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Winterpock Weekly Update - 3/11/18

posted Mar 11, 2018, 3:25 PM by Laura Prymak
Hi Winterpock Families! Happy 10th Birthday Winterpock! We had a fabulous birthday party last Friday! The students had fun playing school-wide Bingo and cheering for our “Founding” Teachers and Staff…as well as their “Founding,” “Blue Ribbon,” and “Presiding” Principals! Many thanks to our PTA for helping us decorate, for purchasing party hats, party blowers, and pencils for the students, and for the volunteers that sorted and delivered the materials to classrooms! Follow me on Twitter (@WPESPrincipal) to see photos highlighting our #WPESwolves throughout the week! We look forward to a sensational week twenty-six of school with your children!

*Spring Forward: Don’t forget to “spring” your clocks “forward” one hour if you haven’t already! Daylight Saving Time Begins!

*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. Classroom teachers have also been provided with lesson ideas from CCPS and VDOE.

*Fort Lee Band: The Fort Lee Band will be performing for our 3rd and 4th graders on Wednesday, March 14th. Many thanks to Mrs. Hamlin for arranging this special visit!

*GT Referral Deadline: The Kindergarten and 1st Grade Gifted Referral Deadline is this Thursday, March 15th.

*Thinkfun Game Night: Thanks to the many families that RSVP’d regarding the Thinkfun Game Night on Thursday, March 15th. Please see the attached flyer for more details! Thinkfun Game Night.pdf

*Kiwanis “K-Kids” Update: On February 26th, the K-Kids kicked off their Shamrock fundraiser to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Attached is the flyer that came home this week. Our students have already raised over $100! Their goal is to reach $1,000. 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! The next K-Kids meeting is on Monday, March 26th from 3:00-3:45 p.m. Ben's Buddies Flyer.pdf

*Individuality Rocks: See the attached parent letter about a wonderful collaboration of our school counselors and art teachers! Your children will get to participate! We can’t wait to see their beautiful creations! Individuality Rocks Parent Letter.pdf

*MSiC Camp Innovation 2018: Go here to see several summer opportunities hosted by the Math Science Innovation Center.

*Spirit Sticks: Our PTA will be selling them again this week! See the PTA section below for dates!

*WPES Yearbook: In case you are new to Winterpock and did not know, yearbooks are only sold as pre-orders through the PTA. They will not be available to purchase after March 31st. See the PTA section below for more information!

*Chesterfield Communities in Schools CIS Fest 2018: CIS Fest is a great family friendly event that engages the community in a super fun way and includes everything from student performances (that includes a special guest on trumpet, Dr. Lane), local bands, food trucks, local vendors, a kid zone, and much more! It's a great way to give students experience performing for a larger audience and is also a fun day for the entire family for a good cause! CIS Fest 2018 will be on Saturday, March 24th from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Go here or see the attached flyer for more information! CIS Fest 2018.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. Bare at natalie_bare@ccpsnet.net. Thank you! SOL Testing Calendar.pdf

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

*SCMS Spring Extravaganza: Swift Creek Middle School’s PTSA is inviting all of their feeder schools to their Spring Extravaganza on Saturday, March 17th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. See the attached flyer! SCMS Spring Extravaganza.pdf

*SCMS Smooth Sailing into 6th Grade: Attached is the flyer that was sent home with 5th grade students that will be attending SCMS. Registration for this summer opportunity is available through March 30th. Smooth Sailing Flyer.pdf

*On the horizon:
  • Friday, March 23rd is a School Spirit Day! Get ready for Crazy Hair Day!
  • Spring Individual Pictures will be taken on Wednesday, March 28th! 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 at a later date. There is no obligation to purchase! This is considered a school fundraiser.
  • Our 4th graders will have their Recorder Concert on Thursday, March 29th! There are two separate performances. Ching, Browne, White, and Scarpinato will perform at 6:00 p.m. Cullen, Iwanski, Harper, Fore, and Persons will perform at 7:00 p.m. 
  • Spring Break is Monday, April 2nd through Friday, April 6th!
  • See below for additional important dates… 

*On behalf of the PTA…
  • WPES Yearbook: You can still 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, 2018.
  • 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!
  • We will be selling Spirit Sticks during lunchtime on Friday, March 16th and Friday, March 30th!
  • The Wolfpack Running Club begins on Wednesday, March 21st. The deadline to register is Wednesday, March 14th. Go here for more details.
  • Our next Chick-fil-a Spirit Night is on Monday, March 26th! Proceeds will support our 1st grade team!
  • The next PTA Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 12th 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!

I am hopeful that the reports of “slushy” snow do not impact our Monday! We are all looking forward to sunshine and warmer temperatures! Thanks for all of your support! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Karen Dubiel, Principal