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End of the Year Blog

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

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

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

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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!!!!

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

Climbing on Up!

Important Dates: 

  • Thursday, May 16 – Attack Theatre Final Performance 
  • Thursday, May 23 – WCDS Field Day
  • Friday, May 24 – Move Up Day, Last Day of School

What a week in 4th grade! Rock climbing, Attack Theatre practices, arcade games, and a pizza party! What a way to kick off the end of the year festivities. As you can see, our important dates are dwindling as we are 2 weeks away from the end of the year. Please keep an eye out for Talking Points with updates and reminders. 

In language arts, students continued to work on poetry. This class enjoys rhyming and making silly but still meaninful poems. Our review of figurative language is complete. Students are even starting to use these and identify them in everyday conversations. 

In math, we started learning about fractions. We’ll finish the year with this concept, which will include some very fun hands on learning. We hope to finish reading Pie this week. The kids are making great predictions about the mystery of the pie recipe!

Our final performance of Attack Theatre is this Thursday, May 16, in the gym. Parents may start arriving at 1:00 pm for our 1:30 pm show. As we get closer to our performance, the kids are getting more nervous and excited. These emotions are all part of our learning. Our Attack Theatre friends will help make this a wonderful show!

The kids made some great Mother’s Day gifts to give all of you moms. They put much love and care into these. We hope you enjoy them!

Have a great day and Happy Mother’s Day!

Stella and Grace

PRESCHOOL IT’S TIME TO SHOW WHAT YOU KNOW!!!

Upcoming Dates and Announcements:

  • Register for WCDS Summer Camps at https://summer.wcdsedu.com/
  • Tuesday, May 14th is Baby day! Your children are invited to bring a doll or stuffie to care for that day!
  • Wednesday, May 15th -Water Play Dy! Dress for water!
  • Thursday, May 16th is the last day of Preschool! (Friday, May 17th for 5 day students)
  • Thursday, May 23rd is Field Day! Preschool students are invited to attend with a parent or caregiver.
  • Thursdays are Preschool’s walk your child to class day.  Feel free to park at the shelter and join us for our daily discovery time if your schedule allows! 
  • We have friends with allergies and are a nut-free classroom. 
  • Beforecare is available in the gym from 7:30- 8:20 and aftercare from 3:30-5:00.
  • Teacher Email: mshah@wcdsedu.com, awolle@wcdsedu.com, aschultz@wcdsedu.com 

Hello Preschool Families!

What a busy and magical week it was in Preschool! The kiddos energy was palpable as their vibrant drawings and whimsical creations adorned the gymnasium and transformed into an immersive experience! Their anticipation mounted as they awaited the day when they could “SHOW WHAT THEY KNOW” and share their habitat masterpieces on display, each piece a testament to their boundless creativity and big imaginations! As the big night was finally among us, their giggles filled the air and their eyes sparkled with excitement, our hearts brimmed with pride as we reveled in their joy as they celebrated with their most favorite people the magic and wonder their learning! Parker said it best “I”m going to blow my parents minds when they see all the things I’ve learned!” Thank you for joining us for such a special night, they should feel so proud of all the amazing things they have done!

Speaking of special people … in the midst of showcase we couldn’t forget the people who make our worlds go round, the moms, mommy’s and mommas! We first took a profile picture of your little treasures, then we created a silhouette with the choice of color that they thought best represented their mommy. The kiddos then were provided watercolors and loose parts to add the perfect touch. We know that you can’t freeze time and they cannot stay this little forever, but with this gift you will always have a snapshot of this special age and their infinite love. The interviews were priceless and we hope you laughed and your hearts swelled as much as ours did as we listened to the answers only three and four year olds can give.

Small group ended their week watching the 3rd grade volcanoes erupt followed by the tenth anniversary launch of the 5th grade JoJo weather balloon … JoJo X named in honor of a very special little boy whose story that only the likes of Luke Hladek could tell in such an incredible way. What … A … Week!

We hope you have a beautiful weekend! Happy Mother’s Day Mommy’s!!!

No Flash Photography, Please📸

Upcoming Dates and Announcements
Thursday, May 23rd – Field Day, 12:30pm @ 8 Park Road –
This is our last day of school and all families are welcome to join us for the best day of the year!

This week was picture-worthy in all aspects! We are so happy that you all were able to join us Wednesday night for our End of Year Showcase and see just a glimpse of the magic that these kiddos create daily. Every piece of artwork, book created, and song that was sang truly showcased their passion and hard work that we’ve had the pleasure of observing and nourishing all year. We just loved how their end-of-year self-portraits reflected everything that makes them unique and amazing! Not a single detail was missed. We’re so unbelievably proud of this crew and all of our Early Childhood peeps!

