The Owl Oracle Watergrass Elementary~February 2017

Office Update

School Choice Open Enrollment is February 1 - March 1. If you have a student currently on School Choice, you do not need to reapply UNLESS you reside outside of Pasco County, or your child will be moving to the next school level (Elementary to Middle OR Middle to High), or your school was impacted by a boundary change. For more information and an application please visit http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/ed_choice/school_choice/registration.

If you walk your children to their classrooms, please say good-bye at the door of the pod and allow them to enter the classrooms on their own to get ready for their day. This is an important step in their independence. Also, teachers need to get their morning activities started. Conferences are always welcome and teachers will be happy to meet with you. Please schedule an appointment and give the teacher an opportunity to prepare and make the conference as productive as possible.

Thank you for your support! If Ms. Boltze or I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

February Calendar

  • February 7: PTA General Assembly, 6:30 in the Cafe
  • February 10: Parent’s Night Out, 6:00-9 PM in the Cafe
  • February 10: Progress Reports go home
  • February 13: SAC Meeting
  • February 13: Jump-Rope for Heart Kick-Off
  • February 17: 2:00 PM TEDx Talks Finalists, grades 4 and 5
  • February 18: All County Chorus
  • February 21: PTA Family Dine Out @ Happy Cow
  • February 24: All Pro Dad's with Mr. Mitchell, 8:30-9:30 in the Cafe
  • February 24: Citizen of the Month celebration
  • February 25: PTA 5K

Burrowing Owls-K

The Burrowing Owls recently celebrated the 100th Day of School! We read 100 hundred books, completed 100 exercises, counted by ones and tens to 100. We visited the WGES Makerspace Lab to build towers with 100 tiny cups, build a 100 Lego wall, and many more fun activities. Thanks Ms. Saez for planning this for us.The day came to a yummy end-thanks to parents who donated for our 100-piece snack bags.

Kindergarten classes will enjoy a special snack on Valentine’s Day as they exchange cards with classmates. Please remember to include every child on the list. If possible, allow your child to label each envelope. It is great handwriting practice. So be on the lookout, class lists coming soon!

Pygmy Owls-1st

In math, we just finished up measurement and are starting place value with tens and ones. We will continue to work on fluency with fast facts. Please encourage your child to do FASTT Math, along with his/her homework, each night/week.

In reading, please continue to ask your child his/her power goal and practice it nightly with your reading. We are in need of playdoh for our next reading task.

CONGRATULATIONS to Camila P. our January Citizen of the month!

Eagle Owls- 2nd

During February, we will continue to focus on going back into the text to answer questions. Students at this time of the year should be able to read three syllable words, as well as read independently for a half hour. The students will also be learning about Native Americans in Social Studies and Weather in Science. We are proud to watch our second graders become independent learners. Reminder: we encourage parents to register as volunteers whether you want to help at the school or go on a field trip.

Snowy Owls- 3rd

Our Snowy Owls have been busy bringing in the new year with positive attitudes and taking ownership of our learning goals.

Keep reading and working on those POWER GOALS!

In Language Arts, we are practicing how to determine main ideas and details, finding the central message or theme of a text, answering two-part questions, and determining how the text and illustrations help us better understand important events or details in stories. We are also working to continue to build our vocabulary skills by not only defining words, but by being able to use those words correctly in our speaking and writing. Students also need to provide a synonym or phrase that has the same meaning. In writing, we have been working on creating opinion paragraphs listing reasons to support our perspective and details to elaborate our feelings. We’ve also continued to practice writing interesting introductions as well as adding “juicy” describing words in our writing.

In math, our students are working on being able to name and label fractions as well as comparing the values of those fractions. We are also practicing reading questions in math carefully in order to determine what they are asking us to find. Errors in reading directions often cause careless mistakes when problem-solving. Khan Academy has amazing tutorials for reteaching and practice and can be used nightly in order to practice skills that we are currently working on as well as skills practice for things we have already learned! Students should continue to work on fact fluency for both addition and subtraction and multiplication and division facts to stay sharp on these important skills as well.

