Junior Kindergarten

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

The Red Carpet Premier of Cookie’s Week

Upcoming Events:

Monday, May 13th: JK Cross the Creek Day! Please wear water friendly clothes and send rain boots and a change of clothes in their backpack (if they don’t already have these items at school)

Friday, May 17th: Last day of school (How is that possible!?)

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

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. If you cannot attend live, if you register, you will be sent the recording to watch at your convenience. 

Hello JK families!

Wow what a week! Wednesday night’s showcase was easily the highlight for us and the children. The movie stars arrived, “red carpet ready” with proud smiles, eager to share their perfectly planned outfits with their classmates. We loved sharing all their hard work through pictures, artwork, and of course the movie itself. You can watch it here. We hope you felt the warmth and love of the WCDS campus as you enjoyed refreshments, toured the classrooms, and of course, walked the red carpet. We can’t forget the cookies that looked just like Cookie! We’d like to give a big thank you to Cora’s Mom, Kathy, for making the cookies. They were beautiful and looked just like Cookie. Thank you for your time and hard work! We would also like to share with you the slideshow we made of the children and their favorite memories of the school year. It’s hard to believe the year is coming to an end in just five days! We have loved our time together but know all of the children are ready for the next chapter. Next week we have lots of fun activities planned for the kiddos! It’s going to be a blast!

This week was mostly filled with preparations for Cookie’s Week and reminiscing about the school year, but we also took time to celebrate Mother’s Day! We read, Me and My Mom by Alison Ritchie and Alison Edgson and Me and Mama by Cozbi A. Cabrera. The children answered three questions about their moms: What is something you like to do with your mom? What makes your mom happy? What makes your mom special? The answers were added to cut-out hearts. They then drew a picture of themselves with their mom and all the items were attached to a canvas to create a beautiful keepsake. Moms, we hope you feel ALL the love this weekend. You deserve it!

A few others highlights from this week included a visit from a campus chicken with Miss Britney, fun exploring clay in Art, learning how to safely use a hot glue gun, and of course the 5th grade weather balloon launch of JoJoX!

With love,

Miss Liz & Miss Gina

Take your seats everyone….

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 Junior Kindergarten: 

The Junior Kindergarten End of the Year Showcase will be a movie premiere celebration of their production of Cookie’s Week. Please dress your child in movie premiere fashion (what makes them feel happy and special). Families will be invited to view the movie of Cookie’s Week, acted out by the children, and see all the hard work that went into its development. Following the exhibit in the gym, the children will enjoy a wrap party in the classroom with a photo booth, grape juice toast, and more!

May 10th: Ms H’s Last Parent Coffee at 8:30 and Weather Ballon Launch at 10:00

May 17th: Last day of school

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

Hello JK Families,

What an exciting week we’ve had in Junior Kindergarten! As you all know, the children have been diligently working on a delightful play right here in our classroom. But guess what? This week, they took their hard work to the big stage, in the gym! That’s right, they practiced “Cookie’s Week” with enthusiasm and confidence on stage. It’s been a joy to see them shine and show off their new acting talent. 

In preparation for the recorded performance, the costume designers have been hard at work crafting the cat costumes for the actors. Based on their designs on paper, they assembled tails, ears, and even bellies using felt and sharpies to bring the cat costumes to life. The prop designers collected snack wrappers and a few pieces of mulch from the playground to repurpose everyday items for a creative way to make stage props.

The children explored the wonderful story “All The Ways To Be Smart” by Davina Bell. In this book, the author beautifully illustrates how children can demonstrate their intelligence in various ways. It’s not just about traditional academics. There are countless ways to be smart! All the children have grown and learned many new skills this year in their own unique way. The children had the chance to reflect and share favorite things they had learned. Each quote will be showcased during our end-of-the-year celebration. 

This week the children enhanced a black and white picture of themselves in a unique and colorful way. They used shiny loose parts and colorful sharpies to add a special touch to a self-portrait. After an entire year of practicing writing their name, they were asked to create giant name art for the end of the year. They wrote their name very large or in “bubble letter” format, and added colorful designs and watercolors. 