As we approach the end of the year it is so bittersweet reflecting on how much they’ve changed and continue to grow. From the showcase to the weather balloon launch, JoJo X, we could not escape the tears this week. Although our hearts are heavy because we know the end is near, it’s not over yet! There’s still lots of belly laughs to laugh, happy tears to cry, and core memories to create. We fully intend to take it all in these next two weeks. We hope you all do, too!
Enjoy all the photos!!!📸

Have a great weekend,
Miss Tylar & Miss Claire

That’s a wrap for Little Explorers & We Two!

They always say, “Time flies when you’re having fun!” Boy, did that ring true this year. It seems like just yesterday, it was September, and we were meeting each other for the first time, starting to make new friends, and meet new faces. Over the year, we have gotten to know you and your children, seen them explore, try new experiences, interact with each other, and grow right before our eyes. It is always an amazing, transformative year.

We are grateful to Miss Carrie for providing fun music and movement activities for us at the Ohio County Public Library this week during our combined class. The library has undergone some upgrades in its children’s department, including programming that is free to the public. Here is the link for you to look into their offerings.

We are glad the weather was beautiful for our short walk to the B & O Building front lawn area. A special thank you goes out to our partners at WVNCC for allowing us to use this area! How fun to gather on blankets and the grass to have a snack, sing the infamous Wheels on the Bus, hear the story, You Can’t Kiss a Bubble by Karen Wyle, and then blow bubbles and draw with sidewalk chalk. What a way to end the year!

We certainly hope to see you all soon. There are summer camps for all of you to attend. Little Explorers camp runs for six weeks every Friday starting on June 7th. We Two camps runs for four weeks every Friday starting on July 19th. Click here to register for camps. We highly encourage signing up for the We Two camp sessions if your child is attending preschool in the fall.

Finally, we would like to thank all of you for trusting us each week to bring the beauty of exploration, adventure, and learning through provocations and interactions during classes. We love seeing you and especially seeing how each of your child’s minds grow and work and develop each week. They inspire us and make us better educators. Having your support and love to guide them in their developmental journey is more important than you know! So, thank you for spending your Fridays with us and being a supportive force in your child’s life! 

Have a wonderful summer and we hope to see you soon!

Miss Claire, Miss Linda, and Miss Stephanie

April Showers Really Do Bring May Flowers!🌷

Upcoming Dates and Announcements:
Wednesday, May 8th – End of Year Showcase, 6:00-7:00pm @ 8 Park Road
Friday, May 10th – Weather Balloon Launch, 10:00am(ish) @ 8 Park Road
Thursday, May 23rd – Field Day, 12:30pm @ 8 Park Road –
This is our last day of school and all families are welcome to join us for the best day of the year!

This week has been nothing less than busy as we continued to prepare for our End of Year Showcase that’s next week! The students have been working so hard to make sure that you all are able to get a glimpse of the fabulous things we’ve done this year. We can hardly believe that our time together is coming to an end. We’re busy making more memories and creating as much magic as we can before the last grain of sand falls from our hourglass. Next week and the remainder of the month will seem jam-packed, but it will be filled with fun! In the midst of the whirlwind of the week we also created some fabulous flowers to deliver to our Linsly Ceramics friends that we will see next week. We can’t wait to show them our appreciation for all their help and see the beautiful, freshly fired piggy banks!

In phonics and math we’ve been focusing on the proper formation of our letters and numbers. With the wonderful sunshine making its appearance we’ve been able to do this outside as much as possible! From the pencil to dry erase markers and even chalk the students are realizing that no matter what tool we use our numbers and letters are formed the same way. We will continue to work on these skills next week and may even ADD some new skills in math.

“What Day is it Again?”

Important Dates: 

  • Thursday, May 9 – 9:00-11:00 Field Trip at the Highlands 
  • Friday, May 10 – 8:30 AM Parent Coffee
  • Friday, May 10 – Weather Balloon Launch
  • Thursday, May 16 – Attack Theatre Final Performance 
  • Thursday, May 23 – WCDS Field Day
  • Friday, May 24 – Move Up Day, Last Day of School

Reminder, our field trip to the Highlands Sports Complex wil be next Thursday. We will send out confirmations on Talking Points to those who volunteered to drive as well as other reminders. If your student wants to participate in rock climbing they will need to have their waiver signed, turned in, and wear tennis shoes for the field trips. Crocs and sandals are not permitted. We will be eating lunch at the school at our regular scheduled time. 

“Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkanas…” If this song has been played or sung in the last month at your house to study, you can finally change the song! Students have completed their study on the regions of the United States. State reports are still being written but there aren’t many songs for those. Thanks for all of your support as we recognize this was something they had to spend extra time studying at home to be successful. 

In STEAM students took a break and went back to their embryology deep dive from the last trimester. Two chickens were brought into the classroom for students to hold as well as try to indentify their different parts. Ask your student about “the upside down chicken” from science and have a good laugh with them! 

