This Week at Wheeler January 16, 2020

Our Upper School Robotics Team, the Electric Quahogs, at the Qualifiers for RI State Championships where they received a Collins Aerospace Innovation award.

Vol. 1 Issue 16

Wheeler School selected for teen Mental Health First Aid pilot program with Bradley Hospital. Only 20 in the nation to take part.

"Wheeler is committed to training our faculty and staff in Youth Mental Health First Aid. This project (piloted for Gr. 10) will allow us to grow our initiatives to educate the whole child, giving them the tools needed to recognize signs of developing mental illness, substance use problems, or crises, particularly thoughts of suicide. We see this as a wonderful complement to our student-led Teen Mental Health Awareness Club, which raises awareness and reduces stigma in our community." - Peggy O'Neil, Wheeler Director of Counseling and Student Health Services

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This Week

This Week at Wheeler: Our Swim Team finished off a triple-meet week, with some of their best swims of the season so far while our Middle and Lower School students' inquiring minds led them to a few exciting places across campus in search of answers to their #EssentialQuestions. The Middle School and Upper School Robotics teams competed over the weekend as well as our Debate Team and we were first to register for this year's SICA Community Spirit Awards and Potluck, RSVP and tell us what will you bring?

Education spotlight: 1st Grade Researches the Harlem Renaissance

Who did they learn about?

Aaron Douglas, Billie Holiday, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the key figures our 1st Grade students are researching as part of a wider study of the Harlem Renaissance. Through tools like the online database, PebbleGo Biographies, books, and videos, students are discussing and creating meaningful ways to present their findings on African American Culture and the important contributions made to our country during this time period.

Next Week at Wheeler

  • Friday, January 17: 2nd quarter closes - MS
  • Friday, January 17: Adoption Coffee, 8am
  • Monday, January 20: SCHOOL CLOSED - Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observed
  • Tuesday, January 21- Friday, January 24: US Exams: Morning 9-11 am, extended 9 am - 12 pm; Afternoon 1-3 pm, extended 1-4 pm
  • Thursday, January 23: WSPA "Yes And..." Improv Night for Parents and Guardians
  • Friday, January 24: MS comment writing day - no school for MS students
  • Friday, January 24: 1st semester closes - US

Find the January Parent Postcard here.  Feel free to download and print the Parent Postcard from this link. It feels good to go green!

There are even more calendar highlights on our website www.wheelerschool.org! Login to the Parent Portal to see the full Wheeler calendar as well as parent and staff directories.

Important Tidbits

Registration for Wheeler Summer Camp is Open: Find a link to the registration website here. We hope your child will return or join us for the first time for an unforgettable summer!

WSPA “Yes and…” Improv Night for Parents and Guardians: January 23 at 7-8:30pm in Wheeler Hall.

Love watching reruns of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Curious how the casts of Bridesmaids, Waiting for Guffman, and Anchorman learned their craft? Then join the WSPA and Michael Himelfarb, Upper School English teacher and LS and MS parent for a FREE improv comedy workshop for parents/guardians. Get away from the kids for an evening and learn how to play Messages, Buzz, Party Quirks, Props, and other classics. REGISTER TODAY by emailing lanahyun@gmail.com to lock in your spot (max. 25). No experience necessary, but do bring a willingness to laugh at yourself and others. Especially others.

Middle School Basketball Social for Middle School students and families: Friday, January 17 from 3:30 - 6:30 pm in the Madden Gym. Open to all families and students in grades 6 - 8. Find the Basketball Social Permission slip, HERE.

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