Mrs. Murphy's class, hard at work!
Important Upcoming Events
Night of the Arts
We are excited for our upcoming Night of the Arts! Mrs. Stover and Ms. Babin have been hard at work with our students. An interactive event, we are excited to try something new.
Our physical education teachers, Mr. Slason and Mr. Stevens, are also busy planning this year's Field Day to be held on June 14th with a rain date ofJune 16th. A little later this year, we feel it is at a better time for our students and staff.
Transition Day will be held on June 22nd. We are looking forward to it!
Good Character Assembly for June - Citizenship - June 13th 2:20
At this assembly, in addition to our student performance by Mrs. Trikoulis' class and Mrs. Lynn's class we will recognize our Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Contest winners.
Grade 3 "Summit"
We have a fun activity for the end of lunch every day. Last year, I met with a group of Wheelock third graders who shared some great ideas for our school. We were able to implement some of their suggestions in the building and as lunch activities. I still haven't figured out how to get a pool on the roof, though :)
In any case, it's that time of year, and I will be meeting with our third grade boys and girls soon. Their creative ideas will inform our plans. Teachers will decide how each student from their classes is selected. We'll let you know the results of our "summit" in a future Flash.
Fundations is multisensory, structured language program. Based on the Wilson Reading principles, Wilson Fundations provides research-based resources and strategies necessary to a comprehensive reading, spelling, and handwriting program. The instruction aligns with states’ rigorous standards, including the Common Core State Standards.
As you may know, Memorial School teachers of grade K and 1 have been trained in Fundations and are currently using this program as a component of their literacy program. On June 9th, Wheelock's second grade team will be trained in Fundations also. Next year, Fundations will provide the foundation for our work with phonics and spelling. We will continue to teach writing, guided reading, comprehension instruction, handwriting and many, many opportunities for our students to read a wealth of rich and varied literature genres in their classrooms through the workshop model. We are very excited to have this training and to continue the consistency begun at the Memorial School with this research-based program.
We have many exciting plans in the works for next year. Debby Fromen, our technology integration person is preparing a listing of all of the hardware available to our staff and students so you can take a look at what we have been able to acquire over the past few years. Thanks to MCPE and PTO grants, and our district, Wheelock has a variety of technology options for our children to use both in the classrooms and with their specialists. That information will be available soon.
Speaking of grants, I recently submitted a grant for a pilot around alternative seating in the classroom. Did you happen to see the NBC Evening News clip on standing desks? Standing desks are a great option for all kids to change up how they work during the course of the school day. We provide our students with many, many movement opportunities during the school day, but some students enjoy working in different ways rather than sitting at a desk all day. This is one more option we'd like to examine. If the pilot is successful, I will propose purchasing more through our regular budget process.
Mindset Book Club
I may have mentioned a number of Wheelock staff members and I have been reading Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck this year. Today we finished our book. We learned a lot and will be sharing information with our colleagues. Check it out!
Thank you to Jane Barr and all of the parents who helped clean up the Courtyard. It is such a beautiful space. We really appreciated it!
Next week I will be sharing the results of the Wheelock Site Council Parent Survey. Be sure to look for it!
See us on Twitter @Wheelockians for the cutest butterfly release photo!
Have a great weekend!