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Countdown to Summer

  • Follow this link to order a YEARBOOK for the 2023-2024 school year! https://www.treering.com/purchase?PassCode=1013147536424633
  • Next week will be a casual dress week. If your child chooses, we are also doing a spirit week with a different theme each day.  Monday – Favorite team/sport/musician Tuesday – Favorite color Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday – crazy hair/socks/clothes Thursday – Field Day shirts (bring a swimsuit or wear it under your clothes). Friday – 1st – 4th graders wear Monday uniform (blue tops/khaki bottoms) – 5th graders dress nicely for promotion
  • Thursday, May 23rd- Field Day 12:30- Parents are welcome to join us for the afternoon!
  • Friday, May 24th – 11:30 dismissal – no aftercare

This has been the busiest week yet! We travelled downtown to our branch classroom at Northern! Upon arrival, we settled in with a fun interactive morning meeting. We rotated among phonics based centers then took a break for lunch. We then visited the pubic library and learned so many facts, so be sure to ask your child how many books are in the library! The day ended with a trip to the Waterfront playground with Officer John safely leading the way.

Shark Week opened our eyes on how important sharks are to our ecosystem. These predators help balance the ocean and are very interesting fish. Did you know that when a shark loses its tooth it grows back in one day?

Spelling “Show what you know” looked a little different today. We had our first Spelling Bee and boy can these kids spell! Congratulations to our top three finalists- Poppy, Wesley and Hudson!

We welcomed SK to come read with us for Flashlight Friday! We were impressed with how serious our first graders were as they read with expression and excitement!

This is our final blog so, we wanted to thank you all for allowing us to teach and nurture your child. Have a wonderful summer!

Danielle and Karen

We LOVE our Mom’s to Pieces

Upcoming Dates and Announcements

*Tuesday, May 14- A Day at Northern– We are so excited to spend some time at our Branch Campus. Students will enjoy a fun filled day with projects in the morning. We will have a picnic lunch and visit the Ohio County Library. Students will need to dress in WCDS attire and wear comfortable walking shoes. Please send your child with a disposable lunch and water bottle. drop your child off between 8:30-9:00. When dropping your child(ren) off, you have a few options. There is a parking lot attached to the building (off Market Street), but spaces are limited so we ask that you do not park there for long. Parking along the main streets (Market or 16th) and using the paid meters is also an option if you’d prefer to park and walk your child to the front doors. When arriving at the door, you will be greeted by a WCDS administrator (usually Mr. McDonald or Mr. Hladek) and our classroom is located upstairs and through two sets of locking doors (exterior and interior). Look for the WCDS logo sign hanging in the front door window if you want to confirm you are in the right spot. When picking up, please just arrive back at the same spot and allow the WCDS administrator outside to know you are there and they will text the teachers upstairs. *Pickup will be from 3:00-3:15!

*Thursday, May 23rd – Field Day, 12:30pm @ 8 Park Road 

*Friday, May 24th- Move up Day, Last Day of School

Edge has teamed up with the Dyslexia Alliance for Black Children (DABC) to offer various workshops to staff, sites, parents, and caregivers in the coming months. The first Summer Literacy Club workshop will be held on May 23rd at 6 PM. It will provide families with ways to facilitate literacy learning throughout the summer. 

Our 8th grader, Addilyn Snodgrass is currently an intern with the Oglebay Good Zoo. As part of her Capstone project, she is running an art contest next Saturday, May 18th. If your child is interested in participating, here are the details: Join us for an exciting Art Show at the Oglebay Good Zoo, where kids ages 6-9 and 10-14 bring in an art piece inspired by their favorite animal at the zoo made from any art style you prefer–painting, drawing, or even sculpture! Your child is welcome to drop off their creations (labeled with name and grade) in the main office at WCDS or at the Good Zoo anytime next week. The Art Show will be on Saturday, May 18th. Visitors and participants can come in and vote on their favorite piece. The winner will get their project displayed in the lobby with the winner’s name, grade, what animal it is, and what it’s made out of. If you cannot attend live, if you register, you will be sent the recording to watch at your convenience. 

