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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!


Karen Dubiel, Principal