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Winterpock Weekly Update - 3/3/19

posted Mar 3, 2019, 3:32 PM by Laura Prymak
Hi Winterpock Families! Last week, we had a great time with our school-wide STEAM Challenge! It was fun showing our school spirit with Read Across America Week! We had “Oceans of Fun” watching our first graders perform their musical last Friday! Thanks to the families that came to the STEAM Family Day at the Science Museum on Saturday. It was great to see you! If you follow me on Twitter (@WPESPrincipal), you will see photos highlighting our #WPESwolves throughout the week! We look forward to a sensational week twenty-six of school with your children!

Here are a few updates and reminders:

*No School: There will be NO school on Friday, March 8th for students or teachers.

*American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge: Our annual event began on February 25th and will end on March 11th. Students should bring their raised funds to school this week. Go to this link to sign up for 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 $9,722! WOW! Way to GO! We look forward to supporting the American Heart Association!

*Kiwanis “K-Kids” Update: On March 1st, the K-Kids kicked off their Shamrock fundraiser to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. They met Ben, a Winterpock second grader, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. They also heard from representatives from the MDA of Greater Richmond. K-Kids learned about what the organization does to help people in our community. A paper flyer will come home this week. (I have also attached it to this email!) 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

*STEAM Update: Attached you will find a newsletter from Mrs. Prymak and Mrs. Simpson. See what our students learned in February! Thanks for continuing to support our STEAM Lab! Winterpock_February STEAM Newsletter_2019.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.

*National Nutrition Month & National School Breakfast Week: March is also National Nutrition Month! Winterpock Elementary, along with the rest of CCPS, will participate in National School Breakfast Week from Monday, March 4ththrough Friday, March 8th. It is a week to highlight and celebrate the benefits of breakfast and the opportunity for all of our students to receive a healthy meal at the start of their day. Fueling up at breakfast can boost attention, concentration, and memory, all of which helps our students in and out of the classroom.

*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 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 do not need to if you fill out this form.) 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:
  • The Gifted/Talented Referral Deadline for Kindergarten and 1st Grade is Friday, March 15th. You can request a referral form in person or by calling our school office at (804) 763-5051.
  • 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, March 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
  • 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
  • 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 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! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Karen Dubiel, Principal