With the FSA test coming up at the end of March, we will be using practice materials to get ready for the test in the coming weeks. Be on the lookout for dates where we will be taking FSA Practice tests to help us get geared up and better prepared for the test. Consistent attendance and participation in the next month will make a big difference in your student’s confidence going into testing week. As always, thank you for your support!

Spotted Owls-4th

Just a few notes from the Spotted Owls! We are continuing to prepare for the FSA Writing Test. This state writing test will take place on Monday, February 27, 2017. It is important that your child gets a good night's rest the night before, eats a nutritious breakfast, and arrives at school on time. Please give your child some positive encouragement as they make their way to school on this important day. Testing will begin at 10:00 AM. If you have any questions about this writing assessment, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.

How is that STEM Fair project coming along? The scientific process is surely a great learning experience for the students. Projects are due on Monday, February 27th

Showing KINDNESS was the character trait for the month of January. Andrea T. from Mrs. Chatmon’s class was chosen for Citizen of the Month. Speaking kind words and showing kind actions is so important. Keep it up boy and girls!

Mark your calendars! Our exciting science field trip to the Energy Marine Center in Port Richey is coming up in February. There is no cost to students and the weather should be just right for this hands-on experience at this Pasco County Schools outdoor classroom! Ms. Marsella’s class will attend on Wednesday, February 22. Ms. Harden and Mrs. Pierce’s class will be going on Thursday, February 23. Ms. Preston and Mrs. Chatmon’s class will go on Friday, February 24. Our students will learn about the importance of estuaries in a marine environment and how ecosystems support living things. Several lessons will be conducted prior to this educational field trip during their science class. Students will take a pre and post test to show their learning. 4th grade teachers will be teaching lessons at EMC. This field trip is not one that parents are invited to attend. Look forward to more information to come home soon. Here is a short video on youtube titled Pasco County Energy and Marine Center https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4gc6HQE-34 for a glimpse of this science experience.

4th graders exploring ecosystems at EMC.

The Elf Owls

*February is gong to be a very busy month for our Elf Owl students! We will have special visitors from the Fire Department that have set aside time to come see our students and talk to them about fire safety. The students will get an up close look at the Fire Engine, and will see what a firefighter might look like wearing their full gear in the event of an emergency!

*Ms. Camille’s Elf Owls will begin participating in Community-Based Instruction Trips this month. These trips are an excellent opportunity for students to practice skills they have learned for use in the community. Their first trip will be on February 15th to the Wesley Chapel Performing Arts Center.

*All of our K-5 Elf Owls will also be competing in the Special Olympics Summer Games that will be held at Wesley Chapel High School on Friday, February 24th. This is a county-wide event that gives our students the opportunity to shine as they compete against other athletes in the Pasco County in events such as walking, running, long jump, and tennis ball throw just to name a few. We would love to have cheerleaders in our corner, so if you have the chance to stop by please!

Music Notes

Our Kindergarten and First Grade Classes are busy working on their upcoming musical, “Sunny Day.” This performance will be Monday, April 3rd at 7:00 PM at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel High School. Students should have already brought home a permission slip to participate in the concert. Make sure you get those in by the due date!

We have 6 students participating in the Pasco All County Concert Saturday, February 18th at River Ridge High School.

The 4 students in All County Chorus are Grant G., Joshua M., Aleisha P. and Ashlynn T. The 2 students in All County Orff Ensemble are Mackenzie L. and Matthew U. Congratulations to these 6 students for being chosen!!!

Counselor's Corner

In February, many organizations worldwide choose to focus on kindness. The Watergrass Student Leadership team will be promoting Kindness activities throughout campus. Stay tuned for details.

Kind words and actions can seem so small, but their effects are truly endless.

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