Happy New Year to all Wass Wolves!
Our Wellness Night is only 6 days away. The Wass PTO is sponsoring this program on Thursday, January 17. We will be turning our school into a fitness center. Due to space and materials, sign up will be limited to the first 300 Wass students that register. FREE Tickets are for Wass students ONLY (No non-Wass siblings). All students must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or friend of the family. Parents do not need a ticket for this event. We have 270 students currently registered. If you want your child to attend, please register him/her promptly to ensure participation. There are only 30 spots left.
- American Heart Association
- Explore Yoga
- On Your Mark
- Agility Exercises
- Indoor Track
- Running with the Wolves Goal Setting
- Climbing Wall
- Flexed Arm Hang
- Box Jumping
- Smoothies for all students
You can sign up your child online at the Eventbrite-Wass Wellness Night link.
FUTURE RED HAWKS
On Friday, Dec. 21, several 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Wass Wolves had the opportunity to be ball boys for the Troy Athens Boys' Varsity basketball game. It was a great opportunity for our students to be a part of the athletic program at their future high school. The large family turnout certainly helped cheer on our Red Hawks to a victory.
CELEBRATING READING IN KINDERGARTEN
Our kindergartners have been receiving special packages from a super hero, Reader Man, with special messages to teach them about Super Reading Powers! These Super Reading Powers give them the ability to read. Just before the holiday break, our kindergartners had a Super Reader Celebration Day by making capes, masks, cuffs and of course a Reading Shield which contains all their powers. At the celebration, the Super Readers shared all their Super Reading Powers with their parents. At Wass, we believe in developing a love for reading as well as giving our readers the strategies and skills to read at or above their level.
Becoming a #WassReader starts in kindergarten!
WASS KINDNESS IN THE KITCHEN
Students and staff spread intentional acts of kindness throughout our school everyday. Our kitchen team, Donna Black and Natalie Groen, find their own creative way to show kindness to our students by writing positive messages to students on bananas in our vegetable and fruit bar. It's no surprise that bananas are popular with our Wolves!
SEVEN STRATEGIES CAN MAKE YOUR FAMILY READ-ALOUD TIME A SUCCESS
Some parents stop reading aloud as soon as their children learn to read. But reading aloud can continue to be fun, and it builds reading skills, too.To make your read-aloud time successful:
- Do it every day. When you read aloud daily, you demonstrate that reading time is much too important to miss.
- Pick a regular time. When reading is already part of your daily routine, you won't have to think about trying to fit it into a hectic day. Choose a time when your child will be most receptive, such as after playing outside or before bed.
- Read the book first—before you read it aloud. Reading aloud is performing. You’ll do a better job if you’re familiar with what you’re going to read. Previewing a book may also keep you from getting bogged down in a book that neither you nor your child enjoys.
- Read books you like. If you like a book, odds are your child will, too. Start by reading books you enjoyed as a child. Often, your enjoyment will be contagious!
- Accentuate the first line. The first line of any good story will grab the reader’s attention. Your reading should make your child want to sit up and listen.
- Use facial expressions. Widen your eyes to show surprise. Squint a bit to show you’re thinking.
- Leave your child wanting more. Stop your day’s reading at a point where you are both eager to hear what happens next.
Reprinted with permission from the January 2019 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2019 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.
NEW KINDERGARTEN FLOORS
Over the holiday break, our school had a construction project take place. All three of our kindergarten rooms received new floors. They look great! Our school is 41 years old and it’s the first time the floor has been resurfaced. Special thanks to each of the kindergarten teachers for their help in making this project go so smoothly. This renovation project was funded by the Troy School District sinking fund.
PARENT BOOK CLUB - GROWTH MINDSET FOR PARENTING
We are moving our Wass Parent Book Club to Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 PM. Please join us for a book study on Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids. You can purchase this book on Amazon at the link below.
If you are able to attend the Wass Parent Book Club on Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids, please sign up so we can plan intelligently. Several Wass staff will lead our conversations on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2018 from 7:00-8:00 PM.