Winterpock Weekly Update - 1/13/19

posted Jan 13, 2019, 3:23 PM by Laura Prymak   [ updated Jan 13, 2019, 3:23 PM ]

Hi Winterpock Families! I hope that you are staying warm in this icy weather! CCPS has announced that we will operate on a 2-hour delay tomorrow. Stay tuned for any updates in the morning. If you follow me on Twitter (@WPESPrincipal), you will see photos highlighting our #WPESwolves throughout the week! Week eighteen was excellent! We look forward to an engaging week nineteen of school with your children!

Here are a few updates and reminders:

*2-Hour Delay on Monday: On Monday, January 14th, CCPS schools will be operating on a 2-hour delay. Staff will open our front doors at 11:05 a.m. Thank you for waiting until our staff is in place before you begin unloading your vehicle. Stay tuned for any updates from CCPS in the morning!

*STEAMmania: Congratulations to all of our #WPESwolves that competed in STEAMmania yesterday! We are SO proud of everyone! Our K-2 teams earned 1st place in Health/PE and Social Studies, 2nd place in Computer Science and Science, and 3rd place in the STEAM Challenge! Our 3-5 teams earned 1st place in Minute to Win It, Performing/Visual Arts, Health/PE, Science, and World Language and 3rd place in Technology. Way to go!

*Gifted/Talented Referral Deadline Approaching for Grades 2-4: The Gifted/Talented Referral Deadline for Grades 2-4 is Tuesday, January 15th. You can request a referral form in person or by calling our school office at (804) 763-5051.

*Dress for the Weather: Thank you for ensuring that your children are dressed appropriately for the extreme temperatures! (Please remember to write your child’s name in coats, hats, gloves, etc.) Here are the Outdoor Recess Guidelines that are published in the CCPS Parent Handbook: If the outside temperature is 32-35°F, elementary schools are encouraged to limit outdoor recess. The judgment of the school staff members is, however, the ultimate guide. They should be sensitive to weather conditions such as wind, overcast skies, relative humidity and precipitation and their effect on how cold it feels to be outside. As important as the other conditions, students must be dressed for the weather.

*A Message from our K-Kids: Thank you for supporting our collection of toiletry items last week! We look forward to packaging these items at our next meeting. K-Kids are continuing to collect aluminum can tabs in the huge bin in the front of the school near the cafeteria to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Richmond. Thanks for sending them in throughout the school year!

*No School: There will be NO school on Monday, Jan. 21st for students or teachers.

*A Message from Mrs. Witham & Mrs. Robinson: Greetings from the Library! We are excited to let you know that students who have purchased a January Birthday Book will come to the library on Friday, January 25th to celebrate in our Birthday Book Club. If you have not sent in a form yet and would like to participate, there is still time! Please turn in the attached form by Tuesday, January 22nd if you would like for your child to participate in the January Birthday Book Celebration. Thanks for your support! WPES Birthday Book Program.pdf

*Winterpock Scholastic Book Fair: Mrs. Witham and Mrs. Robinson are beginning to organize our School Book Fair that will take place in the gym from January 28th-February 1st. If you would like to volunteer to assist with this event, please gohere to sign up! The Book Fair Family Night will be on Friday, January 25th, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. in the gym.

*Rising 6th Grade Information from TCMS, BBMS, & SCMS: We cannot believe that it is time to start talking about middle school for our current 5th graders! We will keep you informed as we receive additional information!
  • TCMS - See the attached flyer for TCMS! There is an orientation for parents of rising 6th graders that will attend Tomahawk Creek Middle School in Fall 2019 on Wednesday, January 23rd from 6:00-7:30 p.m. (This is a CHANGE in date!) You can also register your child for Camp Timberwolf (payment by check) during this event. TCMS Sixth Parent Orientation 2019.pdf
  • BBMS – See the attached flyer for BBMS! There is an orientation for parents and their rising 6th grade students that will attend Bailey Bridge Middle School in Fall 2019 on Wednesday, January 23rd from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Students and parents will learn about class and elective options, the scheduling process, Summit Learning, transition to middle school, and the BEAR 101 Summer Transition Program. BBMS - VIB Night Save the Date Flyer.pdf
  • SCMS – Dr. Frye, SCMS Principal, sent you a message last Friday! Swift Creek Middle School will host a Rising 6th Grade Orientation & Elective Fair on Thursday, January 24th from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Auditorium doors will open at 5:00, so get there early to meet the PTSA, see curriculum related displays, and find a seat down front! The presentation will begin at 5:30 and will include information about scheduling, what to expect in middle school, electives, clubs, and the Honors TEAMS Institute. 

