2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR

Welcome to the William Allen School Family Connection website. 
We use this site to update families about news
 and events at our school.



*December Updates*
Dear Families,

 

We welcomed many parents and guardians last month through the doors of William Allen School! It was a great turnout! It is not too late to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher if you were not able to make it last month. Thank you families and staff for your efforts to maintain the home/school connection necessary for student success. To date, 86 % of our students’ parents or guardians have met with teachers. That’s a lot of commitment!

I want to remind you that there is a lot of information posted on our Rochester School District website. Among the information is the 2015-2016 report given to the Instructional Committee of the School Board which includes math and reading data regarding William Allen School. Visit http://rochesterschools.com/, and go to “Our District,” and then click on “Reports” and then go to “Elementary” to get a snapshot of our performance.

December is a busy time for educators and families. This month we look forward to our Holiday Concert on December 13th, at 7pm at SHS and our Band Concert on December 14, at 7pm at RMS. Our PTA will also be entering a float in the Rochester Christmas Parade for the first time in several years and it sounds like a winner! Among all the activities and the long “to do list,” please remember to set time aside to read with your children!

Principal, Lynn Allen                                



*November Updates*


Dear William Allen Families,

October was an extremely busy month full of great activities for our students and families. The Rochester Fire Department brought a truck for our Kindergarten students to learn about fire safety. The PTA hosted its first Family Bingo Night and staff organized a Pirate Family Literacy Night. Both events attracted over 100 participants! It was great to see so many of you in attendance!

November marks the beginning of the holiday season. This can be a very stressful time for children and families. William Allen School is fortunate to have a guidance counselor and family social worker on staff. If your child or family is facing a challenge you want the school to be aware of please do not hesitate to contact one of them. They are often a great resource.

Home and school connections are important to the success of your child. Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming up soon! I hope you have had an opportunity to reserve a spot on Tuesday, November 8th or on our Early Release day, Thursday, November 10th. Your child’s first progress report will be available along with important assessment information. For students in grades 2 through 5, NWEA fall results will also be available. Mrs. Brooks and I hope to see you in the hallways!

Lynn Allen, Principal 







October Updates! 

Dear Families, 

We have finally been able to cool down the school with some refreshing fall air! Students and staff have settled into classroom routines and our PBIS roll-out covering hallway, playground, cafeteria, and bathroom expectations are almost complete.
At William Allen School, we regularly prepare for emergencies through fire drills, secure campus, and lock down drills with students and staff. During the opening weeks of school, we have been introducing and practicing these drills with our students. In September, our staff was trained by the Rochester Police Department in “ADD.” This acronym stands for avoid, deny, and defend in the event of an active shooter scenario. Additionally, we have a school “safety team” that meets to review and update our safety procedures.
All students at William Allen School are part of a multi-tiered system of response to meet academic and behavioral needs. Benchmark assessments are now complete and data has been reviewed by your child’s teacher. “Flex time” has begun daily this gives student’s access to additional reading interventions during the school day.
Our educators remain focused on your child’s education. Our staff are committed to building positive relationships to help reach our goals. Last year, our school-wide goal was reached with 76% of our students reading on grade level by the spring of 2016. We hope to be highly effective this year and surpass 76% next spring. We continue to make steady growth toward the district reading goal of 90%.
Please be sure to mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 11th from 5:30-6:30. William Allen will host our Open House! This is a great time to see what is happening in your child’s classroom and learn about our new reading and updated math program. Our PTA will meet right after at 6:30 with childcare for the kids! Find out about how you can help our school. 

Lynn Allen, Principal




Parents! WAS needs you! We currently have volunteer positions available to help at our upcoming Book Fair and to run our student store once a week. If you have wanted to give back to your child’s school please consider these great opportunities to get involved!  Please contact Mrs. Mirasola in the front office for more information.



The PTA fundraiser wrapped up on September 20th. You will be receiving your orders soon.  Fundraisers help to support our events and activities throughout the year, including field trips, Snowflake Social, and BINGO night! Thank you for helping to support our PTA, school, and most importantly our STUDENTS! The next PTA meeting will follow Open House on Tuesday, October 11th at 6:30pm.  Childcare is provided!


The WAS Book Fair will be held October 3-7th and the 11th during Open House!! If you are unable to attend the Book Fair please feel free to order online at:

http://www.scholastic.com/bf/williamallenelemsch1


Tuesday, October 25th from 5-6:30pm WAS will host the Fall Family Literacy Night! Come join the Bookaneer Crew for some swashbuckling reading fun! More details to follow! 





September Updates! 

Dear Families,

William Allen is off to a smooth opening thanks to the support of you and your kids! Students are happy to be back in school and meet new friends and educators. 