Our week was filled with lots of excitement! We loved showcasing our bug deep dive and having so many visitors made it extra special. What luck to have our butterflies emerge from their chrysalis on the day of our presentation. We then released them at the end of the week. The class was so excited!

We had a great surprise with the return of Miss Madison and her Mom. We listened to the story, “I’m Gonna Like Me”. Each student received his/her own personal mirror and was reminded to look in the mirror to see what they liked about themselves.

It was also a busy few days preparing the perfect Mother’s Day Gifts. We hope you enjoy them and know they were made with LOVE<3

Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!

Karen and Danielle

The ants go marching…

  • Friday, May 10 – 8:30 AM Parent Coffee
  • Friday, May 10 – Weather Balloon Launch
  • Tuesday, May 14- First grade spends the day at Northern
  • Thursday, May 16 – Attack Theatre Final Performance 
  • Thursday, May 23 – WCDS Field Day
  • Friday, May 24 – Move Up Day, Last Day of School
  • May 14th- Northern- WCDS is excited to utilize our new branch classroom located in the former Student Union building of WV NorthernCommunity College. Below is a description of our drop-off and pick-up recommendations. The address of the building is 8 16th Street. When dropping your child(ren) off, you have a few options. There is a parking lot attached to the building (off Market Street), but spaces are limited so we ask that you do not park there for long. Parking along the main streets (Market or 16th) and using the paid meters is also an option if you’d prefer to park and walk your child to the front doors. When arriving at the door, you will be greeted by a WCDS administrator (usually Mr. McDonald or Mr. Hladek) and our classroom is located upstairs and through two sets of locking doors (exterior and interior). Look for the WCDS logo sign hanging in the front door window if you want to confirm you are in the right spot. When picking up, please just arrive back at the same spot and allow the WCDS administrator outside to know you are there and they will text the teachers upstairs. We are so excited for a fun day! Look for more details to come regarding our day of learning downtown!
  • This week it was all about the ant! We created our own giant sized ants, completed our ant hill and made plans to design our “BUG Hotel”. We created ladybugs from golf balls, which will be placed in our school garden to scare other bugs away! After reading “Miss Rumphius” students brainstormed how to make the world more beautiful. We wrote down our ideas and then planted seeds under the first grade windows! We hope to see our flowers sprout by the end of May!
  • In math we added 3 digits and stretched our thinking! We followed up with a math game of “I have, who has” that included both addition and subtraction problems. Students had to solve the problem correctly and then see who had the answer. We are definitely “second graders in training” and practicing transitioning to second grade.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Danielle and Karen

HERE COMES THE BUGS!

Upcoming Dates and Announcements:

Friday, May 3rd- 11:30 dismissal

May 14th- Northern- WCDS is excited to utilize our new branch classroom located in the former Student Union building of WV NorthernCommunity College. Below is a description of our drop-off and pick-up recommendations. The address of the building is 8 16th Street. When dropping your child(ren) off, you have a few options. There is a parking lot attached to the building (off Market Street), but spaces are limited so we ask that you do not park there for long. Parking along the main streets (Market or 16th) and using the paid meters is also an option if you’d prefer to park and walk your child to the front doors. When arriving at the door, you will be greeted by a WCDS administrator (usually Mr. McDonald or Mr. Hladek) and our classroom is located upstairs and through two sets of locking doors (exterior and interior). Look for the WCDS logo sign hanging in the front door window if you want to confirm you are in the right spot. When picking up, please just arrive back at the same spot and allow the WCDS administrator outside to know you are there and they will text the teachers upstairs. We are so excited for a fun day! Look for more details to come regarding our day of learning downtown!

We had another wonderful week in first grade! Our deep dive on bugs has really taken off, and we are so excited to showcase all that we have learned on May 9th! So far we have investigated bees, butterflies and ants! Also, during this week, we participated in the Fire House Safety program and did an excellent job exiting the fire house! We also loved traveling around campus on International day, where we learned about cultures all over the world! The presenters shared their cultures and displayed beautiful clothing and jewelry as well as taught us about their language and everyday life.

We celebrated Earth Day by making promises to help make the earth cleaner and better, and we took a walk around campus to inspire our poetry writing on the five senses. Another celebration rounded out the week when Miss Madison came back to teach on Friday! Her official last day was at the beginning of the week and boy were the kiddos sad. Miss Madison has done an amazing job and we will definitely miss her smiles and energy in first grade!

