This Week at Wheeler November 7, 2019

13 Middle School students attended this year's AISNE MS Diversity Conference, and according to our returning 8th grade attendees, this year's was the best one yet!

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Wheeler Faculty Voice

I asked the kids to tell me about their favorite part of the day, then we talked about their families. I got to hear about uncles, dads, and grandfathers who had served and their service branches ... The opportunity to have time like this to get to know our kids is an unexpected bonus to this work. Judy Poirier

As 8th graders move into the Cityside Program, they enjoy interdisciplinary learning to explore Providence’s 25 neighborhoods and work with various NGOs, non-profit organizations, community groups, and branches of government for civic engagement, project-based learning, inquiry, and research.

The link leads you to three vignettes of recent connections our students have made as shared by Judy Poirier, a veteran middle school mathematics faculty member, Assistant Head of School, and a teacher in the Cityside Program. Judy was the coach for these three student groups in their site visits.

This Week

This Week at Wheeler, We were first in line to get tickets for the fall US Play, "Night Watch/ Tracks" — we'll see you at the theater! Fall sports are winding down and we're watching the results roll in. Let's tip our mouthguards, wait... hockey sticks? To the Girls Field Hockey team on an incredible season. And our second parent /guardian workshop, this one on “Learning without limits on a permeable campus - how does this benefit my child?” is November 14, 8:30-9:30 AM in the Eliza Mauran Blackwell Pavilion at the Wheeler Farm. RSVP to Lisa Mello, x2126. And those sounds you hear? That's 6 Middle School choral groups in this year's Middle School Choral Festival arranged by our very own Kristin Sprague.

Special Note: In observance of Veterans' Day we're sharing stories of RI veterans of post 9/11 wars recorded by our US History students last spring for the book "War Memories and Everyday Objects: Conversations with Veterans." Senator Jack Reed recently displayed the book during a Fireside Chat with the Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden to promote the Veterans History Project.

Every picture tells a story (L-R): 3rd Grade PJ day in celebration of their tremendous efforts collecting thousands of pieces of candy for Amos House, MS AISNE Diversity Conference Attendees, our US Student Ambassadors Leadership team, the MS sports awards honorees, a rehearsal shot from Night Watch and some of the places our 8th graders visited this week: the VA Hospital, Providence Parks, an organic composting effort and AS220's Shepherd Fairey exhibit.

Next Week at Wheeler

  • Friday, November 8 - 8am - 5pm, MS & Hamilton MS Parent and Guardian/Teacher Conferences - No school for Wheeler and Hamilton MS
  • Friday, November 8 - 6pm - 8pm. Multicultural Performance Showcase RSVP HERE
  • Monday, November 11 - School Closed - Veterans' Day Observed
  • Tuesday, November 12 - 7:45am - 9am, Donation Day for the Wheeler Clothing and More Sale
  • Wednesday, November 13 - 8am-9am, LGBTQ Coffee (U&D Conference Room)
  • Thursday, November 14 - 8am-8:30am, 2nd Grade Breakfast
  • Friday, November 15 - 8am-4pm, US Parent and Guardian/Advisor Conferences - no school for US students
  • Friday, November 15 - 8am - Adoption Coffee
  • Friday, November 15 - 11:30am-3:30pm, Lost and Found Reunion Day

Find more calendar highlights on our website www.wheelerschool.org and login to the Parent Portal to see the full Wheeler calendar.

Important Tidbits

Wheeler's Day of Giving: Get ready to Give Back, Give Forward and Give to Wheeler on November 19, Wheeler's Day of Giving #WheelerDayofGiving visit Annual Giving to make your gift today.

Three Awards for Wheeler! Our Enrollment Viewbook, designed by Alex Budnitz, Principal, Creative Director at Sametz Blackstone Associates, Boston MA, received the Excellence in Recruitment/Viewbook Complete Unit award from the UCDA (University and College Designers Association.) The school's Overview Marketing video produced by Copper Hound Pictures earned the Excellence in Online Video trophy from The Communicators Awards AND a Bronze Telly Award honoring excellence in video and television across all screens. #blushing

Calling All Costume Jewelry and Accessories to the Next Clothing Sale Donation Day, Tuesday, 11/12 (the day after Veterans Day holiday). Do these items still bring you joy? If not, they may be someone else's treasure. Broken? No problem. We have a team of "semiprofessionals" who will be working during the winter months to repair and make them good as new. Please note: We will be accepting these items, as well as clothing and household/sporting goods, on 11/12. The last drop off of the season on 12/3 is tentative and will depend on the room left in the storage pod. Most likely, it will be limited to clothing items.

BRRRR. It's going to be cold Friday. Please remember hats and coats and gloves for your students so that recess and waiting for pickup time is safe and warm. And while we're thinking of winter, here is our Snow Closing info sheet.

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