*MSiC Enrichment Program: See the attached flyer for information on “Discoverers” (Grades 4-5). This is an additional opportunity for your children to explore STEM! Registrations will be continuously accepted until classes are filled. “Discoverers” classes will be held on February 23rd, March 2nd, and March 9th. DiscoverersBrochureSpring_2019.pdf

*Lost & Found: If you haven’t already, stop by the “Lost & Found” in the cafeteria! There are several coats and sweatshirt that have been found!

*On the Horizon:
  • End of the 2nd Nine Weeks – Friday, January 25th – This will be an Early Release Day at 12:45 p.m.
  • School Spirit Day: Wear your favorite football (or other sport) team jersey on Friday, February 1st!
  • See below for additional important dates… 

*On behalf of the PTA…
  • The next PTA Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
  • If you would like to order Winterpock Spirit Wear, please go here. There is a link to the order form. Thanks for showing your school spirit!
  • WPES Yearbook: You can purchase a Yearbook at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/. Enter code 21141. The price has increased to $28 (personalization $7). The last day to place an order is March 31, 2019. Please submit pictures to yearbook@winterpockpta.org.
  • Box Tops for Education: Thank you for continuing to send in Box Tops! The Box Top Contest will end on April 30th. Top 3 classes will earn a snow cone party! Remember to label the bag of Box Tops that you send in with the name of your child’s teacher to ensure that your child’s classroom gets credit! General information about Box Tops can be found in the January PTA Newsletter. 
  • If you haven’t already, please support our Winterpock Wolfpack by joining our PTA!

Thank you again for your continued support! Enjoy the rest of your weekend and be safe!

Fondly,

Karen Dubiel, Principal

Winterpock Weekly Update - 1/6/19

posted Jan 6, 2019, 3:15 PM by Laura Prymak

Hi Winterpock Families! Although last week was a short week, it was packed full of engaging learning opportunities for your children! We are excited about having a full week of school this week! If you follow me on Twitter (@WPESPrincipal), you will see photos highlighting our #WPESwolves throughout the week! Week seventeen was sensational! We look forward to an excellent week eighteen of school with your children!

Here are a few updates and reminders:

*A Message from our K-Kids: We are collecting travel size personal care items this week, January 7th-11th! Please see the attached flyer for more information. Collection bins will be located outside of the cafeteria. We are also continuing to collect aluminum can tabs in the huge bin in the front of the school near the cafeteria to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Richmond! Thanks for your support! K-Kids Flyer - Toiletries Collection.pdf

*Rising 6th Grade Information from TCMS, BBMS, & SCMS: We cannot believe that it is time to start talking about middle school for our current 5th graders! We will keep you informed as we receive additional information!
  • TCMS - See the attached flyer for TCMS! There is an orientation for parents of rising 6th graders that will attend Tomahawk Creek Middle School in Fall 2019 on Wednesday, January 23rd from 6:00-7:30 p.m. (This is a CHANGE in date!) You can also register your child for Camp Timberwolf (payment by check) during this event. TCMS Sixth Parent Orientation 2019.pdf
  • BBMS – See the attached flyer for BBMS! There is an orientation for parents and their rising 6th grade students that will attend Bailey Bridge Middle School in Fall 2019 on Wednesday, January 23rd from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Students and parents will learn about class and elective options, the scheduling process, Summit Learning, transition to middle school, and the BEAR 101 Summer Transition Program. BBMS - VIB Night Save the Date Flyer.pdf
  • SCMS - According to their website, Swift Creek Middle School will host a Rising 6th Grade Open House on Thursday, January 24th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

*STEAMmania: Good Luck to our WPES STEAMmania teams! They will compete on Saturday, January 12th at Cosby High School in the morning! We cannot wait to cheer you on!

*Gifted/Talented Referral Deadline Approaching for Grades 2-4: The Gifted/Talented Referral Deadline for Grades 2-4 is Tuesday, January 15th. You can request a referral form in person or by calling our school office at (804) 763-5051.

*MSiC Enrichment Program: See the attached flyer for information on “Little Innovators” (Grades K-3). This is an additional opportunity for your children to explore STEM! Registrations will be continuously accepted until classes are filled. “Little Innovators” classes will be held on January 12th or 19th. Little Innovators_Brochure_Winter_2019.pdf

*A Message from Mrs. Witham & Mrs. Robinson: Greetings from the Library! We are excited to let you know that students who have purchased a January Birthday Book will come to the library on Friday, January 25th to celebrate in our Birthday Book Club. If you have not sent in a form yet and would like to participate, there is still time! Please turn in the attached form by Tuesday, January 22nd if you would like for your child to participate in the January Birthday Book Celebration. Thanks for your support! WPES Birthday Book Program.pdf

*Lost & Found: If you haven’t already, stop by the “Lost & Found” in the cafeteria! There are several coats and sweatshirt that have been found!

