Owl Oracle December 2016

Watergrass Elementary * 32570 Overpass Rd * Wesley Chapel, FL * 33544 * 813-346-0600 *

Office Update

Our Great American Teach-In was a huge success. The students were able to experience different careers and hobbies from an excellent group of presenters. Thank you to everyone who participated. Your time is appreciated.

If you are walking your child to class in the morning, please remember to drop them off at the pod doors and allow them enter the pods and classrooms on their own. Thank you for your support. On behalf of the faculty and staff of Watergrass Elementary, I wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season. Please take time to relax and enjoy your family during the break. If Ms. Boltze or I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

This Month's Events at Watergrass
Additional dates to know: Canned goods collection 12/5-12/16 ~ Quarterly Assessments 12/9-12/22
Wishing you sweet surprises under the tree!

Pygmy Owls- First Grade

First grade is going to MOSI Wednesday, December 7.

We are very excited to be going on our first field trip to MOSI. Thank you to all of our parents that volunteered their time to chaperone. In reading this month we will be working on cause and effect as well as continuing to work on our power goals. You can help your child by asking him/her what their power goal is each week and helping them to practice it at home.

Power words are huge all through first grade, please be practicing them with your child NIGHTLY. In math we are working on adding and subtracting numbers within 20. Your child should also be working on his/her fast facts within 10 to help build confidence and fluency. Your role is vital to your child’s success. Thank you for all of your continued support!

Eagle Owls- 2nd grade

The Eagle Owls are excited about participating in the Holiday Concert at the Wesley Chapel Performing Arts Center on Dec. 5. We will also be attending a field trip there on December 16 to see The Nutcracker. In Science we just finished studying Energy and we will be learning about Force and Motion. We have also covered addition and subtraction with and without regrouping. In reading we finished a biography. Please continue to read with your child. Can your child “chunk out” a 3 or 4 syllable word? Have them cover the parts of the word with their finger to read longer words.

Snowy Owls- Third Grade

The Snowy Owls are excited to announce our upcoming field trip to Crystal Springs. Permission slips and money are being collected before the winter break to ensure that we know who will be joining us. Please be sure to send in exact change as we will not be able to provide it. If you are an approved volunteer and would like to join us, please indicate so on the permission slip. We are excited to learn about our Florida ecosystems and the plants and animals that live here!

3rd grade is excited to visit Crystal Springs to learn about Florida's ecosystems.

In Language Arts, we are practicing how to ask and answer questions using text evidence. Our students have really enjoyed learning about Athabascan students of long ago and how a teacher from England, Miss Agnes, changed the way that they learned and how they felt about school while respecting their Alaskan Indian heritage. We are also working to continue to build our vocabulary skills and practicing how to answer two-part questions. In writing, we are working on adding details to paragraphs and starting our writing with interesting introductions as well as using adjectives and adverbs in our writing.

In math, our students are reviewing how to add and subtract numbers to the thousands using different strategies. If your child is having trouble with regrouping, please refer to Khan Academy as they have amazing tutorials for reteaching and practice! Students should be working on fact fluency for both addition and subtraction and multiplication facts.

Quarterly assessments are starting in the next few weeks. Please remind your students that they need to come to school focused and ready to learn before the break. As always, thank you for your support

Spotted Owls- 4th Grade

What topic is your child presenting on for their TEDX presentation?

Fourth Graders are working hard in Quarter Two! Students are working on their TED X Writing which will be presented after break. The citizen of the month for November is Alyssa P. who is a great example of self-control. The citizen of the month for December is Derek F. who demonstrates gratitude. We will host our Winter Celebration on Wednesday, December 21. Please let your teacher know if you can donate snacks or help with activities.

Great Greys- Fifth Grade

Check your pantries! WGES is collecting food until December 16th.

December has arrived and the Great Greys are eager to bring your attention to some exciting events that will take place for our fifth graders. First, we are planning a field trip to MOSI on December 16th. Information went home on November 28th. If you would like to chaperone, please make sure you are an approved volunteer. Also, there will be a food drive at WGES. Food Collection will take place from November 29th to December 16th. Your kindness is appreciated!

We’ve just started our next math unit on Decimals. Math fluency is vital for your child’s success in math. Please continue to work on automaticity of multiplication facts. Remember, working with fractions is just around the corner!

Continue to promote good reading habits with your child. Students have an individual reading power goal to help them track their successes in their level. Please use this power goal to work with your child at home during their 30 minutes of reading each night. Reading logs are due each Friday! Also, are you working on getting your AR goal for this quarter? Good luck and keep on reading!

Classroom TEDX Talks began the week of December 5th. Students have a timeline that explains what is due and on what date it is due. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher. Finally, we'd like to remind students to continue to work to their full potential in all areas. We will have another celebration at the end of quarter 2 for students that have received 80% of their quarterly stamps. Encourage your child to give their best effort all of the time. Good Luck!

Music Notes

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Chorus and Orff Ensemble Winter Concert December 1st! Our performers did a great job!!! Our 2nd & 3rd Grade Winter Concert is Monday, December 5th at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel High School at 7:00 PM. We are performing “Jingle Bell Jukebox”! Come on out for a great show! Our Elf Owl Concert is Friday, December 9th at 10:30 AM in our cafeteria. It’s always lots of fun!!

Our annual Carols and Cocoa will be Thursday, December 22 all day. We are in need of approved volunteers that day. Please email kreinhol@pasco.k12.fl.us if you can help us out!

Our annual Carols & Cocoa is on December 22

Art News

Mrs. Knott’s Art Classes are working with paint-we wear aprons but accidents happen. Please dress your kiddos in art appropriate attire. Square One Art products have been delivered to classrooms. A big thank you to those families who ordered; we appreciate your support for the WGES art program! If there is any issue with your Square 1 Art order, please send an email to Mrs. Cerino-Knot.

Children will be working with paint in art... please consider this when getting ready for school!

Counselor's Corner

Safer, Smarter Kids is our school wide guidance curriculum. Click below for Parent Resources.

All grade levels have begun the Safer, Smarter Kids program during our Guidance classroom lessons. Students will have a parent letter to bring home each time we have a classroom lesson. Please take the time to discuss these important topics with your child.

ABC program supports families in need. Contact Mrs. Ward if you have any questions.

Our ABC program supports our own WGES families during the holiday season. If you’d like to take part in our Angel Tree gift buying program, please stop by the front office to claim an angel. If your family is in need of assistance, please call or email Mrs. Ward.

Contact and updates

Please be sure to check our WGES Facebook Page and website for the most up-to-date information. We appreciate any feedback you have, please contact the front office with any questions or concerns you may have!


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