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Winterpock Weekly Update - 11/12/17

posted Nov 12, 2017, 3:22 PM by Laura Prymak
Hi Winterpock Families! Last week was the beginning of the second quarter of the school year! Although it was a short week, it was definitely packed full of exciting learning opportunities! The Richmond Symphony Woodwind Quintet performed for our 4th and 5th graders on Thursday and our 2nd graders performed their Veterans Day Program on Friday. If you follow me on Twitter (@WPESPrincipal), you can see photos and video clips our 2nd grade #WPESwolves. Week ten was terrific! We look forward to an excellent week eleven of school with your children!

Here is the weekly update:

*Important ARRIVAL Information: Thank you for your help with keeping our students safe in the morning! Please remember to keep your children in your vehicles until 8:05 a.m. as we do not have staff available to monitor them until that time. A huge THANK YOU to all of you for using only the right lane to access parking lots! Mrs. Malcolm and I will continue to assist with the flow of traffic in the morning…and to prevent cars from driving into the wrong lane around the median. We love greeting you each morning and appreciate you helping us keep everyone safe!

*Winterpock Reading Challenge: During Week Nine, we read 57,493 minutes! (We are still waiting for about eight classes to record their minutes from last week, so this total will only go up!) Our official total after nine weeks is 776,334 minutes read as a school! I’m positive that we will reach 800,000 minutes tomorrow! Please continue to write the total number of minutes read in the “total minutes” column and initial. Teachers will continue to log total minutes into our school spreadsheet on Mondays. WOW!

*Health Screenings: Our Kindergartners and 3rd graders will participate in CCPS Health Screenings for vision and hearing on Monday, November 13th.

*Wear Purple on Thursday: We have a family at Winterpock that would love for us to show our support as a school community in the fight against pancreatic cancer. If you would like to show support for “World Pancreatic Cancer Day” on Thursday, November 16th, wear purple! (Please feel free to email me in the future if you have a special request. It is amazing what we can do as a school community!)

*School Spirit Day: Friday, November 17th is a School Spirit Day! Wear your favorite sports team jersey!

*Report Cards: Report Cards will come home on Friday, November 17th.

*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!

*Aluminum Can Tabs: Our K-Kids will start collecting aluminum can tabs soon! Please see the attached flyer. Start collecting now to help them raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Richmond! 2017-18 Can Tabs.pdf

*Café Sign-up: Many thanks to our volunteers from last week! We love having parent volunteers during lunchtime! We still have slots available for Monday through Friday this week. Please go here to sign up. (Click on “sign up” to access the “SignUpGenius” link.)

*On the horizon:
  • Our Kindergarten Thanksgiving Celebration is on Tuesday, November 21st. Look for details from your child’s teacher!
  • School will be closed on Wednesday, November 22nd through Friday, November 24th.
  • Picture Make Up/Retakes Day is Wednesday, November 29th.
  • See below for additional important dates… There are a lot of things hosted by our PTA this month!

*On behalf of the PTA…
  • The Winterpock PTA Outreach Program will be collecting new and gently used coats, mittens, gloves, scarves, and hats for the students at Chalkley and Ettrick Elementary Schools from November 13th-20th. (All coats must be freshly laundered.) Please drop off your donations in the Outreach barrels in front of the cafeteria. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
  • “Spirit Sticks” & Keychains will be sold again on Friday, November 17th during lunchtime. PTA volunteers will walk around sell these items. Keychains will cost $2 and Spirit Sticks will cost $1. Additional information is located on PTA Facebook Page this week.
  • Goodies with Grandparents is on Tuesday, November 14th (Last Names A-I), Wednesday, November 15th (Last Names J-R), and Thursday, November 16th (Last Names S-Z) at 7:45 a.m. each day. (We realize that our 4th graders are on a field trip on Wednesday! It is okay to choose one of the other days!)
  • The PTA Reflections Ceremony is on Thursday, November 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Café. Please see the invitation here. We can’t wait to celebrate our talented #WPESwolves!
  • Upcoming Spirit Nights: We had an excellent turnout at Buffalo Wild Wings last Wednesday! Thank you! The next Chickfila Spirit Night is on Monday, November 27th (Proceeds will benefit 2nd Grade.)
  • The PTA Holiday Shop will be on Friday, December 1st from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • If you would still like to order Winterpock Spirit Wear, please go here. There is a link to the order form. Thanks for showing your school spirit!
  • The next PTA Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 4th at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
  • 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!

Whew, November is a busy month! Thanks again for your continued support! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Karen Dubiel, Principal