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Winterpock Weekly Update - 3/10/19

posted Mar 10, 2019, 3:53 PM by Laura Prymak

Hi Winterpock Families! Last week was busy! Our Kindergartners enjoyed their interactive read aloud with Mr. Thompson, our School Board Member, last Monday! Mrs. Simpson received an Innovative Teacher Award with $500 to purchase more “Osmo Kits and Kindles” for our STEAM Lab, and Mr. Baytop received an ActiveRVA Award on behalf of our school! Fantastic! Follow me on Twitter (@WPESPrincipal) to see photos highlighting our #WPESwolves throughout the week! We look forward to an exciting week twenty-seven of school with your children!

Here are a few updates and reminders:

*American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge: Our annual event began on February 25th and will end on tomorrow, March 11th. Go to this link to access the event. Just scroll down on the page and type in our school name. Our goal is to raise $20,000! So far, we have raised $13,912! WOW! Way to GO! We are proud to support the American Heart Association!

*Gifted/Talented Referral Deadline Approaching for Grades K & 1: The Gifted/Talented Referral Deadline for Grades K & 1 is Friday, March 15th. You can request a referral form in person or by calling our school office at (804) 763-5051.

*Wolfpack Running Club: The Wolfpack Running Club begins on Wednesday, March 20th! The deadline to register is Wednesday, March 13th at 4:00 p.m. For more information and to register, click here.

*Kiwanis “K-Kids” Update: On March 1st, the K-Kids kicked off their Shamrock fundraiser to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Attached is the flyer that came home last week. Help our K-Kids cover the halls in shamrocks! Please also continue to collect and send in aluminum can tabs to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Richmond! 2019 Ben's Buddies MDA Flyer.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 March Birthday Book will come to the library on Friday, March 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, March 18th if you would like for your child to participate in the March Birthday Book Celebration. Thanks for your support! WPES Birthday Book Program.pdf

*Women’s History Month: March is Women’s History Month. We will share interesting facts about our “Wonderful Women in History” during the announcements on Wednesdays.

*SCMS Spring Extravaganza: Swift Creek Middle School’s PTSA is inviting all of their feeder schools to their Spring Extravaganza on Saturday, March 23rd from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. See the attached flyer! SCMS Spring Extravaganza 2019.pdf

*SOL Testing Calendar: Attached is the SOL Testing Calendar for our 3rd-5th grade students. We will keep you informed of any revisions to this calendar as we get closer to the testing window. If your child will be absent on a testing day, please email Mrs. Malcolm at jennifer_malcolm@ccpsnet.net. Thank you! 2019 WPES SOL Test Schedule.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 available in the “Resources” tab of our school website. (You do not need to send in a paper note and/or call our school clinic if you fill out this form.) ***An adjustment has been made to this form to allow you to type in multiple dates or a date range in the “Date(s) of Absence” section.*** If you have any questions regarding this form, please contact our school office at (804) 763-5051. Thank you!

*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:

  • Our Annual Herb Sales will begin on Wednesday, March 20th. More information will be coming soon!
  • Friday, March 22nd is a School Spirit Day! Get ready for Crazy Hair Day!
  • Spring Individual Pictures will be taken on Wednesday, March 27th! They recommend that your child wear bright, solid colors and avoid green clothing and reflective jewelry. The process is different from the fall where you had to order ahead of time! Students will receive proofs and information on how to order by mail or online after pictures are taken. There is no obligation to purchase! This is considered a school fundraiser.
  • Our 4th graders will have their Recorder Concert on Thursday, March 28th! There are two separate performances that evening. More information coming soon!
  • Spring Break – April 1st-5th
  • See below for additional important dates… 

*On behalf of the PTA…
  • The next PTA Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 11th 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 March 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!


​​​​​​​Karen Dubiel, Principal