With the gorgeous weather we have had, the children helped clean up our outdoor space and they enjoyed planting beautiful flowers in the flower boxes. 

In Science, the children watched Miss Brinteny’s demonstration of how pollination happens. Then each child used a sugar pack to watch their partner transfer pollen from flower to flower.

Have a wonderful weekend!! Don’t forget to mark your calendars (May 8th at 6:00) and be sure to join us for a fun-filled evening showcasing the talent and hard work the children did for Cookie’s Week. We can’t wait to see you there!

Miss Gina and Miss Liz

Quiet on the Set… and Action!

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 Junior Kindergarten: 

The Junior Kindergarten End of the Year Showcase will be a movie premiere celebration of their production of Cookie’s Week. Please dress your child in movie premiere fashion (what makes them feel happy and special). Families will be invited to view the movie of Cookie’s Week, acted out by the children, and see all the hard work that went into its development. Following the exhibit in the gym, the children will enjoy a wrap party in the classroom with a photo booth, grape juice toast, and more!

May 17th: Last day of school

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

Hello JK families,

The props are ready, the costumes are underway, and daily practices of Cookie’s Week are how we start each day! The play is coming together beautifully, and we are so proud of their dedication as they recall their lines, hit their marks, and add in sound effects. This week they learned what “quiet on the set,” “action,” and “curtain call” mean. Our directors, Jackson and Winston are doing a great job working with the cast and crew off-set. The cat actors and prop people are timing their parts perfectly with our narrator, Regina. We will be filming the play next week and turning it into a movie. At our showcase on May 8th we will celebrate the film release with a viewing and cast party!

In addition to all things “Cookie,” this week was full of lots of new experience for our JK students. On Monday they celebrated Earth Day, on Tuesday we had a special visit from the fire house truck, and on Thursday the kiddos “traveled around the world” at our spectacular International Day! To celebrate Earth Day the children listened to the story, How the Crayons Saved the Earth by Monica Sweeney and then spread the message by creating large sidewalk chalk art outside for all of WCDS to see. During our fire house visit, a firefighter explained exactly what to do in case of a fire. The children then practiced his instructions during a mock smoke and fire alarm drill. They practice reciting “get out and stay out!” and were told to never go back inside once they made it to safety. International Day allowed the children to experience a variety of traditions from countries all around the world. They played with toys from Thailand, danced in Guatemala, and had beautiful red ribbons placed in their hair while visiting Russia. We were so proud of their kindness and curiosity when learning about other cultures.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Liz & Miss Gina

“I really like this city!”

Announcements:

April 25th: Celebrating International Day. There will be about ten or eleven stations headed by natives of Germany, Morocco, Italy, Ukraine, Russia, and other exotic countries, who will share interesting snippets from their respective cultures with the children.  We will begin right after lunch, and end with a buffet of snacks from around the world by 3:00 pm.  Children are encouraged to wear national dress from any country.

May 8th: Early Childhood End of the Year Showcase – 6:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. (Stay tuned for more details)

May 17th: Last day of school

June 3rd: Start of WCDS Summer Camp

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

The 2024-2025 School Calendar:

Hello JK Families, 

This week, we wrapped up our cat adventures with Miss Liz’s cat Queso, and Miss Gina’s cat Gretchen. The children were excited to take a peek at our cat adventures and enjoyed learning what their teachers do after school. 

Junior Kindergarten, along with the whole school, had the opportunity to see the play, Three Wishes, presented by Towngate Theater. How fitting it was that a play came to WCDS when our children were learning about role-playing, prop making, and working together to bring the book Cookie’s Week to life.

After listening to Mr. Tim explain to the children how props and costumes were made, the children were eager to start working on their own props and stage materials for their play. Their drawings were projected onto large cardboard pieces, cut out, and then painted by the children. These bigger-than-life props are the perfect way to bring the story to life. 

Wow, what a great experience it was to relocate to our branch campus for the day! The children enjoyed observing downtown Wheeling. While looking out the large windows, Savannah said, “I really like this city!” Throughout our day, the children explored their new classroom setting, danced with glow sticks, and savored every bite of the original downtown DiCarlos! Many of the children really liked DiCarlos, and Rowan even declared, “I really like square pizza.”