*On the Horizon:
  • Monday, January 21st - No School for Students or Staff
  • End of the 2nd Nine Weeks – Friday, January 25th – This will be an Early Release Day at 12:45 p.m.
  • Our Book Fair Family Night will be on Friday, January 25th from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Look for more details in the future! The Book Fair will be the week of January 28th- February 1st.
  • See below for additional important dates… 
*On behalf of the PTA…
  • The next PTA Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
  • If you would like to order Winterpock Spirit Wear, please go here. There is a link to the order form. Thanks for showing your school spirit!
  • WPES Yearbook: You can purchase a Yearbook at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/. Enter code 21141. The price has increased to $28 (personalization $7). The last day to place an order is March 31, 2019. Please submit pictures to yearbook@winterpockpta.org.
  • Box Tops for Education: Thank you for continuing to send in Box Tops! The Box Top Contest will end on April 30th. Top 3 classes will earn a snow cone party! Remember to label the bag of Box Tops that you send in with the name of your child’s teacher to ensure that your child’s classroom gets credit! General information about Box Tops can be found in the January PTA Newsletter. 
  • If you haven’t already, please support our Winterpock Wolfpack by joining our PTA!

Thank you again for your continued support! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Fondly,

Karen Dubiel, Principal

Winterpock Weekly Update - 12/30/18

posted Dec 30, 2018, 3:18 PM by Laura Prymak

Hi Winterpock Families! Happy (almost) New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with your family and truly enjoyed your winter break! We’ve got a few more days to prepare for our return back to school on Wednesday, January 2nd! I am excited to see everyone in 2019 and look forward to visiting classrooms on Wednesday to welcome our #WPESwolves back to school! If you follow me on Twitter (@WPESPrincipal), you will see photos highlighting our Wolfpack throughout the week! Week sixteen was super! We look forward to a sensational week seventeen of school with your children!

Here are a few updates and reminders:

*Yearbook “Reduced Rate” Deadline: The deadline for purchasing a yearbook at the lower rate is approaching! Order your yearbook on or before December 31st! Prices will increase after that! See the PTA section below for more information!

*No School: There will be no school on Monday, December 31st or Tuesday, January 1st. We look forward to welcoming our Wolfpack back to school on Wednesday, January 2nd!

*Family Life Education: 4th grade girls and 5th grade girls and 5th grade boys will participate in Family Life Education on January 2nd, 3rd, and/or 4th. A letter came home earlier this month that included information about the program and the opt-out procedure. Go here to access information about Family Life.

*MSiC Enrichment Program: See the attached flyer for information on “Little Innovators” (Grades K-3). This is an additional opportunity for your children to explore STEM! Registrations will be continuously accepted until classes are filled. “Little Innovators” classes will be held on January 12th or 19th. Little Innovators_Brochure_Winter_2019.pdf

*A Message from Mrs. Witham & Mrs. Robinson: Greetings from the Library! We are excited to let you know that students who have purchased a January Birthday Book will come to the library on Friday, January 25th to celebrate in our Birthday Book Club. If you have not sent in a form yet and would like to participate, there is still time! Please turn in the attached form by Tuesday, January 22nd if you would like for your child to participate in the January Birthday Book Celebration. Thanks for your support! WPES Birthday Book Program.pdf

*Aluminum Can Tabs: Did you know that our K-Kids are collecting aluminum can tabs? There is a huge bin in the front of the school near the cafeteria. Send in your can tabs to help our K-Kids raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Richmond!

*Lost & Found: If you haven’t already, stop by the “Lost & Found” in the cafeteria! There are several coats and sweatshirt that have been found!

*On the Horizon:
  • The Gifted/Talented Referral Deadline for Grades 2-4 is Tuesday, January 15th. You can request a referral form in the front office.
  • Our Book Fair Family Night will be on Friday, January 25th from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Look for more details in the future! The Book Fair will be the week of January 28th- February 1st.
  • See below for additional important dates… 

*On behalf of the PTA…
  • The next PTA Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
  • If you would like to order Winterpock Spirit Wear, please go here. There is a link to the order form. Thanks for showing your school spirit!
  • WPES Yearbook: You can purchase a Yearbook at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/. Enter code 21141. Yearbooks are $23 (personalization is $5) until December 31st. After December 31st, prices increase to $28 (personalization $7). The last day to place an order is March 31, 2019. Please submit pictures toyearbook@winterpockpta.org.
  • If you haven’t already, please support our Winterpock Wolfpack by joining our PTA!

I look forward to seeing you in 2019! It is going to be another fantastic year! Thank you again for your continued support!

Fondly,

Karen Dubiel, Principal

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