Enjoy the wonderful weather,

Karen, Danielle and Miss Madison

Busy as a Bee

Upcoming Dates and Announcements: Friday, May 3rd- 11:30 dismissal Thursday, May 9th- 8:45-9:15- Mark your calendar! First grade will be showcasing our Deep Dive unit on insects. Come and explore our classrooms to see all we have learned. Students are limited to 2 guests.

Our first graders have been busy little bees this week. On Monday, we had a visit from the Towngate theatre. The whole school was invited to come together to share some laughs and learn an important lesson on working hard and being thankful for what we have.

The students jumped right in as we practiced telling time to the hour and time to the half hour. Students used their skills to make their own Giant hoola hoop clock!

This week during our insect deep dive, we buzzed through all things bees. Students created their own bees and learned about the different types of bees. We even created our own BEE HIVE!! Eric Blend, a beekeeper from Wheeling, came for a visit. He talked about the life cycle of a bee, different types of bees, and where the queen bee comes from. He showed students a real hive and they even got to taste the honey from the hive! We look forward to learning about another insect next week.

Our class enjoyed a Picnic lunch this week for earning all their letters as a class. Way to go first grade!

Have a great weekend! – Mrs. Fuentes, Mrs. Mead, & Miss Madison

Bugs, Bees, Butterflies oh my!

Upcoming Dates and Announcements:
Friday, April 19th – 11:30am Dismissal. Aftercare available until 3:00. No aftercare.
Friday, May 3rd – 11:30am Dismissal

Our first graders became little entrepreneurs as they created their own fraction pizzas. They used their knowledge on fractions to create unique pizzas with a number of different toppings, and they were then able to present their pizzas to the class.

After listening to “The Very Impatient Caterpillar”, students explored the life cycle of a butterfly as they created their own model using paper plates, pipe cleaners and pieces of colored paper. They are excited to continue learning about more insects next week!

A monster dance party took over our first grade classroom as we celebrated the students and their hard work. Students mastered addition and subtraction during our monster math warm-ups. Congratulations!

Enjoy the weekend!

Danielle, Karen and Miss Madison

First grade SUPERHEROES!

Important Dates:

  • Monday, April 8th is the SOLAR ECLIPSE! On Monday afternoon, WCDS students will gather to view the solar eclipse from 3:00-3:30. Middle school students will be transported to 8 Park Rd, and we will all share in the wonder together. The school has purchased glasses for every child to wear and we joined together today (Friday) for an assembly, learning more about the eclipse and explaining the potentially harmful effects of viewing the eclipse without the necessary protection. Due to the timing, the alternative options for dismissal are as follows– pick your child up from the office before 3:00, join us on the field from 3:00-3:30 for the viewing, or wait until the gate opens at 3:30 to come through and pick up your child. No student will be charged for aftercare until 4:00 pm on Monday due to the late start to dismissal. 
  • Wednesday, April 10th – Virtual Talent Show
  • Friday, April 19th – 11:30am Dismissal

Our final superhero vowel made its appearance this week. Mrs. H flew in to our classroom as Super Hero U and stunned our students with her speed and skills. She reviewed both the long and short vowel sound of the letter U and passed her cape and mask off to our class. Our first graders have become experts at spotting Magic E words with super hero powers.

Fractions are FUN! We are learning about halves, thirds and fourths! We also learned about equal and not equal parts!

We began our new Deep Dive on BUGS! While listening to various fiction and nonfiction bug books, our students are slowly becoming bug experts! They plan to investigate bugs, create bugs and learned many facts about bugs!

We spent Friday educating our class about the Solar Eclipse happening on Monday. Students were so excited to create their own solar mobile craft to better understand the lineup of planets. They were also challenged to recreate the solar eclipse with pattern blocks. We hope you join us at 3:00 to view this exciting event.

Have a great weekend!

Karen, Danielle, & Madison

Peep,Peep!