In math and literacy, we played bingo and focused on writing the teen numbers and counting out their values. The children are showing that they are ready for SK!! 

In science, the children made seed bombs. They formed a ball out of wet paper and then added wildflower seeds. They used blue and green wet construction paper to represent the colors of the earth for Earth Day. 

In art, the children drew their end of the year self-portraits to compare with the ones at the beginning of the year. 

We wish you a wonderful weekend!

Miss Gina and Miss Liz

Mark your calendars! Wednesday, May 8th: Early Childhood End of the Year Showcase – 6:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. (Stay tuned for more details)

The 2024-2025 School Calendar:

Hello JK Families, 

This week, we wrapped up our cat adventures with Miss Liz’s cat Queso, and Miss Gina’s cat Gretchen. The children were excited to take a peek at our cat adventures and enjoyed learning what their teachers do after school. 

Junior Kindergarten along with the whole school, had the opportunity to see the play, Three Wishes presented by Towngate Theater. How fitting it was that a play came to WCDS when our children were learning about role-playing, prop making, and working together to bring the book Cookie’s Week to life.

After listening to Mr. Tim explain to the children how props and costumes were made, the children were eager to start working on their own props and stage materials for their play. Their drawings were projected onto large cardboard pieces, cut out, and then painted by the children. These bigger-than-life props are the perfect way to bring the story to life. 

Wow, what a great experience it was to relocate to our branch campus for the day! The children enjoyed observing downtown Wheeling. While looking out the large windows, Savannah said, “I really like this city!” Throughout our day, the children explored their new classroom setting, danced with glow sticks, and savored every bite of the original downtown DiCarlos!

In math and literacy, we played bingo and focused on writing the teen numbers and counting out their values. The children are showing that they are ready for SK!! 

In science, the children made seed bombs. They formed a ball out of wet paper and then added wildflower seeds. They used blue and green wet construction paper to represent the colors of the earth for Earth Day. 

In art, the children drew their end of the year self-portraits to compare with the ones at the beginning of the year. 

We wish you a wonderful weekend!

Miss Gina and Miss Liz

Behind the Scenes of Cookie’s Week

Upcoming Events and Announcements:

Wednesday, April 17th: Field trip to our Northern Campus for our Celebrate Pizza Party

WCDS is excited to utilize our new branch classroom located in the former Student Union building of WV Northern Community 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. 

Arrival and Dismissal times are the same. If your child needs before and/or aftercare and transportation to the Northern campus please let us know. If we don’t hear from you we will see you there!

Friday, April 19th: Early Dismissal @ 11:30

Mark your calendars! Wednesday, May 8th: Early Childhood End of the Year Showcase – 6:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. (Stay tuned for more details)

The 2024-2025 School Calendar:

Hello JK families,

From knocking over potted plants to splashing in the toilet, Cookie the cat and her silly shenanigans are coming to life in our class production of Cookie’s Week by Cindy Ward. Last week the children chose the role they wanted to take on during the production, and this week we began bringing the story to life! The children were divided up based on their interest and worked collaboratively to create the set, costumes, props, and signage for the play.

The set designers painted a large backdrop based on the splashes of color illustrated in the book.

“Let’s leave it like that. Yeah we’re mixing the colors.” Isaac

“Oh yeah that looks good.” Dermot

The costume designers each designed a cat costume for the 7 actors who will play the role of Cookie.

“My cat has pink eyes. It’s gonna have stripes when I’m done. A peach face, and a purple, red, green and brown tail with a purple and green belly.” -Mia 

“The kitty’s got hair. Mine has ears with pink & red stripes.”- Cora

“Cats can be black, white or gray. I’m making a gray cat with black stripes.” -Bradley

“My kitty is gray with a white belly like Lola.”- Savannah

“A orange face with a blue belly. And rainbow legs, and pink whiskers too!” – Joanna

“Mine is black and white like cookie with green eyes and red orange ears.” -Charlie 

“It’s gonna look like Boo Boo… gray and black and its belly is white.” – Rowan

The stage crew worked on drawing objects we need for the show. Their drawings will be turned into giant cardboard props that will help tell our story.

