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Monday, May 20th – 6th-7th exhibition 5:00

Wednesday, May 22nd – 8th Grade Capstone @ Wheeling Park Bandstand 

Thursday, May 23rd – Field Day – @ Main Campus

Follow this link to order a YEARBOOK for the 2023-2024 school year! https://www.treering.com/purchase?PassCode=1013147536424633

6th Grade Happenings

  • English w/ Mrs. McFadden –  Our final weeks have been spent reading banned books in literature circles. Students will be completing their final projects and presenting this week. We enjoyed a creative writing activity where everyone wrote for 3 minutes and then passed their story to the next person. Some of these quickwrites turned out to be pretty good! We wrapped up Aimsweb testing and spent time reviewing grammar and vocabulary.
  • Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – This week students were asked to write and share a 2-3 verse rap, in AABB form, and set to a hip hop beat, about music!! There were some awesome and super creative rhymes – it was lots of fun!! We also started sharing our composer stories, which have been great to hear so far! Looking forward to finishing those up at our final class next week!
  • Elective w/ Mr. Hill & Mrs Chelsey – Field day is going to rock!!!! Our bucket drumming song sounds awesome and the kids are excited to present it – fantastic work everyone!!!!

Tall Tales from 3rd Grade 

Important dates/notes:

**Duck Race forms are due by Monday, May 20th : https://forms.gle/Nk1JzWPAgjvMA37w6

**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.

  • May 22- 8th Grade Capstone
  • May 23- Field Day – SK-8th
  • May 24-Early Dismissal & Fifth Grade Promotion

Hello Third Grade Families!

This week was as long as the Mississippi River. Or, this week flew by as quickly as an express train! Wow, we’re still on a figurative language kick from this week’s American Tall Tales theme unit! Students were introduced to a new, legendary person every day. We met Johnny Appleseed, John Henry, Annie Christmas, Paul Bunyan, and Davy Crockett. These five fine folks all had one thing in common: determination. Speaking of determination, each day students participated in different types of math that were linked to the different American legends we learned about. We measured, multiplied, added, subtracted, and even threw in area and perimeter.  Amidst the legendary lessons, students also practiced transforming singular nouns into possessives by adding apostrophe S (‘s). Additionally, in ELA, students were able to write for many different purposes. We conducted brief research in order to compose mini-biographies. We fast-forwarded into the future and wrote about what may happen if machines take over every type of job! (Yikes!) Finally, we saved the best for last as we bragged on ourselves in the grand stylings of the tall tales themselves. We were faster than cheetahs, stronger than steel, and larger than life! Luckily, the weather was on our side this week and we were also able to enjoy the creek. It’s so hard to believe that we’re rolling into our last week of the school year. What a ride it’s been!

**Please tag us both when sending emails and/or Talking Points if you have any questions or concerns this school year: hwilliams@wcdsedu.com  & pbuck@wcdsedu.com 

 Have a great weekend! Hanna and Paula

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Upcoming Dates and Announcements
Thursday, May 23rd – Field Day!!!
At 12:30 families are welcome to join us in all the fun that field day holds! This will be our last day so let’s spend it together!!
All week your invited to dress down. We are also doing a spirit week with a different theme each day. If your child chooses to join in on the fun here is a list of the week:
Monday – Favorite Team/Sport/Musician – Show off your favorite player, team, or artist by wearing something that represents them!
Tuesday – Favorite Color Day – Wear your favorite color from head to toe!
Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday – Get crazy! Wear your most wacky socks, hairstyles, and/or clothes!!
Thursday – Field Day Shirts – we will provide these on Thursday morning. Please send your child dressed in their swimsuit/waterplay clothing!
•Follow this link to order a YEARBOOK for the 2023-2024 school year!  https://www.treering.com/purchase?PassCode=1013147536424633

This week was just what we needed. It was the perfect combination of relaxation and play! On Monday the weather was wonderful and allowed us to plant some beautiful flowers. We were also able to try our hand at sun paper! If you’ve never heard of this fancy material you’re missing out. The students put different objects on the paper, creating unique patterns, and sat it out in the sun. After some time, the students removed the objects in hope that their paper would have the outline of their patterns left behind. Some worked and some didn’t, but everyone who gave it a try was proud of the process. After seeing their positive attitudes it reminded us of just how magical the really process is. Sure, the outcome or product is always pretty, but as the years progress and we reminisce it’s really the moments that lead up to the outcome that stick. Those are our core memories.
The memory making didn’t stop on Monday. On Thursday we joined preschool and junior kindergarten for an early childhood Water Exploration Day. We’ll let the photos and your children’s stories tell you all about it, since they tell it best. The entire campus could feel (and hear) the joy we shared in together. Friday the entire school joined forces to serenade our dear Miss H. with her favorite song. The kiddos have been practicing “Cover Me in Sunshine” with Miss Dena for weeks and it showed. These are our core memories. We are so fortunate to be apart of all your children’s.
It’s not over yet. We’ve got more memories to make!