We met with Attack Theatre twice this week. Next week is our last week of zooming and they come back in person on May 15th for our final rehearsal. Our performance is on Thursday, May 16, in the gym. You may start arriving at 1:00 pm for our 1:30 show.

In math, we are finishing up with our geometry unit. The kids learned out degrees of angles and classified angles by right, acute, or obtuse angles. They are currently working on making parabolic curve designs. They love that math and art go together!

They’ve been working on solving the mystery of the secret recipe in our Pie book. We’ve been concentrating on figurative language used in the book and they’re catching on to idioms.

We know the school year is beginning to wind down, but we still have so much more learning to do! Thanks for your continuous support – we appreciate all of you!

Grace and Stella

Lions and Tigers and Bears…Oh My!

Upcoming Dates and Announcements:

  • Register for WCDS Summer Camps at https://summer.wcdsedu.com/
  • Mark your calendars! Wednesday, May 8th- Early Childhood End of the Year Showcase- 6:00pm at WCDS . Details below.
  • Thursday, May 16th is the last day of Preschool! (Friday, May 17th for 5 day students)
  • Thursday, May 23rd is Field Day! Preschool students are invited to attend with a parent or caregiver.
  • Thursdays are Preschool’s walk your child to class day.  Feel free to park at the shelter and join us for our daily discovery time if your schedule allows! 
  • We have friends with allergies and are a nut-free classroom. 
  • Beforecare is available in the gym from 7:30- 8:20 and aftercare from 3:30-5:00.
  • Teacher Email: mshah@wcdsedu.com, awolle@wcdsedu.com, aschultz@wcdsedu.com 

A Look at Our Week:

It’s hard to believe, but May is already here, and we’re down to just a few short weeks of school left! We’re buzzing with excitement as we prepare to showcase our work from the past few months at our upcoming Early Childhood Showcase. This week has been a flurry of activity as we put the finishing touches on our habitat exhibits, which will take center stage. Inspired by Jan Bret’s “The Umbrella,” we ventured into the rainforest alongside a young boy named Carlos, immersing ourselves in its vibrant colors and diverse wildlife. This journey fueled our enthusiasm for our final class project: crafting unique animal hats that truly captured the kiddos’ imaginations. From plain white ball caps emerged a menagerie of creatures from flamingos, turtles, and monkeys to lions, tigers, and bears…oh my! Each is adorned with paint, fabric, feathers, and other materials. It’s been a wild ride of creativity and discovery, and we can’t wait to share it with you!

Wednesday, May 8th from 6:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. – The Early Childhood End of the Year Showcase

What to expect:

Families should drop off their child/children to their classroom by 5:45. Parents can then go to the gym, where the evening will begin. At 6:00 the children will come to the gym with their teachers and take their place within their exhibition space. Parents will be invited to explore their child’s exhibit and the other classes as well. Following the exhibits within the gym, children and families will be invited to enjoy refreshments in the amphitheater (weather permitting) and tour classrooms.

Here are the details for Preschool: 

You are invited to immerse yourself in five different habitats that your children’s creative minds and dimpled hands have created! Experience each habitat and the animals that live there as the Preschoolers transform from lively children to the wild animals they chose to study and explore these past few months. We cannot wait to share and celebrate with you as the kiddos proudly showcase their passions and hard work that they have poured into these collaborative masterpieces!

As stated above, following the exhibits within the gym, children and families will be invited to enjoy refreshments in the amphitheater (weather permitting) and tour classrooms!

Enjoy your weekend!

-Meredith, Arden, and Airry

Final fun Friday at 8 Park Road!


It is hard to believe that yesterday was our final Friday of fun and exploration at the WCDS Main Campus! This year has certainly flown by. It has been amazing to watch all of the children grow, change, and evolve as the months have passed by. This week the children scooped and poured sand, ​and carefully transferred water and flower petals from one cup or bowl to another. Creating shapes and figures out of magnetic tiles was fun to see. The children continue to work on their gross motor skills and balance navigating the stepping stones and blocks on the mats. And what would a Friday morning be without paint and glue? Adding color to recyclable materials and continuing to add tissue paper to our ever-changing canvases is always a good time! Classes ended with a springtime story and snacks. Thank you to our 5th grade volunteers who joined us at the 11:00 session to be guest readers to students.

Please know that next Friday will be our final class session for the year. We will all be gathering as one combined class at 9:30 am at the Ohio County Public Library. They will be providing fun, engaging activities for us. From the library, we will be taking a short walk to the large lawn area in front of the B&O Building at WV​NCC where we will have a story, snack​, and some more fun activities! We can’t wait!

Have a wonderful weekend and see you next week!

Miss Stephanie, Miss Claire, and Miss Linda