“I’m drawing leaves everywhere because Cookie knocked the plant down.” -Joanna

“I need to add the water everywhere.” -Hudson

“Meow meow meow.” -Regina 

“I’m making Cookie’s crown.” -Savannah

The entire class worked on creating their own cover for the play’s program and painted display boards for the event as well. In Music, Miss Dena explained the art of foley, or the reproduction of everyday sounds, and will be working with our sound effects team to create the sounds in Cookie’s Week. We can’t wait for you to see the stunning results of all their hard work at our Early Childhood End of the Year Showcase in May. Stay tuned for more info!

When looking back on the week, we can’t leave out the eclipse! The class enjoyed watching a demonstration of a solar eclipse using a hula hoop, globe, ping pong ball, and a flashlight. When it was time to view the real thing, the children patiently waited to see the crescent shape slowly move over the sun. We were so proud of how well they used their special glasses!

With the sun and moon in mind, we practiced a guided meditation to the moon during Mindfulness. During this quiet time the class is invited to rest on a blanket and listen to a children’s story while painting pictures in their mind. They have loved these opportunities to calm their body and mind.

We wish you a wonderful weekend,

Miss Liz & Miss Gina

Rain, rain go away…

April 8th: 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. 

April 17th: Field trip to our Northern Campus for our Celebrate Pizza Party

WCDS is excited to utilize our new branch classroom located in the former Student Union building of WV Northern Community 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. 

April 19th: Early Dismissal @ 11:30 

Hello Families,

This week in Junior Kindergarten the rain didn’t stop us from having a good time. The children continued to share their cat adventures. We enjoyed hearing about the warm bedtime stories, the family meals, and their litter boxes made of sand. With the children leading the way, they decorated their classroom cat hotel. What a joy it was to listen to the children describe their version of their cat homes:

“Made a bed.” Winston

“He can swing on this monkey bar, like that to leave his house.” Dermot 

“These are little hearts to run their faces on.” Gemma 

“I made a little hanger to hang his collar up. It’s a movie theater.” Regina 

“I made a zip line. It’s a road track.’  Hudson 

“Making a hanger. It’s a hammock. ” Griffin 

“I’m making a curtain.” Isaac 

“He bounces and does backflips into the pool.” Pierce

“I’m making a blanket for my cat.”- Charlie

“I’m making a bed for my cat.”- Mia 

“I made an Easter egg for mine and a cat toy for the cat to try and get! – Caston

“I want to hang this from the ceiling to make a disco.” -Caston

“I’m making little spaces so it can fit through. And this is for the floor.” -Dermot

“I’m making a sparkly line so it can crawl over and under.” -Rowan

With cats still the main topic of conversation, we revisited the children’s favorite story, Cookie’s Week by Cindy Ward. After hearing all of the cat adventures at home, the children decided to bring the book’s character, Cookie, to life and how to act out the silly adventures in a reader’s theater. 

In Drama with Mr Alex, the children were introduced to the difference between a play and a movie. He shared a few clips of this year’s WCDS Christmas play. He explained the roles people have in a play from actors, narrators, directors, stage crew, set designers, and costume designers. He asked the children what they thought each role meant:

What do you think the actor does? 

“The show-ers, the audience.” Joanna  

What do the set designers do? 

 “Set it up.” Regina 

“You decorate the back.” Caston

What does the director do? 

“Tells people what to do.” Joanna 

 “Directs the things.” Griffin

 “You gonna be here, you gonna be here.” Isaac

What does the costume designer do?  

“Makes the costumes.” Hudson 

“I was a cat for Halloween.” Mia 

In Math this week, the children picked a random number to use to make our classroom number wall. They wrote the number, the word, and used loose parts to represent the correct number. 

With all the time spent inside this week, to get our bodies moving and grooving, we practiced crossing the bodies mid-line by dancing to Jack Hartman, These movements help strengthen their pre-reading skills.  

In language and literacy, the children picked an object. As a group, the children came up with a list of rhyming words. 

We wish you a safe and well weekend and look forward to a much “dryer”  week here on campus! 

Miss Gina and Miss Liz

The Cats are Coming!