See you next week,
Miss Tylar & Miss Claire


I’m not crying, it’s just allergies

We’ve arrived. It’s Capstone week. If you see me crying, mind ya business! We are excited to go out on a high note. On Tuesday the kids will compete in the Middle School Olympics. They should be on a mission since they finished second last year. Mr. Goudy has been kind enough to open the pool for us, so please make sure your child has a swimsuit and a towel. On Wednesday, 8th grade will dismiss at 12:45 and should return to Wheeling Park by 4:00. Capstone will begin at 4:30 either at the bandstand at the top of the hill, or inside the White Palace (weather dependent). I know they’re a week late, but there are photos below from last week’s dance!

Important Dates:

Monday, May 20 – 6th/7th Grade Exhibition at Wheeling Park @ 5:00 pm

Tuesday, May 21 – Middle School Olympics/Swim (Bring a suit and a towel)

Wednesday, May 22 – 8th Grade Capstone 4:30 pm (8th Grade leaves at 12:45 pm and we ask that they are back for graduation around 4:00 pm)

Thursday, May 23 – Field Day at Main Campus (Mandatory for 6th/7th grade and optional for 8th) drop off @ 8:45 am 

Friday, May 24 – No school for middle school

A recap of the week

  • Algebra w/ Mrs. Murray -We have begun to review concepts covered over the year, and will have a cumulative test on Wednesday.  I am truly impressed by the quantity and scope of material we covered this year!!
  • Pre-Algebra w/ Mrs. Boldrick – The students took a test on functions and slope. We’ll review their progress with these concepts before moving on to polynomials.
  • Internships- Students wrapped up internships at their site this week. The work did not end there. This week students turned in their speeches, planned for their capstone tables, and invited their community mentors to the capstone ceremony.

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The Big Finale

Important Dates: 

  • Thursday, May 23 – WCDS Field Day
  • Friday, May 24 – Move Up Day, Last Day of School

BRAVO! Our 4th graders did a FANTASTIC job with our Attack Theatre friends. We are so proud of the work and effort that they put into their performance. Poems and artwork will come home on Monday. Thank you for attending and supporting the entire class!

Students are adding their finishing touches on their State Reports! They will present these in groups to each other in a gallery style.

We’ve been working with fractions and will wrap up the school year with more interactive fraction activities. If you’re wondering what you can do over the summer to keep your child’s math mind working, keep practicing the multiplication and division facts. And, throw in some activities that use fractions – baking, cooking, and measuring are great ways to keep fractions in mind.

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) – Field Day t-shirts will be sent home this week. Please look for them in your child’s backpack.

Friday – 1st – 4th graders wear Monday uniform (blue tops/khaki bottoms) – 5th graders dress nicely for promotion

We will be cleaning the classrooms this week. Please send in a large shopping bag for your child to bring their supplies home. A large reusable shopping bag works the best. If not, we’ll provide a big garbage bag to use.

Summer Camps!

1.  Family Yoga series with Holly Suter at Oglebay Park and The Ohio County Library

2.  Basketball Skills Camp for boys and girls ages 6-17

3. Don’t forget to sign up for one of the classic WCDS camps as well!

Duck Race info below!

Just a quick reminder that Field Day is just a week away!  Make sure to get your student a duck or 5 so they can join in the 2024 Duck Race.   Please have the form filled out and pay by Monday, May 20th.  We have also opened the duck race up to Middle School students!  

https://forms.gle/Nk1JzWPAgjvMA37w6

The Duck Race is once again a station of Field Day and I am looking for 2-4 parent volunteers to help me run it.  Please email me if you can help- bpadlow@gmail.com.

Yearbook Link

Follow this link to order a YEARBOOK for the 2023-2024 school year! https://www.treering.com/purchase?PassCode=1013147536424633

Thank you for your continued support! We appreciate all that you do for 4th grade and WCDS!

Stella and Grace

And that’s a wrap!!

