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This Week at Wheeler February 20, 2020

"Through historical biographies of activists and stories that offered windows into the lives and thinking of a range of identities who have fought to make the world more fair, they were then invited to imagine themselves in this role. Each Kindergartener constructed a poster with words and images they believe are important for the world to hear."

An excerpt from our Kindergarten's January Newsletter - all the magic and inspiration you'll need for the week can be found here.

Vol. 1 Issue 20

Our 6th-grade students interviewed members of their communities who immigrated to the United States. Speaking with friends, neighbors, and relatives covering an array of countries including, Vietnam, Russia, The Dominican Republic, China, and Iraq, our students used visual storytelling to share these compelling stories through books or videos. They shared their final projects with our 4th-grade students who are also studying immigration.

Here is Peter's Story:

Told by Robin L, Wheeler 6th Grade

This Week

This Week at Wheeler:Intro to Engineering Class continues to build and test their designs, and we're watching with bated breath! April is closer than you think, and we're spotting advertisements Famous Wheeler Clothing Sale. Wonder what it's like growing up with Dyslexia? In the latest episode of The Hamilton Institute's Talking Dyslexia: Parent to Parent, we hear from two students (and their moms) about their experiences. Modern Languages combines media and technology for a fun twist on language study, and 13 Wheeler Visual Arts students are awarded for their creative work. We can't wait to see what happens next since  Jack Mancini '20 tossed in a career-high 42 points in a 92-77 win over Shea this week, and in other Sport Podcasting news, the DJO Sports Show, hosted by caring and insightful Middle School students reflect on the late Kobe Bryant, while we reflect on yesterday's Upper School U&D Day. Our popcorn is packed for round-two of the Providence Children's Film Festival this Weekend; see you there!

Next Week at Wheeler

  • Friday, 21: Wheeler's Night Out Committee meeting, 8 - 9 am
  • Friday, 21: Middle School Movie Night, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Monday, 24: Learning Differences Weeks Begin
  • Wednesday, 26: Learning Differences Coffee (Cummings Room), 8 am
  • Thursday, March 5: US Play, Les Miserables (Wheeler Memorial Hall)
  • Friday, March 6: Mind your ps and qs Party (Hale Family Assembly Hall)
  • Friday, March 6: US Play, Les Miserables (Wheeler Memorial Hall)

Find the February 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

Spring Forward Fridays at the Wheeler School Store: Spring break is on our minds! Join us at the School Store every Friday until March break to spin the wheel for great discounts towards purchases of $10 or more.

Design Thinking: A faculty panel based on different dimensions and sources of Wheeler’s academic excellence. Join us on February 25, 7:00-8:15 PM for the next installment, featuring Meghan Jimenez, Jen Block, Shaunta Butler, and John Campbell. They will discuss design thinking, how it applies to a Wheeler education, and give you tours of the two spaces.

Because space for the studio tours will be limited, please RSVP to Lisa Mello to attend this event.

Volunteer Opportunity at the Providence Children's Film Festival: A great way to get involved in a special event! The Providence Children's Film Festival is looking for parent volunteers Sunday 2/23. If you are interested, sign up here!

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 needs your help in April! The Famous Wheeler Clothing & More Sale, currently in its 72nd year, would not exist without volunteers. Parents and guardians make this annual fundraiser a success. Any amount of volunteer time helps and as a bonus, this event is a great way to meet other members of our community, we always have fun! To join us - please sign up here!

Seasonal Illness Alert

As flu, norovirus, colds, and other illnesses continue to circulate in Rhode Island communities, we are seeing the same illnesses in our Wheeler School Community. Here are some important reminders and helpful resources.

PREVENT ILLNESS SPREADING

The Rhode Island Department of Health recommends:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze into a bent, sleeved arm or with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
  • It’s not too late-the flu vaccine is still available at your doctor’s office
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