Upcoming Events and Announcements

  • March 29th – April 1st – Easter Break
  • April 2nd – Classes Resume with a 10:00 a.m. start

Cat adventures to your home: Each child will get a chance to bring their adopted cat home to visit their family! While they are visiting with you, we’d like you to document their adventures with a few photos. You can send the images to us through talking points. The next day, your child will get a chance to sit in the big white chair for “show and tell!” We randomly pulled names and created a schedule, so you know when your feline friend is coming! Here is the remaining schedule:

Thursday, March 28th (Easter long weekend) – Regina, Savannah, & Hudson

Tuesday, April 2nd – Gemma & Roman

Wednesday, April 3rd – Joanna & Charlie

Thursday, April 4th – Cora & Winston

Friday, April 5th – Rowan, Isaac & Pierce 

Hello JK families,

The cats finally arrived! The class was thrilled to get to choose their cat, dress it in the beautiful collar they made, and move it into it’s very own cubby in our class “cat hotel.” Then came the big news that their cat would get a chance to go home with them and meet their families. The next day they would get to share photos of their adventures. We have loved seeing the cats play, eat, and sleep alongside the kiddos! Meanwhile, back in the classroom, the children created cat beds for their kitties and began decorating their cat apartments in our big wooden shelving unit. Each kitty has a cubby, cat bed, accessories and decorations.

“Can we use paper and pictures for the cat apartments? Because they need decorations.” -Jackson

“This is for Pumpkin!” -Savannah

“My cat loves hearts.” -Caston (as he created his cat pillow with red hearts)

“Cat Rat loves flowers and hot magenta.” -Dermot 

“I built a castle for my cat.” -Joanna 

“The cats need toys. Can I use these pom poms?” -Pierce

“Here’s where Flowers can put it’s collar when it gets home.” – Jackson

“I want to put tape up here like decorations for Desdemona.” -Joanna

In Music, the class continued to learn about CATS the musical and even designed their own cat face paint concept! Would you be a striped cat, orange, black, or white? The children loved watching clips from the stage show as the created their designs.

In addition to all things cats, the class was very excited about the upcoming Easter holiday. The children were invited to explore four Easter inspired centers. They created egg designs using loose parts, challenged each other in an egg stacking contest, enjoyed three Spring sensory bins and even dyed their own hard boiled egg! The curiosity and excitement about color mixing as we dyed eggs was infectious! And would you believe, not one cup of dye was spilled!? We ended the week with a chilly, but sunny, WCDS egg hunt on the playground. Boy, did they love discovering the treats and trinkets they found inside their eggs!

We hope you have an eggcellent break! Wishing you plenty of rest and lots of fun family time!

Miss Liz and Miss Gina

A cat to call your very own…

  • This year, we are asking for your help for our school-wide Spring Egg Hunt. 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 March 26th.
  • March 28th – 11:30 a.m. Early Dismissal
  • March 29th – April 1st – Easter Break
  • April 2nd – Classes Resume with a 10:00 a.m. start

Hello Families,

This week the children continued their study of cats. After reading, Cat Problems by Jory John. We made a special announcement that each child will get to adopt their very own stuffed cat. The cats will arrive next week, but we wanted to do a few things to prepare for their arrival. To welcome their kitty into the family, the children filled out a “live birth certificate.” They picked a birth date for their cats and gave it a special name! Just to name a few 

Bradley- “Sparkle”

Charlie – “Cartoon Cat” 

Dermot- “Cat Rat” 

Cora- “Rosie” 

Caston- “Peanut Butter”. 

We also learned fun facts about cats and how to take care of them. We designed a cat pillow to give our new family member a nice warm spot to sleep. To add a personal touch to each kitty the children made a beaded collar and wrote their cat’s name on it. 

“My cat’s too fat to sit on this pillow.” Regina 

“My cat will love hearts.” Griffin 

“I want my cat to be orange because I want his name to be Pumpkin.” Savannah 

To follow along with our cat theme, in music, Miss Dena introduced to the children the musical CATS. As they watched a short clip, she asked the children if they thought the actors in the play were real cats or fake cats!

