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Winterpock Weekly Update - 3/4/18

posted Mar 4, 2018, 3:11 PM by Laura Prymak
Hi Winterpock Families! I guess you can say that March is definitely coming in like a lion with these windy conditions! Last week, we had a great time celebrating Dr. Seuss! Our Wolfpack had fun participating in the daily events, and our Kindergartners enjoyed their interactive read aloud with Mr. Thompson, our School Board Member, on Friday. Follow me on Twitter (@WPESPrincipal) to see photos highlighting our #WPESwolves throughout the week! You will also see that Mr. Baytop received an ActiveRVA Award on behalf of our school, and Mrs. Prymak received an Innovative Teacher Award with $500 to purchase more “bots” for our STEAM Lab! WOOHOO! We look forward to a phenomenal week twenty-five of school with your children!

*Winterpock’s 10th Birthday Party: We will celebrate Winterpock’s 10th birthday with a school-wide party on Friday, March 9th in the afternoon. Many thanks to our PTA for providing party hats, party blowers, and pencils for each student! We will have a “parade” of our founding teachers and previous principals before we sing together and play a game as a school. It will be much fun! Mr. Thompson, our School Board Representative, is providing a small vanilla cupcake with white icing and blue sprinkles from Ukrop’s Bakery for each student! The ingredients label is attached. Parents, please let your child’s teacher know if you would like for them to be opted out of this treat. Although the actual cupcakes are peanut and tree nut free, there is a disclaimer that “tree nuts are used in the production of other products.” We selected Ukrop’s because we knew that this was a bakery that you would know! We welcome for you to send in an alternate treat for your child to enjoy during this celebration! Ukrop's Cupcakes Ingredients.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. Classroom teachers have also been provided with lesson ideas from CCPS and VDOE.

*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 5th through Friday, March 9th. 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. Lots of fun activities planned for this week include an opportunity to win a raffle prize for students that eat breakfast. Two students will each receive an Emoji backpack full of sports items! Emoji Backpack.pdf

*Kiwanis “K-Kids” Update: On February 26th, the K-Kids kicked off their Shamrock fundraiser to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. They met Ben, a Winterpock first grader, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. They also heard from Emily Withers, the fundraising coordinator from the MDA of Greater Richmond. Miss Withers told the K-Kids about what the organization does to help people in our community. A flyer will come home this 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! The next K-Kids meeting is on Monday, March 26th from3:00-3:45 p.m.

*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

*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

*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.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 next 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!

*River Jam: Ellie Mast and Aaliyah Adkins, two seniors in the James River High School Leadership and International Relations Specialty Center, asked me to share this special event with you as well. River Jam is an outdoor music and arts festival held at James River High on March 10, 2018 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. They anticipate upwards of 800 attendees from our community. The proceeds from River Jam will benefit the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation, which builds programs for teenage sufferers of mental illness and provides resources for suicide prevention. Your support of River Jam will directly impact the youth in our Chesterfield community by providing students with coping mechanisms, creating a positive campus culture, and Speaking Up about mental health. See the attached flyer for more details! James River Jam (1).pdf

*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!

*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! 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:
  • The Kindergarten & 1st Grade Gifted Referral Deadline is March 15th.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • We will be selling Spirit Sticks during lunchtime on Friday, March 16th and Friday, March 30th!
  • 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!

Thank you so much for all that you do for us! We appreciate your continued support! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Karen Dubiel, Principal