The first couple of weeks of school have been spent learning “The Whiskers Way,” developing classroom and school-wide routines. Tuesday, during our first PBIS roll-out, your children reviewed our code of conduct with Whiskers our mascot, along with characters from the Wizard of Oz! Students are working on building a yellow brick road on our cafeteria wall to the Emerald City. Ask your child how he/she is helping with this! This is our first of many PBIS (positive behavior intervention system) roll-outs for our students.

Arrival and dismissal procedures have been established quickly. Most students are arriving on time, giving them the best start possible to their day. Teachers appreciate families keeping early dismissals to a minimum for important reasons such as doctor appointments. Thank you for keeping the classroom learning environment uninterrupted.

It is important to help set expectations with your child regarding being on time and coming to school every day. As grown-ups know, it is difficult to keep a job when you show up late or not at all! If you are having difficulty with your child’s attendance, please contact our guidance counselor, Melissa Welch or school nurse, Alicia Hopkins. Our district policy outlines a series of steps our school takes if students have chronic tardies or absences.

In addition to learning routines and expectations, William Allen has begun conducting important assessments that help guide our instruction and determine our progress toward district and school goals. The reading assessment DIBELS is almost completed. Currently, we are testing students in grades 2-5 using NWEA in math and reading. Educators will meet in grade levels to review the data including past report cards to help determine how we can best meet student needs.

I want to give special recognition to our PTA and all they do to support William Allen kids! Please consider being a part of this wonderful organization on some level. Classroom field trips, concerts, and student programming are just a few of the ways our PTA helps out. Meetings are once a month on Tuesdays. For your convenience, childcare is always provided.

William Allen was again the recipient of a generous donation of school supplies at the start of our school year! Residents from Bellamy and Watson Fields of Dover put together boxes of supplies for our teachers and bags for our students. We thank them for their continued support of our school. 

Thank you for a great start to the year! The staff all looks forward to working together as a team on your child's academic, social, and emotional growth. This is going to be a great year! 

Lynn Allen, 
Principal

Volunteer Opportunity! 

The Scholastic Book Fair will run from Friday, October 4th through Tuesday, October 11th. please follow the link to sign up for a time slot! 

New Faces at WAS
                Christine Hamann: Secretary                  Kristen Silverman: Gr.2 Teacher
                Lorrie Dodson: Music Teacher               Amy Lemlin: Librarian
                Lauren Parent: Speech Pathologist        Lisa Filmore: Full Time Sub
                Mary Ballard: Para Educator                   Katrina Mirasola: Para Educator
               Catherine Tewell: Para Educator             Beth Wiggins: Interventionist

News from the reading team!
This summer's reading theme was "Treasure a Good Book." We had several students who submitted their reading logs with a school total of over 800 books! These Summer Reading participants will be invited to a special assembly on Friday, September 16th to celebrate their reading efforts and to raffle off some "pirate treasure" to five lucky winners. The "Bookaneer" pirate crew will also be making a special appearance at our Fall Family Literacy Night on October 25th, for some more pirate-themed reading activities for all ages! We hope to see you there! Please remember to encourage your child to read every day by reading to/with them as often as possible!


In the Spotlight!
Elementary Band Open House will be held on Monday, Sep. 12 at McClelland Elementary School for students in grades 4 & 5 interested in joining the band.
Band Lessons: First year (beginner) band lessons will be held on Tuesdays beginning November 15th from 4-5pm at RMS. 

For second year (advanced) band lessons will be held on Thursdays beginning September 22nd from 4-5pm at RMS. 

School Picture Day is on Thursday, September 29th. Order forms will be sent home soon. Please have your child bring their order form and payment on photo day.


PBIS
 Our first PBIS Rollout of the school year was held on Tuesday during a school wide morning meeting. An All-Star lineup including Whiskers, the Tin man, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, and Dorothy, showed up to encourage all of our students to “Follow the Whiskers Way Path.” This five week rollout will focus on the William Allen Code of Conduct (being SAFE, KIND, and RESPONSIBLE), which include, Playground, Cafeteria, Hallway and Bathroom Expectations. When a student is observed following our school expectations they will be given a “brick” to add to our Whiskers Way Path which is located in the cafeteria. At the end of our rollout, the students will celebrate their amazing behavior with a dance party!

Want to be involved? Ask your child about some playground, cafeteria, hallway, and bathroom rules. And remember to always encourage your child to be SAFE, KIND, AND RESPONSIBLE!



Kindergarten Day! 

Please join us for a special day that is all about our newest and youngest members of the WAS community. You and your child will participate in activities, take a tour of our school, get answers to all of your questions and have time to meet your teacher and classmates. This will be an exciting morning and will wrap up with a hot dog lunch provided by our PTA!  

Date: Thursday August 25,2016
Time: 10:00 am - 11:45 am
Where: WAS