Updates and Announcements: 

If you would like to order the 2023-2024 yearbook follow this link https://www.treering.com/purchase?PassCode=1013147536424633

If you would like to participate in this year’s Field Day Duck Race on May 23rd, please have this form filled out and sent in by May 20th. https://forms.gle/Nk1JzWPAgjvMA37w6 

Please email Brittany Taylor to volunteer – bpadlow@gmail.com.

Register for WCDS Summer Camps at https://summer.wcdsedu.com/

Hello Junior Kindergarten Families, 

We’ve had such a wonderful time exploring the world of cats in Junior Kindergarten! This week, we had a special treat to celebrate our feline adventures. With a warm welcome, Mario the cat visited the classroom, which happens to resemble our beloved Cookie! A big thank you to Dermot’s Mom, Katie, for sharing their furry family member with us.  It’s always exciting to see real-life connections to what we’ve been learning about. 

This last week of school, we asked the children what they enjoyed the most about the school year, and with many votes in favor of the BIG tree across the creek, we took another trip over the stream and through the field to the big tree. The children played with bubbles in the giant field, looked for new treasures, and found new ways to climb the big tree. 

As the school year draws to a close, we’ve given the children a special opportunity to leave their mark on our BIG white chair in the classroom. It’s a way for us to remember each and every one of them as they move on to new adventures. It’s been a joy to watch them grow and learn, and this chair will hold a special place in our hearts as a reminder of the wonderful memories we’ve shared together.

We read the delightful story “Happy Dreamer” by Peter H. Reynolds. In this book, the author invites us to explore the question, “What kind of dreamer are you?” After reading, we had a thoughtful discussion about what each child wishes for this summer:

“I wish I could go in our pool every day.” Jackson

“Me and my Mommy can go to outer space together.” Dermot

“To go to the woods every summer and go to Pap and grandmas to swim.” Joanna 

“I wish I could play games with my mom every day outside.” Charlie

“I wish I could go to my neighbor’s house to swim in their pool.” Mia 

“I wish to swim in my pool every day.” Cora 

“I wish to get a new pool.” Caston

“I wish to catch butterflies.” Rowan

“I wish to hang out with Fireman Sam.” Winston

“I wish to go swimming in the pool and play outside every day.” -Hudson

“I wish to play with water balloons.” – Bradley

“I wish to go to the beach.” – Griffin

“I wish to do backflips in the pool.” -Pierce

“I wish to dream about my Mommy.” – Isaac

“I wish to take care of a small cat.” – Regina

“I wish to make a sandcastle at the beach and find seashells.” -Savannah

“I wish to do everything outside, and the beach, and the water park!” – Gemma 

With a tarp, sprinklers, and car tires, we transformed the amphitheater here on campus into a water play frenzy! It was an absolute delight to see the children come together, splashing and playing and getting each other joyfully wet, including their teachers! 

On this dreary rainy Friday, the entire student body gathered in the gym to sing “Cover Me in Sunshine” for a happy send-off to Ms. H. It was a joyful farewell to bring the sunshine out!!  

Junior Kindergarten kept the excitement going with a popsicle dance party and a surprise balloon drop on our last day of school! There’s no better way to celebrate the wonderful year we’ve had together. Thank you for entrusting us with your child; it has been an absolute joy watching each of them grow into beautiful, confident children.

Have a wonderful Summer!! We love you all!!

Miss Gina and Miss Liz

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

IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!

March 24 – 5th Grade Promotion! 10:00 a.m. Please drop students off at 8:45 like normal and report back to the gym at 10:00. No aftercare this day.

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) Shirts will be handed out next week.

Friday – 5th Graders should wear formal attire for their promotion.

Field Day is right around the corner! Buy your duck today!! Make sure to get your student a duck or 5 so they can join in the 2024 Duck Race.   Please have the form filled out and pay by Monday, May 20th.  We have also opened the duck race up to Middle School students!  https://forms.gle/Nk1JzWPAgjvMA37w6

Follow this link to order a YEARBOOK for the 2023-2024 school year!  https://www.treering.com/purchase?PassCode=1013147536424633

Weekly Recap:
As we approach the end of the school year, it’s a time for reflection and celebration in our classroom! Our students have been busy, wrapping up their state reports and putting the finishing touches on their poetry notebooks. It’s been a joy to witness their creativity and dedication shine through in these projects. Additionally, our young scholars have been honing their public speaking skills as they write and perfect their speeches for our upcoming promotion ceremony. With each word crafted and each idea polished, they’re gearing up to impress us all with their eloquence and confidence.

