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Winterpock Weekly Update - 3/17/19

posted Mar 17, 2019, 3:14 PM by Laura Prymak
Hi Winterpock Families! I hope that you are enjoying a wonderful weekend! Hooray for sunshine! Can you believe that we are halfway through March?!! This school year is flying by! Follow me on Twitter (@WPESPrincipal) to see photos highlighting our #WPESwolves throughout the week! We look forward to an excellent week twenty-eight of school with your children!

Here are a few updates and reminders:

*Kindergarten Registration: We look forward to meeting our newest members of the Wolfpack! Kindergarten Registration will be held on Thursday, April 11th from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Parents can access the online preregistration at mychesterfieldschools.com or here beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 18th. (Please share this information with your family, friends, and neighbors of first-time Kindergartners!) Thank you!

*Student of the Year: Congratulations to Daniel N. in Ms. McNulty’s Kindergarten class, our Grades K-2 Student of the Year, and Mehloni W. in Mrs. Lavelle’s 3rd Grade class, our Grades 3-5 Student of the Year! We are so proud to have them represent us and look forward to honoring them at a special banquet in April!

*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

*American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge: This event was extended until this week. Mr. Baytop will send in school totals to the American Heart Association on Wednesday, March 20th. Prizes will arrive in approximately 2-3 weeks and will be distributed to students. Go to this link to access the event. Just scroll down on the page and type in our school name. So far, we have raised $17,196! Incredible! We are proud to support the American Heart Association!

*Kiwanis “K-Kids” Update: This is the last week to purchase a shamrock to support Ben and the MDA. See the attached order form. 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

*Friday, March 22nd is a School Spirit Day! Get ready for Crazy Hair Day!

*STEAM Update: Attached you will find the Slide Show from Mrs. Prymak and Mrs. Simpson. See pictures of what our students created during our School-Wide STEAM Challenge! Thanks for continuing to support our STEAM Lab! Winterpock School-Wide STEAM Challenge Pictures.pdf

*Annual Herb Sale: We are pleased to announce Winterpock’s 11th Annual Herb Sale! The order form will come home with your child on Tuesday, March 19th. Orders will be taken from Wednesday, March 20th through Wednesday, March 27​th. ​The herbs will be delivered to your child’s classroom on Wednesday, April 10th. Planting instructions will be included! Herb Packages make great Mother’s Day gifts and are perfect for every cook in your life! If you have questions, please contact Laura Prymak at laura_prymak@ccpsnet.net or Jennifer Simpson at jennifer_simpson@ccpsnet.net.

*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!

*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:
  • 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. (Cullen, Scarpinato, Loya, Harper, and Ernest will perform at 6:15 p.m. Ching, Atkinson, Iwanski, Brooks/Parker, and Browne will perform at 7:15 p.m.)
  • Friday, March 29th is an Early Release Day at 12:45 p.m.
  • 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 all of your support! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Karen Dubiel, Principal