Important dates/notes:

  • Spring/Easter Long Weekend: March 29 – April 1st
  • Tuesday, April 2nd – 10:00 AM Late Start
  • “The deadline for the Virtual Talent Show is rapidly approaching! The virtual talent show will be released Wednesday April 10th. Videos should be no longer than 60 seconds and should be edited and formatted before submission.  If there is an issue with your video, I will reach out. The deadline for video submissions is **Monday April 1st.**Please send all videos to talentshow@wcdsedu.com Thank you and we can’t wait to see what the kiddos have to offer this year!

 

 This week our students met Super Hero O (aka Mrs. Mead) and Super Hero E (Mrs. Rutherford). They learned that with magic e, these letter make their long vowel sound and say their name.

Students created their own Incredible Eggs that hatched into a little PEEP surprise. Throughout the week, our class enjoyed naming their Peep, taking it on adventures, as well as reading to it.

Our class became detectives as we tried to reveal who stole our class Easter Bunny. Students had to solve 4 math clues that eliminated suspects to reveal the thief.

First grade did a wonderful job helping fellow classmates collect eggs! They showed good sportsmanship and worked together! Great job.

We wish you all a wonderful Easter!

See you all Tuesday at 10:00AM

Danielle, Karen and Miss Madison

Money, money, money!

Upcoming Dates and Announcements:

  • Thursday, March 28th  11:30am dismissal (No Aftercare)
  • Friday, March 29th-Monday, April 1 – Spring Long Weekend
  • Tuesday, April 2nd – Classes resume at 10:00am

The silent auction bidding for Celebrate will go live as of 3pm Friday. Visit the link below to begin your bidding! https://www.betterunite.com/WheelingCountryDaySchool-halloffame/Auction?a=cb38ca3d-0c74-4466-ada8-10469b891c49 All silent auction items will close at 9:30 pm Saturday.

  • A Note from Mr. Alex:

The deadline for the Virtual Talent Show is rapidly approaching! The virtual talent show will be released Wednesday April 10th. Videos should be no longer than 60 seconds and should be edited and formatted before submission.  If there is an issue with your video, I will reach out. The deadline for video submissions is **Monday April 1st.** Please send all videos to talentshow@wcdsedu.com. Thank you and we can’t wait to see what the kiddos have to offer this year!

“Show me the money!” We had a blast learning about the penny, nickel, dime and quarter. We found that counting on is hard, so we are going to keep practicing to better understand how to start with the biggest value first.

Thank you to our guest readers, Wesley’s mom, Amira’s mom, and Poppy’s mom who read birthday books to the class in honor of Poppy, Wesley and Amira’s birthdays!

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing you if you are attending Celebrate!

Karen, Danielle and Miss Madison

We UNLOCKED the Box!

  • Upcoming dates and Announcements:
  • Saturday, March 23rd is Celebrate! We hope to see you all there! If you aren’t attending, you can still buy raffle tickets for Disney and bid online for auction items. Click here for information!
  • March 28th – 11:30a.m. Early Dismissal No Aftercare
  • March 29th – April 1st – Easter Break
  • April 2nd – Classes Resume with a 10:00a.m. start

**This year for our school-wide Spring Egg Hunt, we are asking for your help. If you would like to donate a dozen eggs filled with candy, stickers, or small toys, our fifth graders will hide them for each of the classes on the morning of Thursday, March 28th. If you are able to help, please send the filled eggs to school with your child by next Friday, March 22nd. 

This week we learned about Magic E and super-hero vowels. Mrs. Fuentes soared into the classroom as super hero A and then handed her powers over to Ian. Students compared short and long vowels throughout the week and used Magic E wands to transform words.

We continued our discussion on shapes , segueing to 3D shapes. Students explored various items in the classroom, played games and then we discussed vertices, edges, and faces.

Our deep dive this week was all about water! The students were able to use their creativity side to decorate their own water cycle paper plates and they even got to become scientist for the day as they created their own water cycle in a plastic bag!

A leprechaun visited first grade on Friday. He challenged the class to solve math problems to unlock a box that held a special surprise. The class was successful at cracking the code. Each student received a book mark, pencil, and gold coin as reward for their hard work. It was a fun afternoon thanks to Lenny the Leprechaun!

We hope that one of our students are unable to trap a leprechaun over the weekend! Happy St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy the weekend!

Danielle, Karen & Miss Madison