But that’s not all! In between all the excitement, our students have also been mastering practical skills, including learning how to measure volume and converting various units of measurements. From gallons to quarts, inches to feet, they’ve tackled these challenges with enthusiasm and determination. As we head into the final week of school, let’s take a moment to applaud our students’ hard work and achievements throughout the year. Here’s to a fantastic end to the school year and a summer filled with fun, growth, and new adventures!

A Special Thank You!

We want to provide a special thank you to Dr. Caruso for providing our class with caterpillars and the required supplies so we could watch them turn to butterflies! We had 10 cocoons, and out came 8 butterflies! Two of them, Steven and Flapper, have weak wings and are still receiving TLC from the class. Our remaining butterflies, Eminem, Popcorn, Ant Man, Snoop Dog, and Stewart San Francisco California Jr. the First, and GOAT were released into the wild.

Oh, The Fun We Had!

Upcoming Dates and Announcements:

Hello Preschool Families!

Where has the time gone? We can’t believe that it is time to say goodbye to the school year. Your children are truly a blessing. They have brightened our days and filled us with joy and laughter. It was our pleasure getting to know all of you and for providing us the opportunity to share in your child’s preschool experiences. We spelled preschool this year F-U-N!! Thank you for all your support and cooperation.

We welcomed all the babies and stuffies on Tuesday morning. They went to gym, music, and listened to a story When i was little by Jamie Lee Curtis. The children wanted to share a little bit about their special visitor.

Stylee- Turtie – I rock Turtie and she goes to sleep.

Parker- My Simba is 3 years-old

Ollie- I got Gizmo from Target

Hailey- My dog named Charlie

Clara- Reindeer it is from my mommy

Lenni- My baby is named baby bumblebee

Sophia- I have Adeline and I like to play with her

Lucas- My dog’s name is Bed. He likes to sleep a lot

Preston-My baby doll is named Mylah

Mylah- I have a Hello Kitty

Henry- Spidey makes webs

Leonardo- Likes blue monster trucks to play with

Dax- I brought Saber tooth tiger and he doesn’t bite

Noah-Delilah is fun to play with

Aubrey- His name is Mickey and he sleeps with me

Heidi- Monster high doll names Rosie

Emma- Her sleeps in her crib named Emma too

Lola-Santa he had a big beard

Evelyn- My baby doll and I play tea party

Forrest- He brought Jasper and he sleeps with him

Scarlett- My Sloth and I got it when I was a little baby

Bodhi- My Green stuffie is a monster baby

Our final week was filled with laughter, excitement, and a splash of adventure. Amongst our activities that filled our days, nothing quite captured the pure joy we witnessed like our parachute play and water escapades. The children threw colorful plastic balls in the center of the parachute and created ripples in which the balls bounced like popcorn kernels in the center leaving everyone smiling and giggling.

Splish Splash Fun: We dove into the watery wonder filled with water toys and activities. It was a morning we shared with our JK and SK friends. Great fun was had by all!!

PS Quite simply We Love You!!

Have a wonderful summer with your family

Miss Airry Miss Meredith Miss Arden

How does your garden grow?

Important Announcements:

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

Friday, May 24th – 11:30 dismissal – no aftercare

As weather permits, please make sure the kiddos have creek shoes handy.  We never know when we might want to take a dip and do some exploring!

Hello families!

You’d think things would be winding down around here considering how close we are to the end of the school year, but we’ve been busier than ever!  We’ve squeezed in one last sound to give them a leg up when they start 3rd grade.  Ew taught us it can say /oo/ like in crew, chew, and threw.  It can also say /ū/ like in few and pew.  Many students are putting the final touches on their character growth writings using a character we’ve met in the Humphrey series.  Everyone has been sharpening their math skills with games and review activities.  We hope everyone slept so well this week after all of the time we’ve spent in the garden.  New rock went into the walkways, plants went into the beds, fencing went around the edges to keep critters out, and lots of watering!  This may be the class who is most interested and hard-working when it comes to the garden.  

Speaking of, please let us know if you are willing and able to help take care of the garden over the summer.  Maybe you’re dropping off your kiddos for a summer camp, maybe you have vacation time and want to work there as a family, or maybe you want to stop by to get some fresh veggies for your family meals.  We would truly appreciate any help big or small: watering, pulling the random weeds that sneak in, and harvesting anything ready to be a meal.  Let us know!  Thank you in advance!

We’re excited for one final week of this fabulous group of 2nd graders!

Carly and Laura