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Winterpock Weekly Update - 11/3/19

posted Nov 3, 2019, 3:07 PM by Laura Prymak

Hi Winterpock Families!  We enjoyed seeing our students in their “college gear” on Friday and loved celebrating the many students and teachers that earned “Positive Pack” Office Referrals throughout the week!  Many thanks to our families that came to see us last Tuesday at Vocelli Pizza…and for all of you that supported our school throughout the month of October!  Follow me on Twitter (@WPESPrincipal) to see photos highlighting our #WPESwolves!  We look forward to a terrific week ten of school with your children! 

Here are a few updates and reminders:

*End of the 1st Marking Period: Monday, November 4th is the end of the first marking period!  This is a FULL day of school.

*Information Regarding Reading Levels and Assessments:  As we near the time for the first round of report cards and as you meet with teachers to conference about your child’s progress, we wanted to update you on the assessments that our teachers use to determine reading levels to inform instruction and report cards.  In the past, teacher’s used one system to report reading levels in grades K-2 (the Developmental Reading Assessment “DRA”) and predominantly one system to report reading levels in grades 3-5 (the Measures of Academic Progress “MAP”).  Now, we will be using multiple measures to inform instruction and report card leveling.  See the assessments listed by grade level below:

  • Kindergarten – Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) in Fall & Spring, Next Steps in Guided Reading Assessment (NSGRA) in Winter & Spring
  • First Grade – Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) in Fall & Spring, Next Steps in Guided Reading Assessment (NSGRA) in Fall, Winter, & Spring
  • Second Grade – Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) in Fall & Spring, Next Steps in Guided Reading Assessment (NSGRA) in Fall, Winter, & Spring, Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) in Winter & Spring
  • Third Grade, Fourth Grade, & Fifth Grade - Next Steps in Guided Reading Assessment (NSGRA) in Fall, Winter, & Spring, Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) in Fall, Winter, & Spring

As you can see, we are no longer using the DRA as an informal reading inventory at Winterpock.  Instead, we are using the NSGRA.  The NSGRA uses Dr. Jan Richardson’s “proven Assess-Decide-Guide teaching system to determine students’ reading levels and target instructional next steps.”  Levels for this system are reported in Fountas & Pinnell guided reading “letter levels” from A-Z versus numbers like the DRA.  A correlation chart is attached for you to review.  Teachers will also have this chart available at parent-teacher conferences as they explain your child’s progress.  So far, teachers are loving the efficiency of this new system and the more detailed comprehension results that they are receiving!  Again, with the use of multiple measures, we are able to obtain a more accurate instructional reading level for your child.  Reading Level Correlation Chart.pdf 

We continue to be excited about the addition of our “extra” reading teacher this year!  Mrs. Trimble, Mrs. Dyson, and our PALS Tutor, Mrs. Harrell, are able to serve more students allowing for us to provide a “double dip” or two reading groups (one with the classroom teacher and one with our reading specialist) daily for many of our students.  Again, our classroom teachers look forward to sharing this information with you at conferences.  Thanks for your continued support as we continue to refine our practices to provide the very best reading “learning” opportunities for your children!

*NO School for students on Tuesday, November 5th.

*Veterans Day Program:  Our 2nd grade students will perform a Veterans Day Program on Friday, Nov. 8th.  Half of our classes will perform at 10:00 a.m. and the other half will perform at 10:45 a.m.  Splitting this performance into two will allow for everyone to have a seat!  We appreciate your patience as we help navigate parking between the two performances. 

*A Message from Boosterthon:  We are a few days away from our Boosterthon Fun Run Kick-Off!  Stay tuned to hear what our students will get to do…to me…if we reach our goal!  (Last year, it was silly string!)  Pledging is now open.  The official Kick-Off will be November 6th and our Fun Run will be on November 15th!  See the attached flyer!  Each student will receive a free Winterpock “kindness” t-shirt for the Fun Run!  Thank you for your support!  Boosterthon 2019 - 1 Week Away!.pdf 

*A Message from Mrs. Robinson & Mrs. Witham:  Greetings from the Library!  We are excited to let you know that students who have purchased a November Birthday Book will come to the library on Friday, November 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 on or before Monday, November 18th if you would like for your child to participate in the November Birthday Book Celebration.  Even if you pay online, please still send in the attached form.  Thanks for your support!  WPES Birthday Book Program.pdf 

*A Message from our K-Kids:  Winterpock's K-Kids are continuing to collect pop tops (can tabs). They will be collecting them through June!

*Reminder about Traffic Pattern:  Thank you for stopping at the white sign by the baseball field if the car loop is full in front of the school.  Cars can access the left turn lane to drive around the car line before 9:05 a.m. in the morning and before 3:55 p.m. in the afternoon.  If you arrive after 9:05 a.m. or 3:55 p.m., you cannot safely access the parking lots and must wait in line.  Please be prepared to make a U-turn and go back to Harpers Mill Parkway to access the car line if it is after 9:05 a.m. or 3:55 p.m.  There is no safe way to access the parent loop or parking lots after 9:05 a.m. or 3:55 p.m. except for the car line on the right-hand side.  Thank you again for helping us keep everyone safe!

*Change in Child’s Afternoon Transportation:  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!  If there is a change in your child’s afternoon transportation, please send a written note to his/her teacher.  Please use the attached note.  (This is a different form that last year!  It is easier to fill out!)  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.  Emails will not be accepted for any transportation changes.  We also kindly ask that you please do not make changes after 3:15 p.m.  This will help us get everyone to the correct place!  Winterpock Dismissal Change Note 2019.pdf 

*Winterpock Absence Excuse Form:  Please document your child's absences by completing our Google Form.  The link to the form is attached here and available in the “Resources” tab of our school website.  If you have any questions regarding this form, please contact our school office at (804) 763-5051. 

On the Horizon:

  • Report Cards will come home on Friday, November 15th.
  • There will be no school for students on Monday, November 25th or Tuesday, November 26th due to Parent-Teacher Conferences.
  • School will be closed on Wednesday, November 27th through Friday, November 29th.

*On behalf of the PTA… 

  • The next PTA Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
  • “The Pack Packs the Food Bank” Challenge begins this week and runs through November 11th.  See the attached flyer for more details.  Thanks for your support!  The Pack Packs the Food Bank Challenge - Final.pdf 
  • PTA Membership is now open AND ONLINE this year! Click here to sign up and discover how to be a part of our active PTA community.

We look forward to another engaging week with your children!  Thank you again for your continued support!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Karen Dubiel, Principal