To kick off the season of spring the children dissected a flower and studied each of its parts. We placed all the pieces of the flower in a bag with the idea of having the children put them back together again. To build upon their curiosity about how plants breathe,  during science, Miss Britney discussed with the children the difference between something that’s alive vs something that’s nonliving. The children compared an artificial flower to a real flower. As the children explored each type of flower, she talked about the three things that all living things do and the four things that they need to be alive. 

Also this week, that sneaky little leprechaun stopped by Junior kindergarten over the weekend and made a glitter mess! While searching through their set traps the children found evidence that the leprechaun was here! As the children searched the classroom they found the bathroom window open, a leprechaun hat, and a boot! The leprechaun left us four leaf clover sunglasses, tattoos, bracelets, and a “REAL” gold coin! 

“Maybe he left us gold coins!?” – Savannah

“He probably needed the money, that’s why he didn’t leave any.” Hudson

“Roman touched the boot!” – Caston

“These glasses make everything look rainbow.” Isaac 

In the afternoon we had a special guest, The Nailers! Oh man, the excitement on their faces to see real-life hockey players, even one of them had a missing tooth! The children challenged the players to a game on their homemade hockey rink using their pool noodles as their hockey sticks! Then we picked Mia’s name out of a hat to try on a real hockey uniform with adult-size pads included! A big thank you to the Wheeling Nailers for bringing such joy to the class.

With Celebrate right around the corner, we are excited to share the children’s beautiful photography skills featured in their photo collage artwork! We are looking forward to seeing some of you there. 

Enjoy your weekend! 

Miss Gina and Miss Liz

Say Cheese!

Upcoming Events and Announcements

This year for our school wide Spring Egg Hunt, we are asking for your help. If you would like to donate a dozen of 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 March 26th. It’s going to be EGGCELLENT!

March 23rd – CELEBRATE WCDS!

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

Hello JK families,

CELEBRATE excitement is in the air, and the JK kiddos are working hard to create a beautiful artwork to auction off at the big event! Inspired by photography and the children’s love of the game, Hide and Seek, the class is creating a large collage of photos that they have taken of each other. Many of the photos are close-up shots of their eyes, noses, mouths, hands, etc. Your goal as their parents is to find your child hidden in the artwork! The children were partnered up and asked to photograph each other and the results are gorgeous! The photo collage will be framed and the matte surrounding the image was created by the children as well. They added cut cellophane, tissue, and painted papers to create their own name collage. We can’t wait for you to see this stunning artwork!

Cats, cats, and more cats continue to be the favorite topic in the classroom. The children learned that “cats” expand beyond the typical house cat to jungle cats such as cheetahs, bobcats, pumas, and tigers too! They were asked to think… “if you were a cat, what kind of cat would you be?” Their answers were precious! We also shared some important cat facts with these feline fans. Did you know, cats sleep more than 70% of their lives? And that they make over 100 different sounds?

In math, the children had a chance to use their very own abacus to show a number. Using their beaded apparatus, they would count to the given number… in example “show me 10, 15, 30” etc. They were so excited to grasp this tricky concept! Short vowel Ee took center stage this week in phonics as they practiced that it’s sound and formation.

In mindfulness, we practiced rainbow breathing and read the book The Rainbow Book by Kate Ohrt which talked about how colors can convey emotions. Officer John also stopped by to give the children a brand new basketball ball for them to practice their sharing skills. The children continue to work hard on building their interpersonal skills and we are so proud of the kindness they show each other!

In science, rainbows and shamrocks were the perfect topic with St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner! They learned how to create a rainbow using water, a flashlight, and a CD. Shining the light at just the right angle on the CD submerged in water created a rainbow on the wall! Then the children created their own rainbows using paper towels, markers, and water. After coloring the ends of the paper towels, the kiddos dipped them in water and watched the colors rise! They also colored their own shamrocks using GRASS! Rubbing vigorously pushed the pigment out onto the paper to make a beautiful green color!

The end of the week brought preparations for St.Patrick’s Day as we invited the children to create their very own leprechaun traps. We heard that the leprechauns will be in town over the weekend so we have high hopes of catching one or scoring some gold coins and treats at the least!

We hope your weekend is filled with rainbows, gold, and lots of luck!

Miss Liz and Miss Gina